Yoga has been a part of my life for 15 years, and my practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible, and courageous both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindful. I completed my 200 hour teacher training and my Massage training at Southwest Institute for the healing arts in Tempe, AZ, my second YTT was taking at the Studio Panterra in Westfield, NY. I learned the importance of alignment and use of props to make poses more accessible for ALL students. I will always be a student of the practice and I am deeply grateful for all the teachers who came before us who practice and shared the loving wisdom of yoga. In my classes, I love to combine creative sequencing that builds upon itself to help the body & mind find space, a spirit of playfulness, and a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice. I seek to help others thrive in life by nurturing body, mind, and soul with yoga techniques and bodywork. My hope is that you step off the mat or table feeling refreshed, nourished, and balanced.
Jen has been a student of yoga for over 15 years, starting with Ashtanga yoga and then transitioning to Iyengar inspired yoga in 2005. She first came to yoga for the physical benefits of flexibility and strength, but soon found something much, much more. Yoga has become a cultivation of a deep connection with her innermost self and the world around her. From this place, yoga had fostered tremendous healing in her life. Through Jen's teaching, she wishes to share this healing and connection with her students.
Julie tried yoga the first time in college, but it wasn't until later life changes that she found that truly intense connection. Never looking back, her love for yoga introduced her to several different styles and traditions with roots in Hatha, Ashtanga , and Iyengar yoga. After nearly five years of nearly daily practice, she finally took the plunge and completed her 200 hour teacher training at Panterra Studio in the Spring of 2015. She also completed a 30 hour Restorative yoga teacher training with Judith Hanson Lasater in September 2015. Julie has also taken several week-end workshops with Iyengar teachers Brooke Myers and Francois Raoult. Julie believes that curiosity is what makes life worth living. She is deeply committed to balancing sthira and sukha - steadiness and ease - in her practice and in her teaching, and cultivating an awareness of this union in her students. Alignment,purpose and intelligent sequencing are of utmost importance in Julie's classes. Her goal to inspire others to be more aware of their mind-body connection by focusing on alignment and pranayama, creating a level of conscious awareness that integrates breath with mind/body/Spirit. Julie believes yoga is about remembering who we are; an inner journey of self discovery.
Courtney has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and through her travels has had the experience of practicing both here and abroad. Her first yoga class was with Dariel Woltz of Studio Panterra in Westfield, NY, and from there the seed had been planted. When studying at the University of Hawaii she practiced at an Iyengar studio in the Manoa Valley. When her studies and work brought her to Japan, she continued to develop her practice and love of Yoga. In 2012 she completed her first 200hr YTT at the Satchidananda Ashram in Virginia, and began teaching at Eight Limbs. She recently participated in another 200hr YTT with her first teacher, Dariel, at Panterra and hopes to continue her lifelong yogic journey.
I started practicing yoga at home during college and fell in love with the way it made me feel mentally and physically. After doing yoga videos for about 10 years I went to my 1st class. Having a “live” teacher giving verbal cues and adjustments helped me to fine tune my practice and really understand the poses. I quickly fell in love with the vinyasa flow style of yoga and sought out classes by teachers trained at Amazing Yoga; this particular style of yoga really resonated with me. I received my teacher training at Amazing Yoga in 2015. Since my teacher training I have fallen even deeper in love with this powerful, athletic style of yoga. It challenges me to strengthen my weaknesses, the flow of the practice quiets my mind, and it encourages strength and flexibility. The lessons I learn on my yoga mat help me in my everyday life. The practice of yoga has taught me balance, gratitude, and to listen to my inner heart. Yoga has taught me that it is okay not to be perfect and to let the space between where I am and where I want to be inspire me. I infuse every day of my life with mindful living and creativity -from teaching art, editing photographs, posting on Instagram, or trying a new recipe; I just love to create new things! I like glitter, messy buns, peace, love, recycling, eyeliner, and any music with a good beat. I have an undying urge to travel, wander, and explore. Yoga has helped me to be more present and be grateful for every moment, opportunity, and lesson. I hope to continue to evolve as a teacher and am always looking for new classes and styles of yoga to try!! “Live life as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi
Bani Avtar Kaur, (Jenna DeFazio), received her spiritual name during Kundalini Yoga teacher training in Cleveland with Shakta Kaur. Her name means the "Princess or Lioness who is the embodiment of the inner divine sound of God in the world." Humbly, she knows that this is not only who she truly is, but most days, a mountain she must climb. She has fallen so deeply in love with the transformative power of Kundalini Yoga that she just can't stop talking about it, reading about it, practicing it, and applying it to everything she does. Her goal is to deliver the teachings just as they are, perfect. Holding a sacred space for every student to unlock their true potential as a human being. Her experience as a former gymnast, and a bodyworker are helpful in verbally guiding students to proper alignment. She joyfully and finally resides in Jamestown NY, after living in many corners of this country. With her loving partner whom she's known since the fifth grade, and Knight Rider, the black cat.
I discovered yoga in 2005 when my son went to college. I was no longer going with him to wrestling practice every night and tournaments every weekend. It was time for a new chapter. I knew nothing about yoga. For the longest time when the teacher would say Namaste I thought they where saying have a nice day. Yoga started out as a physical asana practice. I was there for a work out, going to Bikram class 7 times a week multiple times a day. My first teacher training was Baron Baptiste Hot Power Yoga teacher training level one in 2007. I loved yoga, the teachers, the students. I wanted to learn more. A friend told me to take class at a studio close to my home with a Jivamukti teacher. I said what is Jivamukti? The rest is history. I fell in Love with the Jivamukti method and my teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life! In 2008 I completed the month long 300 hour teacher training. In 2010 I completed Jivamukti 800 hour apprenticeship program. I was honored to teach at Jivamukti in NYC and NJ where I meet many great students, friends, teachers, including my spiritual teacher/adviser/friend Joshua M. Greene who opened up the world of Bhakti. My chanting,cooking, ayurvedic teacher/friend Divya Alter, who has opened the world of ayurvedic teachings, family and friends. The yoga teacher is always a student. Some studies include Jivamukti, The Bhakti Center NYC, Omega NY, Satchidanananda Ashram Yogaville, Prana Center Ca., The Himalayan Institute Pa. My husband and I moved to Lakewood this summer to be closer to our son and daughter-in-law. We look forward to becoming part of and contributing to the community. I look forward to being part of the Eight Limbs family, teaching students, sharing knowledge and making friends. Loka Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.