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"
Megan completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Sattva School in Tampa, Florida and her Barre training through Total Barre. Megan is passionate about personal growth and helping others to become their best selves. She helps bring light to others though hosting inspirational workshops, hypnotherapy, and teaching meditation. Along with Yoga and personal growth, Megan loves to travel and experience all the beauty the world has to offer!
”What we think about and THANK about is what we bring about.”
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)
Sam began her journey here with our studio as an eager student willing to explore all of the offerings of ZYB. It was here that she fell in love with Barre, discovering she could utilize the crafting of routines as a creative outlet while motivating students to change their body while having fun. She dove right in, earning her Total Barre Certification through C2 Pilates in March 2019. An advocate for body positivity, her energetic playlists will be sure to keep you coming. When she is not teaching, you can probably catch her at another ZYB class, exploring the outdoors with her Husky and Shepard, getting crafty, cooking or reading. Sam is also an Herbalife health coach and distributor.
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."
Jillian is a yoga teacher and award winning singer and songwriter. Jillian believes yoga is a practice of self love and care that brings a harmonious balance to the body and mind. She received her 200 hour certification from Yoga Culture in Danbury. She is overjoyed to be teaching a ZYB! She hopes to inspire students to embrace their natural essence and love all that they are.
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.
Lisa is a Yoga Alliance RYT-200 Certified Yoga Teacher and fitness coach. She completed her training at The Yoga Shop of West Hartford. Lisa is known for leading students through a moving meditation that will challenge the practitioner, both physically and mentally.
Wendy completed her 200-hour training at Soul Space in Southington and has also received her certifications in Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga with an emphasis on myofascial release. In addition, she is a certified Reiki Master and offers energetic healing sessions.
Yoga has been a part of Wendy’s life for over 20 years, and her practice has helped heal her physically, spiritually and mentally in so many ways. Because of her own journey, she aspires to be a vessel for yoga and share it with others.
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.