Studio Happenings

Thank you!!! We say it at the beginning of each Highland Happenings that we send, and we mean it - we are grateful for your presence here at the studio - thank you for your part in creating this joyful and supportive space!!!

In honor of YOU, please call (973)838-9642, stop by the studio or click here to enjoy 20% off 5, 10, and 20 Class Packages.

(limit 2 packages/client, all packages expire one year from date of purchase)


Now through
Sunday, November 24

Click here to purchase class packages online

Save 20% off 5, 10 and 20 Class Packages!

Gratitude Sale!!!

"An Advanced Teacher is one who is committed to mastering the art of being a student..."

Evolve as both a student and a teacher with the Ever Yoga 300 hour Advanced Teacher Training! In this program you will:


  • Develop your ability to recognize and address the needs of your students through a more profound understanding of anatomy and kinesiology relative to asana, alignment, and intelligent sequencing.

  • Open to an experience of practices ranging from Gentle/Restorative to Advanced, so that you can confidently teach an informed and meaningful practice to students of any level.

  • Become even more skilled at offering adjustments and utilizing props both effectively and creatively.

  • Discover and integrate a working knowledge of the many different ways students absorb information, so that you can implement the appropriate techniques while teaching.

  • Gain experience teaching various levels and styles to your peers in a safe and supportive environment.

  • Explore the Five Elements, Chakras and Prana Vayus through asana, pranayama, mudra, mantra and meditation.

  • Review historical texts in order to reaffirm your understanding of yoga's roots and evolution. Delve into a comparison of the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali's Yoga Sutras relative to a modern lifestyle.

  • Study the components of Yoga Nidra and script/teach one of your own.

  • Deepen your understanding of a topic of personal interest through research and development of your own workshop.

  • Have the opportunity to nurture yourself - body, mind and spirit.

The Ever Yoga 300 hour Advanced Teacher Training is a Yoga Alliance registered program for those that have already completed a 200 hour Yoga Alliance approved teacher training. Upon completion of all requirements, trainees will receive a certificate enabling them to register with Yoga Alliance as 500 hour Registered Yoga Teachers.

**Yoga Alliance requires that applicants also have taught 100 hours after completing their 200 hour programs before registering as 500 hour Teachers.

For more information visit

Training begins
in January!

Click here for an application

with Carolyn Fosko and Stephen Tortorello

Ever Yoga 300hr Advanced Teacher Training

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.

Friday, November 22
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Cost: $40

with April Linson

Breathwork Meditation

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also known as Tapping, is a practice that involves tapping on the endpoints of energy meridians on your body which awakens your relaxation response, reduces feelings of stress, and brings a calm, grounded, yet expansive feeling.  


This practice can support healing from illness and disease as well as open you to clarity and intuition. Bringing the body out of stress and into the relaxation response allows our immune system to function optimally and our mind to be clear to find solutions to challenges or pathways to our peace and joy in life. 


We can use this technique to address physical pain, stuck emotions, ingrained thought patterns that no longer serve us, and challenging life experiences (past, present, or future).  While tapping on the points, we speak our feelings, thoughts and experiences, telling the truth of it all, and as the physical and energy body process these feelings within the realm of relaxation and expansion, we organically move to positive thoughts and feelings and speak those to affirm them into our being. 


Come out to learn (or review) the practice of EFT Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping), tap along with some given scripts addressing our universal experiences of stress and struggle, as well as impromptu scripts based on your own challenges should you choose to share them anonymously or in person. 

Sunday, November 24
1:30pm - 3:30pm

Cost: $30 Pre-Registration by November 17, $40 Thereafter

with Angela Cays

Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping) Workshop

Begin this day of gratitude on the mat with a mixed levels vinyasa practice and celebrate the body that moves you through the world, the mind that cultivates discernment, and the heart and soul that connects us all in love and light!

Wednesday, November 27
7:00am Pilates with Kelly
9:00am Alignment Mixed Levels with Kelly
9:30am Gentle/Restorative with Carolyn
11:00am Kundalini with Sean
(studio closed remainder of the day)


Thursday, November 28
9:00am Thanksgiving Day Vinyasa Mixed Levels with Stephen
(studio closed remainder of the day)

Classes run as regularly scheduled the remainder of the weekend.

Thursday, November 28
9:00am - 10:30am

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

with Stephen Tortorello

Thanksgiving Day Practice

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!

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

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

with Michelle Brook

Family Yoga

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.

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Sept. 13 thru Nov. 22

(no class Nov. 8)

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

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

with Michelle Brook

Kids Yoga (ages 5 - 8)

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!

4:30pm - 5:45pm
Sept. 11 thru Dec. 4
(no class Oct. 9, Nov. 6 or 27)


Next 10 week series:
Jan. 8 thru Mar. 11

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

with Michelle Brook

Tween Yoga (ages 9 - 12)

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.

Sunday, January 26
12:00pm - 6:30pm

Cost: $175

with Angela Cays

Reiki Level 1 Training

Love yin yoga and want to gain a deeper understanding of this transformative mind-body practice? Immerse yourself during this two-day intensive training.

You’ll explore the synergistic balance between yin and yang practices and principles, the anatomy of yin, the effects of tension and compression, and how yin impacts the energetic body.

We’ll dive deep on energy flow, yin meridians, and how the emotional body is impacted. You’ll get to examine how asana, meditation, and pranayama all make up the yin practice. We’ll play with sequencing, class theme building, and prop utilization, for those who want to teach or simply learn more about how yin yoga works.

Michele Sapanaro was apprehensive before her first yin yoga class, but it had such a profound effect on her that she had to know more about it. She immersed herself in the practice. Now, she's been teaching yin yoga for over six years and it's become a huge part of her life, personally and professionally.

Michele strongly believes that yin is essential for balancing and deepening yang practices like ashtanga and vinyasa. She teaches creative classes and workshops in the tri-state area, seamlessly fusing asana, pranayama and meditation for a full-body healing experience.

Saturday and Sunday
February 8 and 9
11:30pm - 6:30pm

Cost: $385 Pre-Registration by January 25, $420 Thereafter

with Michele Sapanaro

Yin Yoga Immersion

Highland's Teacher of the Month

Get to know Daria Montferrante!!!

Daria is inspired by a desire to help others find balance, personal awareness and restoration. This led her into what she finds to be complimentary healing arts. She completed her 200hr Yoga teacher training with Yoga Works in 2010 and her 200hr Mantra teacher training with Gretchen Carmel in 2015. She has additionally studied Restorative Yoga with Jillian Pransky and Judith Lasater. Daria’s interest in energy work led to her initiation into Jin Shin Jystu in 2012, which she is currently pursuing further through her enrollment in the 200hr Jin Shin Jyustu Professional Practitioners Course. She is fascinated with this lifelong practice’s ability to create deeper states of relaxation and reflect the inner and outer energetic flows of life. Daria is additionally a Reiki Master, having received her first attunement in 2008.


Daria teaches Restorative Yoga at Highland on Friday nights and is available for energy sessions by appointment. She also lovingly hand makes Malas, which you can find hanging in our shop.


Q & A

What is one of your favorite poses and why?

One of my favorite poses is Trikonasana.  It was the first pose where I felt the expansion and openness, that combined effort with effortlessness. I’ve felt that in other poses since, but I will never forget that first time.

What is one of your least favorite poses and why?


Really any of the arm-balances are difficult for me. They remind me of all the work I have yet to do and the reality of my limitations.

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


I hope that people get some sense of the quiet, peace and serenity they carry within themselves. Its a choice we have to remember its always there.


What is one of your favorite quotes?


I don’t have a true favorite quote, but here are a few that I like currently:

“You deserve more love, not less.”  Matt Kahn

“The Breath is the Ultimate Healer.”  Jiro Mirai


What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

I like to play “Candy Crush” in quiet moments at work.


Fridays 6:30pm - 8:00pm Restorative

Special Offer!!!

Save 40% off a 60 minute Reiki, JSJ or
Private Session with Daria!!!

*purchase must be made by November 30
and redeemed by January 31, 2020

(limit one session per client)


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