Shailja Mathur, MS, MEd, RDN, is a Registered Dietitian who has been in the field of nutrition for over two decades. She started her journey in Texas in a long term care facility. For a few years in between as she started her family she became a High School Science teacher in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Her move to NJ in January of 2001 brought her back to her first love, “Nutrition.” Shailja comes to us with an extensive experience in clinical and community nutrition. She has worked in long term care in Texas and on hospital floors in NJ. For the last 15 years she has provided leadership to nutrition education projects for Rutgers University and served the limited resource population at the national, state and county levels. She leads community nutrition efforts in the area of self-management for chronic diseases like stroke, diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, etc.
Shailja is a passionate public health dietitian who enjoys working to improve the life of others around her. She is a member of the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM DPG) Dietetic Practice group and the Dietitians in Diabetes Care and Education (DCE DPG) from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has a certificate in Adult Weight Management and believes in using “Food as medicine.” Her healing comes rooted in both eastern and western medicine utilizing alternative and complementary channels. She has developed lessons, presentations, written articles, and presented workshops on various topics related to nutrition and wellness at national and international conferences.
Shailja enjoys cooking, hiking and yoga. She is an avid gardener and delights in the magic that herbs can bring to cooking. She lives in Marlboro with her husband and two sons. An enthusiastic educator, she hopes to continue to positively impact the lives of New Jersey residents in areas of healthy living, weight management, and chronic disease prevention.
Katrina Bandeli, RYT200, is a biomedical engineer with a passion for fitness and all things yoga. She completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Smart Asana Yoga and is a Little Flower Yoga certified children's yoga and mindfulness teacher. She has shared her love of yoga with coworkers and advocates the need for self-care. Katrina enjoys doing yoga with her son Theo and growing her book collection.
EJ Djeu is an instructor for Pilates, Stretch and Tone, Strengthening as well as Zumba. As a former marketing manager for over 20 years and working mom, EJ understands how busy we all are and how important it is to find time for oneself to exercise. That is why EJ loves and appreciates being an instructor, to share her knowledge and working together with students for healthy fitness as a part of lifestyle. EJ focuses on having safe and fun exercise through strengthening our body and mind, no matter what type of exercise we do. EJ encourages all of her students to do the basics well and continuously to be effective in exercising with gradual improvement rather than a quick fix or hard push. EJ also recommends students to try a variety of exercises to work different muscles in your body, as well as keep exercise interesting.
On her off time, EJ enjoys traveling with family and loves water sports, such as swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding.
Leonid Belenitsky, M.S., L.Ac., Diplomate NCCAOM, L.M.T.
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Amanda is a Certified Nutrition Coach through Precision Nutrition’s Level 1 program. She is also currently a Nutritional Science undergraduate student at Pennsylvania State University, enjoying her studies as she works towards becoming a Registered Dietitian. Amanda has a passion for health and wellness, as well as a plethora of knowledge around nutrition. Staying up to date on all the latest nutrition and wellness trends is very important to Amanda. Reading works of doctors and scientists, including Dr Mark Hyman and Dr David Perlmutter, has broadened Amanda’s scope of what it truly means to be healthy and live your best life! She will work with anyone to help them achieve their goals by providing science-backed research, individualized recommendations, and a step by step guide for success.
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Zita Motard, LMT #18KT00708900, graduated from Anthem Institute in 2013 and has been sharing her skills as a massage therapist since.
She is trained in several therapeutic modalities, including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Pre-Natal, Hot-Stone, and Post-Isometric Relaxation Stretching. She has also completed training courses at Ho’omana Spa in Maui, and is certified in Hawaiian Lomi Lomi. Lomi ‘lli ‘lli (hot stone) massage.
Through her sessions, Zita offers support towards awakening the body’s natural healing potential. With the application of an intuitive, integrated approach, Zita combines different modalities that inspire physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
Sandra Mancuso Machiaverna is proud to share her light and vision, and realization of a dream, Kiryoku Training Center. Recognizing that some people need to sweat and work hard with each and every workout, while others prefer a calmer, isometric type of activity that yields similar results, she created programs to accommodate the diversity of needs, and also offers a coaching style that is highly motivating and effective to keep you going forward.
A former Director of Finance, she turned her attention towards fitness and wellness when she chose to stay home with her children after the birth of her second child. Suffering a hearing loss from auto-immune disease at the young age of 18, she was intent on protecting the rest of her hearing through exercise and stress reduction. She began studying karate with her children in 2003. This led her on a path of learning that included a second visit to Okinawa in 2008, in which she earned her 3rd degree black belt in Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate. Travelling to Okinawa sparked her interest in the longevity and wellness of the Okinawa seniors. She began to study health and wellness and she became a Certified Personal Trainer with National Academy of Sports Medicine. She continues learning from the wealth of their knowledge in helping her clients. Pursuing the connection of the mind, body, and breath, her journey led her to study with Tarra Madore at Inner Light Yoga Center. Sandra is a graduate of Inner Light Yoga Center’s 200 RYT registered through Yoga Alliance. She continues to enjoy her studies with Tarra and considers her a wonderful inspiration, and a great influence in her teaching style.
Sandra’s goal in creating Kiryoku Training Center is to provide a zen haven for people to feel their best so that they can bring out the inner strength. When the mind, body, and spirit are connected the inner light shines through. Kiryoku means Inner Strength and our journey is to bring forth the best in all of our clients. Choose to be happy… every day!
Lisa Rucinski is an instructor for Yoga and Barre Above classes. In addition, she owns her own Interior Design Firm and strives to leave a beautiful footprint upon all of her clientele. As a mom of 6 kids in a blended family, she knows quite well the importance of making time to take care of yourself. As you can always get lost in taking care of others. For this reason, she is passionate in her approach when sharing what she has learned whether in her professional or personal life. She knows its discipline helps create a healthy lifestyle and imparts that with all her clients as they work together to achieve the best in themselves and their environment.
Lisa focuses on creating a fun and open class style, while focusing on you and your wellbeing.
Quote: “If you change the way you look at things – the things you look at change.”
On her off time, she enjoys cooking, gardening and spending time with her family (especially - at the beach).
David Palmer is a retired police officer, with a life long journey in health and wellness. We are pleased to have Dave teach our Tai Chi program and to include his Qigong Workshop in our list of upcoming events.
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