HOMETOWN - Elizabeth, NJ
SIGN - Aquarius
FAVORITE WORD - Detachment
I WISH FOR... longevity
THREE WORDS TO DESCRIBE ME - Strong, Willing, Passionate
WHO INSPIRES ME - Those who lead by example
FAVORITE YOGA POSE - Pincha Mayurasana (forearm stand)
SECRET COMFORT FOOD - Ice cream
WORDS TO LIVE BY - Just try
DESCRIBE TEACHING STYLE - Challenging but fun
WHAT I DO FOR FUN - Yoga
FAVORITE LOCAL ESCAPE - TM Ward
Emma began practicing yoga in April 2004. After a few months she embarked on a teacher training at New York Yoga. She received her 200 hour certification in December 2004 under the direction of David Hollander, Michael Gilbert and Govinda Kai. Their style of vinyasa blended Ashtanga and Iyenger yoga. When she became pregnant with her first child, she completed a prenatal certification at OM Yoga in 2005. She was able to gain more knowledge on how to accomoodate pregnant women in her vinyasa classes.
Emma's classes are playful and challenging, incorporating elements of Ashtanga, Jivamukti and other flow styles. She seeks to create a soulful class inspired by her love of Jivamukti, Ashtanga and music. Students are guided into a moving meditation. Emma encourages her students through a practice that embraces breath as the link between body, mind and spirit. She is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to share the inspiring gift of yoga with others.
HOMETOWN - Short Hills, NJ
SIGN - Taurus
FAVORITE WORD - Amazing
I WISH FOR... A good night's sleep
THREE WORDS TO DESCRIBE ME - Easy-Going, Passionate, Loving
WHO INSPIRES ME - My sons Noah & Jake and when I need yoga inspiration- I take Vinnie Marino's AMAZING classes out in LA. If I can’t make it to LAthen I go and take one of our AMAZING Powerflow teachers classes.
FAVORITE YOGA POSE - Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon pose)
SECRET COMFORT FOOD - Chocolate chip cookies
WORDS TO LIVE BY - It’s now or never
DESCRIBE TEACHING STYLE - I teach classes that I would take; I like a nice kick in the butt; my style is definitely on the athletic side
WHAT I DO FOR FUN - Running, yoga, playing with my kids, traveling, shopping in NYC, cooking & baking, enjoying my friends and family
FAVORITE LOCAL ESCAPE - Red Mango
Julie began her journey into yoga after years of competitive distance running had left her injury prone. Seeking a source of cross training she stumbled upon Bikram's Beginner's Hot Yoga class; a 26 posture, 90 minute class practiced in a 105 degree heated room. Julie was hooked. She graduated from Bikram's teacher training in LA in June 2002 and went on to open her own studio, Yoga Zone in Millburn, NJ. After practicing the Bikram series for several years, Julie began to yearn for more. This desire for something greater pushed her to explore several other styles of yoga which is how she found her true place in the yoga world; Vinyasa! "It just opened me up, physically and spiritually in a way I had never thought possible!" With this new found passion and some life changes (getting married and moving to NYC), Julie closed Yoga Zone in the fall of 2005 and went to train with Baron Baptiste in 2006. Teaching Vinyasa allows Julie to utilize her enthusiasm and creativity to craft challenging and fun classes. Most importantly, Julie brings smiles to her students' faces. Julie is certified to teach pre-natal yoga and is a Holistic Nutritionist Counselor through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC. Julie continues to run marathons and train, but always finds herself back in downdog!
HOMETOWN - New Orleans, LA
SIGN - Cancer
FAVORITE WORD - Grace
I WISH FOR... Health, grace, equanimity, and continued growth!
THREE WORDS TO DESCRIBE ME - Authentic, Loyal, Determined
WHO INSPIRES ME - Passionate people
FAVORITE YOGA POSE - Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog); it works everything!
SECRET COMFORT FOOD - Pizza
WORDS TO LIVE BY - Believe in possibilities!! Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!
DESCRIBE TEACHING STYLE - Challenging, encouraging, spiritual, alignment based & playful
WHAT I DO FOR FUN - Scuba dive, ski, travel, watch movies, try new experiences and share what I've learned with others
FAVORITE LOCAL ESCAPE - King's Spa in Palisades Park
Stacie has been practicing various styles of yoga with master teachers for over 14 years (Hatha, Ashtanga, Sivananda, Kripalu, Bikram & Baptiste) and has been teaching since 2001. She is passionate about yoga and sharing its profound effects on mind, body and spirit with her students. She discovered Baron Baptiste's Power Vinyasa Yoga in 2004 while attending a bootcamp in Maya Tulum, Mexico and was immediately hooked. As a lover of sports and outdoor activities, Stacie quickly resonated with Baron's athletic style of yoga as a portal to spirituality and personal transformation. Having trained extensively with Baron, she became a fully certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa teacher in May 2008, one of only two in NJ. Stacie also holds certifications in the Kripalu, Bikram and Restorative AntiGravity Yoga disciplines and has earned Yoga Alliance's highest credentials as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500 hours (E-RYT 500). She continues to explore areas for growth and train with master teachers. "One of my most fulfilling moments as a teacher is when eager students come together in a synergistic fashion and discover something new about themselves."
VALERIE BASILE GRUNTHER
HOMETOWN - Edison, NJ
SIGN - Leo
FAVORITE WORD - Beautiful
I WISH FOR... All things good
THREE WORDS TO DESCRIBE ME - Caring, Loving, Determined
WHAT INSPIRES ME - Faith
FAVORITE YOGA POSE - Upward Facing Dog
SECRET COMFORT FOOD - Ice Cream
WORDS TO LIVE BY - Live, Love, Laugh
DESCRIBE TEACHING STYLE - Challenging, alignment based vinyasa
WHAT I DO FOR FUN - Travel
FAVORITE LOCAL ESCAPE - Arizona
Valerie has been practicing yoga for since 2001 and has been teaching since 2006. It has transformed her life both physically and spiritually. She attained her 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certification as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Jimmy Barkan in Florida in the Summer and Fall of 2007, and recently completed over 100 hours in the study of anatomy for yoga with ASFYT in New York City. Her teaching has evolved to incorporate the benefits of many different styles as she continues to attend workshops, conferences, and reads diligently about the many yoga philosophies and practices. She hopes to inspire others to make yoga a way of life.
They say that you come to yoga in this lifetime, as a result of practicing in a past lifetime. Jeff has been interested in the practice of yoga since early childhood. In May of 2005, Jeff became a certfied Jivamukti yoga instructor. Jeff went on to complete the 800-hour advanced teacher teacher training with mentor Yogeswari at the Jivamukti yoga school in NYC. In addition to interesting and challenging asana sequences, Jeffrey infuses his classes with great music (including his own original songs) humor, and uplifting spiritual teachings. "No one can teach yoga, but we can use this practice to help us to bring about the state of yoga; the interconnected, interrelated, and most importantly, interdependent nature of all things."
To Jeffrey, yoga is a lifestyle, not a job. The opportunity toenrich the lives of the many students who attend class is an honor and privilege. Jeffrey truly feels "from the divine teachings, yoga artistry, and love of music and animals: yoga has transformed his life forever." Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bahvantu. Website: www.jeffscios.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MICHAL LICHTMAN, RYT
HOMETOWN - Be'er Sheva, Israel
SIGN - Leo
FAVORITE WORD - Love
I WISH FOR... Peace everywhere, from global to inner peace
THREE WORDS TO DESCRIBE ME - Loving, Sincere, Caring
WHAT INSPIRES ME - Nature
FAVORITE YOGA POSE - Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon Pose)
SECRET COMFORT FOOD - Chocolate
WORDS TO LIVE BY - Live to love, love to live
DESCRIBE TEACHING STYLE - Anusara
WHAT I DO FOR FUN - Play with my dogs, call my kids, visit my grandson and hang out with my husband
FAVORITE LOCAL ESCAPE - My backyard
Certified of Anusara Yoga teacher and a dedicated student of yoga since 2002. Michal’s love of yoga encourage students to recognize personal freedom and joy within their practice “with a smile” .She teaches with the intention of inspiring conscious participation on the mat to allow a deeper connection to the self ,therefore to be able to offer ourselves in a greater way of the mat. Michal's teaching comes from an incredible journey of personal survival and recovery. As a head injury survivor she used the principles of Alignment of Anusara Yoga to heal herself and now others. Her interest in the biomechanics of the body led her to accomplish the highest level of Thai Yoga Massage therapy. She is full of gratitude to her teacher John Friend, the founder of Anusara Yoga, with whom she trained directly and all the other senior teachers of Anusara yoga and to her Philosophy teachers Paul Muller-Ortega and Douglas Brooks . With deep believe that this practice allow the unfolding of Innate Freedom of the heart Michal has initiated the expansion of Anusara Yoga to the Middle East. www.shalomyoga.com
Dana has been practicing Baron Baptiste style yoga for over 5 years and has been a dancer since she was 3 years old. Hot yoga was brought to her attention through dance and through ways that could improve her flexibility and muscular strength. Throughout her four years of college, she was given a scholarship to dance on the Towson University Dance Team. Given the athletic side to the dance team, she has grown to love Baptiste's more athletic side of yoga. She accomplished her 200 hour teacher training through a Baptiste affiliated studio and looks forward to completing more hours by attending Baron Baptiste's teacher trainings and bootcamps. Dana is truely passionate about teaching, and hopes to inspire students as well as teachers to spread the peace and joy of yoga to others. Dana believes you should accept each part of the journey as it comes. Let each stretch of your path be what it needs.
HOMETOWN - Chatham, NJ
SIGN - Sagittarius
FAVORITE WORD - Awesome
I WISH FOR... Peace
THREE WORDS TO DESCRIBE ME - Mother, Wife, Yogi
WHAT INSPIRES ME - The Dalai Lama
FAVORITE YOGA POSE - Trikonasana (Triangle pose)
SECRET COMFORT FOOD - Rice and beans
WORDS TO LIVE BY - Never lie, be kind to all and judge no one
DESCRIBE TEACHING STYLE - Vinyasa
WHAT I DO FOR FUN - Spend time with my family and un-cook raw food
FAVORITE LOCAL ESCAPE - Whole Foods
Yulady discovered yoga in 2008. She suffered from various life threatening medical problems that left her void of any hope of a normal life. After Western Medicine failed to address her needs, she sought alternative solutions, including yoga. Yulady continues to improve her practice through extreme dedication and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. The struggle secured in her a sense of obligation and a deep need to help others. Trained by Tara Stiles, Yulady’s unique and energetic approach to teaching leave students asking themselves “I want what she has.” In addition, Yulady has attended numerous workshops to further educate herself and hone her skills. Her personal growth and teaching experience coupled with her indomitable spirit and love for yoga warms both the studio and hearts of her students
Heather's journey into yoga began over 13 years ago when she was introduced to Bikram Yoga. After practicing religiously for 5 years, she continued her journey into yoga by moving to Los Angeles, California to train with the master himself, Bikram. In 2002, Heather became a certified Bikram Yoga teacher. Heather did not want to be limited to just teaching one style of Yoga, and she took her yoga teaching skills to a new level and trained with Baron Baptist in 2008. Since her training, Heather has been teaching her new passion, Vinyasa! With her down-to-earth approach to teaching, you will always be challenged in her class. Be prepared to listen to some good tunes, breath, sweat, and most of all enjoy!
HOMETOWN - Springfield, NJ
SIGN - Capricorn
FAVORITE WORD - Courage
I WISH FOR... Peace
THREE WORDS TO DESCRIBE ME - Love, Faith and Inspiration
WHAT INSPIRES ME - Living life fully
FAVORITE YOGA POSE - Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon pose)
SECRET COMFORT FOOD - Popcorn
WORDS TO LIVE BY - Be a yes!
DESCRIBE TEACHING STYLE - Baptiste Flow
WHAT I DO FOR FUN - Yoga and hanging with my girls
FAVORITE LOCAL ESCAPE - Powerflow
Cara has been practicing yoga for 5 years . She recently completed Level 1 Teacher Training In Hawaii with Baron Baptiste and The "GREAT "assist Teacher Training with Baron Baptiste in Mexico. She is in process of completing her certification with Baron Baptiste . Cara practices Yoga daily and is has transformed her life before our very eyes. Cara recently became certified in Hydro Colon Therapy using the Woods Gravity Method. She offers these services at Powerflow as well. Watching her journey has been an amazing experience.
HOMETOWN - Sioux Falls, SD
SIGN - Aries
FAVORITE WORD - Bliss
I WISH FOR... Love, Health and Peace
THREE WORDS TO DESCRIBE ME - Friendly, Caring, Creative
WHAT INSPIRES ME - Small acts of kindness by friends and strangers
FAVORITE YOGA POSE - Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon)
SECRET COMFORT FOOD - Dark Chocolate
WORDS TO LIVE BY - Be yourself
DESCRIBE TEACHING STYLE - Challenging and energetic flow that ends in deep relaxation
WHAT I DO FOR FUN - Spend time with family, cooking & baking, travel
FAVORITE LOCAL ESCAPE - Nearby hiking trails
Crystal initially found Yoga 5 years ago as a way to supplement other physical pursuits, like running and training for local triathlons. After experiencing injury and burnout, she turned to Yoga as her primary source of healing and exercise. And, while the challenging physical aspects of a regular Yoga practice are rewarding, it’s the spiritual inspiration and mental peace that keep her in love with Yoga and on her mat as often as possible.
Crystal loves the creativity, strength and flow of Vinyasa Yoga and believes Yoga is a personal practice that brings balance and grace to all facets of life. Crystal is very passionate that Yoga is for everyone! She weaves teachings from her 200hr training program in Yoga Therapeutics to offer challenging and safe classes that emphasize mindful breath, alignment and finding your flow, all to the beat of great music. She encourages students to honor what best serves their own bodies and minds and it is her hope that students leave class feeling uplifted, energized and relaxed.
Originally from South Dakota, Crystal is happily settled in New Jersey with her supportive husband and 3 beautiful kids. She is thankful to have found Yoga and hopes to help you find your own path as well...breath by breath. Peace.