The ZYB Team
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." ~ Helen Keller
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"
Cheyenne began her journey with yoga at age 17 when she started her 200-hour training. Now she is currently a registered 500 hour yoga teacher and completed her training at SoulSpace Yoga and Wellness. She is studying exercise science and nutrition and aspires to become a registered dietician once she finishes graduate school. She has a love of bringing the mind, body, and soul together through movement and breath to encourage healing and growth and sharing that with others through the practices of yoga.
“The things we resist the most are the things we need the most."
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."
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. 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)
Jessica received 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 own breath, nobody can steal your peace."
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.
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. For Kelly yoga is truly a practice that is in every moment of everyday. She believes in finding a balance in everything you do, creating space, embracing the flow, and eating doughnuts. She is a certified Mindfulness Ambassador as well as a Yoga for the Classroom teacher. Kelly also holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Education as she loves to teach no matter what the subject. When Kelly is off the mat, you can find her experimenting in the kitchen, snuggling her pup, singing and dancing with her sons Gus and Archie, desperately trying to catch up on sleep and capturing all kinds of love stories as a professional photographer. Lots of things in life are taken too seriously, yoga should not be one of them. Let's have fun and raise the vibration together.
"Be kind whenever possible. It's always possible." ~Dalai Lama
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."
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
Evelyn first dabbled with yoga as a teenager in an attempt to facilitate self-acceptance and a sense of calm and clarity. An avid runner in high school, she swapped yoga for Pilates after an injury. She fell in love with the alignment-focused movement, 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 teaching she was also exposed to 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 and Pilates with beginners to advanced practitioners.
“Life is like a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
― Albert Einstein
Sharon Cataldo, who received her training from Sanctuary Power Yoga in Torrington, also has a background in martial arts, fitness training and running. Sharon brings all these elements together when she teaches, resulting in a vinyasa-style flow class that links breath with a strong flow to build strength, flexibility and concentration. Sharon loves sharing her passion for connecting the body, mind and breath with her students.
A practitioner of yoga for more than 20 years, Joanne began practicing yoga to increase her flexibility and prevent injury in order to enhance her other workouts such as spinning and weight training. What she found is that yoga not only benefited her physical body, but also had a tremendous impact on her emotional and spiritual well-being. Through the years she found that yoga is a more sustainable and adaptable practice than all the other previous types of exercise she engaged in and for that reason she decided to deepen her own practice as well as share her knowledge by enrolling in teacher training. Joanne recently completed her 500-hour yoga training at Sanctuary Power Yoga with Heather Rems Korwin. She has also studied Reiki, yin and restorative yoga. Joanne believes there is a style of yoga out there for every body and strives to create a class where students of all abilities can connect breath with movement and heal their bodies, their minds and their spirits.
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.