Montclair : Bloomfield Ave

Kelly Santucci

My yoga journey began in 2006, that was when yoga found me. I had been working in telecommunications for 9 years and was a certified cardio kickboxing instructor. While pregnant with my first son, I decided to practice prenatal yoga. After my son was born, I became a regular vinyasa flow yoga practitioner. I decided at that time to leave the corporate world and become a stay at home mom. It was then that I had also decided to stop teaching cardio kickboxing....and I began teaching yoga. In 2009 I was approached by Daniele Jarman at Ignite Yoga Center to be a part of her first teacher training program. Upon completion of my 200 hour certification, I taught at Ignite and was also asked to teach at a new studio that had just opened called Younique Yoga. I taught my first class at Younique on a Sunday morning and people loved what I brought to their mats. So the owner of the studio, John Harin, offered me the opportunity to be the main instructor at his studio, and in 2011 he asked me to run his first teacher training program. Now an ERYT 200, I teach hundreds of students a week, have regular private clients and have trained over 50 new instructors. Younique Yoga currently has 5 studios in NJ and they are all filled with the teachers who have graduated from our training program. My class is an advanced power flow intended to keep you focused and present. My sequencing is challenging, creative and fluid; and my energy is calm and comforting. With my guidance and support, I encourage you each day to step out of your comfort zone and explore your capabilitites.

If you had asked me years ago what my passion and purpose in life was my answer would have been abstract. It wasn't until I had children and yoga found me, that everything changed, everything became clear, everything made sense. My passion in life is my family and yoga, my purpose in life is to be a great mom to my two beautiful boys and a great teacher to my amazing yoga students. I love what I do and I love who I am, and I have yoga to thank for that.

I love teaching yoga because I wholeheartedly believe in its journey, in its healing qualities, and in the energy it creates in a room full of people...breathing together, moving together..its so powerful and peaceful.. and its shared. You take from the energy when you need it and you contribute to the energy when you have some to spare. Yoga means so beautifully unites the mind, body and soul of the practitioner, it unites people, it makes you self aware, it makes you humble, it empowers you, it does not judge, it keeps you focused, it teaches you patience, dedication, strength and flexibility on and off the mat. And above all, yogis are some of the kindest people I know and I am so blessed to be among them everyday.