Onyx Yoga Studio 

 

45 Mountain Blvd

 

Warren, NJ 07059

 

Vinyasa Flow (Mixed Level)


This class is taught by:

Shannon Elliott (Malati)

Shannon Elliott (Malati) - Owner and Director
As a yoga instructor and owner, Shannon has nurtured Onyx's growth alongside her own. Shannon teaches both traditional and Kundalini yoga classes placing a keen focus on pranayama, movement, subtle body alignment, and meditation. Her classes are a safe space where students are cared for and strengthened inside. She has the ability to make students feel as if she is speaking directly to them without drawing individual attention to the person. Shannon invites people to experience themselves and deepen their exploration of what they believe possible. Her gift to others is to pass on the Teachings from those who have done the same for her. No matter the audience the Philosophy is spoken to be accessible to everyone and all environments/circumstances. Her classes are a blend of traditional text study including the Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and Krishna’s many past times and leelas. She incorporates chanting, gong playing, inner exploration, and bhakti love into her classes. Embodying each moment, delving deeper into your own experience, that is the gift of Yoga, one which Shannon lives to share with others. She is grateful to all her teachers, past- present- and future. And will be forever connected to her Guru, Swami Satchidnanda, who has given her the spiritual name “Malati.”

Alex Casner-Pfeifer

Alex is Onyx’s Member Advisor and is here to welcome and assist new, potential, and existing members. Discussions range from the most appropriate classes for specific goals and physicality, membership options, and simply what to wear and bring to class. You may email her at alex@onyxyogastudio.com.
 
Alex is a certified 200 HR RYT and also holds a certification in advanced trauma and addiction training. As well as a personal trainer, she works with her students to help them reach their goals and aspirations through hard work and a splash of humor.
 
Alex believes that everyone can find a comfortable space to allow themselves to grow with the belief that one is never too old to accomplish their dreams and desires. Alex discovered yoga in 2015 after finding Onyx a few short minutes from her home. She was immediately hooked and began her journey by attending more than 370 classes in her first year of being a member. She attributes her passion and love for the art to her teachers and mentors; Shannon Elliot, Gabriella Perotti, and Jane Lindemann who not only showed her the beautiful path that yoga could lead her on, but also an entirely new way of living.
 
Alex has been interested in athletics before she entered grade school, immersing herself in competitive swimming, boxing, mixed martial arts, and cross country. She competed for a semi-professional swim team until she entered college where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Public Relations from Kean University.

John Cotone

In early 2017, John began his journey in yoga while looking for something to keep his mind busy and his body active. Although his predominant training is vinyasa based, he also likes to incorporate Yin postures into some of his classes. Students can find a safe space to be and find themselves in his class. Through the use of mindful movements, conscious breathing and optimal alignment, students will begin to obtain a better awareness for their body as well as cultivate a feeling of centeredness that can be accessed on and off the mat. John feels as though the spiritual side of yoga has greatly impacted his life and he enjoys sharing that based on his knowledge of the Yoga Sutras and The Bhagavad Gita. The practice of yoga has helped heal him physically, mentally, and emotionally and he hopes to be able to share that with his students to allow them to reach their full potential.

 

 

Emily Katz

Emily Katz is dedicated to helping her clients students find balance in all aspects of their lives- emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical.
Living a fast-paced life moving from one activity to another can leave a person stressed and out of balance. Emily’s goal is to learn (and teach) simple tools which help find balance and develop healthy habits. Activities that will help students of all ages find true harmony in all aspects of their lives.

In 2012, while in her senior year at Miami University a life changing event occurred when Emily contracted chronic Lyme disease. The disease not only caused physical and mental discomfort and pain, it also resulted in Emily falling behind in her schoolwork and losing connection with close friends. During this time her father observed that traditional western medicine was not entirely working for Emily and thought that yoga may help alleviate some of the symptoms. Through her teachers teaching’s Emily developed a holistic approach to treating her sickness by incorporating modern medicine, traditional yoga therapeutic remedies and plant-based alternative medicines. Because of this approach to health and wellness Emily no longer has the symptomatic suffering of Lyme disease.

Emily is now vinyasa and yin yoga teacher, kid’s yoga teacher, and journeying towards her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Emily’s goal is to incorporate all aspects of holistic living and encouraging students to become steadfast in their own practices while integrating them into their day-to-day lives.

Nancy Fischer

Nancy is a warm and supportive teacher that leads from her heart and loves to laugh from down deep in her core. She is passionate about living every day to the fullest. Yoga has taught her the value in being fully present in the moment and appreciating the beauty in all that is around you. She has dedicated over 10 years to practicing yoga and is fully committed to balancing a daily yoga and meditation practice along with her lifelong passion for long distance running. Nancy received her 200 Hour Yoga Alliance teaching certificate from Onyx Yoga Studio. She is grateful to many teachers that have inspired her along this journey and will always be present in her teachings including Shannon Elliott, Yulady Saluti, Annie Isaacson, and Alex Shipman. For these teachers have taught her the value of alignment, spirituality, laughter and the pure joy that comes from paying it forward and watching your student’s succeed. She is grateful to her family for their support along this journey.

Ranjitha Sandeep

Ranjitha Sandeep is an internationally-acclaimed Ashtanga (Raja) Yoga Therapist. She has taught yoga throughout the United States, Canada, and India, where she received her formative training. Ranjitha comes from a background of Hindu and Buddhist practice and has been involved in yoga and meditation for as long as she can remember. Growing up with immediate family and relatives who were doctors that integrated holistic therapies into their practice to help patients manage medical conditions, Ranjitha was exposed to the power of alternative therapies from a very young age. Meditation and yoga were part of the family’s daily routine and today Ranjitha incorporates these early experiences into her wellness practice. Ranjitha’s wellness programs combine yoga and meditation with the teachings of the scriptures of yoga. She educates her students on the connection between body, mind, and spirit in the healing and wellness process and her techniques have been used to help people better manage stress, addictions, and disease. She brings an integrated approach of yoga asanas, pranayama and meditation as well as Thai-Chi, Reiki, Ayuveda (sister science of yoga) and Thai Yoga into her unique yoga classes. Ranjitha doesn’t just teach yoga postures; instead, she guides her students through the whole new language of Ashtanga through love and compassion towards oneself and she knows how to reach and help people of all ages and physical abilities. Recognized as a leader in the wellness field, Ranjitha is a frequent guest on WBAI radio and has been tapped to speak at medical conferences and hospitals and lead classes and workshops in both corporate and community settings. In addition to teaching in group settings, Ranjitha offers one-on-one coaching and she leads a yoga and meditation certification program to train future leaders in the field. Ranjitha is a Disciple of Yogi Dharma Mitra fron New York and she has studied with Ashtanga Masters Pattabi Josi, David Life and Sharon Ganon from Jiva Mukthi, She is a certified Reiki second degree (energy healing), a certified Thai Yoga therapist, a certified Pilates instructor, and holds a certificate for advanced training of Healing Breath Kriya from world-renowned Master Sri Ravishankar. In addition, she is certified in Deepak Chopra’s Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga. Ranjitha is well-versed in the scriptures of yoga and has taught courses on 8 Limbs of Yoga, Bagavad Gita and Nadis in relation to the chemistry of the central nervous system. Prior to launching Yoga Sutra For Life, Ranjitha was a research engineer for Bell Labs and Lucent where she spent 14 years. She holds a B.S. with double majors in Chemistry and Biology from Bangalore University in India and a Computer Science Degree from Brookdale College, New Jersey.

Nancy DeMarco

Nancy began the practice of yoga in an effort to decrease the stress and anxiety she faced while participating in The Game of Life. She felt the peace and freedom that she achieved while on her mat could be incorporated in other aspects of her life. So she rolled the dice, took the detour and signed up for yoga teacher training. The game has never been the same since. All of her classes incorporate the principals of alignment with a strong focus on the breath, body and mind connection. Nancy’s sense of humor and compassion for her students is prevalent in all of her classes. Knowledge of the TV show Seinfeld is a plus, but not a requirement. Nancy received her 200 Hour Yoga Alliance teacher certificate from Onyx Yoga Studio in 2017 and Reiki Level I training. She is grateful to the many teachers that have inspired her along her journey, especially Shannon Elliott, Jane Lindemann and Gabi Percario for their wealth of knowledge, love and laughter that they have shared with her. Come play the Game of Life with Nancy and laugh, restore and renew!

Gemma Golden

Gemma is a certified yoga instructor with a focus on alignment based principles to assist with maximizing the full potential in each yoga pose. She received her initial 200-hour training from Yogadharma in 2003 and is currently deepening her yoga studies in a 300-hour Level II training, focusing on the energetics of optimally aligned asanas and applied therapeutics. Gemma came to yoga as a way to recover from persistent back pain following back surgery. Through the practice she found a safe way to build strength and heal her own body. As a teacher Gemma breaks down the instructions for each posture with focus on alignment and breath, fostering an accessible practice for anyone that shows up on the mat.
 

Michael Kohan

Michael (Mukunda Chandra das) completed his 300 hour teacher training in 2013 under the guidance of Ragunath das and Sondra Loring. Additionally, in 2015 he will complete a 600 hour Anusara Yoga teacher training lead by Sue Elkind and Naime Jezzeny. His well-rounded asana classes incorporate creative Vinyasa sequencing along with meditation, clear intention, and uplifting music. Michael’s asana classes are infused with devotion and aligned with the spiritual teachings of the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras of Master Patanjali. He strives to embody the qualities of yoga - humility, compassion, devotional service and non-violence, and he believes his role is to serve others through the practice of yoga, enabling students to become steadfast in their yoga. He believes that in serving others, we come to realize our true purpose.

Gabi Perrotti

A yogini since before she could even say “OM,” Gabi was introduced to yoga and meditation by her grandfather who was a devoted practitioner. Inspired by his way of life, she committed to her own practice in 2003 and has “continually been blown away by the ability that this practice has to give us exactly what we need in each moment, even as that need is constantly changing. Yoga is a perfect method and metaphor for life.” With her soothing voice and encouraging demeanor, her classes will have students of all levels feeling challenged and capable, strong and supple. Her classes are a moving meditation as she links breath with movement and she has a keen awareness of the ability that music has to move practitioners to greater depths. Inspired by her teachers Shannon Elliot and Amy Cronise-Mead, she teaches Vinyasa classes with special attention to alignment as a way to progress rapidly and safely, and to develop integrity and mindfulness. The eternal student, when Gabi is not on the mat, she is most likely to be found at a library or bookstore; she is in the Rutgers Graduate School studying Eastern Religions and Philosophies as well as Sanskrit. She feels "ridiculously lucky" to have the gift of sharing this practice of yoga with other people.
Connect movement with breath "vinyasa" as the teacher guides you through traditional yoga asana postures sequenced into a "flow". Against a backdrop of great music, move through physical postures, usually starting with a sun salution series. Often included is chanting, pranayama (breathing exercises), yoga philosophy and meditation. All levels of practitioner are welcome at Mixed Level classes, although some knowledge of basic postures is recommended and those new to yoga should bring an open mind and an understanding that class will likely move at a rigorous pace.

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Oct 16 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Shannon Elliott (Malati)
  • Wed Oct 17 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Alex Casner-Pfeifer
  • Wed Oct 17 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with John Cotone
  • Thu Oct 18 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Emily Katz
  • Fri Oct 19 7:30 am - 8:45 am with Nancy Fischer
  • Fri Oct 19 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Ranjitha Sandeep
  • Fri Oct 19 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Nancy DeMarco
  • Sat Oct 20 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Ranjitha Sandeep
  • Sun Oct 21 7:45 am - 9:00 am with Gemma Golden
  • Sun Oct 21 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Shannon Elliott (Malati)
  • Mon Oct 22 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm with Michael Kohan
  • Tue Oct 23 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Shannon Elliott (Malati)
  • Wed Oct 24 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Alex Casner-Pfeifer
  • Wed Oct 24 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Gabi Perrotti
  • Thu Oct 25 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Emily Katz
  • Fri Oct 26 7:30 am - 8:45 am with Nancy Fischer
  • Fri Oct 26 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Ranjitha Sandeep
  • Fri Oct 26 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Nancy DeMarco
  • Sat Oct 27 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Ranjitha Sandeep