During her years in network TV News and then in Madison Avenue Marketing, yoga was the key both to Susan's physical condition and her sanity. After years practicing both Iyengar and Ashtanga, she discovered the Sivananda tradition six years ago and has been a certified instructor for the past three years. This classical form of yoga, rooted in the ancient Himalayan tradition, explores holding each pose for extended periods using breath work to deepen the posture, challenge the body and relax the mind.
Roberta Brassard has recently completed her 200 hour teacher training and is happy to share her new found knowledge with her students. Since commencing her yoga journey in Y2K, Roberta has studied locally with many teachers, mostly in the Hatha and Anusara styles and attended workshops led by John Friend, Rodney Yee, Todd Norian and Anna Forest. Roberta's love of yoga, nature and healthy living is expressed in how she leads her students in their practice, bringing energy, fun and joy to the mat. Wherever she travels, she visits a new studio and learns something from every teacher.
After practicing yoga for many years, in 2012 Kim decided to take her love for the practice to the next level. Studying with Paula Tepedino and Cheryl Paulson to complete 200 hours of training to become a RYT Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor. In 2017 Kim completed a 300-hour Therapeutic Yoga certification with Paula Tepedino.
A businesswoman by day in a corporate environment, Kim understands the needs and life complexities of busy people. At the Califon Yoga Studio, she provides a comfortable upbeat class environment grounded in yogic philosophy. Throughout the class props are often used to help students open to their fullest potential and find their own personal depth within the pose.
Kim thoroughly enjoys the teaching experience and remains eternally grateful to her teachers, both past and present, who have led her down this path and continue to be an inspiration.
Julianne Targan has been practicing yoga for 17 years, and teaching for 10 years. What began as a way to become more present, and manage stress and anxiety, quickly blossomed into a newfound sense of being at home in her own skin, and a focus on compassion and open-minded perspective.
Beginning with Himalayan Yoga Meditation, a traditional Hatha approach with regular meditation sessions and philosophy discussions, she moved toward Anusara Yoga, with its emphasis on physical alignment and the balancing of muscular and organic energy.
Julianne trained to teach in a unique three year one-on-one apprenticeship, and completed the Anatomy of Yoga certification through Leslie Kaminoff. She also speaks locally on stress management and yoga philosophy.
In her classes students can expect attention to their individual needs and a light-hearted atmosphere. Julianne values staying connected to the beginner’s mind, always open to the joy of practice and new understanding of the familiar.
Al started doing yoga in 2004 when his wife wanted to take yoga classes at the karate dojo their children were attending. Sue Mortimer was the teacher that introduced him to the benefits of moving and breathing with intelligence and compassion. After nearly two years of taking three classes a week and practicing at home Al realized that his consistent practice had lead to a transformation that left him at peace with himself and his life. It was at that time that he decided to become a yoga teacher so that he might help others experience the same transformation.
Al received his 300 hour and 500 hour (2009) certifications at Yoga Synthesis under Raji Thron. As a Yoga Synthesis teacher Al enjoys bringing different styles together to make each class a unique experience. Al believes that anyone can experience the positive transformation that results from a consistent yoga practice and seeks to give each student the ability to extend and deepen their practice to that end.
Al is also a Thai Yoga Massage practitioner having received a level 2 certificate from the Triple Gem School of Thai Massage in 2015 under Jeanette Sealy.
Yoga is borderless
Imagine being endlessly curious about Yoga and having no access to information about it, no ability to take a class or even getting your hands on a Yoga book. For years, Tatjana taught herself Yoga in East Germany , where Yoga was forbidden. She took her first official class in 2000 in Basking Ridge, NJ.
As an avid and regular practitioner, she makes it a point to take diverse classes wherever she travels, such as Yivamukti in Munich, Germany, Hatha Yoga in Mumbai, India or Arial Yoga in California. Weeklong Yoga retreats at Kripalu and Omega deepened her experience and advance her skill level.
As a former dancer, Tatjana brings grace, joy for movement and love for balance to her classes. Tatjana is also a Certified Professional Coach with a focus on Leadership, Wellbeing and Women.