bio-katieKATIE

Katie is a runner, rock climber, snowboarder and lover of the outdoors who has spent well over half of her life as a practicing yogi. Through yoga, Katie has not only been able to deepen her own sense of self-awareness but has also been able to maintain the focus, discipline, flexibility and agility necessary to physically enjoy the outdoors through the sports she loves. Katie apprenticed under Michael Cremone in the Power Yoga discipline and has been teaching yoga all over New Jersey ever since. As a yoga instructor, Katie’s classes include creative flows, core strength and technical poses such as inversions and arm balances. Classes are designed for all levels offering variations for novice to experienced practitioners. Katie’s yoga practice and teaching style continues to evolve as she travels the world to train in diverse yogic disciplines.

bio-courtneyCOURTNEY

Always driven by fitness and creativity, Courtney was a dancer for 17 years. After high school, she moved to Los Angeles in the hopes of becoming a professional dancer. Instead of her love for dance flourishing, it dwindled away under the scrutiny of the limelight, and she decided to give up her dancing dreams to pursue a Bachelor’s degree back in her home state of New Jersey. While in college, Courtney tried a yoga class simply because it seemed similar to dance. She fell in love after her first practice and delved right into an Immersion to see if this was as enlightening a practice as she thought, but she was wrong; it was nothing less than transcendental! After receiving her 200-RYT, she decided to further her mind-body studies by moving back to California, but this time on what would prove to be a much more fulfilling path. During her two years in Los Angeles, she received her Masters degree in Counseling, as well as her Yoga Therapy Rx certification. In addition Courtney was afforded the opportunity to teach alongside Govindas & Radha at Bhakti Yoga Shala, Bryan Kest at Power Yoga, as well as continuing on to obtain her Yoga Trance Dance Certification with internationally renowned teacher Shiva Rea. She is filled with so much gratitude for the amazing opportunities she was given in studying yoga and is overjoyed to be bringing what she learned on the West Coast back home to beautiful New Jersey.

bio-maliaMALIA

For over 30 years, Malia has been living a Holistic life style and gaining wisdom and healing methods from her many teachers. Malia is a Reiki Master, certified Gestalt and massage therapist, Let It Go Yoga teacher, Ermei Qigong healer, Ama Deus healing practitioner and director of Island Wellness Center in Long Beach Island, New Jersey. Malia’s style of yoga integrates her healing expertise with specialized yoga sequencing designed to help students DE-­‐STRESS by integrating breath and stretch to release pent up tension.

instructor-picLOREN

This year marks Loren’s 21st year practicing this sacred art of yoga asana. Inspired from the first time she stepped into the Jivamukti Yoga Center in NYC back in 1994, each visit became an illuminating experience. From the dance of devotion and dynamic interplay of powerful asanas to the authentic teachers and celestial music, she knew she had entered a sacred place that felt like heaven. Her true blossoming emerged in 2003 when she attended the Jivamukti Yoga teacher training, and travelled to Mysore , India to study Ashtanga with Sri.K. Pattabhi Jois, Guru of the lineage. She has done 6 other teacher training over the years including Iyengar, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Vedic Studies, Yoga philosophy courses and classical Indian music. She taught Jivamukti Yoga and Ashtanga in Miami from 2004-9, and in Los Angeles from 2008-2012. In August of 2012 she went on a 8 month pilgrimage all over the country studying with many Spiritual masters and teaching kirtan workshops. For the past 2 years she has been managing and teaching the Jivamukti Yoga School in NYC, Union Square. She is extremely excited to move to Long Beach Island and become part of the LBI yoga community.

bio-jillianJILLIAN – PILATES

Jillian is a classically trained Pilates instructor through Drexel University’s 450 hour Pilates Certification Program for both mat and equipment. As an avid runner, she found Pilates to be a great cross-training activity that provided her with more body awareness and overall strength via the six principles of Pilates: centering, concentration, control, precision, breath and flow. Her classes welcome practitioners of all levels with modifications to challenge each student as they advance. Jillian’s teaching philosophy encourages you to test your limits and will leave you feeling accomplished, more confident and energized to take on life!

INSTRUCTOR-IMAGE-SIZE10LISA

After the birth of her son, Lisa discovered yoga as a way to get back into shape and take time for herself, mentally and physically. She continued to practice throughout her 2nd pregnancy and, shortly after the birth of her daughter, she began the teacher certification process. Lisa is certified in Vinyasa and was taught by Heather Sheridan and Julie Gurevich through Powerflow Yoga. She is also certified to teach yoga to children through NYC’s Karma Kids. Lisa teaches a challenging and invigorating yet safe Vinyasa class. As someone who suffers from low back pain, she knows how to modify and make sure her students know their options during class. She is thrilled to be able to share her love for yoga with others!

INSTRUCTOR-IMAGE-SIZE11 SARA

Sara first discovered yoga in high school back in 2007 at her local YMCA, but it wasn’t until her third year of college that Sara realized how much she loved yoga, and wanted to complete training in order to fully immerse yoga into her everyday life – not only physically but more importantly spiritually and mentally. In the Spring of 2014 Sara completed her 200 hour RYT with Satsang Yoga in Westfield, NJ specializing in Vinyasa Flow / Hatha Yoga. She is eternally grateful to her teachers, Ellen Kaplow and Sally Narkis who have inspired and taught her all the gifts yoga provides. Yoga has not only helped Sara grow physically, but more importantly Sara has realized that it’s taking the practice off the mat that truly matters – yoga opened Sara’s eyes to what kind of life she wanted to lead and helped her leave the fast paced corporate world for a life of wellness and service to others. Sara completed her Reiki I & II training under Malia Murphy during the summer of 2014 and has been blessed to teach a variety of different classes. From free community yoga classes, to karma yoga classes to friends and family in her living room, to beach yoga, to studio yoga at a variety of studios on the beautiful island of Long Beach Island, NJ. As a former Textile Design student, Sara loves to take her creativity and apply it to her Yoga Classes. Sara focuses on fluid movements with foundation asanas, all supported by a steady breath flow. She truly believes yoga is not only about putting the body into various asanas but, is rather about the breath. Learning to utilize the breath, one really can get through many of life’s challenges. There is a time for strength and focus, as well as a time to let go and surrender. When she’s not teaching yoga, Sara is most likely creating something (from working knitting needles, to viewing the world from behind a camera lens), making smoothies, watching Super Soul Sunday, thrift shopping, giving hugs, or spending her time outdoors.

bio-rubyRUBY

Ruby’s love for yoga stems from the endless path of discovery it holds for us.  In the beginning of 2014, Ruby decided to make a change in her life and venture down to Costa Rica for her 200 Yoga Alliance Teacher Training at the Pavones Yoga Center.  Not only did she learn how to guide a group of students but she learned how to guide herself as well.  She learned healing modalities such as reiki and became in tune with nature and our humbling environment.  This experience opened up a whole new realm of love and light into her heart.  Yoga is a mindful, transformative practice meant to be delighted in by all.  Ruby’s intention as a teacher is to create a space where students can soak in their own yummy experience of self exploration while still feeling apart of something greater than themselves.  Ruby extends her gratitude to her teachers and students, past and present and looks forward to seeing you on the mat! 🙂

bio-kevinKEVIN

“Yoga is not about touching your toes, it is about what you learn on the way down.” Kevin is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance- experienced with working with a diverse array of students including everyone from beginners looking to learn the basics through advanced practitioners looking to deepen their asana. Throughout the chaos of life, Kevin stumbled upon yoga. “It offers me peace of mind and body.” With his up beat attitude and sense of humor, his classes are bound to leave you smiling. When not on his mat, you can find Kevin in his garden or hiking in the woods.

bio-crystalCRYSTAL

“Let the beauty you love be what you do” ~Rumi
Crystal finds the beauty and magic in the yoga teachings and loves sharing her love of yoga with others. Over the last 10 years of her life while being passionate about the healing arts including massage, dance, vegetarianism, and lots of travel, yoga was and is a huge part of her daily life…on and off the mat. In 2012 she moved out to California to study yoga at the Laughing Lotus in San Francisco which was the most transformative, beautiful, heart opening time of her life. Awakening to her soul’s purpose on this planet even more. And that is why she love teaching yoga, to hold the space for others to heal and transform their lives. To live out your soul’s wildest dreams and to embrace the beauty of every moment. Yoga helps Crystal step out of her head and into her heart. The heart space, where we all should learn to live from. Recently she graduated from a Art of Attention yoga training in NYC with Elena Brower. This training brought the magic of yoga even deeper into her body and brain. Literally healing every cell, thought, and pattern. Crystal feels so privileged to be a yoga teacher in this lifetime. She is so grateful everyday for this practice and being able to share it with you!

bio-elyseELYSE – KID’S YOGA

Elyse has been practicing yoga since she was 13 years old and is currently studying to become a preschool teacher in Boston. Her passion for working with children and doing yoga came together 3 years ago when she began teaching kid’s yoga in Central Park, NYC. She believes yoga is all about accomplishing personal goals in mind and body, no matter what age. In Kids Yoga class, Elyse incorporates yoga and relaxation techniques into activities kids already know and love including song, dance, story telling and pretend play. It is a laid-back and fun atmosphere for kids who want to try something new and make some friends at the beach. She loves what she does and is thrilled to share her enthusiasm and light-hearted yoga style with the kids of Long Beach Island this summer! Namaste little yogis!

Lauren

Lauren started out practicing yoga to supplement her workouts while training for field hockey seasons through college. Yoga added an element of softness to exercise, an idea that had previously been foreign, both physically and mentally (i.e., too much yang, not enough yin!). Through realizing that it’s not only okay to not go “full throttle” sometimes, but also that it is healthy and necessary, her practice became quite spiritual — using this mindset and these physical lessons to also know it’s important to work toward mental and emotional softness & subtlety.  Further, through the asana practice, she continues to learn about how to refine weak parts of her posture that have become imbalanced due to sports, slumping, and over/underworked muscles. Yoga gives us physical tools to learn from ourselves – how we move, how we think, inside and out.  So as a teacher she is here to share in hopes that others will benefit from this ancient genius!

INSTRUCTOR-IMAGE-SIZE13 MARY

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” Jon Kabat-Zinn. That’s how Mary felt once she discovered yoga, and how it made her feel on and off her mat. As a full-time middle school French teacher, a mom and in the process of adopting her daughter from China, she was seeking something that would bring her focus, a sense of peace and grounding to balance the chaos. That was when yoga entered her life.   She left her teaching position in June 2011, knowing she wanted to share her love of yoga with others. She enrolled in a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in January 2012 and has been teaching since June 2012   She is a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance, and recently completed a 40 hour Restorative/Gentle Yoga Teaching Training. When she is not in LBI, Mary lives in Bergen County where she teaches yoga and takes classes for continual growth and inspiration she can pass on to her own students.   She teaches a vibrant, energizing all-level flow that will leave her students feeling grounded, refreshed and ready to ride the waves!

INSTRUCTOR-IMAGE-SIZE12 REBECCA

Rebecca Frezza has had a love of movement and dance that stems back to her childhood. She earned a certificate in dance from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and went on to a successful career in Musical Theater traveling the world in productions of A Chorus Line and Evita. Rebecca then earned a fitness certification from Marymount Manhattan College and spent 5 years working as a personal fitness trainer in NYC. After having children, Rebecca spent a number of years in the children’s music industry, writing, performing and teaching music. During that time she continued to pursue her own fitness goals and searched for a form of exercise that would inspire her. When she stepped into her first Bikram Yoga class she knew she had found what she was looking for. She discovered a class that was physically challenging but at the same time, spiritually centered. The steady intense flow and meditative quality of the class was hypnotic and she was hooked. She continued regular practice for several years and then things changed. A serious illness required that she take a step back. After surgery and two months of recuperation, she returned to the hot room. That space was sacred and safe for her and the perfect place to heal and rebuild. After a few months Rebecca became inspired to deepen her practice and challenge herself physically with a teacher training. She studied the Barkan Method (a hot yoga practice that combines elements of Vinyasa with the 26 Bikram postures) with Jimmy Barkan and earned her 200-hour certification. As a teacher, Rebecca strives to create an encouraging environment in which people can recognize their own power and grace and practice safely, no matter what their experience level. She is thrilled to be a part of the Yoga Bohemia team!