MIMI CROSS

​CYT 200+, Thai Yoga Massage, MA/Music Education
Mimi is an author, singer, and songwriter, as well as the creator of Body of Writing, a practice that adds an additional dimension to the traditional mind body spirit discipline of yoga: story. She has been teaching people of all ages yoga since 2001, both privately and in various studios, including Brahma Yoga Spa, which unfortunately, due to Sandy, is no longer. Before becoming a yoga instructor, Mimi taught music in the public schools, including two years at Forrestdale in Rumson.  She is a two- time Asbury Music Award winner and has shared the bill with artists such as Sting, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Lauryn Hill, Jill Sobule, Loudon Wainwright, and Peter Himmelman. She enjoys performing for the benefit of others, and has played shows with many NJ musicians, including Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi. Her songs can be found on iTunes and her two novels, Before Goodbye and Shining Sea, are available online and anywhere books are sold.

KARENA VIRGINA
RYT 500+, Kundalini Certified
Karena is a Master Kundalini Yoga instructor, inspirational speaker, life mentor and TV personality who brings deep spiritual practices to the modern world in a very accessible and uplifting style. Karena has been reaching thousands of people throughout the United States and Europe explaining the law of attraction in a very basic, clear and scientific way. Karena brings wisdom from ancient teachings, utilizing tools for attracting love, abundance and miracles. Karena believes we are living in a profound time when living through the heart with grace, peace, truth and light is the surest path to manifesting the life of our dreams. Karena is a wife and mother of two children and family is and always has been her primary focus in life. 

CATHARINE SCIACCA

CYT 200+, Barre 

​​​Catharine has worked in fitness for almost 20 years. Inspired after working the front desk at a fitness center in college, she began pursuing her own certifications. While her full time career is teaching high school English, she has a passion for mindful fitness in her free time. She is a seasoned yoga and barre instructor who carefully designs classes with her students interests in mind. Her goal is to motivate and inspire all of her students to transform their mindset and overall health through movement. Her thoughtfully designed playlists compliment her classes, keeping you focused and having fun. Catharine encourages her students to listen to their bodies, doing what feels good and right for them.


Mary Christensen

CYT 500+
Mary began her yoga practice in 2007 after retiring from a 20+ year career as a Buyer and Product Development Manager for several National Speciality Retail stores. She credits Yoga with helping her to transition gracefully into this next phase of her life. She completed her 200 hour YogaWorks Teacher Training in March of 2011. Mary is currently enrolled in the 300 hour Yogaworks Advanced Teacher Training to be completed  in August 2013.   She has also studied with Alan Finger, Jillian Pransky, Biff Mithoefer, Cyndi Lee and Julie Gudmestad. It has truly been an amazing journey as she continues to learn more about herself and the study of yoga everyday. Believing that it is important in our busy everyday lives to slow down, center yourself and just simply breath. She enjoys teaching classes that create a safe space for her students allowing them to find this sanctuary in their yoga practice. 

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THERESA HUNT

CYT 200+, MSW, Licensed Social Worker

Theresa became involved with Yoga at the age of 19. It was offered at her local high school. She was hooked immediately because of the way it made her feel physically, mentally, and spiritually. Over the years She took classes occasionally, until MBYW opened in her community. After a long day at work, she would walk into the studio and it would feel like she was “home.” After class, having all the stress and anxiety gone from her body and mind made her realize the power of Yoga. She has worked as a Master’s Degree Social Worker with adolescents in a school setting and would often guide them through meditations to help them deal with life’s challenges. The power of Yoga and meditation can be very healing. She completed Yoga Teacher Training at MBYW through YogaWorks in February 2017. It has been a life-changing experience. Her intention is to incorporate the field of psychology with Yoga, as a way of empowering and healing others.

julie Reamer Pare

CYT 200+, Floor Barre Certified

Julie accidentally ended up in a yoga class after more than 20 years as a serious runner, math nerd, and inflexible klutz.  An unlikely yoga student, she was surprised to find that she loved the combination of peacefulness and intensity inherent in yoga practice, and she loved how it complemented her running.  Julie completed her 200 hour training with Yogaworks and she strongly believes in focusing on proper alignment while moving with breath.  Off the mat, she can be found baking cakes, building financial models, spilling coffee, and tripping over things while out running.

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CHRISANNE MILKO BRENNAN

CYT 200+, Yin Yoga Certified, Restorative Yoga Certified, Floor Barre Certified 

Chrisanne took her first yoga class in 2010 and has been hooked ever since! Chrisanne completed her 200-hour Yoga Works® teacher training in February 2017 at Monmouth Beach Yoga & Wellness. She has since attended various workshops/trainings in continuing education. Yoga has been a big influence in her life and she wants to share her passion of Yoga with others. Chrisanne would like to use the joy of Yoga to inspire her students to live their best life! Be patient, be mindful, be kind.

JAMEY FLACCAVENTO

RYT 200+, Yin Certified, Masters in Education

Jamey has been infatuated with yoga since her very first class. As a former dancer, she was drawn to the movement of the classes but fell in love with the mental peace and clarity that the practice offers. Jamey is a Monmouth Beach resident and full time Special Education teacher and is passionate about bringing the physical and mental benefits of yoga to people of all ages. A true teacher at heart, Jamey considers herself a life long learner and is constantly looking for ways to grow in all aspects of yoga and wellness. Her own yoga practice has instilled a much needed sense of self love and forgiveness that she intends on spreading to her students. Jamey sees the bright light in all people and is dedicated to helping her students find and cultivate that light within themselves.

LISA WALSH

Certified Foundation Training Instructor, Certified ACE Group Fitness Instructor

Lisa, an entrepreneur and active mom of two kids and a dog, discovered Foundation Training after 30 years of dealing with joint injuries and pain. Through the practice of Foundation Training, Lisa was able to take her body from feeling broken to one that is nimble, mobile and stable. It has completely changed her life, putting her in the driver's seat of her wellness and health. Because of this, Lisa wants to share this amazing workout program with the community and teach others about the power of the human body to regenerate. Lisa became certified to teach Foundation Training in Santa Barbara, CA and is happy to bring it across the country to the Jersey Shore! This powerful yet simple workout, which helps people of all ages and all abilities, meets your body where it is and takes it to the next level of wellness. If we move well, we live well!

VERONICA SCANLON

CYT 200+

Veronica started practicing yoga to increase her flexibility after years of intense athletic workouts. What she found was not only could she touch her toes, but a certain tranquility blossomed within. Hoping to pass along the fulfillment yoga has brought to her life, she decided to become a teacher. Her classes blend physical alignment and core strength poses in a fluid rhythm. She emphasizes breath awareness and conscious intention to create balance & well-being in the mind & body. It’s about letting your inner light & true self shine through! To let go of fear & trust your inner wisdom. Yoga touches us at different levels & at different times in our lives. Veronica believes each time we practice, we can take what we learn on our mats with us into everyday life.

ALYSIA DESANTIS

RYT 500, Yin Yoga Certified, Certified Meditation Teacher, Reiki I


In a desperate attempt to change her life, Alysia found Yoga, and it was exactly what she needed. Always on the go at a fast-paced job, Yoga provided the peace, calm and clarity she was looking for. Shortly after coming to Yoga in 2018, she fully immersed herself into the teachings, starting with Meditation training, then 200, 300, Yin and Reiki. Now a forever teacher and student of Yoga, she looks forward to learning more, not only to bathe herself in knowledge but also her students. Alysia’s mission is to share her love of Yoga with like-minded souls in hopes that it provides them with the same peace, calm, and clarity it did for her in a time of chaos. Outside of the studio, you can find Alysia enjoying the natural beauties of life. A true animal lover and Jersey girl at heart, she takes advantage of the trails, beaches, and weekend trips as much as she can, and she will never turn down the opportunity for a good meal with a great view!