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. As a 200 hr Yoga Alliance Registered Instructor she has been teaching in New Milford, Connecticut and surrounding areas for the past 4 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 and friendship- she has acquired the New Milford location and rebranded to EVOLVE Yoga. Wellness. Nutrition. 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.
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.
Benevolent spirit, teacher, artist, creator of the Fully Alive Method and Breakthrough Breathwork, Julie has taught yoga and meditation for many years. Trained under various world-renowned teachers, her offerings are a refined mix of Kundalini, Hatha, and Restorative Yoga with specialties in Yoga Nidra, Pranayama, and Yoga Therapy. A fifth-generation Usui Reiki Master Teacher, Julie uses her passionate energy to spread her craft to others, both internationally and to her local community.
Her teachings are tools to develop deep self-awareness, regulation, and empowerment, building equanimity and integrity both on and off the yoga mat. Expect to gain stability, strength, and flexibility in the breath, body, mind, and emotions. Her offerings are open to both beginners and seasoned teachers alike and are trauma-sensitive.
Gretchen is founder of “Balanced to the Core”, an online community that serves active adults who want to connect deeper to their Pilates practice. Gretchen believes in “connection over perfection”, meaning it’s about how an exercise feels in the body that makes it effective, not how it looks. It’s easy to get caught up just putting yourself into poses, rather than actually feeling the connections in your body.
As your Pilates guide, Gretchen will help you condition your body in a way where you wake up each day feeling stronger, more energized, and happier… because when your body feels good, life feels better. (And we can certainly use a little dose of “better” in our life these days.)
Jumping into Gretchen’s classes, you’ll be welcomed with Community, Connection, and Compassion. All levels are welcome.
Gretchen is a 20 year veteran to teaching the Pilates method of exercise. Having an Advanced Stott Pilates certification, she is also greatly influenced by the traditional method originally created by Joseph Pilates 100 years ago.
When she’s not in the studio, Gretchen can be found filming and teaching classes for her online Core Club Pilates community, the most supportive group of Pilates enthusiasts found on the internet. She’s super excited to bring her classes to Evolve.