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Beth Agdish is a certified yoga for kids instructor who has been trained by Next Generation for Kids Yoga Radiant Child Yoga and Yoga Ed. She has been practicing Kripalu yoga herself for over 10 years.

Andrew Burkampis a Certified Kriya Yoga Teacher and Licensed Psychotherapist. His work is influenced by teachers from Eastern. His work is influenced by teachers from Eastern and Western traditions including experienced therapists, Master Yogis, and Native American Shamans.

Tanya Camerota has loved fitness since she began working out at home with Denise Austin. When she started attending Syracuse University she discovered she really wanted to help people become healthier and inspire them to love fitness as much as she does. This inspired Tanya to receive her Insanity Certification in 2013. This was the start to her continuing to learn new ways to help others on their fitness journey.

Jill Cole is a Karuna Reiki Master Teacher, Cetified Angel practitioner and is certified through Sacred Rivers in the 200 hour certification program.

Catherine Crocket is a 200 hour Kripalu trained yoga instructor with over 10 years of teaching experience in both classes and private instruction.

Jen Daniels, RYT-200, has practiced yoga for over 15 years and completed her initial training in 2013 with Jennifer Prugh’s Joy of Yoga. Currently, Jen is completing her 500-hour training with Julie Rader-Wellman’s Mukti school. Additionally, Jen has certifications in Restorative yoga, Yin yoga, Youth Yoga, and Flying Lotus (aerial yoga).

Gauri DesRochers is a Mantra Instructor and a Jyotisha (eastern astrologer). Jyotish means eyes or light of God. Gauri has been practicing yoga, mantra and meditation for over 16 years. 

Elaine Ellis has been practicing yoga for more than 10 years. In February 2011, she completed her 200 hour teacher training at Sacred Rivers. Elaine is always looking to improve her own practice and knowledge of yoga and is eager to share with others.

Jennifer Errickson provides a sense of community as well as an invitation to be playful on the mat. She teaches with a careful eye for alignment and safety, an open heart with a space for each student, an energetic delivery with precise instruction, and always with asmile

Mark Fahey has enjoyed a regular yoga practice since 2006. He has been teaching since 2011, he completed his 200 hours of training with Paul and Suzee Grilley in 2012 and obtained his 200 RYT. He has also studied with Sarah Powers and Dashama Gordon.

Temple Fiergola (RYT 500, E-RYT 200), has been teaching since 2005 in CT and NY. She brings her strong svadhyaya (self-study) practice into her teaching, as well as her true love and appreciation of yoga.

Kate Greatorex began her yoga journey when she took her first yoga class in 2003 and quickly fell in love with how yoga helped calm, center, and honor her mind, body, and spirit. Kate completed the 200-hour teaching training at Sacred Rivers Yoga.

Loren Hardy (E-RYT 200, LMT CT #8835), is known for her unique style of teaching that seamlessly incorporates the physical benefits of yoga with its meditative and spiritual aspects as well. Her sincere desire to allow each student to make the most of their time on the mat is conveyed in every class she teaches.

Stacie Kaye (200 E-RYT, 500 RYT), is a certified Kripalu instructor and has a BA in PE and an MA in Exercise Physiology.  She has been teaching high school in CT for 22 years and currently teaches in Bethel, CT as the Lead Health Teacher and District Co-Coordinator K-12 Health/PE.

Wendy Kolanz's study, practice and teaching in the Yoga sciences spans over forty years. As a Yoga educator her experience includes teaching classes, workshops, Yoga teacher trainings and private instruction. Using the therapeutic tools of Yoga, she counsels clients experiencing physical challenges, psycho-emotional, and relationship issues. Her students and clients find her expertise helps them develop greater mobility and strength, greater equilibrium and personal growth. Wendy’s journey began with her first experience in pranayama, asana and meditation in 1971. She never looked back.

Daniela Leone is an enthusiastic yogi with a passion for helping others. She is known for her soulful teaching style and her ability to honor every body’s journey on the mat. Her love for yoga shines as she encourages growth of the physical and spiritual self while providing a safe, creative space for her students to explore their own practice.

Jack Lynch received his formal training from renowned teachers Beryl Bender Birch and David Swenson. These accomplished mentors have instilled in Jack a deep understanding of the ancient Ashtanga system (both first and second series), and imparted an abundance of skillful adjustment techniques.

Michele Matthews is a 200 hour teacher training graduate from Sacred Rivers Yoga, and is also reiki 2 certified. She has been teaching chair yoga therapy since 2013. Michele is passionate about bringing yoga to those whom it may be otherwise inaccessible to.

Sybil Merriman has been a student of Yoga since 2000. Originally drawn to the physical practice of Yoga for the flexibility and strength it gave her, she soon discovered that meditation, Yogic philosophy, and self-inquiry resonated with her on a more profound level. In 2009, after realizing the deep and lasting changes in not only her physical, mental, and spiritual health but in all aspects of her life, she began sharing her practice with others.

Mandee Morris graduated from sacred rivers 200 hr. YTT program in 2013. She also was influenced by a weekend training with KAY Kidding around Yoga, and enjoys working with kids and families. She enjoys a light hearted approach to hatha yoga and a regular personal meditation practice. “I believe in the healing power of yoga to keep us in touch with the spiritual integrity we were born with.”

Sue Pitler At age 60, I have embarked on my latest ‘career ’-yoga teacher. I see myself as a guide with lots to share and always more to learn. I invite you to come along on this journey and find what works for you, to love and care for your body, mind and soul.

Alyssa Rich found yoga at a time she needed it the most. She was first drawn to yoga as a fun way to stay active and attended a Bikram yoga class. Hooked by the physical benefits, she soon began exploring other styles. She eventually fell in love with the creativity and challenge of vinyasa yoga. She completed her training in the beautiful rainforest of Costa Rica.

Catherine Sarni is a Registered Yoga Teacher (500 RYT) through Yoga Alliance.  Her classes are student centered and instructive with a focus on alignment and the interplay of movement and breath.  She also specializes in yoga for osteopenia/osteoporosis and offers workshops on this topic in the Glastonbury area. 

Diana Abate Schneider  received her RYT 200 certificate at Sacred Rivers Yoga in July of 2015 and is excited to be teaching and spreading her love of not only asana but the principles & philosophy of yoga. She has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and is thrilled to have given herself the opportunity to deepen her personal yoga practice and now guide others to find peace and presence on their mats & to take that into th eir daily lives.

Paula Scopino is the Owner/Director of Sacred Rivers. Paula was inspired at a young age by her parents' spiritual explorations and discovered yoga at age 19. She has been a student of yoga since 1976 and has been teaching continuously since 1978 after receiving her first certification with Ruth Bender (pre Kripalu).

Laurel Soper a 500-hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher (500 RYT), has been practicing yoga since 1999. She has studied under Kripalu, Iyengar, Anusara and Ashtanga-trained teachers.

Sonia Tulyani comes from a family of yoga instructors—her father and grandfather were both yoga instructors in India.

Kasey Vidaud studied classical Hatha-Raja Yoga under Yogi Sri Dharma Mittra's close eye for nearly two years.  She uses inspiration and practicality from the teachings he offered to her, while infusing her own unique life experience, into the teachings she offers her students. Her goal is to guide and to help others to become aware of the eternal, unwavering light source within.

Janis Ziaks, always active in sports, was drawn to studio classes. She discovered Aerobics, Zumba, Pilates, and Yoga. She found herself returning to Yoga again and again. After taking classes for many years. Janis decided to deepen her practice.    


Full Instructor Bios

Beth Agdish is a certified yoga for kids instructor who has been trained by Next Generation for Kids Yoga Radiant Child Yoga and Yoga Ed. She has been teaching a variety of Yoga classes for over 5 years, including:  Family yoga, Itsy Bitsy yoga and Yoga for children of all ages. She started a teen program through parks in rec Art and Music camp in Glastonbury and teaches yoga within studios schools and library programs. She has been practicing Kripalu yoga herself for over 10 years.

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Andrew Burkamp is a Certified Kriya Yoga Teacher and Licensed Psychotherapist. His work is influenced by teachers from Eastern and Western traditions including experienced therapists, Master Yogis, and Native American Shamans.For over a decade he has worked with children, adults, couples and families, addressed addiction in various communities, and taught yoga, and parenting groups.

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Tanya Camerota has loved fitness since she began working out at home with Denise Austin. When she started attending Syracuse University she discovered she really wanted to help people become healthier and inspire them to love fitness as much as she does. This inspired Tanya to receive her Insanity Certification in 2013. This was the start to her continuing to learn new ways to help others on their fitness journey. Tanya continued her education by obtaining certificates for:
*WITS Certtified Personal Trainer
*AFAA Group Exercise Instructor
*Spinning Certified Instructor
*Merrithew Total Barre Instructor
*AFAA Mat Pilates Instructor
*Aqua Fitness Instructor
*BOSU Certified Instructor
*AFAA Step
Tanya loves all forms of fitness and looks forward to challenging and inspiring everyone to better fitness and health!

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Jill Cole is a mother of three and holds a bachelor degree in Early Childhood edu. Jill is also a Karuna Reiki Master Teacher, Cetified Angel practitioner and is certified through Sacred Rivers in the 200 hour certification program. "I am so happy to share and combine all that I have learned over the years of meditation, energy healing and yoga, to help people in their journey back to health and well being. Blessings."

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Catherine Crocket is a 200 hour Kripalu trained yoga teacher with over ten years of teaching experience in both classes and private instruction. In addition to her Kripalu training led by Devarshi Hartman and Priti Robyn Ross, Catherine has studied with many great teachers around the country, including Erich Schiffmann, Rodney Yee, Desiree Rumbaugh, and Shiva Rhea.  Catherine is also certified in Yoga for Golfers (trained by Katherine Roberts), Yoga for M.S. (trained by Eric Small), and is also a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  

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Jen Daniels, RYT-200, has practiced yoga for over 15 years and completed her initial training in 2013 with Jennifer Prugh’s Joy of Yoga. Currently, Jen is completing her 500-hour training with Julie Rader-Wellman’s Mukti school.  Additionally, Jen has certifications in Restorative yoga, Yin yoga, Youth Yoga, and Flying Lotus (aerial yoga). Jen_Daniels

 Through a strong asana practice, Jen has found that deepening her connection to mind-body has transformed all areas of life. She believes that yoga allows people to find the best version of themselves. By learning to pause before reacting and to breathe when life becomes stressful. In addition to creating safe and challenging sequences that are alignment focused, Jen loves inversions and arm balances. Her background in equestrian vaulting (www.americanvaulting.org) has created a distinct curiosity of advanced asanas. Through creating a strong and stable core, Jen believes that having the opportunity to play and enjoy the movement your body has to offer is one of the most beautiful aspects of the asana practice. Abundant transformation occurs when people become aware of their body through breath work and mindfulness. Jen spent the last eight years learning and playing in Northern California. As a UCONN grad and a Hebron native, she is excited to be back home and ready to infuse some California sunshine into her CT students. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook @joyfuljenyoga and Facebook and www.joyfuljenyoga.com 

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Gauri DesRochers is a Mantra Instructor and a Jyotisha (eastern astrologer). Jyotish means eyes or light of God. Gauri has been practicing yoga, mantra and meditation for over 16 years. A few years ago she also started doing pujas. She was influence b Namadeva or Thomas Ashley Farrand who taught mantras. Gauri spent most of the last six years in India at her guru's ashram chanting millions of mantras as well as doing other austerities which makes her teaching very authentic and brings the energy to the students from her associated lineage as a gurukula or satsang, As a Jyotisha, she was trained in India directly by a monastic. Gauri is a sanskrit name meaning "The Devi who was burned by the fires of yoga and reborn in the Himalayas". Gauri is also a form of Paravati (feminine form of Shiva). Gauri's mission is to use Jyotish to help people understand their karma and spiritual lessons for this lifetime and then use mantras to help burn their karma and work towards liberation. She lives six months of the year with her guru in India and continues to study under her Jyotish mentor.

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Elaine Ellis has been practicing yoga for more than 10 years.  In February 2011, she completed her 200 hour teacher training at Sacred Rivers.  “At first, I thought of yoga as just another form of exercise.  Eventually, I came to realize that yoga is much more.  The physical, spiritual and emotional benefits that I experience each time I practice yoga have helped me to face the difficult challenges life has thrown my way.”

Elaine is always looking to improve her own practice and knowledge of yoga and is eager to share with others.

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jen_errickson_small Jennifer Errickson is a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher. Upon earning her certification from Sacred Rivers Yoga in 2006, Jennifer immediately began teaching classes for new moms and their babies.  At that time she was the mom of two young boys and wanted to share the benefits of yoga with new mothers.  She has also taught prenatal yoga, yoga for kids and families, therapeutic chair yoga, gentle yoga, vinyasa flow, as well as all levels classes. Jennifer also leads workshops for yoga teacher trainees as Sacred Rivers Yoga. Jennifer's classes provide a sense of community as well as an invitation to be playful on the mat. She teaches with a careful eye for alignment and safety, an open heart with a space for each student, an energetic delivery with precise instruction, and always with a smile. She often teaches classes with a theme. She strives to provide dynamic sequences that tap into the wisdom of yoga. One class might focus on spacious response and the following week might include the concept of impermanence. She also enjoys weaving poetry and inspirational quotes into her classes.A few years ago Jennifer's practice shifted dramatically. After a serious mountain bike accident, her injuries put an immediate stop to the physical practice she enjoyed regularly. Instead, she practiced meditation, mantra, breath work (pranayama), visualization, and eventually small somatic movements to allow her body to heal. Connecting to the gentle aspects of healing helped her to return to her practice as well as her classes. Jennifer now weaves the softer healing modalities into even the most vigorous of classes. Her background is in education where she holds a master's degree and previous experience as a classroom teacher. Jennifer is also an advanced Reiki practitioner and a certified prenatal yoga instructor.

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Mark Fahey has enjoyed a regular yoga practice since 2006. In the first few years he practiced at home using DVD’s. In 2009 he suffered from chronic back pain, fusion of two vertebral bones was recommended. An aversion to surgery, Mark stopped lifting weights and running and took his yoga practice to the next level. He worked with Ana Forrest doing intensive work for two weeks. He immediately followed this with a regular Bikram practice. Mark continues to have a strong Yang practice and has balanced it out with Yin yoga. He also enjoys Vinyāsa, Kundalini and Dharma yoga.

Mark has been teaching since 2011, he completed his 200 hours of training with Paul and Suzee Grilley in 2012 and obtained his 200 RYT. He has also studied with Sarah Powers and Dashama Gordon.

Yoga has relieved Mark of his back pain and it has helped to change his life in many ways. His desire is to share the life changing benefits that yoga has to offer with others.

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Temple Fiergola (RYT 500, E-RYT200), has been teaching since 2005 in CT and NY.  She brings strong svadhyaya (self-study) practice into her teaching, as well as her true love and appreciation of yoga.  Temple infuses humor and inspiration into her classes, and welcomes both the beginner and the experienced yoga practitioner.  She is also a writer of poetry and memoir, and a mother to an astonishingly adorable little boy.

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Kate Greatorex began her yoga journey when she took her first yoga class in 2003 and quickly fell in love with how yoga helped calm, center, and honor her mind, body, and spirit. Wanting to share the gift of yoga with others, Kate completed the 200-hour teaching training at Sacred Rivers Yoga. She approaches teaching by encouraging students to tune into and honor the needs of their mind and body, while also exploring their individual personal edge to discover the depths of one's inner strength.  Learning about how yoga, nutrition, fitness, and mindfulness combine to contribute to a general sense of health and well-being have been a passion of Kate's for many years

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 Loren Hardy (E-RYT 200, LMT CT#8835), is known for her unique style of teaching that seamlessly incorporates the physical benefits of yoga with its meditative and spiritual aspects as well. Her sincere desire to allow each student to make the most of their time on the mat is conveyed in every class she teaches. Her Vinyasa (or Flow) style classes encourage yogis of all stages of practice to compassionately and intuitively explore the space beyond their "comfort zone" to experience personal growth and certain transformation. Listen to your breath, become aware of your body, explore your edge, enjoy restoration, and find your flow!biopic

Loren's spiritual path did not start with the influence of a single yoga class or even a profoundly memorable moment. Her journey began before her earliest memories through the guidance and openness of her wonderful parents. Her young life connected her to nature, to the cultures of the world, and by her own choice she became a vegetarian at theage of 11. It only seems appropriate that yoga found Loren when she was just 16. Struggling through teenage years and her early twenties, as most young people do, Loren's anchor of yoga stayed with her, keeping her grounded and safely bringing her through years of transformation. After traveling the country and a life-changing backpacking trip through Costa Rica, Loren returned to her home state of Connecticut in 2010. There she obtained her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Paula Scopino at Sacred Rivers Yoga.

Appreciating the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of yoga, Loren does her best to live her yoga on and off the mat; through an awareness of healthy eating, mindfulness of the world around her, and by sharing kindness and compassion with all beings. Always with a "beginner's mind" she continues to learn more about her own practice through the guidance of amazing teachers (Jack Lynch, Stephen Cope, Rolf Gates, and Angela Phillips, to gratefully name a few) and through her daily yoga practice.

In 2014, Loren decided to deepen her awareness of the human body and spirit through massage therapy, and so enrolled in and subsequently graduated from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in 2015. As a licensed massage therapist and experienced-registered yoga instructor, Loren is able to understand her own practice on a more profound level and thus is able to facilitate the experience of fellow yogis from a balanced place of education, experience, and intuition.

Loren has continued to teach at yoga studios and fitness facilities throughout Connecticut since 2010, and has had the honor of assisting Stephen Cope in workshops at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Teaching is Loren's way to share the abundance of gifts that yoga has to offer and to create a space where fellow practitioners can come, let go of their day, and find their natural FLOW!

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Stacie Kaye (200 E-RYT, 500 RYT) is a certified Kripalu instructor and has a BA in PE and an MA in Exercise Physiology.  She has been teaching high school in CT for 22 years and currently teaches in Bethel, CT as the Lead Health Teacher and District Co-Coordinator K-12 Health/PE (State Certified).  She has been teaching the first ever semester long yoga program for grades 10-12 in CT since 2014, which she wrote the curriculum for.  Stacie's personal yoga practice began in 2008 and has since then traveled to various countries to deepen her skills.  She has a driving passion to offer young people new tools and skills to more easily navigate their personal journey.

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Wendy Kolanz's study, practice and teaching in the Yoga sciences spans over forty years. As a Yoga educator her experience includes teaching classes, workshops, Yoga teacher trainings and private instruction. Using the therapeutic tools of Yoga, she counsels clients experiencing physical challenges, psycho-emotional, and relationship issues. Her students and clients find her expertise helps them develop greater mobility and strength, greater equilibrium and personal growth. Wendy’s journey began with her first experience in pranayama, asana and meditation in 1971. She never looked back.

YOGA  Anyone can begin and find benefits at any Age, Shape, Stage of Life  Break Boundaries!

I’ve done this a long time. The principles and process of Yoga profoundly changed my life. It can change your life and the lives of your friends and family. It’s about energy – the energy of your body, emotions, psychology and spirit; how it moves and finds balance within you, and how it influences and interacts with those around you. Yoga is the study of that energy – how we can bring it into our conscious awareness and work with it to find the answers we seek in life, building the intent, focus and inner strength for success and happiness on every level, in everything. It is at the same time your unique journey and also everyone’s journey, for we are all in this together. Find yourself, accept and love yourself, and in that process, you help create a better world for yourself, your family, your friends, the environment, everything, and everyone. This is YOGA. This is what I seek to help you find.” 

Wendy Kolanz: Training, Experience and Credentials

·         Trained and taught under the auspices of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, TM™ in US and Europe (1971-1976)

·         Leads meditations, pranayama, asana, workshops, retreats (1971 – present)

·         Took courses and workshops including Feldenkrais and Alexander methods, kinesiology, anatomy through Institute for Movement Exploration and Summer programs at Wesleyan (1973 - 1980’s)

·         Improvisational dance; training, performing, teaching (1970’s – present)

·         Yoga Alliance certified teacher training; Patty Townsend, EmbodyYoga® 2002

·         Intensives with Patricia Walden, Rodney Yee, and other master teachers (1990’s – present)

·         Oneness University spiritual retreats in US and India; training, teaching and practice in Yoga Psychology, Yoga Philosophy, Mantra, Yoga sciences and therapeutic applications, with Oneness monks (2000 – 2008)

·         Individual mentorship in yoga philosophy and psychology, coaching and counseling training, with Master Yogi Sri Madhu Sai (2009 – 2013)

·         Present yoga teacher training modules (2014 – present)

·         Developed Breath Yoga 200 Hour YA approved training with Sri Madhu Sai, 2016

·         Lead Trainer, Breath Yoga 200 Hour training

·         Ongoing study – Yoga, Ayurveda, Tai Chi, QiGong, and holistic health (1970’s – present)

·         Svadhyaya

·         E-RYT 200 and member of IAYT

·         Private Practice in Personal coaching and chakra balancing utilizing yoga therapeutic principles/practices (2004 – present)

·         WendyYoga on Facebook

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Daniela Leone is an enthusiastic yogi with a passion for helping others. She is known for her soulful teaching style and her ability to honor every body’s journey on the mat. Her love for yoga shines as she encourages growth of the physical and spiritual self while providing a safe, creative space for her students to explore their own practice. Daniela_Leone

Daniela is the founder of OmLoveYoga, a blog that shares yoga philosophy, tips for self-care, and advice on living your yoga off the mat. Daniela also specializes in essential oils; she holds a wealth of knowledge in aromatherapy and the powerful benefits of essential oils as tool to support optimum health and wellness. She is forever dedicated to providing a supportive and empowering environment that helps people transform and nourish their body, mind, and spirit. Daniela is available for yoga and/or mediation private sessions, small group sessions, essential oils classes, and more. For more information or to sign up for Daniela’s blog, please visit: omloveyoga.org

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Jack Lynch received his formal training from renowned teachers Beryl Bender Birch and David Swenson. These accomplished mentors have instilled in Jack a deep understanding of the ancient Ashtanga system (both first and second series), and imparted an abundance of skillful adjustment techniques.

Jack has also studied with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Ana Forrest, Nancy Gilgoff and Doug Swenson. Through Continuous study and practice he is able to offer not only primary and second series Ashtanga classes, but also unique classes inspired by these other distinguished teachers.

You will enjoy the way Jack's sense of humor and compassion puts you at ease while fostering a safe environment in which to work the body.

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Michele Matthews is a 200 hour teacher training graduate from Sacred Rivers Yoga, and is also reiki 2 certified. She has been teaching chair yoga therapy since 2013. Michele is passionate about bringing yoga to those whom it may be otherwise inaccessible to.

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Sybil Merriman (E-RYT) has been a student of Yoga since 2000. Originally drawn to the physical practice of Yoga for the flexibility and strength it gave her, she soon discovered that meditation, Yogic philosophy, and self-inquiry resonated with her on a more profound level. In 2009, after realizing the deep and lasting changes in not only her physical, mental, and spiritual health but in all aspects of her life as a result of Yoga, she began sharing her practice with others.

Sybil's education includes a B.A. in Anthropology and Philosophy from Tulane University in New Orleans, where she encountered her first yoga class. She received teacher trainings from Yandara Yoga nstitute and Nosara Yoga institute and is particularly inspired by the teachings of Tias Little, Gary Kraftsow, and Don Stapleton. Sybil has also completed courses in Y12SR (Yoga and the 12 Steps of Recovery), Street Yoga (which offers yoga to underserved populations), and Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra. She is also a chef and instructor of Raw Culinary Arts

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Mandee Morris graduated from sacred rivers 200 hr. YTT program in 2013. She also was influenced by a weekend training with KAY  Kidding around Yoga, and enjoys working with kids and families. She enjoys a light hearted approach to hatha yoga and a regular personal meditation practice. “I believe in the healing power of yoga to keep us in touch with the spiritual integrity we were born with.”

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Sue Pitler I took my first series of Yoga classes as a freshman in college. I developed an interest in nutrition and graduated with a degree in food and nutrition. I spent the next ten years working an assortment of jobs including; running a vegetarian restaurant, growing bean and alfalfa sprouts in a small cottage industry, teaching cooking classes and working as a nutrition coordinator for Project Headstart. I loved the outdoors and hiked and gardened and bicycled. I began leisurely jogging and swimming and realized that they not only helped me stay in good physical shape but deal with issues of depression and anxiety. I took classes in yoga, tai chi, and the Feldenkrais method, as the mind/body connection became a deepened interest. I returned to school earning a Masters in Social Work. I spent the next ten years in Community Mental Health working first as a program coordinator for elderly victims of crime and later as a psychotherapist.I married in my late 30s and became a stay-at-home mom at 42. Raising my son has been my most challenging and rewarding job. I found that as I aged the aches and pains of my body, mind and spirit were calling out for more. I turned to yoga with more commitment to gain flexibility and connection. Along the way I have learned that strength comes from letting go both physically and emotionally, and listening to the truths of my body and spirit. At age 60, I have embarked on my latest ‘career ’-yoga teacher. I see myself as a guide with lots to share and always more to learn. I invite you to come along on this journey and find what works for you, to love and care for your body, mind and soul.

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Alyssa Rich found yoga at a time she needed it the most. She was first drawn to yoga as a fun way to stay active and attended a Bikram yoga class. Hooked by the physical benefits, she soon began exploring other styles. Eventually she fell in love with the creativity and challenge of vinyasa yoga. As she dove deeper into yoga, Alyssa's practice led her to not only an exploration of her physical body, but of her emotional and spiritual self as well. Over time, she discovered the power of yoga to transform her life beyond the mat.

In 2014, Alyssa completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training through Frog Lotus Yoga to study under Jennifer Yarro and Jennilee Toner in the beautiful rainforest of Costa Rica. She developed a strong understanding of proper alignment, safe sequencing, asana, anatomy, and philosophy.  The experience was life changing and evoked a new level of spiritual awakening.  

"As a yoga teacher, my purpose is to cultivate mind-body awareness on and off the mat.  Through intention, meditation, pranayama (breath), and asana (poses) my goal is for students to leave each class feeling refreshed and renewed.  My classes are designed to be challenging both physically and mentally, delivered in Sanskrit and English, and incorporate demonstration and hands-on assists to create a joyful, flowing sequence with uplifting music that can easily be adapted to different levels of experience." 

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Catherine Sarni Catherine Sarni began taking yoga classes as a way to strengthen her body and effectively deal with stress but has discovered so much more during her 15 years of practice. She has experienced yoga’s power as a health system and has expanded her practice to include not only asana but also breath work, mantra, meditation, and the study of yogic philosophy. Bringing a sampling of each of these to her classes, she provides students with an opportunity to experience yoga’s many gifts for mind, body, and spirit which they can bring out of the studio and into their lives. Catherine is a Registered Yoga Teacher (500 RYT) through Yoga Alliance. Her classes are student centered and instructive with a focus on alignment and the interplay of movement and breath. She also specializes in yoga for osteopenia/osteoporosis and offers workshops on this topic in the Glastonbury area. Catherine Sarni began taking yoga classes as a way to strengthen her body and effectively deal with stress but has discovered so much more during her 15 years of practice. She has experienced yoga’s power as a health system and has expanded her practice to include not only asana but also breath work, mantra, meditation, and the study of yogic philosophy. Bringing a sampling of each of these to her classes, she provides students with an opportunity to experience yoga’s many gifts for mind, body, and spirit which they can bring out of the studio and into their lives. Catherine is a Registered Yoga Teacher (500 RYT) through Yoga Alliance. Her classes are student centered and instructive with a focus on alignment and the interplay of movement and breath. She also specializes in yoga for osteopenia/osteoporosis and offers workshops on this topic in the Glastonbury area.

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Diana Abate Schneider Diana Abate Schneider received her RYT 200 certificate at Sacred Rivers Yoga in July of 2015 and is excited to be teaching and spreading her love of not only asana but the principles & philosophy of yoga. She has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and is thrilled to have given herself the opportunity to deepen her personal yoga practice and now guide others to find peace and presence on their mats & to take that into their daily lives. Diana is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and fuses her therapeutic foundation with the art of yoga in order to provide students with an accessible, holistic healing approach. She is currently immersed herself in an aromatherapy certification and is looking forward to merging the use of essential oils into her yoga teaching. Diana's focus in teaching is to use yogic themes and principles to promote good mental health and self care and for students of all levels to feel comfortable and supported in her classes. 

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PaulaScopinoPaula Scopino, E-RYT 500 hour, LMT, IAYT (Yoga For Every Body, Yoga Therapies, etc.) is the Owner/Director of Sacred Rivers  Yoga and Sacred Rivers Yoga for Every Body, a Yoga Alliance 200 and 500 Hour School, as well as an IAYT school. Paula was inspired at a young age by her parents' spiritual explorations and discovered yoga at age 19. She has been a student of yoga since 1976 and has been teaching continuously since 1978 after receiving her first certification with Ruth Bender (pre Kripalu). Ruth Bender studied with Selvarjan Yesudian, who had a medical therapeutic approach to yoga.
Paula has taught in many different settings, including corporations, hospitals, and fitness and rehabilitation centers. She currently teaches Yoga Therapy in the Pulmonary lab at Hartford Hospital. With the help of Susan Bisbee at Hartford Hospital and Sharon O’Brien at St. Francis, Paula has established internship sites at both hospitals. Students in the Sacred Rivers Yoga for Every Body Yoga Alliance 200 and 500 Hour Schools have the option of teaching Yoga Therapy in the pulmonary, cardiac and oncology labs. Paula has studied many different yoga styles all over the country and has been inspired and influenced by numerous wonderful teachers. Her love and interest of yoga, movement, and energy led her to study massage therapy, Reiki, Feldenkrais, and Pilates.

Paula is a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher - 500 hour, and is a certified Cardiac Yoga Teacher, having studied "Yoga of the Heart" with Nischala Joy Devi (the stress management portion of the Dr. Dean Ornish program). Paula teaches yoga therapy for heart disease and cancer, and yoga therapy for chronic conditions, back problems, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. She teaches prenatal yoga, yoga for children, and yoga for 60, 70 and beyond. She is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (www.IAYT.org).

Paula graduated from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in 1989 and is a Connecticut licensed massage therapist and member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She also assists her brother, Rick Haesche in teaching the Art of Traditional Thailand Massage in massage therapy schools as a part of their regular and continuing education curriculum. In addition, she is certified in Karuna and Usui Reiki. She is a licensed massage therapist and has maintained a private practice in massage therapy since 1989.

Paula Scopino recently attended two of the IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) Symposium on Yoga Research. The first on October 1-3, 2010, at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. This historic meeting was the first comprehensive and widely publicized academic research meeting in the West devoted to Yoga therapy research. Paula also attended a pre-conference workshop on the basics of yoga research. It offered a unique opportunity for research trainees, yoga instructors, and therapists to learn the basics of Yoga research, establish connections for possible future research projects, and meet professional researchers and colleagues. In October of 2011, Paula attended the SYTAR at the Asilomar Conference in Pacific Grove, CA.

The SYTAR weekends included Yoga research :oral and poster presentations by leading scientists, opportunities to interact and dialogue with active yoga researchers , and a comprehensive pre-conference workshop on the basics of yoga research. The symposium for yoga research was a single track academic research meeting that included keynote speakers, Lorenzo Cohen, Dean Ornish, Shirley Telles, and Bessel van der Kolk,. Oral presentations were invited from other senior researchers. There were also multiple poster sessions and ample opportunities to interact with other scientists, experts and professionals in the field.

"May the Yogis of old, and the teachers of all the great spiritual traditions, from whose words we have learned wisdom and knowledge, bless the path you take and look after your wanderings, and may your personal God, even a God unknown to you, shine its light upon you, and bring you safely home to your heart."

Paula would like to acknowledge the following teachers with deep thanks and gratitude:My Parents, my Son, Richard Hittleman, Clare Matthews, Ruth Bender, Baron Baptiste, Bikram, Viraj, Beryl Bender Berch, John Schumacher, Doug Swenson, Larry Payne, Lilias Folan, Judith Lasater, Rama Berch, Nischala Joy Devi, Dr. Dean Ornish, Ram Dass, the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco, Anya Foos, Patricia Walden, Bo Forbes, Barbara Benagh , Ravi Singh, Kripalu, Seane Corne, Shiva Rea, Paul Grilley, Gary Kraftskow, and so many others too numerous to mention...Paramahansa Yogananda and others in Spirit.

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Laurel Soper, a 500-hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher (500 RYT), has been practicing yoga since 1999.  She has studied under Kripalu, Iyengar, Anusara and Ashtanga-trained teachers. “Yoga has helped me physically, mentally and spiritually. Sixteen years ago, yoga eased the pain of a meniscus and ACL surgery, and helped me to regain strength and flexibility. It has given me the tools I need to accept and be comfortable in my body as it ages, as well as the mental fortitude and equanimity to deal with life’s ups and downs.”


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Sonia Tulyani comes from a family of yoga instructors—her father and grandfather were both yoga instructors in India.  She has been practicing yoga for eleven years and recently completed her 200 hour certification with Paula at Sacred Rivers.  The ability of yoga to calm the body and mind is what initially attracted her to yoga, but through her studies she has learned so much more.  Sonia is a research scientist by day and brings her inquisitive nature into her yoga practice.  She hopes to share the wonder of self-discovery with her students.

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Kasey Vidaud is a passionate artist and yoga person making her way through life with as much laughter and smiles as possible! Yoga discovered her while studying in college in Chicago. Something inexplicable drew her to it like a strong magnet. Almost immediately, the mind-body effects of the practice occured and the yogic seeds were planted within her. As a seeker, she felt there had to be more to this. Her first exposure to the non-physical aspects of yoga was when she was handed the Bhagavad Gita, and told to read chapter six on karma yoga.  This is where the tenents of yoga, like compassion, truthfulness and detachment were revealed to her. Kasey_Photo_for_Bio

In efforts to deepen her practice and understanding, Kasey studied classical Hatha-Raja yoga under Yogi Sri Dharma Mittra for nearly two years.  She uses inspiration and practicality from the teachings he offered to her, while infusing her own unique life experience into the teachings she offers her students.  Her goal with guiding students is just that - to GUIDE.  She believes in you being your own best teacher, you knowing inside you what is best, you being your own Guru. She aims to guide you to become aware of the eternal, unwaivering light source within, that you can tap into at any time, and to begin to practice cultivating that light into other areas of your life.

Kasey believes yoga has something to offer for every student. If the self realization talk doesn't resonate with you, maybe you just want to come move your body! Perfect! Maybe you just want to learn to breathe, perfect! Maybe you want to heal an injury.  Whatever draws you to try the practice is perfect. You can pick and choose what aspects of the practice compliment your life and needs. In her classes, she will practice asana (physical pose) to give strength and flexibility to the body, pranayama (breath control exercises) to give steadiness to the mind & nervous system & medatative relaxation to effectively absorb the benefits of the practice.  She is also all about humor! While she teaches a reflective class, she always keeps things light and fun! Outside of yoga, Kasey is a photographer, painter, music lover and traveler!

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Janis Ziaks, alays active in sports, was drawn to studio classes. She discovered Aerobics, Zumba, Pilates, and Yoga. She found herself returning to Yoga again and again. After taking classes for many years. Janis decided to deepen her practice. She enrolled in a 200 hour teacher training program at Sacred Rivers Yoga in East Hartford, CT. Under the guidance of Paula Scopino and other guest speakers, she graduated and is registered with Yoga Alliance. Janis earned a degree in Psychology and would like to incorporate that knowledge witht he mind/body/spirit connection in yoga. She feels this would give people tools to empower them to learn to listen to their whole being and to heal. Areas of interest include yoga for cardiac rehab, degenerative disease, and the aging population.

 

Jenna B. Clarke, RMT, Ht, NLP, RN, had clear healing/intuition at a young age. Teachers include: Native American Spiritual Leaders, a Nahuatl/Aztec Physician & Medicine Carrier, Clinical PhD Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master Teacher, and Auset/Isis guides and resources. Jennas ancient skills with dis-ease, trauma, and blocks are the foundation for healing/clearing. Students are taught how to balance physical and energetic lives, thru ancient ways, to maintain well-being. As a medical professional, and Energy Medicine Therapist, she has worked on federal and private grant studies. Jenna is a co-author on 2 published papers that appeared in professional medical journals. When a root cause is found, then wholeness can occur. - jbc