OUR TEACHERS

meet our team

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Stephanie Miller

Owner, Director of Continuing Education

Stephanie Miller, 500 hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT). Stephanie is the director of the Continuing Education programs and Teacher Trainings for BambooMoves Yoga schools. She’s studied classical Hatha Raja Vinyasa with Sri Dharma in NYC, Ashtanga yoga with Saraswati in Mysore India, Sanskrit with Ma Bhaskarananda at Ananda Ashram, and most recently Anatomy & Physiology with Leslie Kaminoff. Stephanie offers specialized private sessions and teaches group classes.  Infusing sound healing, movement, and meditation, Stephanie’s teaching style guides you from your periphery, the body, to the center of your being.

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Rita Ribot

Events Manager, Graphic Designer

Rita shines brightly through her love of music, visual arts and her passion of serving those souls she meets. She is a part business strategist, part graphic and interior designer, part marketing consultant, a bold singer-songwriter, a savvy spiritual-wellness blogger and a fun-loving Jivamukti Yoga teacher. While a full-time mom, this multi-passionate lady strives to make space and share her various talents to lead others towards conscious and joyous lives.

Check out her blog at mysoulfullife.com.

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John Mongiovi

Certified Hypnotist
John Mongiovi is one of 21 practitioners in the United States who has been licensed as a Hypnotist by examination of a state medical licensing committee, and is a board certified member of the National Guild of Hypnotists. He has been in the full-time practice of clinical hypnosis for over ten years and has been an advisor to thousands worldwide.
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Erin Loscalzo

Erin Loscalzo is a BambooMoves 500 hour RYT. Erin has been a dancer all of her life, traveling 49 out of 50 states in the country as a professional dancer. She holds a B.A. in Musical Theatre with a double minor in Psychology and Dance. She has been introduced to yoga many times throughout her dance training, but it wasn’t until she found BambooMoves that she truly understood the true meaning of yoga. She has always been interested in holistic healing and used yoga as a form of therapy for herself. Her students should never expect the same class twice. As she is grateful for being present in the moment, her energy reflects that of her students as they journey to find their true happiness together. Through her dance training and open heart, you will be led through a class to combine one body, one mind, and one spirit. Erin asks that you leave all cares and worries outside so that you can open your heart and mind to the beauty of yoga. *BambooMoves Certified Instructor
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Allison Egan Datwani

Allison Egan Datwani is a creative and compassionate yoga teacher with a precise and mindful style. For over 25 years Allison has been guiding people to move, breathe, feel, release, center, and heal. Her knowledge of the mind, body, and emotional connection is drawn from a lifetime of studying movement, starting with dance as a young adult to gym workouts and then eventually committing to finding herself on the yoga mat. She received her yoga teacher training from Cyndi Lee’s Buddhist inspired yoga school, Om Yoga. Seeking yoga’s wisdom, Allison studied ancient scriptures like the Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Bhagavad Gita with Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally. Allison has been on several TV shows promoting health including being a wellness consultant for the “Today Show.” Today Allison teaches weekly yoga classes and seasonal workshops in addition to leading the subtle body yoga studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Allison writes weekly posts in her lifestyle blog, Glamorous Yogini and creates online yoga practices at Yoga International. Her Compassion Yoga Flow online practices at Yoga International raise awareness for The Himalayan Institute’s One Tribe Project that is building libraries in Cameroon.

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Jill Schwalbe

Yoga is Jill’s passion. Her teaching is purposeful, drawing on anatomy and kinesiology to create intelligent sequences and give each class clear and deliberate direction. Her goal is for every student to walk out feeling balanced, fulfilled and trusting in the ability to transform their practice when discipline and focus are applied. Her classes teach the power of precision, alignment, and breath awareness, inspired by the same meticulous approach she used in her career as a CPA. Her other passions are her family, music, and continuing to explore and expand upon her own practice. All of the teachers who have shaped Jill’s yogic path have her deepest gratitude and respect, including Zhenja LaRosa, who first lit her up about the workings of the human body, and Jill’s current mentor Magi Pierce, whose sharp intellect consistently challenges her to dig deeper into her own studies and teaching.

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Dana Guerrero

A Licensed Certified Social Worker, Dana has been a practicing psychotherapist for many years. She has always drawn upon physical activity to stay healthy and maintain positive energy. Years ago she accidentally walked into a yoga class in a gym. It changed the course of her life. Unable to do many of the poses in class due to stiff joints from years of long distance running, she returned to class each week upon the gentle encouragement of the instructor. In yoga, Dana found the blend of physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual liberation which no other activity had provided before. Dana is a certified yoga instructor at the 200-hour level and is working towards her 500-hour certification at BambooMoves. Her teaching style reflects her love of the devotional and meditative aspects of yoga, while providing a light-hearted environment to grow and explore. “For all of my teachers and to the Great Teacher within…I am truly thankful.”
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Patti Lewis

A Registered Yoga Teacher, Patti began her journey taking yoga as a senior in high school. Although there was detours allowing for growth as an artist, art therapist, and dancer, she found her way back to her yoga practice after the birth of her children. Patti has studied Bikram and Vinyasa, doing a 9-month 200 hour teacher training in Vinyasa at Home Yoga in Mahwah, N.J. She has found peace in the spirituality and emergence of truth that yoga inspires. Patti’s experience as an artist and her love of dance shows in the imagery, nurturance, and flow of her class.

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Dena Malarek

Dena Malarek completed her 200 hour yoga training with BambooMoves in 2011. Inspired by her lifelong path in the arts as a dancer and dance educator, Dena embraces asana practice as a moving meditation that unites power, alignment, grace, honesty and fluidity. As a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and Director of Arts-in-Special Education Programs, Dena is motivated to support others in exploring self identity, passion, and potential. Much of her experience is with individuals with significant disabilities, harnessing the power of movement, arts, and yoga to express and magnify the true self. Dena values every opportunity to explore individual strength, discovery, and compassion on the yoga mat and welcomes chances to translate this process to daily interactions with our world.
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Betsy Gelb

The day she entered BambooMoves, her new life began. Having found yoga and essentially a new family, Betsy enrolled in the BambooMoves 200 hour teacher training as a way to deepen her practice. As a former mental health nurse and educator, she found herself drawn to the teaching opportunities yoga offered to her. Practicing yoga informs and guides her as she strives to live life in the moment every day. Teaching is just one component of practice. Betsy is deeply and eternally grateful to her teachers, past, present, and future, and hopes to inspire her students to realize their highest potential as well. *BambooMoves Certified Instructor
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Karen Portale

Karen is a medical doctor who has trained in many aspects of alternative healing including Shamanism, Chinese medicine and Yoga. After being introduced to BambooMoves, Karen intensified her practice of yoga, taking the 200-hour BambooMoves Warrior Teacher Training. “Yoga is such a beautiful blending of mind, body and spirit. The regular practice of yoga helps to bring balance and harmony which are essential for good health.” Karen has two children and two grandchildren who are the light of her life. Karen is grateful for all her teachers, especially Scott Kleinfeld, Stephanie Miller, and Andrew Tanner.
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Alexis Pareja

Alexis Pareja, a musician of 20+ years,  discovered the path of yoga after naturally being allured by the power of sound and healing nature of one’s own breath. After backpacking through India for several months he returned and explored the many branches of yoga to finally embark on a year long training in Kundalini yoga.  Following this he has taught music and yoga at a private therapeutic high school for 5 years. He has a masters in music theory, continues to tour with various projects, compose, and grow in the area of sound healing/music therapy.

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Liz Farrell

Liz completed her first YTT with the School of Compassionate Action, a Buddhist approach of yoga in 2009. She earned her 200 RYT from the Bamboomoves Yoga Teacher training in 2016. Liz is Licensed Clinical Social in private practice in Montclair and Morristown. As a psychotherapist, guiding others in healing and empowerment is intrinsic. From the very first yoga experience at the age of 20, Liz was drawn to the physical, philosophical, and spiritual qualities inherent in the practice, and she knew from the first class that one day she wanted to teach. Yoga has been a transformative experience for Liz, and she continues to be a student.

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Lara Szlamkowicz

Lara Szlamkowicz, 300-hour Registered Yoga Teacher. Lara has been a dedicated yoga practitioner since the 90s, and is currently in the process of earning her 500-hour teacher certification with BambooMoves. She currently co-manages BambooMoves Englewood and teaches all levels of students with a light and playful heart. Her teaching style is spiritually grounded in Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga and colored with elements of the many great styles and teachers that have graced her yogic journey. Lara’s professional career choices have organically drawn her toward service to others, taking her from holistic chef, to art therapist, to full time yoga teacher. Being a mother of two children, one with special needs, has provided a depth of life experience, compassion, and sensitivity to the challenges and differences we all experience. Being a yogi has taught her to transform life’s challenges into meaningful gifts. Her mission as a yoga teacher is to help her students uncover the powerful tools already within themselves and to enjoy the true majesty that is being human. Lara also specializes in tailoring individualized one-to-one private sessions to help yogis of all levels and abilities along their path to Yoga.
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Wonjung Kim

An award-winning singer who has performed in major concert venues throughout the world, Wonjung Kim received her Advanced Certificate at Juilliard and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University. Ever a student  of breathing and relaxation techniques as they pertain to vocal training, the discipline of yoga was a natural extension of these interests, and she completed her the BambooMoves 200 hour Advanced Practitioner Training  immersion specializing in Hatha Raja Vinyasa in October of 2016.

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Lisa Schnall

Lisa Schnall began practicing yoga in 1993 while living in Manhattan. She began practicing after a knee injury from running. After her first class she felt at home and knew it was her calling. Lisa has her Masters Degree in Education and while teaching Elementary School she integrated yoga into her classroom and also developed some classes for children. In 1998 Lisa completed her teacher training at OM Yoga with Cyndi Lee. In 2008, she studied with Allison Egan and did her 200 hour teacher training and became a RYT with the Yoga Alliance. Lisa is a compassionate teacher who focuses on teaching her students how to be mindful and helping them learn how to have a relaxed awareness. Lisa is also passionate about holistic nutrition and is currently enrolled with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a certified Health counselor.

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Andrew & Trella Dolgin

Trella has over 1000 hours of yoga study with certifications from Raji Thron of Yoga Synthesis, Iyengar teacher Nikki Costello, and Maty Ezraty. Expect a creative flow, intense core, and fun inversions all through one seamless practice. Trella is also the founder of Yogis Heart, a non-profit devoted to providing yearly unlimited yoga scholarships to individuals between the ages of 15-25. Trella is blessed and extremely thankful to her teachers: Brock and Krista Cahill, Maty Ezraty and Carrie Owerko.

Andrew: Andrew has more than 1000 hours of study and certifications with Raji Thron of Yoga Synthesis, Schuyler Grant of Kula Yoga Project, Maty Ezraty, and Soma System (self body work and myofascial release). He draws upon early interests in Ashtanga, the intrigue in the movement of Vinyasa, the precision and creativity of the Kula flow, intelligence of Iyengar, and total love of inversions to create a cross-pollinated fusion of creative flow that teaches you how to go upside down with aligned integration. He is eternally grateful to teachers Schuyler Grant, Brock and Krista Cahill, Maty Ezraty, Carrie Owerko.

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Tim Miller

 

As a freelance house painter and artist for over ten years, Tim’s discovery of yoga in his twenty’s created an important shift in his life.  It was undeniable that the transformative affects of yoga asana and meditation had completely changed him for the better.  Tim’s love for vinyasa yoga, the moving meditation, compelled him to further studies and he received his 300 hr from the Piermont Yoga House in 2014.

Through the healing vibrations of the harmonium and precise verbal cueing, Tim guides students into a practice that is meditative and grounding.  Tim teaches both public classes and privately to clients.  He also specializes in a service called “Guided Practice Assistance” (GPA) where a student can receive assists throughout an entire class.

As a instructor today, it would have never been possible without the kindness, love and support of other teachers: Jamie Surya, Michael Penque, Antonia Noonan, Petrina Plecko, Barbara Verrochi, David Regelin, and meditation teacher Frank Vogt, just to name a few.

Tim would also like to thank Stephanie for believing in him and for creating such a warm and inviting space.

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John Abballe

N.J. Licensed Massage Therapist

As a graduate of Helma Institute of Massage Therapy, under the guidance of Kitty Leer, Johnny has been practicing massage therapy, bodywork and helping others with their wellness for 20 years at health care facilities and with personal clients. He is also a member in good standing of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. Johnny’s experiences with massage and bodywork involve performing Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, myofascial release, shiatsu, and reflexology, as well as other modalities including Hwal Gong therapy, accupressure, energy healing, and chair massage.

From April 15, 2012 to January 2015 Johnny worked as a massage and bodywork therapist at The Back Care Center/Back At Ease in Dumont, New Jersey. His responsibilities included individual focal and full body work with massage therapy and bodywork to relieve pain and muscle tension for patients and massage clients. He also performed chair massage at charitable events, local races, and corporate health fairs, as well as performing chair massage for employees of care facilities and local hospitals, including Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.