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Teresa Dornellas is the owner of Studio 108 and has been teaching yoga for almost 10 years. Her focus is physical, emotional, and spiritual balance and she strives to help people reconnect with their true selves. Teresa’s class schedule is here.

1. How did you get started with Yoga?
My very first class was in Manhattan almost 20 years ago. Someone I met suggested I tried, I went to one class, loved it but took me years to go back. Then I found Kripalu and would go there every now and then for RR weekends. Years later, I became a member of Female Fitness in Rutherford and started to take Carrie Parker’s classes there, that’s when I decide to practice regularly. 

2. What got you hooked?
The sense of calmness that I felt after each class. It didn’t matter the style or how hard or easy the class was. The common thread was a feeling of peace like I was finally getting the piece that was missing in the puzzle of my life. 

3.    What’s one of your favorite poses/ moves and why?
I love backbends because they are so beautiful and give us an opportunity to open our hearts. When I teach lots of backbends in my class, I remind people that they are safe, secure, grounded, so it’s OK to open their hearts. 

Studio 108 Yoga at Lyndhurst, NJ

4. What makes a private studio different/better than a yoga class at the gym?
I used to practice at a gym and that led me to commit to Yoga and join a studio. I also taught Yoga at LA Fitness for a year, and it was an amazing experience. However, there’s nothing like a studio setting. It’s a quieter, more focused environment. We usually have a lot of props, which can help people get deeper into poses, or support themselves in other ways. Also, studios normally offer several different styles of Yoga and we divide them into levels so beginners can feel supported in their discovery and intermediate/ advanced practitioners can feel challenged.  

5. For someone who’s never tried Yoga before, what are the main benefits they may gain from practicing it?
Increased strength and flexibility, increased lung capacity, a sense of peace and calm, better relationships due to the tools we learn in our practice. 

6. What styles of Yoga do you teach? Besides the style you teach, is there any other you enjoy?
I teach Vinyasa Yoga and Gentle Yoga. I am also certified in Mat Pilates. I also enjoy Kundalini, Restorative and Yin Yoga. 

7. Do you do anything else to stay in shape?
Yes, I take the BootyBarre class every Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. and try to make the Monday7:45 p.m. Pilates class, Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Mixed Level class and Sunday 9:45 a.m. Restorative class whenever possible. I also walk A LOT! 

8. Who inspires you to stay motivated? How often do you practice when you are not teaching?
My students inspire me. I practice about 3-4 times a week. 

9. How seriously do you take nutrition?
Very. I am a health nut.

10. What’s an interesting fact about yourself that others may not know?
Even though I am not Jewish, I lived in Israel for over a year and learned some Hebrew. I still have very good friends in that country, would love to visit again soon. 

11. Please tell us more about the classes you teach at Studio 108.
I teach a Vinyasa I class on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. It’s a class open to beginners, where we review the basic alignment points and try to create a challenging flow to get our hearts pumping, followed by deep relaxation. On Sundays at 8:30 a.m., I teach a class called Stretch & Release. It’s open to all levels and it’s a gentle class with lots of stretches, some core and balance poses. We use the exercise balls and foam rollers often to release deep-seated tension and help our muscles to open up. 

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!