Intro to Yoga Series

This class is taught by:

Kathleen Roskos

Kathleen Roskos started practicing Yoga in 2001 and having had a great experience instantly fell in love with yoga. She has been in teacher trainings since her first Immersion in 2003 in NYC then onto many workshops all over the country. She is influenced in Anusara Yoga and did her Level 1 teacher training in Utah and Level 2 in Boston. Constantly learning and refining, she is grateful for all her teachers! The class she teaches is Alignment based Hatha with a Heart Opening Theme, bringing students to a deeper mind, body, spirit connection.

Lauren Pappa

Lauren discovered yoga in early 2007 after graduating from college. As a former athlete and gym enthusiast, she found herself seeking a more balanced and holistic approach to exercise and overall wellness. After hearing about the myriad health benefits of yoga, she signed up for a beginner class at the Red Bank YMCA. Despite feeling inflexible, gangly and incredibly awkward, Lauren was intrigued by the practice of yoga. She started taking classes at Dancing Foot Yoga in Red Bank and fell in love with Anusara yoga, a style of hatha yoga known for its universal principles of alignment and emphasis on opening to grace both on and off the mat. After six years of study and practice with all the wonderful Dancing Foot teachers, as well as internationally-renowned teachers John Friend, Desiree Rumbaugh, Darren Rhodes and Christina Sell, Lauren completed her teacher training with Emily Huresky and Dina Crosta in 2013. She now teaches alignment-based vinyasa classes in the Anusara tradition. As both a high school teacher and yoga teacher, Lauren strives to inspire her students to continually learn about their own innate gifts and the many ways that grace can enter their lives. She is grateful to be a part of the Align Amar community.

Karin Weinstein

Karin Weinstein, E-RYT200, RYT500, took her first yoga class in 1999. She was amazed by how peaceful she felt at the end of every class and how yoga eased pain and tension associated with scoliosis. Yoga quickly became a regular part of her life. A deep desire to share yoga and its benefits with others led Karin to complete her 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2008 with Bobbie Ellis at Soma Center in Highland Park, NJ. Since graduating, Karin has completed additional training in pre/post-natal yoga, yoga nidra and Silver Sneakers yoga and exercise for older adults. In 2015, Karin returned to Soma Center where she completed an additional 300 hours of training to attain her 500-hour yoga teacher certification. Karin has experience working with students of all ages and ability levels. Her inspired approach and warm, calm presence create a stress-free environment where students feel supported, yet challenged. As a yoga teacher, Karin’s goal is to help students discover the quiet wisdom of the body and to move through life on and off the mat with greater ease and freedom.

James Payor

After practicing for over 20 years, James committed to a 200 hour teacher training program in 2013. He chose alignment based Hatha, as he saw this as a way to help both himself and others practically both on and off the mat. Subsequently, he received his advanced 300 hour teacher training with Abhaya Yoga in DUMBO Brooklyn NY. His mixed and long training history has given James the unique perspective of combining different lineages and styles of yoga into his own practice and teachings. James also frequently relies on his real world experiences as a single father and a business leader to draw from. James does his best to give simple and practical messages from the old world teachings that can be applied every day both on the mat and off, no matter the level of the practitioner. Most of all, he looks to help people feel better and live as fully as they can.

Christine Newby

Christine Newby, RYT 200, embarked on her teaching journey in January 2015 with YogaWorks in Los Angeles. She began teaching back home in New Jersey shortly thereafter, and quickly noticed how strongly she resonated with individuals who felt yoga was not “for them.” Those with injuries, limited mobility, and senior citizens were among her first students, and her education continued as she learned to teach bodies with different abilities than her own. Christine's classes are alignment based yet flow fluidly, always linking movement with the breath. She keeps safety foremost in her mind as she leads her classes while maintaining a fun, light-hearted attitude. Christine has furthered her 200 hour YogaWorks instruction with trainings in Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga, and is currently advancing her training to the 500-hour level. Christine believes in being an eternal student and is grateful for the guidance and knowledge each and every one of her amazing teachers continue to share.
This series is specially designed to establish a strong foundation for a healthy, safe, and fulfilling yoga practice. You will be introduced to and led through a variety of breathing techniques, yoga asanas (poses), and guided meditations. Whether you have never stepped on a mat, have taken a few classes, or even practice regularly, this series will teach you important fundamentals to help build and sustain a life-long yoga practice.
Our next 6 week series will be led by Christine Newby and runs Tuesdays September 12 - October 17, 7:45-8:45pm.