Gina is the owner of Kaia Yoga with her husband Stan. She has been teaching yoga for 20 years and is the director of the Kaia Yoga teacher training program in which she has taught hundreds of students over the years. She has been featured in Fitness, Parent, Organic Spa, Yoga Journal, Woman’s Entrepreneurs, Mothering and Hampton’s Magazines. Her fascination with mind-body work and its essential connection to overall health and happiness led her to study Thai Yoga in Thailand, Vipassana mediation in India and Buddhist studies in the Shambhala tradition along with Cranial Sacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute. Her vision as director of Kaia Yoga was to develop a wide variety of programming to support not only practitioners through yoga but to build a community where people from all walks of life can come for educational trainings, community and nourishment of their body and mind. firstname.lastname@example.org
Stan Woodman is a Level 2 Authorized Ashtanga Yoga teacher for the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI), in Mysore, India and the co-owner of Kaia Yoga. He took his first yoga class in 1991 and began a dedicated Ashtanga practice in 1997. Having first met Sri K Pattabhi Jois in NYC 2001, Stan eventually went to the source in Mysore India in 2003 to study with Guruji. Since then, he has made several trips to the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, studying with its founder until his death in 2009 and eventually with Jois’ heir and grandson, Sharath Jois. Today, Stan continues his yearly pilgrimage to Mysore to study at the KPJAYI with Sharath and completed a special two month teachers course in Mysore the summer of 2016. He also heads the Ashtanga Mysore program at Kaia Yoga in Greenwich, CT since 2006.
In addition to his work as a yoga teacher, Stan’s education includes intensive coursework with special needs children. Formerly licensed as a massage therapist, he has extensive knowledge in eastern and western philosophies and practices in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, myology, and neurology. Stan serves on the board of directors of several not-for-profits including Odanadi and The Give Back Yoga Foundation for empowering individuals through the gift of yoga. He also works closely with Operation Shanti in Mysore to help raise funding for their programs.
An avid extreme sports enthusiast, Stan loves a good challenge, especially when snowboarding or skateboarding. Stan has been featured in numerous magazines including Fitness, More and Organic Spa. He lives in Connecticut with his wife Gina Norman, and their two children.
Angela Kilcullen fell in love with yoga shortly after retiring her dancing shoes over ten years ago and has been a devotee ever since. She teaches with Vinyasa’s freedom of movement incorporating fluid and intelligent choreography with a focus on correct alignment and breath work. She safely builds her students toward more challenging poses so that their bodies and minds are fully prepared to go into greater depth. Her classes are playful, yet mindful, and no two classes are ever the same. Angela is indelibly grateful to all of her teachers and students, her faith, and her family who never cease to inspire and fuel her practice, on and off the mat.
Barbara Joseph has taught yoga for twenty years, including at the Urban Yoga Center in Manhattan, which she founded and operated prior teaching at New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts, where she taught yoga to drama students for 10 years. In addition to yoga teaching certification, she is a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist and has completed the level one training in Cranial Sacral Massage Therapy from the Upledger Institute. She also completed the 500-hour teacher training program at Kaia Yoga in 2013.
Beth Furman, E-RYT, has studied yoga, dance and many other forms of movement for over 30 years. She consistently draws from her extensive background in her yoga work. Beth was first certified to teach through Next Generation Yoga and level 1 IMT with Molly Kenney. Kids’ teaching credits include workshops at Kripalu. Beth is also 200 hour certified through Saraswati’s and 300 hour certified with Shiva Rea. In addition to these certifications, Beth’s practice, teaching and experience of living yoga is informed by a continued curiosity about the way we move and the way our bodies reveal to us our own stories. She currently teaches yoga to adults and children integrating dance and cultural expression. She earned a Masters of Arts & Liberal Studies (MALS) from Wesleyan University.
Brittany Weinsoff trained at Kaia Yoga under the mindful eye of Gina Norman and her senior teachers. Only four years after starting her own yoga practice, she was drawn to become a teacher. Brittany dove into teaching with the same amount of grit she displayed on her own mat. She quickly learned a calm breath and open heart could change everything. Making that peaceful shift inward was what inspired her to share what she's learned and start teaching. Brittany is a chiropractic student and integrates her anatomy background into all of her classes. Her Vinyasa flows are alignment based with plenty of options, add-ons and hands-on assists. Expect to play with fun transitions, arm balances and inversions. Brittany will challenge her students’ strength and flexibility while keeping it light and fun. Look forward to upbeat music and a Savasana perk, or two.
Caroline has been practicing yoga for more than ten years. She was hooked after her first class with Gail Cohen. After a move to London, Caroline’s practice intensified, studying Jivamukti yoga with Stewart Gilchrest and Alessia Avellino. She completed her 200-hour training at Kaia Yoga with Gina Norman and Stan Woodman. Caroline leads a vigorous vinyasa flow class, helping her students grow their strength, balance and flexibility through the connection of breath and movement - and encouraging them to take these attributes off the mat and into their lives.
Colleen was first introduced to yoga by a friend while studying Architecture at the University of Colorado in 1996. Like Architecture, she was drawn to the idea that Yoga is a practice and as such has many forms, stories, progressions, milestones and no foreseeable end. Colleen is continuously amazed by the depth of what a yoga practice can be to an individual and in turn, to a larger community. With the endless love and encouragement from her husband and three children she was able to realize her dream of becoming a yoga teacher. She acquired her 200 Hr and Prenatal Teacher Training certifications thru Kaia Yoga under the guidance of Gina Norman and Stan Woodman to whom she is grateful. She strives to support her students by meeting them where they are and holding space for their own journey. Her classes are a supportive place where the student is encouraged to explore the practice on multiple levels.
Cheryl is a certified teacher of Vinyasa Yoga, she trained at Saraswati’s Yoga Joint with Mitchel Blier. Additional studies and certifications were done with Mitchel as well as with Sadie Nardini, for Core Strength, Joe Barnett for Yin and with Jillian Pranksy for Restorative. Classes are a cultivation of the breath, the asana, the mind, the body, the spirit and more. It’ll be up-tempo and fun, alignment based with creative sequencing with food for thought, hard work, fun and some awesome music.
Cynthia has been studying yoga for over ten years and received her teaching certification in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in 2004. Cynthia’s instruction is clear and informative. She teaches with skill,confidence and a sense of humor. She emphasizes structural alignment,breath control and diligent focus to create a safe environment for her students. Cynthia designs her classes so that students are brought out of their minds and into their bodies. Combining her love of yoga and teaching, Cynthia finds sharing yoga to be profoundly fulfilling. She enjoys helping others develop a practice that empowers them to live a healthy life. Cynthia’s teaching is inspired by Nevine Michaan of Katonah Yoga Center.
After receiving a cancer diagnosis at the age of 39 and completing a conventional course of treatment Claudia turned her focus to holistic medicine, spiritual health and yoga. Ten years later she was accepted into the 200-hour Vinyasa Teacher Training Program with Gina and Stan at Kaia Yoga fulfilling a decade long dream of teaching. She approaches her practice with gratitude and respect for her body. She teaches with passion and an understanding of health and wellness creating a fun and challenging practice with particular attention on the breath, building a strong foundation, focus and self-awareness.
Diane started a regular yoga practice in 2008 and quickly realized that the strength and body awareness she established in ballet, gymnastics, skiing and nearly twenty-five years as an exercise instructor was easy to transition to her yoga practice. The element of introspection, on the other hand, was something totally new and more of a challenge to her. Over time, this is what she has grown to love most about practicing yoga and is what brings her back to her mat again and again. Diane is an RYT 500 having completed both her 200-hour and an additional 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Kaia Yoga in Westport. Diane’s passion for movement, breath, alignment and pushing past mental obstacles are evident in her upbeat and flowing classes.
Diane has practiced yoga since 2005 and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200). In addition, Diane is certified to teach yoga to people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She is a licensed social worker and practices clinical psychotherapy. Diane’s yoga journey started simply as a form of exercise but over time has grown into a devotional and spiritual practice that extends beyond physical asanas and is as much about the heart and mind as it is about the body. Diane leads an athletic, heat-building practice and frequently incorporates poetry and music into her practice.
As a practitioner of yoga, Heather experienced firsthand the strength, stamina, and peace that comes with a dedicated practice. As a teacher of yoga, Heather strives to bring awareness of the yoga path to her students. She completed her 200 hour certification in 2010 and will complete her 500 hour training in 2012, both at Kaia Yoga. She continues a daily journey to thoughtfully reflect on her role as a teacher and a student of yoga.
Heather Vernik’s breath/body connection, eclectic oriented approach to yoga stems from her deep and articulate alignment-based Vinyasa practice. She received her teacher training certification from at Saraswati Yoga Studio in Norwalk, CT. As a former sales executive, Heather utilizes her humor and upbeat energy to provoke students to reach beyond their perceived capacity and redefine their limits. In combination with healthy alignment and yoga philosophy, she incorporates a synthesis of breath inspiring movements, with movements enhanced by breath, as taught in the traditional Vinyasa Flow Yoga approach. She places an emphasis on finding a deeper connection with the dynamic movements of energy available within each pose and each moment.
Jasmine's background in biology and five years of working in a sports rehabilitation facility has laid the foundation to her detailed understanding of physiology and alignment. Her beginnings in yoga stemmed from seeking a calm and centered counterbalance to her thrill-seeking sports and adventures. Through deepening her practice, she has learned that yoga can provide both the thrill and tranquility she sought, and that the lessons and skills cultivated in yoga permeate into everyday life. With her passion for movement, alignment, and breath, she strives to provide a well-rounded and upbeat experience in her classes.
Jasmine completed her RYT 200-hour certification and Prenatal Yoga certification with Gina Norman at Kaia Yoga in Westport in March 2017.
Jenny has been practicing yoga for 15 years and received her RYT 200 Hour Teacher Training at Pure Yoga in New York City. She also holds a 100 hour certification in medical yoga through Pure. Jenny's teaching style ties together her years of in depth philosophical and textual study of both Buddhism and Hinduism (in Hong Kong and Vrindavan, India respectively) and her movement training in theatre. She brings a dynamism to her practice informed by her devised theater training, incorporating the elements of nature and the seasons into her class as well as the occasional techniques from clown and mime. In addition to her strong vinyasa classes, Jenny loves to slow things down and teach restorative, yin, and yoga nidra, Some of her primary influences include the late Jacques le coq, Dana Slamp of Prema Yoga, and Taryn Toomey's cathartic movement practice, "the class." Jenny loves being fully conscious and aware in her body and wants to share this joy with others.
Jill found yoga in 1998 and helped her make many positive lifestyle changes. Jill completed her 200hr Teacher Training with Charles and Lisa Matkin of Matkin Yoga, 500hr Advanced Teacher Training and Prenatal Training at Kaia Yoga, and Restorative Training with Karen Safire of Receptive Nest. Whether teaching Vinyasa style classes to seasoned yogis or supporting pregnant women during her prenatal classes, Jill aims to provide a safe, fun, and supportive environment to students of all levels.
Jill is a certified Hatha Yoga Instructor, specializing in Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga. She trained with Laughing Lotus College of Yoga and The Sankalpah College of Yoga in New York City. Jill’s practice of yoga seeks to strengthen, explore, and peacefully integrate the body, mind, and spirit. She has been maintaining a daily physical and spiritual sadhana for over ten years, and looks forward to sharing her practice with you.
When Judy first stepped onto her mat and realized what life changing principles and connections yoga has to offer she was hooked. After spending many years practicing different styles of yoga which included Bikram, Vinyasa, Dharma Mittra and Jiva Mukti, she began her journey as a teacher in 2013. Judy completed Buddhi Power Yoga 200hr Teacher Training Certification with Lyn Kehoe. Her teaching style has blossomed further from attending workshops led by inspirational teachers like Bryan Kest and Baron Baptiste. Judy brings to her class humor, energy and lightheartedness. She combines a challenging Vinyasa flow with attention to breath, alignment and yogic philosophy. All while encouraging her students to practice their yoga off their mats and into their everyday lives.
Julia started practicing Vinyasa yoga in 2004 after years of practicing in various styles. Her goal is to teach a comprehensive class that encourages students to embrace the physical challenges of yoga and at the same time enjoy the benefits of becoming more flexible in more ways than one. Julia received her 200 hr. Vinyasa certification with Rolf Gates in 2009 and will complete 300 additional hours of training with Kaia Yoga in 2012.
Kathy was introduced to yoga 12 years ago and was instantly attracted to the physical challenge. After years of practice, the transformative nature of yoga encouraged Kathy’s deeper inquiries, she received her 200 hour certification from Kaia Yoga, and is currently completing Kaia’s first 500 hour teacher training. Kathy believes in teaching a well-rounded practice, with focus on alignment while challenging the body and the mind.
Kelly Serino (DelVecchio) is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher. Kelly is continuing her training at Kaia Yoga to become a 500 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher. She has completed trainings for various types of yoga and is educated in teaching vinyasa, yin, restorative, prenatal, and meditation. She is also certified in reiki healing, completing her level 1 & 2 certificates through Miylana in 2012. She is interested in leading a healthy lifestyle as she focuses on holistic health & wellness, spiritual healing & aromatherapy.
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Lee Ann began her practice while battling a severe bout of Lyme’s Disease. She literally could not pick herself up out of a chair. She had no balance and had to hold onto to walls. She began practicing yoga as a way to rid the toxic drugs from her body. Lee Ann found the Kaia Yoga studio which truly changed her life. After several years of practice she was accepted into the 200-hour Vinyasa Teacher Training Program with Gina and Stan. “I want to share the knowledge and love I have for yoga and use the tools of yoga to transform lives!”
Lexi is a RYT 200 hour, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Wellness advocate. Lexi believes in a holistic approach to life, self care and practicing yoga. Lexi enjoys teaching classes that are playful and full of light and love. She enjoys meeting clients where they are and working through postures to inspire and combat self doubt.
Lexy Tomaino believes that yoga is both a 'work-out' and a 'work-in' where the effort you put forward on the mat transforms both body and mind. Her vigorous classes will offer students the space to work through challenges, inspire you to be grateful and present, and maybe even have a little (or a lot) of fun while you are at it! Lexy completed her 200-hour certification at Kaia Yoga with Gina Norman and Stan Woodman, a 100-hour training in power yoga at Down Dog Yoga in Washington DC with Patty Ivey, and has studied with Baron Baptiste, Ana Forrest, Schyuler Grant, and Leslie Kaminoff. She actively continues her education and is inspired by the Jivamukti teachings of Sharon Gannon and David White.
Lia began yoga when she was 12 and has been passionate about it ever since. She began teaching beginner level workshops and private classes in 2006 while also pursuing dance and studying fitness and nutrition. By 2010 she was teaching fitness and yoga classes at Les Roches university in Switzerland. She completed her RYT 200hr through Yoga Now in Chicago in 2012 and is currently working on her RYT 500hr through Kaia Yoga in CT. She's completed Kaia’s meditation teacher training with David Nichtern, which has allowed her to begin teaching Shamatha-Vipasana meditation at an introductory level to students. She has also been a practicing chef, certified plant-based nutritionist, and food educator since 2008. She works with individuals and groups who have specific dietary concerns ranging from Lyme disease and cancer to simply losing or gaining weight to veganism and paleo.
Lisa has been practicing yoga for over 17 years after being introduced to it by a family member. Her dedication to her practice and her desire to learn more led her to complete her 500 hr teacher training, and then on to complete Yin Yoga trainings, Aerial Yoga trainings and Paddleboard Yoga training. Most recently she has become part of the Mentorship program for new teachers at Kaia Yoga. Classes focus on a gentle approach of calming breathing techniques, mind body awareness, alignment and strength. Lisa will lead you through a mindful yet vigorous practice of arm balances and inversions helping to build confidence, endurance and flexibility. “Yoga has changed my life and I wanted to share my love of yoga with others”.
Lissa Palermo has been practicing yoga for nearly 18 years. Her discovery and love for yoga began as a way to focus her inner awareness as well as to heal her body and mind. Of greater importance to her is the transformational effect or “gift” of yoga to the mind, body and spirit and her goal is to service others to find their own awakening.
Lissa is a 500hr. certified yoga teacher in Vinyasa Yoga, receiving her 200 hr training in NYC in 2009 and completing her 500-hr. at Kaia Yoga in 2012. She is also certified in Pre-Natal from OM Yoga and Golden Bridge's The Khalsa Way both in NYC., as well as certified in Yin, Restorative and Kids Yoga.
Her personal and professional philosophies focus on balancing mind, body and spirit through movement, an open heart, nutrition, service and kindness to all beings. Her classes, although alignment based, are challenging, playful and introspective, thus providing awareness to empower individuals to create peace, strength & harmony from within; to become happy and free.
Megan finds joy in exploring her inner world, and empowers others to uncover their own completeness through yoga. She approaches the practice with lightness and grace, respecting the wonder of the human body and the intelligence of the breath. Megan is grateful to be able to share the wisdom of ISHTA Yoga (Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda), and finds inspiration in the lineage’s focus on individualized practice. She has a background in music and voice, and received her 200-Hour, 500-Hour, and restorative teaching certifications from ISHTA Yoga in New York City.
Mike has been studying and practicing yoga for over 20 years and became a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher in 2002. He enjoys introducing yoga to new students and working with long-time practitioners to help them deepen their practice. His teaching approach focuses on helping each student discover, develop and integrate the muscles and alignment needed to build a strong foundation for each posture.
Nancy Byrne is a Licensed Acupuncturist and certified Yamuna Body Rolling practitioner. Nancy is passionate about teaching others how to relieve their own pain, by finding space through aligning the body. She believes in inspiring healing by empowering others through education.
Samantha Woodruff has been a devoted yoga practitioner for over 15 years. After the birth of her second child, she left her job in corporate strategy to pursue her passion for yoga, becoming a 200-hour certified teacher at Kaia Yoga. Samantha is interested in helping students make the connection between who we are on the mat, in our asana practice, and who we are—and can be—in the world. She believes that yoga can be energizing, relaxing and most of all, fun. Her teaching style is playful, upbeat and challenging, yet encouraging, with a focus on alignment (and rockin’ play lists).
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Shari discovered the practice of yoga after the birth of her third child and yoga has been an integral part of her life ever since. Shari received her 200 hour teacher training from Laws of Yoga and Power yoga for sports with Gwen Lawrence, kids yoga training with Little Sprouts and many training intensives over the year to deepen her teaching and practice. She is currently a 500-hour candidate with Kaia Yoga 300-hour teacher training. Shari is very passionate about bringing mindfulness and yoga into schools and is enhancing her knowledge of yoga with the trainings offered by Mindful Schools. Shari’s classes are a deep strengthening, mindful flow with a great playlist. She loves to inspire students of all ages in their discovery of yoga.
Sharon’s passion for yoga began with her first class. She immediately felt the power of this practice and knew she wanted to share it with others. Sharon’s extensive trainings include 200hr (Birchwood Center, Nyack, NY), 300hr (Kaia Yoga), 200hr LifePower Yoga (Lifetime Athletic), Restorative, Yin, Pre-Natal, 40hr. Gentle Immersion.
In Sharon's classes, she gracefully guides her students from pose to pose in a creative and fun way while incorporating the yoga philosophies that this ancient practice uses for personal transformation. Sharon has been praised for her clear and concise language while creating a light-hearted and calming atmosphere which allows her students to end their practice with an overall feeling of peace and satisfaction.
Talor spent her college years competing on the swim team at the University of Michigan, she joined the U.S. National Team and had the fortune of competing and traveling around the globe. She found yoga a few years later as an alternative to being wet in the water and has never turned back! The love she has for practicing on her own mat led her to earn her 200 hr teaching certification with Gina Norman and Stan Woodman at Kaia Yoga.Talor teaches an upbeat, flowing Vinyasa class, incorporating breath, alignment, and mental focus along with energetic music and humor.
After a stint on Wall Street and then to the financial futures trading pits in Chicago, Vinnie sought out yoga as a stress reliever from the tumultuous trading life in 1986. He has been studying, practicing yoga ever since and started teaching in 1999. His teaching led to the founding of Akal Yoga in the financial district of Chicago in 2002. He has studied under a variety of yoga disciplines over the past 30 years: Iyengar, Anusara, Forrest Yoga, Kundalini, Astanga, Viniyoga, Power Yoga and ParaYoga. He has taught students of all ages and conditions including, re-habs, prisons, seniors, and handi-capped adults. He is adept at teaching groups with various yoga experiences. At 65 years and after extensive travels, Vinnie has a wealth of knowledge that he enjoys sharing with others. His approach to yoga is therapeutic, emphasizing the breath and mindfulness in every asana. Vinnie is a daily Vipasana meditator and open water swimmer. He is also an accomplished Thai Massage Practitioner after years of training in Thailand. His classes are best described as, ‘Mindful Vinyasa”.