Gentle


This class is taught by:

Sophie Herbert Slater

Sophie was introduced to yoga as a teen and immediately drawn to the practice’s ability to encourage greater physical and mental resilience. While at the Cooper Union, her love of yoga, photography, and adventure led her to India. After graduating, she returned to India to complete her 200hr and advanced teacher training courses. Sophie loves teaching students of all levels and has done so in CT, NYC, Kazakhstan, Italy, and at the Deenabandhu Trust Children’s Home in Karnataka, India. Her sessions offer a safe processing ground for students to explore and nurture their body, mind, and spirit. The extensive time Sophie spent in India nurtured a passion for giving back. She's a firm believer in the cumulative power of small positive gestures and seeks to incorporate social activism into her work whenever possible. She feels grateful to visit and volunteer regularly at the Deenabandhu Children's Home.

In addition, Sophie is a graduate of the Masters of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling from Albertus Magnus College who is presently working towards her national registration as an art therapist and CT licensure as a professional counselor. She runs the art therapy program for Sheraton Caregivers, an organization passionate about improving the lives of seniors and individuals with disabilities. Sophie is also an adjunct professor at Albertus Magnus, where she teaches the Writing and Research in the Social Sciences course for the Masters of Human Services program. In addition to her training as a mental health professional and artist, Sophie is a certified life coach. She is passionate about helping her clients find greater insight, purpose, and wellbeing through the incorporation of creative expression and mindful awareness into the therapeutic process.

Johanna Garvey

Johanna Garvey, RYT-200, began her yoga journey in 2005 at Yoga for Everybody in Fairfield, CT. She received her 200-hour certification from Kim Valeri’s Yoga Spirit Studios® in 2009. A native Californian, she brings to her yoga practice her experience in ballet and jazz dance, as well as synchronized and competitive swimming, and infuses her form-and-flow classes with movement and joy. She is attentive to students’ needs, while also creating a safe environment and community atmosphere in her classes. She has taken trainings with Ana Forrest, Desiree Rumbaugh, Todd Norian, Kamini Desai, Koby Kozlowski, Beth Gibbs, and many others, and is in the middle of her 500-hour training. Johanna is also a professor of literature at Fairfield University.

Ariadne Drakonakis-Kambas

Ariadne is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher and has been teaching since 2003. She is also a licensed massage therapist, occupational therapist, is certified in Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga and Massage Therapy and is midway through her 500 hour advanced yoga teacher training. Ariadne weaves yoga postures, breathwork and meditation into her classes as a means of cultivating presence and nonjudgmental self- awareness. Ariadne's classes remind us to ride the waves of our life with compassion, and to allow life to flow through us with ease and grace. She believes the practice of yoga awakens the natural intelligence of the body-mind- heart- and spirit thereby guiding us towards more compassionate choices for ourselves, our families, our community and our planet.
Gentle Yoga is a class structured around rejuvenating and healing the body. Yoga props such as blankets, blocks, bolsters, chairs and straps are often used for safe practice, and to allow the body to fully achieve each position comfortably. This class is held at a slower pace and focuses on stretching all areas of the body, while releasing stress and tension from joints and muscles. Often restorative poses are practiced as well.  This class is a good option for beginners.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Aug 26 11:30 am - 12:45 pm with Sophie Herbert Slater
  • Mon Aug 27 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm with Johanna Garvey
  • Sun Sep 02 11:30 am - 12:45 pm with Sophie Herbert Slater
  • Mon Sep 03 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Ariadne Drakonakis-Kambas
  • Sun Sep 09 11:30 am - 12:45 pm with Sophie Herbert Slater
  • Mon Sep 10 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm with Johanna Garvey
  • Sun Sep 16 11:30 am - 12:45 pm with Sophie Herbert Slater
  • Mon Sep 17 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm with Johanna Garvey
  • Sun Sep 23 11:30 am - 12:45 pm with Sophie Herbert Slater
  • Mon Sep 24 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm with Johanna Garvey
  • Sun Sep 30 11:30 am - 12:45 pm with Sophie Herbert Slater
  • Mon Oct 01 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm with Johanna Garvey