Carmel Calcagno began her practice in 1989 after a book fell on her head in a local bookstore. She bought the book, “Initiation” and while reading it she looked up Yoga in her phone book, that alone will tell you how long ago that was. She signed up for her first session and has been studying ever since. Yoga did not come easy for her, but she knew after her first class that yoga would play an important role in her life. She began teaching in 1996 after practicing for 7 years and in 1999 she began studying with John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga. Carmel was certified by John in 2003. She opened Yoga Anjali the first time at 905 Main Street in Belmar, in March of 2003. For a time the studio moved to Neptune. Carmel is thrilled to be back on Main Street in her new studio at 911. Carmel is also a student of Paul Mueller-Ortega since 2008. Through Paul she has discovered her love for the practices of Tantric Saivism and the study of the Shiva Sutras.