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Synergy Teachers

Yoga Synergy Teachers are devoted yogis who are all certified with the Yoga Alliance. They were trained in different schools of yoga and as such have different styles and insights to share.

Alyssa Romano

Yoga came into Alyssa's life when she started her commute to NYC, every morning she sat alone in her living room and started moving in the early morning hours to DVD’s she’d found at Barnes and Noble. She noticed that each day she came to her mat she felt clearer, more loving to herself and beyond all... happier. She fell in love with the connection between physical movement, breath and mental clarity. She stepped out of the corporate world of Manhattan and into her first teacher training at Saraswati’s Yoga Joint for her first 200 hour teacher training. Her intention is to create a safe environment where students can let their true selves unfold, ensuring sweating together, laughing together and walking out of the classroom feeling a little more grateful to be alive.

She’s been practicing for 6 years and continues to feel inspired by the students practicing in front of her and right beside her. Her love for nature and all things wellness allow her to move in a direction of prosperity in her own life and to implement more self-love in the lives’ of her students.

Yoga Synergy-Alyssa Romano

Amy Drumm-Kearney

Amy's intuitive draw to Yoga began 18 years ago. Searching for somewhere to start, she began her first yoga class at a community college in Tempe Arizona. During that first class it was clear that this was going to be a life long journey for her. Six months later she began her first Hatha Yoga teacher training. Shortly after, she received her Bikram Yoga certification in L.A .and began looking for a location in Colorado to open her studio. She decided on Littleton as she felt the recent tragedy and heartbreak of the community needed a positive force The studio soon became an outlet for the community and created a space for people to heal. Four years later, her east coast roots drew her back to her hometown of Stamford, where she opened her second studio. Since then she has received her Power Vinyasa Yoga training with Baron Baptiste. With the constant changes that life brings, Amy moved on from her successful studio to teaching private sessions in people’s homes and branching out to bring yoga to other communities. Amy’s been teaching for 14 years and has a strong yet lighthearted approach to her teaching. She currently lives in Stamford with her husband John, her son Holden and baby girl Dalila.

Yoga Synergy-Amy Drumm-Kearney

Ariana Scianna

Ariana began to take her yoga practice to a deeper level four years ago after discovering her love for vinyasa classes. She completed her 200 hours through YogaWorks Manhattan, and capped off her 500 hours through Zuna Yoga Bali. She is certified in Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Hatha Yoga. She meditates regularly and maintains both pranayama and asana practices. She rolls her mat out whenever, wherever. She practices mindful living, is passionate about the science of yoga, and lives each day in service of others. Her teaching style varies from gentle yoga to intermediate level.

Yoga Synergy - Ariana Scianna

Beth Furman

Beth Furman, MALS, E-RYT 500, has been studying yoga, dance and many forms of movement all her life. Her teachers have been many, and her style is eclectic. Graduate work in Movement Studies at Wesleyan University gave her the skills to teach many types of movement. Shiva Rea's trainings have taught Beth about flow and creativity in a yoga practice. Mitchel Bleier's trainings honed in on alignment, and Beth's studies at Kula Yoga Project in the last few years continue to integrate the two. Experience teaching children at Kripalu and locally have given her an appreciation for spontaneity in her teaching. Ongoing study and practice with Wendy DeRosa continues to inspire her to work with the healing aspects of yoga and moving meditation. In addition, with a degree in Psychology, Beth has a strong background in the ways that all sorts of movement affect our psyche and can be a source for deep healing.

Her teaching is a practice of attention to the ways that our bodies reveal our inner workings. Beth aims to create the space in her classes for your own exploration; cultivating comfort in your own body, discovering the many ways your body can move freely and easily, and using the practice on the mat to help us relate to and be present in our lives.

Brittany Weinsoff

Brittany Weinsoff trained at Kaia Yoga under the mindful eye of Gina Norman and her senior teachers. Only four years after starting her own yoga practice, she was drawn to become a teacher. Brittany dove into teaching with the same amount of grit she displayed on her own mat. She quickly learned a calm breath and open heart could change everything. Making that peaceful shift inward was what inspired her to share what she's learned and start teaching. Brittany is a chiropractic student and integrates her anatomy background into all of her classes. Her Vinyasa flows are alignment based with plenty of options, add-ons and hands-on assists. Expect to play with fun transitions, arm balances and inversions. Brittany will challenge her students’ strength and flexibility while keeping it light and fun. Look forward to upbeat music and a Savasana perk, or two.

Claudia Zeller

After receiving a cancer diagnosis at the age of 39 and completing a conventional course of treatment I turned my focus to holistic medicine, spiritual health and yoga. Ten years later I completed the 200-hour Vinyasa Teacher Training and part one of the Restorative Teacher Training at Kaia Yoga in Westport. I approached my practice with gratitude and respect for my body. I teach with passion and an understanding of health and wellness - creating a fun and challenging practice with particular attention on the breath, building a strong foundation, focus and self-awareness.

Yoga Synergy-Claudia Zeller

Diane Carlson

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

Yoga Synergy Diane Carlson

Emily Tully

Emily has been dedicating her time to her yoga practice since 2008. As an athlete, she started yoga to balance a rigorous physical schedule. Since then, Emily has witnessed such beautiful and inspirational mental shifts that have instilled wholeness and unity, on and off her mat. This transformation permeates into her teaching. Emily has received her 200 hour RYT through MByoga and is passionate about the belief that yoga is simply a dance that brings inner and outer connection. Her classes are sweet and cultivate the process of finding and/or strengthening self awareness and belonging through each breath.

Jeanine Oburchay

Jeanine Oburchay, ERYT-500, has been studying yoga for more than fifteen years. Several years ago, her practice deepened when she met her teacher, Todd Norian. That meeting was the catalyst for Jeanine’s path to becoming a certified yoga teacher. Jeanine brings to her class a joy and love for the practice of yoga, as well as a playful nature and deep respect for her students. In Jeanine’s yoga classes, the poses are taught with a significant focus on alignment. Jeanine is also a Reiki Master and a Thai Yoga practitioner and is known for her sweet assists. Her love of anatomy has led her to significant study over the last several years in anatomy and kinesiology, which have informed her teaching. Jeanine is always grateful for the practice of yoga, and for all of her teachers, especially Todd Norian, Ann Greene, Carolyn Fahey, Gail Cohen (who first lit the flame in her heart and started her on this path), and her students -- who are her most prevalent teachers -- among so many others.

Yoga Synergy-Jeanine Oburchay

Jeannie Stevens-Labate

Jeannie Stevens-Labate has been teaching Yoga for many years. Her classes are geared toward creating a safe, warm and healing environment. Jeannie's teaching comes from a background in a few types of yoga: She has a 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga certification with Rolf Gates, a 200 hour Forrest Yoga certification with Ana Forrest, a 50 hour Ashtanga training with Valerie Schneiderman, Yoga Shala, in addition, has taken workshops with many amazing teachers and believes that the "Practice" is the true teacher. Jeannie teaches yoga to Athletes, Coaches, Executives, Construction Workers, Dancers, Moms, Dads, Children to Seniors. She believes everyone can practice yoga and teaches yoga to 2yr olds up to 85yr olds. Everyone can benefit from practicing yoga, it creates flexibility, strength, releases stress, and just makes you feel amazing! Whether you are brand new to yoga or have been practicing for a while, Jeannie has the unique ability to teach to beginners and advanced students in the same class. Whether you are looking for an active vigorous class or a gentle passive class Jeannie can gear the class to meet your needs. She feels it is important to offer up both because some days we feel the need to move our bodies and sweat and other days we may want very passive postures with a lot of deep stretching. Sometimes both! It is up to you, the student. If you are not sure because you are new to yoga, just come and experience what Jeannie has to offer. Everyone can practice yoga. You just need to breathe!

Yoga Synergy-Jeanine Stevens

Judy Orr

When Judy first stepped onto her mat and realized what life changing principles and connections yoga has to offer she was hooked. After spending many years practicing different styles of yoga which included Bikram, Vinyasa, Dharma Mittra and Jiva Mukti, she began her journey as a teacher in 2013.

Judy completed Buddhi Power Yoga 200hr Teacher Training Certification with Lyn Kehoe. Her teaching style has blossomed further from attending workshops led by inspirational teachers like Bryan Kest and Baron Baptiste.

Judy brings to her class humor, energy and lightheartedness. She combines a challenging Vinyasa flow with attention to breath, alignment and yogic philosophy. All while encouraging her students to practice their yoga off their mats and into their everyday lives.

Yoga Synergy-Judy Orr

Lauren Lanham

Lauren Lanham has been a student of yoga and meditation for over 20 years. Lauren has tremendous enthusiasm for and love of the practice that she imparts to her students in every class. To Lauren, yoga is a science and an art, meditation is a way of life and an expression of love. Lauren is certified by the White Lotus Foundation and the Amrit Yoga Institute. She believes that when we practice yoga and meditation we take care of ourselves and affirm our lives.

Lisa Troknya

Lisa began practicing Bikram Yoga in 2008 and fell in love with the detoxifying element of the heated room. In 2009, shortly after the birth of their first child, Lisa's husband Dr. Michael Troknya, relocated his business of Physical Synergy to a larger space where they decided to open Yoga Synergy. It was there where Lisa first tried Vinyasa Yoga and was immediately drawn to the creative, challenging flow of the practice. At first yoga was a way to strengthen her body after giving birth, but after a few years of a regular practice, the benefits of yoga in its entirety, the asana, meditation and pranayama practice, began to manifest in ways on and off the mat; where yoga becomes a lifestyle. She decided to do her 200hr training in 2015 at a registered yoga school. She began teaching shortly after, as well as becoming more active in running and managing the studio. Lisa is currently taking part in a 300hr training at a registered yoga school to become RYT 500 certified.

Lisa Troknya

Maia Mullen

Maia began practicing yoga 10 years ago to find balance after rigorous marathon training and found respite for body, mind and soul. Her practice has continued to grow and evolve. She has found yoga to be a powerful vehicle for self-acceptance and peace. She felt a calling to share this joy with others and completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Kaia Yoga in Westport, CT. Maia teaches vinyasa flow with an emphasis on alignment and a fun playful energy for yogis of all experience levels.

Maia Mullen

Megan Zwerlein

Megan Zwerlein discovered yoga while studying at The Boulder College of Massage Therapy in the late Nineties, and yet feels as if she has just scratched the surface to this sacred tradition of Dharmic living. She went on to receive 200-hr Hatha Yoga Certification from The Sambhava School of Yoga, an ashram nestled in Eldorado Canyon, South of Boulder, Colorado. Finding gratitude everyday for sharing the gifts of these healing practices, and the opportunity to evolve her own journey. Her classes are transformational, creative and fun. Challenging for more seasoned yogis yet accessible to all levels. Megan weaves vinyasa sequences with relatable philosophy, meditation, pranayama, anatomy, massage, and eclectic music. The common thread in all her classes are sequences driven by collective energy and intuition, participants always leaving moved, inspired, and ready to cease the day.

Yoga Synergy-Megan Zwerlein

Michelle O'Brien

Yoga came to Michelle while she was training for her third marathon. After years of playing competitive sports, running marathons and competing in an Olympic Triathlon, her body was quite literally breaking down. She experienced pain almost every day when a Physical Therapist recommended yoga. Finally, she found a space where she could move freely without comparison, judgement or a competitive eye; and at the same time feel completely supported and strong. For the first time in decades, she found home in her body and heart when she stepped onto her mat.

Michelle completed her 200-hr teacher training through YogaWorks in CA. Her flow classes focus on the use of breath to find space and depth in postures. She emphasizes proper alignment and smart sequencing that eases her students into transformative spaces. By creating a safe and supportive environment, she encourages her students to go deeper, excavating and embracing their perfect self that already resides within them.

Michelle is honored for the opportunity to share with her students the blessings and inspiration that yoga has awakened in her life.

Yoga Synergy-Michelle O'brien

Mitsy Kuncolienkar

Mitsy is a certified Vinyasa Yoga teacher and an Exhale certified Barre Instructor. Having a passion for playfulness and movement since childhood, and introduced to the Ashtanga yoga discipline, while in school in India; yoga was meant to stay. Her growth in the discipline evolved in her mid-20’s upon relocation for personal and work from corporate India to Los Angeles, CA and to the Bay area. Not too familiar with her new surroundings and wanting to be in a yoga community she found and started practicing vinyasa yoga. Some of the noteworthy teachers who helped her growth are Eric Schiffman, Jess Robertson, Max Strom, Juliette Kurth to name a few. Moving was part of this yogi’s life, when she moved again cross-country to the east coast for work. It wasn’t a good 5 years in when she completely let go off the corporate world to embrace the welcoming and ever so growing yoga world by taking on teacher training, and soon after teaching at some of the finest yoga studio’s and fitness locations within Fairfield and Westchester counties.

Her curiosity and hunger for learning, growth and practice has taken her to recently spend over 2 months studying with her teacher at KPJAYI, Shri. K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, in India- the source of yoga and the only recognized and certifiable Ashtanga Institute in the world.

Mitsy’s classes are strongly influenced by her ashtanga discipline and roots, expect a strong flow with the intention on breadth, bandhas (energy locks) and focus (tristana). She encourages her students to gently push their boundaries, and to believe in the magic and the miracle that happens with the union of one’s mind and body.

Yoga Synergy-Mitsy Kuncolienkar

Sarah Huntington

As a competitive athlete, yoga was a different kind of challenge. Sarah Huntington was introduced to yoga after her collegiate basketball career was over. From the athletic mindset that was constantly trying to “get better, stronger, faster” yoga challenged her to appreciate “the present moment”. When she first started practicing (14 years ago) being present was a radical (and difficult) idea. It was challenging to “just be” and dispel the ego mindset of always trying to “get better” at something. This mindful presence of the “now”, her own spiritual journey, and asana practice has not only helped on the mat, but in the world. As a recent graduate of 200-YTT through Sarawati Yoga Joint in South Norwalk, Sarah studied alignment based yoga with some of the finest teachers in Fairfield County. Sarah combines knowledge of breath, meditation, and asana alignment to create a soulful sweaty practice that aims to deepen the mind, body, and spirit. She would describe her current yoga practice as one of grace, grit, and gratitude.

Yoga Sarah Huntington

Shannon Aleksa

Shannon visited ashrams with her parents as a child and then many years later, found herself in a yoga class one day. Though unfamiliar with the poses, the breath, and of course-sanskrit, she immediately felt a sense of belonging and of coming home. The experience resonated so deeply with her that she knew she had taken her first steps on a life-long path of study, practice and devotion.

Shannon teaches a full-spectrum, balanced practice from challenging, upbeat vinyasa flow to bliss-out restorative. So whether you want to move, play and flow or simply sit comfortably and breathe consciously, you are always welcome in class. Through creative and thoughtful sequencing, Shannon offers a safe and inviting space to explore your boundaries and awaken your innate potential. In her class you'll experience alignment-based flow with clear direction, an uplifting theme and hands-on adjustments set to eclectic music. In between the movement of your breath and body, you'll find an ever-evolving sense of connection to the most authentic parts of yourself and a deeper sense of engagement with the world around you. Come as you are and expect to leave class feeling empowered, focused and inspired.

She has completed her 200hr certification with Bernadette Birney, Restorative training with Jillian Pranksy, Prenatal Certification with Sue Elkind and she is presently working towards her 500hr advanced training with Tiffany Cruikshank of Yoga Medicine. She also continues to study yoga philosophy with Dr. Douglas Brooks.

Yoga Synergy-Michelle O'brien