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

MEET TERI O'CONNOR
My business NJ Beach Yoga

is 18 years old this year!

I was born October 31, 1963 and grew up in Lavallette, NJ loving the beach. Growing up 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 meditation (hating the quiet of savasana) I was the reluctant yogi. 

 

After I turned 40 and a tragic life event happened I needed help and yoga breathing became my anchor to healing. I shifted from Dental Hygiene to becoming a Personal Trainer and enrolled in a  yoga teacher training. It was then Yoga found me and became my passion and a way of living that grows deeper every year. It’s exciting that you can create this adult-onset athleticism in your body and quiet your mind more 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 led me to take a deep dive into Reiki complete my certification as a Reiki Master Level Practitioner and also deepen my skills in Meditation Coaching.

At my core I believe that CURIOSITY is key for keeping my mind open to riding the waves of life. I encourage my students to embrace curiosity as they step into a class and know they are already AMAZING when they arrive.

18 Years of experience sharing yoga with a variety of people is a gift, I learn from my students each class!

 

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My Faves:
Time laughing with family & friends, the great state of NJ, music that rocks, yoga, exploring the world outside, travel adventures, Soulshine Bali, 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 2007-2022

  • Bayada Hospice Reiki Volunteer for patients at end of life.

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

  • Specialty Studio Classes: Blindfold Yoga, Slide Yoga Flow, Partner Yoga

  • Private Client Stress Reduction Training

  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Annual Workshop for Stress Relief at Rutgers Cooperative, CMCH

  • Team Taught Pre-Concert Yoga Benefit with Michael Franti

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