Linda DeStefano is the owner of Journey Yoga & Wellness, an attorney, and a mom to five beautiful children. Linda began her yoga path over 20 years ago when she was looking for a way to alleviate the strains associated with running. Her path to becoming a studio owner was discovered after her eldest began to struggle with addiction and mental illness, and she found peace and healing and a deeper understanding of how yoga works.
Grounded and warm, Linda brings to her classes a thorough understanding of alignment, patience, and an invitation to compassionately explore one’s self.
She is overjoyed to share the light she has found and hold space for healing and wellness. While the asana practice supports discipline and a healthy body, loving kindness has become her personal practice. Uniting the physiological, intellectual, and emotional selves is a guiding force for her teaching. Through mindfulness of self, we can cultivate love for all.
Linda is infinitely grateful to the teachers at SoulSpace Yoga & Wellness for guiding her journey.
Linda finds happiness in spending time with her family, staying active, reading, and gardening.
Karen started practicing yoga in 2005 to balance her workouts. She
immediately fell in love with the physical practice; however, what she wasn’t
expecting was the mind, body, and spiritual connection she discovered.
As a registered dental hygienist, Karen had always been interested in the
human body and physical health; yoga simply added to this interest. Karen
believes yoga is the path to optimum physical and spiritual well-being, and
views yoga as a gift to mankind. She sees yoga as a gift she has given
herself, and now she is striving to help share that gift with others.
Karen received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate from Cross
Roads located at SoulSpace Yoga and Wellness in Plantsville, CT. In 2018,
she completed her 500 training also at Cross Roads. Karen is registered with
Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT200, RYT 500, YACEP.
Karen also enjoys spending time in nature, walking, gardening, reading,
making jewelry and most of all spending time with her husband, daughter and son.
Alison DiPinto is a certified yoga instructor working toward a specialty that focuses on anxiety and trauma. Alison is also a local psychotherapist who has been in private practice in Danbury for the last 19 years. Besides helping people and yoga, Alison is a dance teacher at a Brookfield dance studio and volunteers as the Heathy Steps instructor at Ann’s Place in Danbury. Alison believes that the path to wellbeing and contentment is finding connection to one’s own body, mind and spirt and sharing your whole being with a greater community.
"... And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom" ~Anais Nin
Amy is a certified 500 hour yoga instructor and an RRCA Certified run coach who works with all levels of students ranging from 1st time yoga students to experienced yogis. Amy's yoga philosophy revolves around connecting yoga with daily practices. She loves to practice with her daughters who are 6 and 11 years old. Aside from yoga her passions include marathon running, traveling and eating.
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.
It's long known that the practice of yoga fosters a sense of calm, emotional centeredness and peace derived from its breath work, community, and physical practice. Still, despite being an avid road cyclist, and in more recent years, member of CT Roller Derby, it's taken nearly 2 decades for me to become a dedicated disciple. Yoga has become a go-to antidote to soothe cranky, tight hamstrings, hips and shoulders. This relief and balance inspired me to achieve my 200-hour YTT training in February 2018 at Bend Yoga in Milford, Ct. There is where I solidified a greater affinity for the gentleness of vinyasa; its rhythm is akin to a calming breeze and ocean waves thus it breeds the same serenity nature lover's like I seek.
My goal is to share this sense of balance and harmony as a counterbalance to the rigors of life and competitive athleticism. I enjoy sharing my practice and helping others create healthier lifestyles through good nutrition, yoga, and exercise - strenuous, playful, and restorative
Chris Smith is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher with 25 years of experience leading classes in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Chris’ experience with Yoga began after college, when he attended his first Kundalini Yoga class in Hanover, MA. From that first class in 1991, he knew he had found what he was looking for. Chris dove headlong into learning everything about Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, including a daily morning Sadhana practice, a thousand day mediation experience, and numerous 3HO Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration weeks at Guru Ram Das Puri in Espanola, New Mexico.
Chris was fortunate to attend many classes taught directly by Yogi Bhajan, the Kundalini Yoga master that brought this practice and technology to the United States. Chris was part of the first official teacher training course ever held for Kundalini. He is also a certified BreathWalk leader/instructor and has studied numerology and Reiki.
Chris has taught classes to all levels of experience and has particular expertise with those individuals that are trying to incorporate a yoga practice into their daily lives. He is a Vice President and Managing Director for TSIB, a leading Brokerage firm managing insurance for large construction companies and projects, including major airports, hospitals and sports stadiums. He blends the understanding of these daily challenges with the Kundalini Practice to maximize your own personal results.
Chris has lived in Newtown with his wife and two daughters for the past 17 years. He enjoys supporting the community as a representative on the Legislative Council and is enthusiastic about the arts, particularly classical ballet, theatre, and competitive dance, as experienced through his daughters.
Kelvin Young is a Sound Practitioner and a person in long-term recovery which means he hasn't consumed alcohol or any other drug to cope with emotional distress since March 6th 2009. The first time he was exposed to sound healing,
Kelvin discovered the sounds of the crystal and Tibetan singing bowls and gongs calmed his mind, relaxed his body and nourished his soul. He went on to study sound healing with Master Sound Healers, Paul Hubbert of the Holographic Sound and Inner Balance and Satya Brat Jaiswal of the International Academy of Sound Healing, Kelvin has also studied with Brian Luke Seaward of Inspiration Unlimited, a renowned international expert in the field of holistic stress management and received his recovery coach certification from CT Community for Addiction Recovery.(CCAR)
Kelvin has presented around the country in diverse settings, including Yoga Reaches Out, Newtown Yoga Festival, Indie Yoga in San Francisco, CA, Alex Grey's Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, yoga studios, retreat centers, conferences, colleges, prisons, addiction treatment centers, psychiatric inpatient units at state hospitals and mental health agencies.
Kelvin also was presented with the 2017 Dr. F. Marcus Brown Memorial Integrative Medicine Award for exceptional commitment to incorporating integrative medicine within CT Valley Hospital, a state psychiatric hospital. Kelvin was featured in a powerful documentary on trauma, addiction and recovery called Recovering Community. He also serves on the board of directors at Manchester, CT HOPE Initiative and Eat The Sunlight Health Inc. Kelvin is also an active member of the CT Holistic Chamber of Commerce and ACLU Smart Justice Initiative.
Kelvin manages stress by eating a vegan/plant-based diet, reading, practicing, sound healing, deep breathing exercises, aromatherapy, listening to uplifting and relaxing music, body movement, massages, being in nature and spending quality time with loved ones.,
Today, he continues to share his story of finding freedom from alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, heroin and prescription drugs and facilitates private and group sound healing sessions for holistic stress relief at yoga studios, wellness centers, ecstatic dances, festivals, retreat centers, businesses, corporations, non-profit organizations, schools and addiction treatment centers throughout the United States.. He is passionate about holding space for people to heal and is known for his warm, loving and down-to-earth way of connecting with people.