Onyx Yoga Studio 

 

45 Mountain Blvd

 

Warren, NJ 07059

Staff List


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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.
Reena Singhvi
Yoga has been in Reena's life since childhood, with her parents being active practitioners of yoga. She completed her 300 hour certification from the School of Complete Yoga and has designed her Hatha yoga class to invigorate the mind and the body. Beginning and ending in Savasana the class is perfect for anybody looking to relieve stress and energize, as well as build flexibility and strength.
Karen Marmorato
From 1994 until 2006 Karen traveled 7 days a week with her son CJ, watching him wrestle and sometimes even trying to coach him. When CJ left for college Karen needed to fill that void. That is when Karen discovered veganism and yoga. Karen quickly realized this was her calling. Karen immersed herself in this practice and began her journey becoming an 800 hour certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher. Since this blessed journey began extraordinary changes have manifested in her life. Karen is proud and honored to be part of the Jivamukti lineage, family and community that shapes and leads in the evolution of humanity from the inside out. It is an honor and privilege to teach at Jivamukti Yoga School in NYC and select studios in NJ. Karen is also certified in Prenatal Yoga and completed Baron Baptiste Power Vinysasa level one teacher training. Karen also works 3 days a week at Atelier Salon and Spa in Basking Ridge for the past 10 years. Every week Karen takes continuing education classes to continue her journey and transform. Karen is eternally grateful to her Gurus Sharon Gannon, David Life, Joshua Green and Divya Alter for all their teachings, wisdom, and wonderful stories. Blessing, love, and gratitude to all whom I have encountered on this path…..those who have taught me, those who have transformed me and those who have protected me. Extra thanks to the students without you it’s just an empty room. You bring the teaching alive and make it all possible. Finally thanks to the most wonderful husband and son anyone could hope for you are my diamonds in the sun.
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.
Teri Passarello
Teri Passarello discovered yoga 15 years ago as a way of bringing balance to her busy life in the world of corporate finance. She studied Iyengar yoga for 7 years before she found and then transitioned to vinyasa. In her first step outside of the corporate world, Teri obtained a certification as a Nutrition Educator and then a certification as a Personal Trainer. She began her yoga teacher training as a way of deepening her practice but teaching came quite naturally to her and she continued and obtained a 500-hour yoga teacher certification with Yoga Sutra for Life, taught and inspired by Master Teacher Ranjitha Sandeep.
 
Teri integrates her studies of yoga and nutrition with life experience into her classes assisting her students to develop an interest in the mind, body and spirit of yoga. She has experience teaching to a wide variety of levels, assessing physical limitations, and tailoring asanas to the needs of the students. She has taken a variety of workshops led by Rodney Yee, Lois Steinberg and Pema Chodron and courses on pranayama, meditation and yin yoga.
 
Teri “bows to the light and wisdom of all her teachers on this path of the heart awakening.”
Judy Parenti
Judy discovered the unique healing and rejuvenating effects of yoga beginning her personal practice 17 years ago. Judy is a certified yoga instructor, receiving her teacher training from Ranjitha Sandeep's Yoga Sutra for Life. She has also completed Reiki level I and II, and Qi Gong Intensive Healer Training, and continues her studies.
Denise Corsini
Denise was introduced to the practice of yoga in 2006 and was fascinated by the unique combination of mental stimulation and physical demand. Compelled to learn more, she began to enhance her knowledge of the postures, philosophies, and meditation which has allowed her to appreciate yoga as a holistic science of healing and happiness. She is enthusiastic about sharing her wide range of knowledge so that her students can learn to approach their lives with a deeper sense of awareness and consciousness. She also strives to help students of all levels find the edge of their practice and then guide them to the next level. She has completed a 200 Hour Hot Hatha Vinyasa Teacher Certification as well as a 100 Hour Therapeutic Certification. Come prepared to breathe, sweat and awaken. Allow this sacred practice to transform your life!
Alison Levine
Alison took her first influential yoga class in 2000 with Rolf Gates. It would be the class that sent her a journey of curiosity and reflection. Alison teaches an alignment based vinyasa (utilizing Universal Principles of Alignment) infused with dharma passed on by her teachers. It is her heart calling to teach this practice with precision, love, grace and humor. She is committed to teaching an intelligently sequenced practice while honoring the space of each student. Alison gives gratitude to her most beautiful teachers for their generosity.
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.
Sherry Fahs
As the mother of four active, dyamic young girls, Sherry found her center, her peace and her increased ability to deal with the needs of this busy family, including her own needs, in the practice of yoga. With her certification in Yoga Dharma, her added training in Grounded Kids Yoga and her current study of Anatomy and Therapeutic Training, she enthusiastically teaches students both the physicality and the philosophy of Yoga. Her early educational background in theater and drama and her classroom teaching experience increase her ability to present Yoga in an interesting and sound way. Sherry offers careful explanations and demonstrations to beginners, but she also challenges advanced students to reach their potential. All of Sherry’s classes are imbued with a playful happiness, inspired by her work with children. Come and learn with her!
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.
 
Jane Lindemann
Jane is passionate about yoga. She believes that yoga is a life practice, both on and off the mat. Practicing yoga since 2008 she decided to deepen and strengthen her practice by becoming a certified yoga instructor, completing 300 hours of training through Yogadharma with Amy Cronise-Mead and Will Mead, and 100 hours of Anatomy and Therapeutics with Amy Cronise-Mead, this is where she found her foundation of mediation, yoga philosophies, and asana. Jane considers herself a student of life, loving to learn and teach, she hopes to inspire her students with the same foundation and passion that her teachers gave her. Jane is alignment based in her vinyasa teachings, her classes will be challenging but also playful, each students will move through their own practice to the best of their abilities in order for them to reach their full potential.
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.
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.

Jennifer Gottlick
Jennifer began the practice of yoga as a way to physically challenge herself and to relieve her own stress and anxiety. She developed a deep love of the practice and discovered how beneficial it can be physically, mentally and spirituality. She made the life changing decision to leave her job in the health care industry to focus on deepening her knowledge and sharing the benefits of yoga. She completed her 200 hour RYT through Onyx Yoga Studio. Jennifer developed a knack for the subtlety of anatomy and alignment in the asana. She has the gift of being able to offer her students cues on how to move from the inside and with the breath. She offers options and teaches modifications so every student has something to do. Jennifer has a welcoming and supportive presence. She teaches in a way that has students feeling safe and inspired. Jennifer extends her deepest gratitude to her teacher Shannon Elliott, for her support and encouragement along this journey. She also has gratitude and love for all of her teachers, past, present and future.
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.
Judit Duran
Judit is a 500 hours certified Yoga Teacher. She started practicing yoga in 2000 and has been teaching since 2003. Judit is thankful for her teacher Ranjitha Sandeep who inspired her to follow the path of yoga, "sincerely the most beautiful journey I have ever taken". Apart from studying with Ranjitha she has also studied with Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal. She feels very fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel to India several times to deepen her practice and feels grateful for all the support her husband and 2 kids have always given her. Judit opens her heart and soul in her yoga classes taking care of everybody's individual needs, working mind body and spirit as a whole. Her classes consist of: asanas (postures), meditation, breathing techniques, inspirational readings that go beyond the yoga mat, and guided visualizations. Judit is also a Health Coach. She received her certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NY. As a health Coach Judit guides her clients to reach their health and life goals by making step by step changes to their food and lifestyle, at a pace that is comfortable for them. To learn more about Judit: www.juditduran.com
Meghan Gallic
Meghan is a thriving young instructor who graduated the 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training course from Onyx Yoga Studio. She has continued to be hooked on yoga and her practice since she took her first class in 2011. Combining safe alignment cues, positive upbeat energy, and a chance to get out of your own head Meghan hopes to keep her students wanting to learn more about their own body and mind. She continues to further educate herself so that she can offer her students all the benefits that yoga has to offer with each class taught. Filled with gratitude for the path she is on and how she got there she thanks everyone who teaches her, supports her, and gives her the chance to show the universe what she’s made of.
Jill Guth
Jill is a classically trained Pilates Instructor, as well as a 200 hour certified Yoga Instructor. She completed her Comprehensive Pilates training in 2007 through Power Pilates NYC, becoming fully certified to teach both on the mat and apparatus. Jill then taught at Chester Pilates, which she eventually owned and operated until 2012, and has since continued to teach through private sessions and at numerous studios. She completed her 200 hour yoga certification through Onyx Yoga Studio. Jill is fascinated with anatomy as it pertains to exercise, and has completed several Anatomy Immersion Workshops through Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is also a certified Reiki Master. Jill believes a healthy mind, body and spirit connection can be achieved through regular exercise and daily meditation. She also believes exercise should be a positive, happy experience, and teaches an alignment based class that is challenging yet fun!
 
 
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."


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