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, knowledge of 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.
Lois Joy, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) Junior I has been studying yoga for over 25 years and in the classical Iyengar tradition since 2010 with her primary teacher and mentor Peentz Dubble. She has been teaching since 2013. The practice and study of yoga has profoundly enriched her life bringing purpose, joy, and vitality pathways she seeks to share with students both new and seasoned. Her teaching is devotional, educational, and classical with sequences developed to invite curiosity, integration, and understanding. Lois weaves her love of yoga philosophy into each class engaging students to explore this ancient wisdom in the body and in life. https://sites.google.com/site/heartofyogastudio/yoga-in-middletown
Sandra Kopell, Founder and former Studio Director, 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 faculty of Eastern Connecticut State University,
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.