The professional faculty at Yoga in Middletown are committed to helping each student reap the many benefits of yoga practice according to that person's ability and state of health.To that end we teach varying sequences of asana (physical postures) and pranayama (breathing practices).
We carefully observe our students and offer suggestions based on sound anatomical/kinesiological/yogic principles. Variations and substitutions are offered when indicated.
Beginning students are not expected to already be flexible or strong, or to know poses; we teach them.
Props are sometimes used to insure safety, to deepen poses, and to provide variety in order to awaken the bodymind's intelligence.
We incorporate ancient yet timeless yogic philosophical teachings that lead students' minds towards the experience of stability and serenity.
We are long time yoga practitioners who have personally undergone profound personal changes through yoga, as well as having prepared to teach yoga with some of the finest teachers in the world.
We are here to serve you, and we do so with joy, humor, and expertise.
Sandra Kopell, E-RYT Yoga Alliance, MALS, Studio Director, began the Yoga in Middletown program in 1991. She is a graduate of the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Center of Greater Boston Teacher Training Program where she studied with Patricia Walden and Peentz Dubble, and has been a teaching assistant to the latter. Her teaching is informed by four decades immersion in movement and mind/body studies that include the practice and teaching of yoga, modern dance, choreography, dance improvisation, anatomy and kinesiology. She holds a post-graduate degree in Dance and Movement Studies from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. She has also taught yoga to children at area public schools, and to the Wesleyan University Men's Lacrosse Team. She has trained new Yoga Instructors according to Yoga Alliance Standards, and is known for her innovative sequencing. She continues to study the Iyengar method.
Madeleine Hexter, Certified Iyengar Instructor, RYT-500 Yoga Alliance, is a graduate of The Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco's two year, 500 hour teacher training program, and has been teaching yoga since 2002
Amy Tate, M.Ed., RYT Yoga Alliance, PhD Lesley University, has seventeen years experience of hatha-yoga practice, and has been teaching yoga since 2004.She has taught children and adults in various settings in the greater Boston community and in Connecticut including Lesley University, Wesleyan University, Franciscan Hospital for Children, and the Cambridge Eating Disorder Center. She holds a Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health certification, and is currently immersed in the Iyengar method. Amy's teaching is informed by her present studies with Patricia Walden and other Iyengar yoga teachers. Amy's doctoral thesis is: Yoga for Women: Discourses of Gender and Health among Menstruating and Pregnant IyengarYyoga Practitioners
Rikki Alrutz holds degrees in Standing Pilates from the PhysicalMind Institute, and Matt, Reformer and Orbit Pilates from Balanced Body University. After playing professional tennis and suffering a career-ending injury, Rikki turned to Pilates and Yoga rather than to surgical procedures to recover. Melding her earlier career with her current one, she creates sport-specific therapeutic movement programs. Rikki is also certified in The Franklin Method, a system that incorporates he practical elements of body design and mind/body connection through imagery, experiential anatomy, movement, and touch. Her yoga certifcations come from the Zephir Yoga Teaching Training in Paris, France, accredited by the French Federation of Hatha Yoga, and the Sri Aurobindo Yoga Ashram in India.
Paola Maina, RYT Yoga Alliance,has been practicing yoga at Yoga in Middletown since 2000. She also graduated from the studio's Teacher Training Program in 2008. Paola is on maternity leave from her teaching position in the East Hartford Schools where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2007. She has taught yoga part-time at the studio since 2007, and is a student of Iyengar Yoga.
Danielle Crusafalli, RYT-500 Yoga Alliance,NYC, 500 hour Certified Therapist – Joseph LePage Integrative Yoga Therapy, 500 Hour Certified Restorative – Jillian Pransky Yoga, has been teaching since 2008.
The practice of yoga is the commitment to become established in the state of freedom.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, I. !2 tr: Alistair Shearer