A natural born athlete, Stacey excelled in sports as she possessed an infallible determination, dedication, devotion & discipline. As captain of her high school & college track teams, she proved to be a consummate leader as she brought her teams to many victories. In keeping with her insatiable thirst for health and fitness, Stacey became a Registered Nurse as she continued to participate in competitive sports through triathlons.
She truly found her calling when she was introduced to Yoga. After experiencing a complete transformation in her life, through, mind, body & soul, Stacey felt compelled to bestow her newfound knowledge to others so that they too could experience the profound impact it has had on her life. She went on to receive her certification through Yoga Synthesis in Ramsey by Raji Thron.
Stacey has three beautiful children who also participate in the practice of Yoga.
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Vanisha Balani, CHHC, RYT
Vanisha Balani is a Certified Ayurvedic Holistic Practitioner and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). She received her certifications from Ayurveda’s World in NYC and the Sivananda Vedanta Ashram in Woodbourne, NY.
Before making the shift to Ayurveda and Yoga, Vanisha had a career in Finance & Accounting for close to 16 years which spanned the globe in cities such as Zurich, Switzerland and Manila, Philippines along with the NYC metro area. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Finance, International Business & Economics from Babson College in Wellesley, MA and her MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ.
Vanisha’s passion for Ayurveda was ignited when she developed digestive issues and was unable to find comfort with traditional medicine. She turned to Ayurveda in order to heal herself and upon seeing significant results, she took on a mission to educate and assist others in preventing and treating medical ailments such as high blood pressure, acidity and cancer.
Susan Ferreri is a former collegiate athlete and current mother of two who followed her heart and transitioned from a Manhattan business leader to passionate yoga teacher. Susan instructs a variety of yoga classes including prenatal and post-natal, elementary, and open level classes. A self-described yogi, Susan constantly works to incorporate her passion for mindfulness and health.
If you are new to Yoga or want to enhance your practice, Susan is the compassionate coach you are looking for. Follow Susan on instagram @susanferreriyoga.
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Based in northern New Jersey and New York City, Shannon Herbert is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Instructor currently studying Nutrition and Dietetics and Global Public Health at New York University. Shannon teaches yoga classes suitable for all levels, and her classes range from beginner classes to more advanced flows. She also has extensive experience working with children and families. Shannon currently teaches classes at Sukha Arts Center in Harrington Park, New Jersey and hopes to bring her teaching to more people throughout northern New Jersey and New York City. Shannon now offers private yoga instruction through our practice in New York City and New Jersey.
Like many starting out, Shannon began practicing yoga for the physical benefits, yet the more time she spent on her mat the more she realized how yoga was changing her mind. The time she spent on her mat seemed to be the only time she felt at peace with herself and with the world. As her practiced developed, Shannon began to get more and more involved with the spiritual aspects of yoga. The more she learned about yoga’s history and teachings, the more she fell in love with the practice. Shannon quickly realized that this was her calling and soon thereafter began her yoga teacher training at Juluka Yoga Studio in Hillsdale, New Jersey under the advisement of Mandy Grant.
Shannon hopes to inspire others to reach their full potential; she strives to help others find peace and balance in the hectic world we live in. Whether you’re seeking an upbeat, energetic vinyasa flow or a slower more restorative flow, Shannon caters her classes to suit all levels and needs, taking particular care to incorporate meditative breathing exercises in each of her classes, to help calm the mind and relax.
If not on her mat, you’ll likely find Shannon running, practicing self-care, snuggling with her puppy, drinking tea, or spending time with friends and family.
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Adina Kelman, C.H.C., A.A.D.P.
Yoga found me almost 7 years ago. A friend of mine dragged me to my first class. I was convinced that this would be my first and last time on a yoga mat. By the end of class, I was hooked. Initially, yoga allowed me the strength and flexibility I needed to balance out my passion for running, but I realized that I wanted more. Again, yoga met me in my journey and I soon discovered that this ancient practice offered more than just a physical workout.
Through the study of philosophy and pranayama, I found a healing practice that has inspired and transformed me and has literally centered and saved me.
By guiding students through an active asana practice, I hope to provide a well balanced physical workout that ultimately creates space for breath, centeredness, acceptance and connection.
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Baily Laitin, MHC-LP, RYT
Baily believes that the practice of yoga can truly transcend the mat. Baily has embraced movement as a means of self expression since she was young, growing up dancing in local studios and eventually studying dance at a collegiate level, receiving a BA in dual degrees in Dance and Psychology.
Shortly after, she completed her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Fordham University, and currently works full time as a Mental Health Counselor at the Renfrew Center for Eating Disorder Treatment in NYC.
Baily reconnected with yoga while in graduate school and found that there was a profound connection between yoga and her therapeutic work. She successfully completed her 200-RYT program through Juluka Yoga in Hillsdale, NJ. In her classes you can expect to gain a deeper sense of the connection between the mind and the body by exploring asana and pranayama practice. Her movement background and foundation in psychotherapy allows for exploration of mindful movement throughout the practice of yoga.
Her goal is to cultivate a space for awareness and acceptance among her students, and to generate an atmosphere to grant permission to feel and to move freely. She is very passionate about addressing the unique differences among her students and believes that yoga is for anybody. Follow Baily on instagram @mindtothemat.
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Kaitlyn Rindler is a 200hr Yoga Teacher and Certified Life Coach. She has completed a 200-hour teacher training at Birchwood Center for Yoga and Massage, the Schools Teacher Training at Kripalu, and Certified Professional Coaching Training at iPec. Kaitlyn has also completed Fundamentals of Mindfulness and Mindfulness Educator Training at Mindful Schools.
Realizing the physical and emotional benefits yoga had on her life following a knee injury, Kaitlyn decided to share the gift of yoga with others.
Kaitlyn has taught people of all ages ranging from toddlers all the way to seniors. At night, she teaches meditation classes at the L’ifestyle Lounge, while teaching art during the day to middle school children and working towards a Masters in Art Education. Kaitlyn has a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Merchandising at LIM College
Kaitlyn is the true definition of compassionate. Her kindness and warmth provide all with a sense of welcome, and support. Her classes combine everything she’s learned through her yoga teacher trainings, her experience as a certified life coach, and the practice of mindfulness. With a focus on breath work, students are led through mindful meditation and guided imagery.
After a class with Kaitlyn, you will feel nourished with light and love.
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Elaine Waksman is a licensed Physical Therapist who has been healing individuals with pain related issues for 20 years. Her philosophy and practice is based on her compassion for people and passion for helping others achieve their goals. She has helped many people suffering from pain and injury return to their pre-injury status, stronger and more educated about their bodies than ever before.
She currently teaches small group Practitioner Assisted Stretch Classes and Yoga for Pain Relief at Lifestyle Lounge, and is a Certified Yoga Instructor.
When she is not teaching class or treating private clients, Elaine is practicing yoga on her mat or hiking.
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