With a true passion for yoga and its mind/body benefits, Linda Mangan has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, and meshes her playful meditative style with a lighthearted sense of humor. She continually finds inspiration from her students and enjoys sharing their practice each week. Having experienced some physical challenges over the years, Linda is sensitive to the varying needs of students and knows how a child’s pose or forward bend can be just as challenging as a headstand. Her emphasis is on the discovery of the organic flow of the posture, allowing the body to open naturally and discover its true alignment. Linda received her certification from Integral Yoga Institute (500+ hours) to teach all Levels of Hatha Yoga, including Prenatal and Stress Management, and continues her studies by taking master workshops and therapeutic training on an ongoing basis.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Angel’s path to yoga began in 2003, with a background and a love of self-expression and storytelling through movement. Angel obtained a dance degree in Dance Education. Dancing with D. Funk Dance Company, the Legendary “Broadway Bares,” N*Sync, Disney, So You Think You Can Dance, Style Net, MTV/VH1, Bollywood, Trim-Spa and Microsoft. He also received his 200 hour RYT certification with Yoga Alliance through Sundari Yoga, with an interest in Philosophy/ Psychology and Body Development through movement. Along with Dance, he has found that yoga made such a profound positive impact. Angel strives to make the work accessible, empowering, and a safe yet challenging way to explore movement and stillness. Developing his unique approach and interpretations, to structural alignment of the physical body through anatomical adjustments, based on inner observations with contemporary dance influence. ~ Aspire to Inspire~
Becky Lucas has been certified by the American Council on Exercise since 1986. After many years of teaching sculpting, step classes and kickboxing classes, she began seeking a new direction for her body and mind. After attending a few yoga classes in 2000, Becky knew she had found her spiritual path.
Becky received a 200 hour yoga certification in 2003 and has been teaching yoga since. Although Becky stays active in the fitness industry, she receives gratification and takes great pleasure in teaching her Vinyasa style yoga classes.
Nancy has been active in the fitness industry for almost 25 years. She teaches many different types of fitness classes including aerobics, step, toning, yoga, Pilates, children’s classes and classes for seniors. In addition to teaching, Nancy conducts private training sessions for several local clients. Nancy has vast management experience in the industry having owned and operated a women’s fitness studio for eight years. Nancy loves learning and attends training workshops and teacher training regularly. She has earned several certifications throughout the years including two fitness certifications from The Aerobic and Fitness Association of America, three certifications (fitness, personal training and nutrition) from the American Council on Exercise, Pilates certifications from Balanced Body Pilates, Power Pilates and Powerhouse Pilates and several yoga certifications from YogaFit. Nancy is a Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher as well. She also graduated from Seton Hall University School of Business, eraning an MBA in Finance and Computer Science. Nancy hopes to motivate her students to develop habits that encourage them to maintain healthy lifestyles.
Nancy discovered yoga in 1999, as a complimentary modality to her martial arts practice. Initially drawn to its physicality, yoga quickly revealed to be so much more –it was a powerful practice that taught you how to embody true self. In 2003 she received her first certification in Yoga Synthesis and has never stopped being a student. In 2007 she was first introduced to Shiva Rea and was blown away! Since then she has studied extensively with Shiva Rea and Simon Park learning the art of fluid movement and creative, intelligent flow. Along the way, she deepened her knowledge of alignment studying with many respected Anusara teachers. Eventually landing her at the feet of the Guru Shri Dharma Mittra, where she completed her 500 hour TT with him. But through it all, Nancy just likes to practice and share her experiences with her students. She encourages her students to listen to their own inner voice. Her classes are light-hearted, yet challenging, peppered with a healthy dose of humor!
Christy began practicing yoga while studying massage therapy in Maui, HI in 1999. Learning massage and yoga at the same time added a dimension of curiosity to both of her practices and led to studying Somatic(body/mind) Psychology at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. In 2007 she took her first yoga teacher training at YogaWorks in NYC and since then has become a registered experienced teacher in both the 200 and 500 hour levels, and has studied Thai Yoga Massage(which is a lovely blend of the two). She currently leads teacher trainings and yoga destination retreats, and is the co-owner of Anjali Retreats; acupuncture and yoga balancing and de-stressing retreats.
The direct experience of the inherent wisdom on the yoga mat is one that continues to keep her practice living both on and off the mat. Being a lifelong student, she is forever learning through her own practice, her teachers, her clients and students(who teach her something every single day). She loves working with professional and non-competing athletes, and all who yearn to live and breathe more fully in their bodies, minds, and hearts.
Russ brings with him a wealth of experience as a long-time member of the fitness community. His gentle demeanor and quick wit help him create a soothing yet fun atmosphere as he guides his students to attain a balance of alignment and stamina.
Denise Kay has a BFA in Dance and movement studies from Centenary College . She was a professional dancer from 1983-1990 teaching dance for many years after. In 1987 she became a certified massage therapist continuing her interest in body mechanics. She began studying yoga off and on along with other movement modalities. In 1997 she decided to study yoga exclusively. In 1999 she received her 200 hour certification in Yoga Synthesis with Raji Thron. In 2000 she began studying with Delia Quigley and received her 500 hour certification and later again with Delia studying the Dynamic Method. She also became a certified in Thai Yoga Massage to enhance the principles of body adjustments in yoga and help open individuals in her massage practice. Denise has been working in the northern N.J. area as a yoga instructor and body worker for many years and loves teaching people their individual potential. She has recently joined forces with her former teacher, Delia Quigley, bringing the annual North Jersey Yoga Conference to the tristate area and co-creating the Ha-Tha yoga teaching method.
I have been practicing and studying yoga since 97. In 2001 a friend talked me into going to a John Friend workshop. At the time I was done with yoga due to a torn hamstring and medial meniscus tear. So on the last day of the workshop John Friend had me demo triangle on my right side and of course I said “John I can’t do triangle on my right side” he shot me a grin and said “I’ll walk you through it” 5 principles later I had my hand on the ground full pose, hook line sinker. My style of asana exploration is playful, light hearted, with a decent amount of flow. Together I hope we will take our yoga to the next level.