Our Teachers

Christine Aspen

Christine is a yoga entrepreneur and visionary. She is committed to making a difference in the lives of others that is real and long-lasting through the practice and teaching of yoga. She is a masterful power yoga teacher with more than 3000 hours of training experience in yoga asana, anatomy, yoga philosophy and meditation, 14 years of teaching experience and 20 years of dedicated yoga practice. She has logged thousands of hours of teaching experience over the years and is a Tier 3 Baptiste Yoga Teacher and E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance. She loves teaching yoga and meditation to the community and working with students on how to optimize the practice to meet their individual needs. She also has a special interest in training and mentoring yoga teachers in the art, skill and science of teaching yoga effectively and simply, yet powerfully. Christine has trained and mentored some of the best and most impactful yoga teachers at the Jersey Shore. She is the owner and founder of Drishti Power Yoga, a space dedicated to creating community and sharing yoga as a life transforming practice.

Christine's Classes

Flora has practiced yoga for over 13 years and completed her Teacher Training at Drishti in Spring 2015 is a She is a RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance. She is currently a Tier 1 Certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher having completed Level 1, Level 2, Art of Assisting training and many other shorter programs and Immersions with the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute.

Flora knew Baptiste Yoga was for her after her very first practice at Drishti, “Baptiste Yoga has transformed my mind, body and spirit. I have had moments of ease, strength, power, confidence, frustration, pain, tears, and surrender and it has all lead to my overall growth. As a teacher, if I can facilitate that growth for my students through this practice, it is the greatest gift I can give. I love being part of a global community of yogis that support and encourage me to become something bigger than myself and to step out of my comfort zone.”

Ellen's Classes
Anna George

I found my way to hot yoga almost a year after giving birth to my daughter. Despite years of running on treadmills and pavements to stay fit, I struggled to get rid of the “baby weight”. But after a few hot yoga classes, the weight magically disappeared, and I was a believer. That was almost 9 years ago. I’ve been hooked on yoga ever since. In 2011, I crossed over to teaching Bikram Yoga and Power Yoga classes, and since then I've completed Level 1 & 2 with Baron Baptiste, and Art of Assisting. I see myself as a student of yoga first, and a teacher second, Each time I step on my mat, it’s an opportunity to learn and be better; it’s a chance to deepen my practice; and it’s a vehicle to share love, light and energy with all those around me. What I learn on the mat helps me be a better person in all the roles I assume - as a mother, a wife, a friend, a student, and a teacher. When I’m not in the studio, taking or teaching yoga, I’m teaching preschoolers at my day job instead. And when I’m not there you can find me creating something. Creative to the core, I love all the arts, visual and performing, and I’m also a self-proclaimed food enthusiast with a passion in vegan cooking and baking. I’m really excited to be part of the Drishti staff and community. I’m very thankful to Christine and everyone in the studio for sharing their energy with me and letting me share mine with them.

Anna's Classes
Katie Carola

After completing her BA in Philosophy in 2005, Katie went to Kripalu Yoga Center in MA to earn her 200-hour yoga instructor certification. She has since returned to Kripalu to work in their marketing department and to assist in their teacher trainings. Continuing her study of health and wellness, Katie received her 600- hour massage therapy training at New Jersey School of Massage, and she is currently working as a massage therapist in Brielle and Toms River. Katie's vinyasa classes are full of high energy, creative flow sequences with solid alignment cues. She enjoys helping students find their edge.

"What I love most about teaching at Drishti is the sense of community the students and teachers bring to the studio! It is such a warm and welcoming environment! The enthusiasm of the students always brightens my day. I have so much fun teaching at Drishti!"

Katie's Classes
Kiersten Labzda

I'm a certified Yoga Instructor specializing in Slow Flow Power Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Restorative Yoga. The accessible classes that I offer are a blend of precise alignment and attention cues for body, mind and heart. My mission as a teacher is to offer yoga and meditation as a way to approach our beautiful world with reverence and gratitude. I love teaching at Drishti Power Yoga for its' wonderful community of students/teachers and for Drishti's message of empowerment through practice.

Kiersten's Classes
Stefanie Nies

Stefanie came to yoga during her first pregnancy 20 years ago. From that first prenatal class, she found a deeper connection to both the physical and spiritual parts of herself. Her personal practice has included Anusura, Ashtanga and Bikram, but it wasn’t until she took her first Baptiste power yoga class that she decided to become a certified teacher. Stefanie received her 200 hr power yoga teacher training at Drishti and is RYT 200 certified through Yoga Alliance. Stefanie considers herself a perpetual student, delighting in attending various beginner and mixed level classes and workshops.

Releasing fear of inadequacy, fear of failure, and letting go of expectations and control has been the keystone of her yoga practice on and off the mat. With gratitude for all the abundance in her life, she hopes that her students feel empowered, important and cared for in her classes. Her ultimate goal is to provide a place where they can reconnect with their bodies, quiet their minds and deepen their spiritual path without judgement.

When not on her mat, Stefanie can be found gardening, tending her chickens or walking her two labradors.

Christine's Classes
Jillian Dauer

I have completed over 500 hours of Yoga Teacher Training. Registered with yoga Alliance RYT-200. I have been practicing yoga for 7 years and continue to be a student. I completed Baron Baptiste Level 1 Training, as well as a 200 hour Teacher Training at Drishti Power Yoga with Christine Aspen and Ellen Mosco. I followed up with the Bodhi Flow 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training and am certified to teach Yoga Body Bootcamp. I have also attended many workshops to broaden my knowledge of different styles of yoga. I started practicing yoga not knowing how much it would forever change my life. I have seen my life transform and grow in so many positive ways. I fell in love with the movement of yoga and how it makes me feel physically and mentally. I came to yoga for exercise and have since learned that yoga is so much more, it is a tool for everyday life. As a teacher, I hope to encourage my students to connect with their body. I hope to inspire them to find their personal strength and strive to be their best on and off the mat.

Jillian's Classes