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Our Expert Team of Professionals:

Yoga Instructor   

Becky Lucas

Becky Lucas has been certified by the American Council on Exercise since 1986. After many years of teaching sculpting, step classes and kickboxing classes, she began seeking a new direction for her body and mind. After attending a few yoga classes in 2000, Becky knew she had found her spiritual path. Becky received a 200 hour yoga certification in 2003 and has been teaching yoga since.

Although Becky stays active in the fitness industry, she receives gratification and takes great pleasure in teaching her Vinyasa style yoga classes. Becky continues to expand her knowledge by attending workshops, extensive reading and commitment to her own practice.

Yoga has brought peace and harmony to Becky's life and helps her remain calm and grounded on a daily basis in her challenging nursing job as the Director of Clinical Services at a private physician practice. Becky received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in April 2012 and she is anticipated to receive her Masters of Science in Nursing in 2016.

Yoga Instructor   

Julie Amsallen

Julie is a Yoga Alliance registered instructor with a 200 hour YogaFlow certification, and is also certified through the American Aerobics Association International. A school teacher by profession, teaching comes naturally to her. Teaching yoga allows her to combine her interest in physical and spiritual health with that natural inclination.

Julie has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years. Her journey began when she discovered "Power Yoga" at a local gym and was impressed by the practice's affect on her physical condition. Her interest in yoga has since expanded to include the more introspective and relaxing aspects that yoga had to offer. Her class format reflects all of those components, combining dynamic, flowing postures, stretches and core work with breathing techniques, intention, introspection and relaxation.

Yoga Instructor   

Karen Noel

Since l993, Karen has dedicated her professional life to helping her clients enjoy more balanced, healthy and cognizant lives. This quest has led her to study the sacred sciences of Yoga & Meditation, the healing art of Reiki and the fitness regime of Pilates. Working with groups and individuals, in studios, homes and therapeutic settings, she brings a rare healing quality and ability to impart knowledge to students of all ages and experience levels.

Karen has worked with elders, hospital staff members, teachers, moms, and children. She has experience with breast cancer survivors, veterans, and the visually and hearing impaired and also brings energy healing to pets through Reiki and Massage.

In the year 2001, she achieved the designation of Certified Yoga Therapist having studied at "The American Yoga Academy" under the direction of Claire Diab, International Yoga Therapist, known for her work and travels with Deepak Chopra. In 2005, she achieved her Reiki Mastership. She also studied aromatherapy in Belfast Maine in 2007-2008.

Yoga Instructor   

Laura Murphy

Laura studied modern dance and T'ai Chi before finding yoga through Royane Mosley. She studied privately with Royane and began teaching at Flanders Yoga Studio in 2001 before becoming a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher in 2002 under Yoganand Michael Carroll.

Laura has continued her studies through yoga intensives with Rodney Yee, John Friend and Lois Steinberg. She teaches group and private classes in the Flanders area.

Yoga Instructor   

Meryl Kurtz

Meryl began her practice 10 years ago and immediately felt the positive effects both physically and mentally. She has expanded her practice by attending classes with a variety of instructors; learning from all of them.

In 2013, Meryl became a 200 hr RYT in vinyasa flow. Recently, she completed a 300 hr advanced teaching program. She continues her studies attending workshops/retreats run by various teachers, such as Mark Stephens, Philip Askew, Dice Iida-Klein, Elena Brower, Tiffany Cruikshank and Jillian Pransky.

Yoga Instructor   

Phyllis Togno

Phyllis is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher registered with Yoga Alliance. Other studies and accomplishments include Reiki Master, Pranic Healing, Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga and Pilates. She teaches at Corporate locations, fitness centers, and yoga studios and also conduct private classes.

Phyllis' true passion is yoga. Stepping onto the yoga mat is when the journey begins. It is an invitation to practice with intention, breathing, moving and sensing the connection to your body's wisdom. As she continues the study and practice of yoga, she understands more clearly what it means to take yoga "off the mat" and "into the world". It teaches flexible thinking, compassion, and instills gratitude with an open heart.

Phyllis is grateful to continue on her journey to guide and be guided, constantly inspired by students and teachers she meets along the way. Her classes are a balance of gentle introduction of movement to the most challenging vinyasa flow, incorporating breath, balance, fun and relaxation.

Yoga Instructor   

Tom Casal

Tom began his practice in 1997, but by 2001, after a torn hamstring and medial meniscus tear, had given up on yoga. At that time, he was encouraged to attend a John Friend workshop. On the last day of the workshop, John asked Tom to demo triangle on his injured side to which Tom replied "John I can't do triangle on my right side". With a grin, John said "I'll walk you through it"… 5 principles later, Tom had his hand on the ground, full pose, perfect. The rest is history….

Tom's style of asana exploration is playful, light hearted, with a decent amount of flow. Together, he looks forward to taking his and your practice to the next level.

Yoga Instructor   

Grace Pulis

With great love and gratification for the practice, Grace is a welcoming, fun, and supportive teacher! She has been practicing Yoga for 8 years and has taught in Miami, New York and New Jersey since receiving certification in Hatha Yoga in 2007, through The School of Complete Yoga, in Chester, New Jersey.

With experience in teaching both children and seniors, Grace has seen the positive effects of Yoga and feels Yoga is the most important part of everyone's daily life.

Massage Therapist & Yoga Instructor   

Tristina D'Amico

Tristina began her massage and body work carrier in 1989 in New York and is licensed and trained in various modalities, such as Reflexology, Aromatherapy, LaStone Therapy, Reiki and Ayurvedic Bodywork. She attended massage school at The Swedish Institute and received advanced shiatsu training at The Ohashi Institute.

In addition to private clients, Tristina practiced massage therapy at The Peninsula Spa and The Away Spa at the W Hotel, where she was the Spa Director. She was also Spa Director at the Sports Club LA, Rockefeller Center and taught massage and body work classes at Vassar College.

After moving to N.J. in 2000, Tristina became a consultant for Natural Resources Spa Consulting, NYC and Tara Spa Therapy, Carmel, CA. Tristina takes great care to customize her bodywork and massage therapy to meet each individual client's needs.

Tristina has also been a student of yoga for over 20 years and has practiced many different types of yoga. In 2011, she earned her certification as a Yoga Instructor from the Vibuti School. As with her massasge and bodywork, Tristina customizes her classes to meet her students' specific needs and teaches a variety of different styles and levels.

Massage Therapist   

Maggie McKenna

Maggie truly enjoys helping others achieve a higher quality of life by helping relieve physical and emotional stresses, bringing balance to mind, body and spirit. Her main interest is to create a healing and nurturing bodywork session for each client.

Graduating in 1997 from the Institute for Therapeutic Massage with honors, she spent her first 6 years as massage therapist and spa treatment provider for the Estee Lauder Spa in Short Hills, NJ. Thru education and experience, Maggie instinctively blends elements of swedish, acupressure, reflexology and deep tissue techniques as well as Reiki energy.

As a volunteer at a local hospice organization, she wanted to expand her focus after providing gentle comforting massage to patients and caregivers. In 2009 Maggie completed an in depth oncology certification program that included clinic hours at UMDNJ working in infusion, ICU and CCU . Wanting to integrate energy healing into her sessions, Maggie achieved in 2011 Reiki master level.

Massage Therapist   

Maria Fano

Maria Fano began her massage therapy career in Key West, FL, where she graduated at the top of her class in 2001 from the Florida Keys Learning Institute. She is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and a member of AMTA.

With over 10 years of experience she is fluent in Trigger Point, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Pre-natal, Infant Massage, Myofascial Release, Reiki and Reflexology. Clients appreciate her firm, strong touch, her intuition, and her specific knowledge of anatomy that allows her to provide skilled and effective work to meet her client's individual needs. Maria believes in the body's ability to heal itself and that massage therapy is one of the many paths to restoring health and wholeness to the body.

Meditation Guide   

Brian Trautz

The owner of White Oak Center for Natural Health in Sparta, NJ. Dr. Brian is a Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified Instructor of Hypnosis for the National Guild of Hypnotists, a Chiropractic Physician, Professor of Anatomy & Physiology and a Kripalu Certified Yoga Instructor.

Brian has been practicing & teaching the joy of Yoga & Meditation for over 15 yrs. He studies,teaches & integrates into his practice the powers of essential oils, crystals & stones.

Holistic Health & Nutrition Counselor   

Kristina Kurdyla

A native of Florham Park, NJ, Kristina returned to the area last summer after 7 years of studying and traveling across the US and abroad. She graduated with a double major in Sociology and Conflict Analysis & Resolution from George Mason University and is currently a practicing Certified Holistic Health Coach, Certified Transitions Coach for children and adults, and Nutritional Counselor.

An avid distance runner, hiker, and dancer, Kristina lives the healthy lifestyle she counsels. Wanting to share her passion with others, she searched for an organization that would be the melting pot of everything she loves - helping others reach their goals, and encouraging strong will, and healthy living. In the spring of 2010, she joined Girls on the Run NJ East as the program manager. Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization that encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect, empowerment and healthy lifestyles through running.

Kristina coaches both children and adults to live and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle and believes the building blocks for healthy living begins with proper nutrition and supplementation.