OUR TEAM

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CELESTE

CUSUMANO

Hometown: Sea Isle City, NJ
Astrological Sign: Scorpio
Playlist Favorites: Kaleidoscope Jukebox, Sia, Nujabes, Tycho
Favorite Pose: Ardha Chandrasana
Local Restaurant Pick: The Franklin
Guilty Pleasure: Dark Chocolate and scrolling through pictures of my baby girl, Rose. 


Yogi Goal: Celeste opened Asana Soul Practice to answer her life calling: to share the gift of yoga. She loves the Hudson County community and seeks to unite and celebrate our shared lives through yoga and meditation.

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MARC

CUSUMANO

Hometown: New York, NY
Astrological Sign: Aquarius
Playlist Favorites: Emancipator, STS9
Favorite Pose: Savasana
Hoboken Restaurant Pick: Karma Kafe
Guilty Pleasure: Naps

Yogi Goal: Marc opened Asana Soul Practice with Celeste to share his passion for music. As our resident DJ, he puts his heart and soul into every playlist, uniting music and movement with the intention to allow you to dive deeper into the immersive experience of yoga. 

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KIERAN

SWANSON

Hometown: Nutley, NJ
Astrological Sign: Gemini
Playlist Favorites: Trevor Hall, Sol Rising, Tame Impala
Favorite Pose: Uttanasana 
Hoboken Restaurant Pick: 
Guilty Pleasure: French Fries

Yogi Goal: Kieran's goal is to continue to learn about yoga through practicing as a student & teacher. Her intention is to connect with others who are like minded on their journey toward living in alignment of mind, body & soul. 

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MELANIE RODRIGUEZ

Hometown: River Edge, NJ
Astrological Sign:  Cancer
Playlist Favorites: Too many to name!
Favorite Pose: Pincha Mayurasana
Hoboken Restaurant Pick: Napoli's
Guilty Pleasure: Nutella and Lifetime movies 

Yogi Goal: To spread the benefits of yoga to everyone she can! Melanie wants to encourage physical and mental growth in a light-hearted manner so we can try to stop taking ourselves so seriously and just have some fun !

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ALLIE

VESPA

Hometown: Franklin Lakes, NJ

Astrological Sign: Cancer

Playlist Favorites: Anything with a mellow flow and deep earthy vibes - currently loving vijay & sophia, nimino, ekali, rufus du sol, glass animals...and a radiohead song is always peppered in somewhere :)

Favorite Pose: Pincha mayurasana

Hoboken Restaurant Pick: Barbes

Guilty Pleasure: Ice cream...with sprinkles :P

Yogi Goal: Maintaining strong, even ujjayi throughout my entire asana practice

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CHELSEY

FORBES

Hometown: Cliffwood Beach, NJ by way of NY. 732 for life!

Astro Sign: Libra 

Playlist Faves: Bjork, Jamiroquai, Massive Attack, Barrington Levy... I’m fun!

Favorite Pose: Gomukhasana

Jersey City Restaurant Pick: Cellar 335, Roman Nose, Frankie!

Guilty Pleasure: Beach, Skincare, Skittles. In that order

 

Yogi Goal: I teach yoga to spark joy and create alchemy within the system. These tools and techniques have been passed down to me and have truly transformed my personal landscape. By shifting your perspective with the practice through consistency and authenticity can one truly cultivate room for higher vibration & abundance!

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MARYANNE

KILEY

Hometown:  Gloucester County, Virginia
Astrological Sign: Pisces
Playlist Favorites: Classic Rock, 80's, and lesbian anthems from the 90's
Favorite Pose: Adho Mukha Vrksasana (aka: handstand!)
Jersey City Restaurant Pick: Subia (vegan) on Jersey Ave and Ahri's Kitchen (Korean) on 7th Street.
Guilty Pleasure: Making up songs about my dog (I don't feel guilty about it, though)

 

Yogi Goal: I'd like my students to view their bodies as equal parts function and miracle: the elegance of the rotator cuff, the fortitude of the hamstrings, and most of all, the healing nature of our breath.

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KATE

HOYOS

Hometown: Ridgewood, NJ

Astrological Sign: Scorpio

Playlist Favorites: Matt Kearney, Bon Iver, James Taylor and many more

Favorite Pose: Anything in the backbend family

Restaurant Pick: Frankie’s, Antique Bakery, Razza

Guilty Pleasure: Dancing to anything, Nachos, and Dateline

 

Yogi Goal: Kate's core belief is that living a balanced and love-filled life can and should be fun. Her teachings are strongly influenced by the world and people around her.  She infuses traditional yoga teachings with examples of her own struggles and successes to inspire change - helping her students achieve light-hearted grace, both on and off the mat. 

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MEAGAN
MORTENSON

Hometown: Monroe Twp, NJ 

Astrological Sign: Gemini 

Playlist Favorites: Odesza, Billie Eilish, Rufus Du Sol, Kanye West, Sly5thAve

Favorite Pose: Wild Thing 

Local Restaurant Pick: Tenth Street Pizza

Guilty Pleasure: Reading fiction thrillers or watching Sex and the City

 

Yogi Goal: To empower others physically and mentally both on and off their mats.

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JAINA

LUMKONG

Hometown:  Byram, NJ 
Astrological Sign: Libra
Playlist Favorites: Odesza, Jack Johnson, Dirty Heads 
Favorite Pose: Kapotasana
Hoboken Restaurant Pick: Illuzion 
Guilty Pleasure: Frozen yogurt with all of the chocolate toppings

Yogi Goal: Jaina is committed to sharing the practice of yoga and loves to flow with the breath. Her mindfully designed vinyasa style classes create ease and flexibility, allowing you to reconnect to your breath and yourself. 

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PATRICK

MURRAY

Hometown: North Bergen, NJ 
Astrological Sign: Taurus
Playlist Favorites: The Doors, Jimi Hendrix
Favorite Pose: Supta Virasana
Hoboken Restaurant Pick: Trattoria Soporito
Guilty Pleasure:  Ice cream

Yogi Goal: Patrick, our resident sound bath instrumentalist, uses tibetan bowls, tuning forks, drums, and bells to produce sounds and music that allow you to dive deeper into meditation and find balance between mind and body. 

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LAUREN
HEMLEY

Hometown: Pennington, NJ
Astrological Sign: Aries
Playlist Favorites: Tycho, Liquid Bloom, Grimes
Favorite Pose: Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon)
Jersey City Restaurant Pick: Razza

Guilty Pleasure: dark chocolate and pastries
 

Yogi Goal: Lauren's goal is to continue on a journey of healing herself and others through the practice of yoga. She believes that when we are more integrated in body, mind and spirit we are more able to express and share our luminous nature.

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TAM
TURSE

Hometown: Westfield, MA
Astrological Sign: Gemini
Playlist Favorites: Any acoustic pop song, anything from Vance Joy
Favorite Pose: Ardha Chandrasana, Half Moon

Hoboken Restaurant Pick: Saku
Guilty Pleasure: Watching the Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor in Paradise 

 

 

Yoga Goal: Balance - not just physically, but being able to take a lesson of balancing action and release on and off the mat.

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MEGHAN

KRAMER

Hometown: Ramsey, NJ

Astrological Sign: Gemini

Playlist Favorites: Jose Gonzales, Sylvan Esso, Maggie Rogers

Favorite Pose: Skandasana

Local Restaurant Pick: Fox & Crow 

Guilty Pleasure: I love baked goods. Especially the scones from Bwe.

Yogi Goal: To stay calm within the chaos and a press up handstand.

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JULIANNE

DE POL

Hometown:  Montvale, NJ

Astrological Sign: Gemini 

Playlist Favorites: I can’t pick one! 

Favorite Pose: Supta Baddha Konasana 

Hoboken Restaurant Pick: Grand Vin

Guilty Pleasure: Charcuterie board

Meditation Goal: Julianne De Pol hopes that  each of her students discover the calming balance between the breathe, body and the mind, in both a studio setting and out in life. Through this practice of self reflection and stillness, I hope my students leave feeling a little lighter. The best part is you get to take this blissful feeling with you! 

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LYNN

DECKER

Hometown: Westfield, NJ

Astrological Sign: Sagittarius

Playlist Favorites: Emmit Fenn, Trevor Hall

Favorite Pose: Lizard, Padugustasana A

Local Restaurant Pick: Anthony David's, Seven Valleys

Guilty Pleasure: Shopping

Yogi Goal: My goal in teaching is to inspire, encourage and have fun in class! To support and develop the practice of the student, both physically and mentally. I like to teach an invigorating, yet grounding class with students leaving with a sense of confidence, ease and joy!

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MELISSA

CHENROW

Astrological Sign: Cancer
Playlist Favorites: Depends on the day!
Favorite Pose: Restorative Supta Baddha Konasana
Restaurant Pick: Porta
Guilty Pleasure: Chocolate croissants and binge-watching Hollywood Medium

 

Yogi Goal: Melissa aims to create a space where you can still the mind and simply be. She believes in the power of meditative yoga practices, as they allow you to turn inward, relax, release, and connect with your true essence. Prepare to leave class fully rejuvenated in a place of quiet bliss.

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DANIELLE

TIDEMAN

Hometown: Sartell, Minnesota
Astrological Sign: Pisces 
Playlist Favorites: Imagine Dragons, Prince and ODESZA 
Favorite Pose: Ardha Chandrasana and Pigeon
Jersey City Restaurant Pick: White Star, Talde and Lo-Fi
Guilty Pleasure: My deep, undying love for Hanson and crappy reality TV (Jersey Shore reboot anyone?). 

Yogi Goal: To make people feel good both in their bodies and their minds. Not only is yoga an incredible physical challenge, but one of the best benefits has been to erase anxiety and self-doubt through the practice. To be able to share this positive experience with others and be part of a collective community is the greatest achievement of all. 

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ASHLEY

YEHODA

Hometown: Schnecksville, PA

Astrological Sign: Taurus

Playlist Favorites: Kaki King, The Shins, Tame Impala

Favorite Pose: Purvottanasana (Reverse Plank)

Local Restaurant Pick: Evenly split between Broa and Wurstbar

Guilty Pleasure: Adding to my record collection, leather jackets, and cult documentaries

Yogi Goal: To never arrive but always be in the pursuit of knowledge and experiences.

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MARYANNE

KILEY

Hometown:  Gloucester County, Virginia
Astrological Sign: Pisces
Playlist Favorites: Classic Rock, 80's pop, and lesbian anthems from the 90's
Favorite Pose: Adho Mukha Vrksasana (aka: handstand!)
Jersey City Restaurant Pick: Subia, on Jersey Ave. Bonus points for the 90's vibe the Papyrus font on their storefront. I actually heard the some "MMM-bop" there yesterday.
Guilty Pleasure: I'm 40. I don't feel guilty about pleasure anymore. When I'm not teaching at ASP, my favorite thing to do in Jersey City is run in Liberty State Park with my rambunctious dog and my rambunctious partner.

Yogi Goal: I think our bodies can be metaphors for the kind of world we want to create: one rooted in justice and universal liberation. And handstands. Or child's pose. Your choice!

Hometown: Hokkaido, Japan

Astrological Sign: Virgo

Playlist Favorites: Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Queen

Favorite Pose: Ardha Chandrasana Chapasana(Sugarcane pose)

Hoboken Restaurant Pick: Karma Kafe, Grand Vin

Guilty Pleasure: Tiramisu

Yogi Goal: Shoko offers an inspiring and powerful combination of asana, breath, and meditation that leaves students uplifted and empowered. Her focus is to provoke and elevate all students to discover new realms of energy and inspire them to experience the joy of breaking through their barriers in their own practice and life.

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SHOKO
DUBISKI

Hometown: Hokkaido, Japan

Astrological Sign: Virgo

Playlist Favorites: Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Queen

Favorite Pose: Ardha Chandrasana Chapasana(Sugarcane pose)

Hoboken Restaurant Pick: Karma Kafe, Grand Vin

Guilty Pleasure: Tiramisu

Yogi Goal: Shoko offers an inspiring and powerful combination of asana, breath, and meditation that leaves students uplifted and empowered. Her focus is to provoke and elevate all students to discover new realms of energy and inspire them to experience the joy of breaking through their barriers in their own practice and life.

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RICKI JEAN

TRINK

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MEAGAN
WOODS

Hometown: Kendall Park, NJ

Astrological Sign: Gemini

Playlist Favorites: Goldmund + Library Tapes

Favorite Pose: Prasarita Padottanasana (wide-legged forward fold)

Local Restaurant Pick: Orale

Guilty Pleasure: classic movies + dark chocolate

 

Yogi Goal: Living, loving, and giving generously

Hometown:  New Haven, CT 
Astrological Sign: Scorpio 
Playlist Favorites: Led Zeppelin, Bruno Mars, Stevie Nicks 
Favorite Pose:Setu Bandha Sarvangasana 

Hoboken Restaurant Pick: Choc-o-Pain 
Guilty Pleasure: reality tv + coconut ice cream

Meditation Goal: Ricki Jean invites students into connection and communion to the deeper self, to the well of healing energy we each possess. She hopes her students leave class with an experience of feeling supported, and awakened to harmony and balance that they can then lean into in their daily life outside of class time. 

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LILLY
JOERGENSEN

Hometown: Philadelphia PA

Astrological Sign: Taurus

Playlist Favorites: Tabla Beat Science, Onra, the Jefferson Park Boys

Favorite Pose: skandasana/side lunge

Restaurant Pick: Bistro La Source

Guilty Pleasure: a good Wikipedia binge and/or internet rabbit hole

 

 

Yogi Goal: making space for self-exploration and self-knowledge for the students in my classes- giving them questions, guidance, and creative movement as they explore connections between body, mind, and spirit.

 
Want to join our team?

We are always looking for talented yoga teachers and karma yogis!