gina norman

Gina Norman is the owner of Kaia Yoga in Greenwich and Westport, CT with her husband Stan.  She holds teacher training certificates from Beyoga (currently YogaWorks) and Om Yoga Center.  Gina is the Director of Teacher Training Programs at Kaia Yoga and has been featured in Fitness, Parent, Organic Spa, Yoga Journal, Woman’s Entrepreneurs, Mothering and Hampton’s Magazines.  Her fascination with mind-body work and its essential connection to overall health and happiness led her to study Thai Yoga in Thailand, Vipassana mediation in India and Buddhist studies in the Shambhala tradition along with Cranial Sacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute.  Her vision as director of Kaia Yoga was to develop a wide variety of programming to support not only practitioners through yoga but to build a community where people from all walks of life can come for educational trainings, community and nourishment of their body and mind.

stan woodman​

Stan took is first yoga class in 1991 and began a dedicated practice in 1997.  Having moved to New York from Colorado 12 years ago, Stan went from catchin’ air snowboarding deep in the backcountry of the Rocky Mountains to catchin’ air ashtanga style in New York City, the Hamptons and Greenwich.  His daily love for Ashtanga Yoga has continued to inspire his teaching and way of life. Stan’s traditional approach to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga allows practitioners to develop a daily practice, be mindful, learn the fundamentals and begin to expand what you learn into your daily lives.  Come and flow through this incredible asana system, developing heat, strength, flexibility, mindfulness and a deeper sense of self awareness! Stan Woodman is the owner of Kaia Yoga in Greenwich & Westport, CT with his beautiful wife Gina Norman and amazing daughter.

alison heisler

Alison obtained her 200 hr. teaching certification in the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition. Alison maintains a daily meditation practice, is a licensed massage therapist, and is a certified Yin Yoga teacher.  Alison weaves her knowledge of anatomy and physiology into her classes so students feel empowered with their self-care. Her ultimate intention is that all yogis leave class feeling supported, uplifted and more present.

amie peck

Yoga found Amie in 2006 after the birth of her 2nd daughter. Yoga has transformed her in more ways than she thought possible, inspiring her to deepen her knowledge. Amie completed her 200 hour training with Kim Valeri, 300 hour with Kaia Yoga, Prenatal training with OM and Kids training with Laurie Jordan. Her instruction is focused on breath, alignment and strength building freckled with some laughter and fun. Amie hopes to continue and broaden her studies to further help the community and make a positive impact.

barbara joseph

Barbara Joseph has taught yoga for twenty years, including at the Urban Yoga Center in Manhattan, which she founded and operated prior teaching at New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts, where she taught yoga to drama students for 10 years.  In addition to yoga teaching certification, she is a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist and has completed the level one training in Cranial Sacral Massage Therapy from the Upledger Institute.  She also completed the 500-hour teacher training program at Kaia Yoga in 2013.

beth furman

Beth Furman, E-RYT, has studied yoga, dance and many other forms of movement for over 30 years. She consistently draws from her extensive background in her yoga work.  Beth was first certified to teach  through Next Generation Yoga and level 1 IMT with Molly Kenney.  Kids’ teaching credits include workshops at Kripalu. Beth is also 200 hour certified through Saraswati’s and 300 hour certified with Shiva Rea. In addition to these certifications, Beth’s practice, teaching and experience of living yoga is informed by a continued curiosity about the way we move and the way our bodies reveal to us our own stories. She currently teaches yoga to adults and children integrating  dance and cultural expression. She earned a Masters of Arts & Liberal Studies (MALS) from Wesleyan University.

brigit moynihan

Brigit has been studying yoga for over 15 years, she received her first training with Don and Amba Stapleton at the Omega Institute in 2000 and her advanced certification in 2004. Brigit’s teaching approach is interdisciplinary, and centers around vinyasa flow. She teaches from her personal experience of yoga’s many benefits, sharing her knowledge with joy, clarity and compassion.

caroline graham

Caroline has been practicing yoga for more than ten years.  She was hooked after her first class with Gail Cohen. After a move to London, Caroline’s practice intensified, studying Jivamukti yoga with Stewart Gilchrest and Alessia Avellino. She completed her 200-hour training at Kaia Yoga with Gina Norman and Stan Woodman. Caroline leads a vigorous vinyasa flow class, helping her students grow their strength, balance and flexibility through the connection of breath and movement - and encouraging them to take these attributes off the mat and into their lives.

catherine duennebier

Catherine (Katie) did her first sun salutation at age 11, and returned years later as a source of stability. She received her Vinyasa training in 2011 from Gina and Stan of Kaia Yoga. Katie believes in the joy and discovery of movement, and encourages her students to move with focus, lightness, and curiosity. Her practice and teaching combine discipline, playfulness, and introspection with breath work and meditation.

cheryl simcox

Cheryl is a certified teacher of Vinyasa Yoga, she trained at Saraswati’s Yoga Joint with Mitchel Blier. Additional studies and certifications were done with Mitchel as well as with Sadie Nardini, for Core Strength, Joe Barnett for Yin and with Jillian Pranksy for Restorative.  Classes are a cultivation of the breath, the asana, the mind, the body, the spirit and more.  It’ll be up-tempo and fun, alignment based with creative sequencing with food for thought, hard work, fun and some awesome music.

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claudia zeller

After receiving a cancer diagnosis at the age of 39 and completing a conventional course of treatment Claudia turned her focus to holistic medicine, spiritual health and yoga.  Ten years later she was accepted into the 200-hour Vinyasa Teacher Training Program with Gina and Stan at Kaia Yoga fulfilling a decade long dream of teaching.  She approaches her practice with gratitude and respect for her body. She teaches with passion and an understanding of health and wellness creating a fun and challenging practice with particular attention on the breath, building a strong foundation, focus and self-awareness.

cynthia wolfe

Cynthia has been studying yoga for over ten years and received her teaching certification in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in 2004. Cynthia’s instruction is clear and informative. She teaches with skill,confidence and a sense of humor. She emphasizes structural alignment,breath control and diligent focus to create a safe environment for her students. Cynthia designs her classes so that students are brought out of their minds and into their bodies. Combining her love of yoga and teaching, Cynthia finds sharing yoga to be profoundly fulfilling. She enjoys helping others develop a practice that empowers them to live a healthy life. Cynthia’s teaching is inspired by Nevine Michaan of Katonah Yoga Center.

danielle chacra

Danielle began her yoga practice 10 years ago and has been reaping the benefits ever since. She recently completed the Kaia Kids Teacher Training program with Laurie Jordan and is excited to put her skills as both a certified elementary school teacher and now a Kids Yoga instructor to good use! She teaches with patience and smiles with the hope of inspiring a lifelong love of yoga to all her students.

danit schreiber

Danit has been practicing yoga and meditation on a daily basis for years. She finds yoga to be a natural extension of her long time experience as a ballet dancer and teacher. She is a certified yoga teacher, who completed her training with Gina Norman and Stan Woodman at Kaia Yoga. Certified in vinyasa, restorative and yin styles, she has been teaching classes at Kaia since 2009. Her instruction is focused on strong alignment and precise movements under the umbrella of mind and breath awareness. Her classes are built on creative sequencing and a unique style to awaken and evoke the students' physical and mental awareness.

diane greenhill

Diane has practiced Vinyasa-style yoga for over five years and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). Her yoga journey started simply as another form of exercise but over time has grown into a devotional and spiritual practice that extends beyond physical asanas and is as much about the heart and mind as it is about the body. Diane leads an athletic, heat-building practice complemented by good music and poetry.

elaine pullen

Following her career in business and technology, Elaine turned to yoga to rejuvenate her body and mind and graduated from the Kaia Yoga 200 hour teacher training certification program in 2012.  Elaine is a committed advocate for the restorative and developmental benefits of yoga for all age groups and particularly to maintain health and fitness as we age. Her Vinyasa classes reflect her love of yoga with calm confidence, joy and knowledge. She is continuing her yoga education in the Kaia 300 hour certification program with Stan and Gina.

elizabeth crisci

Elizabeth completed her first 200 and 300 HR teacher trainings in 2006 and 2007 with Alan Finger and Jean Koerner. Since then she has continued to study completing Yin, Restorative, Prenatal, ISHTA Marma, and Anatomy trainings in addition to a second 500 hour training through Kaia Yoga. Her fascination and connection with the human form is present in her classes, as well as her light-hearted approach.  She teaches a variety of private students for purposes ranging from injury management to deepening practice. Elizabeth encourages beginners as well as advanced students to safely and joyfully approach their edge each and every time they come to their mat.

gina nero

Gina was introduced to yoga in 2009 when she started taking Bikram classes;  however she eventually found that Vinyasa was her true passion and niche. She completed her 200 hour teacher training with Kaia Yoga and supplemented that with a Yin Certification in which she studied with Joe Barnett. Yoga is a natural extension of her lifestyle and philosophy, and she continues to expand her knowledge through classes and workshops. In her classes, she combines a flowing sequence of poses with an exhilarating playlist and just the right amount of philosophy leaving you feeling satisfied in both body and mind.

greg barringer

Greg has been practicing and sharing yoga for over 15 years. He received his teacher training from The Kripalu School of Yoga and his professional certification from the Amrit Desai Yoga Institutute. Greg’s classes are influenced by many styles, and inspired primarily from the Swami Kripaluandaji lineage. “Yoga is much more than a wonderful way to become physically, mentally and emotionally healthy, it is a path to our self-realization. We are divine beings; many of us have forgotten this. Yoga reminds us of our divinity and gives us a path to realizing it.” says Greg. “I truly look forward to sharing yoga with you. It is an amazing and sacred journey; one which opens us to life’s possibilities, its peacefulness and its ever-present, abundant love.”

heather cotter

As a practitioner of yoga, Heather experienced firsthand the strength, stamina, and peace that comes with a dedicated practice.  As a teacher of yoga, Heather strives to bring awareness of the yoga path to her students.  She completed her 200 hour certification in 2010 and will complete her 500 hour training in 2012, both at Kaia Yoga.  She continues a daily journey to thoughtfully reflect on her role as a teacher and a student of yoga.

irene genovese

Irene has been teaching yoga in Fairfield County for  over 17 years.  Certified in the Kripalu tradition, she has also studied with world-renowned teachers including Rodney Yee, Shiva Rea and Gary Kraftsow.  A creative, compassionate and inspirational teacher, her style has been strongly influenced by an extensive dance background and blends an intuitive knowledge of the body with a unique sense of flow and connection between poses.

jeannette ronson

Since 2000, Jeannette has trained in workshops with noted yoga teachers such as Beryl Bender Birch, John Friend, Ana Forest, Cyndi Lee, Rodney Yee, Lilias Folan, and David Swenson.  In 2010, Jeannette completed her 200-hour training at Kaia Yoga Studio. At the age of 54, she credits her yoga practice to her overall fitness, health, and peace of mind.  She hopes to encourage everyone that it’s never too late to benefit from yoga!

jen zako

Jen received her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification from Kaia Yoga and a Restorative Yoga Certification with Jillian Pransky.  She discovered yoga over 20 years ago after being diagnosed with a debilitating illness that left her physically depleted.  Yoga played an integral role in restoring her back to health and bringing balance into her life.  She is passionate about healing therapies and has certifications in Myofascial Release, Shiatsu Massage and Reiki.  Jen’s classes focus on breath, alignment and finding balance both on and off the mat.

jennifer-rae negron

Jennifer-Rae completed her 200-hour training certification through Kaia Yoga, as well as the Kaia Kids Teacher Training. Her instruction is informed by her training as a mental health counselor, guiding students toward holistic wellness in body, mind, and spirit. Jennifer-Rae encourages a sense of playfulness, exploration, and gratitude within her students’ practice on the mat and in their personal lives.

jill geller

Jill is a certified Hatha Yoga Instructor, specializing in Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga. She trained with Laughing Lotus College of Yoga and The Sankalpah College of Yoga in New York City. Jill’s practice of yoga seeks to strengthen, explore, and peacefully integrate the body, mind, and spirit. She has been maintaining a daily physical and spiritual sadhana for over ten years, and looks forward to sharing her practice with you.

joanna stone

Whether she is teaching advanced vinyasa flow, gentle yoga, kids’ yoga or prenatal, Joanna’s classes revolve around Pranayama (breath focused practice). Originally trained in Forrest yoga, (a Hatha style), she encourages students to hold poses a little longer than in a typical vinaysa flow. In doing so her students gain flexibility, strength, and empowerment.  Adopted from Ana Forrest, Joanna’s yoga style focuses on feeling and breathing to empower her students and herself on and off the mat. She completed her 200-hour teacher training in Forrest yoga in 2013 and today she shares her body wisdom with others.

 

johanna hall

Johanna Hall started practicing yoga in 2005, which was a natural progression after dancing in various styles – ballet, jazz, African, social, modern– since age 4.  She completed her 200 hour vinyasa teacher training through Kaia Yoga with Gina Norman and Stan Woodman in 2011.  She is grateful to share her love of present-moment awareness, graceful and intuitive movement, music, and community through the practice of yoga.

julia otani-caruso

Julia started practicing Vinyasa yoga in 2004 after years of practicing in various styles. Her goal is to teach a comprehensive class that encourages students to embrace the physical challenges of yoga and at the same time enjoy the benefits of becoming more flexible in more ways than one. Julia received her 200 hr. Vinyasa certification with Rolf Gates in 2009 and will complete 300 additional hours of training with Kaia Yoga in 2012.

kat mazzarese

Kat has been practicing for more than 15 years, and approaches yoga as an opportunity to cultivate mindfulness and flexibility. After the birth of her son in 2008, She completed her RYT200 and RYT300 teacher training as a student of Stan and Gina Norman at Kaia Yoga, Westport, CT.  She seeks to make yoga accessible to all and her teaching style is compassionate and light-hearted. Kat teaches a Vinyasa style class, linking breath and movement. Most recently, she has completed her Pre-Natal Yoga teacher training with Gina Norman and Anna Verwaal at Kaia Yoga, Westport.

katherine sanford

Katherine Sanford lives in Greenwich with her husband and three children. She has been practicing Yoga for 10 years, in Greenwich and San Francisco. Initially Kaia Yoga was a place of refuge from her busy house, but after studying with Stan and Gina she decided to take it further.  Katherine completed her Om yoga teacher training with Gina in September 2008.  She completed a restorative training with Margi Young, and has studied Thai Massage with Jyothi Watanabe. She thanks the teachers that have inspired her the most: Gina Norman, Stan Woodman, Laurie Jordan, Maureen Stitt, and Cynthia Zimet.  And of course her kids who have taught her that everything moves so fast it is important to appreciate every moment.

kathy casa

Kathy was introduced to yoga 12 years ago and was instantly attracted to the physical challenge.  After years of practice, the transformative nature of yoga encouraged Kathy’s deeper inquiries, she received her 200 hour certification from Kaia Yoga, and is currently completing Kaia’s first 500 hour teacher training.  Kathy believes in teaching a well-rounded practice, with focus on alignment while challenging the body and the mind.

katie braja

Katie is a 500-hour certified yoga teacher and has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. In 2008, Katie began studying at ISHTA Yoga in New York City and in 2011 graduated from ISHTA’s 500-hour teacher training program, founded and led by Yogiraj Alan Finger. Katie has a strong background in the arts, language and culture, and her yoga teaching is inspired by the poetry of movement and the healing and creative power of the practice.

kendra hadden

Kendra is a 500 hour trained yoga teacher, teaching a challenging, inventive, vinyasa flow class.  She enjoys teaching students how to safely open their bodies and gain strength as well as flexibility while still keeping the practice light and fun.  Kendra believes in taking the knowledge that you learn from the physical and mental challenges in yoga and applying those principles to your everyday life, making you happier and healthier!

laurie jordan

Laurie combines her sense of humor and laid back approach with years of experience as a teacher and student. Add an awesome soundtrack and Laurieʼs classes feel like a 75 minute celebration.  Laurie is the author of Yawning Yoga: A Goodnight Book For A Good Night's Sleep and pioneered the first ever Kids Yoga Teacher Training in Westchester and Fairfield Counties.  She has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Well and Good NYC, Mind-Body-Green, Yoga Journal, Working Mother, Greenwich and Westport Magazines and she shares her expertise as a contributing writer for Elephant Journal. She is certified to teach yoga to folks of all ages and has a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work.

lindsay potter

Lindsay turned to yoga 10 years ago to rehabilitate a sports injury and fell in love with the practice.  She received her 200-hour training and certification with Gwen Lawrence and her prenatal certification with OM Yoga, NYC in the past 2 years.  She empowers her students to carry the peace of mind and awareness that they learn in class with them into their daily lives.  She continues to further her interdisciplinary education as a yoga teacher.

lisa giordano

Lisa has been practicing yoga for the past 14 years after being introduced to it by a family member.   Her dedication to her practice and her desire to learn more led her to complete her 200 hr teacher training with Kaia Yoga. Through calming breathing techniques, mind body awareness and strength, she will guide you through your practice helping you build  confidence, endurance and flexibility. “Yoga has changed my life and I wanted to share my love of yoga with others, hence the reason why I wanted to teach”.

 

lissa palermo

Lissa has been practicing yoga for over 16 years. She is a 500-hr certified yoga teacher in Hatha Yoga including vinyasa, yin, restorative, kids and pre-natal. She completed her 300 hr. training at Kaia Yoga in 2012. Her discovery and love for yoga began as a way to find her inner awareness and true self; as well as to heal her body and soul. Lissa's personal philosophy focuses on balancing mind, body and spirit through yoga, service and kindness to all beings. Her classes focus on alignment, breath and empowering individuals to create peace, strength & harmony from within; to become free and happy to let their light shine.

lucy kelly

Lucy’s love for yoga began with her first class over 20 years ago.  With children of her own, Lucy personally understands the benefits of teaching yoga to children.  She completed the Kaia Kids Teacher Training in 2010.  Lucy’s playful and mindful yoga style encompasses an environment of FUN with a focus on discovering the peace and calm within each child.

lydia heilmann

Lydia has been teaching prenatal yoga for 5 years and through two of her own pregnancies.  She is trained by Gurmukh, Kim Valeri, Mahan Rishi Singh Khalsa and Nirbhe Kaur Khalsa. Lydia’s prenatal class offers a time to connect with your baby and to strengthen your body as it grows and prepares for childbirth.  Lydia is focused on preparing you for a comfortable and beautiful pregnancy and birth experience.

martha risom

Martha Risom is a Kaia Yoga certified instructor. She has studied yoga for over two decades and still finds something new and magical every time she steps on her mat. Martha attributes this to the breath work and energy releasing asanas of her practice. She is inspired by her students and by yoga’s ability to transform us all into more open, peaceful, productive and loving individuals.

mary kate robb

Mary Kate acquired her 200 hour teacher training certification through Greenwich Yoga (now Kaia Yoga).  She is devoted to improving the lives of others around her and sharing the benefits of yoga to as many populations as possible. She has been a Montessori teacher for five years teaching 3-6 year old children  and using yoga to promote a peaceful classroom.

matan cohen-citron

​Matan started practicing while backpacking through India nearly 10 years ago and has been developing his practice while exploring the different variations.  He teaches in a traditional style, incorporating different forms of Hatha yoga aligned with Ayurvedic principals.  His classes interweave asana, pranayama, meditation and philosophy in a light-hearted approach manner.

megan moss freeman

Megan has been teaching since 2007. She teaches a breath-centered flow, suitable for all levels, providing modifications for all body types.  As her favorite teacher, Max Strom says, "The yoga postures and breath are tools to rebuild and transform ourselves. The goal is not to tie ourselves in knots – we’re already tied in knots. The aim is to untie the knots in our heart. The aim is to unite with the ultimate, loving, and peaceful power of the universe." 

megan young

Megan finds joy in exploring her inner world, and empowers others to uncover their own completeness through yoga. She approaches the practice with lightness and grace, respecting the wonder of the human body and the intelligence of the breath. Megan is grateful to be able to share the wisdom of ISHTA Yoga (Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda), and finds inspiration in the lineage’s focus on individualized practice. She has a background in music and voice, and received her 200-Hour, 500-Hour, and restorative teaching certifications from ISHTA Yoga in New York City.

 

mike milversted

Mike has been studying and practicing yoga for over 20 years and became a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher in 2002.  He enjoys introducing yoga to new students and working with long-time practitioners to help them deepen their practice.  His teaching approach focuses on helping each student discover, develop and integrate the muscles and alignment needed to build a strong foundation for each posture.

miranda desantis

Miranda is a dedicated student of yoga,  In December of 2008, she deepened her practice by participating in Greenwich Yoga’s (now Kaia Yoga’s) 200 Hour Teacher Training. Miranda completed the program in 2009 and is grateful for her wonderfully gifted teachers Gina Norman and Stan Woodman. Miranda’s classes are designed to bring each of us to connect with the present moment through the huge, creative landscape of yoga.

monique o'connell

Monique has been studying, loving and practicing yoga for over 15 years. In 2008, she received her 200 hr RYT certification through Laws of Yoga and Gwen Lawrence. Monique's style of teaching combines both her Iyengar and Ishta background, providing helpful alignment techniques within a flowing series.

natanya washburn

Natanya Washburn, RYT 500 has been practicing yoga since 1997 and began teaching in 2008. Her practice has included Iyengar, Bikram, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Yin, each shining its light in the exquisite way she weaves her classes together. Natanya is also a doula, and pre and post-natal yoga teacher, passionate about empowering and supporting women through pregnancy and motherhood. Natanya’s grounded teaching style emphasizes breath and intention through challenging yet straightforward sequencing.

nina antonlino

Nina found yoga and meditation 15 years ago, this led her to the Nosara Institute in September 2000, where she received a 200 hour Yoga Certification in Interdisciplinary Yoga. She also received a training certification in Prenatal Yoga in April 2009. Whether teaching a vigorous Vinyasa class or a relaxing Yin class, her experience and passion for helping others learn and grow is present as she guides her students to self-exploration and self-acceptance.

patti riccio

Patti Riccio was certified by Helen Garabedian through Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Babies, Tots, and Kids in 2003.  She was also certified in Radiant Child Yoga by Shakta Kaur Khalsa. Patti guides mothers with young babies and toddlers in a practice to strengthen their bond through yoga in a playful setting.  In her classes with children, she shares a blend of song, story, and guided yoga adventures to help children grow confident, happy, and healthy.

peggy berenblum

Growing up an athlete, Peggy played competitive sports throughout high school and college. Her junior year at Yale University, Peggy started teaching aerobics, and began her passion for the fitness industry. Since 1987, Peggy has taught aerobics, step aerobics, conditioning, kick boxing, etc. She started teaching vinyasa yoga in 2006 and teaches a vigorous, athletic practice, incorporating strength, balance, and flexibility while leaving her students in a calm state with a quiet mind after class. She loves making each class unique, challenging and fun and getting to know all of her students

renee napoleone

Renee discovered yoga in 2004, but it wasn't until years later that she took a formal class and began a dedicated practice. Her passion for learning inspired her to take it to the next level and complete the 200-hour teacher training with Kaia Yoga. She then obtained certifications in Yin Yoga with Joe Barnett and Restorative Therapeutic Yoga with Jillian Pransky. Renee's nurturing persona shines through during her challenging yet light-hearted classes. She aspires to pair her background in psychology and addiction counseling with her passion for yoga in order to serve populations suffering from chemical dependency.

sally murphy

Sally is a certified yoga teacher, completing her 200 hour training in 2011 with Betsy Kase at Yoga Haven in Tuckahoe, NY.  Sally is a trained ballet dancer and began practicing yoga in 1999 when she was pregnant with her second child.  She came to yoga initially for the exercise and found the power of breath, meditation, increased awareness and compassion to be transformative.   Yoga has helped her acknowledge and recover from trauma, eating issues, anxiety/depression, and a bumpy mid-life “enlightenment.”  Yoga is profoundly healing and Sally is a firm believer that anyone can do it.

samantha pattinson

As  a mother of four, Samantha really appreciates the benefits of teaching yoga to children. She qualified as a children's yoga teacher at Kaia and bases her classes around yoga adventures and different themes. The classes include breathing, poses, games, mindfulness and guided relaxation appropriate to the age group.  Samantha has practiced yoga in London and Costa Rica as well as here in the USA.

samantha woodruff

Samantha Woodruff has been a devoted yoga practitioner for over 15 years. After the birth of her second child, she left her job in corporate strategy to pursue her passion for yoga, becoming a 200-hour certified teacher at Kaia Yoga. Samantha is interested in helping students make the connection between who we are on the mat, in our asana practice, and who we are—and can be—in the world. She believes that yoga can be energizing, relaxing and most of all, fun. Her teaching style is playful, upbeat and challenging, yet encouraging, with a focus on alignment (and rockin’ play lists).

sara murray

Sara started practicing yoga in 2001 after a knee injury.  Yoga first presented itself as alternative way to keep in shape and through the years has amazingly unfolded as an integral part of all aspects of her life.  Sara received her 200-hour certification under Mitchel Bleier and Saraswati’s Yoga Joint. Her classes are upbeat; emphasizing a flow of breath and body fusion paired with Indie, pop, and rock music.

shari balaish

Shari discovered the practice of yoga after the birth of her third child almost thirteen years ago. Yoga is an integral part of her life and “provides endless possibility for building strength and finding peace.” Shari received her 200 hour teacher training from Laws of Yoga and Power yoga for sports with Gwen Lawrence, kids’ yoga training with Laurie Jordan and an intensive with Ellen Saltonstall of the Anusara Hatha yoga method. She incorporates the principals of yoga and alignment into everything she does, from a simple walk, to spinning, to moments of parenting, to movement on the mat and truly loves to inspire students of all ages in their discovery of yoga.

sharon goodman

Sharon’s passion for yoga began with her first class, she became a certified teacher in May of 2006 from The Birchwood Center in Nyack, NY. In her classes, her students will experience a combination of breathing techniques, carefully guided asanas (postures); and end with a few minutes of relaxation.  When not teaching yoga, Sharon works as a Holistic Health Coach helping people discover  a Healthy Balance between food & lifestyle choices.

skaila bhadha

Skaila  has been practicing yoga for the last ten years. Her roots in India took her back to study yoga through Meditation with renowned yoga scholar and teacher TKV Desikachar at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram. She has done her 200 Hour Teacher Training at Kaia Yoga with Gina Norman and Stan Woodman and continues to take workshops to further her passion for Gentle and Restorative yoga teaching techniques. Skaila brings a unique aspect of yoga to her students with Indian yoga philosophies and healing benefits.

stephanie borise

Stephanie was introduced to yoga in 2001 while on a visit with her aunt in San Francisco and it changed her life. Upon returning to her home in Mexico City she tried every kind of yoga class she could find. In 2007, while in London, she found wonderful teachers and discovered Sri K Pattabhi Jois’ ashtanga yoga, which led her to India to study under Jois’ grandson R. Sharath. She received her 200-hour certification last year with Gina Norman and Stan Woodman of Kaia Yoga.

talor bendel

Talor spent her college years competing on the swim team at the University of Michigan, she joined the U.S. National Team and had the fortune of competing and traveling around the globe. She found yoga a few years later as an alternative to being wet in the water and has never turned back! The love she has for practicing on her own mat led her to earn her 200 hr teaching certification with Gina Norman and Stan Woodman at Kaia Yoga.Talor teaches an upbeat, flowing Vinyasa class, incorporating breath, alignment, and mental focus along with energetic music and humor.