dig yoga welcomes our alumni members

kula. community. clan. heart tribe.

"life is the company you keep, so keep great company" ~ douglas brooks 

ddys 500 hour alumni

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Allison Kane  (point pleasant beach, nj)

Allison Kane, E-RYT 500 Allison’s goal in teaching is for people to have a better understanding and awareness of their own bodies and to lovingly accept and celebrate who they are. Through a blended approach of learning and playing, she strives to balance information and fun in all of her classes – inviting folks to enjoy life to the fullest! 

A yoga practitioner since the mid 90s, Allison began teaching in 2009. She completed her 200 & 500-hour Teacher Trainings at DIG Yoga in Lambertville, NJ, and is registered with The Yoga Alliance as both an E-RYT 500-hour instructor and Continuing Education Provider. Allison is also a certified instructor in Yoga Tune Up®, The Roll Model Method®, and Yoga For All®. Allison has also studied with notable educators such as Jillian Pranksy, Leslie Kaminoff, and Jules Mitchell. Offerings by Allison include a range of Hatha Yoga classes with a focus on intentional movement and safe alignment, in addition to classes and workshops that focus on self-massage and myofascial release.

 
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Andrea davis  (bridgewater, nj)

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annie masters  (doylestown, pa)

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-500 and RYT-200 hour certification with Sue Elkind and Naime Jezzeny at Dig Yoga, 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.

 
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billie herzer  (flemington, nj)

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brooke samuels  (doylestown, pa)

Brooke completed her RYT-500 Level Teacher Training in 2017 and RYT-200 Level Teacher Training in 2014 with Sue and Naime. In addition, Brooke completed Sue’s Pre/Postnatal Yoga Training (RPYT) in 2015. 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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chris murphy  (lambertville, nj)

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.

 
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denise corsini  (lambertville, nj)

Denise took her first yoga class in 2006 and was immediately hooked. As a stressed out high school student, she was so happy to have found something that made her feel grounded. She continued to practice for about 7 years before she decided it was time to teach. She enrolled into a 200 hour yoga teacher training and after completing that, jumped right into teaching. She found that themore she taught, the more she wanted to learn! In 2014 she continued her studies of alignment-based yoga with Sue Elkind and Naime Jezzeny at Dig Yoga. She has now earned her 500 Hour Teacher Training certificate through Dig Deeper Yoga Studies. She is enthusiastic about teaching her students how to practice asana in a safe and sustainable way. She also strives to show her students how yoga can support a healthy, happy and mindful life.

 
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lisa cellini  (Horsham, PA)

To me yoga is the science and art of living well. My 17 years of study and practice has helped me to construct a life that has meaning and depth and has given me an enhanced sense of wonder and beauty about even the "mundane” things in life. Yoga and its levels upon levels of teachings have prepared me for some of life’s more difficult challenges and obstacles and allowed me to switch perspectives and be more fluid in my outlook. My 200 hour teacher training (2004) was with Connie Miller, an original Kripalu resident and teacher. My 500 hour teacher training was with Sue Elkind and Naime Jezzeny (2016). You will still find me as a regular class goer at Dig Yoga because I love it there and am still learning. I taught yoga for five years but am currently constructing my life as an art gallery owner and curator in Ambler, Pennsylvania. The yoga teacher in me lives on everyday as I share the fruits of my years of study with others and at the same time receive the intimate connections that happen so spontaneously and frequently when hearts open and touch.

 
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mary cullen  (lambertville, nj)

Mary teaches yoga because she wants to share the many benefits yoga has brought to her life with others.

Teaching has been her passion and lifelong professional focus – as a university writing professor and training consultant and as a yoga instructor. She holds a 200-hour certificate in vinyasa yoga from Princeton Power Yoga and a 500-hour certificate from Dig Yoga, where she focused on alignment and therapeutics. She’s also studied restorative, ashtanga, and prenatal yoga. She is a level two Reiki practitioner.

Her classes always focus on alignment and breath. She believes each practice is an opportunity to connect to your heart and capabilities. Expect to be guided safely through integrated poses that build strength and flexibility, re-connect with your body, have fun, sweat, and feel better. She offers modifications so all levels are most welcome!

 
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niki schemmel  (richmond, va)

Niki has been sharing her heart through teaching yoga since 2001. She loves working with physical alignment principles and Tantric philosophy to help people at all levels experience transformation through yoga. Her classes empower individuals to awaken and nourish body, mind and spirit. She is passionate about creating a sense of community where all practitioners feel welcome.

Niki began her journey with Sue and Naime in Los Angeles in 1999 at City Yoga where she took classes, workshops and trainings. She was so eager to reconnect with them she travelled to Dig Yoga from her current home in Richmond, VA to take the 500hr teacher training from these passionate teachers. She is so happy to be a part of the Dig community.

 
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olga kovalyova  (lambertville, nj)

For over ten years, Olga has helped her clients achieve their fitness goals using a synergistic approach, including: massage, bodywork, movement modalities (both rehabilitative and athletic) and meditation.

She is a Licensed Massage Therapist, practicing Neuromuscular Therapy, Sports, Swedish, and Myofascial massage as well as Thai Ayurvedic Bodywork. In Pilates, she is Comprehensively Certified through Balanced Body University.  In Yoga, she trained with Sue Elkind and Naime Jezzeny (500h level).  In Core Align, she studied with its creator, a physio-therapist Jonathan Hoffman. In Aerial Yoga, she studied with Leyna Schaeffer of Vata Asana.

Olga's purpose is to help her clients maintain inspired and joyful lives through total body wellness, complimentary therapies and exercises. She works closely with her clients to help them overcome and prevent injury, reduce pain and discomfort, recover or prepare for surgery, and build flexibility, strength, and endurance. Olga's specializes in clients with joint replacements, degenerative bone & joint diseases, as well as prenatal and postnatal massage, Pilates, and yoga. Her home base is here at Dig Yoga, where she welcomes clients at all levels of fitness and athletic experience.

 
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sylvie nappey  (princeton, nj)

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ddys 200 hour alumni

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anna folmer  (san diego, ca)  

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.

 
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bev fatabene  (Nazareth, pa)

Bev has been practicing yoga since 2005 and completed her RYT 200-hour certification with Sue Elkind and Naime Jezzeny in 2007. In addition, Bev has attended workshops with teachers Douglas Brooks, Elena Brower, Seane Corn, Desiree Rumbaugh, Sue and Naime.

After training, Bev taught yoga for a few years in her hometown and now follows a crazy schedule of teenage sports! Bev continues to practice and attend classes at DIG and plans to continue her education in yoga. You will see her spontaneously show up on the weekends for a “double” class!   

“Yoga has evolved for me over the past 12 years, not just on the mat – but in countless areas of my life.” I am forever grateful for finding DIG and all the amazing folks who come to practice. 

 
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joseph fetch  (malalapan, nj)

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karin eisen  (lambertville, nj)

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.

 
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kerri brynildsen  (califon, nj)

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 two children who are often her best teachers.

 
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kim kemper  (doylestown, pa)

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, PA.

 
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marguerite henderson  (lambertville, nj)

For Marguerite Henderson yoga is a life-long path and passion of process, refinement, and discovery. With 25 plus years of teaching experience, she has multiple certifications and trainings, including Astanga and Anusara yoga as well as in-depth study in exercise physiology and certification with The American College of Sports Medicine. She brings to her teaching a deep knowledge of the physical structure and alignment of the body and how it weaves together with spirit and breath.

Marguerite's inspiration for teaching comes from guiding each student to reveal their best shining self in both their body and their heart. She loves teaching yogis of all ages and ability levels, with a special interest in guiding new students to their yoga practice, and in empowering women through their yoga to navigate life's transitions and pulsations.

In addition to being a part of the DIG family, Marguerite has her own business doing workshops and teaching group, private and corporate clients yoga, meditation and life coaching.

 
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Mary pat forenza  (flemington, nj) 

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summer yates  lambertville, nj)

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.

 

ddys pre/post natal alumni

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brooke samuels  (doylestown, pa)

Brooke completed her RYT-500 Level Teacher Training in 2017 and RYT-200 Level Teacher Training in 2014 with Sue and Naime. In addition, Brooke completed Sue’s Pre/Postnatal Yoga Training (RPYT) in 2015. 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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colleen seng  (haddonfield, nj)

Colleen fell in love with yoga during pregnancy, then discovered its healing power after being diagnosed with Lyme disease. Yoga brings a sense of calm during especially trying days and keeps her grounded with daily practice.

Influenced by her teachers, peers and life experience, Colleen aims to bring a sense of love and empowerment to each of her classes. Through centering, philosophy, meditation, and asana, her goal is to have students leave each class feeling refreshed and renewed. Her intention is to help others reconnect with themselves through nurturing the mind, body, and heart with yoga. Colleen graduated in 2016 with her 200-hour certificates in vinyasa yoga from Yogawood and prenatal yoga from Dig Yoga.

 
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kerri brynildsen  (califon, nj)

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 two children who are often her best teachers.