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Yoga and Meditation Center of Montclair

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The Yoga and Meditation Center of Montclair, founded in 1976 by Susan Morton, is the oldest school of yoga in northern New Jersey. Highly experienced teachers teach all of the classes in a supportive atmosphere: yoga postures are introduced with patient attention, then refined and deepened over time. Classes include asanas, pranayama (breathing techniques), and guided relaxation.
Category: Yoga Teacher, Yoga Studio/Center, Yoga School/Institute, Fitness Center/Health Club
Full Address: 292 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, New Jersey, United States, 07042
Geographical Area: North America
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Phone: 973-746-6707 Fax: n/a

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FULL DESCRIPTION OF LISTING
Our approach to yoga is a blending of styles that emphasize strength, flexibility, and balance with a focus on alignment in the tradition of B.K.S. Iyengar.
As yoga has become trendy, new students often enter courses where they are made to feel uncomfortable, inadequate, and are pushed into injury, or ignored. When the physical practices of yoga are taught without the context of non-harming upon which the whole of yoga is based, the heart of the teaching is lost. Yoga then becomes just another fitness technique.

Our classes are taught with respect for the uniqueness of each individual. From this perspective all levels of experience or inexperience are welcome. No one is too old, too fat, too inflexible, or too "klutzy" to begin some form of yoga, whether it is beginning yoga, restorative yoga, or chair yoga for the handicapped or frail elderly, and we provide an opportunity for experienced students to explore their practice more deeply. With proper instruction and practice, everyone can make significant progress, developing, strength, flexibility and balance, while avoiding injury.

We have 8-week Beginning Yoga Courses designed to teach the basics of yoga, building experience and understanding in a meaningful progression from week to week. We also have ongoing 8-week Intermediate Level Courses which strengthen individual practices, focusing on refining asana technique and alignment, and opening the student to the deeper aspects of the traditional eight-fold path.

Each individual stays in Beginning or Level I yoga until they are ready to move to Intermediate or Level II. All of this happens in an environment of encouragement and support.

In the same way, meditation courses give each student a chance first to explore basic techniques, then to deepen and individualize their practice as they become experienced meditators.

Other classes including private sessions, are available for those who wish to address special needs such as back pain, arthritis, or physical injuries.
Yoga Center Montclair NJ
LISTING DETAILS
Yoga Styles
Classical Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Pranayama, Yoga Therapy, Meditation, Mantra Chanting, Yoga Philosophy/Theory

Class Level
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Teacher Profiles
Maureen Murray L.M.T. Certified Massage Therapist and Yoga Teacher Maureen Murray began studying yoga in 1982 with Esther Lampert and shortly thereafter with Susan Wilson at The Yoga and Meditation Center of Montclair. In the beginning of her journey as a young and curious yoga student, Maureen experimented in various traditions of hatha yoga. In addition to her original Iyengar training, she also explored classes in Yantra, Ashtanga, Anusara, Kripalu, and Vini Yoga. Inspired by the many wonders and benefits of yoga and the skill and encouragement of her first two teachers, she began teaching yoga in 1989. She also became certified to teach hatha yoga by The Yoga Institute in Houston, Texas. With respect and appreciation for all of the yoga traditions she explored, she has always been most inspired by the teaching of Sri. B.K.S. Iyengar for its precision, clarity and depth. She also finds it to be the most practical and effective means for helping a wide range of yoga students of all body types, capabilities and ages. Over the years she has provided Iyengar Yoga instruction for various yoga schools, health and fitness centers, and corporations in the North Jersey area. Maureen feels profoundly blessed and impacted by steady guidance from the following gifted Iyengar teachers: Theresa Rowland, Lois Steinberg, Gabriella Giubilaro, Kophi Busia, and Geeta Iyengar. Maureen has also done extensive teacher training with Mary Dunn, Rodney Yee, Aadil Palkhivala, and Ramanmand Patel. She also finds ongoing inspiration in her students and is grateful for the opportunity to share the yogic path with them. Maureen is also a Licensed Massage Therapist (NY). She specializes in Craniosacral and Manual Therapies addressing acute and chronic pain, stress and imbalances. She
Susan Morton M.S., E-RYT 500, Founder and Director, Master Teacher, Certified Yamuna Body Rolling Level 3 Practitioner and Therapist, and Foot Fitness Specialist. Susan Morton began studying yoga in 1968, seeking relaxation in the midst of a hectic professional life. From her initial experience, the benefits of yoga enhanced her sense of well-being so profoundly that she began a life-long journey of yoga and meditation study and practice. She began teaching in 1974 and founded the Yoga and Meditation Center of Montclair in 1976. Susan brings the gift of many years of study and practice to her students and considers it a privilege and an honor to share the ancient, yet highly practical and relevant teachings of yoga and meditation. Susan spent 10 years of intensive study with her primary teacher, Jain Master Sri Chitrabhanu. For seven years, she taught hatha yoga at the Jain Meditation International Center in New York City. She began her study of classical hatha yoga with Dr. Vijayendra Pratap of the Swami Kuvayalananda Foundation (SKY) in Philadelphia, who founded the Yoga Organization for Research and Education (YORE). Susan is past president of YORE and was an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Asian Studies at Seton Hall University. She is certified by Yoga Alliance to train and certify teachers and the Yoga and Meditation Center of Montclair is a Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training School. A perpetual student, Susan feels that authentic teaching arises from her own experience of practice and ongoing study. Her love of meditation and its healing and liberating power has led her to study "Inner Tuning," mantra yoga, chanting and the chakras with Swar Yogis Sri Shyam Bhatnagar and Dahliana Hohe for six years. She has attended all of the Dalai Lama's trainings in New York and is a Sponsoring Member of Tibet House New York, where she has studied with Robert Thurman, Ph.D. -- co-founder of Tibet House with the Dalai Lama. Since 2006 Susan has been studying intensively with Peter Fenner, Ph.D., author of Radiant Mind and creator of the nine-month Radiant Mind course. The course, a training in nondual wisdom, is uniquely structured to facilitate the student's ability to rest in unconditioned awareness in the midst of daily life. Radiant Mind has transformed Susan's personal practice and her approach to the teaching of meditation. She has studied hatha yoga with many senior Iyengar teachers including Ramanand Patel, Aadil Palkhlvala, Patricia Walden, Elise Miller, Karen Stefan, Mary Dunn, and James Murphy and is certified through Yoga Alliance to train and certify teachers. She has studied anatomy and physiology with Paul Copeland, Ph.D, M.D. and Deane Juhan, Ph.D. of the Trager Institute and Esalen. Her hatha yoga teaching style has developed and evolved over the years as a result of training in Movement Re-Education with Milton Trager, M.D. and her work as a Yamuna Body Rolling Practitioner and Therapist. She has integrated elements of Yamuna Body Rolling into her yoga classes and also offers entire courses in YAMUNA BODY ROLLING. Susan's expertise as a YOGA THERAPIST and YAMUNA BODY ROLLING THERAPIST have enabled many people with specific and/or special needs to have those needs addressed in one-to-one private sessions. After a car accident in 1990 that left her with a spinal injury, Susan worked her way back to teaching yoga through a combination of therapies that included yoga, meditation, and lumbar stabilization and strengthening. She now shares her experience and knowledge of pain management through yoga and Yamuna Body Rolling therapeutically with people who have chronic pain or those who are unable to attend a regular hatha yoga class. Susan has deep gratitude for the many teachers who have influenced her teaching and her life, particularly Peter Fenner. She is grateful to her students, who continue to inspire her. It is obvious to anyone who has studied with Susan that for her, the experience of teaching is a source of joy, compassion, generosity, energy, and well-being.
Susan Wilson Master Teacher Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 Certified Yamuna Body Rolling Level 3 Practitioner and Therapist Susan Wilson has been practicing yoga for 30+ years and teaching for over 20 years. Over the years she has passionately pursued an understanding of the true essence of yoga, a profound and deep interconnectedness of the body mind and spirit. Drawing upon this inspiration her teaching flows, creative, focused, yet sensitive to individual student needs while maintaining a firm foundation in the importance of alignment and correct technique. Born and educated in London, England, Susan's fascination with yoga began there as a young teenager which has continued ever since. Early on she attended classes with B.K.S. Iyengar when he was at the Institute in London. After moving to the U.S.A. in 1979 she began studying with two local Montclair, NJ teachers, Susan Morton and Esther Lampert, who both encouraged her to teach. In 1983, after completing four years of intense study, practice and training she began teaching at the Yoga & Meditation Center of Montclair. An Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher certified through Yoga Alliance to train teachers as well as to teach yoga, Susan's teaching approach is diverse and multi-dimensional. Influenced by her many years of study in the style of B.K.S. Iyengar, with teachers including Kofi Busia, Patricia Walden, Nancy Stechert, Gabriella Guiblaro, Mira Mehta, Ramanand Patel, Dona Holleman and Rodney Yee and then more recently by the more fluid and innovative style of Angela Farmer and Victor Van Kooten. Studying philosophy, meditation, Sanskrit mantra, chanting, and the chakra system for eight years with Shyam Bhatnagar and Dahliana Hohe at the Sri Centre in Princeton, NJ, enhanced her awareness and appreciation of the subtle energy system and the powerful effect of mantra and sound on the physical, mental and emotional bodies. She has trained with Yamuna Zake in NYC and is a certified Level 3 Yamuna Body Rolling Practitioner and Therapist. A truly unique approach to fitness YBR™ adds yet another facet to Susan's practice and teaching. During the past several years Susan began studying Tibetan Buddhism with Pema Chodron and Dr. Robert Thurman attending many lectures, workshops and retreats with these brilliant teachers and several teachings with H.H. Dalai Lama. She has recently completed Radiant Mind a 10 month training course, focusing on the non-dual wisdom of Advaita, Zen and Dzogchen Buddhism with Peter Fenner, PhD.

Yoga and Meditation Center of Montclair, Montclair, New Jersey



 
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