Meet our Teachers

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lisa

My Mantra is… Never give up.

Lisa started practicing yoga in 2003 after a running injury. She completed her 200-hour yoga teaching certification in 2016 with Karen Rider. Along the way, she learned that yoga strengthens the body, the spirit and the mind.  Lisa lives a compassionate, vegan lifestyle as a single mom of a spirited 8-year old boy and a 9- year old rescue border collie.   She teaches an upbeat, flowing Vinyasa class, incorporating breath and alignment along with energetic music and humor.

“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self” –The Bhagavad Gita

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Rachel L

My Mantra is … The only way out is through.

After a career in film distribution, Rachel found yoga as a way to destress and find balance. It opened up a whole new world and way of life, leading her to take her practice to the next level. She received her 200 hour teaching certification from Laughing Lotus in New York City. She loves the way that yoga connects you to the deliciousness of the present moment, through both movement and stillness, uniting mind, body, spirit, through the breath. A natural healer, and drawn to all things that offer harmony and equilibrium, she also received her Advanced Restorative Yoga certification from Laughing Lotus, is a level two Reiki practitioner, and an aromatherapist. Incorporating all these elements into her classes, she teaches with an intent to encourage mindfulness, self-reflection, self-discovery, self-empowerment, stress management, and relaxation in her students. Rachel also volunteers at Guiding Eyes for the Blind Early Socializing 4 week old puppies and can’t let a dog by without petting it…especially Sadie, her Black Lab/Beagle mix rescue! She also her own line of yoga-themed jewelry and essential oil blends. She’ll see you on the mat!

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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.

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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.

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Robyn

My Mantra is …. Sthira sukham asanam (steadiness and ease)

Robyn discovered yoga for the first time at a local YMCA, looking for a good workout. Over the next months, she was amazed at the transformation in her posture, strength, and flexibility. In 2015, stressed and unfulfilled with part-time retail and office jobs, waiting to attend the next yoga class, she had her ah-ha! moment. Realizing that yoga could be a way of life, she started her teacher training and hasn’t looked back. Robyn focuses on making her classes accessible but still challenging, providing the building blocks necessary to help students achieve their goals. Robyn’s classes are both invigorating and relaxing. Her focus is on encouraging students to feel empowered with their practice, on and off the mat.

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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!

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Casey

My Mantra is “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”  — Pablo Picasso

Casey completed her RYT 200 Vinyasa training with Banyan Gallagher at Anamaya, Costa Rica.  Casey’s journey into yoga started over 10 years ago, while she was searching for a gentle way to heal an injury. She discovered that yoga is a way to not only heal and strengthen the body, but it also is a practice that can have a transformative impact on the mind and the soul. Her teaching style aims to bring the body and mind in balance.  Casey focuses on sculpting classes that will inspire and challenge the student in a safe, fun and relaxed environment, while also encouraging time for thoughtful mediation and self-reflection. She believes yoga is a continual journey and seeks to instill a passion for it within her students.