Our Instructors


Your Guides

Jennifer Vafakos and Jason Morris will be your guides for your fantastic journey that is Inlet Yoga’s 200 Hour Teacher Training. Asana, philosophy and teaching skills are the central components to this rich and robust program. Our philosophy focuses on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the “road map” to liberation. Through self-inquiry, group discussion and study of the sutras, we uncover and experience the meaning of yoga and how this rich philosophy relates to our daily lives.

Amazing Team of Instructors

The amazing team of instructors bring their own unique experiences and passion for the wisdom of Yoga to the teacher training. Together they share the principles of their chosen path, and how to incorporate them into your unique expression as an instructor.

Yoga is about relationships and our time together asks of your complete and active participation in our community. You will be assigned homework and personal projects, like karma yoga, that reflect what we cover and explore. You must be able to fulfill ALL of the requirements to complete your Yoga Alliance certification and receive your diploma.

Our Instructors

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

Jason Morris

Managing Director and Owner

A Senior Yoga Teacher and Teacher Trainer, Jason has worked within the body-mind/fitness industry for more than 15 years and has become a sought after Master Teacher.

Primarily influenced by: Sadie Nardini (Core Strength Vinyasa), Shiva Rea (Prana Vinyasa Flow), Jason Crandell (Power + Precision + Mindfulness), and Yogiraj Alan Finger (ISHTA Yoga) – his teaching utilizes his extensive education and experience to help you safely build awareness and strength with the unfamiliar.

Marije Paternotte

Managing Director and Owner

Marije E. Paternotte (E-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 first 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, retreats and teacher trainings around the world. Marije is also a faculty assistant and guest teacher at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Massachusetts.

Jeffrey Posner

Managing Director and Owner

Jeffrey’s attitude for yoga is intense and uplifting. His unique style is a blend of the traditions he has studied and practiced including Hatha, Iyengar, Ashtanga Vinyasa and Lotus Flow™ through which he was first trained as a teacher.

Jeffrey established the Twisted Lotus College of Yoga, where he runs his teacher training course that offers quality education in “an intimate, community orientated environment”.

Nikka Quistigard

Managing Director and Owner

An internationally-recognized expert, trainer and practitioner in Ayurveda – the ancient Indian holistic science of life – Niika Quistgard, CAS, LMBT – has been teaching and practicing for 20 years. (And yoga and meditation for 40 years, already!)

Niika is the founder of AyurMama.com and the past founder and director of Rasa Ayurveda Traditional Healing Centre for Women in Kerala, India, where she welcomed women from more than 50 countries for long-term residential Ayurvedic treatment and educational immersion, at its source.

Lisa Shakti Ferraro

Managing Director and Owner

Lisa Shakti Ferraro, ERYT200 of Sonic Bliss Yoga™ is an ecstatic devotional singer, harmonium playing musician and a mantra-chanting yogini. She loves to connect with the divine and to awaken others to their inner radiance. Lisa’s yoga practice was transformed with her first class at Laughing Lotus Yoga Studio. She then completed a 200-hour certification with Jasmine Tarkeshi and Dana Trixie Flynn at Laughing Lotus NY.

She has been studying Sanskrit, mantra and nada yoga with her mentor, Russill Paul privately and in his Yogic Mystery School and is lit up to teach the power of the language of Sanskrit for spiritual practice. Lisa, who also performs as an actress and singer, holds a BA in Music from Westminster Choir College and chants with her band, Sonic Bliss Kirtan.

Ivy Ray

Managing Director and Owner

Ivy Ray is a 20 year Katonah™ Yoga practitioner and teacher, casual multidisciplinary athlete and an authority in the development of integrated wellness and wholeness. Her forte is Private Instruction.

She has developed and executed customized individual programs for elites in business, sports, entertainment and the arts. Ivy is a native New Yorker, formerly signed recording artist, voice talent, writer, parent, business and life consultant.

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