• Bonnie Pariser
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    Bonnie Pariser is the founder, director and senior instructor at Yoga Loka. She began teaching Yoga in 1998 and has taught in the Frenchtown area since 1999. Bonnie is a Thai Yoga Therapist, Level two Reiki practitioner, and a certified TRE® provider, trained by TRE® founder Dr. David Bercelli. Bonnie has led more than 13 training and immersion programs at Yoga Loka and is a guest teacher in other training programs. She has taught classes at Kripalu, Integral Yoga (NYC and Virginia), the Hunterdon County Library Lecture Series and the NYC Open Center. Bonnie is also a member of the Integrative Medicine Team at Hunterdon Medical Center and offers programs at Steeple Chase Cancer Cancer at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital and the non-profit Yoga For Cancer Care program.
  • Deb Kline
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    Deb discovered the benefits of yoga more than 30 years ago through asana and meditation. She has deepened her practice in the past decade through regular studies of classic Yoga texts such as the Sutras and Upanishads and daily sadhana. With a heart full of gratitude for the light that has been brought into her life as a result, she seeks to help others to discover the path of yoga. She has completed both the 200 hr and 500 hr Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Loka, and holds a BA in Business and Marketing, English and Journalism and a Masters in Communications. Her life path has also included owning a gourmet shop and catering business and is currently director of Global Technology Public Relations for a communications technology company.
  • Aniko Foldi
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    Aniko has been teaching since 2006. During her training she became more passionate about yoga and loves turning other people on to the practice she loves so much. She believes in the positive results of yoga and helps people take these teachings outside of the studio and into their regular lives to achieve more peace and balance. Aniko encourages her students to respect their body, work within their limits, follow their own path, and continue to learn and grow with joy. She strives to make all of her classes a positive and safe environment by creating an atmosphere of acceptance for everyone in the class and allowing each student the ability to become their own best teacher as they gain more awareness, focus and balance - physically, mentally and spiritually. Connection to the breath and listening to one's own body while being aware of individual strength, flexibility and limitations are emphasized as Aniko guides her students through their practice with a sense of compassion and nurturing. Aniko received her 200 hour yoga teacher certification specializing in Structural Yoga Therapy and the Saraswati River Method from Yoga Loka in Frenchtown, New Jersey. In 2008 she completed The Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy teacher training in Bristol, Vermont. Additional trainings include: Yoga for Osteopenia and Osteoporosis, Yogic Support for Autoimmune Challenges and Systemic Inflammation, Therapeutic Teacher Training with Integral Yoga Institute of Princeton, NJ. "It is the most rewarding feeling when I give myself to people and make an impact on someone's life."
  • Carole Pepe
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    Carole Pepe spent over 25 years as a Special Educator and outdoor enthusiast. Carole found Yoga in 1998, after an injury and the practice felt like a natural fit in exploring the physicality of asana as well as the connection of the self to the natural world. In 1999, she delved into a 200 hour teacher training certification training in therapeutics and the Bharaivi tradition with Parvathi Nanda Nath Saraswati (Kirin Mishra). She began teaching yoga to children and adults at that time. After a life-altering diagnosis of cancer in 2003, yoga became prominent in the heart of her healing process. Amar Jyothi (Bonnie Pariser) at Yoga Loka in Frenchtown, NJ, became one of the principle guides in her healing journey. Carole obtained certification from OM Yoga, NYC, to teach yoga to cancer survivors in June, 2009. In June 2010, she completed the 500 hour yoga teacher training program with an emphasis on therapeutics at Yoga Loka. She founded Yoga for Cancer Care offering cancer care classes, Restore and Renew classes, and outreach programs. She is also an assistant instructor for the teacher trainees at Yoga Loka. Her intent is to share with others, especially those with cancer or chronic illness, the strengthening and healing benefits of a yoga practice that can add peace and ease to our daily lives.
  • David Pittenger
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    David is a senior student of Parvathi Nanda nath Saraswati (Kirin Mishra). David continues to study directly with Parvathi in philosophy, yoga and Tantric methodology on the path of the Bhairavi, or Tantric adept – Parvathi’s most rigorous level of teaching offered to date. David draws from a combination of 10-years intensive study in Yoga and his 20-years of experience as a professional Ballet dancer to develop a unique Yoga class that allows for students to experience a holistic approach to asana. Through careful attention to alignment and long slow warm-ups, a pathway is opened to help heal old injuries and prevent new ones. David’s teaching is in the Saraswati River yoga style. Classes focus primarily on asana, but will give students a chance to experience the interweaving of physical movement with breath, awareness, concentration and meditation. David describes the affects of this style of yoga as follows … “Authentic movement begins when habitual patterns of body and mind are revealed to us. Through these ancient flowing physical movements our own consciousness is experienced as a beautiful vibratory dance. Dance being metaphor here for the play of hide-n-seek between the small “I” of our fears and doubts and our sense of self that is beyond conceptions, beliefs or ideas. As we dance with the self and embrace the wisdom of direct sensory experience we slowly re-learn how to be naturally buoyant in our intrinsic spaciousness.” David’s interest in Yoga began as he came across the book Sivanada’s Companion to Yoga; the asanas he learned helped him to extend his dance career despite years of dance injuries and multiple surgeries. Eventually David found himself turning to the healing benefits of yoga once more; only this time he found a teacher who could take him deep into the realm of self exploration; enabling him to establish a personal practice to support his overall health and deepen his teaching.
  • Cindy Buckley
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    Cindy fell in love with yoga in 2001 when she experimented with Iyengar Yoga and Bikram Yoga. Both styles of yoga were extraordinarily beneficial. However, something was missing. Then 8 years ago, she found her home at Yoga Loka where she realized that structural yoga therapy was the perfect fit for her lifestyle and belief system. Cindy's affinity to structural yoga is strengthened and sustained through her practice of yoga, love of nature, hiking, and the meditative qualities that these activities have in common. She is also passionate about and supports community based self-sustaining local organic farming. You will often find her at the farmers markets, CSA’S and digging in the dirt in her own garden. In the spring of 2016 Cindy will earn her degree in Exercise Science, which helps her to deepen her understanding of the body and the intricacy of movement as it relates to yoga. In the same year, she will complete her 500 hour yoga teacher certification at Yoga Loka. During a yoga class with Cindy, you will find a nurturing, safe environment where there is space to deepen your practice and explore the possibilities of what yoga can bring into your life.
  • John Fagan
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    John began his practice of yoga in 1996 taking a series of multi week asana classes offered by a local wellness center. To get more guidance between sessions he turned to texts on yoga and discovered the rich philosophy and metaphysics behind the tradition. In 1998 he moved back to Bucks County and took his first class with Parvathi Nanda Nath. Before the first class was over he knew he had found not only his asana teacher but also his spiritual guide. Later that year he joined her first teacher apprenticeship program and began teaching in the SRY (Saraswati River Yoga) tradition 1999. John has continued to deepen his studies of Yoga and Tantra under the direction of Parvathi Nanda Nath. His passion for learning and the joy he gets from passing along what he has understood is a daily reminder of grace that led him to that first class in 1998. He is eternally grateful for Parvathi’s continued guidance and support through the years.