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.
Managing Director and Owner
Welcome! Jennifer Vafakos began practicing yoga regularly in 2008 in NYC. Though Jennifer started years earlier it wasn’t until she met a a group of yoga instructors that changed her life and where she become a serious yoga practitioner and student. Registered with Yoga Alliance at the ERYT500 level and YACEP, Jennifer currently runs a yoga studio, leads weekly classes, yoga teacher trainings, workshops and international retreats. In 2016 Jennifer left a 20 year career in Fashion Design and purchased Inlet Yoga from Emma Clagett in Manasquan, NJ. In 2019 Jennifer founded a podcast with New Jersey Yoga Collective’s Bridget Riepl called “Here for Savasana.”
In her weekly classes you will notice a strong influence of Jennifer’s Laughing Lotus training (Dana Trixie Flynn), with layers and influence of Katonah Yoga (as taught by Nevine Michaan) and Seasonal Yoga. Jennifer will reference and inform on alignment, healthy transitioning between shapes, themes of seasons, cycles discovering and uncovering human existence and of layering in music, poetry and laughter in her classes, trainings, and workshops.
She believes yoga is for everyone, and gives you the ultimate tools to engage life fully to recreate and work towards your potential to heal and live well as we age.
Jennifer’s Training Background includes over 1,000 plus hours of formal Yoga Teacher Training, and more:
- Baron Baptiste 100hr
- Laughing Lotus™️ 200 hr, 300 hr (twice)
- Laughing Lotus™️ India – study of Bhakti and advanced asana- 100hr
- Katonah Yoga™️ – currently working towards 200 hr certification
- Ayurveda Foundations- Dr Claudia Welch (current)
What Jennifer is working on now for you and launching soon!
- Lead trainer for Inlet Yoga’s 200 RYT Teacher Training 2016, 2017, Year Long Seasonal Yoga™️ 200 Hour 2018 to 2019 and launching again in 2020 (student signups currently being accepted)
- Lead Trainer for the 300 RYT Inlet Seasonal Yoga™️ Teacher Training launching in 2020
- Seasonal Yoga™️ Retreat 2019 and launching again in 2020 in Costa Rica
- Here for Savasana Podcast founded in 2019
- Regular Blog contributor New Jersey Yoga Collective
- Beginner Video Online series Inlet Yoga launching late 2019
Ellen Mosko is a recognized, respected, and much-loved yoga teacher, with deep roots and years of study in Iyengar, Anusara, Yin, Hatha, and Sivananda Yoga. A practicing yogi since her sophomore year in college (when a friend needed a few bodies to help her through a fitness thesis), Ellen began her teaching career in 2003. Her first 200-hour training created the foundation for both her teachings and an unwavering commitment to always learn more; today, she is a sought after “teacher’s teacher”, known for seamlessly using her cues, sequences, and every prop in the room to help students transform, connect, and better understand their alignment, anatomy, philosophy, and subtle body energetics.
Ellen is an E-RYT 500-Hour, YACEP certified yoga instructor with a library of yoga classes and writings featured by Yoga International. Ellen teaches public and private classes, training, and workshops nationally, and offers mentoring sessions to certified teachers seeking to explore and develop their own authentic voice.
“I think our world moves at a very fast pace and in that chaos, we can lose ourselves. I teach – and I practice – because yoga is the anchor that keeps bringing me back to my own heart.” Ellen
Kate is a North Jersey native but has lived by the Jersey Shore for 3 years now with her husband and dog, Larry. She has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and started on this journey as a way to find stress relief and recover from marathon training during her college years. Kate has taken all forms of yoga classes, including restorative, hot, Katonah, chair, seasonal, vinyasa, and yin.
Kate is a teacher and behaviorist in a local public school district and often uses yoga and meditation techniques to help her students to self-regulate their emotions. She has trained and graduated from Inlet Yoga’s 200-hour seasonal yoga teacher training and has been practicing with Inlet for almost 2 years. Kate has completed a course called Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth through YogaEd Academy and she is interested in continuing her studies of how yoga can help all humans activate their parasympathetic nervous systems and feel safe in their bodies.
Seasonal Yoga™️ Instructor
Carrie is a prominent yoga teacher located in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. She has been guiding studio classes for almost twenty years and has led thousands of beach yogis during the summer at Jenkinson’s Inlet Beach for the past decade. Carrie is also the owner of Twisted Guru, a textile company located in India that created one of the the first ever, Beach Yoga Mat. Her mat has been featured in Yoga Journal, Caribbean Living, NY Yoga + Life, INC. and Vogue (on line).
Carrie’s love for nature, the cycles of the seasons and the power of the great elements plays an important role in guiding her practice. Her classes are a combination of storytelling with reflective movement. Carrie believes that learning to live in harmony with nature and understanding the cycles of life is essential to nourishing the soul and feeling more balanced, connected and joyful in our lives. She encourages her students to bridge their inner and outer landscapes and to stay present to signs from the universe in everyday miracles, which are always there to help guide them on life’s path.
Carrie is a lead trainer in Inlet Yoga’s 200 hour Seasonal Yoga™️ teacher training, and co-hosts intensive yoga retreats in Costa Rica, currently. She will be a presenter at this year’s Global Mala in Asbury Park. Her family runs a beach house café at the Jersey Shore and in the offseason they feed hundreds of children through their healthy school food service management company.
Avita began practicing in 2003 and she instantly experienced the benefits of yoga. She soon developed a consistent practice and decided to become a yoga teacher. In 2007 she earned a 200-hour certification and shared her knowledge and experience with her middle school students and members of the community. Personally, her practice continuously grows, evolves, and expands. Most recently she earned another 200-hour certification at Inlet Yoga of Manasquan under the inspiring tutelage of Jennifer Vafakos, Jerry Saluti, and Allison Kane. Avita truly believes in the healing nature of yoga and enjoys sharing this experience with others.
Allison Kane, E-RYT 500, YACEP
Allison’s goal in teaching is for people to have a better understanding and awareness of their bodies and to joyfully accept and celebrate who they are. Through a blended approach of learning and playing, she strives to balance information and fun in all of her classes – inviting folks to enjoy their yoga practice and transform their lives.
A yoga practitioner since the mid 90s, Allison began teaching in 2009. She completed both her 200 & 500-hour Teacher Trainings at DIG Yoga in Lambertville, NJ, and is registered with The Yoga Alliance as both an E-RYT 200 & 500-hour instructor and as a Continuing Education Provider. While Allison began teaching from an Alignment-based perspective (within the Anusara school) her approach has shifted to a focus on embodied movement. Her emphasis tends to be one that combines a balance of both stretching and strengthening – with a passion for anatomy and therapeutics. Allison is also a certified instructor in Yoga Tune Up®, The Roll Model Method®, and Yoga For All®. In addition to her teacher trainings Allison has studied with notable movement educators such as Tom Myers, Jules Mitchell, Jillian Pranksy, Leslie Kaminoff and Jenny Otto.
Offerings by Allison include a range of Hatha Yoga classes in addition to classes and workshops that focus on self-massage and myofascial release. She has demonstrated her teaching capabilities at a variety of studios on the Jersey Shore.
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.
Born and raised at the Jersey Shore, Adriana has a strong appreciation and connection to nature and the beach. She has been practicing yoga for over ten years and has trained and graduated from in the 200 Hour Teacher Training at Inlet Yoga in Manasquan, NJ. Adriana is a high school art and graphic design teacher and weaves yoga and meditation practices into her art lessons. Constantly inspired by the shifting seasons and tides of the ocean, Adriana finds comfort and balance in life by appreciating the beauty that can be found by embracing continuous change and living in tune with nature. Her main focus in both the classroom and studio setting is on empowering her students, building strength and self-confidence, and learning to take care of oneself both physically and mentally.
Sandy’s love for yoga started when she was in transition back to New Jersey from living abroad in Costa Rica, when seeking for answers to guide her along her path, yoga helped her find like – minded people, and much needed inner work. Combining movement, breath, and spirituality was the perfect recipe that eventually became a career. She studied with Angela Boltz in Costa Rica, for her first 200 hour YTT, and has over 300 hours of certifications and further education in AcroYoga, Children’s Yoga, Restorative Yoga, S.U.P. Yoga, Anatomy / Postural Adjustments, strength training and conditioning, and Reiki. She enjoys teaching in schools, studios, facilities, and festivals. Sandy is a part of the Wanderlust AcroYoga teaching team, which she attends each year building community and connection through the practice. Sandy’s passion for music shows up in her classes. On Sunday mornings she typically leads an uplifting vinyasa flow class at Inlet Yoga. She is constantly inspired by many of the different yoga styles, which find a way in to her sequences. Her main focus when leading a class is to make sure everyone is benefiting from the practice in their own way, and enjoying their time on the mat, regardless of their age or experience.
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