Meet Our Teachers!
Michelle Copland owner and founder: In 2000 Michelle became certified in Pilates by The PhysicalMind Institute in Mat and Equipment. She decided that Pilates needed to be shared with Bergen County and opened up a small studio in Cresskill. After six years, she moved to a slightly larger location in Tenafly. Appreciating the complementary benefits of yoga/hot yoga and Pilates, she combined the two disciplines in her studio. After doing so, an even larger space was necessary to accommodate the demand for the classes. The search for another location was on! Finding the perfect space for the new "coolhotyoga", she returned to Cresskill and expanded even further! She didn't stop there! Opening an additional location in Calabasas, CA, she was able to bring CHY to the west coast. Michelle is certified in Pilates Mat/Reformer, Piloxing, Yamuna Body Rolling, Booty Barre, and AntiGravity Fitness/Restorative.
Evangelina began her dance training in ballet at 5 years old and continued her training in Modern Jazz. Evangelina’s strong passion for teaching and enthusiasm for dancing combine to bring optimism and fun to her classes. She is proud to have inspired so many of her students to make fitness and a positive attitude a part of their lives. She is accredited by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) as a Group Fitness instructor. She is also certified in Antigravity Yoga, Booty Barre, Pilates, Piloxing and Zumba. Before following her call for teaching fitness and dance, she worked as a Financial Consultant for Ernst & Young in NYC. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University and a Master’s Degree from Fordham University.
Jodi Levenson: Jodi is an avid practioner of yoga, dance and sports. Her other career has been that of a practicing Speech Therapist. After taking a 10 year hiatus from her work to raise my three beautiful children, she came back to her yoga practice. Two years ago Jodi made the decision to gain certification as a yoga teacher through Alison Eagen's 200 hour teacher training program. In addition to teaching yoga classes in Bergen County, she has been able to blend the mindfullness of yoga principles with many of my adult therapy patients. Jodi's hope is that this has added value to their lives.
Denise Lynne has studied ballet for over 20 years. She first started at the young age of 2 years old. This allowed her to receive a scholarship program at only twelve years old, where she began assistant teaching. That led her to the Joffery School of Ballet, on a full scholarship, at the age of 16. She continued her career at Steps School of Dance and again winning a full scholarship! She is an active member of Actors Equity Association since 1989. Unfortunately, she suffered a debilitating injury that ended her dance career. She began to study exercise science at Bergen Community College to further her knowledge of the body. During her endless fight to learn what chronic pain is, she began a new journey in her life. She joined Kessler Rehabilitation Center for Physical Therapist and Madison Spine, where she began assisting patients in their fight with chronic pain. She was introduced to Pilates while working at the center, and a new love formed. She is Mat and Apparatus, Power Pilates, and Booty Barre certified.
Vita Koch started practicing yoga in the beginning of this century because she wanted to get in shape. Vita wasn’t flexible or strong, and she didn’t have good balance so the practice was a struggle. Yoga lifted Vita physically, mentally and spiritually to another playing field. The shift was gradual but holding poses strengthened her body and breathing deeper slowly calmed her. Vita was able to practice daily and built her confidence. In 2013, she took the 200 hour teacher training at Stone Yoga and with the guidance of Charlotte Stone. The practice and philosophy of yoga has become deeply integrated into her daily life. The joy she experienced from teaching is more than she ever expected. She gives many thanks to her precious teachers, including Kim Crotty, Lucy Feaster and Jodi Levenson. Vita is continually grateful for the gift of this practice. She teaches in the Vinyasa style from Hatha philosophy, creating each class on a theme, and incorporating pranayama, mantra and meditation. Strong attention is given to alignment. Join Vita on the yogic adventure. Check out a class. You’ll sweat and laugh out loud.
Stacy started taking barre classes years ago as a way of cross training while preparing for races. After a knee injury, she turned to the barre for rehabilitation where she fell in LOVE with this form of group exercise. Her sense of rhythm and diverse taste in music make each of her classes unique and uplifting. Stacy is a certified barre instructor who will have her clients laughing and smiling while pulsing to the beat. When she's not at the barre, Stacy can be found teaching indoor cycling at Lifetime, THE GYM, and Vision Sports Club.
Montana Cibischino was honored with her first National Award in 2005 for dedication to excellence and achievement. Nominated by her cheerleading coach, Montana has since continued advancing in the field of exercise and fitness. With extensive studies in Peru, Thailand, and Bonaire, Montana is recognized by the Yoga Alliance and Anti-Gravity fitness. As a cheerleader, it allows Montana to bring a motivational and enthusiastic, yet challenging experience to your class. Combined with her understanding of yoga, Montana is committed to leaving you inspired with skills inside and outside of the classroom to lead you to your goals.
John is a lifelong athlete and yogi for the last decade who has been lucky enough to leave life as a television producer and corporate America behind to pursue his true passion of helping others through the practice of various types of yoga. John received his 300 RYT with Yoga Alliance through Atmananda in Union Square and has roots practicing Jivamukti, Hatha, Iyengar, Ashtanga and countless Vinyasa flows. John draws on all of his experiences as an athlete, television producer and student of yoga to enrich the lives of his students on and off the mat. His goal is to take the strength inside of you and help bring it out, providing students the tools to maximize their potential through self-realization and a disciplined but safe practice they can take anywhere and continue late into life. John’s greatest joy is teaching and inspiring students who in turn teach and inspire him.
Patti began her journey taking yoga in high school. Although there were detours allowing for growth as an artist, art therapist, and dancer, she found her way back to her yoga practice after the birth of her children. Patti has studied Bikram and Vinyasa, doing a 200 hour teacher training in Vinyasa at HOMe Yoga in Mahwah, N.J. She has found peace in the spirituality and immergence of truth that yoga inspires. Patti’s experience as an artist and her love of dance shows in the imagery, nurturance, and flow of her class. She is presently working towards her 500 hour, always seeking growth in the yoga practice.
Laura Cresci is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher and holds a certification in AntiGravity Yoga as well. An ACE certified fitness trainer and group class teacher since 1995, Laura turned her attention to Yoga in 1997 while living in London, England, studying with Michael Myerscough and Simon Grant, and is currently working towards her 500-hour RYT. In her high energy classes, Laura encourages students of all levels to challenge themselves both physically and mentally while moving with grace and intention. She enjoys a bit of fun and her ever changing playlists will inspire you to lose yourself in your practice. You will leave feeling both peaceful and invigorated at the same time.
Tonirose Capati has always had a deep passion for fitness, health, and nutrition. Having minored in Biology in college, she’s always had a huge interest and knowledge of the human body and how it works. Her knowledge in this field allows her to appreciate and recognize that health, nutrition, and fitness is not just a choice or hobby, but a lifestyle. She has been a devoted yogi for years and decided she, as well as others, needed cardio added to her workout routine. In came Piloxing. Tonirose chose Piloxing as a cardio class because it’s fun and different - mixing boxing, pilates, and dance, all while burning maximum calories. Tonirose is accredited by the American Council of Exercise (ACE) as a Group Fitness Instructor. She is certified in Piloxing, Piloxing Barre, and coolbarre bootcamp. She is a spiritual yogi at heart but don’t let her sweetness fool you. She believes in pushing students to their limits because she believes in each and every single one of them, establishing rapport and encouraging students of all kinds and levels to never give up. Tonirose is devoted to fitness and health, making sure students leave feeling both mentally and physically empowered, proud to have finished the class with endorphins running high, and guarantees students leave her classes drenched in sweat, excited for the next class! She is currently studying to get her certification in Personal Training and eventually Antigravity Fitness. When she is not teaching, you may see her taking these classes!
Jinhee Seo received her BFA and MA in Religious Philosophy from Ehwa Womans University in Korea, and her senior thesis has received an honorary prize in the field of Systematic Theology from The Korea Association of Accredited Theological Schools. Jinhee Seo was always interested in observing and achieving peace of mind, and finally met Yoga as a moving Meditation.
Her eagerness for sharing the health of mind and body with others has driven her to get her 200 Hour RYT certification through Yoga Mountain under Gail Walsh. Also, she received a certificate from the original founder of Aerial Yoga, Christopher Harrison’s Antigravity fitness headquarter in New York City; because she was fascinated by Aerial yoga's health benefits and an artistic aspect.
강사 서진희씨는 종교철학으로 이화여대에서 학사와 석사과정을 마쳤고, 석사학위 졸업논문이 전국신학대학협의회가 수여하는 조직신학부문 최우수상을 수상했습니다. 그렇듯 내면의 성찰과 마음의 평화 그리고 인간에 대한 근원적 관심을 늘 가지고 있던 그녀는 움직이는 명상이라고 하는 요가를 만남으로써 몸과 마음의 건강을 보다 많은 사람들과 나누고자 요가마운튼(Yoga Mountain) 에서 Gail Walsh 의 지도아래 200 시간 요가강사과정을 수료하고 자격증을 취득했습니다.
더불어 해먹을 이용해서 깊게 스트레칭을 가능하게 하고 거꾸로 매달리는 자세를 통해 척추질환 허리통증에 도움을 줄 뿐 아니라 예술성이 가미되어 재미까지 안겨주는 에어리얼요가(플라잉요가)에 관심을 가지고 에어리얼요가 창시자인 Christopher Harrison 의 AntiGravity Fitness Headquarter 에서 에어리얼요가 자격증을 취득하였습니다.