We have gathered a team of specialized instructors to give our students expert knowledge in each subject covered in the 200 & 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training course. Each member of Tula Yoga’s teacher training staff is registered with Yoga Alliance and brings their own personal approach and experience to the program, yet all share the same dedication to educate, inspire, and share their love of Yoga with their students.
Jennifer Cavalieri, Studio Owner (E-RYT 200, RYT 500)
Jennifer has been practicing Yoga since 2004, is a 500 hour registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and a Certified Pilates Fitness Instructor. 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 Hour Teacher Training, Jennifer’s 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 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 meaning of Yoga through philosophy, movement, breath, and mindfulness on and off the mat. 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 fun!
Paul Newell (RYT 500)
Paul Newell has been in the Health and Wellness industry for close to 20 years. He is a Yoga Instructor, Certified Personal Trainer and owns Balanced Wellness, a well-being consultant business that works with small businesses and individuals. Five years ago, he realized there was more to helping others than just lifting weights. Through divine intervention and a family connection, Yoga came into his life and he discovered the tool to help people transform and awaken in body, mind, and soul. Paul has since received his 200 and 500 hour Yoga Certification from the American Yoga Academy, is registered with the Yoga Alliance, and now teaches Anatomy and Physiology for Yoga Teacher Training schools. In Paul’s classes, he infuses movement, mindfulness, and music to help others enhance their overall well-being and elevate their consciousness.
Lisa Mandragona (RYT 500)
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 Cap (RYT 300)
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.
Ivan Gonzalez (RYT 500)
Ivan Gonzalez graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a BE in Biomedical Engineering, an MS in Healthcare Leadership and Project Management, and minors in Music and Education. He is currently attending UMDNJ medical school working toward a Doctorate in Physical Therapy with a graduation year of 2017. Ivan received his yoga certification in 2011 having completed the 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at The American Yoga Academy and also his Advanced Reiki III certification in July 2015. Through his physical therapy discipline, Ivan has begun to incorporate principles of neuromuscular reprogramming to reduce pain and alleviate muscle tightness and weakness in the context of yoga movement. Ivan’s yoga approach is a focus on anatomy, manual adjustment, and alignment, while strengthening and stabilizing the core through a fusion of yoga and pilates based movements that progress to arm balances and inversion asanas. Adjustments with a Thai yoga massage approach are also incorporated throughout. Classes end with a Reiki and Chakra sound meditation.
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.
Rosie Lazroe (RYT 300)
Rosie is a yoga teacher, musician, advanced reiki practitioner and enthusiastic student of life. Practicing stretching techniques and breath work since childhood, Rosie found a deep connection with Yoga in 1998. Since then, her practice has been influenced by many modalities, including Iyengar inspired alignment principles, Kundalini meditation, flowing Vinyasa sequence and relaxing restorative yoga. Rosie became a certified Hatha yoga teacher in 2009, and had the wonderful experience of studying Prenatal Yoga at Kripalu Yoga Center. She has been teaching Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga to moms-to-be throughout Central and Northern NJ since 2010. Rosie is also a Children’s Yoga Teacher & Toddler Time Yoga Teacher, with training through Global Family Yoga. As a musician, Rosie frequently incorporates guitar, harmonium and mantra into her personal practice, and enjoys sharing these in her public classes as well. She truly believes that a focused mind and peaceful heart will enable us to live life to our fullest potential, and she aims to bring the joys of a consistent yoga practice into the lives of everyone she meets.
Dawn Dietz (RYT 300)
Dawn was first introduced to yoga in college as part of a stress management course. Being a lifelong athlete, she quickly discovered the innumerable benefits of a yoga practice and has been deepening hers ever since. After many years as a New Jersey public school teacher, athletic coach, and dance/acrobatics instructor, she decided to combine her love for yoga with this passion for educating. She earned her 300 hour yoga teaching certification with the American Yoga Academy as well as a certification in teaching children’s yoga. As a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance, Dawn guides classes in schools and camps as well as gyms, studios, and community centers. She loves sharing her passion for yoga with everyone, especially children and teens, helping us all feel happy, healthy, and strong, both inside and out.
Nicole Cunicella (RYT 500)
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.