“An open heart is an open mind.” – Dalai Lama

Our Team

Casey McBride

Yoga

Casey’s focus on the spiritual and physical aspects of yoga, with an emphasis on mindful and intelligent vinyasa sequencing, make her classes creative, challenging, and genuinely fun. Her down-to-earth demeanor and sense of humor enable her students to invigorate both the physical and subtle bodies, and ignite a true passion from within.

Casey spent a majority of her early years as a dancer, both as a teacher and a performer. She served as a choreographer and judge for the ESPN National Dance Team Championships, and performed with New York’s Off Center Dance Theatre.

A knee injury lead Casey to yoga and quickly the practice became her passion. Casey started her yoga career as a Senior Teacher at Be Yoga/Yogaworks in NYC, where she completed the 500-hour training under the direction of Alan Finger.

Little unknown facts: Self magazine called on Casey to be the ‘yoga expert’ for celebrity Julie Bowen’s photoshoot! Casey is formerly an Ambassador for Lululemon in Greenwich, CT.

Danielle Santoro

Yoga

Danielle discovered yoga while in her corporate sales job in NYC, as a way to help clear her mind and decompress from the high stress it involved. Danielle loved how yoga taught her to challenge not only the physical aspects of her body but also how it allowed her to create more space in her mind for the good things in life. She also loved how yoga taught her new things about herself and that she could have fun while participating in her practice.

After practicing yoga for over 10 years, Danielle decided to further her knowledge and love of yoga by receiving her RYT-200, once she moved to Connecticut. Danielle’s goal is to take her students through a journey of mindful movements that connect them to their breathing, thoughts and emotions while also challenging them physically. Danielle enjoys incorporating a playful, upbeat playlist for her classes, which matches her easy-going personality. Danielle believes yoga is meant to be fun and reminds her students that we do yoga because it feels good and because it helps us get familiar with ourselves in a way that is kind, loving and generous.

Geneviève Lehman

Yoga

After being raised in Western Canada, Geneviève now resides in New Canaan, CT with her husband and two boys. Geneviève began her career as an architect, but after she had her first son she decided to pursue her passion for yoga. Geneviève is a meditation devotee and incorporates it into every class. Geneviève teaches a sweaty Vinyasa flow with a soulful playlist that is rooted in making a mindful connection between body and breath. She hopes to inspire you to meet your edge, with an emphasis on healthy alignment to create a safe but challenging practice. When she’s not on her mat, Geneviève loves a good physical challenge, snowboarding, diving and taking my Yoga practice on a paddle board.

Jen Smith

Barre

A Barre devotee since she was 18, Jennifer has a background in fitness as well as nutrition and has been a Barre instructor for 15 years. Jennifer focuses on very small repetitive movements to exhaust the muscles and lengthen and tone for a long, lean look. The classes are fast paced and fun as well as intense. The goal of each class is to have the clients feel better about themselves, to work hard and have fun! She is frequently in New York City finding the newest trends in Barre to bring to our O clients!

Jill Crystal

Yoga

Jill is a Colorado native that moved to CT in 2005. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. She completed her 200hr training at Buddhi Mat in Ridgefield, based on the philosophies of Baron Baptiste and Bryan Kest. Jill leads a lively class focusing on correct alignment and breath. She enjoys bringing her love of music into each class, guiding her students to grow in strength, balance, and flexibility on and off the mat.

Julie Deery

Yoga

Julie has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. She completed her 200 Teacher Training Certificate at Saraswati’s with Tracy and Mitchel Bleier, and Donna Jackson. She actively continues her training with Rodney and Colleen Yee, attending workshops and classes that focus on alignment, pranayama, sequencing, and movement.

Julie leads a compassionate, creative, and well rounded vinyasa flow class with a focus on proper alignment, balance, flexibility, and having fun! Her classes are often infused with a poem or reading from one of her favorite authors (Mary Oliver, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Pema Chodron), to interweave the physical practice with a touch of spirituality. She strongly believes yoga to be a personal, uplifting experience to strengthen, empower, and peacefully integrate the mind, body, and spirit. Julie supplements her yoga & meditation practice throughout the year by taking advanced teacher training workshops with Rodney Yee & Colleen Saidman Yee @ Yoga Shanti NYC/Sag Harbor, Karuna Center for Healing in Northampton, MA, and Kripalu in MA.

Kate Bovers

Yoga

Kate is a certified 500 RYT with many years of teaching classes and workshops in Westchester and Fairfield counties. A Reiki Master, Kate’s practice incorporates her love of yoga, passion for anatomy, and functional biomechanics with her lifelong desire to pass on to others the tools to improve their wellbeing. Her playful but focused approach on technique, kinetic awareness, and the fascial system makes for a truly unique class.

Kate’s teaching style has a foundation in traditional Haha techniques. She is heavily influenced by the experiential anatomy, resistance flexibility, fascial therapy, and chakra psychology. Kate weaves the information from these disciplines with specific mindful alignment cues, kinetic awareness, and breath work. The work is tailored to fit all levels from serious athletes through the wide spectrum of healthy agers, become more fluent in the subconscious language of the body. This eclectic mix plus her trademark laughter, are hallmarks of a class with Kate. It’s an opportunity to understand what your body needs to feel its best, while addressing individual misalignments that arise day to day. With focused awareness on techniques and forms, Kate’s classes challenge you to strengthen and lengthen in a way that is felt after every session.

Lindsay Durfee

Yoga

Lindsay has been practicing yoga since 1995. She was first introduced to it at a time when she needed some clarity and quiet in her life. Lindsay completed Yoga Zone’s 500hr Teacher Training with Yogiraj Alan Finger in 2000. When you come to Lindsay’s class you will find lightheartedness and humor as you work through your asana practice. Lindsay plays music that inspires you to expand your bodies while also expanding your breath and mind. We will pay attention to and respect our alignment as well as our limits.

Maria Tabaschek

Yoga

Maria has been practicing YOGA & holistic therapies for a very long time. In 1997 she traded her graduate studies in International Business for a yoga mat and has been loving the journey ever since. In addition to private & group classes, Maria teaches the local high school football team yoga, as well as yoga for women recovering from addiction & was the first yoga instructor for Reuters Head Quarters in Geneva. Using her trilingual skills, she has taught in different languages in Mexico, Switzerland & USA and has discovered that Yoga is all the same regardless of what country or language!

Her teaching style is an eclectic blend of a playful and stimulating ‘vinyasa-flow’, fused with a touch of a meditative, yin yoga (based in Chinese medicine). She is a Reiki master and has a deep training in holistic nutrition & herbalism. When she is not on her mat, she spends time doing extensive volunteer work with an orphanage and helps rescue animals organizations. She has studied with some of the world best YOGI-MASTERS from Dharma, Astanga, Iyengar, Shadow & Yin Yoga traditions. But her greatest teachers in life are her husband and two kids. They keep her grounded and remind her that our yoga is nothing –unless we take it off the mat.

Molly Lehman

Yoga

Molly Lehman has been teaching yoga, training yoga teachers and leading yoga retreats since 2003. Her teaching style is influenced by her advanced studies with Sri Dharma Mittra and her training in Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga. She studied Dance and Kinesiology at James Madison University and she is certified to teach Pilates and Gyrotonics. While in NYC Molly taught celebrities, co-founded House of Jai Yoga and developed a specialty working with elderly populations and degenerative conditions using kinetic therapy. She is a certified Holistic Health counselor with the Integrative Institute of Nutrition and has been featured in OMYoga magazine and the book Yoga Bodies by Lauren Lipton. Molly loves living in Connecticut with her husband and daughters Emma and Rose.

Noel Rosenstein

Barre

Noel has been teaching group fitness since 1997. Noel specializes in Barre type classes which are designed to promote muscle strength and lengthening, while simultaneously improving balance. She has worked for industry leaders, provided master classes, management and state of the art fitness instruction. Noel’s formal education background includes a dual masters in nutrition/education. Prior to her career in group fitness, Noel worked in both health care and
corporate nutrition sector (a registered dietitian) for over 10 years. “My philosophy throughout my career remains the same, a health lifestyle by balancing informed nutrition with exercise, and most importantly having fun in the process.”

Sherri Norige

Barre

Sherri Norige is Connecticut born and raised, but has spent the last 13 years in New York City. Sherri is a certified personal trainer, Pilates mat instructor, and has been teaching Barre since 2008. Most recently, Sherri became a Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach and added becoming a “mom” to her many accomplishments. Now, she’s returning to her Connecticut roots and is delighted and grateful to teach for you at Oxygen StudiO.

Tom Johnson

Yoga

Tom left a decades-long career in Corporate Finance to deepen his own yoga practice and inspire others to develop their own. He practiced with yoga masters in San Francisco for over 25 years before relocating to the East Coast and achieving his RYT200 certification.

Tom’s believes the world is a better place as more people adopt the practice of yoga. His intention is to bring the transformational power of yoga to the community; inspiring others to develop and deepen their own yoga practice. He’s experienced the important role yoga plays in counteracting the effects on the mind and body of a sedentary career and demanding family life. He also believes that yoga builds strength, endurance and range of motion, making it an essential complement to other fitness activities. He loves the inclusive nature of yoga which “meets people where they are” and believes that “every body” – every age, gender, ethnicity, body type and ability – can develop and benefit from a yoga practice.

Don’t come to class expecting perfection. Come expecting to laugh, move, breathe and sweat. And expect to leave class feeling a little more grounded and awake to your Self and your life.


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