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Shelly & KarenKaren and Shelly met in 2011 when Shelly was Karen’s yoga student. Karen shared a part of her past during class one day and they soon realized they had a lot in common and quickly became close friends. When Shelly mentioned she was thinking about attending yoga teacher training, Karen encouraged her to go for it. Their love for yoga continued to grow and they dreamed that one day, in the very far future, they would open a yoga and wellness space together. Little did they know that once they began to look at possible spaces, their desire would be ignited and this dream was something they needed to do now. Karen and Shelly share the deep desire to not only help people through yoga, but also to create a safe, welcoming space that encourages people to be free to be themselves, explore, and connect with others.

Teachers

Karen Kapus

E-RYT 500
Co-founder & Owner

KarenSquareKaren Kapus began practicing yoga in college in 1999 and knew at that point that she wanted to become a yoga teacher. Karen believes that yoga has truly helped her, not only to connect with her true self, but also through many life challenges. When she began teaching in 2010, she never imagined that yoga would be her true calling, but yoga’s ability to help people on so many levels soon became clear to her and she knew this was her path.

Karen believes that yoga is truly for everyone, at anytime in their lives — regardless of body shape/size, ability/skill level, or life situation — and it is this belief that drives her to emphasize safety and honoring oneself in the moment during her classes. She loves to teach classes such as beginner and restorative, to mixed levels and dynamic flow.

Karen believes there is always room to grow. She enjoys researching, reading, and absorbing as much knowledge as possible. Because of her passion to help people, she frequently attends trainings that focus on the therapeutic use of yoga. Karen genuinely enjoys teaching private sessions because they give her the opportunity to work with individuals and cater classes to the specific needs and desires of the client.

Trainings and Certifications:

  • 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training: YogaFit
  • 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training YogaFit with therapeutic focus
  • Yoga as Medicine, Level I with Timothy McCall, MD
  • Reiki Level 2 Certified

Shelly McIntosh

E-RYT 200
Co-founder & Owner

ShellySquareShelly McIntosh has been practicing yoga since 2006, and after realizing the healing benefits of yoga first hand, decided to become a registered yoga teacher. Her main goal is to help people overcome physical issues with the help of yoga, including those with movement disorders, which is an issue near and dear to her heart.

Having studied with YogaFit to learn to help those who may cope with anxiety, depression and even PTSD, she provides a safe a comfortable practice, allowing students to experience the profound mental benefits that yoga can provide.

Also passionate about Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, she teaches students how to assess their current state and tailor their practice to their individual needs, bringing them back into balance.

Trainings and Certifications:

  • 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training: Fitness Yoga Studios
  • YogaFit for Warriors (PTSD)
  • YogaFit Restorative Therapeutics
  • Reiki Level 2 Certified

Jackie Dadario

RYT200

JackieDSquareJackie discovered yoga in 2003. She turned her passion for practicing yoga into teaching, and in 2006 started teaching yoga to children and adults in both studio and beach settings. She has received her 200 hours of yoga training through Fitness Yoga Studios and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance®. In 2015, she took her yoga passion to the sea and trained with Amelia Travis of Stoked Yogi to receive certification in Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga. Throughout most of the summer, she can be found in the shallows of the Cape May Harbor flowing and paddling under the sun.
She has studied Thai Yoga Bodywork with Michael “Mukti” Buck of the Vedic Conservatory and Rose Griscom of the Institute of Thai Massage.
In addition, she graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education. Jackie and her husband currently reside in Sewell with their two mini yogis, Sophia and Nicholas.

Kelly Friedberg

RYT 200

KellySquareKelly’s education in Anatomy & Physiology lead her to the world of yoga over 7 years ago. She discovered not only the physical benefits of the practice, but the mental benefits as well. She decided to further her practice by completing a 200 hour teacher training through the Marianne Wells Yoga School taught by Colleen Verton in 2013, proudly becoming a 3rd generation Iyengar student. The training revealed a spiritual way of living that encouraged her to share the love that yoga brings with others. Kelly enjoys teaching a combination of styles to allow movement with breath, as well as stillness in proper alignment. Her hope is for her students to develop strength, confidence, and peace; applying what they learn on the mat into their everyday lives.

Carly Melchert

RYT 200

CarlySquareCarly describes yoga as her happy. Whether it is her own practice, teaching others, writing classes or making playlists that inspire movement, it all makes her happy. Carly is grateful for the journey yoga has taken her on, both on and off the mat. She enjoys learning through teaching, practicing and the students. She is excited to see where her yoga journey will take her next.

Gina Redrow

RYT 200

GinaSquareA regular exercise program, yoga practice, and healthy nutrition choices have benefited Gina for many years. As a result, she is passionate about helping clients incorporate this lifestyle to create better balance in their lives. Gina’s yoga classes blend mind, body and breath to help practitioners discover new strength and relaxation. They are designed to inspire participants of various fitness levels and demonstrate necessary modifications to help motivate all, while fostering a welcoming environment of friendship and fun. Her teaching experience includes Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yoga for Children, Hot Vinyasa Flow and Kundalini. Gina feels that sharing yoga practice and philosophy together is a beautiful experience of love, compassion and growth and changes the way we live.

Certifications and Community Service

  • 200-Hour Teacher Training, Fitness Yoga Studios
  • Primary Group Exercise Certified Instruction
  • Continuing Education Classes Include: Life Coaching, Eating Disorders, Mind-Body-Spirit Connection, Stress Management

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