Always an avid athlete, Jen found yoga about 15 years ago when injuries prevented her from running and competing in triathlons. Bikram yoga quickly became her passion because of its physical intensity, as well as its ability to heal and strengthen, its power to create balance both mentally and physically, and for the simple freedom and joy it created in her life. One day she accidentally ventured into a hot vinyasa class and the rest is history. She has completed teacher trainings with Baron Baptiste and Schuyler Grant, and has also studied with Rajashree Choudery, Jason Wynne, Todd Norian, Dharma Mittra, Sadie Nardini and others. “Yoga has been such a gift to me, and I feel so lucky that I can help other people find it. One of my greatest joys is being able to provide a beautiful, peaceful yoga space to watch the blossoming of both teachers and students, and foster a community of happy yogis!”
In addition to yoga, Jen loves swimming, cooking, surfing, hiking and skiing with her husband and three grown children.
Kristin Gould (Jyoti), RYT is an inspired and spirited yoga teacher. Using her life-long experiences and dedication to ballet, creative dance and yoga, she brings passion, intuition and “grooviness” to her vinyasa style of yoga teaching. Kristin has studied many aspects of Ayurveda and Hatha yoga with both American and Indian yogis. She believes in order to be a responsible teacher, she must continue to be a humble student – always learning, growing and sharing her knowledge of this ancient practice from the countless numbers of teachers who have come before her. Kristin has a non-profit organization known asCoolKidsyoga, bringing yoga classes to children of all ages and abilities in schools and to those unable to pay for classes. Kristin is married and a mother of three children, who affectionately call her Swami Mommy. Together with her family, she enjoys cooking, gardening, painting, surfing and boating. Kristin reminds us that as we practice yoga with skillfulness uniting breath, body and soul, we are ultimately connecting to all things beyond our egos and off our mats. Through truth, joy, compassion, peace and love – we are all one!
Cara began practicing yoga almost 20 years ago. It was her passion for yoga that lead her to do her teacher training in 2001. She was trained in classic Hatha Yoga, but has practiced ashtanga, jivamukti, and Bikram. Cara strives to provide her students a safe enviroment in which to practice yoga. Prior to teaching yoga she worked as a physical therapist specializing in sports related injuries. She brings an extensive knowledge of anatomy and proper biomechanics to her teachings, always striving to teach her students the proper alignment of a posture. Besides being a devout yogi, Cara is the proud Mom of thirteen-year oldLucas. She also enjoys walking the boardwalk in Long Branch and riding her beach cruiser.
Tanya has been teaching yoga and serving her local community for the past seven years. She is trained in the Bikram Yoga advanced series and achieved both 200 and 500 hour teacher trainings with the highly respected Sri Dharma Mittra in New York City. She is a Certified Dharma Yoga teacher in levels I, II, and III.
For over a decade, Tanya has been studying the comprehensive and meditative path of Yoga (Raja) with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, an English mystic and Sufi lineage teacher.
Tanya is a committed student to the subtle teachings and philosophy of yoga and believes these aspects are of equal importance to the development of a strong asana practice. Contemplative by nature, Tanya is known by her students for continued patience, respect and dedication.
Daniel Abbott E-RYT is a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor, mathematician, multimedia artist, and trans-lineage esotericist. He is the founder of Kala Pravinya Yoga (www.KalaPravinyaYoga.com) and Abbott University (www.AbbottU.com). His Yoga-Related Certifications include a 200 hr Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Certification through Brahma Yoga (a traditional yoga school with roots traced to Satyananda Yoga) and a 200 hr Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Certification through Beth Shaw’s Yogafit (a dynamic vinyasa style with a heavy emphasis on conscious business practices and philanthropy). Daniel offers not only classes and workshops congruent with the Kala Pravinya Yoga style and philosophy, but also a Yoga Alliance Approved 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training. More information about his offerings may be found at www.KalaPravinyaYoga.com.
A long time outdoor/fitness enthusiast, Karen discovered yoga more than a decade ago when an injury interrupted her training. What started as a temporary detour effectively changed the direction of her life. Fascinated by the multiplicity of yoga, Karen spent the next ten years fully immersing herself in the practice, attending numerous and varied workshops and classes exploring the physical body as a means of accessing the spiritual. In the summer of 2013, she formalized her education by completing a 200- hour “Yoga Synthesis” teaching certification program.
Karen brings to her teaching the wisdom of classical Hatha Yoga and incorporates the dynamic elements of more modern interpretations. The blending of these components cultivates the delicate balance of inner and outer strength that manifests itself in the experience of joy. Her classes are designed to make yoga accessible and meaningful to all and create an environment where the line between teacher and student dissolves.
As owner of the Gear Loft, Karen is well known in the community for the enthusiasm for outdoor pursuits she inspired in her customers. She brings this same enthusiasm to the yoga mat.
Eleonora is a native of Milan, Italy. She is a certified personal trainer, nutritionist, yogini and fitness enthusiast.Her wide range of teaching abilities include Pilates, Yogalates, Stretching, Video Dance, Total Body Workout, personal one-on-one fitness training, and a unique strength and conditioning class she designed especially for dancers and music lovers; Shakti Power Flow..
Her career began with varsity synchronized swimming, which later led her to become a fitness instructor, aPilates instructor and then a yoga teacher. After years of rigorous Ashtanga practice, she met Johanna Bell from Sonic Yoga NYC and discoveredVinyasa Yoga.This yoga flow changed her life and transformed her teaching, freeing her vision of the practice by showing her the deeper connectionbetween breath and movement, the cathartic power of the music, and the union of body and soul.Since then, with the knowledge that yoga is much more than a physical practice and that life is all about finding a balance between fierceness and playfulness, she has been teaching in different studios in New York and Brooklyn and New Jersey.
Eleonora has always had a passion for fitness. Through dedication and hard work she helps people to reach their goals and empower themselves through strength and wellness, all while having fun. She continually challenges herself and is always seeking new ways to step outside of her comfort zone.
Vanessa Van Noy
With a personal Yoga practice that spans over 15 years, Vanessa has trained in several styles and lineages, both nationally and internationally, she mainly teaches in a vinyasa style.
She does not subscribe to any particular doctrine but rather allows her students to explore and adapt their experience, both on and off the mat. She is constantly learning and changing as a teacher and she encourages her students to do the same.
Vanessa has been guiding students in the NY/NJ area for over 13 years. She has worked with all types of yogis from children to the elderly, from professional athletes to those with physical impairments, and everyone in between. Her training as a Certified Thai Yoga Massage Therapist allows her to be very hands on in her classes, helping her students adjust and get deeper within their practice, comfortably and at their own pace.
Eileen is a 500 hour RYT, trained in the YogaWorks method, which combines the Iyengar andAshtanga methods with a focus on alignment and safety. Although Eileen enjoys many forms of yoga, she is passionate about the Hot 26 series. She has practiced locally for years and regularly visits Bikram Studios in New York City.
Eileen attends a wide variety of workshops to increase her knowledge and enjoyment of yoga, such as Bikram Yoga with Rajashree Choudhury, Arm Balances with Carrie Owerko, Inversions, Backbends, Hip Openers, Yoga Massage, Yoga for Back Pain, Ayurvedaand Meditation. Eileen also regularly visits YogaWorks and the Iyengar Institute in New York to refocus on Alignment. She has been teaching locally since 2011.
Allison is a Yoga Alliance 200-hour registered yoga instructor, trained by Ann Yocum at Colts Neck Hot Yoga and newly certified in February 2014. Always active in various sports and fitness, Allison found hot yoga four years ago and became instantly hooked. Inspired by so many of her teachers and motivated to deepen and improve her own practice, Allison had the good fortune and opportunity to pursue a training program. After spending the last 12+ years as a stay-at-home mom to three wonderful daughters, it felt like a perfect fit and transition to something for which she’s developed such a deep connection. A practitioner of many forms, Allison primarily teaches the Hot 26 series. What draws her most to the series is the gift of observation. “To step on the mat and practice the same sequence of poses each class, yet encounter so many differences in the body and mind, really enables a student to appreciate and recognize the importance of living in the moment. If someone told me a year ago that I would have turned my love and passion for yoga into a job at my beloved local studio I would not have believed it. Yoga has been such a gift in my life-mind, body and spirit-and I am so grateful for the opportunity to help others find how yoga can enhance their lives on and off the mat.” www.ayogamamamuses.blogspot.com.
Tootsie Olan is a NYC based choreographer & dancer who found yoga at the perfect moment. Tootsie is founder of Tootsie Olan Productions, which creates dance for TV, theatre, concert stages, recording artists & industry events. She hit the NYC fitness scene over 15 years ago with her signature DanceNYC dance class which continues to pack studios full of people eager to sweat and dance like they never believed possible. One day when she was not dancing, Tootsie entered a yoga studio, rolled out a mat and swept into a love affair with yoga. After practicing intensely for years, she received her RYT Yoga Certification in Vinyasa Yoga. Tootsie graduated Cornell University, is a beamingly proud mom of 3 amazing human beings, wife to another amazing human being and feels supremely lucky to have laid out that yoga mat one fine day years ago, allowing her to now share her yoga teachings and musings on life with her students all over the world. #igniteyoubody #lightyoursoul
How you move on your mat is how you move in your life." Georgette uses this phrase often to remind her students that the yoga poses are only a very small part of their yoga journey. By encouraging students to think less and feel more, Georgette hopes that they can learn to look inside, live where they fear to live, and emerge stronger. Her teaching style is fun, encouraging self-acceptance and mindful alignment with the goals of creating internal strength and space for growth.
Georgette continues her own yoga journey studying with teachers of different styles. Her certifications include 200 hour Vinyasa, Rasa Restorative, Yin Yoga, and Yoga for Trauma and Addiction. She has also recently studied with Eckhart Tolle and Elena Brower, incorporating their wisdom into her yoga classes, corporate wellness workshops, and remote retreats.
Breane is a 300-hr KRI-certified Kundalini Yoga instructor and a 200-hour RYT-certified Yoga instructor. An avid yoga practitioner for almost 20 years, she has practiced and embraced all different lineages including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Iyengar, and Jivamukti. She has done numerous Ashtanga trainings in Costa Rica with continuing ed courses in New York including an advanced sequencing and mantra training through Kishna Yoga. She is currently in an ongoing Kundalini Therapy Training with Guru Dharam Singh Khalsa in NYC.
Breane’s classes are healing yet fun, as she believes that building the group energy, is how we heal and experience higher levels of consciousness. She integrates traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and astrology into her asana flow as well as a creative vibe from her days as an actor and writer. Through asana work, pranayama, and mantra meditation, she hopes people will explore a deeper sense of self while experiencing a connection to all beings.
Kris is a 500 hour RYT, trained in Kala Pravinya Yoga, and is a graduate of Tula Yoga’s Advanced Teacher Training. She also holds certifications in Restorative Yoga, and Bee You Yoga’s: Teaching Yoga & Mindfulness to Tweens & Teens (ages 8+). Kris believes there are locked doors in our minds, hearts, and bodies that we can open. Patanjali tells us in Book One of his Yoga Sutras, “If a river just flows easily, the water in the river does not express its power. But once you put an obstacle to the flow by constructing a dam, then you can see its strength in the form of tremendous electrical power.” Kris’ teaching goal is to use yoga as a porthole toward gaining the inner and outer strength necessary to unlock our doors, surge through, and create radiant waves. Off the mat, Kris surrenders to the glorious chaos that accompanies raising three remarkable children. She enjoys tending to her garden, and wave gazing.
Roberta’s journey of yoga began in the late 90’s with an Ashtanga yoga class. Something felt magical and transformative and she was drawn to practice the primary series most everyday for about a year or so, finding a more introspective relationship with her soul. This led her to a Bikram class where she once again fell head over heels! She loved that the practice was the same, much like the primary series, but in the heat and more of a static practice. Once again practicing most everyday.... she loved how her body and mind felt after each class. She has attended Jimmy Barkan’s Levels 1 and 2 Teacher Training, and immersions with Baron Baptiste. In 2007 she opened Tadasana Yoga Studio in the Hudson Valley where she taught Hot 26 and Baptiste style classes.
“I am passionate about teaching and sharing the practice with others. It brings me such joy to guide students on their own journey. My classes are fun and can be a bit challenging, but we work to our fullest capacity and hopefully we leave with a feeling of lightness and a sense of calm.”