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Fall Workshops

Takoma Metaphysical Chapel-Continuum

12/1-12/2 // Silver Spring, MD

with Bobbie and Ellen Cohen

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12/8 // 11am-1pm

with Bobbie

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Moving to Write

12/8 // 2-5pm

with Bobbie

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Drum and Dance

12/9 // 1-3pm

with Bobbie, Ines and Dave

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Earth Movers Drum Collective

12/16 // 3-5pm

with Dave Miller

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Winter Solstice

12/22 // 1-6pm

with Bobbie

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21st Annual End of Year Practice

12/31 // 10am

with Bobbie

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500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Apprenticeship

with Bobbie

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Soma Center is Available for Rentals

Want to expand what you are doing? Have a group that needs a beautiful space? Are you a personal trainer? Coach? Body care provider? Therapist?
For information, please call Bobbie 732-777-9642

Director of Soma Center, Bobbie Ellis

bobbieFor 32 years Bobbie has been deeply committed to health, yoga, movement, bodywork and the spiritual unfolding of the human experience. In addition to being the owner and director of Soma Center, she is the originator of SOMA YOGA™ and Soma Yoga Teacher Training™ and Advanced Soma Teaching Skills™. Soma Yoga 200 & 500 teacher training's are one of the first training programs for yoga teachers in the tri-state area. For over 15 years Bobbie has trained hundreds of Soma Yoga teachers and they have become some of the most popular teachers in the area. Many of the current studios in NJ are owned by soma trained teachers! She maintains a full bodywork and healing practice that includes deep tissue therapies, continuum based breathing and sound play, hands-on-healing, thai bodywork and shiatsu.

Bobbie’s background includes certifications and study in many Yoga realms, Pranayama, Meditation, Pheonix Rising Yoga Therapy, Kripalu DansKinetics, Massage therapy, Neuro Muscular therapy, medical massage therapies, thai yoga bodywork, polarity, marma point therapy, hands-on-healing therapies, basic ayurveda, gestalt psychotherapy, whole foods counseling, Buddhism, and Taoism. Bobbie has studied extensively and assisted Emilie Conrad, founder of Continuum Movement from 2006 to the time of her passing in 2014. Bobbie was authorized by Emilie to teach Continuum Movement in 2005. Bobbie has taught yoga, embodied meditation and innovative movement programs at Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA, Esalen Institute in Big Sur CA, and Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. She has taught and developed programs for The Body-Mind Institute at St. Peter’s Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ, The VA Hospital, East Orange, NJ, Rutgers State University, New Brunswick, NJ, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals, various NJ locations, Princeton Center for Yoga & Health, and various yoga studios and fitness centers in the tri-state area. Bobbie has brought her work to Connecticut and Massachusetts and continues to seek out travel world wide.

Her most influential teachers have been; Emilie Conrad, Susan Harper, Alice Rutkowski, Dan Leven, Angela Farmer, Donna Farhi, Erich Schiffmann, Reggie Ray, Pema Chodren and the unfolding and discoveries that occur in her own body/mind practices that have become her greatest teacher. Many of these teachers have brought her teaching style into great permission to allow the natural discoveries and curiosities of the student to be the most important teacher of all.

Bobbie along with her husband, pianist and composer John Bianculli, created their first CD in Embodied Meditation™, a body of work that has taken shape over many years of exploration and discovery.

The Staff

Mary Abrams, MA, RSME brings passion, skill, and an inquisitive spirit to her teaching. She directs programs and teaches at Moving Body Resources in New York City and teaches on the Masters Degree Dance & Somatic Well-being course in the UK. She comes from a 30 year dance background including 20 years of Continuum with Emilie Conrad and Susan Harper, and her ongoing work with Gary David, Ph.D. Her creative edge continues to develop ways toward more body awareness and movement within the fields of Epistemics and affect-script theory. She holds a BA in Dance from St. Olaf College and a MA in Consciousness Studies focusing on embodied movement practice and theory from Goddard College. ines
Ines Altemose has been interested in movement and dance for over 35 years. She has studied Middle Eastern Dance and Flamenco and performed and taught Middle Eastern Dance also known as Danse Orientale for many years. Highlights have included performances with the Near East Dance Theater in Boston and numerous productions with her husband David when they lived in Rochester, NY. More recently Ines has received a White Belt in Nia Technique and is certified to teach Nia 5 Stages. She has also been trained in the Nia 52 Moves which are the foundation of the classic Nia routine. ines
Dave Miller EarthMovers Drum Circle was formed so that everyone could have fun drumming at a circle and share in the rhythm and excitement of the collective drumming experience. Imagine meeting a group of people, picking up a drum or some percussion and next thing you know you are jamming! Within minutes, the air is filled with infectious, danceable sound. Founder and facilitator Dave Miller began by banging pots and pans, but his love for the art of drumming really grew in 1996 when he held a backyard garden blessing and friends came with drums and percussion. This group took lessons and formed the EarthMovers Drum Collective. Dave has studied with Babatundi Olatunji, Greg “Sule” Wilson, Marie Tashian, Greg Hochman, Sheik Fall, Fred Goodnight, Jim Dav, Nadine Bergeron, and others. Dave currently facilitates monthly drum circles and offerPied Piper Parties drumming for children and adults, both privately and in schools and corporate settings.

Dave Miller: 908-705-5635 or
Avi Ray has been practicing yoga since 1999. She began the 200-hour Soma Teacher Training program in 2005 in order to deepen her yoga practice and wassurprised to discover that she loved teaching, especially the over-55 population. Since 2005, Avi has taught multilevel yoga classes in a gym, retirement communities, the East Brunswick Adult School, a summer camp, an after-school program, and has been a constant presence at Soma as student and substitute teacher. Avi’s goal in teaching is to help her students stretch, relax and improve their health, flexibility and concentration in a warm, nurturing environment.
Rachel Ruggieri has been practicing yoga for 10 years and is in the process of completing her 500 hour yoga teacher training at Soma Center. She graduated from Rutgers with a BA in Biology and is passionate about anatomy and the union of breath, mind, and spirit. She is dedicated to helping people bring yoga off-the-mat in order to lead more joyful and peaceful lives.
Gurvinder Singh turned to Iyengar yoga in 2004 to get away from the stress of corporate life and has been practicing yoga ever since. However, it was through his experience with Soma yoga that he discovered a powerful, invigorating and spiritual practice that began an amazing journey of self discovery. He has completed 500-hour teacher training in Soma Yoga. Gurvinder loves the scientific techniques based on sound anatomical, biomechanical and physiological principles that can be used to refine and deepen yoga postures. With his knowledge of Sanskrit, he integrates tools from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras into the practice. gurvinder
Susan Winkler believes strongly in the power of yoga to relieve mental and emotional stress, allowing students to find peace and comfort within themselves. Stress can manifest itself in the body as physical ailments like high blood pressure, heart disease, migraines, asthma, and digestive problems, or as mental/emotional challenges such as depression, anxiety and insomnia. Through meditation and relaxation techniques, the body can begin to heal itself. This is the primary focus of Susan’s classes, incorporating postures that improve the body’s flexibility and strength, as well as breathing exercises and meditations that calm the mind and allow students to begin their quest for self-knowledge and transformation to a happier and healthier being.

Susan Winkler has been studying yoga for over 20 years, gaining her teaching certification through the 700-hour teacher-training program at Soma Centre in 2000. The teacher training program included yoga asanas, pranayama, meditation, and bandhas, as well as yoga philosophy, Bhagavad Gita, Vedanta, and Yoga Sutras.

Susan continued her studies under the tutelage of Amita Shankar, a renowned yoga teacher from The Yoga Institute in Mumbai. Amita is a student of Swami Dayananda Saraswati, the revered traditional teacher of Vendanta. Amita coined the term “Off-The-Mat-Yoga: integrating Yoga with life itself”. offering students an opportunity to visit their inner sanctuary and bask in its light and wisdom. Susan has made several trips to study at The Yoga Institute in Mumbai with Doctor and Hansaji Yogendra.

Susan continues her philosophy studies with Guruji Divyang Vakil, diving into the understanding of the true soul, with a focus on death and dying.

Susan owned a yoga studio, Yoga Vayu, in downtown New Brunswick from 2002 – 2009 which was focused on her belief in the holistic approach to health and well-being through activities that lift the soul and allow individuals to tune into their bodies and their creative self, including yoga, dance, drumming, massage, Reiki, Ayurvedic consultations and more.