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.
E-RYT 500, James Conlan has been a student of yoga and meditation with the Baptiste Yoga Institute since 2008. He became a full time Baptiste yoga instructor in 2009. James has accrued over 1200 hours of direct training from renowned yoga teacher Baron Baptiste and regularly assists Baptiste Yoga training programs around the world.
James recently opened Yogatomics Training and Wellness, a specialized yoga training and retreat center in Mystic, CT. Yogatomics offers a variety of educational trainings, as well as personal self-care services and retreats. Yogatomics Training and Wellness is an expansion branch of the Mystic Yoga Shala. James has been a teacher at MYS since 2008, and served as a lead trainer since 2011. James also designed the new Mystic Yoga Shala expansion in 2012, and he is the cocreator of the Mystic Yoga Shala/Yogatomics Training and Wellness 200Hr Teacher training curriculum.
James consults and coaches fellow yoga studio owners and teachers regularly and strives to maintain the highest form of integrity towards yoga education and business practices in the modern world. He travels frequently to many studios and communities so he can inspire and share powerful yoga workshops . His passion for the practice and the science of yoga is infectious and he looks forward to bringing his experience and education to pradipikaYOGA.
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
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, Traci is 200 hour graduate of The Yoga Shop of Old Saybrook. Traci has additional trainings in yin yoga and Myofascial Release through Power Yoga Germany and restorative yoga through Pranakriya 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, 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.
Kat, RYT 200, 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, RYT 200, believes in yoga. She completed her yoga teacher training 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.
Kelly, RYT 200, came to the 200hr RYT program at the Mystic Yoga Shala yoga to help her connect with her true self, as her "perfect" life unraveled. The Baptiste Inspired Flow is unique from other styles of yoga that she's studied and is her favorite to share. Drop who you’ve been told you are supposed to be; connect with your breath and gifts that are uniquely yours. Kelly has been fortunate to travel and enjoy finer things, as well as rough-it in remote areas... have you ever been so scared you can hear yourself blink? As you spend more time on your mat, notice that you are open to try new things, eat healthier, opt to spend time in nature and surround yourself with positive people. Yoga is a “Practice” not perfect; there’s freedom in that. Please join me on your mat, Namaste.
RYT 500, Erin is a Kripalu registered Yoga Alliance Teacher, Life Coach and certified Reiki Level II. She also completed a Creative Kids Yoga Training and a Tara Mandala Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Training. Erin traveled internationally for three months where she completed an Ayurvedic internship as well as a 200hr Ashtanga Training. She returned to Kripalu and completed the training modules of: Vinyasa, Special Populations, Guided Meditation and Advanced Pranayama. She also assists the trainings and plans on going back to always assist and train more.
Most recently, Erin completed a Leadership Training Intensive which was a prerequisite for a seven month Life Coach Training School. Erin earned her BA 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. www.evolvewitherin.com
Angela Botta is an E-RYT 500 hour teacher and teacher trainer with Yogaworks in NYC. Teaching is an extensive part of her own spiritual journey and she encourages students to look beyond the physical practice and take the more present state-of-being required in yoga, off the mat and into their lives.
RYT 200, Anne Konstantino has been practicing yoga for 17 years and teaching since 2010. She is a certified Baptiste yoga instructor and a licensed physical therapist. Her love of anatomy and expertise in hands on care bring a uniqueness to her style of teaching yoga. Anne’s teachers include Baron Baptiste, Coeli Marsh, and Ana Forest.
RYT200, 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.
RYT200, 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. Her classes are carefully themed to deepen the students’ experience of Yoga. Her classes consist of Sun Salutation flows and postures that are skillfully sequenced. She also offers variety of modifications and props that are used to individualize the practice for each of her students. Petra has been practicing yoga for over 3 years and recently completed her teacher training at pradipikaYOGA in Clinton under the supervision of Angela Botta of YogaWorks.
In her spare time, Petra likes hiking with her dog on local trails, reading books, horseback riding, studying Yoga Sutras and deepening her own yoga practice through continued learning from various teachers.
RYT200, Emily Haight has practiced yoga since she was a high school student but decided to pursue her teaching certification when she was pregnant with her son, Hank. She thought it was an important time to strive to be the best version of herself. As a RYT 200, certified through Tiny Buddha Yoga in Ann Arbor, MI, Emily helps her students find their truest selves through their yoga practices. Emily studied dance at Connecticut College, and believes that body awareness is essential for a healthy lifestyle. Finding one’s potential and knowing one’s limits are important skills to learn on and off the yoga mat. Emily leads yoga classes with a focus on alignment, breathing, and mindfulness, and believes that yoga is so much more than just the physical practice.
RYT200, 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.
RYT200, Wendy trained in the YogaWorks method. She was initially attracted to yoga for the physical but soon realized that yoga had much more to offer. Meditation, stress relief, community and self discovery. As a teacher, Wendy helps her students learn about themselves so they can progress towards their personal goals in a safe and supported space. Her teaching style focuses on alignment and building from the ground up so her students can practice well today and for the rest of their lives.When she isn't teaching, Wendy works as a registered dietitian with a focus on holistic health. She also loves hiking, running, painting and spending time with her dog.
RYT 200, Danielle was trained under Angela Botta. She was taught the YogaWorks method, an evidence based practice that includes Iyengar and Ashtanga derivatives. Danielle uses many modifications and props to make the practice accessible to all students. She first came to yoga at age thirteen and has utilized it to navigate the stress and anxieties of high school. Yoga has helped Danielle find comfort and confidence in being herself. She strives to provide these same benefits for students by helping them to find a deeper awareness of their body through alignment and breath.
RYT200, George completed his yoga training through YogaWorks with Angela Botta at pradipikaYOGA. He is a proof that you don’t always know what you really want or need, but good things can happen as long as you’re open to the experience, no matter when it comes in life. A few years back, he wouldn’t have considered taking even a free yoga class, but since his first time, he was hooked.
George enrolled in the teacher-training program to learn more about the eight-limbed path of yoga and to refine his physical practice. He feels it’s important to infuse his classes with the knowledge that yoga is more than just a great workout that helps you “look good naked.” While it can do wonderful things to the body, it’s even better for the mind and spirit!
He has a BS in Zoology and an MBA in Marketing and Finance. When George is not practicing yoga, he writes full-time for a healthcare communications company and helps his wife keep the peace between their two “children”: Portia, a terrier mix, and Night Wind, their pure-breed cat.
RYT200, Megan completed her YogaWorks teacher training with Angela Botta at pradipikaYOGA. Having recently left behind a corporate career to stay home with her two children, Megan has found that through time on her mat, she grows more comfortable each day with letting go of "what was" and "what's next". She tries to find the courage to slow down and truly experience "what is now" with a quiet mind and open heart.
An avid runner, Megan also appreciates how good it feels to find your physical edge through exertion and sweat. It is the balance of physical and mental focus that draws her to power vinyasa. Her goal is to provide a class environment where students are challenged to find their edge through building heat, while also creating emotional and mental space to be in the moment through their breath.
Megan is on a daily mission to be kinder to herself so that she can in turn spread more love and kindness to those around her. She regularly practices with her own children and teaches twice a month at her son's preschool.