Instructors2018-12-03T22:44:43+00:00

Meet Our Instructors

Gina Zalewski
Gina ZalewskiRYT 200, RN
I began the journey of Yoga as a young working Mom of 3 looking for a tranquil space and a good workout, unbeknownst to me I would be embarking on a spiritual journey as well. Yoga has brought clarity when in a haze and peace when in chaos. It helped me connect to my truest self which was lost when I was so busy working as a NICU Nurse and taking care of my growing family. It actually helped me be a better person,wife ,mother,friend….. finding my breath amongst the flutter of activity that was and still is … my life. At the time my Yoga teacher Tina Conti Prinzloff made me feel empowered and I was able to fill up my energetic gas tank to forge ahead. As I grew in my practice, I headed to Yoga Journal Conferences taking classes with Sean Corne, Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee and Bo Forbes.

Finally in 2012 I decided to do Yogaworks Teacher Training with an open mind and open heart. Two weeks before training my father died suddenly and little did I know at the time but Yoga helped me work through my unrelenting grief. Through Yoga I was also introduced to Young Living Essential Oils by a fellow student Lora Sasiela. The power of nature in all of its glory has helped me help others take charge of their own health and wellness. I believe people come in your life for a reason, to help you and teach you amazing things… if you are ready to receive it.

All of my Yoga teachers/friends have made a profound impact on my life and this is what I want to share in my studio and my classes. My intention is to help guide you ,the student back to your finest truest self. Find the connection between your heart and your mind and Help you reconnect with your inner wisdom that is always available to rediscover.

Rhianna Zalewski
Rhianna ZalewskiRYT 200, RYT 500
Rhianna Zalewski is a 200-hour Certified Yoga Teacher trained at Sid Yoga- a Baptiste- affiliated studio in Towson, Maryland where she went to college. She played Division I soccer for Towson University and converted into yoga consistently in her final year of school. She has been doing yoga since her teens, as it helped her become a better athlete, but found that it had a lot more to offer her. After her soccer career, she fell in love with not only the physical practice of yoga- but how it made her feel about herself. She has found more self-love, more love for others, and the practice has shown her how gratitude is one of the most important things in life. After teaching for 3 years, she decided she wanted to learn more about all the different aspects of yoga- from breathwork, meditation, anatomy and yoga philosophy. She finished her 500 hour yoga teacher training through Red Lila Yoga School based in Baltimore in December 2018.

Rhianna’s classes are a more quick paced, fitness inspired power flow that keeps you moving with your breath. Her alignment cues and anatomical themes throughout class have you targeting certain muscle groups to increase strength and flexibility at the same time. Known for her early morning power classes, she makes you feel accomplished, strong, and ready to take on the day.

Janet Coughlin
Janet CoughlinRYT 200; Yoga Nidra; Chair Yoga
At age 53 Yoga and meditation has been a part of my life for over 10 years. My practices have helped me grow stronger, more flexible and fearless both on and off the mat. Yoga and meditation inspire me to live each moment more mindfully. Some believe you need to be flexible to do yoga, I believe the opposite to be true. It is through Yoga that we become more flexible. In my classes I offer gentle sequences with modifications for those with physical limitations, along with a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice. Always a student of yoga I am deeply grateful for the loving wisdom my teachers (and students) have shared with me. With Yoga being a union between the mind and body and breath, I believe if you can breathe, you can do Yoga.
Jess Anderson
Jess AndersonRYT 200
I came into yoga for purposes of strengthening and relaxing my mind and body. I was stunned to find that yoga not only helped build muscle tone and strength but also transformed my heart, mind, spirit, relationships, and my entire life, all for the better! I completed my certification at Even Flow yoga in Red Bank, New Jersey with Christian Valeriani. Throughout my training I enjoyed learning and practicing yoga with all my instructors. I have had very inspirational teachers who helped me feel strong mentally, emotionally, and physically. My unconditional love and acceptance towards others, especially towards my students, and the practice of yoga continues to deepen. Yoga has miraculously transformed my life and I am very grateful to be teaching and enthusiastically sharing this miracle with others.
Jennifer Vinges
Jennifer Vinges RYT 200
Jennifer Vinges graduated from Trenton State College with a degree in Corporate Fitness. She has been a certified personal trainer through American Council of Exercises for over 20 years. Completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training, yin yoga training, kids yoga training, and is working on an additional 300 hour yoga training and continues to educate herself. She has been training and teaching a healthy balanced lifestyle her entire life. Her hope is that some of her love and enthusiasm for a healthy balanced lifestyle passes on to her students!
Francesca Russo
Francesca RussoRYT 200
Yoga allows the body to create space free from all negative obstacles in your own body to live and push forward, giving you light, freedom and release. I began practicing yoga as an effort to battle addiction, depression and anxiety, and found that it had completely changed my being physically, mentally and spiritually. Yoga has helped me to grow stronger both physically and mentally, more flexible and fearless, on and off the mat. I am inspired by this beautiful practice to lie each moment more mindfully. I knew immediately this was something I wanted to share with others.
I received my 200 hour teacher training through center for health and healing and can not wait to explore and learn ore about this wonderful practice. I teach my class beginning with zen and calming and playfulness warming up to really sweat and really work each and every pose. I love challenging my students and pushing them to try new things.
I am grateful for all yoga has given and continues to give me, and excited to continue to share this practice with fellow yogis.’
Jennifer K
Jennifer KRYT 200
Jennifer is a certified 200 hour registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance, bringing her playful practice to all ages and levels. A live music performer and life-long teacher, Jennifer’s ability to connect with each individual in the room is kinetic. Breath-work, sculpting body movements, and flexibility training result in deep concentration and inner peace. Bringing curated music playlists, live guitar music and crystal bowl sound healing into her practice, her class will invigorate and challenge you, leaving you with that beautiful feeling of “yoga bliss”. Listen to her original music at jahkmusic.com.
Sharon Calder
Sharon CalderRYT 200, M.S. Ed.
I fell in love with the beauty, strength and peacefulness of yoga over 15 years ago. As a mom of three and a special education teacher, yoga inspired me to stay present, and mindful in every aspect of my life. I began to share the benefits I had experienced from yoga with my students in the classroom on a daily basis. This inspired me to pursue my passion in teaching yoga . In 2008, I received my certification in Radiant Child Yoga levels 1-3 with Shakta Khalsa. In 2013, I recieved my certification in Yoga for Special Needs children with Radiant Child Yoga in NYC.
I then continued my studies and completed my 200 hours RYT in Vinyasa Teacher training with yoga Alliance.
In 2018 I recieved my teacher training in yoga and mindfulness to tweens and teens with Bee You Yoga.
My mission is to help all ages, discover and embrace their inner strength and mindfulness as we move our bodies into a slow flow sequence. Learning to gain the union between movement and breath, while feeling inspired and energized along with a sense of calmness and peace, both on and off your mat. Namaste.
Kim Nesci
Kim Nesci Kids Yoga RYT
I am a life-long learner who is always seeking to learn new things. I graduated from Monmouth University with a degree in Early Childhood/Psychology. I went back to school twice for an advanced Master of Science Degree in Special Education and School Leadership. While working as a public school teacher, I was drawn to yoga myself. Through my hearts passion for early childhood, I received my Kids Yoga Certification in 2017. I believe yoga gives children the gifts they need to become confident life-long learners. I am so grateful for the gifts that yoga has personally given to me and I am excited to share those gifts with the children that I teach.
Nikki Aufiero
Nikki AufieroRYT 200
I came to the practice about 10 years ago not knowing it would change my reality completely. I grew up a gymnast and dancer so I felt initially drawn to yoga solely for the movement, but what I found was so much more.. The regular practice of pranayama, asana and meditation have taught me so much about myself and the peace that is available if we tune in. Since first finding home on my mat I completed 200 hours of training in 2013 and continue to learn at as many workshops and intensives as I can get to. I have also assisted 200 hour trainings with Troy Mcpeak of Peak Beings on Hawaii. Being a part of trainings as a teacher has shown me so much about differences in anatomy and how to safely guide students to teach at every level. I truly feel yoga is for everyone and should be accessible regardless of where you are at in your journey. I hope that in my offerings you will experience safe space to feel good and free on the mat.
Zenny Mera
Zenny MeraRYT 200
Zenny is a Miami, FL native who moved to New Jersey about 6 months ago. She has been practicing yoga for over 8 years and teaching for 5 years. In 2013 she completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training and began teaching right away. In 2016 she traveled to Thailand for a retreat at Vikasa Yoga Retreat, where she had the opportunity to learn and practice with some incredible people. In January 2018, Zenny completed her 300-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training, thanks to a scholarship from Namastacy Yoga Corporation. Zenny creates an energetic, strength building yet graceful and fluid flow, where her main focus is for all her students to leave feeling strong and anew!