Essence of Yoga


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.

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.



“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.


Lindsay Drasser, RYT

“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.


KerriannKerriann Borruso, RYT

My goal in the beginning was to help others live a more healthier life, physically and spiritually. Although this goal has not changed, it has grown. This experience has taught me the importance of helping people live more open heartedly. I look forward to spreading this to others so that, “We can all be the change we wish to see in the world.” ~ ~ ~ Namaste

Teacher certification from the Healing Movements Yoga Training under the teaching of Lorijean Gentzlinger and is certified by the Yoga Alliance.    Kerriann began her love affair with yoga during college in 2001.   She has experience in a variety of yoga styles including Vinyasa and Bikram.  Kerriann brings a contagious energy and charm to her classes, leaving her students feeling uplifted and full of peace. Kerriann focuses on finding each individual student’s balance between challenge and comfort. She heavily focuses on tuning the breath with the movements to better align the body and mind.  She is a firm believer in the law of attraction and encourages her students to set positive intentions for their practices.

juliana-cinoneJuliana Cinone, RYT

Juliana firmly believes that yoga is for everyone, and encourages people to share their practice in and outside of the classroom.

Juliana practiced yoga for many years before making the decision to get her 200 hour teacher training certification. She graduated from the Yoga Darshana Center in January of 2014, and has continued to share her practice with friends, family, and clients of all ages. Aside from teaching, she is a forever student who participates in workshops and other yoga trainings to enrich her classes.