Get to know your instructors.
LPC, LMT, RYT, Reiki Master
As founder of BEND; Mind, body, spirit inter-connectedness and the quality of life are the themes of Danielle’s life. She has 18 years of experience as both a personal trainer and fitness instructor. She has been trained in yoga, meditation and energy matrix alignment to complement her practice. Her studies and practice in spirituality continue to be her lifelong passion. Her objectives are simple: touch, motivate, and inspire.
LPC, Usui Reiki / Karuna Reiki Master, Meditation Instructor
Jean is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 25 years experience working with a variety of different clients. Her approach is holistic and systemic, looking at the person in their environment and seeking alternative solutions. Jean has been a Reiki Master for 30 years. Her studies are extensive in energetic healing and aromatherapy. She teaches Reiki initiation workshops throughout the year. She also offers a donation based meditation here at BEND. She is a true healer.
Debra started taking ballet classes at the age of 6 loved it, and never stopped.
She has Advanced Training and Certifications in: ISHTA Yoga, STOTT Pilates, (both Mat and Reformer,) Ballet Barre, Ayurveda Nutrition and Rehabilitation. She continues her education every chance she gets.
All her classes are fun and upbeat no matter what your level is.
Kelsey enrolled in her first 200 hour Vinyasa teacher training under the guidance of Mitchel and Tracy Bleier. She is also currently enrolled in Gwen Lawrence’s Power Yoga for Sports training and has worked with high school and college athletes for the past three years. She stays committed to a path of learning and is continuously studying with various teachers through workshops and retreats.
Kelsey's classes offer a well-rounded physical practice focusing on proper alignment and linking breath with movement. You can always count on a heart-warming playlist and a reminder to practice your yoga not only on the mat but off the mat as well.
"Joaquin is a gentle spirit with a fiery soul" His work is rich in intention, seeking to connect worlds, to spread healing and awakening. An intuitive healer, Joaquin is a Yoga teacher, teacher of teachers. He began teaching in 2010. His teaching experience spans through working with people of all walks of life, ages, and conditions. He guide students of all levels at festivals, workshops and weekly at studio classes. Drawing upon wisdom from traditions of yoga, meditation, shamanism, Thai Yoga Massage, acrobatics, and AcroYoga.
His individual and group sessions range from intentional gentle yoga and therapeutics (active/passive) hatha; and increasingly more challenging Dynamic Hatha and Multidirectional Krama Vinyasa.
Joe has studied under many brilliant teachers and been exposed to myriad styles including Ashtanga, Bikram, Dharma, Kundalini, Anusara and more. He hascompleted a 200 and then 500 hour teacher training under the tutelage of Mitchel and Tracey Bleir and Donna Jackson at Saraswati’s in Norwalk, CT.
Joe's classes are a union of movement, sweat, music, fun, spirituality and breath-work. Each pose is woven together in a vinyasa flowing style. I encourage awareness and proper alignment in every pose. Classes are tailored to meet the needs/ability level of those present and are open to all levels of participants.
Arielle (E-RYT 200) has been practicing yoga for 10 years and teaching consistently since 2012. Arielle’s classes are informed by her time living at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, her training in Classical Hatha Yoga with Sivananda Yoga International and her studies of yin, restorative and gentle yoga as guided by Dana Slamp and Jon Witt. Arielle is also a certified YogaEd instructor and when she's not leading yoga classes she works full-time for an international non-profit running service and education programs with urban youth. Arielle’s classes are as dynamic as her personality, ranging from soft and gentle to strong and fire-y. No matter the class you can expect to move with your breathe and pulse in and out of postures to build heat and flexibility in the body. You can expect breath work and meditation to focus the mind and you can definitely expect a spirited and expressive playlist to inspire your movement
Ellen Lenson, RYT, began practicing yoga regularly in 1999, while living in New York City. Her practice quickly became was a place of refuse and joy. She began teaching in 2008 and has done so continually ever since. Currently teaching Yin and Restorative yoga, she has also taught Forrest Yoga and alignment/anatomy-based classes. Her current classes are deeply influenced by her study and practice of craniosacral work and finds it is in the stillness and quiet that we can truly hear and heal ourselves.
Having grown up a gymnast and competitive cheerleader, Sami Joy has always had an interest in body awareness and when she found yoga she knew her path would be to share this ancient art and science. Her classes are focused on dynamic movements, linking breath with creative vinyasa and incorporating yogic philosophy, mantra and pranayama. Sami has devoted herself to learning yoga with over 700 training hours, 300 of those Universal Yoga. Sami has also completed training for Aerial Yoga in Sarasota, Florida at Circusoul and has been teaching Aerial Yoga for 2 years. Sami also teaches stand up paddleboard yoga, AcroYoga and restorative/yin yoga. A typical class taught by Sami is aimed to help you feel a strong effect on your consciousness leaving you more able to meditate and be mindful in your actions.