Our Instructors

Daniele Ferrara Jarman, 500 Hour E-RYT and
owner of Ignite

Once Daniele discovered the joy of practicing Yoga she turned her enthusiasm to becoming a Yoga teacher. Daniele takes great pleasure in sharing the bliss of Yoga with others. That passionate journey has taken her all the way to fulfilling her dream of owning and directing her own Yoga studio.

Daniele was the proud owner and director of Exhale Yoga Studio LLC in Livingston NJ from 2007 to 2010. In January 2011 Daniele formed Ignite Yoga Center. The new yoga studio, also located in Livingston has expanded their services and Yoga styles to the community.

Daniele has an extensive background in health and fitness. Before discovering that yoga is her true passion Daniele was an owner of two large gymnastic training facilities in Northern NJ. Her gymnastic background gives her a solid base to teach and inspire her students on their mats and in particular to do inversions! 

Daniele received her Yoga Certification from Sonic Yoga in New York City. At Sonic, she studied with Lauren Hanna and Jonathan Fields. Daniele has also studied with Shiva Rae, Twee Merrigam, Sean Corne, Sharon Gannon and David Life, and many other influential yoga teachers of our time. Her classes are an eclectic inspiration from various styles of yoga. Classes are different each day and are accented by low lights, great music and a calorie torching flow. She teaches a variety of Yoga classes: From Advanced flow classes to Beginners. She has directed many 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified Vinyasa Teacher Training at Exhale Yoga Studio and Ignite. 

She has also taught Yoga for people suffering from addiction and mental illness at St Claire’s Hospital, and was the Yoga Teacher for Oasis in Paterson (a haven for women and children). Daniele specializes in teaching private clients. She is married to Marc and is the proud Mom of 3 beautiful daughters.

Alison Bernasco, RYT

Alison teaches an open-level vinyasa practice which is heart-oriented, spiritually inspiring, and yet grounded in a deep knowledge of optimal body awareness and alignment. Though trained in the Kripalu style of Yoga, she weaves influence from all corners of her experience together to create an intricate web of ideas and flowing, playful, comprehensive sequencing. 

She creates a practice all her own which is accessible to each level of experience, and offers a sweet and sweaty challenge to all.

Christine Varijan, RYT

Alison Christine, a yoga student since the mid 90’s, has an extensive background in dance and theatre, a BS in Psychology, and a MA in Education.

While seeking ways to calm the mind while keeping a “dancer’s body,” she found yoga. Exceeding all expectations, the path of yoga became a refuge during difficult times, and an open door for balance and peace.

Chris is truly blessed to have received her 200 hour certification training at Exhale Yoga (now Ignite Yoga Center), and extensive training with various “yoga-lebrities.” Most recently, Chris became a certified Xen Strength Yoga With Weights® instructor.

Chris lives in Caldwell with her twins, Calista and Mikaela. She works full time as a language arts teacher, and when she’s not “keeping up” with the twins, you can find her teaching and practicing yoga in various studios and gyms. Chris will forever be grateful for the amazing yogis and dear friends who continue to inspire her on this amazing journey. 

“What lies behind and what lies before us are tiny matters…compared to what lies within us.” ~ Emerson

Courtney James Cruse

Courtney has been practicing yoga since 2006 and feels it has changed her life and is a great balance to other forms of fitness. As a runner and fitness enthusiast, Courtney started yoga to help with stretching and breathing and quickly realized it was something she wanted to share with others by teaching herself. She completed her 200-hour teaching training in 2013 and has added many workshops and continuing education classes since then. Courtney’s classes off a fusion of vigorous vinyasa flow and mind-body connection through breath and movement.

Gerald Saluti

Gerald is first and foremost a student of the movement of the human body. With a background steeped in athletics, Gerald molded his passion for movement and his study of anatomy into a dedicated yoga practice. He took his first yoga class over 10 years ago and was drawn both to the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga. Intrigued by how yoga made him feel and in order to deepen his own practice, Gerald completed his first teacher training. He attended numerous yoga workshops, festivals, and events and eventually could not ignore his burning desire to teach yoga.

So began Gerald’s life’s work. Trained in Vinyasa yoga his teaching centers on linking breath to movement with a heavy emphasis on core engagement and the interplay between the recruitment of different muscle groups. Gerald’s classes are designed to challenge you but also leave you peaceful and serene. By pushing the body through vigorous asana, he encourages his students to connect every movement to their breath, thus unlocking mental clarity and an over all sense of well being. Gerald’s clients include everything from major college athletic programs to private individuals.

Jamie Corssen, RYT

Rounding out a decade of serious yoga practice, Jamie is grounding into her own breath based, inquisitive, purposeful style of teaching and personal practice. With reverence for the plethora of inspirational teachers that have influenced her + Gratitude for the students that allow her the privilege of being of service …
Namaste …
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Joey Sbarro, RYT

Joey Sbarro has been an avid practitioner of Vinyasa yoga since 2008. Completing his 200 hour Vinyasa training in 2010 with Ignite’s Daniele Jarman, and Dana Slamp’s 100 hour Prema Vinyasa intensive teacher training in 2012, he is now mentoring with the dynamic Mila Borrero to further develop his teaching skills. 

His classes are a Vinyasa flow with a focus on advanced asana and flying postures. You can expect to breathe, sweat, and spend a lot of time on your hands.

Johanna Toth, RYT

Johanna began practicing yoga in 2007 and completed her 200-hour Vinyasa training in 2012 with Daniele Jarman at Ignite. She also has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Michigan State University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. When not teaching yoga, Johanna is a full time practicing lawyer and part time ninja and loves to hike, ski, build furniture and play with her two children.

Not long after discovering yoga, Johanna realized that the physical practice of yoga was an excellent fit for her athletic tendencies, and perhaps more importantly, the spiritual and meditative component of yoga was a vital counter to her otherwise hectic and stressful work and home life. Through practicing and teaching yoga, Johanna seeks to find and maintain (and occasionally does find) the all-important balance that each of us requires to live an authentic, centered life.

Karen Mazie, RYT

Karen Mazie is a certified 200 RYT yoga teacher. Karen also holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts and a Master’s degree in education from Seton Hall. She was an art director for an advertising agency as well as a teacher for many different subjects and age groups.

Karen is married and has two children. Her favorite thing to do is travel with her family. She also loves all types of sports including tennis, golf, hiking and biking. Her athletic abilities and love of physical fitness is what initially brought Karen to her first yoga class. Not long after noticing the physical benefits of practicing yoga, Karen became aware of the omnipresent emotional and spiritual benefits yoga has to offer. 

Her artistic and creative backgrounds, as well as teaching experience are evident in all of her yoga classes. “Do what you love and you will never work another day in your life.”

Kelly Santucci, RYT

Always having a passion for physical fitness and being an exercise enthusiast, Kelly received her aerobic teacher certification in 2001 through AFAA and taught cardio kickboxing for a few years while working in telecommunications.

She fell in love with yoga after having her first son in 2006. Yoga transformed her post pregnancy body in ways she couldn’t have imagined. After deciding to become a fulltime Mom, the only thing she dedicated her time to other than her family was yoga. Kelly thought, “why not share something that I love with others?” She discovered that she hadn’t found yoga by accident, but that yoga was brought to her for a purpose. She began to teach yoga in 2007 and those amazing students continue to practice with her today. Kelly will be completed her RYT training in July 2010 through Exhale Yoga Studio (now Ignite Yoga Center). 

Along with her wonderful family and friends, yoga is a love that will always be a part of her life. Kelly is forever grateful to be teaching yoga at Ignite Yoga Center as well as other yoga studios in the area. Thanks to Daniele Jarman and Becky Middleton for being such amazing yoga instructors and such inspiring women!

Kim Shand, RYT

Kim is joining the teaching team at Ignite after taking a sabbatical to study with the founders of Integrative Yoga Therapy; continue her training in Hindu mythology and Rajanaka Tantra; as well as enjoy some travel. Kim just came back to the U.S. from a pilgrimage through south India, and is anxious to share new juice and perspectives with Ignite students.

Kim began her yoga journey as an Iyengar yogini. Later she taught Baptiste Power Yoga and Core Vinyasa. Ten years ago Kim began developing the Rethink Yoga style by fusing these styles with the techniques of yoga therapy. She has since trained, and certified, many Rethink Yoga teachers that she is very proud of. Kim also runs a Rethink Yoga for Trauma program at a women’s center
in NJ. 

Kim’s classes offer a holistic approach to practice by incorporating physical challenge, mental stamina and self-discovery. Join Kim and infuse your practice with spirit, lightheartedness and integrated power.

Mary Blackstock, RYT

Mary has been a devoted yoga student for over a decade. She began her studies of Hatha yoga at Integral Institute in New York City, initially to find relief from chronic back pain. She soon discovered the benefits of yoga to be above and beyond the physical.

Mary has since studied with renowned teachers, including Seane Corn and Shiva Rea, and at numerous studios throughout the community in the many different styles of yoga – from Jivamukti to Bikram and Kundalini to AcroYoga. It was while practicing prenatal yoga eight years ago that Mary became inspired to teach. She finally took the plunge when Daniele Jarman began offering Vinyasa teacher training in 2009. 

She is eternally grateful to Daniele for providing such a supportive teaching environment in which to fulfill her training. Mary is continually inspired by her fellow teachers at Ignite, the local – and global – yoga community, and perhaps her greatest teacher of all, her eight-year-old daughter. Specializing in kids yoga, Mary has recently launched her yoga-inspired children’s clothing brand Lotus & Bug (www.lotusandbug.com), bringing her passion for yoga and design together to share with you! 

Mary finds daily inspiration for her practice in motherhood, designing and sharing the healing aspects of yoga with all of her students, little and big.

Michele Neubart, RYT

Michele discovered yoga in 1998, while working as a psychiatric social worker in NYC. As she developed a consistent yoga practice, she immediately felt the benefits in her overall health and well-being. She became passionate about helping others grow through the power of yoga, and earned her 200 hr teaching certification from Sonic Yoga in 2004.

Michele has practiced with some of the world’s most influential yoga teachers. In the past few years, she has trained and been certified in Sadie Nardini’s Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga. She is always looking for inspiration and ways to evolve. Michele believes that Asana practice is a celebration of love, life and the self. She uses creative sequencing and a dynamic variety of music as a way to motivate and encourage self-discovery.

Her unique combination of clinical skills and teaching style provides for a rewarding class experience where students can tap in to their true potential. Students leave Michele’s classes feeling physically and emotionally empowered and inspired.

Mila Lansky, RYT

Mila discovered yoga in 1994. A full-time working mother and wife, yoga gave her a valuable opportunity for self exploration and time for replenishing and rejuvenating her body and mind.

Mila received her Yoga Teacher Certification through The American Yoga Academy, is registered through Yoga Alliance and has attended seminars and classes taught by: Beryl Bender, David Life, John Friend, Sharon Gannon, Dharma Mittra, Erich Schiffmann. 

Mila is a strong believer in holistic healing and is passionate about helping people. She has also studied ohashiatsu massage at the Ohashi Institute in NY.

Roz Nichols, E-RYT

Roz is delighted to be part of the Ignite Yoga Center family. She developed a very strong passion for practicing yoga after experiencing the positive strength; balance and healing Yoga and meditation bring to the whole self. Many teachers, mentors and friends have inspired her over the years but, it was the nurturing environment and encouraging influence that Daniele Jarman brings to her teaching that influenced Roz to take Yoga Teacher Training at – Exhale Yoga Studio (now Ignite Yoga Center). It is very fulfilling to see the changes that she makes continually in her own body and practice and is pleased to help others do the same through teaching the healing magic of yoga. Teaching is a truly gratifying experience and has expanded Roz’s personal growth beyond expectations.

Roz is a 200+ hour E-RYT, a Thai Yoga Massage practitioner, a Certified Reiki Master and studies and practices the tools of Shamanism. All of these modalities are very synergistic with each other, and share much of the same energy, providing meditative and healing qualities. Roz looks forward to offering the grace of Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage, Reiki and Shamanism to help people strengthen body, mind and spirit.

Roz is also a professional artist who has been working in the graphic design field for many years. To find out more about Thai Yoga Massage, Reiki and Shamanism visit Roz’s Radiant Spirit LLC website: radiantspiritreikiyoga.com.


Ignite Yoga Center, 19 S. Livingston Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039

Daniele (cell): 973-865-5668

 

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