Teachers

Natalie Spadaccino

Natalie Spadaccino, M.S., has an Associates of Science Degree from Briarwood College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and a Master of Science Degree in Human Performance/Exercise Physiology with a concentration in Nutrition from Southern Connecticut State University. Her certifications include: American College of Sports Medicine, Exercise Physiologist Certification; Aerobics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA); Spinning Instructor; Resist-A-Ball Advanced Instructor Certification; Fitness Yoga Certification; Physical Mind Institute Pilates Certification, CPR/AED Certification,  PiYo Certfication, & Balletone Sole Synthesis and Standing Flow.

Natalie has been teaching group exercise since 1989 and continues to learn and keep all certifications current through workshops and fitness education seminars.  She currently teaches group exercise classes for various companies/studios and works for ConnectiCare as an Exercise Physiologist/Wellness Trainer, teaching lectures and providing health screenings for participating companies.  She has also been an adjunct professor at Central Connecticut State University teaching in the Exercise Science/Human Performance Department. Natalie owns her own business called Joyful Movement and has filmed two of her own exercise videos.  She also appeared in five exercise videos with fitness expert Ellen Barrett.  Natalie has an honest passion for group exercise and loves being able to share this passion with her students.  She has been teaching group classes for 30 years and truly believes that exercise can and should be fun.


Nicole Cari

Nicole is a graduate of Bloom Yoga School’s 200 hour yoga teacher training program. Initially being introduced to yoga in 2002, it wasn’t until 2010 that yoga became an integral part of Nicole’s life. After being drawn back into her practice to rehab a running injury, she soon learned the practice could help heal much more than running injuries. In the beginning her practice consisted of hot vinyasa classes until one day when she tried Yin yoga and it started to change. Once she completed her 200 hour training she then enrolled in a 50 hour Yin foundations training and decided to pursue her 300 hour yoga teacher training. 

Nicole is currently studying under Josh Summers in the Summers School of Yin Yoga. Nicole’s Yin yoga classes are quiet giving her students time for introspection, playing both the physical and mental edge. When not practicing yoga Nicole can be found managing the MRI department for a radiology practice, running, traveling, hiking, visiting breweries, and enjoying life.


Sasha Krushnic

Sasha Krushnic’s 10+ years of vinyasa and ashtanga yoga practice has helped him cultivate introspective awareness and an appreciation for reality. He completed a 200hr yoga teacher training at the Breathing Room and is also a certified Acro Revolution Instructor. Discovering Acro sprouted new growth as he found it to be an amazingly fun way to develop coordination, strength, and balance within the context of our super social existence as humans. He also has a residential green design build practice and is developing innovative high efficiency architectural products.


Karen Sevenoff

Karen Sevenoff is an American Folk Artist and her yoga practice & teaching are a part of that art, a process whose purpose is to: ground us in our own divinity, lift us through the beauty of its grace, and heal us through the authentic participation in the community of Life itself.

Karen is a grateful student of Mark Whitwell and Gary Kraftsow.


Sybil Merriman

Originally drawn to the physical practice of Yoga for the flexibility and strength it gave her, Sybil soon discovered the power and depth of meditation, yoga philosophy and self-inquiry.  She’s been teaching since 2010, when she started a weekly chair yoga class at the Newport Senior Center.  Since then, Sybil has led workshops, worked with private clients, led international retreats, and taught a wide variety of classes in Oregon, and now in her home state of Connecticut. 

Sybil’s classes are focused on precise alignment, breath awareness, mindfulness, and enjoying the journey.  She draws her inspiration from twenty years of personal practice.  Sybil is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 instructor.  You can often find her with her head buried in a book, hands busy with knitting, dancing west coast swing, or feeding her love for travel in another country. Sybil is also the owner of Starr Mill Yoga.  Her vision is to hold space for a vibrant community of teachers and students to cultivate inner peace and well being.  The mission of Starr Mill Yoga is to spread the innumerable joys and benefits of yoga to as many people as possible.


Jamie Wright

Jamie started practicing yoga in 2008 and fell in love with it. He found it nearly impossible to think about anything other than what was happening on the mat. This focus on the breath and the body felt great, important and sacred. That passion led him to yoga workshops, retreats and eventually teacher training at West Hartford Yoga in 2011. Jamie’s teaching style is a unique blend of all that he’s learned and continues to learn from his personal life, his teachers and students. He loves his students, and loves sharing yoga with them.

 


Loli Arosemena

In 2003 Loli began her yoga path. After an episode of great sciatica pain, created by long hours at her office job, she became curious about what yoga could offer from both a practical and spiritual level.  She studied alignment with teachers from Iyengar Yoga, the magic of
relaxation and vitality from Sivananda Centers/Hatha Yoga and the powerful energy of Kundalini & Ayurveda from teachers devoted to and students of Yogi Bhajan. Loli’s teachings bring health, peace and self-exploration. She focuses her classes on alignment, making it challenging and fun, where she encourages students of all levels to practice ahimsa (non- violence) in order to find moksha (liberation) from old movements and patterns. In 2018 she received Root Chakra initiation (Diksha) directly from Amma Karunamayi and since then she shares this technique to lead her kundalini kriya classes.

Loli is also an ultra-marathon runner, completing races from 50 kilometers to 420 miles. Her daily yoga practice gives her the capability to be on her feet running for many hours and she loves to share what she has learned with runners of all levels.

 


Alyson Iannicelli

Alyson is passionate about living a harmonious life, inside and out. Yoga is the one physical activity that Alyson always felt drawn to, trying her first class at only 9-years old.  In 2016, she completed a 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Spain to fully immerse herself in the practice of yoga. Upon completion of her training, Alyson left a career managing a non-profit and decided to dedicate her time to helping people, but in a different way, with an emphasis on healing the mind, body and spirit.  After beginning to teach yoga full-time, Alyson pursued and completed a Masters in Integrative Health and Healing to further propel her skills and knowledge in the health field. Through her Masters, she began her work with the creator of Energy Medicine Yoga (EMYoga) to develop the EMYoga School and their advanced EMYoga Teacher Trainings.

She is dedicated to sharing the unique healing power of EMYoga, which incorporates acupressure holds, tapping and ancient energy medicine techniques into a classic yoga practice. Alyson believes that by combining mind, body, and energy work through yoga each individual can unlock the ancient healing wisdom that lives within and achieve optimal well-being.