BKC YOGA FACULTY

The teachers below are our current regular yoga teachers. The BKC yoga committee maintains a list of substitutes to fill in when necessary. All of the teachers are trained and teach a variety of levels. Descriptions of each teacher’s approach is listed below. If you are a beginner or have particular issues, please let the teacher know before class. Modifications and suggestions are always available on request.

 
Abhi
A well balanced fluid series of basic postures carefully sequenced for a good physical workout to enliven and nuture body, mind, and spirit. Kripalu yoga teacher for 15+ years. Kripalu yoga trained.

Karen Arp-Sandel

Karen teaches a mixed level Moderate class for strength & flexibilty with attention to posture alignment. Each class, which encourages mindfulness, includes flowing posture sequences suitable to both beginners and more experienced Yoga students.
Class format is a well rounded asana practice including meditation, pranayama ( breath practice) and Yoga Nidra ( deep relaxation).
Dedicated to teaching BKC since 2000, Karen brings a deep understanding of the contemplative aspects of Yoga when it is practiced in compassionate community.
Karen is on the Kripalu School of Yoga Faculty, as a Practice Teach Mentor, and Sadhana leader for  KYTT200 and  KYISTT. In addition to many years of Yoga and meditation teaching experience, she holds multiple certifications : KYT, KYIS, YogaED. 
She is a Kripalu program presenter with her unique Vibrant Visionary Collage retreat workshop. Karen deepens her practice with international trips to Rishikesh India, the birthplace of Yoga.

Regina Burgio

Regina is passionate about yoga, healthy eating and enjoying life to its fullest. A lifelong student of holistic living, she embraces yoga as a way to slow down and bring mindfulness and balance to the challenges of every day life. Classes incorporate meditation and pranayama into Vinyasa and Kripalu-inspired sequencing, helping students to safely build strength and flexibility. She believes that yoga is for everyone and helps students to explore postures in a way that speaks to their own inner wisdom, offering modifications and alignment options for different levels. Regina is certified through West Hartford Yoga and is currently enrolled in the Kripalu 500-hr teacher training.

Evelyn Gonzalez
Evelyn teaches with an emphasis on mindfulness. Mindfulness is practiced through conscious breathing (slower and deeper), proper alignment (engaging the mind in details), and listening within the body for feedback. Intensity level is moderate with an open invitation to students to either “turn it up or down” depending on current energy levels and injuries. Kripalu yoga teacher for 15+ years. Kripalu yoga trained.

Caroline Kinsolving

Classes are for EVERY level and are shaped to fit the students energy and requests at the beginning of each class. Restorative, strengthening, lengthening, and centering, poses and flow are based on Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Pilates, and a touch of dance, depending on the afternoon’s requests.

Hildy Kronen

My classes start slowly and build into various vinyasa flows (offered with modifications and variations), that build strength, increase flexibility and reduce stress. I emphasize deep breathing technique, outer alignment and inner awareness and compassion for one’s own needs allowing the student to physically relax and mentally re-energize.
I am a Kripalu certified yoga instructor, certified instructor of yoga for Osteoperosis, a teacher trained in Ashtanga yoga, a certified Positional Therapist, and have trained for many years in Bioenergetics-a deep breathing technique I incorporate into my yoga classes to increase the release of tension and allow for a deeper relaxation.

Sherrie Howard

Sherrie’s moderate level class focuses on diving inward with an emphasis on self-love, compassion, and honoring your body.  This heartfelt practice will guide you through awareness, breath, stretches, postures, meditation and relaxation to help you connect with your mind, body and spirit.  There is an invitation to let go of the stresses of life and be in a place of self-awareness, self-care, and self-love. Sherrie has a classically trained singing voice that she often shares in her classes. She is a 500-hour Kripalu certified instructor and teaches regularly at Kripalu, Cranwell Resort and Spa, and Canyon Ranch.

Ken Nelson

My aim is to help people feel relaxed, light and free by awakening vital energy, “Qi” or “Prana.” Qigong is a holistic exercise that awakens and nourishes your vital energy—body, mind and spirit—using mindful movement, intentional breathing, guided imagery, and attention training. Qigong is easy to learn and for all fitness levels. Just minutes a day helps you feel flexible, stable, strong, and both energized and relaxed at the same time.I am a long-time Kripalu program director and teacher. I specialize in beginner-friendly practices that are accessible, compassionate, and deeply meditative, including yin yoga, restorative yoga, yoga nidra, and gentle Kripalu yoga. See my retreats at SacredHealingArts.net. I also help workshop leaders to teach more dynamically, interactively and holistically through my transformational teacher trainings (see PowerfulWorkshops.com).

Carole Weinstein

Based on the Buddha’s Seven Factors of Awakening – mindfulness, investigation, persistence, joyful energy, serenity, concentration and equanimity – the morning classes focus on aligning mind, body and breath and on integrating the physical practice and meditation. We begin with warming stretches and postures, build to moderate and moderate/vigorous movement and then flow into gentle postures and relaxation. Each practice is an opportunity to explore, to be creative and to cultivate compassionate awareness and embodiment. A period of both guided and silent meditation follows each class for those who wish to stay. Carole is a 500 Hour Kripalu teacher and a certified Mindfulness Yoga teacher.

Cherilyn Zaretsky

Bio:
In 1999, while recovering from a dance injury, I took my first yoga class at the studio across the street from my apartment in New York City, Dharma Yoga, and never looked back. What I once used solely for physical exercise and rehabilitation, has now completely changed my life.

After several years of practice, I completed my 200hr certification with Sri Dharma Mittra and continue my studies as often as possible while being mommy to my two children. I enjoy leading several levels of dharma yoga and my own flow classes.

Class Inspiration:
Drawing on my current career as a mental health therapist and former professional dancer, I enjoy ‘choreographing’ fun, challenging asana sequences while always bringing awareness to the mind/body connection. Be prepared to move a lot and think outside of the edges of your mat. Yoga is so much more than the physical and it is my hope that each of my students will discover something new about themselves each time they step onto their mat.