Melissa Gentile - Owner
Melissa “Bee” Gentile ~ E- RYT 500/ YACEP/ Reiki II: Melissa has been teaching yoga and fitness since 2003 in many venues including yoga studios, gyms, corporate facilities, summer camps and public schools. She earned a dual degree in English/Secondary Education from The College of New Jersey and soon after, found yoga to help her cope with the stresses of teaching. Melissa has completed over 500 hours of extensive yoga training in NY/NJ in addition to an intensive with Mahesvari Mosca, author of YogaLife: 10 Steps to Freedom and director of Sedona Spirit Yoga Hikes/ Yoga Life Academy in Sedona, Arizona. Melissa has also received both a Level I & II Reiki Certification and Attunement, a mat Pilates Certification from PIA, a Group Fitness Certification through AFAA, and is certified in Aerial and SUP Yoga. She recently completed a Restorative Yoga Certification with Cyndi Lee and a Mindful Schools training course. Forever a learner, she deepens her practice through self-study. Melissa embraces yoga as a way of life and enjoys sharing a diversified, down-to-earth yoga practice with students of all ages and backgrounds. She strives to help others experience the joy she feels when stepping on a yoga mat. Melissa is also a published writer and in her spare time, loves connecting with nature, knitting, playing the guitar and writing: “To do what you love and feel that it matters; could anything be more fun?” ~J.Child
Sara Olson - Owner
Sara is an avid student of yoga, mindfulness, personal growth & life in general. Her path has always been one of seeking knowledge, understanding, truth and connection since her childhood. In 2004 Sara’s journey brought her to Ringwood, NJ, where she settled down with husband Carl Schell and had 2 kids. With all that comes with being an out-of-the-house working mom, Sara lost a bit of her personal contact with her desire for more knowledge and a deeper spiritual connection. In 2015, Sara decided it was time for some “taking care of me” time and began practicing yoga at Kozy Yoga. It was a spiritual re-birth, a re-connection with her pre-children body, and most of all it was joining a community of like-minded souls...it felt like coming home. In January of 2016, Sara was approached to take over the studio with co-owner Melissa. Sara works full time as an office and account manager at an advertising agency. Sara has been attuned twice each to Reiki I and II. She has participated in workshops on meditation, crystal healing, sound healing, mandalas, and various yoga disciplines. She enjoys events and kirtans based on the principles of mindfulness, awareness and allowing. Sara believes that everyday is a new day to connect and seek more knowledge. With gratitude, Sara thanks all her life teachers and guides - including family and friends - who inspire her to keep moving forward along her path while practicing what she has learned thus far.
Yoga has been a part of Susan’s life since 1998. Susan’s life changed after first stepping on her yoga Mat back in 1998 and this was the beginning of her journey to self-love. Her teaching journey began with Cheryl Kiviat in Ringwood, NJ. Susan completed her 200-hour teacher training in March 2014 at hOMe Yoga in Mahwah, NJ. Susan started teaching at Kozy Yoga in March of 2014 and has been teaching there ever since. Susan’s intention is to pass along the love, knowledge and gifts of Yoga by simply connecting the power of breath (the Pranayama) to the movements of the different postures. Through yoga, Susan gained a depended awareness of her body and learned to turn her yoga practice into a moving mediation and was able to gain an enlightened understanding of her authentic self. She invites all people of all levels to come with her on this magical yoga mat ride. She believes yoga is a vessel to becoming more mindful of loving, honoring and respecting yourself fully and completely. Susan has been a Reiki Master since 1998, has completed Trudy Griswold’s Angelspeak training January 2011, Peak Potential Enlighten Warrior Training Camp in August of 2005 and Wizard Training Camp in August of 2006. Susan lives in Ringwood with her husband Michael and their dog Magic. During the day, Susan is a middle school special education teacher, and she loves sharing her yoga mindfulness in school with her students and colleagues, too!
Michelle, RYT 200, has been a fitness instructor for many years. She has taught Pilates, Spin, and Kettle Bell group fitness classes and is also an experienced massage therapist. Michelle began her yoga journey several years ago as a student and soon after, became a certified yoga teacher. Yoga has helped her grow stronger, more flexible and more fearless, both on and off the mat. Michelle enjoys yoga because it allows her to sweat, breathe, break boundaries and connect her mind, body and soul. In her classes, Michelle loves to help others thrive and deepen their practice while listening to their bodies. Her hope is that her students step off the mat feeling refreshed, balanced and stronger than when they stepped on it. Yoga has inspired her to truly live in the moment. “Love is my religion.” ~Ziggy Marley
Susan, RTY 200, CHAKRA FLOW YOGA: Susan started her personal yoga journey in 2010 and instantly loved how yoga made her body and mind feel energized and focused. She believes everyone can benefit from a yoga practice to help reduce stress, increase flexibility and core strength, regardless of physical limitations. Her style of teaching loves to demonstrate how to use "props" such as blankets, blocks, bolsters to help all body types express yoga in a safe, comfortable, appropriate manner. She constantly gives verbal cues in her class to help her students obtain proper alignment and to self-check their poses. She believes yoga should be fun and that a relaxed atmosphere provides individuals room to experiment in class and with advance poses.
Stacey, RYT 200, started practicing yoga years before she even knew she was doing it. In her 20's when she was bartending long hours, she would rest her legs, switching sides standing in Tree pose, take a break in Uttanasana and finish the night in Padmasana. It was many years later, she tried yoga to help combat pain from a surgery. After that, she was a believer. The pain was gone, and after awhile she realized she not only was physically feeling better but mentally as well. Her relationships with others and herself improved and she knew she had to learn more. Stacey is so grateful for yoga and feels honored to be able to guide others in their practice.
Stephanie Anne Sirico
Stephanie, E-RYT 500, started teaching yoga at the age of 20 when she discovered how much yoga made a difference on her scoliosis rehabilitation. Since then, she has become certified in many different modalities such as Aqua yoga, Bukokon, and Restorative yoga, in order to broaden her offerings to her students. In addition to teaching yoga, Stephanie is also a Certified Nutrition Coach and Pilates Instructor. In her spare time, she loves to ride motorcycles.