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 with Summer Quashie and Leigh Evans at Greenhouse Holistic in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and continues her studies in advanced Asana and Pranayama under Michael Carroll Yoganand. Enchanted by the body's powerful inner rhythm, and unique fluidity, she invites inward awareness to shape ones practice, mixing creativity and mindfulness into the ever flowing dance that is yoga. Her love for yoga has lead her to travel to India and delve more deeply into the yoga tradition. Marcy's classes are both challenging and revitalizing; encouraging one to tune in, breathe, and explore ones' boundless potential for growth and movement in the safety of an alignment based class. Marcy continues to be motivated by various styles of yoga, meditation, and energy work and is perpetually inspired by sharing that passion with others.
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.
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.
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
Jocelyn, RYT 200, completed her yoga teacher training through Evolation Yoga in Atlanta, Georgia in May 2014. In addition she has completed Sadie Nardini’s Core Strength Vinyasa Journey Training. She is well versed in anatomy, philosophy, and posture mechanics. Her classes are a creative combination of flow and intense technical precision of specific asanas. Jocelyn enjoys finding connections between the philosophy and science of yoga. As time goes on, new scientific knowledge supports historical yoga theories and proves helpful for yoga students in understanding not only what they are feeling while practicing, but why they feel certain sensations. She teaches how to stay in the present moment, how to control the strength of the mind - its power over the body, and how to embrace challenges both on and off the mat in order to find ones true self. Jocelyn has a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource and Environmental Management specializing in Wildlife Management from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She completed an internship with the Marine Mammal Research Program, working with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and false killer whales testing underwater acoustics and applying threshold level data to regulate naval sonar. She also interned with the Hawai’i Institute for Marine Biology, working with hammer head sharks to further understand their use of electromagnetic orientation. She also served as a teacher’s assistant for UCONN’s African Field Ecology Course hosted in South Africa. Jocelyn has done extensive research on how yoga philosophy and the animal world intertwine. By understanding the world around us we can better understand the world we have created within ourselves.
RYT 200, Tracee has been teaching and studying under influential instructors in Boston, Seattle, and along the Connecticut shoreline since 2009. Tracee mostly teaches vinyasa, heated vinyasa and restorative classes but she also self published a Parent Child Yoga book based on her popular parent child yoga partner class. She currently studies massage at the School of Massage in Boston, Ma. Tracee describes her teaching style as empowering, playful and reflective. Tracee's wish is that we lighten up, and with practice soften our approach to ourselves on and off our mats (while still getting a good work-out). She believes class starts by feeling good and thankful that you made it to your mat! The rest is simply remembering to breathe and to notice the in-between. When not teaching yoga she's working on her yoga school bus project, a yoga studio on wheels.
500RYT/200E-RYT, Jim is the Director of Teacher Development and the Empowerment Coach for the Mystic Yoga Shala Staff and Community. His devotion to the practice continuously inspires him and the Shala community to grow on both a personal and professional level. Jim discovered yoga as a healing vehicle for him to practice removing old choices and patterns that no longer serve him. His inspiration and dedication to his own process is easily felt when he shares his passion and experience in the classroom. He brings a powerful combination of light-warmheartedness and discipline into his teachings. "For me, the practice of yoga isn't about being 'happy' all the time, it's about connecting to the source or our fear, our darkness, our judgements, and our disconnections so we can shed some light on them and recognize that all of these things are a creation of our own conditioning and belief system, and that the true source of our existence is a balance of universal love and devotion. With a dedicated yoga practice, there is nowhere to hide from your authentic self, and this allows you see that self in others with compassion and forgiveness." Jim is a leader and co-creator of the MYS 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program.
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 20 years. Grounded in the Iyengar tradition, she also has strong foundations in Vinyasa, Forrest Yoga and YIN. Her style has developed both locally and abroad through work with local teachers, as well as with Ana Forrest, Sadie Nardini, Jill Miller, Josh Summers, James Higgins, Cora Wen, Seane Corne and many others. Her studies in Pune, India included time at the Osho Meditation Resort and the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute.
Her classes lead students to explore how they can be more in tune with themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally, and how that may also deepen their awareness and make them more spiritually present. Practices are designed to prepare the mind, body and spirit to assimilate new ideas, take action to rejuvenate health and vitality, and awaken intuition through invigoration, restoration, and engagement of the parasympathetic nervous system.
RYT 200, Haily is a teacher who strives to inspire creativity through her practice. As an artist who earned her BFA from University of Hartford, she believes that teaching and practicing yoga is a form of art. Haily creates a space for students to grow both in their physical and spiritual practice with mindfulness and compassion. Her teacher training was completed with Buffy Barfoot, Clear Compass Yoga Teacher Training, in Denver, Colorado. It is important to her to meet each student along the path of his or her personal practice and teach that it is the journey of yoga that is important, not the end goal. Haily's teachings emphasize alignment and flow, and encourage transformation on and off the mat.
Hillary grew up in Rye, NY and began dancing at Steffi Nossen ballet at the age of 7. She continued her training in other local studios including The Rye School of Dance under Daryl Finn a graduate of Julliard. Hillary attended SUNY Purchase where her focus quickly shifted to modern, specifically Graham, Jazz and traditional Vagavona ballet. Injury prevented her from continuing as a dance major and she earned a B.A. in Art History from Boston University while continuing to dance for pleasure. In 2004 Hillary’s passion for dance and movement led her to earn her certifications for all levels of Pilate’s at Power Pilate’s in NYC as well as The Lotte Berk Method and Ballet Barre. She has been teaching the methods of Joseph Pilates as well as pre and primary ballet to children, teens and adults on the Ct. Shoreline for the last 8 years. Hillary lives in CT with her husband and her three daughters who have all danced at New Haven Ballet. In addition to her work at the Ballet, Hillary also teaches at multiple studios on the CT shoreline and has been twice nominated as " one of the best and most thorough Pilates teachers," by Erica's EList. Learn more about Hillary here.