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.
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.
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 .
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.
Marlene Flanagan RYT 200
Marlene’s love of teaching yoga stems from her desire to share what has brought her to a better understanding of wholeness. Not just the desire to look better, but to incorporate whole body wellness. After years of painful injuries, yoga has kept her fit, pain free and enthusiastic to learn more.
Marlene is an artist and began her career as an embroidery and applique designer working directly with design houses in the garment district. After 13 years, she left her career and stayed home to raise her two boys. When she decided to return to work, she wanted to do something that would allow her to be around for her children. That’s when life brought her down a different path. She took a job working with children with special needs, assisting them with academics and therapy needs. A rewarding, challenging, emotional and sometimes stressful job. Deciding to pursue her yoga teaching certification stemmed from that need to learn to connect with herself, deepen her practice and to also bring yoga to her young students.
Marlene enjoys creating yoga sequences that are interesting and creative. Her classes concentrate on flexibility, balance, and core work, the foundation of yoga. She emphasizes proper alignment and deeply cares about giving her students an enjoyable, safe, and uplifting experience. Marlene believes “The limitations we have are not roadblocks, but merely detours to open us up to a different path. A journey we take for ourselves, but end up together.”
Marlene is also certified in Yin and Reiki level 1 & 2.
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.
Kristen McIntyre RYT 200
Kristen has been teaching yoga since 2015. Her enthusiasm for all things 'fitness', combined with her knowledge of yoga and anatomy allows her to artfully craft multi-level classes. Continuously learning and developing her own yoga journey allows her to incorporate a wide array of spiritual tools (postures, breathing, toning, dynamic movement, mantra & guided meditation) that help students of all levels ease through challenges both on and off the mat.
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