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.
Mary Blackstock, RYT
Mary has been a devoted yoga student for over two decades. She began her studies of Hatha yoga at Integral Institute in New York City, initially to find relief from a sports injury. 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, at numerous studios, in the many different styles of yoga. It was while practicing prenatal yoga, eleven 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 her mentors and fellow students for providing such a supportive environment in which to fulfill her training.
A fine artist and graphic design professional for over 20 years, Mary brings a sense of creativity to her practice and encourages her students to do the same. Mary is continually inspired by her fellow teachers, the local – and global – yoga community, and perhaps her greatest teacher of all, her daughter. Mary finds daily inspiration for her practice in motherhood, making art and sharing the healing aspects of yoga with her students. Mary specializes in Kids, Family and Prenatal Yoga.
In 2015, Mary launched her yoga-inspired women’s and children’s clothing brand Lotus & Bug, bringing her passion for yoga and design together. She is also the Retail Manager for the Ignite Yoga Boutique.
Mary resides in New Jersey where she practices yoga with her husband, daughter and two cats.
Laura Ekstrand, RYT
Laura has been practicing yoga for over 30 years, beginning with Iyengar and transitioning to Vinyasa in the past 15 years. With a background in both dance and fitness, she completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Ignite Yoga in 2014 with owner Daniele Jarman. Laura practices mindful meditation, and frequently teaches workshops and classes in the discipline.
A Livingston resident, Laura’s full-time job is as the Artistic Director of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre in Summit, which she founded in 1994. As an actor, director, playwright and acting instructor, Laura’s work has taken her from stage to television to film. Laura is also a private monologue coach and holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.
Laura’s classes focus on bringing your awareness to the present moment, and on having fun while exploring your physical and mental boundaries. She also brings an attention to the specific mechanics of each pose while tuning into your breath. Laura especially enjoys making yoga accessible to yogis of all levels, from the beginner to the advanced practitioner.”
Ellen Kaplan, CIYT
Ellen is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) at the Intermediate Junior I level. Since 1999, Theresa Rowland, Founder of Studio Yoga Madison, continues to be Ellen’s primary mentor and where Ellen completed her 500 hour teacher training.
Ellen also studies regularly with Amy Block-Hamilton who is her recommending teacher with the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS). Additionally, Ellen is certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT) due to her extensive one-on-one yoga therapy work.
In 2017 Ellen traveled to Pune, India to study directly with the Iyengar family and plans for another month long apprenticeship in 2020. Practitioners of all levels will appreciate Ellen’s clear, precise instructions and her compassionate, humble manner.
“Health begins with firmness in body, deepens to emotional stability, then leads to intellectual clarity, wisdom, and finally the unveiling of the soul.” – B.K.S. Iyengar
Mila Lansky, RYT
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.
Karen Mazie, RYT
Karen is a certified 500 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.”
Roz Nichols Marchetti, 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. 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 and a Certified Reiki Master. The synergistic modalities of yoga, Thai bodywork and Reiki lend meditative and healing elements to her sessions. Roz looks forward to offering the grace of Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage and Reiki to all her clients.
Roz is also a professional artist who has had a very rewarding career in graphic design.
To find out more about Thai Yoga Massage and Reiki visit Roz’s Radiant Spirit LLC website: www.radiantspiritllc.com
Stacey is a Registered Yoga Teacher and Dietitian who is passionate about sharing a mindful approach to life.
This approach has been the most positive influence in manifesting abundance, health, and joy in her life. The journey starts with yoga, the union of the mind, body, and spirit. The breath is the bridge that guides us from the mind, to the heart where you hear the quiet whispers of spirit.
So much blossoms from within, starting with Focus, Compassion, Self-Awareness. At age thirteen, Stacey began practicing meditation, and later developed a practice in yoga and an interest in nutrition, setting her on her path in a career in Holistic Health.
Stacey received a 200 hr Adult Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Certification through the American Yoga Academy and a 500 hr Adult Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Certification through Ignite Yoga in New Jersey. She has certifications through Gogrounded Yoga, Karma Kids, Samadhi Sun, Next Generation and Om Shree Om.
As the founder of Yoga Blossoms L.L.C., Stacey works as a Yoga Instructor and a Holistic Health Coach. She helps her clients find balance, abundance, wellness, and joy in their life through a mindful approach including yoga, nutrition guidance, and counseling services.
Stacey offers Yoga to children, Yoga to adults, Yoga teacher training, Nutrition workshops, Private counseling sessions
Please check out my website at www.yoga-blossoms.com to find out about upcoming events, classes and counseling services
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 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!
Jessica Seeley, RYT
A yoga practitioner for nearly a decade, Jessica is trained in Vinyasa Flow, and recently completed a 200 hour Teacher Training Certification under the comprehensive guidance of Daniele Jarman, teacher and owner of Ignite Yoga Center in Livingston, NJ.
Educated in Art History and Oil Painting at the New School, Jessica expresses her creativity through sculpture, painting, crystal jewelry and yoga.
Her unique practice focuses on integrating the dharma and sutras into a fluid, moving meditation to cleanse and purify the mind, body and spirit. Jessica teaches Beginner to Intermediate classes.
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.
Christine Varijan, RYT
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
Vince Vecchio, RYT
Vince fell in love with yoga as soon as he started his yoga journey 10 years ago. He actually took a break from yoga for a few years in between to study Brazilian Jiu Jitsu where he holds a 2 striped blue belt.
He still maintained his practice at home but came back to training yoga full time in 2016 and has recently started teaching.
He works in an Italian restaurant where he is a waiter full time and is also an aspiring vegan chef. He has recently combined his 2 passions of vegan cooking and yoga together and hopes to change the world with his brand “Vegan by Vincenzo” where he showcases his favorite dishes with his favorite yoga poses.