Judy Orr Yoga Program Director
When Judy first stepped onto her mat and realized what life changing principles and connections yoga has to offer, she was hooked. After spending many years practicing different styles of yoga which included Bikram, Vinyasa, Dharma Mittra and Jiva Mukti, she began her journey as a teacher in 2013.
Judy brings to her class humor, energy and lightheartedness. She combines a challenging Vinyasa flow with attention to breath, alignment, and yogic philosophy while encouraging her students to practice their yoga off their mats and into their everyday lives.
Training/certification: Buddha Power Yoga 200hr teacher training with Lyn Kehoe, Foundations of Thai Yoga with Shai Plonski, Restorative Yoga with Jillian Pransky, Yin Yoga with Biff Mithoefer, Y12SR for Addiction, Reiki with Brett Bevell. In 2017 Judy completed 300 hour teacher certification with Gina Norman.
Wendy was introduced to yoga during her first pregnancy. Yoga always seemed to give her a sense of stability, peace, and inner strength even in times of transition. She is a Yoga Alliance 500 hour certified yoga instructor and specializes in vinyasa, yin, restorative, and yoga 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR) and has taught all ages from children to seniors.
Over a decade ago, Sarah's yoga journey began overlooking the Andes Mountains. Since then, her practice has evolved in many ways, but what has remained consistent is her desire to be forever a student, and forever learning.
Sarah's classes are soulful and sweaty. Linking breath (pranayama, or life force) with movement, in a challenging yet mindful approach, she will take you through an alignment based vinyasa practice. Expect to hear bumpin' beats to help you tune out and turn in.
"To me, yoga is moving meditation. It is athletic poetry. It is also a way for us to "yoke", to join, to unify, body and soul. I think what yoga really helps me to do is to connect more deeply to myself so I might be able to better connect to the world. But my practice continues to grow and develop, and I think that is what makes it so nourishing and exciting. Yoga is a life's work, it is a life practice."
Having lived abroad, travelled to various corners of the globe, and rich personal experiences, she grounds her teaching in wisdom of a closely observed life. Some of her most profound lessons and reflections come from her work as a literature teacher at Fairfield Ludlowe High School.
Her 200-HR. YTT from Saraswati's Yoga Joint, a Masters Degree in Education and the incredible teachers she continues to meet along the way, have had a profound impact on her asana and philosophical approach. In both the high school classroom and the yoga room, she truly believes that the best teachers are life long students, and she continues to learn some of life's most poignant lessons through her students.
Kristen O'Rourke McGovern
It took one yoga class and she was hooked. Kristen has been practicing yoga and incorporating its philosophy into her life since 2006. After years of running marathons and trying to break PRs, she was looking for a more meaningful, less competitive way to connect with her true nature. It took one yoga class and she was hooked. The synthesis of movement and deep connection with breath left her feeling so incredible, that she never turned back. Her classes combine traditional asana and pranayama with twisting, balance work and core/abdominal integration, providing an opportunity to explore the spiritual through the physical. Kristen is a 200 hour Yoga Alliance teacher, specializing in Power Vinyasa, Restorative and Kids. She also received a certification from Y12SR a 12 Step Recovery Yoga program.
Jennifer quickly traded in her gym membership for a mat in 2005. She found the benefits of yoga reached far beyond the physical.
"I fell in love with the peace of mind, clarity, strength and overall endurance a regular asana and pranayama practice provided" In 2011, Jennifer enrolled in a 200 hour teacher training at Saraswati's Yoga Joint. She followed this up in the summer of 2012 with a training at Karma Kids Yoga in NYC, and completed her 500-hour training through a mentorship program with Mitchel Bleier of MB Yoga in 2013. She will always be a student of yoga and of life.
Jennifer's classes are upbeat, challenging and infused with great music.
Emma Speer was born and bred in Bridgeport, CT. She started yoga at the ripe age of fifteen, received her 200-hr Vinyasa Certification from Saraswati's of Norwalk by sixteen and has been teaching ever since. She’s honored to have taught in a variety of places from California to Connecticut, from five-year old girls at the Sheehan Center in Bridgeport to varsity athletes at Yale, from students with diabetes at FitScript in New Haven to elderly in Sausalito. She has also been an avid runner for ten years and has tried her hand at Martial Arts and acrobatics. She graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in Cognitive Science and currently teaches math, physics creative writing and standardized testing to high school and college students. Outside of academia, Emma has toured the country with her improv comedy troupe Just Add Water, written and performed sketch and stand up comedy and published several essays and podcasts. She continues to rejoice in life’s bounty and to use art as a prayer of gratitude and wonderment. Emma teaches every class with this same perspective. She maintains a deep respect and awe for the integration of breath, body and mind. The most difficult things are the one’s we try to run away from, and Emma challenges her students to explore these tender moments, whether mental or muscular. Sometimes this means firing up and flowing, sometimes this means hunkering down and holding. She would be honored if you came and explored with her.
Halley Ceglia Terrell
Halley is a clinical social worker, health/life coach, yoga/meditation teacher and reiki practitioner specializing in anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD/trauma, disordered eating, women's health and developmental disorders (ASD, Asperger's, High Functioning Autism). She has been a clinical social worker for over 15 years and has incorporated coaching over the past 5 years. Halley brought yoga into her practice in 2014, in order to use movement, mindfulness, breath work and meditation to aide in the therapeutic process. Her approach is eclectic, drawing on all of the above, to treat a wide range of living challenges.
She is also skilled in women's support groups, meditation circles, mindfulness practices and yoga (breath, meditation and movement) based support. Halley runs yoga programs for children and teens with special needs in weekly classes, summer programs and vacation sessions. She received her 200 hour teacher training from Pavones Yoga Center in Costa Rica, Kripalu Yoga.
Shinda is a lifelong resident of the city of Bridgeport. Realizing the need to heal from past trama and unresolved issues, as a result from the challenges of growing up in an Urban city, She discovered yoga in her early thirties. Developing a regular routine yoga practice helped to change her life dramatically. With the understanding that you can't keep what you have without giving it away, shinda decided to share her love of yoga with her community. In 2016 she became a 200-hour certified vinyasa yoga instructor through Kaia yoga Westport. Shinda continues to grow as an instructor by continuing her yoga studies there. Come this fall of 2018, she will be attending Housatonic Community College, to pursue a degree in Human Services.
Megan discovered yoga while studying at The Boulder College of Massage Therapy in the late Nineties, and yet feels as if she has just scratched the surface to this sacred tradition of Dharmic living. She went on to receive 200-hr Hatha Yoga Certification from The Sambhava School of Yoga, an ashram nestled in Eldorado Canyon, South of Boulder, Colorado. Finding gratitude everyday for sharing the gifts of these healing practices, and taking yoga off the mat enjoying the always evolving yogic journey. Her classes are transformational, creative and fun. Challenging for more seasoned yogis yet accessible to all levels. Megan weaves vinyasa sequences with relatable philosophy, meditation, pranayama, anatomy, massage, and eclectic music. The common thread in all her classes are sequences driven by collective energy and intuition, participants always leaving moved, inspired, and ready to seize the day.
A Kripalu retreat called Quarter Life Calling inspired Liz to complete her 200-hour training at Kaia Yoga in 2012. She teaches a flowing vinyasa class that invites purposeful exploration and dialogue of the body, mind, and spirit. Her background studying Philosophy and Psychology inform the thematic structure of her classes and connect our yoga on the mat to our lives.
NYC native Mark Hason has practiced yoga for over 20 years. His mind and spirit were first opened studying under Sharon Ganon and David Life at Jivamukti Yoga. Initially seeking to balance a fast-paced and stressful career in the music business, he quickly discovered the power, focus, and flexibility developed on the mat perfectly complimented his passions for skiing, surfing and competitive endurance sports. Rooted in the Ashtanga and Vinyasa traditions Mark’s yoga practice integrates strong physicality with graceful moving meditation.
Mark is an RYS certified yoga instructor, completing his 200 hour training in 2015, and currently finishing his 500 hour advanced training.
Radika Tikem was born in Moldova and grew up in Moscow.
Two years ago she began to study Vedic knowledge and Ayurveda, through that she came to yoga and then astrology. She is a professional astrologer and believes in the stars and planets✨
She sees yoga not only as a physical practice but is also something more - it’s a spiritual transformation and awareness that helps to open the mind and hearts in a major way.