Our Teachers

  • Liz Snyder

    Liz Snyder is a 500 hour E-RYT and Baptiste Certified Yoga Instructor based out of NJ. She graduated from Franklin and Marshall College as a Business and Psychology major and captain of the Women's Basketball team. She first found yoga in college to supplement her basketball career, and was pleasantly surprised to find more than what the physical effects the practice had to offer her. With her athletic background, she teaches a challenging and accessible Baptiste power flow, focused on increasing strength, flexibility, and possibility for her students on their mats and in their lives.

    She has completed Baron Baptiste's level 1, 2, and 3 week-long trainings, as well as Art of Assisting and Advanced Art of Assisting. She also completed the Baptiste Fit to Lead year-long program in April 2018. She teaches at the only Baptiste affiliate in NYC, Lyons Den Power Yoga, co-founded by Bethany Lyons and John Murray. She is committed to training teachers in the Baptiste methodology and has assisted many Baptiste programs, including 2 week-long trainings, led by Paige Elenson.

    Liz is passionate about contributing to Africa Yoga Project (AYP), a non-profit organization dedicated to training yoga teachers in Africa to teach free yoga classes throughout the country. In March 2016, she assisted a 200 hour Baptiste teacher training in Kenya to benefit AYP, and currently is part of the AYP mentorship program, in which she mentors a teacher in Africa throughout his teaching career.

    Her intention is to use Baptiste Yoga to inspire real transformation in her students’ yoga practice as well as their lives and is thrilled to bring Baptiste Yoga to North Jersey!

  • 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.

  • Michelle Bass

    Michelle is a Certified Baptiste instructor with over 1,000 hours of training. She recently moved to New Providence, New Jersey after spending the last 6.5 years living in Manhattan. Michelle and her husband, Andrew, both taught at Lyons Den Power Yoga, the only Baptiste Affiliate in NYC.  Together they have a dog, Ruby, and a baby, Phoebe.

    Michelle recently graduated from the Institute’s FIT to Lead Program, led by Baron Baptiste.  Michelle believes that yoga is for everyone, regardless of their age and ability level. Her class will challenge you to be up to something bigger than what you might ordinarily do. She will bring you to your edge, mentally and physically. You will leave feeling stronger, more vibrant, and fully present. Michelle is incredibly grateful to join the HOME family and she looks forward to see you in class soon!

  • 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!

  • Hallie Levy

    Hallie has always had a passion for fitness. As a proficient marathon runner, she always loved a personal challenge. Now, she has focused her energy on practicing and teaching yoga. Hallie completed a 200-hr yoga certification and is currently completing a 300-hr teacher training program with Bethany Lyons at Lyons Den Power Yoga in NYC.

    Hallie’s yoga practice brought not only physical strength to her life, but also a sense of calm as a busy mother of three. Hallie treats each and every class as a new experience and a chance to improve and empower her clients.

  • 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.

  • Zach Stolow

    Zach began practicing yoga regularly in 2012 as a rest day from the gym. Over time a shift happened and he found himself spending more time practicing yoga than going to the gym as a way to reduce stress after a long day of work. The physical and mental benefits of yoga nurtured his body and mind in ways that he had not imagined. He wanted to share these benefits with others so he enrolled in a 200-hour teacher training.

    Zach teaches a power yoga style steeped in the methodology of Baptiste Yoga. He is a certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher, completing Level One training with Baron Baptiste as well as the Baptiste Institute Art of Assisting course. In addition to power yoga, Zach also teaches yin yoga; completing his 50-hour certification with world-renowned teacher Bernie Clark. His classes are physically challenging yet lighthearted, and accessible to all students to meet them where they are in their journey. He loves sharing this practice with his students and seeing them grow to reach their fullest potential on and off the mat.

    When not at a yoga studio, you'll most likely find Zach sharing in the groove at a concert or hanging out at a local coffeehouse.

  • Matt Werner

    Matt completed his 200-hour RYT training with Heather Sheridan and Julie Gurevich in February 2018. He completed a second 200-hour RYT training with Raghunath at Supersoul Farm in Chatham, NY in July 2018. He has practiced with Liz Snyder since 2014. He found yoga while training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for many years and has maintained a passion for surfing and snowboarding since childhood. He is thankful for the opportunity to offer everything he has learned and will continue to learn through his own yoga practice to all of his students.

  • Jessica Bruder

    Jessica lives in Westfield and has two daughters - a tween and a teen! After experiencing the endless positives of yoga as an adult, she wished that she had discovered yoga at a much younger age. From strengthening both her mind and body as well as discovering the power of breathing, she found that yoga is such an imperative life tool and something children and young adults could greatly benefit from. Jessica received her certification in 2016 and hasn’t stopped since. From pre-schools to tween/teen yoga classes at yoga studios as well as camps, Jessica has been so fulfilled and is thrilled to continue her journey at HOME!

  • Shannon McGuire

    Shannon McGuire, CYKT began practicing yoga after suffering a head injury in 2008.  The benefits of her practice changed her life.  After her son was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2016, Shannon became increasingly aware of the benefits yoga would bring to his life and decided to become a Certified YogaKids Teacher with YogaKids International.

    While pursuing her 200 hours in children's yoga, Shannon completed our first yoga teacher training at Home Power Yoga, Journey Home. She believes all children can benefit from intentional breath and movement and leaves class inspired by all of her students.  In addition to teaching at HOME, Shannon teaches at several local preschools that offer yoga in their curriculum.

    Shannon is a local Mom to three children and is thrilled to be sharing her passion with the children at HOME, a place filled with love, compassion trust, and acceptance.

  • 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.