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Donna Mezzina 200 E-RYT & 500 RYT is the Founder/Owner of the Yoga Solace Club and an Ambassador for Lululemon Freehold. Built on a vision of bringing affordable yoga to everyone, she brings many highly trained teachers to Yoga Solace Club. She is also the founder of Brightface Wellness Foundation, a non-profit organization bringing various forms of wellness to people in need.
Donna is a registered yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance (200- Hour and 500-Hour certified.) She received her 200 Hour Training at Inner Light Yoga and her 500 Hour Training at Dig Yoga in Theraputic Yoga. She has expanded her knowlege with attending Jillian Pransky's Restorative Yoga Training and her Minimal Props Teacher Training , Reiki Level 1, ReBoot:AromaReiki & Restorative Teacher Training, Prenatal Yoga with Sue ELkind at Dig Yoga. She has attended extensive master teacher trainings with senior teacher such as Seane Corn in Vinyasa Flow, as well as workshops with Kino Macgregor (Ashtanga), Sharon Gannon and David Life (Jivamukti), Dharma Mittra, and Doug Swenson (Ashtanga). Donna has also attended the Yoga Journal Conference's teacher training track, studying with senior teachers Sadie Nardini, Natasha Rizopoulos, Scott Blossom, Jason Crandell, Cyndi Lee and Desiree Rumbaugh (Anusara). Donna has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and has been teaching since 2007. She imbues her classes with her down- to-earth and easy-going style, creating a balanced and peaceful experience. She feels that helping to find inner peace and serenity is the greatest gift one can share with others.
Danielle Severson's yoga journey began in 2007 after the birth of her second child. Ailed with back pain for most of her life, she was amazed by the relief that yoga provided. Like so many others, her focus shifted and her journey became one of self discovery. After exploring different types of yoga, Danielle found that Ashtanga satiated the need and desire for the deeper practices she was seeking. Danielle received her Yoga Alliance 500 hour certification from Trishula Yoga under the guidance of her teacher, Zoe Mai. With the deepest gratitude to her supportive family, she has had many opportunities to study with the great master teachers of the Ashtanga lineage as well as complete a teacher training with Manju Jois. Danielle’s studies of Sanskrit, meditation, and the 8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga continue and nothing brings more joy than sharing what she has learned along the way with others.
Maria Preuster graduated Jivamukti Teacher Training in 2001 amongst the last group to complete the year training at the NYC center. She had the privilege of apprenticing with Master Teacher and Jivamukti co-founder Sharon Gannon and received her advanced certification in 2005. Having taught for over 12 years at Jivamukti NYC she is known for her clear instruction and expertise in sequencing, alignment, and hands on assists. Her loving and disciplined style help create a mood in which one can work to surpass both physical and mental limitations safely.
Maria has served as mentor to many Jivamukti teachers as well as at the 2009 teacher training at Omega Institute. She had the honor of being Director of Continuing Education for Jivamukti from 2009 to 2011. In addition to her yoga studies Maria graduated from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition in 2002 as a Holistic Health Counselor. Her health counseling and desire to heal her own disease through yoga and diet have led her to a high raw food lifestyle, which she specializes in teaching others.
Recently re-locating to NJ with her husband and daughter Maria looks forward to making Jivamukti more available in Monmouth County and surrounding areas. Please look for her classes and upcoming workshops at Colts Neck Yoga and Yoga Solace Club.