Our Teachers

  • Liz Snyder

    Liz Snyder(E-RYT 500 hr) is a 1,200 Hour Certified Yoga Instructor, with over 1,500 hours of training. She is based out of NJ, and a co-owner of HOME Power Yoga.

    She graduated from Franklin and Marshall College as a Business and Psychology major, captain of the Women's Basketball, and administrative assistant for the Men’s Lacrosse Team. She found yoga her freshman year, & continued to practice as a way to support her sports career & busy school-work schedule. The first summer out of college, she did her first Baptiste Yoga training and fell in love with teaching.

    She completed Baron Baptiste's level 1, level 2, & level 3 week-long trainings, as well as Art of Assisting and Advanced Art of Assisting. She graduated from the Baptiste Fit to Lead year-long training program held in Utah, a training that is designed to teach teachers how to lead Baptiste inspired trainings & is led by Baron Baptiste. She also taught and trained at the only Baptiste affiliate in NYC, Lyons Den Power Yoga.

    She has led three 200-hour teacher trainings at HOME power yoga and has assisted many 200-hour teacher trainings. She has assisted Baptiste week-long trainings led by both Paige Elenson & Baron Baptiste.

    She is passionate about service and the effort to make yoga accessible for all people. In March 2016, she traveled to Kenya, where she volunteered to assist a Baptiste teacher training to benefit Africa Yoga Project. Africa Yoga Project (AYP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to training yoga teachers in Africa to teach free yoga classes throughout the country. She has raised and personally donated thousands of dollars to AYP, and spent over a year with them, mentoring a yoga teacher from Sierra Leone.

    She teaches a challenging and accessible power flow, focused on increasing strength, flexibility, and possibility. Her intention is to use yoga to inspire real transformation in peoples’ yoga practice, in their lives, and in the world!

  • Katie Tierney

    Katie Tierney, LCSW, E-RYT, earned her BA in Psychology/ BS In Elementary Education from Bucknell University and her Masters in Social Work with a specialization in Mental Health from the University of Michigan. She is a certified Elementary School Teacher and Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

    Katie began practicing yoga in 2009 as a way to nourish her body after the birth of her first daughter and quickly connected with the yoga philosophy and the spiritual and emotional benefits of the practice. She completed her first 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2014.

    After experiencing the tremendous benefits of yoga during the pregnancies and births of her next two daughters, Katie completed a Holistic Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training and then a Holistic Postpartum/ Baby and Me Teacher Training. Katie is passionate about guiding women through prenatal yoga and childbirth classes as a way to empower them during their pregnancy journey and into motherhood.

    In 2018, Katie participated in an Intensive Trauma-Informed Yoga training to learn how to best use yoga to build resilience and self-regulation in order to manage and resolve symptoms of trauma. Katie also completed a Yin Yoga Teacher Training at the Integral Yoga Institute in NYC. Katie strongly believes in the power of yoga to promote mental well-being and is very interested in the impact of yoga on the field of mental health.

    Katie and her husband both grew up in Cranford and live in town with their three daughters who serve as her best teachers and biggest sources of inspiration for lessons in patience and love. She is honored to serve and share her teaching with members of this remarkable community.

  • Marnie Becker

    Marnie is a 200-hour RYT instructor who recently also completed Baron Baptiste’s Level 1 training. She is currently participating in a 300-hour teacher training program with Bethany Lyons at Lyons Den Power Yoga in NYC, the only Baptiste Affiliate studio in NYC.

    Marnie’s yoga training enables her to transform her students physical and spiritual growth for a happier and healthier life. Marnie’s intention is to empower her students to live their best lives on and off their mats.

  • Jill Diamant

    Jill completed her 200-hour teacher training with Liz Snyder and Katie Tierney at Home Power Yoga in April 2019. Jill started practicing yoga years ago following a traumatic pregnancy complication and fell in love instantly. She credits yoga with bringing freedom, happiness and an incredible community of people into her life. Originally from New Jersey, Jill graduated from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with a degree in Psychology and Communications. After college, she worked in public relations in New York City.

    Jill currently resides in Westfield, NJ with her husband Josh, their two sons, Eli and Jonah and their dog Bruce (yes, named after Bruce Springsteen). Jill can often be found on her mat or traveling with her family skiing or to a warm weather destination!

    Jill’s class is a judgement-free zone where she hopes her students can recognize their potential and find their edge. She promises a challenging, fun class that will leave you with a smile!

  • Laura Drechsel

    Laura is a newly certified Baptiste instructor. She has been practicing yoga since 2008 when she walked into her first Baptiste class and never looked back. She was drawn to the practice because it reminded her of her years as gymnast and enjoyed she the physical challenge and deep release. It was not until a couple of years ago that yoga became so much more than a physical practice. Laura really began to connect themes of Baptiste yoga off the mat.

    Laura lives in Westfield, New Jersey with family after some time in New York and Hoboken. When she moved here she struggled to find yoga classes that she really loved until she met Liz and Katie. When the opportunity to do a teacher training came up at HOME there was no question she had to take it. An educator and teacher at heart she loves serving others and is determined to have everyone in her class feeling full of life and possibility.

  • Hillary Irwin

    Hillary started practicing yoga while living in New York City after college and has made it a regular part of her health and wellness routine ever since. Yoga has helped her grow stronger, more flexible and more patient, both on and off the mat.

    Hillary is a 200-hour RYT instructor who recently completed her yoga training at HOME Power Yoga. She earned her BS in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University and her MS in Applied Anatomy and Physiology from Boston University. She is a registered dietitian with a private practice in Westfield.

    Hillary lives in Westfield with her husband Greg and their two children Oscar and Lola. She can often be found practicing yoga, exercising at SLT and SoulCycle and cooking up healthy treats for friends and family!

  • Samantha Scarpa

    Samantha began practicing yoga when looking for an outlet after years of rigorous dance training. Samantha attended the Academy of Performing Arts as a Dance Major and danced pre-professionally for a local dance company.  Samantha fell in love with teaching at a young age and taught dance classes to children of various ages at her dance studio. Coming from a competitive dance world, she found yoga to be exactly what her body needed. Samantha became addicted to the physical challenge and mental clarity gained from each class.

    Samantha graduated from College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ with a BS in Foods and Nutrition. Her background in nutrition led her to further fall in love with the wellness benefits of yoga. Samantha complete her 200-hour RYT training under Heather Sheridan and Julie Gurevich in 2016.  She teaches a powerful class that is both physically and mentally challenging.

  • Emily Snyder

    Emily completed her 200-hour RYT under her sisters, Katie Tierney & Liz Snyder, at HOME Power Yoga. Emily began practicing yoga in high school as a supplement to her athletic career. Throughout the stresses of her undergraduate and graduate studies, Emily discovered just how powerful yoga can be in connection to mental and emotional health as well.

    Emily attended Loyola University Maryland and studied Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology. Emily completed her Masters program at Montclair State University in 2019 and works as a Speech-Language Pathologist for children with significant disabilities. She first entered the fitness industry in 2013 as a Spinning instructor, where she fell in love with pushing her students outside of their comfort zone to find the best possible version of themselves. Throughout graduate school, Emily continued to work and practice at various yoga studios where she found a strong connection to belonging to a yoga community.

    Following the opening of HOME, Emily became overwhelmingly inspired by her sisters, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to spread the joy she has found in yoga with the students in her own classes.

  • Shannon McGuire

    Shannon McGuire, CYKT and former Girls on the Run coach (4+ years), began teaching children at our studio in 2018.  In 2008 she suffered a head injury and abruptly ended her career as a CPA with PwC. During her recovery, she began practicing yoga and the benefits immediately changed her life. Shannon has three children and began incorporating yoga in their lives since before they could walk.  

    In 2016 her son was diagnosed with epilepsy and Shannon became determined to enrich his life even more with the practice.  Recognizing that all children learn differently, she pursued a 200 hour certification with YogaKids International and immediately began teaching children.  In 2019, she completed our first 200 hour teacher training, JOURNEY HOME.  In August of 2020, she completed a certification with Love Your Brain Foundation, an organization dedicated to delivering yoga to the traumatic brain injury community. She is very excited to continue her training with our 300-hour JOURNEY OUT which begins in April 2021.

    Shannon is extremely passionate about the powerful effects yoga has on the brain-body experience.  She is thrilled and honored to be sharing her purpose with the children and families at HOME Power Yoga.

  • Janine Standish

    Janine has an extensive background in the wellness world & brings with her a multitude of skills to this new venture. It is the culmination of her intense love of fitness, her firm belief in overall wellness and the many years she spent as a Clinical Supervisor in a community mental health center- developing and running group programming, providing psychoeducation via presentations and workshops both locally and nationally. This combined with her knowledge of the brain and the impact of stress, make her the perfect candidate for promoting wellness.

    For nearly 20 years, she has been teaching clients mindfulness and relaxation strategies - working with individuals, families and couples contending with a variety of challenges including developmental/behavioral issues, trauma, family/relational conflict, parenting, separation/divorce, adoption, anxiety and depression. As a clinician who specializes in working with those that have experienced a trauma or suffered a significant loss, she is trained in Psychological First Aid and has served on the Traumatic Loss Coalition.

    As a mom of two, Janine balances her time between enjoying motherhood and her expanding private practice located in Hackensack, NJ. Janine truly welcomes the incredible opportunity to bridge her professional background with her passion for yoga, which she believes has been instrumental in growing and shaping her both personally and professionally.