Elizabeth West, RYT 200
Beth took her first yoga class while in college and was instantly hooked. As a lifelong dancer and gymnast, yoga was the perfect compliment both physically and mentally. After graduating and starting work, yoga was the perfect release after a stressful day. Yoga also helped Beth find relief of chronic back pain. Finally, after many years of practice, she took her 200 hour training in Seattle at The Center for Yoga of Seattle with Richard Schachtel. With a strong focus on using props, Beth hopes to make all poses accessible to all students. Beth believes that yoga is for everyone and can improve your physical body as well as mental and spiritual well being.
Beth is a special education teacher where she incorporates asana and pranayama into her daily teaching. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, snowboarding and reading.
She looks forward to seeing you in class!
Alicia Whalen - 200 Hour RYT
Alicia began her yoga journey by visiting different yoga studios while in college. She quickly noticed that yoga gave her the physical benefits she was looking for but also taught her more about who she is as an individual, strengthening her inner Self. Alicia believes her youth aids in her ability to connect with people of her generation through teaching yoga, and wishes to reach out to all individuals who are struggling on their own life journey in hopes that they too can find their inner strength. Alicia’s classes hold the opportunity to express creativity, freedom, and spiritual growth for all yogi’s. She has completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training program from SoulSpace Yoga and Wellness in 2013. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in art therapy and is currently working towards a master’s degree in clinical social work.
Lisa Cammuso - 500 Hour RYT, RCYT
Lisa first discovered yoga over fifteen years ago while looking to heal her body from a car accident and relieve stress from the daily grind of the corporate environment. In her classes, she strives to share her passion for yoga with others while promoting a tranquil space to heal from within. She completed her 200 and 300-hour yoga teacher training, and 95-hour children’s yoga teacher training through Bhogah Yoga school and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an RYT® 500, RCYT®. Having a deep interest in the yin style, Lisa took her yin training with Heather Tiddens and restorative training with Jillian Pransky. Lisa has also had the fortune to practice with and learn from Tao Porchon-Lynch, Dharma Mittra, Rodney Yee, Shiva Rea, Bo Forbes, Leslie Kaminoff, Seane Corn, Kathryn Budig, Elena Brower, Gary Kraftsow, Sarah Powers, and Gurmukh and looks forward to continuously learning from gurus and students. Lisa has also been attuned to Reiki II through Lotus Moon Studios and is on the path to Reiki Master. Lisa values yoga as a means to re-energize, challenge, and heal the body, mind, and spirit and weaves these principles into her classes.
Jodi Greene - 200 RYT
Jodi began practicing yoga in 2009 when she took her first Ashtanga class and fell instantly in love with the mind-body connection. She realized the practice was challenging, but, increased her strength, energy and brought structure and stability to her busy life, as well as, experiencing tremendous growth andtransformation on a physical and personal level. Jodi completed her National Yoga Alliance 200-hour certification through West Hartford Yoga under the direction of Barbara Ruzanskyand has been teaching since 2014. Jodi lives in Wolcott and enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, reading and connecting with friends.
Bonnie Soucy RYT-500
I have been practicing yoga asanas since 1999 to embrace my love for the art, I became a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Alliance teacher through the Crossroads Yoga Teacher Training program in 2014. I am a certified Personal Trainer and I incorporate fitness into my everyday life whether it is walking my dog or creating a new fitness workout to try out at the gym. I hold the status of Reiki II Practitioner (Okuden), have worked as a volunteer by offering Reiki sessions at local hospitals. I believe the balance of mind, body and spirit is necessary to obtain optimal health and well-being. I have had the pleasure of attending workshops and practice sessions hosted by Dr. Ray Long, Rolf Gates, Nikki Myers and Dr. Bernie Siegel. I hold a certificate from SunLight Chair Yoga (owner: Stacie-Saraswati Dooreck) and had the pleasure of working with Stacie during a 3 day workshop at the Sivanandra Yoga Ranch in Woodbourne NY. The instruction of chair yoga proves that Yoga is for EveryBody! I completed an additional 300 Hour certification through the Crossroads Yoga Teacher Training Program in April 2017. The program broadens my understanding about the importance of meditation, pranayama, mudra and mantra in yoga practices. I am proud to hold the RYT-500 certification through Yoga Alliance.
Katherine (Nina) Levenduski, RYT-200
A lifelong athlete and equestrian, and a dancer in her younger years, Nina was first exposed to yoga and eastern philosophy during college. Nina had the unique opportunity to practice and perform Bharatanatyam, the classical dance of India as student at Skidmore College. Nearly fifteen years later, Nina returned to yoga and meditation classes in an attempt to better manage the stresses of a demanding career, chronic health problems, and other life challenges. Nina found in her yoga andmeditation practice the means to improved health, increased stamina and emotional resilience, better stress management, and an added bonus of better body awareness, flexibility, strength and confidence that drastically improved her equestrian and other athletic skills.The stillness, spirituality and deepening of the mind-body-spirit connection drew Nina back to into a regular yoga practice, and eventually inspired her to become a yoga teacher. Nina completed her 200-Hour Yoga Alliance teacher training in 2017 at Bloom Yoga and Wellness in Southington, CT. Nina enjoys helping her students to cultivate a greater attitude of mindfulness, happiness and body awareness in her classes. Nina currently teaches Hatha, Gentle Hatha, Vinyasa, Beginner and Chair Yoga classes and gives talks on yoga for chronic illness, yoga philosophy, Sanskrit, and other yoga topics.When not on the mat, Nina’s hobbies and interests include geology, birdwatching, horseback riding, equine assisted therapy, travel, hiking, camping and enjoying nature and other outdoor activities with her husband and dogs.