Sipra Pimputkar, Owner 

Yoga has slowly, subtly changed my way of thinking, my attitudes, my life objectives, and my health and spirit.

I grew up in India, in the Himalayan Mountains, in the old summer capital of the British Colonials when they ruled India. Living 8,000 ft. up in the mountains, my education was from the West with Irish Nuns in a convent school. In my home, my parents kept us in touch with our traditional Indian roots, with the celebration of Indian rituals, yogic ethical values and customs, along with our westernized lifestyle. My father practiced yoga each morning, and I absorbed a lot of it from him without even trying. My father was my first and only teacher. He never felt he was an instructor, but gave me his discoveries with yoga in a gentle, low-key way that made me want to experiment with it on my own. My mother meditated daily on a regular basis, and carefully observed the devotions and charity works that are such an important part of yoga.  About eighteen years ago, I took a Vedantic ‘initiation’, and have since practiced meditation on a regular basis. There is a ‘stillness’ that meditation brings to the regular practitioner - it makes me feel as if I am the pilot of a spaceship that is my life, but I can keep it on a steady course as I hurtle through this oftentimes stormy journey.


 Kevin Ryan

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As a runner, biker, cross-country skier, backpacker and overall outdoor enthusiast, Kevin recognized the healthful physical benefits of yoga, but was especially drawn to yoga because of its emotional and spiritual benefits as well. Although his original practice was primarily physical, utilizing yoga with classroom students and athletes for nearly twenty of my thirty-plus years of teaching and coaching, it was after stepping away from those occupations that yoga found a special hold in Kevin’s life. Being a person of meditation and prayer for all of his adult life, yoga’s spiritual dimension lured him beyond its physical shoreline, inviting him to explore new depths through its movement, and its shift toward meditation.

Those with whom Kevin shares the practice of yoga today can expect a reflective style, where one is encouraged to take the energizing practice of yoga on the mat to an embodied yoga off the mat, seeking the yogic goal of the union of body, mind, and spirit.


Kris Wilson

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When Kris was first asked to teach yoga almost two decades ago, it was after fitness classes to stretch the body which was exactly what she taught. Through the years of exploring all the limbs of yoga Kris now recognizes that it was just a small portion of the practice. For herself, each time Kris comes to the mat she finds something different in her practice. Some days it may relate to the physical side of the practice in exploration of the body through sensations. Other days it’s more of a focus on the breath and how it changes one’s practice. It makes one constantly aware of the mind activity and what it can give or take away from the practice and from one’s life.

The paths are unlimited and the benefits are unmeasured.


Michael Lange

Currently convalescing from a biking accident. Will return to teaching at YWB early in 2019

After practicing yoga for a number of years at various studios, the gym, at home and on retreats in exotic places like Cleveland, Upstate New York and Costa Rica, Michael felt in 2013 that it was time to bring his practice to the next level by attending a yoga teacher training. It also enabled him to spread the joy and the body-mind-spirit connection that only yoga can provide. Coming from a history of back problems, his focus is on proper alignment and safe execution of the poses. His goal is to unleash the power that resides within you - the power to flow through challenging poses, the power to direct the breath to where the body needs it most and the power to calm the mind and nurture the soul.

When Michael is not on the yoga mat you may find him at the gym, riding his bike, exploring the great outdoors or at the office doing IT work. If you have a lot of time, ask him about his bicycle travels.


Paul Carnevale

Paul has varied and wide experience with yoga. He has mostly trained in New York, NY.  While his background is in Hatha Yoga, his own interest is in using yoga to create peace of mind, and sharing that ability with his students. A ‘Restorative Yoga’ practice such as Mellow Yoga is a perfect blend of deep stretches, mind centering and calming poses designed to relax and stretch you out mid-week.

 


Shilpa Manda

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Shilpa Manda is certified in Vinyasa Yoga. Her passion lies in achieving mind body wellness, and extending the art of Yoga to others in the hope of empowering them to create space for growth and transformation in their lives. She is thankful that her family is a constant source of strength and support in her life.

Expect a smooth flowing class incorporating vital breathing techniques and meditation. Stretches are deep and will stretch you out, body and mind.


Tatiana Mitchell (Priti Das)

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Tatiana Mitchell (Priti Das) was born in Russia and grew up on a small  island  in the Far East of  Russia. Her lifelong love for animals and their welfare led to a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and allowed her to have a medical practice for 9 years before coming to the United States in 1999. Tatiana also has training as a Dietetic Technician and has studied how childhood experiences lead to some predictable adult behaviors. Currently, Tatiana is enrolled in a Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology. Inevitably, her lifetime’s research has led her to Mindfulness and the study of yoga and to appreciate the deep connection between body, mind and spirit.

As a yoga teacher, Tatiana enjoys sharing the benefits that she herself has discovered through practicing yoga and meditation. In Tatiana’s  words, “The major responsibility of the Kundalini Yoga Teacher is to operate as a ‘forklift’ in the service of others.”

In Tatiana’s class expect Yogi Bhajan’s style of yoga, using a variety of yoga techniques, spinal work with the intent of subtly raising the spirit through chants and mantras.



Troy Pyles

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Troy is a cancer survivor who found a path to wellness using yoga, Reiki, Ayurvedic lifestyle practices and alternative therapies. As a full-time engineer in a manufacturing environment, Troy understands the everyday challenges of finding balance alongside the stresses of modern life. He enjoys teaching pranayama, yoga and mindfulness “off the mat” and feels that they should be applied in a practical way as part of everyday life.

In Troys class, expect the unexpected. Using yoga moves to explore yoga moves, breathing techniques and meditation and the Ayurveda system of good health through right practices, Troy will make you aware of your senses and help achieve balance in your life through a gentle, thoughtful practice.


Veda Cafazzo

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Veda has been practicing yoga consistently since 2000. Trained since 2011, Veda eventually began to teach Yin in 2012, and continues to teach and practice today.

What would you expect to find in a Yin Yoga class with Veda? Since it was originally developed to address issues of tightness and inflexibility in the lower body; it's a complement to more vigorous, Yang practices. In her classes, the initial focus is on releasing the upper body and then moving on to established Yin Yoga postures. Each pose is held for 3-5 minutes, lengthening and releasing connective tissues, particularly fascia and learn correct breathing techniques. Explore and understand Meridian Theory, and grasp the rationale behind it. Classes end with relaxation, enabling the body to absorb the benefits of the practice, and to reunite body, mind, and spirit.

When not involved in yoga, Veda enjoys hiking with husband, Paul, and dog, Sam. She loves gardening, cooking, traveling, and reading. Currently studying Italian, Veda has a B.A. in Anthropology, and an M.S. in Zoology, so watch out, she’ll be looking at your anatomy!