Carrie E-RYT200/RYT500 has been practicing yoga since 2007 and became instantly drawn to the power of the ancient tradition. As a self described "Type A" personality, she started yoga simply for the physical practice with the hopes of losing a few pounds and getting back into shape after having her twin boys. She was pleasantly surprised by the mental, spiritual and emotional aspects that started creeping into her life with each yoga class. Although, the physical asanas are still very much a part of her personal practice, she loves all of the other exciting doors that have opened on her yoga path and brings that sense of excitement and possibilities into her own classes.
Carrie loves providing her students with a challenging and motivating practice which gives her students the freedom and power to cultivate what is right for them emotionally and spiritually. As one of her students expressed after a class, "the hardest class I ever took, but the most fun," Carrie believes that fun should be incorporated into her classes as much as possible. Her passion and training in alignment based yoga has helped her students become stronger and deepen their practice safely. Her greatest joy is watching her students learn the necessary movements and actions in their own bodies to alleviate discomfort and pain from past or present injuries and/or improper alignment from their everyday lives.
Carrie received her 200 hour training from her Vinyasa Goddess teacher, Cheryl Delaney in Skillman, NJ. She completed her 500 hour Advanced Teacher Training led by her Alignment Gurus Sue Elkind and Naime Jezzeny in Lambertville, NJ. She also has completed a children's yoga training from Nancy Candea at Yoga Impact and is certified to teach Kids Yoga. In addition, Carrie has taken workshops/classes with Martin Kirk, Desiree Rumbaugh, Sianna Sherman, Leslie Kaminoff, Jason Crandell, Shiva Rea, Sadie Nardini and has practiced with Simon Park. Carrie has been trained in Pre-Natal Yoga by Sue Elkind, and received her P-RYT (pre-natal registered Yoga Teacher) Certification with Leslie Hadley. Carrie is also a certified Barre Above instructor.
Monica - After nearly 10 years of experiencing the positive effects of yoga through her own practice, Monica knew she needed to share yoga with others. Monica completed her 200 hour Devalila Yoga Teacher Training with Stephanie Pappas in 2014 and continues to strengthen her practice and teaching by attending workshops with experienced instructors.
Monica's classes aim to make yoga accessible for everyone, honoring students’ individual differences by offering options and modifications with attention to alignment for safety and comfort.
Shannon first discovered yoga in 2010. Having studied dance, she found yoga to be an enjoyable way to stay physically active. After becoming more immersed in the practice, she was struck not only by the noticeable physical changes but by the mental and emotional transformations that she experienced.
In 2014 she had an aha moment of wanting to share her passion of yoga and all of the mind body benefits it has given her. She received her 200 hour certification at Ever Yoga in Butler, NJ. Shannon loves a flow practice with the structure and support of alignment principles. She holds a BS in Biology and a MS in Nutrition & Food Science. She hopes her students will experience the calm, freedom, and strength that yoga gives her.
Michele’s lifelong interest in health and nutrition led her to pursue a career in fitness in 2011. She completed her 200 Hour Hatha/Vinyasa yoga teacher training program at Princeton Center for Yoga & Health under Jeannine Dietz. Michele has also been trained in Yamuna Body Rolling, Barre, TRX, Aerial Yoga and Yamuna Foot Fitness.
Michele’s barre classes are light and fun yet remain challenging and effective. Her energetic music, sense of humor and true love of barre workouts provide a comfortable atmosphere for students of all fitness levels. By blending various modalities and creating fresh new routines, she strives to assist and empower individuals to align, tone and heal their own bodies – in and out of the studio.
Joann took her first yoga class as a senior in college in 2001, when Hatha yoga was offered as an elective for a semester. Something about the practice spoke to her, though at the time she wasn’t tuned into receiving this message and just shrugged it off as a pleasant experience. 3 years later, she found her way to Bikram yoga as a way to stay fit, but soon discovered she was getting much more than fitness out of her practice and sought out other styles of yoga to explore.
It wasn't until several years ago when a personal struggle tested her sense of self that Joann discovered a deeper relationship with and appreciation for the practice of yoga. Cultivating a breath-body connection, turning focus inward, shifting perspective, and becoming more present helped her find her way back to her true self, with a greater sense of gratitude and appreciation for all that life has to offer.
This newfound passion for yoga and desire to share it with others led Joann to pursue her 200-hour Devalila Yoga teacher training in 2016 under the direction of Stephanie Pappas. She continues to attend classes and workshops with experienced instructors such as Sri Dharma Mittra, Jennifer Pastiloff, Erin Motz, and Faith Hunter.
Joann's goal as a teacher is to help her students find the ways in which the practice of yoga resonates with them, to provide a judgement-free and safe space where they feel welcome and accepted, and to help them connect more deeply with themselves and discover what truly moves them.
Pamela began her yoga journey five years ago when she wanted a change in her workout routine. Yoga quickly became her passion and her desire to share it with other led her to complete a 200-Hour Vinyasa Teacher Training with Health Yoga Life as well as a 200-Hour Hatha Training with E-RYT Carrie Schick. Pamela believes in the physical and emotion effects of yoga and strives to show her students the connection of body and mind through yoga. Pamela enjoys teaching different levels of Vinyasa focusing on alignment, muscle engagement, and connecting the poses to the breath. Her determination in teaching not only effects and deepens her students' practice, but also her own practice as well.
Aside from being a yoga instructor, Pamela also teaches gymnastics locally to kids of all ages. When Pamela is not working, she enjoys outdoor activities, such as bike riding and hiking, as well as cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Lauren is our spectacular Kids Yoga Teacher. While she appreciates the physical benefits yoga has given her, it was once she became a parent that she began to truly appreciate and understand the mental/emotional aspects of practicing yoga more clearly.
Lauren was a gymnast her whole life and gymnastics coach throughout high school and college. She taught elementary school in South Brunswick, NJ for 7 years before having her own children.
Lauren loves to incorporate children’s literature into her yoga classes as well as activities that support individuality and self-expression while giving a sense of universal connectedness. She strives for each student to have fun, learn to use their body in a healthy way, and increase their confidence and positive self-image.
Jennifer is a certified BarreFlow and Pop Pilates Instructor. She was a ballet dancer for 18 years before she went off to college where she first began to take an assortment of group fitness classes. After graduation and five years of working in cyber security, she had noticed the side effects of sitting at a desk all day. She began to practice, yoga, Pilates, and Barre and began to see the results fairly quickly. Within 4 months she had lost 16 lbs, felt amazing, and began to motivate others. When someone suggested she become an instructor the idea resonated with her. In August of 2016 she received her Pop Pilates Certification and in January of 2017 she received her BarreFlow certification. She began teaching a week later. She is currently working on her group fitness certification through AFAA and hopes to be certified by July 2017.
Ash practiced yoga for 7 years before becoming a 200hr RYT in Vinyasa Flow at the Prancing Peacock in Yardley, PA (2011). Yoga helped to balance her life in a high stress environment while working on her Ph.D. in Clinical Toxicology, and kept her flexible during her years in kickboxing. Her main motivation in becoming a RYT was to bring the practice to individuals who consider themselves "not the yoga type" such as weightlifters and martial artists. After having major knee surgery in 2012, she became inspired to instruct those who have significant physical limitations due to injury. She has a simplistic, laid back method of teaching and tries to reinforce how yoga can enhance our daily lives. When not practicing yoga she works in nutrition research, teaches science at the university level and enjoys SCUBA diving, reading sci-fi and hiking with her fiancé and puppies.
Andrea stumbled upon yoga in late 2010 while recovering from a knee injury. In 2013 she began doing yoga photography which allowed her to truly sit in the seat of the student and provided the opportunity to watch as people were transformed. Through yoga photography she became more immersed in not only the asana practices but in the history, philosophy, and spirituality of yoga. Andrea soon realized that she had fallen in love with the positive transformation yoga offers the individual and decided to embark on a yoga teacher training journey. In October 2015 she completed an intensive 200 hour Vinyasa and Hatha Teacher Training through Frog Lotus International in Costa Rica with Jennifer Yarro and Jennilee Toner. A little over a year later Andrea was certified in Restorative yoga and completed both a mentorship and 2nd 200 hour teacher training with her teacher and mentor, Alexandria Crow. Andrea’s classes have a strong philosophical focus as she guides her students through mindful sequences to aide in self-discovery and acceptance. Her concentration is on each student’s unique biomechanical structure and functional movement abilities so that they can safely keep not just an asana practice that is natural to them, but a true practice that encompasses all aspects of yoga. She is very excited to help others discover their own yogic journeys in an encouraging environment.
Valerie is very excited to join the Ray of Light Yoga family and can’t wait get to get her Barreflow on! Valerie has a love for adventure, athletics, activities, music, tequila and food. Her love for food is what pushed her to find the barre; that and training for a Tough Mudder and half marathon. Valerie first hit the barre in 2012 when she returned from living overseas because it looked fun and exciting. It didn’t take long for her to fall in the love with the way it made her legs shake. She finds happiness in helping others, and swears by the power of a smile and some sweat. Valerie is a co-founder of the nonprofit, The Taaluma Project, and graduated from Virginia Tech. Currently she is working toward obtaining a masters degree in Occupational Therapy. In addition to BarreFlow, Valerie also enjoys hiking, soccer, beach activities, trampoline jumping, dancing, karaoke and brunch.
Jennifer believes that yoga is for everyone, regardless of age, ability, race or gender. She works to create an open and safe environment for each and every student. Jennifer took her first yoga class at vocal camp in high school and continued practicing with an MTV yoga tape. After graduating with a degree in Anthropology, she traveled to Thailand, Spain, Mexico and then to Namibia, Africa to teach English for 2 years. Throughout her travels, yoga was a constant companion. When she returned to the USA she found herself with no plan but a deep desire to learn more about the roots of yoga. In 2012, she enrolled in training. Today, Jennifer is an E-RYT-200 certified teacher. She holds certificates in teaching Spectrum Yoga to people with Autism from Ashrams for Autism and teaching Underserved and Vulnerable Populations from YogaActivist. Jennifer hopes to guide her students in finding a connection between mind, body and spirit.