Teacher Training Staff

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 (E-RYT 500)
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!

paul animal flowPaul 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.

LLisa_Mandragonaisa 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 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.

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.

Bridget Riepl (RYT 500) Bridget is a yoga teacher and lifestyle coach practicing and teaching at the Jersey Shore. Her greatest teachers are family, faith, fearlessness and every single time she has failed. She is a Lululemon ambassador and was recently named the “Best Yoga Teacher in Monmouth County, NJ.” Bridget is inspired by many teachers and lineages, from Ashtanga to Kundalini and everything in between. Her “style” moves with the sun and the moon, the tides and the breeze, so come feel it!


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.


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.


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.