• 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

  • Adeline Pietro

    Yoga, Pilates

    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. 

  • 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

    Yoga

    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!

  • Beth Rutigliano

    Yoga

    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

    Yoga

    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

    Yoga

    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

    Yoga

    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.

  • Jaclin Lugo

    Yoga

    Juluka Graduate, Kids Yoga

    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

    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.

     

  • Maria Elena Dominguez

    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.   

     

    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)

     

  • Marie Salamon

    Yoga

    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 Ramanathan

    Yoga

    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

    Yoga

    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

    Yoga

    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.

  • Soo Yoon

    Yoga

    ERYT-500, YACEP, Juluka Graduate

    I first turned to Yoga to complement my Marathon training a decade ago, but it wasn't until finding Mandy Grant and Juluka, where I turned my practice into my life's passion and earned my 200-hour teaching certification in 2013. I continue to approach Yoga as a Student first and foremost, and have since completed my 300-hour advanced certification with Mandy and continue to further my advanced teacher training with the renown Amy Ippoliti of 90 Monkeys. 

    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.