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Old Tappan Yogis Make Good On The Mat

Lori Brophy of Old Tappan strikes a pose. Photo Credit: Donna O'Neil
Susan Bernardo stays strong on the mat at Spectrum Wellness Center in Old Tappan. Photo Credit: Submit
Lauren Killoran hangs out in the yoga studio. Photo Credit: Lauren Killoran Instagram

OLD TAPPAN, N.J. — Three yoga instructors joined forces at an Old Tappan wellness facility to share their journeys with their students.

Lauren Killoran, Lori Brophy and Susan Bernardo all teach at Spectrum Wellness Center on Central Avenue.

The facility opened in 2013 above the owner’s physical therapy center and offers all types of fitness and wellness opportunities.

Lauren Killoran

“Yogis bend, they don’t break,” said Killoran, who joined last April. “Yoga helped me in so many ways that I wanted to share it.”

The longtime runner turned to the practice after she had children. Killoran had been relying on massage therapy to cure her aches and pains but found yoga to be a natural solution.

“The transition was really hard and depressing when I stopped running,” she said. “I found yoga boring at 23 but now I find it amazing and I feel just as strong.”

Lori Brophy

“Yoga is a life transition for anyone in any way they need it,” said Brophy, who teaches at studios in River Edge, Westwood and Wyckoff.

The small class sizes at Spectrum allows Brophy to connect on a deep level with her clients, she said.

“With the Wellness Center it’s all about the aging body and how we can reverse some signs of it,” said Brophy, who is motivated by an 82-year-old student.

“Yoga increases balance, flexibility and harmony when our mind is changing gears,” Brophy said. “Whether we’re shifting from working full time into retirement or another life transition, yoga is another tool to get through that.”

Susan Bernardo

“People tend to think they’re separate from their bodies,” said Bernardo, whose yoga journey started in 2006. “Medication is taking care of things but people don’t realize they can resolve [health issues] while benefitting other parts of their bodies through the practice of yoga.”

Yoga is unlike high-intensity exercise in that it’s not about “pushing through the pain,” Bernardo said.

“It’s about listening to our bodies — our bodies have wisdom,” she said. “Afterall, it’s about the journey, not the destination.

“Anyone can start at any point and be exactly where they should be,” Bernardo said.

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