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Have you ever wanted to try yoga?

Or perhaps wanted to explore what different studios have to offer? Now is your chance! Explore the listings and profiles for outstanding local Yoga studios, each offering September specials and information to encourage you to sample a yoga experience.



19 N. Doughty Ave., Somerville 908-625-9650 Yoga Month Special: Bring a friend for free for current students OR if you're both new to the studio - 2 people for the price of one $12. See website for details.  Classes offered Daily & New Student Packages Available. Come Practice with Us!

[show_hide title="Read studio profile ..."]Full Circle Yoga & Wellness Full Circle Yoga located in downtown Somerville opened its doors in 2011. The studio was created to instill a sense of community and to allow Yoga to be accessible to anyone at any stage of their life or level of fitness. We welcome and encourage beginners as well as the more advanced student. At the studio, our focus is on alignment and safety but more importantly, adapting to the individual student. “Our bodies are all different, and so our Yoga practice will be unique to our body” says Paula Cauvin, owner of Full Circle Yoga. We offer intimate size classes that allow our teachers to focus on the individual needs of the student. Students are encouraged to bring their focus inward through breath and meditation which brings about feelings of peace of mind and a general well being. Through movement and balance, Yoga helps students find their bodies’ full potential of their own personal strength and flexibility, which helps to increase self confidence.  Full Circle Yoga & Wellness has a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere, and we hope that this allows students the opportunity to reduce stress and encourage overall health and wellness for the body and mind. Classes offered Daily & New Student Packages Available. Come Practice with Us![/show_hide]



63 Main Street, Suite 202, Flemington 908-642-0989 Yoga Month  Special: Free pass to JourneyDance on Sept. 15 or Singing Bowls on Sept. 28 with purchase a New Student 3-Pack.

[show_hide title="Read studio profile ..."]Be Here Now Yoga, a beautiful studio located in downtown Flemington, is devoted to making yoga accessible for “every body” at affordable prices. The studio features 15 yoga classes each week, including early morning classes, lunchtime yoga and evening classes. “While we offer several beginner yoga classes, beginners are welcome at the mixed level classes too,” says studio owner Karen Walsh.  “All of our instructors will offer modifications and adjustments to help you find the practice that fits you.”  The studio offers classes for every level of experience and a variety of age groups including After School Kids yoga on Mondays (please register, space is limited) and a monthly teen yoga program for 6th through 9th graders. Be Here Now Yoga isn’t just about yoga, it also offers a variety of classes to promote health and wellness for the body, mind and spirit. From the weekly Thursday night meditation class to a monthly schedule that includes a book club, tai chi, Reiki share, singing bowl and JourneyDance. Drop-in rate for most classes is $12.   New This Fall! Be Here Now Yoga is excited to announce a free monthly community class called Yoga and Chiropractic. In this three-part series, Dr. Lindsey of Flemington Chiropractic Center will focus on the spine, pelvic floor, lower back and women’s changing bodies. The discussion will be followed by a short gentle yoga class. (The series is free, however, food pantry donations are suggested.) Next, treat yourself to a special afternoon of yoga with music during the Yoga and Live Music series. Enjoy Restorative Yoga to live cello in September and Find Your Warrior to live drums in October. [/show_hide]



1626 Route 130 N, Second Floor, North Brunswick 732-951-1100 Yoga Month Special: Free yoga classes on Sunday, September 28 which includes:  8:15-9:45 a.m. Multi-Level Yoga; 10:00-11:00 a.m. Gentle Yoga; 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Basics Yoga; 12:30-1:00 p.m. Q&A session on our 200-Hour Teacher Training Program. In addition, students receive $10 Off regular priced class cards purchased on September 28.

[show_hide title="Read studio profile ..."]Dr. Tarra J. Madore, DC, E-RYT 500 brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Inner Light Yoga Center (ILYC).  In addition to over a 1500 hours of yoga training, she received her undergraduate degree in psychology and is a retired doctor of chiropractic. Tarra combines the study of the mind, philosophy, biomechanics, anatomy and physiology to create easy to follow yoga classes and top notch teacher trainings. She has created the Smart Asana System (SAS) which is a system of yoga that focuses on positive attitude, precise alignment and powerful actions to create a fun, dynamic yoga experience in order to empower every individual. To ensure that yoga is accessible to all ages, from new to advanced practitioners, SAS includes group and private classes, yoga therapy, workshops and teacher trainings that bridge the gap between students, yoga teachers and doctors. The center’s serene surroundings let you forget about the day so you can concentrate on deepening your practice. The noncompetitive atmosphere allows you to safely deepen your practice. The instructors give variations so every individual can progress from the current level. Overall, it’s a great place to practice yoga. As you connect more deeply to yourself, you gain strength, flexibility and focus -both on and off the mat. We encourage you to come to (ILYC) and experience the difference. [/show_hide]



2 Division Street, Suite 6, Somerville 908-334-3797 Yoga Month Special:  Come for free yoga classes on Sunday mornings and Monday nights in September to experience a lifestyle you will love. Upcoming Events: Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training starts September 18. Prenatal Yoga Training starts October 4. [show_hide title="Read studio profile ..."]Owner Danielle Mazzurco opened HIP Yoga three years ago, bringing her love of yoga and Pilates to the community while offering flexible schedules and affordable packages for everyone.  The success of the studio prompted a move to a bigger space less than 6 months ago, which allows for a greater selection of classes to meet students’ needs.  The studio celebrated its Grand Re-Opening Celebration on June 21 performed by Council Members Jane Kobuta and Ken Utter in a ribbon cutting ceremony.  “This is exactly what Somerville needed, and we are thrilled to see HIP deliver this to our community” stated Kobuta. In addition to a variety of yoga classes, the studio also offers mat Pilates classes that work the entire “powerhouse,” Barre Fusion classes (which incorporate ballet and Pilates style workouts), Zumba and kids yoga. Workshops on nutrition,/clean eating, yoga inversions, yoga detox, bellydance, meditation and personal training are also available. [/show_hide]

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WITH JANETTE Celestial Yoga in Clinton, Valley Integrative Pharmacy in Bedminster 908-303-1676 Yoga Month Special: First class is free when you sign up for a 6-week pack of classes.

[show_hide title="Read studio profile ..."]Janette La Vigne is a RYT 200 Yoga Instructor who is a certified AFAA Group Fitness Instructor and certified in Power Pilates Mat I and II, BarreAmped and willPower & Grace. She believes in exercising the mind, body and spirit. She wants her clients to leave her classes experiencing a sense of achievement, strength and exuberance. Janette practices Hatha flow yoga which is accessible to all, beginner through advanced. She can also incorporate Pilates into a client›s practice if desired. Currently, she teaches at Celestial Yoga in Clinton, and Valley Integrative Pharmacy in Bedminster. Additionally, Janette offers private instruction for individuals or groups in the privacy of their own home. Janette is also a certified holistic health coach who helps women eat healthier, lose weight, find fulfillment and regain their mojo![/show_hide]



Basking Ridge 908-406-8591 Yoga Month Special: One free yoga class in September! Mondays in Bridgewater or Fridays in Bernardsville. Call to arrange your free class.

[show_hide title="Read studio profile ..."]Over 25 years ago, Julie Shaw’s long drive to work resulted in back pain. She looked up “yoga” in the Yellow Pages and stepped into far more than an exercise class. After years of personal practice and professional training, Shaw now teaches in the traditon of Viniyoga, and is the only Certified Viniyoga™ Therapist in New Jersey ( She teaches group yoga classes and sees private clients. Viniyoga is a breath-centered practice. “The breath is the starting point in any yoga practice, because it brings us into the present moment,” says Shaw. “When we move our bodies in concert with our breath, the brain focuses, the nervous system relaxes, and our entire system recalibrates. People always say they feel great at the end of class. I remind them it’s because they just spent the last hour breathing!” Shaw’s classes are suitable for all levels of experience. She designs her classes in 6-week series, like “Understanding Your Spine,” or “Yoga for Computer Users.” She is known for bringing a color-coded model of a spine to class. “When students see the lumbar, sacrum and pelvis on a model, they begin to understand their own structure and movement patterns. Just being aware of how you move can often prompt meaningful change,” explains Shaw. Additionally, Shaw specializes in working with individuals dealing with health conditions ranging from structural conditions to chronic illness to anxiety/depression. This work draws on both the yoga and ayurveda traditions. Shaw designs individual therapeutic practices based on a client’s condition, outlook, needs and interests. “There is a deep well of healing available to each of us within our own hearts; yoga offers a roadmap to finding that well.”[/show_hide]



Lori Arrechea, RYT, owner 1300 Prince Rodgers Ave, Bridgewater 908-526-0002 & Yoga Month Special: We are offering new friends of the center a trial class for $5 or five classes for $25 on their first visit.

[show_hide title="Read studio profile ..."]EZential Wellness (Gurukul Yoga) is Bridgewater’s neighborhood Yoga and Holistic Health Center. Recently renovated and under new ownership as of May 2013, Lori Arrechea, a registered yoga therapist and certified holistic health coach, has made it her mission to provide “approachable and accessible yoga” that is non-intimidating and appropriate for the beginner. “Our goal is to support the individual needs of each person who walks through our door, so that they leave feeling relaxed, nourished and well,” says Lori. Yoga classes include gentle stretches, moderate poses, breathing exercises, and meditation to promote inner peace from life’s daily stressors. With a schedule that offers classes morning, noon, and night, it’s easy to stop in and enjoy the benefits.  A family Yoga class is also offered twice a week so that kids can practice along-side their parents or caregivers. With an inspiration to create a sense of community, eZential Wellness offers a free class one Sunday each month in exchange for a healthy food donation to the Somerset County Food Bank. In addition, a new class on Thursdays is now available for cancer survivors and their caregivers. Each weekend, the center hosts an assortment of eclectic workshops and events on a wide range of health and metaphysical topics, plus a monthly mind-body-spirit book discussion group. Other services provided at the center are monthly Reiki certifications and shares, certified herbalist consultations, safe body detoxification for wellness, and nutritional counseling with a whole-foods approach. We hope you will find this your new home to balance your body, mind, and spirit.[/show_hide]

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46 Main St, 2nd Floor, Madison 973-377-4567 Yoga Month Special: Energy evaluation and trial class for $20 ($50 value). We will check your flexibility, breathing and your body/mind connection, plus offer easy-to-apply tips for improving your breathing, followed by a relaxing, yet, energizing class. Call to schedule yours today! Visit our website for ongoing free classes and special workshops.

[show_hide title="Read studio profile ..."]Madison Body and Brain Yoga is a holistic health center that combines yoga, tai chi, qi-gong and meditation. Our classes are based on Dahn Yoga energy principles of connecting the mind and body together through energy and our breath. Our practice consists of deep meridian opening/stretching, chakra breathing and energy meditation. Our training firsts develops strength and flexibility in the body’s core, which often results in improved concentration, deeper rest, pain relief, weight loss and emotional balance. Through continued practice, one can feel a sense of empowerment through a calm and focused mind; and, a powerful sense of centeredness for physical, mental and spiritual well-being. As a holistic training, we strengthen the body, release emotions and brighten the spirit. Simply, we become physically healthy, open hearted and experience peace of mind. Come and experience! Open since 2005, our classes are suitable for all levels. [/show_hide]



53 Mountain Blvd., Warren 908-754-5901 Read more about Premier Pilates & Yoga in the Spotlight article in this month's yoga edition.

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Shannon Onyx, owner 45 Mountain Boulevard, Warren 908-834-8064 Yoga Month Special: $39 for One Month of Unlimited Yoga (new clients only)

[show_hide title="Read studio profile ..."]Practice yoga and Pilates at Onyx Mind Body and feel better than you ever imagined! Every aspect of your life will be enhanced within this safe space as you experience your mind and body supported, cared for and uplifted. While it may require a leap of faith, trust that this practice will soon reward you with a new sense of confidence and inner strength. Find your inspiration and motivation in the relaxed, inclusive environment. The studio offers over 65 classes per week. One center is dedicated to traditional yoga and one is solely for Hot Yoga. Onyx Mind Body has a variety of classes and styles, from beginner to advanced.[/show_hide]



953 Rt. 202 North, Branchburg 908-707-0759 Yoga Month Specials: Two free beginner-friendly classes and experiences—Shed Your Stress and The Healing Power of Meditation will help you deeply relax. Experience a free 10-minute Reiki healing session or a free 15-minute Qi healing session. Try Total Core Yoga or sign up for the free 60-minute T’ai Chi Chih class.  Come to our Total Beginner yoga class.

[show_hide title="Read studio profile ..."]Yoga Central has been offering a full spectrum of approaches to body-mind wellness for over 13 years. Students initially come looking for physical flexibility, strength and balance though yoga and, in the process, become aware of the added benefits of released tension, enhanced focus and increased resilience. They feel better and more alive than they have in years! Regardless of age and experience level, everyone can benefit from these time-tested practices. Yoga Central offers a variety of classes and a flexible schedule which allows each student to follow the path that motivates them.  In the midst of a busy and stressful life, Yoga Central is an oasis of tranquility. Their experienced and dedicated instructors foster a supportive, safe and friendly environment in which students are encouraged to respect their limitations and have fun. For the total beginner, there are yoga classes and meditation, t’ai chi and t’ai chi chih—all practices that support the path to serenity and health. Students looking for more challenging options can sample multi-level yoga classes, Yoga/Pilates Mix classes, Vinyasa yoga classes and Yoga Tone classes. The Prenatal yoga class helps moms-to-be relax and enjoy their pregnancy. Additionally, Restorative yoga, Family yoga and other special workshops are offered regularly.   [/show_hide]

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205 Harrison Street, Frenchtown 908-996-YOGA (9642) Yoga Month Special: Free Beginner Yoga classes on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.

[show_hide title="Read studio profile ..."]The Supatha Yoga method was uniquely inspired by Sri Lakshmi Devi’s many years of practice, her comprehensive study in anatomy and physiology, her broad training in Yoga sciences and extensive background in the health and fitness industry. The Supatha Yoga Method features a 1/4 Series Flow, a methodology which utilizes 13 tradi-tional Yoga poses arranged in specific sequences. Each posture is designed to flow naturally from one pose into the next with clear, precise instructions focusing on proper structural align-ment. Lakshmi states “Transitions between poses are as important as the postures themselves.” The movements are balanced and physiologically sound to prevent injury. The sequences can be adapted for anyone depending on their particular strengths or health challenges, in individual or family sessions. Sri Devi describes her approach as “well rounded, with a noteworthy touch of edginess to keep it grounded in reality.” Lakshmi expresses “I want to provide a joyful, nurturing, non-competitive space for students to embrace their practice, embrace themselves, grow, stretch and gain vitality… and maybe laugh a little along the way. I strive to help actualize my students in their own process and paths to themselves.”[/show_hide]

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