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, Rachael stepped onto a yoga mat for the first time 10 years ago and 75 minutes later she was seriously in love with the practice. Rachael cherishes the clarity, awareness, and tranquility that her yoga practice manifests. Rachael’s roots are in ashtanga yoga but her asana practice has evolved to become a more creative form of power vinyasa yoga, while maintaining a strong emphasis on linking breath with movement. Rachael has worked in the alternative health industry since 2004 and became a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor in 2006. Rachael's yogi/ini inspirations include Seane Corn, Bryan Kest, MC Yogi, and Baron Baptiste.
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.
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.
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.