Melissa Hall, E-RYT 500   Melissa took her first yoga class in 1999 and has been hooked on the deep connection between practicing yoga and renewing the spirit ever since. As a yoga student, Melissa discovered a spiritual awakening and began a healing journey focused on forgiveness and self-love. Melissa has been teaching yoga since 2004 after receiving her teaching certification through Yoga Spirit Studios. She has completed the level one and two yin yoga training with Josh Summers and has also studied with Rolf Gates, Seane Corn and Sarah Powers. Melissa teaches both a Yang-oriented flow class as well as Yin yoga classes to balance out the body and mind and to connect to spirit. All of Melissa’s classes are mixed level, and Melissa combines her knowledge of the poses with a supportive teaching style to cultivate a healing environment that will strengthen the body, focus the mind and open the heart. She encourages her students to use their yoga practice to turn inward, to deepen self-awareness and to reconnect to their inner strength and peace. Melissa believes that a commitment to yoga will not only build your physical power but also develop your emotional strength and reveal your true spirit. She is thankful to both her teachers and her students who continue to light the path toward love and peace.

Melissa Hall, E-RYT 500

Melissa took her first yoga class in 1999 and has been hooked on the deep connection between practicing yoga and renewing the spirit ever since. As a yoga student, Melissa discovered a spiritual awakening and began a healing journey focused on forgiveness and self-love. Melissa has been teaching yoga since 2004 after receiving her teaching certification through Yoga Spirit Studios. She has completed the level one and two yin yoga training with Josh Summers and has also studied with Rolf Gates, Seane Corn and Sarah Powers. Melissa teaches both a Yang-oriented flow class as well as Yin yoga classes to balance out the body and mind and to connect to spirit. All of Melissa’s classes are mixed level, and Melissa combines her knowledge of the poses with a supportive teaching style to cultivate a healing environment that will strengthen the body, focus the mind and open the heart. She encourages her students to use their yoga practice to turn inward, to deepen self-awareness and to reconnect to their inner strength and peace. Melissa believes that a commitment to yoga will not only build your physical power but also develop your emotional strength and reveal your true spirit. She is thankful to both her teachers and her students who continue to light the path toward love and peace.

Sarah Palmieri, RYT 200   Sarah first found yoga and meditation in 2011 from a Rodney Yee DVD a psychologist loaned her. It wasn’t until she faltered in maintaining the practice that she realized what those daily 45 minutes were giving her. A very curious and sometimes wise individual, she sought more yoga in a community college and began a volunteer position to learn more about what was happening inside of her and how she could continue to rise above and maintain depression. She completed her 200 HR training in June 2017 with Heidi Sormaz and Melissa Hall at Fresh Yoga. She has attended an Ana Forest monthly intensive, a 108 Monkeys trauma workshop and has brought yoga to differently-abled high school students. Sarah’s classes have a physical focus on alignment principles – getting into positions that OUR personal bodies are capable of on that day, for safer observations of our limits and abilities, and for better breath capacity and spinal fluidity. There is a mental intention in each class as well, aiming to grow as individuals within a community, through self-improvement and self-acceptance. There is also room for a sense of humor! She believes that in every yoga class with more than 1 student, there is a symbiotic growth that is aiding all present into the habit of yoga. With this, Sarah’s own self-discipline, esteem and curiosity of life has continued to evolve. She hopes to share what she has learned with you and have you leaving class standing a bit taller and breathing a bit easier - with a smile on your face.

Sarah Palmieri, RYT 200

Sarah first found yoga and meditation in 2011 from a Rodney Yee DVD a psychologist loaned her. It wasn’t until she faltered in maintaining the practice that she realized what those daily 45 minutes were giving her. A very curious and sometimes wise individual, she sought more yoga in a community college and began a volunteer position to learn more about what was happening inside of her and how she could continue to rise above and maintain depression. She completed her 200 HR training in June 2017 with Heidi Sormaz and Melissa Hall at Fresh Yoga. She has attended an Ana Forest monthly intensive, a 108 Monkeys trauma workshop and has brought yoga to differently-abled high school students. Sarah’s classes have a physical focus on alignment principles – getting into positions that OUR personal bodies are capable of on that day, for safer observations of our limits and abilities, and for better breath capacity and spinal fluidity. There is a mental intention in each class as well, aiming to grow as individuals within a community, through self-improvement and self-acceptance. There is also room for a sense of humor! She believes that in every yoga class with more than 1 student, there is a symbiotic growth that is aiding all present into the habit of yoga. With this, Sarah’s own self-discipline, esteem and curiosity of life has continued to evolve. She hopes to share what she has learned with you and have you leaving class standing a bit taller and breathing a bit easier - with a smile on your face.

Elana Kaufman, RYT 200   Elana has had a home in Yoga since she was a child, practicing Yoga with her mother as her first teacher. She has maintained a consistent Asana practice since a young age, continuing to attend classes and practice with her mom and the local sangha of teachers in Branford, CT. She dove deeper into Yogic Philosophy, Ayurveda and Yoga for mental and emotional health in college, where she studied Holistic Psychology and Healing; she fell in love with the challenges, self-discoveries, and connections that emerged from practicing Yoga on and off the mat. She completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Expanding Light in California, focusing on the Ananda style of Hatha Yoga. She has also completed continuing education courses in Yin Yoga and Yoga for Chakra cleansing and strength. As a teacher, she enjoys holding space for exploration, relaxation, and healing and loves offering a variety of supporting music, traditional Sanskrit chants, affirmations, and intentions as means for further connection and growth in Asana practice. She is immensely grateful to be able to be a support for others so they may challenge themselves physically, energetically, and mentally, to have more embodied experiences and find present moment awareness. Her devotional practice of Bhakti Yoga, prayer and chanting, has become the greatest support of her Yoga and her life and she enjoys bringing this into her classes. She offers harmonium lessons and enjoys exploring the wealth of Bhakti with her community, as she continues to seek and learn herself!  Elana is a registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance (RYT-200) as well as a Usui Reiki II level practitioner. Elana can be reached at  elanak@icloud.com  and  www.lunalotushealing.weebly.com

Elana Kaufman, RYT 200

Elana has had a home in Yoga since she was a child, practicing Yoga with her mother as her first teacher. She has maintained a consistent Asana practice since a young age, continuing to attend classes and practice with her mom and the local sangha of teachers in Branford, CT. She dove deeper into Yogic Philosophy, Ayurveda and Yoga for mental and emotional health in college, where she studied Holistic Psychology and Healing; she fell in love with the challenges, self-discoveries, and connections that emerged from practicing Yoga on and off the mat. She completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Expanding Light in California, focusing on the Ananda style of Hatha Yoga. She has also completed continuing education courses in Yin Yoga and Yoga for Chakra cleansing and strength. As a teacher, she enjoys holding space for exploration, relaxation, and healing and loves offering a variety of supporting music, traditional Sanskrit chants, affirmations, and intentions as means for further connection and growth in Asana practice. She is immensely grateful to be able to be a support for others so they may challenge themselves physically, energetically, and mentally, to have more embodied experiences and find present moment awareness. Her devotional practice of Bhakti Yoga, prayer and chanting, has become the greatest support of her Yoga and her life and she enjoys bringing this into her classes. She offers harmonium lessons and enjoys exploring the wealth of Bhakti with her community, as she continues to seek and learn herself!

Elana is a registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance (RYT-200) as well as a Usui Reiki II level practitioner. Elana can be reached at elanak@icloud.com and www.lunalotushealing.weebly.com

Kristin Foschi, E-RYT 200   A life-long athlete, Kristin began practicing yoga in 1998 after the birth of her fifth child as a way to complement her exercise routine and mitigate the stress of managing a large family. She completed her first teacher training at West Hartford Yoga in 2011 and is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 instructor certified in Power, Yin, Restorative, Therapeutic and Trauma Informed Yoga. While Kristin's passion is Power Yoga, injuries and the natural process of aging led her to study Therapeutic, Restorative and Yin Yoga. These gentler styles, along with her more in-depth study of meditation, have helped to bring balance to her power practice and to her demanding life. Kristin believes deeply in the transformative nature of yoga, on and off the mat, and that belief informs every aspect of her teaching. While she has studied with many wonderful teachers, she has been most influenced by Barbara Ruzansky, Peg Oliveira, Josh Summers, Tara Brach and Sharon Salzberg. Her five children, her yoga students and everyday life will always be her greatest teachers.

Kristin Foschi, E-RYT 200

A life-long athlete, Kristin began practicing yoga in 1998 after the birth of her fifth child as a way to complement her exercise routine and mitigate the stress of managing a large family. She completed her first teacher training at West Hartford Yoga in 2011 and is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 instructor certified in Power, Yin, Restorative, Therapeutic and Trauma Informed Yoga. While Kristin's passion is Power Yoga, injuries and the natural process of aging led her to study Therapeutic, Restorative and Yin Yoga. These gentler styles, along with her more in-depth study of meditation, have helped to bring balance to her power practice and to her demanding life. Kristin believes deeply in the transformative nature of yoga, on and off the mat, and that belief informs every aspect of her teaching. While she has studied with many wonderful teachers, she has been most influenced by Barbara Ruzansky, Peg Oliveira, Josh Summers, Tara Brach and Sharon Salzberg. Her five children, her yoga students and everyday life will always be her greatest teachers.

Christina Casavina, RYT 200   In 2001, Christina found yoga...or the Universe knew she would need the tools that yoga could provide....She did need them. That was the beginning of what continues to be a great life long journey. She received her 200hr certification in 2006 and has been teaching ever since.Always a student herself, she has trained in Vinyasa with Seane Corn, Restorative with Judith Hanson Lasater, Yin Yoga with Josh Summers, Full of Joy with Lani Rosen-gallagher and Y12SR with Nikki Meyers. She has engaged in countless workshops and intensive over the years with Rolf Gates and Ana Forrest, as well as many others, all of whom she greatly respects and admires. Her classes are Iyengar/Hatha based, focused on alignment and the breath, infused with a bit of all of the above. With an open heart, come open your body, clear your mind, free your soul and let your spirit fly.

Christina Casavina, RYT 200

In 2001, Christina found yoga...or the Universe knew she would need the tools that yoga could provide....She did need them. That was the beginning of what continues to be a great life long journey. She received her 200hr certification in 2006 and has been teaching ever since.Always a student herself, she has trained in Vinyasa with Seane Corn, Restorative with Judith Hanson Lasater, Yin Yoga with Josh Summers, Full of Joy with Lani Rosen-gallagher and Y12SR with Nikki Meyers. She has engaged in countless workshops and intensive over the years with Rolf Gates and Ana Forrest, as well as many others, all of whom she greatly respects and admires. Her classes are Iyengar/Hatha based, focused on alignment and the breath, infused with a bit of all of the above. With an open heart, come open your body, clear your mind, free your soul and let your spirit fly.

Jess Rawling, E-RYT   Jess is an E-RYT 200/500hr teacher, and her classes are Vinyasa and Hatha informed - Additionally, she serves as a Yoga Nidra and Meditation guide. Jess views Yoga and Meditation as tools for transformation; the means through which we emerge as the best version of ourselves. She consistently challenges students to make space between their thoughts, to develop awareness of their habitual reactions, and to respond to challenges in ways that benefit themselves and others. Students can expect to sweat in these classes - they are physically demanding as well as contemplative.

Jess Rawling, E-RYT

Jess is an E-RYT 200/500hr teacher, and her classes are Vinyasa and Hatha informed - Additionally, she serves as a Yoga Nidra and Meditation guide. Jess views Yoga and Meditation as tools for transformation; the means through which we emerge as the best version of ourselves. She consistently challenges students to make space between their thoughts, to develop awareness of their habitual reactions, and to respond to challenges in ways that benefit themselves and others. Students can expect to sweat in these classes - they are physically demanding as well as contemplative.

Shaune Mcvetty, RYT 200   Shaune came back to yoga after many years looking to quiet her mind while working full time and completing graduate school. Always wanting to be a teacher she finally had time to complete a training and received her 200 YTT in Pranakyria Yoga with Yoganand Micheal Carroll in 2013. Shaune continues to study with her teacher, read daily, meditate and deepen her understanding of the practice, as well as explore yoga classes across the country while traveling. Shaune has made a career out of promoting self awareness and healthy coping skills for children and adolescents. She believes in creating an environment that children’s creativity, health and mind prosper. Shaune received her kids yoga teaching certification from Little Sprouts and has a Master’s Degree in Community Psychology from University of New Haven. Also trained with 108 Monkeys Street Yoga Training Program a non profit organization in New Haven working to spread yoga into the community. Shaune’s hope for her students is to create a safe space where they can find softness and space around their thoughts, hearts and bodies while using the breath to connect with their deepest self. When we can connect with our deepest self our inner light can shine the brightest, illuminating our path to healing.

Shaune Mcvetty, RYT 200

Shaune came back to yoga after many years looking to quiet her mind while working full time and completing graduate school. Always wanting to be a teacher she finally had time to complete a training and received her 200 YTT in Pranakyria Yoga with Yoganand Micheal Carroll in 2013. Shaune continues to study with her teacher, read daily, meditate and deepen her understanding of the practice, as well as explore yoga classes across the country while traveling. Shaune has made a career out of promoting self awareness and healthy coping skills for children and adolescents. She believes in creating an environment that children’s creativity, health and mind prosper. Shaune received her kids yoga teaching certification from Little Sprouts and has a Master’s Degree in Community Psychology from University of New Haven. Also trained with 108 Monkeys Street Yoga Training Program a non profit organization in New Haven working to spread yoga into the community. Shaune’s hope for her students is to create a safe space where they can find softness and space around their thoughts, hearts and bodies while using the breath to connect with their deepest self. When we can connect with our deepest self our inner light can shine the brightest, illuminating our path to healing.

Meg Geyser, RN, MSN, RYT-200   Meg completed her 200 hour teacher training with CrossRoads Yoga under the direction Crystal Sullivan and Shelley Nyren. She was first drawn to yoga in 2007 as a stressed out new mom caring for her two young daughters, and describes her first class as a life-changing experience that instantly transformed her into a devoted practitioner. Meg adores yoga for the sense of joy, vitality, and peace that it brings her, as well it’s ability to awaken and replenish her spirit. All of Meg’s yoga classes and workshops are designed to encourage and facilitate confidence, playfulness, and joy while generating a sense of self-acceptance and peace. A life long artist, Meg is fascinated by movement, rhythm, color, and flow. You will find elements of these concepts woven into her vinyasa style classes, which are designed to encourage confidence and playfulness while generating a sense of self-acceptance, strength, and calm. When she is not practicing yoga, you can find her dancing with her hula hoop, making art, hiking, reading, or chilling with her husband, two daughters, and their good old-fashioned mutt, Lizzy.

Meg Geyser, RN, MSN, RYT-200

Meg completed her 200 hour teacher training with CrossRoads Yoga under the direction Crystal Sullivan and Shelley Nyren. She was first drawn to yoga in 2007 as a stressed out new mom caring for her two young daughters, and describes her first class as a life-changing experience that instantly transformed her into a devoted practitioner. Meg adores yoga for the sense of joy, vitality, and peace that it brings her, as well it’s ability to awaken and replenish her spirit. All of Meg’s yoga classes and workshops are designed to encourage and facilitate confidence, playfulness, and joy while generating a sense of self-acceptance and peace. A life long artist, Meg is fascinated by movement, rhythm, color, and flow. You will find elements of these concepts woven into her vinyasa style classes, which are designed to encourage confidence and playfulness while generating a sense of self-acceptance, strength, and calm. When she is not practicing yoga, you can find her dancing with her hula hoop, making art, hiking, reading, or chilling with her husband, two daughters, and their good old-fashioned mutt, Lizzy.

Cynthia Raffone , RYT 200   Cynthia Raffone is an RYT-200 hour graduate from YOGAspirit studio. She has been educated by the importance of body alignment, knowing that safety is prime concern through an individual’s practice or experience. Cynthia’s love for yoga began after her Division 1 gymnastic career had concluded. After this tremendous chapter in her life was over, she began incorporating her gymnastic background into the fundamentals of yoga. Today, Cynthia continues her occupation of 25+ years as a therapeutic recreation supervisor. Between yoga and healthcare passion, she has witnessed a shift in her daily living as well as those around her. Her own practice has taught her how to live as a free spiritual individual who can handle adversities with compassion and grace. Cynthia guides her students through the practice of vinyasa flow. This form of instruction will help an individual make use of their mind and breathe together as a whole. Finding the true meaning of an individual’s life journey will always remain a mystery. However, with the course of a daily yoga practice, an individual can find harmony within their body, mind and soul.

Cynthia Raffone , RYT 200

Cynthia Raffone is an RYT-200 hour graduate from YOGAspirit studio. She has been educated by the importance of body alignment, knowing that safety is prime concern through an individual’s practice or experience. Cynthia’s love for yoga began after her Division 1 gymnastic career had concluded. After this tremendous chapter in her life was over, she began incorporating her gymnastic background into the fundamentals of yoga. Today, Cynthia continues her occupation of 25+ years as a therapeutic recreation supervisor. Between yoga and healthcare passion, she has witnessed a shift in her daily living as well as those around her. Her own practice has taught her how to live as a free spiritual individual who can handle adversities with compassion and grace. Cynthia guides her students through the practice of vinyasa flow. This form of instruction will help an individual make use of their mind and breathe together as a whole. Finding the true meaning of an individual’s life journey will always remain a mystery. However, with the course of a daily yoga practice, an individual can find harmony within their body, mind and soul.

Julie Haesche    Julie implements an array of styles and modalities of healing, composing classes that are a thoughtful blend of what speaks to her and what is at the forefront of her personal practice. Kundalini, hatha, and yin yoga, deeply influence her methodology. This harmony brings a unique blend of mindful breathing and dynamic movement to invigorate the body and mind. Soothing poses and insightful meditation allow us to release tension and inspire healing. Connecting to ourselves through a conscious breath practice builds the foundation for maintaining a vibrant mind, body, and spirit. Classes cultivate awareness and vitality so we may navigate life with ease, grace, and resilience, allowing us to be more sensible with ourselves and others around us.   Julie completed her 200-hour Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training with Ravi Singh in 2017. She has continued her education with coursework in mindfulness meditation, yin yoga, reiki healing, yoga nidra, and is currently in pursuit of her 500-hour Teacher Training Certification. She is endlessly grateful for all of her teachers and students, and the gifts they continue to share along the way.

Julie Haesche


Julie implements an array of styles and modalities of healing, composing classes that are a thoughtful blend of what speaks to her and what is at the forefront of her personal practice. Kundalini, hatha, and yin yoga, deeply influence her methodology. This harmony brings a unique blend of mindful breathing and dynamic movement to invigorate the body and mind. Soothing poses and insightful meditation allow us to release tension and inspire healing. Connecting to ourselves through a conscious breath practice builds the foundation for maintaining a vibrant mind, body, and spirit. Classes cultivate awareness and vitality so we may navigate life with ease, grace, and resilience, allowing us to be more sensible with ourselves and others around us.

Julie completed her 200-hour Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training with Ravi Singh in 2017. She has continued her education with coursework in mindfulness meditation, yin yoga, reiki healing, yoga nidra, and is currently in pursuit of her 500-hour Teacher Training Certification. She is endlessly grateful for all of her teachers and students, and the gifts they continue to share along the way.

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