Onyx Yoga Studio
45 Mountain Blvd
Warren, NJ 07059
1. Where are you from?
I am originally from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania (the Pocono mountains). I spent most of my childhood there before my family and I moved to Bethlehem, PA before I began high school. Currently I live in Watchung, NJ with my husband, his parents, our 5- year old German Shepard Aden, and the newest edition to the family is Pumpkin, the Guinea Pig.
2. If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
I’d love to explore New Zealand and Australia for a few months. They have one of the highest qualities of life there. I’d love to explore the secrets, maybe even find some hidden caves to swim through!
3. What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned from being a yoga teacher?
I have learned that the beauty and meaning of yoga is so much deeper than the physical practice. Witnessing students grow in to themselves and learning to accept themselves where they are both in their practice and their lives has been so rewarding.
4. What or who has been inspiring to you the most lately?
Lately, I have been so inspired by my dear friend and fellow yogini, Maggie Yurachek. This woman is one of the hardest working and talented individuals I have ever met. Her drive and passion for her own photography business has inspired me to start my own jewelry business and also begin my journey at Montclair University to pursue my Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
5. What is your most recent discovery in your practice?
In my own practice, I have recently discovered that my body really does not enjoy hot yoga! This was a hard pill to swallow, as when I started practicing at Onyx 3 years ago, I was sometimes taking two hot classes a day and very rarely took classes in the traditional room! My practice is always evolving and taking on a life of its own. Some days I bend into a pretzel and other days I just want an entire class dedicated to savasana! The beauty in this is that I’ve learned to listen to my body and give it exactly what it needs. (at least most of the time)!
Come join me at Onyx! Currently I teach 9:30-10:45 AM Vinyasa mixed level on Wednesdays in the Traditional room, Level 1 vinyasa on Friday afternoon at 12pm and warm Vinyasa at 4pm on Sundays.
My Instagram handle is @art_of_beading. and on Facebook it is Art Of Beading. I love to let my creative juices flow while centering my pieces around the yogic culture. Mala Prayer beads are not only beautiful but also hold deep spiritual meaning. I recite specific mantras for healing, prosperity, etc. while creating them. Any custom pieces that have been created for customers each get very specific mantras dedicated to the individual it is being made for. Reach out! I’d love to create something beautiful for you all!