• Faculty

    Sandra Kopell, E-RYT Yoga Alliance, MALS, Studio Director, began the Yoga in Middletown program in 1991. She is a graduate of the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Center of Greater Boston Teacher Training Program where she studied with Patricia Walden and Peentz Dubble, and has been a teaching assistant to the latter. Her teaching is informed by four decades immersion in movement and mind/body studies that include the practice and teaching of yoga, modern dance, choreography, dance improvisation, anatomy and kinesiology. She holds a post-graduate degree in Dance and Movement Studies from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. She has also taught yoga to children at area public schools,  the Wesleyan University Men’s Lacrosse Team, and the employees of Middle Oak Insurance Company.  She has trained new Yoga Instructors according to Yoga Alliance Standards, and is known for her innovative sequencing. She continues to study the Iyengar method.

    Madeleine Hexter, Certified Iyengar Instructor, RYT-500 Yoga Alliance, is a graduate of The Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco‘s two year, 500 hour teacher training program, and has been teaching yoga since 2002
    Madeleine is experienced in teaching students with chronic back pain and scoliosis. She apprenticed with Senior Iyengar yoga teacher Elise Miller, a renowned expert in yoga for back care and scoliosis, and
    she has completed the requirements to become an Elise Browning Miller Yoga For Scoliosis Trainer. Presently, she is a student of senior Iyengar instructor Patricia Walden . Madeleine brings 30 years of personal yoga practice to her teaching. Her alignment oriented sequences will gently guide you to connect mind, body and breath. Visit her website at www.mhyoga.net

    Amy Tate, M.Ed., RYT Yoga Alliance, PhD Lesley University, has seventeen years experience of hatha-yoga practice, and has been teaching yoga since 2004.She has taught children and adults in various settings in the greater Boston community and in Connecticut including Lesley University, Wesleyan University, Franciscan Hospital for Children, and the Cambridge Eating Disorder Center. She holds a Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health certification, and is currently immersed in the Iyengar method. Amy’s teaching is informed by her present studies with Patricia Walden and other Iyengar yoga teachers. Amy’s doctoral thesis is: Yoga for Women: Discourses of Gender and Health among Menstruating and Pregnant IyengarYyoga Practitioners

    Rikki Alrutz holds degrees in Standing Pilates from the PhysicalMind Institute, and Matt, Reformer and Orbit Pilates from Balanced Body University. After playing professional tennis and suffering a career-ending injury, Rikki turned to Pilates and Yoga rather than to surgical procedures to recover.  Melding her earlier career with her current one, she creates sport-specific therapeutic movement programs. Rikki is also certified in The Franklin Method, a system that  incorporates he practical elements of body design and mind/body connection through imagery, experiential anatomy, movement, and touch. Her yoga certifcations come from the Zephir Yoga Teaching Training in Paris, France, accredited by the French Federation of Hatha Yoga, and the Sri Aurobindo Yoga Ashram in India.
    Rikki has taught internationally to all ages and levels since 1998.

    Sheila Bunnell, Certified Iyengar Instructor is a guest teacher at Yoga in Middletown where she began her yoga studies in 1998. She trained to teach yoga with Joan White, one of Iyengar Yoga’s senior teachers, and with whom she is currently enrolled in the next level of the Iyengar teacher training program.