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Staff & Guest Instructors


Jessica Diktas: Owner of Soul In Motion Yoga
Jessica was raised in peaceful Woodstock NY, and has always felt a deep connection with the body and soul.  Since early childhood she immersed herself in the world of dance and creative movement.  After graduating from Emerson College in Boston MA she quickly became apart of the entertainment industry. Performing,  instructing, managing and directing for MTV,  New York City Dance alliance, Nike, JCC, G.S.S Casting Agency and Club Med . Over the past 12 years her love and compassion has turned to the practice of yoga and jewelry design.  It is with great enjoyment and honor that Jessica gets to share her yoga practice and beautifully handcrafted jewelry here at Soul In Motion Yoga, in the hopes of inspiring her students to blossom within as well.  Yoga  is one of the most beautiful representations of our soul in motion, and it is her deep belief that if we love on the inside and love on the outside, then our whole world will be filled with love.








Anjali Bermain:
Anjali began practicing yoga when she was twelve years old. She began her studies in Woodstock, NY with Marcia Albert, a yogi from the Desikachar lineage.When she was 17 she traveled to India and explored her practice with various teachers in the Himalayan town of Rishikesh. After graduating from SUNY Geneseo, she immediately began her 200-hour teacher training at Kripalu in Stockbridge, Massachussettes. In January, 2012 she embarked on a solo return to India, exploring yoga and spirituality in various towns and ashrams in the south.  During this time she attended a 10-day Vipassana silent meditation course.She has taught at various schools in northern New Jersey and upstate New York. In her classes she aims to combine traditional philosophy with creative posture sequencing. Her classes mix hatha and vinyasa styles and she draws inspiration from all classes and schools she attends. She also emphasizes the importance of meditation, pranayama and the linking of breath with movement. In her classes, she fits her teaching to her students, adjusting the practice for them physically and mentally.






Erica Arce:
Swami Kripalu, the founder of the Kripalu lineage, writes, "I am a pilgrim on the path of love". Kripalu yoga's teachings are simply put, teachings on love. Kripalu yoga is the path of compassion, the path of coming home to the deepest truest self.
Ten years ago, Erica was given a gift that would shape the course of her life, B.K.S Iyengar's "Light on Yoga".
In 2009, after an intensely passionate inquiry into the study of sculpture and ceramics at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Erica became a yoga instructor. During her training, she experienced the life-altering gifts of profound healing and sangha (spiritual community).
Kripalu yoga for Erica symbolizes the womb of divine love. What has worked for Erica in her personal practice is what she offers her students. She encourages students to practice with patience, love and compassion for themselves, to be in the present moment in a way that is non judgmental and without attachment to results. She reminds them that everything is within, and that the breath and the journey will guide them towards a deeper awareness of themselves. Her classes range from gentle to challenging, and are pregnant with softness and space.


Melanie Finnern
Always a fitness enthusiast, Melanie stepped foot into her first Bikram class during a summer home from college. A few years later, she reentered the yoga studio to help with constant back pain and hasn't looked back since. While it began as a physical practice, it didn't take long for yoga to become a more special part of Melanie's life, changing her outlook on all things physical, psychological and spiritual. After becoming a mother in 2012, she has recognized how important it is to do what you love and has since received her 200-hour certification through Yogaworks. Melanie is grateful to all of her teachers, those who have given her the opportunity to make yoga a larger part of her life and she is excited to be able to share her practice with others.







Lana Goltsberg:
Lana was introduced to her first yoga class at the age of 15, but did not know at the time that this practice would become an integrated part of her daily routine.  Shortly after that first class, she enrolled in an immersion course to study Yoga....and thus began the journey into the exploration of Yoga & Meditation.  Many years and hundreds of yoga classes later, Lana has cultivated her own style of teaching as well as a deep appreciation for yogic philosophy. She strives to constantly evolve her classes to accommodate her students' needs, and infuses her teaching with emphasis on healthy muscle alignment, fluidity, present moment awareness...and a sense of humor.  She owes her passion to inspiring teachers, including Shiva Rea, Swami Sivananda, B.K.S. Iyengar, Byron Katie, Eckhart Tolle, and most importantly, her mom (an innovative yoga teacher).





Michelle Marie Adams, RYT200
Originally from Orange County, CA and a relatively new arrival to the tri-state area from Washington D.C., Michelle began her love affair with yoga about 12 years ago in Laguna Beach, CA. She Maintained a diligent personal practice for many years before she decided to take her practice and knowledge to the next level and become a yoga teacher. In the summer of 2008 she traveled to Baja Mexico to fulfill her 200 hours of yoga teacher training at the Yandara Yoga Institute. While there for 30 consecutive days she immersed herself completely as she lived, breathed and ate all things yoga. There she studied Hatha yoga, Iyengar alignment, yoga theory and sutras, bio-mechanics, meditation, music, teaching techniques, adjustments, and so much more.

She has been teaching for over six years having experience and knowledge in many styles of yoga; her main focus includes: Hatha, Vinyasa, heated/hot Flow, and Gentle. She also has experience teaching hot Yoga (26 Postures), Children’s, Pilates Boot-camp and special needs yoga to private students. 





Adra was raised in Northern California, and she has spent most of her life finding deeper connections within herself and with others.  She was introduced to yoga when she was pregnant with her daughter 10 years ago and began her journey as a teacher by teaching children's yoga for several years.  Her desire to make yoga accessible to everyone led her to Sonic Yoga, where she received her 200HR RYT certification. She is certified to teach children through Karma Kids Yoga and Post-natal/Baby Yoga though the Yoga Mom, Buddha Baby training.  Adra truly believes that everyone can find their way to yoga, and her Vinyasa style of teaching allows for students to connect breath & movement in their own space and time.  Her classes are a heart-centered practice & largely inspired her studies with her mentor, Johanna Bell, although she truly honors the teachings from all of her many teachers over the years.  Adra is grateful every day for her practice and for the ability to share yoga with people of all ages. 






Lara Szlamkowicz:
Lara first discovered yoga in 1999, while living and working in NYC.  The way that Yoga practice encourages deep self reflection, using the body as the vehicle to work through physical and psychic obstacles, made it clear to Lara that she had found her home.In 2001 Lara earned a Holistic Chef's degree from the Natural Gourmet Institute, and went on to cook in a fast-paced celebrity chef's restaurant, as a private chef and as a caterer.
As her yoga practice evolved, so did her sense of commitment to wellness. In 2004 Lara earned a Master's degree in Art Therapy from Pratt Institute.  She worked as an art therapist on an acute psychiatric ward in a NY hospital, with teen aged moms in foster care, and with special needs children.
Lara hopes to help students experience the transformative power of creative self expression, compassion, courage, and a deeper connection to the power within.
 She teaches with a light and playful heart, with strong regard for setting up foundational structure on the path to deeper expression of asanas.

Namaste


Jin Jung:
As a visual artist, Jin seeks true balance of mind, body, and soul. Through yoga, she searches for her Dharma to find harmony within and to see the world with compassion. Over the years of practicing and studying yoga, she also has found her playful side and learned through her heart that "everything is perfect the way it is." Believing that yoga is a constant learning of our true selves, Jin hopes to discover more ways to be light and gentle on and off the mat. Jin Jung is a certified 200hr RYT who practices and teaches Hatha Vinyasa yoga to both groups and individuals.


Kimmie Mittman
Kimie Mittman recently graduated from West Virginia University and currently resides in Fort Lee, NJ.  Growing up she had a passion for competitive sports and when she no longer played competitively in college, she was looking for something to fill the void.  She was introduced to a Baron Baptiste affiliated studio in Morgantown, WV.  Initially she was drawn to this athletic practice for the physical benefits, but yoga quickly became so much more than that and an integral part of her life.  She was immediately drawn to the inspiring teachers, the community, and the daily challenge that yoga presented.  She received her 200-hour teacher training certification from Garden State Yoga (Power Flow Yoga) under the amazing Stacey Bell.  Using inspiration from her teachers, Kimie teaches an athletic power vinyasa class that is challenging, yet approachable for all of her students. 




Julia Lee-Hong
Growing up, Julia was more of a musical person than an athletic one. She never imagined doing anything physical, let alone teaching yoga. However, her first yoga class, in 2000, transformed her completely. Something about that first yoga class, even though it was physically challenging for her, it left her with a feeling of empowerment. She had a better awareness of her own body, she was inspired, and was amazed at how both relaxed and energized she felt after the class. That feeling was something she could not let go of and what made her go back, again and again. Yoga continues to challenge her physically, psychologically, and spiritually. Yoga helps her to discover herself, to find her center, and to connect with others on and off the mat. Julia, RYT 200, believes that yoga is for everyone, no matter their fitness level. Julia strives to provide a safe, non-competitive, and non-judgmental class to anyone who is willing to share their practice. Julia teaches vinyasa flow based yoga classes and has completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Powerflow Yoga.