Our Teachers

Deborah Kogan – Co-Owner Of Pure Toms River Yoga

After taking her first yoga class approximately 10 years ago, Debbie experienced a sense of pure bliss and calm.  Although she was constantly at the gym, she was physically fit but mentally still filled with a sense of unease. Debbie slowly transitioned from a gym practice to a yoga practice and was hooked. Inspired by her favorite yoga teacher, Denise Tranchina, Debbie decided to complete her teacher training and never looked back.  A former middle school special education teacher, the transition from the traditional classroom to a yoga room was a perfect fit. Debbie loves sharing her story and passion with others. Her dream was to eventually open up a space that resonated with her and was, not just welcoming, but unintimidating as well.

Ashley DeSaro – Co Owner Of Pure Toms River Yoga

Ashley, E-RYT 200, has immersed herself in the journey of self-exploration through Yoga. She started her yoga journey 5 years ago when she first stepped onto a mat and noticed the immediate release of tension in her physical body. As she continued taking classes, she noticed how much more relaxed her mind was and how to manage stress better. This realization sparked her to continue to learn about the philosophy of yoga. Through her passion of the practice she decided to commit to share what she has learned in hopes that her students learn to live their lives to the fullest. Ashley’s classes challenge students to step out of their comfort zone and to have breakthroughs for the mind, body, and soul.

Adrienne Kengetter

After completing a 300-hr course at The American Yoga Academy in 2013 Adrienne went on to study meditation and authentically apprenticed to become a Reiki Master / Teacher. She loves learning and has continued to be a diligent student herself so she can share the new experiences in the practice of her students. To deepen her traditional yoga practice she is also certified in SUP and Aerial Yoga as well. She has completed courses in chakra work and crystals. She designs her classes to be a positive and encouraging environment and enjoys watching the transformation of her students both on and off of the mat. 

Kerry Holzschuh

Kerry received her 200 hour yoga teacher certification in 2014. Her introduction to yoga began after the birth of her first daughter 18 years ago. Seeking a time out from the exhaustion of motherhood, she never expected yoga to be a source of solace and peace. Enjoying being a student for many years and playing within the field, it took a serious illness to move her towards the therapeutic aspects of yoga which led to a certification. Kerry’s yoga experience extends from therapeutic and alignment based classes to chair yoga, kids yoga and power vinyasa.Recently, Kerry became a certified aerial instructor and was also trained in aerial Thai yoga and places high value on professional development opportunities to better serve her students. Kerry’s diversified background in yogic teachings and practices enable her to adapt to her students’ needs and be flexible in the moment. She believes in creating a grounded and safe space where her students feel welcomed and nurtured while also challenging them towards empowerment. Incorporating the practical applications of yoga and yogic philosophy in a relatable and simplified way that both engages and educates students, Kerry also brings joy, play and fun to her classes believing that laughter is the key to connectivity.

Maura Fields

Maura began her yoga journey when she became pregnant with her first child in 1998. It was a prenatal class that set her upon a path of refinement to this very day. She has studied various styles of yoga and has deeply connected with the Bhakti tradition. Understanding that as the body changes, so did her personal practice. As her life took on new and unexpected turns, Maura discovered that moving with fluidity and grace was what she really needed to practice on her mat so that she could treat life’s transitions more like a dance. Maura is a 500 hr E-RYT who completed her training under Sudha Allitt of Kula Kamala Yoga in 2013 and Raghunath Cappo of Supersoul Yoga in 2018. Maura’s love for yoga is translated in her teachings, as she approaches each pose like a journey, mindfully linking them together with intentional breath (pranayama). Her classes are playful and flowy, infused with love, humor, music and spirituality. Maura believes that having a sense of maitre (friendship with one’s self) is the best way to gain access to who we truly are. 


Denise Tranchina
Nicole Netelkos-Goetchius

Nicole completed her 300-hour RYT through White Lotus in Santa Barbara, CA, and has completed additional training certificates in prenatal and kids yoga. She has been a student of every type of yoga and dance since she was a kid and has been teaching yoga for over 20 years. She also holds a BA in English and Education and is if the founder of Om Baby Yoga and Learning Through Movement. Nicole leads a fluid, organic class with focus on breath, safe alignment, and gentle but strong sequencing. She hopes students leave class feeling relaxed, stretched and open.

Brittany Engesser

Brittany became a dedicated yogi when she was in need of a mind, body, spirit connection. As an athlete throughout her life she was familiar with challenging herself both physically and mentally. Through yoga she found the peace of mind she craved while moving through asana, pranayama, and meditation. After deepening her practice in a 200 hour yoga teacher training program, she has been instructing a variety of yoga class styles ever since. She is passionate about stilling the mind through a safe physical practice so that we may carry the healing benefits we receive out into the world, extending our peace to others. Always a student, she continues her yogic studies, and is currently broadening them to massage therapy and bodywork.

Camille Passantino

Camille took her first yoga class many years ago in NYC looking for a different kind of workout, but from the moment she stepped on her mat, she felt a sense of peace and connection to herself that she never expected. Not only was it a physical practice but it allowed her to quiet the mind and become in tune with her true sense of Self. She continued her yoga journey on and off through the years, including during her pregnancies of her two daughters. Camille became passionate about sharing yoga with everyone around her, especially children and as she saw their life start to transform through yoga, she knew that her life path has brought her to teach. In 2017, Camille completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training and continues her education through various workshops and trainings. Camille brings her authentic and compassionate energy to the classroom, creating a space for students to experience the full mind, body and spirit connection of their own. While focusing on proper alignment, she creates a safe, comfortable environment, which allows you to navigate mindfully on your mat. She is honored to teach yoga and to have the opportunity to share with others the knowledge and guidance that she has received from the teachers that have inspired her. It is her mission to encourage you to honor the light, love, truth, beauty and peace within yourself.

Nicole Franchino

Nicole first began practicing gentle yoga to help reduce stress & quiet my mind.  She immediately enjoyed the meditative benefits and the feelings of peace & calm that a regular yoga practice provided.  She gradually began to explore more vigorous styles of yoga and was drawn to the adaptability of the practice. After several years of practice & a personal career shift, She decided to seek a 200 hour certification in 2012.  
She has been teaching full time since 2013, and is excited to share her love of yoga with others.  It is her goal to create a welcoming, comfortable environment that will give students a feeling of calm and well being.  She believes that yoga is something everyone can benefit from; physically, mentally, and spiritually.  Her intention is to inspire others, through the practice of yoga, to connect to their own personal potential and find inner peace & joy. 

Brett Lehr
Ryan Doyle

Ryan found yoga during a time where he was immersed in finding the most functional way to create movement patterns using the mind and body.  Discovering the freedoms of yoga took Ryan to a place unimaginable where he found deeper connection to the soul and spirit of a variety of yogic traditions.  Eventually, leading him into vast new rituals of expansion through the connection of breath and movement.  Using his background of mathematics and movement culture and bringing them to yoga, taking anatomy of the body and meditation to explore levels of consciousness to cross onto a physical plane in which to open and align the body and spirit.  Ryan’s teaching style incorporates his asana obsession, meditation and life experiences and molds that with the of knowledge of Summer Quashie, Jerry Saluti, and Yulady Saluti under whom he did his 200 hour RYT to create a platform for all to come to open and align.

Dina Crosta
Samantha Rupp

Samantha has been practicing yoga for 3 years and teaching for nearly 2. Sam believes that yoga is for everyBODY, and that through her service and guidance she can lead her students to feel more relaxed, grounded, and be the best versions of themselves. Wether you’re looking to relieve tension or soreness in the body, or de-stress after a rough week, Sam brings a variety of different breath techniques, moments, and postures to her classes that make for a refreshing sense of renewal and release.

Alexa Freschi

Lexy is a lover of humans, culture, astrology, herbal healing, ancient traditional medicines, philosophy, and plant based nutrition. Lexy found out at 20 years old she wanted to share the healing of yoga. Since then she has accumulated 578 hours. She believes you never should stop being a student. She has learned under Jessie Haims, Dylan Werner, Matt Giordano, Benjamin Sears, Phillip and Ivy Askew, Abbie and Nevine Michaan from Katonah, Sam Vetrano of Bodhi Movement, Dana Falsetti, and Tina Bock. She is currently working on becoming a Katonah teacher. A yoga influenced by Taoist beliefs. Her styles of yoga range from vinyasa to ashtanga from restorative to yin. She studies birth chart readings in NYC with Shirley Soffer, and is reiki attuned.