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 email@example.com
Alyssa is 200 hour RYT certified through Kaia Yoga. Alyssa has been practicing for 6 years and teaching for the past 2 years. Before Kaia, Alyssa was living in Garrison, NY and teaching at a studio called Tadasana in Balance in Fishkill, NY. Alyssa has moved back into the area and has been teaching at Kaia for a year. Alyssa has a strong background in Vinyasa power classes so she gears her classes to a fit flow - focusing on building strength and core. In her free time Alyssa loves spending time with friends, family and dog, being outdoors and traveling.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Brittany’s dynamic teaching philosophy aims to create an energizing and uplifting space that promotes strength, flexibility, growth and introspection, both on and off the mat. Rooted in the connection of breath to movement, her style is an unexpected blend of strong and playful, combining challenging, creative sequencing with hands-on adjustments and subtle themes woven throughout each class — all thoughtfully designed to leave students feeling confident, balanced and grounded. Inspired by a lifelong pursuit of wellness of the mind, body and soul, Brittany left a corporate career in public relations to dedicate herself to the study, practice and teaching of yoga. She earned her 200-hour yoga teacher certification at Kaia Yoga under the mindful instruction of Gina Norman and her senior teachers, and she continues to evolve her education by seeking out workshops and additional training.
Brittany Weinsoff trained at Kaia Yoga under the mindful eye of Gina Norman and her senior teachers. Only four years after starting her own yoga practice, she was drawn to become a teacher. Brittany dove into teaching with the same amount of grit she displayed on her own mat. She quickly learned a calm breath and open heart could change everything. Making that peaceful shift inward was what inspired her to share what she's learned and start teaching. Brittany is a chiropractic student and integrates her anatomy background into all of her classes. Her Vinyasa flows are alignment based with plenty of options, add-ons and hands-on assists. Expect to play with fun transitions, arm balances and inversions. Brittany will challenge her students’ strength and flexibility while keeping it light and fun. Look forward to upbeat music and a Savasana perk, or two.
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.
Colleen was first introduced to yoga by a friend while studying Architecture at the University of Colorado in 1996. Like Architecture, she was drawn to the idea that Yoga is a practice and as such has many forms, stories, progressions, milestones and no foreseeable end. Colleen is continuously amazed by the depth of what a yoga practice can be to an individual and in turn, to a larger community. With the endless love and encouragement from her husband and three children she was able to realize her dream of becoming a yoga teacher. She acquired her 200 Hr and Prenatal Teacher Training certifications thru Kaia Yoga under the guidance of Gina Norman and Stan Woodman to whom she is grateful. She strives to support her students by meeting them where they are and holding space for their own journey. Her classes are a supportive place where the student is encouraged to explore the practice on multiple levels.
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.
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.
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. I 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.
Diane started a regular yoga practice in 2008 and quickly realized that the strength and body awareness she established in ballet, gymnastics, skiing and nearly twenty-five years as an exercise instructor was easy to transition to her yoga practice. The element of introspection, on the other hand, was something totally new and more of a challenge to her. Over time, this is what she has grown to love most about practicing yoga and is what brings her back to her mat again and again. Diane is an RYT 500 having completed both her 200-hour and an additional 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Kaia Yoga in Westport. Diane’s passion for movement, breath, alignment and pushing past mental obstacles are evident in her upbeat and flowing classes.
Diane has practiced yoga since 2005 and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200). In addition, Diane is certified to teach yoga to people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She is a licensed social worker and practices clinical psychotherapy. Diane’s yoga journey started simply as a 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 and frequently incorporates poetry and music into her practice.
Elin started Ballet lessons at age three and has been dancing ever since. She went on to study many other styles of dance including Jazz, Lyrical, Theater Dance, Highland Dance, Latin, Ballroom, Pole Dance and Bellydance. In 2008 Elin started practicing yoga and it became an important complement to her dancing - each discipline improving the other. Intrigued by the concept of combining elements of dance, yoga and aerial arts, she decided to try aerial fitness. Her feet left the ground and it was love at first flight! Elin enjoys the feeling of freedom and joyfulness that aerial fitness provides and is happy to share her love of being upside down. Elin is an Om Factory Certified Aerial Yoga Instructor, 200HR E-RYT Vinyasa Yoga Instructor, certified Fly Gym Aerial Fitness® Instructor/Master Trainer, Climb&Spin® Pole Dance Instructor and LaBlast® Ballroom Fitness Instructor.
Heather Vernik’s breath/body connection, eclectic oriented approach to yoga stems from her deep and articulate alignment-based Vinyasa practice. She received her teacher training certification from at Saraswati Yoga Studio in Norwalk, CT. As a former sales executive, Heather utilizes her humor and upbeat energy to provoke students to reach beyond their perceived capacity and redefine their limits. In combination with healthy alignment and yoga philosophy, she incorporates a synthesis of breath inspiring movements, with movements enhanced by breath, as taught in the traditional Vinyasa Flow Yoga approach. She places an emphasis on finding a deeper connection with the dynamic movements of energy available within each pose and each moment.
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. Holly believes in teaching classes that are consistent with how she likes to move- with power, consciousness, joy, and fluidity. Her vinyasa class is challenging, thoughtful, and filled with opportunities to explore arm balances and inversions - all of which are designed to give students the alignment, ability and courage to take their practice to the next level.
Hiromi, E-RYT500, has completed her teacher training with Gina Norman and Stan Woodman 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.
Jasmine's background in biology and five years of working in a sports rehabilitation facility has laid the foundation to her detailed understanding of physiology and alignment. Her beginnings in yoga stemmed from seeking a calm and centered counterbalance to her thrill-seeking sports and adventures. Through deepening her practice, she has learned that yoga can provide both the thrill and tranquility she sought, and that the lessons and skills cultivated in yoga permeate into everyday life. With her passion for movement, alignment, and breath, she strives to provide a well-rounded and upbeat experience in her classes.
Jasmine completed her RYT 200-hour certification and Prenatal Yoga certification with Gina Norman at Kaia Yoga in Westport in March 2017.
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.
Jenny has been practicing yoga for 15 years and received her RYT 200 Hour Teacher Training at Pure Yoga in New York City. She also holds a 100 hour certification in medical yoga through Pure. Jenny's teaching style ties together her years of in depth philosophical and textual study of both Buddhism and Hinduism (in Hong Kong and Vrindavan, India respectively) and her movement training in theatre. She brings a dynamism to her practice informed by her devised theater training, incorporating the elements of nature and the seasons into her class as well as the occasional techniques from clown and mime. In addition to her strong vinyasa classes, Jenny loves to slow things down and teach restorative, yin, and yoga nidra, Some of her primary influences include the late Jacques le coq, Dana Slamp of Prema Yoga, and Taryn Toomey's cathartic movement practice, "the class." Jenny loves being fully conscious and aware in her body and wants to share this joy with others.
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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.
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 200hr Teacher Training Certification with Lyn Kehoe. Her teaching style has blossomed further from attending workshops led by inspirational teachers like Bryan Kest and Baron Baptiste. 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.
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.
Kara Peters recently completed her 200 hour teacher training at Kaia and in her classes, you will find a devotion to teaching focused, intelligent sequences and medicine for the soul with her hands-on adjustments, proper alignment cues and eclectic music.Kara first explored mindful movement during her Shakespearean acting training at RADA in London. For the past eleven years, she has practiced abroad with influential teachers such as Cat Alip-Douglas (Jivamukti London), Shiva Risi (Dharamsala, India) and Lara Roux (Yoga Shala in Cape Town) and she is delighted to be able to share all she knows and continues to learn with other practitioners in this Fairfield County community. She believes that beyond the grace of the meditative movement, the depth of the breath and pure joy of practicing with intent, that 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. She continuously encourages her students to recognize their own limitations and work towards deepening their Asana practice in a safe way, developing both the physical and energetic body. With her strong background in dance, drama, and teaching high school English, Kara strives to ensure that each yoga class is a joyful, playful, and soulful experience.
Kelly Serino (DelVecchio) is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher. Kelly is continuing her training at Kaia Yoga to become a 500 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher. She has completed trainings for various types of yoga and is educated in teaching vinyasa, yin, restorative, prenatal, and meditation. She is also certified in reiki healing, completing her level 1 & 2 certificates through Miylana in 2012. She is interested in leading a healthy lifestyle as she focuses on holistic health & wellness, spiritual healing & aromatherapy.
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Lee Ann began her practice while battling a severe bout of Lyme’s Disease. She literally could not pick herself up out of a chair. She had no balance and had to hold onto to walls. She began practicing yoga as a way to rid the toxic drugs from her body. Lee Ann found the Kaia Yoga studio which truly changed her life. After several years of practice she was accepted into the 200-hour Vinyasa Teacher Training Program with Gina and Stan. “I want to share the knowledge and love I have for yoga and use the tools of yoga to transform lives!”
Lexi is a RYT 200 hour, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Wellness advocate. Lexi believes in a holistic approach to life, self care and practicing yoga. Lexi enjoys teaching classes that are playful and full of light and love. She enjoys meeting clients where they are and working through postures to inspire and combat self doubt.
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.
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”.
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.
Maia began practicing yoga in 2005 to find balance after rigorous marathon training and found respite for body, mind and soul. Her practice has continued to grow and evolve, she has found yoga to be a powerful vehicle for self acceptance and peace. She felt a calling to share this joy with others and completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Kaia Yoga in Westport, CT and is currently pursuing her 500 hour certification. Maia teaches vinyasa, prenatal, yin yoga, and shamatha meditation.
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.
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Shari discovered the practice of yoga after the birth of her third child and yoga has been an integral part of her life ever since. Shari received her 200 hour teacher training from Laws of Yoga and Power yoga for sports with Gwen Lawrence, kids yoga training with Little Sprouts and many training intensives over the year to deepen her teaching and practice. She is currently a 500-hour candidate with Kaia Yoga 300-hour teacher training. Shari is very passionate about bringing mindfulness and yoga into schools and is enhancing her knowledge of yoga with the trainings offered by Mindful Schools. Shari’s classes are a deep strengthening, mindful flow with a great playlist. She loves to inspire students of all ages in their discovery of yoga.
Shana Swanson’s yoga practice began in 2001. A close friend recommended she visit a holistic doctor. His advice, “Change your diet, practice Yoga.” She did both. Shana practiced, one on one, for eight years with Ananda Adams, one of five teachers authorized by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois. In 2009, when assured of her readiness to teach, Shana completed her 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training at PURE Yoga. For two years thereafter, Shana mentored simultaneously under two senior teachers, one who taught Mysore style Ashtanga Yoga, and another who taught the Iyengar System. Shana went on to complete her 40-hour Primary Series Training with David Swenson and in September 2015, began her 300-hour Enrichment Practice with Nikki Costello. Shana has taught mysore style Ashtanga Yoga at PURE Yoga and Maha Padma Yoga Temple. She maintains her daily practice and teaches her Mala Practice privately and to small groups. Whomever is Shana’s student, the intention of her teaching remains the same ~ stay true to the teachers that have come before her, meet her students where they are, and help others to own and enjoy their practice.
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.
In Sharon's classes, she gracefully guides her students from pose to pose in a creative and fun way while incorporating the yoga philosophies that this ancient practice uses for personal transformation. Sharon has been praised for her clear and concise language while creating a light-hearted and calming atmosphere which allows her students to end their practice with an overall feeling of peace and satisfaction.
Shinda is a lifelong resident of the city of Bridgeport. Realizing the need to heal from past trama and unresolved issues, as a result from the challenges of growing up in an Urban city, She discovered yoga in her early thirties. Developing a regular routine yoga practice helped to change her life dramatically. With the understanding that you can't keep what you have without giving it away, shinda decided to share her love of yoga with her community. In 2016 she became a 200-hour certified vinyasa yoga instructor through Kaia yoga Westport. Shinda continues to grow as an instructor by continuing her yoga studies there. Come this fall of 2018, she will be attending Housatonic Community College, to pursue a degree in Human Services.
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 styes 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.
After a stint on Wall Street and then to the financial futures trading pits in Chicago, Vinnie sought out yoga as a stress reliever from the tumultuous trading life in 1986. He has been studying, practicing yoga ever since and started teaching in 1999. His teaching led to the founding of Akal Yoga in the financial district of Chicago in 2002. He has studied under a variety of yoga disciplines over the past 30 years: Iyengar, Anusara, Forrest Yoga, Kundalini, Astanga, Viniyoga, Power Yoga and ParaYoga. He has taught students of all ages and conditions including, re-habs, prisons, seniors, and handi-capped adults. He is adept at teaching groups with various yoga experiences. At 65 years and after extensive travels, Vinnie has a wealth of knowledge that he enjoys sharing with others. His approach to yoga is therapeutic, emphasizing the breath and mindfulness in every asana. Vinnie is a daily Vipasana meditator and open water swimmer. He is also an accomplished Thai Massage Practitioner after years of training in Thailand. His classes are best described as, ‘Mindful Vinyasa”.
Wendy became introduced to yoga during her first pregnancy. Yoga always seemed to give her a sense of stability, peace, and inner strength even in times of transition. In 2015 she earned her 200 hour certification at Kaia and continued on for an additional 300 hour certification in 2017. Wendy specializes in vinyasa, yin, restorative, and yoga 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR) and has taught all ages from children to seniors.
Whitney Wilson has been practicing yoga for over 17 years. She began teaching yoga in New York City in 2010 after taking her first teacher training with Jeanmarie Paolillo at YogaWorks. She has drawn inspiration from many NYC yoga teachers, including Carrie Owerko, Chrissy Carter, Jenny Aurthur, and Elizabeth Flint. Whitney’s teaching is rooted in clarity in communication. She makes the practice of yoga accessible and enjoyable to practitioners of all levels of experience and at various life stages. The practice of yoga has been a constant throughout the myriad of changes life has brought her throughout the years and she is now excited to teach yoga in her new home of Greenwich, CT where she lives with her husband, son, and dog.
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.