Denise is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her love of yoga, children and education with the Putnam Yoga community! Denise is a registered yoga teacher (RYT) and a registered children’s yoga teacher (RCYT). She is also an educator with the Somers Central School District where she teaches English Language Arts at the middle school level. Denise completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2013 with Yoga Culture, Danbury, CT.
As a long time yogi, Denise always shared yoga and mindfulness with her students. She knew in her heart though, that children needed a practice that supported their growing developmental needs, physically, emotionally and socially which is why she enrolled into Little Flower’s 95-hour teacher training program in 2015. Additionally, she is studying with Mindful Schools, an organization whose mission is to bring mindfulness practices to youth around the world.
As a classroom teacher at both the elementary and middle school levels, she’s come to discover how stressed our children are these days. With the demands of school, extracurricular activities, friend & family obligations and the use of technology, kids need to learn more than ever how to slow down, take a breath and pause. As an educator, Denise's intention is to bring a yoga and mindfulness practice to as many children as possible, helping them to be the best version of themselves, one breath, one movement, one moment at a time.
Denise also trained with Liberation Prison Yoga where she teaches trauma-conscious yoga and mindfulness classes to the women of FCI Danbury and Taconic Correctional Facility.
Yoga has been part of my life for over 13 years and I continue to grow every day I practice. I discovered yoga in Northern California after having relocated from a hectic corporate life in New York City.
Having been very involved in athletics, I was initially looking for a good workout. Soon after, I realized that yoga was much more than a physical practice. It became a way to connect my body to my mind and helped me understand more about how I wanted to live my life. I fell in love with how my experiences on the mat immediately translated to my experiences off the mat.
I learned to be kinder to myself (and others) and more present in my day to day life. I am so grateful for the yoga training and 200 hour certification I received at Yoga Culture in Danbury, CT with the guidance and support of Jenny Schuck and Wendy Hagen. Through my yoga teaching, I hope to give my students the opportunity to look within themselves and realize they have strength to take on any challenge in life whether on or off the mat, with mindfulness, love, flexibility and kindness.
As an exercise enthusiast and certified fitness instructor for many years, the theory of working towards physical and mental health has been a priority in my life. To that end, in 2003 I completed my 200 hour Yoga Certification at Yoga Scape, in Carmel, New York, under the tutelage of Amy Pearce-Hayden. I love and continue to participate in Yoga related training and educational workshops. The benefits of incorporating a Yoga Practice in your life, at whatever phase of life you are in, are numerous and individualized based on what you are looking for and open to. Each person who attends a Yoga Class has a very personal and unique inspiration that leads them to their Yoga journey. It is an honor to be a part of that journey - Namaste
Diane Massaro has been very passionate about fitness. She has been an active runner participating in several marathons. She sought yoga as a way to rejuvenate her body. Seven years ago she found herself in a Vinyasa yoga class and hasn’t turned back. The journey to become a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor has not been easy, especially as a single mother and a full time career. She is motivated by the transformation it has proved in her life and says, “I want to guide others through the benefits of a regular yoga practice; to empower students to listen to their body and live in the moment; and use their breath awareness to have a safe, fun and rejuvenating yoga practice.”
I have been a fitness instructor for over 20 years, teaching various classes, then becoming a certified personal trainer, before finding my love for teaching Yoga. I created Putnam Yoga to provide a one of a kind yoga experience that combines both cutting edge and traditional yoga styles. This combination targets specific muscle groups to increase your strength and flexibility, as well as quiet the mind.
As a wife, mother of 3, and a business woman, I understand the stresses in our everyday life. That’s why I created a comprehensive yoga practice for a balanced body and a joyful mind.
Lucy is a seasoned yoga practitioner who has been studying various types of Hatha yoga since 1994. Her practice has been steady, and she has explored a variety of styles such as Kripalu, Viniyoga, Yin Yoga, Vinyasa as well as some Ashtanga.
Her 500 hour certification is through Journey Into Yoga, a Kripalu affiliated yoga teacher training. Her advanced teaching studies include various specialties such as Pranayama, Yin Yoga, Chair Yoga and an introduction to Sanskrit language.
Her focus of teaching is to lead her students to go within and to explore deep levels. Through movement and breath in various yoga postures the exploration deepens allowing space to open and energy to flow.This clearing of energy provides a pathway towards inner peace. Lucy Conway is a member of Yoga Alliance and Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association.
Ali first discovered yoga while in college studying education. Once teaching math, then starting a family and raising two sons with husband Michael, yoga and fitness remained part of her active lifestyle. Under the guidance of Michelle Briks, owner of Ohra Yoga and Wellness, Ali earned her teacher certification in June 2015.
Ali believes everyone is on their own personal spiritual path. Yoga is a transformational practice that fosters strength and flexibility of the mind and the body. Ali believes with a strong physical practice connecting movement to the breathe, ones authentic self begins to emerge, promoting mindfulness and compassion of the self and others.
Ali is grateful to be able to teach yoga and thankful to be a part of the Putnam Yoga family. She looks forward to learning and growing as a yoga teacher while serving its people. Namaste!
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