Catherine Quinn has spent the past decade devoted to this sacred practice of yoga and founded Yoga + Barre Haven in 2015. Over the years, this studio has been her whole life and has grown it into a successful, heart centered community. The shifts of 2020 brought an increased demand for healing, and Haven Healing Collective was born. Here, she offers medicine for the body, spirit and mind. Catherine bridges the ancient teachings of yoga to the modern world. She cares deeply about every body that walks through Havens door, on and off the mat. She shares her experience through yoga, reiki and life coaching.
“This practice is ancient and sacred, passed down from so many hearts that came before. I’m here to continue passing down the foundations of yoga with the best of intentions.”
Morgan Adams has been teaching and practicing yoga full time for 6 + years now. She grew up in High Bridge and is so excited to give back to her small little town with everything that Haven Healing Collective has to offer. Her practice is rooted in vinyasa and ashtanga, while she’s branched out to study anatomy and the inner workings of the human body. She believes that Myofascial Release is yoga’s best friend, and loves bringing this practice of ease and accessibility into peoples’ lives. Morgan’s currently pursuing her 500hr with Yoga Medicine to become a Certified Therapeutic Specialist. In addition to yoga, she loves crafting her O.W.N jewelry line and reading books on nature and indigenous ways of thinking and living.
“Therapeutic to me means it’s custom to my student’s needs. Sometimes our tissues need to be challenged in healthy ways, while other times we need five minutes in a restorative posture. I find my mentality similar to the concept of Ayurveda, the science of life, and it’s unique approach to the individual rather than a “one size fits all” approach.”
Chris Reitz, a Hunterdon County native, has spent the past decade teaching Yoga in NYC and NJ. After owning Backbone Yoga in Clinton, NJ for six years, his challenging and balanced Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga classes have now come to High Bridge! Chris received his teaching certification (500 hrs) from Guta Hedewig of the Yoga School of New York in the Krishnamacharya Tradition. He holds black belts in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and TaeKwonDo, and teaches at Impact Martial Arts in Clinton.
“I enjoy drawing parallels between the physicality and philosophy of yoga and martial arts in order to give the student a perspective on ancient practices that are meant to make us sharp, sane, sturdy, and sympathetic for our entire life.”
Nancy Meckeler grew up in Bridgewater, NJ and currently lives in Hunterdon County. She studied Communications and Dance and graduated college with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Soon after, her dance choreography skills kept her busy performing programs in various churches and venues. Nancy has successfully completed the Barre Body Fitness course requirements and currently teaches Barre classes at Haven Healing Collective in High Bridge. In her free time she enjoys gardening, cooking, kayaking, and paddle boarding.
“I believe that dance is the hidden language of the soul.”
JoJo Bunce, a High Bridge native, has been in the beauty industry for 7 years. Here, at Haven Healing Collective, she brings her passion for helping others. JoJo is certified by NAMA in Ayurvedic Healing. Her Holistic Facial approach addresses the direct root of any skin concerns and then guides you towards a healing skin practice that is meant for you. Her approach starts with the skin and ends with the mind to bring you sustainable beauty, inside and out. JoJo’s enthusiasm about skincare radiates through her. She is always studying and deepening her knowledge.
“I believe that self care is the gift that we can give to ourselves, so we can continue to give to others. And it’s not about looking good, it’s truly is about feeling good.”
Crystal Aprile started her journey to becoming a wellness practitioner in 2005 when she became a licensed massage therapist. She has always been fascinated with how the human body works and continued her studies at Ramapo College of NJ where she obtained a bachelor of science in biology. Shortly after obtaining her degree from Ramapo she was determined to find a modality that would allow her to help people such as herself that suffered from chronic pain conditions. This led her to explore a more medical approach to massage, and she obtained a certification in Neuromuscular Therapy from Cortiva in 2015. She then received a yoga teaching certification (200 hr –Prenatal and Vinyasa) and became a certified birth doula later that year. She is currently in a graduate level (4th year) program at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies and taking clients as a registered herbalist. Education is everything to her so naturally Crystal wants to make sure her clients have a relaxing experience while also learning about their bodies.
“My approach to massage includes the wisdom from many different ancient healing practices and a few more modern modalities as well. The human body has this amazing ability to heal itself when everything is balanced and brought into alignment. That is my ultimate goal as a wellness practitioner –giving your body that little push that it needs to restore balance and allow it to function optimally and naturally.”
Grace Weidner has been called to energy work since a young age. And has been certified as both a yoga teacher and reiki practitioner for the past 5 years. Passionate about sharing meditation, she offers a variety of coaching styles around this practice. Grace is currently studying to become a doctor of metaphysical sciences and is excited to share all of these elements in the Haven community and in her newly found business, SIMHA. This includes sacred ceremony practices, yoga nidra, as well as trauma and somatic work. Dedicating her life to the healing that she knows and has benefited from so deeply, Grace believes in bridging the gap between eastern and western approaches to healing.
“I believe that there is not one way to approach the healing journey but rather in cultivating a loving space so our body, mind and spirit may feel safe to heal. I believe that we all have everything we need within us, but also know how helpful it is to have someone lovingly guiding you along your path.”