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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 

Sarah B. Jones, Certified Yoga Instructor

As founder and CEO of Fierce Bodhi Yoga Sarah uses vinyasa flow, prayer and meditation as tools to bring deeper meaning to life and transformation of mind.  After eight years of practicing yoga, Sarah truly believes in the importance of yoga not just as a movement for exercise, but as a lifestyle of health and wellness.  Sarah gives full gratitude to her profession in the treasury sector in order to maintain her livelihood; however, the scale begins to tip as she immerses herself more and more into the practice of yoga and all it's benefits.  Yoga has benefited Sarah in a number of ways.  A few years ago she endured a back injury which was healed through continuous yoga practice. Also, the practice has helped her during some mentally stressful times in her life; learning to be comfortable in awkward circumstances. She obtained her 200 hour certification through the Fire Dragon Yoga Teacher Training program founded by April Martucci and Sarah has since been working with a wonderful array of individuals, athletes, corporate employees, seniors, police officers, children, tweens and teens.

With the combination of life experience and the practice of yoga; Sarah plans to expand this experience with others through teaching. The goal is to bring students to higher levels of their own power and brilliance. "Yoga is about connection and balance, we all need to connect and to help each other along the way in order to experience a powerful awakening in our lives"!

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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