Our Yoga Instructors
She is a RN, Massage Therapist and a certified Yoga instructor/therapist. She completed her 200 hour certification at The Freehold Yoga Center in 2005, her Prenatal Certication at Yoga Works in 2007, her 500 hour certication at Dharma Mittra Yoga in 2008 and her Yoga Therapists at International Association of Yoga Therapists in 2011. She feels they all share a common thread: healing.
She is a teacher known for her humor, inspiration and compassionate approach to teaching who honors yoga as a practice of transformation and healing. She considers it a great privilege to be able to help guide others on their own paths to healing and self awareness.
Dawn, like all good teachers, is also an avid student, always expanding and evolving her own practice.
To say it transformed her is an understatement; she went from spending hours in the gym to just spending quality time on her yoga mat.
Yoga enabled her to become more flexible, peaceful, and loving. It became her go-to form of exercise. To be able to give the gift of yoga to her students is her greatest joy, for she understands just how transformative, influential, and healing it can be in a person’s life.
She teaches a wide range of classes which includes, but is not limited to: Gentle, Slow Flow, Vinyasa, and Hot. Her passion for physiology and nutrition is self-evident in her classes: you can expect a lot of hands-on adjustments and verbal cues so that your body truly feels the benefits of each pose. She is in the process of getting her 500 hundred hour yoga certification.
At the end of her classes when it’s time for savasana, she sings and plays guitar and ukulele for a truly relaxing experience. She loves yoga, and she knows you will too.
Guiding beautiful souls to release, let go, self nurture and heal through yoga is her passion.
Melissa received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training through The American Yoga Academy and is recognized as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, E-RYT with the Yoga Alliance, and has been teaching yoga since 2001. Melissa’s teaching style is meditative and nurturing. Her focus is on healing, empowerment and love.
Sessions with Melissa are powerful and life changing as she will guide you on your path, honoring your heart, following your dreams, fulfilling your purpose and living the life that makes your soul happy!
In addition to her fitness career, Dena is also a realtor, a talented chef and an animal lover. She enjoys spending her free time finding client’s theirs dream homes and throwing dinner parties for her foodie friends and family.
When asked why she chose to learn the art of Yoga, Dena states, “I am passionate about helping people to reach their fitness/wellness goals. Yoga has enabled me to not only understand the physical practice but also experience how the combination of meditation and relaxation can allow individual’s to reach their optimum health.”
Yoga is for everyone, as you relieve stress, it helps create peace and balance and increasing awareness of where you are in this moment. It helps not only strengthen and tone muscles and vital organs, it increases and sharpens focus and lung capacity. Using the breath, opening your heart, trusting yourself, you find balance as you are constantly evolving. With the practice you learn, everyday to listen to your own truths, and accept changes that may affect your life. The practice is yours to enjoy, with no competition, as we learn to be present on our mat, and take that into our daily lives.
She feels yoga is a practice of acceptance, patience, and compassion (for yourself and others). Her yoga classes facilitate the unfolding of the body, mind, and heart of her students into the beauty of wholeness.
She loves nature & animals particularly the Catskill mountains where she frequents with her family. She is a good hearted and good humored person with a strong belief in loving kindness and patience.
A yoga teacher 200 hours (Yoga Alliance) Dawn Keen Center for Health and Healing. In her practice she tends to favors detoxifying twists, tension releasing hip openers and meditative Pranayama her understanding of the benefits of yoga is clear. Yoga is the ultimate self healer.
She has found that yoga has made her feel better mentally and physically than any other type of activity and is eager to share her love of the practice with others. Suzie is excited to teach the joy, balance and peace that can be brought to any life though yoga and believes that yoga is for everybody and can fit into different lifestyles in small or large ways. She is eager to share her teaching and practice with all.
She now teaches yoga in hopes to offer peace of mind in a hectic world. She carries influences of meditation, Buddhist philosophy and Taoism to her practice and offerings. She understands that the power of movement, meditation and mindfulness is important in changing ones life and seeks to offer that to all.
Avita is also a middle school educator in Asbury Park, NJ where she also teaches yoga classes after school. She feels blessed to bring yoga to her adolescent students at such a transformative time in their lives.
Avita is eager to learn and continually expands her personal yoga practice. She is honored to share what she learns with others so they can also experience yoga bliss.
As an Artist and Art Educator I was hoping to be able to intertwine my practice and my art. My mission as an instructor is to encourage others to reach their personal potential, become more interconnected to others as well as themselves, to be more aware of the present moment and take that off the mat into daily living. Our purpose as human beings is sometimes lost in our day to day activities, by coming to our mat and giving ourselves time for self care can help us stay grounded .
I completed my 200 hour training in June, A 30 hour children’s yoga training in May. I have taught a six week after school children program incorporating art , games and movement into the class.
My first experience in Adult yoga classes will be here at the Center for Health and Healing.
May we live our lives with kindness, peace and love.
Jan is a Yoga Alliance 200hour registered Yoga Teacher, having completed her Hatha Flow Teacher Training at The Center for Health and Healing.
Jan’s classes focus on breath work and building whole body strength- the result of which is a positive physical, mental, and spiritual body. Jan feels blessed to be able to share the beautiful gift of Yoga with her students.
Pam’s yoga practice has provided the avenue for an inner journey of self discovery, a new confidence, and compassion for herself and others. To her, “Yoga is like medicine”.
With patience, time and compassion toward herself, she realized that every win on the mat extended tremendously into her self and outward into her relationships. She began to realize a connection between the benefits of yoga practice and an increase in quality of life, and felt a deep desire to share yoga with others and show the world how strong and present one could feel inside and out. Every class, every asana, even every intention is a tiny move in a positive direction, improving our lives and even the lives of those around us. Positivity is contagious.
Approaching life and teaching yoga with humility, gratitude and humor, Alexis hopes to bring physical, mental and emotional growth, healing and peace to her students. Alexis believes everyone can benefit from the practices of yoga and meditation and strives to bring a compassionate approach to teaching and living yoga both on and off the mat.
Even as teachers we are forever students. Alexis is grateful every day for her teachers and students and for the opportunity to touch others with the gift of yoga, and welcomes all students of all levels to her classes.
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” –The Buddha.
Tova really strives to teach her students how to connect their breath to their asanas, making it a moving meditation. She believes that everyone can benefit from a yoga practice and is enthusiastic about sharing this gift with others.
Beth believes yoga is for everybody and Every Body. Her teaching style is peaceful and informative, with a touch of laughter. When you leave her class, she hopes it is with lightness in heart and spirit, and strengthen in body and soul.
Beth feels blessed to be part of the extraordinary yoga community.
“Inhale Love, Exhale Gratitude”
Finally, the pieces all came together and she was able to obtain her 200-hour teaching certification here at Center for Health and Healing. She believes that a yoga practice is possible for everyone and is inspired to make it more accessible and understandable to anyone who wishes to have more balance in his or her life.
Brenda, forever a student herself, is fascinated with yoga philosophy and is eager to delve deeper. She loves to teach with an emphasis on alignment and proper form to build strength and improve balance. She is grateful to be able to share her passion for health and well being through yoga and hopes to encourage others on their path to better health and improved well being.
Before yoga I was constantly rolling my ankles out while running, I also had an imbalance in muscles in my thigh so my patella would move out of place. I sought help through physical therapy and trainers at school from high school through college.
It was not until a year later that I was able to spend enough time at the studio and gain more in depth knowledge of yoga. I stopped performing research at Rutgers University in Newark, instead I worked closer to home and volunteered six hours of my time at the yoga studios front desk.
I got to take as many classes as my body would let me. I love the inversions, the positive attitudes of the yoga teachers, everyone actually being nice to each other. Most of all I loved the Savasana at the end of the class. The meditative aspect, the calming of the mind was so healing that I was actually able to handle stress more efficiently.
It didn’t surprise me when I found out that many more people practice Yoga after September 11 rather then visit their religious holy places. Although Yoga is open to everyone, everywhere, at all ages and sizes.
This positive influence made me believe that I wanted even more knowledge about Yoga.
I took my 200 hours at the Center for Health and Healing graduating in 2014. I enjoy teaching chair yoga at the local nursing home, along with hot, and Vinyasa classes.
She began practicing as often as she could, falling more deeply in love
with every aspect of yoga in the process. She views yoga as a tool to give the body what it needs.
Some days it’s fun and other days serious, depending on where you need to be at that moment. Nailing a new pose always makes her smile.
Yoga gave Sarah a new purpose, restoring her joy and passion. With her renewed spirit, she was inspired to help others achieve that same feeling of peace.
Sarah received her 200 hour RYT with Dawn at the Center for Health & Healing in April 2017. She loves to teach students of all ages and levels, making yoga accessible to anyone who wants to try it. When Sarah is not on her mat, she is a wife and mother of three beautiful children. She loves dogs, the beach, crocheting and paddle boarding.
Jacki obtained her Hatha flow 200 hour RYT certification from The Center for Health and Healing, where she was able to have so many amazing mentors and received an excellent foundation for living yoga on and off the mat. Yoga has helped her grow stronger, more flexible, fearless and confident in yoga and in her personal life. She feels it helps her live each moment more mindfully.
Jacki is excited to share her love for yoga in hopes of changing lives in the same positive ways it has changed hers. She designs her classes to accommodate all who come to the studio whether it’s a person’s first time in a yoga class or they are a seasoned yoga student. She likes to encourage her students to find a connection with their breath and body and to have fun with their yoga practice.
When Jacki is not teaching yoga she works at the Lakehurst Naval Base for the Department of Defense as a Logistics Management Specialist. She is a wife and mother and she has 2 adorable Rottweilers. She loves the beach, being outdoors, reading, and spending time with her family, friends, and her pups!
Jody’s class always has laughter infused into them. She feels everyone needs the balance yoga brings to life.
Jody received her 200 RYT Certification with Dawn Keen at The Center for Health and Healing. It was a life changing journey filled with knowledge for the mind, body, and spirit. She is humbled and grateful for the opportunity to give the gift of yoga too others, and blessed to be able to share her passion of yoga with students of all levels.
When Anthony is not “on the mat” (or flopping around trying to master the perfect inversion!), you’ll find him at the gym, on the beach, enthralled in a book, travelling, volunteering, or spending quality time with family, especially his newborn godson. Yoga has enabled him to experience all these activities more profoundly, and has become the ideal complement to an intense workout regimen and hectic career. He wants the advanced student and the beginner to never forget that “Yoga is not about becoming superhuman. It is about realizing that being human is super.”
She studied Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga in CA, Anusara and Bikram yoga in Austin Texas and continues to learn Hatha Flow style yoga in Toms River NJ. Laura’s sister and goddaughter are both yoga teachers and are her inspiration to advocate for others in assisting them to heal through their yoga and meditation practices.
Laura is a certified yoga teacher, a Master Gardner, and a licensed therapeutic massage specialist, and holds a Batchelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She approaches yoga with a zen, calming, playful style and she can’t wait to smile at clients as they unroll their mats and get ready to sweat. Laura’s favorite word is glorious and her nickname is Viparita Karani.
While on the mat she was able to let go of her day and be present in the moment and the practice. After years of growing her own practice she decided to get her 200RYT, so that she could deepen her knowledge and share her love of Yoga with others.
Jenn enjoys combining challenging sequences with unique transitions. Although trained to teach Chair, Gentle, Slow Flow, Hip, Core, Hot and Kids- Vinyasa is her true passion. Jenn tries to incorporate some fun inversions, arm balances, and more difficult poses while still offering modifications and variations so that her classes welcome all levels.
Jenn feels that yoga is for everyone, you just need to find the teacher and style that you connect with.
After relocating to New Jersey in 2010 she continued to teach Bikram yoga but felt motivated to expand her yoga abilities. She completed a second 200 hour Yoga Alliance approved Vinyasa training in 2013 and has been enjoying the balance between Bikram and Vinyasa styles of yoga. Karen has also volunteered for Kula for Karma (a non-profit charity organization which brings yoga to communities in need) to help develop a yoga program for the Veterans.
Despite having almost 15 years of experience, Karen is always seeking growth and appreciates any challenge in the yoga room to expand and continue her life long journey as yoga teacher and practitioner.
After years of perfecting her own practice and growing from it, she chose to share her passion and give the gift of yoga to others.She recently completed her 200RYT certification at The Center for Health and Healing so that she can share the health, healing, love and happiness yoga has brought into her life.
Baila’s yoga style has has a unique twist making it fun while emphasizing building balance, strength, and self healing geared towards all levels of practitioners. Join Baila’s class and learn to express self-love, and improve your practice while shining some peace and light into your life.