Inlet Yoga Instructors

Our amazing teachers are the core of our yoga community. Each of our highly experienced and caring NJ Shore instructors is committed to helping their students to grow their yoga practice and inspire their self discovery.  All our instructors teach from the roots of their own practice, and inspire their students growth, nurturing and caring for them during classes, workshops, and trainings at Inlet Yoga.

Jennifer Vafakos

Jennifer Vafakos

Managing Director and Owner

Through fortuitous events Jennifer stepped into her first yoga class on the lower east side of NYC at Bhava Community Center more than 10 yrs ago, and fell in love with the sweaty and energetic vibe.  Not her mother’s yoga or her classical ballet background, she realized it was something so much more... Classes are an offering of healing, laughter, playfulness, fun and adventure colliding with mindful alignment, dynamic sequencing, breath-work and yogic philosophy.

Ever grateful, Jennifer has completed almost 1,000 hours of training with Laughing Lotus in NYC under the direction of Dana Flynn and the sweet guidance of Sheri Celentano, certifying her at the ERYT 200-hour level with Yoga Alliance. Further, she apprenticed for almost one year with Sheri Celentano specializing in assists, and observing techniques for teaching basics level Vinyasa. Jennifer has completed additional Level 1 training with Baron Baptiste, as well as the brilliant Tari Prinster specializing in yoga for Women Cancer Survivors.

She is the manager/owner of Inlet Yoga and co-lead for Inlet’s 200hr RY

Brie Jacobs

Brie Jacobs

Jivamukti and Yin Yoga Instructor

After 10 years in the hair and beauty industry as a colorist , Brie found herself in an increasing toxic world of chemicals, stressed out, creatively feeling stuck and feeling like her professional and personal life were not coexisting in her favor. This was having an affect on her mentally and physically. Needless to say, she was looking for relief. In 2010, this spark of awareness lead her by chance to a local yoga studio. Unbeknownst to her, the teachers she would find in that cozy little room would change the course of her path forever. Fast forward 5 years, Brie is a Jivamukti Yoga teacher living in Thailand for 2 months studying under Homprang Chaleekanha ,a Traditional Thai Medicine doctor and  a Thai Yoga Bodywork master. She lived and studied closely with Homprang for over 300 hours during those 2 months covering subjects such as Thai Yoga Bodywork, food as medicine , Thai foot reflexology, womb lifting , how to make and apply hot herbal compresses and how to make products , such as tiger balm , from plants found in Homprang's garden. The life experience and knowledge she obtained in Thailand is indescribable and life changing. Brie is eternally grateful for Homprang and the many teachers that she has stumbled upon so far in her life.

In 2013, Brie spent a month at the Omega Institute in upstate N.Y. and completed the 300 hour Jivamukti Yoga teacher training. She studied under Sharon Gannon and David Life, who are the founders of Jivamukti Yoga, and Lady Ruth, who was a student of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois for over 20 years. Brie teaches and practices yoga weekly in Ocean and Monmouth County, N.J.,USA. Forever a student , Brie hopes to be lucky enough to continue to travel and learn from the teachers, people and animals she meets from all over the world. The knowledge, experience and connections she makes on these travels are held near and dear to her heart.

Carrie Godesky

Carrie Godesky

Yoga Instructor

After her first ashtanga practice Carrie knew this was going to be a life changing moment. The clarity, peace and balance she found on the mat were unlike anything she had ever experienced. Over the next ten years Carrie's quest to recreate that feeling of "complete centeredness" everyday, all day, lead her to study with renowned yoga instructors across the nation and begin a dedicated practice of personal growth and universal awareness.

In 2003 Carrie received her Teacher's Certification through YogaFit. Thanks to Beth Shaw and her innovative Teacher's Training Program, Carrie was able to start giving back and sharing all that she had learned, on this road to "awakening". With twenty –(20) years of prior group exercise and personal training experience and a committed personal practice, YogaFit was the perfect fit for Carrie.

Today Carrie is "living" her yoga and enjoying her life guiding hundreds of yogis at the Jersey Shore.

April Puciata

April Puciata

ISHTA Yoga Instructor

April is honored to be a Senior ISHTA Yoga teacher and trainer of ISHTA yoga. Through this lineage, her studies, and teaching she hopes to inspire students to find what resonates with their individual spirit and tap into their unbound potential.

Dedicated to the yoga practice for 15 years, April Puciata's initial desire to participate in a teacher training was not to be a teacher, but a student. The day after she finished the final practicum, April was laid off from her job as a manager at Random House after working in publishing for almost 6 years. As her reality reformed, April completed her 500 hour teacher training under the guidance of Kavi Yogiraj Alan Finger, the co-founder of ISHTA Yoga with Mani Finger. She taught classes at ISHTA Yoga and YogaWorks in New York City for nearly a decade, as well as offering private sessions to a wide base of clients including The Museum of Natural History, Citibank, and a collection of actors, attorneys, Wall Street businessmen/women and movie directors. For the past 6 years, April has also been teaching teachers.

Jeff Seymour

Jeff Seymour

Yoga Instructor

Jeff Seymour is a student of Sri Dharma Mittra. He completed both the 200 and 500 hour certification programs at the Dharma Mittra Yoga Center in New York. Jeff has the distinct honor of mentoring teacher trainees in Dharma's Life of a Yogi Teacher Training program and has assisted Dharma in workshops away from the New York Center. Jeff teaches classes at Dharma's New York Center and at various locations along the Jersey Shore. His classes accommodate first timers and advanced students alike.

Serena Soffer

Serena Soffer

Sr. Yoga Instructor

Meet Serena! She's a whirling dervish with glitter on her fingertips and just enough magic running through her veins to be the human embodiment of a unicorn. You'll find her twirling around Monmouth County, creating a sweaty and soulful flow for people to open up, let go of inhibitions and challenge themselves to step into their own power with grace.

Serena's love and passion for the practice began long before she even knew to call it "yoga." Her first teacher was her mother, a famous contortionist in the German Circus. As a child, Serena began intensive classical dance training, which led to an incredible education and career as a dancer, performer and choreographer. In 1989 Serena found mantra, chanting, meditation and pranayama while touring with the Phantom of the Opera and, as she says, "the spiritual rollercoaster ride began!"

After the death of her mother in 1998, someone told Serena to "try yoga." Lost and looking, she stepped through the doors of Jivamukti NYC. Her first class was a transformational, love-at-first-flow moment. Serena practiced with unwavering devotion for years before developing her own spin and soundtrack for the practice at Laughing Lotus NYC with her soulmates and teachers, Dana Flynn and Jasmine Tarkeshi. Serena studied hundreds of hours, to RYT and beyond, at Lotus and returns there as often as she can as a guest teacher, student, innovator, creator and lover of love.

Serena is honored to study with and be influenced by many great teachers including Dana, Jasmine, Joan Suval, the late and great MA Bha, Manorama, Bharati, Sharon Gannon and David Life. She is also deeply inspired by her love of dance, poetry, the chakras, mantra, aryuveda, magic and unicorns. Her greatest advice to her students is simple this: "Smile and LIVE YOUR LIFE"

Gerald Saluti

Gerald Saluti

Vinyasa Yoga Instructor

Gerald Saluti is first and foremost a student of the movement of the human body. With a background steeped in athletics, Gerald molded his passion for movement and his study of anatomy into a dedicated yoga practice. He took his first yoga class over 10 years ago and was drawn both to the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga. Intrigued by how yoga made him feel and in order to deepen his own practice, Gerald completed his first teacher training. He attended numerous yoga workshops, festivals, and events and eventually could not ignore his burning desire to teach yoga.

Brett Lehr

Brett Lehr

Yoga Instructor

Brett Lehr is a devoted Yogi, Thai Massage Therapist, Music Lover and seeker of Perfect Waves. Yoga is his life’s passion and he is honored to be able to share the gift of this practice with others. Brett brings to his teaching a love for the history and philosophy of yoga and a powerful belief in the transformative capabilities of asana practice for emotional and spiritual growth. Brett’s yoga classes, which combine elements of the Hatha Raja traditions, are infused with beautiful music, warmth and humor, his profound knowledge of asana, and a strong emphasis on pranayama and meditation.

Marije Paternotte

Marije Paternotte

Yin Restorative Yoga Instructor

Marije E. Paternotte (E-RYT, RYT-500) was born and raised in Amsterdam where she studied law and worked as a corporate lawyer. After joining a yoga retreat in Bali life led her to the United States where she took her yoga teacher training. She currently lives in a small beach town in New Jersey with her husband, and teaches yoga locally as well as workshops and retreats around the world.

Marije received both her foundational and professional level yoga teacher certification at the renowned Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Massachusetts (USA), and her Yin Yoga and Mindfulness training from Sarah Powers. She is now a faculty assistant in the Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training, and an experienced yoga retreat leader.

Through her training as a professional ballet dancer when she was young, her innate body awareness, self-study and several sustained injuries, Marije has a keen eye for precise and safe alignment of yoga postures. Her teaching style is understated and compassionate, with a focus on mindfulness. Marije always encourages her students to find their own yoga and to cultivate non-judgmental self-observation, in order to discover who they truly are.

Marije is also a certified The Reconnection Practitioner. She is a Practitioner Mentor and a Teaching Assistant in The Reconnection training programs taught by Dr. Eric Pearl, the founder of Reconnective Healing, with whom she travels globally.

Tim Shaw

Tim Shaw

Jivamukti Yoga Instructor

Tim was dragged kicking and screaming to his first yoga class but by the end he knew that yoga was something special. Literally within days of that class he made the decision that he would become a teacher. He would find his yoga home at the Jivamukti yoga center in downtown Manhattan. Tim was drawn to Jivamukti by it's powerful vinyasa, deep spirituality, political activism, animal rights advocacy, and love of music! In 2010 Tim completed the 300-hour Jivamukti yoga teacher training and he is currently undertaking a 500 + hour apprenticeship program under the guidance of advanced certified teacher Dechen Thurman.

Tim infuses his class with music, humor, and a powerful flowing asana practice. He believes that through yoga, and by working on ourselves on a deeply introspective level, we can change the world. All things happen one breath at a time.

Yulady Saluti

Yulady Saluti

Yoga Instructor

Yulady Saluti never stops moving. She is a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor who has appeared in DVDs with Tara Stiles and Deepak Chopra. She has rocked her yoga on television with Sadie Nardini, she is Skype's Brand Ambassador, teaches at multiple yoga studios, and is doing all this while taking care of six kids and a devoted husband. After battling and overcoming a serious colon rectal medical condition, which required she live with a colostomy for four years, Yulady dove head first into a new, healthy life filled with yoga and studies in Ayurveda. It was only three years into her practice (and during her 20th surgery related to her former illness) that her doctors discovered that she had Stage 2 breast cancer at the age of thirty-two.

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