Nancy Boudreau 500 RYT, CHHC
Nancy believes in yoga’s healing powers to strengthen the body, quiet the mind, reconnect with the soul and build community. With a warm, inviting teaching style, Nancy’s yoga classes focus on releasing tension, connecting breath with movement, increasing strength and flexibility. She provides clear, easy-to-follow instructions and modifications so you can make the practice your own.
Off the mat, Nancy enjoys reading and writing about women’s health and wellness, walking the local rail trail, crafting, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Karla Kress-Boyle E-RYT, 200 YACEP, RCTY
Karla’s passion is sharing yoga with women and moms; she has 85 hours of additional prenatal training from both Sacred Rivers Yoga and Mamata Yoga. She is also a CAPPA trained postpartum doula.
A mom of two, she knows and appreciates the value of women coming together and loves the community she has already seen here at Peaceful and Prenatal.
Karen Carollo ERYT500, YACEP
Jessica Chavanick, RYT200
Colleen is a yoga teacher, holistic life coach, Reiki practitioner, Barre instructor, and health and wellness writer. She has been practicing yoga for over 12 years and became certified in 2019. Yoga helped Colleen find her voice again, the comfort of being herself and the strength to stay rooted. Colleen wanted to find a way to share her appreciation and the gift yoga gave to her with others, so she decided to go Yoga Teacher Training (200 YTT CrossRoads) with the plan to teach yoga to others who may benefit as she did. She then continued her education and became a certified Holistic Life Coach in 2020. Colleen is fueled by her passion to help guide people on their journey and help them to Sincerely get to know and love all the pieces of themselves——be courageous and free. Get unstuck; yoga is a beautiful tool to use.
Off the mat, Colleen loves to spend time with family and friends, go hiking; kayaking; paddle boarding; traveling; bike riding; night out listening to a band, especially acoustic music, and relaxing outside by the fire.
As a Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Nicola shares the authentic teachings and wisdom of yoga from India. Through intention, pranayama, and meditation, students leave her yoga class feeling relaxed and refreshed. Her classes will challenge you both physically and mentally while being varied for all levels. Kundalini Yoga classes include movement, mantra and breathing with demonstration and no hands-on assistance.
Nicola is a full-time K-12 Special Education teacher. She earned her certification for Radiant Child Yoga and Yoga for Children with ADHD and Those Differently Abled in 2019. By implementing her practices in the classroom, she has gained a level of comfort teaching all children breathing and calming techniques.
In her personal practice, Nicola is a guide and facilitator for her own healing and spiritual growth. She believes there is more than one way to process and clear karmic energy. Because of that, she regularly uses yoga, meditation, Reiki, singing bowls, and Shamanic teachings to support her.
Heather DiMarzio, ERYT-200, PTA, ATRIC
I have lived most of my life in Southington. I am a Technical Project Mgr at ESPN for 28 years now. If I’m not in Southington then you can find me on Cape Cod. I love the Red Sox, NY Giants, the beach, traveling, my 3 cats and country music concerts.
Kristen Freeman (She/Her)
Kristen is a trained and certified yoga instructor through Bloom School YTT-200, group fitness instructor through AFAA, and Life Mastery Coach through The Bloom School of Life Mastery Coaching. Kristen’s philosophy of yoga and fitness are the same: both practices should be designed to be accessible to all bodies. Yoga holds a special place in Kristen’s heart. Arriving on her mat daily and practicing yoga off the mat keep her at peace physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Kristen works full-time as a public school administrator and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Bryn Mawr College, a Master’s degree in Geological Sciences from Indiana University, and a Sixth-Year Degree in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University.
Kristen’s primary belief as a life coach, an educator, and a yoga and fitness instructor is that the journey to well-being is personal and unique for each traveler. Kristen’s goal is to help you find freedom, know your worth, live in light, trust your wisdom, and cultivate your growth.
Kristen is a proud mother of two grown children and loves her two cats.
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, ERYT500
In 2012, Cheryl became certified as an RYT at the 200hr level in Nosara, Costa Rica and then completed her 500hr RYT at Kripalu in Lenox MA. 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 the SoulSpace studio & her creation Yocovery, along with their guides and healing energies to the community. She is also a proud co-founder of Yoga on the Green in Southington. When not in court, or overseeing her restaurants, Cheryl can be usually be found outside enjoying nature, reading and spending time with her numerous rescue horses, dogs & cats. 🙂
I was born and raised in Newark, DE. Growing up, I took ballet classes and never stopped! I have been dancing professionally since 2014, I moved several times for many years to dance for different ballet companies around the country. In 2017, I started going to yoga classes to balance my demanding life as a ballet dancer. In the summer of 2018, I decided to deepen my training even further and earned my 200hr RYT at Simply Yoga in Fort Wayne, IN, under the instruction of Christa Smith. At the beginning of my yoga journey, I was very drawn to vinyasa/power yoga classes. Now I understand the importance of both vinyasa and restorative classes. Being able to push your body physically while being able to mentally stay in the postures. My classes are designed to push your body and mind to its fullest potential and range of motion, emphasizing on the importance of caring for your body not only physically but also mentally, to ensure a strong, healthy life beyond the studio.
Shortly after earning my certificate, I moved to Connecticut to dance for a ballet company in Hartford. Currently, I live in Bristol with my boyfriend and our cat named Gemini. When I’m not dancing or at the yoga studio, I love hanging out in my backyard, caring for my plants and baking fun and new recipes.
Suzanna is a Yoga Alliance RYT 200hr graduate of the CrossRoads program at SoulSpace and studied under the teachings of Crystal Sullivan, Shelley Nyren and Cheryl Moran.
Suzanna’s personal yoga practice began in 2010 after noticing the positive effects of yoga on clients while working as a counselor at a psychiatric residential facility. She began a personal yoga practice and over many years noticed the transformation of her own mind and spirit. While her personal practice is currently rooted in the heated Bikram sequence, she personally enjoys the creativity of structuring and teaching gentle to intermediate flows and guided meditations. She is a firm believer in the power of the mind-body-spirit connection nurtured by yoga practice and is passionate about the philosophy that yoga is for ANY-body at ANY-level. Her goal is to help beginners find and maintain a practice that meets their needs.
Off the mat, Suzanna is licensed to practice medicine as a board certified Physician Assistant and utilizes her expert knowledge of anatomy in caring for her patients in the Interventional Radiology subspecialty. She will soon be licensed in massage therapy and is excited to share her healing touch with others. She aims to live life by blending her passions to help others achieve or maintain well-being through yoga, therapeutic massage and medicine.
In her spare time you can find Suzanna outdoors enjoying nature, hiking, camping, skiing, paddleboarding, traveling, reading, tending and talking to her garden/houseplants, trying new dishes at restaurants, and cuddling the rescue pitbull, Piggy.
Phyllis Powers 200 RYT
Phyllis Powers is a Yoga Alliance RYT 200-hour graduate of Yoga Farm Ithaca. She earned her Radiant Warrior Yoga Teacher Certification under the teachings of Christopher Grant, Daniela Hess Grant and Jeannie O’Neill.
Phyllis has been practicing yoga since 2011 on Long Island and NYC. The many different classes and styles were inspiring for wellness, peace of mind and strength. My mission as a yoga teacher is to guide my students through a journey of achieving peace, strength and balance in a safe and supportive environment through connecting breath, movement and intention. I believe that yoga is for every Body and offer a little guidance and inspiration on your yoga journey.
Off the Mat: Cycling on the rail trails, dancing and spending time with my family and friends. Astrology Sky Reader.
Additional Certification in Progress: Trauma Informed Yoga Nidra, expected completion September 2022.
I’ve had a passion for creativity for my entire life but have only recently began understanding how to use this energy to grow and heal.
I started my journey to becoming an art therapist three years ago taking art classes at Naugatuck Valley and Tunxis. I am currently in my second year of the Clinical Counseling and Art Therapy graduate program at Albertus Magnus. I firmly believe that my purpose on this earth is to teach others how to harness their creative energy not only to make nice things but to gain self- awareness and peace. My hope is to empower people to use art to speak their truth and to reclaim a part of themselves that the world has buried.
My first love was acrylic paint but I have also come to love watercolor and clay. One of my absolute favorite things to do is to experiment with mediums that I have never tried before.
I am a nature lover and could spend hours staring at the ocean.
My favorite colors are purple and blue.
I am a mom of two amazing children that make my life fuller and more beautiful than I could have ever
imagined. I also have two fur babies who add endless laughter and love to our family.
Through yoga practice, Amber’s hope is that she can help her students to gain deeper self-awareness, leading to fuller, more authentic lives. Though this sounds heavy, she does not take herself too seriously; this comes through in her classes, where she fully embraces the phrases “laughter is the best medicine” and “perfectly imperfect”.
Amber will read anything, including the backs of cereal boxes and shampoo bottles if they are in her line of sight, though she prefers Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Horror fiction to marketing copy. She enjoys art, design, and creativity in all of their forms, and flexes her own creative muscles whenever possible. She is borderline masterful at gift wrapping and can probably beat you at Mario Kart (….on the Nintendo 64). Amber lives in Naugatuck with her partner and their two beloved fur demons (cats, for those who don’t have them), the stoic Kang and the silly Kodos.
Molly Weyers, RPYT, RYT, EFT Tapping Practitioner, Reiki Master
Stephanie Wheelahan, RYT-200
Off the mat, Steph loves to adventure with her two kids! She loves to bring the community together for off the mat outings as well, so keep your eyes open for group adventures!
Join her every other Friday at 6:30 PM for her signature class, Zen Blend. Book here https://momence.com/s/26053313
In addition to group classes, Stephanie holds monthly events, such as Cosmic Reset: A Restorative Yoga & Sound Healing Experience and also offers one on one experiences/private lessons; specialing in stress relief and trauma sensitive sessions. You can connect with her by email:: Nourishmindbodysoulct@gmail.com and find her on Facebook & Instagram :: @nourishmindbodysoulct.