About Our Founder Nicole Zornitzer
E-RYT 1000 Integrative Yoga Therapist, Certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant (C.A.L.C.) CPYT (Prenatal Yoga), Radiant Child Children’s Yoga Instructor, Certified Aerial Yoga Instructor, Reiki Energy Healer, Advanced Yin Yoga Certification, Mindful Barre Fusion Certification
Specializing in Therapeutic Yoga, Power Vinyasa, Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga as well as leading Yama Therapeutics Teacher Training Program at Niyama Yoga Studio, which is an International Yoga Alliance Accredited Program.
Nicole Zornitzer founded Niyama Yoga Studio in 2007. Nicole is an Experienced Certified Integrative Yoga Therapist, ERYT 1000 with 28 years of experience. Nicole’s background in modern dance led her on her path to ultimately find yoga. In May 2020, Nicole graduated from The Maryland University of Integrative Health with a graduate certificate in Ayurveda Medicine.
Nicole has certifications in Integrative Yoga Therapy, The Barkan Hot Vinyasa Method, Children’s Yoga through the Radiant Child Program, Pre and Post Natal Yoga, Aerial Yoga through Fly and Release Aerial Yoga, Advanced 50 Hour Yin Yoga, Mindful Barre Fusion and Yoga Nidra.
Nicole is also a certified Reiki Level 2 Energy Healer in accordance with the Usui System of Natural Healing, studying under Rosie Lazroe; lineage under Dr. Mikao Usui. She believes that the best teacher is also the student, self study is something Nicole feels very passionate about.
Annually, Nicole studies with a variety of renowned yogi’s such as Janet Stone, Seane Corn, Johnny Kest, Shiva Rea, MC Yogi, Baron Baptiste, Karen Brody, Elena Brower and Jimmy Barkan. A place that Nicole holds dear to her heart is Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, where she takes mini sabbaticals each year to continue her own spiritual practice and growth. In 2021 Nicole will be assistant trainer at Kripalu with her professor from MUIH leading hundreds of people to wellness vs. disease.
Nicole has been the appointed yoga instructor for Livingston Public School System for the past 13 years, bringing to the children of Livingston, NJ her passion for yoga and meditation. Nicole has specialized much of her career in teaching athletes, including the New York Jets Football League and the Trilogy Lacrosse 2020 Team.
After suffering from her own personal health crisis in 2015; Nicole turned to her background in yoga to save her own life. She will bring her experiences from her journey to wellness to the classroom in the most sincere and loving way.
Danielle Lesser Levine
E-RTY 500, Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher Trainer, Reiki Energy Healer, Ayurvedic Counselor
In 2011 Danielle continued her studies under Kelly Morris, which opened her to the idea of Tibetan Buddhism and the Divine Feminine. Danielle then studied with Cameron Shayne and developed her knowledge of Budokon; which is mind and movement arts and sciences. All of these teachings led to Danielle’s RYT 500 certification. Danielle loves to learn and develop through immersion courses, her fellow yoga teachers, mentors and especially her students. She specializes in Vinyasa Flow, Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga and Meditation.
Danielle is a native New Jersey resident and recently gave birth to her amazing son Reece. She loves spending time with her husband Dave and watching her family enjoy nature and all that life has to offer.
RYT 200, Advanced Buti Yoga Instructor
After years as a practicing student, Marci finally felt compelled to share in the practice that changed her life with others. She received her RYT 200 through and is a certified Advanced Buti Yoga Instructor. As a high school English teacher, Marci also has an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English Literature, and finds the combination of yoga and writing/journaling to be healing and life-changing. She teaches others to journal and combine this with yoga as a means to identify one’s true self in order to live the best life possible.
RYT 200, Specializing in Power, Yin, Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga and a Reiki Healer
With over 12 years of experience in yoga. Stacy trained under the guidance of Niyama Yoga & Wellness Studio and Yama Therapeutics in 2010 receiving her RYT 200. In 2020, Stacy received her Advanced 50 Hour Yin Yoga Training Certification with Niyama Yoga Studio. Stacy leads a powerful, dynamic vinyasa flow class and was recently awarded National Yoga Performer Artistry title in 2019. In addition to a powerful practice, Stacy works with clients who are under the care of chiropractic care to a state of wellness. Stacy enjoys bringing a sweaty, powerful practice to her students. She lives nearby in Morris Plains with her fiance Gustavo and hopes to be soon joined by a furry German Sherpard to expand the family. In her spare time she enjoys cycle class workouts, weight lifting, outdoor runs and tacos! Stacy is one of the Niyama Yoga & Wellness Studio Teacher Trainers and Mentors.
RYT 500, AFFA Personal Trainer, Specializing in Gentle Yoga, Yin Yoga, Barre Fusion and HIIT
Lynn has been working in the field of health and wellness for nearly half of a decade. Lynn’s reasons for wanting to focus on the body’s health are based on her own personal experiences of needing rehabilitation. Through her journey of wellness, she stumbled upon yoga and this was a huge turning point in her life. Through yoga she learned to love her body and her being. She discovered the gift of becoming mobile and having the ability to move without pain. Lynn knew she needed to share this with others.
In Lynn’s classes she focuses on alignment basics and emphasizes proper postures. She has used her own struggles to help others be the best version of themselves. Not only did yoga change her body, it changed her mind and the way she now views life. It is her mission to share this with all whom cross her path. In 2020 Lynn completed her Advanced 50 Hour Yin Teacher Training with Niyama Yoga.
RYT 200, Specializing in Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga, Chair Yoga and Yin Yoga
Chrissy found yoga almost a decade ago while going through some life changes, she needed an outlet to keep her grounded and sane. Always into fitness, she first explored yoga as a means to stretch her tight limbs, however immediately fell in love! Chrissy practiced yoga during her first pregnancy and it was then that she decided to pursue her training. She is a graduate of Flipped Dog Yoga in NJ where she received her RYT 200. Chrissy then completed her Advanced 50 Hour Yin Yoga Training Certification with Niyama Yoga Studio in 2020.
Being a mother of two, she realizes the importance of leading a balanced life, yoga has inspired her to be cognizant of her own health and her families health. She encourages her yoga students to listen to their bodies as they explore themself. Self awareness and compassion towards oneself is key in her teachings. Chrissy brings an unprecedented joy to the mat and makes each class fun and inspiring, laughter is a key ingredient in her style of teaching. It is important for her to communicate that yoga is not just what we learn on the mat, but what we do off of the mat that truly transforms one’s life.
ERYT 500, Thai Yoga Bodyworker
In 2005, John completed his Thai Yoga Bodywork training with Jonas Westring and has been working on people ever since.
John is also a certified sommelier as well as an instructor for REI Outdoor School where he teaches yoga for hikers, trail running, mountain biking, stand up paddle board and essential camping skills.
John’s passion for the integrity of yoga and his thrill for life make him an influential lead instructor and bodyworker at Niyama Yoga.
RYT 200, Reiki Energy Healer; Specializing in Mandala Vinyasa, Yin Yoga
Danielle (a.k.a Tucci or Tucher); began practicing yoga in 2017 looking for an outlet to heal her own body. Danielle had experienced for the first time her own ability to create sacred space for herself. Soon after she became a dedicated practitioner, not only for her body but also for mental clarity that tied together her mind, body and spirit.
Danielle graduated from Yoga in the World, RYS while traveling to the beautiful Morocco in 2018. After teaching vinyasa yoga for a year, she desired more. In September 2019, Danielle traveled to Mexico for advanced training in Yin Yoga and Mandala Vinyasa Yoga with The Yoga People. While practicing with Danielle, you will receive a shift in introspection as she guides her clients through a journey through the chakra system and the four elements: Air, Earth, Fire and Water. Diving deeper into our soul embodiment, going beyond the physical plane.
RYT 500, MSW, Angelic Reiki Master Healer, Crystal Healer
Anita’s offerings are a synthesis of a variety of healing modalities that she has been working on over the past two decades. She has been a professional in the field of mental health and human services since the late 1990’s, and was introduced to yoga, meditation and eastern philosophy as a child with her mother’s guidance.
Anita has an MSW from Rutgers, is a certified yoga teacher (RYT 500) and has completed additional training hours in Yin Yoga, Trauma Informed Yoga, Yoga for Addictions, Yoga for Cancer and Aerial Yoga. She facilitates the tantric practice of Yoga Nidra traditionally, while integrating contemporary knowledge from neuroscience, NLP and hypnotic techniques to effectively induce deep relaxation and the restructuring of deep habitual patterns.
She is a longtime Usui Reiki practitioner and has co-developed an apprenticeship program for dedicated Reiki practitioners. Her primary healing modality is Angelic Reiki, a multidimensional healing system where she acts as the channel for angelic beings, ascended masters and galactic healers. Often her sessions reveal messages from high level beings, spirit guides or lost loved ones. She holds a Masters in Crystology from The Association of Melody Crystal Healers International and integrates crystal healing in her teaching and private sessions. She hopes to empower those she serves by co-creating sessions that meet their most immediate entry to connection in the moment.
RYT 500, Specializing in Anusara Yoga
Barbara is committed to helping her clients live a pain free live through yoga asana. She loves incorporating props into her classes to best assist all bodies to feel comfortable and relaxed during their time on the mat.
Specializing in M.O.T.R, Barre Fusion, TRX Training
Jean is a certified M.O.T.R. by Balanced Body (Movement On The Roller) instructor with additional certifications in Mad Dog Spin, TRX and Barre Fusion. She has been part of the health and wellness industry for over a decade and brings extraordinary knowledge of anatomy and function to each class.
Jean teaches MOTR by Balanced Body at Niyama, which is a discipline that fuses pilates with TRX training. This is a specialty program that we are thrilled to include in our wellness studio. Jean is an active participant in many activities; including snowboarding, wakeboarding, road/trail bicycle riding and spending quality time outdoors. Jean’s enthusiasm for life is contagious, her classes are high energy, challenging and fun at the same time. Jean’s mantra is to follow your heart, follow your dreams and always remember that a body in motion, stays in motion!
RYT 200, Specialties in Power Yoga, Sculpt Yoga and Restorative Yoga
Megan was an avid runner and discovered yoga while recovering from major knee surgery; realizing that she needed to pay closer attention to her body and alignment; while continuing to pursue her passion of fitness. Megan quickly became a dedicated yoga practitioner and attributes yoga as a key factor in having a healthy pregnancy and labor experience. This was the moment when she realized she needed to share this practice with others! Shortly thereafter, Megan began her teacher training at New Jersey Teacher Training Program with Stephanie Parcells at Indigo Yoga in Caldwell, New Jersey where she received her 200 RYT certification.
Yoga is a journey to self awareness that connects the mind, body and spirit; this is something that Megan loves to communicate to all of her students. She is passionate about sharing her experience and knowledge with all whom join her on the mat.
Lina Jost Hom
RYT 200, Specializing in Soulful Flow, Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga and Anatomy
Linda received her RYT 200 under the guidance of Niyama Yoga & Wellness Studio and Yama Therapeutics in 2010. In addition to being trained and certified in the USA, she has studied yoga philosophies with Swami Parthasarathy in India. Her classes are delivered in a way that uniquely connects asana (movement) with Jnana Yoga (path of knowledge to self). Linda’s classes are mindful connections to self, breath centered, thoughtful movements that are carefully sequenced, lessons and teaching from yoga philosophy and handled with love and compassion. Linda is one of the Niyama Yoga & Wellness Studio Teacher Trainers and Mentors.
RYT 200, Specializing in Power Vinyasa, Yin and Barre Cardio
Hallie Robin Hawkins
E-RYT 200, YACEP Specializing in Power Yoga, Buti Yoga and Motivational Hatha Yoga
Hallie is a Certified Yoga Instructor from Sonic Yoga in NYC, whose yoga curriculum was designed by the inspirational and motivational Shiva Rea. She has been teaching yoga for nearly a decade and began her journey while teaching pole dancing workshops / classes and competing in such for over 11 years. Her attraction to the mind body and spirit connection ignited a spark in her that she is passionate about sharing with others. She brings her knowledge of anatomy and physiology to all of her classes. Her classes are not your average class, they will challenge you physically and create flexibility you didn’t know you have. Her moto is “No Expectations” because each class is different, while using muscle groups in different ways.
RYT 200 & Reiki Healer, Specializing in Vinyasa and Yin Yoga
Nina is a local New Jersey resident who has always had an active lifestyle, running from sport to sport. In recent years, she needed something more in her life to help her through one of the darkest years of her life; this is when she found yoga. Yoga changed her life, as it does to most everyone who practices. Nina realized that she was put on this earth to bring happiness into others lives and bring a smile to all who know her. Nina’s message is to spread joy and lead people to become the best version of themselves. Life is a gift and Nina shares this passion of yoga and its magical effect with others.
Nina completed her RYT 200 Yoga and Meditation training at Zuna Yoga in Bali, Indonesia. She then completed her Advanced 50 Hour Yin Yoga Training Certification at Niyama Yoga Studio in 2020. Prior to training she studied abroad in Thailand for 6 months where she was inspired to follow her passion for yoga. She has studied tantric philosophy and creates hatha-vinyasa flows that allow for not just a physical challenge, but a mental one as well.
As a Reiki Healer, Nina believes that the strongest connection we can make is that of the mind, body and spirit and simply tuning in is the key to it all. In Reiki and Yoga, we work to open energetic centers in the body by directing the breath, signaling for the body to relax and release. Nina will also teach her students about pranayama (breathing techniques) in a fun and insightful manner.
When Nina is not practicing yoga, you will find her anywhere outdoors, reading a juicy book, writing on her blog platform or listening to great music!
Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor, Specializing in Yogalates, Pilates and Yin Yoga
Jane has been in the fitness community for over 20 years training people privately and in group settings. Over the past decade, Jane has focused largely on Yogalates, which is a fusion of yoga and pilates. Using our core strength while taking traditional calming yoga asanas is of key importance to her. Fitness is Jane’s passion, coping mechanism and general panacea. Regardless of what is happening in life, Jane believes one will always feel better and make better decisions after a meaningful workout.
In 2020, Jane received her Advanced 50 Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training Certification at Niyama Yoga Studio.
Jane is spunky and full of life, she brings this passion to the mat and motivates her students to be the best they can be. She is dedicated and loyal and brings this passion to all of her classes.
My mission is simple….. bring yoga to as many people as possible and we all will reap the benefits.
Yoga will change your life if you let it. Your understanding of your body, mind, needs, and desires will enable you to make positive changes. Yoga is a way of life, a journey that has no destination other than to bring you closer to your true self. It is so much more than an asana practice when you bring about philosophy, spirituality, and meditation. Yoga opens doors you never knew existed and breaks down barriers you were unaware of. Yoga leads you on a path of a healthy and happy lifestyle.