Our team brings passion, drive and unwavering conviction to everything they do at Kula for Karma

 

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Loretta Turner

Director of Program Development

 

Loretta stumbled upon yoga in 2009. She was immediately drawn to the asana that was so closely tied to her roots in dancing. It soon became clear to Loretta that yoga was much more than physical bending and balancing; and once she experienced the mental clarity and spiritual awakening that comes with a regular practice, she was eager to share the gift with others.

In the Spring of 2011, Loretta received her 200HR Yoga Instructor Certification through Ramapo College – This is where she met Penni and Geri, and shortly after, fell in love with Kula’s mission. A few years later, Loretta reconnected with Kula when conducting psychological research for an independent stud for her BA in Psychology. She found herself observing and interviewing women in recovery who participated in Kula’s program at Integrity House Secaucus. She was deeply moved and inspired by the incredible work that the organization was doing. In Spring 2013, Loretta was asked to join the Kula for Karma staff as Program Director.

Today, Loretta works as the Director of Program Development, as well as a regular volunteer for many of Kulas classes. She teaches yoga full-time at Powerflow Yoga, and is on her way to receiving her 700HR Yoga Therapist Certificate.


Kristin Moshonas - Kula for Karma

Kristin Moshonas

Program Director

It only took one Kundalini class many years ago to draw Kristin into an ever-expanding life of yoga! In a fast paced career of magazine publishing at the time, Kristin has led the marketing efforts at a collection of high-profile titles, from Vogue to Town & Country. Yoga initially provided an internal balance point, but eventually became an energetic center, and the magazine titles naturally shifted from fashion and luxury towards health and wellness. 

Life evolved, motherhood ensued and the holistic path was brightly lit. Kristin met Geri and Penni, Kula’s founders, in a level 1 Kundalini Teacher Training at Golden Bridge NY.  Over this ten-month period, Kula for Karma was birthed.  Penni and Geri went on to grow Kula, while Kristin went on to teach classes at Golden Bridge and pursue additional teaching certifications in Vinyasa Flow and Prenatal Yoga.    She currently teaches at Golden Bridge NY, Euphoria Yoga in Woodstock, NY and privately.  

Kristin is a passionate believer in the power of healing through yoga, meditation, positive community and healthy lifestyle choices, including food and love. She feels blessed to now work in the field where she can help spread this wealth and understanding and applies this same holistic approach to her teaching, preaching, counseling and personal pursuits.    

A certified Holistic Health Counselor through The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Kristin is also studying to be a Yoga Therapist. An 800 hour Yoga Alliance sanctioned course led by the inimitable Guru Dharam, this certification is comprised of multiple modules rooted in Kundalini, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and other forms of energy healing.

It was fated that she run into Geri again at a yoga workshop, as this led to volunteer teaching thru Kula, and her current exciting role as NY Program Director.  

Kristin is a graduate of The University of Vermont and The Sorbonne, with a major in Psychology and Minor in French. In addition to yogic arts and therapy, she is a curious and happy world traveler and skier, mom to two delicious little boys and looking forward to her first triathlon this Summer.    


Yuliana Kim-Grant - Kula for Karma

Yuliana Kim-Grant

Program Director

Yuliana's circuitous yoga journey began in 1993 in Los Angeles where she took yoga classes sporadically. After moving back to the East Coast and to New York City, she committed to a serious practice, accepting the humbling journey that was surely ahead. As her practice grew, so did her passion about the life altering impact and healing the practice offered.

Her belief soon led her to get her 200 HR Yoga Instructor Certificate in 2014, soon after receiving her 500 HR Yoga Instructor Certificate in 2015. As a teacher she wanted to broaden her knowledge about the healing power of yoga, which led to her to receive an additional 100 Yoga Medical Therapy Training Certificate. It was shortly after completing this training that she found her way to Kula, immediately falling in love with the mission of the organization, not to mention the integrity and passion of the founders of Kula.

As a professional novelist and yoga teacher, she brings her curiosity, patience, and diligence to her new role as NYC Program Director. She is excited about the endless possibilities in the city where Kula can change and heal the lives of so many in need.


 

Our Instructors

           Kula for Karma collaborates with a growing team of yoga studios in the tri-state area, and has a volunteer base of 500 certified yoga instructors. 

Our executive team works closely with each instructor to maintain the highest level of expertise in addressing the challenges faced by our diverse client communities.  Our instructors undergo a minimum of 200 hours of teacher training. Many have additional credentials, such as advanced allied health degrees, 500-hour training certificates, and certification in multiple yoga disciplines.

 

Board of Directors

Kim Pressman, Board Chair, CPA,MBA, Financial Consultant, Former CFO, Price Communications Corporation

Lisa BuckleySenior Vice President, Account Strategy, VaynerMedia

Emily Cobb, Associate and Senior Discovery Attorney, Ropes & Gray, LLP

Denise Dunlap Ratcliffe, Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer, Christian Health Care Center

Melanie Haber, Vice President of Brand Development at Recovery Brands

Nancy Manket, MBA, 200-RYT. Certified Nutritionist Founder, Beacon Wellness Center

Larry Rosen, MD, Founder, The Whole Child Center

Mark Schlesinger, MD, Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology, Hackensack University Medical Center

Geri Topfer, Founder, President, Kula for Karma

Steven Topfer, DO, Senior Vice President, Sheridan Healthcorp; Anesthesiologist, Hackensack University Medical Center

Medical Advisory Board

Larry Rosen, MD, Founder of the Whole Child Center

Eva Andersson-Dubin, MD, Founder, Dubin Breast Center at Mt Sinai Hospital

Benita Burke, MD, FACC, ABIHM, Noninvasive Cardiologist and Medical Director of Heart Care for Women, Valley Hospital

Diego Coira, MD, Chairman, HackensackUMC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

Melissa Goodman, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention (SAVI) Program

Andre Goy, MD, Chairman and Director, Lymphoma Division Chief, John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center, Chief Science Officer and Director of Research and Innovation of RCCA, Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University

Jennifer Graf, LCSW, Chair, Center for Integrative Medicine Advisory Council, Englewood Hospital Medical Center

Jennifer Havens, MD, Vice Chair for Public Psychiatry, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, Director and Chief of Service, Department of Child and Adolexcent Psychiatry, Bellevue Hospital Center

Minaxi Jhawer, Director of GI Medical Oncology at Englewood Hospital, Hermatology Oncology Attending, Englewood Hopsital

Jodie Katz, MD, Family Physician, Medical Director, Valley Hospital's Integrative Medicine Center

R. Josefina Miranda, Pediatrician, Children of Joy Pediatrics

Deniz Oktay, MS, LCAT, BC-DMT, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, Level 3 Child/Adolescent Service, Bellevue Hospital Center

Minal Vazirani, MD, Integrative Pediatrician & Internist, Medical Director, Siegler Center for Integrative MedicineBarnabas Health

Marlynn Wei, MD, JDHarvard and Yale-trained Psychiatrist, Therapist, Certified Yoga Teacher, and Author