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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.

Torin Brine began his yoga practice around 1978 taking an 8 week Integral Yoga class and memorizing it.  Around 2005 he started taking a class locally with Jennifer Nucci which broadened his practice.  In  2012 Torin completed his 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu, led by Jurian Hughes and Sudha Carolyn Lundeen. 

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.

James Conlan is a Master of the Baptiste Yoga Method with thousands of hours of practice and training experience. He is a full time student/teacher of yogic arts and sciences, he is Registered as an E-RYT500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 Hour Level). James' commitment to share the practice is unparalleled. 

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. 

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.

Cheryl Hughes (RYT 500 Sacred Rivers, E-RYT 200 Kripalu, KYTA, YA, YACEP). Cheryl has both a 500 and 200 hour training under her belt along with PranaKriya Level II Prenatal Yoga training and 200 hours of Trauma and Mindful Yoga training. She is also a USN Veteran. Cheryl is known for her authentic, non-judgmental, instructional style, based on the Kripalu compassion-centered philosophy. Her aim is to guide a practice that is built between the body and the mind.

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.

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.

Nicole Morley discovered yoga at the age of 18 in a crowded hot vinyasa class at Yoga to the People in New York City. After 10 years of ballet training growing up, yoga felt like home. Nicole continued to attend classes while she worked towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.discovered yoga at the age of 18 in a crowded hot vinyasa class at Yoga to the People in New York City. After 10 years of ballet training growing up, yoga felt like home. Nicole continued to attend classes while she worked towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.

Erica Pyznar completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training in June 2017 at the Yoga Shop in West Hartford. She is certified in LivFree Power and prides herself on teaching an energetic, challenging class while also speaking to the mind and spirit.

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).

Taylor Seymour, RYT-200, LMT, graduated from Sacred Rivers Yoga in January 2015 and Connecticut Center of Massage Therapy in September 2016. Taylor believes in the power of yoga to transform the practitioner on an energetic level, allowing prana to flow freely and develop a deeper mind/body connection. 

Sharon Shanti E-RYT 500, combines "creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration" to help students deepen their practice. She seeks to help others thrive in life by nurturing the body, mind and soul with yoga. Her hope is that her students step off their mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.

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

Janis Ziaks, was drawn to studio classes - 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.    


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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Torin Brine began his yoga practice around 1978 taking an 8 week Integral Yoga class and memorizing it.  Around 2005 he started taking a class locally with Jennifer Nucci which broadened his practice.  In  2012 Torin completed his 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu, led by Jurian Hughes and Sudha Carolyn Lundeen. In 2013 he completed the pranayama unit taught by Yoganand Michael Carroll and a 10 day silent Vipassana training at the Vipassana Meditation Center taught by SN Goenka. In 2016 he attended Baxter Bell's "Healthy Aging Through Core Integrity and Balance" at Sacred Rivers.  Since completing his Teacher Training in 2012, Torin has been teaching mostly small groups and gentle classes, emphasizing being accepting of where you are with relation to your body.  Torin believes in cultivating a practice that will help develop a deep relationship to the core of your being, and through that connection to source, manifest improved health and wellbeing.

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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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 James Conlan is a Master of the Baptiste Yoga Method with thousands of hours of practice and training experience. He is a full time student/teacher of yogic arts and sciences, he is Registered as an E-RYT500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 Hour Level). James' commitment to share the practice is unparalleled. He is a Senior Staff member of the Mystic Yoga Shala in Mystic CT, and he independently owns the new expansion wing of the Shala- "Yogatomics Training and Wellness" - a revolutionary fitness and meditation center that offers group fitness classes like Barre, Pilates, Circuit Training, and Specialty yoga classes. His studio also offers donation based meditation times, a levitation room with Aerial Yoga Trapeze,  and personal services like massage therapy and reiki healing.

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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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Sharon Shanti Danio, E-RYT 500, Yoga has been a part of my life for many years, and my practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and fearless both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to live in each moment mindfully. I love yoga and I love teaching. In my classes, I combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice. I seek to help others thrive in life by nurturing body, mind and soul with yoga, and my hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.”Sharon_Dancer 

I completed both my 200 hour Kripalu and Pranakryia training in 2006 and my 500 hour advanced training in 2009. Also Kripalu Restorative Teacher Training in 2011. I continue to grow and learn from many teachers. I will always be a student of the practice and am deeply grateful for the loving wisdom my teachers have shared with me. I look forward to sharing the gifts of yoga with you. 

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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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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!

Loren is available for private or small group yoga sessions. Please email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with further inquiries.

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Cheryl Hughes (RYT 500 Sacred Rivers, E-RYT 200 Kripalu, KYTA, YA, YACEP). Cheryl has both a 500 and 200 hour training under her belt along with PranaKriya Level II Prenatal Yoga training and 200 hours of Trauma and Mindful Yoga training. She is also a USN Veteran. Cheryl is known for her authentic, non-judgmental, instructional style, based on the Kripalu compassion-centered philosophy. Her aim is to guide a practice that is built between the body and the mind.

Prior to 1993, yoga was just another cross-training program to increase challenges and great cardiovascular workout for Cheryl. Hypervigilant and in the USN, she had a schedule, wanted efficiency and needed effective training. Her practice has since evolved as she has grown stronger and developed a deeper consciousness and increased self-inquiry both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires her to live each moment more mindfully. 

She completed her 200 hour yoga training with the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA and her 500 hour advanced training with Sacred Rivers in East Hartford, CT. She is a life-long student of Kriya (movement), Prana (breath), and Karma (service) Yoga and continues her education with workshops and advanced training from various disciplines. Cheryl is deeply grateful for the loving wisdom imparted to her through both her teachers and her students. In her classes, she loves to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness, and a dose of inspiration to help deepen her student's practice. She seeks to help others thrive in life by nurturing body, mind and soul with yoga. Her hope is that each student will discover freedom and release and will step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced, with a sense of peace, joy and interconnectedness. 

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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. WendyYoga on Facebook  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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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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Nicole Morley discovered yoga at the age of 18 in a crowded hot vinyasa class at Yoga to the People in New York City. After 10 years of ballet training growing up, yoga felt like home. Nicole continued to attend classes while she worked towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.discovered yoga at the age of 18 in a crowded hot vinyasa class at Yoga to the People in New York City. After 10 years of ballet training growing up, yoga felt like home. Nicole continued to attend classes while she worked towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.After graduating in 2012 Nicole pursued a corporate job in photo editing and stayed in New York for three more years. Longing for a more fulfilling career, she quit her desk job and set out to backpack through Europe for four months. In November of 2015 she flew to Bali, Indonesia for a month long yoga teacher training lead by Annie Au and Mathieu Boldron. Nicole completed her 200 hour Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Certification in December. After returning home to Connecticut she began teaching throughout Litchfield Hills. She recently relocated to Newington, CT where she lives with her boyfriend Kia and their cat Beowulf. 

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Erica Pyznar was introduced to yoga in high school, but became serious about her practice in her early 20s. As a college athlete and avid runner, she used yoga to compliment strength training and to ease the soreness that came with high-intensity cardio sessions. Now she views yoga as an exercise in and of itself; an exercise that not only works the body, but also the mind. Through yoga she learned to release things that do not serve her, to let go of things that prevent her from living fully, and to free herself of judgement. Sher learned to appreciate herself and the world around her and hopes to help her students do the same. Erica completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training in June 2017 at The Yoga Shop in West Hartford. She is scertified in LivFree power and prides herself on teaching an energetic, challenging class while also speaking to the mind and spirit. Originally from CT, Erica recently moved back to the state after spending the last 6 years in New York City. She currently lives in Rocky Hill with her boyfriend and her Bullmastiff puppy, Lambeau. 

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 (and upcoming C-IAYT, expected by June 2017) is the Owner/Director of Sacred Rivers Yoga and Allied Health Therapies. Paula is also the founder, owner and director of 'Sacred Rivers Yoga for Every Body', a Yoga Alliance 200 and 500 Hour Registered School, as well as a member IAYT school pursuing their accreditation. Paula also founded the 'Yoga Therapy Public Clinic' at 'Sacred Rivers Yoga and Allied Health Therapies'' for members of the public to come and receive free supervised yoga therapy consultations and practices while teaching her yoga alliance registered school students how to do a health history intake and conduct research, among other things. She is also currently enrolled in the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, recognizing the rapidly expanding growth of Functional Medicine as the model for 21st century healthcare that both prevents and reverses chronic disease by treating root causes of illness with diet and lifestyle change. Paula was inspired at a young age by her parent's spiritual explorations. She 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, energy and nutrition have led her to study massage therapy, Reiki, Feldenkrais, Pilates, functional medicine and positive psychology.

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. In addition to being a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher ( E- RYT 500 hour) she 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).

She has taught in many different settings, including corporations, hospitals, fitness and rehabilitation centers, and a senior center. She taught Yoga Therapy in the Pulmonary lab at Hartford Hospital before establishing internship sites for the Sacred Rivers Yoga Alliance Schools. Additional internship sites include the Institute of Living and St. Francis Hospital. 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 if they so choose. Paula graduated from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in 1989 and is a Connecticut licensed massage therapist (CT State license number: 000696) and member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has assisted her brother, Rick Haesche , LMT, in teaching the Art of Traditional Thailand Medical Massage in massage therapy schools as a part of their regular and continuing education curriculum. In addition, she is a Reiki 'Master' certified in Karuna and Usui Reiki. She is a licensed massage therapist and has maintained a private practice in massage therapy since 1989. Paula has attended IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) Symposiums on Yoga Research. These are the first academic research meetings in the West devoted to Yoga therapy research.

The SYTAR weekends include 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. These include keynote speakers... for example: Lorenzo Cohen, Dean Ornish, Shirley Telles, and Bessel van der Kolk.

>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, Baxter Bell, and so many others too numerous to mention...Paramahansa Yogananda and others in Spirit.❤️

"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."> 

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Taylor Seymour, RYT-200, LMT, graduated from Sacred Rivers Yoga in January 2015 and Connecticut Center of Massage Therapy in September 2016. Taylor believes in the power of yoga to transform the practitioner on an energetic level, allowing prana to flow freely and develop a deeper mind/body connection. Taylor is grateful for the insights received from her students and thinks of them as teachers as well. She recognizes that our bodies are ever-changing and adaptive and encourages students to listen to their body as they allow space for stillness and breath throughout the practice.

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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Janis Ziaks, was drawn to studio classes - 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. Being able to share this practice and watch the connection, healing and growth has been an extraordinary gift to me. This excites me and challenges me to continue teaching and learning new techniques to bring into the studio.

 

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