Billi Jo Murphy
Billi Jo Murphy is the founder and owner of Peace Warrior Yoga and Wellness Center. As a young adult Billi Jo discovered the benefits of yoga as a fitness practice and quickly realized yoga’s greatest gift as a tool to overcome profound feelings of pain, loss, anxiety, and isolation experienced as a result of numerous hardships suffered over the course of her life. Through a consistent practice she developed a sustainable sense of clarity, focus and peace, as well as the strength to transform her life – pursuing and achieving dreams she never would have previously imagined possible. After almost 30 years as a trained healthcare professional, Billi Jo was inspired to create a community dedicated to empowering others to transform their lives through yoga and other complementary wellness practices.
Billi Jo is a certified yoga instructor (RYT 200) trained in the Hatha tradition with experience in various other styles. She prefers to teach a “fusion style” of yoga, custom blending each practice to create a unique healing experience easily accessible to students of all levels. She also offers specialized Trauma Sensitive Yoga classes. Billi Jo believes her greatest responsibility lies in ensuring a safe, judgment-free, non-intimidating environment; she welcomes students to “come as they are” and encourages them to find themselves while finding their own unique practice.
Billi Jo has chosen to open Peace Warrior Yoga and Wellness Center in her home community of Point Pleasant where she resides with her children and dog. A proud single mother to two brilliant teenagers, she credits her children as being her greatest teachers as they inspire her to become a better, stronger, more loving person every day. Off the mat she can be found out in nature, behind a camera, attending live music events, or enjoying time with family and friends.
Billi Jo is also a Certified Professional Coach recognized by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, Reiki Master, AromaTouch Therapist, Sound Energy Healer, and Intuitive Oracle Card Reader.
Jeanine’s yoga journey began over 10 years ago and she’s forever grateful for this beautiful path. Yoga continues to guide her through life’s ongoing challenges, twists & turns and endless beauty. After experiencing the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of yoga, Jeanine knew she had to share this gift with others.
She’s a true nurturer and will be teaching a graceful slow flow with pranayama, meditation & essential oils – all inspired by her greatest teachers.
She loves to share poetry, readings, spiritual text and her heart in each class. Jeanine believes the mind, body, heart and spirit connection are sacred and deserve our nourishment daily to connect to our highest self.
Sue is happy to be sharing in the practice of teaching yoga since completing 200hours of yoga teacher training in May 2016 at OM Central Jersey Yoga @ Shore Point Yoga in Point Pleasant. Her 35 year career working as an occupational therapist established her functional knowledge of human development throughout the life span. Her personal practice of yoga has been an integral part of her own life, while caring for her family at the Jersey Shore. With her husband Bob, they raised 3 great guys, who are interesting and kind young men.
The physical, anatomical and developmental principals of yoga compliment the daily needs of the human body to move, stretch, balance and breathe. Sue strongly believes the practice of yoga is available to every kind of body, and can be accessible at each stage and age in our life cycle, with modifications as needed. Her personal experience with breast cancer reinforced the power of yoga movements and meditation as healing tools.
Sue’s mission is to facilitate a sense of confidence and curiosity about practicing yoga with all those she is in contact with, in class, and off the mat. She finds joy in the personal and collective journeys available with each and every yoga class, whether as student or teacher!
RYT 200, RYT 500 (pending)
Born in Lithuania and raised with a love for nature, the connection that Odeta feels on the yoga mat is similar to the connection that she feels with the earth around her. As a result, she strives to blend physicality and spirituality into her classes. Specializing in alignment-based yoga, her classes emphasize both breath-driven movement and an understanding of body mechanics. She believes that through our physical yoga practice, we can expand and reshape our inner world as well as the world around us.
Students love the way she uses wry humor to help them bump up against their edges and grow. As Henry Ford said, “if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”
Odeta completed her 200-hour training at Reflections Yoga with Paula Tursi and Peter Kaaberbol and 500-hour training at DIG Yoga with Sue Elkind and Naime Jezzeny. As a supplement to these trainings, she studies regularly with her mentor Allison Kane.
Jenn began her yoga journey in 2007 when she started incorporating yoga into her training regimen. Jenn was Captain of her college soccer team at Misericordia University. When she started to practice yoga regularly, she noticed great improvement not just in her soccer performance, but also in the classroom. Jenn graduated from college in 2011 with a degree in Social Work.
Jenn works with survivors of domestic violence and utilizes yoga in her therapeutic approach. She loves to help others improve their lives and has learned another avenue to do this through yoga. She really believes in the benefits for balance in our lives.
Jenn welcomed her daughter to the world in 2018 which has inspired her to share her passion of yoga with her daughter and other mothers and mothers to be. She is also a trained doula and fitness coach.
Seeking to improve her own mind, body, and spirit connection, Jenn received her 200-hour certification from Inlet Yoga in early 2016. She is Yoga Alliance Certified as an Instructor. She seeks to share her knowledge regarding her fit and healthy approach towards life.
Marissa grew up dancing and singing, both of which are forms of yoga, though she didn’t know it at the time. She fell in love with yoga asanas and meditation at a free class offered in college. Since then, she has been practicing yoga to connect with her self, her body, her spirit, as well as nature and something bigger than her self. She also uses it to strengthen her core, elongate her spine, and relieve pain and discomfort caused by scoliosis—which she was diagnosed with at age 13.
Marissa became inspired to teach yoga when she took a class that encompassed all of that and more, and she became called to offer an enlightened and accessible class of her own. She received her 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate from Ohana Rising Yoga School in Neptune New Jersey in October 2018. Marissa brings reverence, an element of dance, and a reverent flow to her classes.
Living in Ocean Grove, N.J., Marissa can often be found at the beach, singing with her band, working on a marketing campaign, or drinking glass of wine on her front porch.
Michele found healing in yoga after a car accident left her in pain. The relief she found from the physical part of the practice led her down the rabbit hole into a much deeper devotion for yoga. Investigating different principles and disciplines to form a well-rounded practice, she decided a teacher training was the next step and jumped in feet first. Over a decade later from her first class, she has earned her 200 RYT at Inlet Yoga, studied Katonah with Ivy Ray, and spent time studying with Laughing Lotus as well.
Ever the perpetual student, Michele is working toward her 300 Hour certification with Yoga Bohemia on LBI. Michele’s style of teaching is fun and playful as well as insightful, sometimes using unconventional sources for inspiration.
She believes her lighthearted approach to teaching puts students at ease, allowing them to fully embrace their practice.
I was introduced to the practice of meditation in 1982. This practice was the gateway to a lifelong study of Vedanta Philosophy and asana practice. I taught my first class in 1985 and in 2017 in completed my Yoga Teacher Training 200-hour certification.
My interests are varied; I enjoy teaching beginning students, individuals with special needs with a focus the spiritual connection of asana, breath, and mediation. I am inspired by the writings of Swami Premananda, Swami Kamalandanda, Swami Satchidananda, BKS Iyengar, and Pema Chodron.
I’m the proud father of two amazing children and wake up grateful. I work as a software engineer and have a love of the arts. I am frequently found on our beautiful beaches and boardwalks with a camera in hand and a friend at my side.