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Dee, E-RYT-200 -YACEP has been practicing yoga for more than 12 years and has been on a spiritual journey for many years. She is a certified Reiki III Practitioner and a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance having completed her 240 hour Yoga Teacher Training. Dee has also received her 150 hours Healing Hearts through Yoga Certification which is a unique program at Deborah Heart and Lung Hospital. This program enabled her to work in the cardiac care unit bringing meditation and breath work to the patients who were waiting for heart procedures. This program was also offered to each patient's family as well. Bringing breath work and relaxation to a patient in the hospital changes your life forever. Dee has also completed several additional training courses with Yoga Life Society and is a Certified Spiritual Life Coach and certified Essential Oil Specialist with doTerra. Teaching from the heart, Dee brings a sense of compassion and peace as she shares the gift of yoga. Dee is also an avid quilter whose passion for fabric is only surpassed by her love of yoga.
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Dianne is a 500 MYI certified through the school of Holy Yoga, a certified Yoga Therapist and certified in Trauma Sensitive Yoga. She studied directly under Brooke Boon the co-author of "Hatha Yoga". Her long standing interest in health, and helping others, lead her on her journey to Yoga and India. From 1989 to 1999 Dianne lived in Varanasi, India, where she and her husband worked with the untouchable community in Christian ministry. Dianne is currently involved with the process of certifying new Yoga Instructors through the school of Holy Yoga. She received her 200 hr CYI in 2010, and her 500 hr MYI in 2012. She has taught at various venues around the area and is happy to have found The Yoga Loft.
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Tara Mika began studying holistic health due to burnout in the healthcare industry, and became a Reiki Master at Eyes of Grace in 2015. In 2017 she became a registered 200 hour yoga teacher, having completed her teaching training at Shore Point Yoga. Tara is a musician and singer and in her spare time she enjoys knitting and hanging out with her husband, family, friends and her cat, Endora.
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Monica Jagadamba Devine’s journey into yoga began in the early 70’s, discovering the joy of putting together postures with her friends. Once she graduated high school she bounced around for years to different studios, classes and programs until landing at Freehold Yoga Center in early 1990 a Sivananda Center, where she ultimately called home. She completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2012, 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Gail Cristelli of Yoga Flow at Freehold Yoga Center in 2015. Monica has completed many courses and classes and among her favorites are teaching Beginners and Children and well as building strength and balance for all populations. Monica believes that Yoga is where you will find what you’re looking for, no matter what that is.
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Michele (RYT200) began her yogic path later in life, and knew from her first experience that yoga was calling her to live her best life through a mind/body/spiritual practice. Her desire to advance her personal practice convinced her to pursue her Teaching Certification. She is a Prana Yoga graduate of the Princeton Center for Yoga & Health, where she received her training from Dr. Jeff Migdow, Program Director. Michele is also a Wellness Coach for WW, and believes that it’s never too late to honor and care for your body. Michele attributes her love of yoga to the amazing instructors she has studied under, who encouraged, guided, and supported her. In Michele’s classes she will guide you through centering and gentle warm-ups, to prepare your body for Asanas, where you will use Pranayama to engage your 7 major Chakras, moving energy from Mother Earth to the Heavens and back down again. Combined with meditation and relaxation, her classes are a wonderful experience filled with patience, support, light and love.
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Elena, found yoga over a decade ago after suffering from a serious heart infection that left her with debilitating anxiety. After working in the healthcare industry, first as an Emergency and Surgical Veterinary Technician, and then as a Pharmaceutical Scientist for over twenty years, she followed her calling and completed her Yoga Teacher Certification in 2018 at EvenFlow Yoga in Red Bank, and her Reiki Master Training under Sister Maureen Conroy at The Upper Room Spiritual Center. Along with Yoga, Reiki is Elena’s true passion and she works with cancer patients, trauma survivors as well as volunteering Reiki treatments at hospitals for patients and healthcare workers. Elena is also a certified Reflexologist and Animal Reiki Practitioner. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going for walks with her dogs, enjoying nature and reading and meditating.
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Kailey has worked with children for many years and grateful for the opportunity to learn to give and love openly with no expectations. Working in an art studio has truly taughther the importance of creative expression as well as imagination and inspiration. She fell in love with Yoga at an early age and began exploring all the different styles of yoga and meditation. As we all are light, love and peace. An accumulation of all these experiences inspired Kailey to pursue a Yoga Certification to share this powerful gift to the community. I received my 200 HRY certification through The American yoga Academy, allowing her to teach chair yoga to my grandmother and her church group. Meditation and Slow flow classes. As well as children's yoga!
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Daniele received her 200-hour RYT in 2017 with Soul Power Yoga. Daniele has been practicing yoga since 2009 and fell in love with how the practice made her feel physically, mentally and spiritually. Daniele's favorite class to take is Yin yoga and she enjoys teaching restorative and basic hatha classes. During her free time, Daniele reads suspense novels, takes long walks along the Manasquan Reservoir spends quality time with her husband Nolan, dog Roman and her family! She is very grateful to be part of The Yoga Loft community.
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Alissa (200 RYT) and Reiki II Practitioner. She is passionate about sharing energy with others and is devoted to continuing education on body work and energy exchange. She has been a licensed Esthetician for over 15 years and believes self care is crucial to one’s own physical body and mental health. Yoga has been a catalyst for change in her life from the beginning. It has helped her grow physically, mentally, and spiritually and looks to share this part of her with students. Through breath work, movement, and mental focus, we can learn to self-soothe, find comfort in our own bodies, and peace in our hearts and minds.
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Jennifer (500hr RYT). With a dance and musical theatre background, Yoga found Jennifer in her pursuit for movement. She quickly embraced the mental benefits of Yoga, allowing her physical practice to become a moving meditation. Reminding students that each body and each experience is unique, she encourages curiosity in asana resulting in classes that are playful and exploratory. Her goal is to provide classes that are a safe place for students to be soft, strong, and also silly … using movement as a form of self inquiry to connect with themselves on and off the mat.
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Meet Cristina, a mother of two and a certified yoga instructor with a bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Relationships. Her passion is in supporting families and caregivers in the early seasons of parenthood and beyond. As a certified kids yoga and breath work instructor, she helps children and caregivers acknowledge, connect and embrace their feelings. Cristina’s holistic approach to parenting does not stop at her children’s classes, in fact, she brings her energy for growth and connection to her adult classes and workshops to help parents thrive through authenticity and alignment. Cristina is a Reiki 1 Practitioner, Certified Adult Breath work Facilitator, Emotion Code Informed, Trauma Informed, Certified Life & Success Coach.
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Andrea is a loving mother and a successful business woman, who has always had an inner knowing that there was a deeper purpose to her being. She has spent most of her life on a quest to learn, understand and grow, reading books, taking professional and personal development courses, coaching and traveling around the world until one day she woke up and realized the secret had laid inside her the whole time- to Love, to give and be of service to others to live an authentic life. She slowed down and listened to the secret of her soul, that quiet whisper that resides in all of us - it was to empower, encourage and support women back to their wholeness.