Clifton Yoga Center Instructors
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 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.
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.
Located inside InStep Fitness
819 Van Houten Ave
Clifton, NJ 07013
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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