Teachers

Misa Dikengil started practicing yoga regularly after college when a full-time desk job and a long car commute made her body cry for help. A few weeks after her first class, she bought an unlimited pass and began going everyday, studying mostly Bikram, Power yoga, and Jivamukti yoga. Misa completed her 300-hr teacher training at the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas. She hopes to help yoga students find both the strength in their softness and the softness in their strength and discover a practice that will bring them back home to their true Self. Misa also has an M.Ed and completed Yoga4Classrooms and ChildLight Kids Yoga teacher trainings. She enjoys working with teachers, parents, and children and helping them find ways to bring movement and mindfulness into their everyday relationships and lives. In 2017, Misa also became certified to teach BUTI, a fun and freeing dynamic workout combining tribal dance, plyometrics and yoga-inspired postures.

Misa is a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist (600-hr) and is currently working on her 954-hr training to become a yoga therapist certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She specializes in trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, and prenatal/postpartum care. Outside of yoga and yoga therapy, Misa is also an academic Japanese-English translator in the areas of health care and psychology.

Mindy Pistacchio began practicing yoga in 2005 as a way to help calm her very active mind and assist with her insomnia. What began as a fairly active vinyasa practice has grown into a steady mindful practice filled with breathing exercises and proper alignment. Her first 200-hour training, taken in the Cayman Islands, allowed her to explore the meditative side of yoga. Shortly after, Mindy started teaching and took a second 200-hour training which focused on safe and creative sequencing. Mindy has taught youth at risk, kids, restorative, hot, yoga nidra, power and flow classes. She loves working with beginners and reminding students that it’s “just yoga” through playful asana practice.

Using yoga as a vehicle for deepening awareness supports us in living a more authentic and meaningful life.

Jennifer Degen was first introduced to yoga as a 9 year old, returned to it in college, and then again 10 years ago. Yoga has been a great informant to her life and a compliment to her practice as a somatic psychotherapist. She is excited about the benefits of meditation and body-based practices and how they help us find our true nature. As a 200-hr Phoenix Rising Yoga Teacher, her focus is on integrating the yoga class experience with the student’s life experience. Jennifer enjoys facilitating “theme-based” and “embodied mindfulness” classes that serve to empower students to manage the natural stresses in life while also creating a life practice that you can return to again and again whenever wanted or needed. Visit Jennifer’s website to learn about her retreats.

Emma Hanson came to yoga hoping for a fix for a running injury and then found yoga to be a much better life fit and never went back to running. She loves how yoga brings out the “play” in adults and prefers a practice that doesn’t take itself too seriously. She completed her 200-hour RYT at Be Yoga in Union Square, Somerville, MA in 2014. She teaches a fun, physical vinyasa flow with contemporary tunes. Emma lives in a ski-on/ski-off condo with her husband and rescue dog, because life is too short for lift lines.

Tyne Pike-Sprenger M.Ed, RYT is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher. With 10 years of teaching experience, her classes integrate a creative flow of pranayama, vinyasa and meditation practices for rejuvenation and relaxation. Tyne enjoys working with individuals and groups of all ages and abilities. In addition to yoga teaching, Tyne is a mother & Environmental Educator. She holds a B.A. from Middlebury College where she was captain of the Nordic Ski Team & a M.Ed. from Antioch University. Whether you are seeking an energetic strengthening sequence or a restorative grounding practice, she enjoys helping her clients receive what they need most as they open to their highest potential. Tyne is a native Vermonter and loves adventuring outside with her family.

Bridget Gilroy was first introduced to yoga at the end of high school. She began to practice on her own for a couple of years while focusing on ski racing as she went off to college. Bridget returned to yoga following a TBI from a ski accident that left her with severe anxiety and a lot of energy that needed to be channeled. She joined club yoga as an alternative to anti-depressants and as a good balance for an active lifestyle and it’s been treating her well ever since. She also practices her own form of yoga dance and when weather permits, loves to incorporate hula hoops. Bridget completed her 200-hour teacher training last fall at Kripalu School of Yoga and Ayurveda. Bridget’s classes are slower paced with longer posture holds and a focus on breath work. She welcomes all levels to her classes.

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Stephanie Walker began practicing yoga in 2000. In 2011 she was introduced to Ashtanga and it quickly became her main practice. Uncompromising and understanding. Strict adherence to the rules of Ashtanga are required along with an understanding that each student is a unique individual. It is somewhere in this in-between place, a sort of balance of steady and sweet, from where Stephanie hopes to not only live her life but share through her teaching.