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-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 24th 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 and spent 2 years managing and teaching the Jivamukti Yoga School in NYC, Union Square. Loren has spent the past three seasons as a beloved teacher and community member of LBI yoga community.

ALEXA

As a lifelong native of the LBI region, Alexa has always been passionate about her little beach town home and the people in it. Alexa began practicing yoga 5 years ago, and found the physical practice really helpful in trying to transition from being a full time competitive cheerleader to finding peace in life after sports. After diving deeper into her yoga practice, she found that it offers much more than a physical workout. Alexa studied under Katie and Crystal at Radiant Heart Yoga School, and says that meditation, spirituality, and self awareness has absolutely changed her life. Alexa is passionate about sharing health and wellness practices with her community through a combination of yoga, aromatherapy, and nutrition.

CAITLIN

Caitlin found yoga while living in Costa Rica in 2005, and it is something that has stayed with her since. It is impossible for her to deny the beautiful way yoga connects the mind, the body, and the soul. She received her 200 hour certification in August of 2016 from the Radiant Heart Yoga Training at Yoga Bohemia on Long Beach Island under the support and guidance of Crystal Dawn Froberg and Katie Ribsam. She loves to teach eco-yoga and vibrant studio vinyasa. Caitlin invites her students to breathe deeply and spend some time at home in their own beautiful bodies, ebbing and flowing through their practice like the waves upon the shore.

EMILY

Emily attended Indiana University where she played and completed a career in Division I field hockey for the Hoosiers. After her last fall season, she needed something new to latch onto. Indiana field hockey had incorporated yoga and she had always really enjoyed the sessions after the team’s long lifts/practices/games/ and travel. Instantly, she felt like this was exactly what she needed and knew she wanted to pursue a career teaching yoga (specifically yoga FOR athletes).

In May 2014 Emily completed my 200-hr RYT at Vibe Yoga in Bloomington, Indiana. Shortly after graduating from Indiana- she continued her field hockey career/education in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Emily began teaching yoga for athletes at this point in her life.

After traveling the world and living in various countries- Emily decided to come home- to New Jersey. She completed a training in Power Yoga For Sports with Gwen Lawrence (NY Giants yoga instructor). Nowadays, you can mostly find her teaching with Rutger’s Athletics teams, however, she still loves teaching a good/yummy/productive studio class.

Emily’s BIGGEST goal as a teacher is to make everyone feel accepted and make them realize they are exactly where they need to be. She tries to make her classes flowy and fun- and do not be surprised by what music comes on. Music varies from reggae to hip hop and everything in between.

GINA

Gina originally began practicing yoga in 2011 as a gym employee who was just looking for a way to utilize her free membership. She didn’t realize at the time how much the decision to take that first yoga class would change her life. In 2014, she completed her 200-hour teacher training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and has since sought to share the gift of yoga with as many people as she can. She teaches classes that are accessible to all levels by offering both modifications and advanced variations and always encourages her students to honor their own bodies. Although she has already learned so much in the past 3 years, she knows there is still an endless amount more to learn and is excited to be embarking on her next journey completing her 300 hours! She is looking forward to growing even more as a student and teacher and sharing that knowledge with those she is lucky enough to teach.

JENN

Jenn has been an active, outdoorsy animal lover her whole life and spent every free hour of her childhood working on a horse farm in Annandale, NJ because she had a passion for riding and training horses. She still loves the outdoors, hiking every chance she gets and has recently developed a passion for the national parks. She is also still a serious animal lover and practice agility with my rescue Australian Shepherd, Cora. This is also my third year fostering homeless dogs for One Love Animal Rescue.

Before Jenn became a teacher, she spent a few years travelling, first living in Niger as a student, then France as an Au Pair, later Thailand as an English teacher, and even later New Zealand as a backpacker and WWOOF volunteer (Willing Workers On Organic Farms). She also visited Burkina Faso, St. Thomas, Brussels, England, Ireland, Laos, Costa Rica, Australia, Ecuador, Italy, and Canada. My experiences in other countries were both humbling and enlightening and what she learned in those places has endlessly shaped my worldview.

Jenn is an 18 year veteran of Surf City Beach Patrol on Long Beach Island. Working as an ocean lifeguard opened her up to a wide range of athletic pursuits, including 4 years rowing college crew, 16 years racing surf boats for my beach patrol, two times running the Philly marathon, three times running the Long Beach Island 18-mile race, and also competing in sprint triathlons for a few years. She still enjoys running very much, and generally run and practice yoga weekly for fitness.

Jenn first tried yoga with my rowing team in college – initially felt that it “wasn’t her thing”! Yoga didn’t feel like the workouts she was used to, and she had trouble battling my type-A to-do lists to be still for more than a minute or two! She came back to yoga in my late 20’s and fell completely in love with it. Practicing yoga brought me stillness, a quiet mind, and focused my priorities. It made her feel even more grateful for all that she had, and it kept her injury-prone body strong, balanced and healthy. It became a respite from her stressful job, and she found a new home on her mat. She is open to all styles of yoga, but especially enjoy vinyasa flow and power. She earned my 200hr RYT certification August 2016. Since then She has enjoyed teaching yoga to my students at school through a club, teaching flow classes at Honor Mansfield, and she also enjoys teaching outdoor yoga classes this summer on Long Beach Island.

SAM

Why are we here? What does it mean to be alive? With a passionate curiosity for these questions and a search for something greater than herself, Samantha discovered yoga. She has embraced a yogic lifestyle to expand her spirituality and mindfulness in a world where it’s challenging to slow down and live in gratitude. Samantha is an avid reader, nature adorer, and unstoppable smiler currently studying astrophysics and art history at Rutgers University. Within these disciplines, she has developed a penchant for existential and self exploration. She recently graduated from the Radiant Heart Yoga School and plans to further her training in the future. By combining her passions for science, spirituality, and social justice, Samantha teaches yoga straight from her soul. Her flows are full of insight, alignment, and positivity. Her classes promote strength, flexibility, and balance from a space of total acceptance and love. As a teacher of this ancient practice, she strives to bring her students peace and cultivate an awareness of our universe. Her intention in this life is to bring people together on the floating sphere we call home and generate enough laughter to fill infinity.

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-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!

BRITTANY

Brittany’s yoga journey started in California seven years ago. Instantly she fell in love with the physical practice and the philosophical principals accompanying yoga. While in college at the University of South Carolina, Brittany got her first job teaching yoga at her schools’ gym. This is where she spent two years learning to teach all level vinyasa style classes. After college, Brittany traveled to Thailand to continue her yoga journey as student and teacher. She completed a 200-hour teacher training program at Samma Karuna in Ko Pha Ngan, finally becoming a certified yoga instructor. Her yoga journey continues now that she’s settled down on LBI. Brittany is currently in graduate school for clinical mental health counseling, striving to mend both practice and principle with her yoga teachings. “To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it. “ – Kurt Vonnegut

CHRISTINA M

“Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart” -Confucius
With this quote as a guiding principle both on and off the mat, Christina hopes to bring love and light to each and every class. As a graduate of the Radiant Heart Yoga School here at Yoga Bohemia, Christina has cultivated a practiced balanced in heart, mind, and body through the inspiration and knowledge of her teachers, Katie Ribsam and Crystal Froberg. As a Neuroscience and Health Studies major at Fairfield University, Christina’s class draws from her passions for both mind and soul, focusing on deepening our physical and emotional connections to the practice while allowing our heart to guide the way in class and beyond. All are welcomed and encouraged to come learn, grow, laugh, and love together in Christina’s classes focused on alignment, strength, flexibility, and flowing with an open heart. Honored to have the opportunity to continue learning and teaching in the greatest studio on the greatest island, Christina looks forward to sharing space with you, as apart of the community she loves so deeply.

 

LIZZY

A lifelong adventure seeker, traveler, and lover of the natural world, Liz began her yoga practice at the age of 16. As a double sport athlete, Liz initially sought yoga to counteract the intense physical stress she was putting on her body. While she discovered a way to stretch and strengthen the body, she found that the benefits of yoga extended far beyond a relief for the muscles. She found that yoga helped to improve her mood, focus, relationships with friends and teammates, leadership skills, mental stability, contentment and happiness (and so much more!!). Later, when Liz became and high school teacher and coach, she began to integrate aspects of yoga, breath work, and meditation in the classroom and practices. As with her own experience, she noted that her students and athletes seemed to have similar transformative experiences. While Liz is no longer in the classroom, she continues to coach and advocate for the presence of yoga and meditation in the lives of children and teens. Her passion for nature, from the sea to the mountains, has been a driving force behind her travels. In college, Liz studied biology and eco-tourism, the concept of responsible travel in terms of environmental awareness and sustainability as well as cultural respect. Liz now lends her experience to the yoga retreat lifestyle, combining her passions in life: yoga, travel, and nature. Graduating from the Radiant Heart Yoga School and apprenticing under Katie Ribsam in the style of Power Yoga, helped drastically to shift her life path towards a direction of her true dharma. She continues to seek out every corner of the earth, practicing eco-yoga, meeting new people, and reconnecting to pacha mama. You can find her barefoot and salty-haired teaching vinyasa, yin, SUP yoga, and beach yoga at Yoga Bohemia.

And remember, “if the ocean can calm itself so can you, we are both salt water mixed with air” – Nayyirah Waheed

Namaste babes! Xoxo

JACKIE

“My yoga mat is a magic carpet. When I am on it, I discover places within me that I never knew
existed.”
Jackie has been practicing yoga for 5 years. She fell in love with the way that, as soon as she
stepped on her mat, she felt peace and tranquility. Through her asana and meditation practice,
she has found more strength, courage, and bliss within her than could have ever imagined
possible. Jackie decided to become a yoga teacher to help her students discover that strength,
courage, and peace is also within them. Jackie is a Radiant Heart Yoga School at Yoga Bohemia
200-hour teacher training graduate. She is grateful to have the opportunity to share her yoga
practice with you and looks forward to seeing you on your mat!

MARYANN

Maryann’s yoga journey started around 15 years ago as a way of coping with a diagnosis of cancer. It helped her get through all the fears, uncertainties and anxieties that came along with it. She really came to appreciate all the healing properties that came out of a yogic practice. In 2014, to celebrate her tenth year being cancer free, she decided to embark on a 200 hour intensive yoga teacher training. During that training, she started to lean toward the slower yin pace of yoga. Along with her 200 hour certificate from Become One Yoga, taught by Jody Domerstaad, she also achieved her 300 hour certificate with Jody Domerstaad for a yin teacher training. Maryann is also a certified Reiki Level 2 practitioner, receiving her attunement from Malia Murphy.

STACY

Stacy Anuttara Newfeld is an E-RYT with 3 decades of experience. Her teachers/mentors Shiva Rea & Elena Brower inspire her classes which are an offering of the heart. A practice where the breath weaves into conscious alignment based sequences inviting you to land in a state of balance and grace.
5 yrs ago she began her work with sound & crystal bowls & thus Essential Sonic Surrenders were born.
A Gold Leader & educator for dōTERRA she infuses all of her yoga and sound classes with the aromatic benefits these plants “of the earth” provide.