Mary Ellen Moses, E-RYT®, NJLMT, MLDT, Owner and Director
Private and Group Yoga Instruction, Therapeutic Massage, Pranic Healing.
Mary became a student of yoga in 1993 and after experiencing the profound effects of her practice, decided to become an instructor. She earned her 200 Hour Certification with Raji Thron of Yoga Synthesis in 2000. Mary is a Registered Yoga Alliance instructor and has continued her education with workshops by Yoganand, Doug Keller, and Max Strom. She was trained to teach Restorative Yoga by Sudha Lundeen 2005 and completed a Trance Dance training with Shiva Rea in 2008. She is currently completing a 300 hour Yoga Certification with Yoga Light School. This Training will give Mary the tools to work with people individually, designing practices to assist in healing all aspects of the person. She believes her role as an instructor is to provide a safe and nurturing environment in which students can learn the principles and practice of yoga and in turn discover their own true nature; creating balance of body, mind and spirit. She encourages students to be playful and compassionate in their practice.
Mary became a Certified Swedish Massage Therapist in 1996. Since then she has continued her education with workshops in Reiki I and II, Kinesiology, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue, Polarity, Raindrop Therapy and Ayurvedic treatments such as Shirodhara and Dosha Balancing massage. She also received training in Basic and Advanced Pranic Healing as well as Pranic Psychotherapy with Cynthia deLeon. She believes that Pranic Healing is a powerful healing tool that has transformed her life and is very excited to provide this service to the community. In September of 2017, Mary completed her certification for Manual Lymph Drainage and is now in the Master Level training. Visit www.mldinstitute.com for more information on this amazing technique for enhancing the function of the immune system.
Mary lives locally and enjoys cooking (and eating!), reading, drumming, being outdoors, traveling and living fully in the moment.
Mary is available for therapeutic yoga sessions, massage and Energy Balancing Sessions by appointment. Please call (973)670-7421 to schedule.
Chuck Wood, Percussionist
Chuck Wood is a multi percussionist from Northwest New Jersey who has recorded and toured the U.S. with his friend Arjun Alan Bruggeman (currently with Krishna Das) in their world percussion band known as Ghandharva. He has also appeared live or recorded with Michael Franti of Spearhead,Ganga Giri, Neal Casal, David Darling, Shannon McNally, The John Ginty Band, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Tribe After Tribe (featuring the South African musician Robbie Robb,
Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam and Doug Pinnick of Kingï¿½s X), Three Fish, Anthony Krizon (Spin Doctors), From Good Homes and Roaming Gabriels.
Instruments he plays are West African in nature, including the djembe, doun doun and shekeree; some are also rooted in the South American culture such as the congas and berimbau. He has studied these various instruments with Baba Olatunji, MBemba Bangoura, Titos Sompa, Mohammed Camera, Yaya Nelson, Ladji Camera, Mar Gueye and Glen Webber.
Since 2004, Chuck has been exploring the art of accompanying Yoga classes with live drumming. This exploration has led him across the US playing for various styles of yoga such as Anusara, Vinyasa Flow, Kripalu and Hatha, putting him on the leading edge of the yoga and live music scene that is flourishing across the country.
Starting this endeavor out as a solo performer, he would later involve guitarist Colin Allured from North Carolina. Together they would evolve into his most recent project known as Dhamaru, performing at yoga studios and retreats throughout the country. They released a full length self titled CD in August of 2010 and are currently working on a follow up disc due for release in 2012. In November 2011 their song ‘Mantra Dance’ was added to the compilation Seva CD which has been produced and released by The Kripalu center for yoga and health in Stockbridge,MA.
Chuck also accompanies many forms of dance including African dance, Modern, jazz, tap and NIA. He enjoys playing for free form dance styles as well, such as trance dance and ecstatic dance. He has worked with choreographers Jo Ann Jones, Kim Pinto and Mark Morris, NIA black belt instructors Caroline Kohles and Casey Bernstein, Sadie Nardini of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga, and Yoga Trance Dance instructor Amy Jeanette.
Whether performing solo or with a band, Chuck loves the art of music and rhythm and continues to explore its depths through live performance and recording.
Sue Mortimer, RYT
Sue Mortimer is a Registered Yoga Alliance teacher. She received her yoga teacher training from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and continues her education through workshops and continued education at the Kripalu Center. Some of her areas of additional education are: Yoga for Special Needs, Yoga and Osteoporosis, The Healing Art of Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, Yoga for Pregnancy and Advanced Kripalu Yoga Postures.
Sue was introduced to yoga in 1998 when her boss suggested taking a yoga class. At the end of the eight week beginnerï¿½s sessions she was hooked. She found that yoga complimented her other athletic interests, bringing balance to her body. Sue left the corporate world in 2000 and began her yoga journey. She has worked with athletes and clients with special needs. She has worked with clients who have had knee or hip replacements and back surgeries and clients with chronic illness such as: cancer, fibromyalgia, depression and anxiety.
In Sueï¿½s classes you will learn to be fully present in the moment so that you can connect to your body, mind and spirit in a compassionate and non-judgmental way. Her goal as a Kripalu yoga instructor is to develop a healthy and strong body, an open and caring heart, and a peaceful and clear mind.
Contact Sue (973)927-3995 to register for her classes: Wednesdays and Fridays 9:15-10:30am.
Amy Jeanette (Saraswati)
Amy Jeanette has been working in the human service field since her time as an undergraduate student. She has worked with a variety of populations across the life span in a multitude of settings. This love of people led her to pursue a B.A. in Human Development and continued exploration in the healing arts. As part of her inner transformational work she found yoga, reiki and other alternative pathways for personal growth. This led her to incorporate her passion for art, movement, and music into her graduate work in the Expressive Art Therapies.
Amy earned an M.A. in Expressive Art Therapy from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. in 2002. She received her certification as a yoga instructor in 2008 from The International Sivananda Yoga Vendanta Center in Nassau, Bahamas and recently (Nov. 2015) completed her Kundalini Yoga teacher training at Sat Nam Yoga Spa in Hurleyville, NY with lead teacher Hari Kaur. She is a Shiva Rae certified Yoga Trance Dance Instructor and a Karuna and Usui Reiki Master/ Teacher. In addition, Amy has recently become a certified Rose Alchemy Therapist and a Quantum Life Coach.
She has vast experience teaching yoga, leading trance dance and facilitating sound healing workshops at studios and retreat centers all over the eastern United States. She has taught many of these classes and workshops accompanied by live musicians, and uses a creative and holistic approach to help guide others in reaching their goals.
Amy currently teaches yoga and the expressive arts at The Center for Enhancing Abilities in Cedar Knolls, NJ and works with individuals teaching and guiding yoga, dance, meditation, expressive arts and life coaching.
My journey into developing my program began after a long bout with low and mid back pain. I was looking for a way to keep myself from suffering the recurring injuries that kept putting me on the floor for extended periods.
I discovered Tai Chi, a centuries old Chinese discipline for health, relaxation, balance, flexibility, strength, meditation, self-defense and self-cultivation. It improves circulation, balance, coordination, and helps relax and strengthen the muscular and nervous systems.
The results from the Chinese form of exercise developed the physical changes I needed and was looking for. I have become an advocate for others who need physical changes and programs they are capable of working at, to live well.
During my nine plus years studying Tai Chi under Grandmaster Tom Sulick in Washington, NJ, I was fortunate to have many hours of private one-on-one instruction with a focus on movement techniques.
Knowing that I could help people increase balance, strength and overall range of motion, I have created an exercise method inspired by the underlying style of the forms I have studied. My program, ChiForLiving™, uses some borrowed elements; some re-imagined movements and many of my own creation all tied together by my interpretations of how to teach.
Developed as an intuitive teaching/learning style, ChiForLiving™ focuses on slow, gentle movement and kinetic awareness. Students develop an understanding of their own body and the way it feels during the movements. At the same time, they develop their balance, increase their range of motion, build leg and core strength to build a stronger foundation for support. These changes, along with improved coordination, create a smoother flow through movements and daily activities.
There are no age boundaries for my program; however it works especially well for those over 55 who have lost touch with movement and need to exercise to improve their quality of life. No matter whom I teach, or show my methods, it thrills me knowing I am helping make a positive change in their lives.
Since 2007, working with seniors ranging from those with Alzheimer’s to fully active seniors has helped me tune the movements and learn how to reach and teach ChiForLiving™ to just about any group, based on their needs, abilities and expectations.
Contact Stan Cohen
Mailing address: PO Box 182, Port Murray, NJ 07865
Joanna Reed, Master of Arts
Joanna Reed, Master of Arts, is an expert in searching for identity and the authentic self. She is experienced in presenting workshops that deal with large questions, such as “Who Am I?” and “What role does conditioning play in forming identity?” Having presented at numerous workshops, Reed received a Master Presenter certificate from the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development. She has presented at local, state and national conferences.
Reed and a colleague, Cathy Murphy worked on a curriculum “Beyond the Personal Self” specifically designed to engage participants in the search for personal identity and the authentic self. Her graduate work in Florence, Italy, enhanced her creative self while continuing the ongoing focus that she has on personal identity.
Take the journey to understanding and personal fulfillment with Professor Reed. You will not be disappointed!
“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” Oscar Wilde
“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” Ralph Ellison
Joanna will be our special guest presenter at the Women’s Wellness Weekend in January!