Instructors

Jessica DemersIMG_4133(1)

 Jessica fell in love with Zumba years ago while taking it at a local dance studio. Since then she regularly attend both Zumba and yoga fitness classes while working as a preschool teacher. Realizing that combining her love of teaching and her love of Zumba would create joy in her life, Jess sought training. After gaining her Zumba certification she searched for a local place to teach. Finding it difficult to find local places with flexible schedules to teach or take classes, Jess decided that opening a studio that offered several classes 7 days a week is just what beautiful, historic, downtown Clinton needed. Jess is very excited about the opening of Body Karma Studio, and hopes to help you bring good karma to your body!

Christine BauerIMG_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.

 

 

Chelsey Campion

DSC_1647Chelsey Campion, RYT 200, completed her teacher training in Hatha Yoga at YogaWorks of New York City.  Taking her first Yoga class at 16 years old, Chelsey was hooked from the beginning.  Yoga has transformed her life physically, mentally, and spiritually—and she is excited to pass along the gift of Yoga.  Chelsey teaches a vinyasa flow style class with an emphasis on alignment and breathe.  Each class is adaptable for various levels of practice.  She creates a safe, peaceful, and compassionate place when she gives her students the chance to flourish in their own practice.  Her inspiration comes from her Yoga teachers, deepening her personal practice, and watching her students develop their own passion for Yoga.

Erin Bartolome

Erin is a registered Yoga Alliance Instructor. In 2013, she completed her 200HR Teacher Training at Kripalu School of Yoga. She then attended Creative Kids Yoga School where she completed a 50HR YTT.  In 2014, she traveled to Thailand for three months where she completed a month long Ashtanga Yoga Study Program, Ayurvedic Internship and her last month a 200HR Ashtanga YTT.  Erin then assisted a month long YTT at Kripalu School of Yoga.marcgordon

In 2015, she assisted two more YTT’s at Kripalu.  She has now personally assisted the directors Coby Kozlowski, Rudy Peirce, Michelle Dalbec and the Dean, Michael Carroll. Erin was then trained by her teacher Caitlin Marcoux to teach SUP YOGA for Paddle Nantucket. She finished the year with a Vinyasa YTT Module with Coby K and an Advanced Pranayama & Asana YTT Module with Michael C & Larissa Hall at Kripalu. 

Erin obtained her Bachelor’s in Communications, and is a firm believer that modern technology has faded our natural form of connection to each other, nature and ourselves. This is where she believes that yoga will shift these habits. Her mission is to empower any level student in a safe and nonjudgmental setting.

 

Tristin Dunn-Bianca

Tristin comes from a dance background. As a kid she was trained in several forms of dance. She fell in love with Zumba from the moment she took her first class at Body 20160831_184815Karma. With huge support form owner, Jess, she went for and received her license in August of this year. Tristin is incredibly excited to teach and share the Zumba experience with others. In addition, she is currently enrolled in the Body Karma one year yoga training program.

 

Kim Langley

Kim recently completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, (on her 61st birthday!), through YogaWorks, based in L.A. California. YogaWorks is a combination of Hatha, Iyengar, and Viniyoga Yoga, with attention to foundations and proper alignment, whichDSCN1206 helps create and maintain a healthy balance in our bodies. Kim began practicing Yoga 9 years ago, in an effort to find ways to nurture my arthritis, due to physical work over the years, as well as contracting Lyme Disease in 2002. Kim decided to do a Yoga Teacher Training, first and foremost, for myself and the continued challenges that I have. Kim’s vision is to inspire others that may have a tendency to stay away from a yoga class because of different challenges they may have. Kim would like to instill, encourage, and teach others that a yoga class is about YOU, and YOU on your mat. And only that. No judgments, no competition. With my inspiration, I hope to further increase the yoga population, and create a safe space for all–as well as keeping myself challenged, and my students too. I feel very strongly that all can benefit from yoga.

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Teddy Roosevelt

Julia Mathison

RYT 200, Julia completed her training through YogaWorks under Angela Botta at image1Pradipika Yoga. Julia found yoga five years ago as she was transitioning out of college after receiving her B.S. in Agriculture and Natural Resources. Her yoga practice became a guiding light that has led her on a path of health and wellness. Julia is also a Certified Natural Foods Chef who uses yoga as a main ingredient in fueling a balanced lifestyle. She hopes to inspire students to dissolve expectations while honoring limitations, to create a practice that nourishes both our bodies and minds.

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,Headshot 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.