Our instructors at Yoga + Herbs are highly experienced and well-versed with various forms of Yoga. They are easily able to adapt to our student’s needs and considerations.


Vijya Hirani

Vijya is a certified Yoga Instructor in Sivanada Yoga. Teaching since 2006. Bring East to West, Vijya's aim is to help train the body, integrate the mind, heart and soul as one. Yoga in modern lifestyle is a challenge we gather from external and hold it internal. We aim to let go, discover our true self, living life with peace and harmony.

Carmela Danna

Carmela completed her teacher training in March 2006 at Yoga Works, New York. She has since attended various workshops in continuing education. She left her full time job in Princeton, NJ to pursue her passion of teaching yoga. Yoga has been a big influence in her life and she wants to share her passion of yoga. Aside from a regular asana practice, Carmela enjoys restorative yoga and meditation.

Elizabeth Bond

Elizabeth has been practicing yoga for 20 years, and has been teaching yoga for 12 years, since being certified in Prana Yoga. Her interest in yoga has evolved from a life-long interest in dance and fitness, and was particularly inspired by her 30+ years of work as a Clinical Psychologist, with an increasing interest over the past 15-20 years in mind-body interventions and energy psychology.

Angelina Mannino

Angelina has been evolving in life by regular practice of yoga aims at unfolding potentials. She has been doing/ helping through intensive practices daily and regularly to attain optimum well-being at physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Her passion and dedication inspired her to help her young and high school students as special education teacher in public school. As a special educator, she sees the potential in her students to transcend all limitations to live a life of balance.

Annie Chisholm

Annie discovered yoga in the year 2000 and in 2002, sought out yoga teacher training. She learned the Sivananda method as was originally taught by Swami Sivananda Saraswati. Over the years she has studied and practiced with many wonderful teachers and has completed workshops and trainings in both the U.S. and Canada. Her teaching style is both serious and fun, traditional and modern. It is her personal goal that her students take what they learn while on their mats and apply it to their daily lives.

Samantha Rupp

Sam has been practicing yoga for 2+ years, and has been RYT certified for almost a year. Sam believes that yoga is for everyBODY, and that yoga can help anyone become a better version of themselves. When no on her mat, you can find her snowboarding, rock climbing, or reading.

Kristen McIntyre

Kristen has been teaching Yoga to all levels and body types for over 3 years. Her enthusiasm towards  fitness combined with her love of yoga and anatomy allows her to guide students through multi-level "flow" classes. Her continuous yoga journey allows her to incorporate new spiritual tools (postures, breathing, toning, movement, guided meditation) that help students ease through challenges both on and off the mat.

Sanjay Pandey

Sanjay is International Yoga Teacher of Traditional Yoga and Meditation Techniques and has been a Yoga Practitioner since childhood. He is also an Art of living Instructor and Eternity Process Facilitator.

Michele Esteves

Michele has been practicing yoga for over 10 years.  Her discovery and love for yoga began almost simultaneously when she decided to embrace a vegan diet in 2009. Michele was so struck by the practices and principles of yoga, most especially the principle of ahimsa (no-harm), that she decided to obtain her 200-hour teaching certification through Brahma Yoga in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey.  After graduating from the teacher training program in 2009, Michele continued to foster and deepen her personal yoga practice and to study the principles, however, she did not pursue teaching yet at this time. Michele is a graduate of Monmouth University with a degree in Social Work and Anthropology.  She has worked for the U.S. Government for over 19 years and is currently employed with the Department of Homeland Security in Newark, New Jersey.  Michele is a Master Level, Reiki Practitioner; and in her spare time, she enjoys oil painting, sketching, reading, and spending time with her husband, their beloved pets, family and friends. Michele is also a graduate of the Yoga + Herbs, Authentic Yoga Tradition, 200-hour Teacher Training Program and now gratefully and humbly holds two (2) teacher certifications at the 200-hour level as a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Instructor (RYT).   Michele believes in utilizing creativity, positive energy, and strength building, and synchronizing these elements with various pranayama, asana and meditation practices to create interesting, fun, and well-balanced classes

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