Meet our Team at Yoga For Everybody

All of our teachers are certified and registered with the Yoga Alliance (RYT), a national organization that provides support to and maintains minimum standards for the education of yoga teachers.

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Renk Kocturk spent most of her life in Fairfield County and New York City. For the past 3 years she worked as a yoga and movement therapist in Turkey & Syria. After graduating from The New School with a degree in Dance and Psychology, she continued her studies with Elissa White, one of the pioneers of dance therapy. She has incorporated her love of movement, breath, and yoga to create her own movement meditation practice.
Aside from being a professional dancer and a movement therapy practitioner, Renk Kocturk is a certified alignment yoga instructor, children’s yoga instructor, and a yoga therapist. She has worked with children and adults of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. She has taught around the United States, South East Asia, and the Middle East.
Renk's workshops consist of breath work, yoga therapy centered around healing specific topics (stress, menstruation, digestion, immune system, injury, chronic pain), mixed with movement therapy focusing on empowering movement, authentic movement, and healing trauma through improvisational dance.
As a practicing physician and yoga teacher, Loren guides her students to their optimal alignment of body, mind and spirit. She integrates the principals of yogic philosophy and intelligent asana into all aspects of her life, helping her patients, students, family and self live joyfully and healthfully. Her classes are thoughtful, inspiring and challenging with a touch of humor to guide you into finding a deeper connection with yourself. Loren is a chiropractor and functional medicine doctor, 500-hour yoga teacher and reiki master.
Sarah Studebaker loves making yoga doable and inclusive to everyone by offering student ways to both challenge oneself and to step back and relax. She has been teaching since 2007 and is certified at the 500 hr level. She believes that regardless of age or fitness level, everyone can benefit from a regular yoga practice.
Ashley Watson is a certified 200hr Kundalini Yoga Teacher and is so excited to be a new teacher at Y4E. Ashley is also a psychotherapist and transformational life coach for 10 years and has expanded her practice to included meditation and yogic principles. Ashley loves to combine spiritual, psychological and practical concepts to inspire and create change with her clients and students. Ashley lives in Fairfield with her husband and their Shih-Tzu Holly who also loves to meditate.
Monica Keady, RYT 500 is certified in the tradition of Swami Kripalu through the Pranotthan School of Yoga and the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts. As a life-long practitioner of yoga, Monica appreciates the serenity and resilience that comes with practicing yoga and meditation. Her mission is to share yoga so that others may experience the gifts of a regular yoga practice. Monica guides mindful, alignment-based flow classes as well as Gentle, Yin, Restorative and Meditation.
Evelyne Serais is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher, with 500 hour Certified advanced teacher training from the Amrit yoga institute where she also studied the "forgotten art" of Yoga Nidra. She completed her Kundalini teacher training in 2010 with Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. She is also a certified Traditional Thai Yoga body worker, practicing since 2004 and continuing that exploration by studying that healing art with diverse teachers from around the world.
Ariadne is a 500 hour certified Kripalu yoga teacher and has been teaching yoga since 2003. She is also a licensed massage therapist, occupational therapist, and is certified in Kripalu Yoga in the Schools, and Pre/Postnatal Yoga and Massage Therapy. 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 a more awakened and compassionate engagement with life.
Carolyn Fahey R.N., E/RYT-500, started practicing yoga in 1997 and became a certified yoga teacher in 2001. She has studied extensively with Todd Norian in the Anusara style of yoga, facilitated yoga teacher trainings, taught private students, public classes and led workshops. Her teaching style blends the science of physical alignment with the art of an inspiring heart centered theme. Carolyn teaches with an authentic, playful approach to help students feel at ease and comfortable in learning and exploring the practice of yoga. Her intention as a teacher is to empower all students to cultivate a connection to their inner wisdom and live an authentically happy life.
Erica is a 200 hour certified Kripalu yoga teacher working on the additional 300 hour training through Pranakriya School of Healing Arts.
Erica is certified to teach pre-natal and MS yoga. Erica remains inspired by the Kriplau roots of a compassionate non-judgmental witness consciousness, through continued exploration of energy awareness, and breath work.
With gratitude, Erica continues to explore and nurture a belief in the healing practice of yoga, through the power of yoga to inspire, heal, and connect us to ourselves to each other and to a higher purpose.
Greg Barringer – RYT, began practicing yoga twenty years ago, and has been sharing it ever since. He received his initial teaching certification from the Kripalu School of Yoga, and has advanced certifications in Thai, Hatha and Kundalini Yoga. He received his BA and MBA from Boston University; and spent two decades as a participant and coach of high performance athletes. He continues to work with individuals and organizations to improve their programs, enhance their communities, and deliver high quality programs and services.

Greg practices and teaches Hatha and Kundalini yoga, as well as different forms of meditation and Thai yoga bodywork. His intention is to heal and release the blocks that keep us stuck and in our patterns of suffering. His classes raise energy and awareness, strengthen the body, and enhance the immune, circulatory, glandular, and nervous systems.

Greg’s intention is to inspire others to live in harmony with change, and create peace, abundance and love in our lives. 

Jeanine Oburchay, E/RYT-500 is a hatha yoga instructor certified through Yoga Alliance. Jeanine's yoga classes are filled with laughter and joy, as she instills in her students a nurturing playfulness that allows every practitioner – from beginner to seasoned yogi – to practice unselfconsciously, in a safe, loving, supportive, yet challenging environment. In her classes, proper alignment allows each student to progress in a way that helps to avoid injury and heal the body. In addition to teaching yoga, Jeanine is a Reiki Master, a practitioner of Thai Yoga, and a springboard diving coach.
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.
Joy LeVine Abrams, MS, RYT, is a certified Kripalu Yoga instructor and has been teaching yoga since 1995. Joy is co-creator of THE FLEXIBLE PAINTER, an art and yoga retreat in Madison, CT and Tuscany. She has an M.S. in Biology and Nutrition. Joy feels her most profound learning came from her nine years of hospice work as Director of Volunteers. She is currently teaching the 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program.
Julie Moffat is a teacher of Qigong, sound healing and meditative movement. Her passion is to share the powerful and transformative practices of Qigong with people of all ages and show them how to create new pathways of internal and external health. It brings her great joy to help others learn ways to take their health into their own hands. Nurturing ourselves through Qigong, we surrender to the preciousness of the present and our own presence. She teaches simple but powerful ways for people to improve their health by lessening anxiety, stress, sadness and learning to let go of daily frustrations.

Julie holds certifications from the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi, Radiant Lotus Women’s Qigong and Organ Cleansing Qigong. She has studied with many international teachers including Daisy Lee, Francesco Garri Garripoli, Roger Jahnke, Master Kenneth Cohen, Robert Peng, Dr. Yang Yang, Master Sat Cheun Hon, Solala Towler and teachers from the Chinese Health Qigong Association. Julie also has a MA in Art History, Archives & Museum Studies.

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