Evelyn Brigandi, RYT 200

Evelyn fell into the world of Hatha yoga about 10 years ago when she was looking for options to help alleviate the severe migraine headaches that she used to get.  By practicing yoga regularly and keeping a clean diet, Evelyn began to feel the physical benefits with the relief of her migraines.  Within a few years, Evelyn became involved in other schools of yoga: Raja Yoga (meditation), Karma Yoga (selfless service), Laya Yoga (awakening the chakras and kundalini energy), and Bhakti Yoga (practice of love and devotion) – all of which helped calm her mind, uplift her spirit and strengthen her body.  Evelyn’s classes incorporate pranayama, form, flow and alignment with a sweet, restorative ending in savasana. Evelyn is a graduate of Clair Diab’s 300 hr teacher training at American Yoga Academy.

 

 Fiona Andrews, E-RYT 200, RYT 500

Fiona first found Ashtanga yoga at her local gym while she was in high school, and maintained a consistent individual practice as she went on to complete degrees in Opera and Piano at Syracuse University. Vinyasa classes became her sanity while she worked in a hectic marketing agency for a few years, and evolved into a passion that led her to pursue her 200 hour teacher training at Starseed (Verona, NJ). Soon after she began teaching, she decided to leave her full-time job in order to spend several months in southern India completing her 300 hour Advanced Ashtanga teacher training. Her classes are informed both by the vigorous, intense Ashtanga practice and a thorough understanding of anatomy and alignment . Living by the philosophy of “helping people to help themselves,” Fiona teaches challenging yet meditative classes with emphasis on form, flow, and pranayama. But when she’s not on the mat, you can bet she’s in a faraway land making new friends and finding adventure!

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Kenny Baron, RYT 200

For Kenny, yoga did not capture his interest right away.  It has slowly integrated into a lifestyle of self-healing and helping others heal themselves.  This world is constantly changing, and we can open up to it and respect all of its manifestations.  His yoga became a process toward clarity, strength, stability, and our innate basic goodness.  He gradually re-relates to both body and mind, which at times can be challenging yet incredibly fulfilling. 

A graduate of Raji Thron’s 200 hr teacher training at Yoga Synthesis and Shastri Ethan Nichtern’s multi-lineage meditation teacher training program, Kenny believes yoga is for everyone with all present conditions. He likes to blend qualities of meditation, pranayama, and various traditions of Hatha Yoga.  Everyone is encouraged to proceed in a rhythm that feels perfect to him or her.  And most important is to recognize, allow, and respond to your ever-changing personal experience.  Have fun with it and please come as you are.


Michelle Brook, RYT 200

Michelle Brook has practiced yoga since 1998, but began a more rigorous and committed practice in 2011, after a traumatic loss. Yoga helped her through a difficult time and has enhanced and benefited her life in significant ways since, making her eager to learn more and to share her knowledge so others can absorb the positive benefits that yoga can provide.

For many years Michelle has been teaching preschool nature programs, grade school river ecology lessons, and substitute teaching at all grade levels. Michelle is now thrilled to have the opportunity to teach yoga to children. She has a 30 hour certification from Karma Kids Yoga Studio in NYC, where she learned games, activities and hundreds of poses that incorporate play to best share the practice with children. Michelle continued her yoga studies by completing a Yoga Alliance 200 hour certification in June 2014 at the American Yoga Academy in West Orange.

“I love sharing yoga with children; it’s about poses, play, breath, music, dance and games. Kids have fun while gaining knowledge about themselves and learning lifelong skills to manage stress and strong emotions.”

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Cat Sposa, RYT 200

Cat has been practicing yoga since she was 18, and has maintained an active lifestyle ever since she first started being involved in sports at an early age. Cat’s passion for wellness and Ahimsa (compassion for all living beings) have both played major roles in her decision to become a yoga teacher. Being a vegetarian since 2010 and committing to a daily yoga practice, Cat has found her mind, body and spirit well balanced. She’s passionate in sharing her yoga teaching with others so they can experience the amazing benefits yoga has to offer. Cat completed her 200 HR RYT program through Bhakti Barn in Millburn, NJ. Her classes are challenging yet accessible to all.
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Danielle Franco, RYT 200 

Danielle’s love and appreciation for yoga was not instantaneous!  She took her first class in 2002, left with a horrible migraine and vowed to never do it again.  For years prior, Danielle had struggled with addiction, anxiety, unreleased trauma, depression and various physical ailments such as headaches, fibroids and diabetes.  Despite her uncomfortable beginning with yoga, something drew her back to the practice and she began to realize that an energetic shift had taken place within her mind and body.  Yoga was the beginning of Danielle’s miraculous healing journey, both physical and emotional, and the true catalyst for change in her life.  In yoga we learn to embrace ourselves exactly as we are.  With practice, we realize we are already whole and that everything we need already exists within us.  Yoga offers us the tools to recalibrate and come back into alignment with our true self, personal power and freedom.  Danielle combines great respect and reverence with a sense of playfulness, joy and relatability to the modern world in her teachings.  She enjoys weaving and calming breathing techniques and practical meditation tools into her unique flow classes to create a fun yet challenging and blissful experience for all.

Danielle is a Certified Health Coach (CHC) with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). In 2009 she graduated from the prestigious Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City where she studied over a hundred different dietary theories. Danielle practices the unique concept of Bio-Individuality recognizing that no two people are exactly alike and therefore dietary plans must be tailored to the specific needs of each individual. As a certified Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200hr), Danielle is passionate about sharing the time honored traditions of Ayurveda with her students to help them achieve a happy, healthy, and balanced lifestyle. Danielle is also a Certified Transformational Coach having studied Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT/Tapping) in which she uses these techniques to assist clients in clearing the underlying emotional blockages that keep them from losing weight and having a body and life they love.

Michele Maltese, RYT 200

Michele was introduced to yoga as a teenager in the most organic way-in her aunt and uncles living room!  At a young age, she knew that yoga was a part of her DNA.  She then dedicated herself to the physical practice and ethics for the next 20 years.

Always a student, she continues to learn and open her mind.  As a graduate of Naturally Yoga teacher training, Michele went deeper into her study of yoga: asana, philosophy and sacred texts.  

Michele creates a genuine connection with her students.  Her authenticity enables others to reach a place of openness and inner truth.  As part of her teaching style, you will receive loving adjustments and details to alignment.  Most of Michele’s classes are a combination of powerful flows and dynamic static poses mixed with counter poses, gentle twists and soothing restorative poses.  You will experience a balance of Yin Yang – always honoring yourself where you are.

Michele has a light heart and does not take life too seriously, yet has a deep respect for the practice of yoga, its teachings, and all things spiritual.

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Ludmila discovered yoga in 1999 and it was love at first Asana.  Her practice took her to another level when she started taking classes at a local yoga studio.  She found other limbs of yoga in addition to Asana practice – pranayama, meditation, yamas and niyamas – spiritual aspects of yoga that allows each practitioner to go deeper within themselves and find perfection within that every one of us is born with.

“Yoga is too precious and magical not to be shared.  After each class I teach I feel a greater connection to myself and to the people practicing with me, we are creating something great together, and I am very happy and proud to be part of this.”

Ludmila studied with Sheryl and Neil Edsall at Naturally Yoga and is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance.  Ludmila is fluent in both English and Russian.

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Margaret Caruvana, Certified Pilates Mat Teacher

Margaret has been into fitness for 35 years, and fifteen years ago stumbled upon Pilates.  She has a certification for the Power Pilates Core Mat I Training via The Pilates Project.  Margaret believes working out to be a lifelong journey, and that we all need to find what brings out the best in oneself.

“The Pilates method of body conditioning is a unique system of stretching and strengthening exercises developed over ninety years ago by Joseph H. Pilates.  It strengthens and tones muscles, improves posture, provides flexibility and balance, unites body and mind, and creates a more streamlined shape.” –The Pilates Body, Brooke Siler

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Tenley is a RYT-200 registered Yoga Alliance teacher.  Her yoga practice began as a compliment to her experience as a K-12 Arts Educator/Administrator.  The design of her classes are mindfully organized to incorporate a seamless mixture of physical, mental, and spiritual elements of the yoga practice.  Training includes 200 hour program with Gail Bentley Walsh of Yoga Mountain and recently completed her 500 hour program with Raji Thron of Yoga Synthesis.