Owner, Yoga Instructor, Reiki Practitioner, Thai Yoga Practitioner
At a young age my imagination and intuition allowed me to see the world a little different. I would often get engulfed in my own world....and still do to this day. During my teenage years, I began exercising and eating healthy which helped me appreciate how you nourish your body is vital to a long-balanced life. Nutrition, natural approaches to healing, herbalism and Ayurveda trickled into my life in my 20’s. My studies of Ayurveda connected me deeper to yoga and to developing a more consistent practice. This passion for yoga became enriched when I had my children and has helped me grow stronger mentally, spiritually, and physically. In reality it is all an expression of my souls personality and purpose. For me, yoga along with spiritual and energetic connections nourishes our lives and brings us closer to discovering why we are here. My calling to teach and help others has always been a light inside waiting to shine to the world. This light led me to receive my 200-hour RYT certification through Karma Yoga. I then went on to pursue further training in restorative yoga, power vinyasa yoga, yoga for children, yin yoga, yoga for athletes and meditation. I also hold a 500-hour RYT certification through the Hard and Soft Yoga Institution as well a certificate for Mindful Yoga Therapy. In addition to yoga, I am a level 2 Reiki practitioner with a goal of become Reiki Master. I am certified in Thai Yoga Massage which I am continuing to study and practice. I am fascinated by both the physical body and the energetic systems that run through and around us. The journey through this lifetime is a forever learning process and exploration for both a teacher and a student. I love to get out into the community to share yoga, to inspire, encourage, and to hold space with as many people as possible. I encourage every student to allow the mind and body connection of to form organically and to become a student of their own internal teacher. My classes emphasize a judgement free space allowing students to focus on their current abilities while exploring the edges of possibilities. Classes are real, welcoming and a blend of both fun and serious helping students to feel relaxed and inquisitive with the growth process. The work is hard but with a systematic approach, a delicate nudge, support and understanding the healing and transformation emerges.
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step" - Lao Tzu
My passion for health and fitness started a few years back. As a single mom and working full time I slowly began to lose myself and forgot how important it is to take care of myself. I came across Buti Yoga and immediately connected with the practice and what it stood for. Within 6 months I felt completely transformed, and for the first time in my life felt truly confident in my own skin. The practice lit a fire within me, I never knew I had. Soon after, I went and became certified to teach so I could begin lighting the fire in other women. I have since continued my path and received my 200hr yoga teaching certification to teach vinyasa and hot yoga. My goal in life is to continue my journey, and teach woman to truly love themselves, feel confident, and give them an outlet during their day to join me on the mat, sweat with intention, and leave it all out on the mat
I first discovered yoga as I was searching for ways to deal with my own stress and anxiety. As a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a BA in Psychology I was looking for ways in which people coped that were grounded in science. For me yoga brought a sense of peace and awareness that had previously seemed out of reach, and it was grounded in science. I often say "yoga saved my life" also because it was a constant companion for me as I worked to raise my daughter who is non-verbal with severe Autism. Yoga has helped me stay physically strong and mentally well throughout my journey raising her. I completed my RYT 500 at The Hard and Soft Yoga Institute at Heartsong Yoga Center with Beryl Bender Birch and Sheila Magalhaes. I practice Ashtanga Yoga and love to teach it. My love for the Primary Series of Ashtanga yoga Is because it is known as Yoga Chikitsa or yoga therapy. The sequence provides strength and flexibility to the body and balance in the nervous system. The physicality of the practice is excellent option for athletes, but it is easily modified to give a very balanced and accessible practice for all. I currently work full time as an advocate with victims of crime and am inspired to share the ways in which yoga can help those who have experienced trauma. I completed further study with Suzanne Manafort of Mindful Yoga Center and received a certificate in Mindful Yoga for Trauma. Personally, I have always been driven to look for ways to help bring wellness into other people's lives. It is my hope that in my teaching people will find strength and ease in their physical bodies and then hopefully more strength and ease in their lives.
Kim is a 500-hour certified yoga instructor, she completed her 200 – RYT training at Zag Fitness in Suffield, CT, and her 300-hour RYT training at Karma Yoga in West Springfield, MA. Kim has always had a love for fitness and was drawn to yoga as a way to find balance in a sometimes-unbalanced world. She believes in the benefits of yoga for all, including athletes and fitness enthusiasts. She discovered that lessons we learn on the mat can be much more meaningful in our daily life off the mat and she enjoys sharing that with her students. Kim has also been a group fitness instructor for many years, she started her career teaching aerobic classes, which included kickboxing and step. Kim’s teaching focuses on creating a safe and appropriate practice for each person who enters her class, always bringing attention back to the breath while reminding her students of proper alignment and form. She loves learning and expanding her knowledge in the fitness industry and she is looking forward to sharing that with you!
I began my yoga journey in 2000 with an Iyengar yoga practice at a local gym. At first, every pose seemed impossible. I didn’t understand the connection between breath (prana) and pose (asana); and my mind did everything but settle. The personal challenge proved to be both addictive and calming. Slowly my practice evolved; my breath began to guide my poses and my mindset. Since that time, I have practiced a variety of styles including Sivananda, Baptiste, YogaFit, Embody, Kripalu, Yin, and Ashtanga. I am certified through Yoga Alliance as both a teacher (2010) and a teacher trainer (2013)and in 2021 I completed a 100 hr course in Mindful Yoga Therapy and a 25 hr Asana Lab. It is because of my belief in the power of yoga to change individuals from the inside out that I continually strive to share the principles and practice with others – your mat, your breath, your yoga. After all, it’s yoga practice…not yoga perfect!
I began my yoga journey in 2013, when a friend of mine insisted that I give “hot yoga” a try. Little did I know that my life was about to change forever! From that day forward, I have had a regular yoga practice, which was unconsciously and consciously shaping my experience in the world and deepening my sense of self.
I have spent much of my life studying and exploring dance, gymnastics, and fitness. It was the physical aspect of yoga that led me to the practice and opened the door of yoga for me, but it was the emotional and spiritual peace that I received, that kept me coming back. I began to notice more than just a physical change in my body; something bigger was happening… I was able to let go of my stress and discover a meditative state of consciousness on my mat. Remarkably, yoga has been there for me like a devoted friend through the ups and downs of life. I learned through a dedicated practice how to carry the presence of yoga with me throughout my life off the mat. This is the real magic for me!
In 2016, I was guided to join a yoga teacher training program where I earned my 200-hour RYT certification. My initial intention was to bring yoga to my middle school students, which I did and truly enjoyed. In 2018 I was invited to teach yoga at my fitness studio. I was apprehensive at first, but I am now truly honored to be able to share the gift of yoga with people that I can relate to. My teaching style is sure to inspire you, challenge you, enhance your mood, bring you clarity, and guide you to self discovery and awareness. In addition to my yoga certification, I am a Level 2 Reiki Practitioner.
I also have certification in Mindfulness, and above all, I am a lifelong learner who thrives on educating myself, so I can share my knowledge with others.
“The journey in between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life takes place.” - Barbara DeAngelis
I started my yoga journey in my early twenties. A group of friends and I wanted to try yoga since we were all runners and wanted to see if yoga would help us with our flexibility. I remember we learned basic postures, breathing techniques, meditation techniques, and learned how yoga postures could alleviate common ailments. Our teacher also had us try things which I thought was “crazy” at the time, like eye cleansing and tongue scraping. I loved it all – I was hooked! It was a wonderful introduction to the breadth of yoga.
Since that time, I practiced yoga at various gyms and studios; mainly traditional hatha yoga, vinyasa and Bikram. In addition, I was a former fitness instructor and personal trainer who taught Pilates, group conditioning classes, step aerobics and various strength classes before moving into a career in human resource management.
I completed my 200-hour RYT certification at Karma Yoga in West Springfield, MA. My teacher was a wonderful mentor to me. She taught me not only how to teach yoga but how to honor and celebrate my body and mind so that we could do the same for others. My inspiration also draws from various teachers who incorporated readings and quotes into their classes. The readings helped me focus throughout practice and stay present with what I was feeling in each posture. Many of these readings still resonate with me not only on the mat but also in daily life. In class, I like to include inspirational readings and pranayama (breathing techniques) to help quiet and focus the mind. Most importantly, I like to laugh and have fun!
I have always been passionate about health and fitness. I was originally drawn to the physical practice of yoga as an added workout. I quickly embraced the physical benefits of each yoga pose but as I began practicing regularly, I soon discovered a powerful and heartfelt practice that develops strength from within. I became deeply inspired by the intensity of the practice and began exploring the layers beyond the physical aspects of the poses. As I continued to explore and deepen my own self-discovery, I found greater self-awareness, empowerment, and peace both on and off the mat. Yoga, for me, is a lifestyle not just a practice. I received my 200-hour RYT certification through Karma Yoga. I also competed my Reiki Master training through Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. I will always be a student and continue to explore, grow and change. My hope is to encourage students to find their edge with strength and ease and provide them with the tools to honor and embrace their own unique journey. Because of my personal journey on life’s unexpected path, I have become even more passionate about sharing the gifts of this transformative practice with others.
Energ Medicine Practitioner
Join Denise for a Sacred Sound Journey and Guided Meditation!
Come relax in our healing space while the sacred sound frequencies of Tibetan and crystal bowls, rhythm of the drum, rattle, and gong wash over and through you clearing stuck energy.
Give yourself the gift of relaxation and inner peace through the transformative power of sound. Connect with your body and spirit, quieting the mind, and immerse yourself in some luscious healing sounds that relax, uplift and rejuvenate.
Denise is an Energy Medicine Practitioner, Sound Healer, Guided Mediation Facilitator and Reiki Master Teacher.
Please wear warm, comfortable clothing and bring a blanket and/or pillow and yoga mat. Bolsters will also be provided.