Gentle Yoga


This class is taught by:

Torin Brine

I took my first yoga class in the late 1970's. At that time there was an Integral yoga ashram in Pomfret and the class was their basic level routine. I knew I loved it from the start and memorized it so that I could practice without having to attend classes. I continued my practice fitting it in around school, jobs, raising kids, etc. Once my kids were grown I started exploring other yoga offerings in the area and took YTT at Kripalu in 2012. Jurian Hughes and Carolyn Sudha led. Since then I have continued my training completing 2 of 10 units toward Pranakriya 500 hour YTT with Yoganand Michael Carroll (Pranayama and Pradipika). I also completed a 10 day silent Vipassana retreat (12/2013) with S.N.Goenka.
I live in Mansfield work at RGH OR as a nurse and enjoy gardening, bicycling, ice skating, swimming, contra dance and hiking.

Beth Reel

Beth found yoga more than 15 years ago when she was struggling with stress, body image, and was seeking balance in her life. After one class she quickly discovered that yoga was a way to feel the peace she so craved. Beth had been completely out of touch with her body and living in her head. Yoga immediately became a regular practice helping to bring body and mind together. She is now able to walk in the world with awareness and presence with herself and others.

Beth loves to create classes that are body and heart centered, helping each participant connect with their inner knowing and guidance. While she takes yoga very seriously, she tries not to take herself too seriously and sprinkles a bit of humor into every class.

Beth is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) and Certified Professional Coach (CPC). Her focus is on yoga, meditation, mindful eating, and mindful living. Beth holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut, and received professional training through the University of California, San Diego, Center for Mindfulness, and the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). Beth also holds certificates in Shamanic Energy Medicine and Reiki. www.bethreelcoaching.com

Molly Bushey

Molly’s inability to touch her toes guided her to take her first yoga class in 2012. The abilities she has gained beyond any physical ones enticed her to complete her yoga teacher training in 2017. Yoga has granted her the ability to see things without judgement and to find peace of mind in any situation.
 
Molly’s goal for her classes is to create a welcoming space for all students to find their practice to enjoy all that yoga has to offer and maybe share a few smiles along the way.

Caroline O'Dwyer

Caroline O’Dwyer has been practicing and studying yoga since 2003, and certified to teach since 2010. Her background includes a wide variety of styles including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Anusara and Restorative yoga. She began her studies with Lauren Lanham at Yoga for Everybody in Fairfield, Connecticut, when she was just 15 years old. Over the next 5 years, she frequented master classes and workshops with senior teachers in and around New York City, including Dharma Mittra, Sharon Gannon and David Life, Bryan Kest, Siva Rea, and Mitchel Bleier. In 2008 Caroline moved to Paris, France to study abroad for over a year during her undergraduate program at UConn. While in Paris, she studied at Rasa Yoga Rive Gauche, and participated in an apprenticeship program in Ashtanga Yoga practices with Charles Bensusen, and also studied intensively with Mika de Brito, whose unique approach to vinyasa sequencing greatly enriched her experience.

She returned to the United States at the end of 2009, and completed a 200-hour teacher training program at the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California, with its founders, Ganga White and Tracey Rich in the summer of 2010. After completing her undergrad, Caroline moved to Rochester NY, where she earned her Master’s Degree at the Eastman School of Music, and studied Iyengar yoga with Francois Raoult at Open Sky Yoga. His expertise in alignment and anatomy, as well as pranayama and meditation has deeply influenced Caroline’s teaching to this day.

Currently, Caroline is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice and Opera at the University of Connecticut, and has been teaching group and private classes at Storrs Yoga Center since she moved to the area in 2013. All of Caroline’s classes are deeply informed by a strong foundation in human anatomy and proper posture alignment, as well as sensitivity and awareness of injuries, limitations in range of motion, and experience of each student at every age and level of practice.

Gentle classes are great for beginners—and everyone interested in a slow, peaceful practice. This class includes basic breathing exercises as well as a variety of standing, sitting, and supine postures. It’s a way to recharge while meeting some physical challenges.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sat Nov 17 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Torin Brine
  • Mon Nov 19 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Beth Reel
  • Wed Nov 21 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Molly Bushey
  • Sat Nov 24 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Torin Brine
  • Mon Nov 26 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Caroline O'Dwyer
  • Wed Nov 28 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Molly Bushey
  • Sat Dec 01 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Torin Brine
  • Mon Dec 03 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Caroline O'Dwyer
  • Wed Dec 05 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Molly Bushey
  • Sat Dec 08 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Torin Brine
  • Mon Dec 10 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Caroline O'Dwyer
  • Wed Dec 12 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Molly Bushey
  • Sat Dec 15 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Torin Brine
  • Mon Dec 17 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Caroline O'Dwyer
  • Wed Dec 19 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Molly Bushey
  • Sat Dec 22 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Torin Brine
  • Mon Dec 24 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Caroline O'Dwyer
  • Wed Dec 26 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Molly Bushey
  • Sat Dec 29 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Torin Brine
  • Mon Dec 31 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Caroline O'Dwyer