Just as your physical body has distinct parts and organs, so does your energy system. The Sanskrit word “chakra” literally translates to “wheel.” In yoga and meditation, chakra refers to wheels of energy throughout the body.

There are seven main chakras running from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. This invisible energy, or Prana, keeps us vibrant, healthy, and alive. Each chakra in the body is like a swirling wheel of energy where matter and consciousness meet.

The parts of us that are invisible to the eye can have a profound effect on our everyday wellbeing. Deepak Chopra says that each of the seven chakras is governed by principles of consciousness that we can use to cultivate greater harmony in our lives and in the world.

The Seven Chakras are:

  1. Muladhara or Root Chakra, located at the base of our spine, or groin area, represents our foundation.
  2. Svadhisthana or Sacral Chakra is our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences. It’s located in your lower abdomen, about one to two inches below your navel.
  3. Manipura or Solar Plexus Chakra is located behind the navel or the solar plexus. It represents our ability to be confident and in control of our lives.
  4. Anahata or Heart Chakra represents our ability to love and is located just above the heart in the center of the chest.
  5. Vishuddha or Throat Chakra is located at the center of the neck and represents the passage of energy between the lower parts of the body and the head. It’s driven by the principle of expression and communication.
  6. Ajna or Third Eye Chakra is found in the space between the eyebrows. This is your center of intuition.
  7. Sahasrara or Crown Chakra is also referred to as the thousand-petal lotus chakra. It is the center for trust, devotion, inspiration, happiness, and positivity. This is the top chakra located at the crown of the head and is our source of enlightenment, spiritual connection, and connection to our higher selves.

You don’t want to miss our Restorative Chakra Workshop with aromatherapy and crystals from 4-6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28.  Sign up in advance and save!

DK Dyson, “The Oil Empress,” is an E-RYT 200 Yoga Teacher & Practicing Yogini for 55 Years.

DK is a Certified Holistic Counselor from Dr. Laila Afrika and a Priestess Medicine Woman, certified with Queen Afua (CEO of Sacred Women in Brooklyn, NY). Aromatherapy and the use of crystals are incorporated deeply in both Certifications.
DK uses essential oils and crystals on herself and her family, as part of her daily routine of health and wellness, and she also offers oils at her classes, while explaining their benefits and uses. She also always carries a variety of crystals with her, wherever she goes. She believes all we need can be found in nature if we approach it with respect and reverence.

Sarah Orlowicz (RYT© 200) is known for her down-to-earth, all-inclusive teaching style, and her ability to create a safe, comfortable space for her students. Her classes focus on gentle movement and deep relaxation for rebalancing the nervous system and releasing stress. She has done extensive restorative yoga training with Jillian Pransky, has earned Relax and Renew® Certification with Judith Hanson Lasater, and has trained in and studied the lymphatic system and yoga for lymph flow.

Art is also a passion of Sarah’s. She has run several workshops integrating yoga and art — leading students through a process of letting go of expectations and judgments using movement and meditation, in order to allow for free-flowing creative energy to express itself in the physical form on paper or canvas.

Sarah offers her loving guidance to people of all ages, shapes, and sizes, with any amount of strength, flexibility, and even skepticism. She feels that yoga is a unique and beautiful way to connect more deeply with self, others, and the world. She welcomes you to join her on her journey!

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!