Balancing Mind, Body, and Soul

Clifton Yoga Center

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InStep Fitness (Studio 1)
819 Van Houten Ave
Clifton NJ  07013
(862) 621-9642

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Current Class Schedule:
Tuesday mornings 
(Women Only)

9:30am - 10:30am

Gentle Yoga
with Dianne Castillo

Beginners welcome

Friday Evenings

7:15pm - 8:15pm
Open Level Yoga
Amanda Stanley
Beginners welcome

All Classes Inside
InStep Fitness

819 Van Houten Ave
 Clifton NJ 07013
No Membership Required
(Entrance to the gym:
 on the side street facing Walgreens.)

Adult and Children Class Rates*:
4 Classes for $40

*children 13 and over can come to adult classes 

If you do not see a class that you want, let us know and with enough people, we can start one... Contact us to request a class

"Why Practice Yoga?"

"for your body...
  • stretch and tone muscles
  • release chronic tension
  • de-stress and refresh
for your mind...
  • calm restless thoughts
  • cultivate concentration
  • support mental clarity and confidence
for your spirit...
  • encourage self-acceptance
  • honor inner wisdom
  • invite deep peace"
-Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

Our Classes have something for everyone*... 
  • Beginner's Yoga
  • Children's Yoga
  • Partner Yoga
  • Kripalu Yoga
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Seniors' Yoga
  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Family Yoga
* All ages and fitness levels welcome to all classes.  Seniors welcome to all classes.  Modifications to accommodate all.

What is Yoga?

Yoga is the consistent practice of specific stretches and breathing techniques in order to create balance, harmony and general well being of the body, mind and spirit.  Anyone, of any age, and of any physical ability, can successfully practice and receive the benefits of Yoga.  The ancient practice of Yoga originated in India over 5000 years ago, and has now become very accessible throughout the United States and all over the world.  The word "Yoga" translates to mean "union" and is from the ancient language of Sanskrit.  With consistent practice, Yoga can be used to aid the body in healing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual imbalances.  In addition, Yoga can be tailored to meet the needs of each individual who practices this healing art form.   At the Clifton Yoga Center a variety of affordable group and private yoga classes are offered to meet the needs of a diverse population.  Our experienced yoga instructors guide students through well rounded classes that foster harmony and well being to those who regularly attend.  With the consistent practice of Yoga, a balanced union is formed between mind, body and spirit that lasts a lifetime...More.  View Yoga Schedule.
Clifton Yoga Center
819 Van Houten Ave Clifton, NJ 07013 US
Phone: (862) 621-9642 Website:

Yoga is the Well-Being Workout

Born out of a love for deep transformation, Clifton Yoga Center is committed to meeting you where you are and taking you forward to where and who you want to be.  Yoga is a unique discipline that helps you attain physical fitness through ancient techniques of movement and meditation.  People come to Clifton Yoga Center for physical and emotional nourishment.  Through the combination of mind and body exercises, Yoga provides:
  • A fitter, leaner body
  • Improved posture and balance
  • Increased body awareness
  • Improved concentration
  • Greater flexibility and better range of motion
  • Better overall health, energy and vitality
  • Natural weight-loss
  • Lower levels of stress and tension

We promote the practice of Yoga for both physical fitness and personal growth.  Whether you are just discovering Yoga, or have been practicing it for years, Clifton Yoga Center has classes for all levels of Yoga practitioners.  We are here to assist you and are dedicated to helping you make the connection between your physical practice and your inner wisdom and spirit.

Yoga helps balance the mind, body and spirit for increased physical well-being and health.  The concept of a mind-bod
y connection is not new and it is often said that exercise can help ward off depression as well as relieve stress.  We offer classes for all levels and invite you to come in and experience our Yoga classes today.  In love and light, Namaste...More
Clifton Yoga Center Instructors

Dianne Castillo
Dianne Castillo first fell in love with breath control when she was on the high school swim team. She found that same love in yoga; a couple years later. Dianne came to yoga to lose weight and shed anxiety gained from moving around the United States. Now she comes to her mat, breath-work and meditation to maintain her sanity. Dianne is a 200 hour RYT who loves inspiring others through the power of storytelling in her classes, and hopes that her students leave with the same sense of happiness that she feels when she teaches.  Dianne loves inspiring others through the power of storytelling in her classes, using zen parables, Buddhist quotes and poetry as she guides the class though meditation in the beginning and end of her clases; relating her stories to daily life.  Her classes at Clifton Yoga Center are both gentle and moderately paced, depending on the students' needs and the class time and always focus on breathing and staying in tune with inner calmness. Dianne provides modifications during class when needed, so poses are accessible for every student, yet overall challenging.  Much of Dianne's class involves looking inward at your thoughts and breathing patterns, while challenging your physical body. 

 Gunjan Desai, MPH, BDS

Gunjan Desai is experienced Yoga teacher from India with years of teaching experience at Gujarat, India. Her grandfather had been running and teaching Yogasan at Shivanand Yog Kendra since 1981 successfully. Growing up with him at Shivanand Yog Kendra, Yoga came to her naturally. She has been meditating and practicing Yoga with her grandfather since childhood. With intense yoga practice, Yogic and vedic knowledge came to her naturally. At the age of 20, she started teaching yoga at Shivanand Yog Kendra and at various other places in Gujarat, India. Classes included Ashtang Raj yoga, which comprises of Yam, Niyam, asana, Pranayama, Dharna, Dhyan and Samadhi. Gunjan practiced Yoga for hours with her grandfather to master the techniques.

Gunjan Desai also completed a certification Yog-Sutra course on Healthcare (Mind-Body) and Spiritual Learning (Astang Yog) held in Shivashram Nature Care Temple, Gujarat India. This was an intense six-month Yogasan training (from 1 January 2004 to 30 June 2004). She has also completed a certification for refreshing her practical course of Yoga from November 5, 2012 to November 20, 2012.

She practices ashtang yoga every day despite her busy schedule, due to her intense passion and love for Yoga.

Gunjan has an interest of spreading yoga knowledge to the community, which is very necessary for everyone.

Amanda Stanley

During her career as a professional dancer, Amanda was introduced to Yoga and loved it.  Hence, Amanda has been studying and practicing Yoga since the late 1990s.  As her physical practice of yoga grew, she noticed a deeper connection to self growing as well.  Amanda's knowledge of yoga comes from both the study and practice of Kripalu Yoga, Pranotthon Yoga, Iyengar yoga, Hatha Yoga, Bikram yoga, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, meditation, and pranayama.  Amanda has most recently been assisting at Yoga Teacher Trainings in New York and New Jersey, Pranotthan Yoga Teacher Trainings as well as assisting at various programs at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.  Amanda is a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher (200 Hour) and is blessed to have the opportunity to share Yoga with others.  Amanda's classes are taught with a balanced, continuous flow of yoga asana sequences that build strength and stability while encouraging peace and serenity.  Beginners and all levels are welcome, as various options are always given throughout the class.  A dynamic and caring teacher, Amanda takes pride in making Yoga accessible to as many people as possible, by creating smoothly sequenced yoga classes that stretch, tone and balance your body, calm your mind and uplift your spirit.

(862) 621-9642
Located inside InStep Fitness
819 Van Houten Ave
Clifton, NJ  07013
What is Pranayama?

By Gunjan Desai, MPH, BDS


“Yuktaharaviharaya   Yukt-cheshtasya karmasu I

Yukta swapnovabodhasya, yogo bhavati dukhaha II


If we are born with perfect health, we can live a long life without any diseases in our body.

Yoga is the way to live a long healthy life and Pranayama is one of the steps in achieving the goal.  Pranayama means controlling of the vital forces of the body. Prana is the ENERGY that is in each body, and its most apparent manifestation is the motion of the lungs. This motion is caused by Prana drawing in the breath, and it is what we seek to control by Pranayama.  We can achieve regulation in breathing by performing different breathing techniques. By achieving regulated breathing, we can clean our whole body and provide new pranas (life force) to every cell of our body.  As per Yoga, Pranayama is the only solution to making ourselves pure and clean from within. The immediate effects of performing Pranayama regularly are calmness of body and mind, glowing skin and beautiful voice. Further Pranayama practice leads to awakening of Kundalini Shakti.

Regular meditation in the form of pranayama (specific, regulated Yogic Breathing techniques) and asana, especially in the early morning gives us new strength and an inner life of joy and bliss.  In the early morning: when the new energy is flowing through the body, when the mind and body is fresh to practice and thus receive new power by practice is the best time of the day to perform pranayama, meditation and other steps of Yoga.


“AUM Namah Shivaya”

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