Samantha Lee Vetrano
Owner at Bodhi Movement Yoga/Bodhi Yoga Academy & Lead Teacher
Sam believes yoga is living in awareness and humbleness. Yoga was never meant to be a practice that revolved around fancy outfits and impressive postures. Yoga was meant to be a philosophy, a tool in which to wake yourself up from the deep sleep you’ve been living in for however long. She was intrigued by yoga in her late teens when she saw how it related to many other philosophies she was adopting into her life at the time. Sam first trained on the Jersey Shore and received her 200 hour certification in 2012. Within a year Sam went to India for the first time to attend a second 200 hour teacher training in the Himalayas. After returning from India for the first time Sam opened Bodhi Movement, a yoga studio in Jackson, New Jersey in January of 2014. Shortly after she traveled to San Diego, California to attend the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence with Pattabhi Jois’ son Mañju and other authorized Mysore Ashtanga teachers.
Bodhi Movement became a certified Yoga Alliance School in 2014, and ran their first 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2014-2015. Bodhi Movement now hosts teacher trainings all over the world. Sam loves going in and out of New York City to take classes in many different styles of yoga including with Dharma Mittra himself. Sam studied in New York City at Laughing Lotus and was certified in their 50 hour FLY training. Since becoming involved in ashtanga, Sam has begun to fly yearly to Mysore, India for further study with Saraswathi at KPJAYI. She does not wish to be authorized but wants to share her love of Ashtanga to all that are open. She believes in spreading the power of yoga all over the world and always remaining a student.
Tess found yoga as a path to healing. After using it as a tool in her own life she wanted to spread the powerful practice to others. First trained at the Jersey Shore in vinyasa yoga, Tess began to become interested in a more traditional lineage. After practicing several different styles, she found Ashtanga. Ashtanga has slowly become an integral part of her story and practice. Still, Tess loves the creativity and water-like quality from vinyasa, finding the beauty and necessity of both.
She has traveled to India twice to study in Mysore, as well as take her 500hr RYT certification in Vinyasa Flow. Now an ERYT 500hr instructor, she has had the absolute blessing of meeting many beautiful souls on this quest to evolve, has participated in many Bodhi Yoga Academy 200hr trainings, and loves every minute of it. The path of Yoga is a journey of growth. Tess believes this is a very real thing. It goes into the asana and through the asana, into something much deeper. This practice is learning how to be a better person, through your body and your thoughts. It is about using the 8 limbs of yoga as stepping stones, and always, always, evolving.
Irene’s love for yoga is contagious. She began practicing in 2012 and immediately knew she had found her path. When she did her first 200 hour teacher training she did not intend to teach right away, but she soon realized that sharing yoga with others was her purpose.
As a lover of movement, Irene is passionate about her practice. The first few years of her practice were dedicated to Ashtanga and Rocket, but lately Irene prefers a blend of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. Irene’s curiosity has also taken her off the mat, and has led her to study with hand balancers, circus performers, and contortionists to expand her own knowledge and explore the capabilities of her body.
After experiencing a life changing wrist injury Irene has redefined her yoga practice in many ways, placing more emphasis on a strong foundation and finding gratitude for her body with or without advanced asana. She still enjoys intense practice but has learned to value meditation and pranayama as powerful tools of self reflection, and focuses on sharing this part of her journey with her students.
Emily was introduced to yoga when she was 13 years old when her older brother dragged her to go to a class. Ever since then she has fell in love with the patience of the practice of yoga. Fast forward to a few years, she is 18 now and has followed her dream of becoming a yoga instructor and has gotten her 200 RYT certificate at Bodhi Movement Yoga and has assisted in trainings in New Jersey, Colorado, and Bali. Emily has also assisted in workshops and retreats in NJ, Italy, and Amsterdam. She is currently a student in Colorado and a badass assistant to the Bodhi Squad!
An author, fitness model, and cover girl, Eleonora began her career as a varsity synchronized swimmer. Her love for movement and fluidity easily transferred from the water to the dance floor when she moved to NYC and enrolled at Peridance International School of Dance. There, she studied ballet, modern dance, and flexibility, but not until she tried a hot yoga class one day that her life was transformed.
As a survivor of domestic violence, Eleonora’s distinct teaching style and practice are heavily influenced by her experiences. Like the cycles of the moon, she focuses on the lyrical flow of dark and light, life and death, strength and surrender. Convinced that yoga is much more than just asana, Eleonora encourages her students to accept their vulnerabilities. She feels that without weakness there can be no strength and without acceptance there can be no healing. Her classes are challenging yet accessible, and provide her students with the knowledge and courage necessary to carry their practice out of the yoga studio and into their daily lives.
In addition to her work as a teacher, Eleonora created a project very near and dear to her heart: Ode to the Moon Project. A non profit foundation that uses yoga, art and music together to bring awareness on the topic of domestic violence. (www.odetothemoon.com).
It took me most of the world to find something I had inside myself the entire time. Seeking salvation from a toxic city, or a city I allowed to be toxic to me, I’d venture off the map on solo excursions for months on end. Looking outside for the one thing I couldn’t find there I crossed six continents, close to fifty countries, and still it was nowhere to be found. The funny part is that even though you don’t think you’ve found ‘it’, you’ve really found everything. Everything and nothing and all that you can take from that. There came a point when I was living in Medellin, Colombia in early ’15 when I asked myself where I would want to live or go next, my answer was nowhere. I no longer craved to cross countries in search of anything. I didn’t yearn for open roads or exotic lands as I had in the past and I wasn’t daydreaming of any country specifically that I hadn’t yet traversed. This was a big indication to me of several things, one being that there had been a shift. My desire to see the world had been eclipsed by my need to practice and have a space to do so. I felt the pull towards a safe, sacred home, instead of the traveler’s existence I had been pursuing for so long. It no longer mattered where I was but how I was. My daily life was set to include my personal therapy and my journey was now only bound inward. The reason I didn’t have anywhere else to go was because I had found what it was I was looking for, for those eight years abroad, and that was all that mattered to me.