Akal Bani Kaur (Sholeen)
Akal Bani Kaur (Sholeen) is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga teacher and a Yoga Alliance certified Yin Yoga teacher. She has been studying and practicing many styles of yoga since 1988. She was trained by Master Kundalini Teacher Trainer Hari Kaur Khalsa (Director of Yogi Bhajan’s teacher training programs for 10 years) and Dharma Devi (Shakti Dance Lead Trainer and Kundalini yoga teacher trainer worldwide). Akal Bani found the technology of Kundalini Yoga instrumental to her personal growth and speedy improvement of her health. Fascinated by the incredible results, she felt inspired to become a Kundalini yoga teacher in order to share the wisdom of the practice with others.
Akal Bani is grateful to all her teachers who generously shared their knowledge and wisdom; she intends to pay it forward through teaching. In addition to yoga, Akal Bani has more than 20 years of experience with Qigong. Her teacher is internationally acclaimed Music Qigong Master Shen Wu. Many life experiences have led Akal Bani to this healing path. As part of her heritage Akal Bani has studied Daoism, a Chinese philosophy of living in harmony. She has found many similarities between Kundalini yoga and music qigong through her practice. Her classes are dynamic, incorporate sound healing techniques, and are accessible to every ability and level of experience. She is also a certified Crystal Healer, Level 2 Reiki practitioner, drummer, and has trained with world renowned Gong Master Don Conreaux.
Alison states, “I am a mom to three girls with our first puppy ever. Life is crazy and we can get lost in our to-do lists. I love this ancient and healing practice that helps us to slow down and get back in touch with what is important to us. Yoga has supported and inspired me since I started my practice 14 years ago. I recently completed a 200 hour training with amazing teachers and can’t wait to share this beautiful practice with you. Yoga gives us a guidebook for how to live a life that is deeply nourishing.”
Faith Kaufman was a lawyer before completely changing her path in life. She left for the opportunity to combine two things that are close to her heart – yoga and children. Faith is a mom of 3 daughters and married to her college sweetheart. Faith is certified to teach kids yoga from Naturally Yoga in Glen Rock, NJ, Karma Kids Yoga in NYC and Kidding Around Yoga in NYC. Faith has developed kids yoga programs at various local schools and gyms and in the summer months you can find Faith playing yoga games with kids ages 3-15 at Ramaquois Day Camp. Faith’s goal is to expand opportunities for children to grow and learn yoga in a fun and nurturing environment and is ecstatic to blend her experience teaching children with her passion for yoga to create classes that inspire confidence, relax the body and spark the imagination. Faith believes that yoga can help kids have a calm and balanced mind and body. Faith’s classes incorporate the use of animated poses, stretches and games to promote strength, flexibility, coordination and balance. She will also practice meditation and guide visualization to teach the kids to focus, relax and develop self control in a non-competitive environment. Yoga is supposed to be FUN and through stories, games, songs and poses the kids will learn to love yoga!
Gina is a Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in John Barnes Myofascial Release Approach, a Holistic Health Consultant/Detox Specialist, an Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner, and a 500-Hour Level Yoga Teacher. She has a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University and a MA in Environmental Studies from Montclair State University. She has been an avid student/seeker of good health and wellness for all of her adult life. She has studied formally with many mind-body health experts: Dr. Robert Morse ND, Viktoras Kulvinskas, Margabhandu Martarano, John Barnes, PT, and her Beloved Guru Reverend Jaganath Carerra
With a BA in English from the University of Michigan, and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Jen launched a successful career as a marketing professional in Manhattan. She began her yoga practice after her third knee surgery at the age of 39. Originally there for the physical benefits, she soon realized that the philosophy behind the practice was helping her make peace with the negative body image issues she had struggled with since her teen years.
Eager to share yoga’s benefits, Jen received her 200-hour teacher certification from Ben Wisch at Flow Yoga in Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., and opened her own studio, Defiant Yoga, with the mission of helping individuals of all ages learn to love and accept themselves exactly as they are. She is proud to expand this mission as co-founder of Body Positive Works.
Jen has trained with Dr. Melody Moore of the Embody Love Movement, Leslie Kaminoff of Yoga Anatomy, Charlotte Stone of the Stone Center for Yoga and Health, and Christine Loyacano of the Bergen County Transcendental Meditation Center. She was also instrumental in launching Kula for Karma’s Body Positive Yoga program, which she continues to teach weekly.
Karen Dillon is a 200 hour certified yoga teacher and has an additional certification in intensati (a mind, body and spirit yoga/exercise class developed by Patricia Moreno). She completed her 200-hour training with Gail Walsh, Janet Vignol, and Ronda Lam-Dichiaro at Yoga Mountain in New City, NY. She has also studied extensively with Elena Brower. Karen started practicing yoga in 1991 at the same time she started her journey of recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Her yoga practice has strengthened the very important spiritual component of her recovery program.
Throughout her life, Lulu has had a passion for yoga and bodywork. She is a mom of three and has a background in massage therapy. After learning of her daughters’ interest in yoga, Lulu began practicing with them and quickly realized how much fun she was having. She decided to take it a step further and received her Children’s Yoga certification from Yoga Synthesis in Ramsey, NJ. Lulu’s classes allow kids to have fun with yoga through games, songs, and stories as well as breath work and relaxation. By combining her love for kids and yoga, Lulu hopes to instill her students with confidence, self love, and happy hearts!
Lisa (Myla) Sandhusen
Lisa (Myla) is passionate about women claiming and celebrating their authentic connection to the infinite self. She brings her unique collection of gifts and perspective into every circle she leads and attends. Working from the Earth up she weaves together her collective skills as a Bellydancer Performer and Instructor, Sex Educator, Relationship Coach, Wise Woman Herbalist/Green Witch, Doula, BirthKeeper, Mother, Wife, Lover, Sister, Artist Model, Activist, Producer and Director. Myla celebrates an unconditional love of humanity with tenacity and playfulness. Her grounded and unconditional acceptance creates a class atmosphere that is both nurturing and safe for experimentation and risk taking.
She enjoys the ongoing adventures of learning from each and every experience offered in life and is a Way Shower and Thought Leader. Some of the other activities that inspire Myla are hiking, gardening, hanging out with her family and friends, studying mythological histories, astrology, and experimenting with smoothie recipes. She aspires to be an author and is leading the reLOVelution a MeetUp group dedicated to creating a supportive community for LOV filled relationships.
Maria’s yoga practice has provided a source of balance and inspiration during phases of change, challenge, and self-study. To her, yoga is an earnest companion for growth that is both physical and mental – both are pathways for an initiation to openness, compassion, and mindfulness. “My primary intention is to help people learn to heal themselves.” In late childhood/early adulthood she was plagued by anxiety, depression, addiction, body image issues, and broken relationships—these all experiences led her to heal and transform mind, body and soul. She experienced it as “alchemy,” I had a chemical reaction to the first yoga class I took some 16 years ago (2002). So much so that many years later, I changed my career, my mothering, the people I surround myself with, my analyst, my diet, and the way that I saw myself…. I did not plan to become a yoga teacher; but, it was an organic result of my urge to honor and teach this practice wherever it takes me.
From her hometown of RiverVale she has been teaching happiness, awareness, and joyful living. Maria has devoted her life to inspiring others to be themselves. Maria has extensive knowledge and education in health and fitness, anatomy and holistic nutrition, however she believes that inner work is most rewarding. She sees that everyone has the potential to feel contentment and she uses asana as a tool to guide her students towards inner peace. She uses her boundless enthusiasm, and a realistic approach to challenge as a way to connect.
When she is not in the studio, you can usually find her walking her Chesapeake Bay Retriever, riding horses with her daughter or spending time at home with her husband, two cats and three step children.
Maria gives thanks to all her teachers and students. In addition to her 500 RYT- yoga certification which includes Y12SR- yoga for addiction and recovery, yoga barre, yin yoga restorative, yoga nidra, Ayurveda, she is also certified in group fitness AFFA and personal training-corrective exercise specialist (NASM, CPR-AED).
Michelle is a 200-hr RYT with Yoga Alliance, and has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. She completed her 200-hr Teacher Training with the founder of Curvy Yoga, Anna Guest-Jelley (Nashville, TN) in 2013.
Michelle came to yoga looking for an alternative to high-impact activity due to injury and looking for a way to increase flexibility and strength safely. Living with body image issues her entire life, yoga became a tremendous tool on her road to body acceptance. Yoga provided the tools to allow her to practice in a judgment –free zone and most importantly her mat became the safe space she needed to allow the mind-body connection she was missing.
Michelle teaches options and customizations to student’s practices to make yoga work for your body, right now. Classes combine mindful movement and breath work that is accessible to all.
Simi is a Registered Yoga Teacher and author of Ascending Voice: A Collection of Inspired Writing for the Soul. Join Simi, mom, health coach, yoga teacher, writer and self love advocate. She will lead practices that will leave you feeling relaxed, renewed and energized, as you bring your energy and mood back into balance.
Stacie took her first yoga class over 40 years ago taught by a Swami from India who briefly lived in her home town. With his strong focused gaze and deep resonating voice, he had her at ‘Om’. Ever since, she has practiced many styles of yoga and meditation studying with Baron Baptiste, Corina Benner, Cyndi Lee, Dharma Mittra, Krishna Das, Raji Thron, Sharon Salzburg and many others. Stacie received her 200 hour vinyasa teacher certification from Ben Wisch at Flow Yoga in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ. She is also certified in Yin Yoga and Reiki levels 1 and 2. She incorporates her passion for photography, poetry and prose into her classes. She is grateful for all of the gifted teachers, family and friends who have influenced her and believes that through practices of simple physical poses, breathing techniques and mindfulness, everyone has the ability to find their peace.
Tricia is a KRI-certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor. She achieved her certification in August 2016. Tricia enjoys many different types of yoga, including Hatha, Vinyasa and Hot Yoga, but found her true connection in a Kundalini Yoga workshop at Kripalu five years ago. From that first introductory workshop, Tricia began a steady daily practice of Kundalini Yoga that has helped her gain strength, self-empowerment, and greater self-awareness. She is passionate about sharing this beautiful and very powerful practice. Tricia’s spiritual name, “Kewalpreet Kaur”, means “One who loves the Divine”. We all have the tools we need to find our truest selves and Kundalini Yoga puts us on the “fast track”!