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Laurel Soper a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher, has been practicing yoga since 1999.

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.

Justin Axel was first introduced to his Yoga mat down on the beaches of Maryland in 2000. Ten years later, he became serious about his practice and infused yoga into his life to help create balance. He completed his 200-hr certification at Sacred Rivers Yoga studio in 2013.

Julie Beliveau began her journey with yoga over 13 years ago. She brings her playful spirit into her classes with creative sequencing, eclectic music, and a good laugh here and there.

Jenna B. Clarke, RMT, Ht, NLP, RN had clear healing.intuition at a young age. Teachers include: Native American Spiritual Leaders, a Nahuatl/Azrec Physician & Medicine Carrier, Clinical PhD Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master Teacher, and Auset/Isis guides and resources.

Suzanne Choate has practiced yoga since 2000, and completed her first teacher training in 2004 with David Swenson and then graduated from the 200-hour embodyoga® Teacher Training Program. She is continuing to study with Beryl Bender Birch at The Hard and the Soft Yoga Institute, working toward her 500-hour certification.

Catherine Crocket In 2009 she completed her 200-hour training at The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in the Berkshires.In addition to her yoga training, Catherine is also a Certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Spencer Curry is a grateful 200 hour graduate of Sacred Rivers Yoga, class of 2013.

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.

Melissa Emma has recently completed the Sacred Rivers 200 hour yoga certification. Dance, aerobics, weight training, and martial arts are also part of her fitness background. Her classes aim to help the individual align, integrate, explore, deepen, and enlighten through pranayama, precise alignment cues, and visualization.

Jennifer Errickson received her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification from Sacred Rivers Yoga. Her classes provide a sense of community as well as an invitation to be playful on the mat. She enjoys sharing creative approaches to various asana expressions; inviting students to create an authentic, personal practice. Jennifer 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. Jennifer is also a certified prenatal yoga instructor.

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.

Barbara Fasulo has been teaching and training in various holistic modalities for many years. She believes there are many paths to move us forward in this journey we call life.

Laurie Frucce first experienced yoga as an undergrad at the University of Vermont and has continued with it ever since. Laurie trained with Helen Garabedian, founder of Itsy Bitsy Yoga, to become a facilitator of IBY for both babies and Toddlers. "I feel amazingly lucky to be able to bring such a wonderful program to the area."

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.

Annette Guasp completed a 200-hour teacher training at Sacred Rivers Yoga studying with Paula Scopino and is currently working on completing her advanced 500-hour teacher training. She believes that there is something for everyone in yoga, no matter what their backgrounds or physical limitations are.

John Hauser John’s uniquely fun, invigorating and spiritually uplifting class style is a reflection of his own humor, athleticism and love of nature. Prepare to be challenged, entertained and coaxed to your edge – physically, mentally and spiritually.

Kerry Heeran had been an award winning Irish Step Dancer for most of her life. After giving up dancing however, she began practicing yoga, here she had found similarities between the physical aspect of yoga and dance as they both incorporated the awareness of the body. 

Karolina Hess "I discovered yoga while attending a university in Krakow over twelve years ago. I immediately felt a connection and yoga has become a passion for me. I have traveled extensively since then and my yoga practice has traveled with me."

Keshav Howe "I have been a seeker of truth and freedom my entire life and I have studied with a variety of teachers, some who were very famous, some who were unknown and some who were not even aware that they were my teacher."

Maria Klaffky is 200-hour certified through Sacred Rivers Yoga and also through LIVE LOVE TEACH, specializing in Heated Power Yoga. Maria has a multifaceted background including psychology, education, music, and art, all of which feed her teaching. Come ready for a class that will encourage you to explore, release and open your eyes to the beauty that is living.

Wendy Kolanz is certified to teach yoga and meditation. She has been practicing yoga and medititation for 30 years.

Vivien Lee was introduced to the art of belly dancing at the tender age of 6. She studied in Germany,Hungary,Morocco and the United Sates.

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.

Pamela Mirante My mission as a Power Yoga teacher is to reach my students both emotionally and physically. I am devoted to helping each individual student find their power by teaching them to integrate their body, mind and spirit by increasing their faith and trust in their own body.

Peter V. Oliver, Ph.D., founder of Learn2bMindful, is a state licensed (CT) and nationally certified Professional Counselor with extensive experience in Mindfulness meditation and the healing arts.

Kristin Pancavage trained here at Sacred Rivers Yoga and is registered with Yoga Alliance. She radiates her love of yoga in each class and is exhilarated by the process of sharing her passion with students of all ages.

Mario Pare "I took my first Yoga class in 2001 and immediately fell in love. As with most things I enjoy, I jumped in with both feet and discovered that Yoga  allowed me to explore a deeper sense of self and to nourish its growth."

Kelli Peters has been practicing yoga since 2006 when she was a sophomore in college. She completed her 200 Hour Training at Sacred Rivers Yoga in May 2013.

Sue PitlerAt age 60, I have embarked on my latest ‘career ’-yoga teacher. I am soon to complete my 200hr yoga teacher training at Sacred Rivers. 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.

Maeve Ryan  has been practicing yoga for over 11 years. Maeve began taking yoga as a way to strengthen and tone the body. 

Catherine Sarnireceived her 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certification from Sacred Rivers Yoga and is continuing her study in the 500-Hour program.  She has explored a variety of styles including Iyengar, Anusara, Kripalu, Svaroopa, Yin, and Embodyoga.

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).

Temple Symonds a 500- hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher, has been teaching in New York and Connecticut since 2005.

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

Beth Wyatt is a Phoenix Rising Yoga Teacher, and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist. She has been practicing yoga since the early 1980’s.


Full Instructor Bios

Laurel Soper, a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher, has been practicing yoga since 1999. She has studied under Kripalu, Iyengar, Anusara and Ashtanga trained teachers. "In the past, yoga has helped me recover from a meiscus and ACL surgery, and recently to navigate the shift as an empty nester. It has given me the tools to be happy and comfortable in my body as it ages, realizing that the old standard of failing health and attitude of resignation of decline is not inevitable."

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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 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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justin_axelJustin Axel was first introduced to his Yoga mat down on the beaches of Maryland in 2000.  Ten years later, he became serious about his practice and infused yoga into his life to help create balance.  He completed his 200-hr certification at Sacred Rivers Yoga studio in 2013.  Justin has spent the past fourteen years working with high school, collegiate and professional athletes of various different sports as he holds a degree in Exercise Science, is an NSCA certified strength and conditioning coach, and has been fortunate enough to have coached four NCAA championship teams.  As a full-time job, he works as a collegiate lacrosse coach and Director of Sports Performance.  Justin uses yoga to help athletes better understand the mind-body connection both on and off the field, mat or court.  Justin uses a combination of humor, working with your edge, and enthusiasm to help create a great experience in his classes.

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Julie_BeliveauJulie Beliveau began her journey with yoga over 13 years ago. With a background in dance, she quickly fell in love with yoga and fitness as a teenager. She continued practicing throughout college as a way to stay fit and beat stress. With a love for travel and adventure, Julie moved to California for one year, where she took her practice to the next level and became a 200hr RYT through CorePower Yoga, in Huntington Beach. She loved the physical aspect and challenge of power yoga, but really found the balance of body, mind, and spirit that yoga provides during her teacher training. Julie moved back to CT where she began teaching in January of 2010. Julie believes that life should not be taken too seriously, and neither should yoga! She brings her playful spirit into her classes with creative sequencing, eclectic music, and a good laugh here and there. She always encourages her students to practice body awareness while challenging them to push their limits.

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Suzanne_ChoateSuzanne Choate has practiced yoga since 2000, and completed her first teacher training in 2004 with David Swenson and then graduated from the 200-hour embodyoga® Teacher Training Program. She is continuing to study with Beryl Bender Birch at The Hard and the Soft Yoga Institute, working toward her 500-hour certification. Suzanne has found that practicing yoga creates a healthier and more balanced body, mind and spirit. She believes that everyone’s journey and needs are different and she caters every class to those attending. Show up on your mat and continue your journey.

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Jenna B. Clarke, RMT, Ht, NLP, RN had clear healing/intuition at a young age. Teachers include: Native American Spritual Leaders, a Nahuatl/Aztec Physician & Medicine Carrier, Clinical PhD Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master Teacher, and Auset/Isis guides and resources. Jenna's ancient skills with did-ease, trauma, and blocks are the foundation of for healing/clearing. Students are taught how to balance physical and energetic lives through 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 co-author on two published papers that appeared in professional medical journals. "When a root cause is found, then wholeness can occur." - jbc Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4

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Catherine_6 Catherine Crocket started her yoga journey ten years ago on Martha’s Vineyard and completed her first teacher training with Erich Schiffmann in Santa Barbara, CA. Soon after, she obtained Certifications in Yoga for Golfers, and Yoga for MS.  She continued her studies with Rodney Yee, Shiva Rea, Tias Little, Matthew Sanford, and many more wonderful teachers.  In 2009 she completed her 200-hour training at The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in the Berkshires.  In addition to her yoga training, Catherine is also a Certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.Catherine is committed to supporting people in being their healthiest, happiest self.  Having offered both private and group instruction on Martha’s Vineyard, and in Plymouth, Kingston, and Marion, Massachusetts, Catherine recently moved back to her roots in Connecticut. She is currently residing in Manchester, CT where she continues to practice and teach yoga, along with offering nutritional health coaching to clients.

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Spencer Curry is a grateful 200 hour graduate of Sacred Rivers Yoga, class of 2013.  He first started yoga with his dad in high school and has been practicing for just under a decade.  He has recently redoubled his efforts in order to get his certification and spread the joy and union of yoga to the rest of the world!

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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.

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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Melissa_EmmaMelissa Emma Beginning with dance and creative visualization, Melissa Emma has been exploring the mind body connection from her teenage years to the present.  Yoga took center stage in her mid-twenties, when she learned her first sun salutation.  Since then, she has been practicing yoga steadily for ten years and has recently completed the Sacred Rivers 200 hour yoga certification.   Dance, aerobics, weight training, and martial arts are also part of her fitness background.  Her classes aim to help the individual align, integrate, explore, deepen, and enlighten through pranayama, precise alignment cues, and visualization.

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Jennifer Errickson received her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification from Sacred Rivers Yoga. Having experienced the benefits of yoga first hand as the mom of two young boys, she immediately began teaching classes for mothers and babies. Her classes provide a sense of community as well as an invitation to be playful on the mat. She enjoys sharing creative approaches to various asana expressions; inviting students to create an authentic, personal practice. Jennifer 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. Jennifer has attended various workshops with master teachers such as Seane Corn, Ana Forrest, Tias Little, Jim O'Leary and Paul and Suzie Grilley, and Anusara teacher Amy Reed. Most recently, she attended a training with Sadie Nardini. Jennifer enjoys weaving Sadie’s core strength techniques into her Vinyasa inspired classes. Jennifer makes it a point to get to know each of her students in order to individualize instruction as well as teach to the whole. Her background is in the field of education where she holds a master’s degree and previous experience as a classroom teacher. Jennifer is also 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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Barbara Fasulo has been teaching and training in various holistic modalities for many years. She believes there are many paths to move us forward in this journey we call life. Her inspiration came from a series of injuries and illnesses she experienced. She found great comfort and relief of symptoms in ways that allopathic medicine was unable to help. She now works as an Integrative Medicine Practitioner working with patients to help them find wellness, peace, and comfort. The modalities that are provided are offered in conjunction with the patient’s other health care providers where each of us works as a team in support of the patient. Barbara is a graduate of the Sacred Rivers 200HR and 500HR Yoga Teacher training as well as completing over 1000 of yoga classes/training (e-RYT 200). She is a Certified Hypnotist registered with the State of CT (#317); a graduate from the Saint Francis Hospital Clinical Pastoral Care program. In 2004 she received her Reiki Master training and completed a 2-year program in Energy Healing Program in 2005 at Connecticut Healing Institute. Barbara has provided consulting services at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center since 2005 and was hired by the Center for Integrative Medicine at the hospital in 2011. She offers community and employee programs as well as working with in-patient and out-patients. She uses her training and experience to support others in their journey to wellness and balance: Body, Mind, Spirit, and Emotion.

Laurie Frucce first experienced yoga as an undergrad at the University of Vermont and has continued with it ever since. Holding a Masters Degree in Education and working with toddler-age children, she long had the desire to bring a yoga program to young children, but it wasn’t until she began taking Itsy Bitsy Yoga classes with her own son that she realized this was a possibility. Laurie trained with Helen Garabedian, founder of Itsy Bitsy Yoga, to become a facilitator of IBY for both babies and Toddlers. Having done the program with her son since he was 14 weeks old, Laurie knew from experience and love that, in addition to its many other benefits, it creates an incredible parent-child bonding, promotes healthy living from very early in life, and builds wonderful friendships between children and parents alike. “I feel amazingly lucky to be able to bring such a wonderful program to the area.”

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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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Annette Guasp attended her very first  yoga class in college hoping to learn how to meditate and destress from a rigorous schedule.   She was immediately drawn to the positive effects that yoga had on her mind, body, and soul, which kept her coming back to the mat time and time again.  After graduation, looking for a way to strengthen the body and calm her mind, she rolled out her mat established her own daily practice. Yoga became an amazing influence, helping her to stay calm and focused both on and off the mat.   With the support of her husband, Annette completed a 200-hour teacher training at Sacred River Yoga studying with Paula Scopino and is currently working on completing her advanced 500-hour teacher training.  She encourages everyone of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds and abilities to come to class and give each pose a try.  Annette hopes to bring the gift of yoga to as many people as possible, especially those whom don’t feel that yoga comes “naturally”.   She believes that there is something for everyone in yoga, no matter what their backgrounds or physical limitations are. It’s all about the journey.

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John Hauser Chronic back pain from crushed discs, the result of a life well-lived (hiking, hockey, soccer, martial arts, backpacking and canoe tripping) led him to try Yoga. “I was immediately drawn to the mind/body/spirit connection I experienced.” Driven to deepen his practice he completed his RYT in the Sacred Rivers Yoga Teacher Training program under the direction of Paula Scopino, E-RYT 500. He continues to teach there and to learn from Paula and others.  John has gained experience and inspiration from many Yoga styles and teachers, including Michelle Hall, Sean Corn, Rod Stryker, Melissa Hall, Kitty Moore, Sadie Nardini and Danny Arguetty. Some of the highlights of his Yoga journey have been Yin Yoga with Suzee and Yoga Anatomy with Paul Grilley, Tantra with Gary Kraftsow, and mass audience with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. John is an avid reader of books on cosmology, quantum mechanics, string theory and Eastern philosophy, including the works of B.K. Iyengar. John's uniquely fun, invigorating and spiritually uplifting class style is a reflection of his own humor, athleticism and love of nature. Prepare to be challenged, entertained and coaxed to your edge – physically, mentally and spiritually. His classes unfold at many levels so that everyone from beginners to experienced Yogin will find something of value. As John says, “Sometimes it is what we leave on the mat that matters most, and sometimes it is what we take from it that counts more.”

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Kerry Heeran Kerry had been an award winning Irish Step Dancer for most of her life. After giving up dancing however, she began practicing yoga, here she had found similarities between the physical aspect of yoga and dance as they both incorporated the awareness of the body. However, she quickly realized that yoga was not only about the physical sense but the relationship between a balanced mind and body. She soon became a 200-hr Yoga Alliance Certified under Mitchell Bleier and Saraswatis Yoga Joint in 2008. Kerry is also a certified Kid’s Yoga Teacher.
Kerry is a fun, light-hearted yogi who believes that leading a fully, engaged life is the secret to finding true happiness… It’s about having a life and loving it too while inspiring yourself to think and feel. Her extensive knowledge of the physical body translates through her teaching as she mixes up a challenging vinyasa flow with clear instructions and thorough alignment. Enriched with literature, music and laughter; Kerry’s classes bring about a playful yet spirited class memorable to all.

Karolina Hess "I discovered yoga while attending a university in Krakow over twelve years ago. I immediately felt a connection and yoga has become a passion for me. I have traveled extensively since then and my yoga practice has traveled with me. People and cultures can vary widely from place to place but I always seem to receive a warm welcome at a yoga studio or class wherever my travels have taken me. 
With each practice I found myself wanting to learn more and in 2012 completed a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification at Kripalu School of Yoga. 
I've been practicing yoga regularly since 2008 and began teaching in the beginning of 2013.
I still travel frequently and always take yoga classes wherever I go, exploring different styles and teaching styles. Those experiences enrich my personal practice and has helped me grow as a teacher. 
I have found Kripalu to be a compassionate practice allowing us all to find our own yoga that works for our uniquely for each of us. I take great pleasure from helping others discover how yoga can enrich their lives."

Keshav Howe  I have been a seeker of truth and freedom my entire life and I have studied with a variety of teachers, some who were very famous, some who were unknown and some who were not even aware that they were my teacher. Most notably, I lived at the Zen Center in Cambridge MA and with Michio Kushi; apprenticed with Don Carlos Castaneda and Don Miquel Ruiz; and studied with Gurumayi Chidvilasananda and Master Shaman Michael Harner. I have a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Economics and completed a three-year program in Chinese Five Element Medicine, and I have practiced a form of Chinese/Shamanic medicine called Plant Spirit Healing for the past twelve years.

The most powerful teaching experiences for me, however, have occurred during a series of Shakti experiences while gazing at a flower, the sky or embracing the energy of a sacred site. In a moment of clarity several years ago at an ancient temple in Teotihuacán Mexico, I was literally struck down and my mind stopped dead in its tracks. In the vast stillness that arose when the mind chatter dissolved I did not know who I was - there was no point of reference, no movement and a sense of coming home.

By standing my ground in that shaky state of being, the identification with the story of "me" broke down, and everything that my mind created was lost. In that place of stillness and peace, in the absence of old patterns or dreams, the Truth of who I really am was revealed. And, it is in that place of Truth that everything ends and all efforts to be someone or to find something cease. Then, and only then, was I able to be fully embraced by the fundamental and vibrant essence of life - spacious and full of unconditional love!

I have learned that surrender to what is in the eternal now is the process of yielding to, rather than opposing the flow of life. If we go to battle with whatever arises in "our" consciousness, we reinforce those old and stale definitions of that which we "believe" we are. However, if we yield and refuse to go to battle, the war is over and peace breaks out. All that we really let go of is a story of "me", an illusion of our true nature.

Eventually we all lose everything that our mind has created and awaken to who we truly are. It is only when our love and desire for Truth outweighs our personality's compulsive need for security that we begin to stop struggling and allow our soul essence to be swept up into the arms of an ever unfolding revelation of the Truth and Freedom of our divinity. I am thrilled that Sacred Rivers Yoga is hosting the Friday evening meditation satsangs that I facilitate. Each Friday evening we sit together in a sacred circle of unity. Initially, we do so in silent reflection. We then engage in an intimate investigation into the nature of spiritual awakening and living an awakened life.

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maria_smallMaria Klaffky finds Yoga to be the best "gift I have ever given myself!" She believes that sometimes what you need can be so simple and yet so profound; Yoga just gives you the tools to further inquire and live a fuller life. Maria is passionate about working with people, and she inspires her students to trust that the seeds have always been there and the journey starts by looking within. Maria has a multifaceted background including psychology, education, music, and art, all of which feed her teaching. Come ready for a class that will encourage you to explore, release and open your eyes to the beauty that is living. Classes will be strong, challenging, and rewarding; with your presence it will be complete! Maria is also available for private sessions.
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom" ~ Anais Nin
(Maria is 200-hour certified through Sacred Rivers Yoga and also through LIVE LOVE TEACH, specializing in Heated Power Yoga )

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wendy_2011 Wendy Kolanz has an extensive background in meditation, dance and yoga. She is certified to teach yoga by Yoga Center Amherst, Amherst, MA, and certified to teach meditation and facilitate the Oneness Deeksha by The Oneness Movement, Berkeley, CA and Chennai, India. Wendy's major influences in her yoga practice and teaching are the Iyengar principles of alignment, Embodiment work of the School for Body-Mind Centering as well as her dance and meditation background.

Wendy believes everyone can foster more joy, greater health, enhanced mental clarity, and a more positive outlook on life through the practice of yoga and meditation. She encourages students in her classes to listen to their bodies, and allow the flow of breath to sweep away the obstacles, finding rejuvenation and growth in all areas of their lives.

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Vivien Lee was introduced to the art of belly dancing at the tender age of 6. She studied in Germany,Hungary,Morocco and the United Sates.
During her studies she learned Egyptian Cabaret and Turkish style belly dance.She uses finger Cymbals,Sword,Cane,Veil and Isis Wings.

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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Pamela Mirante After years of long distance running and several injuries, I turned to power heated yoga for recovery and rehabilitation. To my surprise, yoga did not only support the healing of my injuries, but also healed my spirit.   It taught me how to heal myself by tapping into the wisdom of my body, listening and believing in not only my mind but my body too.  It taught me the value of my whole self, not just my mind but my body and soul as well.   My own personal transformation on the mat became my inspiration to teach and to share the power and magic of  hot yoga. The power in yoga for me comes from the true connection between the body and mind through the rhythmic connection of breath – the true life force.  The heat is homeopathic and essential for detoxing and cleansing the body and spirit.  It is a true balance of body and mind mixed with the inner stillness of yoga. The magic has been revealed in my own personal self-discovery – the discovery my divine self, my truth.

My mission as a Power Yoga teacher is to reach my students both emotionally and physically.   I am devoted to help each individual student find their power by teaching them to integrate their body, mind and spirit by increasing their faith and trust in their own body.   Teaching students to embrace and to engage their weaknesses leads to understanding, self-compassion, healing and full body integration -    teaching students that it is possible to be both flexible and strong helps them to rediscover the best in themselves.   Power yoga does not only challenge and increase physical core strength of the individual but also challenges and strengthens the inner core of who people are…..it is a proven way to bring out the best in each person.

I am a lifelong health enthusiast, a 200 hour certified yoga teacher, trained in power vinyasa, specializing in yoga for athletes, and certified in Yoga Body Boot Camp™. I received my 200 hour certification at The Yoga Shop, a Live Love Teach affiliate and a Baron Baptiste influenced style studio.  I am currently enrolled in a 500 hour YTT and IAYT (yoga therapy program) at Sacred Rivers.  My teachers include Annie Qualgliaroli, Kim Charbaonneau, Natalie Griffin, James Conlan and Justine Fuller.  I have been inspired by Baron Baptiste, whom with I have trained, Ana Forest, and Ken Law.

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Peter V. Oliver, Ph.D., founder of Learn2bMindful, is a state licensed (CT) and nationally certified Professional Counselor with extensive experience in Mindfulness meditation and the healing arts. In clinical practice Peter has witnessed the pain of suffering caused by stress and stress-related illnesses. On a personal level, he has experienced the beneficial effects of Mindfulness in healing his own physical and emotional pain, and also witnessed that instruction of Mindfulness can remarkably improve people's health and wellness. A devout student of meditation, Peter has received intensive foundational training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction through the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine.
www.Learn2bMindful.com

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kristin_pancavage Kristin Pancavage was introduced to yoga during her second pregnancy. She explored different teachers and various schools of yoga, pranayama and guided meditation. Kristin felt her "calling" to learn more about her love of the mat and enrolled in Yoga Alliance Teacher Training at Sacred Rivers Yoga where her inner teacher emerged. Kristin shares her excitement for the power, strength, agility and serenity of yoga in her class.

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Mario Pare "I took my first Yoga class in 2001 and immediately fell in love. As with most things I enjoy, I jumped in with both feet and discovered that Yoga  allowed me to explore a deeper sense of self and to nourish its growth.  Having a background in Martial Arts, gave me a basis of self-control and self-discipline.  Yoga has given me the tools  to cultivate peace and tranquility in my life. Through teaching Yoga,  I hope to guide students to experience all that Yoga has to offer.

I completed my Yoga Teacher Training at Samadhi Yoga Studio in 2011. I enjoy hiking and kayaking with my rescue dog, Maggie."

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Kelli Peters has been practicing yoga since 2006 when she was a sophomore in college.  She completed her 200 Hour Training at Sacred Rivers Yoga in May 2013.

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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 am soon to complete my 200hr yoga teacher training at Sacred Rivers. 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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maeve_headshot2011Maeve Ryan has been practicing yoga for more than 13 years. In 2000, Maeve attended her first yoga class as a way to strengthen and tone the body. Eight years later, she experienced her first “yoga epiphany” during savasana. That experience prompted her to dedicate herself fully to the practice of meditation and yoga as well as delve deeper into the emotional benefits of yoga. In turn, Maeve learned how to heal the physical pain associated with her hypertension and Lyme disease as well as the emotional effects stemming from anxiety. She now teaches others techniques for feeling emotionally balanced and anxiety-free, and hopes to inspire people how to tap into their greatest potential and “live yoga” both on and off the mat. Over the years, Maeve has studied various forms of yoga. She is a certified Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) and completed her training at West Hartford Yoga in 2009.

Maeve’s teachers have included Kathryn Budig, Seane Corn, Raphael Cushnir, Ellen Heed, Judith Orloff, Sarah Powers, Shiva Rea, Sharon Salzberg, David Swenson, and MC Yogi. Maeve has taught yoga at various places throughout Connecticut, including Lady of America (Windsor), UConn Women’s Center (Storrs), The GYM (Bloomfield) lululemon athletica and Rasa Yoga Studio (West Hartford). She currently teaches yoga at Sacred Rivers Yoga (Glastonbury).

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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 12 years of practice.  She has experienced yoga’s power as a health system using it to heal and strengthen an injured shoulder without surgery.  Her practice has expanded to include not only asana but also breath work, 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.

“Yoga has become an anchor during a time of significant change in my life.   My mat is a place I return to again and again to quiet my mind, connect with body and breath, and to be reminded that I am a part of something much bigger than myself.  Each day presents an opportunity to continue the challenging journey of learning to live my yoga both on and off the mat.”

Catherine is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance and completed both her 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher training certifications at Sacred Rivers Yoga in Glastonbury, CT.  She has explored a variety of styles including Iyengar, Anusara, Kripalu, Yin, and Embodyoga.  Related interests include Ayurvedic medicine and healing energy.  Her classes are student centered with a focus on the interplay of movement and breath topped off with a dash of humor!

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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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headshot-31Temple Symonds has been teaching yoga since 2005 at yoga studios in Connecticut and New York. She brings her reverence for the practice as well as her humor to her classes, and is very grateful to be back with Sacred Rivers Yoga. She is also a contributor in the forms of yoga poetry and memoir writings with elephantjournal.com. Learn more about Temple at templeOMyoga.com.

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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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Beth Wyatt is a Phoenix Rising Yoga Teacher, and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist. She has been practicing yoga since the early 1980’s. To deepen her practice she became 200 hour certified in 2008. She continued her study and became a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist and certified in Phoenix Rising Yoga. She is on the faculty of Phoenix Rising, teaching Anatomy and Physiology for east coast students. She believes in the mind body connection, and our freedom to rise to whatever we choose.

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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