Cheryl was lucky to find yoga years ago in the midst of health struggles, such as asthma and thyroid disease. She trained extensively under Paula (Padmasri) Tepedino and received her certification in Hatha Yoga. She has gone on to bring her training to the Advanced Professional Level (500-hour), furthering her studies in meditation, posture adjustments, restorative yoga, senior yoga, Sanskrit, sound and hands-on healing. Her style is eclectic, with influences in the Kripalu, Vinyasa and Iyengar traditions. She is the head asana instructor for the 200-hour In-depth Study & Yoga Teacher Training Program at BRC. Cheryl has taught both privately and professionally in studios, universities, corporate centers, senior homes, churches, schools and gyms and is thrilled to have “Breathing Room!” She enjoys watching the many remarkable ways in which her students grow from the practice and is honored to guide them along the way.
“Be the change you’d like to see in the world” ~ Gandhi This quote drives me to reach deep inside and remember who I am and was my first inspiration toward personal transformation back in 1996. I became serious about yoga in 1999 when given a choice between taking medication for medical issues or healing on my own through daily yoga. I made a personal commitment to heal through yoga. In 2005 I completed a course called “The Course” in metaphysical mentoring with Michael Cavallaro, author of The 55 Concepts, A Guide to Conscious Living. The concept of the universe and universes beyond made me realize that I am a part of something amazing! I realized how grateful I am to be human and living life on this magnificent planet Earth. I offer my time to serve people through yoga. My yoga teacher certification was completed with Paula Tepedino and Cheryl Paulson at Breathing Room in 2012. The yoga teacher training course has given form to my metaphysical ideas and transformation. I am becoming the change I’d like to see in the world and do it in respect to the universe. My time is also spent working in Blairstown as a teacher at the Ridge and Valley Charter School, where the earth and the universe are our textbooks! My family and I live on the Paulinskill Lake. I bring my heart’s wisdom to my yoga practice. Email Ieva at email@example.com.
Kelly found yoga in 1998 when she was searching for a way to relieve stress and anxiety. She soon found that yoga was a great way to promote relaxation while also bringing an inter-connectedness to the mind and body. In 1999 she received a 200-hour certification with teacher Raji Thron. Just recently she completed a 200hr YTT program with teachers Paula Mari Tepedino and Cheryl Paulson at the Breathing Room Center. Kelly looks forward to sharing her knowledge of yoga with others while continuing to deepen her own practice. Her studies and certifications in holistic health also include massage therapy, reflexology, natural childbirth (doula), and whole foods cooking. Kelly currently lives in Newton, NJ. Email Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lauren Jones-Rabbitt is a long time student of Buddhist meditation and philosophy and recent graduate of Breathing Room Center’s 200hr YTT program (November 2014). Lauren hopes to encourage in her students connection to and exploration of their own inner light. She sees her role in the good work of teaching yoga as a fostering of self-questioning, awareness, acceptance and healing in her students. She enjoys seeing beauty in people and nature, writing poetry, tending her flock (including her husband, 3 children, and 6 chickens), practicing loving kindness and extending her hand and heart to those who cross her path. Lauren has also been a doula (birth assistant) since 2003, helping many women and families in the process of welcoming their babies and new selves. Contact: email@example.com.
I love what my yoga practice has brought to my life! I truly enjoy learning, practicing and sharing yoga. Graduating from YTT with Paula and Cheryl in 2012 was a transformative experience. I enjoy being a catalyst to people having purpose, grace and ease by sharing the benefits of the poses regardless of their ability. I want everyone to experience the peace that yoga brings. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-214-2166
My name is Ronald Madeo and I have been a student of Yoga for the last 5 years and a teacher since 2014. I have aspirations to spread the ancient Yogic sciences for as long as my body allows me to because I truly feel I didn’t start to have any satisfaction, purpose, or intelligence until God brought Yoga into my life. Yoga gives a full set of processes in which to act, speak, eat, sleep, work, read, breathe, exercise, worship, treat others, and love to achieve happiness in this lifetime into the next. Yoga literally means to link matter to spirit and my goal is to help all achieve this to the best of their ability. My classes will primarily deal with time tested, scientific bodily postures and breathing processes to help control the mind and body. These will bring good health, mental satisfaction, a calmer disposition, and a sharper intelligence to understand the more in depth and philosophical aspects of Yoga. Sacred sound vibrations and scriptural references will not be uncommon in my classes. My goal for these classes is to bring a safe, fun, and loving space to the complete beginner and advanced Yogi alike, and to improve our lives together through the medium of Yoga. Contact me at email@example.com.
Diane Hynes, B.A. CBT, AOBTA, Nationally Board certified and NJ licensed practitioner, has been in privatae practice for 19 years and teaching since 1992 . She currently has a privatepractice in Blairstown and Denville NJ, instructs at ISS, Warren County Community College, and holds classes throughout the area. Treatments using Shiatsu/Shin Tai, Cranio Sacral therapy, myofascial and chakra energy work are suited to the current needs of the client accessing their own healing abilities. Suitable for all ages, infant to adult. Contact Diane at 973-202-9075 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I began my teaching career 9 years ago when I became a 200-hour Registered Yoga Instructor. My style is vinyasa, which I teach with dance-inspired flow movements. Teaching a dance inspired class seemed like the next logical move. I taught myself by watching the New York City Ballet Conditions series. I am also an untrained artist whose paintings are flowy like my vinyasa style. I have recently begun making jewelry out of found objects such as guitar picks, pieces that could be used for saddle making and everyday objects. I make bracelets out of guitar strings and they are a hit. I always wear something I made when i teach because it reminds me how humbling it is to have your work admired. I hope to see you in class – Barre class is one of my favorite classes to teach! You can reach me at email@example.com or call (201)208-3368.
Jessica has been actively involved in the Hoop Community since 2005, with her roots in the hooping town of Carborro, NC. She has worked, studied, and played with several Hoop performers and teachers including Julia Hartsell, Vivian Spiral, Baxter, Anah Reichenbach and many others. Her greatest influences, however, have been the Great hoop of life and the sustained spinning of the whirling dervishes. She feels dance and celebration are basic foundations of flourishing communities and that working with the hoop not only cultivates this, but also brings joy, strength and healing. Jessica has taught several hoop classes and workshops in North Carolina and New Jersey. She received her degree in Sustainable Community Development from Prescott College. Contact Jessica firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-919-8173. FMI visit www.whirledrevolution.org.
Paula M. Tepedino
Paula M. Tepedino, CRYT, brings her 35 years of living yoga and her gentle wisdom to the unique and inspiring teacher training courses offered at Breathing Room. She has a way to tailor each student’s level of understanding while maintaining integrity of course material. Her lineage is from the Kripalu and Iyengar traditions and she holds Certifications from Kripalu, Integrative Yoga Therapy, Yoga Research Society, Wise Earth School of Ayurveda, Greens Ayur School of Yoga (India), as well as Reiki 2 Practitioner and Massage Therapy. She served on the Executive BOD as VP of Marketing at Yoga Alliance, the national registry of Yoga schools and teachers, and helped to create policy on the Ethics and Grievance Committee. She continues to be the ‘perennial student’ and is working towards completion of the Yoga for Sound courses in Sanskrit Mantra, Music and Meditation with teacher, Russill Paul. Send Paula an email at email@example.com.
Vivian Sammartino is a Reiki Master and Certified Hypnotherapist specializing in Past Life Regression, Crystalline Light Therapy, Spiritual Counseling, Angel Readings and Color Therapy.
She has spent the last 23 years helping others to heal and connect with their own spirituality. She has appeared as a guest speaker on New York radio station WEVD with Dr. Majid Ali, internationally acclaimed author of several published books and practicing physician of holistic medicine at the Institute of Preventive Medicine in Denville, NJ, and local station WMTR-AM “Healthwise” as well as WSUS.
Vivian has presented workshops to organizations and given seminars on Angel awareness, stress management, spiritual development and past life regression, as well as various subjects related to healing physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Dale Orlando is an Intuitive Healer. She has been offering readings and healing sessions professionally throughout NJ and PA for 20 years. Your spirit and soul speak directly to Dale and show her past , present and future issues/ situations affecting the individual on their soul’s path. She removes negative entities , astral tags and balances and clears the energy to promote healing of the mind , body and spirit. She is able to see between realms of consciousness to give the client a clearer picture of who they are and why they came forth. This enables the person to walk forward in life with greater clarity, peace and understanding. Dale sees through the eyes of LOVE, which enables her to see beyond what the world sees. Let the wisdom of your Divine Spirit speak through Dale and guide your journey to the Love and Joy you deserve. Sessions available at BRC – contact Dale at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 862-268-4881.
Childlight Yoga Instructor
Julie is a Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Childlight Yoga Instructor, studying and practicing yoga since 2000. She has completed the 200-hour HA-THA Yoga Method teacher training with Delia Quigley and Denise Kay, and then became certified in “Chair Yoga.” Julie recently attended Nationally acclaimed Childlight Yoga trainings on Yoga and Mindfulness for Children, Advanced Teaching Concepts for Yoga and Mindfulness for Children and Yoga and mindfulness in Schools. Julie initiated yoga and mindfulness programs at local day care centers and preschools and volunteers at Project Self-Sufficiency’s Little Sprouts Early Learning Center teaching Yoga and Mindfulness classes. You can reach Julie at or (973)296-8397.
Tulasi Jordan, LCSW, SEP, EYRT-500 is a psychotherapist in private practice in Sparta, NJ who specializes in working with anxiety, trauma, mood and eating disorders. Teaching yoga and meditation since 1993, she has been formally trained in Hatha, Anusara and Kripalu yoga as well as mindfulness practices. Since 1998 she has taught yoga and meditation programs at Newton Medical Center. Currently, Tulasi is a teaching assistant for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and has developed and taught somatic-based workshops for therapists at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, as well as the Women’s Therapy Centre Institute in NYC. In service of healing, she weaves together the wisdom from body-based practices, Eastern contemplative traditions and psychology in her teaching.