Gemma Farrell has studied various styles of yoga, including Iyengar, Sivananda, Jivamukti, Yin, Insight, and Integral Yoga. Her current approach to teaching yoga fuses the precise alignment principles of Iyengar yoga with the freedom and creativity of a Vinyasa Flow practice, and incorporates the deeper release stretching and meditative aspects of Yin Yoga. Gemma sees yoga as a vehicle for self-discovery and a means for increasing awareness of the present moment, an opportunity to cultivate wisdom and compassion, and above all, an invitation to foster a spirit of devotion and open our hearts to love and serve others.
Adam & Nirmala
Nirmala (harmonium, vocals) and Adam (vocals) have been chanting and singing bhajans (devotional songs) together since 2010, while living in New York. They have sung at the free programs given by Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma) on her visits to New York and have contributed backing vocals for Krishna Das on his most recent albums. Now living in the Princeton area, they are looking forward to sharing their love of singing bhajans and kirtan with more people!
Amy Guinn discovered yoga in the midst of a very stressful culinary career. She dove into her practice head first, and eventually traveled to Rishikesh, India where she received her Hatha Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic Massage certifications. Amy is grateful to her teachers and most of all to her students who are constantly teaching her and evolving her yoga practice. She hopes to bring the importance of breath and alignment to the students’ practice, and more importantly, the idea that our practices are constantly flowing, changing from day to day, and that there is so much more beyond the physical practice of yoga.
Anna Fidz has been practicing different styles of yoga for over 15 years. She believes that the practice is transformative and essential for everyone in this day and age. Over the years her practice has evolved to more of a focus on spirituality, meditation and energy healing. She is attuned to Reiki 1 and 2 and studied Kundalini Yoga in New York City.
Courtney Leopold is a Certified Clinical Yoga Therapist and an RYT-500. A dancer for 17 years, Courtney has always been driven by physical fitness and creativity. After beating up her body through dance, she sought a more holistic practice. That is when she stumbled upon yoga! After receiving her initial 200 hours of Vinyasa training in Pennsylvania, Courtney continued her mind-body studies in Los Angeles, where she received her Masters degree in Counseling, as well as her Clinical Yoga Therapy certification as well as her Yoga Trance Dance Certification. Courtney's classes are infused with prana-fueled flows that combine creative transitions and therapeutics, and she often weaves themes of chakra cleansing and energy work into the practice.
Dagmar Anderson warmed up slowly to yoga. Initially considering it simply as an exciting new way to keep fit, it took many hours on the mat for her yoga infatuation to grow into a more thoughtful pursuit. In the course of her teacher training, Dagmar came to appreciate the concepts that govern the various yoga traditions and the wonderful teachers who spread its teachings and keep the practice alive. Dagmar is drawn to group yoga because she loves the collective breath and energy that unfolds in class. Beyond her 200 hour yoga teacher certification, Dagmar is a registered Radiant Child yoga instructor. Off the mat, Dagmar has been a grant officer, a media analyst, a writer and journalist, and radio producer.
For Elizabeth Scura, yoga has become a way of life. After many years of experiencing back pain from scoliosis, she realized the incredible healing benefits of yoga when she replaced her chiropractor with a daily yoga practice. It was then that she decided to become a yoga instructor so she could help others as well. Prior to teaching yoga, Elizabeth spent her time working as a preschool and toddler teacher at Princeton Montessori School and the YWCA. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and loves photography, drawing and watercolor. In her yoga classes, Elizabeth encourages students to focus on breath mindfulness, while emphasizing the importance of alignment.
Jody Levy, MBA, EEM-AP is an experienced energy medicine practitioner and coach who is certified in Eden Energy Medicine, Reiki, PSYCH-K, Laughter Yoga and Coaching. Ms. Levy’s work focuses on helping her clients identify and release limiting beliefs and trauma that may lie hidden behind physical and emotional symptoms. Jody recently completed a year-long assignment at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness center, where she created a successful energy medicine practice as part of an integrative medicine team. Before leaving the corporate world to pursue her life purpose in energy medicine, Jody was a Fortune 500 Senior Executive in Strategy and Innovation.
After 15 years of yoga practice, Julia Ruocco journeyed to India to train in the Ashtanga lineage. This was the start of her teaching path which began in 2009. Since then she has studied Core Strength Vinyasa training as well as Advanced Anatomy and Ayurveda. She is currently pursuing a 300hr ParaYoga Master Training.
With over 3000 teaching hours Julia continues to share what she finds to be the most important aspect of teaching yoga: sharing the knowledge of the sacred lineage in a safe, accessible, challenging, and sometimes silly way.
After completing a Master's in Piano Pedagogy and Performance, a desire to understand the inner workings of life led Merry to Costa Rica to receive her YT200 certification training. She is greatly influenced by her teachers along lineages including Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Iyengar, Restorative, and Saraswati River Flow. Merry's belief that who we are on the mat is directly related to who we are in the world is ever present in her teaching.
Nancy Foster was first introduced to yoga while pursuing her degree in clinical exercise physiology. Captivated by the connection between spirituality and physicality she was led to countless meditation sessions and a committed yoga practice. Nancy was compelled to share with others. She hopes to teach students that yoga can be a lifestyle practice that is not just confined to the edges of their mat. She steps onto her mat each day as both a student and a teacher. She believes that the lessons we learn on the mat can be applied to our everyday lives, fostering equanimity and restoration. In addition to teaching yoga , Nancy practices medical massage and health coaching, specializing in pre and postnatal, infertility, as well as oncology care. She blends the therapeutic benefits of yogic science to support optimal health and sustain life balance.
Nina Mongendre is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation teacher. She has 10 years teaching experience and has studied with Guru Singh, Gurmukh, Hari Kaur and Tej. She edited and wrote the introduction to Guru Singh's book Buried Treasures. Nina has a B.A from Brown University. She is certified to teach Khalsa Way prenatal yoga, is a Birth Arts trained Childbirth Educator and is training to become a CPDPE (Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator). She is passionate about sharing the transformative tools of kundalini yoga, meditation and conscious parenting with others. She has seen how a simple daily practice radically transforms mental, emotional and spiritual health.
Robin Lee recently received his 200 hour Teacher Training certification and continues to expand his curiosity, knowledge and discipline studying many forms of yoga including but not limited to Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, and VataAerial. He continues to supplement his education attending workshops and retreats. He attended Westminster Choir College studying Voice Performance and Music Education and works locally in Princeton. He is excited about sharing his knowledge and music.
Shannon has been practicing yoga for twenty years. She initially turned to yoga to ease lower back pain, quickly found that it was good for her spirit and outlook as well, and later embraced prenatal yoga as an essential piece of her well-being during her three pregnancies. Shannon completed 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2008 and 100-hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training in 2014. She is DONA trained in both Birth and Postpartum Doula work and in Breastfeeding Support. She has also trained in both the Sacred Pregnancy and Postpartum series and is working towards certification as a Lamaze Childbirth Educator. Through her practice, experience, and education, Shannon blends teachings from these and other sources into yoga classes that bring peace, community, and health to new moms and moms-to-be.
Wies Van Houplines started dancing when she was just 4 years old. After a classical ballet training at the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp in Belgium and later at the State Ballet School of Cracow in Poland, she obtained her first BA in Contemporary Dance from the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. She completed her dance training in the Masa Dance Journey Program with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel, and later became a certified Gaga Teacher at the first Gaga Teacher Training Program in Tel Aviv, Israel. Wies also holds a second BA, in Dance Education, from the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. As a freelance teacher of Gaga and improvisation, Wies has been teaching workshops and classes in Paris, Tel Aviv, Munich, and Budapest. She has worked with people of all ages and all backgrounds, and loves sharing her passion for movement and its healing and connective powers.