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How do you measure a year?

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since this adventure started. We’ve had so many twists and turns on this road, met so many great people, made new friends and most of all, learned so, so much.

It all started with a dream, a thought, a possibility that slowly, over the years, took shape and finally happened.

In July of 2017, the lease was signed and shortly after Independence Day, we started renovating the space that is now known as Studio 108. It was 4 weeks of incredibly hard work, but each tiny portion completed filled us all with joy and pride.

With the help of very skilled contractors, slowly our vision took shape and a beautiful, bright, large, welcoming space was revealed. There was also so much help coming from so many different sources. Emotional support, ideas, decoration tips, gifts, expertise, muscles – haha, yeah, it took lots of muscles to get this place ready!

We also had so much to learn! New systems, new ways of doing things, what works and what doesn’t. The biggest growth comes from learning, and we really hope it will never stop. The challenges we face daily is what makes us more resilient and creative.

It’s been fantastic to rely on a wonderfully dedicated group of teachers who believe in our vision and whose sole purpose is to help people live better lives through better breathing, better posture, more effective ways of moving, more awareness and kindness towards oneself. That’s what we all want each time we step on the mat and lead a class: to improve your life in any small way we can, to help you feel better in your own body.

And to all the clients who believed and continue to believe in us, who support us, refer us to their family and friends and show their love and appreciation in so many different ways, a huge thank you. We couldn’t be without you! We want to keep striving to provide you a wonderful experience each time you come through our doors.

So, as we enter our second year in business, we want to say a huge THANK YOU to all who have been part of this adventure, in any capacity. To all who believe in our mission, and keep showing up day after day with a smile and words of encouragement. We hope we will get to celebrate many more anniversaries with you all over the years!

 

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!