December 9, 2013 | Comment

Shirley Newton RN, E-RYT

Founder, Essence of Yoga Studio

“May the experience you gain at Essence of Yoga open your heart and lead you to peace.” -Shirley

As a registered nurse by trade I have always been connected to helping people reach their optimal health–for me yoga is a holistic extension of my professional career. I fell in love with yoga over a decade ago due to an injury that could have stopped me from continuing my daily fitness routine.  The healing effects of yoga not only healed my injury it enhanced my fitness ability.  Seven years ago I opened Essence of Yoga Studio to help people  relieve stress through the healing practice of yoga.  I want to share this practice with my students so the awareness, flexibility and openness they gain from class can benefit every aspect of their lives as well as touch the people they interact with on a daily basis. I am also certified in pre-natal yoga and Reiki.

Linda Hacker, E-RYT

“My passion is teaching a variety of styles and adapting the practice of Yoga to individual needs. I believe the many gifts of yoga are available to all following their Svadharma (One’s own way).” -Linda

Linda Hacker E-RYT has been practicing yoga for over a decade, receiving her 200 hour teacher title in 2006 and 500 hour level in 2009. She is a registered member of the Yoga Alliance and has been with Essence of Yoga Studio since it’s opening. Further certifications include Relax and Renew Trainer & Yoga for Breast Cancer. Linda continues to be blessed with the opportunity to teach yoga classes for our Nation’s Veterans at the Northport VAMC, residential PTSD unit. In addition to her Yoga practice, Linda is also a Usui Reiki Master.

Jeanne Monaghan, RYT

“Yoga is a journey…so enjoy the time and have fun!” -Jeanne

Jeanne’s style is eclectic with influences from Ashtanga, Hatha, Anusura and Iygenar yoga. Her goal is to guide students through a mindful, meditative, breath-centered practice that encourages the student to find balance, between effort and grace in each pose, purifying the body, and bringing clarity to the mind. She began practicing yoga 15 years ago and received her 200hr teacher certification through the Healing Movement School of Yoga.


Lesia Wilk, RYT

“The [yoga] journey is amazing! -Lesia

Why fit in when you were born to stand out? -Dr. Seuss

Lesia started practicing yoga in 2000, received her 200 hr. yoga teacher certification under the teachings of Lorijean Gentzlinger who directs the Healing Movements Yoga Training, and she is currently pursuing her 500hr certification. Yoga is so much more than a physical exercise for Lesia, it’s a way of life.


Sumati Johnson, RYT

“It is my soul purpose to convey a deep understanding of the mind, body, and spiritual connection with each of my students.  Yoga is a powerful vehicle for change.  As you build strength, you start to believe in your own potential; allowing others to see your greatness.” -Sumati

Sumati is a Certified Yoga Instructor, with a Masters in counseling. She’s been practicing yoga since 1999, and teaching since 2003. At Essence of Yoga Studio, she teaches beginner and all level classes. She is also trained in teaching Yoga for the Special Needs Child, Prenatal/Postpartum/Labor & Delivery Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage, and Reiki.


“Each person has a practice that is individual and I will honor this.   My goal is for your mind, body, and spirit to feel better when you leave, than when you came” -Diane

I have been practicing yoga for about 20 years.  I decided to take my practice to the next level in 2012 when I received my 200 hour teaching title with the Yoga Institute.  I am a registered member of the yoga alliance.  In addition to yoga I am an Advanced Reiki Practitioner under the Usui lineage.  I am an ordained minister in the order of Melchizedik and I have done training in breath work and the chakra energy system.


“Practice and all is coming.” -Pattabhi Jois

Lindsay Babulak RYT is a certified yoga instructor.  She received her teacher certification through A Jewel in the Lotus Yoga School under the direction of Angela Strynkowski.  Lindsay is registered with Yoga Alliance, and teaches beginner and all levels classes focusing on proper alignment.


LAUREL FREY, RYT rsz_minnewaska2

“I’m a work in progress”

Laurel believes that the success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships. Her classes are eclectic with attention to alignment and self-exploration within the 8 limbs of yoga. She holds a 500 hour yoga certification (RYT 500) and teaches prenatal yoga, mindful yoga therapy for veterans, yin yoga, yoga nidra, and also practices Thai yoga massage.