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Donna Sica - Chakra Crystal Bowls

 

Ten years ago, Donna Sica, experienced a Kundalini Awakening, through the "Reconnection". She embarked on a journey of working with and understanding her new gift of "Channeling." One year later she was introduced to the "Chakra Crystal Bowls." Intuitively, she knew, that this chance invite was guiding her to the unfolding of her purpose.

 

She began offering a meditation in her home, once a week, to a community of twenty. "Our Community realized early on, as we expanded by leaps and bounds, the need for a gathering place whose purpose would be the nourishment of the Soul. Seven months later, Soulful Awakenings came into fruition"...

 

"Each time the bowls sing, I sense the opening of others, the joy of connection, and the magnificent expression of vibration and light."

 

...Love Is Truly You!-

 

 

 



Jacquie Grillion - Karuna Reiki Master Teacher - Certified IET, Rising Star and Crystal Healer


Jacquie is a registered Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki® Master Teacher  through The International Center for Reiki Training and has been practicing and teaching Reiki for over 15 years.  Jacquie is certified in IET, Rising Star Healing, and is also a certified Crystal Healer. In addition, she is also a trained counselor.  As a trained counselor, she further understands the need to navigate through emotional and physical as well as spiritual issues.

 "I've grown in effectiveness and understanding through my own struggles with hardships, and have learned that the real motivation and effort comes from within. That allows me to better support my clients to consciously face their fears and concerns, and use their life force energies to steadily make progress toward their goals."

 "Trying new things helps us to grow and expand beyond our immediate perceived boundaries. I'm always learning and growing beyond what I thought was possible; and I love being able to see that happen with my clients."

 

 

 

 


Ellen Mosko - Yoga Teacher

 

After graduating from Hofstra University with a degree in psychology, Ellen worked in the fast-paced Wall Street atmosphere for many years.  Becoming a mother of two in her late 20’s, she returned to a yoga practice that began back in college.  When her hands and feet came into downward facing dog, Ellen knew this was the path to follow.

 

Her teaching style is a mix of mindful alignment, fluid movement, and attention to breath.  With an established understanding of anatomy, Ellen’s classes focus on a specific area of the body encouraging the personal exploration of postures to create internal space.  Ellen’s classes are designed to meet you where you are and bring you deeper into your practice.

 

“Breath by breath become present to yourself on your mat and through an engaged practice become more present in your life.”

 

Ellen has been actively practicing yoga since 1998 and began teaching in 2003.  Registered with Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500 level she teaches weekly classes and offers workshops, teacher trainings, retreats and private sessions along with mentoring programs. 

In her classes you'll notice a love of anatomy, alignment and the fluidity of a strong vinyasa class to engender a deep feeling of ease and strength within the practice. Ellen believes that everyone can participate and benefit from yoga and that the poses guide us to an empowered state of awareness as individuals to find our own rhythm both on the mat and in our lives.

Through the practice we meet ourselves, where we are, as we are, and with the help of the postures we move deeper toward  remaining present.  She feels it is a privilege to be a guide in that process.

 


Melinda Applegate – Qigong for Healing

 

Melinda began her journey to Qigong and Tai Chi in 1996 with Dayan Wild Goose Qigong and felt the "chi" strongly along the meridians for the first time and was an instant believer in this ancient Chinese practice of cultivating our essential life force energy and decided to go about mastering this skill.

 

She has had the pleasure an honor of learning from the following teachers; Lee Holden, Robert Peng, Gilles Marin, Daisy Lee, Barbara Birchard, Jerry Alan Johnson, Susanna Shaw and Paul Pitchford.

 

It is her life's passion to share this joyful practice and helping others to empower themselves with this skill to connect to mind body and spirit.

 

 

 

 



Katie Carola - Prenatal Yoga Teacher

 

Katie fell in love with yoga 18 years ago. Having studied classical ballet from a young age, she has always been inspired by movement. At the age of 13, she became a Reiki practitioner, which sparked her interest in energy and healing; and through yoga, she found the beautiful combination of  movement and healing. 

After completing her BA in Philosophy in 2005, she went to Kripalu Yoga Center in MA to earn her 200-hour yoga instructor certification. She has since returned to Kripalu to work in their marketing department and to assist in their teacher trainings. Continuing her study of health and wellness, Katie received her 600- hour massage therapy training at New Jersey School of Massage. Katie is also a Certifed Prenatal and Perinatal Massage Therapist with offices in both Brielle and Toms River. She currently focuses her work on caring for mothers both pre- and postpartum. 

 

 

 


Barbara Van Belle - Yoga Instructor

 

Barbara obtained a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from State University of New York at Purchase.  She has been practicing Yoga since the 1990's and was certified to teach with Integral Yoga in 1999.  She continues to attend workshops and seminars with master teachers in the field.

 

Barbara is proficient in many types of Yoga, specializing in the Sivananda and Integral Hatha Yoga styles. She believes, "Truth is one, paths are many.", as spoken by His Holiness Sri Swami Satchidananda, whom she had the privilege to meet and was mentored by his close followers.

 

She teaches group, private, open, beginner and chair yoga classes.  She has given workshops to New York City teachers and nursery school teachers as well.  Her students range in age from 6 to 80.  She often volunteers her services and is presently doing so with post treatment cancer patients on their mission to return to a new normal life.

 

Barbara lives in Spring Lake Heights and has a large following in Marlboro, NJ.  "I have been blessed and honored to do what I love and love what I do.  Consequently, it never feels like work!".

 

 

 

 


Mary Christensen - Yoga Instructor

 

Mary began her yoga practice in 2007 after retiring from a 20+ year career as a  Buyer and Product Development Manager for several National Speciality Retail  stores. She credits Yoga with helping her to transition gracefully into this next  phase of her life. Mary completed her 200 hour YogaWorks Teacher Training in  March of 2011 and the 300 hour Yogaworks Advanced Teacher Training in August 2013.

 

She has also studied with Alan Finger, Jillian Pransky, Biff Mithoefer,  Cyndi Lee and Julie Gudmestad. It has truly been an amazing journey as she  continues to learn more about herself and the study of yoga everyday. Believing  that it is important in our busy everyday lives to slow down, center yourself and  just simply breath.

 

She enjoys teaching classes that create a safe space for her students allowing them to find sanctuary in their yoga practice.

 

 

 

 


Dawn Dayton - Yoga Instructor

 

Dawn is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance having completed her certification through The Center for Health and Healing in Toms River, New Jersey. Dawn has always had a passion for holistic health and healing and for learning new things. She started practicing yoga as a way to make time for herself to renew, reflect and reconnect. After practicing yoga for almost 5 years and noticing the positive effects it was having on her mind and body, she felt the calling to become a yoga teacher to share her peace and joy with others.


This gentle beginner class incorporates focused, deep breathing and basic, flowing yoga poses to calm the mind and relax the body. Blankets, blocks, and straps are used during our practice to create space and comfort, allowing the poses to be accessible to all levels and abilities.
Essential oils are used during final relaxation, encouraging deeper inner peace. Come, let go and relax while practicing yoga in a nurturing, nonjudgmental environment and begin your journey within!


Namaste.

 

 

 

 

Susan O'Malley - BioMat
 

Susan is a former dancer / dance teacher for over 25 years, yoga teacher and Reiki Master.
She discovered the BioMat* when her son suffered a prolonged hockey injury. The BioMat helped bring relief and healing. 

She is so grateful and excited to share the benefits of the BioMat with you. 


   

 

 


Lori Tomenchok - Reiki Master
 

Lori was introduced to Reiki 20 years ago and has studied with many masters over the years.  

She is a graduate of the Mary Magdeline Transcripts and studied under Mary Tobin for her Reiki Master certification. 


   

 



Journey Dance - Laura Clark

 

Laura Clark L.M.T, C.A.P, has been in the Complementary Alternative Medicine field since 2003.  Having been a Licensed massage therapist for over 14 years, helping clients facilitate their own body’s healing, she became interested in The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®. After a two-year internship she attained her Certification. Having explored JourneyDance™ at Soulful Awakenings with the beautiful Nejie, this form of transformational movement motivated her to become a Certified JourneyDance™ Guide herself.  Laura’s philosophy “Everything you need is already contained inside of you.”