Faculty

Directors

We created Soma Samadhi Yoga & Dance to support the well-being of our community. Our studio is a place where adults, children, and families can come to rejuvenate their mind, body, and spirit as well as explore their creativity. Our wellness programs and classes offer movement that is safe and physically therapeutic in a fun and upbeat atmosphere. It is our greatest pleasure to support all who enter our space in their journey toward a greater sense of peace, love, and joy!

Alexa Lane Dance Professional

Alexa has a lifetime of experience in the Performing Arts, Fitness, and Wellness industries. As a professional dancer, singer, and actress, Alexa performed in a variety of musical theatre, television, and film productions in the United States and Europe. Her credits include: Sweet Charity (Tour), Singin’ in the Rain (Tour), Sugar Babies (Regional), My One and Only (Regional), The Runner Stumbles (NYC), The Matchmaker (NYC), Street Scene (Teatro Regio, Torino, Italy), and Days of Our Lives.

Alexa is a proud member of the theatrical unions Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. She...

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Andrew Lane Yoga Teacher

Andrew has enjoyed a 25 year career in the Yoga & Healing Industry. He has owned and operated three yoga studios and was one of the first Certified Reiki Masters in Connecticut. He is an Experienced Registered Yoga Instructor through Yoga Alliance and is 500 Hr certified through the Yoga College of India. Andrew has trained with Sean Corne, Bryan Kest, Bikram Choudhury, Jimmy Barkan, and Gary Kraftsow.

During the 1990’s, Andrew studied Siddha Yoga, participating in various intensives with spiritual leaders and teachers. Andrew is a deeply connected teacher and has worked with...

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Team Members

May Sank Dance Instructor

Jazz & Dance Fitness

Maya Sank recently finished a year long dance training with Vertigo Dance Company in Jerusalem, Israel. In 2016, she received a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree in Dance & Choreography from Elon University. Maya has been dancing since she was 8 years old, and has studied at a number of studios but her formative training was under Jimmy Locust. She began teaching Hip Hop when she was in high school and since, has taught Jazz, Ballet, and...

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Yoga Instructor

A graduate of SYJ's Teacher Training, LifeForce Yoga for Depression & Anxiety and current staff member at a therapeutic educational school in Stamford, CT., Ashleigh guides with humor and grace. Through smart alignment cues and strong breath instruction, she helps us create space, slow down and connect with our most authentic, compassionate, loving and goofy selves.

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Staci Zacharski Yoga Teacher

Yoga Teacher

200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), Staci is blessed to lead a practice that has enriched her life in more ways than one. Her classes are a balance of spirituality and physicality with modifications to either challenge or make poses more accessible for all types and bodies. Students will leave Staci's class feeling a sense of calmness and joy.

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Pamela Lisi

Jazz, Dance Fitness

Pamela Lisi is a dancer of many years. She first started dancing at the age of three at Andrea Smith Stratford’s dance studio, Connecticut Dance. She studied Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Irish Step (Hard shoe and soft shoe), Pointe, Hip- Hop, and modern dance there. While attending she received a junior and a Senior All around Dance Scholarship. She then continued to further her education in dance at Dean College, where she performed in Dance Company...

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Cardio Dance

Dijon Whyte is a graduate from Adelphi University receiving his BFA in Dance. At a young age he was inspired by tap dance, which led him to a variety of dance styles. Over the years he fell in love with other styles; Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern, Ballet, Contemporary and West African. As his enjoyment for dance grew, he developed an excitement for health and wellness. He has been physically training for the past 10 years, helping friends,...

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Taylor Auer

Yoga Instructor

Taylor is a Registered Yoga Teacher 200 based out of Fairfield, Connecticut. The tools she has gained through yoga have altered her life in such an amazing way, which is why she is so passionate and interested in sharing her knowledge of breath and movement. ​Her teaching style allows you to make your practice your own. She combines pranayama, asana, and meditation in an environment that creates peace and balance.

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Thelma Ladeira

Barre Fitness

Thelma holds a B.S. in Nutrition Science and is a classically trained professional dancer in the styles of Ballet,Jazz, and Brazilian dance, She has been teaching for many years and has performed professionally in the U.S and Internationally.

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Alejandro ballet teacher

Ballet & Contemporary

International dancer Alejandro Ulloa began his professional career in Managua, Nicaragua. Under the direction of Maestro William Herrera, Alejandro quickly became principal dancer of Gran Ballet Quetzaltnahuatl. Alejandro trained at the Escuela Nacional de Ballet, and then joined the Compañía Ballet de Nicaragua where he became a principal dancer. In 2010, Alejandro was invited to be part of the contemporary company Danza...

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