We are a small team of talented instructors with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.
Director, Owner, Yoga Instructor, Plant Based Nutrition Counselor
With a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Political Science, Elora had her eyes set on the Peace Corps and the United Nations at a young age. With an internship at the State Legislature under her belt, she served as a Peace corps Volunteer in Thailand from 2015-2017. That experience taught her about the importance of grassroots and where real change begins. So her path changed, no longer did she want to become a policy maker- she instead decided to become a change maker. Having spent the majority of her twenties traveling and experiencing different cultures, amazing food, and ways of life – Elora has gained insight and knowledge she intends to share with EVOLVE yoga and the local community.
Elora has practiced yoga on and off the mat since she was six years old. She studied Ashtanga Vinyasa through an intensive 200 hr training at All Yoga School in Thailand in 2017 and received her 300 hr training in Yin and Restorative Yoga with My Vinyasa Practice in 2020. As a 500 hr Yoga Alliance Registered Instructor she has been teaching in New Milford, Connecticut and surrounding areas for the past 6 years. Through her practice she has learned that yoga is not only about the physical daily practice of beautiful and challenging poses; but also about mastering the mind, the breath, and the spirit. After 4 years at ah yoga, with Anne Hungerford’s mentorship – she acquired the New Milford location and rebranded to EVOLVE Yoga Wellness Nutrition in 2021. She aims to bring together the ancient yoga discipline with modern science and sustainability. She believes that the path forward is through community connection and healthy lifestyle choices for our bodies, minds, and our planet.
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Yoga has been a part of Clara’s life for 10 years. Yoga has helped her become flexible and stronger both physically and mentally. Having graduated from Quinnipiac University with her Masters degree in Social Work, she used yoga as a form of self care while in school. She brainstormed ways to integrate components of yoga such as Mindfulness and Meditation into her Social Work practice.
Clara’s yoga teaching style is gentle and aims to give others the tools to cope with daily stressors. She aims to help people to be compassionate with themselves; physically and mentally; both on and off the mat. She wants her students to be able to walk out of class feeling rejuvenated and at peace with themselves.
When Clara is not practicing yoga, she works with children and adolescents in the court system. She hopes to spread her love of yoga with the children she works with, as well as others in the community, to help them to regulate their emotions. She also enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Sarah received her certification in November 2018 after starting her yoga journey in January 2018 with a restorative class at Holy Yoga CT. Sarah deeply enjoys the meditative qualities gained from a strong yoga practice and delights in sharing this with her community. In balancing a busy life, she found the crucial piece is yoga for clarity and energy.
Sarah is also a FAA certified Helicopter pilot and instructor in addition to a FAA Licensed dispatcher. Being a proud mom of two wonderful boys, she loves getting them involved in aviation. They often help her practice yoga at home while providing inspiration for yoga classes through their eyes.Sarah’s class style is upbeat, trying to find the joy in every class, with a music focus. She is also very active in bring DoTerra oils into her life and others for better well being, as well as bringing oils into her yoga classes to enhance the experience.
Allison has been Buti Yoga certified since 2017 where it quickly became her favorite type of workout. Buti has allowed Allison to let go of the day’s challenges and express herself through the up-beat, deep tribal movements that this practice brings. Her practice is music based, incorporating both slow mindful movements as well as high intensity movements. She is passionate about helping others reach their fitness goals and strives to make her workouts engaging, challenging and fun.
When she is not practicing Buti, Allison works as a middle school Special Education teacher in Danbury, CT to the most amazing human beings.
Gretchen is an advanced certified pilates instructor and founder of Balanced to the Core, (www.balancedtothecore.com) an online Pilates membership focusing on community, accountability, and connection. Gretchen has been teaching fitness and Pilates for over 20 years. She teaches how to listen to your body (it talks to you all the time), encourages you to embrace modifications when they are needed, and helps you to celebrate all your body can do, instead of focusing on what it can’t. Gretchen welcomes the messy, because perfection is boring! She believes in moving intuitively as you feel your way through exercises, tapping into your unwavering deep strength once you wake up all those sleepy under utilized muscles in your body. With Gretchen you will find love, support, and a place to truly celebrate you.
Claire is a yoga instructor, movement coach and creator based in Brookfield, CT. She has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and received her 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification in the summer of 2018. Claire holds a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Dance from Marymount Manhattan College and a Personal Training Certification from the American Council on Exercise (ACE). She is trained in somatic based fitness and dance programs as well as pedagogy for those facing the side-effects of cancer and aging. Claire is a Moving For Life Certified Instructor and a Certified BodyMind Dancing Teacher. She is also trained in the Bridging The Gap Movement Method™ which is a neurophysiological conditioning program. When she is not in the studio or gym, you can find her with a camera in hand or dancing on a mountain top in the Adirondacks. Her passion is in getting people moving so that they can love their bodies and live their lives to the fullest.
Jennyk’s goal is connection. All animals, humans included, are deserving of joy and release from suffering. Jenny was drawn to yoga, which highlights this principle. Certified as an E-RYT 500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) and YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) through Yoga Alliance, she studies regularly with renowned yoga teacher Rodney Yee. Vinyasa and aligned asana, alongside bodywork exercises and therapy ball rolling, are the hallmarks of her style. In 2010, she founded Yoga Culture in Danbury, Connecticut and ran this fun-loving, easy-going studio for 10 years, closing in the pandemic of 2020. She trained over 100 yoga teachers over these years. She aims to be as welcoming as possible in yoga, and her backgrounds in animal science, gymnastics, dance and acting give her instruction a rounded and down to earth style. She enjoys sharing and discussing yoga philosophy and buddhist philosophy, as they have brought much happiness to her life. You can find more info on her website at jennyschuck.com or her YouTube channel Jenny Schuck.
Sandy completed her 200 hour Raja-Hatha teacher training program in 2011 with Amy Peace-Hayden at the Ratha- Hatha School of Yoga. Her yoga journey has been one of her greatest teacher’s. The training she received was rooted in alignment and refinement. She feels that this practice of yoga is not exclusive to the mat but in all aspects of life. Sandy likes to bring a mindful, informative, challenging, grounding and fun class. Always something new with lots of modifications available.
Along with teaching hatha yoga, hour of power, and prenatal yoga she is also a Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator and Lactation Counselor. She also has her BA in Communication Disorders from SUNY New Paltz. When she’s not on the mat, Sandy enjoys Stand up Paddle Board Yoga in the summers as well as hiking and kayaking.