Teachers

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Suzanne Mazzarelli, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, MSW

Suzanne's yoga roots began with a heart-felt, alignment based practice which continues to influence her both on and off the mat.  She completed her 500-hour teacher training through Inner Peace Yoga Therapy and is certified as a Yoga Therapist through IAYT.   She strongly believes in yoga as a healing practice that returns us to balance and wellness.  Classes flow with precise alignment cues.

Suzanne also offers private Yoga Therapy sessions.  

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Theresa Sheremeta, RYT500

 In 2015, Theresa received her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification after studying at Mindful Yoga Center. She is now grateful for the opportunity to teach this beautiful practice to others. Her journey is forever evolving, including travel, farming, and outdoor adventure, including her newest endeavor, a Stand Up Paddle Board and Yoga Company. Theresa has applied her practice in many different settings including studios, mental health facilities and special events. She is working toward her 300 Hour RYT. She is honored to join the Be Well Community in Canaan!  

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Maizie Houghton, RYT

Since completion of Yoga Madre’s (200h) course in 2015, Maizie has been teaching introductory and intermediate levels of Vinyasa and mindful flow in studios, community outreach organizations, and treatment centers for trauma and substance abuse across Southern California. She hopes to create a safe & gentle learning environment that fosters individuality finding a sacred space. Classes focus on development of strength, balance,  grace and equanimity that may be applied to life beyond the yoga mat. 

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Christopher Sinclair, RYT

 The human body is the most versatile & beautiful tool that any and all of us have at our disposal, & I have found no better way to explore the potential & infinite possibilities presented by that tool than through the practice of yoga. 

I realized at a certain point that I was making many demands of my body without taking any time to celebrate it. When I am on my mat, there is an underlying sense of celebration - for my body, which allows me to practice - for my breath, which renews and supports me - for my mind, which spurs my curiosity - & finally, a celebration of the opportunity to integrate and synchronize all three through yoga. To be able to teach & to share in that celebration with others, wherever they are in their journey, is both an honor and a privilege.

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Rachel Hay

 I started training in Pilates in 2004 and have been teaching full-time since 2005 in my own studio in Lakeville, CT. Having studied initially in NY and primarily with Frankie Puglisi in Florida, I have attended many Pilates conferences and workshops over the years, experiencing a variety of styles and opinions. In addition, I have taken many workshops with Jill Miller of Yoga Tune Up and use her therapy ball work.  Recently I completed a 200 hr. Yoga certification with Beryl Bender Birch and Amy Webb at Sruti in GB. My special love is still sharing Pilates!

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Susan Cain

Kundalini Yoga is known as the “yoga of awareness” and works on strengthening the nervous and glandular system, increases body strength, and promotes overall physical well-being.   This practice increases mental focus and concentration.  I believe that Kundalini yoga creates a sacred place unique to each individual for personal growth, physical wellness and spiritual expansion. After 15 years of practicing Kundalini Yoga, it is an honor, as well as  personally profound opportunity to bring this to you. I am thrilled to join Be Well Community Yoga 

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Grace Magnussen, RYT

Grace has been working on her personal yoga practice for over six years and completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training through the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in November of 2016. She was living and teaching in Boston before relocating to Litchfield where she aims to continue to share yoga. Grace has a strong passion for clean eating and healthy living and is a certified Integrative Holistic Health Coach and personal vegan chef. In her spare time, Grace loves cooking, hiking, dancing and hula-hooping.   

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Jennifer Ford, RYT

 Jennifer's first experience was in a hot power yoga studio. In the middle of class she literally left and laid on the cold bathroom floor to reset and cool down. After a minute she got back in the studio and finished the class. Her life completely changed after that.

She became certified in 2014, teaching yoga, meditation & mindfulness to students in middle and high school.  She has also taught at drug and alcohol treatment centers over the past three years. She is level three reiki certified.