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Forrest, Power, Vinyasa, Gentle, Hatha, Jivamukti Specialties: Helping students find what works for them. Description: Voted New Haven's Best Yoga Studio 4 years running.
Category: Yoga Teacher, Yoga Studio/Center
Full Address: 319 Peck St, New Haven, Connecticut, United States, 06513
Geographical Area: North America
photo by Michael Shannon
Phone: (203) 464-3387  Fax:

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New Student Special (1 time only)
3-Class Card for $30 (3-month expiration)

Multiple-Class Cards

5 Classes
$75 (3-month expiration)

10 Classes
$140 (4-month expiration)

20 Classes
$260 (4-month expiration)

50 Classes
$500 (1-year expiration)

Unlimited 1 Month

Unlimited 3 Month

Unlimited 6 Month

University Student Discount Rate

10 Classes
$130 (4-month expiration)

Unlimited 1 Month

Unlimited 3 Month

NO extensions or refunds for unused or expired cards

Single Class Drop-In Rates
Drop-in $16
Student Drop-in $15

1% of profit at Fresh Yoga is donated to charity.

Gift Certificates Available
photo by Michael Shannon
Yoga Styles
Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Hot Yoga, Jivamukti Yoga, Power Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Other, Meditation

Photo by Michael Shannon
Class Level
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Teacher Profiles
doreen dressel After teaching group exercise for almost 30 years, doreen realized after just one weekend yoga training program, the power of yoga. After exploring different styles of yoga, practicing with a variety of teachers, and developing a personal practice, she met Heidi Sormaz at Fresh Yoga. Heidi introduced her to Forrest yoga and inspired her to take the Forrest Foundation Teacher Training Course. As a former gymnast, gymnastic coach, triathelete, marathon runner, and swimmer, she loved the physical challenge of Forrest Yoga. Beyond the physical challenge, she was fascinated with the emotional and spiritual changes that began to evolve as a result of the Forrest practice. As an educator, she was intrigued and impressed with Ana Forrest’s methodology, attention to detail and respect for the teaching and learning process. Doreen continues to practice with Heidi Sormaz, Ana Forrest and Jonathan Bowra in hopes of inspiring others as they have inspired her. Forrest Yoga has helped her find her voice, connect with her authentic self, all the while having the most fun she has had in years!
heidi sormaz Heidi Sormaz, Ph.D. is the founder, owner and director of Fresh Yoga studio in New Haven. She has studied Yoga for 13 years and taught for 8. Heidi's doctoral work was on interrupting cognitive habits (habitual thinking) with specific attention, focus and meditation. She teaches yoga with these principles in mind, encouraging students work with their minds as specifically as they work with their bodies creating an intensely mindful and dynamic class. Working this way allows you to understand the emotional walls you have created from your life experience and break the habits which keep you stuck in your body and life. This way of working helped her move through her own challenges of dealing with severe social anxiety and recovering from an eating disorder. Heidi is a certified Forrest Yoga teacher and Forrest Yoga Mentor. She has also assisted Ana Forrest in her national workshops and foundation teacher training. Heidi has also studied Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga. In addition, she has extensive training in the martial art Taijiquan and the internal art Qigong. She is a senior student of Master Steven Bennett and teaches Taijiquan and Qigong at Yale University. Heidi received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Psychology from Yale University. She is an expert on the influence of arousal and attention on performance, how anxiety affects thinking, stress management, and performance in pressure situations. She has been an educator, speaker, and corporate trainer with over 10 years experience in designing and leading seminars on stress management, meditation, and educator training. HDR Press published her book Performing Under Pressure and Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine published her article "Meditation can Reduce Habitual Responding."
kirsten adelia collins Kirsten is a Certified Yoga Teacher who received her training at OM Yoga Center in New York City. Deeply influenced by the Buddhist perspective that is taught at OM, Kirsten teaches yoga with a lighthearted approach. After spending years as a dancer, she feels that dance was a conduit to lead her to yoga. She sees yoga as a way to interpret reality through movement. Her class is a flowing/vinyasa that is invigorating and relaxing. Kirsten is profoundly thankful to her teachers Cyndi Lee, Christie Clark, Joe Miller and Paul Spector who continue to light the path ahead.
marybeth frosco MaryBeth discovered yoga on her road to recovery from cancer, during which time she came to understand that she could be instrumental in her own healing. She practiced ashtanga and power yoga and eventually found Forrest Yoga®. MaryBeth's belief that through yoga, we can awaken the power within ourselves to heal the body, mind and spirit meshed with the philosophy of Forrest Yoga® and she was hooked. She completed the Forrest Yoga® Foundation Teacher Training program with Ana Forrest and is a certified Forrest Yoga® instructor. MaryBeth also completed the Forrest Yoga® Continuing Education for Teachers and has assisted Ana Forrest in her national workshops. MaryBeth's desire is to share the gifts of yoga with others. She uses the techniques of Forrest Yoga® and breath awareness to help individuals, especially those who have dealt with the trauma of cancer and cancer therapy, learn to bring life and sensation into all areas of the body. She believes if you are willing to sweat a little, you are going to feel a lot!! Her classes are intense and focused, yet playful. She teaches with compassion to let students explore and unleash the power within themselves to heal. MaryBeth has a PhD in Microbiology and works in Regulatory Affairs at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where her efforts are directed toward the development of new agents to treat cancer.
meredith wu Meredith first explored yoga while majoring in East Asian Studies at Smith College. Inspired to share its physically and emotionally transformative power with others, she completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training at Global Yoga in Chicago. Meredith has earned certifications in hatha and prenatal yoga and is registered with the Yoga Alliance. While living in the windy city, Meredith taught prental, hatha and mom & baby yoga classes and worked as a labor support and post partum doula. She moved to New Haven to pursue a degree in Nurse Midwifery at the Yale School of Nursing and is excited to integrate into the yoga and childbirth community. Recently, the path of yoga lead Meredith to India where she delved more deeply into asana, pranayama and meditation. Influenced by classic hatha, Anusara and Sivananda teachers, Meredith assists each student in finding their most rewarding and safest practice by emphasizing alignment, offering appropriate modifications and giving hands-on adjustments. In her classes, she encourages students to explore the ever-evolving balance between effort and ease and promotes a deep connection with one's breath.
nancy melillo It was here at Fresh; where Nancy took her first Forrest Yoga class that she found her passion. Nancy believes that what you do, say and think lives in your body. This can be a good thing if you are present in each moment – connected to your body, mind and spirit. But, the patterns you create each time you think, move or act without awareness also become a part of your biology. These are the places where your energy becomes stuck – resulting in injuries both physically and emotionally. Nancy teaches in a way that uses the breath and physical movement to move energy out of your stuck spots to create freedom, strength, and a connection to spirit. She invites you to take the journey – stay engaged – move with awareness and compassion – playfully challenge yourself as you move to your edge... just enough to shake things up and feel what lives there. Nancy's passion for Forrest Yoga has inspired her many friends and students to direct their competitive energies toward self exploration and healing. Nancy has studied with Heidi Sormaz in a Forrest Yoga mentoring program at Fresh Yoga and she has completed the Forrest Foundation Teacher Training and Advanced Training. She is a RYT with Yoga Alliance and has a 200 hour Iyengar-based certification from Yoga Spirit Studio in MA. Nancy's fascination with releasing energy through movement has led her to explore dance. She has completed the Trance Dance Teacher Training with Shiva Rea and will be studying with Gabrielle Roth in 2008.
nora defrancesco Nora's first yoga experience was practicing with her mother at age 7. Now a mother of three herself, she's continued her practice ever since. She has most recently studied Ashtanga Vinyasa and is a long time Fresh Yoga student. Nora currently teaches grades K-6 and enjoys incorporating yoga in the classroom. She is also involved in developing a "Youth Yoga" pilot program in her area. In Nora's own words "I believe that people are happiest when working in what they love, and I feel that I've found that through the joys of motherhood and teaching yoga
peg oliveira I believe that every moment on the mat is an opportunity for connection to self, to spirit, and to community. Peg Oliveira is a Certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Teacher. Peg grew up with sports shaping her young life, and never lost the itch for the flow of synchronized movement. Peg was originally certified as a yoga teacher at Yoga Center Amherst in Massachusetts, and certified as a Thai Yoga Therapy Practitioner by Saul David Raye. She is also a Yoga Alliance 500 Hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher. Peg holds a BA degree in Psychology and in English from Fairfield University and a PhD in Social and Developmental Psychology from Brandeis University. She currently does research and legislative policy analysis on child care for a non-profit child advocacy organization in Connecticut. She is actively engaged in her local community. While grateful for the community that teaching yoga has brought to her life, Peg is equally appreciative for the personal gifts yoga has offered her. I am infinitely indebted to yoga for both the encouragement and the permission it gives me to fall apart fully and the safe space it creates to come back together in a new way.
sarah charlop-powers Sarah developed a deep appreciation for yoga after experiencing chronic back and leg pain from scoliosis. She grew to love the freedom of body and spirit that a regular yoga practice provides. Sarah studied in the Sivananda tradition before completing her teacher training in Ashtanga in New Paltz, New York. She enjoys the strenuous nature and constant movement of Ashtanga and Vinyasa classes but is happy to incorporate aspects of other styles of yoga into her classes. As an environmentalist and outdoor enthusiast, Sarah appreciates the connection that yoga provides to our individual natures and to the natural world. She teaches her classes with sincerity and with a focus on the potential each person has to find greater balance and contentedness. Sarah believes that yoga is gift everyone can enjoy and in which everyone can grow.
shaun english Shaun is a Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance. She is certified through Itsy Bitsy Yoga International to facilitate the yoga experience for caregivers and babies. Shaun completed formal teacher training with Baron Baptiste and Ana Forrest (2006). Experiencing yoga was her year 2000 resolution, one of the few she has joyfully maintained. Shaun’s Itsy Bitsy Yoga classes combine practical poses moms do with the babies, abdominals for the moms, and opportunities for connection with other moms. Adults and the babies they nurture can always benefit from a focused breath together. Shaun is a counselor trained in Marriage and Family Therapy and is passionate about nurturing mindfulness and having fun with yoga.
sheila hageman Sheila approaches yoga practice as an opportunity to begin again, another chance to remember who we truly are, another possibility to find joy in being fully alive. Her teaching focuses on a gentle, slow flow, and encourages students to discover their own selves and how best to nurture and express themselves. Sheila is a certified and nationally registered yoga teacher through Integral Yoga Institute of New York City and the Yoga Alliance. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Hunter College, CUNY, where she also graduated as valedictorian with a BA in Hunter’s Honor Program and English/Creative Writing. She now teaches Creative Writing, Composition and Literature at Hunter. As a writer, Sheila’s interests focus on memoir, women’s issues and popular culture. She is completing her memoir, “Stripping Down,” which has been excerpted and published in Salon, Conversely and Moxie. Sheila’s continuing studies explore the connections between yoga and creativity, using yoga as an entryway into creative expression.

Fresh Yoga, New Haven, Connecticut

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