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DK Dyson talks about her relationship with yoga and what you can expect during her yoga classes every Monday from 6:30-7:40 pm. If you haven’t tried DK’s class yet, you’re in for a treat! She’s humorous, kind, supportive, knowledgeable and very creative. 

What does Yoga mean to you?

Yoga is absolute LIFE to me, I incorporate Yoga into every aspect of my life!! Upon awaking, prayers, meditations to Creator & gratitude for awaking to another miracle filled day!! 

Why do you like to teach yoga?

I love, not like, to teach yoga because I get to share the total Life unfolding & truth revelations that yoga holds for every student!! It’s a life-long journey, so you have time to work on all aspects of your “beingness” and when it’s time to bring a Yoga pose into fuller existence, it happens. When it’s time to drop a pose for health’s sake, that gets revealed too, so I love to offer & watch the process involved as a teacher of Yoga.️

How is your class at Studio 108 structured?

My class at Studio 108 is very loose based upon my students needs AND simultaneously I have structure!!  Dichotomous, yes?? Always, at the very top of my class, I offer easeful poses aimed at helping one release a stress filled day. Then we move into warming up gently & then meditation. I always offer aromatherapy to those that want it, and those that don’t, that’s really welcomed too! After that, I’m seeing & listening to the students’ bodies. I can tell if a sweat-filled class needs a full challenge or a slower paced class. I make a promise every second to be present to my students, each & every one.

What should folks expect from your class?

Expect intensity of going within your Spirit, listening to your weaknesses & embracing them. Then, overtime, walking past them. Expect introspection of your muscular-skeletal system. Expect fun, expect to laugh unexpectedly because I’m a playful teacher. Expect to cry with gratitude or release at times. Then drop all expectations & just BE.

Tell us a little about your relationship with aromatherapy?

I am a certified aromatherapist and aroma is an important function of my day-to-day existence. I smell lies as well as truth. Fear & love both have scents. Aroma helps to protect as well as to induce remembrances & a host of other benefits! There are a million and 5 ways aroma can grow one up as a human. Come explore your relationship to essential oils or opt out!!

Why do aromatherapy and Yoga go so well together?

Oils can stimulate, relax, build, break down, protect… they can make miracles in a yoga practice! But, like I said, if you don’t want anything to do with oils, that’s perfectly fine. You can totally opt out and I respect that. 

Yoga & Aromatherapy can be sisters! You can’t breathe during meditation or have stopped up sinuses & really want to take a class? Well, maybe eucalyptus can unplug the mechanics of your lungs, to aid you, so you can accomplish the wonderful & important act of simply breathing deeply! 

Why would you recommend Yoga?

I’d recommend yoga for every condition known to humankind!!! Pregnant? Practice yoga. Trying to get pregnant? Yoga! No guarantees, but it’s fun trying yoga! Want to hear your purpose in life more clearly? Maybe yoga can help. Want to get more courageous? Become a love warrior? Want to have a body that you can hopefully live life in more easefully? Yoga may help with all these, plus some. Recovering from illness, preventing illness, teenagers, elderly, young adults… come get your yoga ON!! Yoga is for EVERYBODY!!

How has Yoga benefited you?

Yoga has benefited me by literally saving my life when life threatening challenges came gunning for me. I WILL NEVER EVER give up on yoga because yoga has never given up on me. It is the essential core of who I am as a Sacred Musician, a Medicine Woman, a wife, a Mother & a yoga teacher. Thank you, Yoga, I owe you EVERYTHING!!

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!