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, Integral Sound Therapy Facilitator, Level 2 Diploma.
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 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.
RYT 200, Specializing in Power, Yin, Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga and a Reiki Healer. Lead RYT 200 Teacher Trainer, Lead Yin Yoga Teacher Trainer, Assistant Retreat Coordinator.
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. She is part of our incoming RYT 300 Therapeutic Training Program that begins January 2022.
RYT 200, Lead Youth Yoga Teacher, Assists in managing all studio activities, workshops, programming.
“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 January 2022,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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, +35 Yin, Specializing in Power, Yin, and Yoga Nidra.
Liz trained under the guidance of Carrier Parker and Stacey Bell at Powerflow Yoga for both her RYT 200 and her advanced 35 Ying Yoga certification. Liz has also received an additional 16 hours training in subtle body under the guidance of Michael Simpson at Yoga Ground. She has also received meditation and Kundalini practice under the guidance of Danielle Franco.
Liz leads a powerfully fun and energetic vinyasa flow. Her classes focus on connecting the breath with the movement. She is passionate about learning and is eager to share her expertise with her students. Liz has a specific interest in the chakras and meridians within the body and how yoga can maintain their equanimity and healing when needed. In addition to teaching a motivating and powerful vinyasa practice; she teaches a compassionate and gracious Yin class.
In 2009 Liz graduated from Northeastern Law School and has been employed as a public defender ever since. Liz enjoys bringing the practice of Yoga to underserved populations and currently volunteers her time to teach yoga classes for Veterans.
When she is not practicing Yoga, Liz is an avid cross fitter and has experience guiding athletes in a practical and safe vinyasa flow.
Liz’s passion for the history and spirituality of yoga combined with her compassion for others; make her an inspiring yoga instructor. In her personal practice, she is consistent about reminding herself to follow the yoga sutras and make improvements not only on the mat, but off the mat as well.
In her free time Liz enjoys traveling with her husband, and hanging out with her furry child.
Antonette was first introduced to Yoga while attaining her degree in Graphic Design at Montclair State University. She began her studies at Centenary College studying for a B.F.A in Fine Arts. That is where she fell in love with Anatomy and life drawing. She continues her studies in Anatomy as a “hobby” and creatively sequences her classes and private sessions with attention to detail in alignment with keen awareness of each students needs. She attributes her eclectic style to the wonderful teachers that she has studied with over the years.
As a teacher and forever a student, Antonette humbly shares her passion of various traditions. She infuses her love of anatomy with various styles of Iyengar, Vinyasa, Hatha, Kundalini, Viniyoga, restorative, Yin Yoga, and Yoga Therapy.
She specializes in alignment yoga which is based on the foundations of anatomy and the integration of mind, body and spirit to heal the whole person with the tools of Yoga. She has helped clients manage stress, depression, anxiety and musculoskeletal issues like lower and upper back, neck, sciatica, shoulder, and hip. She also helps clients in wellness coaching by giving them the tools and motivation in making health choices geared individually.
Antonette brings all these lessons enriched in spirituality into her teachings. Her classes are geared towards recognizing everyone’s individuality: anatomically and spiritually.
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.
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.
Joy completed 200hr teacher training through Yoga Youniverse, Sparta, NJ, in 2018, and has taught at Yoga Youniverse since then. She is also certified to teach 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.
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.
Amy received her RYT 200 Hour Training at Shri Yoga in Highland Park, Illinois. After being a student of yoga for many years, she decided to dive deeper into yoga to allow herself to share her love of yoga with others. Amy classes focus on developing deep core strength, toning, increased flexibility and stability all while encouraging proper form and alignment.
Amy's mission is for each client to leave her class energized, uplifted, relaxed and strong. She pays careful attention to her sequencing and using appropriate music to inspire her students. Be prepared for a fun, challenging experience with Amy!