Teachers & Subs

Amy, E-RYT, YACEP
Amy is a Registered ERYT through the Yoga Alliance and is the Owner and Director of YogaLove. In addition to her original 200-hour certification from YL, Amy has fulfilled multiple 100-hour advanced teacher trainings giving her a diverse background within many yoga lineages. Her educational background is in the biological sciences and that theme is threaded throughout her classes. She would describe her classes as part science class, part yoga class, and part comedy show–topped with a ton a LOVE.  Amy is a deep believer that asana is just the beginning of the journey and her heart is dedicated to helping others be brave in finding their authentic voice and some tiny liberations in their days.   Amy teaches soulful and energetic classes in deep Honor of the Divine. She encourages her students to play, explore, and be BRAVE both on and off the mat. Besides being a yogini, Amy is a Reiki healer and the proudest mommy around (Austin is by far her favorite Karma). Photo by Joelongophotography.com.

Amanda, RYT
Amanda is a Board Certified Massage Therapist, a
Reiki Practitioner, a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, a Thai Bodywork Therapist, and an MMA Fighter. “Being a RYT merges well with my avid promotion of functional movement– in addition to my passion for learning and sharing as much as possible about holistic health. Since beginning to practice yoga at the age of 18, I have developed a keen understanding of my physical limits and love to help others develop their own mind-body awareness. In the beginning stages of my yoga journey, I enjoyed a vigorous, flowing power practice to strengthen my mind, body, and spirit. As my physical activities grew, I gravitated toward more relaxing, restorative poses to bring me back into balance. It is my hope to provide an atmosphere at YogaLove that will allow students to safely explore going beyond what they are currently capable of while discovering the many benefits of regular asana practice.”

 

Carrie, E-RYT, RPYT

Carrie DeJesus started practicing yoga in 2010 with the hopes of creating a more balanced life. During that time, Carrie was starting a career as a lawyer while fumbling her way through the early years of motherhood. Once she committed to a regular practice, though, she began to notice a difference in the way she treated her clients, her family and herself. Since that time, Carrie has devoted herself to practice, study and doing her best to live her yoga everyday. Carrie completed her 200-hour Vinyasa Krama certification at YogaLove in 2012 and has been teaching since. She is also certified in prenatal yoga and restorative yoga. In addition to teaching yoga, Carrie is a holistic lawyer and business mentor to yoga teachers, body workers, and healers.

Carrie considers herself a householder (a yoga practitioner grounded in the responsibilities of marriage, home, and family) and weaves her practice around her roles of partner, provider and caretaker. As a teacher, Carrie seeks to hold space for students to drop into their own practices and discover ways yoga can serve them in their lives.

David, EYRT 500

David Pittenger began his yoga journey in earnest in 1999 upon meeting his teacher the renowned master teacher and yogini of the Maha Bhairavi Yoga and Shri Vidya traditions – Maa Parvathi Nandanath Saraswati. David is a certified yoga instructor experienced in teaching students of all levels. David draws from a 20 year carrier as a professional ballet dancer to help inform his gentle approach to teaching asana. David also teaches in the Saraswati River lineage and brings into his classes elements of meditation, mantra, pranayama, and authentic yoga and tantric philosophy.

David’s interest in Yoga began when he came across the book The Sivananda Companion to Yoga; the asanas he learned helped him to extend his dance career and help heal his body from years of dance injuries and multiple surgeries.

David grew up in Bowie, Maryland and attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, Pennsylvania Ballet and Milwaukee schools. Some of David’s dance accolades include his 10-years as a principal dancer with the American Repertory Ballet and Ballet Austin as well as performing with several other companies such as Lines Contemporary Ballet in San Francisco and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York City.

David’s biggest joy in life is his wife, three children, 6 cats and being graced and honored to offer these teachings in the community.

David also offers private yoga and meditation sessions as well as Thai Yoga massage.

 

Krysti Beym E-RYT
Krysti earned her certification through Savannah Yoga Center, is a member of the Yoga Alliance along with being a certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist. She has been teaching yoga since 2014, and has attended multiple extensive workshops to broaden her knowledge. Also a certified cosmetologist, Krysti saw yoga as another outlet and tool for self-expression. An avid lover of music, movement, and all things creative, Krysti is fueled by imaginative interpretation.  In a world that seems to be moving quickly, Krysti loves how yoga gives the opportunity to slow down, practice being present and to give space for self-awareness and self-reflection. She feels grateful to share a space for people to come together, to move and breathe together, and to heal and blossom. Her classes are heartfelt and playful, encouraging her students to recognize their own inner joy both on and off of the mat. When not teaching, Krysti enjoys the great outdoors, reading, traveling and consistently finding ways to spark her curiosity and zest for life! 

Rachel, E-RYT
Rachel began her yogic journey as a child, her mother being her first teacher. She was trained at Saraswati River Yoga under the direction of Parvathi Nanda Nath and David Pittenger. Teaching in the Saraswati River Yoga Method, Rachel does her best to hold the space for experience, emotion, and joy in class. Through this lineage tradition, Rachel hopes to share the beautiful life science of yoga with every person she can. When she isn’t practicing or teaching, Rachel loves to write and enjoy life!

 

Anna, RYT-200, Ayurvedic Health Counselor & Reiki Practitioner
Anna began practicing yoga in 2011 with Sri Dharma Mittra’s student Shiva Ram Om.  She immediately fell in love with the practice and wanted to learn more.  She completed a 500-hour Ayurveda Guru Kula Program with The Ayurvedic Center for Well Being; a 200- hour Yoga Teacher Training with Samadhi Yoga & Ayurveda Institute, and has continued training with additional certification in yin and restorative yoga.  Eternal curiosity always keeps her in the seat of the student and the path of a teacher.  Anna facilitates a health and wellness-oriented style of yoga that honors tradition, using the five koshas as a map for integral health and self-discovery.

 

Tatiana, RYT-200 and Reiki Master
As a former student of martial art, Tatiana was attracted to yoga for its strong mind-body connection. She sought out her first yoga class in 1998 after starting a stressful job. Beyond increasing physical strength and flexibility, her yoga practice allowed her a deeper sense of self-awareness. In every style of yoga she studied (Iyengar, Kripalu, Ana Forrest, Vinyasa), it was always breath awareness that focused the mind on the body and the emotions we hold there. Eventually, she began to study zen and mindfulness meditation. Wishing to share her passion with others, in 2015 she made the life-changing decision to become a yoga teacher. Since her 200-hr training with Julia Vitella, she’s taken advanced Restorative yoga training with Gisele Mogan and Jillian Pransky, and Yoga Nidra training with Rolk Sovik. She loves to teach beginner level yoga, meditation, and restorative yoga. Her asana classes combine careful attention to alignment, commitment to the breath and mental focus to calm the mind. Her students learn a deeper sense of self-awareness in a relaxed and fun environment where they can try something new when they are ready to explore. Being a Reiki master, she incorporates this beautiful healing modality in many of her classes. She’s thrilled to share her students’ yoga journey.

Charity Luyben, E-RYT

Luyben began studying Yoga in 2007 while earning her Bachelors of Art in Music Education at The College of New Jersey. Under the instruction of Mark Moliterno, creator of YogaVoice ™, Charity discovered Yoga philosophy as a practical technology for physical, psychological and spiritual well-being. In 2012, she completed her 200-hour Classical Yoga certification at the YogaLife Institute in Wayne, PA under the direction of Bob and Kristin Butera. In 2014, Charity traveled to India where she completed her 500-hour certification through at the Yoga Institute in Mumbai under the direction of Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra and Hansaji Yogendra. Since completing her 200-hour teaching certification, Charity has led Yoga asana (posture) classes, workshops and Yoga philosophy seminars. She has also completed additional trainings in Adaptive Vinyasa, Prenatal, Restorative and Yin Yoga. Today, she is a lead and collaborative instructor in various 200-hour teacher training programs in New Jersey.

By bringing a modern understanding of the ancient philosophy of Yoga to both Yoga postures and modern life, Charity offers a unique approach to the Yoga classroom. Using her background in music and classical voice, Charity also brings the creative expression of the human voice to her classes through chant, singing, and sound.

Jessica Zerr, EYRT-500

Jessica has been a devoted yoga practitioner since 1999 and has been fortunate to study with masters skilled in conveying the awesome power of dedicated practice balanced with the humble truth of human existence. Certified at the ERYT-500 level, Jessica holds the space for self-discovery using deft guidance into ever more subtle layers of softening and opening. With over 20 years of study and practice and 13 years of teaching experience, Jessica offers embodied knowledge of yoga which she confers to students as every day practical applications.
Jessica specializes in the subtleties of alignment, mindfulness, accessibility, healing, and practicing for a calm and balanced nervous system. She has trained over 60 teachers in 7 yoga teacher trainings. Her specialized yoga studies include Yoga for People with Disabilities; Philosophical, Historical, and Medical Implications of Yoga; the Yoga Sutras; Yoga for Scoliosis; Functional Movement Principles; and focused practices for knee, shoulder, and spinal health. Her primary studies are in the Iyengar tradition flavored by 7 years of exclusively Ashtanga, Viniyoga and Dynamic Yoga. Boundless gratitude to Teachers Kofi Busia, Manuso Manos, Tony Briggs, Lynn Weinberger, and Robin Buck. Currently, Jessica is exploring meditation in the Kundalini tradition and postpartum recovery. She is known for her authenticity, solid attention to detail in alignment, and regular doses of healthy silliness. Jessica is also a certified massage therapist with over 1000 hours of training in anatomy, joint function, structural alignment, craniosacral therapy, lymphatic and visceral massage, and energetic anatomy and principles with master bodyworker and energy teacher Lynda Caesara. In addition to group classes, Jessica provides private yoga instruction and massage. Please contact her at jessica@energyandmovement.com for appointment times