Pink Moon Yoga and Wellness adopted its name from the full moon that graces our presence in the month of April, in celebration of Spring, the season of rejuvenation. Spiritually, the Pink Moon signifies rebirth and renewal. After a long, dark winter, the revival of the color pink is a refreshing dose of beauty and happiness. The Pink Moon is a reminder that life is merely a cycle, one in which we experience both hibernation and reawakening. Spring's beauty may disappear for a time, but it always returns, more beautiful than ever before, its vibrant colors appreciated in a new light.
We can all agree that the year 2020 has been a challenging year. In the midst of a global pandemic we have faced the hardships of COVID-19, which has unfortunately taken lives, affected jobs, permanently closed businesses and caused an overall burnout for most. We strongly believe that now, more than ever, we must unite as a community, whether that means in-person or virtually. This year has certainly been one for the books, and we think most can agree it has been very stressful.
It should come as no surprise that stress affects our mind, body and spirit and if we don’t find constructive, healthy ways to cope, we will eventually start showing signs that stress is taking its toll. The mind-body-spirit connection means that our wellness comes not just from physical health, but from mental and spiritual health as well. To be “healthy,” we must pay attention to all three aspects of our nature and realize that everything that impacts us physically will also have an emotional impact, and vice versa.
As the founders of Pink Moon Yoga & Wellness, we hope that joining our community will challenge you to aspire for self-love and nurture your mind, body and spirit, and we will be here every step of the way to guide you through this rejuvenating practice, no matter where you are in your journey.
Envisioning her yoga practice as nothing more than a stepping stone to jump-starting a rigorous fitness routine, Sarah’s journey to health and wellness turned into a way of life. With graduate school, love & marriage, and “nesting” all taking precedence over her once active lifestyle, Sarah found herself both blissful and dejected--successful in her learning endeavors and happy in her humble abode, yet lacking the physical and mental strength she once celebrated. After just a few sessions on the mat, Sarah realized that yoga was not simply a workout, but a gift with incredible healing potential for the mind and body.
Compelled to share it with others, Sarah went on to pursue her 200HR yoga teacher training and continues to participate in continuing education opportunities that allow her to broaden her understanding of anatomy & physiology as well as the more spiritual side of yoga. Sarah is currently pursuing her 500HR certification with Yoga Alliance, as well as a 100HR certification in Ashtanga. Additional certifications include Science of Exercise from University of Colorado Boulder and Engineering Health: An Introduction to Yoga & Physiology from NYU. Sarah is also an AFPA certified instructor in Mat Pilates. On the spiritual side of things, she is a certified Level 2 White Light Reiki practitioner and dabbles with the magic of Tarot.
Sarah is an animal lover and passionate about the equity and inclusion of all people. Aside from her practice, she worships the sun & the water, loves to jet-set with her hubby, friends, and family, and exercises her eye for design & creativity!
Looking for a different type of workout after multiple knee surgeries, Danielle took her first yoga class in 2007, when beginning her undergraduate education. From the moment she stepped on her mat, she felt a sense of peace and connection to herself that she never expected, yoga quickly became her way of life. Danielle is now an experienced, certified 200HR Yoga Teacher and has completed numerous additional training certificates. Presently, Danielle is working toward completing her 500HR Vinyasa and 100HR Ashtanga training with the Pink Moon women! She also holds a multidisciplinary PHD in Cell Biology, Neuroscience and Physiology and is the founder of Bay House Garden and co-founder of Pink Moon Yoga and Wellness.
Danielle loves learning and has continued to be a diligent student herself so she can share her new experiences in practice with her students. To deepen her traditional yoga practice she is also a certified Reiki Master/Teacher and AFPA certified Mat Pilates instructor, she even plays the crystal bowls and harmonium. She has completed courses in meditation, chakra work, crystals, prenatal yoga, the art of Tarot, holistic nutrition, Ayurveda and TCM, to name a few. Danielle enjoys leading fluid, organic classes with a focus on breath, safe alignment, and gentle but strong sequencing. She designs her classes to be a positive and encouraging environment, hoping her students leave class feeling relaxed and stretched with open hearts. It is her mission to encourage you to honor the light, love, truth, beauty and peace within yourself.
When she’s not teaching yoga, Danielle works as a Clinical Application Manager, working with doctors to help patients receive personalized medicine. She loves spending time with her friends and family (and dog!). Aside from yoga, her favorite hobbies include cooking/baking, hiking, paddle boarding, camping, traveling and scuba-diving.
Looking for a better stretching routine to complement her running regime, Peggy instantly recognized the countless healing benefits yoga had to offer her mind and body. After successfully completing her first half marathon in 2012, she realized that first yoga class had taken her so much further than she ever would have imagined. While learning and growing on her mat, she began to find room in her life for other forms of fitness that she never explored before. She loved the mind body connection of Pilates and working the small muscle groups; the building blocks, so she completed a certification in mat Pilates through AAAI/ISMA in 2017 and The Physical Mind Institute in 2018. She earned her 200HR Vinyasa Yoga certification in 2019 and continued her fitness education by completing both the spin and personal training certification through AAAI/ISMA in 2020.
She continues to study and practice with instructors from around the world to further her education and share her knowledge with her students and is working toward becoming a 500HR certified yoga teacher with an additional 100HRs in Ashtanga. She creates a safe, non-competitive space for her students to learn and grow and find deeper meaning and inspiration in their practice.
Her classes offer creative sequences, emphasizing the importance of mind body connection, proper alignment, pranayama breathing techniques, mindfulness and mediation. Modification and advanced options are made available for new and experienced students so that all can reach their potential. She is honored to teach Pilates, yoga and HIIT, helping to bring balance, awareness, health and happiness into other’s lives. She enjoys her active lifestyle with her husband and 3 children, who inspire her everyday.
Certified Personal Trainer
Whether he’s playing rugby in New Zealand, free-diving in Belize, or surfing on the Jersey Shore, Jack knows that a healthy mind and body are essential to maintain his adventurous lifestyle. As an undergraduate student, Jack spent his time studying and conducting research on physiology and wellness. After graduating from Boston University with a degree in Biology, Jack knew that it was time for a change. He wanted to transition away from research and take a more active role in helping others improve their lives.
After graduating from Boston University Jack moved back to the Jersey Shore, where he obtained his USSF coaching certification and Safesport certification, and built a successful soccer training business. Through this endeavor, Jack found that he enjoyed training others and helping individuals achieve their fitness and performance goals. This led him to earn his NASM Personal Trainer certification--and to Pink Moon Yoga and Wellness. Every session with Jack is challenging, high-energy, and fun. Whether you’re looking to increase performance, hit your goal weight, or get in shape, Jack is committed to helping you achieve your fitness and wellness goals.
When he is not training others or working on his own fitness, Jack enjoys surfing, snowboarding, playing soccer and rugby, and traveling with friends. He is heavily involved in marine ecology and conservation, and he can play one and a half songs on the ukulele.