teachers open the door, but you must walk through yourself​​​​​​​


"Yoga has been such a deep part of my evolution as a human. For someone that was not raised within any one religion, I always yearned for the community that houses of worship offer their communities. I felt compelled to create a space for all people to come and feel at home and welcomed regardless of their religion, race, gender or sexual orientation; a space that can create a container for self inquiry and discovery amongst others who are doing the same."

Margot’s passion for the creative goes far beyond her unique eye for design and innovative class sequencing. Margot has the ability to turn a room into a sanctuary and a business into a community of people working together for a greater good. Margot’s style of teaching is influenced by more than 20 years of devotion to her personal yoga practice and education. She holds over 900 hours of training in a wide variety of yoga philosophy and styles. Margot has spent over 500 of her study and training hours at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in NYC, which has deeply impacted her style of sequencing and teaching. In class with Margot, you will always find something new, whether it is new poses, beautifully choreographed sequences or amazing playlists.

“I teach directly from my own mat. Whatever I am working on or undergoing in my own life and practice will flow through me and into my classes. I truly believe that yoga is an extension of how we live our lives and that every challenge we encounter whether on or off the mat is meant to help us learn a deeper lesson of how we live, communicate and treat eachother and ourselves.”

Since opening Breathing Room in 2009, Margot has remained committed to her mission of providing quality yoga with seva, selfless service initiatives woven in. Breathing Room has been voted “Best Yoga Center in New Haven” in both the New Haven Advocate and New Haven Register as well as the Downtowner of the Year Award in 2018. As Breathing Room expands, Margot continues to grow as a teacher and also a business owner: She’s currently enrolled in Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 small businesses program honing her leadership and entrepreneurial skills.


Tobie was introduced to yoga in her early twenties but didn't start a dedicated practice until her 29th birthday when her mother brought her to Kripalu Center in the Berkshires. Since then she has completed her 200hr certification in an Iyengar influenced style of yoga. She has learned from teachers such as Rodney Yee, Seane Corn, Rolf Gates, Baron Baptiste and Stephen Cope. Tobie teaches a vinyasa style of yoga with an attention to form and alignment. She believes that form and alignment are the keys to freedom in the body and freedom in the breath. Being a massage therapist for the last 10 years and receiving her masters in clinical nutrition two years ago, Tobie has a well rounded understanding of the body. Her classes are challenging and fun while giving the students an awareness that they are ultimately their own teacher and can guide their practice to fit their needs. 


Influenced by several traditions, styles and teachers, my alignment-based classes are a decisive blend of what speaks to me and is at the forefront of my personal practice. My major influences include Katonah Yoga, Hatha, Kundalini Yoga, Yoga Nidra, meditation and my continued studies with my mentor, Elena Brower. I am honored to travel and assist at many of Elena’s retreats and workshops. In my classes I ask that we become more sensitive and specific with how we place our bodies and how we relate to ourselves. I think we are all attempting to understand ourselves a little bit better.  When our architecture is sound, when we are stable we can find more space. When we strengthen to become more buoyant, light, and serene in our bodies we create more ease. I believe our privilege is to create sustainable, mindful practices to increase longevity, endurance, resilience, and agility in every part of ourselves and our life at large. Living with a sense of ease means we can bring the best version of ourselves to the forefront, which is ultimately what we all want for ourselves and for the people close to us. 


Rebecca Smith (500 E-RYT) loves to challenge students to be curious on the mat, to seek a deeper understanding and connection to their internal experience, and to strike a balance between effort and ease through consistent practice. In other words, be playful, be present, try something new, but be disciplined and diligent in dedicating time to your yoga. In Rebecca’s vinyasa classes, you can expect to work hard, breath steady, rest easy, and sit quietly every time. Her sequencing is intentional and inviting to all levels to build the practice that’s right for you in the moment. Her favorite phrase to remind students of is “don’t be intimidated, be inspired!”

Though most of her classes are vinyasa, Rebecca enjoys teaching a variety of styles of yoga. Whether restorative or vigorous, she seeks to empower each student with self-care knowledge physically and mentally, always encouraging and hoping to inspire a consistent home practice. She draws on her dance background for creative movement, her personal injury recovery for modifications and healing, and her military years to bring discipline and strength to the mat.

Rebecca is honored to teach in both 200 & 300 hour programs for Lara Ward’s Lotus Gardens Yoga School and to be an ambassador for Veterans Yoga Project with Daniel Libby, Ph.D.


The practice of Yoga is not about changing or improving who we are; it is about returning to the vast and quiet place inside us where we remember the truth of who we are.

I first came to Yoga to rehab my physical body from the toll of long-distance running and high intensity training. I later realized that the first 20+ years of my life were spent avoiding, denying, numbing or raging against conflict and pain. Yoga and meditation has guided me to release trauma trapped in my body, to confront patterns of addiction and avoidance, and to heal from the illusion that I don't belong. Though my practice started out extremely physical, I now find the most profound wisdom from stillness, breath, music, and nature. 

I approach every class or session with compassion, authenticity, and radical acceptance of whatever arises. There is no expectation that Yoga has to feel "good or "peaceful." Through breath, mindful movement, music & chanting, meditation, and self inquiry, I gently invite students to discover their inner source of strength and stability, as well as their expansive capacity to be with challenge and discomfort.

I currently offer Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, meditation, Bhakti Yoga & Kirtan, and private Yoga Therapy sessions in the New Haven area. It is my humble privilege to learn from the following teachers and friends: Margot Broom, Tobie Schuerfeld, Khushi Malhotra, Verred Hamenahem, Seane Corn, Sharat Arora, Eckhart Tolle, Mooji, Ramana Maharshi, S.N. Goenka, Krishna Das, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, and the entire team at Inner Peace Yoga Therapy.


Amy is a 500hr RYT Yoga Teacher and C-IAYT Yoga Therapist. She is so grateful to have begun her practice at the age of 18 and has not looked back since. Amy did her first 200-hr teacher training at Joschi Institute of Manhattan in 2013. Her early teaching days were very influenced by one of her first teachers, Gina Lee in Long Island, NY. The roots of her practice and teaching are in vinyasa yoga, a strong and integrative flow. Currently her practice and trainings have evolved into yoga therapy; a therapeutic, individualized variation to the practice. This approach to yoga takes into account our unique situations and invites the practice to be molded to suit us, rather than us to suit the practice. In 2015, Amy began yoga therapy training with Inner Peace Yoga Therapy, based in Durango, CO. Learning under the guidance of senior teachers such as Neil Pearson, Maria Mendola, Dr. Marc Halpern, Nischala Joy Devi, Amy Weintraub, Laura Kupperman, and Michele Lawrence. It is her passion and privilege to have worked with many individuals over the past four years and to watch the impact yoga has on their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

“With great respect and honor, I hold space for the person in front of me with an approach based in: intuition, empathy, and research and information gathering in order to better understand their limitations and needs. I am truthful in what I know and do not know so that I can design a practice that meets them where they are at and helps bring them to where they want to go, including meditation, mindfulness, relaxation, mudras, breath work, and asana (yoga postures). I believe the mindful and multi-faceted approach of yoga provides an opportunity for us to accept life exactly as it is at this very moment, finding joy and peace in every single day, no matter our circumstances.”

Yoga has helped Amy soothe and heal anxiety and physical discomfort. Being a Yoga Therapist has bridged her passion for yoga and purposeful desire to help others. It is her dharma (purpose) in this life.

Her intention is to remind her students that we are whole complete beings already and yoga helps us remember that.


Haley believes that everyone’s body and mind can benefit from the yoga journey. She began her own journey in 2002, when she signed up for Yoga 101 as part of a gym requirement for college. It was there that she was introduced to the various styles of yoga and learned basic postures as well as breathing exercises. She enjoyed the increased flexibility, strength, and the clarity of a calm mind; and immediately fell in love!

Haley loves learning and sharing what she has learned with others. She enjoys teaching mixed-level hatha, vinyasa flow and restorative classes that offer an introduction for students new to yoga while encouraging experienced students to deepen their awareness of technique, breath and movement.

Sasha S.

Sasha began her path as a yoga teacher in 2005 at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram in India where she completed her first 200-hour training. It was here that she realized yoga to be a completely integrative way of life, far more than just the physical poses she had set out to learn. In 2006, she moved to Maui to continue her yogic quest and enrolled in her second 200-hour teacher training with Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane. Here she studied in the Krishnamacharya lineage and deepened her understanding of physical alignment and yoga therapy. Sasha went on to become an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist (UZIT) in 2011 in NYC under her teachers Rodney Yee, Richard Freeman, Colleen Saidman Yee and Roshi Joan Halifax. At Urban Zen, Sasha learned to layer healing modalities such as essential oil therapy, Reiki, contemplative care, and restorative yoga for use with patients, workers and families in hospital settings and also for her own self-care. Sasha is honored and humbled to be carrying on the ancient tradition of hatha yoga and excited for the continuous discovery of alignment within the body and within everyday life. 

Sasha K.

Sasha Krushnic’s 10+ years of vinyasa and ashtanga yoga practice has helped him cultivate introspective awareness and an appreciation for reality. He completed a 200hr yoga teacher training at Breathing Room Yoga Center and is also a certified Acro Revolution Instructor. Discovering Acro sprouted new growth as he found it to be an amazingly fun way to develop coordination, strength, and balance within the context of our super social existence as humans. He also has a residential green design build practice and is developing innovative high efficiency architectural products. Sasha’s weekly classes include Vinyasa Flow Yoga, and Open level as well as Intermediate Acro. IG @skrucial, FB Sasha Krushnic. Find him often teaching with the powerhouse flier Abigail Bowesox (@arbsox), and spectacular circus vet Gracie White (@gracie_gw).


Brett has been devoted to the study and application of how human beings work and thrive since 1995. This in-depth study has been supported like a good chair with the four pillars of Yoga, Meditation, Chinese Medicine, and Life Coaching. He has been teaching Yoga since 2001. He has studied in the United States as well as in Mysore India under numerous esteemed teachers; Tias Little, Sarah Powers, and Adyashanti being foundational. Brett shares and teaches that which is true and alive in him. His teaching springs from a strong grounding in the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition modified to suit differing levels and tempered by careful attention to finding both anatomical as well as "true" alignment in the poses. His approach encourages the release of holding, being and thinking patterns that make a home for fear and discomfort in the body. Brett certifies himself daily to step into unconditional peace, joy, and contentment (and sometimes stumbles in this :o).


Emily believes yoga is a healing, magical experience that just also happens to create fun shapes with your body & build strong muscles. She taught dance & other fitness formats for nine years before her bones craved healing & she began a daily yoga practice. It has been a tumultuous love affair ever since. Fueled by her love of people, music & dance, her classes are always rocking great tunes & inviting to all people regardless of experience, anxiety, body size, flexibility, or even who you voted for! ;)  

She desires for all humans to know their innate worth & feel at home in their bodies. She recognizes (from experience that) yoga can be just as-if not more-challenging to the brain as it is for the body. Her background in mental health helps her create a space where even in the wrestling with stillness & quiet, students are always invited to simply be where they are...even if that's a fetal position for 60 minutes. Come for the tunes, stay for the creative sequencing...or just stay for that shavasana. 

Emily has trained under renowned Iyengar instructor, Richard Sachtel, in Seattle, WA who she credits for her anatomically charged cues. Her funky, powerful sequencing and ever present focus on the unique, individual experience of yoga she credits to teachers & friends, Elsie Irvin & Lindsay Dover Wheeler in Atlanta, GA. 

Emily is new to New Haven, accompanied by her main man, Henri, who happens to be a 12 lb ball of floof. She loves beet juice, french fries, laughing, is always talking about social justice for everyone, & working for more ways to bring yoga to ALL the people. 


Chris has been practicing yoga for seven years. He began his yoga practice to improve his back pain and he was surprised by how much it helped. His back pain is gone and practicing yoga has also improved his mood and overall health. In March of 2015, he completed a 200-hour certificate course at Breathing Room in New Haven, CT. Chris has enjoyed expanding his understanding of yoga and he now teaches classes at Breathing Room as well as offering private lessons in his home studio. Chris is a connoisseur of the arts. He collects visual works from local artists and music from all over the world. He brings his love of music into to the yoga studio with his unique playlists. Chris lives in New Haven with his wife and three children.


Saskia Bergmans Smith has been teaching and studying yoga since 1997. Saskia is Dutch, yet she grew up in England. In Europe she studied with Dona Holleman and Orit Sen-Gupta. In Boston, MA, Saskia completed her 200hr teacher training in 2004 and her 500hr in 2007, with Kim Valeri, Founder and Director of yogaspirit® Studios. Saskia teaches in the style of the yogaspirit®; lineage and is part of the yogaspirit® 200hr teacher training faculty. She ran and operated her own yoga studio, Studio Om, from 2003-2010, in Wakefield, MA.

Saskia has taught prenatal and postnatal yoga since 2003, she has practiced as a doula and teaches workshops to educate parents on the importance of prenatal and postpartum self-care.  Saskia holds a safe and sacred space for her students connect with their ever-changing pregnant bodies, integrating asana and restorative yoga into her prenatal and postnatal classes. She cultivates learning in her students through inspired by the yogaspirit® lineage, guiding a multi-level class from the physical foundation of the body to the healing components of yoga. Saskia a devoted mother to two little girls and continues to develop her teaching and healing skills through working with her private clients.


I believe in the transformative power of movement and have found the practice of yoga to be a powerful system for discovering new ways to step deeper into our full selves. With a spirit of playfulness, I love to combine traditional shapes with creative sequencing, drop in lots of inspiration, along with doses of introspective thought to help deepen your practice. As an advocate for the liberation of all bodies, I seek to create a safe and supportive space to integrate the body, mind and spirit through movement. My hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, centered and energized.


We arrive to this very moment and I am honored to briefly share our path of discovery together.  Classes are influenced by a meditative flow, helping to bring your awareness to the now, to the present moment.  My offerings are influenced directly from my personal mat practice, from my studies and offerings from my teachers.  All these influences bring unique and challenging yoga sequences, mind calming techniques and guidance to look inward to one's own-self.  I offer yoga beyond the physical movement by sprinkling the seeds of kindness, acceptance, compassion and love during the asana practice.

How did I arrive here?  Years I simply lay dormant, one with the mud of the universe, and in high school the universe presented a gift on my path, a new path of meditation.  So began the practice of reflecting and calming the turbulence of my mind and walking on the path from darkness (suffering) to light. So many meditation paths all culminating to catapult me to journey to India to study and learn the noble effort of selfless service to all beings.  Earning my 200 hour certification, I now am engaged in an additional 500 hour teacher training journey to study the Non-dual Saiva Tantra teachings.  I honor the light of your heart, freely share the light of my heart and simply offer myself as a conduit to the teachings I have learned. See you on the mat.

May you and all beings be happy.


Josh was born and raised in New Haven, CT and began drumming at age 6 and working at age 8 as a professional child actor.  In 2004, Josh found yoga in an audition for “The Blue Man Group” in New York City. The casting directors told him he had great instincts but lacked focus, and recommended he take some yoga classes!!  In 2006, when he moved to Los Angeles, he found the west coast way of life highly conducive to spiritual awakening. On his own, he began doing austerity practices like fasting, vows of silence, celibacy and hours of seated meditation.  He read texts from all religions and schools of thought, learning as much as possible about spirituality as a whole. In 2010, he completed a 40hr transformative mediation training with Ken Cloke, founder of Mediators Beyond Borders. In 2012 he began visiting “The Esalen Institute” in Big Sur and co-created a meditation podcast called “The Shaman And The Rockstar”.  In 2014, Josh decided he wanted to tie his acting skills, his love for teaching music and his practice of yoga all together. He began playing live music for yoga classes around CT and New York with the intention of becoming a yoga teacher. Then, magically in 2015, one of the studios he was working with and practicing at needed a sub for a yoga class and asked Josh if he would step in and teach!  The class was rough and he knew he would have a lot to do before he really felt confident as a teacher. He began teaching at CT Bowspring, then Sama Yoga in New Canaan CT and Balanced Yoga in New Haven CT; honing his skills as a teacher by teaching. In 2018 he completed a 300hr advanced Bhakti Yoga teacher training with Raghunath at Supersoul Yoga in Chatham, NY. He still teaches music, yoga and meditation privately in his home in New Haven CT, and holds public yoga classes at Sama Yoga, Balanced Yoga, Bend Yoga in Milford, CT and Breathing Room Yoga in New Haven, CT. His classes are challenging and fun for students of all levels, and he is always eager to share the practices of music and Bhakti Yoga with anyone who wants to learn.


Visual artist and muralist, fashion villain, art school founder and peacemonger, Kwadwo offers a 30 minute guided meditation at Breathing Room every Wednesday night. 


Lorena seeks a balance of strength, flexibility, stability and awareness in her yoga classes. She is inspired by Hatha, Vinyasa, and Iyengar traditions and designs her yoga classes to align body and breath in preparation for meditation. Lorena has trained in trauma-informed yoga and uses these skills in her day job as a social worker assisting individuals recovering from substance use and mental illness. Lorena approaches her teaching and yoga practice with a beginner’s mindset and is always ready to learn from her students and fellow instructors.


Originally from Los Angeles, California, I have been in New Haven since September of 2017. I am a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and Qi Gong instructor. I earned a Masters in acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Emperor's College in Santa Monica and my doctorate at PCOM San Diego​​. As a part of our education, we are trained in Qi Gong and Tai Chi. I was immediately drawn to Qi Gong once I felt the qi flowing through my hands. What had been an esoteric concept before, became very real and I was hooked. I love to share this powerful medicine and hope that people enjoy the wonderful gifts it has to offer.


Recognizing that children need balance and focus in their lives, Lani Rosen-Gallagher (M.Ed., RYT 200, RCYT) first incorporated yoga into her daily schedule while teaching first grade in Coney Island in Brooklyn. After getting certified with Next Generation Yoga in NYC, she founded Full of Joy Yoga in San Francisco in 2004.  In 2007, she relocated to Connecticut, bringing her expertise to the East Coast. Lani teaches yoga to children in preschools, public schools, yoga studios, libraries and her favorite classes to teach are family yoga! Lani has also been certified with Next Generation Yoga in Kenya, the Radiant Child Yoga Program, Street Yoga, Circus Yoga, Baby Om & Mindful Schools.

Training others to teach yoga to children is one of Lani's passions with a main goal of getting yoga & mindfulness into every school! She’s been leading her Full of Joy Yoga Kids Yoga Teacher Trainings since 2006. Currently she is teaching her “Mindful Yoga Breaks” curriculum to teachers and students in the New Haven Public schools. She is also the creator of the Mindful Yoga Breaks Anchor Breath poster and card deck to go with her Mindful Yoga Breaks curriculum.

Lani is always striving to improve the lives and futures of children, helping them laugh, love, and grow.  You can find Lani at fullofjoyoga.com


Grace is a yoga and mindfulness teacher who infuses the wisdom of Ayurveda, Mindfulness, and yogic philosophy into her classes. She first stepped on the mat 13 years ago and her dedication to learning more about this practice and the culture it came from led her to live in India and Nepal for 2 years where she initially trained as a yoga teacher. She has studied many different paths of yoga and meditative practices but has been most influenced by Para Yoga, Sri Vidya Tantra, Ayurveda, Mindfulness, Theravadan Buddhism, Conscious Dance (5 Rhythms, ecstatic dance, etc.), the neuroscience of meditation, and Metta meditation.

Her classes are influenced by her studies of all these paths and more. She sings, plays harmonium and guitar and leads kirtan and sacred song circles and has performed in yoga classes, festivals, and retreats internationally. She is also a certified Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence Teacher and offers trainings within companies, non-profits, and educational institutions around the world. She has trained with the Mindfulness Training Institute and Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute as well as sat many week-long silent meditation retreats. She hopes that her classes are a refuge for students to come home to themselves, to see what may be in their way of living in full authenticity and to transform and heal one breath at a time.