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Our staff

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About Our Founder Nicole Zornitzer

 

E-RYT 2000 Integrative Yoga Therapist, Certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant (C.A.L.C.), Integral Sound Therapy Facilitator, Level 2 Diploma CPYT (Prenatal Yoga), Radiant Child Children’s Yoga Instructor, Certified Aerial Yoga Instructor, Reiki Energy Healer, Advanced Yin Yoga Certified, Mindful Barre Fusion Certification.

 

Specializing in Therapeutic Yoga, Power Vinyasa, Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga as well as leading Yama Therapeutics Teacher Training Program at Niyama Yoga Studio, which is an International Yoga Alliance Accredited Program.

 

Nicole Zornitzer founded Niyama Yoga Studio in 2007.  Nicole is an Experienced Certified Integrative Yoga Therapist, ERYT 2000 with 30 years of experience. Nicole’s background in modern dance led her on her path to ultimately find yoga.  In May 2020, Nicole graduated from The Maryland University of Integrative Health with a graduate certificate in Ayurveda Medicine.

 

Nicole has certifications in Integrative Yoga Therapy, Integral Sound Therapy, The Barkan Hot Vinyasa Method, Children’s Yoga through the Radiant Child Program, Pre and Post Natal Yoga, Aerial Yoga through Fly and Release Aerial Yoga, Advanced 50 Hour Yin Yoga, Mindful Barre Fusion and Yoga Nidra.

 

 

Nicole is also a certified Reiki Level 2 Energy Healer in accordance with the Usui System of Natural Healing, with lineage under Dr. Mikao Usui.  She believes that the best teacher is also the student, self study is something Nicole feels very passionate about. 

 

Annually, Nicole takes an annual sabbatical with a variety of world-renowned and respected Yogis through-out the world.  A place that Nicole holds dear to her heart is Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, where she visits bi-annually to continue her own spiritual practice and growth. 

 

Since 2008, Nicole has been the appointed yoga instructor for Livingston Public School System, bringing to the children of Livingston, NJ her passion for yoga and meditation. Nicole has specialized much of her career in teaching athletes, including the New York Jets Football League and the Trilogy Lacrosse 2020 Team.

 

After suffering from her own personal health crisis in 2015; Nicole turned to her background in yoga to save her own life. She will bring her experiences from her journey to wellness to the classroom in the most sincere and loving way.

Niyama owns four yoga shalas. Three are located in New Jersey: Randolph NJ, Sparta NJ and Roseland NJ. She also owns and manages a satellite shala in Delray Beach, Florida.

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Stacy Campoli

 

RYT 200, Yin Yoga Instructor, Restorative Yoga Teacher and Reiki Healer. 

With over 12 years of experience in yoga. Stacy trained under the guidance of Niyama Yoga & Wellness Studio and Yama Therapeutics in 2010 receiving her RYT 200. In 2020, Stacy received her Advanced 50 Hour Yin Yoga Training Certification with Niyama Yoga Studio.  Stacy leads a powerful, dynamic vinyasa flow class and was recently awarded National Yoga Performer Artistry title in 2019. In addition to a powerful practice, Stacy works with clients who are under the care of chiropractic care to a state of wellness. Stacy enjoys bringing a sweaty, powerful practice to her students. She lives nearby in Morris Plains with her fiance Gustavo and hopes to be soon joined by a furry German Shepherd to expand the family. In her spare time she enjoys cycle class workouts, weight lifting, outdoor runs and tacos!

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Stephanie Forte

Manager, Niyama Yoga Shalas

 

RYT 200, Yin Yoga Instructor and Guided Meditation Teacher

Stephanie took her very first yoga class at 14 years old. Although her practice was inconsistent at first yoga always seemed to find her, and she was always grateful it did. In 2019 she joined Serenity studio and fell in love with yoga wholeheartedly. In 2020 she earned her 200 Hour Yoga Instructor certification, which made her realize that yoga felt like home to her. Since then, she strives to evolve her practice physically, mentally, and spiritually on and off her mat. in 2022 she graduated under Niyama Yoga Shala's Yin Yoga Advanced Teacher Training Program.

 

Stephanie's sequences focus on fluid movements as well as finding strength, peace, and happiness both within one’s practice and within oneself. She loves to incorporate nature as a grounding center and meditative aid. Stephanie hopes to help guide students to find what yoga truly means to them.

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Mary McCourt

Assistant Manager, Niyama Yoga Shala Roseland

 

RYT 200, Advanced 50 Hour Yin Yoga Instructor, Prenatal Yoga Instructor and Children's Yoga Instructor

A lifelong resident of NJ; health and wellness have always been a big part of her life. Fresh air and sunshine, clean foods, exercise, and positivity are her daily mantra.

Mary has always moved her body and worked out, both in classes and her own personal pursuits and practices in order to feel “better”. Mary discovered that Yoga gave her the means to work “in”, when she realized that working “out” was no longer enough.

 

An Art teacher for over 30 years, Mary now channels that creativity through her jewelry making, painting and gardening, and cooking.

 

Mary brings experience, knowledge and a genuine passion for life to the mat.  Her wit is only surpassed by her amazing spirited personality.  Mary's jewelry and artwork adorns all of Niyama Shalas, she is an integral part of the Niyama Tribe and we are blessed to have her.  

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Vikram Hirani

RYT 200

Recently featured in Esalen Journal as one of "14 Yogis Leading the Way in Connection and Social Transformation", Vikram has been a Lotus Flow (TM) Vinyasa Instructor since 2017.  His flows involve dynamic sequences with invitations to explore inversions and arm balances, while offering variations to encourage students of all levels to flow.  Classes are built around themes connecting physical practices to deeper aspects of yoga; enabling students to leave his classes balanced both in body and mind.

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Heather Kerner

 

RYT 200

“Not all those who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkien

This is one of Heather’s favorite quotes as she feels that her life’s wanderings have led her to yoga and her path as a Therapeutic Yoga Teacher. She began taking yoga classes as another fitness modality but quickly made the connection of mind-body-spirit. She’s been hooked ever since and is noticeably not herself when she puts her practice on the back burner. It was during The-Year-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named that she decided to explore earning her RYT as she wanted to bring to others what yoga has brought to her. Heather is deeply grateful for the Niyama Tribe and all she has been given in the way of knowledge, support, encouragement and mentorship. None of her accomplishments would be possible without the constant faith and support of John, her husband of twenty-plus years. She is the mother of three teenagers and they are her inspiration and motivation to bring all the benefits of yoga to our youth. 

 

Heather leads a “not boring” life, as her oldest teen tells her. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Centenary College (now University) and has worked as a Behavioral Health Counselor,  substitute teacher, School and Group Tour Guide at a local farm, and most recently as a Paraprofessional in an elementary school. She is a lifelong horse lover and rider; she loves animals and nature and is obsessed with trees. Heather loves books, wine, and a good cup of tea. Heather is a self-professed nerd and looks forward to continuing her education in yoga and wellness. She is part of our incoming RYT 300 Therapeutic Training Program that begins in 2022.

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Sondra Burke

 

RYT 200

Loka samastha sukhino bhavanthu- May all beings be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and freedom for all.

Sondra heard this saying from a yoga instructor when she first started taking yoga classes; it resonated deeply with her. She had finally heard the mantra of her life and would later tattoo it on her arm. 

 

Sondra graduated from Niyama's Yoga Teacher Training Program in 2022 with her RYT 200.

Sandra is a public defender and a professor of communication and law. She has always valued peace above all else. Yoga has been her way of finding that peace. She loved yoga from the minute she stepped on the mat and always said that when her son went away to college, she would do more yoga. Because she took her first class at the studio that is now Niyama, it always felt like home. When she felt it was time to do her RYT 200, Niyama Yoga Shala's Yama Therapeutics Yoga Teacher Training Program was the obvious choice.

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Rebecca Cintron Saltzman

 

RYT 200

In 2005 Rebecca was introduced to yoga by her cousin. Rebecca quickly fell in love with the energy, serenity and peace she felt after each asana practice.  Rebecca has continued to practice yoga over the years incorporating asana and meditation into her daily routine. In 2019  she moved to Sparta NJ as an "empty nester" with her husband Jay and their furry babies. Rebecca took a class at the Niyama Yoga Sparta Shala and felt an instant connection to the Niyama Community.  In 2021 she enrolled in the RYT 200 at Niyama Yoga to deepen her practice and learn more about the spiritual path of yoga. To her amazement she felt enlightened and honored to hold space for others during her internship and is excited about her new journey as a Therapeutic Yoga teacher. Rebecca is a sober yogini and is looking forward to incorporating her knowledge of the therapeutic value of yoga in helping others in recovery. Rebecca is an avid snowboarder and hiker and loves to travel. She loves music and you can catch her dancing  to anything with a rhythm. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family. 

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Lindsay Brown

 

RYT 200

Lindsay has always had a passion for wellness of the body, and continuously pursues different takes on how to achieve a balanced lifestyle. She first took up yoga in 2013. When she took her first studio class it felt like home. It was the perfect combination of movement and stillness; the movement that challenged her mind and body and the stillness she knew she needed. She took yoga sporadically through the years while having her three children, simultaneously living a yogic lifestyle with time spent reading up on yoga, wellness and health. Her love of yoga and wellness brought her to train with Niyama Yoga and Wellness, so that she would gain the right tools and knowledge to help others find that true yogic feeling that we all know is so magical after a class spent together in a studio.

With Lindsay’s background as a cosmetologist, she loves to help others feel good in and out and has brought that love to the mat. Her goal each class is for her students to feel calm, rejuvenated and strong in their mind and body. She continues to grow through her own practice so that she can bring that to her classes.

In her spare time, she loves to be with family and friends. With time spent in the mountains, at lakes and the beach, she loves to be outdoors, connected with nature. Her love of watercolor tends to be her favorite sadhana practice, outside of her practice on the mat.

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Abby Haimson

 

RYT 200

In 2022 Abby graduated from the Niyama Yoga Shala Teacher Training Program after being drawn to the yogic lifestyle for many years. In 2018 Abby graduated from Pace University with a BA in Psychology which led her to further examine another mode of helping the community through not only traditional psychology but the therapeutic lens of yoga.  

 

Abby was an All-American lacrosse player while attending college and has always had a passion for wellness and the mind - body - spirit connection. She was inspired to teach by her Mom and Sister, who are both RYT 200 Yoga Instructors. She was in awe of how yoga continually helped her family to evolve and heal.

 

Abby's approach to yoga is focused on being present with the body and connecting movement with breath. Her classes are open level by nature and she loves to offer alternative postures for those that may require such.

 

When Nicole first met Abby, she knew she was a perfect candidate to join the training team. The entire Niyama Tribe is thrilled to have a woman such as Abby on the team.

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Viky Gerboth

 

RYT 200

Viky's yogic journey began in 2004.  Finding herself at the proverbial "crossroad" in life she knew that she could either continue down the path that was toxic or embark on the path of healing.  Picking through the mail of the day she happened to stumble upon a ValPak coupon for a place called "Highland Yoga".  Being forever thrifty the new student deal was just too good to pass up.  She mustered up the courage to drive over to the studio and register for her first class with all of her preconceived notions tucked into her back pocket.  Audrey Brigliadaro was her very first instructor who shattered the walls that were built; "If something is not serving you, you need to let it go."  That mantra remains forever in her heart and was the catalyst into self-healing.  In 2009 Viky graduated from the YogaWorks 200 hour Teacher Training under the watchful eye of Cleandra Martin-Waldron and set forth on her teaching path.

 

Viky's teaching style blends clear alignment cues and a solid understanding of biomechanics in a playful environment.  Classes are interwoven with yogic philosophies, pranayama, and asana to help bring the students to a place of Santosha.  The flow of the class allows students to either remain where they are or continue on if their body is requesting it.  Additionally, Viky has extensive experience with developing and leading workshops for beginners as well as linear athletes.  Additionally, she has studied under Stuart Corn, Sean Corn, Elena Brower, and Tao Porchon-Lynch over the years.

 

During her free time you can find her outside hiking, swimming, cycling, or simply playing with her family.  Nature is what recharges her to continue being the best version of herself for her family, friends, the yogic community, and the earth as a whole.

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Joy Schmitz

 

RYT 200, Yin Yoga Instructor and Barre Instructor

Joy completed 200 hour teacher training through Yoga Youniverse, Sparta, NJ, in 2018, and has taught at Yoga Youniverse since then. In 2022 she graduated under Niyama Yoga Shala's Yin Yoga Advanced Teacher Training Program. She is also certified to teach Barre and chair yoga, and has continued her personal journey through various online experiences.

The experience and skills Joy has honed, over many years of teaching, are invaluable assets to her resume as a yoga instructor. Her ultimate goal is to bring the joy and benefits of yoga to all, including those who may not “fit” the preconceived profile of the typical yoga student. Joy's prior teaching experience has empowered her with the ability to recognize and address student abilities, strengths and areas of need. She is able to tailor a class structure which is inclusive of all, yet able to challenge each practitioner, meet his or her needs, and bring each student further along in their yoga journey.  Through concise instruction, she breaks down the core components of yoga asanas, breathing techniques, and mindset, to give each student clear understanding and confidence in the growth of their practice. Breathing techniques are introduced and practiced in each class.

Students will benefit from her step by step approach to building a rewarding and lifelong yoga practice. A safe, positive class, with much reinforcement and individualization, will help all aspiring yogis grow in their mind/ body/ spirit connection, develop strong bodies, and discover all the beautiful benefits of yoga. Joy's belief that we are all intricately connected, to our earth, to each other and all earthly things, is a connection that has been deeply enhanced through her yoga practice, and she hopes to pass this on through her teaching.

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Missy Reder

 

500 RYT Yoga Instructor, NASM personal trainer, Dharma yoga teacher, Precision Nutrition, FRC, FMS, MADD Dog spin, TRX, pilates, barre.

Missy Reder is a fitness industry expert who is on a mission to help others look and feel their best by empowering them with effective exercise, healthy eating habits, and nurturing mindset. Missy openly shares her personal experiences of struggle and success and inspires others to see that every challenge is an opportunity for growth.

 

As a mother of four teenagers, she knows all too well that even the best experiences in life can take a toll on our bodies. After the birth of her youngest child, she was left with four finger width diastasis recti and three epigastric hernias. The invasive surgery taken to correct them in June 2013 left her unable to engage her stomach muscles and numb throughout her abdomen. 

 

In 2016, Missy invented AB-EZE, a core strengthening tool that supports your body against gravity and facilitates the ability to engage abdominal muscles. As her stomach muscles strengthened, she regained her sense of self and became reconnected with her body.

 

Most recently, she has been exploring gradation of isometric muscle engagement which sparked the idea for MISSYCORE, a revolutionary method that trains sequential engagement of core power points, deep core connection, and stability that infuses movement with core power. When women are introduced to the techniques, they are filled with ‘aha’ moments and finally feel they are making friends with their body. 

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Kristina Carnevale

 

RYT 200, Specializing in Power Vinyasa.

Kristina completed her 200 RYT, 15 Hour Yin Training and Barre Cardio-Fusion certifications at Flipped Dog Yoga Studio in New Jersey. Her approach to yoga remains focused on the balance between strength and flexibility, exertion and release. Her classes focus on vinyasa flow, you can expect to move, sweat and draw attention to the connection between movement and breath. The body benefits from movement while the mind benefits from stillness. 

 

Kristina invites all to challenge both mind and body and explore your edge in her class.

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Sam Melia

 

RYT 200, Advanced Asana Sequencing Certification, Pre- Natal Certified and  Zumba Instructor

As a young child Sam was introduced into the world of yoga by her mother who was also a yoga instructor.  It took her to become a more mature adult to truly appreciate the value of yoga and how it fused well with her active fitness lifestyle. 

 

After taking her first yoga class in 2013 she became hooked on the mindfulness and happiness that yoga brought into her world.  In 2018 Sam became a certified yoga instructor and fully embraced the yogic lifestyle.  

 

Sam's mission is simple, she encourages all of her students to leave feeling better than when they arrived.  She values holding space for the individual and becoming a source of light and strength when others feel down.  Her spirituality and authentic charm are only a couple of the reasons why the Niyama Tribe is honored to share space with her.

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Lea Antolini (Lid)

 

RYT 200

Lea Antolini (Lid) has been experiencing the benefits of Hatha Yoga for over 20 years. After suffering a back injury in 1999, she fell in love with how her body felt after yoga; strong, flexible as well as balanced mentally, physically and spiritually.  She has been teaching yoga since 2002 and became a Registered Yoga Teacher with the National Yoga Alliance in 2005. Currently Lea is a professor at Centenary University where she is the associate professor of dance/theater. She believes her knowledge of dance has influenced the way she approaches her yoga classes.  Her practice is based on a background in Vinyasa flow, Iyengar, and various movement techniques taught for alignment in dance such as Laban, Bartenieff and Alexander  Techniques. Lea primarily teaches traditional Vinyasa (flow) classes, integrating her knowledge of dance and kinesiology into her teaching, creating a flow in which postures are mindfully synchronized to the breath in order to form a continuous and smooth flow. Lea is known for emphasizing proper body alignment when practicing yoga. She believes it is imperative to practice the asanas in yoga with mindful attention to the body’s alignment to avoid the common yoga injuries. Lea has taught yoga in China as well as up and down the east coast, including various studios throughout NJ in Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Warren Counties.

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Laura Ekstrand

 

RYT 200

Laura has been practicing yoga for over 30 years, beginning with Iyengar and transitioning to Vinyasa in the past 20 years. With a background in both dance and fitness, she completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Ignite Yoga in 2014 with Daniele Jarman. 

A Livingston resident, Laura’s full-time job is as the Artistic Director of Vivid Stage in Summit, which she founded in 1994. An actor, director, playwright and acting instructor, Laura’s work has taken her from stage to television to film. Laura is also a private monologue coach and holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.

Laura’s classes focus on bringing your awareness to the present moment, and on having fun while exploring your physical and mental boundaries. She also brings an attention to the specific mechanics of each pose while tuning into your breath. Laura especially enjoys making yoga accessible to yogis of all levels, from the beginner to the advanced practitioner.

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Christina D'Onofrio

 

RYT 200, Specializing in Power Yoga, Aerial Yoga and Paddleboarding Yoga

 

Christina brings her love of yoga to the mat everytime she teaches.  Specializing in teaching hot power vinyasa, Christina's classes offer creative and challenging sequencing with options to safely modify all poses.  Along with her vinyasa style classes, she also teaches Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Paddleboarding Yoga and continues her yoga education with regular workshops and self study.

 

Christina is also an active fitness instructor and martial artist, holding a blackbelt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a second degree blackbelt in Shito-Ryu Karate.

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Anjanette McGrath

 

RYT 200, Yin Yoga Instructor, Pre-Natal Yoga Instructor

Anjanette is a photographer by trade as well as an RYT 200 Yoga Instructor.  She is a meditation facilitator and uses sound bowls to help enhance her healing sessions.  Anjanette has a thirst for knowledge and is intrigued by anatomy, so much so that she received an advanced degree in continuing education in anatomy.  Oracle cards have always fascinated her and she uses these in her personal practice as well as when teaching others yoga to assist in creation of intention and purpose in life both on the mat and off of the mat.  Yoga has provided Anjanette insight, healing and the ability to love herself.  She is excited to help others navigate the yoga journey and share her passion for yoga and meditation.  

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Helen Humbert

 

RYT 200, Yin Yoga Instructor

Helen completed her RYT 200 training in 2021. In 2022 she graduated under Niyama Yoga Shala's Yin Yoga Advanced Teacher Training Program.

 

Helen has been practicing yoga since a very young age with her mother. She always found contentment and acceptance in the practice of yoga and has fully embraced the philosophy and mindful practices that surround yoga. Her practice is intentional, slower paced and simply beautiful.

 

Helen is a dedicated Niyama Tribe member whose mission is very simple, she wants to offer each yogi a moment to pause, breath and "feel" yoga. She is hard working and also prides herself in her quest to gain more knowledge each year; she is the eternal student which Niyama also fully embraces as one of our core values.

 

We are certain you will leave her classes feeling lighter, happier and content!

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Danielle Lesser-Levine

 

E-RTY 500, Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher Trainer, Reiki Energy Healer, Ayurvedic Counselor.

Danielle has 25 years of experience in yoga, having followed in her father’s footsteps from when she was just a young girl.  In 2009 Danielle studied under Nicole Zornitzer and Diane Finlayson under Yama Therapeutics, Integrative Yoga Therapy Program, receiving her RYT 200 certification. Danielle continued to evolve with Nicole and Niyama Yoga Studio and became one of Niyama’s Primary Teacher Trainers by 2010.

 

In 2011 Danielle continued her studies under Kelly Morris, which opened her to the idea of Tibetan Buddhism and the Divine Feminine.  Danielle then studied with Cameron Shayne and developed her knowledge of Budokon; which is mind and movement arts and sciences. All of these teachings led to Danielle’s RYT 500 certification.  Danielle loves to learn and develop through immersion courses, her fellow yoga teachers, mentors and especially her students.  She specializes in Vinyasa Flow, Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga and Meditation.

Danielle continues to offer workshops, Domestic and International retreats and seminars to enable her clients to evolve.  Danielle is a key participant in Niyama Yoga & Wellness Studio and partners with Nicole Zornitzer on all teacher trainings, retreats and workshops.  Nicole and Danielle consider themselves soul sisters, having been supporting one another for nearly 11 years and owe yoga to bringing them together.

 

Danielle is a native New Jersey resident and recently gave birth to her amazing son Reece.  She loves spending time with her husband Dave and watching her family enjoy nature and all that life has to offer.

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Marci Jaffer

 

RYT 200, Advanced Buti Yoga Instructor.

Marci discovered yoga in 2001 when she was searching for something restorative while training for marathons.  Soon after she began taking Vinyasa Flow Classes; she not only felt her body restoring and healing itself, but, was also shocked to discover that yoga instilled in her an immense sense of focus that sparked her creativity and helped her to achieve the mind-body connection.

 

After years as a practicing student, Marci finally felt compelled to share in the practice that changed her life with others.  She received her RYT 200 through and is a certified Advanced Buti Yoga Instructor.  As a high school English teacher, Marci also has an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English Literature, and finds the combination of yoga and writing/journaling to be healing and life-changing.  She teaches others to journal and combine this with yoga as a means to identify one’s true self in order to live the best life possible.