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.
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.
My Mantra is . . .
Janelle’s journey inward started 4 years ago with YouTube videos and DVDs, which grew into a dedicated practice both at home and in studio, where she was introduced to meditation and living a holistic lifestyle. As Janelle dove deeper into her yoga practice she became hooked when she noticed the positive changes that began in both her mind and body. After becoming a certified instructor, and seeing the effect yoga had on adults, she wanted to share that with little ones as well, and has since become a certified Children’s Yoga Instructor. Janelle is grateful to have the opportunity to share the power of yoga with her community. She hopes to show her students the divine magic that lives within them, and inspire them to continue their practice off the mat, and to keep it with them throughout their daily lives.
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.
My Mantra is . . . Compassion
Andrea has been practicing yoga since 2008, when as a college student she was seeking a way to quiet her mind. Feeling uplifted and blessed by the amazing instructors and exposure to different disciplines, including Ashtanga, Forrest and Yin yoga, Andrea chose to continue her yoga journey by becoming a teacher herself. In 2011 Andrea received her 200HR certification from Joschi International in Chelsea. Through yoga, Andrea has learned to love herself not for what she has the ability to do or not do but for the person that she is. Andrea encourages every one of her students to do the same.
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.
My Mantra is . . . Balance
Ellen started ballet lessons at the age of 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 soon 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 feelings of freedom and joyfulness that aerial fitness provides and is happy to share her love of being upside down. Elin is a certifies Fly Gym Aerial Fitness®Instructor, Om Factory Certifies Aerial Yoga Instructor, 200HR RYT Vinyasa Yoga Intructor, Climb & Spin® Pole Dance Instructor and LaBlast® Ballroom Fitness Instructor.