Meet Our Teachers

 

Whether you come to yoga for stress relief, exercise, stretching, health, peace, joy, bliss or spiritual uplifting, one or more of our teachers and classes will be just right for you.

 

Our teachers are all certified and exceed the requirements of Yoga Alliance.  They continuously study yoga far above and beyond their certifications (including substitute teachers).  More importantly, they are teachers who are committed to sharing their love of yoga with you.  We are a friendly studio where all feel welcome.  You need not worry about your current physical condition, beginner or experience, male or female.  Yoga Inspired is your sanctuary and the place where your physical and spiritual health will be cultivated.

Barbara Paulsen, E-RYT 500, POLY-500, RM, LMT, Studio Owner, Certified Teacher Trainer -  Barbara has been practicing yoga since 1992. Certified by the Center for Yoga and the Samata Yoga Center in Los Angeles, California, she has a diverse background in Hatha Yoga.  Her training with Larry Payne, PhD is inspired by the teachings of T.K.V. Desikarachar.  She teaches classes and workshops to all levels of students from beginners to advanced practitioners.  Her mission is to inspire her students to “look-within” for self-awareness, wisdom and inner peace.In 2008 Barbara’s InBalance Yoga teacher training program was approved by Yoga Alliance. This program is an eclectic style of hatha yoga based on the principals of the yoga sutras and was founded on her love of yoga and the Divine.

Rebecca (Becky) Eirich, MSN, WHNP, RYT 200, YA 85-hr Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Certified - My yoga practice began in 2007. During a transition from being a busy labor and delivery nurse to an even busier Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, I began searching for healthier lifestyle options for myself and my patients. The wholistic nature of yoga appealed to me and I became an avid student. Deciding to teach yoga came as an extension of deepening my own practice with In Balance Yoga Teacher Training with Barbara Paulsen where I became RYT 200. My passion and career in caring for women through the childbearing year inspired me to specialize in teaching prenatal yoga and I then went on to become certified through The Prenatal Yoga Center in NYC, RPYS. The style of yoga that I teach in a warm vinyasa flow which builds strength, stamina, and relaxation in preparation for labor. What you will gain through yoga is a deep connection to your body, breath, spirit, and baby. We interweave topics related to pregnancy and childbirth. This provides a natural pathway for experiencing a more conscious birth. Come, connect with your baby, enjoy prenatal and postnatal yoga and find your community to journey through pregnancy here at Yoga Inspired.

Carly Chaapel CYT, KYTA - I began practicing yoga in college as a form of therapy and exercise after a severe ankle injury. As my practice has evolved, it has become a steady place to explore mindfulness, flexibility, strength, peace, and play. I teach agricultural science in addition to yoga, and I love exploring creativity through partner dancing as well. I received my 200-hour teacher training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Yoga has become my backbone for physical, mental, and emotional health, and I am honored to share my practice with you!

Dominique Mobley, CYT, RYT 200 - Dominique loves reading a good book and pushing herself to master new and challenging asanas. She has been practicing yoga since high school and became more focused on practicing regularly to help her manage the stress of balancing work and family life. Dominique completed teacher training with Barbara Paulsen in August of 2014. Dominique has a warm and wonderful way of relating and teaching. You will love her classes!

Emili Dempsey, CYT, RYT 200 - My love affair with Yoga began in 2014 when I found myself living a life that lacked happiness and purpose. I was invited to a yoga class at a local vineyard and was immediately hooked after I rose from savasana feeling like the Emili I was always meant to be. From that moment on, I craved my next yoga class and was consistently on the search for a new article or book to read that would help expand my knowledge of this beautiful practice.

As my practice and love for Yoga grew, I couldn’t help but feel compelled to share this with others. I completed my 200-hour teacher training under Barbara Paulsen in August of 2017 and am excited to begin a new journey of teaching what I love.

I believe that Yoga allows us to connect to our true inner selves without judgment. By connecting to our true selves we find peace and love, not only for ourselves, but for the whole. It is my hope that you leave your mat filled with peace and love and feeling like the person you were always meant to be.

Erik Marrero, CYT, E-RYT 200 & E-RYT 500, MBSR Graduate & CES (Cancer Exercise Specialist) - Yoga found Erik in the Spring of 2007.  As a cancer patient, he enrolled in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, through the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson Hospital.  Erik was suffering from the side-effects of his cancer therapies.  In MBSR classes, students/patients are taught to meditate and practice gentle yoga.  These practices help reduce physical and psychological symptoms, increase the ability to relax, reduce pain levels, and enhance the ability to cope with pain that may not go away.  With the first yoga practice, Erik felt great physically and very at peace.After graduating from the 8-week MBSR program, Erik continued his daily meditation practice and sought out yoga in a non-hospital environment. Erik strives to inspire his students to overcome obstacles, push their own limitations, move beyond the typical Hatha yoga realm, and to find mindfulness and ease-of-wellbeing with every breath, regardless of the pace, intensity, or complexity of the practice.

Jean Froese, CYT, E-RYT 500, CVA 1, Reiki 2 - My journey with yoga began in a gym with no real understanding of the practice other than a “workout”. Great teachers and a passion to learn moved me forward and I eventually trained to teach. I teach yoga because I believe that healing comes to all who come to class, unroll their mats and practice. I teach from my understanding so my personal practice is ongoing and important. I love to learn different styles and techniques of yoga so I can bring these not only to my mat, but to my students as well. It is both humbling and an honor for me teach.

Kim Corda, CYT, RYT 200, RN, BSN - I began practicing yoga in 2000 after suffering a broken femur and knee in a motorcycle accident. It started out as a way of regaining strength and movement, and over the years, grew into a necessary part of life. As a registered nurse, yoga became even more valuable in helping me balance the physical, mental, and emotional demands of the profession. Seeking deeper understanding of the practice, I entered yoga teacher training in September 2017 and completed the training in February 2018. Through practicing, continued study, and teaching yoga, I hope to bring more joy and inner connection to myself and my students so that we may all live our BEST lives.

Nicole Pontelandolfo CYT, RYT 200 - Join us in celebrating our interconnectedness, goodness, and joy! Work and worry consume much energy. Yoga balances each part of our being – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Let us come to the mat, exactly as we are, and see if we can allow ourselves to really be present for just 1 class or perhaps the remainder of the day. Each new day and each class is unlike any other. I am honored for the beautiful opportunity to share my practice. I like to imagine that every teacher in life and yoga has inspired and settled within a piece of me that I can share with you. I attained training through Barbara Paulsen and am registered RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance. My approach to life is with an open mind and heart and I hope to convey that in my teachings. Yoga is different for all of us and there are infinite benefits to discover. I would love to join you on your quest in finding what yoga can do for you!

Paige Pellegrino-Teti, CYT - KYTA  Kripalu Yoga taught me the yoga of consciousness, compassion, and self awareness. In my classes I hope to share and celebrate this wisdom of the body with postures, breathing, meditation, and rest. Fun dialogue will be sprinkled throughout. Most importantly, we will learn and share yoga techniques to get us not only through our yoga practice, but through the rest of the day." Paige is a woman who embodies yoga. She will bring her advanced training and love of yoga to you. She has completed her 500 Hour Advanced Yoga Certification from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She is also a Certified Thai Yoga Practitioner from The Thai Institute, Arlington, Virginia, and has studied Yin Yoga Training with Paul Grilley in Washington, DC, and East Aurora, New York. In her personal yoga journey she is continuing study with Shanti Desai a yoga master and author from the Kripalu lineage.

Rebecca Kowalewicz CYT, RYT 200 - Rebecca has been practicing yoga for over three years and recently obtained her RYT-200 certification, with plans to continue her education in specialized areas of yoga. She believes that yoga can be enjoyed by all and hopes to share the happiness and self-care that is experienced on the mat to everyone around her. She actively tries to practice all of the yamas (ethical guidelines) every day, but with a particular focus on Ahimsa (nonviolence).

Teja Shanti Kaur is a Mom, Registered Nurse, Certified 220-hour Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Certified Reiki Master, Certified Intermediate level IET Practitioner, and Ordained Minister. She had been suffering from chronic pain and fatigue while battling thyroid cancer since 2000. In 2009, she began a gentle yoga practice and realized she was starting to feel better. Then Kundalini Yoga found her 5 years later. Through the science and technology of Kundalini Yoga, she discovered her True Self. Just 3 months after beginning Kundalini yoga, the cancer was finally undetectable. Currently, she is enrolled in 200-hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training to further deepen her path of healing herself and inspiring others on their own path of healing. Words of wisdom that she follows is to “never stop learning” and “follow your heart, your one true teacher”. Teaching since July 2016, it is her desire and commitment to pass this knowledge on and to help guide you in becoming the best YOU possible. In addition to her weekly classes, Teja Shanti offers private/semi-private Kundalini Yoga classes, Energy Healing (Reiki/IET) sessions and Gong meditations. She enjoys teaching beginner’s classes, kundalini meditation with aromatherapy, and more recently her Empowered Woman Series. Her classes always have the new student in mind and are frequently sprinkled with stories to inspire, great music and spontaneous dancing!

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CYT - Certified Yoga Instructor - This can mean a weekend certification or a highly credentialed Yoga Alliance approved certification. Be assured all Yoga Inspired teachers and substitutes have far surpassed the requirements of Registration with Yoga Alliance.

RYT - Registered Yoga Teacher (Registered with Yoga Alliance)

E-RYT - A yoga teacher who is an RYT with a minimum of two years and 1,000 hours of teaching experience.

CYT - KYTA - A yoga teacher who was trained with and Certified by Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association, which has quality standards equal to Yoga Alliance.

RM - Reiki Master,Teacher, Practitioner - Reiki comprises the Japanese and Chinese word-characters of "rei" (spiritual) and "ki" (vital energy)

LMT - Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of New Jersey

 

​​Yoga Inspired

51 South Broadway

Pitman, NJ  08071

Phone:

856-300-6233

Email:

info@yogainspiredstudio.com

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