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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 two yoga shalas. They are located in New Jersey: Randolph and Roseland.

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Stacy Campoli

 

Studio Director & Lead Teacher Trainer RYT 200: RYT 500, Yin Yoga Instructor, Restorative Yoga Teacher, Fire Cupping Energy Worker 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.  She graduated from Niyama Yoga's Advanced 300 RYT Teacher Training Program in 2023. 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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Mary McCourt

Assistant Manager

 

RYT 500, Advanced 50 Hour Yin Yoga Instructor, Prenatal Yoga Instructor and Children's Yoga Instructor. Graduated from the Niyama Yoga Advanced 300 RYT Teacher Training program in 2023.

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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Sherry Hundal

RYT-200, Ayurvedic Counselor

Sherry is a graduate of Niyama Yoga Shalas, RYT 200 Class of 2021.  Very quickly thereafter, Sherry followed in her "Guru", Nicole Zornitzer's footsteps and attended Maryland University of Integrative Health to receive her post baccalaureate degree in Ayurvedic Medicine.  

Sherry Hundal is a seasoned professional who spent over two decades in the dynamic world of corporate America within the IT sector. However, her journey took a transformative turn as she sought a deeper connection with her inner self and a more meaningful way of life.

Driven by a profound longing for holistic living, Sherry delved into the realms of ancient wisdom and spiritual texts, including the Vedas and Upanishads. Her quest for knowledge led her to explore the rich tapestry of spiritual teachings, where she found solace and inspiration.

Sherry's passions extend to yoga and meditation, which she has embraced as both a personal practice and a profession. As a certified yoga instructor and Ayurvedic counselor, she shares her expertise in these disciplines, guiding others toward wellness and self-discovery.

Her journey has taken her on many adventures, including extensive travels throughout world. Along the way, she has engaged in conversations with yogis, spiritual gurus, and seekers of wisdom, enriching her understanding of diverse perspectives and approaches to life.

Sherry's commitment to education and sharing wisdom is exemplified by her role as an instructor. In upcoming teacher training sessions, she will be imparting insights from the Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, and Sutras, igniting a deeper understanding of these profound texts.

Living life authentically, Sherry Hundal embodies a holistic philosophy that allows her soul to thrive within the vessel of her physical being. Her journey is a testament to the transformative power of embracing ancient wisdom, nurturing a connection with oneself, and experiencing the world with a heart full of curiosity and compassion.

Niyama Yoga Shala as well as our Founder, Nicole Zornitzer, are extraordinarily thrilled to have someone of Sherry's caliber on our tribe.

 
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Sondra Burke

 

RYT 500

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.

Sondra 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 500

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. She graduated from the Niyama Yoga Advanced 300 RYT Teacher Training Program in 2023. 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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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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Lea Antolini (Lid)

 

RYT 500

 

Graduated in 2023 from Niyama Yoga Advanced 300 RYT Teacher Training Program. 

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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Noele Pisani

 

RYT 200

Noele was introduced to yoga in 2004 during a difficult time in her life.  She credits yoga for providing her the tools necessary to cope with emotional conflicts and recognize her own power.  In 2008 Noele received her RYT 200 formal training and has been sharing the gift of yoga ever since.  

 

Noele provides her students the opportunity to explore the body in a gentle and subtle manner by embracing a slow moving practice that creates stillness of the mind and body.  Through these gentle movements, awareness of breathing and a positive attitude Noelle has become an inspiration to others.  

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Drew Eitel

 

RYT 200

Drew began practicing yoga in 2010 at Centenary College in 2010, taught by fellow Niyama Tribe member, Lea Anotlini-Lid and has remained a dedicated yoga practitioner ever since. While his passion is heated vinyasa flow, he enjoys fusing dharma into his offerings and building meaningful connections with his fellow yogis. Drew loves offering balancing postures and hip opening series to his clients.  

 

When Drew is not on the mat you will find him teaching elementary school as a special education learning specialist and a middle school teacher of Social Studies.  Drew also referees soccer for our youth population as well as semi-professional levels throughout the country. He enjoys being a mentor to many new soccer referees in New Jersey as well.

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Paola Agudelo

 

RYT 200

Paola graduated from Niyama Yoga Shala's 200 Hour Teacher Training Program in 2023.  Paola had a strong desire to pursue yoga as her primary career at a very young age and quickly found her "home" at Niyama.  Our Founder, Nicole has taken a keen interest in Paola and has mentored her over the past year, realizing that desire, passion, and motivation create leaders in the industry of yoga.  Her classes fuse breath, movement, and attention to proper form and function, coming from a therapeutic yoga background.  

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Robert Von Schalscha

 

RYT 200

Robert became involved in yoga in 2014 and quickly became aware of the benefits of the physical practice.  Shortly thereafter, he went on in his education to become a certified instructor and was drawn to the history and science of Yoga and living by the guiding principles of Yoga.  He is a retired police officer and has enjoyed the benefits of the mind / body / spirit connection and his classes reflect such.  Robert has found that practicing yoga has helped him work through many of the experiences he had in a 25 year career in law enforcement.  He feels that yoga is the perfect evenness of the mind.  Robert's teaching style focuses on achieving maximum benefit of breath to movement to create overall health and wellness in the body and mind.

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Gina Vinick

RYT 200, Yin Yoga Instructor, Stretch and Flow Insructor, Chakra Yin Instructor

 

Gina began practicing yoga when her older daughter started pre-school in 2004.  Although her practice included all types of classes, including power and  vinyasa flow,  Gina knew her yoga focus was restorative and yin yoga which helped her mind find peace and stillness while raising her two girls. After graduating from RYT-200 in June 2019, Gina was working as a receptionist at a studio when the teacher of the Yin class got stuck in traffic and she quickly had to put her teaching hat on and taught the class.  It was then that Gina realized this was the missing piece in her life.  Gina's yoga teaching came to a halt when the pandemic hit in March 2020.  Along with a foot injury and a her mom battling cancer, it has taken Gina awhile to get back to her mat and begin teaching again.  She is now an advocate of the belief that when you push yoga out of your life or think you don't need it...it is then that you need it the most.

 

Gina has always had a passion for the chakras and has taught several workshops on this subject.  She is passionate about helping people understand and reflect on their own chakra system and aims her worksops towards helping her students re-align their chakra system.  She hopes that her energy and love for yoga along with fun playlists help those who take a class with her to "forget about life for awhile and focus on themselves and JUST BE on their mat."

 

Gina is a lifelong resident of West Caldwell where she and her husband Jason have raised their children, Allie and Mimi.

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Willie Distler

RYT 200 

 

Willie has been actively practicing yoga since 2016.  After playing tennis for many years, he decided to incorporate yoga into his daily routine.  Wanting more he dove deeper into his practice and in March of 2023 he completed his RYT 200 training.  Willie brings energy to the mat that everyone is sure to enjoy! His high energy vibe, warm heart, and dedicated practice of living yoga both on and off of the mat are inspiring to all who meet him.  Willie has been an active participant in our Roseland Shala and Niyama is simply thrilled to have him as part of our tribe of leaders. 

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Kelly Whelan 

RYT 200 

 

Having practiced yoga for 13 years, Kelly was captivated by the benefits of yoga and how it positively contributed to her overall health and wellness.  In 2015 she completed her formal yoga teacher training program and subsequently continued her education in Resorative Yoga and Yin Yoga all while also working in Finance in Corporate America.  Kelly aspires to create a caring, challenging, and open space for all students.  Her passion for the connection of breath to movement drives her practice while also fusing together functional alignment.  Kelly is also a Reiki Healer who enjoys introducing her clients to this method of healing.  Outside of yoga, Kelly enjoys cycling and swimming in the ocean!

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Heather Tufaro 

RYT 200 

 

Heather has been an avid yogi for over 10 years, she was ininitally drawn to the physical aspects of the practice by working on flexibility and strength simultaneously.  However, what kept her coming back to her mat was the moments of introspection that the practice of yoga provides.  In 2020 she received her 200 hour certification.  Her style stays true to Vinyasa Flow, linking movement with breath.  Always teaching to all levels, she offers the space to challenge yourself if desired, however encourages continual attention to remaining mindful and listening to the body’s messages.  Heather loves tailoring each class with a curated playlist to inspire her students.  You are sure to leave her class feeling relaxed and joyful!

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Alexis Benitez

E-RYT 200 

 

Alexis has been practicing yoga since 2009.  As her body awareness improved, she began to notice how calm she felt after taking a yoga class.  It was at this moment that she ventured into consistently practicing yoga and ultimately becoming a trained instructor.  In 2015 she completed her formal 200 hour training and has since become trained in Kundalini Yoga, Acupuncture, Madero Terapia (wood therapy), Fire Cupping and Massage Therapy.  Alexis brings a meaningful yoga practice that encourages self-inquisition and acceptance of the present moment while focusing on the traditional aspects of yoga philosophy.

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Brittany Bamrick 

E-RYT 200 

 

Brittany is a 10+ year veteran teacher, devoted to serving students both on and off of the yoga mat.  She has graduated with over 1000 hours of teacher trainings and special modality trainings as well as having a 2 year Doctorate in Chinese Medicine and Accupuncture.  Aside from her accomplishments in the yoga industry, her most treasured role is wife and mother to her two year old yogini-in-training.

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Heidi Camuti 

E-RYT 300, E-RYCT 100 Children’s Yoga, Barre Fusion, Restorative Therapeutic Sound Healer, Mindful Meditation Instructor, Aerial Yoga, Thai Yoga Bodyworker

Heidi’s training and background offers a plethora of healing modalities and her extensive background in self-study and the art of healing the body naturally is unsurpassed.  Heidi has been a practitioner of yoga for the majority of her life and her enthusiasm for this way of living and showing up on the mat or at the barre is contagious!  Her classes are engaging, fun, challenging, & dynamic, all while being delivered in a mindful and loving manner.  From her selction of music, to posture, to focus on breathwork or introspection, all clients of Heidi’s leave her offerings with a renewed sense of self and purpose.

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Kayla Venezia 

E-RYT 200

Kayla is a skilled and energetic yogi with deep-rooted knowledge and background in the areas of Therapeutic Yoga, Reiki, Yin Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Body Work, Anatomy & Physiology and Fire Cupping.  Through Kayla’s own physical journey and injuries that she has overcome, she has mastered the art of applying proper form, function, and alignment into her programming.  Her classes are filled with mindful ques, inspirational music, laughs and fun!  Kayla has a knack for bringing happiness and joy into every class or private she offers.

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