Meet The Team
Erin Peluso, Owner and Founder of Lotus Lounge Yoga, B.S. Marketing and Merchandising, E.R.Y.T. 200 Hours, C.H.H.C., Passion Test Facilitator
Erin is all things yoga-Yoga Prosperity Coach, Yoga Teacher, Yoga Teacher Trainer and Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition©. Erin has taught yoga for over 14 years while her personal practice began almost 16 years ago after experiencing panic attacks. She blends nutrition counseling with yoga and meditation to create a whole body wellness program. Her clients are from all over the world are drawn to her easy to talk to personality and her sense of humor. She also works as a Passion Test facilitator where she uncovers her clients passion and purpose.
Erin’s first Teacher Training was in Sivananda Yoga which is a meditative practice. She holds a 200 Hour Certification in this style yoga and taught for a few years before embarking on a move to the west coast. She resided in California almost 6 years where her practice grew into a more fluid form of yoga. She received a scholarship into another 200 hour training at Yogaworks, one of the top yoga studios in the world. She is on her way to become a 500 HR RYT.
She decided to dive even deeper into her practice and visit Yoga’s homeland, India. She spent almost 3 months traveling the country and was introduced to Tantra Yoga at Trika Yoga in Rishikesh. This whole experience changed her life.
Erin leads workshops and retreats all over the world combining her love of yoga, healthy foods and coaching. Tulum, Mexico and Costa Rica have become her home away from home.
Julie Albert-RYT 200 Hours, CHHC
Julie is a 200 hour YA certified yoga teacher through the Align and Flow method, a vinyasa style of yoga. She is also a certified holistic health coach and massage therapist. She has a well rounded understanding of how to incorporate natural healing through self care into her lifestyle.
Julie has been active most of her life but began practicing yoga after a hip injury from running left her to find other ways to get exercise. At first she didn't "get" yoga and then decided to give it another try in 2009 and found a steady hot yoga practice that was challenging but relaxing, joyful, and meditative at the same time. That’s when her love for yoga truly began.
Julie has a great sense of humor and it reflects in her classes which are always playful and fun. They are great for people that like to stay active no matter what age. You will walk away feeling balanced in mind, body, and spirit. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, healthy cooking, running by the beach, and having fun staying active.
Our beloved Joell Lanfrank, Owner and Founder of Lotus Lounge Yoga, R.Y.T. 500 Hours
You will always be with us. The show must go on in your honor my friend and partner. I love you always and forever.
Joell Lanfrank is a local yoga teacher, leading international retreats and teacher trainings as well as co-owner of Lotus Lounge Yoga Services. She found yoga and meditation almost 30 years ago as an over-achieving student athlete growing up on the Jersey Shore. The peaceful nature of the practices helped her academically by keeping her focused and calm during exams as well as competitively during field hockey, soccer, and dance. She continued yoga and meditation throughout college where she received a degree in English Journalism with a minor in Women's Studies. After spending several years as a writer, Joell moved to Vermont to pursue a 15 year career as a glass blower. In Vermont she really dove into her yoga practice.
In 2010, she moved back to NJ and completed her 200 hour teacher training at The Center of Health and Healing in Toms River. Her career in yoga quickly took off and she soon found herself teaching upwards of 20 classes a week.
In 2013, Joell completed her next level of teacher training, a 500 hour certification with master teachers Sondra Loring and Raghunath Cappo. Joell has also completed training in Buddha Body Yoga (Yoga for larger students) as well as her Reiki 1 certification.
In 2014, Joell Lanfrank joined forces with fellow area yoga teacher, Erin Peluso, to form Lotus Lounge Yoga Services, a mobile company dedicated to bringing yoga, wellness, mindfulness and meditation practices to schools, corporations, senior homes and county parks. Joell has co-lead three 200 hour teacher trainings, training and certifying almost 3 dozen area yoga teachers. Joell believes teaching yoga and meditation is truly a path of service. She is dedicated to spreading their quietly powerful lessons of discipline, self care, acceptance, patience and compassion to the community.
Amanda Kluxen - RN, BSN & RYT 200 Hours
Amanda plays several roles but all revolve around a theme of care. As a nurse she has a strong foundation in anatomy, disease prevention and treatment, and compassionate care. As a yogini she guides students through creative flows to reach their individual potential with the natural side effect of confidence and stress reduction. Hoping to spread a little happiness here and there, Amanda continues to find ways to share her passion of yoga and health to the community.
Regina Golden , RYT 200 Hours, Yoga Nidra Expert
Regina’s first yoga class at EvenFlow Yoga & Meditation provided such an experience for her like nothing she had ever had before. It turned her focus inward, in a day and age when we are so externally focused. This was the practice she needed and gravitated towards to provide balance in her life. And that is what she hopes to bring into the lives of others through this ancient technique. Not only did yoga help Regina to become more aware of her body but also made her more mindful in everyday life. It provided her the tools to have a loving relationship with herself. After she began her practice it organically seeped into the rest of her life. She was ready to heal, to focus on herself, to love herself, to find her footing and let her roots grow. The 8 limbs of Yoga are a powerful practice that sparked the light inside of Regina and continues to fan the fire on the path to self realization. Her mission is to help spark the light in others and fan their fire through Yoga. To help uncover the divine that lives in each and every one of us. To bring an awareness to the sea of consciousness that we are all a part of. To bring harmony to the mind, body, & soul. Regina’s classes are inspirational, strong, and relaxing all in one. She has been trained in vinyasa, meditation, pranayama, tantric and alignment based practices. Her classes will leave you feeling open, strong, rejuvenated, and tension free.
Trainings: Christian Valeriani’s EvenFlow Yoga & Meditation 200-hr YTT program, June 2012
Yoga Nidra Level 1 Certification with Swami Shantimurti Saraswati, October 2013
Carmel Calcagno & Dina Crosta of Yoga Anjali 30-hr YTT refresh & refine course, May 2014
To Be Continued… always a student, the eternal Guru within.
Alice Balzarini- RYT 200 Hours , Musician, Reiki Master, Children's Yoga
Alice loves teaching yoga to all ages, from toddlers to seniors.
Alice began her yoga journey in 2001, and continued her personal
practice, which led her to receive certification in Ashram Yoga 2015,
as well as Radiant Child Yoga in 2010. She feels she has found her
life’s purpose and is grateful to share the gifts of yoga. She
believes in focusing on alignment and creates a safe space for
students to find stillness within. As a Reiki Master, Alice can’t help
but focus on the healing aspect of yoga as well. She recently released
'Awesommme Ommm', a kids yoga music album which can be found on iTunes.
Portia Festejo, RYT 200 Hours, Lifestyle Coach
Portia is a healer who uses health + mindset coaching, yoga, plant-based nutrition and therapeutic essential oils as tools to help clients and students empower themselves. In 2012 while working in the Corporate Pharmaceutical industry, she discovered her own healing and passion for Holistic Health, which led her to take a huge leap of faith, and hasn't looked back.
Portia is a Certified Holistic Health Coach through The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Certified in Plant-Based Nutrition via eCornell, Transformational Coaching Method, and received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification at 'Ohana Rising Yoga School.
During her hatha style yoga class, you will receive the healing benefits of connecting the breath and sense of smell using therapeutic-grade essential oils with physical postures, moving slowly and mindfully while building strength.
Portia has been living with several chronic illnesses most of her life (PCOS, Hypoglycemia and Eczema), and has learned how to manage them by healing her body & mind with high vibrational plant-based eating + living, and a spiritual practice. She’s grateful to share and support her clients and the community with her passion and gifts!
Christine Dates, RYT 500
Christine embarked on her teaching journey in January 2015 with YogaWorks in Los Angeles. She began teaching back home in New Jersey shortly thereafter, and quickly noticed how strongly she resonated with individuals who felt yoga was not “for them.” Those with injuries, limited mobility, and senior citizens were among her first students, and her education continued as she learned to teach bodies with different abilities than her own.
Christine's classes are alignment based yet flow fluidly, always linking movement with the breath. She keeps safety foremost in her mind as she leads her classes while maintaining a fun, light-hearted attitude.
Christine has furthered her education with trainings in Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga.
Christine believes in being an eternal student and is grateful for the guidance and knowledge each and every one of her amazing teachers continue to share.
Bailey Finch- RYT 200 Hours , Marathon Runner
Bailey grew up in a circus and continues to fly on a trapeze. If you are looking for a class with a happy teacher who makes the class fun, safe and continually changes it up, come check her class out! Her teaching style has been described as “athletic” and “organized” while offering modifications for varying abilities.
Bailey is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance having trained with Dharma Mittra, the creator of the world famous Master Chart of 908 Poses. She is a certified trainer in PLYoga Fitness, certified with Power Pilates in Pilates Mat, Spin with Mad Dogg Athletics and trained in Silver Sneakers Splash, Classic, Yoga, and Circuit. She completed a Hypnotherapy program and Reiki Expert level. A proud member of Marathon Maniacs, she has completed over 42 marathons and counting. She enjoys traveling, has visited numerous countries and 49 states so if you are from North Dakota, please give her travel tips.
Cassandra Hall, RYT 200 Hours, AcroYoga Teacher
Sandy is a fish. She has completed many yoga trainings but loves SUP YOGA and AcroYoga! Her love of the ocean brought her to teach children and adults alike, Stand Up Paddle and Stand Up Paddle Yoga. Being in nature is just another perk.
With AcroYoga, she believes it helps build community through the interaction, connected breath and focus needed to partner up.
She travels the world teaching and participating in many different types of classes.
Heather Alexandra Burch-RYT 200 Hours, BA in Psychology, Musician
Heather Alexandra Burch RYT-200 is a passionate yogini who believes in carrying all that is learned from the practice of Yoga into everyday life. A few years ago during a time when she was battling depression, anxiety, and addiction, she found the practice, the gift, and the blessings of Yoga. It began to transform her from the inside out. With a regular practice, her life has completely changed and continues to change for the better. She believes the most important thing is to always remain a student by being open minded, teachable, and receptive, on and off the mat. Her practice is an interdependent system of body, mind and spirit. Her journey continues with gratitude for her teachers and her teachers’ teachers by sharing the gift of yoga.
Crystal Delia- RYT 200 Hours, Counselor
Originally from Queens, NY, it was there in 2003 when Crystal was first introduced to the physical practice of yoga. Her commitment and understanding of yoga both physically and spiritually grew tremendously from that point.
In 2016, while working as a counselor in mental health and addictions treatment, she decided to earn her 200hr RYT from Align and Flow as a way to further assist people struggling with emotional and behavioral challenges to achieve positive change . She is a New Jersey State Licensed Professional Counselor and recently began studying Trauma-informed yoga therapy for implementation as a mind-body approach in addition to psychotherapy.
Crystal recognizes that both the physical and spiritual practice of yoga are vital to wellness and growth.
Grace DiPisa - RYT 200 Hours
Grace has been practicing Yoga for over 20 years and teaching for 16 years. She completed her first formal teacher training in 2001 at Bikram’s Yoga College of India in Los Angeles, California. Since then she has studied the practice of Vinyasa Yoga with Tom Gillette and J. Brown at Kripalu The Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2015.
Grace has her Personal Fitness Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor Certifications with AFAA (Aerobics & Fitness Association of America).
Grace teaches a variety of styles of Yoga including Bikram, Vinyasa, Power, Hatha and Chair Yoga. Grace started teaching Chair Yoga in 2004. She received her certification in Chair Yoga through the Silver Sneakers Program.
As a Yoga Instructor, Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, Grace believes in an all -around approach to health and fitness combining a strong body, focused mind and soft heart.
Yoga is one way to stay connected to your true self combining the mind and body connection.
Tara Quigley, RYT 200, Nurse
As a nurse(LPN) for 17 years, Tara has seen the destruction that can occur in the body by not taking care of yourself. She has made it her mission to continue to educate her patients, friends, and anyone else who listen about how important health and wellness is. Four years ago she started working with a supplement company and personally helps her clients to understand how putting the proper food in your body can help your feel your best.
It was about 6 years ago when she began taking regular yoga classes and was hooked. In 2014, she decided to take the leap to enroll in a 200 hour teacher training led by her mentor Joell Lanfrank, and has been teaching ever since. She focuses on slow gentle classes and particularly enjoys teaching to athletes. What makes her the happiest is when athletes realize that they can take their performance to the next level because of their yoga practice, all while having fun.
As a single mother, nurse, business owner, and yoga instructor, Tara leads a very busy lifestyle, but always makes time for laughter because she truly believes that laughter is the best medicine.
Linda Higley- RYT 200 Hours
Linda Higley is a retired Art teacher, an artist and a yoga teacher. Her introduction to yoga was taking beginner series with a friend. Linda has some physical limitations, including rods in her spine and was unsure if the physical practice would be a good fit. She soon realized how much the physical practice of yoga and the breathwork would affect her life and the health of her spine.
Her mission as an instructor is to encourage others to reach their personal potential and become more interconnected to each other. As an artist and an art educator, Linda feels the combination of yoga and art are the perfect portal for self expression. Yoga is a practice of deep reflection, acceptance and self-love. She is one of our favorite children’s yoga teachers, often enriching her classes with fun mindful crafts.
Linda received her 200 hour teacher training certification from Align and Flow as well as an additional 30 hours of children’s yoga training. Her heart is working with children and loves sharing the gift of yoga with them now that she has retired from teaching in the schools.