Alison states, “I am a mom to three girls with our first puppy ever. Life is crazy and we can get lost in our to-do lists. I love this ancient and healing practice that helps us to slow down and get back in touch with what is important to us. Yoga has supported and inspired me since I started my practice 14 years ago. I recently completed a 200 hour training with amazing teachers and can’t wait to share this beautiful practice with you. Yoga gives us a guidebook for how to live a life that is deeply nourishing.”
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.
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.
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.
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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Shari has been practicing meditation daily for over 25 years. After discovering Yoga and prana in high school and receiving a B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1980, she continued to be fascinated by and study mind/body/spirit health. She is a certified Qigong Teacher having studied with Master Robert Peng and Master Mingtong Gu.
Shari’s various meditation practices include the ancient and modern wisdom distilled from Qigong, Yoga, Mindfulness, Mantra, Energy Medicine and T’ai Chi.
Simi is a Registered Yoga Teacher and author of Ascending Voice: A Collection of Inspired Writing for the Soul. Join Simi, mom, health coach, yoga teacher, writer and self love advocate. She will lead practices that will leave you feeling relaxed, renewed and energized, as you bring your energy and mood back into balance.
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”!