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, AZ. 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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CHEYENNE CAPOBIANCO 

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 all 500 hours of her training at SoulSpace Yoga and Wellness. She is in college 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." 

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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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MARY FRANCO

Mary is a 2014 graduate of the WHY Power Teacher Training where she received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training; she is also certified in Barre. Mary has been teaching for the past three years in Hartford, West Hartford, Vernon, and Farmington bringing health and wellness to both adults and youth-aged clients. When Mary isn't teaching yoga or barre, she loves to cook, dance, draw, laugh; hold space in yoga and plié in barre. She loves her family very much and finding time to spend with herself is what helps keep her grounded. 

"Live, laugh, love Each morning we are born again, What we do today is what matters most."

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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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KELLY PETERSON

Kelly Peterson

Kelly (RYT-200) is a 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 RI 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

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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. Her yoga classes vary; styles include restorative, for relaxation, vinyasa yoga, therapeutic yoga, Ashtanga, Yin, Kids and elderly yoga. Lili is also a Thai Yoga massage practitioner (call to schedule with her at ZYB); this type of body work is therapeutic--paying attention to shoulders and back specifically and problems with sciatica, IT band problems among 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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CHRIS SOLER

Chris is a licensed massage therapist and medical massage practitioner. He works throughout CT 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 and 4:00, or on select Fridays by request.