Our Teachers


 
Jenny Schuck really likes yoga. It makes her feel better about things. It reveals to her the beauty in it all. She studies regularly with world-renowned yoga teacher Rodney Yee and is currently finishing a 500-hour certification with the intelligent and intuitive Natasha Rizopoulis. She believes yoga is for everybody and should be fun.
 
Jenny received her 200-hour certification at Yoga to the People, a 100% donation-based studio in New York City's East Village. Her style falls between the vinyasa and Iyengar traditions, using Sun Salutations to connect movement with breath, to build heat and to strengthen and mobilize the body, then holding poses and working out the intricacies of alignment and how the body works. She uses her backgrounds in animal science (B.S. Cornell University), veterinary medicine, gymnastics, dance, acting, improv and corporate life to make this information accessible to all. She currently owns and directs Yoga Culture in Danbury, Connecticut, a super welcoming studio with a bunch of students who all route for each other.
 
Through her practice, Jenny has herself become looser in tight places and tighter in loose places - not all of these places are physical. That makes her feel more balanced and less angsty.  Jenny believes that yoga is magical but not magic. Yoga demands discipline within practice. Discipline is required to be present. Being present allows you to be aware. Awareness is the force of true change. True change is really just the unveiling of the real you. You were perfect all along - now you see it. Yoga!
Allison Ray Jeraci (Schleck) is a 500-hour E-RYT, PRYT who has always valued movement as martial artist and yogini. Teaching yoga is not just a passion, it is a way of life. She transmits her knowledge and passion to others for a more satisfying and a healthier way to live. Her classes are educational experiences where students learn anatomy, philosophy and most importantly about themselves.
 
Allison completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Sonic Yoga in NYC and 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Cyndi Lee also in NYC. She is also certified in Prenatal yoga, Yoga Nidra and Advanced Anatomy Studies and writes on occasion for Yoga International.  She continues her yoga studies through workshops and trainings with Jason Crandell, Jennifer Reis, Jason Brown and Jenny Schuck.  

Allison graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Spanish Language and Literature. She lived in Costa Rica for 4 years where she worked for the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress, taught Karate-Do and worked as a translator and freelance writer. 

Caitlin has practiced various styles of yoga throughout her life but it wasn’t until 2010 that she caught the “yoga bug” and began practicing consistently. Working as a clinical social worker with children and teens, she enjoys the ability to decompress and refocus through her yoga practice. Caitlin received her 200 hour teacher training from Jenny Schuck and Wendy Hagen at Yoga Culture in Danbury, CT, a studio that specializes in Vinyasa yoga with Iyengar style alignment. In an effort to share the benefits of yoga with her students and coworkers at a therapeutic day school, Caitlin participated in Street Yoga’s Core training which focuses on adapting yoga and mindfulness techniques for youth and families struggling with poverty, abuse, addiction, trauma and psychiatric issues. Although she loves both a strenuous physical practice and time to sit and "be", her classes are accessible to yogis of all potential shapes, ages, and interests. When Caitlin is not practicing yoga, she enjoys cooking, gardening and spending time with her husband and dogs, Lady and Bailey.
Michelle's journey began a few years ago when she walked into her first yoga class, pretty much driven out of curiosity. She was instantly attracted to yoga for its playfulness and strong mental-physical connection. Since then, it has been a winding path of self-discovery.
 
Michelle completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification in 2012 at Yoga Culture in Danbury, CT. As a teacher, she hopes to cultivate in others humor, joy and compassion in each and every yoga class.
 
Curiosity has also taken her other places. Michelle's background is mainly in science. She has a BA and MS in Chemistry and she is currently pursuing certification in Science Education. In her free time, she can be found in the woods cultivating the art of wondering and meditation.
At the age of 3, Beth felt her bare feet on the studio floor and discovered the joy that comes with movement and music. As a life long dancer, Beth received her BA in Dance Therapy and Psychology and began working with children with special needs and adults in psychiatric settings. During this time she also joined the aerobic exercise craze and taught adult fitness classes. For the last 15 years she has found tremendous love and patience teaching ballet and creative movement to preschool children. Beth is also an instructor of First Aid and CPR for the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross. Over the last 28 years, she has empowered countless students to care for themselves, their families and communities. Beth is an active volunteer with the Connecticut State Animal Response Team and works to rescue and shelter animals in times of disaster.
Yoga came and went in her life until she began coming to her mat on a regular basis and started to look for a studio community that was the perfect fit. She found the amazing teachers of Yoga Culture and knew she had found her home. What a gift! With the unwavering support and constant grounding from her family, Beth completed the 200-hour Teacher Training program at Yoga Culture in 2013.She continues enhance her teaching through workshops with Jillian Pransky, Rodney Yee, Elise Miller and Julia Hough. Beth hopes to share with heartfelt sincerity the infinite gifts and possibilities available to all people who step to the mat.
Jessie DiMauro began practicing yoga as a compliment to her dance training over twenty years ago. It wasn’t until a serious dance injury that she began to truly dive into a regular practice. Since then, yoga has played an integral role in her life and she has made it a goal to bring her love of movement into the lives of others through a yoga practice rooted in compassion.
 
She received her 200-hour certification in 2012 from the Kripalu School of Yoga. Jessie also holds an MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University, a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College and is an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor.
 
Jessie teaches yoga and dance throughout the tristate area and her choreographic work has been performed in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Florida. She is thrilled to be a part of the Yoga Culture family!
Rebecca started taking yoga classes several years ago in an attempt to relieve years of chronic back pain, caused from scoliosis and spinal fusion surgery. Not only did her back pain improve, but she found she was calmer and more focused. She quickly became hooked. In October 2013, she received her 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Certificate under the instruction of Jenny Schuck and Wendy Hagen at Yoga Culture in Danbury, CT.
 
Rebecca continued her yoga training and received certification in Yoga for Scoliosis in April 2015 with Elise Browning Miller, world renowned Yoga for Scoliosis expert, and Yoga for Back Care educator. Rebecca continues to study yoga for spinal health and is particularly interested in yoga for degenerative spine diseases.
 
Rebecca has a BS in Health Sciences and a MPA in Public Health. Her interests have always focused on public health and social issues, wellness and nutrition.

When not on the mat, Rebecca enjoys reading, baking, exercising and spending time with her family.
Denise is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her love of yoga, children and education with the Yoga Culture community! Denise is a registered yoga teacher (RYT) and a registered children’s yoga teacher (RCYT). She is also an educator with the Somers Central School District where she teaches English Language Arts at the middle school level. Denise completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2013 with Yoga Culture, Danbury, CT. As a long-time yogi, Denise always shared yoga and mindfulness with her students. She knew in her heart, that children needed a practice that supported their growing developmental needs, physically, emotionally and socially which is why she enrolled into Little Flower’s 95-hour teacher training program in 2015. Since then she has taught local children in studios, schools and public libraries. Additionally, she is studying with Mindful Schools, an organization whose mission is to bring mindfulness practices to youth around the world. As a classroom teacher at both the elementary and middle school levels, she’s come to discover how stressed our children are these days. With the demands of school, extracurricular activities, friend & family obligations and the use of technology, kids need to learn more than ever how to slow down, take a breath and pause. As an educator, Denise's intention is to bring a yoga and mindfulness practice to as many children as possible, helping them to be the best version of themselves, one breath, one movement, one moment at a time. Denise also trained with Liberation Prison Yoga where she teaches trauma-conscious yoga and mindfulness classes to the women of Taconic Correctional Facility.
Yun–Kyung’s interest for yoga started from her quest in the study of the mind, which she believes to be the main source for everything that occurs in human action. In order to learn further, she came to the US from Korea to study music therapy and completed her MA.Yun-Kyung currently works as a music therapist and a teacher in a Montessori school setting. Her knowledge of the mind and its relationship with the body expands through her acts of practicing yoga and meditation on a daily basis. She loves not only to be in motion, but also to be in stillness.Yun-Kyung has realized that, just as there is stillness within dynamic movements, as in balancing and holding certain poses, there is a certain stillness within every day life. This stillness can be identified as peace or as liberation. Through her daily discipline, Yun-Kyung continuously seeks this liberation.
After becoming intrigued by yoga in summer camp, Meredith took her first yoga class at the YMCA while in high school. Years later, yoga became a complementary activity to the tight hamstrings that accompanied many, many miles of running. As her practice developed further, yoga became a passion because it just felt right. The continued positive mental and emotional benefits of yoga keep Meredith coming back to her mat. Meredith appreciates the opportunity that yoga provides to practice concepts like acceptance and being present on the mat, and apply them to everyday life. Meredith completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Kaia Yoga in Westport, CT with Gina Norman and Stan Woodman in 2011. She has started a 300-Hour Training through Kaia Yoga and has continued her studies in workshops with Jillian Pransky, Jean Koerner, Cyndi Lee, Beryl Bender Birch, and Kathryn Budig. Meredith has a BA in Chemistry from Princeton University and an MD from the University of Connecticut. Besides practicing yoga, Meredith enjoys running, knitting, baking, spending time with her husband and stepson, and trying to teach her puppy, Ripley, not to get into too much trouble.
As a long time practitioner of yoga, Kristine is excited to share her knowledge, passion and love of yoga. Kristine completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification in 2014 at Yoga Culture in Danbury, Connecticut. While Kristine first sought out yoga solely for fitness purposes, she quickly realized the body, mind and spirit connection resulted in more than just an improvement in her physical flexibility and strength.
 
Initially a reluctant yogi herself, Kristine’s goal is to impress upon her students that there is a place in yoga for everyone, and that everyone can find a place for yoga in their lives if they wish to. While people seek out yoga for many different reasons, Kristine hopes to guide students along the yogic path that best suits their individual needs. Kristine has been grateful for the wonderful experiences that her many yoga instructors have provided for her, and wants to do the same for her students.
 
Outside of yoga, Kristine enjoys gardening, cooking, travelling, reading, mountain biking and any outdoor activity.
Janette’s interest in yoga began in 2011 after her first class, finding her mind and body at ease. She continued practicing and received her 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certification at Yoga Culture of Danbury in 2014. Her yoga studies have been supplemented with her knowledge of the body from her Associate’s Degree in Science as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

Janette values love, honesty, happiness and equality, and believes everyone should be treated and spoken to on the same level. She wants her students to fully understand the proper alignment of poses to avoid injury, as well as see the beauty in each aspect of yoga and everything in life. Janette believes that everyone can be happy if they take a step back, see the beauty all around them and believe that they are all they need.

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