who we are
Nice to meet you, we're Michelle Timek Yoga.
Our offerings are approachable, playful, genuine, supportive and experiential. We practice intuative movement from the inside out. This moving meditation is rhythmically atuned to our breath, so it feels organic, natural and powerful. It's balance; it's gentle strength; it's going back to the essence and core of you.
This flexibility goes far beyond the physical. Having the freedom to shift and move from the inside out gives us the opportunity to become aware, to listen, to connect and to feel. From this place of tuning in, we can discover, expand and grow. When you learn to trust yourself and let your intuition guide you, that's where the magic happens! Your practice will always be as unique as you are. Sometimes it's strong, sometimes it's quiet, but it will always be authentically yours. And we're here to guide you along the way.
There's no other studio like Michelle Timek Yoga, so feel free to stop by for a visit, take class and become part of our welcoming yoga community. See you soon!
After several years of searching for just the right place to settle into, Michelle and Dan Timek opened Michelle Timek Yoga studio in Downtown Jersey City, NJ at 150 Bay Street (September 2015) in this unique work-live space they call both home and yoga studio 909.
The history of the building is as unique as the setup that Michelle and Dan have created. This century old building was once the original A&P grocer's warehouse delivery facility that was converted to residential and commercial studio loft spaces in 2006, housing artists and entreprenuers. Michelle and Dan occupy one part of the studio with baby girl and official door greeter, Violet Sky, while the majority of the space's primary function resides as the spacious yoga studio with an inviting front reception area. They wanted to create an enviorment that is sacred, safe, cozy, expansive and open to grow our yoga community. And this, it certainly is. The location is amist a centralized hub centered in Downtown Jersey City's Powerhouse Arts District.
The studio itself is quite the urban oasis with all the plants, natural wood elements, soaring ceilings and soothing ocean influence that is entirely representative of the Vinyasa Flow style we practice. In addition to the spectacular indoor space, we love practicing outdoors! Classes are held on the 11-story rooftop (seasonally), which overlooks all of downtown JC and Manhattan in a spectacular 360 degree vantage point. There's nothing else like it.
meet the team
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Dan Timek is the Co-Founder and Operations Manager of Michelle Timek Yoga. He's the man behind the scenes. He may not teach yoga, but you can certainly find him taking classes, helping guests at the front desk, building stuff at the studio and being the cheif webmaster for the website (he's so handy!). He's the sound guy for our Outdoor Waterfront Yoga events as well as manages the instructors, all in addition to his full time job as an UI (User Interface) Designer and being the amazing husband to Michelle and fantastic dad to the studio's official door greeter, Violet Sky. To learn more, click here.
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Kathleen Kraft 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. To learn more, click here.
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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. To learn more, click here.
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. To learn more, click here.
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.
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 connection. 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 completed her 200hr 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. To learn more, click here.
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 the founder of his Rockasorri Music program, which is in over 40 schools throughout NYC-Jersey City-Hoboken. 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. To learn more, click here.
Mary Vidal teaches "WholeCore® Postnatal Restore" workshops at MTY studio. She has taught yoga and Momilates® to moms for more than a decade and has advanced training in Postnatal Core Assessment, Recovery & Exercise Programming. After encountering many postpartum clients with core issues and from her own core challenges after the birth of her first child, she was propelled to create her holistic WholeCore® Program to help women heal, be supported and to rehabilitate. She lives in Hoboken with her husband and two boys. To learn more, click here.
Kimberleigh Weiss-Lewit (MA, CD/CDT, BAI, RYT500) teaches "Expecting Couples: Yoga & Childbirth Prep" workshops at MTY. She is a mother of three, seasoned birth doula, educator, Le Leche League volunteer and leads advanced prenatal trainings for over a decade and expert prenatal yoga instructor. She serves as the Director of Women's Services and a volunteer prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher with Liberation Prison Yoga, which serves people living at Rikers Island Jail in NYC and in prisons throughout New York State. Kimberleigh is part of the teacher training and mentoring team for Liberation and continue to develop trauma-informed curriculum. She is passionate about sharing how powerful yoga-inspired postures, meditation, vocal toning and visualization can be when utilized in pregnancy and labor. She splits her time between NJ and VT. To learn more, click here.