About Inlet Yoga's Jersey Shore Instructors

At Inlet Yoga Studio, we wholeheartedly embrace the transformative potential of yoga as a tool to enrich lives. Nestled in the heart of Manasquan, New Jersey, within the southern region of Monmouth County, our studio is conveniently situated just a mile away from the serene beachfront.

Our studio is a haven of warmth and encouragement, designed to accommodate yoga practitioners of every skill level. Our team of seasoned instructors is committed to guiding students in deepening their yoga practice, fostering a journey of self-discovery and inner tranquility through the physical and mental disciplines of yoga.

Regardless of whether you are just embarking on your yoga journey as a novice, or you are an advanced practitioner seeking to refine your skills, we provide a diverse range of classes tailored to suit your individual needs and aspirations. We invite you to join our community at Inlet Yoga Studio, and experience firsthand the life-changing power of yoga.

Jennifer Vafakos | Lead Instructor & Managing Director of Inlet Yoga Studio

Jennifer Vafakos

Managing Director & Owner

Meet Jennifer Vafakos, a passionate yoga practitioner and experienced instructor who embarked on her yoga journey in 2008. Since then, she has become a registered ERYT500 level and YACEP instructor with Yoga Alliance. Jennifer’s dedication to yoga led her to establish Inlet Yoga Studio in Manasquan, NJ, after leaving a successful 20-year career in Fashion Design. Today, she leads weekly classes, yoga teacher trainings, workshops, and international retreats.

Jennifer’s teaching style is influenced by her training with Laughing Lotus (Dana Trixie Flynn), Katonah Yoga (Nevine Michaan), and Seasonal Yoga. In her classes, she combines alignment guidance, healthy transitions between poses, and explores themes of seasons and human existence. Expect to experience the joy of music, poetry, and laughter in her sessions.

With over 1,000 hours of formal Yoga Teacher Training, including certifications from Baron Baptiste, Laughing Lotus™️, and ongoing studies in Katonah Yoga™️ and Ayurveda Foundations, Jennifer is dedicated to continuously expanding her knowledge for the benefit of her students.

Jennifer is also committed to sharing her expertise through various projects. She serves as the lead trainer for Inlet Yoga’s 200 RYT Teacher Training and the upcoming 300 RYT Inlet Seasonal Yoga™️ Teacher Training. Additionally, she co-hosts the “Here for Savasana” podcast with Bridget Riepl from the New Jersey Yoga Collective and contributes to their blog. She is also launching an online beginner video series through Inlet Yoga.

Believing that yoga is for everyone, Jennifer provides the tools and guidance to help individuals engage fully with life, heal, and age gracefully. Join her transformative classes, training programs, and retreats to unlock your full potential. Stay tuned for exciting new offerings coming your way soon!

Ellen Mosko, an esteemed and beloved yoga teacher, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her practice. With a strong foundation in Iyengar, Anusara, Yin, Hatha, and Sivananda Yoga, Ellen’s journey as a yogi began during her college years. Starting her teaching career in 2003, she has since become a sought-after “teacher’s teacher” renowned for her ability to seamlessly guide students using cues, sequences, and props to transform their practice.

As an E-RYT 500-Hour and YACEP certified instructor, Ellen’s expertise extends beyond the mat. Her yoga classes and writings have been featured by Yoga International, showcasing her deep understanding of alignment, anatomy, philosophy, and subtle body energetics. Ellen shares her wisdom through public and private classes, training sessions, and workshops nationwide. Additionally, she offers mentoring sessions to certified teachers, empowering them to discover and cultivate their own authentic teaching voice.

Whether you’re a student seeking transformation or a teacher seeking growth, Ellen Mosko is here to guide you on your yoga journey. Immerse yourself in her teachings, connect with your practice, and unlock the true potential of your mind, body, and spirit.

“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

Carrie Godesky | Inlet Yoga Studio Instructor | Manasquan, NJ | NJ Shore Yoga

Carrie Godesky

Seasonal Yoga Instructor

Carrie, a prominent yoga teacher based in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, is a guiding light in the yoga community. With nearly two decades of experience leading studio classes, she has become a beloved instructor. For the past ten years, Carrie has been the inspiring force behind the thousands of beach yogis who gather at Jenkinson’s Inlet Beach each summer.

Not only is Carrie an exceptional teacher, but she is also the proud owner of Twisted Guru, a textile company located in India. Her innovative creation, the first-ever Beach Yoga Mats, has garnered recognition in esteemed publications such as Yoga Journal, Caribbean Living, NY Yoga + Life, INC., and Vogue (online).

Carrie’s profound connection to nature, the seasons, and the elements shape her practice. Her classes intertwine storytelling with reflective movement, allowing students to immerse themselves in a transformative experience. Recognizing the importance of living in harmony with nature and embracing the cycles of life, Carrie believes these principles nourish the soul and cultivate balance, connection, and joy in our lives. She encourages her students to merge their inner and outer worlds, remaining present to the everyday miracles and signs from the universe that guide us along life’s path.

As a lead trainer in Inlet Yoga’s 200-hour Seasonal Yoga™️ teacher training, Carrie shares her expertise and passion with aspiring teachers. She also co-hosts immersive yoga retreats in Costa Rica, offering participants a transformative journey of self-discovery. In addition, she will be a featured presenter at this year’s Global Mala in Asbury Park, showcasing her knowledge and inspiring others.

Beyond her yoga ventures, Carrie’s family operates a beach house café at the Jersey Shore and runs a company that provides healthy school food service management, feeding hundreds of children in the off-season.

Carrie’s dedication to her students, her community, and her profound connection to nature sets her apart as an extraordinary yoga teacher and inspiring individual. Join her in embracing the transformative power of yoga and discovering a path of balance, connection, and fulfillment.

Allison Kane | Inlet Yoga Studio Instructor | Manasquan, NJ | NJ Shore Yoga

Allison Kane


Allison is driven by a mission to empower individuals with a deeper understanding and appreciation of their bodies, fostering a sense of joyful acceptance and celebration of their true selves. Her teaching style combines a perfect blend of learning and playfulness, ensuring that her classes strike a harmonious balance between information and fun. By creating a space where students can enjoy their yoga practice, Allison aims to facilitate transformative experiences that extend beyond the mat.

As a dedicated yoga practitioner since the mid-1990s, Allison began her teaching journey in 2009. She pursued her 200-hour and 500-hour Teacher Training at DIG Yoga in Lambertville, NJ, and holds certifications as an E-RYT 200 and 500-hour instructor, as well as a Continuing Education Provider, registered with The Yoga Alliance. While Allison initially taught from an Alignment-based perspective within the Anusara school, her approach has evolved to focus on embodied movement. She emphasizes a well-rounded practice that encompasses both stretching and strengthening, fueled by her passion for anatomy and therapeutics. Additionally, Allison is a certified instructor in Yoga Tune Up®, The Roll Model Method®, and Yoga For All®. Her dedication to growth and learning is evident in her studies with renowned movement educators such as Tom Myers, Jules Mitchell, Jillian Pranksy, Leslie Kaminoff, and Jenny Otto.

Allison’s offerings extend beyond traditional Hatha Yoga classes. She specializes in classes and workshops that incorporate self-massage and myofascial release techniques, enhancing students’ overall well-being. Her expertise has been showcased in various studios along the Jersey Shore, where she has demonstrated her exceptional teaching capabilities.

Join Allison on a transformative journey where learning, playfulness, and self-discovery intertwine. Experience the profound impact of her Hatha Yoga classes and delve into the realm of self-massage and myofascial release. Discover a newfound connection with your body, as Allison guides you towards a more vibrant and fulfilling life.

Sandy’s profound love for yoga blossomed during a transitional period upon returning to New Jersey from her life abroad in Costa Rica. Seeking answers and a guiding light, she discovered the transformative power of yoga—a practice that connected her with like-minded individuals and ignited her inner journey. The fusion of movement, breath, and spirituality became the perfect alchemy, ultimately leading her to a fulfilling career.

Sandy embarked on her yoga path under the tutelage of Angela Boltz in Costa Rica, where she completed her initial 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT). Since then, she has continued her education, accumulating over 300 hours of certifications in AcroYoga, Children’s Yoga, Restorative Yoga, S.U.P. Yoga, Anatomy/Postural Adjustments, strength training, conditioning, and Reiki. Sandy’s teaching repertoire encompasses schools, studios, facilities, and festivals, spreading her passion for yoga to diverse audiences.

As a valued member of the Wanderlust AcroYoga teaching team, Sandy actively participates in community-building and fosters connections through this practice. Her deep appreciation for music shines through in her classes, infusing them with rhythm and uplifting energy. You can often find her leading an invigorating vinyasa flow class at Inlet Yoga on Sunday mornings. Inspired by various yoga styles, Sandy weaves their essence into her sequences, creating a dynamic experience for her students. Her primary focus is to ensure that each individual, regardless of age or experience, derives personal benefits from their practice and enjoys their time on the mat.

Join Sandy on a transformative yoga journey that goes beyond the physical. Experience her infectious enthusiasm, empowering guidance, and harmonious blend of yoga, music, and self-discovery. Embrace the opportunity to find your own path and thrive on the mat under her caring and inclusive instruction.

Gerald Saluti is a lifelong student of the human body’s remarkable capacity for movement. With a foundation rooted in athletics, Gerald seamlessly fused his passion for physicality and anatomical knowledge into a devoted yoga practice.

Over a decade ago, Gerald stepped into his first yoga class and instantly connected with both the physical and spiritual dimensions of the practice. Intrigued by the profound impact yoga had on his well-being, he embarked on a journey to deepen his understanding through teacher training. Immersed in a world of yoga workshops, festivals, and events, Gerald’s yearning to share his knowledge and guide others on their yoga journey became undeniable.

Gerald’s unique background and unwavering dedication make him a compelling and authentic yoga teacher. With his comprehensive understanding of the body’s potential, he brings a wealth of wisdom to his classes. Join Gerald on the mat as he inspires and empowers through his profound knowledge and passion for the transformative power of yoga.

Avita’s transformative journey with yoga began in 2003 when she discovered the profound benefits it offered. Deeply inspired, she cultivated a dedicated practice and soon realized her calling to become a yoga teacher. In 2007, she obtained her 200-hour certification, allowing her to share her knowledge and experience with her middle school students and community members.

Driven by her personal growth, Avita’s own practice continues to evolve and expand. Recently, she embarked on a new chapter of learning and earned another 200-hour certification at Inlet Yoga of Manasquan, guided by the inspiring tutelage of Jennifer Vafakos, Jerry Saluti, and Allison Kane.

Believing wholeheartedly in the healing power of yoga, Avita takes immense joy in sharing this transformative experience with others. She embraces her role as a catalyst for personal growth and facilitates a nurturing environment for her students to embark on their own healing journeys.

Join Avita on the mat and embark on a transformative exploration of self. Allow her guidance to ignite your inner light and experience the profound healing nature of yoga. Discover the path to physical, mental, and emotional well-being as you connect with your body, mind, and spirit under Avita’s compassionate and knowledgeable instruction.

Meet Brittany, a familiar face at Inlet Yoga who has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. You’ve probably seen her welcoming you at the front desk and checking you into class with a warm smile. Currently enrolled in the Inlet Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training Program, Brittany is embarking on a new chapter in her yoga journey.

Her love for yoga began during college, as she discovered the incredible way her body felt after each class. In 2008, she found her yoga home at Inlet Yoga and has been an active member ever since. Inlet Yoga has introduced Brittany to a diverse range of exceptional teachers, each specializing in different yoga lineages. With their guidance, Brittany has become a well-rounded student and is now on her way to becoming a teacher herself.

When she’s not on her mat, Brittany shares her passion for yoga and breathwork with her kindergarten students. She believes that adding an element of fun to yoga enhances the full experience and its benefits.

Join Brittany in embracing the joy and transformation that yoga offers. Discover the magic of Inlet Yoga and unlock your potential on and off the mat.

Meet Kate, a native of North Jersey who has found her home by the beautiful Jersey Shore for the past three years, alongside her husband and beloved dog, Larry. Her yoga journey spans over a decade, initially sparked by a quest for stress relief and recovery during her college years of marathon training. Throughout her practice, Kate has explored various yoga styles including restorative, hot, Katonah, chair, seasonal, vinyasa, and yin.

As a dedicated teacher and behaviorist in a local public school district, Kate goes beyond the mat to incorporate yoga and meditation techniques in her work with students, helping them navigate and regulate their emotions. After graduating from Inlet Yoga’s esteemed 200-hour seasonal yoga teacher training program, she has been an active part of the Inlet community for nearly two years. Kate’s commitment to holistic healing extends to her completion of the Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth course through YogaEd Academy. She is passionate about furthering her knowledge of how yoga can empower individuals of all backgrounds to activate their parasympathetic nervous systems and foster a sense of safety and connection within their bodies.

Join Kate on the mat as she brings her unique blend of compassion, expertise, and a deep understanding of yoga’s transformative power. Explore the potential within your own practice, learn to regulate your emotions, and activate a sense of safety and well-being in your everyday life. Kate is dedicated to creating a nurturing space for growth and healing, and she looks forward to supporting you on your yoga journey.

Adriana, a true Jersey Shore native, carries a deep-rooted appreciation and connection to the beauty of nature and the tranquil shores. Her journey with yoga spans over a decade, evolving and growing alongside her personal practice. She embarked on a transformative path by completing the rigorous 200-Hour Teacher Training program at Inlet Yoga in Manasquan, NJ.

As a high school art and graphic design teacher, Adriana seamlessly integrates the principles of yoga and meditation into her art lessons, infusing creativity with mindfulness. Guided by the ever-changing seasons and the rhythmic tides of the ocean, she finds solace and equilibrium by embracing the inherent beauty in life’s continuous transitions. Adriana’s commitment to living in harmony with nature inspires her students to foster self-empowerment, cultivate inner strength, and nurture their self-confidence. Her holistic approach encompasses both physical and mental well-being, emphasizing the importance of self-care in all aspects of life.

Whether in the classroom or the studio, Adriana creates a supportive and empowering environment, allowing her students to flourish and grow. Join her on the mat as she guides you towards embracing change, finding inner balance, and discovering the transformative power of yoga. Experience the beauty of connecting mind, body, and soul as you embark on a journey of self-discovery and self-care under Adriana’s nurturing guidance.

Natalie’s life has always been fueled by a deep passion for movement, sound, and connection. From the realms of theater, climbing, literature, to psychology, she has delved into various paths of exploration. Amidst this journey, Natalie discovered yoga as a sanctuary—a place to return to and find solace.

Her mission as a yoga teacher is to create a sense of home for her students, guiding them towards rediscovering the profound connection between body, mind, and spirit. In 2022, Natalie embarked on her transformative RYT 200-hour journey with Inlet Yoga, and ever since, she has been dedicated to nurturing her practice.

Infusing her unique background in vocal technique, dance, and climbing, Natalie empowers her students to weave everyday life experiences with heartful awareness and the wisdom of yoga. Join Natalie on the mat as she invites you to embrace a harmonious union of movement, mindfulness, and self-discovery. Experience the transformative power of yoga as you embark on a journey of connection and personal growth under Natalie’s compassionate and knowledgeable guidance.