Our Teachers

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 Cavalieri
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 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!

Lisa_MandragonaLisa Mandragona 
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.

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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 Cunicella
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.

Taylor Pojero
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.

Stephanie Stillman
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.

Denise Vernieri
“Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.”― Yogi Bhajan Always willing to try something new, Denise first decided to try yoga when she was 18. With her first class in 2000, she fell in love with all that was yoga. Immediately attracted to the philosophy of yoga, she sought to cultivate the peace she found on her mat, off of it as well. In the years that followed, Denise became a high school English teacher/adjunct professor, but continued to practice and study yoga. In 2011, she decided to deepen her practice by completing her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Kula-Kamala and has recently completed her 500ytt at Tula. Although she teaches in many capacities, her most awesome responsibility is being a mother to her three wonderful children. Her yoga classes are creative, vibrant, yet light-hearted as she moves the class safely through postures. Her classes are for students of all ages and experience. Her philosophy is simple: There are as many versions of a yoga posture as there are people. For her, there is no one perfect way to do yoga. Yoga is about self-discovery, self-acceptance and self-love. If we have that for ourselves, then we can have it for others and be the light.

 

jessJessica Sosa
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.

Erin BarreErin Pasko
Erin was raised on the Jersey Shore and began dancing at The Dancer’s Workshop in Wall, NJ when she was three-years-old. She has trained in nearly every style of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop around the Jersey Shore and in New York City. After performing on the New Jersey Nets Junior Dance Team and the Rutgers University Dance Team, Erin went on to pursue a professional dance career in both NYC and Los Angeles under the representation of esteemed talent agency Clear Talent Group. She is continuing to pursue her dance career while she attends Rutgers University and teaches and choreographs for dancers on the east coast. After exploring the fitness world further, she fell in love with barre and yoga classes. Erin is excited to continue her active lifestyle with the amazing Tula team.

 

Meghan Angello
Meghan Angello started her health and wellness career by attending Long Island University. She acquired her BFA in Dance and Movement Therapy. She continued her education by becoming a certified Massage Therapist. Throughout her journey she performed Nationally with the Radio City Rockettes. This training allowed her to follow her passion of performance and understanding of the body. During the Christmas Season, she became aware of nutrition, physical movement, and meditation to help keep her mind and body in top condition. Meghan is a firm believer in finding your breath through movement so you can develop a mind/body flow, thus engaging in a stronger more dynamic performance. She enjoys developing systematic workshops to enhance confidence and strength. She followed her notion to help people feel better about themselves, by forming Natural Soul. This company hosted Wellness Retreats for Women, and helped empower women through mindful training. She is a 500 E- RYT Yoga Instructor who leads workshops and retreats in wellness. Her study of meditation through this training led her to receiving her Health Coach Certification through Integrative Institute of Nutrition. In 2014 she cofounded a yoga and barre studio in the beautiful beach town of Spring Lake, NJ. Her new company, Mindful Alternative, provides wellness programs to schools, businesses, and individuals looking to live healthier.

 

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.