Andy has a PhD in neurosciences and spent 25 years conducting original research on the cellular basis of nerve regeneration - publishing numerous peer-reviewed articles. In 2011 Andy personally experienced the healing power of Hanna Somatic Education—a movement therapy that takes full advantage of modern neurobiological principles of learning and movement control. He is now certified as a Clinical Somatic Educator and has taught hundreds of Somatic Movement group classes and private sessions. He enjoys sharing his knowledge on brain function and movement to empower people of all activity levels to help them live pain free.
Bogusia is the physical therapist owner of Farmington Valley Physical Therapy and has been in practice over thirty years. She is originally from Poland and trained in rehabilitation both in Europe and in the US. In addition to being a physical therapist, she is also a certified Hanna Somatic Educator and has trained in Pilates and Yoga. She incorporates aspects of Hanna Somatics and Pilates while treating patients and clients. In addition to her clinical practice, she teaches Hanna Somatic Movement Classes. She enjoys skiing, swimming, gardening, biking, and tea appreciation in her free time and has two grown children.
Kristen is a classically trained and certified Pilates instructor. She has been sharing her love for Pilates for over six years. Kristen also has a BA in dance from Oklahoma City University. Upon graduation she moved to Las Vegas, NV and performed in such renowned shows as Illusions and Beyond and Legends in Concert. Kristen teach group Reformer and Equipment Classes at SOMA. Kristen is really excited to be living in CT with her family and being part of the SOMA Movement Studio team!
Paulina is a fitness enthusiast and a Total Barre™ trained instructor. Living a healthy and fit life is important to her. She is just beginning her career in the fitness industry, and truly enjoys teaching Total Barre classes because the class incorporates flexibility and posture with a full body workout. Paulina is also a college student with an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences, and she plans on continuing her education further in the Biology field.
Jackie, MA, 200-RYT, completed her Yoga Alliance training at Sacred Rivers Yoga under the direction of Paula Scopino. Jackie firmly believes that yoga is for everyone and provides gentle classes for calming the mind, strengthening the body, and nourishing the spirit. She is professor emeritus of early childhood education and shares yoga with colleagues, students, and young children. Jackie has also completed Kripalu Yoga Ed Tools for Teachers training with Joanne Spence; Bodhi Seeds Early Childhood Teacher Training with 108 Monkeys; Kripalu Breath-Body-Mind and Yoga for Emotion Regulation, Learning, and Well-Being; and Yoga for Anxiety and Depression with Bo Forbes.
Cara is a 2015 graduate of West Hartford Yoga’s 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training under Barbara Ruzansky. Teaching yoga has helped Cara maintain a sense of community and she wishes to share that community with her students. She offers a powerful Vinyasa flow. Warming up with slow mindful movements, attention on breath, and flowing into strengthening standing asanas. Cara’s goal is for her students to leave feeling powerful, open hearted and clear-minded.
Sharon is a 2006 graduate of Kripalu's teacher training. She has studied with many nationally known teachers and has assisted yoga and meditation workshops at Kripalu and her teaching strongly reflects Kripalu's emphasis on breath, relaxation, and self acceptance. Sharon took her first yoga class in 2003 and quickly fell in love with the practice. Her classes feature a slow, sweet, stretchy style of yoga that focuses on the breath, alignment, and the release of tension, encouraging students to go deeply into feeling and to make each posture fit their body and it's unique needs and abilities.
Paulette Mena is a licensed Zumba, Zumba Gold, and Strong by Zumba Instructor. She is also a certified group fitness instructor (AFAA), and teaches various resistance-based formats. She has a BBA in Marketing from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, and held a corporate sales position for many years with Pitney Bowes. Since early 2014, Paulette has dedicated her focus to fitness. She attends monthly and yearly conferences to improve her skills and knowledge of current practices. Her Zumba classes are energy packed, and calorie blasting with a focus on dance moves, coordination, sculpting, and toning.
Ally is a choreographer, artist, dance instructor & lucky Mama of two gorgeous little ladies, Veda & Novali. Ally loves teaching kids & young adults, and is focused on empowering adult dancers & non-dancers with dance & fitness. Ally has had the pleasure of working with and studying under many notable dance educators, choreographers, and artists in CT & NYC. Ally graduated with her BA from The New School in New York City, after studying Choreography, Design, and Dance & Performance. She is also the founder of Visceral Movement, a company of professional dancers focused on enlivening the Arts in the Farmington Valley. Ally offers dance fitness classes at SOMA Movement Studio.
Chris is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200), who trained through one of the first comparative theory Yoga Teacher Trainings in the country, Lotus Gardens Yoga School, under Lara Ward, LMT, E-RYT 500, BBA, BA. Chris enjoys teaching myriad styles of yoga, with her main focus as a teacher being helping students realize their individual goals. Her classes are fun, relaxed, gentle and safe environments for students to explore their practice. She is also a Level 2 Reiki Practitioner and Certified Personal Trainer.
Mary discovered Pilates ten years ago and has been loving it ever since. She enjoys introducing people who are completely new to Pilates to its benefits including clients who are recovering from injuries or completely new to exercise. She teaches private sessions, Pre-Pilates and is well versed on all of SOMA Movement Studio's Pilates apparatus. She is also a licensed GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® instructor.
Linda has over 20 years of teaching experience. She studied at the Moscow School of Ballet and the Dance Academy Institute in Moscow, Russia. She later studied at the Hartford Conservatory here in Connecticut. Linda was the principal ballet soloist for the Moscow Philharmonic performing in productions such as Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, and the Nutcracker. Linda taught at The Hartford Conservatory for three years and has taught at Valley Ballet since 1994. Linda joined SOMA Movement studio and teaches a class that combines Ballet Barre with an Adult introductory ballet class that is as fun as it is classic.