about the studio
MTY's approachable and intuitive style of practice focuses on movement, rather than posing or posturing. You get to be in charge of doing what feels great every time you practice. Each movement made is guided by the breath, so it feels natural, rhythmic and organic. Since every person is unique, every person's movement is also unique. This is great news for everyone, especially for those new to practicing yoga.
This freedom of movement gives individuals the opportunity to truly be aware, listen, connect and feel into one's self — safely and easily, without force or strain — in any given moment or situation. People can get more tuned into their bodies and less out of their heads, free from obligation, judgement or pre-conceived expectations. By creating this expansive space to exist in, the only thing left is to discover what you're capable of doing and being!
meet our instructors
Michelle Timek (RYT, RPYT) founded Michelle Timek Yoga in 2011 and Free Waterfront Yoga events in 2010 in Jersey City, NJ. She is certified in Vinyasa, Pre/Postnatal and Strala Studio Intensive Training for Teachers (SIT) program. She leads various weekly group classes for Michelle Timek Yoga and works with individuals and semi-private groups in Jersey City and NYC. Michelle specializes in Pre/Postnatal, Mommy & Baby and Geriatric yoga. She has her BFA in Graphic Design and Photography from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University and designs all branding for Michelle Timek Yoga.
Michelle guides people of all ages and stages to move their bodies with fluid ease and graceful strength so they can find deeper freedom from within. It's no surprise that she's naturally drawn to the fluid and expressive style of Vinyasa Flow (movement synchronized to the breath) and Strala Yoga (the movement based system that ignites freedom) due to her lifelong love and influence of travel and the arts — dance, architecture, cooking and gardening, to name a few. Michelle's creative approach for practicing and teaching yoga is an artful cocktail of discovery, expression, consciousness and intuition. When she's not leading classes or practicing, she's behind the scenes continuously designing the face of MTY, posting flyers throughout JC, enjoying a fantastic culinary delight, cuddling with her three kitties (and husband!) or taking a loooong bubble bath. Michelle's lighthearted approach, cheerful personality and passion for helping others (humans and animals alike!), shine through in everything she does.
Kathleen Kraft is the studio manager at Michelle Timek Yoga. She is a yoga teacher, poet and freelance writer. Her teaching style is alignment-based, with attention to each student's uniqueness. She focuses on the connection between breath and movement to create a smooth and invigorating, ultimately relaxing experience. Kathleen treats everyone as an individual who is capable of realizing their potential both on and off the mat. She is certified in Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Chair Yoga, and Kids Yoga, and teaches Flow and YinLax classes at Michelle Timek Yoga. She writes regularly for YogaCityNYC. Learn more about her at kathleenyoga.com.
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Cassandra Bakke is a local Hoboken/Jersey City yoga instructor that believes that a practice is firmly grounded over a long period of time, without break, and with enthusiasm. She teaches an alignment based class with emphasis on honoring your body where it is, exploring where you can grow, and what that can teach you about yourself. Cassandra's credentials include 200hr RYT from Yoga Works teaching since June 2015, Kids Training from Karma Kids Yoga February 2016. Learn more about her at wellhelloyoga.com.
Shoko Dubiski is a Yoga Alliance registered E-RYT 500 yoga teacher, and she completed Anusara teacher training with Zhenja La Rosa, Prana Yoga Teacher Training with Jeff Migdow MD and Robyn Ross, prenatal yoga teaching certification from Janice Clarfield and Restorative yoga teaching certification from Jillian Pransky. Also, Shoko is a Reiki Master/Teacher and has been offering Reiki since 2013. Shoko came to NYC to study dance with Lynn Simonson in the fall of 1999. She not only studied and performed the Simonson Technique but became a certified Simonson Teacher who deepened her knowledge as a teaching assistant for Lynn Simonson. Her style is a heart-oriented approach to yoga, combined with a deep understanding of alignment, therapeutics and yoga philosophy. Learn more about her at shokoyoga.com
Sam Deutsch is passionate about teaching yoga and mindfulness practices to children. She loves the physical, mental, and emotional benefits one can gain from practicing yoga, and is enthusiastic about sharing these benefits with children. Her kid’s yoga classes are a blend of fun, playful movement, yoga games, art, breathing exercises, music, and engaging group discussion. Her intention is to always empower kids to find inner confidence and strength, connection to themselves and to others, and the tools to practice focus and relaxation.
Sam completed children’s yoga teacher training certification with Little Flower Yoga. She holds a Masters degree in social work from Boston College and is a licensed social worker with a New Jersey school social worker certification. Her many years of experience working with kids include teaching yoga and mindfulness in NYC schools, teaching at a child enrichment program, as well as a clinician at a residential program, a clinician at a therapeutic alternative day school, a counselor at a public school, and as a summer camp counselor. Learn more about her at samanthadeutsch.com.
Andrea Grassotti is a certified yoga teacher for children from toddlers to teens. She received her yoga teaching certification from Karma Kids Yoga in New York City. As a dedicated yogi herself, Andrea appreciates the many benefits of yoga and wanted to be able to bring those benefits to children in a fun and interactive way.
As the head teacher and co-director at a private cooperative school in Jersey City, Andrea teaches yoga to her mixed age class of ages 3 to 5 years old. She often incorporates yoga and breathing exercises into the children's daily schedule to help them remain calm and focused. Andrea enjoys offering children a playful way to move their bodies with a purpose while building their self-confidence through poses and games. Andrea teaches Toddler Yoga at Michelle Timek Yoga and will have your little one engaged, delighted and giggle in no time at all!
Tiffany “Doodle” Wiesend has 10 years of experience care taking and instructing children’s classes. She is also a dedicated yogi and spiritual student. Her joyful approach to movement, music, and yoga will captivate your little one's attention and imagination. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Boston Conservatory with a focus in Voice and Dance and a certification in world-renowned early-childhood education Music Together. She composed a children’s musical “Gary the Invincible” and performed on tour in several shows, including “Angelina Ballerina the Musical” and “The Marvelous Wonderettes”. Tiffany performs around the city as a singer/songwriter and front-woman for her band DD White. Learn more about her at tiffanywiesend.com.
Oneika Mays believes in the idea of living life as a student, consistently learning and sharing ideas with people around her. She applied this philosophy as a retail leader, taking teams through transitions and building a strong sense of connectedness. Her goal is to passionately inspire people to take an active role in their health. Her classes are powerfully charged while maintaining a focus on uniting the breath with alignment and movement. Oneika's therapeutic yoga workshops and classes incorporate gentle yoga; propped restorative poses and guided meditation to allow people to connect with self-healing and relaxation.
Oneika did her 200 hr teacher training with Floryoga; her therapeutic yoga teacher training with Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal, and her Yoga for Cancer and Chronic Illness with Jnani Chapman at Integral Yoga Institute in NYC. She writes about yoga and meditation for MindBodyGreen, BlogHer and other websites. Oneika is also the Director of Training for Liberation Prison Yoga.
Sue Banzon teaches a compassionate and thoughtful vinyasa class, with specific attention to posture and alignment. She graduated from the Atmananda yoga teacher training program in New York City and has been teaching since 2005. Sue is a certified nutritionist with her degree from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and has also received her degree from the Natural Gourmet as a health Conscious Chef. She has integrated nutrition and yoga into her own life and loves sharing her knowedge and love of wellness with her students.
Shelly Menchavez dedicates her life to serving humanity. She is a registered yoga teacher and also a registered nurse. Shelly sensibly melds the science and heart of yoga into her classes with an emphasis on mindfulness and anatomy. Early in her nursing career, yoga constantly helped her realize her full potential and reach her own perfect daily balance in a chaotic world. She looks to constantly share this wisdom of yoga and empower people to take charge of their minds. She offers a lively Vinyasa flow suited for all levels!
Zurishaddai (Zuri) Ruiz developed a passion for serving others during her 10 years working in retail merchandising and management. Colleagues and clients alike often asked what her secret was to remaining calm, positive and even “bubbly” during some of the toughest scenarios. While it wasn’t always easy, in her search for stress-relieving remedies, Zuri ultimately found yoga. She developed a committed and disciplined hatha yoga practice in her home, uncovering a new way of living. As her practice and studies progressed, she observed that the stronger her body became, the more open and stronger her mind became as well, creating a sense of improvement in different areas of her life.
Tying the power of yoga to her love for serving others, Zuri became a registered yoga teacher recognized by the Yoga Alliance. She enjoys teaching an invigorating yet easygoing Vinyasa flow, reminding students to notice and observe their bodies in each pose without attachment to any single thought or emotion; simply being and learning from the self. Zuri is a strong believer that the strength one develops in yoga practice can transcend off the mat and into all areas of life.
Michael Browne is a singer/songwriter, composer and teacher and the founder of Rockasorri Music program. He has created unique music programs and conducted seminars for various teacher trainings for early childhood centers including Center for Montessori Training and Education, worked with Nolo Productions as a solo artist, and currently performs all over New York City. Michael recently finished his first children's album, "Kick, Clap, Bop!" which is a unique collection of original mellifluous tunes as well as new twists on classics. Learn more about him at rockasorri.com.