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Kaizen, ancient Japanese for “continuous improvement” or “change for the better”, is the philosophy of our intimate studio in Waldwick, NJ.  Kaizen’s committed trainers help clients set personal goals and encourage continued knowledge and growth to put you on a path towards positive achievements.

kristyn-ciaravino-by-john-hedlund-043Kristyn Ciaravino

Kristyn is a WNBF professional competitor, athlete, certified personal trainer and yoga instructor. Her passion for living a balanced healthy lifestyle and sharing it with those around her was the basis for opening her personal training studio, Kaizen Lifestyle Coaching.

With numerous specialized credentials including pre/post natal, and sports specific/high intensity strength training, Kristyn is also e3 nutrition certified and completed her 500 hr yoga teacher training with Amy Jean Pastore of iFlow yoga. This intensive program specialized in not only the the history of yoga and safe asana sequencing but also dove deeper into Ayurvedic healing and medicine, hands on therapeutics and yin/restorative classes.

Kristyn’s approach to Personal Training and Yoga is continual innovation and never being stagnant. Her unique and constantly changing workouts coupled with her extensive knowledge of the body, are what keep her sessions motivating, safe and high energy.

maria-kaizenlcMaria Salvatore

Maria is a certified Yoga (RYT 500) and Personal Training and Group Fitness (AFFA/ACE) instructor. She has been training students for 26 years and began her exploration with yoga more than 16 years ago. She is also certified in various specialty yoga offerings such as Yin Yoga, Yoga Barre and Y12SR Yoga (Yoga in Recovery and Addictions) and continues to pursue higher knowledge in yoga, the healing arts and personal training. This ongoing process of learning is what provides the fresh insights that inspire her teaching.

Maria’s style is intuitive and nourishes the hidden strengths of her students while challenging them to reach beyond their perceived limitations. She joined the Kaizen team in 2015.

Emily Strauss

Emily is a recent graduate of Montclair State University with a degree in Exercise Science. She has her NASM Personal Training Certification and has taken extensive coursework during her college experience in Strength and Conditioning, Nutrition, Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Exercise Prescription. Emily has completed her internship program at Kaizen Lifestyle Coaching where she learned about the Kaizen Method through Kristyn’s teaching. Emily is extremely passionate about her clients reaching their goals, and passing on her love of fitness and health to others.

Jessi Wing

Yoga found Jessi at a very pivotal time in her life. She had been looking for a sense of peace amidst the chaos, and found yoga to be the game changer. During a transformational year, she filled her days with the practice until she realized she had stumbled onto the right path, and was headed somewhere truly magical. She immersed herself in a 200hr YTT under the guidance of Kim Crotty and Denise Egan, coming to appreciate that growth requires strength, and strength requires growth. Jessi brings her colorful experiences, coupled with a passion for movement to encourage others to carve out time to feed their body and soul. The opportunity to find stillness within challenging moments is the experience she offers her students. The music, the movement and the breath brought together in a practice of personal acceptance and patience is what inspires Jessi. She recently completed her 500hr YTT with Amy Pastore.

Samantha Loeffler

Samantha recently passed her NASM exam and certifications along with completing her internship program at Kaizen Lifestyle Coaching. Her experience as a student of Kristyn’s will allow her to apply the Kaizen methodology when creating her sessions. Samantha is a graduate of New York University with a background in Nutrition Studies. She is passionate about the outdoors, yoga and living a healthy lifestyle.

WNBF Professional Athlete and Competitor
ACE Personal Training Certified

Specialty Certifications:

High Intensity Strength Training

Integrated Fitness Training Program Design

Sport Specific Training

Youth Fitness

Senior Fitness & Wellness

Pre/Post Natal

Program Design for Weight Loss

Practical Nutrition

In-home Training

500 hr RYT: Yoga Alliance

e3 Nutrition Certified

CPR/AED Certified

Advanced Hours In:

Ayurvedic Healing/Medicine, Yin & Restorative Yoga, Thai Massage, Therapeutics

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