211 Chadwick Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666 

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Carol Berlin

Carol Berlin is founder of Freedom Within Yoga in Teaneck New Jersey. She has been teaching yoga for 10 years and comes from a background in fine arts, music and dance. Carol brings practical, day-to-day relevance to the practice of yoga. She empowers students to awaken their own inner wisdom and maintain a sense of equilibrium, on and off the mat. Yogis can expect a vigorous and challenging asana practice that combines flowing, dance-like sequences with long holds to cultivate a balance between total personal acceptance and continued growth.

Carol's teaching is deeply informed by her continuing studies with Elena Brower, Shiva Rae, Angela Farmer,  MeriLynn Blum and Charlotte Stone. She is E-RYT certified and has completed 200+ hours of teachers training.

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Lateefah Fleming 

Over the past twelve years, in group and personal fitness and dance, Lateefah has taught at New York Sports Club, Crunch Fitness, HBO Fitness Center, Glenpointe Spa and Fitness, The Gym in Englewood, Perry Studios, The Center for Modern Dance Education, and Teaneck High School Academies.

Lateefah was also the Group Exercise Director at Glenpointe Spa and Fitness, and the Fitness and Dance Manager for YWCA of Bergen County. Her personal and professional experiences lead Lateefah to begin empowerFit.  As the Chief Motivating Officer and ultimate “Transform-ologist” for empowerFit, Lateefah has created a one-stop shop for optimal health and wellness, providing:  personal and group training, yoga, Pilates, nutritional consultation, and pure motivation to help everyone achieve their goals. She now offers a  slew of empowerFit signature classes at the Liberty School in Englewood, NJ as well as being the co-founder of a more intense and fun Zumba, Cocoa Zumba.

It is Lateefah’s dedication to helping individuals create a lifestyle of optimal wellness that empowers and transforms everyone she comes into contact with to believe they are beautiful and strong.  

Click here to learn more about Lateefah and empowerFit. Lateefah can be reached at 646.342.8539 or email empowerflow@gmail.com


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Johanna Samad 

I was born and raised in Manchester, England. Upon graduating College with an early childhood degree I was ready to start a new journey. In 1984 I decided to take a leap of faith by crossing the pond to live the dream.

I worked for several years as a nursery school teacher, which I loved. Eager to start my own family I left the nursery world and enjoyed being a full time Mum to three wonderful daughters. 

Once my girls had grown up, I started looking for something new and exciting. Constantly being aware of keeping fit and being in shape I started going to the gym. I tried yoga several times, and fell in love instantly knowing it was my calling. 

It didn't take long before realizing my love of yoga would change my life for the better. I quickly learned how calming yoga is and as I have devoted my life to helping people, I thought it would be a perfect way to share this beautiful art. I took the challenge and committed to 200 hours of training. I embraced it, from the basic poses, to learning about the chakras, centering and breathing, meditation and shavasana. It has made my life more peaceful, calm and meaningful. 

When I am not practicing yoga I love to teach knitting, which I also find very relaxing and meditative, I read, write poetry and spend time with family and friends. I drive meals on wheels, volunteer in the public schools reading with first graders, and visit the elderly.  

My husband and I share the love and adventure of travel together. We have traveled to more than 40 countries on five continents. I am married to my best friend of 30 years, and we currently live in New Jersey. 

In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson “Life is a journey, not a destination”.