Align Amar Yoga Teachers                     

Alice loves teaching yoga to all ages. She began her yoga journey in 2001, and her personal practice led her to earn certification from Ashram Yoga in 2015. In her mindful flow of poses, she creates a safe space for students to connect to the stillness within. Alice also teaches children’s yoga, and is a Reiki Master Teacher. She believes yoga is the perfect tool to uplift ones spirit, calm the mind, and nurture the body.

“If you can breathe, you can do yoga,” as Sri Krishnamacharya said, epitomizes Barbara’s teaching philosophy. This view stems from her extensive training in the lineage of Sri Krishnamacharya. Experienced, certified and well trained, she is focused on making this practice available to all, and she has the skill to tailor the practice to the individual. She started practicing in 1984 and began teaching in 2001. Barbara has since studied yoga therapeutics extensively with JJ Gormley, in the tradition of Sri Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar, becoming a certified yoga therapist (1200-hour program) in 2013. Her studies are ongoing and include a 2-week internship at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai, India in December 2014. In addition to general mixed level classes, since 2002 Barbara has been teaching yoga to people with mobility and balance concerns including those dealing with: Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, arthritis, brain injuries, cancer, structural issues (e.g., shoulder, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, spine, etc.). Breath awareness is an integral part of all classes, as is moving toward an overall body awareness - learning to listen to the ‘teacher within’ that we each have. She encourages students to maintain their sense of humor and develop their own personal expression of yoga poses while working in a comfortable, safe environment.

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.

Chuck began practicing yoga in August of 2005 at the suggestion of a friend. As his practice progressed and grew to include meditation and pranyama he found awareness, peace and contentment that has changed his life. His greatest desire is to honor his teachers by sharing what he has experienced with others through teaching. Chuck took his first yoga teacher training at Blue Moon Yoga in 2007 and began teaching soon thereafter. In August of 2009, he took a 12-day teacher training with Dharma Mittra at the Omega Institute. He completed his Anusara teacher training with Carmel Calcagno and Dina Crosta in February 2012. He teaches an Anusara-inspired hatha yoga with alignment. He is alo trained in yoga nidra and leads sessions locally. Chuck felt an affinity for the sweet teachings of Tantric scholar Dr. Douglas Brooks the first time he studied with him. He has studied frequently with Douglas and traveled with him to Tamilnadu in southern India in December 2012. His experiences in India were amazing and will be working on him for a long time to come.

Drema began teaching yoga in 1997. She is a certified Integral Yoga Institute Yoga Teacher and a registered E-RYT through Yoga Alliance. Drema offers a disciplined style of yoga that is based in a scientific approach for body, breath, and mind. She loves teaching all practices of yoga, and currently teaches chair yoga, basic yoga and vinyasa yoga with special detail to alignment. Drema also offer yoga nidra classes (guided relaxation) and meditation.

Emily Huresky, E-RYT 500, was most likely one of the only students at The Rumson Country Day School whose mother often picked her up from school accompanied by a swami. Introduced to Eastern philosophy and meditation at an early age, she graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College in 1996 with a degree in religion. As a graduation present her aunt, a yoga teacher herself, sent Emily to yoga teacher training at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA. For the next several years Emily trained in Ashtanga Vinyasa and "power yoga." In 1999 Emily met John Friend and was instantly hooked by the physicality, precise alignment, therapeutics, and inspiring philosophy of Anusara yoga. In 2000 Emily co-founded Dancing Foot Yoga in Red Bank, NJ with certified Iyengar instructor and close friend, Robin Candrea. Emily continued to study closely with and regularly assist John Friend in his workshops across the country until 2005 when she decided to marry the love of her life, start a family, and dedicate her efforts to teaching yoga locally. She also served on the Anusara Certification committee for ten years. Emily skillfully incorporates her knowledge and love of both alignment and flow into her classes. She has experience teaching large public classes, semi-private classes, privates, therapeutic sessions, and trainings for teachers. Emily believes whole-heartedly in the power of yoga to transform people and change their lives in radically positive ways.

Gabrielle Nadeau is thrilled to be joining the Align Amar family! After years of competitive sports, she went on a quest to exploring different movement forms. Flamenco, ballet jazz, dance improv, and the 5Rhythms® were part of her journey. She encountered the Nia Technique™ in 2009, and has been practicing ever since. Her commitment to the practice led her to complete the Nia White Belt Training in 2012, and the Nia Blue Belt Training in 2014. She has been joyfully teaching Classic Nia since September 2013 in various studios and gyms in Monmouth County.
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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.

Janet is a NY/NJ elementary school teacher with 30+ years of experience teaching children with various learning challenges. She is committed to sharing the many benefits of yoga with all children. Janet believes yoga gives students what they need to be self-confident and believe in themselves. Teaching yoga and mindfulness provides children with tools to help them focus, make good choices, and have a positive attitude about themselves and others. It also gives them confidence to celebrate and enjoy all their accomplishments, even the small ones. Janet is a certified 200 hour yoga instructor from YogaWorks Soho, NYC. She completed her Kids Yoga Training, Levels 1-3, at Little Flower Yoga, NYC, as well as Chair Yoga Training for seniors and the classroom. Additionally, she is a certified Reiki 1 teacher focusing on individuals and small groups. Janet is looking forward to sharing her love of yoga and the excitement of her new journey with all children at Align Amar Yoga!

Jillian's yoga journey began years back when she was diagnosed with multiple autoimmune illnesses. Struggling with pain in everyday tasks as simple as sitting in a chair through classes at Rutgers University, she realized she needed to approach her life differently. Through her adversity, she found yoga. Jillian's quest for knowledge and strong desire to give back helping others through yoga has become her passion. She gives thanks and gratitude to her supportive teachers and mentors at EvenFlow Studio in Red Bank, where her journey continued and knowledge deepened through the 200 hour level Yoga Alliance Teacher Training. She completed continuing education training on the 300 level, and an additional 27 hours from Studio Bamboo, Virginia Beach in Rewire Chronic Pain with Yoga. She looks forward to meeting you at one of her classes. Please drop by and introduce yourself! "Don't limit your challenges, challenge your limits." Jillian Schulz Instagram: Warrior_yoga

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.

Marga Cava, PhD, E-RYT 200, started practicing yoga in high school, and it quickly became an integral part of her life. While studying Romance languages and living abroad, she studied with Iyengar masters and Buddhist and Tantric philosophers. After returning to the U.S., Marga began studying Anusara yoga with John Friend, Emily Huresky, Regina Grassia, and others. Her gurus and their method inspired her to begin teaching in 1999. More recently, Marga completed Wisdom Warrior Teacher Training with Desirée Rumbaugh and Karen Church. Marga bows in gratitude to all her teachers (family and friends) that have guided her on her journey.
As a Registered Yoga Alliance and Anusara-inspired teacher, Marga strives to facilitate a deeper understanding of bio-mechanical alignment and help her students tap into their inner wisdom and true light. Now, as co-founder of Align Amar Yoga, yoga instructor and high school teacher, she hopes to enrich her community by offering the practice of yoga, meditation, and mindful living.

Marilyn took her first yoga class in 1971 and a seed was planted. Living in the fast lane at that time took precedence and she was not ready for the yoga pace. The seed germinated and eighteen years later blossomed as she started taking classes at the Freehold Yoga Center. For the twenty five years since Marilyn has been cultivating her practice, receiving her first teacher certification at Sivananda Yoga Retreat Bahamas in 1997, studying Ashtanga with David Swenson, and more. Marilyn was introduced to Anusara yoga at Dancing Foot Yoga. Her classes incorporate breathing and relaxation drawn from Sivananda with the alignment from Anusara.

Regina was drawn to the introspection her first yoga class provided. She felt the value of being able to observe one's own mental and emotional processes. In a day and age when the focus can be very external, this was the practice she needed and gravitated towards to provide balance in her life. Her mission is to help spark the light in others and fan their fire through Yoga, to help uncover the divine that lives in everyone, and to bring an awareness to the sea of consciousness that we are all a part of. Regina's classes bring harmony to the mind, body, and soul by connecting students to their deep personal power and strength through breath, alignment, mindfulness, & meditation. "When we feel strong, secure, and spacious in our own body & mind, it is then that we can find the courage to walk our Heart's Path.” Regina's classes will leave you feeling strong, open, rejuvenated, and tension free. Regina has completed two 200 hour YTT programs, one in June 2012 and the other in May 2015. She completed Yoga Nidra Level 1 Certification with Swami Shantimurti Saraswati in October 2013, and two seperate 30 hour refresh & refine (Anusara) courses with Carmel Calcagno & Dina Crosta. To Be Continued… always a student, the eternal Guru within.

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