At Yoga Suite, we choose our instructors carefully.
We proudly introduce them below.
Barre: While focused on proper form, Heather enjoys teaching the classical Lotte Berke style of Barre that focuses on small isolated movements known for working and toning the entire body and safe for anyone to benefit from and enjoy. Her classes are fun, energetic and light hearted.
Yoga: 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 bio-mechanical instructions that allow the student to explore their body in a new informative way.
Nutritional Counseling and Group Classes: Heather has brought her passion for Health and Nutrition to Yoga Suite and offers group classes on Nutrition as well as Individual Nutrition Consultations. Her next group Restart class will start next Spring 2020. Keep an eye out for that. If you are interested in a private Nutrition Consultation to improve your Health through Diet, Lifestyle, and Supplementation feel free to contact her directly at email@example.com.
2019 RWS- Restorative Wellness Solutions Practitioner Level 1
2019 Restart Certified Group Coaching Instructor
2018 NTP- Nutritional Therapy Practioner
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 (a 200 hour Teacher Training using Yoga Therapeutically)
2012-2013 Studied Viniyoga with Gary Kraftsow, a world renowned Yoga Therapist, Teacher and student of T.K.V. Desikashar.
2006 Certified Anusara Instructor (500+ hour Teacher Training)
1999-2012 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.
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.
When Liz retired, she knew she would have extra time to devote to a more active lifestyle. She always kept physically fit by going to the gym a few times a week. She began to add a yoga practice to her strength and conditioning routine. After practicing for several months, she was hooked. She decided to become a certified yoga teacher. Liz fell in love with teaching and is delighted that her practice has come full circle. Her Yoga journey has encouraged her to continue learning.
She is now an E-RYT 500HR yoga teacher, certified Yin Instructor, a certified Restorative yoga teacher, and a Reiki level 1 practitioner.
Liz emphasizes the importance of smooth relaxed breathing, providing a safe and unique experience for everyone. She encourages people to trust their intuition to create optimal movement in their body.
Fascinated by movement, Liz developed an interest in Anatomy. This fascination with the human body put her on the path to Study the Roll Model Method and become an Integrated Yoga Tune Up Instructor. She has studied with many Notable teachers, Yoga Therapy Training with Doug Keller Jason Crandell’s Power,Precision & Injury Prevention in the class, Gil Hedley, Somanautics workshops. Quantum Leap, Sarah Court, and Trina Altman, Yoga Deconstructed
Yoga is a Movement. Movement is exploration, in movement, we learn. Liz’s passion for the study of the human form and movement is credited to her teachers Jill Miller, Dinneen Viggiano and Laurel Beveresdorf.