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Meet the YHC Team

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Wendy Gross-Pinto, ERYT-500, CHHCP, AADP, Founder of The Yoga And Healing Center and innovative creator of Soul Sweat Asana Yoga and The Life Changing YHC Yoga Teacher Training Program.
Wendy infuses her lifetime love affair with yoga, fitness and transformation to the life changing programming at YHC. Her Speciality is Training Awesome Yoga teachers, Health and Life Coaching.
Wendy has a unique gift for helping people achieve more than they thought they could. She will help you chisel the most radiant and lit up version of yourself, and help you create a life and body you love, that totally inspires you, and feels like the “inside matches the outside.”
Her refreshing spiritual yet practical guidance will bring crazy joy to your life, and literally sculpt your life and body into it’s best shape ever. A teacher of teachers, Wendy has been training some of your most favorite teachers for almost 15 years.
Wendy is extensively trained in the yoga styles of Bikram, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Ishta, Phoenix Rising and Nia, as well as holding advanced certifications in functional fitness training, health and life coaching.
One personal triumph that greatly influences her approach, is her come back from some very serious injuries, including a broken back. After practicing yoga and fitness for her entire life, she gets why a functional approach to fitness is key! The goal is to maximize the body (and mind’s) power, strength, agility, creating longevity and bliss!
Wendy’s clientele includes professional athletes, dancers, Olympic gold medalists and celebrities. She has been a featured speaker at seminars with Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Bernie Segal, Bhagavan Das, Bijan, as well as Bob Proctor and Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith (as seen in The Secret), as well as many other spiritual and revolutionary thinkers of our time. She was also the head yoga therapist and lifestyle educator for Dr. Deepak Chopra’s Center for Mind Body Medicine in San Diego, CA.
Wendy’s passion for fitness, fun, and absolute vitality has helped thousands of people around the world create a life and body they love. Are you ready to create yours? Come and Play with Wendy and see what magic you can create together.
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Ross Marshall has been practicing hatha yoga since 1978. He experimented with many different styles of yoga until he discovered Beryl Bender Birch’s Ashtanga based Power Yoga classes in 1990 through the New York Road Runners Club.
He is trained in the Yoga and Healing Center Vinyasa Flow style by Wendy Gross and has received the 250 hour certification from “The Hard and The Soft Ashtanga Yoga Institute” from Beryl Bender Birch and Thom Birch. He has also studied with other teachers including David Swenson and Kathy McNames.
Ross consistently challenges his students with his vigorous Ashtanga Style power yoga classes. He is very grateful to Wendy for encouraging him to teach at the center.

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Roberta Catuogno is so grateful to have found yoga in her life. She is certified through Wendy’s Soul Sweat Asana 200-hr program. Yoga is her passion, but she’s also a kick-butt closet designer.

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Mchelle Weintraub fell in love with yoga in 1998 when she discovered Anusara; which in a nutshell is yoga from the inside out. In 2012, Michelle found Tara Madore; certified Anusara teacher, chiropractor and owner of Inner Light Yoga Center, with who and where she completed her 200-hour teacher training — but the training never really ends. In Michelle’s classes you can expect to breathe into, move with and listen to your body (and some great music!).Michelle thanks all of the yogis she has met on this amazing path. The teachers and students alike because at the end of the day, we are all teaching and learning together. When Michelle isn’t on the mat, she is mom to Drew & Jack, who she learns from every single day. In her spare time, Michelle manages her own business, forevergreen soaps, where she has been creating handmade soaps, candles & body products for 18 years.
“Yoga is a breathing practice; that’s all it is. The asanas (poses) are forms the physical body takes allowing it to “open up” giving the breath more room to move, expand and grow. Yoga is for everyone — if you can breath, you can “do” yoga”. These are the words Michelle repeats in every single yoga class she teaches.

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Valerie Grunther has been practicing yoga since 2001 and has been teaching since 2006. It has transformed her life both physically and spiritually. She attained her 200­hour Yoga Alliance Certification as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Jimmy Barkan in Florida in the Summer and Fall of 2007, completed over 100 hours in the study of anatomy for yoga with ASFYT in New York City in 2010, and has continued anatomy studies with Leslie Kaminoff of the Breathing Project.
Her teaching continually evolves to incorporate the benefits of many different yoga stylesas she continues to attend workshops, conferences, and reads diligently about the many yoga philosophies and practices. Her vinyasa style of teaching emphasizes a strong awareness of foundation and alignment that allows for the freedom and integration of breath and movement.
She hopes to inspire others to make yoga a way of life.

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Stacy Nitabach‘s journey in yoga started in 2009 when she walked into Yoga and Healing Center for the first time. Under the tutelage of Wendy Gross- Pinto, Stacy became a registered instructor in July, 2011.

 

Yoga quickly became her “home away from home,” an oasis of relaxation and an extension of her own family. Stacy’s style is refreshing and invigorating, and is guaranteed to leave you feeling rooted and balanced. Stacy’s biggest passion is helping athletes improve their game with the many benefits of yoga, including increased stamina, strength, flexibility, and focus. She embraces all style of yoga, from basic flow to hot yoga, and invites everyone to join her on the mat!

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Mary Roth has been a Registered Dietitian since 1993 and a Registered Yoga Teacher since 2006 and is dedicated to working with clients helping them achieve their personal nutrition and fitness goals. There is a yoga path for every age and every fitness level and Mary enjoys helping individuals tap into their own energy for optimal health.
Mary trained in Soul Sweat Asana with Wendy Pinto and is a certified Relax and Renew Trainer in Restorative Yoga through Judith Lasater. She currently teaches many styles of yoga including vinyasa flow, soul sweat, gentle, and restorative yoga. While she loves all styles of yoga, Mary is especially passionate about beginners and helping others start their yoga journey. With three of her own children, Mary also enjoys sharing yoga with children and families. She is planning to expand her education through the Next Generation Yoga training for children this summer.

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Debbie Kephart is a yoga enthusiast who has studied with Wendy over the past 11 years. Becoming certified to teach with the Soul Sweat Teacher Training in 2003, she continues to grow her practice and teaching through yoga seminars, readings and LIVING. Yoga has transformed her life!
Athletics, spirituality and teaching are Debbie’s passions. Wanting to share her passions, she has coached, taught and volunteered within the community since moving here in 1992. She plays paddle tennis and golf for recreation beyond her yoga practice. A busy mother of two boys, Debbie maintains balance & focus in her life with her yoga & daily meditation.
Debbie appreciates Wendy, her staff and her students for the truly wonderful experience of practicing & teaching at The Yoga & Healing Center- it’s a wonderful community!

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Kim Kiame has been an enthusiastic yoga practitioner since 1996. She has studied under many talented yoga teachers beginning with Wendy Gross, who offers a free flow, power yoga.

 

Then, in the year 2000 she was introduced to Ashtanga Yoga and has taken teacher training workshops with Thom and Beryl Bender Birch as well as Kathy McNames. In 2003, Kim was certified in the Soul Sweat Teacher Training.

 

Kim loves to share her love of Yoga with friends and students. She teaches an All Levels and open power yoga class to adults as well as children, and incorporates different style of yoga into her classes. One of Kim’s greatest gifts are her hands on adjustments. She believes that the power and energy of yoga will transform your life and connect you to your Divine self.

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Deidre Trama: I took my first yoga class in 2007 because I wanted to work on balance. I was so inspired by Kim Kiame that i wanted to become a teacher too. I love that when I’m practicing, my mind, body and spirit feel united and my worries seem to slip away. Yoga is the physical exercise I’ve been searching for my whole life.


In 2010 I completed my teacher training at the Yoga and Healing Center with Wendy Gross-Pinto and became a registered yoga teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. My practice and teaching style is a strong vinyasa flow class that often brings focus back to gratitude. And i love a challenging class! To me, yoga is more than what you can do on your mat, it’s a way of life. Yoga has deepened my relationships and has helped me to live more in the moment by being aware of my senses. Still, far from perfect my journey continues.

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Carmen Chicola has been practicing yoga since retiring from a dance career in 2000. As a Westfield resident and mother of three, the yoga and healing center have inspired her to complete her teacher certification with Wendy Gross Pinto. Her vinyasa flow nurtures the soul and focuses on proper alignment and muscle energy. It is a total body workout designed to stimulate energy appropriate for all levels.

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Karen Marmarato discovered veganism and yoga. Karen quickly realized this was her calling. Karen immersed herself in this practice and began her journey becoming an 800 hour certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher. It is an honor and privilege to teach at Jivamukti Yoga School in NYC and select studios in NJ. Karen is also certified in Prenatal Yoga and completed Baron Baptiste Power Vinysasa level one teacher training. Every week Karen takes continuing education classes to continue her journey and transform. Karen is eternally grateful to her Gurus Sharon Gannon, David Life, Joshua Green and Divya Alter for all their teachings, wisdom, and wonderful stories. Blessing, love, and gratitude to all whom I have encountered on this path…..those who have taught me, those who have transformed me and those who have protected me. Extra thanks to the students without you it’s just an empty room. You bring the teaching alive and make it all possible. Finally thanks to the most wonderful husband and son anyone could hope for you are my diamonds in the sun.