Teachers

Teaching Yoga is an honor and a privilege.  Our teachers practice many different styles of yoga but our intention is always the same, to serve our students.


Kristen Coyle, Co-Owner

Many years and practices after taking her first yoga class in college, Kristen found her way to Ganga Flow Yoga and quickly realized that the “little studio” was to be her perfect yoga home.  Since completing a teacher training at the studio in 2013, she has been bringing her students fun, well-sequenced classes, incorporating modifications for all levels of practice (as well as hot rocks in Savasana on request).

  • 200 hour Vinyasa Teacher Training, Ganga Flow Yoga
  • Workshops/Intensives including Lotus Palm Thai Yoga, Baptiste Yoga with Paige Elenson, Elena Brower
  • Personal practice/experience includes Yin, Restorative and Bikram
  • 20 years experience Emergency Nursing

Off the mat fun:  In addition to enjoying cooking, gardening and backyard chicken keeping, Kristen loves taking part in any adventure her son Rowan dreams up.

 


Megan Gagliardi, Co-Owner

Megan has a deeply-rooted love and passion for yoga, believing that it has the ability to transform a person from within.  Her classes are a weave of strong flows and sequences, fun, yet introspective music, and wisdom from her own day-to-day life.

  • 200 Hour YTT Fresh Yoga, New Haven, CT
  • Register Nurse, specializing in cardiology and pediatrics.

Fun Fact:  Spanish & English bilingual.  Que venga a yoga!

 


Melissa Andersen

Melissa is our new mom.  She brings her exuberance for life into her awesome vinyasa classes.  Love to listen to her voice as she cues the poses.

  • 200 hour Teacher Training at The Yoga Room, Astoria, NY
  • Many styles of interest, Jivamukti, Kripalu, Iyengar

Fun Fact:  Melissa had pursued an acting career for 9 years, film and theater

 


Natalie Glidden

Natalie has been studying and sharing her yoga for the past 25 years.  She was drawn to yoga in high school when she started taking classes and volunteering at the Woodbury Yoga Center.  Here she received her Shakipat initiation into the path of Kundalini Maha Yoga with Anandi Ma in 2006.

  • 200 hour YTT with Yogaspirit at Your Community Yoga Center, Hamden, CT
  • Children’s Yoga Teacher Training with Full of Joy Yoga at Your Community Yoga Center

Natalie’s style is influenced by a variety of workshops and classes in Ayurveda, Kundalini, Hatha, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Yin and Anusara yoga.  From her recent years in organic farming, she now understands that you come to your mat to grow and incorporates this into her classes.

“The practice of yoga is to remove the weeds from the body so that the garden can grow.” B.K.S. Iyengar


Michael Cardillo

Mike completed his yoga teacher training through the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts.  He feels practicing yoga is more than simply making shapes with your body and leads mindful classes incorporating pranayama, asana and meditation.  He believes strongly in keeping yoga accessible and approachable to all bodies and experience levels.

 


Diane Carlson

Diane started a regular yoga practice in 2008 and she quickly realized that the strength and body awareness she established with over twenty years as an exercise instructor was easy to transition into her yoga practice.  The element of introspection, on the other hand, was something new and more of a challenge to her.  Over time, this is what she has grown to love most about practicing and teaching yoga and what brings her back to her mat again and again.  Diane is an RYT 500, having completed both her 200 hour and 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Kaia Yoga in Westport.  Diane’s passion for movement, breath, alignment and pushing past mental obstacles are evident to her upbeat and flowing classes.

 


Rachel Dennert

Rachel has been practicing yoga since 2014, and completed her teacher training through Pranakriya School of Healing Arts.  Rachel also holds a Master’s degree in social work, with a specialization in mental health.  Rachel believes that yoga is a practice for everyone combining mind, body and spirit.  She encourages students to listen to their bodies and cultivate mindful awareness.

 


Deb Werksman

Deb Werksman started practicing yoga in 1985 at Dharma Mittra’s yoga studio in New York City, where she stumbled in one day. She had been taking ballet classes since her late teens, and discovered two things in yoga: 1. she never knew her body could do some of these things; and 2. yoga was like coming home. She has explored all the different kinds of yoga wherever she could get it: Kripalu, Jivamukti, Laughing Lotus, Kundalini,  Ashtanga, restorative, yin. She taught yoga at the Fitness Edge in Fairfield, Stratford and Milford for 16 years. Her style is a slow flow practice to balance movement and stillness.

 


Sean Weir

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