TEACHER TRAINING STAFF
We have gathered a team of specialized instructors to give our students expert knowledge in each subject covered in the 200 & 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training course. Each member of Tula Yoga’s teacher training staff is registered with Yoga Alliance and brings their own personal approach and experience to the program, yet all share the same dedication to educate, inspire, and share their love of Yoga with their students.
(E-RYT 500) Lead Trainer & Director of Teacher Training
Jennifer Cavalieri is an international yoga instructor, meditation teacher and the co-founder of Tula Yoga. Following her heart and intuition, Jennifer decided to leave her marketing career in 2010 to pursue a new path. She has since created a successful yoga business, sustained by determination and hard work, and guided by the ethics that come from practicing and living yoga. Her mission is to share these tools on and off the mat to help others find balance, peace, and a life filled with passion and purpose.
She is the creator and director of Tula Yoga’s teacher training school and has trained hundreds of yoga students over the past decade. Since 2013, Tula’s yoga teacher training has remained one of the Tri-State area's leading programs. Many of Tula’s graduates are sharing yoga, meditation, and other healing modalities that are helping people all around the world.
Jennifer has completed over 1000 hours of Yoga training in Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga as well as additional certifications in Meditation, Restorative Yoga, and Pilates. Always a student, her own journey of personal development continues to inform her teachings. She loves teaching mindful movement classes with a strong emphasis on listening to your body and moving intuitively with your breath. Her teaching style encourages transformation, healing, and self-acceptance. In addition to weekly classes at Tula Yoga, Jennifer teaches private lessons, corporate events & seminars, and international retreats and trainings. She leads workshops on yoga, entrepreneurship, and meditation. You can also download her podcast “Yoga Is with Jennifer Cavalieri,” for short practices and meditations you can do at home.
Always willing to try something new, Denise first decided to try yoga when she was 18. With her first class in 2000, she fell in love with all that was yoga. Immediately attracted to the philosophy of yoga, she sought to cultivate the peace she found on her mat, off of it as well. In the years that followed, Denise became a high school English teacher/adjunct professor, but continued to practice and study yoga. In 2011, she decided to deepen her practice by completing her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Kula-Kamala and completed her 500ytt at Tula. She brings over a decade of experience to 200/300 yoga teacher trainings at Tula as well as her 6-month Yoga Teacher Mentorship. She is a also a life and business coach helping other coaches and yoga teachers create businesses that are full of impact and service. Her yoga classes are creative, vibrant, yet light-hearted as she moves the class safely through postures. Along with teaching yoga, she considers one of her most awesome responsibilities is being a mother to her 3 kiddos.
Anita considers her first teacher to be her mother, who shared with her during her childhood the great epics of hinduism, mala meditation, vedic chanting, and the practice of asana. She began practicing meditation in highschool, around the same time she decided she wanted to pursue psychotherapy as a career. In her early 20’s she began practicing asana regularly as a way to both further her meditation practice and cope with the stress of working in the field of mental health. After graduating with an MSW from Rutgers, working with profoundly suffering individuals, and having 2 beautiful children, she felt it was time to deepen the practices that helped to heal and guide her on her own journey by going through yoga teacher training. After over 20 years of practice, and over 15 years of work in mental health, she completed both her 200 and 500 hour trainings at Tula Yoga. For Anita, being a yoga teacher means being a lifelong (or many lives long) student, and she continues to study the path of Raja Yoga in the Himalayan tradition and with Sahaj Marg. Her teaching style reflects her desire to help students to heal, feel relaxed, and experience personal growth. She loves all types of yoga, but most loves to teach meditation, restorative yoga, yin yoga, yoga nidra, and therapeutic yoga. She often integrates the use of aromatherapy, reiki, and manual assists in her classes to care for her students and help them to connect with their own power to heal… mind, body, and spirit.
Rosie is a yoga teacher, musician, advanced reiki practitioner and enthusiastic student of life. Practicing stretching techniques and breath work since childhood, Rosie found a deep connection with Yoga in 1998. Since then, her practice has been influenced by many modalities, including Iyengar inspired alignment principles, Kundalini meditation, flowing Vinyasa sequence and relaxing restorative yoga. Rosie became a certified Hatha yoga teacher in 2009, and had the wonderful experience of studying Prenatal Yoga at Kripalu Yoga Center. She has been teaching Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga to moms-to-be throughout Central and Northern NJ since 2010. Rosie is also a Children’s Yoga Teacher & Toddler Time Yoga Teacher, with training through Global Family Yoga. As a musician, Rosie frequently incorporates guitar, harmonium and mantra into her personal practice, and enjoys sharing these in her public classes as well. She truly believes that a focused mind and peaceful heart will enable us to live life to our fullest potential, and she aims to bring the joys of a consistent yoga practice into the lives of everyone she meets.
Danielle has always been a lover of fitness. She started a yoga practice as a way to become more flexible but quickly realized that yoga was so much more - a perfect way to align her body, mind and soul. Yoga was life changing for Danielle and inspired her to become a teacher so that she could help others improve their physical and mental wellness. She earned her 200 & 300 Hour Certification through Yoga Alliance at Tula Yoga under the instruction of its owner Jennifer Cavalieri. She is also a Certified Barre Fitness Instructor & Meditation teacher and Yin Yoga Instructor. Danielle truly believes that yoga & fitness is for everyone and she strives to create classes that work for all participants. Her goal for her students is to leave their practice feeling stronger, calmer and ready to take on the world!
Leah began practicing yoga over 6 years ago. She quickly realized that the practice of yoga is not just a form of exercise, but a way of life. Yoga began to transform her world view, and became a source of comfort, both spiritually and emotionally as well. Through her journey she has been inspired by many teachers and different styles of yoga and meditation, and came to learn the importance of breathwork and mindfulness within her yoga practice. As an experienced licensed massage therapist, Leah combines her knowledge and passion for anatomy, alignment and body movement with light heartedness and spirituality to provide a true mind, body and soul experience. She encourages students to embrace where they are in their journey with self-love, while still challenging them to step into unknown territory and following their intuition, in order to grow within their own practice. Leah loves to absorb knowledge and share what she learns with others, thus bringing new techniques and knowledge to her students on a regular basis. Leah has completed her 200 hour training at Tula Yoga in Aberdeen NJ. She is currently a 200 Hr RYT, and level 2 Reiki certified.