OUR TEACHERS

meet our team

Rose Sapiashvili

Rose Sapiashvili is the owner of BambooMoves Englewood and a BambooMoves 200-hour ERYT. Rose originally found yoga while seeking a balance to high-intensity training and fell in love at first “om” A dedicated practitioner ever since, she went on to receive her certification through BambooMoves in 2015. Blending her love of movement and music, expect a carefully sequenced flow set to an eclectic playlist. Her classes focus on building strength and developing flexibility, in both body and mind, guiding students to connect more deeply with themselves through the practice. When not in the studio, she is a devoted mama to two little ones at home. Inspired by all the wonderful teachers and students at Bamboo, she is forever grateful for the community here.

Erin Loscalzo

Erin Loscalzo is a BambooMoves 500 hour E-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

Patti Lewis

Patti began her journey taking yoga as a senior in high school. She became a group fitness instructor during college. Although there were 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, Vinyasa, and Hatha Raja yoga. All of her teachers have found form in her teaching style. Patti’s experience as an artist and her love of dance shows in the imagery, strength, and flow of her class.
Patti Lewis is a 500 hr. ERYT, receiving her training at Bamboomoves Yoga and HOMe Yoga. She continues to add to her training through workshops and intensives. Moving from a place rooted in the philosophy of yoga, the poses carry not only form but focus on transformation inside and out.

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.

Martha Goldstein

Martha has been practicing Yoga since she was 16 with renowned subtle body teacher Alan Finger of Ishta Yoga. She went on to study Theatre, Dance and Movement at NYU Tisch School of the Arts receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts & Experimental Movement in 1996. She then taught modern contemporary dance & movement in New York and began teaching Yoga in 2002. Over the years she sought out and studied with the best teachers on the East & West coast…such as David Life, Dharma Mittra, Cindi Lee, Ana Forrest, Nora Mangiamele, Gio Moskios (Power Yoga)… when she finally took her first proper 200 hour training with Yogaworks in 2003. She then went on to take her Jivamukti training in 2010 at The Omega Institute and eventually began teaching at the Jivamukti Union Square studio later that year. She opened her own Movement & Yoga space in Weehawken, NJ in 2014 called The Soul Garage where she was able to incorporate Yoga, Movement, and teaching the community about the benefits of a Vegan lifestyle. Martha teaches in a strong Jivamukti inspired Vinyasa style paying close attention to the breath. Her intuitive and empathic approach to all aspects of the practice, experienced physical adjustments as well as her eclectic choice of music creates an unforgettable, singular class which welcomes those of all levels.

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.

Elaine Ziner

Astrology & Reiki Healer

Elaine Ziner is an intuitive healer, reiki master and ordained minister who has  studied  mind- body and the effects on the emotions since 1995. Elaine combines her unique knowledge of astrology and the planetary effects on the body mind and spirit with Reiki healing to align the Whole-Self and identify blockages on the physical, mental and spiritual level. She Graduated with a Masters in Counseling Psychology specializing in Bereavement Counseling from  New York University in 1995 and became a Reiki Master/Teacher and Theta Healer in 2008.  She received her ordination as a minister in 2017. Her  Mantra is “The only permanent thing in life is Change” “ Life is full of changes and the healing of the effects of those changes are essential for the evolution of ones soul”.

Alyson Raskin Ph.D

Alyson Adashko Raskin, Ph.D. is a bilingual (Spanish/English) school psychologist,  certified TRE (Tension and Trauma Release Provider), certified neurogenic yoga teacher and advanced clinical hypnotherapist.  She has worked therapeutically for over 25 years with individuals who have experienced stress and trauma. She has led programs utilizing body/mind strategies for adults and children in schools, yoga studios and privately. Her integrative approach draws upon training and studies in clinical, school and positive psychology; trauma-informed, cardiac, and children’s yoga, yoga for injury prevention, psychoanalytic psychotherapy; hypnotherapy;  breath-work; bilingual/multicultural studies and nonviolent communication.

Dena Isles

Dena 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.

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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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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Will Esposito

After years of competing as a collegiate wrestler, Will began searching for a new way to challenge his body and mind. This search led Will to BambooMoves where he completed his 200hr training. Driven to help others unlock their full potential and live a life of purpose, Will co-founded a nonprofit organization called HYPELITE that creates outlets for youth to explore their interests and cultivate their passions. Will integrates this same essence in his style of teaching, infusing his love for music and movement for self expression and discovery.
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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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Dilush Goonetilleke

Dilush’s passion for yoga began as a child — she has been practicing yoga since she was 15 years old. Her Buddhist upbringing introduced her to meditation practices at a young age. She was already a yoga teacher when she was introduced to Jivamukti Yoga by a friend, and she fell in love with the Jivamukti method. Soon after, she earned her 300hr Jivamukti Yoga certification at a month-long residential program in Rhinebeck, NY. She later earned her 800-hour certification in an apprenticeship program at Jivamukti Yoga, New York City.
She has been teaching yoga since 2000 in New York City, teaching corporate classes, private classes, and at Jivamukti Yoga studio.

Dilush helps bring students’ focus into the present moment by gently guiding them, taking them on a journey into a deeper level of consciousness. She is known for her excellent hands-on assists and meticulously planned vinyasa sequence which always includes Vinyasa, Pranayama, Side Bending, Twisting, Inversions, Standing Postures, Backbends, Forward Bends, and Meditation, ending with a relaxing aromatherapy massage. She includes classical yoga teachings that are relevant to one’s life on and off the mat, such as breath awareness, flowing vinyasa sequence, and alignment exploration. When Dilush is not teaching yoga, she works as a Clinical Nutritionist, seeing clients in New York City and New Jersey and working with several doctors to help care for their patients with nutrition and disease management.

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Krishna Venkatesh

Krishna began his yoga journey in 2008 after unbearable pain from a back injury led him to an Iyengar Yoga Restorative class. After several months of learning to move mindfully and therapeutically under careful supervision, his love affair with yoga began. Always seeking, he continued with the Iyengar practice, while also exploring Ashtanga and several other approaches. His search led him to Charlotte Chandler Stone, CYT, E-RYT 500, the founder and director of the Stone Center for Yoga and Health in Teaneck, NJ, where he immersed himself in the study of Stone Yoga, a therapeutic and highly adaptive yoga style accredited by the National Yoga Alliance, that helped him heal his back and see yoga and life in a new light. Krishna successfully completed a 200-hour Teacher Training and is a Yoga Alliance registered instructor. With a focus on precise yet adaptive alignment, pranayama, and above all, safety, Krishna is passionate about sharing what he learned, though he believes his students ‘teach him’ much more than the reverse.

 

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Jodi Levenson

Back in college, Jodi avidly participated in yoga, dance and sports. But it was yoga that gave her a blissful feeling from the very first class. Jodi has been a practicing Speech Therapist for 25 years. After taking a 10-year hiatus to raise her 3 beautiful children, she went back to her yoga practice. Four years ago she made a decision to become certified as a yoga teacher. To her surprise, in addition to teaching yoga classes, she has been able to share the mindfulness teachings of yoga with many of her adult therapy patients and has made a difference in their lives. She has practiced many styles of yoga but has a special love for the movement of Vinyasa and enjoys sharing it with others. For Jodi, yoga is an unending journey that teaches her more about herself each and everyday. She hopes to bring this opportunity to her students doing it with a vigorous, challenging and joyful approach. She encourages her students to build strength, endurance and flexibility by pairing breath with organic movement and interesting choreography.

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Marcy Kahn

Marcy is a 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance since 2007. She has additional certifications in prenatal, children’s, chair yoga and Reiki Level 1. Marcy was inspired by her love of dance and movement at the age of three when her parents noticed she couldn’t stop moving when the music went on. She received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University. Yoga has become her passion and joy and hopes to share this with all of her students. Each class is taught with mindfulness to movement with the breath, self-awareness and LOVE. Her desire is that each student will be able to take what they create on their mat out into world, giving them the ability to cope with whatever life brings.

 

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Christen Farrell

Christen is a Licensed Esthetician of 15 years; a Graduate of The Lia Schorr Institute of Manhattan; a Registered Medical Assistant; Graduate of Eastwick College of Ramsey; and currently working on a Masters in Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine. She came to BambooMoves seeking solace from the monotony of the “rat race,” bringing her experience, passion, and goals with her. As a firm believer in the Mind, Body, Soul connection- Christen’s education, regimen, and results from a holistic approach speak for themselves. She hopes to share the message and benefits of self-love and self-care through her Holistic Skin Care Services, now available at BambooMoves!