Instructors

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.

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Gail Maheswari Cristelli

Gail has been passionate about yoga for over 23 years bringing her to a higher purpose. Gail, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 holds a 1000 hour Professional Yoga Therapy Certification (PYT) with Integrated Yoga Therapy and International Association for Yoga Therapy. She is a certified Yoga of Recovery Counselor (YoR) working with addictions of all types including but not limited to co-dependency, trauma, eating disorders, and substance abuse. In addition, she is a Reiki Master Practitioner and Teacher, a Certified Health Coach with Institute of Integrated Nutrition (IIN), and Holistic Health Practitioner with (AADP) American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Her focus is in teaching and helping her students through yoga therapeutic programs. Yoga Therapy is a practice that adjusts to the needs of the participants and meets them where they are at their pace and level.

 

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

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.

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.

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.

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