Beth turned to fitness after turning 40. Fibromyalgia and Epstein-Barr were taking their toll, and she decided to try to stay mobile. After following a stable and committed fitness routine for several years, her trainer insisted that she needed a weekly rest day, even if it was active…that’s where yoga came in.
She began taking yoga in the gym, very reluctantly, in 2014, to improve her muscle recovery from her existing strength training routine. It wasn’t until her first studio class a year later that she became hooked. No one was more surprised by this than Beth herself. Over time her exploration and commitment to yoga deepened, and she discovered many physical benefits that helped lengthen her muscles and improve strength and flexibility.
In addition to fibromyalgia and Epstein-Barr, Beth suffers from sciatica and numerous bulging discs along the spine. She found that yoga helped keep her joints and muscles moving with more ease than they had in years. Over time she also built core strength through her practice, which helped combat her back issues. Beth also suffers from chronic positional vertigo and has learned how to modify her practice when vertigo comes to visit.
Beth has adapted her practice through a knee injury and surgery. Through regular practice she has discovered incredible spiritual and mental benefits. She has been sleeping more soundly, being more patient with herself and others, and practicing more kindness. It wasn’t long before Beth realized she wanted to share all yoga had given her. Beth has found that adapting yoga to suit the needs of those in similar circumstances to be her passion. Beth earned her 200hr certification at Tula Yoga and is reiki master certified. Beth enjoys taking and teaching a wide variety of yoga styles. It is Beth’s hope that each person that takes her class leaves feeling better than when they arrived.
Regan DeBenedetto RYT 200
Regan graduated as a 200 hour RYT in 2018 and immediately fell in love with teaching yoga. She has over a decade of experience in adult education and enjoys sharing her passion for health, wellness and self-care with the community. She incorporates essential oils and yoga philosophy into every practice helping her students get the most out of their class. She works with each individual nurturing not only the physical body but mental and emotional as well. Regan founded RED Heart Yoga, a mobile yoga studio service, in 2019. Through RED Heart Yoga she holds private and group pop-up events to raise money for various charities. She is an enthusiastic volunteer and fundraiser for the American Heart Association and sits on the Executive Leadership Heart Walk Team. When she is off the mat Regan enjoys long distance running as a form of moving meditation and exercise. Regan is continually inspired and passionate to give back to the community all that yoga has given to her.
Monica Campbell RYT 200
Monica began her Yoga journey in 2008 to relieve lower back pain but found yoga to be much more than just stretching. After practicing Yoga for many years and realizing not only the physical benefits but also the mental, she became inspired to pass along her love and gratitude for yoga to others.
Yoga and the instructors that crossed Monica’s path have had a positive influence on her, always making her feel amazing inside and out, and guiding her to live in the present moment which she hopes is conveyed in her teachings.
Monica uses the Philosophy of Yoga - uniting mind, body, and spirit - in her classes and creates a light-hearted environment. She believes Yoga is for everyone and incorporates alternatives to poses based on students’ strengths and abilities. She continues to be a student and practices yoga and meditation regularly. Monica completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training and Meditation Training at Tula Yoga, 75 Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training which included Pranayama and Mindfulness Meditation at Inlet Yoga, is a White Light Reiki Master Practitioner and is pursuing her 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Align and Strength Yoga (graduating in April 2021). Off the mat, Monica enjoys sewing, knitting, jewelry making, and spending time with her husband and two adult children.
Kaitlin Ward-Persegin RYT 500
Kaitlin has been practicing yoga for over 10 years as a means of fitness but it wasn’t until about 6 years ago that she fell in love with the mind-body connection. Eager to learn and deepen her practice, Kaitlin completed her 200 and 300 hour yoga teacher training at Tula Yoga in Aberdeen. Being a mom of three young children, Kaitlin knows well the importance of taking time for yourself and believes it is essential to leading a balanced life. Her classes combine breath and movement for a fun, yet challenging experience. She encourages her students to embrace where they are on their yoga journey and find their own personal edge. Kaitlin hopes you will leave her classes feeling refreshed, centered and energized.
“Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.” B.K.S. Iyengar
Theresa Eckert - Pilates & TRX Instructor
Theresa Eckert is trained as a nurse and worked in Massachusetts. Moving back to NJ to raise a family, she practiced Orthopedic rehab nursing. Always interested in health and fitness, she became certified as a nutritional/diabetic counselor. After suffering a back injury, she found Pilates. Quickly falling in love with the practice, she decided to change course and became comprehensively certified for all methods of Pilates. She has over 850 hours of Pilates training including special populations and touch. Theresa enjoys bringing core strength and flexibility to her clients. "Pilates is perfect for every BODY." She loves to encourage and empower her class pushing them to work and learn their body, always with a joke or smile .
Gail Hinds 200 RYT & Yoga For Cancer
There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled.
You feel it, don’t you? - Rumi
Gail spent over 20 years in a successful technology career that did not speak to her soul or make her happy, so she left. A long-time student of Iyengar yoga, she enjoyed the challenge it presented to her body and mind however, her true understanding of yoga was limited. Completion of the 200-hour training has opened her eyes, filled her heart and soul and left her wanting more. Initially her practice was limited to asanas as they healed her body through breast cancer and joint issues. Incorporation of pranayama and meditation has brought a whole new dimension to her practice. Gail strives to show that whatever your body type or mobility, achieving the full benefits of yoga is personal and joyful.
Stacy Joyce RYT 500
Stacy took her first yoga class in 1996, which was two years after having a spinal fusion surgery to stop the rapid progression of her scoliotic curves. She was instantly drawn to the practice, and attracted to the idea of doing a physical activity that left her feeling replenished, instead of depleted.
Stacy completed Yoga Works 500-hour teacher training. During the course of yoga teacher training, she found her teaching interests drawn to teaching students, who like herself, didn’t fit into the one-size-fits-all yoga class. Her intention is to teach her students how to appreciate their bodies while accepting its boundaries. She is humbled by the teachers who have influenced her study, and aspires to share that gift with others.
Michelle Scheps RYT 200
Michelle is a local elementary school teacher who is passionate about her career, and loves serving the community where she lives. She came to yoga as a way to stretch and lengthen her muscles after intense workouts left her wondering if she would someday lose the ability to touch her toes. Having danced all through childhood, losing flexibility was not an option. For a long time yoga was a physical release of the tension in her body from pushing hard with weights and cycling. When Michelle’s marriage ended, she found the spiritual side of yoga nourishing and empowering as she sought out on a new path in life. This path led Michelle to complete her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2018, and she is currently working toward her 500 hour YTT certification. Michelle’s classes are for all levels and, just like in her classroom, she aims to reach all yogi’s on their mat, physically or spiritually.
Michelle Ungano RYT 200
Michelle became committed to fitness after raising her five children over 8 years ago. After diving into the group fitness world and developing plantar fasciitis, she found a love for barefoot classes. Yoga and barre were her go to classes. Her journey to teach started with barre, but quickly realized that yoga was what she needed to dive into. Michelle graduated from Seed of Life Yoga NJ 200 RYT, registered through Yoga Alliance in February 2019 at Robert Wood Johnson Fitness & Wellness Center in Old Bridge, NJ.
Michelle believes that self-care is vital to be a healthy and happy person. She strives to set an example of a compassionate & strong woman, and is grateful to guide students to enjoy & embrace their journey, wherever that may be for them. Michelle enjoys practicing and teaching different styles of yoga to make her classes fun, challenging, adaptable, safe and thoughtful. She wants everyone to know the beauty of yoga, whether they’re a child, teenager, young adult, adult or senior, ANY BODY can benefit from the mind and body connection that yoga offers