Carolyn Fosko, E-RYT 500, YACEP
Carolyn’s journey began in 2002, stepping onto a yoga mat for the first time at the encouragement of her aunt. Moved by the experience and eager to learn more, yoga quickly became and continues to be an integral part of her life.
A Yoga Alliance registered teacher, she completed her 500 hours of training with Raji Thron at Yoga Synthesis. She also completed Erich Schiffmann's Teacher Training at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement in Venice, CA, and is in the midst of completing a 1000hr Professional Yoga Therapist training with Joseph Le Page of Integrative Yoga Therapy.
Carolyn has been teaching since February of 2007, and is abundantly grateful for the opportunity to do so. In 2011 and 2012 she was invited to co-teach as part of a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Program. Inspired, she and her husband, Stephen Tortorello, created the Ever Yoga 200hr Teacher Training in 2013 and the Ever Yoga 300hr Advanced Teacher Training in 2015. The Ever Yoga Trainings are offered at their studio, Highland Yoga in Butler, New Jersey.
Though her inspiration may vary from the chakras and Ayurveda , to mudras and "peak" poses, Carolyn's classes each favor a spacious yet flowing practice focused on the breath. This essential and transformative aspect of the practice tethers one to each and every moment ~ presenting the opportunity to experience objectively and explore whole-heartedly. Attentive to alignment and opening lines of energy within the body, she ultimately seeks to create a safe haven in which to play and grow.
Carolyn is humbled and honored to witness the transformation that occurs through the grace of yoga.
Stephen Tortorello, E-RYT 200, YACEP
Seeking to make a profound change in his life and become an active participant in his own wellness Stephen enrolled in massage therapy at the Institute of Therapeutic Massage in 2002. Inspired by an improved sense of well-being and positivity, Stephen also earned a certification as a personal trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He graduated from the School of Integrative Therapies in June 2006 where he developed his skills in Structural Integration.
In 2008 Stephen completed his 200-hour yoga teacher training with Yogaworks, a system based upon Iyengar and Ashtanga principles. His style utilizes the building of intelligent sequences to prepare the body for postures of increasing challenge.
Stephen is passionate about wellness and is dedicated to exploring the endless mysteries of the body. He continues to deepen his knowlegde of anatomy and kinesiology through continuing education. A natural teacher, Stephen began teaching massage therapy and anatomy & physiology at the Institute for Therapeutic Massage in 2005.
"I originally began my yoga practice with the intention of becoming more flexible. I had no intention of changing my whole life. That is the greatest gift of yoga; the power to transform. Once you begin a dedicated yoga practice, there is no turning back. This is your new way of life, and it's incredible."
Carolyn's Teaching Schedule
Tuesdays 9:30am - Vinyasa Int/Adv
Wednesdays 6:15pm - Vinyasa Int/Adv
Thursdays 9:30am - Gentle/Restorative
Fridays 9:30am - Vinyasa Mixed Levels
Saturdays 8:30am - Vinyasa Int/Adv
Stephen's Teaching Schedule
Tuesdays 12:00pm - Yin Yoga
Wednesdays 9:00am - Core Alignment Mixed Levels
Wednesdays 4:30pm - Core Alignment Mixed Levels
Wednesdays 6:00pm - Pranayama/Meditation
Saturdays 8:00am Vinyasa Mixed Levels