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Spring Workshops

The Sound Body

Sat, 5/6, 5/27. 11-3pm

with Bobbie

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Global Body

Sat, 5/20 . 11-3pm

with Bobbie

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Feeling Moving

Sat, 5/6 . 12-6pm

with Mary Abrams

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Watermark Arts

Sat, 5/13 . 7:30pm

with Elaine Colandrea

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Body Harmonics Series

with Different Presenters

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500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Apprenticeship

with Bobbie

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Director of Soma Center, Bobbie Ellis

bobbieFor 31 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

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
Misti Asberry Misti attended her first yoga class in 1998 and felt an immediate affinity for the ancient tradition.Her yoga path is deeply intertwined with her career as a visual artist. Misti earned an M.F.A. from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers in 2010 and currently teaches art at a local, private school. She believes both yoga and art have tremendous healing and therapeutic qualities. Misti has been teaching yoga since 2006 and is now working towards a 500-hour teacher certification at Soma Center. She explored several styles of yoga before discovering Soma Yoga. Misti fell in love with Soma's embodied approach that encouragespractioners to connect with their bodies' intelligence and to trust its inner wisdom. Her goal is to provide an environment where students feel empowered and inspired along the path of self-discovery. Misti currently teaches on Monday evenings at Soma Center.
Blake Devillers has been writing and teaching various subjects for what seems like most of her life. She began her writing career as an editor of a technical manual and moved onto writing scenarios for online learning where she currently works as an instructional designer, focused on visual storytelling for the corporate world. Over ten years ago she took the advice of a dear friend (Bobbie Ellis) and began a daily writing practice which resulted in her first unpublished novel, Tales from the Teahouse. Since then, she has written a second novel, Every Garden Needs to Sleep, which will be published in spring of 2018. In 2003, Blake became a certified Yoga Instructor (once again, under the tutelage of Bobbie Ellis J) and began teaching yoga workshops focused on “round yoga for round bodies” which aims to adapt traditional yoga poses to suit the well-endowed person. Blake has been studying the creative process at Soma Center known as Global Body for the past five years and is interested in combining her skills and natural talents with this practice to bring the positive impact of writing and personal storytelling to others.
Robin Dunham has been practicing yoga since 1999, and began, as many people do, to try and deal with injury and stress. She fell in love with yoga, as the practice resonated with her body, mind and soul, and she practiced many different styles. After experiencing the nonlinear movement and the gentler, inner-directed style of Soma Yoga, Robin became very curious about delving deeper and learning more about yoga philosophy and embodied practices. Having finished a 200-hour Soma Teaching training program in 2009, she began teaching and has done so since then. Over the following few years, Robin has taken advanced therapeutic training at Soma Center, mentored new teachers, and completed a 500-hour teacher training program at Soma. She is interested in, and practices and teaches meditation, and restorative yoga, as well as Soma-style yoga. Robin also practices and is strongly influenced by Continuum Movement. She remains curious about learning from her own inner teacher in her embodied practices, as well as from outer ones, and especially from her students. Robin’s goal in teaching is to help empower students to become at home in and sensitive to their bodily experiences, so they can learn from and use this powerful resource in their everyday lives. robin
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. Rachel
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
Leslie Miller is a graduate of Rutgers university with a B A in dance. She is a certified soma hatha yoga instructor of 10 years. Leslie is passionate about her inward journey and self discovery . It is this passion and joy she brings to the mat and the sharing of these tools she has acquired with others. Her philosophy is joy and happiness as a choice. Through the practice of Yoga, breath work, and meditation, you can find stillness that enables you to tap into the joy and happiness that is always within. alice
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