Nathalie is E-RYT 200 Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher. Her classes are customized to build strength and flexibility while focusing on the mind-body balance. Opening the Buttonwood Farm yoga studio was a dream come true. Yoga has had a transformative and healing benefit onto her life and she is passionate about sharing these benefits with others.
In 2012, when her then six-month old daughter was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, she turned to her practice and completed the Bright Spirit immersion at Devotion Yoga to cope and find strength. In 2014, she embarked on her 200 hour certification with FlorYoga and also completed her pre-post natal certification. She will complete her 300 hour certification with Dhyana Yoga Arts in February 2020.
Nathalie is thankful for all the wonderful teachers that have and continue to influence her practice including Sarah and Tomas Marsh, Steven Cheng at Simha Yoga Lab, and Sri Dharma Mitra among many.
Athena is a 300 hour American Yoga Academy certified instructor registered with Yoga Alliance. Her yoga journey began more than 25 years ago as a way to melt away stress and help with back pain while working in the corporate world. In 2007, she began teaching an outdoor hiking and yoga class at Schiff Nature Preserve. This past year, Athena completed her yin yoga certification.
Athena likes to infuse her classes with music, nature inspired cues, props to help the body melt along with relaxing guided meditations.
Athena has resided in Mendham for 20 years with her husband and 2 children. She is a reiki master, providing energy healing, as well as a Young Living essential oil distributor. In her free time, Athena enjoys hiking, biking and cooking healthy meals for her family.
Alison was first introduced to yoga as a young girl watching her mother practice in front of the TV to the Lillias, Yoga and You show on PBS.
Alison began practicing regularly in 2003 when she became ill with an undiagnosed disease that later turned out to be advanced Lyme disease. Yoga helped her manage her symptoms of Lyme, including arthritis in her back and a pre-existing neck injury. Without her practice, many aches and pains return.
Yoga has helped keep her body, mind and spirit in alignment and balanced; and she strives to bring the same benefits to her students. Alison is an E-RYT 200, RYT 500 who completed her advanced teacher training at Laughing Lotus in NYC.