Instructors

Jessica Demers – Owner, Zumba, Yoga Instructor 

Jessica began her wellness journey in her early 20s. Using yoga to find relief from headaches and enjoying the camaraderie of group classes she cultivated her personal practice for several years. While still teaching preschool, Jessica sought her first group fitness certification with Zumba Fitness. She continued her fitness education gaining specialized Zumba training, yoga/meditation certification, as well as, personal training certificate. Opening Body Karma Studio in 2013, Jessica hoped to help educate the community about the benefits of yoga, mindfulness, and a healthy lifestyle. Since opening Jessica has had the opportunity to work with people of all ages and abilities in the studio, including leading 2 classes a week designed for members of Vista Life Innovations. Also hosting off site classes for school groups, churches, festivals, and summer yoga classes at Hammonasset to benefit Friends of Hammonasset. Jessica is now seeking to educate future yoga instructors with a comprehensive 200 hour yoga instructor training that expands the Body Karma Studio yoga community. In 2015 Jessica was given the opportunity to host Half Hour Wellness on ICRV Radio, she enjoys inviting experts on various health and wellness topics to educate listeners on the benefits of a health, holistic lifestyle. In addition, Jessica volunteers for many organizations in the community such as Families Helping Families, Pretty Committee, Walk 4 Good, and Clinton Art Society. She served on the board of directors for the Clinton Chamber of Commerce and assisted in the planning of events such as Christmas in Clinton and Clinton Summer Fest and Fireworks. In 2016 Jessica was honored by the Clinton Chamber of Commerce with the Citizen of the Year Award for her volunteer efforts. In her spare time Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband Joel, step-daughters Emma and Abby, as well as, her wheaten terrier puppy Sully.

 

 

Christine Bauer IMG_1160

Christine began practicing yoga eighteen years ago, but it wasn’t until a series of life challenges and changes in 2012 that she was inspired to follow her heart and become a yoga teacher. She loves teaching a diverse array of yoga classes in the Iyengar-style, guiding her students in the importance of proper alignment and the use of breath to focus the mind while releasing the body into the bliss of the pose. Teaching is her lifelong passion. Christine has been teaching English at the high school level for twelve years and strives to bring the feeling of centeredness and acceptance whether on the mat or in the schoolroom. Christine earned her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification under the tutelage of Kim Valeri and Saskia Bergmans-Smith through Yogaspirit Studios. She is grateful to ALL of the teachers who have graced and inspired her journey as a yoga instructor. Christine is registered with Yoga Alliance at the RYT 200 level.

Kris Reaske

 I have been in the fitness and Wellness field for over 15 years, and teach Zumba, Pilates, Active Older Adults, Silver Sneakers, StrenDSC_1712gth and Cardio Training. I worked with Weight Watchers for 9 years as a Receptionist, Receptionist Mentor/Trainer and as a Leader. I believe in maintaining the overall connection of Body, Mind and Spirit, and design my classes in such a way as to promote this connection in all types of exersize. I am currently also teaching at the Madison Senior Center, the Guilford Community Center and the Old Saybrook Estuary Council.

 

Karen Wexell

photoKaren is a board certified holistic nurse who started her own journey through yoga over 10 years ago.  In September of 2013 Karen completed the 200 hour Pranakriya Yoga instructor certification course, hoping to share her love of  yoga with others. Karen’s  classes are geared towards body awareness helping you to  gain strength, flexibility and a more grounded feeling through gentle stretching and attention to your breath.

 

 

Tristin Dunn-Bianca

Tristin fell in love with Zumba when she started attending class at Body Karma in early 2016. With huge support from Owner, Jess, she became a licensed instructor in August 2016. Wishing to push herself a little further she began taking yoga fitness classes too. Tristin quickly decided to take the Body Karma 200 hour training 2016-2017 and became a yoga instructor as well. She is Looking forward to starting a new journey with Zumba and Yoga, helping people reach their fitness goals!

 

Alex Foye

Alex has taken hip hop dance classes since she was in 6th grade. When she got older she started getting into different genres and found out about Zumba. From there she decided to get her license to teach Zumba and is very excited to teach for the first time at BodyKarma Studio. She hopes to provide a fun and energetic experience to her classes. During her day job she is a full time Customer Service Representative and can’t wait to let loose when she comes to teach her class after work. She has been getting some great tips and training from Tristin to make sure she has everything she needs for an amazing class. She can’t wait to spread her love of dance with all of you.

Wendy Cartier

RYT200, Wendy trained in the YogaWorks method. She was initially attracted to yoga for the physical but soon realized that yoga had much more to offer. Meditation, stress relief, community and self discovery. As a teacher, Wendy helps her students learn about themselves so they can progress towards their personal goals in a safe and supported space. Her teaching style focuses on alignment and building from the ground up so her students can practice well today and for the rest of their lives.When she isn’t teaching, Wendy works as a registered dietitian with a focus on holistic health. She also loves hiking, running, painting and spending time with her dog.

 

Martha Smith

Martha began her yoga practice over 15 years ago at the insistence of her mother, who was already well aware of the benefits of a regular yoga practice.  Unconvinced, Martha attended her first class with the sole intention of appeasing her mom.  However, she left the session enamored and extremely eager to return.  This prompted her development of a regular weekly practice. Over the years, Martha joined a multitude of classes and fell more deeply smitten with yoga.  While the physical component counteracted hours trapped at a desk, the spiritual aspect reminded her of, and granted the permission to, be a tad selfish by taking the time she needed on her mat in order to obtain balance in an all too hectic world.  Convinced by Jess, the owner of Body Karma Studio in Clinton, and her parents, Martha recently completed her 200 Hour Certified Yoga Instructor Training at Body Karma Studio. Eager to share her love of the journey, and taking inspiration from all of her previous and current instructors, Martha aims for classes that flow, develop strength and flexibility while supporting proper breathing and alignment.  Her objective is to provide, and foster, a non-judgmental environment where students feel safe to explore their potential, free from comparison to any other individual and the only limitation(s) placed on them is that of their own creation.

“Yoga is a powerful vehicle for change.  As you build strength, you start to believe in your own potential.”  -Tanya Cruikshank

“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees,:  – B.K. S. Iyengar

Tracy Crosby

Tracy Crosby has been practicing yoga for several years and began her journey as a teacher in 2017.  Yoga has played a vital role in all aspects of her life – as a daughter, wife, mother, and friend.  With yoga, she has embraced the changes and challenges that life brings (stretch marks, grey hair, etc), and she strives to share the many benefits of yoga as she encourages others along the path of progress, not perfection.

Laura Reynolds

Laura  is a physical therapist with an advanced Master’s Degree in orthopedic PT and a background in Marshall Arts.   She began her yoga practice 7 years ago.  She has always been in awe of how the the human body and spirit.  How it moves, it’s ability to heal, to grow and adapt. When she embarked on her 200 RT teacher training last year her original intent was just to improve her own health while she was going through a major transition in her life.  Little did she know how transformative her year of yoga teacher training would be, how much she would LOVE teaching  and where it would take her. She has a passion for making yoga and movement attainable for everyone of all ages and abilities and strives to meet each individual where their body is and support their journey to wholeness and health.