• Juluka Yoga Studio offers a diverse community of compassionate and experienced teachers who will skillfully guide you through your practice. 

  • Mandy Grant

    Owner, Head Teacher

    Yoga ERYT-500, Ayurveda Specialist, Children's Yoga, Yoga Therapy, & Pilates

    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

  • Soo Yoon


    ERYT-500, YACEP, Juluka Graduate

    I first turned to Yoga to complement my Marathon training over a decade ago with no idea then, how a seemingly simple decision would change the course of my entire life. Years later, when I connected with Mandy Grant, everything aligned to point me towards becoming a yoga teacher. Under Mandy’s amazing guidance and mentorship, I completed both my 200hr and 300hr teacher training certifications at my home away from home, Juluka Yoga Studio. But the path of Yoga is a life-long practice, and I continue to advance my training under another mentor, the renowned Amy Ippoliti of 90 Monkeys. I believe the universe is vast and has so much to offer, that we must be reminded to be students, first.

    My style centers with Vinyasa Krama (wise progression) - I like to build asana sequences that optimize moving into a peak experience, and occasionally mix up the format to keep the mind and body fresh. My classes include meditation/pranayama along with asana practice.  I encourage tuning in, to find that balance of push for challenge, and yield when necessary, but most importantly, I truly believe that a Yoga class practice is an opportunity to explore one's true nature, how one relates to everything in the world, and how to move forward in step with one's Dharma. 

  • Adeline Pietro

    Yoga, Pilates

    ERYT-200, RYT-500, Juluka Graduate

    Yoga has been a part of my life for over 20 years. My practice has made me stronger, more flexible and has increased my self awareness both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully. 

    I completed my 200 hour teacher training in 2008 and my 300 hour advanced teacher training in 2017 with Mandy Grant at Juluka Yoga Studio. I will always be a yoga student and am grateful for the wisdom I continually gain through yoga. It has helped me in raising my three daughters and to face some difficult challenges of my journey.

    In my classes, I teach yoga as a relationship that is built between the body, mind and the breath. I combine creative sequencing with inspiration to help you deepen your practice. Students are encouraged to always be aware of their own body, using modifications where necessary while going to their edge. My goal is to help others transform through yoga so they can live a more nourished and balanced life.

  • Alyssa Vinas

    Yoga, Pilates

    Juluka Graduate

    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

  • Amy Rossman


    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!

  • Anette Solstad


    RYT-200, Juluka Graduate

    Like so many others, I first started Yoga after an injury. I had a meniscus tear and was told that it would never heal unless I had surgery. This was not an option for me, so despite limited mobility of my knee I started practicing Yoga at Juluka. As my knee started healing and my flexibility increased, I also discovered the wonderful mental and spiritual benefits of Yoga. I felt calmer and more grounded, and I felt inspired by my teachers and fellow yogis. I just had to learn more, so I signed up for the 200-hour teacher training program under Mandy Grant. I am so happy I made that decision. 

    As a strong believer in the wholeness of Yoga, I like to start my classes with a dharma talk, a story or an inspirational reading. Practicing Svadhyaya—self-contemplation through reading and studying—has helped me tremendously, and it is my hope that my students will find some inspiration for growth as well.

    My classes are for everyone. I encourage my students to listen to their bodies, and to use the breath to find steadiness and ease in every pose. Yoga to me is like being on a lifelong journey – knowing your direction, yet not attaching to a goal.  

  • Angela Geronimo

    Angela Geronimo


    Juluka Graduate

    Angela's yoga practice is an integral part of her well-being, reminding her everyday day that she can overcome obstacles.  In her earlier years, Angela was immersed in the stressful world of competitive gymnastics. Later, she pursued a career in another stressful industry, the restaurant and catering business, as a healthy eating chef.  Not only did Yoga give her a path to finding beyond the physical benefits, but also the means with which to calm the mind,  balance her life, and move into positive thinking.  Angela found a life-long relationship that is sustainable and allows her to continue to grow so she pursued both her 200 hour and 300 hour yoga teacher training certifications with Mandy Grant at Juluka Yoga.  She loves the opportunity to share this empowering practice and impact people's lives in a meaningful way.

  • Beth Rutigliano


    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

    Yoga, Family Yoga

    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. 

  • Cherlyn Demarest


    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

  • Curt Sonnet


    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.

  • Dasi Jacob


    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.

  • Jennifer Cece

    Yoga, Pilates

    Juluka Graduate

    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.


  • Katie Bergin


    RYT-200, Juluka Graduate

    Katie is a 200 RYT certified yoga instructor. She earned her certification studying with Mandy Grant and Soo Yoon at Juluka Yoga’s School of Yoga. Katie is also trained in hammock/trapeze and yamuna ball-rolling techniques. She believes in the transformative nature of yoga and works with all students on expanding body awareness. Katie enjoys teaching a challenging, fun, and playful vinyasa class that meets each student where they are, while encouraging them to go deeper. You will leave her class feeling centered, inspired, and refreshed! 

  • Kruti Brahmbhatt


    RYT-200, Juluka Graduate

    **Bio Coming Soon*

  • Lori Brophy

    Yoga, Pilates, Yin Yoga

    ERYT-200, Reiki II

    Lori took her first Yoga class over 17 years ago when she was looking for strength and flexibility to enhance her running. She came away with a much greater gift and learned to integrate the practice of Yoga into her daily life on and off the mat.  She approaches yoga as an opportunity to find relaxation and balance in a busy life, cultivate flexibility and strength and recharge and renew the body and mind.  She is an E- 200 hour RYT,  certified through the National Yoga Alliance.  She is AAE/CPR certified and holds a Level II Reiki certification.  Always a student,  she continues her education  through workshops and retreats.

    She loves to challenge her students with the idea of moving out of comfort zones and finding fortitude and inner strength that lies within each and everyone of us.  

    Lori believes an open mind creates limitless possibilities.  When you leave her class she hopes it is with  lightness in heart and spirit and  strengthened and balanced  in body and mind.

  • Maria Elena Dominguez

    Yoga, Yin Yoga

    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. Click to Read More Maria

  • Marie Salamon


    CYT 300 CPT/WITS

    I am passionate about sharing my gift of yoga with you.  Everyone knows yoga as a wonderful form of physical activity and spiritual growth.  With my balanced approach, you will feel healthier, happier and you will look younger with plenty of energy to live a full life.

    After a long chronic occupational back condition, carpal tunnel syndrome and an on- set of vertigo, I noticed that repeated and stressed movements, began to weaken my muscles, limit my range of motion and contribute to a beginning of arthritis.  I thought I must resign myself to a limited, sedentary and boring life. But now, with continuous practice of yoga, I am at the top of my physical shape and able to enjoy the most exciting experiences I could ever imagined, such as track and field, playing tennis, skiing, swimming, dancing and traveling to exciting places.  Click to Read More Marie

  • Mark Van Buren

    Yoga, Meditation

    ERYT-200, Juluka Graduate

    Mark Van Buren has been promoting health, wellness, and creative arts in his community for over 8 years.  His journey began with a passion for music.  Mark received an Associate's Degree in Music from Bergen Community College, but also has been in and out of various bands, which have performed at venues such as The Bitter End, Crash Mansion, and Webster Hall.  He recently put out a solo album and continues to write and perform his music.  Click to Read More of Mark

  • Melissa Putzer


    RYT-200, Juluka Graduate

    Melissa discovered her love for yoga about five years ago and has been practicing ever since. Her first love and background is in dance and after graduating from high school she decided to pursue it professionally. Melissa attended The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City where she earned her certificate in Dance Theatre and began auditioning for professional shows. In addition to performing, Melissa has had the pleasure of teaching dance to children of all ages and hosted numerous Zumba/Dance Fitness classes for adults.

    Melissa is firm in her belief that you can be happy with how you support yourself financially and that is what drove her to complete her 200 HR Yoga Teacher Certification at Juluka Yoga Studio. Her classes are vinyasa inspired and her style of teaching allows students to find comfort and relaxation in what seem to be challenging asanas. She believes every student is capable of yoga in their own unique way and is so humbled to help guide students along their journey.  

  • Patrice Larose-Gramuglia

    Yoga, Reiki Master, Yoga Nidra


    Yoga has always been a part of my life. I started doing it as a little girl with my mother, sisters, and brothers. Everywhere I went, yoga seemed to be there, waiting for me. I love teaching yoga, mostly because I want to evoke a sense of serenity and confidence in others. As we pursue our studies, we develop strength and flexibility.  No matter our age or ability, I believe we all stand to benefit from yoga. The beauty of yoga is learning to listen to our bodies and do what will serve us not deplete us.

    I especially love teaching Yoga Nidra, helping relieve stress in the hearts of others. Yoga Nidra offers the equivalent rejuvenation of four hours of sleep.

  • Rama Ramanathan


    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


    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.”

  • Sharon Cotugno


    Iyengar Yoga - Level 2

    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.

  • Sonja Pfeiffer


    Sonja discovered her love for yoga in 2010. She likes to practice Vinyasa Flow (Hatha) but also enjoys the occasional Yin Class. 

    As a student, Yoga became a significant part of her life. This led to her enrollment, completion and certification as a 200-hour Structural Yoga Teacher. 

    While the physical element is what brought her to Yoga in the first place, her focus has broadened to awareness - awareness of our body, our breath and our mind. The structure of each class attempts to follow these three elements. A proper warm-up with some pranayama exercises is intended to improve ones breathing capabilities while also serving to calm our minds and ensure mental presence.

    She truly believes that yoga is for everybody and it can be practiced while both on, and off, the mat. She strives to provide alternative poses so all students, regardless of flexibility, injury, or strength, can follow the class with joy while strengthening the body.  

  • Stacey Wood

    Yoga, Yin Yoga

    RYT-200, Juluka Graduate

    My passion for yoga began long ago behind a bar in Colorado. The benefit of resting one leg in vriksanasa, tree pose, while standing for hours on my feet gave me such relief I began to explore its power on the mat. For me the journey was not a direct path but one I continued to return to.  I discovered even more while turning to exercise as a form of pain management following a surgery. Yoga gave me the physical benefits but after a time it was the changes I felt mentally that brought me to Juluka Yoga Studio in Hillsdale, New Jersey. Under the care and guidance of Mandy Grant and Soo Yoon I began to understand my practice in a way I never had before. It was here that my understanding of mindfulness, breath, asana and mediation brought me to a deeper passion and love of this beautiful practice. 

    It is this passion that then lead me to continue my education with Jody Domerstad in the deep art of yin yoga. To me, teaching is a privilege I take very seriously. I will continue to educate myself and explore the many paths of this ancient practice so that I may guide others on a knowledgeable and safe journey

  • Tori Karach


    Tori is passionate about yoga and sees every class as a step toward the ultimate journey. She takes every class as an opportunity to honor every being. With each class you will find time and space to slow down and breathe. She believes in the power of intention and how important it is to practice positivity. These ideals have guided Tori to complete her 200 Hour Teacher Training Certification with Raji Thron and start teaching yoga at a young age. Tori brings her dream and yogic journey into her teaching and works to develop innovative classes for everyone.

  • Virginia Fernandez-Smith


    Virginia lives in River Edge with her family and has been discovering the benefits of yoga  since 2005.  She completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training Certification in October of 2013 at Stone Yoga in Teaneck, NJ.   She loves the balance, peace, and stress-release yoga has brought to her personally and loves sharing her knowledge and experience with her students.   She uses her energy and sense of humor to help students love yoga the way that she does.  She is eternally grateful to all of the teachers she has had along the way!