Amy is a 200 hr certified yoga Vinyasa teacher. She has a MS in Exercise Physiology. Amy came to yoga 15 years ago first as a physical practice, but came to realize the power of true yoga on the mind, body and soul and wanted to share this with others. Since then she has been teaching students privately, at UPS, The Ridgewood Public Library, volunteering for Kula for Karma and at The Valley Hospital. She has studied with Sarah Powers, Sean Corne and Elena Brower. She is also certified to teach Yoga for Cardiac Health. “What I love to teach willing students is that the practice of yoga doesn’t always have to be mat based and that there are plenty of options for all individuals and levels of ability.”
Angela Trovato (Pavan Avtar Kaur) is a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher, having completed her Level I Kundalini Teacher Training with Mahan Rishi Singh Khalsa and Nirbhe Kaur Khalsa in 2016. Angela’s healing experience through the practice of the ancient technology of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation inspired her to share its benefits with others. Her approach to teaching and practice is governed by immense appreciation for the teachings that Yogi Bhajan passed on to us, and great reverence for the transformative power of the practice.
Angela’s spiritual name Pavan Avtar, meaning the pure embodiment of the divinity of the soul that is experienced through consciously carrying prana, the spark of life which is contained within the breath. Angela aspires to bring a sense of this sacred spark of life to others.
Cooper’s yoga journey began in 2001 when he took a yoga elective course while a student at West Virginia University. He knew that yoga would benefit him in both football and track while at college. In 2011, a friend introduced him to Bikram Yoga. He was hooked. Although he does remember struggling at first and keeping his mat very close to the door so he could make a fast escape if necessary.
After mastering Bikram Yoga, Cooper took his first yoga class with Ben Wisch. He found Ben’s heart language and wisdom, a true inspiration. In 2014-2015, Cooper took Ben’s 200-hour teacher training. He found the yoga skills he was taught also benefited him greatly in his personal training business. As his quest for knowledge continued, he then took Jody Domerstad’s 300-hour teacher training in 2015-2016. This included Reiki Level 1 & 2 training, a restorative certification, and a yin certification.
Cooper has found his passion in teaching yoga. His classes focus heavily on meditation and breath work. He teaches his students that by keeping their mind in the present, they can face life without fear. Cooper is also a football and track coach at St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, a personal trainer, and a stand up comedian in NYC.
He is very excited to share his wisdom and knowledge with students at The Body Image Boutique!
Faith Kaufman was a lawyer before completely changing her path in life. She left for the opportunity to combine two things that are close to her heart – yoga and children. Faith is a mom of 3 daughters and married to her college sweetheart. Faith is certified to teach kids yoga from Naturally Yoga in Glen Rock, NJ, Karma Kids Yoga in NYC and Kidding Around Yoga in NYC. Faith has developed kids yoga programs at various local schools and gyms and in the summer months you can find Faith playing yoga games with kids ages 3-15 at Ramaquois Day Camp. Faith’s goal is to expand opportunities for children to grow and learn yoga in a fun and nurturing environment and is ecstatic to blend her experience teaching children with her passion for yoga to create classes that inspire confidence, relax the body and spark the imagination. Faith believes that yoga can help kids have a calm and balanced mind and body. Faith’s classes incorporate the use of animated poses, stretches and games to promote strength, flexibility, coordination and balance. She will also practice meditation and guide visualization to teach the kids to focus, relax and develop self control in a non-competitive environment. Yoga is supposed to be FUN and through stories, games, songs and poses the kids will learn to love yoga!
With a BA in English from the University of Michigan, and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Jen launched a successful career as a marketing professional in Manhattan. She began her yoga practice after her third knee surgery at the age of 39. Originally there for the physical benefits, she soon realized that the philosophy behind the practice was helping her make peace with the negative body image issues she had struggled with since her teen years.
Eager to share yoga’s benefits, Jen received her 200-hour teacher certification from Ben Wisch at Flow Yoga in Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., and opened her own studio, Defiant Yoga, with the mission of helping individuals of all ages learn to love and accept themselves exactly as they are. She is proud to expand this mission as co-founder of The Body Image Boutique.
Jen has trained with Dr. Melody Moore of the Embody Love Movement, Leslie Kaminoff of Yoga Anatomy, Charlotte Stone of the Stone Center for Yoga and Health, and Christine Loyacano of the Bergen County Transcendental Meditation Center. She was also instrumental in launching Kula for Karma’s Body Positive Yoga program, which she continues to teach weekly.
Karen Dillon is a 200 hour certified yoga teacher and has an additional certification in intensati (a mind, body and spirit yoga/exercise class developed by Patricia Moreno). She completed her 200-hour training with Gail Walsh, Janet Vignol, and Ronda Lam-Dichiaro at Yoga Mountain in New City, NY. She has also studied extensively with Elena Brower. Karen started practicing yoga in 1991 at the same time she started her journey of recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Her yoga practice has strengthened the very important spiritual component of her recovery program.
Kathy (Madhuri) DeJesus
Kathy (Madhuri) DeJesus is a Mom, Certified Yoga & Meditation Instructor, Licensed aesthetician, and Life Coach. In 2004, she received her aesthetician license. In 2008, Kathy completed her 300-hour yoga teacher training at Lotus Yoga in Montclair. In September 2012, she finished her 500-hour teach training with Yoga Life Society.
Kathy has been teaching for almost 10 years, and is currently working on her 100-hour Life coach certification through the Tony Robbins program. She continues to deepen her yoga practice through further studies with her Master teacher, Reverend Jaganath Carrera , diving deeper into the philosophy of yoga. Kathy continues to expand her meditation practice and finds inspiration exploring her inner self.
Lisa (Myla) Sandhusen
Lisa (Myla) is passionate about women claiming and celebrating their authentic connection to the infinite self. She brings her unique collection of gifts and perspective into every circle she leads and attends. Working from the Earth up she weaves together her collective skills as a Bellydancer Performer and Instructor, Sex Educator, Relationship Coach, Wise Woman Herbalist/Green Witch, Doula, BirthKeeper, Mother, Wife, Lover, Sister, Artist Model, Activist, Producer and Director. Myla celebrates an unconditional love of humanity with tenacity and playfulness. Her grounded and unconditional acceptance creates a class atmosphere that is both nurturing and safe for experimentation and risk taking.
She enjoys the ongoing adventures of learning from each and every experience offered in life and is a Way Shower and Thought Leader. Some of the other activities that inspire Myla are hiking, gardening, hanging out with her family and friends, studying mythological histories, astrology, and experimenting with smoothie recipes. She aspires to be an author and is leading the reLOVelution a MeetUp group dedicated to creating a supportive community for LOV filled relationships.
Throughout her life, Lulu has had a passion for yoga and bodywork. She is a mom of three and has a background in massage therapy. After learning of her daughters’ interest in yoga, Lulu began practicing with them and quickly realized how much fun she was having. She decided to take it a step further and received her Children’s Yoga certification from Yoga Synthesis in Ramsey, NJ. Lulu’s classes allow kids to have fun with yoga through games, songs, and stories as well as breath work and relaxation. By combining her love for kids and yoga, Lulu hopes to instill her students with confidence, self love, and happy hearts!
Mary Jo Wood
“I began my yoga teacher training at the same time I started my journey in 12 step recovery. I want to share the gifts I’ve received in these practices. Both continue to show me how to stay open to the spiritual principles in the daily ups and downs of life. It is truly a practice, each day different than the next. Thankfully, it is all about the “progress and not perfection”. Begin the journey and explore that place of stillness where you can connect with your intuitive guidance.”
Mary Jo is a RYT( registered yoga teacher) within Yoga Alliance. She completed her 200 hour teacher certification at Yoga Mountain while studying under Gail Bentley Walsh. She has completed the Off the Mat into the World: Yoga, Purpose and Action Intensive Leadership Training with Seane Corn, Hala Khouri and Suzanne Sterling. She has also received advanced training in iRest Yoga Nidra meditation under Richard Miller. iRest is currently being used in many healing environments to bring practitioners back to their ever present sense of well being. Mary Jo has been teaching Hatha yoga with adults and children since 2007, while leading iRest meditation classes and workshops since 2010. As a practitioner of Hatha yoga for over 20 years, her desire to teach comes from her personal yoga journey. She describes her practice as life changing and wants to share with others the gifts of insight, peace and joy that yoga can bring. Her focus is always to guide the student through self-inquiry using movements of the physical form of postures (asana), the breath (pranayama) and meditation. She believes that a yoga practice is an uniquely personal experience of moving inward. Mary Jo holds a space for your individual practice while teaching and guiding you through your self exploration.
Michelle is a 200-hr RYT with Yoga Alliance, and has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. She completed her 200-hr Teacher Training with the founder of Curvy Yoga, Anna Guest-Jelley (Nashville, TN) in 2013.
Michelle came to yoga looking for an alternative to high-impact activity due to injury and looking for a way to increase flexibility and strength safely. Living with body image issues her entire life, yoga became a tremendous tool on her road to body acceptance. Yoga provided the tools to allow her to practice in a judgment –free zone and most importantly her mat became the safe space she needed to allow the mind-body connection she was missing.
Michelle teaches options and customizations to student’s practices to make yoga work for your body, right now. Classes combine mindful movement and breath work that is accessible to all.
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Tricia is a KRI-certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor. She achieved her certification in August 2016. Tricia enjoys many different types of yoga, including Hatha, Vinyasa and Hot Yoga, but found her true connection in a Kundalini Yoga workshop at Kripalu five years ago. From that first introductory workshop, Tricia began a steady daily practice of Kundalini Yoga that has helped her gain strength, self-empowerment, and greater self-awareness. She is passionate about sharing this beautiful and very powerful practice. Tricia’s spiritual name, “Kewalpreet Kaur”, means “One who loves the Divine”. We all have the tools we need to find our truest selves and Kundalini Yoga puts us on the “fast track”!
Yael is a yoga therapist, C-IAYT and teacher, RYT500, working in Rockland and Westchester counties. She piloted the yoga therapy program for breast cancer patients and survivors at Nyack Hospital. Yael offers yoga therapy, group and private classes and workshops. Her classes are gentle, deep and playful, combining alignment, breath and inquiry to find strength and ease in the body/mind. As a yoga therapist she uses the techniques and practices of yoga to help clients find a greater sense of health and well being in their lives.