Our Tribe

Brassy (adj)meaning shamelessly bold

Brassy Buddha Yoga Studio was founded on the belief that there's nothing more bold than living out your truth. 

  Brandi , Founder + Teacher  "Yoga was a powerful vehicle for change in my life.  I hadn’t realized despite the fact that I had the greatest of intentions that nothing would manifest into anything but a gesture until I allowed myself to heal.  It was on my mat that  I was able to let go and surrender in order to deal with life as I knew it.  All of the “whys” had a purpose I wouldn’t allow myself to see because it hurt to look back.  I realized in order to make peace with what was, I had to sit in it all over again in efforts to forgive myself and others.  It was the greatest gift I ever gave to myself.  Surrender.  Forgiveness.  Letting go.  The gift I needed to give others the opportunity to experience.  Each and every time we step to our mats we are given a brand new journey to experience with the end result being a little more clarity, knowledge, and self healing.  It is my commitment to give each student space and guidance in hopes they allow themselves to connect to their purpose.  I have 400 hours in teacher training, Reiki 1, and 40 hours of yin training, and I can not wait to embark on the next path this universe has to offer. My favorite food is pizza.  My favorite colors are turquoise and purple.  My favorite thing is to just be goofy.  Least favorite thing in this world is negativity.  My plan for the future is to create deep connections amongst those I encounter along my journey."

Brandi, Founder + Teacher

"Yoga was a powerful vehicle for change in my life.  I hadn’t realized despite the fact that I had the greatest of intentions that nothing would manifest into anything but a gesture until I allowed myself to heal.  It was on my mat that  I was able to let go and surrender in order to deal with life as I knew it.  All of the “whys” had a purpose I wouldn’t allow myself to see because it hurt to look back.  I realized in order to make peace with what was, I had to sit in it all over again in efforts to forgive myself and others.  It was the greatest gift I ever gave to myself.  Surrender.  Forgiveness.  Letting go.  The gift I needed to give others the opportunity to experience.  Each and every time we step to our mats we are given a brand new journey to experience with the end result being a little more clarity, knowledge, and self healing.  It is my commitment to give each student space and guidance in hopes they allow themselves to connect to their purpose.  I have 400 hours in teacher training, Reiki 1, and 40 hours of yin training, and I can not wait to embark on the next path this universe has to offer. My favorite food is pizza.  My favorite colors are turquoise and purple.  My favorite thing is to just be goofy.  Least favorite thing in this world is negativity.  My plan for the future is to create deep connections amongst those I encounter along my journey."

  Faye , Teacher  "Faye’s teaching style is what she calls “not your mama’s yoga!”  She loves to laugh and chat as she flows and stretches with her students.  She started practicing yoga in 2000 where she fell in love with it and tried many different types from beginner hatha to prenatal to power vinyasa flow. After teaching for 9 years in the NYC public schools and for 5 as a professor at NYU, Faye stayed home to raise her two children, and then graduated with her 200 RYT certification in 2017.  Faye loves a strong power flow, guided mediations, and teaching yoga to people of all ages. Her energy is contagious and her classes are dynamic, as she firmly believes every class should be mindful and fun!"

Faye, Teacher

"Faye’s teaching style is what she calls “not your mama’s yoga!”  She loves to laugh and chat as she flows and stretches with her students.  She started practicing yoga in 2000 where she fell in love with it and tried many different types from beginner hatha to prenatal to power vinyasa flow. After teaching for 9 years in the NYC public schools and for 5 as a professor at NYU, Faye stayed home to raise her two children, and then graduated with her 200 RYT certification in 2017.  Faye loves a strong power flow, guided mediations, and teaching yoga to people of all ages. Her energy is contagious and her classes are dynamic, as she firmly believes every class should be mindful and fun!"

  Naomi Pagan Fox , Teacher  "As the granddaughter of a Hawaiian shaman from Hana Hawaii and a 41st generation Hawaiian of Samoan, Tonga, and Maori descent, Naomi evolved into a seeker of knowledge, cultivating divine moments of truth and pure love. She searches for meaning, symbols, and secrets hidden from worldly eyes in the natural world. This led her to become an Usui Komyo Reiki Kai Master and a third degree black belt Martial Artist in Tae Kwon Do and Hun Gar Kung Fu. Under the guidance of her skillful teachers and the lens of her own curiosity, her practice continues to evolve. Not only is she a Registered Nurse, but also a certified Clinical Nutritionist and Massage Body Worker focusing on sacral cranial work, myofascial release, reflexology and has an extensive rehabilitation background in neurology, kinesiology and orthopedics. Always excited and inspired to learn more, she recently completed her 200-hour Vinyasa flow. Iyengar and Baptist inspired teacher training from Hot Yoga Revolution, under Danille Mojo and Toni Reino. She went on to completed her level I and II Yin Yoga Yoga teacher training, under Corina Benner of Wake Up Yoga at the Integrated Yoga Institute in NY, and continued with Paul Grilley, Bernie Clark and Sarah Powers. Naomi is a YACEP and E-RYT 200 under Yoga Alliance."

Naomi Pagan Fox, Teacher

"As the granddaughter of a Hawaiian shaman from Hana Hawaii and a 41st generation Hawaiian of Samoan, Tonga, and Maori descent, Naomi evolved into a seeker of knowledge, cultivating divine moments of truth and pure love. She searches for meaning, symbols, and secrets hidden from worldly eyes in the natural world. This led her to become an Usui Komyo Reiki Kai Master and a third degree black belt Martial Artist in Tae Kwon Do and Hun Gar Kung Fu. Under the guidance of her skillful teachers and the lens of her own curiosity, her practice continues to evolve. Not only is she a Registered Nurse, but also a certified Clinical Nutritionist and Massage Body Worker focusing on sacral cranial work, myofascial release, reflexology and has an extensive rehabilitation background in neurology, kinesiology and orthopedics. Always excited and inspired to learn more, she recently completed her 200-hour Vinyasa flow. Iyengar and Baptist inspired teacher training from Hot Yoga Revolution, under Danille Mojo and Toni Reino. She went on to completed her level I and II Yin Yoga Yoga teacher training, under Corina Benner of Wake Up Yoga at the Integrated Yoga Institute in NY, and continued with Paul Grilley, Bernie Clark and Sarah Powers. Naomi is a YACEP and E-RYT 200 under Yoga Alliance."

  Corinne,  Teacher  "An avid runner, Corinne first came to yoga for a pre/post race stretch out. Soon after, she fell in love with the benefits of yoga and it became part of her daily routine. In 2017, she acquired her 200-hour Vinyasa Flow certification through Poe Academy. Corinne offers a challenging, yet fun and upbeat class that connects mind, body and spirit. She is a strong believer in the power of yoga and the healing it has on the human body. Corinne feels if everyone practiced yoga, the world would be a happier place!"

Corinne, Teacher

"An avid runner, Corinne first came to yoga for a pre/post race stretch out. Soon after, she fell in love with the benefits of yoga and it became part of her daily routine. In 2017, she acquired her 200-hour Vinyasa Flow certification through Poe Academy. Corinne offers a challenging, yet fun and upbeat class that connects mind, body and spirit. She is a strong believer in the power of yoga and the healing it has on the human body. Corinne feels if everyone practiced yoga, the world would be a happier place!"

  Carrie , Teacher  "Discovering the world of yoga fills a void Carrie, group fitness instructor, marathoner and former gymnast, didn't know existed within until she entered it.  She has found its rewards alongside those of being a mother: with hidden truths, filled with wonder and great emotional reward. Carrie finds parallels in yoga and life, in that through mindful strength and determination our greatest success may be achieved. If we believe in our own strength, incredible things are possible. With this well-known affirmation in mind, "I am thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn't have stumbled across my strength", Carrie will encourage you to find challenge, physically in her classes.  It is up to you to decide how to react.  After all, we can't control what life throws at us, but we are in control of our reactions; and how will that affect you? Stronger, she guarantees; and definitely not just physically. Carrie is driven by creativity and revels in up-cycling, refinishing furniture, sewing/embroidery and all things crafty. Discover your dance and uncover your creativity on the mat with Carrie; don't be surprised if you surprise yourself in uncovering your truth.

Carrie, Teacher

"Discovering the world of yoga fills a void Carrie, group fitness instructor, marathoner and former gymnast, didn't know existed within until she entered it.  She has found its rewards alongside those of being a mother: with hidden truths, filled with wonder and great emotional reward. Carrie finds parallels in yoga and life, in that through mindful strength and determination our greatest success may be achieved. If we believe in our own strength, incredible things are possible. With this well-known affirmation in mind, "I am thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn't have stumbled across my strength", Carrie will encourage you to find challenge, physically in her classes.  It is up to you to decide how to react.  After all, we can't control what life throws at us, but we are in control of our reactions; and how will that affect you? Stronger, she guarantees; and definitely not just physically.
Carrie is driven by creativity and revels in up-cycling, refinishing furniture, sewing/embroidery and all things crafty. Discover your dance and uncover your creativity on the mat with Carrie; don't be surprised if you surprise yourself in uncovering your truth.

  Jody , Teacher  "Jody Heavey is a 200 Hr RYT with continued education in Yin Yoga and Level III Reiki Practitioner. She's has been in the teaching field for over 10 years, while having her fair share of office life. In that time has fallen witness to numerous high stress situations. Since welcoming yoga into her daily life, Jody has been filling her cup with the many tools for leading a balanced life. She is sure to focus on the breathe in every class and is honored to share these tools with others. 🕉"

Jody, Teacher

"Jody Heavey is a 200 Hr RYT with continued education in Yin Yoga and Level III Reiki Practitioner. She's has been in the teaching field for over 10 years, while having her fair share of office life. In that time has fallen witness to numerous high stress situations. Since welcoming yoga into her daily life, Jody has been filling her cup with the many tools for leading a balanced life. She is sure to focus on the breathe in every class and is honored to share these tools with others. 🕉"

  Trish , Teacher  "In November of 2016, Trish first found herself on the mat. She was apprehensive yet excited. Yoga had alluded her for years and she finally found that her time to practice had arrived organically. She quickly fell in love with her home studio Onyx in Warren, NJ and, nearly a year later, she began her 200 Hour Certification at the studio under the guidance of Shannon Elliott (Malati), Jane Lindemann, and Gabriella Perotti; all of whom have been integral in shaping the person Trish has become as a teacher and a person on and off the mat. She is eternally grateful for all of the wisdom and support they have shared with her.  While away from her mat, Trish spends her time embracing activity and the arts. It’s common to find her hiking or trail running on any one of the many beautiful trails New Jersey offers. Coming from a background in ballet and modern dance, she feels at home moving and grooving on the dancefloor at any one of the many live bands she enjoys seeing. Trish knows first-hand the healing powers of yoga and the yoga community. After struggling with anxiety and an eating disorder for years, she credits her yoga journey as the major catalyst that propelled her to the healthiest state of her life. Her intention is to utilize yoga to help others to overcome the obstacles that arise in all of our lives with confidence and perseverance, as they embrace progress over perfection. At the heart of it all, Trish wants to help people achieve their goals, learn to take the speedbumps and setbacks in stride, and celebrate their victories because, on this journey, it is not what happens to us that define us but rather how we react to them that define us. 

Trish, Teacher

"In November of 2016, Trish first found herself on the mat. She was apprehensive yet excited. Yoga had alluded her for years and she finally found that her time to practice had arrived organically. She quickly fell in love with her home studio Onyx in Warren, NJ and, nearly a year later, she began her 200 Hour Certification at the studio under the guidance of Shannon Elliott (Malati), Jane Lindemann, and Gabriella Perotti; all of whom have been integral in shaping the person Trish has become as a teacher and a person on and off the mat. She is eternally grateful for all of the wisdom and support they have shared with her. 
While away from her mat, Trish spends her time embracing activity and the arts. It’s common to find her hiking or trail running on any one of the many beautiful trails New Jersey offers. Coming from a background in ballet and modern dance, she feels at home moving and grooving on the dancefloor at any one of the many live bands she enjoys seeing.
Trish knows first-hand the healing powers of yoga and the yoga community. After struggling with anxiety and an eating disorder for years, she credits her yoga journey as the major catalyst that propelled her to the healthiest state of her life. Her intention is to utilize yoga to help others to overcome the obstacles that arise in all of our lives with confidence and perseverance, as they embrace progress over perfection. At the heart of it all, Trish wants to help people achieve their goals, learn to take the speedbumps and setbacks in stride, and celebrate their victories because, on this journey, it is not what happens to us that define us but rather how we react to them that define us. 

  Vita , Teacher  "Vita Semeraro is a holistic health & nutrition coach, founder of VitaSana Flow, and a certified yoga instructor. She first turned to yoga as a consistent practice in 2014 while going through major personal life changes. Yoga became a healing and a spiritual practice where she could foster self-love and self-growth. She acquired her 200-hour yoga certification through Wendy Gross-Pinto’s training in 2015. She furthered her learning with various workshops, and she recently completed a 50hr of Yin Yoga training with Corina Benner. Her classes focus on the spiritual teachings of yoga as well as the powerful emotional and physical healing powers of yoga."

Vita, Teacher

"Vita Semeraro is a holistic health & nutrition coach, founder of VitaSana Flow, and a certified yoga instructor. She first turned to yoga as a consistent practice in 2014 while going through major personal life changes. Yoga became a healing and a spiritual practice where she could foster self-love and self-growth. She acquired her 200-hour yoga certification through Wendy Gross-Pinto’s training in 2015. She furthered her learning with various workshops, and she recently completed a 50hr of Yin Yoga training with Corina Benner. Her classes focus on the spiritual teachings of yoga as well as the powerful emotional and physical healing powers of yoga."

  Lauren , Teacher  "From a young age, Lauren knew she was different. As a an empath with a keen intuition, she felt too much. In her early 20s, she was diagnosed with anxiety and depression. After a few years of prescribed and self-medication, she decided to change her story. By looking into a holistic approach, she found the beauty of meditation. Through meditation, she was able to learn more about herself and how to harness the true power which resides in being an empath. Lauren has always had a passion for athletics and fitness. It wasn't until her sister, Kim,  brought her to her first yoga class, that she realized was able to combine the power of breath, mindfulness and movement into one solidified practice. At that moment, she realized her calling. She completed her 200 Hour RYT training with a focus in Baptiste lineage at Hot Yoga Revolution in April 2018. Two weeks later, she completed her 30 Hour RYT Yin training with Naomi Pagan Fox. Lauren's love for yoga and meditation is present throughout all aspects of her life. When she is not teaching or practicing, you can find her reading about spirituality/metaphysics, spending time with loved ones, enjoying nature or stealing kisses from her pug, Louis."

Lauren, Teacher

"From a young age, Lauren knew she was different. As a an empath with a keen intuition, she felt too much. In her early 20s, she was diagnosed with anxiety and depression. After a few years of prescribed and self-medication, she decided to change her story. By looking into a holistic approach, she found the beauty of meditation. Through meditation, she was able to learn more about herself and how to harness the true power which resides in being an empath. Lauren has always had a passion for athletics and fitness. It wasn't until her sister, Kim,  brought her to her first yoga class, that she realized was able to combine the power of breath, mindfulness and movement into one solidified practice. At that moment, she realized her calling. She completed her 200 Hour RYT training with a focus in Baptiste lineage at Hot Yoga Revolution in April 2018. Two weeks later, she completed her 30 Hour RYT Yin training with Naomi Pagan Fox. Lauren's love for yoga and meditation is present throughout all aspects of her life. When she is not teaching or practicing, you can find her reading about spirituality/metaphysics, spending time with loved ones, enjoying nature or stealing kisses from her pug, Louis."

  Eve , Teacher  "Eve Adelson is a certified 200-hour Vinyasa teacher. She has completed Level 1 & The Art of Assisting with The Baptiste Institute. Eve’s yoga journey began in 2013 when she discovered the amazing benefits of the physical Asana practice.  She then began to experience the benefits of how yoga connects the mind & body. Eve received her 200-hour certification with Powerflow. She shares her passion for Power Vinyasa in her classes, challenging her students while moving thru a fun & balanced sequence."

Eve, Teacher

"Eve Adelson is a certified 200-hour Vinyasa teacher. She has completed Level 1 & The Art of Assisting with The Baptiste Institute. Eve’s yoga journey began in 2013 when she discovered the amazing benefits of the physical Asana practice.  She then began to experience the benefits of how yoga connects the mind & body. Eve received her 200-hour certification with Powerflow. She shares her passion for Power Vinyasa in her classes, challenging her students while moving thru a fun & balanced sequence."

  Michelle , Teacher  “The light at the end of the tunnel is not an illusion- the tunnel is”I am on a journey to light the darkness in others. I share myself and my past freely to encourage others to share their authentic self. I was led to yoga after having my first child, Ben. Postpartum depression crept in under the veil of an identity crisis, sleep deprivation, and negative body image issues. These feelings of sadness and anxiety were not new to me- a troubled teenage past teeming with self-harm made this the perfect storm for an awakening. 400 hours of Teacher Training led me to a kids yoga certification led by Toni Reino. Years later, my passion to help others find peace and learn self-love brought me to the world of energy healing, where I became a level 1 certified Reiki practitioner and completed 30 hours of Yin teacher training, both let by Naomi Fox. It was at this time that my style of teaching adjusted to a new group of people I am serving: the elderly. It was through working with them that truly illuminated to me that yoga is for everybody."

Michelle, Teacher

“The light at the end of the tunnel is not an illusion- the tunnel is”I am on a journey to light the darkness in others. I share myself and my past freely to encourage others to share their authentic self. I was led to yoga after having my first child, Ben. Postpartum depression crept in under the veil of an identity crisis, sleep deprivation, and negative body image issues. These feelings of sadness and anxiety were not new to me- a troubled teenage past teeming with self-harm made this the perfect storm for an awakening. 400 hours of Teacher Training led me to a kids yoga certification led by Toni Reino. Years later, my passion to help others find peace and learn self-love brought me to the world of energy healing, where I became a level 1 certified Reiki practitioner and completed 30 hours of Yin teacher training, both let by Naomi Fox. It was at this time that my style of teaching adjusted to a new group of people I am serving: the elderly. It was through working with them that truly illuminated to me that yoga is for everybody."

   Genna , Teacher  "Genna is a passionate teacher of vinyasa and yoga for athletes. As a coach and educator, she integrates these facets of her life experience into her yoga teacher philosophy and class structure.  At the age of 10, Genna began her practice and has piqued her interest in continuing her education in the world of yoga. Genna is also USATF Level 2 Coach, Reiki Level 2 Certified and a trained Birth Doula. Genna’s philosophy is anchored in dedication to student strength building mentally and physically through the rooting and growth in their flourish practice of yoga.Understanding the purpose in the process of all things truly allows the journey to be much sweeter. "

Genna, Teacher

"Genna is a passionate teacher of vinyasa and yoga for athletes. As a coach and educator, she integrates these facets of her life experience into her yoga teacher philosophy and class structure.  At the age of 10, Genna began her practice and has piqued her interest in continuing her education in the world of yoga. Genna is also USATF Level 2 Coach, Reiki Level 2 Certified and a trained Birth Doula. Genna’s philosophy is anchored in dedication to student strength building mentally and physically through the rooting and growth in their flourish practice of yoga.Understanding the purpose in the process of all things truly allows the journey to be much sweeter. "