Our Instructors at Tula Yoga are versed in the many styles of Yoga so our students are able to explore and develop a practice unique to themselves. Each one of our experienced Yoga & Barre instructors bring their own personal approach to their classes, yet all contain the same passion to educate, inspire, and share the practice of Yoga and Fitness with others.
Jennifer is the co-founder of Tula Yoga, a 500 hour registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and a Certified Pilates Fitness Instructor. She is a certified Reiki Level II practitioner and has completed additional training in Yoga Therapeutics, Thai Yoga Massage Adjustments, and Yoga for the Mind. Jennifer holds a BA in Marketing from Kean University and worked in the corporate world for many years before discovering Yoga. After finding her love for Yoga Jennifer decided to leave corporate America to pursue her passion as a career. Before opening Tula Yoga in 2013, Jennifer worked as the Director of the Yoga Teacher Training at The American Yoga Academy where she helped train several hundred students to become Certified Yoga Instructors. Now the Director and lead trainer of Tula’s 200 & 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training programs, her passion, drive, and enthusiasm continues to inspire so many of her students to follow their dreams of pursuing Yoga as a career as she continues to do. Her goal is to bring Yoga, Meditation, and Health & Wellness into her community and make it accessible to everyone. Yoga has truly transformed her life, and she hopes to share the benefits of this practice with others. Jennifer is dedicated to educating and teaching people the true essence of Yoga through philosophy, movement, breath, and mindfulness. As you will experience when taking one of her classes, she believes Yoga should NOT be intimidating…it should be inspiring, light- hearted and always feel good!
A 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, Lisa continues her own Asana practice and training. Lisa’s extensive training includes Iyengar Yoga, Restorative and Hatha Yoga Alignment as well as Yoga Nidra, Meditation and Chakra Balancing. Grateful each moment for the many facets of color and light Yoga continues to illuminate on her life, Lisa’s profound joy is to guide others in witnessing their own physical, emotional and spiritual light. Her style of teaching is very nurturing and loving with an innate sense of spirituality and humor. Combine that with personalized attention, alignment and guidance and we have a formula for success! Lisa also infuses her creative background in art and design to develop unique themes and sequences for her students. She thanks all of her teachers, family, friends and students for their everlasting encouragement and support. They continue to inspire her to give back what Yoga has brought to her.
Lauren received her 200hr YTT certification from Prana Power Yoga in New York City in 2010. Since then she has been on a constant mission to teach a healing class catered to all body types. Her passion for anatomy started when she completed her Level 1 Yoga Tune Up® Teacher Training with Jill Miller in 2013. Following her certification, Lauren has studied YTU Embodied Anatomy and is a certified Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Ball Practitioner. She has also completed 100hrs of Meta Anatomy with Kristin Leal in New York City as well as a Barre Certification trough The International Ballet Barre Fitness Association. Her class is alignment based with a creative, powerful, and safe sequence.
Nicole began practicing yoga during college as a form of exercise, but immediately fell in love with the beauty, strength and peacefulness of the practice. She decided to take the leap and become a yoga instructor, and completed both her 200 hour and 500 hour certifications with Tula Yoga. Her classes are fun and light-hearted, focused on alignment and building strength, and help you to connect with that calm, peaceful place within. Nicole’s personal yoga practice lead her to embrace an overall healthier lifestyle, and she went on to study Holistic Health and Nutrition with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a health coach. Nicole’s mission is to help others discover and embrace their own inner strength, peace, happiness and self-love through yoga and her coaching practice.
A former dancer of ten years, Taylor discovered Yoga in 2011 as result of a spinal condition. She was instantly fascinated by the physical and mental nutritive capabilities of practicing, not only for herself but for others, leading her to receive her 200 hour certification from Yoga Alliance as a part of Tula Yoga’s first teacher training program in 2014. A year later Taylor had the opportunity to fuse her dance background with yoga and Pilates as a Barre Instructor at Tula Yoga, allowing her to impart the years of wisdom from her dance training onto her students. She continued to take her yoga practice to new heights in 2016 when she became a Certified Fly & Release Aerial Yoga Teacher. With her understanding of core integration and a passion for sharing the joy that is the mind-body connection, Taylor’s classes focus on the foundation of a physical practice and build from there the body intelligence to access more advances asanas and exercises. Alignment is essential in her teaching style but more so are smiles and open hearts.
When Stephanie suffered a life changing injury in 2009, which left her unable to walk for several months, she was told she “would never be the same.” Now, not only does Stephanie practice yoga everyday but is a 200 Hour Certified Yoga Instructor with Yoga Alliance, Certified Crystal Reiki Master and Teacher, Certified Animal Reiki Practitioner, Certified in Foot Massage Reflexology, Member of IARP, and Certified Pilates Instructor. She is also Owner and Creator of Reiki and Wellness by Stephanie. Outside the yoga classroom, Stephanie holds two business management degrees. Stephanie received her Yoga Certification from Tula Yoga in Aberdeen, NJ. Stephanie’s understanding, love and teaching of the true essence of yoga; uniting the body, mind and soul, is evident through humor, motivation, guidance, appreciation, and acceptance of her students. Her desire to constantly learn the world of yoga is ever evolving and continuing for both her own yoga practice and her teachings to her students as well. “Your true yoga starts on your mat but continues with your journey in life. I know that anything is possible because of my personal journey in life and yoga.” Stephanie’s goal is to inspire others to never give up and guide her students through their own personal yoga journey with an open heart and mind.
Jodi Kobrin Jodi was introduced to aerial arts as a little girl watching circus after circus. It wasn’t until she was on a yoga & hooping retreat she got her hands on an aerial hammock. Something extraordinary happened in that moment. Years of exploration on the hammock, she went on to take many aerial trainings. Noticing there was something missing, Jodi saw the need to create Fly & Release Aerial Yoga Training. Without a doubt, yoga was the catalyst to aerial arts finding her. Jodi shares her love of aerial yoga, yoga and hooping through classes, workshops, trainings and privates. She is a visionary and active proponent of whole hearted living and empowering others to being their best self. Her classes combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness, and a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice. She seeks to help others to thrive in life by nurturing their body, mind and soul with the art of yoga and flying.
Anita Shukla-Accardi (RYT 500) Anita considers her first teacher to be her mother, who shared with her during her childhood the great epics of hinduism, mala meditation, vedic chanting, and the practice of asana. She began practicing meditation in highschool, around the same time she decided she wanted to pursue psychotherapy as a career. In her early 20’s she began practicing asana regularly as a way to both further her meditation practice and cope with the stress of working in the field of mental health. After graduating with an MSW from Rutgers, working with profoundly suffering individuals, and having 2 beautiful children, she felt it was time to deepen the practices that helped to heal and guide her on her own journey by going through yoga teacher training. After over 20 years of practice, and over 15 years of work in mental health, she completed both her 200 and 500 hour trainings at Tula Yoga. For Anita, being a yoga teacher means being a lifelong (or many lives long) student, and she continues to study the path of Raja Yoga in the Himalayan tradition and with Sahaj Marg. Her teaching style reflects her desire to help students to heal, feel relaxed, and experience personal growth. She loves all types of yoga, but most loves to teach meditation, restorative yoga, yin yoga, yoga nidra, and therapeutic yoga. She often integrates the use of aromatherapy, reiki, and manual assists in her classes to care for her students and help them to connect with their own power to heal… mind, body, and spirit.
Jessica has been dancing and has dancing for the past 20 years, and has been in the fitness industry for the past 9 years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in dance from Marymount Manhattan College. She earned her personal training certifications from the International Sports Sciences Association and the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers. Jessica is also resistance movement certified. Along with her experience in the fitness industry, Jessica’s background includes over two decades experience in all types of dance techniques. She combines key aspects of physiology to create effective training programs for all fitness goals. Balance and flexibility are the foundation of her workouts. She specializes in body-weight resistance training, circuit training, the bar method, and core strengthening.