Our Teachers

Stephanie Delmanto owner, 200 hour yoga teacher

Stephanie Delmanto began practicing yoga in 1992 from a book entitled Richard Hittleman’s 28-Day Yoga Exercise Program that she found on her parents’ bookshelf when she was bored. She had no idea what this yoga was at the time but became hooked as soon as she began the lessons. Her practice eventually brought her to yoga teacher training in 2000 with her teacher Paula Padmasri Tepedino. She began teaching in 2001, starting out at KS Fitness and Toms River Fitness as, at the time, there were yet to be any yoga studios founded in the area. She has since taught at various gyms and yoga studios for the past 20 years, sometimes supporting other studios in their teacher training programs, and, more importantly, studying with various teachers and delving into a variety of spiritual healing modalities. She has traveled in both the US and India to learn more about spirituality, yoga, meditation, and inner healing and is excited to open Sanctuary Yoga and Meditation in Ocean County to recreate some of her favorite healing experiences in one special place. Stephanie will be teaching beginners through advanced asana classes as well as basic Sanskrit, meditation, pranayama, deep relaxation, yoga sutras, and mini-retreats at the studio to help students deepen and solidify their practice in a community setting.
Stephanie is also a Reiki Master Practitioner, a certified Transformational Nutrition Coach, has a BA in Mathematics, and tutored math for 20 years.

Haley Blossom 200 hour yoga teacher

Haley is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher. She came to yoga in 2012 as an act of self-care after giving birth to her first child. Studying mindfulness since 2014 combined with a regular yoga practice, yoga became a way of life for her. Going deeper into the practice and philosophy of yoga, a journey of mental healing and transformation unfolded. Haley’s passion is to bring yoga and her knowledge to those in search of healing and awareness of self. She is eternally grateful for her teachers, teacher’s teachers, and what she learns from her students.

Michele Martone sound healer

Michele Martone is an elementary art teacher in Toms River. She earned her BFA in Photography from Parson’s School of Design and her BA in Art Education from Kean University.

Michele began her journey into sound meditation when she sought to heal from the high levels of stress that she and other educators were facing on a daily basis. She saw the need to take the time to meditate and calm her body and mind to improve the quality of her life.

Now her goal is to help as many people as she can through sound meditation to improve their lives as it has hers.

Maura Fields, 500 hour yoga teacher

Maura’s been teaching the sacred practice of yoga since 2013, and paddling the waters even beyond that. Bhakti trained, lover of nature, and teacher of mindful, fluid movements, with an equal measure of effort and ease.
Her classes are infused with humor, storytelling and chanting the names of the divine, while creating a safe space for all beings to come and do their personal work.

Maura started her journey when the waters got rough in her own life and she needed to learn how to move with the tides of change. She was in search of a deeper connection so that she can learn how to move and breathe with grace and equanimity.
Maura’s teachings are from the depths of her heart and she encourages freedom of expression. Each pose is a journey, a dance and an opportunity to be a creative force in this world.

200 certified hours with Kula Kamala (Swamini Shraddhananda Saraswati)
300 certified hours with Supersoul Yoga
(Raghunath Cappo)

Kevin Leblanc, zen meditation instructor

Kevin Genjo LeBlanc is a Zen Buddhist Lay Monk.
Ordained in 2016 into the Order of the Great Lights, Jizō-an Monastery in Shamong NJ by his teacher Stephen Seijaku Reichenbach.
Genjo is a practicing monk that still lives and works in the world along with co-raising his 14yr old daughter.
His daily work of the monastery includes teaching meditation and offering Dharma discussions, and duties of the Tenzo (cook)
He also works with recovering addicts and alcoholics offering the Buddhist teachings as an additional tool for recovery.

The essence of life is characterized by one force; the endless succession of now. This moment to moment existence…An explosion of movement, even in the seemingly still void.
Every single thing in the cosmos lives under this order. Everything is of the nature of birth and death.
From a Buddhist understanding; we are the dance of form called human. The unique aspect of human beings is our ability to recognize consciousness; not only to recognize this truth, but to actualize it (to make it real) in the individual and collective reality.
Which is ultimately not individual or collective.
If you want love; be love.
If you seek peace; be peace
Everything else is desire wearing a mask.

Kate Lewis, 500 hour yoga instructor

Kate Lewis has been practicing yoga for several years, but became a more serious practitioner in 2014. Kate immediately loved the mental peace and clarity that she gained each time she stepped onto her mat, and credits yoga as what helped get her through some of the difficult life events that she was experiencing at the time.

Because of the deep healing and personal benefits she received from yoga, Kate knew that she wanted to share this gift with others. Kate obtained her 200 hour certification with Fire Shaper in 2017 and then went on to receive her 500 hour certification with Raji Thron of Yoga Synthesis in 2018. Kate is a passionate instructor that teaches various styles of yoga including Beginner Yoga, Vinyasa, Hot 26, HIIT Yoga with weights, Yin Yoga, and Gentle Restorative Yoga. Kate also enjoys teaching chair yoga and meditation to her private and corporate clients throughout NJ.

Kate encourages her students to practice self-love and acceptance while breaking through their mental barriers and challenging themselves physically. She hopes to show her students that anyone and everyone can enjoy the mental, physical, and spiritual benefits that yoga has to offer, no matter where they are at in their lives.

Teresa Simon, 200+ hour yoga instructor

Teresa Simon has been practicing yoga for over 35 years. She and her sister taught themselves yoga as teenagers through a book they found somewhere. They would go through all the postures and see who could do which ones.

Aside from a Master’s degree in public health and epidemiology, Teresa has over 200 hours of training with Janet Stone in San Francisco, CA.

She was inspired through 20 years of research on cardiovascular and rheumatic disease to assist patients in coping with their challenges with yoga and lifestyle changes.

Teresa incorporates the art of presence into everything she does. She also enjoys collecting plants and fungi for creating botanical extractions and formulations both for ingestion and printing.

She also studies Tai Chi and Jeet Kune Do.

In her spare time, she does cannabis research as well as volunteering with Reclam the Bay, Mother to Baby, and Forward.

Suzanne Barckley LMT, RYT 200 hr

Suzanne has been a licensed massage therapist since 1998. She is an Alliance Certified Yoga teacher and a Reiki Master. She was inspired to become a yoga teacher when she participated in a Kundalini weekend workshop. Her interest in yoga was to learn new ways to help clients become balanced and open muscularly. She still remembers the feeling of high vibrational energy that changed her physically, mentally, emotionally and yes spiritually. Amazed by the power of yoga she began training and has Loved the journey of being a student of yoga for over 20 years. Being given the permission to practice self care and to create space to heal what needs nurturing is a gift we all deserve to experience this lifetime. The truth is we create our best self through the practice of being present. We grow through returning home to ourselves on & off our matts daily. Let us share this time tested practice together and create a more peaceful world.
Suzanne is honored to hold space for others to heal their own hearts though yoga & mindfulness. She enjoys sharing therapeutic massage, Reiki, crystal bowl sound therapy, Kundalini chanting, meditation, pranayama and chakra balancing.

Stephanie Russell

Stephanie is a naturally gifted intuitive who has committed her life to being a healer of the heart, mind, body and soul. Her passion is to show how spoken word and intention can impact your energy.

Stephanie’s field of study includes training and certification in various concentrations such as past life meditations, tarot card readings, house clearings and blessings, chakra balancing, body scans, pendulum readings, color therapy, inner light therapy and spiritual counseling.

Additionally, she became Reiki certified in the Usui White Light line of Reiki. With this vast knowledge in all areas of metaphysics, Stephanie is able to heal on all levels of the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual bodies.