Onyx Yoga Studio 


45 Mountain Blvd


Warren, NJ 07059



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Shannon Elliott (Malati) - Owner and Director
As a yoga instructor and owner, Shannon has nurtured Onyx's growth alongside her own. Shannon teaches both traditional and Kundalini yoga classes placing a keen focus on pranayama, movement, subtle body alignment, and meditation. Her classes are a safe space where students are cared for and strengthened inside. She has the ability to make students feel as if she is speaking directly to them without drawing individual attention to the person. Shannon invites people to experience themselves and deepen their exploration of what they believe possible. Her gift to others is to pass on the Teachings from those who have done the same for her. No matter the audience the Philosophy is spoken to be accessible to everyone and all environments/circumstances. Her classes are a blend of traditional text study including the Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and Krishna’s many past times and leelas. She incorporates chanting, gong playing, inner exploration, and bhakti love into her classes. Embodying each moment, delving deeper into your own experience, that is the gift of Yoga, one which Shannon lives to share with others. She is grateful to all her teachers, past- present- and future. And will be forever connected to her Guru, Swami Satchidnanda, who has given her the spiritual name “Malati.”
Alex is Onyx’s Member Advisor and is here to welcome and assist new, potential, and existing members. Discussions range from the most appropriate classes for specific goals and physicality, membership options, and simply what to wear and bring to class. You may email her at alex@onyxyogastudio.com.   Alex is a certified 200 HR RYT and also holds a certification in advanced trauma and addiction training. As well as a personal trainer, she works with her students to help them reach their goals and aspirations through hard work and a splash of humor.   Alex believes that everyone can find a comfortable space to allow themselves to grow with the belief that one is never too old to accomplish their dreams and desires. Alex discovered yoga in 2015 after finding Onyx a few short minutes from her home. She was immediately hooked and began her journey by attending more than 370 classes in her first year of being a member. She attributes her passion and love for the art to her teachers and mentors; Shannon Elliot, Gabriella Perotti, and Jane Lindemann who not only showed her the beautiful path that yoga could lead her on, but also an entirely new way of living.   Alex has been interested in athletics before she entered grade school, immersing herself in competitive swimming, boxing, mixed martial arts, and cross country. She competed for a semi-professional swim team until she entered college where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Public Relations from Kean University.   She is currently studying at Montclair State University, where she is working towards her Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. 
Alison took her first influential yoga class in 2000 with Rolf Gates. It would be the class that sent her a journey of curiosity and reflection. Alison teaches an alignment based vinyasa (utilizing Universal Principles of Alignment) infused with dharma passed on by her teachers. It is her heart calling to teach this practice with precision, love, grace and humor. She is committed to teaching an intelligently sequenced practice while honoring the space of each student. Alison gives gratitude to her most beautiful teachers for their generosity.
Barbara (Himat Kaur) has been a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga teacher since
2004. She did her teacher training for Kundalini at Yoga East. Her practice has taken her throughout the country in order to enhance her skills and love for the incredible technology of Kundalini Yoga: six summer solstice celebrations in New Mexico (including numerous White Tantric yoga
meditation workshops), trips to California at Yoga West, to Los Angeles
and Vancouver British Columbia. She also has done several workshops with
Guru Singh at the Kripalu Institute in Stockbridge Mass and has done many
retreats with MahanRishi Singh in Yardley, PA. Sharing the teachings of
Yogi Bhajan is a passion she has had for years. She is thrilled to
join Onyx Yoga Studio as a teacher.
Csilla Bischoff has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and attended her first Kundalini Yoga class as taught by Yogi Bhajan in 2015. The practice resonated deep within and Csilla will be a certified Kundalini yoga instructor as of July 2018 and is ex-cited to add this to her offerings.

She believes the practice of kundalini yoga allows people to connect to their inner be-ings and listen to their heart, completely trusting that deep healing occurs with a con-scious yoga practice. Her teaching style blends her vast knowledge of healthy eating and living.

Csilla is also a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and founder of shininghealth.com. Her approach advocates food as medicine, providing the body with what it needs nutritionally and spiritually to achieve radiant health. She is trained in eastern and western nutrition, modern health counseling and using food as therapy.

Csilla’s mission is to walk alongside others as they embrace who they are and gain the power and confidence to live their healthiest, happiest and most grateful life.

Denise took her first yoga class as a senior in high school and was immediately hooked. She felt inspired by the physical challenge of the asana practice, and curious about the philosophical themes that many of her teachers talked about. She began to practice several times a week and noticed profound changes in her life – less anxiety, elevated mood, improved focus, better sleep, just to name a few. She wanted to share what she had learned, so she signed up for a 200 hour yoga teacher training with Jeannine Dietz, and began teaching soon after. Since then, she has studied with some of her favorite teachers such as Sue Elkind, Naime Jezzeny, Jason Crandell and Noah Maze. In her classes, Denise strives to help her students pay attention to their breath, cultivate a steady awareness on the present moment, and practice asana in a safe and sustainable way. She truly believes that anyone can enhance their life with yoga and feels incredibly blessed with opportunity to teach!
Emily Katz is dedicated to helping her clients students find balance in all aspects of their lives- emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical.
Living a fast-paced life moving from one activity to another can leave a person stressed and out of balance. Emily’s goal is to learn (and teach) simple tools which help find balance and develop healthy habits. Activities that will help students of all ages find true harmony in all aspects of their lives.

In 2012, while in her senior year at Miami University a life changing event occurred when Emily contracted chronic Lyme disease. The disease not only caused physical and mental discomfort and pain, it also resulted in Emily falling behind in her schoolwork and losing connection with close friends. During this time her father observed that traditional western medicine was not entirely working for Emily and thought that yoga may help alleviate some of the symptoms. Through her teachers teaching’s Emily developed a holistic approach to treating her sickness by incorporating modern medicine, traditional yoga therapeutic remedies and plant-based alternative medicines. Because of this approach to health and wellness Emily no longer has the symptomatic suffering of Lyme disease.

Emily is now vinyasa and yin yoga teacher, kid’s yoga teacher, and journeying towards her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Emily’s goal is to incorporate all aspects of holistic living and encouraging students to become steadfast in their own practices while integrating them into their day-to-day lives.

A yogini since before she could even say “OM,” Gabi was introduced to yoga and meditation by her grandfather who was a devoted practitioner. Inspired by his way of life, she committed to her own practice in 2003 and has “continually been blown away by the ability that this practice has to give us exactly what we need in each moment, even as that need is constantly changing. Yoga is a perfect method and metaphor for life.” With her soothing voice and encouraging demeanor, her classes will have students of all levels feeling challenged and capable, strong and supple. Her classes are a moving meditation as she links breath with movement and she has a keen awareness of the ability that music has to move practitioners to greater depths. Inspired by her teachers Shannon Elliot and Amy Cronise-Mead, she teaches Vinyasa classes with special attention to alignment as a way to progress rapidly and safely, and to develop integrity and mindfulness. The eternal student, when Gabi is not on the mat, she is most likely to be found at a library or bookstore; she is in the Rutgers Graduate School studying Eastern Religions and Philosophies as well as Sanskrit. She feels "ridiculously lucky" to have the gift of sharing this practice of yoga with other people.
Gemma is a certified yoga instructor with a focus on alignment based principles to assist with maximizing the full potential in each yoga pose. She received her initial 200-hour training from Yogadharma in 2003 and is currently deepening her yoga studies in a 300-hour Level II training, focusing on the energetics of optimally aligned asanas and applied therapeutics. Gemma came to yoga as a way to recover from persistent back pain following back surgery. Through the practice she found a safe way to build strength and heal her own body. As a teacher Gemma breaks down the instructions for each posture with focus on alignment and breath, fostering an accessible practice for anyone that shows up on the mat.
Jane is passionate about yoga. She believes that yoga is a life practice, both on and off the mat. Practicing yoga since 2008 she decided to deepen and strengthen her practice by becoming a certified yoga instructor, completing 300 hours of training through Yogadharma with Amy Cronise-Mead and Will Mead, and 100 hours of Anatomy and Therapeutics with Amy Cronise-Mead, this is where she found her foundation of mediation, yoga philosophies, and asana. Jane considers herself a student of life, loving to learn and teach, she hopes to inspire her students with the same foundation and passion that her teachers gave her. Jane is alignment based in her vinyasa teachings, her classes will be challenging but also playful, each students will move through their own practice to the best of their abilities in order for them to reach their full potential.
Jennifer began the practice of yoga as a way to physically challenge herself and to relieve her own stress and anxiety. She developed a deep love of the practice and discovered how beneficial it can be physically, mentally and spirituality. She made the life changing decision to leave her job in the health care industry to focus on deepening her knowledge and sharing the benefits of yoga. She completed her 200 hour RYT through Onyx Yoga Studio. Jennifer developed a knack for the subtlety of anatomy and alignment in the asana. She has the gift of being able to offer her students cues on how to move from the inside and with the breath. She offers options and teaches modifications so every student has something to do. Jennifer has a welcoming and supportive presence. She teaches in a way that has students feeling safe and inspired. Jennifer extends her deepest gratitude to her teacher Shannon Elliott, for her support and encouragement along this journey. She also has gratitude and love for all of her teachers, past, present and future.
Jill dove into the yoga world after quitting her high paced 9-5 job to start her own mental health private practice. She thought yoga would be a good way to help pass the time as she built up her practice. A few months later, she signed up for teacher training and has grown to love the philosophy as well as the asana (practice). She now realizes that yoga is far from just a way to pass time. In fact, her life would be incomplete without it. Jill completed her 200-hour teacher training at Onyx Yoga Studio. Jill brings her warm-hearted energy to help students reach their full potential while feeling guided along the way. With a focus on alignment and breathwork, Jill helps students feel safe and capable in class. Her creativity and honesty will keep you laughing while working towards challenging yourself. She incorporates her mental health background onto the mat through mindfulness based principals leaving students feeling grounded even after leaving the mat.
In early 2017, John began his journey in yoga while looking for something to keep his mind busy and his body active. Although his predominant training is vinyasa based, he also likes to incorporate Yin postures into some of his classes. Students can find a safe space to be and find themselves in his class. Through the use of mindful movements, conscious breathing and optimal alignment, students will begin to obtain a better awareness for their body as well as cultivate a feeling of centeredness that can be accessed on and off the mat. John feels as though the spiritual side of yoga has greatly impacted his life and he enjoys sharing that based on his knowledge of the Yoga Sutras and The Bhagavad Gita. The practice of yoga has helped heal him physically, mentally, and emotionally and he hopes to be able to share that with his students to allow them to reach their full potential.


Joshua's yoga is not for the faint of heart. His teaching lies heavily in Vedantic philosophy and is filtered through his background as a classically trained actor in London, a playwright in NY, a filmmaker in Los Angeles, a professional touring rock musician and a teacher training by Eric Paskel of Yoga Shelter in LA and Detroit. That's right...Detroit Rock City. Joshua has been teaching Vinyasa and Yin Yoga in both Spanish and English in Tulum, Mexico at Amansala’s ‘Bikini Boot Camp’, Yoga Shala, Yoga Dicha and Casa Violeta and he has now returned to NY to continue on his own path of teaching and being of service.
 Joshua is an urban monk and believes that all suffering is not caused by the world, but rather our relationship to it. Only through brutal honesty and consistency do we retrain the mind to keep us at our edge physically and mentally and thus surpass even our own expectations on our journey to greatness. His blend of poise and grace gleaned from classical text mixed with his Jersey boy sense of humor and musical talents brings a one of a kind power yogic experience to your own journey of transformation. Are you ready?
Judit is 500 hours certified Yoga Teacher with more than 15 years of experience teaching. She is also a Certified Singing Bowl practitioner and a Health Coach. She is a graduate of the University of Barcelona with a BA degree in Hotel Management. She has studied with Ranjitha Sandeep, Claire Diab, Cheri Clampett, Arturo Peal and Jacquie Ruderman. She is trained to teach Vinyasa, Gentle, Restorative, Therapeutic and Yin Yoga. She feels very fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel to India several times to deepen her practice and feels grateful for all the support her husband and 2 kids have always given her. Judit opens her heart and soul in her yoga classes taking care of everybody's individual needs, working mind body and spirit as a whole. She offers a compassionate yoga practice welcoming people with different levels and ages. Judit likes to challenge her students but always reminds them to listen to their bodies. "We should challenge ourselves without causing pain or injury. To do this we must be aware of our limits within each pose".

Apart from asanas (postures), breathing techniques and meditation, Judit offers in most of her classes inspirational readings, occasional guided visualizations and plays the Tibetan Singing Bowls and chimes during Savasana to help students relax and de-stress. Background music is also an important aspect of Judit’s classes. She has a great selection of playlists to create the right ambience so you can totally let go of tension and go deep into your practice. To learn more about her please visit her website: www.juditduran.com

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