Carmel Calcagno opened Yoga Anjali’s first studio in March of 2003 in Belmar, NJ. 

Eventually the studio moved as it grew, but 10 years later Yoga Anjali Art & Music re-opened in the community where it began, to a full schedule of yoga classes plus special workshops and events, art openings and concerts.

Carmel 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. 

After leaving New York City to raise her son, Carmel’s mission has been to bring quality yoga to the Jersey Shore with classes, events and teacher trainings.


I absolutely love this studio! Its a breath of fresh air. Both the classes and the teachers have been great. There is no need to practice anywhere else.
~Meghan H

The best yoga class I’ve ever taken, and I’ve taken quite a few! If you want to feel the best you’ve ever felt in your body and spirit, you MUST take a class with Carmel today!
~Jesse G

I’ve taken yoga at about half a dozen different places now, and Carmel is by far the best teacher of the lot. She pays attention to what her students are doing, so that they don’t get hurt. She cares about form, more than turning the class into an aerobic exercise. And she’s funny, to boot!
~Caren C

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