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.
For over a decade, Jennifer has been serving the community through the practice of yoga, a journey that has changed her life forever. She is the co- founder of Tula Yoga, and has recently been voted Best Yoga teacher in Monmouth County. Always a student, Jennifer has completed over 500 hours of Yoga training as well as additional certifications in Meditation, Restorative & Therapeutic Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage, Pilates, and Reiki. Over the last 10 years she has trained hundreds of Yoga teachers, first as the Director of Teacher Training at the American Yoga Academy, and for the last 6 years as the creator and lead trainer of Tula’s 200 & 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training programs.
Jennifer embraces the philosophy of yoga and sculpts her classes to her student’s specific needs, while focusing on bringing union to mind, body and soul. Jennifer’s teaching combines’ hands-on adjustments with clear, intuitive verbal cues. She aims to encourage her students to deepen their understanding of their practice within a nurturing, caring, and safe environment and to impart a feeling of being in sync with your body, not pushing it. She believes that when you stop pushing your body and instead begin to flow with it, that the feeling of connectedness that stems from that flow will seep into other parts of your life as well. As it has with her.
In addition to weekly classes, Jennifer teaches private lessons, corporate events, workshops, international retreats, and trainings.
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.
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 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.