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.
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.
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.
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 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’ 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 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 Jezzeny, Tommy Rosen, Cheryl Crawford
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Marguerite Henderson, e-ryt 500
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.
Yoga has been a part of my life since I was 13 years old, thanks to my amazing holistic healer mother. My practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible, and has made me more mindful of the way I live my life, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to live each moment of my life to the fullest.
I completed my 200 hour Hatha Yoga training at Dragonfly Yoga Studio in Doylestown, PA, and I am currently completing my 500 hour advanced training with Dig Yoga in Lambertville,NJ. I am also a Nationally Board Certified and Licensed Massage Therapist, an Holistic Health Practitioner, Reiki Level II Certified, a Certified Infant Massage Educator, a Birth Doula, and I have a BFA in Theatre from the University of Colorado-Boulder. I will always be a student, eager to learn new ways in which to share health and wellness with my clients and students. I am deeply grateful for the loving wisdom my teachers have shared with me.
In my classes, I love to combine creative sequencing with a spirit of playfulness, as well as some good music to move to and a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice. I am very passionate about bringing together Body, Mind & Spirit through yoga, massage, breath, energy work, and meditation. My hope is that you step off the mat feeling a sense of rejuvenation and calm, creating a harmonious balance within you.
Mary Cullen, ryt-500
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!
Studied under: Denise Bonnaig, Baron Baptiste, Ken Harakuma, Jillian Pransky, Sue Elkind & Naime Jezzeny, and Sr. Rita Woehlcke SSJ.