Teachers

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Years of training with yoga poses, meditation, therapy, philosophy and more. Meet the teachers bringing experience from around the world to Waitsfield and the Mad River Valley.

 

Bridget  |  Chantelle  |  Ellen  |  EmmaJen  |  Lauren  |  Mindy  |  Misa  |  Stephanie  |  Tyne

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Yoga teacher Misa

Misa Dikengil started practicing yoga regularly after college when a full-time job in publishing and a long 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 come back home to their bodies through mindful movement. Misa also has an M.Ed and completed Yoga4Classrooms and ChildLight Kids Yoga teacher trainings. In 2017, Misa 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. Her interests include trauma, anxiety, depression and prenatal/postpartum care. Outside of yoga and yoga therapy, Misa is also an academic Japanese-English translator specializing in education, health care and psychology.
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Yoga teacher Mindy

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

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Yoga teacher Jen

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.
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Yoga teacher Emma

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.
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Yoga teacher Tyne

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.
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Chantelle Fischer-McKone

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Ellen Kucera has studied yoga casually since she was a kid and her brother brought home a library book about yoga, but she didn’t start a more serious practice until she took a prenatal yoga class. She discovered Let Your Yoga Dance while on a retreat at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and fell in love with the practice because of the integration of joyous physical movement with the mind, heart and soul. She became a certified LYYD instructor in November 2017.

In addition to letting her yoga dance, Ellen is a sculptor and a mother. She has practiced tai chi for many years. She loves to ski, hike and kayak.
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Yoga teacher Bridget

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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Yoga teacher LaurenLauren Masseria practices yoga as a daily reminder to stay grounded, slow down, breathe and recenter. Yoga serves as the main complement to her other adrenaline-seeking hobbies, and with this practice, she is able to find her balance. Lauren completed her 200-RYT at Grateful Yoga in Montpelier where she focused primarily on the 8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga. Lauren is also trained in Love Your Brain Yoga, which provides resources, community and tools to people who have been affected by Traumatic Brain Injuries. Lauren believes in the mantra “follow your feel good” and aligns her life and yoga practice with the following Cardinal Newman quote: “Nothing would be done at all if we waited until we could do it so well that no one could find fault with it.”

Lauren has a Masters in Urban Planning and will happily debate the number of parking spaces or continuity of bikes lanes. In her free time, she can be found hiking, biking, snowboarding, designing websites or hanging with her friends, family and four-legged homie, Chaplin.
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Yoga teacher Stephanie

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.
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