E-RYT 500, founder of Pradipika, 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. She taught nine classes a week in New York City for Be Yoga, now Yoga Works, as well as numerous private and corporate clients, and continued to teach as she traveled across the country. She's taught beginners workshops, supervised teacher trainees as assistants in her classes, as well as taught Yin and restorative yoga classes. Ultimately, she teaches the transformative power of yoga in a practice that connects each student to their authentic, radiant self from which to lead an extraordinary life. Jennifer also earned a Master's Degree in Human Nutrition and is a Registered Dietitian.
RYT 200, Marcy completed her teacher training at Greenhouse Holistic in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. With a joy of movement and a devoted vinyasa practice that stretches over 7 years, Marcy combines her interest in alignment to her love of an energetic, creative flow to get people into a vibrant, safe and peaceful space. Her passion for yoga has also lead her to travel to India to study and delve more deeply into the yoga tradition. Linking breath to movement, and threading strength, focus and grace into the poses, her classes invite awareness to our boundless potential for transformation through motion and balance. Marcy continues to be motivated by various styles of yoga, breath work, and the philosophies of yoga and is continually inspire.
Kathleen, RYT 200, Baptiste Certified teacher. "What you experience on your mat will translate to your life off the the mat." My teachers repeatedly told me this when I first became hooked on Baptiste Yoga in 2003. I never doubted their wisdom and kept an open mind. The heat and flow of every yoga class was transformative -- I felt better! Soon, I was going to five or six classes a week -- sometimes two a day, alternating between various studios near my home in Hopkinton, RI and New York City. I completed my Baptiste Level One training in August, 2007, never thinking that I would actually teach. In Spring of 2010, my life literally went with "the flow," and by that I mean the Pawcatuck River -- I completely lost my Rhode Island house in the March flood. I found myself living in Middletown, CT, where no Baptiste yoga could be found. I volunteered to teach yoga at a community not-for-profit dance hall, where I found that I truly enjoyed teaching and sharing "my yoga." My teachers had been right -- the lessons learned on my mat showed up in my daily life. I believe in going with the flow, not struggling with situations I cannot control. I try to live in the moment, am far less reactive, and I choose not to live in fear. Yoga is an ongoing journey in my life. I completed Baptiste Level 2 training in Spring 2011. I feel like a beginner everyday on my mat; I hope never to lose this feeling.
RYT 200, Jenna began taking yoga when searching for a more holistic remedy to her scoliosis back pain. She recently completed her teacher training at Center for Health and Healing in Toms River, NJ. Jenna is extremely grateful for yoga entering her life and is honored to pass along the knowledge she acquires along this journey. She teaches with a safe, energetic, and challenging vinyasa style.
RYT 200. "The best gift we could ever offer ourselves is our
presence." Yoga inspired Aixa to embark on a path of self knowledge,
inner strength and spiritual growth. Aixa's mission is to share the
practice of Ashtanga Yoga as a means to help people cultivate freedom in
their body and mind as well as develop strength and resiliency, both on
and off the mat. She believes the Yoga practice as a journey of self
discovery can help people connect with their physical and energetic body
and how it relates to the world. Aixa has trained in Forrest Yoga,
Resistance Strength and flexibility training, Core Strength Vinyasa,
Ashtanga Yoga and Thai Yoga Bodywork. Aixa is ever so grateful for all
the teachers that continue to inspire her in this journey, especially
her students. Classes are challenging, fun and light hearted, rooted on
breath, core-strength and proper alignment. Great for healing/preventing
injuries and finding your flow.
RYT 200, Jennifer completed the Core Power Yoga Teacher Training Program following a 20+ year journey as a group fitness and wellness instructor. Guided “home” to the yoga mat as both a student and as a teacher, she discovered yoga as a pathway to peace, calm, joy, and true presence. Jennifer is inspired by the Power Vinyasa practice which is physically and mentally challenging, athletic, and energizing. Her focus is on joining with, inviting, and guiding others to become aware of and surrender to the mind, body, spiritual connection, guided by breath, within a framework of freedom and joy. This practice can serve as a transformational trigger for unearthing the authentic self through the movement, the challenge, the stillness, and the surrender. Jennifer teaches with a joyful spirit and brings lightness, humor, compassion, and freedom to her classes.
Kai grew up immersed in the Transcendental Meditation movement and, 18 years ago, transitioned from the meditation cushion to the yoga mat. Kai has trained in Meridian Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Astanga, Yin Yoga and has completed a Kripalu 500 hour teacher training. Drawing from a kaleidoscope of trainings Kai soulfully guides students through an alignment based practice. Uniting safe alignment principles & powerful postures encourages the release of dormant energy & strengthens a sense of physical/emotional freedom. Kai believes a consistent movement and meditation practice draws us closer to one another and ourselves; moving, breathing in various ways unearth hidden treasures not least of which is a greater capacity to love and be loved.
RYT 200, Laura has lived on the shoreline with her family for 20
yrs. Her quest to harmonize body, mind and spirit led her to begin
practicing yoga in the latea 90’s, and then on to the Connecticut Center
for Massage Therapy where she became a Licensed Massage Therapist. She
has been actively taking classes and workshops ever since then. She dove
head first into the yoga pool studying Kripalu, Ashtanga, Bikhram, Yin,
Forrest, and Hatha styles of yoga to name just a few. Although she
loves both a strenuous physical practice and time to sit and “be”, most
importantly she feels her classes are a blend of these influences which
make classes accessible to yogis of all shapes, ages and interests. She
feels her style has been influenced by many of the wonderful people she
has had the fortune to train with over the years. Among some of these
are Bo Forbes, Beryl Bender, Rodney Yee, Ellen Heed, Anna Forrest and
most recently Barbara Ruzansky of West Hartford Yoga where she completed
her power yoga training. In addition to this training she has completed
Level 1 & 2 in Radiant Child Yoga.
RYT 200. Taking in yoga for the first time in her mid-20’s was both brightly explosive and genuinely calming in Lisa’s life. Fitness and movement have always nourished her true being. Walking dogs, hiking, dancing, triathlon…physical movement is as essential as breath. On the mat, Lisa embraces the meditative and ambitious movement of asanas while following breath inward to explore and grow emotionally, spiritually and mentally. This is what Lisa brings to her teaching. Sometimes a whisper, sometimes a roar, she inspires students to be with, see and often find humor in themselves. Lisa teaches a robust yet compassionate vinyasa flow, easily adapted to each student’s ability. She earned her Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and also has a Holistic Health Coaching practice established through study at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
passion for teaching enables her to connect deeply to others in a
friendly and honest way, naturally through the practice of yoga. She believes that her contribution as a yoga teacher is a small step in
helping her students create a more sustainable, way of coping with every
day stresses through the physical practice of yoga and meditative
breath work. One breath at a time, moment by moment, allowing for a more
compassionate, joy filled existence, while moving through the gateway
of present moment awareness. She has been teaching yoga in various studios and venues since 2005. She
also loves working one on one with her students and small groups and
integrates her years of experience as a certified personal and fitness
trainer, with her training, credentials and knowledge of yoga. As a lover of nature she holds special outdoor classes throughout the
seasons, as a reflection and reminder of the beauty and freedom of the
the great outdoors, and her responsibility for stewardship to this
RYT 200. Erin is a recent graduate of Northeast Power Yoga, a
power vinyasa based teacher training. Working with children and
intellectually challenged adults, Erin began practicing yoga to focus on
giving back to her self and to begin focusing on the present moment.
With a background in teaching academically and in theatre, Erin teaches
with a bright spirit. Through inspiration from other yoga teachers, and
the wonderful kids she has taught, she quickly immersed herself in her
practice. She found that the benefits from her practice were not only
physical, but allowed her to connect with her spiritual self as well.
She believes the active, moving flow of breath helped her to connect to
the present moment, finding her self mindful on and off the mat. Erin
leads a fun, flowing class exuding contagious positive energy!
Kate, RYT 200, is certified in Sierra Bender Wholistic Yoga Therapy. She also holds a degree in psychology, as well as certifications in personal training and pilates. She is an intuitive healing artist specializing in meditative energy clearing, reiki and drum journeying. She is a devoted vocalist, bringing light, harmony & mantra to the mat. Kate is a long-time meditator and continues to be an avid student of the metaphysical & observer of deep mind-expanding practices. She teaches psychic awareness, self-love & empowerment while she assists clients to heighten their vibrations and realize their physical/spiritual potential. Kate is an esteemed trainer to athletes, acrobats, circus performers, dancers, the baby boomers as well as the elderly. She attracts all-levels due to her joyful heart, intuitive sensitivities and expertise. She encourages students to be self-guided by the breath and delve within their heart’s flow which contributes to her diversified following. Her own product line, "with love by kate" offers a variety of good-for-you organic skin products & jewelry available at pradipika YOGA.
Rachel Hutchins remembers practicing yoga in her childhood with friends and family as a fun activity and didn’t think too much of it until college when it became a passion. During cold winters in upstate New York, the idea of activity in a heated room was incredibly appealing, and the physical and emotional benefits grew from there. After studying Art History and Business at Skidmore College, Rachel went on to receive her RYT-200 training at Northeast Power Yoga in Westerly, RI. She enjoys practicing yoga with fun music and friends.