Morgan Adams grew up in High Bridge and is so excited to give back to her small town with everything that Haven Healing Collective has to offer. She has been practicing and teaching yoga full time for 7+ years. 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 created Solitude Sparrow as a creative outlet for making jewelry & macrame. She loves reading books on nature, indigenous ways, and of course the occasional page turning thriller!
“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.”
Alyshia Varga started her path to yoga in 2015 when a friend begged her to come to a vinyasa class for fun. Immediately she was hooked on the amazing feelings that followed that very first class. She fell in love with the practice and the freedom it gave her from her daily anxiety. From this new clarity she wanted to share and bring those same feelings of serenity to others. Inspired, Alyshia took a deep dive into the study of yoga and completed her 200hr YTT. She then continued on to pursue certifications in Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Kids Yoga. She loves weaving the chakra system and Deities into her classes for a fun, knowledgeable, and connection building experience.
“Being able to make a difference in people’s lives through yoga is a dream come true.”
Nancy Weidner is a 25 year Hunterdon County resident and an active member of our community. She is a graduate of Yoga & Barre Haven + Backbone Yoga’s 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Program. As a certified Birth Doula, Lamaze Childbirth Educator, and Lactation Consultant, she knew that yoga would compliment her birth work. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Nancy remains connected as a Community Doula with the Maternity Care Coalition and Cradle of Hope, introducing yoga and other educational programs to help navigate the challenges of pregnancy and parenting. She’s with you every step of the way, well beyond birth and the 4th trimester! Nancy is currently finishing her prenatal & postnatal yoga certification and looks forward to sharing her practice with the Haven Community.
“My husband, John and I share love for the outdoors, hiking, and gardening. We are always excited to share our homegrown Hamden Pickles with the community! We enjoy the company of our 3 Labradors and our daughter Grace’s bulldog Rugby. I am forever grateful to Grace for sharing her love of yoga with me.”
Kellie Furnald started practicing yoga in 2013 looking for a new way to exercise and immediately fell in love with the practice and it’s many benefits. In 2019 she pursued her 200hr YTT and graduated from Yoga & Barre Haven + Backbone Yoga’s Teacher Training Program. Kellie is also professionally trained as an occupational therapist, working with children and adults with injuries, illness and disabilities achieve their individual goals. Kellie’s training as an OT includes extensive knowledge on the major body systems, neurology, developmental and sensory processing. Kellie also enjoys running with her border collie Eva.
“As an occupational therapist, I have been trained to look at a person as a whole and use their individual goals and desires to help them live life to the fullest. I believe that yoga is a perfect match for OT as they both have an emphasis on the brain- body connection. I often use OT techniques in yoga and yoga techniques when treating my OT clients.”
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.”
Justina Del Rio has always been driven to explore connections with her mind, body, and spirit. As a school counselor, she spends her days working to support her students on their individual journeys through school. As a yogini, Justina began practicing in 2017 which helped her to take care of herself differently than any workout or exercise class had in the past. After 3 years of consistent yoga practice, Justina’s journey led her to further spiritual exploration. In November of 2020, she booked her first Reiki session and completely fell in love! Since, Justina has received her level 1 & 2 attunement and is currently working towards her Master Attunement. She is incredibly passionate about creating a space for clients to feel held and open to discover deeper connections to their emotional, physical, and spiritual bodies. Justina’s purpose and intention with each client is to invite them to recognize and harness their authentic power within.
“I’m humbled and incredibly grateful to share Reiki with all those who are open to receiving this beautiful loving energy.”