Teachers


ANNA WINKLER, E-RYT500, Director of Shakti Yoga & living arts

Anna has been practicing and teaching yoga since 1989. She was originally certified through the Sivananda Yoga Organization, where she served as a volunteer staff member for over 6 years. Among many other things, she assisted in the Yoga Teacher Training courses and modelled for 2 yoga books during her time there: Yoga, Mind and Body and 101 Essential Tips: Yoga.

Anna has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 1997 with Eddie Stern and teaching since 2002. She has been sudying and practicing Iyengar Yoga with Theresa Rowland since 2007.  She teaches an Alignment Based Hatha Yoga class. Her Ashtanga classes are also alignment influenced.  Anna has been teaching in the Maplewood area since 2001, and is the founder and director of Shakti Yoga & living arts since June 2005 (formerly the Yoga Room in Millburn from 2001).


Anna's teaching style is both challenging and nurturing. With a dash of humor, a focus on alignmnent and sometimes just going with the flow, her classes will leave you feeling worked, yet tranquil and energized.

 

Anna is available for Private Yoga Lessons,  Ayurveda Lifestyle ConsultationsThai Yoga Bodywork, Thai Abdominal MassageIntegrated Massage, Myofacial Release Massage and Raindrop Techinque sessions.
 

AMY BESHARA

Amy began her yoga practice nearly 10 years ago when she went to a community class. After that she knew yoga had always been a part of her life, but suddenly it had a practice and a name. She went on to complete her 200 hour training at the Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, PA and her Yin Yoga training with Deb Donnally and Crystal Paone of Yinside Yoga, in NJ.

A classically trained violinist, violist, fiddle player, and percussive dancer, Amy's yoga practice seeks to tune the body-mind through the ongoing process of practice, finding the balance of strength and flexibility. Amy brings her experience studying stage fright, the stress response, and Performance Wellness with Dr. Louise Montello, as well as her experience studying Dalcroze Eurythmics (the study of music through movement) to her yoga practice and classes, always seeking wellness, strength, personal empowerment, and healing through the process of practice. She is continually fascinated by how working on the body affects the mind and working on the mind affects the body. 

Amy's goal in teaching is to guide students through correct alignment while encouraging them to honor their own individual journeys through every pose, and to enjoy the process.
 

ANDRE WITEK

Andre took his 200 hour Teacher Training Certification from the Integral Yoga Institute in NYC for beginner, intermediate and extra gentle yoga and has been teaching there since 2000. Some of his wonderful teachers include Kali Morse, Swami Ramananda and Hamsa Spagnola at the Integral Yoga Institute (IYI); and Cheri Clampett and Arturo Perl for therapeutic yoga. 

In the last few years Andre has been inspired by the growing therapeutic yoga field and completed specialized certification training in this area, including restorative yoga.

Andre loves teaching and taking group classes and being in the energy of the sangha, the community of practitioners. He aslo enjoys nature, hiking and biking and jazz.
 

ARI SILVA

Ari  was introduced to yoga in the early 1980’s to better understand breathing and relaxation classes as preparation for the birth of her daughter.  Soon after, she located one of the only yoga studios in San Diego (before yoga became as popular as we know it) and became immersed in Asana practice.   Despite several relocations, including a few stints living overseas, Ari continued to practice while working in luxury retail management in NYC. 

While coaching her husband on some stretches and poses to help with his injuries, he suggested that she teach yoga.  Ari recently completed her teacher training at Elements Yoga Studio in Darien, CT, where she studied with Emma Magenta, Bernadette Birney and Martin Kirk.

In addition to yoga, Ari enjoys trail running and practicing flamenco. But what she enjoys most is sharing the joys and benefits of yoga. 
 

BOB BLANTON



Bob has over 40 years of experience in the martial arts,
25 of which have been dedicated to the study and practice
of Tai Chi.

For over 10 years Bob has devoted his time to a
deeper study of the principals and forms of this Art.

In addition to teaching private and group classes,
he has participated in numerous demonstrations and competitions.

 


 

BROOKE LOUGHLIN

A yoga enthusiast since the early ‘90s, Brooke completed her 500 hour yoga teacher training at Starseed Center for Yoga and Wellness in 2005, a Relax and Renew restorative teacher training with Judith Hanson Lasater in 2011, and a Kripalu Yoga teacher training refresher in 2016.

Along with a regular home practice, Brooke continues to study at Studio Yoga, Shakti Yoga & living arts and, as often as possible, at Kripalu, Omega and Yoga Journal Conferences.

Brooke's class combines varied yoga styles and influences in a playful, curious and open-hearted approach. The combination of challenging poses and sequences with restorative ones leads to increased strength, flexibility, balance and overall well-being. 
 

CHRISTOPHERAY (C-RAY) MANKOWSKI, E-RYT 500


C-Ray is a highly regarded yoga educator, with over thirty years of experience in a variety of yoga styles including Sivananda, Integral and Iyengar.

His practice is drawn from the teachings of the late Swami Satchitananda of the Integral Yoga Institute, Vipassana Meditation, and the Iyengar tradition, which he continues to study with Theresa Rowland of Studio Yoga in Madison.


You can ALL Ways be sure to have fun in C-Ray's classes, and be taught discipline, self-study and surrender. He also includes breath work and yoga philosophy in class.


 

CYNTHIA TARANTINO

Cynthia completed her 250 hour teacher certification through YogaNine Studio under the inspirational guidance of Laurie Greene. She has practiced and studied several styles of yoga including Iyengar, Ashtanga and Vinyasa.
 
Cynthia draws upon her professional dance experience in her teaching, which emphasizes body alignment and breath control to create a moving meditation. Her other passions include hiking with her husband and their dog, McGee, skiing with her three children, biking at the beach, cooking vegetarian meals, participating in her community and modern quilt making.
 
Cynthia is an energetic teacher. Her style incorporates the union of mind, body and breath to find a deeper awareness of the true self and joy within our hearts. She hopes that her passion for yoga inspires you to gain strength, focus and balance in a nurturing and open community based class environment.

 

DEBRA DONNALLY


Debra is a welcoming, fun, and supportive teacher.  As a lifelong athlete and student of the body, Deb has learned that a yoga practice is much more than what it appears to be. The infusion of yin yoga into her daily personal practice has led to her own healing and discovery of the expansive benefits of all yoga. She loves teaching from that combined place of self discovery and education.  

As Mark Twain says, “I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened”.  We all can live a more examined life. 

 

In Deb's classes you will learn to move deeper into your body through challenging, empowering and inspiring sessions that are alignment based.    
 

ELLEN KAPLAN


Ellen is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and has been practicing Iyengar Yoga since 1998. Her primary teachers are Theresa Rowland and Amy Block-Hamilton of Studio Yoga in Madison, NJ. Ellen has also attended countless workshops with many Senior Iyengar Yoga Teachers including Patricia Walden, Kofi Busia, Lois Steinberg, Mira Metha, and Stephanie Quirk.

Ellen is passionate about all aspects of yoga: uniting the body, mind and soul to realize eternal peace. Through her teaching, she hopes to guide others on this yogic path.
 



EMILY RAMOS

Emily came to her mat ten years ago to add variety to her workout routine and ease the aches and pains caused by a decade of avid running. After leaving her first yoga classes feeling renewed, calm and truly happy, what began as a physical practice soon blossomed into so much more. During her pregnancy (which was an easy, beautiful experience because of Shakti’s prenatal classes), Emily’s commitment to her yoga practice intensified.

Soon after the birth of her daughter in 2010 she decided to take her love of yoga a step further and train to become a yoga teacher. Emily  graduated from ShaktiBody’s 200-hour Teacher Training program and is thrilled to share yoga with her community!  A former NYC school teacher, Emily loves the art of teaching as much as she loves the practice of yoga.

Emily infuses her classes with energy, enthusiasm and humor. She loves sharing how the practice of yoga is also the practice of being kind, courageous, confident, happy and patient.
 

EVELYN LOPEZ

Evelyn discovered yoga after suffering a back injury in 1993. As her interest in yoga deepened, Evelyn found herself seeking to share yoga with friends and family by providing community classes for several years. 

In 2001, she completed her Teacher Training and Certification in Prana Yoga with Robyn Ross and Dr. Jeffrey Migdow at the Open Center in NYC and Restorative Yoga training with Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal at Integral Yoga Center in NYC.  In 2006, she completed 650 hours of training at Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Center and received certification as a Yoga Therapist and Practitioner.

Evelyn’s interest is in working with individuals with health challenges and to bring wellness into her own practice, as well as her students.
 

FRANCOISE MOSTEIRO

Francoise discovered Yoga 10 years ago when her youngest child was 3.  There was a class offered in the tennis club across the street from the preschool and she decided she was “too young to feel so creaky.”  What she discovered was a kind and patient teacher who made her feel that Yoga was accessible in her body and that she was successful from the moment she stepped on the mat.

After a few years Francoise decided to complete a 200 teacher training course to deepen her own practice, which she completed recently.

Francoise's goal is to make every student feel what her first teacher made feel--that Yoga is accessible and fun - no matter your level of fitness, age, or body type.

 

GENA RHO-SMITH


Gena is a Clinical Somatic Educator and yogini. She teaches Hanna Somatic Movement, somatic yoga and works with clients privately in Maplewood and NYC. www.genarhosmith.com

Gena has been practicing and teaching yoga since 1998.  Prior to her yoga practice, she had a career as a modern dancer, performing and teaching as a member of the Trisha Brown Company.  


Gena feels that Hanna Somatics offers real options for finding freedom to move in spite of chronic tightness. She enjoys bringing the tools of Somatics to the practice of yoga.
 

IRES WILBANKS, CD (DONA)

Ires teaches Ashtanga, hatha, pre and post natal and yoga for labor and delivery. She received her certifications from New York's Integral Yoga Institute, where she also has taught. Ires has been a devoted student of Yoga since 2001 and started teaching in 2005. Her prenatal yoga classes are guided by her own childbirth experiences—she attributes the practice to helping her achieve a vaginal birth after caesarean, or VBAC.  She is also a certified birth doula (DONA International) and received her training with Debra Pascali-Bonaro in NYC. Ires has been attending births since 2011.

Ires practices Ashtanga yoga and studies with Anna Winkler and Eddie Stern. She completed Tim Miller's Primary Series Ashtanga Yoga teacher training. Ires has also studied with David Swenson, Nancy Gilgoff, Kino MacGregor, and members of the Jois family including Sharath and Saraswathi.

Ires is committed to sharing her knowledge of how yoga can help women release fear and have a safe and peaceful childbirth experience.  Her classes draw upon her studies at Integral Yoga as well as the meditative intensity of her Ashtanga practice.
 

JANE GUZZI

Jane walked into her first yoga class eleven years ago. She had been a dance student most of her life and was looking for a new form of graceful movement to practice and study. That first class was at a Dahn Yoga Center. There she learned a form of energy movement and meditation that was combined with yoga and martial art forms. It was the meditation that transformed her life. What started as a new exercise routine grew into a lasting inner journey. She continued her study there for several years becoming both a certified massage therapist in eastern tradition and a class instructor. Eventually Jane started to explore more traditional yoga practice and earned a 200 hour yoga teaching certificate in 2012 at Shakti Yoga. She also holds a Reiki 2 certification that was completed in 2016. With the occurrence of spinal issues, meditation has become her primary practice and focus. She would like to share this gift with others.

Jane has been an artist all of her life. She works primarily in colored pencil and watercolor. She also makes jewelry which she sells on her etsy shop. Jane holds a BA in Fine Arts and an MA in Art Education.
 

KATHLEEN GOOD


Kathleen was Introduced to yoga as a child and rediscovered it 15 years ago after a serious challenge to her health.  In 2008 she gave up the legal world to dedicate herself to the study and practice of Kundalini Yoga. She trained and received her certification from Kundalini Yoga East in New York City in 2010.  

Kathleen is committed to sharing the gift of yoga to maintain physical health and peace of mind.


 

KIMBERLY ALVARADO

Kimberly is a Certified Yoga Teacher with 560 hours of training (CYT-560), a graduate of The Yoga School NY/Yoga Sutra teacher training program in NYC where she completed her 200-, 500-, and advanced 60-hour courses.  Her studies are in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and, his son, TKV Desikachar. Her teacher, Guta Hedewig (E-RYT 500/Yoga Therapist), studied and practiced Krishnamacharya’s teachings with TKV Desikachar at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM.org) in Chennai.  Kimberly began practicing yoga in 1999 at Starseed in Montclair and continued on to practice Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Iyengar at Starseed, Shakti, and Satsang Yoga in Westfield. She became certified to teach in 2009 and continues to take classes and workshops to develop personally and professionally.

Kimberly's classes are breath-based hatha yoga with dynamic vinyasa krama sequences taught in the tradition of Krishnamacharya. Her goal is to meet the student where they are and go from there.
 

KRYSTINA ROSANIA

Krystina began her yoga journey in 2001 and has been an avid practitioner ever since. In an effort to take her practice deeper, in 2015 Krystina participated in a 200 hr Vinyasa teacher training, as well as a 30 hr Yin teacher training, becoming a certified RYT with the Yoga Alliance. 

Krystina is a compassionate, fun teacher who aims to help each student feel welcome, challenged and at ease on their mats, regardless of skill level. Her classes focus on building strength, finding softness, and connecting with self. Krystina has a love of music, reading, and the beach. Yoga has been something that has helped her transform her body and mind, creating mindfulness on both a physical and mental level, and she aims to translate those same elements to her students. 

Come enjoy a fun, inspiring class! 
 

LORI SMITH

Lori first encountered yoga in a class at the gym in 2001, where she loved it. Yoga gave her a greater sense of flexibility as an athlete, and since that first taste of it, she has taken classes from many teachers in the NY and NJ area. In 2012, Lori became a dedicated practitioner and student of yoga when facing some major life transitions. In September of 2015, Lori received her RYT 200 hour hatha yoga certificate from South Mountain Yoga under the guidance of Emma Magenta. Yoga has been and continues to be a source of solace and refuge for her, and cultivates buoyancy in her breath and body. For over 20 years, Lori has also been a student of Vipassana meditation, having attended meditation retreats at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and group sittings at the NY Insight Meditation Center, The Rubin Museum, The Tibet House and other places. Lori is grateful to all of her teachers, past, present and future, from whom she continues to learn, grow and be inspired by. For her, yoga is a heartfelt endeavor and she is grateful to share it with her students.
 
Lori emphasizes an awareness of alignment in her classes, striving to create a sense of spaciousness in one’s breath and body, weaving in a sense of mindfulness and grounding in the present moment, and deepening one’s resilience.

 
MEHTAB DARSHAN SINGH
 
Mehtab Darshan Singh (Kristian) has been practicing and studying Kundalini Yoga since 1999. His approach to practice and teaching is governed by immense appreciation for the teachings that Yogi Bhajan passed on to us, and great reverence for how transformative, healing, and powerful Kundalini Yoga and Meditation truly is. Mehtab Darshan has been teaching informally since 2010, and has studied the nuances and complexities of Kundalini Yoga and Sikh Dharma very closely with Hari Kaur Khalsa, who developed the curriculum for Yogi Bhajan’s teacher training programs for over two decades. Mehtab Darshan received his certification under Hari’s guidance in May 2017, and assists in and does the administration for Hari’s Level 1 teacher trainings at The Treehouse in NYC.

Mehtab Darshan is committed to embodying the meaning of his name—“Mehtab” means moonlight reflected on water; “Darshan” is the soul of the teacher, one who keeps audience with the divine and shares that wisdom—in bringing these teachings to students.
 
Mehtab is especially eager to share the magic of Kundalini Yoga with those new to the practice, and to allowing students to experience immense physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of these teachings with everyone at Shakti’s weekly community class on Sundays from 7-8:15pm.
 
 

MILENA-AMBIKA RUBINSTEIN

Milena, a community college teacher of English as a Second Language, became interested in yoga when she took a yoga class in college. Since then, she has had a personal yoga practice. After returning to yoga classes regularly, she decided to get training as a yoga instructor in order to share the benefits of yoga with her college students and fellow workers.  She received her 200-hour yoga teacher training in asanas and pranayama from Integral Yoga Institute, NYC. She also has completed a 100-hour certification in gentle and chair yoga from Integral Yoga Institute plus a 15-hour additional chair yoga training from ShaktiBody, a 63-hour training in restorative/ therapeutic yoga taught by Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal at Integral Yoga Institute, NYC, and a 3-day Essential Somatics Hanna Somatic exercise coach training – Level 1.

Milena believes yoga has made her life fuller, more balanced, and peaceful, and that’s what she would like to share with others who decide to explore the beauty of yoga.
 

SCOTT ANTHONY


Scott started studying Kundalini yoga in 1999 in NYC with Ravi Singh (a Legacy Teacher who started his path with Yogi Bhajan in 1974). His spiritual name is Arjan Singh, which signifies the soul of a Teacher, and also Warrior and Artist. He is a music producer, engineer, and musician, and he binds his teaching experience with the creative arts to help others access and express their own souls and use the self-healing that comes from within, turning inertia into harmonious forward momentum.

Scott has been teaching informally since 2003, and in 2015 he received his 200 Hour Kundalini teacher certification from Ravi and Ana Brett at Raven's Wing Yoga in Branford, CT.


Combining his work in audio and his yoga practice, Scott loves exploring the healing power of sound, vibration, and resonance on the mind and body, using music and meditation with mantras.
 

SHIRLEY MATTHEWS

Shirley did her Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training at Kundalini Yoga East in NYC.
 
Shirley practices as a psychologist in NYC and South Orange NJ. She has a special interest in the treatment sleep and other concerns of adulthood including anxiety, depression, relationship issues and self-regulation/procrastination.
 
Shirley is thrilled to share her love and appreciattion of Kundalini Yoga with you, as well as her special interest in the healing vibrations of working with Gong Meditatation and Relaxation in her once a month Friday night class.

 

 

TRISH O'GORMAN

It is truer to say Kundalini Yoga found Trish, rather than the other way around. From her first experience in class Trish knew Kundalini was for her. She loved the music, the meditations and the way it worked for every body. It felt like coming home. Trish's spiritual name is Abnashi Kaur, meaning Indestructible Princess and through life's many ups and downs Kundalini has been a stabilizing force for healing, a practice for life. 
 
In 2004 Trish got certified to teach at Kundalini Yoga East in NYC under the guidance of Sat Jivan Kaur and Sat Jivan Singh and has been teaching ever since.  Trish will be forever grateful to Yogi Bhajan for sharing such an uplifting practice and for the loving support of the Kundalini community.
 
When not teaching yoga Trish works as a school nurse in a middle school, enjoys time with her three children and can be found hiking and taking photographs with her beloved dog.


 



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