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Summer Workshops

Continuum Dives

6/2, 7/14, 8/4 // 11am-1pm

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An Evening to Dream at Midsummer

7/14 // 4-6pm

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Moving to Write

7/28 // 1-3pm

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Somatic Movement Summit

7/1-7/6 // Rhinebeck, NY

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The Continuum of Yoga

10/28-11/2 // Lenox, MA

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500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Apprenticeship

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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

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
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.
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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
Kate Skoczylas is delighted to have the opportunity to teach at Soma Center this summer while completing her 500-hour yoga teacher certification with Bobbie Ellis. Kate is a registered professional nurse with over 10 years of experience in oncology. Although the traditional nursing role has taught Kate tremendously and has been fulfilling, she believes there is something more creative and holistic beyond conventional health care approaches to achieve optimal wellness. Upon leaving her full-time job this spring, she has set out to build her own practice, merging oncology nursing and yoga. Her motivation to do this work stems from an ongoing interest in heath and healing and a wish to integrate the various professional paths she’s exploring. A regular yoga and meditation practice has helped Kate immensely in her own life, and she is enthusiastic about sharing this knowledge with students of Yoga, fellow healthcare professionals and patients alike. Kate’s classes are gentle and detail-oriented to body mechanics. She strives to create a safe and relaxing environment that encourages students to self- regulate, listen to and learn about their bodies and meet themselves right where they’re at. Beyond these interests, Kate finds peace reading and writing at various coffee shops, exploring cities, making soup, and hanging out with her fuzzy companion, Winston. 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.
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