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"I love to help people see the best in themselves and to have fun!”

MEET TERI O'CONNOR
My baby NJ Beach Yoga is 16 this year!

I was born October 31, 1963 and grew up in Lavallette, NJ loving the beach. As a kid I wasn’t athletic, flexible, or calm AT ALL. I took my first yoga class right after graduating college as a Dental Hygienist because I thought that career was going to give me terrible posture. I liked the stretching but struggled with relaxation and anything that seemed mystical at all, I was the reluctant yogi. After I turned 40 I shifted from Dental Hygiene to becoming a Personal Trainer and a few years later fell into yoga teacher training in order to be able to sub a class at the gym. It was then Yoga found me and became my passion that gets stronger every year. It’s exciting that you can create this adult-onset athleticism at any point in your life and that’s a message I want to share with everyone. Your age is not a cage!

In 2020 I learned during the quarantine that I needed more than Yoga and Fitness in order to cope with the uncertainty in the world. This is when I was led to take a deeper dive into Reiki completing my certification as a Reiki Master Level Practitioner and also deepening my skills in guiding Meditation and Coaching Mindfulness. 16 Years of experience sharing yoga with a variety of people has been the best school for this added offering! 

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My Faves:
Time laughing with family & friends, the great state of NJ, music that makes you feel good, yoga, being outside, travel adventures, trying new things, surfing, SUP, taking fitness classes, great arugula salads, sunrises, collecting shells and meeting new people!

Where's my Studio?
I have consciously chosen to not own a studio building in order to have the freedom to focus on delivering my wellness services to many different locations outdoors and indoors at the Sea Isle Community Lodge, client homes, businesses and schools. Online sessions are available too!

Current Certifications & Education Include:

  • Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500+ Level

  • Shift to Lead Business Breakthrough 2021

  • Reiki Master Level completed 2021 with Soul to Soul Reiki School

  • Spirit Speak with Seane Corn 2018

  • Pranakriya 500 Hour Professional Advanced Yoga Teacher Training 2013

  • YogaFit 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training 2008

  • AAAI Yoga Certifications 1, 2 & 3 since 2004

  • American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer since 2004

  • ACE Certified Health and Wellness Coach

  • Certified Spinning Instructor, BOSU Balance Trainer Instructor

  • Functional Aging Training Certificate

  • CPR & AED Certified & Insured

  • B.S. Allied Health Sciences, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 1986

Additional Work Experiences:

  • Athlete Training: Team Yoga Trainer Boys Cross Country, Spring Track & Field Teams OCHS 2007-present

  • Corporate Yoga Workshops: The Press of Atlantic City, The Perth Consul General’s Office, Australia, The College of NJ & more

  • Specialty Studio Classes: Blanket Slide Fit Flow, Wall Vinyasa, Partner Yoga, SpinYoga & Balance for Seniors

  • Private Client Stress Reduction & Optimism Coaching Sessions

  • Team Taught Pre-Concert Yoga Benefit with Michael Franti