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I believe that, when we combine our work with something we are passionate about, we have a winning ticket in our hands.

Our very own Marissa Singh (you can find her most Sundays at Latin Dance Fitness class) was able to do that when she joined ONEHOPE, a winery and impact company in Napa Valley, California. Marissa is 38 years old, grew up in Wyckoff NJ and currently lives in Paterson with her husband, their three sons and two dogs. In addition to ONEHOPE, she works full time for her family business, Aaker Electric, in Passaic, NJ. Marissa loves animals, the outdoors, traveling, reading and taking her classes at Studio 108!

ONEHOPE started in 2007 with a mission to change the world through wine. Every bottle of wine ONEHOPE sells has a cause partner associated with it. Susan G. Komen, Team Rubicon, Alex’s Lemonade Stand and Why Hunger are just a few examples. To date, ONEHOPE has donated back over 6 million dollars to causes locally, nationally and globally. 

Marissa decided to join ONEHOPE after a high school friend invited her to a Facebook event raising money for Oasis in Paterson.  As a resident of Paterson, she was very happy to help so she purchased some wine. Not only did she find the wine delicious but she found the fundraising aspect so inspiring and decided she wanted to be a part of it. That happened in August of 2020.

In Marissa’s own words, “we raise A LOT of money for thousands of non profits but ONEHOPE also built a school in Guatemala and they have many bottles of wine that benefit the Napa Valley farmers who work very hard on their vineyards. I think this speaks greatly to the character of our Founders. By creating a community of Cause Entrepreneurs, they have also provided thousands of women and men with an opportunity to create an income while giving back.”

Marissa truly loves working with ONEHOPE, because, according to her, “they are encouraging, transparent and accessible. We hear from the founders weekly live on Facebook and the community itself is very supportive of one another.”

Some of the organizations helped to date are Oasis in Paterson, Rett Syndrome Organization, West Bergen Mental Healthcare, the Lustgarten foundation for Pancreatic Cancer, Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary, Friends of Linden Animal Shelter and the Rally organization. This is most but not all. It’s a long list!

During my chat with Marissa, I asked her why she believes it’s important to give back. Here’s her answer: “It’s always important to give back but especially now when a lot of the fundraising efforts for many non profits have been hindered by the Pandemic. Our CEO Jake Kloberdanz made an excellent point  in an interview he did in 2015 “In the past year, Fortune 500 companies made $12.21 trillion in revenue; If just 1% of that sum was donated to a cause, $122 billion could have provided clean water to every single person, eradicated many tropical diseases, fed every single person without access to nutritious food for a year, educated every child without schooling for a year, planted 1 billion trees and ended homelessness in the United States.” It’s important to give back, because WE CAN.”

If you would like to shop for a cause or learn more, you can visit Marissa’s website here.  You can follow her on Instagram @onehopemama or email here at onehopemama@gmail.com if you are interested in hosting your own fundraising event. It’s always a pleasure to share the ONEHOPE experience and opportunity. 

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!