Our Instructors


Sandy Mancuso Machiaverna

Sandra Mancuso Machiaverna is proud to share her light and vision, and realization of a dream, Kiryoku Training Center.   Recognizing that some people need to sweat and work hard with each and every workout, while others prefer a calmer, isometric type of activity that yields similar results, she created programs to accommodate the diversity of needs, and also offers a coaching style that is highly motivating and effective to keep you going forward.

A former Director of Finance, she turned her attention towards fitness and wellness when she chose to stay home with her children after the birth of her second child.  Suffering a hearing loss from auto-immune disease at the young age of 18, she was intent on protecting the rest of her hearing through exercise and stress reduction.  She began studying karate with her children in 2003.  This led her on a path of learning that included a second visit to Okinawa in 2008, in which she earned her 3rd degree black belt in Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate.  Travelling to Okinawa sparked her interest in the longevity and wellness of the Okinawa seniors.   She began to study health and wellness and she became a Certified Personal Trainer with National Academy of Sports Medicine.  She continues learning from the wealth of their knowledge in helping her clients.   Pursuing the connection of the mind, body, and breath, her journey led her to study with Tarra Madore at  Inner Light Yoga Center.   Sandra is a graduate of Inner Light Yoga Center’s 200 RYT registered through Yoga Alliance.   She continues to enjoy her studies with Tarra and considers her a wonderful inspiration, and a great influence in her teaching style. 

Sandra’s goal in creating Kiryoku Training Center is to provide a zen haven for people to feel their best so that they can bring out the inner strength.  When the mind, body, and spirit are connected the inner light shines through.  Kiryoku means Inner Strength and our journey is to bring forth the best in all of our clients.  Choose to be happy… every day!


Lisa Rucinski

Lisa Rucinski is an instructor for Yoga and Barre classes.  In addition, she owns her own Interior Design Firm and strives to leave a beautiful footprint upon all of her clientele.  As a mom of 6 kids in a blended family, she knows quite well the importance of making time to take care of yourself.  As you can always get lost in taking care of others.  For this reason, she is passionate in her approach when sharing what she has learned whether in her professional or personal life.  She knows its discipline helps create a healthy lifestyle and imparts that with all her clients as they work together to achieve the best in themselves and their environment.

Lisa focuses on creating a fun and open class style, while focusing on you and your wellbeing.  

Quote:  “If you change the way you look at things – the things you look at change.” 

On her off time, she enjoys cooking, gardening and spending time with her family (especially - at the beach).


David Palmer

David Palmer is a retired police officer, with a life long journey in health and wellness.  We are pleased to have Dave teach our Tai Chi program and to include his Qigong Workshop in our list of upcoming events.


Michelle Nardone-Ungano

Michelle became committed to her practice in Barre and Yoga over 7 years ago to stay healthy & active.  She received her group fitness and Barre Connect certification through National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA), and is a graduate of Seed of Life Yoga NJ 200 RYT registered through Yoga Alliance.  Being able to help others see the potential and benefit of Barre & Yoga is both humbling & rewarding.  In addition, Michelle works full time as an administrative professional.

Michelle believes in taking care of yourself in order to care for others.  As a mother of five children and two grandchildren, she strives to set a good example of a compassionate & strong woman.  As an instructor she is grateful to guide and inspire students to enjoy & embrace their journey by creating challenging & fun classes each and every week. 

In her spare time she enjoys playing tennis, hiking, bowling, hanging out with family and friends, taking workshops and classes to grow her practices, shopping, vacationing and spending time at the beach.


Jesilyn Ternyik

Jesilyn is a wellness coach who incorporates a variety of different modalities to help her clients come to a place of self-healing. As a long time yogi, Jesilyn incorporates physical practice of meditation, and philosophy to create a strong base for students and clients. Inspired by her own health struggles, she understands what it takes to get to the root of imbalance in life, and how we hold more power to heal ourselves than we realize.

Jesilyn teaches balance through facilitation of self-reflection and awareness for the purpose of seeing all aspects of life that nourish us: including our food, activity, relationships, spirituality, finances, joy, home environment, creativity, education, and social lives. Jesilyn provides a safe space for healing, accountability, and education. She helps students and clients to tap into their deepest intuition and make the choices that will create the most transformation and deep healing in our lives. She is a 200 hr certified yoga and meditation teacher, a Karuna Holy Fire III Reiki Master, and is certified as a health coach through The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She is currently studying functional medicine through The School of Applied Functional Medicine. 

Jesilyn has a strong passion for helping others and is dedicated to continuous growth; learning new skills and tools that she can pass along to those in need. 


Leonid Belenitsky, M.S., L.Ac., Diplomate NCCAOM, L.M.T.


  • NJ Licensed Acupuncturist.  License #25MZ000787000
  • Acupuncture Examining Board, State of NJ.  State Board of Medical Examiners.
  • Board Certified in Acupuncture by National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).  Diplomate in Acupuncture (NCCAOM).
  • Grad. School: Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine (Montclair, NJ: 2009).
  • B.S. and M.S. in Ukranian Polytecnic Institute (Kharkov, USSR: 1980-1985) and Kharkov National University  (Kharkov, Ukraine: 1994-1996).
  • US Credential Evaluation Report (Ref.#341245/mqd: 2000)
  • NJ Licensed Massage Therapist.  License #26BT000456000

Continuing Education Acupucture Credits:

  • 2015: Acute Low Back Pain.  Harvard Medical School CE.
  • 2015: Meditation for Medical Practice.  Harvard Medical School CE.
  • 2014: Treating Anxiety and Stress with Acupuncture.  Treating Neck and Shoulder Pain.  Treating Lower Back Pain and Sciatica.  Ear Acupuncture for Appetite Control.  Health Care Provider CPR.
  • 2013: Allergy and Autoimmunity in Chinese Medicine.  Pacific College of OM, New York.  Medical Ethics.  D/x and T/x of Male Infertility.
  • 2012: TCM Face Rejuvenation.
  • 2011:  Harvard Medical School:  Lifestyle Medicine for Stress Management.
  • 2010: The Diagnosis and Treatment of Male Infertility.  Men's Reproductive and Sexual Diseases.  Anxiety and Stress Acupuncture.  Treating Migraine Headaches with Acupuncture.

Additional Education:

  • 2000: Reflexology and Massage School (NJ, USA).  US Modalities (Massage certifications):  Chair Massage, Reflexology, Swedish Massage, Reiki, Acupressure, Deep Tissue / Sports Massage, Tui Na (Traditional Chinese Massage), Thai (Stretching massage or Yoga for lazy people), Trigger Point Therapy for Lower Back Pain, Myofascial Release massage for Lower Back pain).
  • 1989: School of Massage of the Kharkov Department of Health.  Children Hospital #23 (Ukraine)
  • 1988: Kharkov Sporting Facility of the Kiev State Institute of Physical Culture: Massage and Personal Training Program (Ukraine)
  • 1984-1994: Moscow Yoga Academy.  Yoga Teaching Certificate since 1986:  Yoga Practice and Philosophy: 1880 hours.


Zita Motard

Zita Motard, LMT #18KT00708900, graduated from Anthem Institute in 2013 and has been sharing her skills as a massage therapist since.

She is trained in several therapeutic modalities, including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Pre-Natal, Hot-Stone, and Post-Isometric Relaxation Stretching.  She has also completed training courses at Ho’omana Spa in Maui, and is certified in Hawaiian Lomi Lomi. Lomi ‘lli ‘lli (hot stone) massage.

Through her sessions, Zita offers support towards awakening the body’s natural healing potential.  With the application of an intuitive, integrated approach, Zita combines different modalities that inspire physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

Contact Zita for appointments and information: (732) 735-9327


Shailja Mathur

Shailja Mathur, MS, MEd, RDN, is a Registered Dietitian who has been in the field of nutrition for over two decades. She started her journey in Texas in a long term care facility. For a few years in between as she started her family she became a High School Science teacher in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Her move to NJ in January of 2001 brought her back to her first love, “Nutrition.”  Shailja comes to us with an extensive experience in clinical and community nutrition. She has worked in long term care in Texas and on hospital floors in NJ. For the last 15 years she has provided leadership to nutrition education projects for Rutgers University and served the limited resource population at the national, state and county levels. She leads community nutrition efforts in the area of self-management for chronic diseases like stroke, diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, etc.

Shailja is a passionate public health dietitian who enjoys working to improve the life of others around her. She is a member of the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM DPG) Dietetic Practice group and the Dietitians in Diabetes Care and Education (DCE DPG) from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has a certificate in Adult Weight Management and believes in using “Food as medicine.” Her healing comes rooted in both eastern and western medicine utilizing alternative and complementary channels. She has developed lessons, presentations, written articles, and presented workshops on various topics related to nutrition and wellness at national and international conferences.

Shailja enjoys cooking, hiking and yoga. She is an avid gardener and delights in the magic that herbs can bring to cooking. She lives in Marlboro with her husband and two sons. An enthusiastic educator, she hopes to continue to positively impact the lives of New Jersey residents in areas of healthy living, weight management, and chronic disease prevention.

Contact Shailja for appointments and information: (908) 692-5823

Email: smathurrd@gmail.com


Amanda Laezza

Amanda Laezza is a Certified Nutrition Coach through Precision Nutrition’s Level 1 program. She is also currently a Nutritional Science undergraduate student at Pennsylvania State University, enjoying her studies as she works towards becoming a Registered Dietitian. Amanda has a passion for health and wellness, as well as a plethora of knowledge around nutrition. Staying up to date on all the latest nutrition and wellness trends is very important to Amanda. Reading works of doctors and scientists, including Dr Mark Hyman and Dr David Perlmutter, has broadened Amanda’s scope of what it truly means to be healthy and live your best life! She will work with anyone to help them achieve their goals by providing science-backed research, individualized recommendations, and a step by step guide for success.

If you’d like to work with Amanda: laezza.amanda@gmail.com

On LinkedIn at Amanda Laezza


Katrina Bandeli

Katrina Bandeli, RYT200, is a biomedical engineer with a passion for fitness and all things yoga. She completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Smart Asana Yoga and is a Little Flower Yoga certified children's yoga and mindfulness teacher.  She has shared her love of yoga with coworkers and advocates the need for self-care. Katrina enjoys doing yoga with her son Theo and growing her book collection.