Meet Our Instructors

Meet Our Instructors

Jacquie Deflorio-Reid

Jacqui
DeFlorio-Reid
E-RYT 200

After suffering the sudden and tragic loss of her father, Jacqui found herself in search of a way to calm her nerves and heal her pain. A friend took her to her first yoga class and an immediate shift occurred. There was life before her first yoga experience and life after. That was in the fall of 1996 and the instructor was Debra Monaco. Jacqui continued to study on her own and with Debra until coming to a point in her life when she felt the need to deepen her knowledge of the philosophy of yoga and to surround herself with like-minded beings. This decision led to a life altering experience at the Yoga Room in Patchogue, LI. There she studied with ten amazing women and received her yoga certification deeply rooted in the Iyengar tradition. During this period of time, studying with Lucia Tucci-DiPalo and Rosemarie Schiavone, Jacqui experienced amazing life lessons and awakenings. These experiences led her to dreams of teaching and perhaps being able to create a space where people would come and search out that place of peace and serenity that is our divine right while residing on this planet. Through the support of her husband, family and friends, her dream has been realized. During a recent public teaching with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a prayer was given in the spirit of Green Tara. Jacqui was present at this teaching and has been moved to present Green Tara, the Buddhist deity represented by a beautiful woman perched on her lotus pad ready to leap at a moments notice to offer compassion and nurturing with love greater than that of a mother for their child, to the community. She has done so in the form of a sanctuary known as Om Tara Yoga Studio. May all come in peace, may all find peace, may all share peace with those that surround them. Namaste.

 

Debra Monaco

Debra Monaco

Debra has been teaching yoga for 18 years, but she’s been practicing yoga for most of her life. She was introduced to yoga at a very early age; it was part ofthe household. After a back injury at 12 years old, her sense of discipline, and consistency increased concerning her yoga practice. Throughout her life, Debra’s attention and work has always turned toward the fine arts, the healing arts and mysticism, and as a student of different philosophies, and spiritual practices, yoga is the natural contributor to all of these. Though her earliest exposure to yoga was Sivananda and Kundalini based, she has studied a wide range of styles with an even broader variety of teachers. She’s a certified teacher through YTTI and nationally registered with Yoga Alliance –E-RYT. Debra’s philosophy is simple. Yoga is already within each of us, shedding the superfluous, surrendering the blocks that keep us from the natural wisdom within, that is the consistent, rather relentless, practice that we all-yogi or not-undertake everyday. A conscious yoga practice means opening your heart to it, embracing it all lovingly, with awareness, and that is a helpful edge.

 

Barbara Beatus

Barbara Beatus

Barbara Beatus is a registered yoga teacher certified at the 200 hour level through Linda Cucurullo at Basic Moves Yoga. She has been practicing yoga, meditation, and energy healing since 2003 and started teaching in 2005. She began her yogic journey after looking for ways to relieve severe anxiety about studying abroad during college. Thankful for relief and excited by the spiritual, emotional, and physical comfort yoga gave her, Barbara knew immediately that she wanted to share this gift with others. She is dedicated to bringing yoga to diverse populations such as adults with developmental disabilities and seniors with dementia. She also uses her degree in nonprofit management to help Bent On Learning, a nonprofit that provides yoga and meditation to inner city school children. She is always taking classes and workshops to further her studies and is forever grateful to her teachers Linda Cucurullo and Nicki Spatacco. Barbara believes yoga is everywhere and within everyone.

 

Danielle Noyes

Danielle Noyes
RYT 200

Danielle has been practicing yoga since she was a child. Finding yoga at such a young age using pranayama, mudras, and asana...she experienced that stilling of the mind, that calming of the spirit, that bliss, really not knowing why, or how...but knowing something was happening, and knowing that it kept her calm in stressful times. It wasn't until her early 20's that she began to tap into the roots of yoga, and began to understand the magnitude of its profound effects. Over a decade later Danielle became certified to teach Yoga at LYH TTP. It was there, with Patricia Morris her teacher and friend, where she truly reconnected with her breath and her inner most Atman. She is forever grateful, filled with love, and blessed to have shared in this life changing experience. ~Sat Nam

Continuing to deepen her practice on a daily basis, including Yoga Philosophy and the desire to learn Sanskrit, Danielle attends many workshops and classes with teachers from around the world...loves and respects all styles of yoga, and explores them with an open heart. She is devoted to seva, and believes that selfless service is the way to a happier, healthier, more loving world. She is an activist, recently becoming an active member of Karma Krew, a surfer, and an artist.... a passionate, nurturing soul that finds beauty in everything she sees.

 

Joan Savery

Joan Savery

While looking for some peace and self discovery, Joan decided to embark on a yoga journey. Since then, she has received her 200 hour certification through Suzanne Cardinal's ITTWY Teaching Training and is registered with Yoga Alliance. Joan's goal is to provide her class with a safe and nurturing environment while encouraging self awareness and acceptance. She believes yoga is for everyone and the benefits are profound. Through breath, props, and guidance she can help her students find their own self expression. Joan is thankful for all her students and teachers for inspiring her. She is a firm believer in taking her yoga off the mat and into the world. Joan is a registered Yoga Teacher, is certified in Yin Yoga, and has achieved Reiki Level II.

 

Jennifer Errante

Jennifer Errante

Jen was first introduced to yoga through her dance professor and mentor while working towards her degree in Visual and Performing Arts at Stonehill College. She began studying dance when she was just a child and was drawn to yoga as a new outlet to express her body and emotions. Jen has been teaching dance and yoga to kids and adults since the age of 16. She received her 200 hour training from Sonic Yoga (NYC) and is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a RYT. She also received her Child, Teen and 'Mommy and Me' Yoga certification from Open Doors Yoga Studio in 2009. She is currently enrolled in Sonic Yoga's 300 hour Advanced Prana Flow Teacher Training working toward her 500 hour certification. She is blessed to study with Shiva Rea's senior staff. Jen is certified in leading Yoga Trance Dance workshops, also developed and created by Shiva Rea. Jen's classes are strongly influenced by her dancing background and enjoys having fun during class. She emphasizes core strength and the fluidity of the breath throughout the physical asana practice.

 

Jen Kemnitzer

Jen Kemnitzer
RYT 200

Spirituality was in influential part of Jen's upbringing. She has wonderful memories of guided mediations and Reiki ciricles with family and friends. In 2002, she was attuned to the Usui System of Reiki, and she later received the Level II attunement while pregnant with her daughter. Always drawn to yoga, she found her practice when she realized it was the bridge to the deeper level of consciousness and connection to Self that she sought. It was Jacqui Deflorio-Reid who pointed her in the direction of a committed yoga practice in an exchange she will never forget. In 2010, Jen completed the Into This World Yoga Teacher Training. She also completed the Into This World and Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga Teacher Trainings. These trainings affected her on a very personal level, deepening her practice and opening her mind to the amazing world of natural childbirth and all of it's incredible possibilities. Jen lives in Massapequa with her family. She is grateful for Om Tara's presence in the community and she is very thankful be a part of it.

 


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