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 25 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 25 years of yoga experience. Her in-depth knowledge of alignment and biomechanics, 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 and teachers
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!
Annie Masters, ryt-500, communications and marketing
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 Kemper is certified as a yoga teacher, breath work facilitator and a nutritional healthcare professional with more than 30 years of education, knowledge and life experience. Steeped in wisdom, she provides the tools and the environment for those she works with to make empowering, life affirming changes on the path to achieving their optimal state of health and wellness. 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 yoga journey began when she was pregnant with the first of her two children in 2000. She enjoyed the breath work, philosophy, and spiritual deepening. What began as only a physical practice spiraled into much more, informing her daily life off the mat.
Earning her RYT-200 and RPYT certifications in 2014 at Dig Yoga, Kerri assisted Sue Elkind in her Prenatal Teacher Training, “Awakening the Goddess” in 2015. Shortly after, she went on to completed a certification to become a Postpartum Doula with DONA International. Kerri loves empowering new mamas to tap into their innermost wisdom as they navigated their way through their pregnancies, deliveries, and motherhood.
As a yoga teacher, Kerri’s mission is to create a welcoming environment for students of all levels. Her classes are alignment-based, designed to help students develop body awareness and deepen their personal spiritual practice. Her greatest hope for all of her students is that yoga helps steady the mind and uplift the heart.
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 began his yoga journey back in 2015. Things shifted when he started to look at life from a different perspective and he opened up his mind, body, and spirit to the beauty that yoga offers. He has been a teacher and educator for 12 years in the public school system, instructing Reading Intervention to K-2 students in the Readington Public School District. He has a certification in children’s yoga from Little Flower Yoga and has been teaching in studios and at camps ever since. Anthony received his 200 hour RYT certification in 2018 from Dig Yoga. Anthony is Teacher Coordinator of Social and Emotional Learning Programs for the Readington School District for grades K-8. Yoga continues to teach him that dreams truly can come true if you follow your heart’s intentions. We are all born to shimmer, shine and radiate, so let’s spread our bright lights everywhere we go, one smile at a time.
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.
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.
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Julie Mellk, e-ryt 500
Julie Mellk earned a B.S. In Nutrition from Michigan State University and completed a residency in Dietetics before becoming Director of Nutrition and Wellness at one of New York's largest HIV/AIDS non-profits. Continuing to maintain her passion for helping others, and feeling the need to embrace life rather than an addictive illness, she sought refuge in the study, practice and community of yoga. Julie’s practice began 20 years ago, diving first into Ashtanga, and the past seven years practicing Iyengar yoga. The majority of her yoga studies was completed with highly accomplished teachers, some responsible for bringing the practice from east to west- Sharon Gannon, Maty Ezraty, and Carrie Owerko.
Today, as a E-RYT and senior teacher for YogaWorks, Julie has taught over a dozen 200-hour and 500-hour YogaWorks teacher trainings and has been sought out to teach all over the world- NYC, Chicago, Savannah, DC, Mexico, Nicaragua, Turkey. She also taught NYC's Bryant Park Summer Yoga program, serving nearly 1000 students per class. Julie’s been featured in New Living Magazine, sheknows.com, breatherepeat.com and Time Out New York.
Now, Julie teaches boutique classes and workshops at her home studio in Lawrenceville, NJ and closely studies under her greatest teacher, her three year old son. A yoga prop enthusiast, Julie teaches with poignant clarity, creativity, and encourages playful curiosity. She fosters a classroom environment that allows each student to be fully seen as the important, unique individual they are, while teaching tender attention, cradled with self-acceptance to those discoveries that occur on the mat.
Ellen's teaching style is an interactive mix of attentive alignment, fluid movement, and breath awareness. With an established understanding and interest in both subtle body energetics and physical anatomy, Ellen's classes focus on encouraging the personal exploration of postures to create internal space. She encourages curiosity about the practice and often uses the wall and various props to further enhance the asana experience. Her classes are designed to meet you where you are and bring you deeper into your practice.
Ellen teaches public classes and teacher trainings/workshops in the tri-state area and sees private clients at the Jersey Shore. Ellen has an extensive online library of classes on the Yoga International website and is one of their Featured Teachers. She offers private and small group mentoring sessions to certified teachers and excels at guiding yoga instructors in exploring and developing their unique voice. She shares years of asana and alignment practice, continued philosophy study and a passion for teaching in every setting.