Our Team

We have a talented, dedicated group of instructors and specialists, committed to improving the health of our students and clients. We are honored to share our diverse depth of knowledge and infuse our teaching and healing arts from the heart. It would be our pleasure to put our extensive experience to work for you! Our practitioners adhere to the highest level of professional standards and are fully certified and insured. Each instructor offers their own practice/treatment schedule and fees. Please contact each instructor directly if you have any questions about the practices or treatments they offer.
Cheryl Paulson

Cheryl Paulson

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.

Ieva Alverson

Ieva Alverson

“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 i_alverson@yahoo.com.
Kelly Lyons

Kelly Lyons

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 kellykiaran@hotmail.com.
Ron Madeo

Ron Madeo

I’m Ronald and I have been practicing yoga for the past 2 years. It has helped me relax, make peace with myself, and further my spiritual experience in this wild ride of life. Yoga and meditation have made such a profound impact on my life and I decided to share it with the world.  I embarked on my 200 hour yoga teacher training with the Chakra Flow Yoga School in October of 2013 and graduated in June of 2014. I’m not the perfect student and I’m far from the perfect teacher but I’m young, determined, and my intentions are pure. I will continue practicing and continue working towards being a great teacher. I love all living beings and feel it is my universal duty to show as many people as possible the benefits of yoga and meditation. Contact me at ronaldmadeo@gmail.com or 908-763-0696.

Jen Hagerman

Jen Hagerman

My Yoga journey started 15 years ago with dipping my toes into the water of truth. Since I was a little girl I have had the heart of a servant; always wanting to lend a helping hand. It shouldn’t be a surprise that following high school I attended the local vo­tech to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. Having worked in the nursing field for almost 20 years made me realize that I was not happy with the Western view of healthcare. Being an empath didn’t make matters any better either. Following my heart and my own need to heal myself from the inside out…I decided to take the Yoga teacher training course at Breathing Room Center in 2012. Cheryl Paulson and Paula Tepedino showed me a new way of thinking and being, through Yoga philosophy. Here I am today, not a perfect human being, but one that has much gratitude towards the healing power of Yoga. I would love to share with you the many tools that I have learned through my training and just help you to love yourself unconditionally. You can contact me at jennluvbearcat@gmail.com or check out my new blog @Mindfuljen.com.

Carolyn Fenton

Carolyn Fenton

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 fenton.carolyn@gmail.com or 973-214-2166
Lauren Jones-Rabbitt

Lauren Jones-Rabbitt

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: lauren.jonesrabbitt@gmail.com.
Diane Hynes

Diane Hynes

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 shiatsudiane@gmail.com.
Jessica Krause

Jessica Krause

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 atwhirledrevolution@gmail.com or 973-919-8173. FMI visit www.whirledrevolution.org.
Elizabeth Stroppa

Elizabeth Stroppa

I began to explore yoga over 15 years ago, with a home practice guided by DVD’s. Working long hours as a Corporate Retail Executive left me little time to focus on my health and wellbeing. I was extremely STRESSED and burdened with health issues, my new role as a single mom of two children and a demanding career. I was desperately seeking a way to restore peace, improve my health and find balance in my life. My yoga practice was the answer I had been searching for. The shift happened very gradually, my physical conditions began to improve and I began to look at my life in a whole new way. I slowly evolved from a high-strung Type A personality to a relaxed, open-minded and more patient person. This transformation led to what I call “take two” of my life. I remarried and was blessed with two more children. I said good-bye to my corporate life and chose to be at home to raise my 4 children and help my husband start our family business. Having been so inspired by my personal journey and influenced by several amazing teachers along the way, I felt drawn to take a deeper dive into a 200hr-Hatha Yoga study at the Breathing Room Center under the guidance of Cheryl Paulson and Paula Tepedino. In December of 2013, I became a certified 200 RYT instructor. Sharing this amazing gift of yoga and assisting students to tune into their natural state of being, the state of peace and equanimity brings me great joy. Contact info:edunn720@hotmail.com / (908) 812-6600 / Certifications: 200RYT, CPR, First Aid
Janice Hedden

Janice Hedden

Janice Hedden holds Yoga Alliance certifications as a 300 hour Yoga Therapist from Integrative Yoga Therapy, 200 hour Yoga Teacher from Yoga Light School (Paula Tepedino and Cheryl Paulson), 500 hour KRIPALU Professional Yoga Teacher and a White Crow Aqua Yoga Teacher along with trainings in Childrens Yoga. Janice hopes to help her students experience nonjudgmental self-observation while learning to be present to the inner flow of sensations and emotions that come up. An important  part of the quality of our life experience is determined by how present we are, not by our outer circumstances.  She teaches that Yoga is a way of moving toward greater truth, clarity, presence and finding JOY and serenity in your life. Her teaching style is playful, while giving guidance for safety through proper alignment,  self witnessing and self acceptance. Janice has been a professional photographer for over 20 years, specializing in weddings, family and children’s portraits, yoga portraits and corporate events. Many of the images of the Breathing Room web site and teachers are examples of her work. Janice lives in Fredon, loves visiting her two grown children who both live in Brooklyn, hanging around her pool with her husband in the summer. Her hobbies are organic gardening, writing poetry and cooking and enjoying a glass of wine with friends. JOY is her favorite word. You can contact Janice at:  janice.hedden@gmail.com  973-945-6768 or www.Facebook.com/JaniceHeddenPhotography

Guest/Special Instructors

Paula M. Tepedino

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 yoga2light@gmail.com.

Vivian Sammartino

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.

Jennifer O'Hagan

Jennifer O'Hagan

Jennifer O’Hagan, RH(AHG), CMT, ATMAT is the founder of Woodland Naturals (www.woodlandnaturals.com), a clinic specializing in abdominal health, herb consultations and ancient Maya techniques of emotional and spiritual healing. She is a practitioner and international instructor of The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® and Maya Spiritual Healing, as well as a registered professional herbalist, massage therapist (including breast, oncology, and mastectomy massage), Gua Sha, and a Reiki master. She has been in practice for over 20 years and currently has a private practice in Hope, NJ. Jennifer is also a co-founder  of the Changewater Wellness Center (www.changewaterwellnesscenter.com). One of Jennifer’s loves is dance. She is a belly dancing instructor, was a long-standing performer with the middle eastern dance troupe Sivasa and El Hareem, and has performed throughout NJ, NY, and PA. Belly dancing is not only a great way to encourage health and well-being of the pelvis, but is a great way to join together with other women to let the creative energy of the womb shine forth through the beauty of dance. Contact info: woodlandnaturals@embarqmail.com, 908-268-0393.
Tulasi Jordan

Tulasi Jordan

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.
Dale Orlando

Dale Orlando

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 goldenfeather1177@yahoo.com or call 862-268-4881.

Breathing Room Center

2017 Yoga Class Prices

$15 - drop-in class
$60 - 5 classes
$100 - 10 classes

Upcoming Events

  1. Dancersise

    May 22 @ 6:30 pm - June 26 @ 7:30 pm
  2. Seasonal Renewal

    June 25 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  3. Women’s Self-Defense Seminar

    July 8 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  4. Wine, Cheese & Tees

    July 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  5. Breathing Room Book Group

    July 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm