OUR TEACHERS

 

KANAN KAPILA

FOUNDER

Kanan, LCSW, E-RYT 500, is a mom, teacher and therapist; she has been teaching yoga since 2001. She was born in India, the birthplace of Yoga, where she was introduced to meditation at an early age. After graduating with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Fordham University, she worked as a licensed therapist in private and public sectors of maternal and child health. Her passion for teaching Yoga began 15 years ago, practicing Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga & Meditation.

Kanan approaches Yoga as an art form. Her classes are rhythmic and robust, integrating the media of energy and calm position with attention to what is present in body constitution, breath, sound and meditation. Through meaningful teachings and powerful practice, yoga creatively informs us that we can strengthen and refine the shape and quality of our body, mind and heart.

Her yoga practice empowered her two beautiful homebirth experiences, which led to her becoming a Prenatal Yoga teacher (Khalsa Way) and Birth Doula (MotherLoveDoulas). Kanan received her 300 and 500 hour advanced yoga certifications in Hatha/Vinyasa, Kids and Prenatal at Lotus Yoga. She trained and maintains her study and practice under the guidance of notable teachers in NYC, NJ and CA.

She is featured in print & film media including “Orgasmic Birth” and “Postpartum Yoga with Gurmukh.” Kanan also leads a skillful prenatal program offering labor & birth workshops, doula services, nutrition and lactation support.

Her most inspired and colorful art forms are her two daughters, time spent with her family and good friends, and in the kitchen creating powerhouse foods. She bows to her teachers and yoga students who keep the practice effective.

Where there is love there is life.
— Mahatma Gandhi

 
LENA ANG SILVERMAN  Lena is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) at the Intermediate Junior 1 Level. Iyengar Yoga focuses on a systematic practice of postural and energetic alignment that brings forth physical and emotional well being. Lena's teaching is clear and precise. Her classes are dynamic, creative and intelligent. She practices yoga to seek a state of being that is more awake, stable and calm. She believes this is an achievable state for all.  Before starting to teach yoga in 2010, Lena performed, choreographed and taught dance for more than twenty years. She earned a Masters in Dance Ethnology at the University of Hawaii and taught at the University of Malaya and the National Arts Academy in Malaysia in the 1990s. She was also founder and Artistic Director of Taro Dance Theatre, a Butoh dance company, in Malaysia. She performed and taught internationally before settling in Montclair, NJ.  Lena traveled to Pune, India, in December, 2015 to study with the Iyengar family. Her Iyengar Yoga teacher training was at the New York Iyengar Yoga Institute under the guidance of James Murphy.

LENA ANG SILVERMAN

Lena is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) at the Intermediate Junior 1 Level.  Iyengar Yoga focuses on a systematic practice of postural and energetic alignment that brings forth physical and emotional well being. Lena's teaching is clear and precise. Her classes are dynamic, creative and intelligent. She practices yoga to seek a state of being that is more awake, stable and calm.  She believes this is an achievable state for all.

Before starting to teach yoga in 2010, Lena performed, choreographed and taught dance for more than twenty years.  She earned a Masters in Dance Ethnology at the University of Hawaii and taught at the University of Malaya and the National Arts Academy in Malaysia in the 1990s. She was also founder and Artistic Director of Taro Dance Theatre, a Butoh dance company, in Malaysia. She performed and taught internationally before settling in Montclair, NJ.

Lena traveled to Pune, India, in December, 2015 to study with the Iyengar family.  Her Iyengar Yoga teacher training was at the New York Iyengar Yoga Institute under the guidance of James Murphy.


 

NANCY WITTERS

Nancy is a certified Iyengar teacher at the Intermediate Junior I level. Having studied twice with the Iyengars in Pune, India she is planning a third visit in 2018. Her primary teachers are Joan White and Theresa Rowland, and she studies annually with Lois Steinberg and Sri H.S. Arun. Nancy finds that the precision of the Iyengar method creates self discipline and clarity in life. This detailed alignment is not about perfection, but freedom! Through her direct and creative teaching style she motivates her students to find the wonder, joy, and power of their own practice. She is continually grateful for the loving support and encouragement of her family and friends.

Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life...Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known even existed.
— B.K.S. Iyengar

 
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ELLEN KAPLAN

Ellen is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) at the Intermediate Junior I level. Since 1999, Theresa Rowland, Founder of Studio Yoga Madison, continues to be Ellen’s primary mentor and where Ellen completed her 500 hour Yoga Alliance teacher training. Ellen also studies regularly with Amy Block-Hamilton who recommended Ellen to the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the U.S. for certification. Ellen is also certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT) due to her extensive one-on-one yoga therapy work. She has also traveled to Pune, India to study directly with the Iyengar family and plans for another month long apprenticeship in 2020. Practitioners of all levels will appreciate Ellen’s clear, precise instructions and her compassionate, humble manner.

Health begins with firmness in body, deepens to emotional stability, then leads to intellectual clarity, wisdom, and finally the unveiling of the soul.
— B.K.S. Iyengar

 

LYNN SCHOORL

A longtime practitioner of yoga, Lynn completed her 500 hour teacher training at Starseed Center for Yoga and Wellness in Montclair and also holds a 300 hour advanced certification through Yoga Synthesis.

With a background in alignment and a love of Vinyasa, her classes are a blend of meditative movement and precision. Students are guided through a challenging Vinyasa flow to facilitate the movement of energy in the body. You will leave feeling connected to yourself and the world around you in a more authentic way. Classes frequently include opportunities for arm balances and inversions so you may spend time on your hands. Lynn is sincerely grateful to her early teachers Jyoti Chrystal and Madelana Ferrara-Matthias and is currently studying Vinyasa with Raji Thron.


 
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Dr Susan Herman

Susan Herman Ph.D, ABPP ,E- RYT, is a Psychologist and a Yoga Teacher. As a psychologist in private practice she works with depression, anxiety, and trauma survivors. She has been practicing yoga for 25 years and teaching for 15 years. She has been trained by many different teachers in different traditions; White Lotus, Yoga Synthesis, Om Yoga, Anusara, Restorative, Yoga for Cancer Survivors, and Prenatal Yoga. She is a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist. She has currently completed an Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training and is studying for Assessment. She combines her knowledge of human conditions with the love of yoga in helping her students develop more positive views of themselves and their potential regardless of their limitations.
 


 
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Nik Watson

Nic Watson is a 500hr certified yoga teacher who has been evolving since 2007 under the guidance of the ISHTA NYC lineage ( Alan and Sarah Finger). Originally from Scotland, she sees herself as an evolution assistant who is passionate and purposeful in creating health for herself and others. She is an Ayurvedic chef and lifestyle coach, a meditation guide and teacher, a polarity energy practitioner and a lifelong student of her own well-being.www.nicwatson.me.


 

Mary F. Huang

Mary F. Huang graduated from the inaugural 2010 Shiva Shanti Teacher Training from Felise Berman, and has been teaching ever since (ERYT-200). In 2002, she met Jyoti Chrystal by 'chance' and began studying yoga- the student was ready, and her teacher appeared. Since then, Mary has attended workshops with Thich Nhat Hanh, the Dalai Lama, Leslie Kaminoff, Judith Lasater, and Krisha Das, amongst others, and has visited the Sivananda Yoga Ashram, Blue Cliff Monastery, Plum Village, Kripalu, & Omega Institute to deepen her practice. She studied Journalism and Human Ecology at Rutgers/New York University, and is the creator of the blog Maryworld.com. Mary strives to teach fun classes that inspire students to find a balance between focused effort and ease. A devotee of the Shiva Shanti style (lineage from Jivamukti and Bihar School), alignment and safety are always emphasized, and her classes include a mix of: vinyasa/flow, pranayama, music/chanting, meditation, spiritual talk, and deep relaxation. They are designed to bring a sense of peace and well-being into your daily life

Waking up this morning, I smile. 24 brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and look at all beings with eyes of compassion.
— Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Julie Camp

Julie Camp began practicing yoga in 1998 and completed her teacher training at Starseed Yoga in 2011. As a high school teacher and mother of two young children, she has a passion for working with people of all ages both on and off the mat. Over the past 20 years, she's studied yoga in a wide variety of methods and has come to develop a very blended style of yoga and a sincere appreciation for the peace of mind yoga can bring.

Her personal practice centers on truly feeling the poses which allows her to become more calm and focused and she brings this style to the classes she teaches. Julie's classes emphasize accessing a greater inner awareness. She uses her blended style todesign classes that are challenging yet accessible and fun, which allow for more self exploration and discovery. She brings positive energy, compassion, and humor to foster a warm, nurturing and playful environment.  

Compassion is a verb.
— Thich Nhat Hanh

 
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Susan Wilson, E-RYT 500

Certified Level 3 Yamuna Body Rolling (YBR™) Therapist and Practitioner, who trained with Yamuna Zake (the creator of Yamuna Body Rolling) in NYC (initially in 1998 participating in continuous study and annual re-certs).  Body Rolling is a truly unique approach to fitness and overall well being. YBR™ has given Susan a full grounding in anatomy (based on the work of Yamuna’s Body Logic System and the work of Blandine Calais-Germain) and it is a therapeutic healing application that adds an important component to Susan's practice and teaching. Susan is an Experienced Registered Yoga and Meditation Teacher certified to teach and also to train teachers through Yoga Alliance.  She has been teaching and practicing yoga for over 30 years.  Susan’s original studies began with B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga in London, England, and she has continued her training extensively over the years with many prominent U.S. and International Master Yogis. Susan dedicated 8 years to studying the Yoga of Sound (focusing on mantra, Vedic chanting, philosophy and Chakra system) with Sri Shyam Bhatnagar and Dahliana Hohe at the SRI Centre in Princeton, NJ.  She has studied Tibetan Buddhism for over 15 years (training with many notable teachers, including Pema Chodron and Robert Thurman, PhD, and regularly attends teachings given by H.H. Dalai Lama.  Susan also completed the Radiant Mind Non-Dual Wisdom Teacher Certification with Peter Fenner, PhD in 2009.  


 

KERRI MCCLAIN

Committed to the idea that yoga should be fun, Kerri's teaching offers a balance of play, laugh and sweat, with an emphasis on alignment and breath. Yoga has played a significant role in Kerri's life and her passion is sharing the healing, strengthening and empowering practice. Each of her classes offer a unique sequence of asanas with an overall design to facilitate a deeper knowledge of self. She is very grateful for all the teachers that have helped her along the way, and continue to help her today. She is a playful and nurturing teacher always bringing her creative energy to her flow.


Love is our true essence. Love has no limitations of caste, religion, race, or nationality. We are all beads strung together on the same thread of love. To awaken this unity—and to spread to others the love that is our inherent nature—is the true goal of human life.
— Amma

 

Reshma Grindle, RD, RYT

Reshma was introduced to yoga as a child by her father, who was trained in India during his own youth. She attained her registered yoga teacher (RYT) 200-hour certification at Lotus Yoga in 2008 under the tutelage of Jennifer Kohl. Her training qualifies her to teach Vinyasa, hatha, prenatal, and kids’ yoga.

Reshma balances her holistic practices with her clinical experience as a registered dietitian (RD). Her desire is to share the many gifts she receives through yoga with all who walk the path, including with her daughter Maya, in keeping with her family’s tradition.

If you open your heart and become like a child,
you will always be blissful, always content.
— Sri Dharma Mittra

 

Agnes Tengerdy

Agnes practiced many forms of yoga before she found Kundalini in 2007. She thought that in addition to hundreds of spectacular asanas (postures) that she conquered throughout those years, much of her life traumas (samskaras) were healed, released and overwritten. After her horse-back riding accident, where she almost lost her right leg, the asana practice of various traditions brought her back on two feet to the point where she could walk normally and begin to socialize again. Her ego thought that the work had been done, but when she took her first ever Kundalini class with Gurmukh Kaur, she came to understand that some more subtle, deeper healing was on its way. This was delivered by the quantum technology of Kundalini Yoga. First her body had to be strong and flexible, then her mind needed to be cleared to be able to focus so that finally her nervous system and psyche could be worked on, together with many other layers of her being. That is how Kundalini became her path and passion. She knew right away that “Kundalini is the real deal,”  “there is nowhere to hide from ourselves” and that “there is a way through every block.” Agnes would not miss a day without practicing Kundalini Kriyas, meditations, and mantras. It is her love and foundation. Her personal and divine strength lies in her Sadhana (daily spiritual practice). She teaches group and private classes as well as workshops, meditation and Sadhana. Sat Nam


 


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