WHO WE ARE
LEANNA DE SHEPLO, OWNER
After being introduced to yoga over 10 years ago I decided to eventually earn my degree in teaching at the Stone Center for Yoga in Teaneck, NJ in 2012. The transformations I felt in my body and mind through the work on my mat have encouraged me to live my life simply, peacefully, mindfully and most of all with kindness and compassion to those around me. I feel that we as humans have an obligation to ourselves and to others to be of service while on this earth. Opening this studio has given me the opportunity to do just that. My goal is to create a community of like minded people where we can all learn from each other and just take the time to be still and enjoy our existence. By teaching yoga I feel I can share my own successes and transformations by guiding people through movement and breath and by sharing those moments together and hopefully allowing people to find moments of joy and peace. My style of teaching is typically connecting to the breath with slower movement while building strength and a deeper understanding of the body and mind. Throwing in laughter and good music sets the stage for a non judgmental and comfortable space to practice.
My passion for yoga began long ago behind a bar in Colorado. The benefit of resting one leg in vriksanasa, tree pose, while standing for hours on my feet gave me such relief I began to explore its power on the mat. For me the journey was not a direct path but one I continued to return to. I discovered even more while turning to exercise as a form of pain management following a surgery. Yoga gave me the physical benefits but after a time it was the changes I felt mentally that brought me to Juluka Yoga Studio in Hillsdale, New Jersey. Under the care and guidance of Mandy Grant and Soo Yoon I began to understand my practice in a way I never had before. It was here that my understanding of mindfulness, breath, asana and mediation brought me to a deeper passion and love of this beautiful practice.
It is this passion that then lead me to continue my education with Jody Domerstad in the art of yin yoga, levels 1 & 2. I completed a training for Yoga for Trauma and Addiction through Kula for Karma with Dr Deborah Lubetkin and I am honored to volunteer with this amazing organization that serves the most vulnerable in our community. To me, teaching is a privilege I take very seriously. I will continue to educate myself and explore the many paths of this ancient practice so that I may guide others on a knowledgeable and safe journey.
Sonja discovered her love for yoga in 2010. She likes to practice Vinyasa Flow and Hatha Yoga / Gentle Yoga but also enjoys the occasional Yin Class.
As a student, Yoga became a significant part of her life in her early thirties. This led to her enrollment, completion and certification as a 200-hour Structural Yoga Teacher.
While the physical element is what brought her to Yoga in the first place, her focus has broadened to awareness - awareness of our body, our breath and our mind. The structure of each class attempts to follow these three elements. A proper warm-up with some pranayama exercises is intended to improve ones breathing capabilities while also serving to calm our minds and ensure mental presence.
She truly believes that yoga is for everybody and it can be practiced while both on, and off, the mat. She strives to provide alternative poses so all students, regardless of flexibility, injury, or strength, can follow the class with joy while strengthening the body.
Lisa was born and raised in New Jersey. She was first introduced to yoga at 18 years old at a local yoga studio that she attended. She gravitated towards the sense of being present and enjoyed the connectedness she felt on the mat. She carried yoga with her throughout her years; taking a class here and there, all while being a teacher for 10 years, getting married and growing her family.
After having her second child and leaving her job as an educator, Lisa passed a yoga studio down the block from her house for about a year before finally dusting off her yoga mat walking into the studio. With a shaky hello, Lisa walked into the studio and said, "Hi, I'm new," to which the friendly teacher replied, "Hi New, Welcome!" That friendly yoga teacher ended up being Leanna, who Lisa was instantly inspired by. Lisa became a regular at Leanna's classes and began attending other classes throughout the wonderful studios of Bergen County. While deepening her practice and learning as much as she could about the poses and origins of yoga, Lisa found out about a local studio offering 200 hour teacher training. She had just applied for a Master's program, but after much deliberation, decided that yoga was where she wanted to put her time and energy. From the teacher training and beyond, Lisa has gained so much insight, joy, understanding and community. All along her yogi journey, Lisa has always turned to Leanna as a mentor and a friend.
Lisa looks at yoga as a way to relieve stress and a physical workout. Lisa enjoys designing creative flows and sequences in her classes with the intention of leaving her students feeling challenged AND successful. Lisa has found that her personal yoga practice has grown from a physical practice on her mat to a practice that impacts her life in every way.
Lisa is a full time mom, wife and yogi. If she is not running around after her two sons, you will find Lisa exploring the newest restaurant in Bergen County with her husband, next to you at a local yoga studio, walking her pup Teddy or enjoying time with her family. What you will encounter at Lisa's class? A good playlist, fun flows, a chance to challenge yourself, and the joy of feeling yourself breathe. Stay on your mat- it will always lead to more.
Massage Therapist/Energy Worker
Lisa is a graduate of the Institute of Therapeutic Massage were she earned her N.J. State License in Massage Therapy and Body Work. Some of her additional training and certification include Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Solfeggio Body Tuning Forks, Reiki, Aromatherapy, Reflexology. Vibrational Sound. While developing her signature style of therapeutic healing treatments, she intuitively utilizes her natural gift of energy healing. Lisa strives to offer relaxing services that are also results driven. As Lisa evolves her craft, she will continue to bring a little healing to the people around her.