BECOME A TEACHER

About YogaRenew

We teach the art of mind body connection

Our Yogis go through rigorous certification in order to capably guide others towards enrichment of the physical and spiritual self. We take pride in building strong, knowledgable instructors, to spread the teachings of yoga.

Mission Statement: To Inspire And Share The Knowledge Of Yoga Teaching To Yogis Worldwide

The YogaRenew Online Yoga Teacher Training Program was designed to enable yogis from all different backgrounds worldwide to be able to follow their dream and passion of getting their yoga teacher certification.

Our program was designed to make yoga teacher training accessible and affordable for all looking to deepen their practice and share their love of yoga to the world.

Our trainings offer you the opportunity to deeply enrich your practice and understanding of yoga. This comprehensive YTT will give you a strong foundation for yoga philosophy and practice.

As a student, you’ll learn all the aspects of yoga teacher training and learn all the skills needed to become a knowledgeable yoga teacher.

Knowledgeable, Passionate, and Enthusiastic. The YogaRenew team is here for you.

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Yoga Director

Patrick Franco

Patrick's classes are devoted to creating a light hearted atmosphere that encourages self-study through alignment focused vinyasa yoga and traditional yogic philosophy

Patrick’s classes are devoted to creating a light hearted atmosphere that encourages self-study through alignment focused vinyasa yoga and traditional yogic philosophy. His teaching is drawn from the 5,000 year old tradition of yoga and rooted in ancient texts and practices but integrated and applied in a way that is relevant to the unique and modern environment in which we live. Patrick has been practicing and leading yoga classes for 20 years, receiving his E-RYT500 certification from Yogamaya New York and his RYT-200 certification from Laughing Lotus Yoga Center. In addition, Patrick completed the Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program in 2019 for an additional 330 hours of study at the Iyengar Institute of New York. Principles of Eastern medicine filter into his acupuncture practice in New York City and as co-owner of this own studios (Hudson Yoga Project), Patrick has built a thriving community around his warm and welcome approach to yoga.
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Curriculum Director

Lindsey Rozmes

Lindsey is an E-RYT 500hr certified yoga teacher, trainer and mentor who has been constantly practicing and studying herself for nearly a decade.

Lindsey is an ERYT 500hr certified yoga teacher, trainer and mentor who has been constantly practicing and studying herself for nearly a decade. While she is skilled at designing challenging and creative vinyasa classes that keep you off autopilot, she finds making the asana practice accessible to beginners to be the most fulfilling part of her job as a yoga teacher. Lindsey teaches with an emphasis on presence and smart sequencing, offering practical tools and techniques to create space and handle life more gracefully. She is also a NAMA certified Ayurveda Health Counselor, and through her business, The Prana Parlor, she works with clients to inspire transformational shifts in their health and wellbeing. Her lifestyle programs and workshops infuse together the ancient practices of Ayurveda, self-care rituals, plant-based nutrition and yoga to pave the path to balance and intuitive healing. Lindsey is equally enthused by the practices of wellness as she is by live music, ice cream cones and interior design.
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Curriculum Director

Melanie Rodriguez

Melanie is a 500 RYT, completing her 200 HR training with iFlow Yoga in Ramsey, NJ and her 300 HR Teacher Training with Hudson Yoga Project in Hoboken, NJ.

Melanie Rodriguez is a 500 RYT, who completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training with iFlow Yoga in Ramsey, NJ and started teaching studio classes not long after in the NJ/NYC area. A couple years later, she decided to embark on her 300 Hour certification with Hudson Yoga Project in Hoboken, NJ. Growing up, Melanie was always involved in athletics and movement activities. Activities like roller blading, hiking, biking, camping and many sports were a large part of her childhood. When a groupon brought Melanie to hot yoga in 2010, she was instantly hooked, mainly because of the physical challenge. It wasn't until college that she really started to feel all the other benefits of yoga beyond the physical. After college, her practice deepened which eventually led to her first teacher training and eventually to her teaching career. Melanie currently teaches as a full time Physical Education Associate at Barnard College in NYC. Here she is given the opportunity to teach yoga and other fitness activities to college aged students. Her hope is to present these activities to students in a positive way during a transformative time period in their lives. In addition, she has worked as an adjunct instructor at Columbia University and Hostos Community College. Her love of life and her appreciation for the human body are evident in each of her classes; it is a deep joy for her to nerd out with fellow yogis in movement and anatomy! She also absolutely loves to work with aspiring teachers to aid in spreading the practice of yoga. When not doing yoga or teaching it, you can find Melanie doing something active like running or skiing, or you can find her on the couch watching Bravo TV.
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Curriculum Director

Melie Purdon

Melie is an ERYT-500 who aims to help others explore their yogic path through breath and movement with particular attention to alignment.

Melie’s yoga practice began with her transatlantic move from Paris to New York in 2008. She quickly discovered how much of a life line yoga in all it’s forms was. From her late teens to her twenties, through pregnancy and parenthood, her commitment and deep love for the work kept growing and inevitably a need to share her passion with others lead her to embark on the yoga teaching train. She’s been teaching full time since 2017. Her classes are carefully sequenced with a particular attention on alignment. She aims to offer her students room to be playful, expand their awareness and explore their own yogic path through breath and movement. Melie completed her 200 and 300hr YTT under the skillful eyes of lead teachers Patrick Franco and Anna Greenberg at the Hudson Yoga Project. She earned her 85hr Prenatal Yoga certification from the Prenatal Yoga Center in NYC. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Jersey City, NJ.
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Yoga Director

Kate Lombardo

She is the co-owner of the Hudson Yoga Project in Hoboken, NJ. She is an ERYT500 certified teacher, certified Yin Yoga teacher, Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Teacher, and holds a certificate in Positive Psychology.

Kate Lombardo is yoga teacher + trainer, wellness educator, + mindset coach. She is fiercely passionate about teaching people how to live happier, more balanced lives filled with abundance + ease.
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Curriculum Director

Rajaa Azouqa

Rajaa is a seasoned wellness educator across several disciplines with a special focus on Mindfulness.

Rajaa is a seasoned wellness educator across several disciplines with a special focus on Mindfulness. She is certified in three professional mindfulness programs from University of Toronto and University of California, Berkeley, specializing in Mindful Eating and Mindfulness & Resilience in the Workplace. She has also completed Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction program (MBSR) at the Centre of Mindfulness Studies. In addition to her focus on Mindfulness, Rajaa is registered as a E-RYT 500 yoga teacher, YACEP, FRC® Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist and Bone Fit™ Trained - Osteoporosis Canada - all of which she incorporates in her yoga classes to ensure her students get a comprehensive and safe practice. She approaches teaching with enthusiasm and joy, with classes that evoke a spirit of innovation grounded in traditional practice and gracious integrity. Rajaa’s students always find their learning journey to be inspirational, challenging and rewarding. Rajaa’s mindfulness and yoga journey started in 2007, and she has over 5000 hours of meditation practice. Hence, she has been delivering wellness programs, trainings, workshops and retreats for organizations and individuals using research-based studies, tools & techniques as well as engaging learning methods, all drawn from neuroscience, mental health and emotional intelligence recourse to create sustainable behavioral change. Rajaa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture, is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a LEED Green Associate. Her study of architecture led her to draw parallels between architectural elements found within anatomy. She practiced for 15 years before dedicating her full time to teaching mindfulness and yoga.
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Curriculum Director

Melissa Schultz

Melissa has years of experience teaching across multiple disciplines. (Vinyasa, Hatha, Chakras, Restorative and Meditation) She has taught at multiple studios including ZenSpace, HYP and Asana Soul Practice. In addition to leading classes she has also served as a mentor over the past several years, delivering teacher trainings with Asana Soul Practice.

Melissa’s yoga journey began a decade ago after moving to the United States from South Africa. Over those years she has deepened her practice in many areas, drawing experience from studios and gurus on both coasts, from California to New York before settling into the beautiful countryside town of Lambertville, New Jersey. Melissa has trained with some of the most recognized studios in the New York City area. Laughing Lotus NYC (200hr Vinyasa teacher training – 2017; Restorative yoga certification – 2018 and Chakra teacher training - 2019) and Hudson Yoga Project (apprenticeship with co-founder Patrick Franco – 2017; Prenatal certification, Chakra and Anatomy workshops – 2019). Melissa has years of experience teaching across multiple disciplines. (Vinyasa, Hatha, Chakras, Restorative and Meditation) She has taught at multiple studios including ZenSpace, HYP and Asana Soul Practice. In addition to leading classes she has also served as a mentor over the past several years, delivering teacher trainings with Asana Soul Practice. In Melissa’s words: “Yoga has become a lifestyle for me, and I cannot imagine life without it! I am hoping to share my passion for yoga, connecting and inspiring others as I have been inspired over the years. I aspire to help others become more knowledgeable by sharing what I know, leaving one feeling grounded, renewed and well balanced. My classes aim to be uplifting, heart opening and focus on finding a deeper connection with body, mind and breath. I am very drawn to the chakras. They fascinate me and this is something that has become a greater focus overall”
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Content Contributor

Christine D. Fronterotta

With 6+ years of yoga experience, Christine is passionate about sharing the gifts of mindfulness and wellness.

With 6+ years of yoga experience, Christine is passionate about sharing the gifts of mindfulness and wellness. Her ample teaching experiences include her years in yoga studio management, teaching abroad in Costa Rica, yoga for schools, company yoga, and much more. She is a certified Reiki Master, Sound Healer, and fuses these techniques in her teaching and healing sessions. Additionally she is a Yoga Educator with well over 1,000 hours of yoga instruction, and has certified many students to become instructors. Currently she teaches yoga for companies, privately, in studios, and for special events. Christine is passionate about offering a healing and light to others.
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Curriculum Director

Morgan S. Gertler

Morgan received her 200hr RYT certification in 2014 from highly esteemed Kripalu teachers and then continued her learning in 2017 by completing her 300hr RYT certification

Morgan received her 200hr RYT certification in 2014 from highly esteemed Kripalu teachers and then continued her learning in 2017 by completing her 300hr RYT certification with teachers from Yogamaya and the Iyengar Institute in NYC. Morgan also completed her Yin Level 1 & 2 training with Corina Benner and has taught her own Yin trainings to aspiring yoga teachers. She views yoga as a vehicle to get back to yourself — through movement and breath-work, we learn how to live a more authentically happy & content life and meet all situations with confidence. When not teaching or practicing yoga, Morgan can be found copywriting & editing, walking around town with her dog Bowie or taking a HIIT workout and wishing they finished with a long savasana.
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Content Contributor

Brie Bednarski

Brie Bednarski is a RYT-500 who views the human experience as something held within the body which can be peeled back through the rhythmic nature of vinyasa, observed in the stillness of meditation and consciously digested through restorative practices.

Brie is a 500hr RYT hungry on the path of collecting more knowledge to share. She believes yoga is for everyone, and that it is meant to be practiced on the mat so that its teachings can then be lived off of its four corners. Her intention is to provide individuals with a warm space for self-inquiry and the tools to self-heal from the inside out. She believes the human experience is held within the body and can be peeled back through the rhythmic nature of vinyasa, observed in the stillness of meditation, and consciously digested through restorative practices. Trusting that everything is innately connected, she teaches utilizing techniques that weave mind, body, and spirit.Claire believes the yoga tradition offers powerful tools for healing. She draws from personal experiences and her spiritual contemplations to present unique perspectives on grief, loss, and trauma. Through vivid language and a poetic voice, she hopes to connect closely to her readers. When leading a yoga class, Claire relates to her students with similar intention. Her personal yoga practice and teaching style emphasize thoughtful sequencing, steady pacing and unwavering emphasis on the breath. She designs each class to reveal what she values most about yoga, which is its remarkable ability to stretch our hearts - wonder-drenched and mystical places - so pain and joy, gratitude and grief can all exist, side by side.
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Content Contributor

Lindsay Monal

Lindsay is an RYT-500 who completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at Hosh Yoga, and her 300hr Yoga Teacher Training at ISHTA Yoga in New York City. She is a 10th generation Usui Reiki Master, and has completed additional training in Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Laughter Yoga, Sound Meditation, and Yoga for Trauma, Addiction, and Mental Health.

Lindsay Monal empowers students to uncover their wholeness through yoga. Her infectious smile and nurturing approach create an environment for introspection where students can experience the wonder of their body and the intelligence of their breath. Lindsay invites her students to cultivate a friendliness with their bodies and strives to make both the physical and energetic yogic practices accessible to all people. Lindsay is an RYT-500 who completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at Hosh Yoga, and her 300hr Yoga Teacher Training at ISHTA Yoga in New York City. She is a 10th generation Usui Reiki Master, and has completed additional training in Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Laughter Yoga, Sound Meditation, and Yoga for Trauma, Addiction, and Mental Health.
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Content Contributor

Claire Papell

Claire Papell is a writer and yoga teacher (RYT-500) committed to revealing and honoring the hard truths of being human.

Claire Papell is a writer and yoga teacher (RYT-500) committed to revealing and honoring the hard truths of being human. Her yoga education included extensive study of the rich tradition of bhakti-yoga - the yoga of devotional service. Through the reading of sacred texts, yogic philosophy and kirtan, she developed a deep and persistent wonderment about Spirit. Claire believes the yoga tradition offers powerful tools for healing. She draws from personal experiences and her spiritual contemplations to present unique perspectives on grief, loss, and trauma. Through vivid language and a poetic voice, she hopes to connect closely to her readers. When leading a yoga class, Claire relates to her students with similar intention. Her personal yoga practice and teaching style emphasize thoughtful sequencing, steady pacing and unwavering emphasis on the breath. She designs each class to reveal what she values most about yoga, which is its remarkable ability to stretch our hearts - wonder-drenched and mystical places - so pain and joy, gratitude and grief can all exist, side by side.

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