Our Teachers

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Lori Bonazzoli, Teacher/Owner

Poetry in motion. Lori embodies a pose from within and then, in a very unique way, translates that to her students, guiding them on a journey to an unknown place. From the moment Lori steps into a class you are acutely aware that this is going to be something special.

  • 500+ hours Bikram Yoga TT
  • 200 hour Conquering Lion YTT
  • Workshops & certifications – Rolf Gate, Baron Baptiste & Rodney Yee
  • Assisted Kelly Morris in CLY Teacher Training
  • Practicing – 19 years | Teaching – 12 years
  • Interesting Fact: Lori is a slam poet and loves to read and write poetry. 

Wanna learn more about Lori? Read an interview with Balanced's studio manager in "Lori Unwrapped"

 

Tobie

The doctor is in! Tobie’s teachings are inspiring and grounded in the technicality of the body. Clinically and yogically, Tobie will bring you on a bodily exploration. If you're curious how yoga sequences soothe and restore the nervous system she'll crack the whip and teach you how the hip bones connected to the thigh bone bone...! And so much more. 

  • 200 hour ERYT
  • Masters in clinical nutrition
  • Masters in Massage Therapy
  • Workshops and certifications from Rodney Yee, Seane Corn, Rolf Gates, Baron Baptiste and Stephen Cope.
  • Practicing – 11 years | Teaching- 8 years
  • Fun Fact: Tobie has attended over 100 Phish shows. 

 

 

Verred

Actual and factual. Every single step you take is sequenced towards every single shape you make with your body. You truly are working in the name of sweaty passionate love in all of her classes…and she will totally drop a cold lavender towel in your hand to promote the yummiest savasana EVER. 

  • 200 hour Teacher Training in the lineage of Parayoga
  • 100 hour advanced training – Laughing Lotus
  • 100 hour advanced training – Elena Brower
  • Practicing - 12 years | Teaching – 5 years
  • Interesting Fact: Verred speaks fluent Hebrew  
 

Rebecca

Built Tough. With the voice of an angel and the strength of an army, Rebecca is like your own personal Yoga Compass guiding you the whole way. Warning: do not be fooled by her small stature and soft voice. You will walk out of a Rebecca class dripping with sweat wondering where the hour went. 

  • 200 hour E-RYT – Lotus Gardens with Lara Ward 
  • 300 hour YTT - Cross Roads Yoga School
  • 500 hour YTT –  SoulSpace  
  • Certified in: Group Fitness Instructor, ACE Children’s Yoga, Mindful Resilience, Veteran’s Yoga Project
  • Continuing Education with Kathryn Budig and Kino MacGregor
  • Continuing Education – Studying yoga for PTSD and other trauma
  • Practicing – 7 years | Teaching – 5 years
  • Fun Fact: Rebecca served in the US Army

 

 

Jesse

Body and breath. Deep breaths enduring and surrendering. By way of the breath, humble yet strong, Jesse the "gentle giant" will get you in the mood to move, to get quiet, and to get real.

  • 200 hour YTT – Paula Tursi – Nosara Costa Rica
  • 200 hour YTT – Jared McCann – Brooklyn NY
  • Continuing education with Les Leventhal, Mary Jarvis
  • Practicing – 3 years | Teaching – 2 years
  • Fun Fact: Jesse meditates 2-3 hours per day

 

 

Tara

Grit & wit. Tara is a true embodiment of the goddess of yoga. She maximizes the foundational postural stuff but keeps it simple (and by no means does that mean “easy”) yet she engages your mind and spirit. Bringing grit and wit to each class she will invite you to question your comfort zone each and every time.      

  • 200 hour YTT – Kripalu School of Yoga
  • Practicing – 20 years | Teaching – 5 years
  • Fun Fact: Off the mat, Tara is an Attorney and an Argentine Tango dancer. 

 

 

Meg

Calm, cool, committed & comical. Meg is the bright light that you'll catch during Early Riser classes. She happily was the worktrader for a year and one day I had a hunch to see if she wanted to teach those classes! and she was all in. 

  • 200 hour RYT – Laughing Lotus, NYC
  • Studied Buddhist Vipassana Meditation
  • Practicing - 8 years | Teaching - 2 years
  • Fun Fact: Meg is a professional photographer 

 

 

Lisa M.

Silent yet strong. You know the saying the bark is bigger then the bite?? Well this little princesses bite is bigger than her bark. Lisa will get you in the yoga mood with her super sweet voice and than proceed to kick. your. ass. Sweetly, of course...

  • 200 hour RYT – with Paula Tursi – Nosara, Costa Rica
  • 50 hours Yoga Alliance Non-Contact hours
  • Practicing – 11 years | Teaching – 2 years
  • Trained with Paula Tursi, Peter Kaarberbol Kristensen
  • Fun Fact: Lisa calls Bingo games at a group home for the elderly. 

 

 

Lisa A.

My little long lost sister from another mister, we could be from the same family! Lisa’s focus while she practices Yoga asana truly stands out. A way to say it is, she just doesn't flinch. She holds the same soft expression, no matter what posture she's in and she is offering her absolute highest in every single pose. She is also our resident DJ. Lisa Lis' rolls up wit fat playlists when Jesse can't figure out how to work his phone.

200 hour YTT – ISHAT Yoga, New York, NY

Practicing – 5 years | Teaching – 2 years

Fun Fact: Lisa is studying to be a physical therapist

 
Best vinyasa yoga class in the state of CT
— Kendall