Yoga

Body Positive Works

BoPo Yoga
Bergen County, NJ

Welcome to BoPo Yoga! We are so glad that you are here. BoPo is as unique as you are! We put emphasis on getting to know you so that we can support your yogic journey on and off the mat. We understand that every body is different. Not just our physical bodies, but also our emotional and energetic bodies. We have created a yoga program that is highly accessible, supportive, and non-judgmental. BoPo is a safe environment made just for your experience.

Our teachers are highly trained in the areas of Anxiety & Depression, Body Image & Emotional Eating, Trauma & PTSD, Loss & Grief, and Addiction & Recovery. Our weekly classes are open to all. We believe that anyone can benefit from self-care and self-love. Our weekly classes are designed to support our specialized monthly classes and workshops, furthering the exploration of the individual experience. BoPo is a transformative place that puts the emphasis on positive growth, healing, and self-care. All are welcome!

BoPo Signature Yoga
“Breath. Heart. Self.”

All BoPo Signature Yoga classes are designed to support YOU on your journey.

As we move through breath and postural practices inspired by traditional Hatha yoga, we take time to pause and reflect on what is happening within the physical body and the emotional body. Props are offered and encouraged to remind ourselves that support and self-care are essential both on and off the mat. This transformative practice focuses highly on the individual experience, with emphasis on our uniqueness in body, breath, and heart.

BoPo Signature Yoga is designed to be adaptable and accessible to all, whether just embarking on your yogic journey, or continuing.

Yin Yoga
“Be. Here. Now.”

Yin Yoga is a physical, meditative practice that is quiet in nature, but also deeply grounding both in body and mind. Focusing on long-held passive (floor) postures, Yin allows you to take more time to explore and “settle in” to both the external posture and internal revelations. Props are offered for safety and support, or the postures can be explored without. Yin is a truly healing practice that welcomes any-body. Yin reminds us to Be Here Now, so that we can always be our true selves.

Tween Yoga
“Explore. Grow. Shine.”

Come cultivate physical and mental strength on the mat to use off the mat! This engaging pre-teen class focuses on giving young individuals the tools that they can use to gain confidence, promote a positive body image, reduce stress in their lives, and increase strength, balance, and flexibility.

Each class begins with a reflective journaling practice and breathing exercises. We then move through a series of both engaging and restorative yoga poses and discuss how to apply the perseverance and vitality built in class to help navigate life’s challenges. Yoga-inspired games and activities ensure that we are having fun while learning how to grow our yoga practice in a safe and gentle environment. 

Teen Yoga
“Empower. Energize. Create.”

Yoga empowers us and teaches us how to find our inner strength and beauty. Together, we explore and strengthen our mind-body connection through breathing, journaling, and flowing through engaging yoga postures, both challenging and restorative.

This class emphasizes self-love, confidence, the ability to cope with and overcome life’s challenges, and staying true to the essence of your being. Teens are taught how to energize their bodies and calm their minds, in a safe, non-judgmental space that will nourish a lifelong love of yoga!

Yoga for Addiction and Recovery
“Journey. Tend. Evolve.”

Integrating traditional yoga practices with the teachings of 12-Step Recovery, this class incorporates postural practice, breathwork, meditation, and the wisdom of the 12-Step recovery model as explored through a yogic lens.

At the heart of the 12-Step model is recovery and community, very similar to the teachings of yoga. In this nurturing practice, you are encouraged, supported, and in community on the journey back home to self.

Yoga for Stress and Anxiety
“Calm. Quiet. Nurture.”

Working with body, mind, and breath, yoga is a unique and highly effective tool that can guide us to find physical and emotional relief from stress and anxiety.

In this class, a variety of yogic traditions are used to tap into stored memories held deep within. The physical body, emotional body, and energetic body are addressed individually and as a whole. This practice works to release physical and emotional tension and discomfort.

We learn to recognize how and where we store stress and anxiety within so that we can begin to make the subtle shifts necessary to reconnect to our more peaceful and whole selves.

Yoga for Grief and Loss
“Reflect. Flow. Continue.”

As human beings, we will inevitably face different forms of loss and grief throughout our lifetime. In recognizing that grief is an important part of processing loss, we move through a yoga practice that supports the physical and emotional body through this emotionally vulnerable time. Grief is a process that we all experience in different ways, but also a shared commonality in our human experience. This is respected, acknowledged, and supported within this space. Gentle movement, breath, and mantra lend heart-healing aspects to the practice as we continue down the path of finding peace.

Yoga for Positive Body Image
“Love. Respect. Appreciate.”

Consciously linking breath to movement allows you to foster a deep sense of presence. This in turn cultivates a mindfulness that allows you to be in the body.

With a greater sense of awareness and connection, comes a greater sense of control around the food choices we make. Emotional eating loses its grip as you learn to read your body and be with yourself, fully present, grounded, and empowered.

As you move through a class designed to bring breath, mind, and body together in a safe and supportive space, trust replaces doubt, acceptance replaces resistance, and the freedom you deserve begins to take hold.

BoPo Community Meditation
“Gather. Pause. Observe.”

Meditation is a key element to any yoga practice. Meditation practices can be simple, or complex, and varied in themes. Sometimes just sitting quietly is all that we need to calm our bodies, and quiet our minds. Here, we are given the opportunity to come together in a safe space, to collectively meditate and deepen our sense of community. Short, accessible breath exercises are used to prepare us for meditation.

All are welcome, whether you are a lifelong meditator, or just starting this essential practice. In meditation, we are reminded that we are all individuals experiencing our own journeys, but we are all together in our experience.

Group Sound Healing
“Attune. Release. Renew.”

The use of sound to find peace, meditate and reflect, is an age-old practice that has deep ties to ancient traditions. Quiet your mind and release old physical and energetic patterns with this Sound Healing Meditation using Himalayan Singing Bowls.

The use of Himalayan Singing Bowls, vibrationally attuned to each energy center, allows for healing pathways to open and stuck energy to be released. Find your inner calm and walk away feeling refreshed and renewed.

Qigong
“Tune. Adjust. Awaken.”

Cultivate energetic balance, in this time-honored tradition that is accessible to anyone. Tapping into our life force energy, or Qi, the physical body moves through slow gentle movements coordinated with rhythmic breath as the energetic pathways begin to open and expand. This practice welcomes all, regardless of age or physical ability. Qigong reinforces the mind-body connection through its highly accessible, transformative system.

Why Choose Us?

At BoPo yoga, we take an individualized approach to the practice. Yoga is a deeply personal practice both physically and emotionally. At BoPo, classes are designed to support your experience with yoga both on and off the mat. Modifications, props, and a deeply supportive, positive environment allow each individual to customize their own experience. Postural, breath, and meditative practices are explored with a mindful and supportive approach.

We take the time to build the practice, to fully absorb all of the many benefits that yoga has to offer. Yoga teaches us to be in the present so that we can make room for positive growth and change.

Our Yoga Teachers

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Amanda Dhi, Director of Yoga Services

A little bit about me...I have been practicing yoga for over twenty years. What I practice and how I practice, has evolved many times over. More than anything, yoga has taught me to be adaptable to change. I am an RYT-500, having taken both of my 200 and 300hr teacher trainings at Yoga Synthesis. I have also trained and specialize in Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra. My classes are based on the philosophy that the journey never ends, and that every day presents an opportunity for positive growth and change. I emphasize adaptability, accessibility, and acknowledge the individualistic experience of growing a yoga practice. Currently, I am studying to become certified in Yoga Therapy. My other life calling is being an End of Life Doula (EOL). Being a doula is a great honor, and I am forever humbled and grateful for the many lessons this role continues to teach me. I use my training and experience as a doula to teach Yoga and Meditation for Grief and Yoga and Meditation in Palliative Care.

I believe that we are all put on this earth to help one another, to learn from each other, and to lift each other up. We all have good days and bad days. Our experiences are as unique as we are. Yoga has taught me that there is space for it all, for everyone. That even as we journey as individuals, we always journey together.

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Samantha Long

Samantha Long is a yoga instructor (RYT 200) and Self-Care Mentor & Coach with continued education in Trauma-Informed Yoga for Mental Health, Subtle Body, Ayurveda, Aerial Yoga, and SUP Yoga.

As a self-care coach, her goal is to help women live more authentically and fulfilled by using self-care as a toolbox to promote alignment with the True Self. Samantha integrates mindset coaching, spiritual guidance, movement, meditation, and breathwork with a trauma-informed approach into mentoring sessions as well as workshops and classes for women who struggle with a lack of purpose, connection, and self-love.

As a mother of two, Sam also has a specific focus on self-care for moms, as well as anyone struggling with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, or addiction. Samantha is also the host of a new YouTube show and Podcast called Self Care Is My Job. You can find her online at www.Alignedheart.net or on Instagram @the_aligned_heart.

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Adina Kelman

Yoga found me more than 10 years ago. A friend of mine dragged me to my first class. I was convinced it would be my first and last time on a yoga mat, but by the end of class, I was hooked. I hope to pass this passion on to each and every student who joins me. By guiding students through a practice that incorporates breath and movement, students create a space for centeredness, acceptance, healing, and community. Within the framework of class, I inspire students to lean into their own intuitive movement and power.

I received my 200 hour training from hOMe yoga in Mahwah, New Jersey and an additional 300 hour certification from Laughing Lotus, NYC. As a registered 500 hour instructor, with additional hours in children’s yoga and a certification in restorative yoga, I lead classes, workshops, and trainings throughout the area.

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Danielle Larsen

Danielle found yoga over 10 years ago when she was pregnant with her second child. She instantly felt an inner peace that she had never experienced before; it was like coming home to herself. Danielle credits her yoga practice for helping her to get through the most traumatic times in her life, and her only wish is that she had found this practice in her adolescence...which is exactly why Danielle became so passionate about bringing yoga to kids and teens. As a mom and school teacher, she recognized the need for children of all ages to learn coping skills, to love and accept their bodies and themselves, and to be able to retreat inward to a safe place when the outside world was spinning out of control.

Danielle received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher training certificate through one of her greatest yoga teacher mentors, Jason Zagaro. As a yoga teacher, Danielle likes to encourage her students to challenge themselves on the mat in order to cultivate the mental strength and resilience needed to use off of the mat when life calls upon it the most. Danielle wishes to spread the practice of yoga to young women and men to empower them and to help shape their whole outlook on life.

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Sydney Struble

Sydney stepped onto a yoga mat at five and hasn’t stopped stepping on since. She had no idea that her first childhood yoga experience would lead her down a lifelong path of study, self-exploration, and a deep passion for all things yoga! Her current areas of interest include yin yoga, breathwork, and a deep exploration of the divine teachings passed down through the ages.

Having completed her 200-hour TT at Naturally Yoga under the guidance of Sheryl Edsall, and her 300-hour TT at BecomeOne Wholeness under the guidance of Jody Domerstad Boisits, Sydney is confident that her perspective of forever the student will guide her as she supports herself and her students.

Yoga is… is a mantra that resonates in all aspects of her life. Sydney is clear that the goal is not to “do yoga,” but instead to “be yoga.”

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Maria Salvatore

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 experiences led her to heal and transform mind, body, and soul. She experienced it as “alchemy.” Says Maria, “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 instructor, but it was an organic result of my urge to honor and teach this practice, wherever it takes me.”

From her hometown of River Vale 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 yoga 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 stepchildren.

Maria gives thanks to all her yoga 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 is a personal training corrective exercise specialist (NASM, CPR-AED).

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Faith Kaufman

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, Kidding Around Yoga in NYC, and Yogi Beans in NYC. Faith has developed kids’ yoga programs at various local schools and gyms, and for four years Faith has worked at Ramaquois Day Camp. Faith received her 200-hour RYT teacher certification from Ben Wisch at Flow Yoga in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ.

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. She creates 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 yoga classes incorporate the use of animated poses, stretches, and games to promote strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. She will also practice meditation and guided 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!

Stacey Wood

My passion for yoga began long ago behind a bar in Colorado. The benefit of resting one leg in vriksanasa (tree pose) while standing for hours on my feet gave me such relief I began to explore its power on the mat. For me, the journey was not a direct path but one I continued to return to. I discovered even more while turning to exercise as a form of pain management following a surgery. Yoga gave me the physical benefits but after a time it was the changes I felt mentally that brought me to receive my 200 RYT certification. It was here that my understanding of mindfulness, breath, asana, and meditation brought me to a deeper passion and love of this beautiful practice. It is this passion that led me to further my knowledge in the art of yin yoga, levels 1 & 2. I completed a training for Yoga for Trauma and Addiction through Kula for Karma, and I am honored to volunteer with this amazing organization that serves the most vulnerable in our community.

Years later, I continued training, completing the 500 hr RYT program studying ancient yogic text, Ayurveda, bhakti, and various therapeutic yoga styles. Most recently, I've enjoyed a training with Prison Yoga Project focusing on healing trauma and am humbled to be teaching at Hudson County Correctional Facility. Traveling this path, I have truly come to realize that my dharma lies in serving others. To me, teaching is a privilege that I take very seriously. A constant student, I continue to educate myself and explore the many paths of this ancient practice so that I may guide others on a knowledgeable and safe journey.

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Sholeen Lou-Hsiao

Akal Bani Kaur (Sholeen) is a 200hr KRI certified Kundalini Yoga teacher and a Yoga Alliance certified Yin Yoga teacher; she has been studying and practicing various styles of yoga since 1988. She was trained by Master Kundalini Teacher Trainers Hari Kaur Khalsa, Gurudas Kaur, Shakta Kaur, Kartar Khalsa, and Mukta Kaur Khalsa (SuperHealth for Break Habits and Addictive Behavior). Akal Bani is working towards her 300hr KRI Level Two Teacher Certificate. In addition to yoga, Akal Bani has more than 25 years of experience with Qigong.

Her teachers include internationally acclaimed Music Qigong Masters, Shen Wu and Robert Peng. Many life experiences have led Akal Bani to this healing path. She has found many similarities between Kundalini yoga and Qigong through her practice.

Her classes are dynamic and incorporate sound healing techniques. She is a certified Qigong &, Crystal Healer, Reiki practitioner, drummer, and has trained with world-renowned Gong Master Don Conreaux. Akal Bani is grateful to all her teachers who generously shared their knowledge and wisdom; she intends to pay it forward through teaching.

Yoga Studio Share at BoPo

Are you a yoga teacher looking for a space to teach your class? Welcome to your yoga home! BoPo is offering a unique opportunity to rent our beautiful space to host YOUR class! Our serene studio radiates warmth and welcome and truly embodies the spirit of yoga. 

Details about the space and what is included in the Studio Share:
 
hardwood floors throughout the studio and the studio lobby area
tons of natural light throughout
sonos
bolsters
yoga blocks
yoga straps
yoga blankets
lobby and coat room with cubbies, coat hooks, and shoe trays
bathroom directly off of studio lobby
parking
building access
ideal time slots on weekdays and weekends to host your class
 

 

Call 201-708-8448 or email us info@bodypositiveworks.com to schedule a tour and discuss this unique opportunity!

Our Location

Our home is a beautiful heritage house in the heart of Saddle River, Bergen County, NJ. We are directly across the street from Wandell Elementary School and next door to the Municipal Building.
 
We are centrally located with convenient access to Rt. 17 and the Garden State Parkway, and on the border of Rockland County. Check out how close you are to us on the map from all localities – including Fair Lawn, Glen Rock, Hawthorne, Hillsdale, Hohokus, Mahwah, and Waldwick.

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