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Learn About Our L'ifestyle Team!

Stacey Accardo

About Stacey…

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.

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.

Stacey has three beautiful children who also participate in the practice of Yoga.

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Vanisha Balani, CHHC, RYT

About Vanisha…

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.

 

Vas Cialdella

About Vas…

My love of yoga began in my late teens. It developed into a deep passion and I could no longer hold the physical and mental healing powers I experienced to myself. I immersed myself, heart first, into yoga teacher training and I haven’t looked back!

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Philip Cross

About Phillip…

Philip studies under Master Randy Elia at Peter Kwok’s Kung Fu Academy. He is trained in Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan as well as Yi Gun Gin. He has taught many successful programs at Blauvelt Library, Nanuet Community Education and Orangeburg Library as well as private lessons.

Philip is inspired by how Tai Chi can improve health, longevity and happiness! It is his intention to motivate his students to better health.

His philosophy is simple yet essential to our being and spirit… Movement is Life!

My Tai Chi program is a gentle low impact workout which begins with gentle stretching and increases energy. It then incorporates the 12 classical tendon exchange exercises which promotes strength to tendons and bones. Finally, we end with the Tai Chi Long Form which integrates mind and body by creating balance and a healthy immune system. This class also decreases stress, improves posture and helps slow down the aging process.

It is suitable for all age groups.

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Susan Ferreri

About Susan…

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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Meagan Janson

About Meagan…

Meagan fell in love with yoga when her husband, then boyfriend, took her to her first class eight years ago. She dove right in and in 2011 earned her 200 RYT certification through Bamboo Moves Yoga in Englewood, New Jersey. 

She has always loved kids so it was only natural for her to earn her certification to teach children’s yoga. She achieved this through Karma Kids in New York City where she also completed a Yoga in the Preschool Classroom training. Meagan hopes that all of her students walk away from her classes feeling confident and with tools they can use to self regulate their emotions. Meagan’s approach to teaching is compassionate, playful, and always creative.

When Meagan is not practicing or teaching yoga she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, connecting with nature, ice skating, and watching her 5 year old Irish dance. 

She also earned her certification to teach prenatal yoga from The Prenatal Yoga Center in New York City and postnatal yoga for mothers and babies through Baby Om in Brooklyn. 

Prior to teaching yoga, Meagan worked with children with Autism and plans on studying yoga for special needs children in the near future.

Favorite Poses: Reclined Spinal Twist, Half Moon, Child’s Pose. 

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Adina Kelman, C.H.C., A.A.D.P.

About Adina…

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

About Baily…

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

Namaste! 

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Kaitlyn Rinder

About Kaitlyn…

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

About Elaine…

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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Stacey Wood

About Stacey…

My passion for yoga began long ago behind a bar in Colorado. The benefit of resting one leg in vriksanasa, tree pose, while standing for hours on my feet gave me such relief I began to explore its power on the mat. For me the journey was not a direct path but one I continued to return to.  I discovered even more while turning to exercise as a form of pain management following a surgery. Yoga gave me the physical benefits but after a time it was the changes I felt mentally that brought me to Juluka Yoga Studio in Hillsdale, New Jersey. Under the care and guidance of Mandy Grant and Soo Yoon I began to understand my practice in a way I never had before. It was here that my understanding of mindfulnessbreathasana and meditation brought me to a deeper passion and love of this beautiful practice. 

She currently teaches small group Yin Yoga and Buddha Flow  at Lifestyle Lounge, and is a Certified Yoga Instructor.

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