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Instructor Bios




a registered Experienced Yoga Alliance Teacher and has been guiding students in the NY/NJ area for over 12 years. She has worked with all types of yogis from children to the elderly, from professional athletes to those with physical impairments, and everyone in between. Her training as a Certified Thai Yoga Massage Therapist allows her to be very hands on in her classes, helping her students adjust and get deeper within their practice, comfortably and at their own pace. Her classes are always a little bit different from the last. With music that motivates the body and lifts the spirit. Her class environment is conducive to laughing one moment, or possibly discovering your true inner-self the next. Always applying her philosophy, "That little voice inside all of us is our own true teacher, all I want to do is turn up the volume." Whatever you need from yoga, it will give you". Along with teaching Yoga, Vanessa is an avid runner and has been practicing Muay Thai Kickboxing for over 10 years. She enjoys taking her students on retreats to exotic places throughout the world, as well as helping them to find inspiration in their own backyards. Vanessa is a devoted vegan and believes that being compassionate should apply to all living creatures, not just humankind.

 Eddie Cordiano, Owner

Eddie is the proud father of 4 children and feels eternally and indescribably grateful for their presence in his life, as they are pure joy and amazing teachers. “We should never take for granted all we can learn from our youth, some of the lessons are of crucial importance”. Eddie, his wife and children are originally from NY, and have been residing in Middletown since 2007.

Eddie is thrilled to be a 2013/2014 Lululemon Ambassador and very excited to be serving his community through yoga, movement, peace and mindfulness, alongside such an amazing organization.

In addition to his first love of Yoga, Eddie is a published author, playwright, actor, co-founder of Dos Dudes Pictures 

Eddie Cordiano RYT, CPT is the owner of Power Yoga Center in Middletown, NJ. Eddie also holds a black belt in Vadha Kempo Karate, a mixed form of martial arts. His journey began with a light hearted, eternally optimistic approach towards life and all it encompasses a long time ago; an attitude he has maintained through all of life’s beautiful challenges and stages. “Through our physical body we can transcend limitation and connect to the pure truth, potential and love inside all of us”. “It’s the dance we call life, and we celebrate this dance on our mat and through the sweat and hard work we put in to feel and exist a certain way”.

Lauren Forney

A devoted student of Yoga since 1995, Lauren's practice of classic Hatha Yoga and Yoga philosophy led her to become a Registered Yoga Teacher in 2007.  She has a background in Transcendental Meditation, Reiki and Sivananda Yoga.  Lauren has always made health a priority in her life, leading her to become a Holistic Health Coach.  She is 

Meredith Wehr

risks mentally as well as physically, at their own level, and be able to take their learnings from on their mat and into their everyday lives. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in kinesiology and choreography from Arizona State University and is a certified personal trainer and kick box instructor through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Her classes are influenced by 15 years of experience teaching dance, yoga and fitness as both a faculty member as well as guest artist at Arizona State University, College of San Mateo, Slippery Rock University, University of Pittsburgh, Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, Twisters Yoga, the YogaLife Institute, the Power Center, Coba Yoga, EvenFlow Yoga and the Power Yoga Center. She is also co-designer of "Optimal Fitness" a program based on incorporating functional training, yoga and Pilates into the class for a balanced body and injury prevention featured in Dance Teacher Magazine. The level of gratitude she has for her yoga teachers, colleagues, students and life changing yoga learnings is infinite.

Meredith's passion to deepen the ongoing process of self exploration and teachings in yogic philosophy brought her to the YogaLife Institute in Philadelphia where she completed a 200hr RYT teacher training in Classical Yoga and Prenatal Yoga. Whether teaching Hatha, Vinyasa, Beginner, or Power, she hopes to guide every student to feel comfortable to take 

Sal Macaro

fusion of free movement. With a strong inversion and hand balancing practice, Sal loves to incorporate them into his teaching style and loves to be upside down! He loves to practice outdoors and especially the beach. He takes his Yoga training as a gift to build a better community filled with love, exercise, a sense of fun, and a little bit of play upside down!

Sal is an energetic Yoga enthusiast who has been a certified instructor since 2007. With a strong gymnastics and dance background, he is passionate about movement and living with the body you have today!  He loves to teach open style and all level classes with a

With a personal Yoga practice that spans over 15 years, Vanessa has trained in several styles and lineages, both nationally and internationally. She does not subscribe to any particular school but rather allows her students to show her what they need from their practice, and find their own spiritual path.  Vanessa is 

Vanessa Van Noy

NYC, founded by beloved Sri Swami Satchidananda.   Throughout the years, Valeria has explored various styles of yoga including Anusara, Ashtanga, Barkan, Bikram, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Dharma, Kundalini and Raja.  After almost 14 years of practice, she walked in to her first Anuttara class and says her whole world turned upside down!   It was pure magic!  According to Valeria, "The Anuttara philosophy is perfectly designed to bring balance between the physically rigorous asana practice and stillness in meditation.   Incorporating meditation and history into the practice brought a deeper meaning and everything began to open up!   Just as Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras suggest, now, the discipline of yoga will be introduced!"  She felt inspired to share this beautiful, sacred, ancient, transformational discipline with others.   Valeria became certified with the Yoga Alliance (YRT200) in Hatha Yoga by the Anuttara Yoga Shala in Deerfield Beach, FL.  She believes wholeheartedly in yoga's immeasurable power to transform by simply bringing you back to your true nature - bliss!   Yoga quiets the chattering of the mind, so the seer abides in his true nature.

Valeria is first and foremost a mother of two amazing boys, a yoga student, yoga teacher, photographer and world explorer.   She was born and raised in what she calls the happiest place on earth - Brazil!   Her husband took her to her very first yoga class almost twenty years ago (1995)!  She began her lifelong yoga journey at the beautiful Integral Institute in 

Valeria Tucker

experience, but approaches each class through the eyes of a beginner. Gleaning from many styles, Denise is known for her creative sequencing and vigorous flow, peppered with welcomed adjustments. As an RN, she is comfortable with prenatal students and those with injuries. Her teaching will challenge without frustration. These classes are themed, eclectic, spiritual and fun! A sense of community and support is fostered throughout class. Intention and consciousness flow with you through your vinyasa.  Daily gratitude to Vanessa Van Noy and Jennifer Johnson for teaching her to inspire and aspire. Thank you to the many students who truly are her greatest teachers. Take your yoga off your mat. Live and practice with strength, grace and a smile.
Stepping her foot through a gym door nearly 15 years ago, Denise found herself tangled up in resistance bands, tripping over steps in a class and literally flying off a treadmill she did not know was running. Yoga looked safe. It took her one hour to find grace. Teaching consistently for over 8 years, Denise has thousands of hours 

Denise Tranchina

Born and raised in New York, Munire is riding the wave of change.  A firm believer that if youwant big rewards you got to take big risks.  Munire took a leap of faith and moved to New Jersey,bringing her love and passion of yoga down to the shore.  Munire completed her yoga teacher training in 2010, at the  
Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in NYC and is certified through YogaAlliance. Munire is an eternal student who has infinite love and gratitude to all her blessed teachers. Munire is grateful and honored to be able to guide and share the gift of Yoga.  Meet her on the mat & celebrate the cosmic dance.  Sat Nam.

Munire Almakay

After a decade of practicing yoga the alignment guru Maria Doucette decided to take the next step on her journey and become a RYT. A true artist of life and perhaps the most humble person one will ever meet, Maria truly lives the yogi life in thought, speech and action. She has been a part of the Power Yoga family 

Maria Doucette

from before the doors opened, showing up day in and day out taking true joy in empowering people through the practice and path of yoga, love and art.

 The best personal trainer in Monmouth County brought her burn to build  (b2b) class to PYC in 2013. Through her love of movement Jessica teaches her Barre inspired b2b class as one part choreographer and the one part drill sergeant. Jessica's artistic and diverse background lend themselves to her  

The best personal trainer in Monmouth County brought her burn to build (b2b) class to PYC in 2013. Through her love of movement Jessica teaches her Barre inspired b2b class as one part choreographer and the one part drill sergeant. Jessica's artistic and diverse background lend themselves to her unique style of instructing and create a fun, loving and challenging environment. Jessica has been fortunate enough through the years to see so many of her clients change their habits, mindsets and physical bodies under her inspiring instruction and motivating style.  


Jessica Sosa

and StatenStrong.org, a charity organization serving victims of natural disaster. He attributes his multidimensional focus on his ability to fully engage in one activity at a time, with full mindfulness and awareness. “I try to do one thing at a time, and I strive to do it fully prepared, focused, committed and giving 120%."

passionate about healthy eating and helping others learn to make consistently wise choices in regards to their nutrition and overall well-being.  This knowledge, as well as her years of practicing Yoga, greatly enhances her teaching. Lauren is also the corporate wellness director and yoga instructor for Amscan, Inc. By educating and promoting a culture of health within the workplace, she supports the well-being of over 300 employees on-site and over 700 nationwide.  In her classes, Lauren accommodates her students' needs by adjusting poses according to their strengths and abilities. She continues her study of Yoga and meditation by continually attending classes and workshops in order to bring her students interesting and eclectic experiences that serve the body, mind and spirit. Lauren has traveled to India to study at The Yoga Institute in Bombay, which is the oldest organized center of Yoga in the world. She is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Lauren offers a variety of health seminars, and develops personalized nutrition and/or yoga programs with private clients, small groups, and corporations. For more information, visit her website: www.centeryourhealth.net

unique style of instructing and create a fun, loving and challenging environment.  Jessica has been fortunate enough through the years to see so many of her clients change their habits, mindsets and physical bodies under her inspiring instruction and motivating style.