Lisa started practicing Ashtanga yoga in the 1990s in New York City and experienced her first significant injury several years into the fast-paced practice, herniating a lumbar disk while being "assisted" in a seated forward fold. She began working with a physical therapist who was also a Feldenkrais practitioner.
Practicing Feldenkrais and yoga, Lisa rehabilitated the injured disk and discovered a passion for learning about the functional anatomy of yoga. She was drawn to Anusara yoga in the late 2000’s because of its precise but fluid approach to anatomical alignment. In 2010, months of uncomfortable Warrior 1 poses had turned into persistent inflexibility and immobility in her right leg. The pain led her back to PT, where she again found a physical therapist who was a relentless student and gifted healer. When an x-ray revealed that the cartilage in Lisa's right hip was gone, she had her right hip replaced in 2010. Six years later, she had her left hip replaced and now considers herself functionally bionic.
Lisa has continued studying and practicing yoga throughout the rehabilitation of almost thirty years of yoga and yoga-related injuries. These experiences fuel her ongoing study of yoga, anatomy, and the science of pain and healing. She has studied various healing modalities including yoga, acupuncture, EFT, Graston technique, myofascial release, reflexology, aromatherapy and Thai massage. Lisa believes passionately and humbly in the ability of every human mind and body to heal itself.
Grace Osora Erhart
Grace Osora Erhart (RYT 500) brings her deep love for yoga and decades of experience to the mat. For Grace, yoga is mediation in motion, and the physical aspects, thought important, are simply a vehicle for personal growth and present-moment awareness. Putting special emphasis on pranayam (breathing exercises), she guides her classes through an energy-learning physical practice so that her students can feel more balanced, stable, and alive. Grace's yoga training began at Kripalu thirty years ago, and she has since integrated her many talents into her teaching, including her roles as a Registered Nurse, Licensed Massage Therapist, Phoenix Rising Massage Therapist, and Level 3 Dream Teacher in the Robert Moss School of Active Dreaming. Grace also holds certifications to teach Vinyasa, Restorative Practice, Meditation Instruction, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and is a Reiki level 2 Practitioner.
Joan’s style of teaching yoga is eclectic with emphasis on alignment and encouraging the mind, body, spirit integration. She aspires to keep the environment playful but also conducive to inner stillness.
Joan has been practicing yoga for 16 years and began teaching in 2009. She studied with Lara Ward at Lotus Gardens in Connecticut. Yoga prepared Joan for a meditation practice which she considers vital to her spiritual expansion. Both yoga and meditation have drawn her to a life path that is often led by Spirit’s guidance.
Joan also works in financial planning and education. She lives at the farm in Lyme with her husband and her canine yoga assistant, Kayla. Her hobbies include gardening and reading.
For the last 15 years Kate has been developing tools of transformation through love consciousness, movement and breath. She assists individuals in finding peace, power, clarity and health from within. Her primary tools are pranayama, yoga, pilates, mantra, hands-on-healing (reiki) and meditation.
Kate (www.katenovack.com) is a Certified Personal Trainer, Master Level Reiki healer, Stott Pilates trained pilates instructor, and Registered Yoga Instructor. She is certified in Goddess Yoga Therapy, a unique Hatha yoga method designed around observing the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being to heal and reclaim one’s divine power.
She attracts all-levels and encourages students to be self-guided by the breath and delve within their heart’s flow which contributes to her diversified following.
Kate has also invented her own line of organic handmade botanical self-care products (www.withlovebykate.com) using only pure essential oils, mindfulness, love and “yes” ingredients.
Adventure, inner wisdom and joy sums up Alison Ritrovato’s approach to life and what she brings to all her students. A long love affair with dance training through her 20’s has encouraged Alison to always seek new ways of moving to keep the body fit, the spirit wise and the mind joyful. Love of movement led Alison to Yoga and has been a constant companion for over 14yrs. A light-hearted and accepting approach to life is truly in Alison’s wheel house and very present in all of her classes. Coloring outside the lines has always been a special skill for Alison!
Deeply Spiritual, Alison runs her own business Heallingenergywellness.com. As an APRN, Spiritual Medium and Teacher she guides her clients towards their true purpose, joy and healing by aiding them in removing blocks on their path through her deep connection to the Divine’s wisdom and guidance.
Alison is 200hr certified by internationally acclaimed YogaWorks. The YogaWorks method uses yoga traditions from the east and west, integrating both into a practical and unique method that combines vinyasa flow with an emphasis on alignment and skillful sequencing. Most of all it encourages a student to honor their body exactly where it is in that moment.
Emrys Tetu is known for a challenging, introspective and alignment-focused teaching style blended with gentleness and thoughtfulness toward the body and the whole self. She encourages curiosity and intends for her students to be safe enough to practice to age 120.
She has been studying yoga and meditation for over 20 years. Grounded in the Iyengar tradition, she also has strong foundations in Vinyasa, Forrest Yoga and YIN. Her style has developed both locally and abroad through work with local teachers, as well as with Ana Forrest, Sadie Nardini, Jill Miller, Josh Summers, James Higgins, Cora Wen, Seane Corne and many others. Her studies in Pune, India included time at the Osho Meditation Resort and the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute.
Her classes lead students to explore how they can be more in-tune with themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally, and how that may also deepen their awareness and make them more spiritually present. Practices are designed to prepare the mind, body and spirit to assimilate new ideas, take action to rejuvenate health and vitality, and awaken intuition through invigoration, restoration, and engagement of the parasympathetic nervous system.
Emrys is also a Holistic Health Counselor in private practice in Chester, CT. See more at www.decadent-wellness.com