Onyx Yoga Studio 

 

45 Mountain Blvd

 

Warren, NJ 07059

 

Staff List


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Shannon Elliott (Malati)
Shannon Elliott (Malati) - Owner and Director
As a yoga instructor and owner, Shannon has nurtured Onyx's growth alongside her own. Shannon teaches both traditional and Kundalini yoga classes placing a keen focus on pranayama, movement, subtle body alignment, and meditation. Her classes are a safe space where students are cared for and strengthened inside. She has the ability to make students feel as if she is speaking directly to them without drawing individual attention to the person. Shannon invites people to experience themselves and deepen their exploration of what they believe possible. Her gift to others is to pass on the Teachings from those who have done the same for her. No matter the audience the Philosophy is spoken to be accessible to everyone and all environments/circumstances. Her classes are a blend of traditional text study including the Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and Krishna’s many past times and leelas. She incorporates chanting, gong playing, inner exploration, and bhakti love into her classes. Embodying each moment, delving deeper into your own experience, that is the gift of Yoga, one which Shannon lives to share with others. She is grateful to all her teachers, past- present- and future. And will be forever connected to her Guru, Swami Satchidnanda, who has given her the spiritual name “Malati.”
Reena Singhvi
Yoga has been in Reena's life since childhood, with her parents being active practitioners of yoga. She completed her 300 hour certification from the School of Complete Yoga and has designed her Hatha yoga class to invigorate the mind and the body. Beginning and ending in Savasana the class is perfect for anybody looking to relieve stress and energize, as well as build flexibility and strength.
Ranjitha Sandeep
Ranjitha Sandeep is an internationally-acclaimed Ashtanga (Raja) Yoga Therapist. She has taught yoga throughout the United States, Canada, and India, where she received her formative training. Ranjitha comes from a background of Hindu and Buddhist practice and has been involved in yoga and meditation for as long as she can remember. Growing up with immediate family and relatives who were doctors that integrated holistic therapies into their practice to help patients manage medical conditions, Ranjitha was exposed to the power of alternative therapies from a very young age. Meditation and yoga were part of the family’s daily routine and today Ranjitha incorporates these early experiences into her wellness practice. Ranjitha’s wellness programs combine yoga and meditation with the teachings of the scriptures of yoga. She educates her students on the connection between body, mind, and spirit in the healing and wellness process and her techniques have been used to help people better manage stress, addictions, and disease. She brings an integrated approach of yoga asanas, pranayama and meditation as well as Thai-Chi, Reiki, Ayuveda (sister science of yoga) and Thai Yoga into her unique yoga classes. Ranjitha doesn’t just teach yoga postures; instead, she guides her students through the whole new language of Ashtanga through love and compassion towards oneself and she knows how to reach and help people of all ages and physical abilities. Recognized as a leader in the wellness field, Ranjitha is a frequent guest on WBAI radio and has been tapped to speak at medical conferences and hospitals and lead classes and workshops in both corporate and community settings. In addition to teaching in group settings, Ranjitha offers one-on-one coaching and she leads a yoga and meditation certification program to train future leaders in the field. Ranjitha is a Disciple of Yogi Dharma Mitra fron New York and she has studied with Ashtanga Masters Pattabi Josi, David Life and Sharon Ganon from Jiva Mukthi, She is a certified Reiki second degree (energy healing), a certified Thai Yoga therapist, a certified Pilates instructor, and holds a certificate for advanced training of Healing Breath Kriya from world-renowned Master Sri Ravishankar. In addition, she is certified in Deepak Chopra’s Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga. Ranjitha is well-versed in the scriptures of yoga and has taught courses on 8 Limbs of Yoga, Bagavad Gita and Nadis in relation to the chemistry of the central nervous system. Prior to launching Yoga Sutra For Life, Ranjitha was a research engineer for Bell Labs and Lucent where she spent 14 years. She holds a B.S. with double majors in Chemistry and Biology from Bangalore University in India and a Computer Science Degree from Brookdale College, New Jersey.
Judy Parenti
Judy discovered the unique healing and rejuvenating effects of Yoga beginning her personal practice 23 years ago. Judy is a certified yoga instructor, receiving her teacher training from Master teacher Ranjitha Sandeep's yoga sutra for life. She has completed Reiki levels one, two and master teacher practitioner. She is also certified in qi gong intensive healer training and qi gong therapist course. Judy took teacher level course with Grandmaster Tzu and is certified to teach Qi gong healer intensive course. Judy is also a certified Crystal practitioner. With a passion for living, loving and sharing Judy continues her studies. With deep gratitude to past teachers, present teachers and future teachers.
Denise Corsini
Denise took her first yoga class as a senior in high school and was immediately hooked. She felt inspired by the physical challenge of the asana practice, and curious about the philosophical themes that many of her teachers talked about. She began to practice several times a week and noticed profound changes in her life – less anxiety, elevated mood, improved focus, better sleep, just to name a few. She wanted to share what she had learned, so she signed up for a 200 hour yoga teacher training with Jeannine Dietz, and began teaching soon after. Since then, she has studied with some of her favorite teachers such as Sue Elkind, Naime Jezzeny, Jason Crandell and Noah Maze. In her classes, Denise strives to help her students pay attention to their breath, cultivate a steady awareness on the present moment, and practice asana in a safe and sustainable way. She truly believes that anyone can enhance their life with yoga and feels incredibly blessed with opportunity to teach!
Alison Levine
Alison took her first influential yoga class in 2000 with Rolf Gates. It would be the class that sent her a journey of curiosity and reflection. Alison teaches an alignment based vinyasa (utilizing Universal Principles of Alignment) infused with dharma passed on by her teachers. It is her heart calling to teach this practice with precision, love, grace and humor. She is committed to teaching an intelligently sequenced practice while honoring the space of each student. Alison gives gratitude to her most beautiful teachers for their generosity.
Gabi Perrotti
A yogini since before she could even say “OM,” Gabi was introduced to yoga and meditation by her grandfather who was a devoted practitioner. Inspired by his way of life, she committed to her own practice in 2003 and has “continually been blown away by the ability that this practice has to give us exactly what we need in each moment, even as that need is constantly changing. Yoga is a perfect method and metaphor for life.” With her soothing voice and encouraging demeanor, her classes will have students of all levels feeling challenged and capable, strong and supple. Her classes are a moving meditation as she links breath with movement and she has a keen awareness of the ability that music has to move practitioners to greater depths. Inspired by her teachers Shannon Elliot and Amy Cronise-Mead, she teaches Vinyasa classes with special attention to alignment as a way to progress rapidly and safely, and to develop integrity and mindfulness. The eternal student, when Gabi is not on the mat, she is most likely to be found at a library or bookstore; she is in the Rutgers Graduate School studying Eastern Religions and Philosophies as well as Sanskrit. She feels "ridiculously lucky" to have the gift of sharing this practice of yoga with other people.
Sherry Fahs
As the mother of four active, dyamic young girls, Sherry found her center, her peace and her increased ability to deal with the needs of this busy family, including her own needs, in the practice of yoga. With her certification in Yoga Dharma, her added training in Grounded Kids Yoga and her current study of Anatomy and Therapeutic Training, she enthusiastically teaches students both the physicality and the philosophy of Yoga. Her early educational background in theater and drama and her classroom teaching experience increase her ability to present Yoga in an interesting and sound way. Sherry offers careful explanations and demonstrations to beginners, but she also challenges advanced students to reach their potential. All of Sherry’s classes are imbued with a playful happiness, inspired by her work with children. Come and learn with her!
Gemma Golden
Gemma is a certified yoga instructor with a focus on alignment based principles to assist with maximizing the full potential in each yoga pose. She received her initial 200-hour training from Yogadharma in 2003 and is currently deepening her yoga studies in a 300-hour Level II training, focusing on the energetics of optimally aligned asanas and applied therapeutics. Gemma came to yoga as a way to recover from persistent back pain following back surgery. Through the practice she found a safe way to build strength and heal her own body. As a teacher Gemma breaks down the instructions for each posture with focus on alignment and breath, fostering an accessible practice for anyone that shows up on the mat.
 
Jane Lindemann
Jane is passionate about yoga. She believes that yoga is a life practice, both on and off the mat. Practicing yoga since 2008 she decided to deepen and strengthen her practice by becoming a certified yoga instructor, completing 300 hours of training through Yogadharma with Amy Cronise-Mead and Will Mead, and 100 hours of Anatomy and Therapeutics with Amy Cronise-Mead, this is where she found her foundation of mediation, yoga philosophies, and asana. Jane considers herself a student of life, loving to learn and teach, she hopes to inspire her students with the same foundation and passion that her teachers gave her. Jane is alignment based in her vinyasa teachings, her classes will be challenging but also playful, each students will move through their own practice to the best of their abilities in order for them to reach their full potential.
Michael Kohan
Michael (Mukunda Chandra das) completed his 300 hour teacher training in 2013 under the guidance of Ragunath das and Sondra Loring. Additionally, in 2015 he will complete a 600 hour Anusara Yoga teacher training lead by Sue Elkind and Naime Jezzeny. His well-rounded asana classes incorporate creative Vinyasa sequencing along with meditation, clear intention, and uplifting music. Michael’s asana classes are infused with devotion and aligned with the spiritual teachings of the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras of Master Patanjali. He strives to embody the qualities of yoga - humility, compassion, devotional service and non-violence, and he believes his role is to serve others through the practice of yoga, enabling students to become steadfast in their yoga. He believes that in serving others, we come to realize our true purpose.
Jennifer Gottlick-Lazo
Jennifer began the practice of yoga as a way to physically challenge herself and to relieve her own stress and anxiety. She developed a deep love of the practice and discovered how beneficial it can be physically, mentally and spirituality. She made the life changing decision to leave her job in the health care industry to focus on deepening her knowledge and sharing the benefits of yoga. She completed her 200 hour RYT through Onyx Yoga Studio. Jennifer developed a knack for the subtlety of anatomy and alignment in the asana. She has the gift of being able to offer her students cues on how to move from the inside and with the breath. She offers options and teaches modifications so every student has something to do. Jennifer has a welcoming and supportive presence. She teaches in a way that has students feeling safe and inspired. Jennifer extends her deepest gratitude to her teacher Shannon Elliott, for her support and encouragement along this journey. She also has gratitude and love for all of her teachers, past, present and future.
Nancy Fischer
Nancy is a warm and supportive teacher that leads from her heart and loves to laugh from down deep in her core. She is passionate about living every day to the fullest. Yoga has taught her the value in being fully present in the moment and appreciating the beauty in all that is around you. She has dedicated over 10 years to practicing yoga and is fully committed to balancing a daily yoga and meditation practice along with her lifelong passion for long distance running. Nancy received her 200 Hour Yoga Alliance teaching certificate from Onyx Yoga Studio. She is grateful to many teachers that have inspired her along this journey and will always be present in her teachings including Shannon Elliott, Yulady Saluti, Annie Isaacson, and Alex Shipman. For these teachers have taught her the value of alignment, spirituality, laughter and the pure joy that comes from paying it forward and watching your student’s succeed. She is grateful to her family for their support along this journey.
Judit Duran
Judit is 500 hours certified Yoga Teacher with more than 15 years of experience teaching. She is also a Certified Singing Bowl practitioner and a Health Coach. She is a graduate of the University of Barcelona with a BA degree in Hotel Management. She has studied with Ranjitha Sandeep, Claire Diab, Cheri Clampett, Arturo Peal and Jacquie Ruderman. She is trained to teach Vinyasa, Gentle, Restorative, Therapeutic and Yin Yoga. She feels very fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel to India several times to deepen her practice and feels grateful for all the support her husband and 2 kids have always given her. Judit opens her heart and soul in her yoga classes taking care of everybody's individual needs, working mind body and spirit as a whole. She offers a compassionate yoga practice welcoming people with different levels and ages. Judit likes to challenge her students but always reminds them to listen to their bodies. "We should challenge ourselves without causing pain or injury. To do this we must be aware of our limits within each pose".

Apart from asanas (postures), breathing techniques and meditation, Judit offers in most of her classes inspirational readings, occasional guided visualizations and plays the Tibetan Singing Bowls and chimes during Savasana to help students relax and de-stress. Background music is also an important aspect of Judit’s classes. She has a great selection of playlists to create the right ambience so you can totally let go of tension and go deep into your practice. To learn more about her please visit her website: www.juditduran.com

Micole Linehan
Micole Linehan - ONYX Member Advisor and Yoga Instructor

Micole is Onyx’s Member Advisor and is here to welcome and assist new, potential, and existing members. Discussions range from the most appropriate classes for specific goals and physicality, membership options, and simply what to wear and bring to class. You may email her at micole@onyxyogastudio.com

Micole is also a registered yoga instructor and graduate of Onyx Yoga Studio’s 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training program. She provides a safe and supportive environment for yogis to learn and practice physical and mental tools for well-being. Knowing that yoga has something to offer every individual, she happily teaches and practices a wide variety of styles and levels. Currently this includes basics/beginners, hatha, vinyasa flow, therapeutics, gentle, restorative, as well as pranayama (breathing practices) and meditation classes. In addition, Micole has a personal kundalini practice under the generous guidance of Ogden Kruger and Shannon Elliott. She also enjoys going onsite to local companies to provide yoga and meditation breaks for employees at work.

“My practice has evolved so much over the years - through illness and injury, circumstance, and introspection. Yoga is with me every step of the way. It is an incredible gift to help others find this beautiful, lifelong practice that will benefit all aspects of life."

Noelle Strid
Noelle discovered yoga shortly after the birth of her daughter in 2008 and has been practicing ever since. She was immediately hooked, and was captivated by how much it helped her to build strength both mentally and physically, while allowing her to find peace and serenity. She has always had a love of dance, and is fascinated with the way bodies can find freedom through movement. She also has a background in ecological studies and is deeply passionate about the natural world. Her classes incorporate these notions, while creating a safe and nurturing environment for students to practice and grow. She received her 200 hour RYT at Onyx Yoga Studio in Warren, NJ and will be forever grateful to Shannon Elliot and Inna Hekler and all other teachers past, present and future for sharing their knowledge and love of yoga. She hopes that she can continue to share these teachings so others will be able to realize the same benefits and make yoga a sustainable part of their lives.
Teresa Robinson
Teresa tried yoga for the first time in December 2014, and immediately fell in love. She became fascinated by the physical demand of the practice and how calm and relaxed she felt after each class.

Yoga helped Teresa move through a very difficult period in her life, overcoming depression and anxiety. She believes the practice is about clearing away whatever is in us preventing us from living a full and happy life.

To share this gift with others, Teresa completed her 200-hour Teacher Certification at Onyx Yoga Studio in Warren, NJ. She loves studying the Philosophy and Teachings and incorporating them into her classes, in a way that is relatable to everyone. Teresa teaches Vinyasa flow with a strong emphasis on Alignment, providing a safe and mindful approach by offering variations for anyone at any level. She challenges her students to go beyond what they believe possible to realize their unlimited potential. Teresa is eternally grateful for all of her teachers, past, present, and future.

Pamela Nixon
Pamela Nixon is a yoga teacher, a mother and the creator of Peace Play. She has been teaching movement based classes to children for 20 years, including cheerleading, gymnastics, fitness and yoga. Pamela has enjoyed years of training others how to teach yoga to children through her in-person workshops and online courses. She loves teaching children yoga through imagination and play, and hopes to bring more peace to the world, one little yogi at a time!
Barbara Fritze
Barbara (Himat Kaur) has been a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga teacher since
2004. She did her teacher training for Kundalini at Yoga East. Her practice has taken her throughout the country in order to enhance her skills and love for the incredible technology of Kundalini Yoga: six summer solstice celebrations in New Mexico (including numerous White Tantric yoga
meditation workshops), trips to California at Yoga West, to Los Angeles
and Vancouver British Columbia. She also has done several workshops with
Guru Singh at the Kripalu Institute in Stockbridge Mass and has done many
retreats with MahanRishi Singh in Yardley, PA. Sharing the teachings of
Yogi Bhajan is a passion she has had for years. She is thrilled to
join Onyx Yoga Studio as a teacher.
MAHAN RISHI
Mahan Rishi Singh Khalsa co-founded the Khalsa Healing Arts and Yoga Center in Yardley, PA in 1989. He began studying yoga and meditation in 1973-4 and entered the Guru Ram Das Ashram in 1975 as a student and teacher of Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®. Having taught nationally and internationally, along with traveling numerous times to India, he seeks to bring the ancient wisdom and authentic devotional practices of yoga and meditation into everyday life. He has been leading retreats and yatras (spiritual pilgrimages) to India, Nepal and Tibet over the past 25 years. His experiences of the kundalini and subtle-energy currents of the etheric body have led him to guide his students toward Self-realization and illumination through Universal love and understanding. His vision is for each student to have an experience of vital energy, great joy, and liberating peace. 

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