At Yoga Suite, we choose our instructors carefully.
We proudly introduce them below.
Heather encourages her students to open to and enjoy their own unique grace and beauty. Her classes are imbued with the quality of breath awareness and biomechanical movements inviting a mind and body exploration that is alive and fresh.
- 2015 Barre Certified by Exhale 40 hour
- 2015 Barre Certified by Balanced Body 20 hour
- 2003 Certified Pilates Instructor Through the Physical Mind Institute, on the Mat and the Equipment
- 2013 Certified Viniyoga Wellness Instructor
- 2012-2013 Studied Viniyoga with Gary Kraftsow, a world renowned Yoga Therapist, Teacher and student of T.K.V. Desikashar.
- 2006 Certified Anusara Instructor1999-2012 Over 1,000-hours of Anusara Training with John Friend, Desiree Rumbaugh, Sienna Sherman, Mitchell Blier, Rich and Ruthie Bernhard, Ellen Saltenstall, Kathleen Hogan, JJ Gormley, and more.
- 1998 6 month Teacher Training of ISHTA Yoga The Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda with Alan Finger, Charles and Lisa Matkin.
Yoga has been Gail’s passion for over 20 years changing the course of her life and sense of higher purpose. As a yoga practitioner and teacher for 20 plus years her practice and teaching foundation is based in alignment and creative vinyasa flows.
Gail Cristelli, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 holds a 1000 hour Yoga Therapy Certification (PYT) with Integrated Yoga Therapy, is a certified Yoga of Recovery Counselor (YoR) working with addictions of all types including substance abuse, co-dependency and eating disorders.
Gail became a student of meditation through the Ananda Ashram in Monroe, NY where she is an active member, hosts retreats, and studies under the influence of the Ashrams Guru, Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati’s senior teachers.
In addition, she is a Reiki Master Practitioner and Teacher and a Certified Health Coach with Institute of Integrated Nutrition, and Holistic Health Practitioner with (AADP American Association of Drugless Practitioners).
Gail’s focus is in teaching and helping her students through yoga therapeutic programs. Yoga Therapy is a practice that adjusts to the needs of the participants and meets them where they are at their pace and level. Gail’s love for life and enthusiasm makes studying yoga with her inspiring and educational while exploring your own spiritual journey.
By day, Liz is an executive recruiter for finance and accounting professionals. She enjoys spending time with her husband Sal and their two boys, Gabriel and Jackson. She also enjoys cooking, traveling and walking her dogs Barley and Maggie.
As an avid 5K runner, Liz searched for something to help her build and strengthen muscles and improve her core strength. She is always searching for challenges and a new form of exercising. She found Barre and fell in love with the results.
Liz is a certified Barre instructor trained by Barre TriBeCa. She has over 400 hrs. of classes where she creates a space for hard work in a fun and challenging environment.
Patricia has been practicing yoga since 1997. In March of 2008 she completed a six month teacher training program at the Freehold Yoga Center in the lineage of Swami Sivananda and has been teaching ever since. Patricia is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, certified thru Yoga Alliance with the designation E-RYT 200. She believes teaching yoga is a constant learning experience and continues to attend trainings, workshops and retreats to deepen her knowledge and sustain her own practice. Her most recent trainings have been 30 hours of Anusara Yoga with Carmel Calcagno of Yoga Anjali and 55 hours of Yin Yoga with Corina Benner at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York.
With attention to physical alignment to keep students safe in their practice, she offers a playful mix of asana, pranayama and relaxation in her classes. Subscribing to no particular style or lineage in her active yoga classes, each student can experience the freedom of flowing to his or her own internal rhythm. Her philosophy is that yoga is for everyone regardless of age or physical condition; that yoga is not so much about the pose as it is an internal inquiry that allows us to go deep within to connect to something greater than ourselves. By taking the patience, acceptance and perseverance we use on the mat into our daily lives we truly learn to live our yoga, enriching our lives and the lives of those around us. Patricia believes that teaching yoga is an honor, a privilege and a tremendous responsibility. She is eternally grateful to all of her teachers and to those who attend her classes for the opportunity to guide them in their journey.
Christine earned her black belt in Taekwondo in August of 2001 and shortly after gave up her sparring equipment for a yoga mat. She experimented with different yoga styles and studios but found a home when Yoga Suite opened in 2006. Christine’s mission is to help people understand that Yoga is for everybody by keeping her classes meditative and offering modifications.
Christine received her RYT 200 Yoga Certification in June 2015 and is also a Reiki Master. Her Meditate and Restorative class has helped students manage stress and transition to more active yoga classes.
Anna began practicing yoga over 10 years ago as a way to relieve stress and stay fit. Yoga helped her find renewed confidence in her inner strength and physical abilities. In 2015, she decided to deepen her practice and completed her 200 YTT through Yoga Alliance.
Anna believes that yoga can be truly transformative for the body and most importantly for the mind. She strives to make her yoga classes creative, challenging and safe for everyone. Her goal is to help others discover their body's abilities and find renewed health through the practice of yoga.
Teaching yoga inspired Anna to leave her corporate career as a Multimedia Designer. She is currently pursuing a degree in Nursing, hoping one day to merge her Yoga knowledge with conventional medicine for a comprehensive Holistic practice.
Liliana began practicing Yoga five years ago. She fell in love with the flow and peace it brings. Lily’s mission is to bring the beauty of the yoga practice to everyday life. She completed her 200 hour training through Yoga Alliance in 2015, her Aerial Yoga Instructor certificate and is also a Reiki Level 2 Practitioner.
Michelle’s love for Yoga began back in 2000 when she first stepped foot on a yoga mat and instantly fell in love. She immediately felt an enhanced connection between her mind and body, one of which she had never felt before. Every time she practiced yoga, she watched her true self shine. She feels that yoga provides an opportunity for self-discovery and is passionate about sharing her extensive knowledge of health, healing, and well-being with others.
Michelle began her journey towards teaching at Tula Yoga where she completed her 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training. Her personal favorite form of yoga is vinyasa flow, but she also thoroughly enjoys hatha, restorative, kids yoga, and acro yoga.
She is always seeking out new challenges and ways to advance her practice and aims for her students to progress in the same way. She is a nurturer by nature, which is shown through her family life, as well as her career in child care and her overall disposition. Her teaching is said to leave everyone with a smile on their face and can be defined as heartfelt yet challenging. Off the mat, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, going to the beach, and hiking. A motto that she feels accurately represents her lifestyle and teaching methods is, “life is about gratitude, compassion, and honoring your body on and off the mat”.
Stefanie started practicing yoga many years ago for fitness but soon discovered that there was so much more to Yoga. Three years ago, she began practicing daily meditation and felt the mind, body, soul connection of Yoga. The next step was to complete her 200 hr. Teacher Training at Tula Yoga.
Stefanie is passionate about bringing the physical and spiritual healing benefits of yoga to everyone she meets. Her classes are a balance of movement and connecting the breadth.
She continues her education in yoga to continue bringing her students the best healing experience possible.
Susan was born and raised in Bergen County. After getting tired of the craziness of being so close to the city, she decided to move to Monmouth County with her youngest son Erik. That was 13 years ago. She loves living so close to the beach and just living a slower paced lifestyle.
After a long time off from yoga, she started taking beginners classes and soon realized how much she had missed it. She is certified through Bee You Children’s Yoga Studio to teach children yoga ages 2-7, holds a certification for Restorative Yoga, Crystal Healing and receiver her 200 hr. Yoga Teacher Training in January.
In addition, she attended Healing Circles and found a passion for Reiki and soon after became a Level 2 Reiki practitioner. Yoga and Reiki have helped her in so many different levels of her life. She looks forward to bringing the same happiness and peacefulness into someone else’s life.
Kristen’s passion for fitness led her to POP Pilates. In 2013, she fell in love with the mix of Pilates, Yoga and music. She completed her certification and in 2016 became a certified POP Pilates instructor. POP Pilates led her to discover her passion for combining fitness and nutrition, which in turn drove her to pursue a certification in Personal Training. Kristen earned her Personal Trainer Certification from the World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S) in 2017. She teaches POP Pilates and helps guide her family and friends along their journey to becoming healthier individuals.
Martin received an M.S. in Sport Psychology from Florida State University in 2015 and completed his 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with Tula Yoga in 2017. After playing competitive hockey for 15 years and undergoing a life-changing cancer diagnosis in 2016, Martin initially began practicing yoga with the intention of healing long-term injuries. He instantly fell in love with the physical practice, enjoying the connection and openness he felt within his body, but also found a strong interest in the ancient philosophy of yoga and meditation, striving to find inner peace.
Through consistent practice and self-massage techniques using Yoga Tune Up therapy balls, Martin has begun to heal his injuries and discovered a feeling within his body he did not think was possible. He blends his knowledge of performance psychology with yoga in order to enhance his students’ connection to their bodies. Martin believes everyone can benefit from yoga, finding compassion for ourselves and others, balance on and off the mat, openness to new experiences, and the opportunity to learn something new each time we practice. He has a passion for life-long learning and continuing to evolve each day, and hopes that all students leave class feeling good within their bodies and more connected to their true, peaceful, nature.
Michelle began her practice in Barre over 6 years ago to stay healthy and active. She became a certified instructor through NETA in 2016 and has been teaching ever since. She credits her teacher's enthusiasm and knowledge with her commitment to share her passion. Helping others see the potential and benefit Barre has is both humbling and rewarding. In addition, Michelle works full time as an administrative professional.
Michelle believes in taking care of yourself in order to care for others. As a mother of five children and two grandchildren, she strives to set a good example of a compassionate and strong woman. As an instructor she is grateful to guide and inspire students to enjoy and embrace their journey by creating challenging and fun classes each and every week. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, dog, hanging out with friends, practicing yoga, going to the beach and shopping.