Teachers at Dharma Yoga

Now accepting resumes and scheduling interviews to add more teachers to our schedule!

Jeff Boudreau

Jeff is the founder and director of Dharma Yoga of Central Connecticut. He is a graduate of the 200hr. and 500hr. Life of a Yogi Teacher Trainings and mentors in LOAY Teacher trainings with Sri Dharma Mittra.

Jeff maintains a Yogic lifestyle including a daily practice of journaling on the ethical rules and observances, study of scriptures, practicing poses, breath exercises, mantra, seated concentration and meditation techniques. Jeff works full time in the Electrical field, is an advanced diver, and loves to play music and chess.

Jeff says "After being introduced to the science of Yoga and seeing how it pulled my life back together, I love nothing more than passing on the teachings to others so they too can find happiness and reach their full potential. I'm dedicated to the path of Self Realization and hopefully I can guide others in the same direction as well."

Sybil Merriman

Sybil Merriman, RYT enjoys offering and practicing many varieties of alignment-based hatha yoga. From restorative and seated yoga classes to vinyasa and power yoga classes, Sybil sets the tone for personal inquiry, encouraging people to be curious, and have fun, whether on or off the mat. Her studies with exceptional teachers and through her own personal practice led her to receive a 200 hour teacher training at Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja Sur, Mexico. Sybil is also an Associate Chef and Instructor of Raw Culinary Arts. She studied Anthropology and Philosophy at Tulane University, where she encountered her first yoga class. Sybil is currently working toward a 500 hour teacher training at Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica. She offers private sessions, classes, and workshops. When she's not practicing yoga, Sybil feels lucky to be able to rock climb, snow board, surf, play the piano, and enjoy time with her family.

Jennifer Lewis

I have a masters in social work and in my career I have explored forms of healing through art and verbal expression. I turned to yoga in the evenings to quiet my own mind after my day job. I am honored to have had a wonderful 80 year old yoga teacher in Woodbury, CT who taught members of the community who came together each week to practice classic hatha yoga under her direction. Her yoga included an introduction to the poses and development of strength to deepening of poses at each practice. After moving to New Haven in 2006, I experimented with some vinyasa based and hot classes and then Dharma Yoga. I enjoy the flow and the challenges the various poses in a Dharma practice offer both physically, mentally and spiritually. Although the movements and the poses resemble one another each time we come to a practice, no two poses are experienced in the same way. Each pose holds a new adventure in release, healing and peace of mind.

Laura Hartwig

Laura started practicing Yoga when she was 18 years old. Prompted by her mother to "take care of herself" and to quit smoking Laura began a lifelong pursuit to be healthy. In the beginning, Yoga was an outlet to get physical exercise and over the years her Yoga practice has grown from the basics of asana to include all elements of Yoga from meditation to pranayama (breathing) to building a self study on Yoga theology, philosophy and anatomy. As a mother, her Yoga practice provided a backbone for finding patience, strength and peace in handling the difficult parenting issues, as well, as teaching children and other family members some Yoga basics: poses, breathing, and relaxation.

In 2006, Laura completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Lotus Gardens Yoga School in Connecticut. She has studied with Dharma Mittra, Paul Grilley, and a variety of teachers at Kripalu Yoga Center.

Deborah Haggett

Deb discovered Yoga years ago while looking to expand her holistic approach to total fitness for the mind, body and spirit. As well as being formally trained and experienced in several disciplines; including engineering, education and fitness instruction, Deb is a natural teacher, motivator and facilitator. Teaching Yoga has allowed Deb to combine her talents and experience with a sincere desire to help others increase their level of health and fitness. Deb lives locally in Meriden with her husband, three children and two dogs. She is a Director of Religious Education serving youth and adults on their spiritual journey. Her other interests include meditation, sewing and gardening.

Ann "Aunt Bunny" Pantelone

Ann is helping our studio family out by graciously agreeing to lead a Restorative class on Friday mornings so that the studio can be open for those who would like to join in. She has received her training by her steady attendance at Jeff's restorative classes over the last year and a half. As one of the most senior members of our DYCC family, she exemplifies the notion that Yoga is for everyone and that it's never too late to begin. Thanks for your help, Aunt Bunny.

Mary Jane Rubenstein

Mary-Jane began practicing yoga thirteen years ago. She first studied Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga in Cambridge, England, where she assisted the head instructor with adjustments and demonstrations and taught weekly Ashtanga classes. She then studied Anusara yoga for five years in New York City before moving to Connecticut. In her other life, she teaches philosophy of religion at Wesleyan University.

April Frazier

April Frazier has been practicing yoga seriously for two years and comes from a background of diverse dance styles since childhood. Her yoga practice was prompted by a spiritual journey she took in 2010 to Peru. She currently practices directly under Dharma Mittra and took her 200 LOAY training at the end of February. Prior to her training she taught yoga to students in the South Bronx and at a homeless shelter for women who have been in abusive relationships. She practices a mix of Dharma yoga as well as hot vinyasa and jivamukti yoga. She is a strong believer in yoga to confront social inequalities and to get people in tune with their inner beauty and divinity. She hopes to guide fellow yogis and yoginis on the path of translating the skills on the mat to their daily lives. On top of being a yoga instructor, April currently is an educational advocate and works to address the drop out crisis in under-served public schools across the country.