Onyx Yoga Studio 

 

45 Mountain Blvd

 

Warren, NJ 07059

Vinyasa Flow (Mixed Level)


This class is taught by:

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.
 

Shannon Elliott

SHANNON ELLIOTT - Owner and Director
Shannon has been integrally involved since we opened our doors in May of 2009. As a yoga instructor and administrator, she has nurtured Onyx's growth alongside her own. Shannon teaches both traditional and HOT yoga classes placing a keen focus on alignment. Her classes are a safe space where students are cared for and challenged. She has the ability to make students feel as if she is speaking directly to them without drawing individual attention to the person. Demanding participation in effort, her students work hard all while having fun. Shannon invites people to challenge themselves and progress pass their limited notions 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 Tantric Philosophy teaching students how to Open their Hearts and connect to the Divine with a strong emphasis on Alignment. She believes that nothing should be done half way. Embodying each moment- as it is happening, balancing the play between the opposites, becoming a Manifestation of your Greatest Desires.

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.

Micole Linehan

MICOLE LINEHAN - ONYX Member Advisor and Yoga Instructor

Micole 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 micole@onyxyogastudio.com

Micole is also a registered yoga instructor and graduate of Onyx Yoga Studio’s 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training program. She provides a safe and supportive environment for yogis to learn and practice physical and mental tools for well-being. Knowing that yoga has something to offer every individual, she happily teaches and practices a wide variety of styles and levels. Currently this includes basics/beginners, hatha, vinyasa flow, therapeutics, gentle, restorative, as well as pranayama (breathing practices) and meditation classes. In addition, Micole has a personal kundalini practice under the generous guidance of Ogden Kruger and Shannon Elliott. She also enjoys going onsite to local companies to provide yoga and meditation breaks for employees at work.

“My practice has evolved so much over the years - through illness and injury, circumstance, and introspection. Yoga is with me every step of the way. It is an incredible gift to help others find this beautiful, lifelong practice that will benefit all aspects of life."

Gabi Percario

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.

Jessie Haims

Jessica's approach to yoga is to be safe, approachable, challenging, and fun! Her classes give both modifications and fun variations making sure to offer something appropriate for all levels. Although a true lover of vinyasa yoga, Jessica weaves in theory of how poses work glands, organs, and how these poses keep the body strong to last a life time. Poses will go seamlessly through one another that constantly addresses alignment and anatomy. Jessica has a strong understanding of movement from her professional ballroom career and seeks to share this knowledge to help others. Jessica is honored to study with Phillip Askew, Ivy Kaminer, Abbie Galvin, David Regelin, and Nevine Michaan. Learning from these many different styles allows her to approach students from all wakes of life and help them transform themselves with yoga.

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.
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:

  • Sun Apr 30 7:45 am - 9:00 am with Gemma Golden
  • Sun Apr 30 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Shannon Elliott
  • Mon May 01 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm with Michael Kohan
  • Tue May 02 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Micole Linehan
  • Wed May 03 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Gabi Percario
  • Thu May 04 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Jessie Haims
  • Fri May 05 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Ranjitha Sandeep
  • Sat May 06 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Ranjitha Sandeep
  • Sun May 07 7:45 am - 9:00 am with Gemma Golden
  • Sun May 07 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Shannon Elliott
  • Mon May 08 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm with Michael Kohan
  • Tue May 09 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Shannon Elliott
  • Wed May 10 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Gabi Percario