Meet Our Yoga Instructors

  • Dr.
    J. K. Kuan DC, LAc
    Clinical Director of Prosperity Health Center

    Dr. Kuan graduated with honors from Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS) with a Doctor’s degree in Chiropractic and a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. There he received the Outstanding Service Award for his individual contributions to the college, made the Dean’s List, and was recognized by the California State Assembly for his steadfast commitment to the community and outstanding leadership in Traditional Asian Medicine and Health Sciences.

    Dr. Kuan began his Acupuncture and Chiropractic career in San Diego and Santa Monica, California where he was working with a seasoned Chiropractor. From there he brought together many of the concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine with modern Acupuncture and Chiropractic techniques for excellent healing and wellness. Since then, he has continued to build his reputation as a practitioner who is passionate about healing and providing care to those that find themselves in physical distress. After years of practice in California, Dr. Kuan pursued the opportunity to bring his clinical experience and healing techniques to the East Coast where he founded Prosperity Health Center. 

    Dr. J. K. Kuan is National Board Certified (NCCAOM) (NBCE) and a Licensed Chiropractic Physician and Acupuncturist in the State of New Jersey, New York and California. Currently he is also teaching at Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine. With years of clinical experience, Dr. Kuan has helped many people with varied conditions such as insomnia, food allergy, seasonal allergy, hypertension, migraine/headache, smoking addiction, obesity, PMS, dysmenorrhea/amenorrhea, infertility, pain syndrome (joint pain, tendonitis, LBP), I.B.S., anxiety/depression to name but a few. 

    After serving to various local cities, Dr. Kuan is now offering his service to the world through hosting world-wide healing retreats. 

    At CHY, Dr. offers Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Core Fusion and Prana Fusion classes. 

  • Dr. Nancie Celini
    Yoga Instructor

    Dr. Nancie Celini is an educator,
    researcher, 500-hour certified yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance and yoga therapist. Her extensive background as a clinical research and public
    health professional combined with her unique insights have helped people transform their health.  She has been inspired in her own practice by scientists, medical professionals and master teachers in healthcare and yoga but is most inspired by her students and seeing
    them grow, heal and feel better. 

    She is the founder of Just Breathe Yoga, a community-based program in NJ and developer of “Yoga for Change” a program to help professionals reimagine their work and connectedness to each other. Nancie has been a lifelong athlete and advocate for better health as a certified fitness trainer, martial artist and yoga teacher. She is co-developer of a unique continuing education program with her colleague in New York where they help yoga teachers cultivate new insights and skills across a wide range of topics. Nancie has a master’s degree and doctorate in public health. She brings a diverse knowledge base to help her students grow stronger and healthier through yoga combined with her passion for research and integrative medicine.

  • Carmela Ruggerio
    Yoga Intructor

    Carmela M. Ruggiero recently received her 200 hour yoga certification and Reiki level I certification in June of 2018. Carmela has always had a passion for health and well-being. Yoga and meditation found her when she was about 15 years old and her life has been changed ever since. She wishes to continue and advance her studies and is hopeful to obtain her 500 hour yoga certification in 2019. Carmela also loves to dance, meditate, cook (really good) vegan food, and spend time with her family, friends, and cat.

  • Poonam Badi
    Yoga Instructor

    Poonam is an RYT500 certified yoga instructor, who has experience in Teaching various styles of yoga which include Hata yoga, Vinyasa, Chair yoga/Therapeutic yoga, Pre-natal,  Kids yoga, Yoga cleansing techniques, and therapeutic massages. She has also attended Beginners and advanced meditation courses. Yoga has been a part of her life for over 7 years and her practice has helped her grow stronger, flexible and confident both on and off the mat.

    Her yoga teaching methodology involves a particular sequence of postures in which almost all the joints and muscles of the body are worked on with mindful and safe practice including Breathing exercises leaving the practitioner with refreshing mind and body.

    Her enormous interest in Teaching Yoga and learning meditation makes her explore this field further and improve her knowledge.

  • Susan Lewis
    Yoga Instructor

    Sue Lewis is a 225 hour certified yoga instructor, licensed massage therapist, and Usui Reiki Master.  She has also been trained in trauma-informed yoga, chair/senior yoga, yoga nidra, and yin yoga.  Sue is currently enrolled in a 300 hour advanced yoga teacher training, as well as training with Curvy Yoga. Sue believes that yoga is for everyone, and strives to bring a welcoming and  inclusive atmosphere to her classes, filled with joy and gentle fun. Sue loves living in the beach town of Ocean Grove with husband Ken and cocker spaniel Domino. She practices the Japanese martial arts of Aikido and Battodo in her spare time.

  • Allison LaRochelle
    Yoga Instructor

    Allison LaRochelle came to yoga looking for answers, and over the course of her journey has received only one- no one is owed any. She came to yoga in 2014 full of anxiety and heartbreak, and yoga did not take away the pain or give her a means of escaping, but instead allowed her to sit- to abide- in all she was feeling. This helped her eradicate her fear of an unknown future. LaRochelle developed a passion for yoga and connected with the practice very similarly to how she connected with her musical practice. She loved the healing, rhythm, intimacy with one's self, the new medium of self expression, and the overall hope to harmonize the inner-self with all that is. In 2018, LaRochelle was able to participate in Bodhi Yoga Academy's Tinton Falls, NJ 200hr yoga teacher training program. As a result of completing this program, Allison LaRochelle is a CYT (Certified Yoga Teacher) 200. This training gave LaRochelle an in-depth education on safe asana (yoga posture) practices, yoga history, and yoga philosophy. She is passionate about sharing and incorporating all 8 limbs of yoga into her classes in order for her students to understand what yoga is all about and to honor the culture in which yoga comes from. Allison recognizes yoga as a lifelong practice and plans to continue pursuing more training and education. 

  • Daria B.
    Yoga Instructor

    Daria found yoga over 10 years ago as a natural progression from her ballet and modern dance studies. She completed her 200-hour yoga-teacher training at The Bhakti Center in New York in 2016 and has been teaching since then. Training at the Bhakti Center deepened her spiritual practice and made pranayama and meditation  a daily practice. She believes regular yoga practice brings powerful shifts in the body, mind, and life of a practitioner. In her classes she is guiding students through sequences with an emphasis on increasing the energy flow and heat in the body through breathing and physical alignment. Her classes create challenging yet nurturing environment that will help practitioners to experience a real change on and off the mat. An eternal student, Daria continues her yoga studies practicing daily and exploring different yoga styles (ashtanga, kundalini, hatha, iyengar) and their effects on mind, body and soul.

  • Brittany C.
    Yoga Instructor

    Brittany is a New Jersey Yoga Instructor who believes in the healing power of movement and mindfulness. She studied and trained as a dancer and dance educator. During her training she faced an injury that led her to deepen her practice of Yoga for the sake of the wellness of her body and mind. She is consistently pursuing knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology, breath-awareness, nutrition, and psychology to enhance the benefits of the practice of Yoga. Her goals include connecting with people to learn and share knowledge and experiences as well as guide students with intent that yoga is for all who wish to discover happiness and health.  She completed a 200-Hour Vinyasa Yoga Registered Teacher Training and Certification Program through Om Factory School of Yoga, New York City.