Lorelei Sowa has been working in the fitness industry for over a decade. She started teaching Barre since becoming Exhale certified in 2015. Her teaching style incorporates musicality along with hands on corrections to situate the practitioner in the safest ideal and safest position for building strength with body weight movements. While barre class is a total body workout, Lorelei really focuses on core strengthening through all the thigh, gluteus muscles, as well as upper body movements. Alignment first, movement second is a key motto. Flexibility, core strength and body shaping will all be dramatically improved through regular attendance. The class is suited for all levels of fitness, ages and genders. She challenges your body with what it has to offer today. Its all about believing in the process and making Progress! She is Exhale Barre certified, Level 1,2,3. NASM, Hot Hatha Yoga
Lindsay Hansen is a full time dance educator for Hartford Public Schools. She holds a certification in Dance Education and Elementary Education. Lindsay is comprehensively certified Peak Pilates instructor. Lindsay has been a Barre, Pilates, and movement instructor for over five years.
Alyson is passionate about leading a healthy and fulfilling life, while helping others to achieve the same. Yoga has always felt like her true calling and Alyson is grateful to share this vocation with others. She is a RYT and completed her 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at the InHarmony AyurYoga school in Estepona, Spain. She specializes in Ayurveda, a sister-science to Yoga, which translates to the Science of Life. Therefore, her practice might be slow and grounding on a hot summer day, or uplifting and invigorating on a damp; cool spring morning. She enjoys teaching yoga to all people, at all levels and abilities, while respecting each body’s unique need. Alyson recently completed her Level I certification as an Energy Medicine Yoga practitioner, and continues to study with Lauren Walker. Alyson believes that combining mind, body, and energy work through Yoga is what really creates a unique and beautiful practice for each individual. While Alyson is not teaching, she enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, reading, writing, and is working towards completing a Masters in Integrative Health and Healing.
In 2014, Mary completed her 200 hour West Hartford Power Teacher Training program and teaches All Levels classes, Kids' Yoga and Power Flows with a calmness that allows students to explore their challenges with ease and comfort. She has also been teaching barre since 2016. Prepare to overhead press, curtsy lunge and push through a plank sequence to an upbeat playlist! Additionally, Mary has been in the education field for over 20 years. As a result of working with youth, adolescents and adults, Mary has developed techniques that allow her to hone in on the skills of others, as well as support them in reaching their goals.
Meredith received her RYT-200 yoga teacher certification at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Initially, Meredith's yoga practice began as a way to exercise and sweat but it quickly became a daily ritual. Yoga has transformed the way Meredith sees life and the strong connection between the mind and the body. Meredith is also a certified Total Barre instructor, where she is able to use her dance and choreography experience. In her classes, you will feel her love for dance, music and movement. Meredith plans to continue to grow and focus her career in the health & wellness industry.
Alana’s biggest passions in life are her family and living a healthy lifestyle while balancing nutrition and physical fitness. Whether it’s a group class or raking the yard, she realized that working in physical activity every day makes her a better mother to her four kids! Alana has been a group fitness instructor since 2006. She loves teaching a variety of modalities such as interval, boot camp, weight training and, of course, barre! In 2009 she expanded her teaching modalities and earned her Spinning Certification through Mad Dogg Athletics. She followed that with certification for Stages Cycling in 2017 and completed her Total Barre certification recently. Alana loves the camaraderie and energy created in a group setting and finds it key to motivating everyone in the room!
Nina Camarata hails from Manchester, CT, where she began her dance journey at the age of 3. Classically trained at the Manchester Ballet Company, she has studied several genres of the arts including jazz & lyrical. After high school, she moved on to the Hartford Conservtory, continuing her classical training and development in other forms of dance including the Martha Graham method of Modern, tap, jazz, and yoga, in addition to the study of Kinesiology. Having successfully completed the program at the Conservatory, she moved on to earn her Arts Degree at Dean College, continuing the classical focus of training, including a multitude of Modern methods, ranging from Dunham, Humphrey and Limon. Nina participated in, and created several pieces of student choreography, which also developed into a passion for hip-hop and a continued love and respect for the world of dance itself. Having graduated Dean College in 2002, Nina began teaching in her home state of Connecticut at several local studios, teaching students as young as 2, in addition to local University of Hartford students. Nina stepped away from teaching while obtaining her business degree, but her love and passion of the art of dance and movement has compelled her to return. She is elated to be able to utilize her education and passion for the students of Glastonbury Barre & Yoga.
Corey is RYT-200 certified in LivFree Power Yoga and completed her training at The Yoga Shop. Corey first went to a yoga class looking for a workout, but soon realized that yoga is so much more. She believes that no matter how challenging your day has been, yoga can help you re-center, let go of the negative and focus on the positive. After each physical practice, she steps off her mat feeling confident, refreshed, invigorated, and ready for anything- and she can’t wait to share that feeling with you! Corey’s classes feature an all-levels power vinyasa flow, creative sequencing, and connection of breath to movement.
Liz began studying classical ballet at the age of three, continuing through her teens. Her dance background has helped her to understand the body from a movement perspective and also to see and understand the connection with body and mind. At the same time she was yearning to get back to her dance roots, barre classes were becoming popular. It was a natural next-step for Liz to begin teaching barre. She is certified through Exhale in New York City.
Students can expect a challenging workout, ever-changing routines, killer playlists, positive feedback, but most of all, to have fun! Liz loves to switch it up – moving from the bar, down to the floor using lots of props to really challenge the muscles, sweat and sculpt.
Liz is also a RYT200 certified yoga teacher from West Hartford Yoga. Forever a student, Liz travels widely for unique learning experiences to further her teaching. In addition to dance and yoga, Liz loves music, travel, fashion and great food. She continues to create a life filled with things she loves, people who inspire and challenge her to grow, and new adventures every day.
Carrie is a Movement Therapist with a dual Master's in Movement Therapy and Counseling. She has dabbled in many Movement forms including Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern, Bellydancing and Krav-Maga. Lately she focuses much of her time honing her AcroYoga skills; and has been teaching Barre since summer of 2016. Carrie has been Irish Step dancing since she was seven- ask her to teach you a jig!
Moey has been practicing varying styles of yoga for 10 years. A lifelong athlete, she discovered Bikram yoga in her early 20s, and later became addicted to crossfit, kickboxing, and power lifting. After a severe injury forced her to reconsider her physical fitness involvement she found vinyasa as an alternative to her previous strenuous exercise. What she didn't expect to find when she began vinyasa was the power of pranayama and meditation as healing practices.
Primarily a student of Beryl Bender Birch and The Hard and the Soft Yoga Institute, her teaching is influenced by the Ashtanga tradition. She is a Registered Nurse full time, and with her knowledge of anatomy her classes are focused on alignment and breath work. Her vision is to spread what she has found in yoga to anyone and everyone open to the practice.
Rich has been an Army officer, a schoolteacher and tutor, and a youth sports coach. He considers it his calling to lead and inspire others. He suffered a series of knee injuries thanks to sports and found yoga in 2010 because of the injuries. He initially used yoga to help rehabilitate his knee. Over 8 years of practice, he strengthened his body, mind, and spirit and wants to help others do the same. He completed his 200hr YTT training at the Yoga Shop in December 2017.
Taryn “TK” Keenan native of Wethersfield CT, has been dancing since the age of 3. She studied with many studios in CT including, Alyce Carella Dance Centre, Limelite Dance, Miss Frances School of Dance and Dance 10. TK Graduated from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts then went on to study Dance at Louisburg College in North Carolina. She presently teaches at New England Dance in Cromwell and for the West Hartford Community Center. TK has been teaching Barre for two years and is addicted! She loves the ballet based moves paired with isometric exercises to the beat of today’s hottest music!
Megan is a 300 hour certified yoga instructor through Aura Wellness Center. With over a decade of her own personal practice, she has developed a passion for finding "peace in strength." As a yoga instructor she has taken this passion and made it compatible for all-levels. Through Power, Vinyasa, Gentle, Prenatal, and Postnatal Yoga Megan is committed to reaching as many people as possible. Whether this is your first time at a yoga studio or you have been practicing for years, she welcomes you with open arms.
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