Aimee

Aimee

After discovering yoga in 2009, Aimee started with a gentle foundation class and instantly fell in love. Over the course of her practice, she found yoga gave her the opportunity to connect with her whole being, embrace patience, honor her body, meet herself where she was is at, and changed her perspective. Aimee is passionate about the subtle yet powerful healing aspect yoga can bring to one’s self. Through yoga she learned to listen, trust, nurture, heal and restore each part of herself. She completed a 200-hour YogaWorks Teacher Training with Caitlin Casella at pradipikaYOGA May 2018. YogaWorks draws on the lineages of Iyenagar, Ashtanga, and Desikachar to create a vinyasa-based practice that focuses on alignment, anatomy, breathwork, and meditation to empower students to find their individual expression of yoga. Aimee is also Reiki II certified. 

 

Brett

Brett

Brett has been devoted to the study and application of how human beings work and thrive since 1995 and has been teaching yoga since 2001.  He has studied in the United States as well as in Mysore, India under numerous teachers -Tias Little, Sarah Powers, and Adyashanti.  His teaching springs from a strong grounding in the ashtanga vinyasa tradition, modified to suit different levels, paying careful attention to finding both anatomical as well as "true" alignment in the poses.  His approach encourages the release of patterns that make a home for fear and discomfort in the body.  Brett shares and teaches that which is true and alive in him.

 

Christine

Christine

RYT 200, Christine has a unique perspective on using the breath to access vibration and energetic intention in yoga asana. Rooted in her former career as a symphonic flutist in New Mexico, Christine teaches the importance of yoking the breath, pranayama, to experience inner presence. Her classes incorporate a vigorous and at times adventurous flow, inviting kinetic awareness and fostering poise. She challenges her students to explore all possibilities on the mat, but to know that sometimes just showing up for yourself is enough. Christine tries to find balance within her life as a busy mom through her daily home practice. She believes that yoga is a nourishing path, one she is grateful to have the opportunity to share.

 

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Emily

As a RYT 200, certified through Tiny Buddha Yoga in Ann Arbor, MI, Emily is determined to teach yoga that empowers. Her classes utilize powerful flows to create energetic physical alignment as well as a clear mind and joyful heart. Emily believes in the healing power of yoga and is passionate about sharing the practice in a way that feels accessible to every person. Yoga has been a source of strength and therapy in her life and a reminder that none of us is alone in their struggles, nor on their journey to rise above them. Emily invites students to show up to class exactly as they are and to trust that they have remarkable purpose, bravery, and support within themselves. Her classes will challenge you but, at the same time, give you permission to be kind and gentle to yourself. Having had her own struggles with body image, Emily aims to create a space of body positivity and liberation from oppressive ideals for how we should eat, exercise, and look. Outside of the studio, Emily has two young children, writes, loves fashion, music, and reading or listening to anything having to do with true crime. She is filled with gratitude for the opportunity to do this as both a teacher and a student.

 

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Emrys

E-RYT 200 and YACEP, Emrys is known for a challenging, introspective and alignment-focused teaching style blended with gentleness and thoughtfulness toward the body and the whole self. She encourages curiosity and intends for her students to be safe at all ages. She has been studying yoga and meditation for over 25 years. Grounded in the Iyengar tradition, she also has strong foundations in Vinyasa, Forrest Yoga and YIN.  Emrys is also a Holistic Health Counselor in private practice in Chester, CT. See more at www.decadent-wellness.com 

 

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Erin

Erin is a 500HR Kripalu Yoga Instructor and is currently working towards her 1000HR through Kripalu.  She is a Certified Life Coach, Stand Up Paddle Yoga Teacher and Reiki Level II practitioner.  Erin is dedicated to supporting people in living life to its fullest potential through awakening their authenticity and skillful action.  Erin has been assisting the Kripalu Yoga Teacher Trainings and Inspired Living Programs since 2015 and plans on doing so in the future.  Erin obtained her Bachelor’s in Communications and is a firm believer that modern technology has faded our natural form of connection to each other, nature and ourselves.  This is where she believes that yoga will shift these habits.  Her mission is to empower any level student in a safe and nonjudgmental setting.  For more info: evolvewitherin.com/about/

 

Janice

Janice

RYT 200, Janice took her first yoga class in 2009 on her honeymoon at a surf and yoga retreat. From that first practice in Nosara Costa Rica, yoga found a place in her heart and embedded in her core. Janice completed her teacher training after her first son Dylan in Santa Barbara with CorePower Yoga and LinkedIn. After her second son, Noah, was born she moved back to Connecticut to be closer to family. Janice is a lover of outdoors: the sun, snow, sand, and mountains as well as eating local, organic food. She has a passion for linking breath to movement and supporting her students through the evolution of their yoga practice.

 

Jennifer

Jennifer

FOUNDER

E-RYT 500, founder of CENTER Yoga + Wellness (formerly pradipikaYOGA), Jennifer trained with Alan Finger in ISHTA yoga and trained with Baron Baptiste in Power Vinyasa Yoga. Jennifer teaches a breath-centered practice in an inspired vinyasa flow that is adaptable for various levels of practice. Her classes are fun and light, yet strong and challenging. She aims to inspire and enliven her students in energetic classes that work the physical body, and awaken and balance the emotional and spiritual bodies. Her extensive study of alignment and injury prevention provides a safe environment to encourage students to play their edge. Jennifer also earned a Master's Degree in Human Nutrition and is a Registered Dietitian.

 

Jill

Jill

Jill is passionate about self discovery through movement, introspection and the breath. She completed her 500hr teacher training through YogaWorks in June of 2019 and her 200hr from Kripalu School of Yoga + Ayurveda  in 2014. With a longtime interest in healthy living, Jill originally came to yoga with purely physical goals. While exploring posture and movement, Jill soon began to draw connections between her experiences on the mat and in her daily life. Jill guides core-focused classes full of structured movement and creative flow that highlight the mindfulness, vitality and joy that yoga can bring to our lives. She refrains from hands-on assists and adjustments based on the principal that yoga is a self-guided practice of feeling and intuition. Jill looks forward to moving through a class with you!

 

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Kat

Kat believes the physical demands of Yoga help to still the mind and hopes her students can experience this peace through her practice.  Kat’s Baptiste style power-vinyasa classes are based on a vigorous flow that focuses on physicalness, possibility and empowerment. She encourages students to continually challenge themselves to go beyond their believed potential. On and off the mat, Kat seeks to attain balance in her life through the perfect combination of effort and ease. 

 

Kayla

Kayla

RYT 200, Kayla completed her training through YogaWorks with trainer Angela Botta.  Yoga is an avid practice in Kayla's life, as she was first captivated by the physical improvements in her body.  From years of training and development, the physical workings of her yoga practice opened a gateway to coming to terms with her mental and spiritual self.  Having earned a B.S in Psychology with a sub focus in biology, Kayla values the benefits yoga has on the mental body.  Kayla’s passion is guiding students to connect to their breath and find inner awareness through movement.  She strives to hold a space where students can work inwardly to deepen their understanding of self and strengthen their physical body.  Kayla emphasizes optimal alignment in asana poses to create a practice that is suitable for all levels.

 

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Krysta

RYT 500, Krista is happy to call Stonington, Connecticut her home after living in New York City where she worked in the fashion industry. She received her 200 hour RYT from Sonic Yoga, NYC and recently completed her 300 hour RYT through Recovery Yoga. Krista has also been studying with the Baptiste Institute for the past two years and just completed her tier one certification. She loves what the Baptiste methodology stands for: being in alignment with your true, authentic self creates abundance for all you desire in life! 

 

Lauren

Lauren

Lauren is a 500 RYT trained in India and New York City. Before journeying back to the shoreline, Lauren spent time training and teaching with a variety of renowned instructors in New York City, India, Hawaii, and the Berkshires. Before settling back near her hometown of Guilford, Lauren worked at Kripalu Center in the Berkshires which is one of the largest non-profits for yoga and holistic health in the country. Lauren now teaches 7th & 8th grade at a local middle school while still offering yoga classes and other workshops to youth and adults across the shoreline. Lauren believes the yoga classroom is an intimate space where we commit to exploring the many sides of ourselves and learn to accept all feedback with the deepest compassion. With an approachable and calming presence, Lauren strives to make her classes relatable and inspiring, relaxing while still strengthening. Her classes are very breath focused and weave in aspects of mindful meditation. As she continues to deepen her own personal practice, she takes what she learns back into the classroom with a sense of curiosity, playfulness, and a deep desire to make a difference. Lauren is also certified in Reiki and Ayurveda.

 

Lynn

Lynn

RYT 200, Lynn completed her teacher training at Kripalu with trainers Coby Kozlowski and Michelle Delbac, igniting her passion to be a lifelong student of yoga.  During this quest for self-knowledge and wisdom, she discovered a peace and insight the comes with regular practice. With the variety and sequencing of poses, Lynn’s classes build strength, flexibility, and balance.  Her true focus is assisting practitioners with inquiry and helping them explore a deeper relationship with their consciousness both on the mat and in their lives.  As a school nurse practitioner, she plans to introduce yoga to adolescents to provide healthy stress reduction strategies. 

 

Megan

Megan

RYT 200, Megan completed her training under Caroline Felix and Amy Gwinner at Shine Yoga in Winchester, Virginia. When beginning yoga in 2012, Megan immediately fell in love with the physical practice, as well as the mental and spiritual benefits yoga provides. Having completed her Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance and Master’s degree in Arts Management, Megan feels the yoga practice energizes and enhances the creative process of all individuals.
With a focus on the vinyasa style and the influence of Baron Baptiste, Megan’s training deepened her passion to share yoga with others. She is inspired by Sri Dharma Mittra, and values a yoga practice that is rooted in inclusion and acceptance, aiming to cultivate fluid strength, ease, and opening in the body.

 

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Petra

STUDIO MANAGER

RYT 200, Petra found yoga after years of struggles with staying healthy, and grants regular yoga practice with finally being able to quiet her autoimmune system into long term remission. Petra believes that in order to take care of others, we need to take care of ourselves first. Once she fell in love with yoga, she knew she wanted to share her passion with others. She sees yoga as a way of living her most authentic self. Petra’s style of teaching is centered around YogaWorks method, a Vinyasa-based flow method that balances precise instruction, detailed alignment, breath and fluid movement. She is also the CENTER Yoga + Wellness studio manager. 

 

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Sue

RYT 200, Sue completed her yoga training through YogaWorks with Angela Botta at pradipikaYOGA. Sue started coming to yoga five years ago after surviving cancer. She attributes her great health to her yoga practice which changed her life for the better and believes everyone can benefit from yoga! Sue focuses on creating a safe and welcoming environment, teaching a step-by-step approach while reminding students of their own breath and to listen to their bodies during practice. Sue also recently earned her Reiki II certification to enhance her connection with her students.

 

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Traci

E-RYT 200, RYT 500, Traci is devoted to yoga and continually works to deepen her practice through teaching and study. She blends these influences with a safe environment for students to connect to their inner strength. Her classes promote health and flexibility, create calm in the mind, and restore balance and harmony in a mindful practice of breath, movement and meditation. Traci finds the opportunity to share the practice with others a true gift.

 

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Alex

RYT 200, Alex attended her first group yoga class in 2012 and was instantaneously hooked on the physical benefits of the practice. She noticed that not only was she getting stronger physically, but also mentally. Yoga had helped her work through her anxiety, and with the meditative quality of the breath, yoga offered her the opportunity to be present. Alex completed her yoga teacher training with her teacher Annie Simard at The Yoga Shop in 2016. Ever since she completing her training, she has taught at studios across the state. She practices what she preaches, with powerful classes that move with intention and grace. Her passion is in sharing her love of the practice, because she knows how transforming yoga can be. Alex hopes to see you on moving on your mat soon, either in her class or practicing next to her!

 

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Antonia

“Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” -John Cotton Dana

Antonia’s love of yoga began in New York City in 1999 while attending yoga classes where exercising the mind was equally as important as asana instruction. The emphasis on the connection of mind and body, make yoga one of the most integrated ways to approach overall fitness. Inspired by this union, Antonia continued to study a variety of yoga styles in a variety of places for years and went on to obtain her yoga teacher certification in 2016. True to her beginnings, her classes are rooted in yogic themes and principles and the physical practice reflects and reinforces these.
Antonia’s classes are rigorous but modifications are always offered and encouraged where necessary. She brings her sense of humor, lighthearted approach and a love of all beings to teaching vinyasa.
And because it’s true that the best teachers are lifelong students, Antonia attends yoga classes and festivals regularly in order to be inspired by her teachers in the hopes that she will do the same for her students.