Erin Amento, RYT200
Erin started her journey with yoga in 2012 when moving into the neighborhood of SoulSpace. Her practice ebbed and flowed until she recently found permanent residence in Southington. Once settling into her new life of being a wife, homeowner, and dog mom, along with an extremely overflowing schedule as a hairstylist, everything seemed completely unsettled. She knew it was time to dive into an authentic practice. This lead her to CrossRoads teaching training where she recently graduated with her 200 hour certification.
Erin has truly loved embodying the yogic idea of union. Yoga is a way for her to yoke her faith and practice together, really carving out time from the chaos of the world to just be. Yoga also supports growth of healthy communities and relationships which has been Erin’s fuel throughout her life. She looks forward to sharing her love for this mind, body, and spiritual practice along with meeting new people.
Esterina Anderson, RYT 500
Esterina is an enthusiastic yogi eager to share the many benefits of yoga with her students at any level they are ready to receive the practice. She is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran with an MBA, and has worked since 2002 in healthcare administration. Esterina has had a life-long interest in health & wellness. She began practicing yoga regularly in 2013 and soon discovered several additional mental and physical benefits; including the mind-body-spirit connection.
Desiring to help others in a more connected way, Esterina made a conscious decision to simplify her life and participate in more activities that nurture the soul and human interaction. She first completed the 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified training program in 2016 and the 300-hour program in June of 2018 at Cross Roads in Planstville, CT. Esterina is Level 1 Yin Yoga certified through Biff Mithoefer, and was trained in Trauma Informed Yoga through Exhale to Inhale where she volunteers her time to bring yoga into domestic violence shelters.
Esterina loves spending time with her family, friends and pets. She also enjoys hiking, baking, gardening, traveling and blogging. She feels that yoga only supplements her life, and would like to share the mutual benefits that practicing and learning from one another brings.
Karen Carollo ERYT200, RYT500, YACEP
Jessica Chavanick, RYT200
Lisa has been honored to be part of the yoga staff at SoulSpace since 2011. Lisa is also involved with CrossRoads Teacher Training at SoulSpace leading an in-depth chakra workshop. She has recently begun leading Kirtan at SoulSpace since 2016, combining her musical gifts and love of chanting mantra.
Kathy has worked at IBM as a technical support specialist in software sales organization for over 25 years. She lives in Southington with her husband of 33 years, Peter and her two cats. She has raised three grown daughters and hopes to have lots of grandchildren some day. In addition to yoga, Kathy likes to read, hike, cook for her family, and attend UConn sport events. Go Huskies!!
Lucia completed Bhogah Yoga’s 200 Hour Yoga Alliance registered teacher training in Vinyasa under the direction of Brianne Davidson in May 2013. She has completed an 85 hour prenatal training program.
She started practicing yoga in 2006, but her practice was put on the back burner a few years later to complete her Master’s degree in education coupled with raising her family. It wasn’t until 2012 when her doctor prescribed yoga for her health, which began her path to deepen her yoga practice.
She practiced yoga for the physical benefits. However, once she learned to truly be on her mat, she was able to make a body, mind, and spirit connection that transcended off her mat. This self-discovery sparked an excitement and craving to learn more. The benefits of regular practice during her training has improved her life in ways she didn’t believe possible, which cultivated a desire to share this passion with others.
Whether you have been practicing for some time or new to yoga, join Lucia for Vinyasa yoga or if you are pregnant, deepen your experience and enjoyment of pregnancy with prenatal yoga. Her goal is to help her students find and maintain a peaceful mind and body. Students of all levels enjoy her friendly and warm teaching style.
Joanne is currently transitioning from a career in the technology field to the non-profit world. She is the director of the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington, where she runs workshops and provides resources for parents and childcare providers. She is also doing grant proposal writing as an independent consultant.
On the technology side, she is the Vice President of Operations at SecureRF Corporation, focusing on operations and administration including recruiting, grant writing/administration and logistics. She previously worked as the marketing director at Imaging Solutions and Pinnacle Decision Systems, and she started her career at the Travelers.
Joanne lives in Southington with her husband, Tim Johnson, and they have been exploring the joys of an empty nest as both of their sons are off at college. Joanne sings with the Branches contemporary choir at the First Congregational Church of Southington, and has been an active volunteer in the Southington community with FCC, Boy Scouts, the Southington Band Backers, the Southington Education Foundation and other organizations.
Sara began her yoga journey while searching for ways to better understand the paradox of feeling highly sensitive but also disconnected to the world around her. Sara’s study of self-realization, yoga and the arts has provided her with tools for empowerment and whole body healing.
Sara is passionate about teaching and learning. Sara received her 200-hour certification from SoulSpace Yoga and Wellness in 2015. Since then she has trained with skilled yoga teachers from all different styles of yoga.
Sara is an intuitive and creative yoga teacher who compassionately holds space for people of all ages, abilities and experience as they safely bridge the gap between their mind, body and heart. Her classes can consist of intention, breath work, meditation and carefully sequenced postures. Sara enjoys bringing awareness and balance to the energetic body as well as providing students with modifications and gentle hands on assists that encourage students to meet themselves where they are and practice yoga for longevity.
Sara is extremely grateful to be a part of the SoulSpace community.
Cassie Marcheggiani, RYT200, LCSW
I started my yoga practice 10 years ago, looking for a new workout to define muscles. This led me to Soul Space Wellness Center in Southington, CT, where I was welcomed with love and inspiration. I recently graduated from Soul Space’s Crossroads Teaching Training 200 Hour Certificate Program, where I was guided along the path to mind, body and soul balance and peace.
>My classes are knows to be taught at all levels, however are lead with compassion and a gentleness. I offer a safe place to explore and strengthen your practice with non-judgment. Coming from a social work background, I understand we are beings of our environment, and I strive to create a soft loving cocoon with mantra, breath, and movement to work out the “issues that lay in your tissues.”
Dawn is also a certified fitness instructor through Aerobics Fitness Association of America [AFAA] and Body Training Systems [BTS] who has been teaching since 2007. In June 2012 she completed the class room requirements for her yoga certification in WHY Power through West Hartford Yoga’s 200 hour teacher training. This beautiful process was organically nurtured by many wonderful teachers such as Ellen Head, Jill Miller, Judith Orloth, Nikki Poole, Jude Russell, Barbara Ruzansky, and Crystal Sullivan. When not on her mat, Dawn can be found with her other beautiful inspirations, Paul, Brandon and Devin either running, skiing or just tossing the baseball in the back yard. Just as the word yoga itself means to yoke or join, yoga has helped me cultivate a connection between all aspects of my being. How can I not share this joy?
Cheryl J. Moran, JD, ERYT200
Believing passionately in the power of gratitude in our lives and the limitless benefits of living in the present moment (one breath at a time), Cheryl tries to walk her own spiritual path with grace, humility and an open heart. She strives for balance, flexibility, strength & serenity both on and off of the mat and, desiring always to remain a student, is constantly learning from all of the various teachers that surround her each and every day.
In 2011, Cheryl seized the opportunity to create a doorway where everyone was welcome to enter & explore their own unfolding journey…and find that delicate balance of intention & surrender. Cheryl feels enormously privileged & grateful to be able to offer SoulSpace, CrossRoads & Yocovery, along with their guides and healing energies to the community. When not in court, or overseeing her restaurant, Cheryl can be found enjoying her life with her numerous rescue horses, dogs & cats. 🙂
Jessica has been teaching yoga since 2011, receiving her certification from Samadhi Yoga. She approaches her students from a place of love and acceptance and is passionate about cultivating a studio atmosphere of non-judgment and to support healing and optimal functioning of the whole self. She frequently utilizes medicinal aromatherapy, Ayurveda, and detoxing flow to enhance her classes. Jessica has been inspired through cultural immersion and travels to Asia, Australia, and Central America, which have served as a catalyst to enhance her spiritual connection to nature and the “yoga of life”. She will also graduate in the summer of 2016 with her AYS certification from the Himalayan Institute and is the founding director of Prima Wellness, LLC.
Jessica lives in Litchfield County with her yogi husband and enjoys travel & exploring new places, good food, and spending time with loved ones including her canine trio Frankie, Bella, and Chloe.
Susan completed her 200 hr Yoga teacher training through CrossRoads and is currently enrolled in the 500 hr training at CrossRoads. She is also a Yoga Alliance certified Radiant Child Yoga Teacher, which a Kundalini based program, with 175 hours of training completed. She is in clinical practice as a Pediatric Physical Therapist and has been working with children and families for 29 years in all settings. She recently completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, is APTA board certified as a Pediatric Clinical Specialist and her research focuses on using yoga intervention with children who are differently abled. Susan currently works as a Pediatric Physical Therapist in schools on the CT shoreline and is a per diem employee at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. Integrating yoga into her physical therapy interventions has been extremely rewarding and she believes in the benefits for both children and families. Susan discovered yoga while recovering from an acute episode of multiple sclerosis, which she has thrived with for 10 years. Yoga and meditation has provided a foundation for wellness and a source of strength during both uplifting and challenging times. She has a particular interest in supporting families in their journey of raising children and adults with physical and emotional challenges and regularly engages teachers and caretakers in yoga and mindfulness practices in her work settings.
Crystal Sullivan PT, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT