New Jersey Yoga
Private Sessions & Events
Are you looking to feel physically invigorated, energetically balanced, or mentally aware?
Just You & Your Yoga Teacher
1 on 1
“A life-changing and effective way to enhance your mental wellbeing.”
Do you want to ground and deepen your sense of self?
Within the practice of yoga, we address not only the physical body, but also the energetic, emotional, and spiritual body.
By coming to yoga, we grow our understanding of the interdependency of these different bodies that make up the self, and how each informs the other.
Yoga gives us tools that we can put into practice to deepen our experience as unique individuals.
The beauty of yoga is that it has the ability to address individual needs that vary from person to person — no two yoga practices look the same.
A deeply healing experience for anyone of any physical ability, the yoga practice supports joint, muscle, and bone health; a connection to the breath; a sense of calm; feelings of groundedness; and an ability to observe. By coming to yoga, we are nurturing the whole self.
BoPo Yoga Facilitators
Our yoga teachers tailor the yoga practice to your specific needs to support you on your journey of deep healing and growth.
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.
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.
As a long-distance runner, I was always searching for ways to bring flexibility to my oh so tight hamstrings! I thought I would give yoga a try and it was love at first downward dog. Sort of! I was so frustrated that I could not touch my toes! Most of the poses/asanas were completely out of my comfort zone. I thought, as an endurance athlete, surely, I should be doing better!
The more I practiced and the more I learned to let go of my expectations, the more I fell in love. I found the true joy and spirit of yoga when I learned to let go of any ideas of where I thought I SHOULD be and accept where I am at that present moment!
The lessons of living life more mindfully and in the present moment inspired me to explore teaching training. My goal is to introduce the practice to beginners and help them accept that yoga is more than just a form of exercise. In my classes I combine accessible posture sequences, gently connecting breath and movement. Class often winds down with some restorative poses to help emphasize the power of rest.
It is my hope that yogis who come to me for guidance with their practice, discover a relationship between movement and mindfulness, and step off the mat at the end of class feeling refreshed, balanced, and like they have nurtured their mind, body, and soul.
YT 200 with Yoga Alliance, Aerial Certified, Restorative Certified, Reiki 1 Practitioner
“Inspiring students to lean into their own intuitive movement and power.”
Sydney is a breathwork guide, a 500-hour yoga instructor, and perpetual student who purposefully explores the interplay between mind, body, and spirit.
She continually studies the scientific undercurrent of spirituality, how our minds and behaviors are shaped by both awareness and experience, and the ways in which holistic practices can support and enhance emotional, energetic, physical, and psychological well-being.
Sydney feels privileged to be able to hold space for others to become embodied, connect back to their true nature, nurture their nervous systems, and cultivate individual and collective healing. As a breathwork facilitator and yoga teacher, she creates a container to tune back into authenticity, childlike innocence, curiosity, intuitive wisdom, and Self.
She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Franklin & Marshall College, PA and earned her Master of Arts degree in Psychology and Education with a concentration in Spirituality and Mind-Body Practice at Columbia University, NYC.
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.
Maria 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, Maria 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).
“Tune back into authenticity, childlike innocence, curiosity, intuitive wisdom, and Self.”
“Yoga with BoPo helps you to feel refreshed, balanced, and like you have nurtured your mind, body, and soul”
Benefits of Yoga with Body Positive Works
Although a seemingly physical practice, yoga isn’t just about the body — it’s also an effective way to enhance your mental well-being.
Yoga can help you not only increase mobility, flexibility, circulation, bone density, and strength, but also relieve stress, depression, and pain; improve breathing; and boost brain function and focus.
In addition to these benefits, here are some ways that yoga can enhance your overall well-being and happiness on a daily basis.
◓ Reducing stress and anxiety
When you practice yoga, not only does the body release endorphins, which have mood-boosting effects, but it can help to increase feelings of self-esteem and self-acceptance.
With regular practice, you may find that you can better navigate and cope with stressful situations both on and off the mat, as well as feel more confident in your abilities and who you are.
Additionally, yoga can help those struggling with depression or other mental illnesses by providing a space in which individuals can feel safe to heal and express themselves.
◐ Increasing energy levels and mental calmness
One great benefit of yoga is that it can help increase your energy levels, which can be especially beneficial if you find yourself feeling sluggish or run down.
Not only can yoga offer you a mental boost, but it can also help improve your circulation, get your blood flowing, and relieve stress from tight muscles.
Yoga’s focus on breathing also helps to calm the mind and move toward inner peace, supporting greater physical health. If you’re looking for simple ways to keep your mind focused during a stressful day, try performing five minutes of yoga in the morning before work or late at night before bedtime.
◑ Living with more awareness
By living with more awareness, you are able to be more present in each and every moment, helping to increase focus, concentration, and self-awareness. As a result, you may find that your ability to manage stress and anxiety comes with more ease.
Additionally, living with more awareness can also help to boost your mood and overall sense of well-being, increasing feelings of happiness and reducing feelings of stress and worry.
◐ Improving posture and core strength
Practicing yoga helps to improve your posture and build core strength. Good posture can alleviate pain in the lower back, shoulders, and neck, as well as aid in deepening your breathing.
Core strength is important for balance, stability, and helping to prevent injuries. Many people practice yoga as a way to fight chronic pain and lower their blood pressure.
◓ Healing your body from within
Yoga is not only a physical practice but a mental and emotional one as well. When you focus on your breath and connect with your body, you can let go of stress and tension.
This mind-body connection is what allows yoga to be so effective in healing the body from within. As this practice helps to induce relaxation, you can find balance and peace that may have been missing for some time. For example, when we feel anxious or stressed out, our heart rate increases, which can cause high blood pressure and put us at an increased risk for heart disease.
However, when we do certain postures, like downward dog or deep breathing exercises, we can lower our heart rate, reducing the risk of those negative outcomes.
Our sessions 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.
All bodies are welcomed for New Jersey Yoga at Body Positive Works.
“Boost your mood and overall sense of well-being. Increase feelings of happiness whilst reducing stress and worry.”
Yoga Classes FAQ
The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit root yuj, which means to yoke or to unite. Yoga is a holistic system that aims to unite the body, mind, and spirit, encompassing physical, mental, and spiritual dimensions.
Practiced for thousands of years in India and other parts of Asia, yoga is a set of physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation or contemplation that can be practiced alone or with a group.
In recent decades, yoga has become increasingly popular in the West, becoming a core component of physical fitness and health as well as mental well-being. It is widely regarded as a safe and healthy activity for people of all ages and abilities.
We have all the necessary equipment and props at the studio — yoga mats, blankets, blocks, bolsters, pillows, and straps.
Hatha Yoga is the most widely taught yoga practice in the United States, integrating physical poses (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), and deep relaxation.
Kundalini Yoga incorporates chanting, breathing exercises, meditation, and kriyas, which are specific sequences that pair timed holding of poses with breathwork, to move energy within the body.
Restorative Yoga uses props within the physical poses (asana) to relax the body and mind, de-stress, and calm the nervous system.
Yin Yoga is a practice wherein you hold poses for several minutes to unwind both the physical and emotional bodies.
Vinyasa Yoga is a form of yoga in which the poses flow and link to the next through continuous rhythmic breathing.