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  

For over a decade, Jennifer has been serving the community through the practice of yoga, and set upon a journey that has changed her life forever.  Ever dedicated to her development as a teacher, in addition to becoming a RYT-500, she has certified in Mat Pilates, Yoga Therapeutics, Thai Yoga Massage, and Yoga of the Mind/Meditation.  Her commitment to self-development and living her yoga is abundantly felt when in her presence as she teaches.  She is driven by her passion to share this practice with the community in a way that is inclusive, accepting, and non-intimidating.  She feels that yoga has made her dreams come true, and she finds perhaps her greatest joy is helping this dream come true for others. For the last 8 years she has been training Yoga teachers, first as the Director of Teacher Training at the American Yoga Academy, and for the past 5 years as the lead trainer of Tula’s 200 & 500 hour programs. As the co-founder and co-owner of Tula Yoga she shows those of us who know her that it is possible to create a successful yoga business from the heart, sustained by determination and hard work, and guided by the ethics that come from practicing and living yoga. While exceedingly honored to to be voted the best yoga teacher in Monmouth County 2018, Jennifer’s primary focus remains to be true to her mission, moment to moment, continuing to grow in service to the community. You may find yourself accepted for where you are, be empowered to grow, or create the space for your dreams to come true if you meet her on the mat.

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.

Lauren_CapLauren Cap
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.

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.

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.

 Barre Instructors:

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.

J’Loni Jones
J’Loni Jones was born in Somerville, NJ. She started training and performing when she was 4 years old. J’Loni trains in the hip-hop/ urban styles (b-boying, popping, locking, house, new jack. waacking, vogue), industry styles (like commercial street jazz), technical styles (contemporary, ballet, jazz). She is also a barre/ fitness instructor.

 

 

Jodie Hansen
Jodie began ballet at age three in Paris, France. She attended the (FPAC) dance program at Howell High-school. After school she would commute to Princeton Dance Theatre where she trained six days a week by Susan Jaffe and Risa Kaplowitz (ABT) soloists. She continued to pursue her passion at the University of Utah as a Ballet and Business Administration major. She attended Joffrey Ballet, in Chicago at the highest intensive level. When she moved to New York she trained with Gelsey Kirkland Academy, Manhattan Youth Ballet, Steps on Broadway, and Broadway Dance Center. Previously attended a summer intensive with the Radio City Rockettes. Jodie fell in love with barre classes and received her American Barre Technique Certification. She loves to tone and strengthen muscles.