My love for yoga began over thirty years ago. While the level of commitment to my practice varied over the years my belief in the benefits of yoga has never wavered.
In 2012 I began teaching after completing my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training. Since that time I have completed advanced training certificates in Yin Yoga, Meditation, Applied Yoga Anatomy and Restorative Yoga. I have studied under teachers such as Josh Summers, Doug Keller, Marlysa Sullivan, Yoganand Michael Carroll and Jason Crandell. I will begin work toward my Registered Yoga Teacher-500 Hour Level in the summer of 2017 through Daniel Oralansky in Arlington Massachusetts.
I welcome you to join me on the mat regardless of your age or physical ability. Yoga is for everyone and the beauty of yoga is that it will meet you where you are. Namaste.
Jessica is proud to have been sharing yoga as a healing modality ever since completing her 200 hour teacher certification program through Samadhi Yoga Studio in 2007 under the guidance of Anne and Matt Falkowski. Offering an eclectic approach to yoga, Jessica is passionate about yoga as a healing and evolutionary discipline for the body, mind, and spirit. She is particularly inspired by freeform flow, organic movement, and the dynamic interplay between movement and stillness in the experience of postures. She believes in an accessible style of yoga that stays true to the original art but that blends current theories in exercise science and health psychology. Jessica is known for infusing physical practice with the use of music, intention, and poetry. She encourages her students to approach yoga from a place of compassion, creativity, and intuition. She believes that we all need to celebrate the unique system of our body and soul and that we all move through the world and evolve ourselves to a unique rhythm and birthright. She believes that the most important lesson of yoga is learning to listen to ourselves and to live and to act from our place of truth and vision. Jessica holds a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology and is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT). She believes strongly in holism as a framework for physical and psychological well being and she feels inspired by the blending of Eastern and Western psychology and medicine. Jessica considers herself very fortunate to have found yoga at a young age and for being able to combine yoga with her career path.
I’ve been practicing yoga off and on for more than a decade, but it was during my recovery from serious illness in 2015 I truly discovered the nurturing and healing powers of yoga, and realized that I wanted yoga to be more than a casual part of my life.
I also have a graduate degree in psychology, and during my time as a graduate student I had the privilege of teaching psychology classes to undergrads, which is where I found I had a love for teaching. Becoming certified as a yoga instructor seemed like the ideal way to combine these two aspects of my life, and so I enrolled in the YTT program at Samadhi Yoga, completing my 200 hours in April of 2016. I will continue my teacher training journey in July of 2017 as I begin my advanced-level teacher training at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.
Synchronizing breath and movement, yoga for me represents a means of nourishing both the physical body and the spirit. My classes emphasize my passion for yoga through a deep connection between the strength of the breath and proper alignment in each asana. My goal is to help make yoga accessible to each student and enable my students to find peacefulness in mind and body. I teach beginners, moderate, and power classes.
Through yoga, Shadia found something to ground her in a world of chaos. She believes yoga is the vehicle that transports one from the outside realm of a busy world, to the quiet space within. Shadia aspires to help others connect their mind, body, and soul through yoga and meditation, all while in a safe space, without judgment.
Shadia completed her 200-HR certification through the Yandara Yoga Institute, in Bali, Indonesia, and teaches Hatha, Vinyasa and Yoga Nidra. She completed her 300-HR certification through the SchoolYoga Institute in Cusco, Peru, where she also trained in shamanic healing techniques and sacred ceremonies.
She brings her creative background to the mat with each session, incorporating various styles and teachings for a fluid yet cohesive experience. Her students have described her class as being the perfect balance of invigorating and meditative, and always an intentional time to focus and be present.
Leann is a Level 1 Total Barre Qualified Instructor through Merrithew Health and Fitness and C2 Body. One of her goals is to expose underserved communities to fitness programs that can be done by anyone, anywhere. As a future public health professional, promoting physical fitness and emotional wellness as a method of health promotion and disease prevention is an important mission in her life.
Total Barre is a dynamic combination of dance, Pilates, yoga, strength training, and cardio that provides a total body workout in just 50 minutes. Each session is broken down into 11 songs, all of which have choreography targeting different muscle groups. You will spend 40 minutes at the ballet barre (or in this case, barre-height chairs) and 10 minutes on your yoga mat working your core and flexibility. In addition to toning muscles and burning fat, Total Barre encourages an increase in coordination and range of motion. Total Barre is for all body types and fitness levels as modifications can be made to make every routine more or less difficult. No need for sneakers, just bring a water bottle and positive attitude!
I am a student at the University of Connecticut. I began practicing yoga in the summer of 2014, right before my freshman year at UConn. I was a dancer for 16 years and stopped after my senior year of high school. Yoga was the activity I began to succeed dance. I started for the physical benefits and stayed for the mental benefits. I never imagined yoga would impact me in the way it has. I have become less tense and more patient. I learned how to appreciate obstacles that were being thrown my way and gracefully move past them rather than being frustrated by them. I wanted everyone to feel as at-peace as I did; a teacher training course seemed like the perfect idea. I received my 200 hour certification at Prada Power yoga in Boston, MA. It was an emotional and physical rollercoaster for 4 intense weeks. I came out a completely different person and learned so much about myself and teaching. Teaching yoga is a vulnerable yet amazing experience. My goal as a teacher is to make my students feel comfortable to practice their yoga, no matter the level of experience. I try to accomplish this by creating an environment within the room of positive energy, starting with my own.
She returned to the United States at the end of 2009, and completed a 200-hour teacher training program at the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California, with its founders, Ganga White and Tracey Rich in the summer of 2010. After completing her undergrad, Caroline moved to Rochester NY, where she earned her Master’s Degree at the Eastman School of Music, and studied Iyengar yoga with Francois Raoult at Open Sky Yoga. His expertise in alignment and anatomy, as well as pranayama and meditation has deeply influenced Caroline’s teaching to this day.
Currently, Caroline is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice and Opera at the University of Connecticut, and has been teaching group and private classes at Storrs Yoga Center since she moved to the area in 2013. All of Caroline’s classes are deeply informed by a strong foundation in human anatomy and proper posture alignment, as well as sensitivity and awareness of injuries, limitations in range of motion, and experience of each student at every age and level of practice.