Lynda Ferrara, Registered Yoga Teacher
Lynda’s intention when she sought recovery in 1988 was to stop the emotional pain and hopelessness that addiction had inflicted upon her life. One day at a time that darkness has turned to Light, allowing her to move forward on a beautiful journey of self-discovery. After building a solid foundation in 12-Steps for several years, she was introduced to the powerful practice of yoga. Lynda became a yoga instructor in 2009 under the loving guidance of Sheryl and Neil Edsall. She has since completed a 100 hr. training for “Yoga of Recovery” counseling and is also a certified Reiki practitioner.
The passion and compassion that yoga embodies is the place that Lynda teaches from. Her classes are filled with a comfortable weave of breath, sound, movement, and meditation, where students feel safe and supported regardless of their experience with the practice. She inspires them to tap into their own inner strength and courage that will allow for blissful balance on, as well as off, of the mat. With an open heart full of gratitude, Lynda is honored to be given the opportunity to share the hope that her path of yoga and recovery has so sweetly blessed her with.
Abhaijot Kaur, Kundalini Research Institute, IKYTA
Abhaijot has always had a deep passion for yoga, a born healer spiritual junkie she started practicing 21 years ago and never stopped. A Vegetarian for 21 years, and most recently a Vegan for the last 3 years. The union of the mind, body, and soul has helped her throughout her life live in a more compassionate heart filled abundant way. Her biggest joy in yoga has always been the Bhakti (devotion) of it. It was no wonder that through Bhakti her Shakti (essence of bliss) was revealed and that was service and Kundalini Yoga. Countless workshops with the great masters, Guru Dev Singh, Gurmukh, and devotional chanting with Gurunam eventually lead her home to the sacred land of India for her Kundalini Teachers Training through Golden Bridge Yoga with her teacher Gurmukh, and masters Gurushabd, Guru Dharam, and Guru Dev Singh followed with traveling the sacred land with her dear friend Gurunam. It was through Kundalini that Abhaijot was able to develop her born healing abilities even deeper to help others. Abhaijot is honored to serve others through the technology of Kundalini Yoga. Abhaijot is Kundalini Yoga Therapist, a Khalsa Way Certified prenatal teacher, Sat Nam Rasayan practitioner, is currently in Advanced Teacher's TherapyTraining with Guru Dharam, and a T.A. at Golden Bridge Yoga Teacher Trainings, she serves the Kundalini teachings to low income Women and Teens at Oasis in Paterson, NJ and teaches meditation in corporate offices. Her love affair and gratitude for Yogi Bhajan the master of Kundalini and all of its teachings continues to embody her heart, life and classes with healing love, depth, transformation abundance, and light. More information on Abhaijot and her services at www.IHeartKundaliniYoga.com.
Angela Zapka is a certified Qi Gong Instructor. She studied under Dr. Roger Jahnke, OMD, an internationally known, highly respected doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Angela feels her gift is guiding her students and clients through all kinds of transitions and transformations. She creates a relaxed, nurturing, spirit infused space that allows you to cultivate your own healing potential.
In addition to Qi Gong, Angela is a Certified Usui Reiki II Practitioner and an Inner Relationship Focusing clinician. She also practices Christian Zen Meditation.Angela also teaches Process Painting with children and adults.
Nicky turned to yoga as a refuge during her teens and got her 200hr certification in 2007 from Yoga Mountain. Annual retreats to Kripalu and advanced teacher trainings with Kula For Karma and Nikki Myers deepened her practice. Her classes reflect her Reiki Master training by weaving in approaches to balancing the chakras and activating the body’s natural healing process.
As a Licensed Massage Therapist she knows the importance of proper alignment and provides modifications for limitations or injuries. Nicky believes strongly in the mind, body, spirit connection and that all three should be addressed for healing and growth. Mindfulness, compassion, and acceptance are the foundations of all her classes and she is grateful to be able to share her love of yoga with her students.
Elisabeth Wolfson is a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Entrepreneur. She studied Kundalini Yoga under Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, world renowned Kundalini Yoga Teacher and owner of Golden Bridge, NYC. There, Elisabeth also studied Gong Play and Numerology and includes live Gong Play in every session. Elisabeth’s given spiritual name is Gian Prakash Kaur which means the sacred Princess/Lioness who experiences the divine light and wisdom of the Infinite. Her calling is to share her vibrant light and to elevate all those she encounters. She does this as a beauty-care specialist with 18+ years in the beauty industry. Elisabeth is currently blending her passion for teaching yoga with cosmetology to offer the beauty industry a new way to work from a mind-body-beauty perspective. She offers her teaching and services to two key audiences: Existing Professionals and Students.
Elisabeth also holds the space for high school athletes to reach their highest potential and to give them the tools to cope with everyday challenges teenagers face today with an 8 week series specifically written for teenage girls and the challenges they face. She will once again be working with the reigning All County and State Sectional Champs: The Ramsey Rams Softball team this winter and is currently teaching their soccer team.
“I love teaching and putting together workshops; especially for those getting started or feeling stuck in their careers. Empowering our female youth and community are 2 central themes in everything I do” -Elisabeth Wolfson