TEACHERS

 
 
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Mimi Brainard

I began practicing yoga in New York City 30 years ago when a friend invited me to a class taught by a diminutive Australian woman. It was Iyengar style and as I watched this tiny woman’s spine lengthen and unfold like an accordion, I was hooked. By the end of the class I swore she was two inches taller and I was as well. Not long after, I found Ashtanga at the Jivamukti Yoga Center and there was no turning back for this young yogini. But through all the styles I have practiced, three things remained paramount:  breath, alignment, and movement. I have practiced Kula Flow for over 10 years and am trained and certified in Kula Foundations from the Kula Yoga Project in NYC. My classes are designed to allow you to work secretly from within while letting you sweat and wring out the day's tensions. I am absolutely certain that a daily practice holds the key to good health in body and mind and I only hope to share with students my love of yoga and the creativity of the Kula style. I am eternally grateful to my teacher and life long friend Schuyler Grant who has shown me the way and led by example.
I am indebted to Liza Dousson for her years of guidance and teachings in YIN yoga. I am also working towards a 100 hr Backcare and Herniation Certification with Alison West at Yoga Union in NYC. I have found her rigorous training program, disciplined studio atmosphere and profound teachings in alignment, anatomy, the Yoga Sutras, mudras, chanting and respect for one another to be one of the most transformative experiences in my life.


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Stephen Masullo

Stephen Masullo is a Spiritual Engineer. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2005, he wound up working for a small engineering company in Niantic CT full time for 6 years. In 2012 he completed his 200 hour Yoga Teacher certification from Kripalu School of Yoga, and that following May moved into Kripalu for a 2 year resident internship with their school of yoga. During his 2 year stint at Kripalu he assisted, managed and taught in their 200 hour and 500 hour yoga teacher trainings as well as receiving the 500 hour training. He also took a slew of other trainings from a multitude of disciplines, including Thai Yoga Massage trainings from Lotus Palm. www.stephenmasullo.com


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Anne Konstantino

Anne is a licensed and practicing physical therapist and a certified Baptiste Yoga instructor, having studied extensively with the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute. In addition to having studied over 400 hours with Baron Baptiste, Anne continues to study gentle and therapeutic yoga through physical therapy courses, recently completing a restorative yoga teacher training with Judith Lasater, Phd., PT. Since 1993, Anne has worked in orthopedic outpatient physical therapy, providing care to patients who are recovering from injury and surgery, as well as patients with chronic pain. Anne has been teaching yoga since 2010 and has been practicing since 1999.


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Grace Osora 

Grace Osora Erhart (RYT 500) brings her deep love for yoga and decades of experience to the mat. For Grace, yoga is mediation in motion, and the physical aspects, though important, are simply a vehicle for personal growth and present-moment awareness. Putting special emphasis on pranayam (breathing exercises), she guides her classes through an energy-learning physical practice so that her students can feel more balanced, stable, and alive. Grace's yoga training began at Kripalu thirty years ago and since then she has integrated her many talents in to her teaching including her roles as a Registered Nurse, Licensed Massage Therapist, Phoenix Rising Massage Therapist, and Level 3 Dream Teacher in the Robert Moss School of Active Dreaming.

http://www.graceyogact.com


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Renee LaMark Muir

Renee LaMark Muir (E-RYT 500) is a certified Prana Flow® and Kripalu yoga instructor.  She is currently completing a second 300-hour advanced teacher training with Pranakriya Yoga and a 1008-hour affiliate teacher trainer program with Prana Flow®.  As a life-long student of yoga, Renee is grateful to and continues to study with her teachers Shiva Rae and Yoganand Michael Carroll.  Renee also practices regularly with other extraordinary teachers including Seane Corn, Saul David Raye, Gina Caputo and Coral Brown. She regularly practices and studies at the Kripalu Center in Lennox, Massachusetts, and the Samudra Global School of Living.
During the past 35 years, Renee has practiced many styles of yoga and studied different yoga traditions but found her path in Prana Flow® and Kripalu.  Her approach to teaching yoga is energetic, athletic and fun. She emphasizes the fusion of sacred vinyasa with contemporary dynamic sequences that integrate breath and movement, inner and outer alignment, strength, flexibility, equanimity, and humor with a touch of Tantra philosophy. Renee’s classes are athletically and mentally challenging and uplifting. She is an inspiring, empathetic teacher with a clear and playful style of encouraging you to fearlessly navigate your edge, open your heart, and boldly dive in to express your “best self.”

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Christine Naktenis

Christine comes to Root from the West Hartford Yoga program and has studied with many different teachers, including Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, and Baron Baptiste. She blends all that she has learned into a very intuitive style flow practice. She found the yogic path more than a decade ago when she realized the need for more quiet space in her active life. While still keeping a strong vinyasa practice she is able to quiet her mind using breathing tools and meditation, which she integrates into her teaching as well.
When not teaching yoga, Christine spends time with her family in the great outdoors, as well as her other career: flying helicopters. Yoga definitely keeps her grounded.

 

 
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Erin Bartolome

Erin is a 500HR Kripalu Yoga Instructor and is currently working towards her 1000HR through Kripalu. In 2012, she received her 200HR Training at Kripalu, 50HR at Creative Kids Yoga School, and 50HR Tibetan Meditation Training with Lama Allione. In 2013 she lived in Thailand and completed a month-long Ashtanga Yoga Immersion, Ayurvedic Internship, and a 200HR Ashtanga Training. In 2014, Erin continued to train at Kripalu where she completed a 75HR Vinyasa Training and a 75HR Special Populations Training. In 2015, Erin completed a 75HR Advanced Asana and Pranayama Training and a Reiki Level I Training. In 2016, she completed a Reiki Level II Training at Healing Connections Energy Medicine, a two-week Leadership Intensive in Costa Rica and a Seven month Souluna Life Coach Training. In 2017, Erin completed her final 500HR module at Kripalu with a 75HR Advanced Meditation Training. In 2018, Erin started her 1000HR at Kripalu with completing a 29HR Creating Transformational Workshops Training and a 30HR Judith Lasater Restorative Yoga Training. 

Erin has been assisting the Kripalu Yoga Teacher Trainings and Inspired Living Programs since 2015 and will always continue to. Erin obtained her Bachelor’s in Communications and is a firm believer that modern technology has faded our natural form of connection to each other, nature and ourselves. This is where she believes that yoga will shift these habits. Her mission is to empower any level student in a safe and nonjudgmental setting. http://evolvewitherin.com/about/

 


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Meredith Dow

Yoga has been an integral part of Meredith’s life for the past 15 years. A subtle voice during a time of turmoil guided her to Kripalu where she became a certified yoga instructor on July 1st, 2011. Luckily, immersed in all things yoga for an entire month, six to eight hours of yoga, pranayama, and meditation each day, woke her up and saved her.

She’s a much happier human being now, grateful each day for THIS LIFE. Her idea of yoga began as a solid asana practice and has since developed into a strong meditation practice. Sitting allows her to listen to something much greater than herself, a higher power. This practice brings forth focus, clarity and constantly brings her back to COMPASSION for herself and others.

Meredith's classes are a physical and spiritual journey led by the breath and the heart. Her moderate classes are STRONG and grounding; her Gentle classes are sweet with a clear beginning, middle, and end. Most classes will start with a seated centering, a guided meditation, and/or pranayama (breathwork). Her style enables her students to relish in the "power of the pause" and allow the inner wisdom within our bodies to rise above the chatter of our everyday lives.

Meredith is deeply influenced and grateful to all of her teachers, Brahmani Liebman, Jashoda Edmunds, Beryl Bender Birch, and currently, Elena Brower, to name a few. You'll find Kripalu Yoga woven next to Kundalini, sprinkled with some Yin, Vinyasa, and Katonah Yoga. Her style will keep you guessing as to what you will learn next. With humor, encouragement and trust, built overtime between teacher and student, you'll be ready to try the seemingly impossible!


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Gajinder Kaur

Gajinder Kaur is a 200 hour, IKYTA certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor. She fulfilled her teacher training at Guru Ram Das Ashram in Millis, Massachusetts, and she has been teaching private and public classes in the Hamptons and throughout Eastern Connecticut. She brings her love of the Naad- the sound current - into her classes with an emphasis on chanting and with a 30" symphonic gong which she plays during savasana to promote deep relaxation and healing. Gajinder has additional training in SuperHealth, a system of yogic therapeutic technology for breaking habits and addictive behavior. It is her pleasure and purpose to share this yogic science with anyone ready to receive it! 

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Laurence Lavagne

Laurence moved from Paris to United States some 20 years ago. She has been practicing Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga for many years; she turned her practice to Kundalini Yoga 6 years ago. “The experience of my first Kundalini class absolutely blew me away, I never felt such level of energy afterwards, it really changed me”. Laurence is a certified IKTA, Kundalini Yoga teacher. She has been trained at Y4E in Fairfield CT; practiced along her fantastic teacher and mentor Anne Novak. She taught classes in Newport RI and Washington CT. During her training she followed advanced Anatomy and Physiology classes to deepen her understanding of the power that yoga exercises have on the body; she is taking regular professional trainings to always share more with her students the multiple benefits of Kundalini Yoga as therapy. She teaches students of all levels of fitness and experience and focuses on creating a joyful learning environment that is safe, accessible and effective for all.

 “ As a teacher it is such a wonderful satisfaction to watch how the practice delivers amazing immediate results and profound long term benefits.” “You teach these things to build people, to nurture people, to bring their reality out, bring their personality out, take away their cavities, take away their downfalls, their pitfalls. Through this teaching you have a very perfect quality to stimulate the real strength in a person.” Yogi Bhajan



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Kathy McKeough

I have been a yoga practitioner for over 40 years. During that period my love and dedication to yoga has deepened. I truly believe that people of any capability can practice yoga and, that it changes lives. After retiring from the “Corporate Life” I received my Yoga Alliance 200 Teacher Certification, from Innerlight Center for Yoga and Meditation in Middletown, RI. I have since become an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, with over 2,000 hours of teaching experience. During the last three years, in addition to my regular practice, I have focused on expanding my knowledge about Dr. Loren Fishman’s work in Yoga for Osteoporosis. And, I developed a program, in conjunction with my colleagues, based on Dr. Fishman’s work.

I have taught yoga for over 12 years including Restorative, Beginner,

Moderate Yoga, Gentle and Building Bones and Balance (Yoga for Osteoporosis) classes at Innerlight Yoga Studio. I enjoy combining a gentle style of teaching with visualization and pranayama to create a learning experience that teaches and relaxes my students to optimize their health and practice. I am equally dedicated to a focus on alignment, combined with gentle assists to guide my students to deepen their asana experience and practice. I love to teach and find energy and learning from working with my students. My background and training is in Sivananda, Anusara, Yoga for Osteoporosis and Kripaulu yoga.

 

In 2012 I began training in Thai Yoga Bodywork and have a practice in Newport, RI. I am trained in Reikii at the Master Level.