Studio Happenings

with Carolyn Fosko and Stephen Tortorello

Anatomy and Asana Intensives

Saturdays and Sundays
11:30am - 6:30pm

Cost: $225/weekend

Ever wonder what is happening anatomically that might be limiting your students or yourself in asana? Study advanced anatomy and kinesiology relative to a specific category of asana in order to deepen your understanding of how the body works and moves. Then integrate this information into a working knowledge of safe and uplifting alignment principles as well as intelligent sequencing. Explore everything from restorative to advanced asana and infuse new life into familiar poses by expanding on modifications, variations, creative prop usage and hands-on assists.

Choose as few or as many of the following Intensives as serves you.

Yoga Alliance Accredited Continuing Education Program - 14 hours/weekend

Forward Bends: February 29 and March 1

Backbends: March 28 and 29

Core Stability, Arm Balances and Inversions: April 25 and 26

Twists: May 23 and 24

con Christine Vaccaro

Yoga Suave/Restaurativa

Miércoles 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Marzo 4 - Marzo 25

Costo: $75 para 4 semanas de serie

($60 con registración antes de Febrero 27)

Interesado en hacer Yoga, pero no sabes dónde empezar? Empieza aquí!!!

Aprenderás lo fundamental de una clase segura de yoga suave y restaurativa en este serie de 4 semanas, diseñado  específicamente para cualquier nivel de experiencia. No se necesita experiencia previa. Son todos bienvenidos.


Exploramos las posturas físicas y las técnicas básicas de la respiración y la meditación de una manera apta para las necesidades de tu propio cuerpo. Empezamos con movimientos suaves guiadas por la respiración y posturas accesibles. Seguimos con posturas pasivas y profundamente restaurativas con uso de soportes. Ideal para cualquier hispanohablante que quiere empezar o continuar su practica de yoga y relajarse.

Por favor lleva ropa comoda para moverse ~ se practica yoga descalzo, pero se puede llevar medias dentro del espacio del estudio.

with April Linson

Breathwork Meditation

Friday, March 6
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Cost: $40

Breathwork Healing is a powerful meditation tool, utilizing a specific 2 part breathwork technique (taught by David Elliott), to facilitate a release of stuck energy, thought patterns and emotional baggage. With this guided breath meditation, memories, deep rooted belief systems (created or passed down), stress, trauma, loss, grief, fear, anxiety, and whatever else is hiding in the body, can find it’s way to the surface and into our awareness which begins the process of healing. Once we are freed up in the areas that have been blocked off or weighed down we can begin to experience deeper levels of joy and love, new-found creativity and healthy ways of self-love and self-expression.


Within a group dynamic this work takes on a powerful energy, creating a space of safety, unity, and the opportunity to grow in community. Through reaching into the higher levels of consciousness, releasing stuck energy and blocked emotions, you will leave feeling lighter and brighter.

A Note for Preparations...

Please bring the following items:
*Yoga Mat
*Eye cover (or washcloth to cover your eyes)
*2 Smooth Stones (about the size of your palms) - If you do not have any we have some extras!

Lastly, please try to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start time. This will allow you the time to get comfortable before we begin.

with Michelle Brook

Family Yoga

Sunday, March 15
11:00am - 12:00pm

Cost: $20 Drop-in or 1 Class from your current Highland Yoga Class Package

Gather up your crew and join us for joyful play through yoga!!!

These fun-filled classes are designed to help you experience the benefits of yoga as a family. Move, stretch, breathe and play… all while strengthening your family bond and creating healthy habits for your kids! Classes will include individual, partner and group poses as well as stories, music and cooperative games. Moms, Dads, Caregivers and children of all ages are welcome!


Offered one Sunday per month.


with Angela Cays

Taking Refuge in the Divine: A Kirtan

Sunday, March 22
1:30pm - 3:30pm

Cost: $30 Pre-Registration by March 15/$40 Thereafter

When we chant the sacred sounds of the Divine, connecting to the energies of Light and Love, we feel a holding and a comfort, which is the practice of taking refuge. We can simply celebrate the knowing and embrace of this light and love; or perhaps, we need to feel the transformation out of a darker moment or place into the light via the holding of this unconditional love.

Join us for an afternoon of taking refuge in the vibrations of the sacred sounds of the Divine, the shared energy of our amazing community, and the embodied dharma of light and love.

Angela will weave together the chanting of mantras, brief readings to highlight the dharma, and periods of meditative silence to create an afternoon of refuge, healing, and inspiration.

with Michelle Brook

Tween Yoga (ages 9 - 12)

4:30pm - 5:45pm

Current 10 week series:

Jan. 8 thru Mar. 11

Next 10 week series:
Mar.18 thru May 27
(no class April 15)


Cost: $150 for 10 week series or space permitting, $18 Drop-in per class

(10% discount for second sibling if purchasing the full 10 week series)
Pre-registration required

Yoga empowers us with bodies that are strong and flexible, hearts that are compassionate, and minds that enjoy peace - what a gift, to be given these tools as a child.... 

Tween Yogis/Yoginis will enjoy a variety of poses presented traditionally and through stories, music and games. The connection between movement and breath as well as age-appropriate breathwork will be introduced as a means to empower students with the ability to focus and find calm. Whether practicing individually, with a partner, or as a group, our tweens will develop strength, flexibility, and a life-long love for yoga!!

***Moms and Dads - enjoy your own practice by taking the 4:30pm Core Alignment Mixed Levels class with Stephen while your son/daughter is in their class!

with Michelle Brook and Jaclyn Becker

Kids Yoga (ages 5 - 8)

4:30pm - 5:30pm


Current 10 week series:
Jan. 10 thru Mar. 20
(no class Feb. 14)

Next 10 week series:
Mar. 27 thru June 19
(no class April 10, 17 or May 22)

Cost: $140 for 10 week series or space permitting, $17 Drop-in per class

(10% discount for second sibling if purchasing the full 10 week series)
Pre-registration required

Yoga empowers us with bodies that are strong and flexible, hearts that are compassionate, and minds that enjoy peace - what a gift, to be given these tools as a child....

Whether they are pretending to be animals or enjoying a fantastical adventure, yoga will be a blast as kids participate and cooperate in creating the experience together! Class may include songs, stories and games as well as age-appropriate breath work geared toward focusing attention, learning to calm ourselves, and relaxation.

with Jaclyn Becker

Teen Yoga (ages 12 - 16)

4:30pm - 5:45pm
Jan. 12 thru Mar. 8
(no class Jan. 26, Feb. 2, Feb. 9 or Mar. 1)

Cost: $75 for 5 week series or space permitting, $18 Drop-in per class

(10% discount for second sibling if purchasing the full 5 week series)
Pre-registration required

Yoga empowers us with bodies that are strong and flexible, hearts that are compassionate, and minds that enjoy peace - what a gift, to be given these tools as a child.... 

Teen Yogis/Yoginis will enjoy a bridge from children's yoga to a developing deeper yoga practice. Participants will be exposed to the alignment of more poses, experience the connection and power of breathwork, and discuss how yoga philosophy can help them navigate the beautiful, and at times challenging teen years. 

***Moms and Dads - enjoy your own practice by taking the 4:30pm Restorative class with Laura while your son/daughter is in their class!

with Stephen Tortorello

108 Sun Salutations for Peace

Saturday, April 4

Cost: $35 (includes commemorative shirt when pre-registering by March 14)

The Sun Salutation unites body, mind and breath in a rhythmic flow that exemplifies meditation in motion. When committing to this already transformative practice for an extended period of time, we increase the potential for creating a profound shift.

Renowned mathematicians of Vedic culture viewed the number 108 as sacred, a representation of the wholeness of existence. Yogis have always used this number, or a derivation of it, to chant or meditate. We will continue in this tradition, offering the challenge of 108 sun salutations  as a means to calm the mind, open the heart and experience inner peace. When able to do so on the mat, we find it easier to access when encountering difficult scenarios off the mat as well.

Each action we take toward developing our own inner peace, in turn allows us to introduce that peace into the world.

***After registering, please email the studio at to let us know what size tank top you would like.

with Angela Cays

Reiki Level 1 Training

New date added!
Sunday, April 19
12:00pm - 6:30pm
2 spots remaining!

Cost: $175

Reiki is a beautiful, self-empowering healing practice that can be harnessed and practiced by everyone. Reiki promotes deep relaxation, assists in the body's natural healing processes, and develops emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. 


In this training, you will learn the history of Reiki, be attuned to the Reiki energy, and learn hand positions for self-treatment and for treating others. During the training, you will practice hands-on with your classmates. You will also receive a comprehensive manual and ongoing support.


Please bring a lunch or snack, plenty of water to drink, and anything else you’ll need to care for yourself.


Pre-registration is required. Limited to 6 participants.


About Angela: Angela Cays has been working towards transforming suffering and empowering others for decades as a high school math teacher and tutor; licensed professional counselor (LPC); and as a yoga instructor since the fall of 2006. She guides her students to reveal light and shadow, to become more fully embodied and aware of all layers of our being (koshas); to awaken intuition, life force energy (prana), and touch moments of deep peace as well as great expansion.

Her continued education as a counselor and yoga instructor led her deeper into the subtle body through learning modules in her advanced yoga teacher training with Sheryl and Neil Edsall at Naturally Yoga in Glen Rock, NJ and trainings at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA on Psychotherapy and Spirituality, as well as Psychology of the Chakras, Mind Body Integration, and Creating on Purpose with Anodea Judith.  Having a spark of curiosity about Reiki when she first started taking yoga classes, it was about 20 years later, as a continuation of studying and working with the subtle body, she received her Level I, Level II and Reiki Master attunements from her beloved teacher, Sheryl Edsall, along with the radiant Eileen Alexander.

Angela benefits deeply from practicing Reiki for self-care in addition to sharing this healing modality with others.  Through many years of studying and teaching yoga, and receiving the Reiki attunements, she continues to develop a more heightened awareness of subtle body energy. She feels honored to hold a sacred space for healing and growth through the universal energy of Reiki, as well as her group yoga classes, workshops and kirtans, private yoga, and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Tapping sessions.

Highland's Teacher of the Month

Get to know Iwona Tarapata!!!

Iwona is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance.  Iwona graduated in 2008 from the Starseed Yoga Teacher Training Program in Montclair, having been trained and personally mentored by the late Jyoti Chrystal.  Iwona has been practicing Yoga for over 10 years and has attended numerous advanced workshops and classes including those taught by Leslie Kaminoff, Kofi Busia, and Sri Arun.  Iwona is particularly devoted towards mastery of Yoga alignment and influenced by the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar.  Iwona has committed herself to the passion of teaching Yoga and finds beauty and grace in the precision and alignment as used in Yoga.  Iwona has developed the belief that Yoga is a means to understand life, health and happiness and helps one create balance in a modern society.  She is also devoted to using Yoga as a means to self-discovery.


Q & A

What is one of your favorite poses and why?

One of my favorite poses is Bhujangasana. Often I tell my students if I have to pick only one pose to do for the rest of my life it would be cobra. This pose is amazing and accessible to most students, and includes many benefits. It strengthens the spine, stretches the chest and lungs and opens the heart just to name a few. This pose counters our daily activities which are forward movements. When I am in the pose, I feel very positive and light and it invokes a feeling of goodness in my body.

What is one of your least favorite poses and why?


As I enjoy doing backbends in general, I have one least favorite pose which is Urdhva Dhanurasana. I have been practicing this pose for many years and tried many variations on this pose but have never felt comfortable with this asana. Personally, this pose is not pleasant to practice. And when I am in this pose, my body feels heavy and most of the time I feel pain in my back.

What do you hope students walk away from your class with?


I hope that my students walk away from my class feeling more grounded, and happier and more positive with themselves. I hope they can build strength, and awareness in both mind and body.


What is one of your favorite quotes?


“The highest point of yesterday, should be the lowest point of today”-Sri B.K.S.


What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

My favorite guilty pleasure is shopping for new clothes at different stores.


Mondays 9:00am Alignment Mixed Levels

Special Offer!!!

Save 40% off a 60 minute 
Private Session with Iwona!!!

*purchase must be made by February 29, 2020
nd redeemed by April 30, 2020

(limit one session per client)


Contact Us

Directions to Highland Yoga, 17 Kiel Avenue, Kinnelon, NJ 07045


From South:
Take Rte 23 North to jug handle just beyond blue Coldwell Banker building,

Turn left onto Kinnelon Road to crossover Rte 23 at light

Make first left onto Kakeout Road
At four-way stop make right onto Kiel Ave
Highland Yoga is located in the 3rd building on the left, lower level


From North:
Take Rte 23 South, bear right just beyond Nissan dealership to crossover Kinnelon Road at light onto Kakeout Road

At four-way stop make right onto Kiel Ave
Highland Yoga is located in the 3rd building on the left, lower level

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