All classes at Yoga in Middletown are based on the sound and safe principles of Alignment and Iyengar yoga.
Wholeness is achieved through balancing strength and flexibility, effort and ease, and body, mind, and breath.
Posture, organ, endocrine function, and circulation are enhanced.
The nervous system is soothed. Students are left with an overall feeling of well-being and revitalization.
Students receive individual attention from expert instructors with many years of teaching experience, knowledgeof anatomy,
kinesiology, and understanding of yoga philosophy.
Students are not expected to already know the asanas (postures); we teach them in detail.
Classes do not follow set routines. Sequences are varied with repetition of key poses.
Props may be used to help students practice safely according to their abilities as well as to refine and intensify poses.
Injured students may attend classes as they will be helped to practice variations or substitutions.
A non-competitive, friendly atmosphere prevails.
Sandra Kopell, E-RYT, M.A.L.S.. Sandra has been teaching yoga since 1991, and practicing yoga since 1985. She is a graduate of the B. K. S. Iyengar Teacher Training Program of Greater Boston where she trained with Senior Teacher Patricia Walden and Peentz Dubble. She holds an advanced degree from Wesleyan University in Dance and Movement Studies. She has been on the faculties of Eastern Connecticut State University,
Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater, Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, and was named a Connecticut Commission on the Arts Master Teaching Artist. She has studied and taught the subjects of anatomy and kinesiology, and has trained new yoga instructors according to the standards of Yoga Alliance. Her yoga instruction is informed by four decades immersion in dance, choreography, and yoga, and from having worked with many students of all ages who are new to mind/body awareness practices. Some of the many diverse settings she has taught yoga are in area public grade schools, the Wesleyan University Men’s Lacrosse Team, Middle Oak Insurance Company, and the Connecticut Department of Social Services.
Her decision to teach yoga stems from the many benefits she received which include relief from debilitating menstrual pain, back and neck pain, and occasional low-grade depression. Her practice eased her through a healthy pregnancy and a safe, natural delivery of her child.
Sandra is known for her innovative sequencing. She continues to study the Iyengar Method.
Madeleine Hexter, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT)is a 2006 graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco’s 500 hour teacher training program, she is registered with Yoga Alliance. In June of 2012, she completed the requirements to become an Elise Browning Miller Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer . She continues to assist Elise in various workshops. Presently, she is a student of senior Iyengar Yoga instructor Patricia Walden. Madeleine has been practicing yoga for more than thirty years and has been teaching since 2002. Her teaching is informed by her her love of yoga that she shares with her students. She specializes in “adaptive” yoga especially for those wishing to minimize the effects of scoliosis. Her alignment oriented sequencesgently guide each student to connect mind, body and breath. Full list of her classes and workshops are at www.mhyoga.net
Sheila Bunnell, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT), began studying yoga in 1998. She has trained as an instructor with began Senior Iyengar teacher Joan White. Sheila has continues to pursue her education, studying with senior Iyengar instructors at classes, workshops and training events. She has twice studied at the Ramamani Memorial Institute of Iyengar Yoga in Pune, India. She also attended lectures with Edwin Bryant on the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and studied Anatomy/Physiology and Kinesiology at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy. Sheila is currently enrolled in the next level of the Iyengar teacher training program with JoanWhite. www.sheilabunnell.com
Paola Maina, Yoga Alliance RYT. has been a student of Iyengar yoga since 2001, and is a 2008 graduate of the Yoga in Middletown Teacher Training Program. She has been a public school teacher in CT since 1997 and received the honor of
Teacher of the Year from the East Hartford School District, 2007-8. She is the mother of two young children.
Laurie Welch, has a background in classical ballet and was a dancer int the San Francisco Ballet. She began her yoga pracitce to support her dancing and to address her scoliosis. In 1990 she moved to New York and completed a two year teacher training program with Tao Porchon-Lynch, a student of B.K.S. Iyengar. Laurie has also studied with Senior Iyengar Teachers Mary Dunn, Patricia Walden, and Dean Lerner. In 1995 she began teaching group classes at the New Age Center in Nyack, N.Y. Since then she has focused on teaching yoga to private students in New York City. They include athlete, medical professionals, and celebrities. Her focus is on therapeutic yoga that she tailors to the needs of each student.
Kerry Darby, Yoga Alliance RYT. has been a student of Iyengar yoga since 2002. She is a graduate of the Teahcer Training Program at Karuna Center for Yogain Northampton, MA.
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 certifications 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.