Angie Jacques holds a BA in Psychology and Art History and worked as a Social Worker for 15 years. She began her yoga practice 17 years ago after suffering a sports related knee injury and has been committed to it ever since. In 2004 Angie completed an intensive training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA which included over 200 hours of course work in principles of anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology, pranayama techniques and relaxation and meditation methodology. Angie’s background in ballet and competitive sports shines through in her teaching. Her presentation is warm and compassionate while encouraging her students to reach their personal best. When she isn’t doing yoga, you can find Angie on her mountain bike enjoying the outdoors or telemark skiing on the hills of Vermont.
Bill Goodale, completed his 200 hour yoga teacher certification at Samadhi Yoga Studio. Bill has been practicing yoga for 14 years. He became more serious about yoga after severing his Achilles’ tendon, as he needed to increase flexibility and strength. About the same time, he was introduced to Reiki. Realizing the importance of each, he decided to deepen his practice and become a Yoga instructor and Reiki practitioner. Bill believes that yoga has brought him more calmness but also increased strength and flexibility. Aside from his teaching practice, Bill is retired and has been married to his lovely wife Dianne for 37 years and has two wonderful daughters. He is also certified in BROGA Yoga Level l & ll (yoga for guys) and he is working on his 500-hour certification in therapeutic yoga. His mantra is Breathe, Relax, Feel, Watch and Allow.
Cathy Beckius, RYT 200, graduate of the Yoga Shop under Annie Quagliaroli and Kimberly Charbonneau, she has been teaching since December of 2013. “To me, yoga means love and community and commitment and being a part of something way bigger than all of us. My practice is a gift that I give myself and a gift that lets me keep on giving. The simplicity of linking breath to movement and letting go for just a while allows me to tap into my very own strength and light and then, naturally, sharing and loving off my mat! We have lived in Tolland for over 25 years and raised our two children here so having the chance to share yoga and spread the love with our Tolland community feels like coming home”.
George Hoffman, Director of Silver Dragon Tai Chi and Qi Gong, LLC, has over 25 years of study and practice in the Chinese arts Tai Chi and Qi-Gong and 18 years teaching experience. George’s belief in the power of these ancient arts comes across in his teaching style, patience, compassion and his students’ success.
Jen Daniels, RYT 500, has practiced yoga for over 15 years and completed her initial training in 2013 with Jennifer Prugh’s Joy of Yoga. Jen has completed her 500-hour training with Julie Rader-Wellman’s Mukti school. Additionally, Jen has certifications in Restorative yoga, Youth Yoga, and Flying Lotus (aerial yoga). Through a strong asana practice, Jen has found that deepening her connection to mind-body has transformed all areas of life. Yoga allows people to find the best version of themselves and gives them permission to share it with the world. By learning to pause before reacting and to breathe when life becomes stressful, Jen has found that yoga has improved personal and professional relationships as well as improving the ability to shift perspectives.
In addition to creating safe and challenging sequences that are alignment focused, her practices infuse pranayama and mediation. As a child who had a propensity to cause trouble on the soccer field because she was doing cartwheels and handstands instead of defending the goal, 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’s intention is to share the unique joy she discovered in yoga with you!
Jude Kochman, completed her 200 hour teaching certification with Anne and Matt Falkkowski at Samadhi Yoga Studio. Jude continued her training with a variety of teachers learning yoga for athletes, restorative yoga, yoga for trauma, for seniors, and experiencing a variety of styles. Jude completed her Pranakriya 500 hour teacher training with Yogan and Michael Carroll in 2011. “I’ve been part of the Samadhi teaching team since 2006, teaching to students of all ages and abilities. I became a member of the instruction staff for their teacher training in 2008. I continue to educate myself with a variety of teachers as I move toward yoga therapist certification through the Center for Integrated Yoga Studies. I came to yoga from a background of endurance athletics – long distance running, hiking and cycling. Over time I found myself becoming inflexible and injury prone. I knew I had to make some changes in order to keep participating in the activities I loved so much. Yoga seemed the most logical solution as I’d been curious about it for years and had seen many other athletes benefit from it. Once on the mat I enjoyed the stretching and strengthening, as well as the balance between effort and ease. To my endless delight I discovered so much more. My curiosity about the deeper practices grew and I found myself spending ever more time practicing yoga”. When not on the mat, Jude is outdoors as much as possible enjoying running, hiking, cycling and scuba diving. “I find yoga is my grounding and my balance. I teach with a lightness of heart, joy and humor… I hope that my students practice in the same way”.
Linda Byam, M.B.A., Health Coach, Certified Food for Life Instructor, helps individuals improve their health and overall wellness in simple and attainable ways. By gradually introducing healthy eating habits and lifestyle practices, Linda helps her clients take control of their health. Through classes, workshops and individual sessions, she works to create a personalized action plan that supports each client’s short and long-term health goals. She has a BA in Biology from Providence College, an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Health Coach Certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Linda is a certified instructor of Food for Life, an award-winning Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine program designed by physicians, nurses, and registered dietitians that offers cancer, diabetes, weight management, employee wellness, and kids classes that focus on the lifesaving effects of healthful eating. Linda is also a certified facilitator of Live Well, a chronic disease self-management program developed by Stanford University.
Lisa Genest, RYT 200, has been a student of yoga for more than 11 years, and at the age of 50 decided to focus on her yoga journey to see where it could bring her. In 2015 she completed her 200 hr teacher training at Sacred Rivers Yoga in East Hartford. Lisa is devoted to providing an environment for people to feel nurtured, safe and allow space for them to be able to explore their yoga practice. She encourages an atmosphere where you, as a student, can allow the practice of yoga to meet you exactly where you are. She teaches a gentle class with a connection to breath. She is often inspired, and loves to share, quotes and poetry that feels connected to our daily lives. Lisa also has a background in nursing and is a level 2 Reiki practitioner. When off the mat her other passions are her family, her kitties, time with friends, reading, hiking, snow shoeing, music and playing with her creative side.
Marissa Rocks, Certified POP Pilates Instructor, is an encouraging and motivating instructor who believes that exercise should be fun and enjoyable. Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do and the progress you’ve made – it is NOT a punishment. POP Pilates has helped Marissa obtain her positive outlook on fitness and life in general. After working out to POP Pilates videos on YouTube for years, she decided that she wanted to share the feelings of happiness, self-worth, and accomplishment with others. Marissa is currently the only certified POP Pilates instructor in Connecticut but hopes that others will soon join her in spreading the POP Pilates energy around the state!
Mindy Porell, RYT 200, Owner of BreatheMoreYoga LLC, is a graduate of Sacred Rivers Yoga and 108 Monkeys 200 hour Yoga Service Training. She has been a practicing yogini for over a decade. Her goal is to provide a safe and comfortable space for her students. Mindy has been an integral part of www.108monkeys.org, a non-profit organization teaching yoga and meditation to inner city youth with the goal of increasing self-regulation. Mindy is passionate about sharing the gifts of yoga with every body type and every skill level, truly believing that yoga is for everyone.
Robyn Hall, “It’s not the strongest or the smartest of us that survive, it’s the one that is willing to evolve and adapt”-Charles Darwin. “This quote inspires me not only in my career as a scientist, but also as a yoga teacher. I teach from my body and have found that every time I come to the mat I must be willing to adapt the postures to my current physical condition to allow the evolution of my spirit to attain the true purpose of yoga practice-sheer joy!” Robyn is a certified Vinyasa and Yoga Warriors teacher and is currently pursuing her advanced certification at Kripalu. Robyn’s Vinyasa flow classes are intended to lead students through an exploration of their own bodies with an emphasis on anatomy and safe alignments. She offer options with varying degrees of difficulty to accommodate all students. Her classes, performed in a heated room, are fun and alternate between flow sequences to stretch and strengthen followed by long holds to cultivate body awareness. When not on the mat, Robyn can be found in the woods with her Redbone coonhound, Roxanne.
Sally Woods, RYT 200, has always been a physically active person as a dancer, athlete and fitness instructor. She discovered the benefits of yoga at a time in her life when career stress was manifesting itself with undeniable negative physical effects. After only three years of practicing yoga, she realized she could calm her mind while challenging and strengthening her body in a powerful yet peaceful and compassionate way, and wanted to expand her practice and knowledge by completing her teacher training with Vinyasa teacher and author, Rolf Gates in 2014. As a dancer, she found Vinyasa (flow) yoga to be a natural style for her to embrace and share.
Susan Frassinelli, RYT 200, is a graduate of the 200 hour West Hartford Yoga Power Teacher Training. In addition, she recently received her certification to teach Yoga to Cancer survivors. Susan is an experienced Physical Therapist having worked with a variety of populations over the past 25 years. She has also completed a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program and utilizes all four of the above components when teaching her yoga classes. Susan is passionate about helping others, on and off the mat. She resides in West Hartford with her husband and daughter.
Vicky Hannon, is a certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor and Kripalu Let Your Yoga Dance Instructor. She has been a student of yoga for nearly 20 years and has been teaching since 2002. Leading classes and workshops throughout Connecticut, she teaches Yoga and Pilates as an Adjunct Instructor at Manchester Community College. In addition, she has served as Faculty Assistant for several programs at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA. Vicky is a Certified Reflexologist and a Level III Reiki Master. She is a mother of two, a puppeteer, singer and songwriter. “Yoga to me is more than physical postures. It is a connection to and an awareness of the whole body, a quieting of the ever-chatty, critical mind, and an opening of the often-guarded heart. It is my intention to make yoga accessible to everyone; from the new student working through stiffness, injury, or trauma, to the seasoned yogi moving easily into Crow or headstand. When I teach, I consider myself merely a tour guide for students on their own paths; experiencing their own journey through yoga.”
Peggy Dillon, RYT 200, M.A., M.S.W., is a former clinical social worker and present tap dancer who currently performs with the Mansfield “Sparkettes” and the greater Hartford area “Cameo Club.” She has been practicing yoga and yoga dance for physical, spiritual, and emotional balance for many years and gains joy from sharing yoga with others. As a social worker, Peggy taught yoga for recovery from trauma and addiction in clinical settings and private practice. For the past several years, she has been teaching LifeForce Yoga for mental and emotional healing and studying the relationship between yoga and art. She welcomes everyone to her class and focuses on offering a calm presence, open-heart, and nurturing sanctuary as she shares the many blessings of yoga.
Sharon Shanti, E-RYT-500, has practiced yoga in depth for over 10 years and is a Professional Level 500-hour Certified Pranakriya Yoga Teacher. She is also a dual certified teacher in both Pranakriya & Kripalu yoga at the 200-hour level. Sharon was a health and fitness instructor for several years and also was an avid runner. She has taught several levels of yoga for various studios including for Yoganand Michael Carroll at Radiant Well-being Yoga Center. Yoga has been life changing for Sharon and she enjoys sharing the gift of yoga through her teaching.