The ZYB Team

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." ~ Helen Keller

 
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ROBIN MCPHEE

Robin had the vision for Zen Yoga Barre in early 2016, while on a trip in Sedona. She has completed her 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training through CrossRoads at Soul Space Yoga and Wellness. Robin has also completed her Total Barre Certification through C2 Pilates. When Robin is not at the studio or teaching, she can be found doing yoga, barre, or spin classes all over the state and is continuously furthering her education through workshops and events. ZYB has combined all of Robin's passions into one place, specifically her love for bringing yoga to all people, her flair for interior design & fashion, and philanthropic spirit through community involvement.

"Thoughts become things" 
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JESSICA CHAVANICK

My name is Jessica and I am a yoga instructor and nature lover who is obsessed with hiking and camping. Yoga is the practice I love because I see how quickly and powerfully it gets straight to the heart of what so many of us are seeking. We all want to feel less stress, to feel more present and to have more confidence as we move through this world. My hope is that my work helps people to feel their purpose, find depth in their joy and reflect the light of who they are back out into the world. Learning to use the power of my own breath to clear, heal and empower every aspect of my life is why I am called to share these accessible and life changing practices with as many people as possible. I am devoted to raising the vibration of our world one relationship at a time because at the end of the day, all we have is each other.

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EMILY DEFORD

Emily completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training from Samadhi Yoga Studio, and also has a Masters in Education, which fosters a genuine connection with her students in a yoga class. Emily is incredibly passionate about exploring the self and one's relationship to the world through yoga. You will find this theme in her classes as she emphasizes honoring one's body and energy's unique flow. Outside of yoga, Emily loves communing with nature, reading a good book, or basking in the sun with her dog. 

"Let your light shine bright, and you will encourage that light within others."
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PAMELA DYER

Pamela has been a fitness and yoga instructor for the past 15 years and is AFAA certified. Pamela has a ballet background and a minor in Choreography from college. She brings a depth of exercise knowledge to every class she teaches and recently completed her Total Barre Certification with ZYB. When Pamela is not teaching, she enjoys interior design and styling. 

"Every little thing is going to be alright!"
(Got me through my battle with breast cancer)
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JESSICA JUSSEAUME 

Jessica is finishing her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Soul Space Yoga and Wellness in Plantsville, CT. During the day, she works as a K-4 Library Media Specialist and is excited to bring her love of yoga, mindfulness, and meditation to her students both at school and in the studio. When Jessica is not teaching, she can be found curled up with with her pup, Gus reading a book, watching documentaries, or listening to some vinyl.  

 

"When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace."

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ASHLEY O'BRIEN 

Ashley is a lifelong dancer who fell in love with total body wellness, health, and fitness. She achieved her BS in Kinesiology from UMass in 2013 and ACSM and NSCA certifications. She has been personal training and teaching barre ever since. Ashley loves the total body workout that can be achieved from barre, and also knows modifications so anyone of any fitness level can enjoy barre too! When Ashley is not teaching, you can find her spending time with friends, family, and her dog.

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KELLY PETERSON

 

Kelly is a 200-hour Prana Vinyasa Flow® teacher and is certified through an affiliate program of Shiva Rea’s Samudra School taught by Senior teacher Coral Brown. She has taken a mindfulness intensive with The Center for Resilience in Rhode Island and is a certified Mindfulness Ambassador. Kelly holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and likes to think of herself as a teacher of life! When Kelly is off the mat, you can find her experimenting in the kitchen, snuggling her pup, singing and dancing with her son Gus, and capturing all kinds of moments as a professional photographer.

"Be kind whenever possible. It's always possible."  ~Dalai Lama
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KIRBY POIRIER

 

Kirby completed her Yoga Teacher Training at Soul Space Yoga and Wellness. She has been a licensed massage therapist since 2005, which provides her with an extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology. When Kirby is not teaching, she is passionate about volunteering at the Animal Rescue Foundation, which is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter. Further, Kirby enjoys finding adventure outdoors, like hiking. Kirby's personal philosophy aligns with the four agreements by don Miguel Ruiz:

"Don't take anything personally, always do your best, don't make assumptions, and be impeccable with your word." 
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LILI SKINNER

Lili completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training from Kaia Yoga in Westport, CT. Lili's classes are inspired by B.K.S. Iyengar with precision and alignment, but also humor and compassion. Lili teaches a variety of yoga styles including restorative, vinyasa, therapeutic, Ashtanga and yin. She teaches children and the elderly. Lili is also a Thai Yoga massage practitioner. This type of body work is therapeutic, with particular attention to sciatica, IT band problems and others. Lili likes to offer inspiring fun classes that are cultivating in many ways, bringing strength and flexibility to relaxation.

“Our task must be ... widening our compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it's beauty.” 
― Albert Einstein
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Evelyn Pelletier

Evelyn first dabbled with yoga as a teenager in an attempt to facilitate self-acceptance and a sense of mental calm and clarity. An avid track & field runner in high school, she swapped yoga for Pilates as a means of maintaining muscle tone and strength after an ankle injury. She fell in love with the alignment-focused movements of Pilates, but eventually transitioned back into yoga, this time with a stronger emphasis on alignment. Evelyn completed her 200-hour teacher training at SLO Yoga Center under the instruction of Noah Maze and Rocky Heron. In this Iyengar alignment-based model of teaching she was also exposed to basic yogic philosophy and the importance of functional dynamic-movement training. She moved back to New England in 2017 and has been sharing her love of yoga with beginners to advanced practitioners alike. Those taking Evelyn’s classes can expect bad jokes, good vibes and a feeling of accomplishment upon completion.

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HELEN ANDRUS

Helen has been practicing Barre for several years and became certified to teach through Exhale’s nationally recognized and accredited Barre teacher training program. Helen was looking for some exercise to get back in shape after her son was born. She found that in Barre class, and so much more. She fell for the practice and found it to be a full-body, results-oriented workout and a centering style of movement. Helen believes Barre builds strength both physically and mentally. She has seen her students improve their strength and alignment, as well as develop and harness a stronger mind-body connection. Helen's classes are fun and uplifting and she's known for challenging her students so they can see the changes they want.

  

 

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CHRIS SOLER

Chris is a licensed massage therapist and medical massage practitioner. He works throughout Connecticut providing exemplary services to each of his clients. His specialty is in spot-treatment massage, pain management, and facilitated stretching. You can schedule a massage with Chris at Zen Yoga Barre on Wednesdays between 10:30 am and 4:00 pm, or on select Fridays by request.