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Annie Q.

My Love.

I believe in Yoga. I honestly feel that everyone can benefit from it. There is this moment in every class where you see a “newbie” on their mat, in the thick of it all, power, sweat, fear, and exhilaration. I love the moment when yoga makes its way into their body and you can see it, you can see the light come out of them. You see their amazement, you feel their excitement, you know that they “get it”. Man, what a gift. I have found my purpose in life, I am a teacher.

Annie is Co-Director of The Shop. Her teachers include Baron Baptiste, Philip Urso, Debbie Williamson, Marcia Vallier, Anne Surber, Douglas P. Quagliaroli, Lance Clayton and Jan Iyengar. Annie is Yoga Alliance ERYT 500-hour Certified.

Find Annie Q. South Windsor Studio, Old Saybrook Studio, West Hartford Studio and Ludlow Studio.

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Kimberly Charbonneau

My Truth.

I believe in the effects of yoga. I have witnessed transformation in myself and in others I practice with. I have always wanted to be a part of something that really matters. I can’t think of anything more fulfilling than helping someone realize their true strength physically and spiritually.

Kim is co-director of The Shop. Her teachers are Baron Baptiste and Annie Q. Kim is Yoga Alliance ERYT 500-hour Certified and LivFree® Certified.

Find Kim at South Windsor Studio, Old Saybrook Studio, West Hartford Studio and Ludlow Studio.

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Allison Gomes

My Here, My Now.

Why do I believe in Yoga? Because, up until a few years ago, I was, in most ways, much like any other working mom, franticly juggling the many things it takes to ‘have it all’ in life. Then, I stepped onto a Yoga mat and realized that I could in fact slow down even in this hectic world we live in – and not only did my mind and body need it, but everyone who I touched in life was better for it as well. When I am on the mat and even when I leave it, my body is at ease – peaceful, energized, and balanced. Yoga gives me the space that I need to reconnect within. Through Yoga, I have vowed never again to be exhausted by life but rather to leave this life exhausted from truly living it!
The ability to teach and share this with others is a gift.

Allison’s teachers include Annie Q and Kim Charbonneau.

Allison is 500 Hour-LivFree® Certified.

Find Allison at Ludlow Studio.

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Liz Salvador

My Passion.

I rediscovered yoga at a time where I really needed an escape from the demands of life. I wore many hats while juggling a challenging corporate career and care-giving for both a young family and aging parents. I realized that I was spending all my time taking care of others and needed to take care of myself.

When I discovered the Yoga Shop community, I found a way to escape into a loving place where I could care for and work solely on myself – learning to love who and where I am, releasing the tension and rebuilding strength, dealing with my struggles and growing stronger.

Yoga gives me healing and hope in a way I never expected and still surprises me. Yoga is my self care and my passion. I am SO excited to grow The Yoga Shop family and share LivFree®️ yoga in our community.

I’m grateful for The Yoga Shop community of teachers and my mentors: Annie Quagliaroli, Kim Charbonneau, Julie Liefeld and the 2017 Masters Class.

Liz is RYT500-LivFree® Certified.

Find Liz at Ludlow Studio.

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Sarah Albanese

My Mind.

I have always been in my head. Bringing myself to the mat takes all the thoughts away. Some days I have beautiful, open practices. Other days I have terrible practices. What matters is I cleared my mind and did my best. I became a teacher because I wanted to be able to share that experience with everyone. The experience of letting go of the good or the bad. I pride myself off having a laid back, cool style of teaching but still being able to BRING IT. I will continue to show up and share the love.

Sarah is RYT-500 LivFree® Certified.

Sarah’s teachers include Annie Q., and Kim Charbonneau.

Find Sarah at Old Saybrook Studio and West Hartford Studio.

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Petra Axlund

My Kindness.

Yoga is not about how deeply you can backbend, how long you can hold an arm balancing pose or wheatear or not you can stand on your head. Yoga is about connecting with breath and creating space. It’s about falling back in love with yourself and to make peace with your body. Yoga is to become aware of your mind and the noise it creates. To me yoga is kindness, even in the most physically and mentally challenging poses. Just by softening and letting go you can release your fear and be free. I love what yoga does for my body, mind and spirit. It has made me a better and more balanced person, injury and pain free and stronger both physically and mentally. And it will do that for you too! Petra is the social media guru for The Shop!

Petra is ERYT 500 hour LivFree® Certified.

Petra’s teachers include Annie Q., Seane Corn, Bryan Kest and Lori Bonazzi.

Find Petra at West Hartford Studio and Ludlow Studio.

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Cathy Beckius

My Strength.

Yoga first called to me as a way to build physical strength but it turns out that being on the mat is so much more than the asana. The practice has helped me find the strength and conviction to be open to and stand in my own truth – you don’t need to be the best, or perfect or right. You just have to be.

The simplicity of linking breath to movement and being present allows us to tap into our own strength and light and then, naturally, sharing and loving off the mat!

For me, yoga is love and community and commitment and being a part of something way bigger than all of us. I believe in the power of yoga to help people find their own strength and affect change in their lives.

Cathy is a RYT-200.

Cathy’s teachers include Annie Q. and Kim Charbonneau.

Find Cathy at South Windsor Studio.

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Lauren Bent

My Energy.

Yoga is my driving force, the place I create energy that follows me on and off the mat. It has built me up with such strength while simultaneously providing an outlet of release. Coming to my mat allows me to root in and be with myself, and The Yoga Shop allows me to share it all with our (really really awesome) community. Whether practicing in a room full of positive energy, or teaching brand new yogis, there’s a little bit of magic in LivFree® Power that draws out each individual to stand to their highest potential. I believe every single person has the ability to practice yoga. Yoga is light, heavy, power, strength, ease, and love. And happy! There’s a whole lot of that, too.

Lauren is RYT-200 Certified.

Lauren’s teachers include Annie Q. and Kim Charbonneau.

Find Lauren at South Windsor Studio, West Hartford Studio and Ludlow Studio.

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Joe Cavanagh

My Balance.

The confluence of physical and non-physical work done on the yoga mat is unmatched by any other exercise. When you realize the intimacy of the relationship of body and mind, yoga leaves the mat and follows you every day. And when life gets out of balance, returning to the mat to work it out is always available. The work put in on the mat pays back physically, mentally, and spiritually. With no attachment to how exactly yoga will change you, putting in the physical work undoubtedly lays the groundwork for growth and change beyond the physical realm.

Joe is RYT-500 Hour LivFree® certified.

Joe’s teachers include Annie Q and Kim Charbonneau.

Find Joe at South Windsor Studio, Old Saybrook Studio, West Hartford Studio and Ludlow Studio.

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Lisa Comeau

My Transformation.

Practicing yoga fosters the connections of the physical, emotional and spiritual components within each of us, and the singular connection between all of us and everything. It cultivates compassion and is the fertile ground the feeds and grows love. When I practice, it feels like I am wiping the slate clean, creating space and clarity where love abounds and anything is possible. I am so grateful to be a part of this growing community of open-hearted, compassionate people to share this transformational practice, on the mat and as a teacher.

Lisa is RYT-200 certified.

Lisa’s teachers include Baron Baptiste, Tias Little, Todd Norian, Sadie Nardini, Natalie Griffin, and of course Annie Quagliaroli and Kim Charbonneau, and this whole crazy ride, life.

Lauren’s teachers include Annie Q. and Kim Charbonneau.

Find Lisa at South Windsor Studio and West Hartford Studio.

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Laura Dean-Frazier

My Baby.

I think of the Yoga Shop as my baby, and my yoga practice as my baby too! I found the Yoga Shop when I was needing something different in my life. My yoga practice has found a home at the Yoga Shop. My practice has grown here because of being nurtured, cared for, and supported. My yoga has helped me to slow down, appreciate the here and now, and be able to keep my focus. It is always challenging to take my practice off the mat and into my daily life. Some days happen more easily than others. The Yoga Shop is always there to help guide, encourage, and love me along my journey.

Laura Dean-Frazier, Studio Manager Old Saybrook.

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Valerie Fales

My Release.

When I step onto my mat, I make peace with whatever transpired before that moment. I am able to find a place in my mind and in my body that enables me to release, and let go to a point that I can engage in the moving meditation of my practice. It allows me to leave the time and practice with a renewed sense of self and awareness. My yoga practice has enhanced all aspects of my life. I hope that I can share this experience with others. As a group fitness instructor and RN, I am able to speak to my clients about things like alignment and form on a deeper level, and a more holistic level. I hope to continue to grow in my yoga practice, and to continue sharing what I learn through the moving meditation of yoga on and off the mat.

Valerie is RYT-200 Certified.

Valerie’s teachers include Annie Q., and Kim Charbonneau.

Find Valerie at Old Saybrook Studio.

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Anna Glowacki

My Lifestyle.

Yoga is a lifestyle for me. It is medicine for my physical body, my emotional being, and my soul. When I’m practicing regularly, my life is in balance and when I spend too much time away from the mat I fall out of sync with the world. I love sharing yoga with others and watching as my students become healthier and happier beings.

Anna is RYT-200 certified.

Anna’s teachers include Annie Q., Kimberly Charbonneau, Natalie Griffin, and Toby Schoeneberger.

Find Anna at South Windsor Studio.

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Amy J

My Horizon.

You can never reach perfection in yoga. There is always a way to change or expand or work towards in your practice. Yoga has taught me to love the journey and stop looking for a finish line. I want to share that love with others and help them let go of their expectations for themselves.

Amy is RYT 200 hour certified.

Amy’s teachers include Annie Q., Kim Charbonneau, Joe Cavanagh, and Holly Zygiel.

Find Amy at Old Saybrook Studio.

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Jack Iwersen

My Possibility.

When I first starting practicing yoga I viewed it as physical exercise however soon it began to dawn on me that yoga is more than a workout, it’s a lifestyle. We so often focus on what’s wrong or what could be better in our lives. a regular practice has taught me to let go, accept where I am and work from there. Spending time on the mat and with The Yoga Shop community has transformed me. I am stronger physically and mentally. LivFree® yoga has opened my mind and heart. And inspired me to share this practice with everyone.

Jack is RYT 200 hour certified.

Mentors: Annie Q, Kim C, Joe C

Find Jack at West Hartford Studio.

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Chris Kopcha

My Release.

When I step on my mat, the rest of the world just seems to disappear. Whatever challenges I am dealing with fade away as inconsequential. I was first drawn to yoga for its physical and athletic qualities. Many of my first classes were frustrating as I tried to push myself deeper into poses, in a hurry to advance my practice. But as an athlete who was starting to feel the aches and pains associated with many hours spent pushing my body, balance was what I needed. Continuing to practice, I slowly started to quiet the voice that kept driving me forward and let in the words of the amazing teachers at The Yoga Shop, allowing me to listen to my body, my breathe, and my heart. I will be forever grateful for the lessons I have learned…slowing down and not forcing things to happen. I am honored for the opportunity to teach yoga to others, so they may use it as a tool to learn the things they need to on their journeys.

Chris is RYT-500 hour LivFree® certified. Her certifications also include; NASM Personal Trainer, RRCA Running Coach, Les Mills (BodyFlow, BodyPump, BodyStep, and CXWorx), Spin Instructor, TRX Trained, and MM Music Education.

Chris’s teachers include Annie Q and Kim Charbonneau.

Find Chris at Old Saybrook Studio.

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Julie Liefeld, RN, LMFT, PhD

My Phoenix.

Yoga is my Phoenix—from any staring point yoga creates the path and energy of rediscovery, renewal and rejuvenation from the ashes, yoga provides the wings to rise out and beyond stuck-ness, ennui, emptiness and into the direction of purpose. By its calling, yoga will remind you who you are, who you can be, and give you the power to soar. My belief is that yoga will heal your balance of mind, body and spirit-and once you understand your own balance, there is nothing that can hold you down.

Julie’s teachers are Annie Q., Kimberly Charbonneau, Josh Summers and Kim Abraham.

Julie is RYT- 500 LivFree® certified.

Find Julie at Old Saybrook Studio.

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Kristen Michalak

My Adventure.

This practice can bring you so many places without ever leaving your mat. The possibilities are endless when you merge your mind and your body. The people you meet, the lessons you learn, the things you teach yourself are unparalleled by any other practice or exercise I have ever experienced. Nothing can challenge, provoke, change, transform or empower you like yoga can. My favorite part of practicing is that you are always met where you are at and there is always potential to find more, dig deeper and grow. Each time I step off my mat I step into a better version of myself. Yoga just works!

Kristen is RYT-200 Certified.

Kristen’s teachers include Annie Q. and Kim Charbonneau.

Find Kristen at South Windsor Studio.

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Alanna Orlandi

My Gift.

I need yoga in my life. Yoga is a mental, spiritual, and physical practice that my body craves. Being a yoga teacher allows me to share with others the gift of working to perfect the relationship between mind and body. I am honored to help those I teach feel better about themselves and become the strongest they have ever been.

Alanna is RYT-500 LivFree® certified.

Alanna’s teachers include Annie Q, Kim Charbonneau, Natalie Griffin and Joanne Spence.

Find Alanna at South Windsor Studio and Ludlow Studio.

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Kristin Santamaria

My Freedom.

Where in your life do you want more freedom? While on a backpacking trip a few years ago, a teacher abroad posed that question to the class. I have carried that with me as a reminder that I can create my own freedom, my own peace, and my own love. Yoga has taught me to find freedom within myself, on and off the mat. It has healed and rejuvenated my mind, body, and soul. As a teacher, I encourage anyone I know to take that journey and create self-empowerment. I hope to see you there!

Kristin is RYT-200hr certified

Kristin’s teachers include Annie Q and Kim Charbonneau

Find Kristen at Old Saybrook Studio.

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Marilyn Santos

My Light.

Yoga helps me shine my light. Every day it continues to foster my connection to the true essence of life, the true essence of me. So often yoga helps me “let go” of the adversity of the world and instead indulge in a place of peace, strength, freedom and love. I invite you to welcome yoga into your lives, not only for the physical benefits but for the spiritual and mindful benefits as well. It is truly a beautiful and fascinating gift of self-love. A gift I am so honored to share with others.

Marilyn is ERYT-200 and RYT-500 hour LivFree® certified. She is trained in LivFree® Vinyasa Yoga and in Yin Yoga.

Marilyn’s teachers include Annie Q., Kim Charbonneau, Natalie Griffin and Josh Summers.

Find Marilyn at South Windsor Studio, West Hartford Studio and Ludlow Studio.

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Erin Schopfer

My Power.

Yoga has strengthened not only my body, but my mind and soul. My life has been forever changed by yoga. I feel so empowered when I step on my mat. There is a spark inside of me that has been awakened. I have faith. I believe I can. Yoga inspired me to live to my fullest potential, and to not hold back. Most importantly, yoga has taught me how to live off the mat. I hope to inspire others through yoga to find their inner strength and power, and to show them, you can!

Erin is RYT-500 LivFree® certified.

Erin’s teachers include Annie Q. and Kim Charbonneau.

Find Erin at South Windsor Studio and Ludlow Studio.

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Holly Peronace Zygiel

My Peace.

Yoga is my Peace, my journey on the mat began after my first son was born and I need some exercise and healing. My husband encouraged me to start yoga and we had the exercise part right. I decided to continue to practice yoga through my entire second pregnancy. Since yoga has been in my life, I have felt my body, heal, and gain strength, balance, and health. Our yoga community is filled with caring, loving individuals, who share it’s gift everyday and that is why I teach from the brightest place within me and guide my students on their journey to Shine.

Holly is ERYT-200 and RYT-500 LivFree® certified.

Studio Manager, South Windsor, West Hartford and Ludlow.

Holly’s teachers include Elin Larson, Annie Q, Kim Charbonneau and The Yoga Shop Community.

Find Holly at South Windsor Studio, West Hartford Studio and Ludlow Studio.

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Chris White

My Metamorphosis.

Practicing yoga reminds me that I am bigger than my circumstance and allows me to be the person I am meant to be. Before yoga I felt I was living the life others expected of me and victimized by life’s ups and downs. Through yoga, the conscious act of making a mind, body and spiritual connection, I began the transformation from being a character in my life story to the author.

Chris is RYT-200 Certified.

Chris’s teachers include – I have been inspired by every teacher at the Yoga Shop, on various levels… from a pose, a statement, a playlist or just a warm smile. My mentors are Annie Q. and Kim Charbonneau.

Find Chris at West Hartford Studio.