Staff List

Kaori Takahashi
*Bamboomoves Certified Instructor
Dena Malarek
Dena completed her 200 hour yoga training with Bamboomoves in 2011.   Inspired by her lifelong path in the arts as a dancer and dance educator, Dena embraces asana practice as a moving meditation that unites power, alignment, grace, honesty and fluidity.  As a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and Director of Arts-in-Special Education Programs, Dena is motivated to support others in exploring self identity, passion, and potential.  Much of her experience is with individuals with significant disabilities, harnessing the power of  movement, arts and yoga to express and magnify one's true self.  Dena values every opportunity to explore individual strength, discovery, and compassion on the yoga mat and hopes to bring this process into her daily interactions in the world.
Erin Loscalzo
Erin Loscalzo is a BambooMoves 500 hour E-RYT. Erin has been a dancer all of her life, travelling 49 out of 50 states in the country as a professional dancer. She has been introduced to yoga many times throughout her dance training, but it wasn't until she found BambooMoves that she truly understood the true meaning of Yoga. She has always been interested in holistic healing and used yoga as a form of therapy for herself. Her students should never expect the same class twice. As she is grateful for being  present in the moment, her energy reflects that of her students as they journey to find their true happiness together. Through her dance training and open heart, you will be led through a class to combine one body, one mind, and one spirit. Erin asks that you leave all cares and worries outside so that you can open your heart and mind to the beauty of yoga.
Loren Abrams
Loren is the owner of Palisades Park Yoga. Loren has been a social worker for most of his career, working with people diagnosed with mental health and substance abuse issues.  He has enjoyed working in service of others but was always searching for more.  5 years ago, while in nursing school, he became very ill. Medical doctors were not able to help and he was forced to look at other modalities of healing. His father-in-law introduced him to yoga. As Loren learned more about yoga, he began the process of healing and strengthening his body and mind.  He and his wife, Ileana, have been able to explore the yoga world together over the last few years.  Loren started his training with Bamboomoves and then began to teach and heal at both Englewood and Palisades Park. Teaching and Healing drove Loren to join Bamboomoves, and purchase Palisades Park Yoga. Yoga has given him a method to stay healthy and happy with a strong body and mind.  He is inspired to be able to share what he has learned with others.  
Suyeon Cho
*Certified BambooMoves Instructor
Ileana Abrams
leana Abrams, RYT, is a certified Stone Yoga teacher and registered Yoga Alliance instructor. She began her yoga journey as a form of exercise that helped to alleviate aches and pains in her body. She soon realized all the added benefits of this physical expression; she found a place on her mat that provided her a calm and balanced mind. In her years of training she has attempted to bring that mindset to every part of her life including the corporate environment she works in. Ileana enjoys working with props to both help make poses more accessible to her students and to deepen one’s practice. Classes focus on alignment combined with a method of finding inner peace no matter where you are, on or off your mat. Ileana’s journey has deepened her sense of mindfulness in everything she does and has provided a forum for self-discovery which is her message to all of her students.
Aya Yoshida
Aya started practicing Bikram yoga for the purpose of physical fitness. She was not initially interested in taking a traditional Hatha Raja Vinyasa yoga class until her mother recommended she try BambooMoves. Since her first class, she has fallen in love with the practice, both on and off the mat. Wanting more of a deeper, well-rounded, and spiritual connection, she decided to do her 200hr training with BambooMoves. She has since committed herself to living her yoga each and every day. Aya grew up in both Japan and the U.S. She feels that yoga is a forum that allows her to bring and integrate qualities from both cultures.  She hopes to share all this and more with others through her practice and teaching.
Stacey Accardo
A natural born athlete, STACEY excelled in sports as she possessed an infallible determination and dedication. As captain of her High School & College track teams, she proved to be a consummate leader as she brought her teams to many victories. In keeping with her insatiable thirst for health and fitness, STACEY became a Registered Nurse as she continued to participate in competitive sports through triathlons. She truly found her calling when she was introduced to Yoga. After experiencing a complete transformation in her life, both body and soul, Stacey felt compelled to bestow this newfound knowledge to others so that they too could experience the profound impact it has had on her life. She went on to receive her certification through Yoga Synthesis in Ramsey by Raji Thron. Stacey is married and has three beautiful children who also participate in the practice of Yoga.
Aylin Tugcu
Aylin Tugcu, M.D. is a Cardiologist and certified Yoga Teacher. She found yoga after a significant life changing experience. With an extensive background in adventure activities as a paraglider, trained motorcycle rider and rescue scuba diver; she thought that yoga would be fun and easy. After her first class she was surprised for it was not as easy as she imagined; however, the true surprise was the peace and joy she found in her daily yoga practice. As an accomplished Cardiologist and a Scientist, she strongly believes that Yoga should be included in the prescription for primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular vascular diseases, and included in the school curriculum for long-term benefit.
Aylin completed her 200 hour RYT training with Raji Thron at Yoga Synthesis. Her goal is to make yoga and yoga therapy accessible to the everyone, especially people who might still be skeptical or think they are old or sick to do it.

Her teaching is a dynamic blend of different traditions & yoga styles
with the emphasis of a mindful asana practice.


Ilene Gagliardi
Ilene Gagliardi RYT, is a certified Structural Yoga teacher and registered National Yoga Alliance teacher. Shehas been working in the fitness industry part time since 1987 as an ACE certified group fitness instructor. Eight years ago, Ilene began to venture into yoga, first as a way to complement and balance her own fitness routine, then as a teacher. She has grown to love and appreciate the balance yoga brings to life by focusing on the connection of mindful breathing while improving flexibility and strength. Ilene recently completed a certification in Structural Yoga. Ilene is a full time public school teacher, with a master's degree in Educational Technology, amother of three, and loves to share and expand her knowledge of yoga while making it accessible to all.
Katherine Adamenko
Katherine Adamenko, CHC, has been passionate about moving her body her entire life as a ballerina, bodybuilder, and Japanese butoh dancer. Throughout, yoga has been a wonderful grounding force in her life and her passion for teaching led to her to become a 200 hour RYT through Azaya Yoga. She enjoys bringing uplifting and energizing classes to her students of all levels and ages. As a certified wellness coach, Katherine helps clients to realize and achieve their healthy dreams.