Each week, Studio 108, Lyndhurst will turn the spotlight on one of our teachers.

Cathy Konciak of North Arlington is certified in yoga and Pilates and has over 30 years of experience. She teaches Pilates every Monday, 7:45-8:45 p.m and Thursdays from 8-8:45 p.m.

  1. How did you get started with Pilates? 
    I first tried a Pilates mat class at a fitness conference in the early 90s. It was one of the hardest things I had ever done!
  2. What got you hooked?
    I liked how my body was challenged in a very different way than everything else I was doing. I also felt great!
  3. What’s one of your favorite poses/ moves and why?
    I like the teaser because it is challenging, looks impressive and is really the culmination of everything else.

  4. What makes a private studio different/better than a Pilates class at the gym?
    People in a private Studio have a different mindset. They are more focused and not distracted by what else is happening around them. 
  5. For someone who’s never tried Pilates before, what are the main benefits they may gain from practicing it?
    Pilates isn’t just for what you do in class. The strength that you get from training your core translates into everything you do in everyday life.
  6. What styles of pilates do you teach? Besides the style you teach, is there any other you enjoy? 
    There are considered to be two styles of Pilates in my opinion. There is classical Pilates and contemporary Pilates. I teach classical style Pilates. I have tried some contemporary Pilates and I have enjoyed it. The contemporary teachers don’t follow Joseph Pilates’s order and create exercises that are not in the classical repertoire.
  7. Do you do anything else to stay in shape?
    I go to the gym and I use weights, rowing machine and exercise bikes. I also walk my dog but he is elderly and cannot walk as far as he used to.
  8. Who inspires you to stay motivated? How often do you practice when you are not teaching?
    I work at a studio in NYC with one of my original pilates teachers. His name is Peter Roel and he is a tremendous motivation for me. When I am not teaching, I try to work out twice a week, even if it is an abbreviated session. 
  9. How seriously do you take nutrition? 
    I take nutrition very seriously. I have some food sensitivities, I have to be careful.
  10. What’s an interesting fact about yourself that others may not know?
    I worked in the photographic industry for over 25 years.
  11. Please tell us more about the class you teach at Studio 108.
    I teach a classical Pilates mat class but I like to interject what is called pre-Pilates exercises into the class. I also like to use the stability balls and foam rollers in different ways to challenge the students and there is always a good time to use a magic circle!

Theresa Conlon

Theresa is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor (200-hour RYT) who has been teaching since 2013. She is skilled in various yoga styles including Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative, and Meditation. Theresa also brings an extensive dance background to her yoga practice, which includes teaching both modern dance and ballet. She has over 40 years of dance/theater performing experience and currently showcases her choreography as part of Bergen Dance Makers, a dance collective in northern New Jersey. Theresa’s yoga classes offer a calming mix of traditional asana postures and creative movement flows, supported by energy-moving breath. Students of all skill levels are invited to find ease and peace in their bodies/minds/spirits through the joyful bliss of yoga movement.

Carrie Parker Gastelu

Carrie Parker Gastelu, E-500 RYT, has been teaching yoga since 1993. Carrie began her journey when Yogi Raj Mani Finger initiated Carrie into the ISHTA Yoga lineage after training with Mani’s son, Yogi Raj Alan Finger. In addition, she has studied many other yoga traditions as well as anatomy, physiology, movement, and awareness practices to create an eclectic style all her own. She is known for her honest, non-dogmatic yet passionate approach.

Carrie is a regular speaker and contributor at conferences, websites, and print publications and has been featured in Fit Magazine, the Yoga Zone Book, and in the Yoga Zone Video, “Flexibility and Stress Release.”

Lisa Podesta-Coombs

When Lisa found yoga in 2008, she started to find herself again and it set her on a path of health and healing. She received her 200HR RYT certification from Raji Thron of Yoga Synthesis, and her 30HR Chakra Yoga Teacher Training certificate with Anodea Judith and holds a Y12SR (Yoga of 12 Step Recovery) certification. She is also a Holistic Health Coach (certified through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition). Lisa believes we’re all on a journey of learning how to trust ourselves; she helps her clients build that trust by supporting them in creating better habits for a better life through various functional movement modalities like yoga, barre, Pilates & strength training, mindset, and whole food nutrition.

Forever a student with a passion for people, holistic health, and self-actualization, Lisa is always embracing opportunities to advance her education to better serve; Ayurveda workshops & immersions have been of particular interest as she continues to deepen her knowledge of and experience with food as medicine and she recently completed Unleash Her Power Within, a transformational program of rediscovering our truest selves, powered by Tony Robbins.  

As she continues to give herself space and grace to nourish her natural self and actualize her potential, Lisa continues to share the gift of movement as medicine to inspire authenticity & health in body, mind, and spirit. You can expect mindful, accessible, dynamic, playful, and uplifting classes from Lisa.

Tanisha Sutton

Tanisha’s yoga journey began when she was an undergraduate student studying at university. Changes in her health coupled with anxiety over grades, relationships, and life in general, forced her to search for healthy lifestyle choices she could implement to help manage the stress that she was experiencing as a new adult. A friend of hers suggested that she attend some community yoga classes to help with the anxiety and increase her daily physical activity. Initially, she was reluctant and filled with all these false ideas about yoga and the people who practiced yoga. Like many others, she was concerned that her body type and lack of flexibility automatically excluded her from being a student. Curiously yet hesitantly, she journeyed on to her first class and began laying the foundation for a home and public practice that has supported her over the years.

On this journey, she has discovered that yoga has nothing to do with appearances nor is there anything, but an open mind needed to begin. She intends to provide you with a gentle yoga session that is safe, inclusive, and accessible. Her classes are an expression of self-love and are a deliberate choice to tend to ALL the parts of our being that are neglected, ignored, or disregarded during the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Through meditation, deep breathing, and gentle movement we will collectively share space to observe, rest and re-set. Tanisha is honored to share her practice with you and looks forward to seeing you on the mat!