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.
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, 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 strives to inspire creativity through her teachings. 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. Haily's passion for yoga is contagious and she is continually inspired through art, travel and time spent in nature. She is currently studying at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, in the 500 Hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training Program, and is thrilled to be deepening her own practice and knowledge in order to weave it into her teachings. Haily's classes use the breath to guide students into finding their own edge, so growth and expansion happens with each experience. 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.
Kim brings 16 years of teaching experience and over 35 years of practice. Her teaching incorporates mind, body, and spirit with a holistic approach based on Personal Training, Pilates, and Yoga. Her journey began at age eight with 8 years of daily physical therapy for scoliosis. She started weight training while getting her BA in world religions. After her Masters from Harvard in 1996 she worked with organizations, became a Personal Trainer, practiced Iyengar yoga, and went on to teach Pilates full time. In 2003, Kim began teaching yoga and found her true calling bringing all her interests and skills together. She got her yoga teacher certification in the Viniyoga style. In 2007, she founded Stroller Yoga. She also started Life Full Yoga for yoga privates. While in Massachusetts, she was a Fitness Expert for the Newborn Channel, led yoga for the Quincy and Hull Family Networks, Quincy Medical Center, and top gyms, studios, and maternity centers. Since moving to Connecticut, Kim has lead yoga classes in the area and also volunteers as the Director of Childhood Cancer Kids which gives yoga care packages to children with cancer.
RYT 200, Traci is a 200-hour graduate of The Yoga Shop of Old Saybrook and completed a 20-hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Pranakryia School of Yoga Healing Arts. Traci discovered yoga as an alternative to working out at the gym. After just a few classes, she quickly found yoga to be more than just physical and began practicing daily. She enjoys the physical challenges the practice offers, and embraces the opportunity to quiet the mind and spirit, while slowing down and releasing tension. Her yoga class provides a soothing sequence to promote health and flexibility, create calm in the mind, and restore balance and harmony in a mindful practice of breath, movement and meditation. Yoga has helped Traci slow down a bit and she feels the freedom of breath and movement is transformational. Yoga just makes life better. Traci finds the opportunity to share the practice with others a true gift.
RYT 200, Renee's approach to yoga is energetic, athletic and fun. She emphasizes the fusion of traditional vinyasa movements with contemporary dynamic flow that integrates breath and movement, inner and outer alignment, strength, flexibility and humor mixed with a touch of Tantra philosophy. Her classes are athletically and mentally challenging and uplifting. Renee is an inspiring, empathetic teacher with a clear and playful style of encouraging you to fearlessly navigate your edge, open your heart and boldly dive in to yoga to express your “best self.”
Renee was introduced to yoga more than 30 years ago as part of the conditioning program for her college fencing team. Renee began her journey into an in-depth study and regular practice of yoga. She was certified as a Kripalu Yoga Instructor in 2001 and continues to study different traditions of yoga and body mechanics. She had done advanced teacher training with Yoganand Michael Carroll (Pranakriya Yoga) and Shiva Rae (Pranaflow Yoga) and has trained extensively with Saul David Raye, Seane Corne and many other extraordinary teachers. She regularly practices and studies at Kripalu in Lennox, Massachusetts and at the Sacred Movement Center for Yoga & Healing in Venice, California.
Renee competed in fencing at the collegiate level and competed with her horses in Dressage for more than 20 years. In addition to her daily yoga practice, she is passionate about riding and training her horses. Renee is an avid runner and enjoys boxing and surfing. Renee is a retired homicide detective who recently started her own consulting business.
RYT 200, David has returned to Connecticut after living in Vermont and traveling the world for thirty years. David, who has been a Spanish and ESL teacher for twenty-five years, has been practicing Yoga for more than twenty years, and teaching Yoga for eight years. David has gone through extended periods of learning different Yoga posture sequences and philosophies such as Bikram, Jivamukti, Kripalu, and for the past six years he has dedicated himself to the Ashtanga Yoga practice.
David completed 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification in 2007 in a teacher-training program at Yoga Vermont in Burlington, Vermont, which is an Ashtanga based studio. Since becoming certified David has enrolled in numerous workshops with yoga masters such as Mark Darby, Beryl Bender Birch, Nancy Gilgoff, David Swenson and David Williams. At a workshop with David Williams, the person who brought Ashtanga Yoga to the West, it was recommended to practice Ashtanga every day. David has been practicing a short form of the Ashtanga primary series daily ever since, followed by a meditation practice, and feels all the better for it. David therefore would like to share the Ashtanga and Vinyasa practice with as many people as possible, so that they too may reap the benefits.
David’s teaching focuses on Vinyasa, the “marriage of breath and movement,” and awareness of your body. David’s own recovery from multiple injuries has taught him to slow down, and to be aware of which parts of your body you are using and just how far you should go with them. David encourages students to omit or change Yoga postures when their body tells them that it is necessary. David likes to teach challenging practices such as Ashtanga, that enable students to search for their edge, but to not let their ego push them beyond. David’s teaching is characterized by a clear delivery using his resonant voice with warmth, patience and humor..
RYT 200 Didi completed her teacher training with Karen Anderson at Yoga Vail in Vail, Colorado. Her love of yoga developed slowly yet steadily through the years. As an avid exerciser, gym-goer, and sports fanatic she initially found yoga to be a bit “soft.” However, despite this hesitancy, she found herself continuing to return to the mat year after year. Without being able to put her finger on it, yoga gave her something she couldn’t get from her other exercise endeavors. She always left class feeling a little lighter, lengthened, and content. Today yoga is a vital part of her life. It keeps her flexible, grounded, and grateful. What inspires her most about yoga is the interplay between strength and calm, toughness and vulnerability. Yoga pushes these boundaries and challenges us to grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Didi is excited to be able to share her passion with others.
Zack studied yoga and meditation at Kripalu in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, under the wise and careful guidance of his two Yogi teachers, Brahmani Liebman and Jashoda Rona Edmunds. Before he received his 200hr certification at Kripalu, Zack had a passion for Martial Arts and Personal Training that started at the age of 3. He continued to train into his late teens in such styles as Tang Soo Do, Wrestling, Boxing, Hawaiian Kempo, Fencing and Karate, Gymnastics, Tat Ma Wong Kung Fu and Ballet at the Audrey Ward school of dance. He even spent 6 months training in Chinese kick boxing and Chi Gong in Beijing, China. After his training in China, He returned to the states and became a personal trainer. Studying Physical Fitness, Nutrition, Kinesiology and Anatomy at Branford Hall for two years. While going to school and working at a local gym where he specialized in boot camps and interval training, Zack began training Jiu Jitsu under Kirkor Papasian. After receiving his blue belt, Zack moved to Wellington, Florida to train under the legendary Emyr Bussade with American Top Team in Wellington. After studying Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai with ATT for 2 years, He noticed a powerful relationship between breath and movement. Yoga naturally came into the picture and he decided to move to Massachusetts to train at Kripalu for an extensive 4 week Yoga transformation. Zack has a deep love for teaching and brings 25 years of martial arts knowledge and teaching into his yoga classes.
Kat is an experienced yogi who has been practicing for over 5 years and completed her Baptiste style Teacher Training at The Mystic Yoga Shala under the supervision of James Conlan and Amy “Dechen” Zezulka. While first drawn to Yoga for it’s physical challenges and comprehensive workout, Kat has found herself slowly integrating other yogic ideals and philosophies into her life.
Kat attended the University of Tampa where she earned her Bachelors degree in Fine Arts. She then joined the Peace Corps and spent time as an English teacher and mentor in Rwanda. She is currently attending Southern Connecticut State University and it working towards her Art Education Certification. As an artist and a teacher, Kat has found the perfect combination of effort and ease in her life to create a happy balance.
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.
Kat believes in yoga. She received her RYT 200 at Crossroad’s Soul Space in Southington, CT under the supervision of her teachers Crystal Sullivan and Shelley Nyren. Kat has been studying and practicing yoga for six years with foundations in hatha and vinyasa yoga. Kat is a graduate of Emmanuel College and holds BA’s in Sociology and Global Studies & International Relations with specific attention to population and ethnicity studies. She has backgrounds in eastern ideology and spirituality and strives to bring this knowledge to western classrooms. Kat began her yoga journey in college when she wanted to reconnect the light inside her with her physical body. The motivation to teach yoga stems from seeing lives and attitudes change and move forward as a result of practice. With a friendly and encouraging presence, Kat hopes to bring wellness and relatability to her classes, setting an example that yoga is attainable for everyone. She is an amateur gardener, freelance writer and avid traveler, hoping to empower and bring awareness to those struggling to find a balance. She fundamentally believes in finding what feels good on the mat and living mindfully and authentically.