Our Instructors


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Ashley

Ashley has an extensive knowledge and background in the health, fitness, and wellness field. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training from Quinnipiac University. In addition she is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC. And she received her Certification as a Personal Trainer through The National Counsel of Certified Personal Trainers. She is also a Certified Total Barre instructor. Ashley has been teaching fitness classes for 3 years and loves to challenge all of her clients. In her classes, she’ll strive to leave you with a sense of health, wellness, inspiration, and confidence.


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Francesca

Francesca completed her 200RYT Teacher Training Certification with Barbara Rudzansky at WHY Studios in West Hartford, CT in 2015. With an avid personal power practice she cultivates her knowledge  for the practice weekly, using all aspects of mind body and soul that she then incorporates into her teachings. Her teachings range from a gentle flow, an all levels practice, creative Vinyasa flow to the core oriented practice of Power Yoga. Francesca's classes touch upon working with strength, flexibility, asana, body alignment, mindfulness, and breath control. With an upbeat personality and encouraging words Francesca works to make the time spent on your mat a true yogi experience.


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Diana

Diana Schneider is a 200 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance and completed her yoga teacher training at Sacred Rivers Yoga. She has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and is thrilled to have given herself the opportunity to deepen her personal yoga practice and now guide others to find peace and presence on their mats & to take that into their daily lives. Diana is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and fuses her therapeutic foundation with the art of yoga in order to provide students with an accessible, holistic healing approach. She is an Independent distributor for Young Living Essential Oils and is in the early stages of obtaining an aromatherapy certification with the Aromahead Institute. Diana enjoys merging the use of essential oils into her yoga teaching, allowing students to engage all of their senses and land deeper into the present moment. Her focus is to use yogic themes and principles to promote good mental health and self care and for students of all levels to feel comfortable and supported in her classes.


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Lindsay

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. 


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Nicole discovered yoga at the age of 18 in a crowded hot vinyasa class at Yoga to the People in New York City. After 10 years of ballet training growing up, yoga felt like home. Nicole continued to attend classes while she worked towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.

After graduating in 2012 Nicole pursued a corporate job in photo editing and stayed in New York for three more years. Longing for a more fulfilling career, she quit her desk job and set out to backpack through Europe for four months. In November of 2015 she flew to Bali, Indonesia for a month long yoga teacher training lead by Annie Au and Mathieu Boldron.

Nicole completed her 200 hour Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Certification in December. After returning home to Connecticut she began teaching throughout Litchfield Hills. She recently relocated to Newington, CT where she lives with her boyfriend Kia and their cat Beowulf. 


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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.


Sybil

Originally drawn to the physical practice of Yoga for the flexibility and strength it gave her, Sybil Merriman, E-RYT 500, soon discovered the power of meditation, yoga philosophy and self-inquiry. She’s been teaching since 2010, when she started a weekly chair yoga class at the Newport Senior Center. Since then, she's led workshops, worked with private clients and taught a wide variety of classes in Oregon, and now in her home state of Connecticut. She includes both repetition and variety in her classes, which are focused on precise alignment, breath awareness, mindfulness and having fun! Recently, Sybil has been combining her love of travel with yoga practice, leading local and international yoga retreats. You can often find her with her head buried in a book, hands busy with knitting, exploring hiking trails, surfing, rock climbing, or dancing West Coast Swing.


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CATHERINE

Catherine Sarni began taking yoga classes as a way to strengthen her body and effectively deal with stress but has discovered so much more during her many years of practice.  She has experienced yoga’s power as a health system and expanded her practice to include not only asana but also breath work, meditation, and the study of jyotish, mantra and yogic philosophy.  Bringing a sampling of these to her classes,  she provides students with an opportunity to experience yoga’s many gifts for mind, body, and spirit which they can bring out of the studio and into their lives.  

Catherine is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance and considers her style to be a combination of several traditions.  She has extensively explored the role of a regular yoga practice in maintaining bone density and offers workshops on this topic.  Related interests include Ayurvedic medicine and healing energy.  Her classes are student centered with a focus on the movement of energy and the quieting of the mind.


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NINA

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. 


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Corey

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. 


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Liz

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

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! 


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