Pranava, or another name for Om, is the sound at the heart of creation. It represents the eternal, continuous flow of energy that manifests the universe. Manifestation occurs moment to moment, and each moment is a new beginning.

Pranava exists as a community, school, and center for yogic studies. Members of the community are given opportunity for rich study and deep exploration through Mysore classes, Sanskrit & chanting classes, specialized courses, puja, and apprenticeships.

Affiliations & Partnerships

Pranava is dedicated to sharing the work of The American Sanskrit Institute, an organization that aims to make Sanskrit accessible to everyone. Sanskrit classes are offered at Pranava, in addition to workshops, teacher trainings, and retreats affiliated with the institute.

Pranava is a partner school with The Trini Foundation, an organization that works to make ashtanga yoga accessible to individuals in recovery. Because of this work, Pranava offers yoga scholarships to individuals in recovery. Pranava also offers a half led primary series class to individuals newly in recovery on the last Saturday of the month. For more information email pranavashala@gmail.com.

Meet Our Community of Teachers & Facilitators: Online Edition

Sarah LaFleur

E-RYT 200, RYT 500, teacher for the American Sanskrit Institute, ambassador for the Trini Foundation, director of Pranava

Sarah LaFleur is a writer, ashtanga yoga teacher, and Sanskrit enthusiast who is passionate about the creative, spiritual life. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Elephant Journal, and The Courier Times in addition to other publications. Sarah has been teaching yoga since 2011. She has worked extensively with the recovery population and currently teaches in addiction treatment centers. Sarah is interested in how language and movement shape consciousness and initiate lasting transformation. This interest led her to study ashtanga yoga and Sanskrit and earn certifications as a 500-hour E-RYT and teacher for the American Sanskrit Institute. Sarah has recently taken courses at Rikhiapeeth ashram in Deoghar, India, where she studied karma yoga, the chakra system, and the Shakta Tantra erotic poem, The Saundarya Lahari. Currently, Sarah is the director of Pranava Yoga and earning her M.A. as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

Erik Marrero

E-RYT 500, teacher for the American Sanskrit Institute, wellness provider for Unite for HER, Lead Teacher at Pranava

Yoga found Erik in the Spring of 2007. As a cancer patient, he enrolled in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, through the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson Hospital.  After graduating from the 8-week MBSR program, Erik continued his daily meditation practice and sought out yoga in a non-hospital environment. Erik is a graduate of the Yogawood 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher-Training, Linda Maguire’s 30-hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training, and the Trishula Yoga300-hour Yoga Teacher Training programs.  Erik started practicing Ashtanga Yoga with Zoe Mai in 2009.  He has taken several teacher trainings with Manju Jois.

In 2008, as part of the Yogawood 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, he took a Sanskrit immersion weekend with Zoe Mai of the American Sanskrit Institute (ASI). He was amazed that by the end of the second day, he was able to read Sanskrit words. The ASI learning model made that possible. In July 2011, with Zoe as his teacher, Erik joined Trishula Yoga’s weekly Sanskrit study group focusing on chanting and studying the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and other texts, as well as chanting the Sanskrit alphabet and Maheshvara Sutras. In July 2013, Erik participated in ASI Sanskrit Level 1 Teacher Training with Zoe Mai.  Erik is a Sanskrit teacher for ASI.

Erik is also a Yoga teacher Wellness Provider for Unite for HER.  This amazing organization provides complementary therapies to breast cancer survivors, at no cost to the survivor.

Erik studies and teaches Yin, Vinyasa, & Ashtanga yoga and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500 and a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider). He was recently authorized to teach by Manju Jois after many years of dedicated study.

Jackie Walther
E-RYT 500, Pranava Yoga teacher, owner of The Square Meal

Lumi Wroblewski
E-RYT 200, Wellness and Nutrition Life Coach, Reiki 2 Practitioner for human and animals

Lumi was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She came to America by herself with just two suitcases. Her
passion for food led her to study Hospitality Management, then worked in Health Care as a Food and
Nutrition Services Director for many years. While she was working in Health Care, she also reviewed
many restaurants.

Just like most of the working people in this country, she was stressed with busy lifestyle, then she came
across “YOGA”. She began practicing Bikram Yoga, then explored Vinyasa Yoga and Power Yoga. One
day she quits her job and joined a yoga teacher training with John and Diana Vitarelli, Dhyana Yoga,
where she met Ashtanga Lineage. As soon as she graduated the Teacher Training, she opened a studio
and began teaching Ashtanga Backbone Vinyasa Yoga and Yoga on horseback.

Lumi continues to study Ashtanga Yoga and currently pursuing 300 hour teacher training through
apprenticeship at Pranava Yoga.

Melissa Cramutolo
Women’s Healing Circle & Moon Club Facilitator, LSW, LCADC

Melissa Cramutolo, LSW, LCADC, is a licensed therapist, seeker, and creative who empowers individuals to understand and value their own authenticity. Melissa specializes in helping clients heal their trauma and drug addiction issues. She is passionate about learning, growing and healing, receiving training in EMDR and SE. Currently, she is an apprentice in the Radical Awakenings program and Pranava Yoga’s apprenticeship where she is re-claiming her own authenticity and intuition.

Linda Naulty Lamond

Ashtanga and hatha yoga teacher, author, and American Sanskrit Institute teacher

Linda has been a student of Laura Spaulding at Yoga East since 2000 and has also studied with David Swenson and has attended workshops with Ramanand Patel. Sharath Rangaswamy, Cle Souren, Paul Dallaghan, Clayton Horton, Manju Jois, John Scott, Govinda Kai and Francois Raoult.

A native of New Jersey and a graduate of Rowan University. Linda spent six years in the Philippines with her daughter Emily. She taught Gentle Hatha Yoga as well as Prenatal Yoga for Yoga Manila and Mandala Spa in Boracav.

While living abroad. Linda had the honor of studying Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore, India during the summers of 2006 and 2007 and 2008. She has studied with Saraswati.  daughter of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois. Master of Ashtanga Yoga. Linda, along with Laura Spaulding and fellow Yoga East Ashtanga students had the distinct honor and privilege of attending the 90th birthday celebrations of Shri K. Pattabhi

She is the Hatha Yoga Advisor for Experience Premchit Wellness Retreats offered in world class resorts throughout Asia.

Continuing her study of Yoga, she received her 300 hour teacher training certificate as well as her Sanskrit Level 1 teaching certificate through Trishula Yoga in Collingswood, N.J.

She teaches Ashtanga Slow Flow at Halo Wellness in Marlton, NJ and at Hummingbird Yoga Studio in Linwood NJ. 

Finally, Linda has written a book called Boone and Friends.  This beautifully illustrated book is designed to get kids moving in a fun, playful way.

Robin Debreceni

Robin Debreceni was initially drawn to Sanskrit for its elegant calligraphy. As an artist fascinated by handwriting and calligraphy of all kinds, she wanted to learn how to form these characters to incorporate them into her art work. After taking her first Intro class with Erik Marrero in 2014 she discovered there was much more to this language than its visual aesthetic. Continued study with Zoe Mai and ongoing exploration of Sanskrit has enriched and informed her personal yoga and meditation practice. Robin finds great joy in sharing the beauty and resonance of the Sanskrit language and continues to pursue self-study of Sanskrit, Tantra and various sacred texts. Robin is registered with Yoga
Alliance as a RYT-500.

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