About Our Founder Nicole Zornitzer
E-RYT 1000 Integrative Yoga Therapist, Certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant (C.A.L.C.) 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 1000 with 28 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, 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 has studied with a variety of renowned yogi’s such as Janet Stone, Seane Corn, Johnny Kest, Shiva Rea, MC Yogi, Baron Baptiste, Karen Brody, Elena Brower and Jimmy Barkan. A place that Nicole holds dear to her heart is Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, where she takes mini sabbaticals each year to continue her own spiritual practice and growth. In 2021 Nicole will be assistant trainer at Kripalu with her professor from MUIH leading hundreds of people to wellness vs. disease.
For the past 13 years, 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.
RYT 200, Reiki Energy Healer; Specializing in Mandala Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Contributing Teacher Trainer for Niyama Yoga YTT Training Programs.
Danielle (a.k.a Tucci or Tucher); began practicing yoga in 2017 looking for an outlet to heal her own body. Danielle had experienced for the first time her own ability to create sacred space for herself. Soon after she became a dedicated practitioner, not only for her body but also for mental clarity that tied together her mind, body and spirit.
Danielle graduated from Yoga in the World, RYS while traveling to the beautiful Morocco in 2018. After teaching vinyasa yoga for a year, she desired more. In September 2019, Danielle traveled to Mexico for advanced training in Yin Yoga and Mandala Vinyasa Yoga with The Yoga People. While practicing with Danielle, you will receive a shift in introspection as she guides her clients through a journey through the chakra system and the four elements: Air, Earth, Fire and Water. Diving deeper into our soul embodiment, going beyond the physical plane.
RYT 500, AFFA Personal Trainer, Specializing in Gentle Yoga, Yin Yoga, Barre Fusion and HIIT, Contributing Teacher Trainer for Niyama Yoga YTT Training Programs.
Lynn has been working in the field of health and wellness for nearly half of a decade. Lynn’s reasons for wanting to focus on the body’s health are based on her own personal experiences of needing rehabilitation. Through her journey of wellness, she stumbled upon yoga and this was a huge turning point in her life. Through yoga she learned to love her body and her being. She discovered the gift of becoming mobile and having the ability to move without pain. Lynn knew she needed to share this with others.
In Lynn’s classes she focuses on alignment basics and emphasizes proper postures. She has used her own struggles to help others be the best version of themselves. Not only did yoga change her body, it changed her mind and the way she now views life. It is her mission to share this with all whom cross her path. In 2020 Lynn completed her Advanced 50 Hour Yin Teacher Training with Niyama Yoga.
RYT 200, Specializing in Power, Yin, Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga and a Reiki Healer, Lead Teacher Trainer for Niyama Yoga YTT Training Programs.
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 Sherpard to expand the family. In her spare time she enjoys cycle class workouts, weight lifting, outdoor runs and tacos! Stacy is one of the Niyama Yoga & Wellness Studio Teacher Trainers and Mentors.
ERYT 500, Thai Yoga Bodyworker.
John is a native New Jersey resident, growing up in Whippany. John has had an active lifestyle all of his life ranging from ice-hockey, mountain bike riding and motorcycle riding. While attending college he became very interested in weight lifting and spent many hours in the gym. Eventually, he wanted something more and as it evolved, he attended his first yoga class in 1999. It was then that his life changed and he began integrating the practice of yoga with his cardio and weight training. By 2001, he gave up weightlifting for yoga. In 2003, John completed his 200 hour Anusara Yoga Teacher Training with Todd Norian and began teaching immediately. Over that next decade, he trained under John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga and many other senior instructors.
In 2005, John completed his Thai Yoga Bodywork training with Jonas Westring and has been working on people ever since.
John is also a certified sommelier as well as an instructor for REI Outdoor School where he teaches yoga for hikers, trail running, mountain biking, stand up paddle board and essential camping skills.
John’s passion for the integrity of yoga and his thrill for life make him an influential lead instructor and bodyworker at Niyama Yoga.
RYT 200 & Reiki Healer, Specializing in Vinyasa and Yin Yoga.
Nina is a local New Jersey resident who has always had an active lifestyle, running from sport to sport. In recent years, she needed something more in her life to help her through one of the darkest years of her life; this is when she found yoga. Yoga changed her life, as it does to most everyone who practices. Nina realized that she was put on this earth to bring happiness into others lives and bring a smile to all who know her. Nina’s message is to spread joy and lead people to become the best version of themselves. Life is a gift and Nina shares this passion of yoga and its magical effect with others.
Nina completed her RYT 200 Yoga and Meditation training at Zuna Yoga in Bali, Indonesia. She then completed her Advanced 50 Hour Yin Yoga Training Certification at Niyama Yoga Studio in 2020. Prior to training she studied abroad in Thailand for 6 months where she was inspired to follow her passion for yoga. She has studied tantric philosophy and creates hatha-vinyasa flows that allow for not just a physical challenge, but a mental one as well.
As a Reiki Healer, Nina believes that the strongest connection we can make is that of the mind, body and spirit and simply tuning in is the key to it all. In Reiki and Yoga, we work to open energetic centers in the body by directing the breath, signaling for the body to relax and release. Nina will also teach her students about pranayama (breathing techniques) in a fun and insightful manner.
When Nina is not practicing yoga, you will find her anywhere outdoors, reading a juicy book, writing on her blog platform or listening to great music!
RYT 500, Specializing in Anusara Yoga.
Barbara began teaching yoga 16 years ago, prior to retiring as a corporate finance professional. Teaching has provided Barbara the opportunity to share her love of yoga in an environment that encourages health and wellbeing. She is drawn to the physical asana aspect of yoga as well as the sense of calm that is experienced from connection to breath. Her training is in Hatha Yoga with an emphasis in Anusara Yoga, these styles of yoga focus on appropriate alignment. Attention to alignment is the key to a successful asana practice, allowing the body to function in the way it was designed to move.
Barbara is committed to helping her clients live a pain free live through yoga asana. She loves incorporating props into her classes to best assist all bodies to feel comfortable and relaxed during their time on the mat.
Specializing in M.O.T.R, Barre Fusion, TRX Training.
Jean is a certified M.O.T.R. by Balanced Body (Movement On The Roller) instructor with additional certifications in Mad Dog Spin, TRX and Barre Fusion. She has been part of the health and wellness industry for over a decade and brings extraordinary knowledge of anatomy and function to each class.
Jean teaches MOTR by Balanced Body at Niyama, which is a discipline that fuses pilates with TRX training. This is a specialty program that we are thrilled to include in our wellness studio. Jean is an active participant in many activities; including snowboarding, wakeboarding, road/trail bicycle riding and spending quality time outdoors. Jean’s enthusiasm for life is contagious, her classes are high energy, challenging and fun at the same time. Jean’s mantra is to follow your heart, follow your dreams and always remember that a body in motion, stays in motion!
RYT 200, Specialties in Power Yoga, Sculpt Yoga and Restorative Yoga.
Megan specializes in Power Yoga, Sculpt Yoga and Restorative Yoga. She is a native New Jersey resident who graduated from Rutgers University in 2009 with a degree in Voice and Music Education at the Mason Gross School of Arts. Singing and leading a group has always been a passion of Megan’s, which became a perfect combination when she began teaching yoga to her clients.
Megan was an avid runner and discovered yoga while recovering from major knee surgery; realizing that she needed to pay closer attention to her body and alignment; while continuing to pursue her passion of fitness. Megan quickly became a dedicated yoga practitioner and attributes yoga as a key factor in having a healthy pregnancy and labor experience. This was the moment when she realized she needed to share this practice with others! Shortly thereafter, Megan began her teacher training at New Jersey Teacher Training Program with Stephanie Parcells at Indigo Yoga in Caldwell, New Jersey where she received her 200 RYT certification.
Yoga is a journey to self awareness that connects the mind, body and spirit; this is something that Megan loves to communicate to all of her students. She is passionate about sharing her experience and knowledge with all whom join her on the mat.
RYT 200, Specializing in Power Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Yin Yoga
Bryan began practicing yoga 3 years ago, for him it felt like coming home, like he truly had found his calling. After experiencing his first hot yoga class, his dedication to his practice elevated, influencing him to dive deeper and pursue his YTT under the guidance of Flipped Dog Yoga Studio. In 2020 he also completed the Advanced 50 Hour Yin Yoga Training Certification at Niyama Yoga Studio.
Bryan will guide you through a vinyasa style flow with an Ashtanga influence. He has endless curiosity for exploring the intricate connections between body, breath and mind. His soothing voice will allow for you to completely surrender and his challenging flows will help you strengthen your practice on and off the mat. Bryan's passion for yoga is infectious. He endeavors to create a ritual, and to leave you thinking about your body in new and exciting ways. He is always challenging himself to make improvements through a continuation of leading and learning. He will create a sacred space for you to do the same.
Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor, Specializing in Yogalates, Pilates and Yin Yoga.
Jane has been in the fitness community for over 20 years training people privately and in group settings. Over the past decade, Jane has focused largely on Yogalates, which is a fusion of yoga and pilates. Using our core strength while taking traditional calming yoga asanas is of key importance to her. Fitness is Jane’s passion, coping mechanism and general panacea. Regardless of what is happening in life, Jane believes one will always feel better and make better decisions after a meaningful workout.
In 2020, Jane received her Advanced 50 Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training Certification at Niyama Yoga Studio.
Jane is spunky and full of life, she brings this passion to the mat and motivates her students to be the best they can be. She is dedicated and loyal and brings this passion to all of her classes.
RYT 200, Specializing in Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga, Chair Yoga and Yin Yoga.
Chrissy found yoga almost a decade ago while going through some life changes, she needed an outlet to keep her grounded and sane. Always into fitness, she first explored yoga as a means to stretch her tight limbs, however immediately fell in love! Chrissy practiced yoga during her first pregnancy and it was then that she decided to pursue her training. She is a graduate of Flipped Dog Yoga in NJ where she received her RYT 200. Chrissy then completed her Advanced 50 Hour Yin Yoga Training Certification with Niyama Yoga Studio in 2020.
Being a mother of two, she realizes the importance of leading a balanced life, yoga has inspired her to be cognizant of her own health and her families health. She encourages her yoga students to listen to their bodies as they explore themself. Self awareness and compassion towards oneself is key in her teachings. Chrissy brings an unprecedented joy to the mat and makes each class fun and inspiring, laughter is a key ingredient in her style of teaching. It is important for her to communicate that yoga is not just what we learn on the mat, but what we do off of the mat that truly transforms one’s life.
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.
RYT 200 Specializing in Yogalates and Pilates.
Loretta Napolitano EYT has been practicing yoga and Pilates for over 20 years. She took a yoga class in college from a "weird lady" and still remembers how great she felt after that first class. Many years later, after having children and teaching pounding aerobics and cycling classes five times a week, Loretta's body hurt. She studied with Yoga-Fit International for a 200-hour yoga certification and now she's the weird lady who teaches yoga! Blending the movements of Pilates with yoga in a fast-paced class creates an overall body work-out combining, strength, balance, core, and, ultimately, relaxation. Loretta holds certifications in hot yoga, mat pilates, pre/post natal yoga, kids yoga, senior yoga, yoga faith, and is an AFAA Group fitness instructor. She has an MA in Creative Arts and teaches college yoga, speech, and writing. She considers yoga a creative art that is beneficial to the mind, body, and spirit --- and yoga makes her hips feel better.
Jessie is a New Jersey native who has always maintained an active lifestyle. She first pursued yoga as a supplement to her workouts but quickly fell in love with yoga itself! She has since been a practitioner of Vinyasa Yoga for the last several years. Through personal practice she realized she wanted to share her passion with others and completed her RYT 200 training with the Yoga & Ayurveda Center in 2020.
In her spare time she enjoys running, hiking and cooking. She is extraordinarily thankful for the support of her fiancée, Mike, family, and the Niyama Tribe. She is very excited to begin this new journey and to learn and grow along the way!
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.
RYT 200, Specializing in Prenatal Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, and Yin Yoga.
Adrianna discovered yoga in 2012, having lost a bet to a friend, the consequence of which landed her in a hot power vinyasa class. From that day on, Adrianna was hooked to the powerful release of energy and inward journey that each class afforded her. Having always led a physically active lifestyle, yoga became a wonderful compliment to the horseback riding, kickboxing, spinning, and obstacle course racing that filled the rest of Adrianna's days. Life for Adrianna proceeded to bring immense change--the kickboxing and mud races subsided, a legal career emerged, she became a wife and very quickly after that, a mother to two boys. Despite the 180ᵒ turn her life made, Adrianna's yoga practice has always been there to re-center and ground her.
Adrianna completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher training at Flipped Dog Yoga Studio in New Jersey, and very shortly afterward, she completed trainings in both Prenatal Yoga and Yin Yoga. Adrianna's vinyasa flows are powerful and creative--guiding practitioners into linking their breath with dynamic movements designed to challenge both the body and the mind. Her yin sequences are graceful and purposefully designed to target those parts of the body needing the most time to soften. Adrianna's passion truly shines through in her prenatal classes which safely guide expecting mothers through postures designed to maximize the joint and muscle fluidity of those areas most dramatically impacted by pregnancy. Adrianna's prenatal classes provide a welcoming and community driven environment where expecting mothers can come together to bond with each other as well as the life they are carrying.
In taking any of Adrianna's classes, you will experience her palpable passion for guiding practitioners through a thoughtfully crafted series of asanas. Adrianna strives to achieve a balance between physically demanding and meditative asanas while always maintaining levity, practicing always with a sense of humor and kind ambition.
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.
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.