Nikki Aufiero

Growing up as a gymnast and a dancer, I immediately felt like I came home when I found my practice at JSHY in 2010. With love for the movement and a desire to learn more about yoga as a whole, I began to explore different styles and went on to complete my 200-hour teacher training with Peak Beings Unified Yoga in 2013 on the Big Island of Hawaii. The experience was blessed and has led me to now work as a training assistant for Peak Beings. I like to flow my classes based on the energy of those in the room and I will often incorporate different styles of music to move to. I’ve found that beyond alignment, there are endless opportunities for freedom and fun on the mat. I encourage students to live within their breath and to meet their practice where it is each day. I know that the journey has only just begun, and with love will encourage each student to explore their body and soul without fear, and to have faith and trust that with practice all is coming. 

Abigail Barker

In 2010, I arrived at JSHY filled with negative thoughts about how I presumed my practice would be. “It’s too hot, I’m not flexible, I hate working out,” were a few of those thoughts. The physical practice was challenging, helping with aches and pains, while gaining flexibility. Mentally, I became focused in my practice helping me gain patience in everyday activities, such as my day job working with students with special needs. The spiritual aspect helped me connect to my inner self and the world around me. The challenges and blessings learned from hot yoga continue to teach me perseverance, determination, self-love, and the understanding that loving me is parallel to loving others. We are the same. This summer I went to Iceland and completed the 200hr Jimmy Barkan Method teacher training. It was a beautiful experience, in a miraculous place, with amazing people. Even in another country the mindfulness of the yogi transcends.  Being a small group, we had individualized time with Jimmy, and alot of teacher preparation time.  I learned so much from him and the others. I want to share it with the students at JSHY. This studio has been my home for 6 six years and it makes me proud to teach here among teachers that inspire, that I admire, and that I have learned from. 

Chris Cordasco

I am a certified teacher in the Barkan Method of Hot Yoga and inspired by many. I am also Yoga Nidra certified with Swami Shantimurti Saraswati. My classes are designed for the novice to advanced practitioner to safely seek their edge, dissolve boundaries, quiet the mind and to simply feel better afterward than when they arrived.  Through a personal journey of a professional career combined with a passion for wellness, I've recognized yoga's unique ability to heal both body and mind, along with the potential for transformational growth. To know more, set your alarm clock for bright and early on a Sunday morning and if you catch the bridge, call and I'll put a mat down for you - the one that you will soon have droplets of sweat gathering, releasing whatever you're ready to let go.  

Dave Cox

Three years ago I was dragged kicking and screaming to my first yoga class by one of my closest friends.  My argument against taking yoga was that I played sports for my entire life and there was no way I was going to pay someone to show me how to stretch. I begrudgingly attended my first class during the summer of 2013, which turned out to be a very demanding arm balance class. I fell in love with the practice that night and haven't stopped moving since. At first the satisfaction came from learning and nailing difficult asanas. But after some time had passed, I also started to learn about the psychological benefits of having a yoga practice.  After a few years, I can honestly say that my yoga practice has taught me a great deal about myself as a human.  In October of 2015, I made the decision that I wanted to try and share with others what my amazing teachers had shared with me by seeking my 200 hour certification. Teaching yoga for the past year and a half has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I look forward to sharing this gift with others for many years to come.

Autumn Dawson

I have been practicing and teaching yoga since 2010. My experience and training have included over 200 hours of practice, meditation, and reflection. I received my initial certification in 2010 by completing Jimmy Barkan’s Level I training in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, yet I continue make new discoveries each day. I am grateful to all the teachers that have taught me along the way and to those who have inspired me to take the next step. Yoga has taught me to live in the moment, because the past cannot be changed and the future is still to be determined.

Kara Dibble

I am forever grateful to have landed in the safe and accepting space of Jersey Shore Hot Yoga as a student 10 years ago. Initially drawn to the creative movement of the asana practice, this was just the beginning of my journey inward. In 2012, I went on to complete my 200-hour teacher training in California with Cloud 9 Yoga, while earning a degree in Psychology. As my personal practice deepened beyond the physical, I began to observe the way linking breath to movement calms the entire system. My clinical research has included utilizing trauma-informed yoga as a way of accessing emotional pain that has been stored in the body, alleviating both physical and emotional discomfort. With this understanding, I encourage all students to observe whatever it is they are bringing to the mat and tend to their ever-changing needs in an honest way. Through a challenging, yet healing, breath-lead practice, I invite all students to let go and connect to their most authentic selves. The ability to access peace, truth, and fearlessness is here for you when you’re ready.

Dominique Farina

I am a devoted yogi, dog mama, avid traveler and a lover of the sea. I began her daily practice in 2007 and received her first certificate in 2015 under Sri Dharma Mittra. I believes strongly that as a teacher, it’s important to have our own sadhana (daily practice) and to continuously learn and grow from our teachers so we can serve others. 

In January 2019, I went to India with her teacher Raghunath and completed her 500hr Advanced teacher training & Bhakti immersion. After going to a 10day silent meditation called Vipassana, I realized and believed I was placed on this earth to share what her teachers have shared with me, that which is the Science of Yoga & Spirit through the practice and study of, asana, pranayama, mantra, sacred literature, meditation and Seva (selfless service). 

My classes have elements of both Hatha-Raja & Bhakti yoga traditions. I intuitively guides her students from her heart and each class is infused with love & compassion towards everyone’s unique bodily makeup which allows my students to practice in a playful yet supportive space where alignment does not go unnoticed.

Michele Grossman

I am an E- RYT 200 Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher. I received my 200 Hour Teacher Training at The Center for Health and Healing. I continued my education further by taking multiple Posture and Aromatherapy workshops taught by many highly regarded teachers as well as attending Jimmy Barkan’s Hot Yoga Training in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Today my practice is still evolving as I continue to learn from all the beautiful teachers that inspire me as well as all the amazing people that I meet each day as a teacher. The dedication, persistence, acceptance and patience of our fellow yogis at Jersey Shore Hot Yoga make this a unique environment to experience and practice in. I welcome the opportunity to learn from each and every class and person that I meet on this continued journey of enlightenment and self-realization and hope that someday you also will have this experience. Namaste

Ann Healy (Owner)

I have been teaching yoga since 2001 and the owner of Jersey Shore Hot Yoga since 2003. I completed Bikram Choudhury ‘s 500 hour teacher certification program. I also have completed four advanced teacher trainings with Jimmy Barkan. I love practicing with Dharma Mittra in NYC, and with many of the talented local teachers in the JSHY community, and general Jersey Shore area. It has been a delight to watch students grow and cultivate their yoga practice. Many of my students have moved on to become incredible teachers at JSHY and elsewhere.

Karri Lueddeke

In choosing a picture for my yoga “bio,” I choose a selfie as it represents to me the gift of yoga – being able to look within and upon ourselves with a sense of joy and contentment. I’ve also decided to forego telling my life story as I believe our own separate narratives is what yoga seeks to dismantle. Yoga allows us to step away from our busy lives for a slice of time and simply “be.” To disconnect from the spin of the world and create a wordless expression of the self through breath and movement of the body. To learn, class after class, asana after asana, breath upon breath, that sometimes the search for narrative and meaning is best accomplished by abandoning the search and simply turning ourselves inside out, opening our hearts, and finding a lightness and ease of being. It is this gift of yoga that inspires me and which I hope to inspire in others by creating classes in which we not only bend, stretch and fly but also reveal ourselves to ourselves.

Cassandra Mesce-Quarantello

When I started practicing yoga, I had no idea that yoga would become one of the greatest positive influences in my life . In time, I started to see a transformation not only physically, but mentally as well. I believe yoga is a powerful tool for not only us as practitioners getting into physical shape but also learning to mentally accept the present moment. I attended numerous workshops over the years and have surrounded myself with amazing teachers that have helped me on this journey . In 2015, I decided to take a local 200 hr yoga teacher training with Kala Pravinya yoga. I enjoy teaching a unique vinyasa style class that focuses on the breath with our movement from posture to posture as well as deeply restorative postures . 


Erin Schaefer

I began my journey into yoga in 2002. In 2004, I was introduced to “The Barkan Method” of Hot Yoga developed by Jimmy Barkan. Inspired by Jimmy’s unique style of Hot Yoga, I attended his yoga teacher training program and began teaching in 2005. Yoga is a way for us to practice presence, compassion and the ability to “let go”. It deepens our self-awareness and has a sneaky way of connecting us with our own truth. When we arrive on our mat, consciously focus on our breath and our movement through the physical practice, ultimately connecting the two; magic happens. Teaching allows me an amazing gift of sharing that with others!

Larry Schaefer

I went to my first yoga class at Jersey Shore Hot Yoga in the summer of 2012 when a close friend encouraged me to go after I had experienced some major life changes. Soon after attending classes on a regular basis, I found this close knit community a home away from home. I was inspired by the many teachers who have helped mold my practice to what it is today. In June of 2016, I completed my 200 hour teacher training. I find it beneficial to be able to incorporate my background of Physical Therapy and Tai Chi into my classes. Teaching yoga has allowed me to pass on all of the knowledge that I have gained from others throughout my personal journey.

Ariana Speranza

I started my yoga journey when I was 14. I was in the FPAC dance program in Howell High School, and they brought in a yoga instructor to show us a safe way to stretch before rehearsal shows, and auditions. The woman explained to us the ways that yoga can help with the impact of years of training and performing. That's when I started taking class at Jersey Shore Hot Yoga and became hooked on it!  I learned so much more then just being able to take care of my body physically. I learned how to take care of myself mentally and at a young age I had the desire to learn more about my higher self and the philosophy of yoga. I took my teach training at age 18 and am now a certified yoga instructor. I always love taking workshops and continuing my education to keep my mind stimulated and my classes fresh. You will not get the same class when you practice with me regularly.  Whether you need the space to work on yourself physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually, I will offer a space adaptable to your needs with plenty of modifications and optional challenges. My motto is to be open to anything and listen to the body to help guide you on your mat.

Rachel Wallace

I am so grateful to have fallen in love with yoga while on the path to healing a slipped spinal disc in 2009. It was the deep physical, emotional, and spiritual cleanse from my practice that had left me eager to learn more! With the inspiration and kind encouragement from Ann Healy, Kate McChesney, and Annmarie Rung, I found the courage to receive my 200 hr Yoga Alliance certification under Jimmy Barkan in Westchester, NY (2011), and an additional Barkan Method training in Costa Rica (2012). Growing up with many years as a dancer, I have a profound love for creative movement and self expression, which I carry into my classes. I encourage my students to test their boundaries on the mat by flowing without hesitation or fear. At the end of class, it’s not the aesthetics of our postures that matter, because our bodies are constantly evolving and changing. It is rather the feeling and quality of our divine breath and conscious movement, that keep us radiating towards our highest, authentic self!

Tanya Williams

After finishing the Bikram Yoga advanced series in 2009, I began teaching locally.  I have been fortunate to train under the highly respected Sri Dharma Mittra in New York City and graduated from his challenging 200 hour as well as 500 hour teaching training programs. I also have the privilege of studying for over ten years with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, an English mystic and Sufi lineage holder. This has furthered my understanding and added insight into the deeper teachings and philosophy of Raja yoga and the meditative aspect of yoga practice.  These qualities of yoga are of equal importance to the development of a strong asana practice. I have a tremendous respect for teachers and students alike dedicated to the path of Yoga.

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