Teachers

Allison:

Allison Pagano has spent the last 11 years teaching, traveling and training in the fields of movement, bodywork and healing. She is a certified Holistic Health Counselor, Yoga teacher, Massage Therapist and Reiki Master. She is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Her yoga training was completed through Integrative Yoga Therapy (Brazil) and Wild Grace Arts (Olympia, WA). Allison has trained and performed with the University of Melbourne, Australia, the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, Austria, Ballet Northwest, Art of Motion, Dance Theatre Northwest, the Barefoot Collective and Isabel Gotzkowsky & Friends. It is her joy to inspire her students to reach new levels of body awareness & expression through the art of dance. She continues to study with many gifted teachers in the field of dance, mind- body movement and healing work. It is her passion to be of service to anyone looking to move towards greater states of wholeness, health and fulfillment. She is deeply committed to helping you achieve a lifetime of balance and radiant health; to create and start living the life you deserve! .

Andrea:

Through a mindfulness-based practice of yoga, Andrea opens the panoramic gift of embodiment with a blend of kinesthetic awareness, artful movement and healthy aligned poses. Through her voice, precise instruction and compassionate attention, Andrea invites her students to come back home inside. In her classes, Andrea encourages her students to step in to the opulent terrain of their own body and trust in the process of their own opening. Andrea is Certified in Anusara Yoga, Ayurvedic Yoga Bodywork and Reiki Level One. She has an MFA from the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland in Interdisciplinary Studio Arts 2005 and a BA in Literature and Philosophy from Pace University 2001. She extends oceans of gratitude to all of her teachers, friends and family.
 

Bridget:

(Studio Manager)

Bridget Rawls Peterson, RYT, began her yoga practice in college in North Carolina as a compliment to her dance training. She had been a technically trained dancer for her entire life and the power poses really challenged her in a way her body had never been challenged before. When she obtained her BA in Dance Education, she began teaching movement to people of all ages and physical abilities, incorporating many of the yoga poses she had learned into her teachings. She found a fun way to bring poses to children, a way to challenge professional dancers, and even a gentle way to bring movement to the elderly through yoga. When Bridget moved to NYC to pursue her professional dance career, she kept connected to her yoga training and began to explore more into the many styles of yoga. Bridget quickly attached herself to the Vinyasa style because of the similarity to dance it holds. It is a fluid approach to the traditional yoga poses she had begun to love. The precise attention to alignment and breath also helped her to connect deeper to movement within her performing and choreography. While choreographing and performing with a small dance company, Bridget attended the 200-hour certification program at Om Yoga in NYC under Cyndi Lee. While there she began to delve more into meditation and Buddhist spiritual studies as well. She also obtained her Prenatal Certification while studying at Om Yoga under Janice Clarfield. After teaching in NYC for a time, Bridget moved out of the concrete mountains and into the beautiful scenic landscape of Rockland County. She has been teaching around Rockland and Bergen County and is inspired everyday by the amazing splendor that is the world around us. Bridget recently completed her 500-hour Yoga Teaching Certification at Om Yoga, which included her Restorative, Pranayama, Yin Yoga and Meditation Certifications. She has her Kids Yoga Certification through Karma Kids Yoga in NYC. She hopes to help her students see the beauty and joy that is around them and within them through breath and movement.

Chris:

Chris DeTora is a practitioner of Chinese Martial Arts and Chi Gung. He has been practicing these arts for 17 years. It was a study of the background theories and philosophies which led him to the practice. He has a varied experience in Chinese martial arts, particularly in the internal systems which rely not on muscular force or strength but on a refined body structure and the use of chi. It is this interest in internal systems which led him to extensive study of chi gung, systems of health exercises related to acupuncture theory. Chris uses a holistic and personal approach to teaching, recognizing that we all must work with the bodies we have rather than trying to force ourselves into some ‘cookie cutter’ practice which will yield little to no significant improvement in our health. He seeks to facilitate the process of finding structure, health and balance. Chris has developed a wide variety of classes and trainings for counselors, people recovering from addiction and mental illness and some programs for at risk youth. He has a deep commitment service and a desire to bring these arts where they are needed most.

 Connie:

Her spiritual name is Jiwan Joti Kaur the graceful, powerful Princess/Lioness of God who has a life of light.
Yogi Bhajan taught that every woman has the potential to attain a true state of grace and he encouraged each woman to manifest that potential.
Her personal journey into the practice of yoga and meditation began when she was just 13. In the beginning Connie was self- taught and learned about yoga through books. After many years of practice and yoga teachers, she was introduced to Shamanic Arts. It was during a Shamanic journey about 7 years ago that she felt the spirits were guiding her to the Kundalini energy rising inside her. After months of searching for a Kundalini teacher to help her learn and heal, she was finally able to attend a Kundalini class lasting 7 hours. She had been going through major life changes along with a chronic health condition and was desperate for spiritual healing. After attending that first class she felt her energy had been transformed. From then on Connie pursued training and became a KRI certified Kundulini teacher.
Connie has been using yoga, as well as drumming, to assist women in healing from addictions and trauma for over a decade. She will weave her wisdom of sacred feminine in her classes and workshops designed specifically for women, to help them honor that they are the embodiment of creative energy. Her weekly classes however, are not limited to women. She inspires all of her students, men and women, to go beyond their perceived limitations to experience the fullest expression of themselves. Beginners are always welcome as kriyas are modified for all fitness levels. Connie’s classes are uplifting, fun and challenging while also healing on a deep and spiritual level. She also loves to dance and in her classes you will hear music to get you moving to inspire and uplift you. Experience the process of healing and self- discovery. ~ We all have a beautiful destiny to awaken to!
 

Elizabeth:

Elizabeth Doberneck is a certified Anusara, RYT teacher who has taught since 1994. She has studied extensively with John Friend, the founder of Anusara Yoga, and has completed his level II yoga therapeutics training. She has also studied intensively with meditation teacher Paul Muller Ortega, a world-renowned scholar and teacher of the Yoga Tantra. In addition to teaching public and private classes, Elizabeth teaches the Anusara Immersion Levels I, II and III, the in-depth course of study required for those wishing to become Anusara yoga teachers. Elizabeth’s goal in teaching is to inspire students to experience greater freedom in their bodies and in their lives. She brings a deep knowledge of alignment technique and a poetic spirit to her classes.

Karon:

Karon is an Anusara-Inspired Instructor working toward Anusara Certification. Practicing and studying yoga for over 17 years, Karon began her practice in the Iyengar method. In 1997, she met John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga, which transformed her yoga practice and her entire outlook on balanced living. Karon credits John and Anusara’s Universal Principles of Alignment (TM) with unveiling the spiritual and emotional aspects of her physical practice. She has completed John Friend’s Anusara Teacher Training Levels I and II, as well as his Anusara Therapeutic Training, which focuses on understanding and healing injuries through yoga. Karon also studies yoga philosophy under Professor Paul Muller-Ortega, a world-renowned scholar of Tantric Philosophy. The Tantric philosophy, the foundation for Anusara yoga, is grounded in an understanding of intrinsic goodness. Karon brings to her practice and teaching this intention of connecting to the greater good--connecting to Grace. Encouraging playfulness and creative expression, Karon incorporates The Universal Principles of Alignment in all of her classes and workshops. Her thoughtful and joyful style gently, but perceptibly, raises her students’ practices to the next level, helping them to step into Grace. Karon teaches from the heart, weaving her deep enthusiasm and passion for learning into every aspect of her life. She is grateful to her teachers, students and family for the greatest lessons in life. She would like to thank all her teachers and students for their kindness, inspiration and support.

Laura:

Laura came to yoga after many years of personal fitness development. She recognized the beneficial impact yoga had on reducing the stress in her life and her over-all sense of well-being. She discovered just how empowering it could be when she not only achieved a stronger body but also a more complete mind/body equilibrium and, ultimately, a deeper level of satisfaction and personal growth. From that recognition and discovery came a strong desire to help others with their own personal growth and physical fitness. Laura completed a nationally recognized 200-hour registered yoga teacher training and to date, has taught over 3,000 hours of yoga. Laura is the founder of Creative Wellness Products and her innovative DVD Balanced Yoga with Laura Kallen was released in 2009 to rave reviews. Through her yoga practice, Laura became even more in tune with her body and noticed just how much her nutrition played an integral role in her energy level, mood, sleep, happiness and overall sense of balance and well-being. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and SUNY Purchase as well as a member of AADP, the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. As a yoga instructor and health coach, Laura’s mission is to empower her clients to achieve their health and life goals so that they can reach their optimum potential and be their happiest, most authentic selves. Her classes vary from challenging and power generating to the gentle and relaxing but they always provide individuals with the support and tools they need to create a more balanced, healthful life and reach a higher level of self-care. 

Liz:

Always with a passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle, Liz turned to Yoga in an attempt to settle her mind and improve her quality of sleep when the stressors of a demanding job on Wall Street began to keep her up at night. She soon discovered the profound benefits it could have not only on the mind and body, but on the entire consciousness and core of being.
She began practicing at Jivamukti regularly, and steeped herself in the philosophical teachings. Eventually, she made the decision to leave the corporate world and completed her 200-hour certification under Jhon Tamayo at Atmananda Yoga. Having discovered the benefits of studying under a diverse set of teachers at studios all around New York, she pursued an advanced Prema Vinyasa certification with Dana Slamp at Pure Yoga. Liz also holds continued education through additional studios including Om Yoga, has studied Nada Yoga at Ananda Ashram, and is a certified Reiki Practitioner.
Through her study of Yoga, Liz was introduced to the Holistic Healing Science of Ayurveda, and has completed over 500 hours of training in the field. As an Ayurvedic Wellness coach, she guides clients on a path to bring joy and balance into their lives, thereby preventing the environment for dis-ease to flourish

Marla:

I am a pediatric occupational therapist specializing in treatment of infants with severe disabilities. I have been working in the field for 26 years and currently I am in private practice doing home care for these children. I completed my yoga certification in 2000 at Yoga Montclaire, in the Anusara tradition. My teaching centers around breath and alignment, presented in a vinyasa flow. I currently teach to all levels, in a wide variety of settings.

 

Naomi:

(Owner)

Dr. Pelzig graduated from New York University Medical School in 1980 and did her rotating internship through the Yale Medical School Department of Psychiatry. While working as a public health doctor at Montefiore-Rikers Island Health Services she was exposed to the use of acupuncture with drug addicts at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx. She was impressed that tiny needles placed in the external ear could help them relax, sit quietly, and get better control over their lives. Dr. Pelzig went on to study Acupuncture in America, Taiwan, and Europe. She has also intensively studied both Chinese herbs and Western herbs, CranioSacral therapy, Reiki, Zero Balancing, meditation, Tai Qi, Qi Gong, yoga, nutrition, functional medicine and positive psychology. She is a warm, sensitive, genuine and honest physician committed to a partnership with her patients. Dr. Pelzig believes in careful use of medication and integrates the best of western medicine with the best of complementary medicine. She is board certified by the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, is currently in the certification program for Zero Balancing and is a meditation student of Dr. Reginald Ray of Dharma Ocean Foundation.

Nicola:

Nicola Weiner graduated with a Master’s of Physical Therapy from the University of Miami in 1999. Nicola received her Pilates Certification in 1998 through Polestar Pilates. Integrating her background in dance, yoga, and massage therapy, Nicola incorporates manual therapy with movement re-education to facilitate greater ease and function in an effort to improve each individual’s quality of life.

 

Petrina:

Petrina was first introduced to yoga about 30 years ago. After her career as a professional modern dancer and choreographer ended due to a car accident she immersed herself in studying yoga, eastern & western healing arts (shiatsu, acupuncture, culinary therapy) and meditation (vipassana & shambhala). Over the last 15 years she has assisted hundreds of people of all walks of life to regain their balance of body-mind-spirit as a full time yoga teacher and therapist. In her classes she blends a wealth of knowledge and yoga experience to create a fun, dynamic, deeply challenging or relaxing practice for her students to inspire more vibrant and conscious living. She has studied and practiced Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Iyengar and Anusara Yoga. Among her most influential teachers to whom she is deeply grateful are Desiree Rumbaugh, Zhenja La Rosa, Elizabeth Doberneck, Shiva Rea and Sarah Powers. When not on the mat or creating delicious meals for her family & friends, she loves to garden and hike with two of her favorite beings who make her laugh a lot - her husband and their dog Zizou.

 

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