About NJYC

The Mission of the NJ Yoga Collective is to create an all-inclusive online destination for yoga in the Garden State. We connect community, offer inspiration, provide suggestions for practice, educate readers and showcase a carefully curated collection of local experts finding balance in their lives and pursuing their dreams.

The aim of the NJ Yoga Collective is to be a resource for empowerment through yoga, meditation, mindfulness, karma, food and deep thoughts. We highlight, promote and show massive love to NJ yoga studios, feature events, showcase how local yogis are changing the world, share nourishing recipes with a focus on local ingredients and dig into the practice with asana breakdowns, meditation guides and thoughtful sequences from NJ’s best teachers.

Most importantly, we let students know where and how to find yoga EVERYWHERE in New Jersey.

Why do we do it?

Because NJ is an amazing place for yoga, on the mat and off. We’ve seen unprecedented growth in studios, teacher trainings, workshops and events. Now it is time to see connection and community catch up. Now it is time to support each other and take our yogic lifestyle to the next level, together.

About New Jersey Yoga Collective, Bridget Riepl Bridget Riepl
Co-Founder, Director of Partnerships
Bridget is a mother, yoga teacher, writer, content creator, speaker, presenter, coffee snob, and local adventurer. Bridget started teaching yoga 7 years ago, as a cathartic release after long days of lawyering. In 2012 she made a massive shift, choosing to transform her part-time yoga commitments into a full-time pursuit of passion.  Since then she has taught more than 3000 hours of yoga all over Monmouth County, written for MindBodyGreen and the Huffington Post, served as a Lululemon and Manduka Ambassador, worked on numerous philanthropic projects including the Global and Local Mala Projects, and contributed her expertise in sequencing, advanced asana and yogic storytelling to yoga teacher trainings.
Bridget was introduced to the practice of yoga during her junior year at Loyola College in Maryland when she stepped into a tiny candle-filled room on the upper level of Loyola’s massive fitness center.  She showed up for the class because she didn’t like running on treadmills; she stayed because the one-hour hatha practice (although she didn’t know the word hatha at the time) quieted her mind, calmed her senses and helped her to see the difference between “doing” and “being.”
Since then, Bridget has sought out opportunities to study deeply with teachers who spark her creativity, inspire her intentions and challenge her to step outside of her comfort zone. She is forever grateful to the transformational humans like her Mom and Dad, Pema Chodron, Elizabeth Gilbert, Gabrielle Bernstein, Elena Brower, Sadie Nardini, Barbara Paulsen, Christian Valeriani, Tim Shaw, Serena Soffer, Eleonora Zampatti, Vanessa Van Noy, Meghan Currie, Jodi Kobrin, Lauren Pappa, Irene Pappas and Ellen Kaplow for their teachings, writings, words, imagery, and ideas, all of which have, in some way, led her to this blessed moment.


Amie Retzlaff, NJ Yoga Collective
Amie Retzlaff
Co-Founder, Creative Director
Amie is a multi-passionate photographer, designer, content creator and website developer, with an eye for innovation and imagery. The funny things is, Amie truly had no intention of being ANY of those things when she graduated from Purdue University and Wheelock College with a Masters Degree in Child Life. In fact, Amie spent about 29 years denying that there was even one creative bone in her body.
Amie’s life changed dramatically when her first daughter, Madison, was born. She realized immediately that being home with her kids (Kennedy Grace came along 2 years later) was her greatest dream and most fulfilling role, so she left her chosen career and came home – with a willingness to work through everything from babysitting to billing before falling into blogging.
“Blogging?!” was the reaction from pretty much everyone who knew Amie’s natural tendency towards clear and commonsensical opportunities. Back then, the only code she knew was the one that opened her high school locker. But Amie can pretty much do anything and within months she was building websites, growing a massive social media following and creating content that got shared A LOT. Now you might think the content sharing would have mattered most to Amie, but it totally didn’t. It was through blogging that she fell, madly and deeply in love with taking pictures and began intensely studying the art of photography. In the last two years, she has completed multiple courses and successfully launched her own business, Amie Retzlaff Photography.
Now what about yoga? Amie practiced yoga for the past few years mostly because she is constantly surrounded by yogis. Three of her four sister-in-laws (including Bridget) teach yoga and beg her to come to class on a weekly basis. For a long time her answer was “NO”, but as her photography business grew, Amie began to see yoga as a necessity because the main focus of her work is “capturing the moment.” Yoga teaches Amie to live and breathe IN the moment. And that’s a very good thing.
She won’t admit it, but most of the awesome, inspiring images you see on the NJ Yoga Collective are what they are because of Amie.

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