Meet our Teachers

DSC_0157

Linda

Mantra Owner

My Mantra is… Let go

Linda discovered yoga 20 years ago when seeking a remedy to the stress of her corporate career. From her first class, she was hooked. In the years that followed, her love for yoga grew as she discovered that these postures, movements and breathing exercises are not just another form of exercise, but that they hold the key to good health, happiness and overall wellness. In 2012, Linda decided to leave the corporate world and pursue her dream of teaching Yoga and sharing what she had discovered with others. She began with a Hot Yoga certification from Yoga To The People and shortly after received her 200-hour certification from Yoga Works. Her classes are light and fun with a focus on proper alignment and breathing techniques. Linda encourages her students to never lose their beginner’s mind and to bring the lessons of self-acceptance, patience and letting go learned on their mat into their homes, workplaces and communities.

Claudia_1

Claudia

My Mantra is… Believe

Claudia came to yoga looking to help recover and strengthen her body as a compliment to distance running, but soon found that in addition to the physical benefits, yoga was gradually starting to impact her life beyond the mat as well. The more that Claudia came to embrace the connection between breath and body, she noted a shift in how she approached situations that she had previously found challenging. As her practice grew, so grew her desire to share what yoga had provided her with others. Claudia completed the Mantra 200HR RYT Yoga Alliance Training Program, and now with Vinyasa and Yin style classes, she focuses on creating a supportive environment where students are free to listen to their bodies and embrace new challenges while growing their own yoga practice.

IMG_20181112_212832_606

Rachel P.

My Mantra is… May all beings be happy and free

Rachel found yoga initially as a tool to complement other forms of exercise in 2013, but quickly realized that it was much more than something to do on rest days. Since then, and with a consistent yoga practice, Rachel continues to see and experience how a strong connection between the mind and body not only helps to improve physical performance (particularly as a runner), but also creates a calmer, more balanced, and mindful life. Rachel received her 200 hour teaching certification from Dew Yoga in Stamford under the teaching of Jen Irwin and Karen Rider. Her yoga focuses on bringing the mind and the body together through strong, conscious movements aimed at bringing relief to the physical body and preventing injuries.

181029-39

Gisele

My Mantra is . . . Ascend

Gisele loves Aerial Fabric and anything even remotely related to it — climbing, being upside down, dance, yoga… Gisele started exploring aerial circus in 2012 in Boulder Colorado at Frequent Flyers Productions. Gisele was hooked after spending an intensive two weeks learning under contemporary circus artist, Laura Stokes, at the world-renowned Aerial Dance Festival. Gisele then moved to Vermont where she continued to train at the New England Center for Circus Arts under Cirque du Soliel’s twin duo, Serenity and Elsie Smith.  Gisele learned she loves to teach her art when she moved to Connecticut and started making friends with people at the studio. Gisele returned to NECCA for teacher certification and now teaches here at Mantra.

DSC_0269

Tammy

My Mantra is . . . Dream

Tammy began her journey as a child participating in tap, jazz, hip-hop and gymnastics. As an adult, she found a love for not only yoga but aerial arts, especially.  By discovering Mantra’s Aerial Arts, she felt a great sense of kismet! Tammy lives and breathes the benefits of aerial arts. Tammy trained under Carla Zilka and became a certified Aerial Arts instructor. Tammy is also certified in Angel Intuitive Therapy and Reiki I & II. In her free time she loves reading Tarot/Oracle cards, cycling and raising money for charity. Tammy encourages everyone to feel empowered during their practice.

WEsite_2

Jesse

My Mantra is… Live a life less ordinary, live a life extraordinary.

Jesse took her first Aerial Silk class her junior year of college as an extra-curricular class on the weekends. She thought it would just be a cool way to work out… little did she know how much it would impact her life! She was hooked—any free time she had she was spent playing on the silks (and still is). After graduating and moving back home to Georgia, Jesse realized that she was not able to train and perform from the rural confines of the south. So, she packed up her bags and moved to the greater New York area in 2016. Here she has continued to train and perform, broadening her repertoire to include Aerial Rope and Lyra. Jesse’s enthusiasm for Aerial arts is infectious. Her classes are energetic and playful with a focus on building strength, flexibility, and confidence. Her goal is that every student leaves feeling as invigorated as she did after her first class!

Oberheim Photo

Stephanie

My Mantra is…

Stephanie found yoga in 2010 and immediately loved the practice after her first vinyasa class. She’s practiced many types of yoga including Ashtanga, Baptiste, Bikram, and Yin but her heart lies within the vinyasa practice. She soon discovered how much of a positive impact her yoga practice was having on her life, and realized she wanted to share her passion and practice with others. She completed her 200- hour teacher training from Soul Space Yoga in December of 2016. Expect her class to be a journey through the physical practice with emphasis on the breath, leaving each student feeling open, at ease and deeply connected to their body.