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Owner - Sanctuary Power Yoga
My introduction to yoga came with practicing yoga with videotapes in my living room. After time, and with some prodding from a friend, I ventured into my first heated, power yoga class. I loved it. It was an experience unlike any other. Before that, I had been a dancer, a swimmer, a runner, a biker, a gym enthusiast. But after that first class, I knew yoga was it for me. Yoga means "union" & that is what I feel every time I get on my mat. My body, my breath, my mind, my spirit - all united. I feel whole & connected. Yoga has transformed me & the way I live my life. It seemed a natural progression for me, then, to become a teacher of yoga. To share what I love about this practice with others. And every time I teach, I learn more about myself. I have been teaching heated power yoga for more than 10 years & have been blessed to train, practice & work with many, many gifted & inspirational teachers. In March 2011, my family & I moved from the Boston area, back to Connecticut where I grew up. When the opportunity to open Sanctuary Power Yoga presented itself to me, it was literally a dream come true. I am thrilled to be able to bring this type of yoga to the area & to be able to create sacred space where people can come together to practice & share their time & energy. Whether you are a seasoned yogi or have never tried yoga before, I personally invite you to join me for a class at Sanctuary Power Yoga. To breathe, sweat & experience transformation for yourself.
After struggling for years with a series of unhealthy choices and behaviors, including an eating disorder and depression, I was finally able to find balance and restoration in my life through yoga. I started off doing yoga in my bedroom - watching videos and listening to tapes. I was at first hesitant to go to a class, and felt very unnerved by the idea people looking at me, and judging me. Slowly this fear lessened, and I made it to my first Vinyasa class.  I realized very quickly that people weren't staring at me or judging me. I slowly began to completely let go of fear that I had. It was  not long after my first real class that I knew that I wanted to teach yoga.  Yoga has allowed me to change my life dramatically through persistent practice with others, as well as by myself - yoga has transformed my life in so many ways. My mission is to spread my knowledge of yoga to those I teach, and allow space for students to find their own balance and healthy lifestyle.
Yoga holds a special place in my heart. For a long time, any sort of physical activity was really something I just never wanted a part of. After I graduated High School, I had no drivers license, no plans for college & no job. For about a year I stayed home alone - I developed anxiety, to the point where leaving my house was actually frightening to me. I became very depressed and gained weight. One day I decided that I had to do something, and began researching physical activities I could do without leaving my house. I stumbled onto yoga and I began practicing in my room, with a towel as a mat. Not only did yoga help me get back in physical shape, but it also helped with my anxiety. I started to slowly creep out of my room and back into the world. Within months I had my drivers license & started college. I am now living and loving life - finding passion I never had before and practicing yoga! Yoga has inspired me to teach & I hope to share the gifts yoga has given me with others.
I spent time exploring many different styles and practices of yoga & the traditions of a yoga lifestyle. I began practicing yoga regularly in 2008 & fell in love with Vinyasa Flow (Power) yoga. I am passionate about teaching students to link breath and movement - to immerse themselves in breath & be in the present moment, to let go and connect body, mind and spirit while moving through a physical practice. I strive to create a class & space that allows students the opportunity to open their mind & trust their intuition - exploring what breath and body can create on the mat which leads to coloring outside the lines off the mat..taking their practice into their everyday life.
I began practicing yoga regularly in 2013. After having my second child, I was sleep deprived, not feeling great about my body, & having a hard time managing my anxiety. I knew yoga was a great physical workout, but I had also heard of it's other benefits - reducing stress, helping with anxiety, and... it was QUIET. So I would practice to YouTube videos in my woodstove room while my little one napped and my older child played. As I began other forms of exercise at home, I continued to practice yoga & wanted to try going to studio. I found Sanctuary Power Yoga & I loved my first class! As I began practicing more & integrating more yoga into my life, I noticed life was getting easier & I began feeling more content. Now, my practice is a part of my life for which I am quite grateful. I decided to become a yoga teacher to share my love of this practice with others.
The human body is the most versatile & beautiful tool that any and all of us have at our disposal, & I have found no better way to explore the potential & infinite possibilities presented by that tool than through the practice of yoga. While I have engaged in a physical practice of one sort or another consistently over the last ten years, my practice of yoga has really begun to deepen & broaden in the last couple of years. I realized at a certain point that I was making many demands of my body without taking any time to celebrate it. When I am on my mat, there is an underlying sense of celebration - for my body, which allows me to practice - for my breath, which renews and supports me - for my mind, which spurs my curiosity - & finally, a celebration of the opportunity to integrate and synchronize all three through yoga. To be able to teach & to share in that celebration with others, wherever they are in their journey, is both an honor and a privilege.

I've always dabbled in different styles of yoga, taking a class here and there, until I was in college & found myself struggling. Yoga then became the only constant for me & the place I would retreat to, time & time again. Since then, I haven't been able to get enough of it. My practice has taught me, & continues to teach me, that there is only this moment & this breath. To always come back to my breath, on & off my mat, & to lean on it for support. To me, yoga is about finding the power within & allowing it to guide you.

I started practicing yoga in 2012, when I began experiencing all sorts of pain from my lower back to my head along with anxiety and depression. It had been suggested that I try yoga as a form of therapy. I did, & found that it was so much more than just physical therapy. I learned that there exists a strong connection between my physical body, energetic body, and emotional
being. Through yoga & meditation, I have been able to truly understand my feelings & energy manifest in my body. As a high school math teacher, I encounter adolescents who are experiencing stress & don't know how to handle it. I now run a weekly
yoga club for students and hope to inspire other high schools to offer yoga as well.
I took my first yoga class at Sanctuary in 2013 & I was hooked. With an athletic background consisting of basketball & track, & an active lifestyle filled with activities like tennis, roller-blading, and hiking, I like a sweat, a challenge & competition. Yoga is truly a competition with & of yourself - to hold integrity & to become a better version of yourself. I have learned & gained so much through this practice. Yoga holds a special place in my heart because of it's healing qualities & numerous other benefits. Finding a deeper connection to myself on my mat, through movement & breath has lifted my spirit, enhanced all areas of my life & helped create a much healthier lifestyle. I am honored to pass this practice along to others & to hold space for others to grow, release, and realize potentiality. I am beyond grateful for this practice.
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