Mandy Grant is the Head Teacher and Owner of Juluka Yoga Studio. Her Yoga teaching experience spans over 20 years, and “Juluka”, which is the Zulu word for “sweat,” is the culmination of her life’s experiences and truly a dream come true for this South African native. Mandy’s devotion for the practice and her desire to always be learning has led her to obtain several yoga specialties and certifications, train with notable teachers, and round out her expertise with Pilates certifications, as well. Click to Read More of Mandy
Adeline (Addie) Pietro
RYT-500, Juluka Graduate
I started practicing yoga in my home by following Baron Baptiste and Bryan Kest videos. As I continued to practice regularly, I observed both physical and mental changes in myself. I improved my strength and flexibility while finding calmness and self-awareness. Yoga inspired me with its power to create personal transformation. With a strong desire to deepen my understanding of yoga I became an Alliance Certified yoga teacher through Juluka's training program. The classes I teach emphasize a flow of strengthening poses and breathing to open the mind and body. Yoga has become my inspiration to listen to intuition and trust in the flow of the universe.
Seasoned in the styles of Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga, Alyssa promotes wellness and spiritual ananda (bliss) through movement and meditation. Her additional background as a certified Pilates Instructor/Practitioner for the past six years, along with her martial arts experience as a 4th Degree Black Belt Instructor/Practitioner for over a decade, instills her with a fire, which she emanates in her classes. A graduate from Dartmouth College, she earned her B.A. in Psychology and devotes much of her time to this passion as well. When not engaging in her more physical/spiritual practices, she dedicates her time to an organization called NovoCure. As the Head Regional Clinician of her clinic in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, she treats stage IV brain cancer patients with an experimental medical device. Her love and loyalty towards all living things inspire her reach out and spread peace to all of Nature. "Human Beings, indeed all sentient beings, have the right to pursue happiness and live in peace and freedom." -The XIVth Dalai Lama
RYT-200, Juluka Graduate
I had been practicing yoga for over 10 years when I decided to earn my yoga teaching certification at Juluka. Although I wasn’t even sure I wanted to teach, I was very interested in the history and philosophy of yoga and wanted to immerse myself more fully in all aspects of my practice. But once I started to teach, I was happily surprised. I thoroughly enjoy sharing my practice with my students and it is so rewarding to see the amazing progress that many have accomplished. I teach a variety of classes with a focus on strength and flexibility. My classes emphasize creative flowing sequences that combine core strength, balance and grace. And most important, teaching my students to lift the corners of their mouths….and smile and enjoy their time on the mat!
RYT-200, Juluka Graduate
I have been in the fitness industry since my early twenties. With an extensive background in dance and fitness I thought yoga would be a good addition to my fitness routine. Although, difficult at first I began to see significant changes both physically and mentally. For me Yoga is the relationship that is built between the body, the mind and the breath. Yoga is freedom and release. I am here to help others find that connection so they they can comfortably and competently move their bodies through life.
Brenda Alosio Schoolsky
RYT-200, Juluka Graduate
Although I took my first yoga class some twenty years ago, it wasn’t until about twelve years ago that I realized my passion for it, began practicing regularly, and then several years ago made the wise decision to become a certified yoga teacher. I never considered training with anyone else but Mandy Grant. I am currently teaching a variety of Hatha yoga classes, from kids to seniors, summer camp to chair yoga and everything in between. Within each class is always a different experience; I enjoy the unique energy each experience brings.
RYT-200, Juluka Graduate
My love for yoga began during Mandy’s inspirational beginner class. Practicing yoga gave me a feeling of wellbeing that I wanted to share. With Mandy's encouragement I completed the 200hr teacher’s training course at Juluka. During teacher training I formed friendships with women I consider my sisters; together we learned that there are many ways to practice yoga. Through physical practice, breathing exercises, meditation and Yoga Sutra studies my life has changed for the better. I am so grateful for the opportunity to inspire people to practice yoga. When I am teaching class I feel connected and exactly where I’m supposed to be! “Begin where you are and how you are, and whatever happens, happens." T.K.V. Desikachar
RYT-500, Juluka Graduate
Curt’s teaching style offers a blend of the fundamental Hatha and Vinyasa sequencing, coupled with individualized student modifications and a safe inversion practice. Students are challenged through slow, precise movement and are encouraged to listen to their own bodies while modifying their asanas as necessary. Curt believes a consistent yoga practice lays a strong foundation for improved athletic ability and increased work productivity with a mind at ease.
First introduced to yoga while studying European economies in Vienna, Austria, Curt later received his RYT-500 certification under master yogi Mandy Grant at the Juluka Yoga School.
In addition to teaching, Curt works as a brand consultant and marketing executive with clients across the US and abroad. He graduated from the George Washington University with a BBA in international business where he also played intercollegiate cricket. An avid traveler, Curt is always looking for his next adventure.
Yoga, Kids Yoga
RYT-200, Juluka Graduate
Danielle is a 200-hour RYT and a full-time ABA preschool teacher in Bergen County. She holds a Master's of Teaching with a dual certification in P-3rd grade and Teaching Students with Disabilities. Danielle discovered yoga in 2010 when a particular set of exams left her feeling drained. One class was all it took to help her realize she had been extremely stressed. It only took one class for her to feel an immediate sense of relief and gain clarity.From then on, Danielle continued with her yoga practice, focusing on just how balanced it made her body and mind feel. A month away from being a Master's Graduate from Montclair State University, she knew she loved teaching and decided to obtained her 200-hour RYT in 2014 from Juluka Yoga Studio in Hillsdale, NJ. Her 200-hour yoga study was completed under the supervision of studio owner and 500-E RYT Mandy Grant. After graduating and teaching a year of hot yoga, Danielle learned the art of providing a balanced class for beginner yogis, as well as the more advanced students. She always ensures everyone experiences a sense of belonging. Danielle is very focused on making sure her yoga students operate in a safe manner for their bodies and emphasizes mindfulness. After all, yoga is for everybody - even kids! Through her yoga journey and academic teaching career, she had come to see that many children appeared stressed, anxious and overwhelmed. Danielle realized she wanted to broaden her reach and help children, tweens, and teens balance their thoughts, build coping strategies, strengthen their self esteem, and gain confidence through yoga! So, in 2016, she obtained her "Kidding Around Yoga" certification at the Intergral Yoga Institute in New York, NY. In the future, Danielle aims to become a 500-hour RYT and study prenatal yoga.
RYT-200, Juluka Graduate
I discovered yoga originally for the physical benefits- the strength, balance and flexibility were a great counterpart to the weight training and cardio I was doing at the time. Little did I realize at the time how transformative the time on my mat would be on other aspects of my life. As a cancer survivor and mom of a special needs teenager helps me stay in the present. It keeps depression and anxiety at bay, keeps my body strong, healthy and flexible, and slows down my reactions to the stresses of ordinary living. My goal as a teacher is to have a warm, welcoming, playful class with varied postures that you can take at your level, with a strong focus on leading with the breath and being fully present. My classes are for everyone, no matter what level you currently are in your practice.
RYT-200, Juluka Graduate
When I first got involved in yoga, I immediately saw the physical benefits. Always being an active person I knew this could challenge my strength and flexibility in a unique way. However, as I continued to practice I saw the potential for much more. Recently moving to Park Ridge I found Juluka where I first met Mandy. I immediately felt a connection to her, the studio, and all of the teachers. Without hesitation I enrolled into the teacher training program. This experience led me to not only understand the physical benefits but I also gained a deep understanding of the mental and spiritual benefits.
I am also a Physical Education and Health teacher with BS in Exercise Physiology. I am a firm believer that yoga can benefit everyone at any age. My classes incorporate a Vinyasa Flow style that allows for modifications to meet everyone’s needs. Through the many poses we not only want to build strength and flexibility physically but we also want to carry those important aspects into our everyday life. Practicing and working with your body to accomplish new goals helps bring a sense of self-confidence, happiness and peace into your life that you can share with others around you.
Since graduating in the Spring of 2014 and receiving my RYT-200 through Juluka, I have found so much joy sharing my new found mental, physical, and spiritual growth with both adults and children. Combining physical benefits with the love and peace that yoga brings to one’s life amazes me. I am truly grateful to have yoga in my life and I look forward to sharing it with you!
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”-The Dalai Lama
Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace.” Spirit says, “Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place." - Marianne Williamson
Jennifer Cece is a certified and registered yoga teacher through Juluka Yoga Studios. She is also a teacher of Pilates through Physical Mind Pilates Method. Jennifer concerns herself with the practical applications of yoga for stress management and daily living, so she studied with Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression, and received certification in the Lifeforce Yoga, which is a type of yoga that uses yoga to manage emotional issues and stress. Jennifer, a New Jersey certified and licensed teacher of music, brings to her yoga and pilates classes, her diverse background and her fourteen years experience teaching and coaching vocal performers.
She has earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Richmond, Virginia where she also studied singing under a vocal music scholarship. Jennifer earned her Masters in Music from New Jersey City University, and sings regularly in the tristate area. Jennifer advocates the benefits of pranayama (yoga breathing), asana, and meditation for improved vocal performance. Jennifer can be heard presenting her lecture "The Benefits of Yoga for Performers" at various venues in the metropolitan area, including Westchester Community College. She has also worked with cancer survivors at Albert Einstein College of Medicine teaching the benefits of pranayama for stress management.
Yoga, Children's Yoga, Yoga for Children with Autism/Spectrum
RYT-200, Juluka Graduate
I started practicing yoga when I realized I needed more balance in my life. After being an athlete for many years, my mat was the only thing that helped me find stability when I let the stress of daily life get the best of me. I was hooked after my first class and became a dedicated student at Juluka Yoga. I now suggest yoga as the answer to everyone’s problems!
I also have a background in education and am currently receiving my M.Ed. in Special Education to continue enriching the lives of students with Autism. Along with my 200-RYT, I am certified in Children’s Yoga and Yoga for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. It amazes me to see that yoga can not only benefit adults, but the young as well. My future goals are to obtain a certification in pre/post-natal yoga and incorporate yoga into the classrooms!
My classes consist of strengthening but mainly opening poses that break down the walls of us seeing the good things ahead. At the end of each class, you’ll feel relaxed and ready to start your day!
Maria Elena Dominguez
RYT-500 Juluka Graduate
Fate often has a way of intervening in our lives when we least expect it. Over Fourteen years ago, tragedy hit the home front, my son; a United States Marine was shot by a sniper and left paralyzed from the neck down. Our life’s changed its course of direction, which in turn, drastically, designed a new purpose of life, still and forever in progress. While trying to figure out what had hit us, and how to save myself and help my son regain love for living, Yoga decided it would find me. Sitting beside my son in the hospital room, as was my routine, a Yoga program was showing on the TV set.
A lot of good has happened since that first meeting with Yoga. One of the most important was that, even without completing the 200 hour teacher training, I followed the instructions on that particular show, and took it upon myself to motivate and teach the mothers and spouses of the wounded veterans that had become my newly found family. We needed to become strong and resilient, we needed to have health and faith, we needed to do it together, or we would die Everyday was a new struggle, and I felt my goals crystallized; like a pearl in the making, through pain and fear, we practiced together, we became strong and we were able to face each day and battle with a strong heart and body.
Yoga helped us, and provided solace, spirituality, loving kindness, humility, surrender and courage. I am a woman with a strong and faithful and heart, I am positive, compassionate and passionate. I strongly believe in paying it forward and helping others in need. In 2014 I completed the 200 Hour Teacher Training Mandy Grant, of Juluka. I’ve completed certifications in different yoga styles, such as Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Yoga of Dance, Yoga for Trauma, Hatha Yoga. My teachers have been, Raji Thron of Yoga Synthesis, Daniel Leven of Kripalu, Kelley Solloway, Kate Reddy (Keli Lalita) from Mandali Yoga and Nancy Candea from Yoga Impact.
My yoga practice and approach is based on Bhakti Yoga, love and service without expecting anything in return or attachments. I have a warm and confident personality which is often described as "soothing yet challenging" by my loyal students. I am a Latina by birth, born in the Dominican Republic. I speak and write perfect Spanish and English and I am of strong character with an excellent capacity to adapt. (Thanks to being born in a third world country)
CYT 300 CPT/WITS
Yoga gave me my exciting life style back, 12 years ago. After a long chronic back condition, carpel tunnel syndrome and an on set middle age vertigo, I thought I must resign myself to a limited, sedentary and boring life. But now, I am at the top of my physical shape and able to enjoy the most exciting experiences I could ever imagined. And yes it happened. Thanks to My Yoga Practice.
I came from Romania 35 years ago. As a graduate of The Health and Physical Education Institute, I developed an interest in healthy practices. Being privileged and talented to be a track and field athlete, I had the opportunity to compete nationally and internationally and to be part of the Romanian Olympic Team in the 1968 Games in Mexico City. Occupational condition and overstressed use of same muscle groups began to weaken my body, limit my range of motion and contribute to a beginning of arthritis. My passion to stay fit and active had won and now I am healthy, fit and a Gold Winner in the 2009 and 2010 Senior Olympic Games four times over, in track and field and tennis, and 2009 All American Sports Designation. And yes it happened. Thanks to My Yoga Practice.
My mission is to teach, educate and help everyone achieve and maintain physical health. Highly creative and relentless motivator, I am results oriented. I have discovered through my teaching experience over the past 10 years, how yoga provides a greater combination of benefits than any other form of activity. I strongly believe that the benefits of yoga, are immensely recognized to improve our health and when used in concert with daily and traditional activities, yoga will complete your physical and spiritual conditioning, yoga will improve your mood and the state of well being and yoga will bring you happiness and contentment.
I am grateful to have the opportunity to share with you my expertise in Yoga and Fitness and to work with you towards a great personal experience.
Yoga will give you back an exciting and healthy life. And yes it will happen. Be patient
Rama is a certified yoga instructor who has been teaching since 1985. He studied at the Sivananda Yoga Centers, under Martin Bland, the centenarian yogi Swami Bua, and also Srivatsa Ramaswami, who taught him the Vinyasakrama yoga of the late Sri Krishnamacharya of India, who has taught yoga teachers like B.K.S. Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois. (Srivatsa Ramaswami is the author of the book, Yoga for the Three Stages of Life published by Inner Traditions, USA.)
Rama was introduced to yoga at age 18 by his uncle. He has taught at a number of hospitals, corporations, fitness centers, yoga studios, schools, senior centers, and summer camps for children. He has taught "Power" yoga, gentle yoga, "Sivananda" yoga, and he now teaches the "Vinyasa Krama", the style of yoga that meets the needs of all individuals irrespective of age, physical and mental capabilities. "Vinyasa" means a joining or linking mechanism; a fluid movement. "Krama" means "the method." Vinyasa krama allows one to do a main, classical asana (posture) by doing all the preliminary movements preparatory to that pose. It is a logical, well-planned sequence of movements in one or more yogic postures or sequences, synchronized with appropriate breathing.
Rama is a volunteer at the Chinmaya Mission, a world-wide organization, which teaches Vedanta to adults and value-based education to children. He attends Vedic chanting classes and also organizes Indian classical music and dance concerts in the tristate area.
Seda Unuvar Karayel
RYT-200, Juluka Graduate
Whether she’s practicing handstands on the shores of the Mediterranean in her hometown of Izmir, or teaching Downward-Facing Dog to those attending her impromptu classes in Central Park, Seda has crafted a lifestyle focused on sharing inspiration through yoga with people from all around the world. Through her personalized style of teachings, Seda leads her students beyond the material world through a journey of perfected poses—from her teenage years in Turkey to the beautiful and bohemian life she’s built through yoga and meditation in New Jersey today.
Seda has embraced yoga since she was a young teen, but her true passion for yoga only peaked when she met Mandy in Juluka Yoga Studio a few short years ago. Seda successfully completed her 200-RYT program under Mandy’s supervision in 2015 and is constantly improving her abilities through various workshops ranging from Children’s Yoga to Prenatal Yoga. Seda currently teaches on Sunday nights focusing on Vinyasa Flow where she encourages to “flow with nature” . Her classes are 75 minutes and offer a strong core, arm and wrists balance with plenty of Sun Salutations sequences.
Seda believes anyone can do Yoga and she is honored to both teach and embrace all into this wonderful community. She deeply loves Sufi philosopher and mystic poet Mevlana (aka Rumi). Her favorite quote is “Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come.”
Iyengar Certification & RYT-200
Sharon Cotugno started her yoga journey in 2000. In 2005, earned her first yoga certification through Naturally Yoga. In 2011, Sharon entered into the Iyengar teacher training program in New York City under the tutelage of James Murphy and Tori Milner, achieving her certification in 2014.
Sharon's background in anatomy and physiology has helped her connect to Iyengar Yoga and to the physical adjustment of the body. However, she also believes it has been within the brilliance of the Iyengar methodology that she has discovered a deeper level of internal exploration, unparalleled in any prior education or teachings. Sharon has expressed that the most profound, yet basic advice she has received along her journey is, "Don’t Stop".
In 2017, Sharon will fulfill a dream of her's and travel to India to study with the Iyengar family. As a teacher and a student, Sharon is eager to continually learn, grow, and share with others her limitless passion for the Iyengar practice.
Yoga became part of my existence in 1987 when life brought me to my knees. A few months later I walked into a Yoga Nidra class and that is where I discovered the meaningful path I was about to embark on. My teacher walked over to my mat and gently rested a rose quartz on my heart center.
I received my RYT 500 at Juluka Yoga in Hillsdale, New Jersey under Mandy Grant, E-RYT 500.
My favorite place to practice is outdoors in nature barefoot. I teach Hatha, Hatha with a smooth Vinyasa flow, Restorative Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama however, my passion is for Yoga Nidra. I incorporate Yoga Nidra in each and every class I teach. I weave in either Crystals, Reiki, Chakra awareness, Reflexology and/or Ayurvedic Marma Points in all of my classes.
ERYT-200, YACEP, Juluka Graduate
I first turned to yoga to complement my Marathon training, but it wasn't until finding Mandy Grant and Juluka, where I turned my practice into my life's passion and earned my Yoga teaching certification. My teaching style centers with Vinyasa Krama - I like to mix up sequencing incorporated with flow to keep the mind and body fresh. Yoga asanas can be modified in infinite ways, so I want to help you find your personal blend to optimize body type, mindset, and ability in your practice. My classes include pranayama and meditation before engaging in mindful movement. I encourage tapping in to find that balance of push for challenge, and yield when necessary. Most importantly, I try to cultivate an environment where you can enjoy your practice, so that you can truly reap the rewards of Yoga - Om Shanti!
RYT-200, Juluka Graduate
Fate often has a way of intervening in our lives when we least expect it. Over twenty years ago, when Vas wandered through the aisles of her local library, unsure of what she was seeking, Yoga decided it would find her - quite literally. A rogue copy of Richard Hittleman's Yoga 28 Day Exercise Plan leaped off the shelves landing right at her feet, so she picked it up, brought it home, and has been practicing yoga ever since. A lot has happened since that first meeting with Yoga that fateful day, but it never strayed far from her heart. And as is often the case with committing to teaching the practice, when all the stars had aligned, she knew she wanted to take the next step. In the Spring of 2013, Vas became a Juluka graduate, earning her 200 hour teaching certification. Click to Read MoreFate often has a way of intervening in our lives when we least expect it. Over twenty years ago, when Vas wandered through the aisles of her local library, unsure of what she was seeking, Yoga decided it would find her - quite literally. A rogue copy of Richard Hittleman's Yoga 28 Day Exercise Plan leaped off the shelves landing right at her feet, so she picked it up, brought it home, and has been practicing yoga ever since. A lot has happened since that first meeting with Yoga that fateful day, but it never strayed far from her heart. And as is often the case with committing to teaching the practice, when all the stars had aligned, she knew she wanted to take the next step. In the Spring of 2013, Vas became a Juluka graduate, earning her 200 hour teaching certification.
Vas believes in teaching intuitively: feeling her way through her students' energies and emotions as she guides her Vinyasa Flow classes. Her warm personality adds to her style, which is often described as "soothing yet challenging" by her loyal students. She firmly believes Pranayama (breathing mediation) is essential to any yoga practice, and to life in general, so she will always incorporate some techniques into her lessons.
Her dedication to wellness doesn't stop at the mat, Vas and her husband own GoodRoots Vending Machine Company, which is trying to bring healthy snack machines to local businesses. As a mother of two young children, she wants to do her part in providing a healthier world for everyone.. . .