meet our team

Rose Sapiashvili

Owner, Teacher, Practitioner

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

Stephanie Miller Kopyar

Stephanie Miller, 500 hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT). Stephanie is the director of the Teacher Training programs 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.

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.

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

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.

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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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.

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.