About

DIG Yoga is a community-oriented yoga studio located in historic Lambertville, New Jersey. Sue Elkind and Naime Jezzeny opened DIG Lambertville in 2010 with two important goals in mind: providing excellence in yoga education, and creating a sanctuary for community to gather and grow.  DIG's roots are grounded in their 20 years of experience teaching strong, alignment-based hatha yoga, along with the richness of a life-affirming Tantric philosophy.

As a health-conscious, people-oriented yoga business, DIG aims to support students in their quest to realize their greatest potential.  The DIG team leads by example, making efforts to model what is ‘life-enhancing’ and shed what is not. We strive for high standards, sweetened with humor and humility, with the intention of continuously evolving.  We endeavor to always speak and act in a way that encourages others to remember how interconnected all things are by being kind and considerate of one another and our planet.
 

Owners

Sue Elkind, E-RYT-500, RPYT Owner, Director

Sue Elkind is recognized internationally in the yoga community as a teacher’s teacher, with over 20 years of yoga experience. Her in-depth knowledge of alignment and therapeutics, along with her passion to teach from her heart, allows her students to expand their potential both physically and spiritually. Sue is an expert in prenatal and postnatal yoga and skilled in meditation. As an activist, Sue is dedicated to empowering women through yoga in all stages of life.

Sue is director of DIG Yoga's 200 and 500 hour Teacher Training programs, and developed a Pre/Post Natal Training that she offers worldwide. She enjoys donating her time teaching fundraisers for various causes and has presented at festivals like Wanderlust, Global Mala, Namas Day, Bermuda Yoga Festival, and Recharge in the Swiss Alps.  Sue is the author of DIG Pregnancy, Birth & Baby: A Conscious and Empowered Approach to Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga and has been featured on the video Yoga Mama, for Crunch Fitness, as well as Fit Pregnancy, W Magazine, and Spa Magazine.

Inspired by keeping great company, quality time in nature and her loving family, Sue co-founded DIG Yoga in 2010 with Naime Jezzeny in Lambertville, NJ, as a place to nourish the body, mind and heart with yoga.

 

Naime Jezzeny, E-RYT-500 Co-Owner

Naime Jezzeny is an internationally-renowned yoga teacher, certified 500 ERYT, whose extensive background includes formal studies in exercise physiology and kinesiology at the University of Southern California. His years of study allow him to take the therapeutic qualities of yoga to another level. He also holds certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine in personal fitness training (CPT), Corrective Exercise (CES), Golf Fitness Specialist (GFS), and Sports Performance Training (SPT). Naime has helped rehabilitate a wide variety of professionals including Olympic gold medalists, golfers, actors, dancers, and business leaders. 

Naime has also spent over a decade studying with his philosophy teacher, Dr. Douglas Brooks, one of the world's foremost scholars of Hindu Tantrism and the esoteric traditions of the Goddess. Regarded as a teacher's teacher and a master of therapeutics, he teaches workshops and trainings worldwide and at his home studio, DIG Yoga, in Lambertville, New Jersey.


Staff

Tracy Morgan, Studio Manager

Tracy took her first yoga class 12 years ago after her son was born. It wasn't long before she developed a deep love for the practice and she hopes to one day be certified to teach yoga as well.  Tracy started at Dig Yoga in 2012, working at the front desk and coordinating the retail for the boutique, then stepped into the role of Manager in 2016.

She is grateful for the support of her teachers and owners, Sue and Naime, and the entire Dig Team that make her role possible.  It takes a village to create the wonderful community we have here at Dig!

 

Kate Textores, ryt-300, communications and marketing

Kate discovered yoga during her junior year of college as a great way to get her gym credits and escape her roommates for an hour every morning. What started as a necessity turned into an activity that she began to look forward to. After graduation her love of yoga transitioned into a stint working at the local lululemon.  It was through this that she discovered her desire to teach others. After six years of personal practice and one year of self-investigation and soul searching, she finally decided to dive in headfirst and complete her first teacher training program.

As a 300 hour certified teacher she approaches teaching with a playful attitude and focuses her classes around a student’s personal exploration of the different postures. She loves to give students the ability to play with the many variations. Ultimately helping them to discover new aspects of poses and themselves in an upbeat and laid back environment.


teachers

Elizabeth Fullen, RYT-200

Elizabeth’s practice found her in 2007, when she was a high school senior desperately searching for balance. After her very first class in her high school gym, she knew she found what she was looking for. She dove right into her own study of yoga, and in 2013 she took her 200 hour training in order to share the beautiful practice with the world.

Elizabeth is eternally grateful to her teacher, Elena Brower, who took her even deeper into her practice and her heart when she graduated from her Art of Attention Teacher Training in 2014. Elizabeth has had the pleasure of assisting Elena in workshops around the world. In Spring of 2015, she assisted Elena’s Art of Attention Immersion in Istanbul, Turkey. The trip opened her wide up, and she is so grateful to be able to share her heart with everyone at DIG. 

Elizabeth’s classes are focused on building strength & finding ease, working hard & finding time for rest. She wants to lead you to your joy over and over again. With her formula of focused alignment & breath, mixed with lots of love & light, she hopes to bring the world back into harmony…one yoga class at a time.

 

Andy Gardiner

"My job as a packaging designer, is to take large amounts of technical and visual information and communicate it in a clear, concise and captivating way. I strive to bring these qualities to my classes in order to make my students yoga experience less overwhelming and more empowering." 

Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Andy moved from London to be with his then girlfriend Averil (now wife) to her hometown of New Hope, PA in 1998, and has called it home ever since. 

 

 

 

 

Anna Folmer

Anna has been practicing and teaching yoga since the 90's. Certified in Vinyasa power yoga style, Anna has taught in the area since 2000. Anna completed an Anusara Immersion with Sue Elkind & Naime Jezzeny in 2008, and her Anusara Teacher Training with them at DIG Yoga in 2010.

Anna's wide range of experience includes teaching yoga under a coconut tree in Singapore to an international community. Anna also teaches yoga to seniors, high-achieving athletes, and all shapes, forms and ages in between. Married to a Bengali, Anna frequently visits India and brings a personal love of this rich culture to her teachings. 

 

Annie Masters

Authentic and fun loving, Annie has been studying and practicing yoga since 2002. While evoking a calm, positive energy, Annie’s classes are centered on alignment-based principles that foster physiological wellbeing and challenge students to deepen their practice to their fullest potential in a playfully serious way. It is with heartfelt enthusiasm that Annie welcomes individuals of every age, ability, and background to join her in the daily exploration of yoga.

Earning her RYT-200 hour certification from Dig Yoga with Sue Elkind and Naime Jezzeny, Annie continues to find inspiration from local teachers as well as internationally renowned yogis. Annie lives in gratitude of the keen awareness that yoga continually brings to her everyday life.

 

Chris Murphy

Chris’ interest in yoga started around 2005 as a way to develop greater flexibility and strength to support other athletic activities:  running, biking, and swimming.   Through the practice of yoga, he became interested in its open and accessible philosophy; it’s focus on body awareness and how the teachings of yoga can easily be applied to daily life.  As his  yoga teachers often say, “its all yoga”.

In 2010, Chris completed his first 200-hour teacher training and started teaching yoga classes.  In 2013, he completed his second 200-hour teacher training at DIG Yoga.  “I feel very fortunate to be able to study under the direction of such gifted and knowledgeable teachers.”  His goals are to continue to develop his personal practice and his teaching practice and to offer classes that are both challenging and fun.

Chris works full time in the I.T. industry and fully appreciates the benefits that a yoga practice offers for both the body and mind.

 

Felicia Holtz

Felicia has a deep educational background, holding a Master’s degree in Education and certifications to teach Yoga, Reiki and Grounded Kids Yoga, most recently completing coaching programs for Yoga and Meditation for Recovery.  Her initial 500 hours of training included a focus on Structural Yoga Therapy, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy, Vinyasa and Tantric teachings.  Felicia later found and was influenced by the teachings of Sri Brahmananda Saraswati and the meditative practice of Yoga Nidra.  Alongside her work with adults, she continues her work in education teaching yoga, mindfulness and self-regulation skills to students, faculty and parents of The Quaker School at Horsham.  Felicia believes that well-integrated body alignment reveals the capacity to go inward and discover one’s unique and inherent gifts.  As a practitioner, she has discovered her own love of music and shares this joy with her students.  Felicia is dedicated to helping people of all ages find greater ease, strength, freedom of movement and peace of mind.  

Studied under:  AmarJyothi Pariser, Sri Brahmananda Saraswati, Sue Elkind, Naime Jezzany, Tommy Rosen, Cheryl Crawford

 

 
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Jeanne-Marie Derrick

Jeanne-Marie Derrick is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor.  She has been involved with the practice and teaching Iyengar Yoga for over three decades and specializes in therapeutic yoga.   She is also certified in Yoga for Scoliosis.  Jeanne-Marie is a Clinical Ayurveda Practitioner.  She see’s clients locally and in New York City.  

Jeanne-Marie lived in and traveled between NYC and the Caribbean for many years, running yoga studios in both places.  Jeanne-Marie is also currently teaching at the Iyengar Institute in NYC where she is one of the core-founding faculty.

 

Brittany Lewis

Brittany serendipitously connected with Dig Yoga through her extraordinarily talented friend and mentor Jessica DiLorenzo. Amidst hours searching online for a kid's yoga training, Jessica "coincidentally" called to ask if she'd be interested in teaching kids. Without hesitation, she started her journey with Denise Orloff's comprehensive workshop at Dig Philadelphia. Quickly falling in love with the knowledge, confidence, and poise of Denise and the Dig community, she started to shadow Jessica in class and camp, enamored by the excitement the Dig kid's shown for her heart's passion. 

When she's not teaching yoga, Brittany consults web design and business development and she spends her free time with friends and family, cooking healthy vegan foods, playing music, and sewing. She lives with her brother and best friend in Neshanic Station, New Jersey, while she works on building her own business around the best service she's ever found... yoga!

 

Kim Kemper

Kim is well known for teaching from her heart, encouraging, supporting and carefully instructing her students. She sets a foundation for transformation, joy and serenity in her classes. 

An Anusara inspired teacher with over 20 years of teaching yoga, she enjoys individualizing her classes and is skilled working with different levels of experience and ages. Kim continues to deepen her teaching and hone her skills by taking classes and enrolling in programs such as Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Kripalu Yoga Trainings, Ashtanga Practice and as a Transformational Breath Work facilitator. 

In addition to teaching yoga, Kim is a sought after holistic nutritionist and wellness counselor maintaining a practice with DIG Yoga and at her office in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

 

 

Olga Kovalyova

In her Pilates classes, as well as her practice as a Neuromuscular Therapist, Olga enjoys inspiring clients and helping them towards their fitness goals. She can help you establish a long term plan towards fitness and health.

She enjoys sharing her knowledge about anatomy, structure and movement patterns, and is welcoming questions about it. She firmly believes, if the goal is clear, the mind can find a way to implement it. 

 

 

Summer Yates

Summer Yates is a working artist and art educator, with an MFA in fine art. Being an artist and former ballet dancer, she is naturally flexible in mind, body, and spirit.  During college her sister, a long time yoga teacher and Summers primary mentor, introduced her to yoga.  After 10 years of practicing ashtanga and vinyasa styles of yoga, Summer was drawn to alignment- based hatha yoga.  Her desire to teach yoga surfaced in response to her dynamic teachers, Naime Jezzeny and Sue Elkind. In 2014 she received her 200-hour teachers certification through Dig Yoga. Her accessible teaching style is genuine and reflects her energetic and expressive nature.

Her desire to navigate the continuous play of movement and stillness in the body and mind is how she challenges herself in both her artistic and asana practice, which she brings into her classes as an opportunity for growth. She is passionate about holding a space for her students to open to their curiosity, vulnerabilities and capacity to love.  In addition to her asana yoga practice, Summer is a Bon Buddhist practitioner and meditation student of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Marcy Vaughn.  She and her husband, a fellow artist and dharma practitioner, navigate their journey together, along with their ultimate teacher, their five year-old daughters.

 

Kerri Brynildsen, RYT-200, RPYT

Kerri’s journey into yoga started when she was expecting her 1st of 2 children 15 years ago. She felt a strong shift occurring to connect body, mind & spirit.
With a light-hearted, alignment based yoga practice woven with a dose of humor she encourages her students to use their yoga practice as a tool for self- discovery, strength & empowerment in all areas of their life.

Shortly after completing her prenatal training, Kerri had the pleasure of assisting her teacher, Sue Elkind , in the “Awakening the Goddess Prenatal/Postnatal training” at DIG yoga. From there her passion grew even more about the birth process. Educating woman through this sacred journey into motherhood as well as honoring each woman’s individual needs for postnatal support.
 
Kerri is a certified postnatal doula & currently obtaining her certification as a birth doula & continuing studies as an Ayurvedic practitioner. When she is not immersed in her own studies she’s having fun with her 2 children who are often her best teachers.

 

Brooke Samuels, ryt-200, rpyt

Brooke completed her 200-Level Teacher Training with Sue and Naime in 2014 and Sue’s Pre/Postnatal Yoga Training the following year. She has also received Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Teacher Training at Ishta Yoga in New York City.

She teaches clients privately in Doylestown, PA and is grateful to be part of the teaching team at DIG. Her goal is to help her students feel safe and joyful in their experience of yoga while building strength, flexibility and confidence. By providing them with a safe, supportive environment in which to practice, she hopes they will flourish physically and spiritually and bring their healing energy into the world.

 

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Anthony Tumolo is currently a 3rd grade teacher in the Readington Public School District. When he is not teaching in the classroom or directing theatre camps, he can be found enjoying long walks with his dog in his beautiful Lambertville town.

He is thrilled and blessed to be teaching a kids yoga class at DIG. He recently received his children's yoga certification under the guidance of Little Flower Yoga. He plans to bring this knowledge to his school district, where he will serve as a Mindfulness Advisor for grades k-5 students because he believes that we are all born to shimmer, shine and radiate.

 

 

 

karin eisen, e-ryt-500, rpyt

Karin began studying Iyengar yoga in the 1980’s with Joan White, one
of the best in the country. After almost 20 years of practice, Karin
obtained her yoga teaching certification and began teaching in 2000.
With a passion for educating and teaching, Karin pursued her E-RYT in
order to teach teachers.

She also studied anatomy, physiology, Shiatsu massage, and the
philosophy of yoga to further enrich her own understanding of the
mind, body, and spirit. Being particularly known for her extensive
knowledge in adjusting and assisting, she brings this into every one
of her yoga teacher trainings. Having completed yoga training programs
in Iyengar, Ashtanga, Power Yoga and Anusara, Karin has become widely
respected and skillful yoga teacher.

Over the years, Karin has touched many lives through the practice of
yoga, both as a teacher and as a mentor to her peers. An avid athlete,
Karin spends her free time staying active by biking, snowboarding, and
enjoying the great outdoors. She currently resides in Bucks County
with her husband and son.