Meet the Storrs Yoga Instructors

I have been fascinated with yoga from the day I took my first class. It made me realize how much I was not breathing! By connecting my breath with movement, I was able to access areas of my body and mind that I did not know were possible. My experiences since I have been practicing over the years have been interesting and rewarding, as well as insightful.
 
As owner/director of Storrs Yoga Center, my goal is to continue to share the joy of yoga. I have always had the vision of creating a safe space for anyone to come to practice yoga and explore their own personal journey. SYC is a judgement free zone. 
 
I have been blessed with gifted teachers who have their own styles to share while keeping the common theme of educating people about some of the many things that yoga can show you. The concept of finding my inner strength and beauty has helped me to also recognize that in others. I am truly grateful for this opportunity, as it has changed my outlook thereby changing my life.

My love for yoga began over thirty years ago. While the level of commitment to my practice varied over the years my belief in the benefits of yoga has never wavered.

In 2012 I began teaching after completing my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training. Since that time I have completed advanced training certificates in Yin Yoga, Meditation, Applied Yoga Anatomy and Restorative Yoga. I have studied under teachers such as Josh Summers, Doug Keller, Marlysa Sullivan, Yoganand Michael Carroll and Jason Crandell. I will begin work toward my Registered Yoga Teacher-500 Hour Level in the summer of 2017 through Daniel Oralansky in Arlington Massachusetts.

I welcome you to join me on the mat regardless of your age or physical ability. Yoga is for everyone and the beauty of yoga is that it will meet you where you are. Namaste.

Teaching yoga lets me share the benefits that I receive from yoga—relaxation, challenge, mobility, self-observation, self-improvement, and meeting others interested in the philosophical and health benefits of yoga.

I started practicing yoga in the 1970s. In 2017 I completed the 200-hour teacher training at Samadhi yoga in Manchester, and teach there as well as at other local studios. I have taught tai chi since 2008.

My goal as a yoga teacher is to bring yoga to everyone who is willing to give it a try! May I share my appreciation for yoga with you?

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.
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.
Sharon Coriaty is a registered and certified yoga instructor obtaining her certification from Kripalu Center in Lenox, Ma. She has been teaching and leading workshops in the community for 16 years and enjoys working with students in improving their overall health and well being through the practice of yoga.

Aside from her teaching she enjoys hiking with her dogs, bowling and spending time with her family and friends.

Kate has been practicing yoga since 2000. She arrived on the mat in search of a different physical “workout” and stayed on the mat as a result of learning how to breathe and be mentally and spiritually present and true. Kate is a school administrator in Hartford, CT. She completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training at Samadhi Yoga Studio in Manchester in 2006 and has been teaching a variety of classes since then.

Jessica is proud to have been sharing yoga as a healing modality ever since completing her 200 hour teacher certification program through Samadhi Yoga Studio in 2007. She now participates as part of the teaching staff for the Samadhi 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training Program and she has been teaching yoga to the local community for over ten years. Offering an eclectic approach to yoga, Jessica is known for infusing physical practice with the use of heartfelt music, intention, and poetry. She encourages her students to approach yoga from a place of compassion, creativity, and intuition and to utilize the mindful elements of the practice in order to facilitate a kinder relationship to self and greater connectedness to the world around us. Jessica holds a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology and is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) and has a private psychotherapy practice which combines modern psychology with mindfulness and other evolutionary disciplines

The first time I fell in love with yoga was in Kindergarten. My teacher, Mr. Wielgorecki, led our class in practice each day before rest time. It made my heart sing, connecting me to something deeper than myself that I didn’t understand. When I rediscovered yoga in my mid-twenties, it felt like I stepped into a forgotten part of myself that I’d known forever. A number of years later, I fulfilled my dream of becoming a RYT 200 certified yoga teacher through Samadhi Yoga Studio in Manchester, Connecticut. I'm currently studying for my advanced level yoga teacher training. My goal is to foster a welcoming, safe and nurturing environment for people to explore and develop their yoga. My classes focus on alignment and sequencing meant to open, strengthen, lengthen and heal. I look forward to sharing my love of yoga with you!
Shadia discovered yoga over ten years ago in her hometown of Houston, TX. Since then she has explored various studios, workshops, and schools of thought.

Through yoga, Shadia found something to ground her in a world of chaos. She believes yoga is the vehicle that transports one from the outside realm of a busy world, to the quiet space within. Shadia aspires to help others connect their mind, body, and soul through yoga and meditation, all while in a safe space, without judgment.

Shadia completed her 200-HR certification through the Yandara Yoga Institute, in Bali, Indonesia, and teaches Hatha, Vinyasa and Yoga Nidra. She completed her 300-HR certification through the SchoolYoga Institute in Cusco, Peru, where she also trained in shamanic healing techniques and sacred ceremonies.

She brings her creative background to the mat with each session, incorporating various styles and teachings for a fluid yet cohesive experience. Her students have described her class as being the perfect balance of invigorating and meditative, and always an intentional time to focus and be present.

www.shadiaheenan.com

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.

Marie Percy has been practicing yoga since 2007. She fell in love with yoga when she discovered that it could help her manage her chronic low back pain and spondylolisthesis (permanent spinal fracture) after a long career as a high level competitive gymnast. She loves that yoga helps her eliminate pain, reduce stress, and connect to a deeper sense of self love and compassion. Marie has a diverse movement background that spans multiple movement disciplines including gymnastics, dance, theater, movement analysis, and somatic movement studies. Her yoga classes reflect her deep understanding of the human body and the mind body spirit connection. They are deeply introspective, technically rigorous, and accessible to all ability levels with plenty of options to make the practice your own. Marie completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Samadhi under Anne Falkowski. She is a Certified Movement Analyst with the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies in NYC and holds an MFA in Theater/Movement Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University. 
It was love at first sun salutation for me about ten years ago. I was instantly fascinated by the spiritual, emotional and physical facets of yoga. To gain a deeper understanding of the special gifts of yoga, I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training at Samadhi Studio in Manchester, CT in 2014. I feel honored to share the gifts of yoga with my students.

The lessons I learn on the mat serve me well off the mat as a mom of three boys, an endurance athlete and an English as a Second Language teacher at Windham Public Schools.

Randall Prose discovered yoga a few years back and has been on his mat ever since. He completed his training at WHY in West Hartford and loves sharing yoga with others. Randall found peace, focus and inspiration and continues to grow through yoga.
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