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 Ameerah Ahmad

Ameerah is a poet, writer, certified and registered Prana Yoga Instructor, and an educational artist. She is a recipient of “The Paul Robeson Award” presented to her by the Jersey City Public Library’s Community Awareness Series. She is the author of a poetry book, “Echoes and Visions” and has just completed two CDs soon to be released, “Poetically Speaking” and “Dance Freedom”. Ameerah has also been featured with many talented poets, musicians and dancers throughout the metropolitan area and has recited at various cultural programs and educational centers.

 

 

Carol Porter 

Carol has been joyously partaking in the glorious world of yoga for the past 25 years - with special interest in the Iyengar tradition of alignment combined with viniyoga, yin yoga, and restorative yoga styles. She is a licensed psychologist in private practice as well as a yoga teacher trained in the Lotus Yoga 300 hour teacher training program. Her goal is to always share from her heart what she learns to encourage students’ development of awareness and inner peace, both in asana and in life 

 

Nicola Watson - Originally from Scotland, Nic has lived in many cities and countries including Edinburgh, Paris, Venice & New York giving her a broad perspective on culture, lifestyle and people.  She is honored to have studied yoga and meditation at ISHTA which blends the principles of Ayurvedic science, Tantric philosophy, Asana practice (Hatha).  Her philosophy in teaching is to individualize the yoga practice, give modifications and hands-on assistance to students so that it becomes accessible to everyone and moves each student further forward regardless of their level. She continues to evolve as a teacher and lives her practice every day with Patanjali’s sutra, “Atha Yoganusasanam “ that now begins the practice of Yoga ; in the present: on and off the mat. The practice becomes a tool for life.

 

Alan Buxbaum came to yoga as an alternative to medication for anxiety. In addition to helping him with this struggle, he found a lifelong practice which has improved all aspects of his life, mentally and physically.  Alan received his 200 RYT under Stacey Bell at Garden State Yoga. He wishes to share this amazing practice with his students in order to help them realize they're full potential.

 

 Andrea Silk

Our Hands may serve as an extension of our Heart.What lives in our Heart may be revealed through the gestures of our Hands. I stay present with the idea that love, respect, compassion and peace flow from Heart to Hands. This continuous stream of energy cultivates the healing and restoring process of another. Our Hands will manifest pure intentions of the Heart. With Hands to Heart, Andréa.

  

Juli Anne Royes Russo is a Nutritionist and food scientist that makes healthy organic baby food. In addition, a certified Yoga Alliance yoga teacher and certified in CPR & first aid. She also teaches yoga at the rec center at Montclair State University.

 

Crystal Eshanov, RYT 500, has been practicing yoga for 7 years and is committed to bringing yoga to underserved communities as part of her Karma Yoga practice. For the past 10 years, Crystal has worked in the City of Newark in the non-profit sector managing “Empowerment Programs” for low income individuals and families. Crystal has created yoga initiatives at local non- profits that have provided an alternative path to wellness for survivors of domestic violence and for the undocumented population with classes lead in Spanish. Crystal is grateful to all of her teachers past and future for sharing their wisdom and compassion.

 

 

Sara MacConnell

Sara was enthralled by yoga from her first class in 1995 but struggled to connect to the practice till years later when she found Vinyasa Yoga in 2008. To this day Sara cannot stop smiling through every practice and completed her 200 hr certification from Garden State Yoga in 2012. Sara found that through connecting to a powerful Vinyasa practice her inner athlete could shine as well as finding the stillness that all types of Yoga brings into your life. Sara continues to open and explore various types of Yoga practice taking workshops between NYC and NJ. Sara has also travelled to places like Costa Rica, Thailand, and India to further deepen her practice. Sara brings a fast and fun flow through a creative playlist of rock, reggae, funk, hip hop, and afrobeat connecting breath to asana. Smile, Sing, Laugh and find your inner yogi

 

FRIENDS OF NAMAXE  

Kitty Blincoe

“A calm mind is the investment for success. If you know how to free yourself of tension you know how to solve your problems in life.” Swami Satyananda Saraswati. The other day I came across the description "soul nurturer" in reference to parenting, however it struck me as a possibly perfect description for yoga and meditation teachers as well. The ever increasing peace, serenity and unity with life and nurturing of the soul my practice brings is what I hope to help the world experience - one being, one class, one meditation, one breath at a time. Breath awareness, mindful movement and creative intelligent sequencing drawn from various lineages are key foundations of my classes. Expect an uplifting and fun playlist in a safe and caring environment. "Like a big hug" said one workshop participant. I am a RYT 500 and E-RYT 200 through Yoga Synthesis and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists with special training in meditation and therapeutic yoga. I am a certified Reiki Level II practitioner and Young Living Essential Oils consultant. I have extensive training in yoga therapy for recovery from cancer as well as insomnia and stress management. Influences/Teachers/Loves: Raji, Sheryl Edsall, Max Strom, Erich Schiffman, Golden Bridge Kundalini, Shiva Rea. Come smile with me!

Cory Murphy began her journey into yoga 5 years ago as a way to reduce stress and anxiety. Last year she completed her 200 hour teacher training at Garden State Yoga with the intention of deepening her own practice, however, once she started teaching, she realized how much she enjoyed it. Cory's classes are challenging, fun, and are made to make you smile.

Jennifer Derkacs is an art historian with a keen eye for food photography and an articulate taste for tea and culinary marvels! She believes that everyone can feel blissfully younger every day with the help of yoga, mindful eating, and the urban playground movement. 

Danielle Mastrogiovanni 

Danielle was introduced to Yoga in her first semester at The Naropa University, where she earned her BA in Education with a minor in Traditional Eastern Arts.  It was here that she learned the necessity of integrating contemplative practices with everyday living.  As a public school teacher in some of the country’s most impoverished neighborhoods, Danielle always found way to blend the East with the West.  After years of watching others teach yoga and meditation to her students Yoga, Danielle completed her own 300 Hour Certification.  Danielle has since been teaching children and adults in the greater Newark area, where she both lives and works.  She uses her love of music to inspire her students in ways that are both down to earth and culturally relevant.  Her work in the schools was featured in the Spring 2012 issue of Yoga International.  Danielle is currently working on her PhD. in Urban Systems, a program which acknowledges the need for, and the connections between, urban education, community development and healthcare. As the Studio Manager, she hopes that Namaxe Yoga will be able to bring yoga to those who need it most, in a way that makes it applicable to their lives.

Mother Sage Sia supports wellness for the whole family with her women’s wellness circles; interactive workshops; yoga and dance sessions; as well as holistic health consultations through her company, Mother Sage. She also coaches women and their birthing partners in the development of holistic approaches to childbirth. Her passion is to help people realize their greatness and naturally heal themselves mentally, spiritually, emotionally, physically & financially through their connection with the Divine. She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband and four beautiful children. 

Antoinette Gibbs is a certified youth yoga instructor with experience working in school based yoga programs, with a passion for health and wellness.  For more than 10 years, Antoinette has worked with children helping them solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives as a social worker, fitness instructor & yoga teacher. Antoinette designs her classes to meet the needs of her students.  She incorporates meditation, pranayama, fun games, and music from many genres in her classes. 

Melinda Erickson  AcroYoga found her in her front yard in Flagstaff in 2006 and then again in Pennsylvania in 2008. Many immersions, workshops and classes later in three continents, Melinda became a certified AcroYoga Teacher in 2011 (TT7). She looks forward to sharing this joyful practice with anyone, especially those willing to play their edge. 

Jen Johnson received her first yoga teacher certification in 1999, and has been teaching ever since. Yet a journey to India in 2006 - where she witnessed the devastation wrought by the tsunami that hit South East Asia - convinced Jen that yoga practice alone would not fully serve someone who needed a broken bone set or antibiotics to fight an infection. She started nursing school later that year and is currently a registered nurse on the stroke unit at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, NJ.  Jen's teaching style is rooted in her devotion to Mother Nature. Her classes are challenging and uplifting, and inspire students to seek the truth of their own nature, which is peace, love and joy. 

“No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge. The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and lovingness.” The Prophet, Khalil Gibran

Jessica Cheung is a 200 RYT Power Yoga teacher, trained at Garden State Yoga. She grew up as a competitive dancer, with over a decade of experience in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Pointe, thus cultivated a strong mind/body connection. She later translated this into a profound love of yoga.  She has a deep foundation in the Iyengar method with strong roots in alignment and safety, and rounds out her own practice with Mysore Ashtanga. Her teaching style is a combination of strength building VInyasa flow and strong technical knowledge of the asanas.
Jessica Cheung is a 200 RYT Power Yoga teacher, trained at Garden State Yoga. She grew up as a competitive dancer, with over a decade of experience in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Pointe, thus cultivated a strong mind/body connection. She later translated this into a profound love of yoga.  She has a deep foundation in the Iyengar method with strong roots in alignment and safety, and rounds out her own practice with Mysore Ashtanga. Her teaching style is a combination of strength building VInyasa flow and strong technical knowledge of the asanas.
Jessica Cheung is a 200 RYT Power Yoga teacher, trained at Garden State Yoga. She grew up as a competitive dancer, with over a decade of experience in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Pointe, thus cultivated a strong mind/body connection. She later translated this into a profound love of yoga.  She has a deep foundation in the Iyengar method with strong roots in alignment and safety, and rounds out her own practice with Mysore Ashtanga. Her teaching style is a combination of strength building VInyasa flow and strong technical knowledge of the asanas.

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