Our Teacher of the Month for April 2018 is Rosemarie Monaco.
Rosemarie is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher. She is also certified to teach Restorative Yoga, Gentle Yoga and has trained with Charlotte Stone through Kula for Karma to teach adult oncology patients. She is a student of Sanskrit and has studied Yoga Therapy. She has taught every level of yoga at two studios: Indian Rock Yoga in Suffern, NY and Birchwood Center in Nyack, NY. She began teaching cancer patients and mental-health patients for Kula for Karma in the summer of 2015. Rosemarie is also a professor of Communication Arts for St. Thomas Aquinas and Dominican Colleges in New York and a published author.
“I started practicing yoga during a very difficult period in my life. It was transformational on every level. It was so life-changing, in fact, that I knew I had to share the gift of yoga with others, so I became a teacher. When I learned about Kula for Karma, I jumped at the opportunity to work with those who so need the healing energy of yoga. I've come to teach, play and laugh with my students. And I'm certain that I have learned more from them than they have learned from me. No one knows better how to live in the present moment than those who have faced life-threatening illnesses. I currently teach at the John Theurer Cancer Center of Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC). I have also taught cancer patients at Englewood Hospital Breast Cancer Center and I have taught mental-health patients at Debra Simon Center for Integrated Medicine (HUMC) and in-patient psych at HUMC. For a short time I also worked with bone-marrow-transplant patients at HUMC. Every one of these populations have been awe inspiring. I thank Kula for Karma and all my program directors for this precious gift.”