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About Our Founder Nicole Zornitzer

ERYT 1000, Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher Trainer, Reiki Energy Healer, Ayurvedic Counselor

Nicole Zornitzer founded Niyama Yoga Studio in 2007. Nicole is an Experienced Certified Integrative Yoga Therapist, ERYT 500 with 28 years of experience. Nicole’s background in modern dance lead her on her path to ultimately find yoga.  In May of 2020, Nicole will be a graduate from the Maryland University of Integrative Health with a degree in Ayurvedic Medicine.

Nicole has certifications in Integrative Yoga Therapy, The Barkan Method, Children’s Yoga through the Radiant Child Program, Pre and Post Natal Yoga and Aerial Yoga through Fly and Release Aerial Yoga 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 and Elena Brower.  A place that Nicole holds dear to her heart is Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, she takes mini sabbaticals there each year to continue her own spiritual practice and growth.

Nicole is the appointed yoga instructor for Livingston Public School System, 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

Danielle has 25 years of experience in yoga, having followed in her father’s footsteps from when she was just a young girl.  In 2009 Danielle studied under Nicole Zornitzer and Diane Finlayson under Yama Therapeutics, Integrative Yoga Therapy Program, receiving her RYT 200 certification.  Danielle continued to evolve with Nicole and Niyama Yoga Studio and became one of Niyama’s Primary Teacher Trainers by 2010.

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 continues to offer workshops, Domestic and International retreats and seminars to enable her clients to evolve.  Danielle is a key participant in Niyama Yoga & Wellness Studio and partners with Nicole Zornitzer on all teacher trainings, retreats and workshops.  Nicole and Danielle consider themselves soul sisters, having been supporting one another for nearly 11 years and owe yoga to bringing them together.

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.

 

Marci Jaffer

RYT 200, Advanced Buti Yoga Instructor

Marci discovered yoga in 2001 when she was searching for something restorative while training for marathons.  Soon after she began taking Vinyasa Flow Classes; she not only felt her body restoring and healing itself, but, was also shocked to discover that yoga instilled in her an immense sense of focus that sparked her creativity and helped her to achieve the mind-body connection.

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.

Melissa Donnelly

Melissa is an ERYT 200 Yoga Instructor who has been practicing yoga for over 8 years. Her specialties include Power Vinyasa, Yoga Sculpt, Barre Above and will soon be a certified High Fitness Instructor. Melissa’s classes will invigorate the body while at the same time bring the soothing and calming benefits of traditional yoga. Her level of compassion for all practitioners is only matched by the size of her heart.

Tiffany Curren

RYT 200, Breathwork Facilitator & Healer, Reiki Energy Healer

Tiffany Curren is a Breathwork Facilitator and Healer, Reiki Practitioner and RYT 200 with a certification in Yoga Nidra.  She was trained to facilitate Breathwork under both Erin Telford and David Elliott in Levels 1 & 3 respectively.  She received Level 1 & 2 Reiki certification from Carol Anne Patterson, Certified Reiki Master Teacher.  She received her RYT 200 at the NJ Yoga Teacher Training, and her Yoga Nidra certification from Scott Moore, E-RYT 500.

Tiffany holds a safe space for people to dive deep and look within, to free up space and live with purpose.  Her personal experience with Breathwork has shown her the power of this intense and beautiful practice.  Her path began with an unlikely, divine moment at the young age of 5, at an ashram in Connecticut.  She was quietly walking when she happened to be stoped by Swami Satchidananda, who lifted her up over his head, smiled, and gave her a new name; Shakti Prema.

She is hoping to teach people how to breathe and meditate, to help them get centered and find peace in their lives.  She lives 30 minutes outside of NYC with her husband, kids and three rescue dogs.

Cheryl Wilson

RYT 200, Specializing in Therapeutic Yoga, Yin Yoga & Children’s Yoga, Reiki Master Healer

Cheryl is an RYT 200+ yoga instructor with a passion for teaching mindful vinyasa, gentle yoga and yin yoga.  Cheryl discovered yoga years ago and embraced it because of its ability to heal and facilitate growth in her.  Yoga completely changed her life and how she showed up in it.  The power of Cheryl’s own healing sparked her curiosity about the inner workings of yoga.

In 2017, Cheryl began coursework at Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy.  The work is used during private and group sessions.  It also addresses difficult life transitions and change.  The therapeutic aspects of yoga resonates deeply with Cheryl and she is passionate about using this work as inspiration for her classes.  Cheryl completed her RTY 200 program at Onyx Studio in June 2018.  She also studies ancient yogic philosophies and vinyasa privately with her teacher.  She creates dynamic and creative flows while weaving these philosophies into her classes.  Her warmth and compassionate style supports students as she guides them safely using alignment principles.  All of Cheryl’s classes incorporate centering, meditation, pranayama and asana.  She also has trained with Bernie Clark and has a certification in Yin Yoga, having completed Level 1 Yin at Three Birds Yoga and Level 2 with Naomi Fox.  In Yin Yoga, Cheryl holds space for her clients in a way that encourages transformation.  Additionally, she is certified through Peace Play Children’s Yoga Program.

Cheryl is a mother of 2 children and resides in Northern New Jersey.  She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and singing.  Her mantra is “Find You, Be You”.

Lynn Spampanato

RYT 500, AFFA Personal Trainer

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.

Barbara Maher

RYT 500, Specializing in Anusara Yoga

Barbara began teaching yoga 16 years ago, prior to retiring as a corporate finance professional.  Teaching has provided Barbara the opportunity to share her love of yoga in an environment that encourages health and wellbeing.  She is drawn to the physical asana aspect of yoga as well as the sense of calm that is experienced from connection to breath.  Her training is in Hatha Yoga with an emphasis in Anusara Yoga, these styles of yoga focus on appropriate alignment.  Attention to alignment is the key to a successful asana practice, allowing the body to function in the way it was designed to move.

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.

Christina Donofrio

RYT 200, Specializing in Power Vinyasa

Christina has an extraordinary background in yoga, martial arts and physical fitness. She holds certifications in Power Vinyasa, Aerial Yoga, Yin Yoga, Paddle Board Yoga along with group fitness certifications in bootcamps, cardio/strength training and spin. Christina also holds two blackbelts in Brazilian Jui-Jitsu and Shito-Ryu Karate.

Christina began her yoga journey after suffering from a knee injury. This experience gave her the opportunity to recover physically, spiritually and emotionally. Christina’s passion is blending her knowledge of martial arts with a strong yoga practice. She loves to see the science of yoga help her clients. She hopes to shine a light in all whom practice with her and share her love of yoga, mindfulness, martial arts and fitness.

She has 2 rescue dogs named Luna and Leonardo; whom are the lights of her life!

Danielle Martucci

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.

Anita Shukla-Accardi

RYT 500, MSW, Angelic Reiki Master Healer, Crystal Healer

Megan specializes in Power Yoga, Sculpt Yoga and Restorative Yoga.  She is a native New Jersey resident who graduated from Rutgers University in 2009 with a degree in Voice and Music Education at the Mason Gross School of Arts.  Singing and leading a group has always been a passion of Megan’s, which became a perfect combination when she began teaching yoga to her clients.  

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.

Marina Bednar

RYT 500, Certified Pranic Healing Practitioner, Y12SR Certified

Marina began her inner journey with yoga in 2005.  Shortly after, she completed her 500 RYT certification through Lotus Yoga in Montclair, New Jersey.  Her classes are infused with Buddhist teachings, which she was drawn to while on a trip through India and Nepal.  As part of her journey in healing arts, Marina became certified in Pranic Healing, which she brings into her teaching to help restore and rejuvenate clients.  

Marina is certified in Y12SR, which weaves the ancient art and science of yoga with the practical tools of 12-step programs.  Yoga continues to be a source of inspiration, enlightenment and highlights to Marina a positive way of life that she shares with her clients.  Her offerings give students the chance to reconnect with their authentic voice through self study, connection to breath and vigorous vinyasa flow.

Megan French

RYT 200, Specialties in Power Yoga, Sculpt Yoga and Restorative Yoga

Megan specializes in Power Yoga, Sculpt Yoga and Restorative Yoga.  She is a native New Jersey resident who graduated from Rutgers University in 2009 with a degree in Voice and Music Education at the Mason Gross School of Arts.  Singing and leading a group has always been a passion of Megan’s, which became a perfect combination when she began teaching yoga to her clients.  

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.

Camille Alonso

RYT 200, Specializing in Restorative Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Yoga for Eating Disorders & Negative Body Image, Meditation

Camille has been practicing yoga for 11 years, earning her RYT 200 Certification and Restorative Certification from Indigo Yoga in Caldwell, NJ. She then earned her 35 hour Mindfulness Meditation Certification at Kripalu. Camille believes yoga is accessible to everyone because it brings peace, clarity and mindfulness into the world.

You can expect Camille’s classes to be relaxing and rejuvenating, and an opportunity to reconnect with yourself. Camille offers a variety of workshops at Niyama, including, Yoga for Anxiety and Stress, Self Love Workshops and Beginner Meditation Series Programs.
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Jean Burk-Ujvary

Jean is a certified MOTR by Balanced Body (Movement On The Roller) instructor with additional
certifications in Mad Dog Spin and TRX. 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!

Kristina Carnevale

 RYT 200, Specializing in Power Vinyasa, Yin and Barre Cardio

Kristina completed her training at Flipped Dog Yoga Studio in New Jersey.  Her approach to yoga remains focused on the balance between strength and flexibility, exertion and release.  Her classes focus on vinyasa flow, you can expect to move, sweat and draw attention to the connection between movement and breath.  The body benefits from movement while the mind benefits from stillness.  Kristina invites all to challenge both mind and body and explore your edge in her class.

My mission is simple….. bring yoga to as many people as possible and we all will reap the benefits.

`Yoga Philosophy:

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.

 

 

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Randolph, New Jersey 07869

Phone: 973-500-2939

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