Guinevere (Gwinnie), Shop Greeter
Sara Merrick-Albano, Certified Yoga Instructor
Sara is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher. She started taking yoga classes in high school and soon realized its benefits of stretching the body and calming the mind extend beyond the mat and into our relationships with ourselves and with others. She graduated college with a degree in geology and currently works in manufacturing. In her spare time, Sara enjoys hiking, looking for interesting rocks, cooking, and being by the ocean.
Alisa Wissell,Certified Yoga Instructor
Alisa Wissell is a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance certified instructor who studied at Sacred Rivers Yoga in East Hartford, CT. Alisa started practicing yoga 17 years ago by recommendation of a chiropractor to help manage her back pain. She was hooked after a moving experience in one of her first classes when she realized that yoga is so much more than the physical postures. Yoga is a journey within to your true self. It is the connection we have to all beings and nature—a way of living life. “My mission is to help all people feel good from the inside out through the practice of yoga. True yoga is not about the shape of your body but about shaping your life and tapping into the person you truly are. My goal is for all people, no matter what your age is, physical limitations or abilities are, to feel welcome and comfortable in my class. My wish is that my students discover the power of yoga to change their life and bring peace within.
Alisa is also a NYS Certified teacher. She has several years teaching experience as a middle school English and Social Studies teacher for Carmel Central School District in NY. She also earned specialized certification in Kid’s Yoga and Mindfulness and feels passionate that mindfulness skills can make a positive impact in kids' physical, emotional, and academic health. She feels passionate about giving students the tools they need to deal with daily challenges both inside and outside of the classroom.
Alisa established a mobile yoga company called One Love Yoga and One Love Kids Yoga. She lives in Southbury with her husband and daughter, who attends Pomperaug High School.
Dana Salvador, Cosmetologist, Certified Yoga Instructor, Reiki Practitioner
Dana comes to the Ruby Tree with over 25 years of experience in the skin care & rejuvenation field. Her focus has been on specialized programs and techniques suited to maximize the wellness and inspiration of her clients. Dana has been a pioneer in her methodology, including the launch of her brand Light Cosmedics, Cosmic Vinyasa Yoga classes, and the Cosmic Facial Rejuvenation Treatment which was developed in using advanced light technology. As part of her overall wellness experience, Dana’s background includes various forms of Yoga, including Kundalini & Hatha certifications as well as her continued pursuit in furthering her education in the energy field. In addition to her specialized one on one programming, Dana also lead teams & organizations through programs including the Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) & Rumsey Hall (CT Boarding School founded in 1900), and the Danbury Whalers Hockey Club (Class A professional hockey Federal Hockey League).
Dana is a licensed cosmetologist, a trained massage therapist and a certified yoga instructor.
Also available on line at www.lightcosmedics.com are her featured skincare products, Light CosMedics for the Immaculate Complexion & to Let Your Radiance Shine. See "Theguidinggoddes on Instagram
Janine Mangiamele, Certified Yoga Instructor
Janine has been teaching yoga for over 10 years and has more than 30 years of personal practice. She instructs all levels of students; from new students to advanced and from teens to seniors. Students are given modifications throughout class to adapt to their bodies and any health challenges. She believes that the practice and health benefits of yoga are for everyone, regardless of their age and fitness level. She has a 200 hour yoga teacher training certification from Lotus Gardens Yoga.
Susan Labeck,Certified Yoga Instructor
Sue is a 200 hour certified Yoga teacher. She found strength, flexibility and energy in the poses and asanas early on. In more recent years, she discovered the calming and centering benefits of the breath work and meditation. Sue looks to share all these benefits of Yoga to others.
Tues, Wed 11-6 pm
Thurs 11-6 pm
Fri 11-8 pm
Saturday 10-4 pm
Mon & Sun- Closed
Daily Yoga Classes
Healing Schedule is 7 days a week per schedule & appointment.
"Like Kripalu close to home."~ Nancy G., happy customer!
Lisa Zembruski,Certified Yoga Instructor
Lisa has been practicing yoga for over 25 years. She first began at Woodbury Yoga Center falling in love with the physical benefits immediately. Through exploration she continued her passion for learning by studying various types of yoga including, Hatha, Baptiste, Vinyasa flow, Bikram, Kundalini, and Iyengar. After discovering the spiritual side of yoga, she was excited to begin a new journey and left public school teaching for more than 20 years to pursue her passion and love of yoga. Along with her 200 RYT hour training from Buddhi Mat Power Yoga, she has attended Baron Baptiste 100 hour boot camp and the Art of Assisting. She continues to attend workshops and trainings with Baron Baptiste, Bryan Kest, Rachel Brathen, Lara Ward, Meghan Currie, Seane Corne, Shiva Rea, Kino MacGregor, Desiree Rumbaugh, and Master Sadhana Dharma Mittra. She has attended Several Yoga journal live conferences expanding to lead her on the path to her 500 hour RYT. Her depth of knowledge continues to grow on multiple levels, including teaching meditation, core power, Baptiste Power Vinyasa, offering yoga for all ages including children, teens, and senior citizens. She has specialized in group and couples yoga, Sup yoga, yoga for cancer patients in rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, schools, and resorts all over the world. She teaches yoga for Fit bodies inc and recently has worked with celebrities like Tommy Lee, Desperate Housewives of NYC, and professional sporting teams. Yoga has made her more courageous, caring, spiritual and kind especially to herself. She has learned the true meaning of peace, compassion, kindness and love. Her greatest passion is helping others find their true inner self. She is an avid athlete and yogi. She continues to live her life based on The Magic, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and the Yamas and the Niyamas, by practicing peace, love, kindness, Asteya - non-stealing from herself or others, compassion and gratitude each and every day. Lisazenyoga.com
MEET OUR YOGIS...
Vinyasa Stretch & Meditate: Treat yourself to a gentle yoga class to help prepare you for your day. The class will include gentle stretching, focusing on every joint in the body. Time will be taken at the beginning and end of class for reflection and meditation.
Gentle Yoga: This class is suitable for all ages: for those newer to yoga or for those with more experience. It is a gentle but total body workout for those wanting a slower, more mindful practice. Breath and movement unite and open your body to release tension, calm your mind, and renew energy. Modifications are given throughout each class.
Yoga Basics:Here we will explore basic yoga poses, foundational postures and the body-breath connection. This class is a wonderful introduction to yoga for new students and a great way for seasoned yogis to reconnect with the bare essentials of their practice.
Cosmic Vinyasa: Cosmic Vinyasa Shakti Yoga is Kundalini inspired, and is to strengthen the relationship between your Energetic Anatomy and your Physical Body. Through breath, movement, meditation, & kirtan you will energize your body, detox & empower the mind, remove karmic density, raise your consciousness, and gain inspiration & tools to live at your highest potential. No experience necessary.
Vinyasa Flow: In this class, we will flow from one posture to another, pairing breath and movement. This class is aimed at strengthening the body, increasing flexibility and calming the mind. A great class for all levels from the beginner to the advanced practitioner. Leave feeling strong, warm and peaceful.
Strength Flow: A rhythmic flow of poses that focus on building strength and flexibility. This is a more energizing class; students are encouraged to adapt to their fitness levels. Modifications are given throughout the class. A basic knowledge of yoga poses is recommended.
Good Morning Vinyasa: The excitement of getting poses just right, using your breath to truly feel the stretch, and noticeably improving your strength & posture. A mixed level class.
Gratitude Flow: A FREE class...Gratitude Flow heart openers, hip openers and fun balancing poses. Leave full of thankfulness, positivity and oneness to lighten up the middle of your week! Get Your Gratitude on! [Gratitude Flow II is a regular paid class]
Basic Hatha Flow: This 60 minute practice implements a variety of the 84 Essential Yoga poses great for mindfulness, stress reduction, and relaxation - leaving you feeling aware, uplifted, and empowered! Starts with grounding and centering breathing techniques and finishes with meditation/stillness. No experience necessary!
DeAnne Gauya, Certified Yoga Instructor
DeAnne has been practicing yoga for 40 years. Her yoga studies started with Iyengar Yoga, which fit into her mental/physical framework as a gymnast and dancer. Her yoga practice and affinity were gradually drawn to Astanga and Vinyasa (moving meditation with a strong connection with the breath). She completed her RYT-200 yoga teacher training in 2009 with Rolf Gates. She currently is a E-RYT 200 instructor certified by the Yoga Alliance.
DeAnne loves going with the flow, feeling the vibe and exploring all eight limbs of the yogic path. Other teachers who have deeply influenced DeAnne’s practice are: Deepak Chopra, MD, Alex Austin, Seane Corn and Cyndi Lee.
When DeAnne is not teaching yoga, you may find her doing massage, personal fitness training, running, hiking, playing with her children or cats, painting, writing or enjoying the company of close friends. She does not waste the gift of life and lives from a place of lightness and gratitude.
OUR YOGIS & CLASSES
Terri Hale, Certified Yoga Instructor
Terri is a 200 hour certified yoga instructor. She teaches math and science at Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury and is a wife, and mother of two grown boys as well as a two year old rescue pup named Isabel. Terri began taking yoga classes as a college student. After a short respite while raising her children, she realized the importance of taking time for herself and began to practice more regularly. She has first hand, experienced the benefits of a regular yoga practice and believes that everyone can reap those benefits.
During the summer, Terri enjoys the time she spends with her family, reading, spending time in her vegetable garden and hiking. Terri is excited to be teaching two Sunday morning classes at the Ruby Tree!
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Elgin Wayne,Certified Yoga Instructor
Elgin is a 200hr certified yoga instructor and practitioner who has been blessed by Swamis, Yogis and spiritual gurus worldwide. He studied at the Nepal Yoga Academy under the guidance of Guruji Dr. Chintimani Gautam. Sharing Nepal's traditional Sanatan (classical) Yoga, Elgin translates the Western world Himalayan culture (where yoga originated) and Ancient Yogic Sciences to the forefront of his class. Being an international recording and performing artist, he also has a beloved interest in Mantra chant, which is featured throughout his uplifting sessions that harmonize you with the spirit of traditional Himalayan yoga and meditation. He encourages ways in which each practitioner increases their flexibility physically, emotionally, and mentally, on and off of their yoga mat.