Gina Norman created Kaia Yoga studios over 12 years ago. She has been teaching yoga for 20 years and is the director of the Kaia Yoga teacher training program in which she has taught hundreds of students over the years. She has been featured in Fitness, Parent, Organic Spa, Yoga Journal, Woman’s Entrepreneurs, Mothering and Hampton’s Magazines. Although she now has her hands full with all that goes into keeping Kaia Yoga up and growing you can catch her teaching weekly classes, teacher trainings and workshops. Her classes are filled with thoughtful alignment themes and insightful adjustments but with a light hearted approach. Her ability to see the body is influenced by her studies in Thai yoga, cranial sacral therapy and lots of practice and training in both yoga and meditation through out the years. Some of her most influential teachers Rodney Yee, Cyndi Lee and David Nichtern. 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
Hiromi, E-RYT500, has completed her teacher training with Gina Norman at Kaia Yoga.
Hiromi is certified in Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, and Kids Yoga, as well as guided meditation.
She joined Kaia Yoga in 2015, and she has been having the best time meeting and teaching the inspirational yogis everyday at Kaia Yoga. She also teaches group classes and private sessions to meet the need of each client. Hiromi strongly believes that the breath is the connector and anchor between the mind and the body. The practice of Yoga asanas and breathing always helps us to create space and free obstacles within our bodies which frees obstacles in our body and allows us to live positively. She believes the beauty of practicing Yoga is that the discipline of our mind and body with our own spiritual intentions will help us to simply guide our own path.
Hiromi is here and willing to help others into their yoga journey so that they will help them comfortably be within their mind and body.
Lexy Tomaino believes that yoga is both a 'work-out' and a 'work-in' where the effort you put forward on the mat transforms both body and mind. Her vigorous classes will offer students the space to work through challenges, inspire you to be grateful and present, and maybe even have a little (or a lot) of fun while you are at it! Lexy completed her 200-hour certification at Kaia Yoga with Gina Norman and Stan Woodman, a 100-hour training in power yoga at Down Dog Yoga in Washington DC with Patty Ivey, and has studied with Baron Baptiste, Ana Forrest, Schyuler Grant, and Leslie Kaminoff. She actively continues her education and is inspired by the Jivamukti teachings of Sharon Gannon and David White.
Lissa Palermo has been practicing yoga for nearly 18 years. Her discovery and love for yoga began as a way to focus her inner awareness as well as to heal her body and mind. Of greater importance to her is the transformational effect or “gift” of yoga to the mind, body and spirit and her goal is to service others to find their own awakening. Lissa is a 500hr. certified yoga teacher in Vinyasa Yoga, receiving her 200 hr training in NYC in 2009 and completing her 500-hr. at Kaia Yoga in 2012. She is also certified in Pre-Natal from OM Yoga and Golden Bridge's The Khalsa Way both in NYC., as well as certified in Yin, Restorative and Kids Yoga. Her personal and professional philosophies focus on balancing mind, body and spirit through movement, an open heart, nutrition, service and kindness to all beings. Her classes, although alignment based, are challenging, playful and introspective, thus providing awareness to empower individuals to create peace, strength & harmony from within; to become happy and free
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.
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.
Angela Kilcullen fell in love with yoga shortly after retiring her dancing shoes over ten years ago and has been a devotee ever since. She teaches with Vinyasa’s freedom of movement incorporating fluid and intelligent choreography with a focus on correct alignment and breath work. She safely builds her students toward more challenging poses so that their bodies and minds are fully prepared to go into greater depth. Her classes are playful, yet mindful, and no two classes are ever the same. Angela is indelibly grateful to all of her teachers and students, her faith, and her family who never cease to inspire and fuel her practice, on and off the mat.
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Allegra McBane-Sanchez is a 200 hour certified yoga teacher. She received her training through Kaia Yoga in 2017. Allegra has been practicing yoga for approximately 18 years. For many years, yoga was a supplement to marathon running, but, as the mental and physical benefits of yoga became clear, Allegra shifted her focus from the taxing effort of training for marathons to focus more on the therapeutic effects of her yoga practice. As a mother, yoga is an integral part of her mental and physical health and she works to share those benefits with others. She seeks to bring strength of body with calmness of mind to her individual yoga practice and to her teaching.
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.
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
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.
After receiving a cancer diagnosis at the age of 39 and completing a conventional course of treatment, I turned my focus to holistic medicine, spiritual health and yoga. have been training and teaching at Kaia Yoga since 2013. I completed the 200-hour Vinyasa Teacher Training in 2013 and an additional 300-hour Teacher Training in 2018. I have teaching certificates in Aerial Yoga, Aerial Cirque, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Thai Massage, Wall Yoga and Therapeutics. I approach my practice with gratitude and respect for my body. I teach with passion and an understanding of health and wellness and I try to create fun and challenging classes that strengthen the body, focus the mind and encourage self-exploration
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
Annie Leeks' passion for yoga began in college as a balance to the demands of her masters degree in Environmental Engineering and has since become a foundation for introspection and continued personal development. A 500 RYT, Annie's teaching style is best described as rigorous vinyasa with detailed focus on alignment and progressive sequencing. Annie has been actively teaching since 2012 obtaining her initial 200 RYT training at Powerflow in New Jersey. She recently completed her 300 RYT at Kaia and teaches regularly in Darien and Westport. Her interests include cooking, music, and continued pursuit of health and wellness.
From a very early age, Holly developed a passion for any kind of body movement – from gymnastics, dance, soccer, basketball and lacrosse where she was a nationally ranked team captain at American University. After taking her very first Power Vinyasa class with Baron Baptiste back in Boston in 2002, she was immediately hooked. Like many new students, the physicality of the yoga practice is what attracted her, but the transformative nature of the practice is what keeps her dedicated and ultimately what drove her to become a teacher. Holly completed her 200 hour teacher training with Briohny Smyth and Dice @Bryce Yoga in Thailand, 50 hours of FLY Inversion and Arm Balancing with Laughing Lotus in NYC, Level 1 Teacher Training with Baron Baptiste, 20 hours of Restorative training with Jillian Pransky, 30 hours of Vinyasa Sequencing with David Regelin, and has attended numerous additional trainings, workshops and retreats all over the world
Jennifer quickly traded in her gym membership for a mat in 2005. She found the benefits of yoga reached far beyond the physical. "I fell in love with the peace of mind, clarity, strength and overall endurance a regular asana and pranayama practice provided" In 2011, Jennifer enrolled in a 200 hour teacher training at Saraswati's Yoga Joint. She followed this up in the summer of 2012 with a training at Karma Kids Yoga in NYC, and completed her 500-hour training through a mentorship program with Mitchel Bleier of MB Yoga in 2013. She will always be a student of yoga and of life. Jennifer's classes are upbeat, challenging and infused with great music
Casey’s focus on the spiritual and physical aspects of yoga, with an emphasis on mindful and intelligent vinyasa sequencing, make her classes creative, challenging, and genuinely fun. Her down-to-earth demeanor and sense of humor enable her students to invigorate both the physical and subtle bodies, and ignite a true passion from within.
Casey spent a majority of her early years as a dancer, both as a teacher and a performer. She served as a choreographer and judge for the ESPN National Dance Team Championships, and performed with New York’s Off Center Dance Theatre.
A knee injury lead Casey to yoga and quickly the practice became her passion. Casey started her yoga career as a Senior Teacher at Be Yoga/Yogaworks in NYC, where she completed the 500-hour training under the direction of Alan Finger. She taught in at Be Yoga/Yogaworks in NYC for five years, and once relocating to CT, she taught for Saraswati’s Yoga Joint for 6 years, and most recently helped build the yoga program for with Oxygen Fitness/ studiO since they opened in 2014.
In the year 2000, Jessica stepped onto her mat for the first time, in Kansas City, Kansas. Not realizing that she was embarking on what would become her lifelong yoga journey. As years passed, she'd find herself again & again, on her mat, craving the stillness, connectedness & BALANCE that she felt her rigorous social calendar & life as a 20-something was lacking. In an effort to spread the sunshine, Jessica earned her 200 hour RYT certification through Kaia Yoga & is currently working toward 500 hours. She’s been happily leading hot vinyasa classes at both the Greenwich & Old Greenwich locations for the past 5 years. Her classes focus on the balance & connectivity that she continues to seek daily in life; offering a high-energy vinyasa flow, set to a killer soundtrack, bringing you pure joy.
Jill found yoga in 1998 and helped her make many positive lifestyle changes. Jill completed her 200hr Teacher Training with Charles and Lisa Matkin of Matkin Yoga, 500hr Advanced Teacher Training and Prenatal Training at Kaia Yoga, and Restorative Training with Karen Safire of Receptive Nest. Whether teaching Vinyasa style classes to seasoned yogis or supporting pregnant women during her prenatal classes, Jill aims to provide a safe, fun, and supportive environment to students of all levels.
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
Lisa has been practicing yoga for over 17 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 500 hr teacher training, and then on to complete Yin Yoga trainings, Aerial Yoga trainings and Paddleboard Yoga training. Most recently she has become part of the Mentorship program for new teachers at Kaia Yoga. Classes focus on a gentle approach of calming breathing techniques, mind body awareness, alignment and strength. Lisa will lead you through a mindful yet vigorous practice of arm balances and inversions helping to build confidence, endurance and flexibility. “Yoga has changed my life and I wanted to share my love of yoga with others”.
Sharon’s passion for yoga began with her first class. She immediately felt the power of this practice and knew she wanted to share it with others. Sharon’s extensive trainings include 200hr (Birchwood Center, Nyack, NY), 300hr (Kaia Yoga), 200hr LifePower Yoga (Lifetime Athletic), Restorative, Yin, Pre-Natal, 40hr. Gentle Immersion.
Susan began her life of movement as a gymnast.She competed, taught and coached gymnastics. She is grateful she found discipline and freedom in movement at a young age. Always the student she has practiced a variety of yoga styles including Bikram and Ashtanga. She has currently devoted her yoga practice to vinyasa flow. She focuses deeply on connecting breath and movement. Susan did her 500 hour teacher training at Kaia which she completed in 2018. She is grateful to have Kaia as her Kula and to be a student of Gina Normans. She completed her Little Flower Children’s certification at Kaia and is just as comfortable teaching adults as children. For the past 14 years Susan has been a student and instructor in Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido. She has received the rank of 4th Dan under Grand Master Ik Jo Kang. She is registered under TKD Jidokwan in Korea. Susan is committed to her family, her practices, and giving back to her community.
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.
Devoted to her practice for over 20 years, Molly Lehman is a senior yoga teacher with a 600hr-ERYT certification and a specialty working with elderly populations and degenerative conditions. Her teaching style is influenced by her advanced studies with Sri Dharma Mittra and her trainings in Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga. Molly’s passion for teaching yoga shines through in her classes, which blend pranayama techniques, energizing flows and alignment instruction. Her unique ability to tailor her classes to her students’ needs allows everyone from beginners to advanced yogis to enjoy her classes.
When Judy first stepped onto her mat and realized what life changing principles and connections yoga has to offer she was hooked. After spending many years practicing different styles of yoga which included Bikram, Vinyasa, Dharma Mittra and Jiva Mukti, she began her journey as a teacher in 2013. Judy completed Buddhi Power Yoga 200hrs Teacher Training Certification with Lyn Kehoe. Her teaching style has blossomed further from attending workshops led by inspirational teachers like Bryan Kest, Tao Porchon Lynch, Rodney Yee and Kathryn Budig. She completed her 300hrs Spring 2017 at Kaia Yoga with Gina Norman. Judy’s certifications include: Foundations of Thai Yoga with Shai Plonski, Restorative Yoga with Jillian Pransky, Yin Yoga with Biff Mithoefer, Y12SR for Addiction, Reiki with Brett Bevell
Judy brings to her class humor, energy and lightheartedness. She combines a challenging Vinyasa flow with attention to breath, alignment and yogic philosophy. All while encouraging her students to practice their yoga off their mats and into their everyday lives.
As a 200-hour trained Kaia yoga teacher, Kara is devoted to teaching focused, dynamic sequences with a touch of medicine for the soul. She is known for her hands-on adjustments, specific alignment cues and eclectic music. She is also an English literature teacher at Greenwich High School. She believes that beyond the grace of the meditative movement, the depth of the breath and pure joy of practicing with intent, it is the soul connection one can experience on the mat which is the essence of yoga, and it is from this sacred place that she intends to teach.
Nicole Kim has been practicing yoga for 15 years. Yoga became her refuge while working in the fast-paced fashion industry. She eventually realized that it was time to leave the industry and reconnect with herself and develop a deeper yoga practice. Yoga was the beginning of Nicole's healing journey that has now become a professional passion. She teaches a challenging vinyasa-flow class, linking fluid movement and breath awareness. She emphasizes the technical approach to postures within a creative flow that creates physical stability, strength, and increased flexibility. Nicole is continuously studying, learning, and exploring new and exciting ways to help and inspire others on and off the mat. Nicole received her 200h certification with Kaia yoga and is currently enrolled in the 300h advanced training with Kaia yoga.
Kariann Brachet is a 200 hr certified yoga teacher, and earned her certification through Kaia Yoga in 2019. She is currently working towards her 500 hr certification. After practicing gymnastics growing up, Kariann kept moving her body and practiced Tae Kwon Do under grandmaster Jae Hwa Kwon, where she achieved the rank of 1st Dan. Kariann teaches flowing Vinyasa classes that are created for every kind of body and level. The aim is to have fun, meet your body where it's at and breathe in new energy.
Elin grew up in the dance world, starting Ballet at age 3. She went on to study many styles of dance including, Jazz, Lyrical, Theater Dance, Highland Dance, Latin, Ballroom, and Bellydance. In 2008 Elin began practicing yoga and it became an important complement to her dancing - each discipline improving the other. The concept of combining elements of dance, yoga and aerial arts, led her to Aerial Yoga and Rope Wall Yoga.
Elin’s interest in movement, anatomy, alignment, and functional mobility is apparent in her classes. She believes it is of the utmost importance to keep the body healthy and moving as it is designed to move. This belief led her to study Yin Yoga and Thai Yoga Bodywork and add therapeutic elements to her teaching skills.
Elin loves the feeling of freedom and joyfulness that all styles of movement provide, and movement’s ability to change and empower people. She is an avid student as well as a teacher and likes to find fresh, creative ways to approach her practice. She is happy to share her love of all things movement with her students.
Katrin started with yoga to complement an athletic triathlon practice and rock climbing - what began as fun way of stretching, quickly became a lifestyle. Realizing the amazing benefits of yoga, Katrin decided at the beginning of the pandemic to enroll in a teacher training program. She graduated from her 200 hr training at Kaia Yoga with a deeper understanding of poses, philosophy, and the importance of connecting breath to movement. Becoming a yoga teacher was an enlightening experience and Katrin wants to spark that light with others in her classes!
Danielle has been exploring the depths of yoga since graduating from the University
of Southern California in 2004 and has been teaching since 2018. After a fast-paced
career in digital advertising sales in NYC, she decided to follow her passion for
health and wellness and became a Health Counselor in 2011. This eventually led to
her decision to further her dedication to the mind and body by completing a 200-
hour YTT. Danielle believes our greatest teacher lies within, and the job of a yoga
teacher is not to tell you what to do but to guide you to find what your body needs
by being present and insightful. Danielle is passionate about the mind and body
connection and the importance of the breath to free the mind and unravel stress in
the body. Danielle has delved into anatomy and physiology to deepen her own
practice and teaching. Her classes are soothing and nurturing, while encouraging
students to be the best version of themselves through breath awareness, functional
strength and alignment. Danielle also enjoys cooking for her family and friends,
making upbeat playlists on Spotify and spending time at the beach, which keeps her
connected to her California roots.
Tom credits his yoga practice with counteracting the relentless stress and sedentary effects of a long career in Corporate Finance and the distractions of ADHD. Now retired, Tom brings the transformational power of Vinyasa yoga to the community; inspiring others to develop and deepen their own practice. He values the inclusive nature of yoga and thinks “every body” - every age, gender identity, ethnicity, body type and ability - can develop and benefit from a regular yoga practice. Tom has seen how yoga helps individuals restore health to their minds and bodies as they rediscover their true, more compassionate selves and their connectedness to others; creating a positive force within their communities.
Tom practiced Vinyasa and Bikram yoga for over 25 years with yoga masters in San Francisco before relocating to the East Coast and achieving his RYT200 teaching certification. He continues to deepen his yoga and meditation practice through continuing education with Gina Norman, Jason Crandell, Janet Stone and others.
Tom takes his commitment to practice seriously, but believes the practice itself can be accessible and playful. He offers direction to challenge more experienced practitioners and a range of modifications for newer students; mixed in with yoga history and philosophy. Expect a vigorous and mindful Vinyasa flow to build strength and flexibility in mind and body.