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 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 with Kelli DeFlora at Montclair Baby in 2014. Katie is passionate about guiding women through prenatal yoga and childbirth classes as a way to empower them during their pregnancy journey and childbirth. She more recently completed a Holistic Postpartum/ Baby and Me Teacher Training so that she can best support new mothers and their babies.

    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. In 2018, Katie participated in a three-day intensive Trauma-Informed Yoga training with Hala Khouri 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 32 hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Corina Benner at the Integral Yoga Institute in NYC.

    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.

  • Alison Grzyb

    Alison Grzyb is a passionate teacher of vinyasa yoga, yoga for athletes and children’s yoga. She walked into her first hot yoga class as a runner recovering from a back injury, fell in love instantly with the demanding and healing physical practice and eventually dedicated herself to the emotional and mental connection as well.

    Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Alison attended college at Indiana University and studied education and psychology. She entered the fitness industry as an Instructor of SLT and brings that intensity to her yoga classes mixed with patience and sweet southern charm. Alison is a sports lover who works with athletes of all ages, and teaches at a hockey camp where her sons attend. She also loves helping fellow moms find some peace.

    Alison trained 200 hours under Heather Sheridan and Julie Gurevich. She then gained her 40 hour Karma Kids and Teen Certification in NYC and 40 hour Joga (Yoga for Athletes) certification in Toronto. She is currently completing a 300-hr teacher training program with Bethany Lyons at Lyons Den Power Yoga, the only Baptiste Affiliate studio in NYC. You’ll feel Ali’s wealth of knowledge, positivity, and warmth from the second you walk in the door!

  • 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.

  • 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, a cranford native, began practicing yoga in 2009 after experiencing a life changing event. She was encouraged to try yoga and meditation to help her achieve balance, both physically and mentally. After her first class, she was hooked. Yoga helps her strengthen her brain and body during times of challenge and change.

    Shannon wanted her children to experience the same enlightenment and introduced yoga to her oldest daughter at the age of two. After the birth of her third child in 2017, she decided to become a certified YogaKids instructor. Shannon also recently completed HOME power yoga’s first 200-hr teacher training program! She is THRILLED to share her purpose and passion with the YogaKids program at HOME, a space filled with love, compassion 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.