Beverly Steiger*, MPH, C-HYI-500, C-HYT-300, E-RYT-200, YACEP (HYCT Founder, *Certified Master Holy Yoga Instructor, Holy Yoga Therapist, Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider)
Beverly is a Master Holy Yoga Instructor and health educator who has been a student of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga for over 20 years. In 2012, Beverly felt called to merge her background in public health education and family ministry to promote holistic wellness and was the first to bring the practice of Holy Yoga to Connecticut. Over the next three years her Holy Yoga ministry grew to several churches in CT and NY. Her dream to someday open a Christian-inspired Community Wellness Yoga studio where people could come, free of judgement or denomination labels to connect with God while getting healthy and whole became a reality in October 2015 with the opening of Holy Yoga of Connecticut, LLC in her hometown of New Fairfield, CT. The opportunity to serve all ages in her community with holistic yoga and wellness is both and honor and a blessing.
A lover of many genres of music, Beverly uses contemporary Christian worship music, Alternative, Pop, Christian Rap and Reggae to facilitate a fun, Christ- honoring experience to help students connect to God. While Beverly has practiced many different styles of yoga over the years, never has her soul been touched, healed and uplifted as when practicing Holy Yoga. Holy Yoga brings Mark 12:30 to life, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength". There really is nothing like meeting Jesus on your mat! "The practice of Holy Yoga has completely transformed my relationship with God and with others".
Beverly served on Holy Yoga Foundation's Leadership Team as Northeast Regional Director and currently serves as Holy Yoga Global's Teacher Trainer for Therapy, Touch, 300 hr, 200 hr and 100 hr Instructor Training & Certification programs.
Beverly's certifications include: 300-hour Holy Yoga Therapeutic Yoga Instructor (HYT); 500-hour Master Holy Yoga Instructor (M-HYI); Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT-200); PiYO Live! Instructor; Thai Yoga Massage Levels 1 & 2, Certified Holy Yoga Instructor - 225 hr (C-HYI), Holy Yoga Touch (HYT) which incorporates massage and touch techniques into Holy Yoga classes; Holy Yoga Christian Leadership and Teacher Trainer (T3) ; Holy Yoga w/ Weights (HYW); Holy Yogalates (HYL), Trauma Sensitive Holy Yoga (TSHY) and Holy Yoga Yin Levels 1 and 2.
Toni Maconi*, OFS, C-HYI 500, E-RYT-200, C-HYI-95, YACEP (HYCT Co-Founder, *Certified Master Holy Yoga Instructor, Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider)
Toni took her first yoga class in 2008 and received her 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga certification at Yoga Culture in Danbury in 2014. She then completed her 95-hour training with Holy Yoga, and teamed up with Beverly Steiger to open Holy Yoga of Connecticut, LLC. She sees herself as a teacher offering yoga as a unique gift to each student, and a chance to have them draw closer to God. She has 2 certifications in chair yoga, and is also trained to teach restorative yoga. In 2017, she completed the Holy Yoga Masters Program (300 hours) and has recently achieved her EYT-200 status, having taught 1,000 hours. Toni sees yoga as a source of calmness and peace, and it has taught her how to stay focused. The values she holds dear — nonviolence, truthfulness, integrity, moderation, kindness, compassion — are all values instilled in her as a child and embraced as a Secular Franciscan. Yoga deepens all these beliefs. She sees herself as a teacher offering yoga as a unique gift, and it can be anything the recipient wants it to be. She offers it with love, gratitude, generosity and a full heart. “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love” — Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. Small things, great love — this is how she lives her life, this is how she lives her yoga.
Anna Berardo*, C-HYI-225, (*Certified Holy Yoga Instructor), Holy Yogalates Instructor
Anna is the author of the Blog: shiftyourgaze2.com, a wife, mother, and speech pathologist. She often felt overwhelmed and anxious in her life. Through journaling, holy yoga, and meditation, God transformed her life. He gave her the tools to work on her critical voice, exercise self-compassion, practice gratitude, and live her soul-lead life. She has been gifted and called to share these strategies and techniques in her soul-care workshop: God has a plan. Trust it. Live it. Enjoy it. and on her Blog. Early risers can join Anna for Holy Yoga Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 am. She can also be found on Instagram and Facebook.
Anna lives by Isaiah 41:13 — "For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says, 'Do not fear; I will help you.' ”
Mandy Birdsall (Certified Cardio Kickboxing instructor)
Mandy loves to share her passion for health, science, and exercise. She is a mom of three, biology educator, and wellness ambassador that empowers individuals and families to take healthy back! She loves to be active by running, hiking, and participating in various group fitness classes. Mandy has been teaching cardio kickboxing since 2012 and her class is for all levels. During this high energy workout, you’ll sweat, relieve stress, sculpt your entire body with mixed martial arts inspired moves, and have fun!
Kim Lubus, (Certified Revelation Wellness Instructor, Group Fitness Instructor)
Kim's strong faith and love of Christ instantly drew her to teaching group fitness classes at HYCT in 2015. A loving wife and mother of two, Kim is genuine, authentic and always willing to help others. Kim has many years organizing programs in family ministry and has been teaching group fitness classes in New Fairfield for many years. She is well known and loved. Kim's Revelation Wellness classes are not only effective, always new and fun, but authentically faith-filled. You'll literally work out your faith with Kim. No two classes are the same.
Barbara Kenney*, C-HYI 500, C-HYT 300, RYT-200, C- HYI 95 (*Certified Master Holy Yoga Instructor)
(Bio coming soon)
Sarah Maasik,* C-HYI (*Certified Holy Yoga Instructor)
Sarah, received her 225 R-HYI certification in November 2018 after starting her yoga journey in January 2018 with a restorative class at HYCT. She has a passion for meditating and getting closer to God through yoga and prayer. Sarah deeply enjoys the meditative qualities from a strong yoga practice and delights in sharing this with her community. In balancing a busy life, she found the crucial piece is yoga for clarity and energy. Sarah is also a FAA certified Helicopter pilot and instructor i in addition to a FAA Licensed dispatcher. Being a proud mom of two wonderful boys, she loves getting them involved in aviation. They often help her practice yoga at home while providing inspiration for yoga classes through their eyes. Sarah's class style is upbeat, trying to find the joy in every class, with a music focus. She is also very active in bringing DoTerra oils into her life and others for better well being, as well as bringing oils into her yoga classes to enhance the experience.
Maryann Ness*, RYT-200, C-HYI 100 (*Certified Holy Yoga Instructor)
Maryann accepts that life is a constant process of growth and change and that we are all on this earth journey together. Retired from a career in special education and now teaching yoga, Maryann wishes to share her expertise in individualizing instruction according to specific needs. As a lifelong educator, Maryann is passionate about assisting others on this journey of wellness and contentment. She has always been drawn to helping individuals who are seeking emotional balance in the midst of life's challenges.
One of Maryann's greatest joys was being supervisor of special education at a large high school for many years. While in this role, she nurtured a vision of inclusion for ALL students. Maryann is still interested in helping ALL individuals support their bodies, hearts, minds and souls through the utilization of qualities that she believes are intrinsic in all of us. Maryann believes that the human race is not a competitive event and thus, strives to create a sense of community, caring and kindness in each and every yoga class that she guides. Join Maryann for a gentle and peaceful practice.
Kim Jones, RYT-200
Horses were always an integral part of Kim’s life growing up as a child as a result Kim became a professional rider and riding instructor, eventually owning her own equestrian facility. Kim received numerous awards for training students and horses taking them to the local, state and national levels.
One thing that Kim understood about horses was the importance of warm up and stretching, “It is important to understand how your horse feels today, take the time to warm up slowly and listen to what he is telling you”. This is a common command from Kim in her riding lessons. What Kim realized later was that this was also something riders needed to ask themselves.
Kim took her first yoga class in 2013 and instantly knew that this would be part of her life forever. Yoga introduced her to a mind body connection she always understood with her horses, but lacked with her students. Kim began incorporating yoga principles into the teaching of her riding students.
In 2017 Kim found an opportunity to study and complete her 200 hour yoga certification training at Lotus Gardens in Sherman, CT. For Kim this opened a whole new set of opportunities to help not only her riding clients but also other athletes and non-athletes.
Kim’s classes will always start with a long slow warm up teaching you how to soften and relax your muscles to move deeper into your poses, she will then lead you through more vigorous and challenging poses, and end with some long slow well-earned stretches.
Todd Rice, RYT-200
Todd took his first yoga class at age 11 when his mother started bringing him to her classes. Although he dragged his feet there initially, he quickly got into this ‘yoga stuff’ finding it liberating and yet relaxing. He practiced yoga intermittently through the years. He had been a very hyperactive child until learning both yoga and the piano. Yoga and, three years later meditation, colored and balanced his life to such a degree that he shared it with friends and anyone interested. In fact he formally taught meditation weekly for 8 years in New York City. Additionally, he discovered that whenever his body had aches, e.g. lower back or other problem, 15 minutes of yoga was a panacea. Since 2008 Todd has maintained a continuous practice. Todd completed teacher training to earn his RYT-200 at Yoga Culture in March 2019.
Yoga is for everyone, Todd believes. In his classes he aims for a climate of friendly, open acceptance; inviting participants to explore quality of movement, flexibility, and an inner sense of well being.