Why Kosha?

 

We have simultaneous children’s and adult programs scheduled on evenings and weekends. Create a healthy family habit, while saving money on gas and childcare. 

 

No additional costs! No uniforms, costumes, or extensive travel time. Kosha has all the props, including mats, needed to practice yoga, so there is no extra financial burden on your budget.

 

No competition. You never need to worry what others are doing or if you are “winning” or “losing.” You’ll grow with every practice.

 

We offer lots of options and modifications for physical poses to suit all ages and abilities. Every body is different, so we won’t look the same in a pose. Isn’t that fantastic?! Your body and its beauty and limitations will be celebrated here.

 

In addition to the amazing physical benefits of practicing yoga, we offer a balanced practice including breathing and meditation techniques.

 

We love being a part of social media and sharing the wonderful things we do in class! That being said, we will never take photos of adults or children during a class. (Phones are used for music purposes ONLY!) All the photos shared will be “posed” after class with volunteer students and asked for consent. So you never have to worry about being in savasana (or any other pose) and being violated. While you are practicing in Kosha, this is your space and time.

 

Occasionally we will incorporate games and partner poses into our children’s yoga classes. Modifications to do solo poses will always be given, just like in adult classes. Again, while practicing in Kosha, this is your space and time.

 

Lifelong benefits include: physical fitness, higher self-acceptance and self-esteem, development of balance and spatial skills, better focus and longer attention span, ability to handle stress and anxiety in a healthy way, increased strength, flexibility, body awareness, breath control, perseverance, creativity, management of stress and anxiety, and better emotional intelligence, and increased motor skills—to name a few. Just like reading, these skills need to be developed and practiced over a long period of time to become lifelong.

 

We have a great staff that is dedicated and knowledgeable to helping you grow physically and mentally. We teach a variety of classes using themes, props, music, and meditation.

 

We’re here for you! Direct any thoughts and suggestions to Lisa and she can see what she can do for you. 

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Virtual Classes & Events

Kosha Yoga is happy to host virtual classes and events. Classes can be tailored to suit your needs. Activity packets can be made to mail out to participants ahead of time for a group activity. 

 

 

Outreach Classes & Events

Kosha Yoga is available to come to you. Libraries, senior centers, schools, corporate offices—the list is endless! Classes and events can include a variety of yoga, meditation, mindfulness, crafts—anything to complement your clientele. Take home activities can be added on.

 

 

Friday Night Out

School’s Out Programs

Themed Day Camp

Pop-Up Programs

Private Events

Children’s Birthday Parties

About Us

CONTACT US

Jessica Scholl

 

Jessica been practicing yoga for about three years. She completed her 200-hour certification in June, 2019. She has learned that yoga is not just about the physical practice, that it's the combination of physical, mental, and spiritual aspects. By healing the mind, and tapping into your spiritual side, you start to heal the physical body. This was the case for her when it came to anxiety and self-doubt. Jessica's goal is to help others to feel good not only on the outside but to help them feel their best on the inside. She is also a hairstylist and loves the feeling of bringing happiness to others. Her style is about making you feel the pose, not "looking good" in it. Every body is different in its unique way and she wants to provide a safe space to feel comfortable for students to explore.

WHAT DOES KOSHA MEAN?

 

About Us

ABOUT US

Dominick Warner

Dominick Warner completed his 200 RYT training in 2018, and his Y12SR Leadership certification for addiction and recovery in 2019. He was introduced to yoga as a way to increase his flexibility for martial arts, and to help manage stress and anxiety. He quickly realized his practice ran much deeper and was fascinated by the effects of meditation. In 2018 he opened a yoga studio in Montpelier, VT and was invited to teach at the Vermont Be True Yoga Festival in 2019. He has taught at several studios in CT, and currently owns and operates Mountain Yoga, an adventure based outdoor yoga program for all ages. He also studies meditation and chanting techniques at Dae Yen Sa International Meditation Temple. He is the father to two “awesome” teenagers, and a wild dingo named Bodhi.​

Ananda

Ananda loves teaching yoga, meditation and mindfulness to children! Ananda was named in a social media contest (beating out Bodhi, Karma, Kali and Franklin) by followers. 

 

Ananda’s name derives from Anandamaya kosha; the innermost layer closest to the soul. It’s typically called the Bliss Body. Ananda’s nickname is Ana, which can refer to Anahata; the heart chakra AND Annamaya; the first physical kosha.

Jackie Quesnel-Fisher

 

Jacquelyn (Jackie) Quesnel-Fisher- spiritual name, Adi Taj Kaur, a KRI 200-hour Kundalini Yoga teacher &; 200 hour RYT Yoga Instructor. Jackie is a part time Yoga Instructor, a full time Social Worker and a Reiki Master. At age 47, she started as a student in Yoga, and soon began her journey to become a teacher in Yoga. Jackie’s Yoga studies started at Sanctuary Studio in 2013, in Torrington CT, to learn Power Yoga, (Byram Baptiste style), with Heather Rem and studied at OM Center in Watertown CT to earn her 200 hr certificate in Vinyasa Hatha with Jess Proulx. Her last intensive training was at, Yoga For Everybody, in Fairfield to earn her 200 hr training in Kundalini with Hari Kaur in 2019.

 

Meet the Team​

Lisa Shaia

 

Lisa Shaia is the owner of Kosha Yoga. She has dedicated her career of fifteen years in the non-profit world to working with families of all ages and abilities, and is looking forward to building a community in her adopted hometown. She believes a content life filled with gratitude is accessible to everyone.

 

Lisa’s love affair with yoga began 20 years ago. She continues to study and draw inspiration from a wide variety of teachers and styles since she attained her 200-hour YTT in 2018. She believes yoga is about community and offers space for students to experience their practice in a dynamic yet supportive environment where playfulness, gratitude and self-acceptance are encouraged. She knows first-hand how yoga can change the way you move, feel, and live.​

 

Genevieve Adams

 

My quest for knowledge and to share the trans-formative power of yoga began in 2012 and continues to this day. I consider myself to be a traveling yogi attending events from the east to the west coasts and states in-between, even traveling as far as India. Always pursuing more, I started trying other avenues, where I stumbled upon Aerial yoga. From the basics of a mat class then taking it into the air gives you a totally different perspective. My classes are a compilation of everything learned from classes to workshops and cannot be found in just one book. I try to offer a very welcoming and authentic class of my own yoga style. Often I will offer a challenge to the class allowing the students to try something they may have not known they were capable of.

Sharon Cataldo

 

Staying healthy and fit has always been a part of my life. As a runner, weightlifter and Martial Artist, practicing Yoga was always something I would come back to time and time again. I took my first yoga class 35 years ago and I knew then it would be something I would be able to do for the rest of my life, at any age or at any fitness level. The practice of yoga has made my other athletic activities better and at the end of a busy day doing hair I can relax not only my body but also my mind with some simple meditation. My goal is to share my love of yoga with everyone not just for the physical benefits but for the mental benefits. I truly believe yoga is for everyone.

 

Michael Lynch

 

Michael Lynch is a Delaware native who moved to Connecticut to pursue his Masters in Counseling at Southern Connecticut State University. He currently works as a middle school counselor in Wolcott, CT. In 2012, Michael took his first yoga class, with the hopes of calming his mind and relieving back pain. One thing led to another and his once a week habit quickly turned into an everyday obsession. The link between psychology, helping others, and yoga made his connection to the practice a natural fit. The peace, calmness, and strength found in mind, body, and spirit through yoga pushed Michael to complete his 200RYT training in 2014.

Kyle O'Toole

 

I have been practicing yoga for the past 8 years. My yoga practice began as part of my adventure to lose over 80 pounds and improve my health. I learned that yoga has both physical and mental benefits that can help everyone. For me, yoga has been a vital part of successfully living with anxiety, and chronic health issues.

 

 

Whether leading challenging poses for experienced yogis or metamorphosing into animals with children, Lisa reminds her students that yoga is more than the physical postures. Her alignment cues, modification options, prop use, and sense of humor are trademarks of her compassionate and trauma-sensitive teaching style. 

 

Lisa is a y12SR leader and has fifteen years of experience working with children of all ages. She continues to learn and grow with various types of professional development. When she is not teaching she can be found hiking the Appalachian Trail, reading the latest book on outdoor leadership or child development, or hanging out with her husband and their eclectic group of friends with two and four legs.

 He became a certified yoga teacher to deepen his own practice of yoga, with little aspirations to actually teach yoga: How things change! In his spare time, Michael loves to read, enjoy the outdoors, and spend time with friends.​

 

Michael has taught many different types and kinds of yoga; from gentle to more challenging vinyasa classes. His style is described by others as deliberate, powerful, and calming. Michael loves to integrate music into his practice and feels that music is another way to help us find a moving meditation.​

 

Jackie has a certificate in Yin Yoga with Derk Benowitz from Germany at the Breathing Room Studio in New Haven. Jackie’s experience and soothing voice guides the class with pranayama-(breath work), that centers her students to have confidence and a calm peaceful mind. She is diverse in herinstruction to all levels of students, in either a Vinyasa Yoga flow, Slow flow, Gentle, Yin Yoga, Restorative, or Kundalini Yoga and with Sound Healing and Meditation Practice. Jackie assisted with Yoga Teacher Training at OM Center and offers workshops in Kundalini. Teaching in different settings in studios, schools, private lessons and museums, around Connecticut.Her passion as a Yoga instructor is to provide an informative, spiritual class that offers peace and inner strength to her students, while they learn about Yoga postures, (how to hold and how to flow in the postures they practice). All her classes end with a meditation or sound healing to “ring” her singing bowls or to play the Gong and a quiet “Savasana”-(final resting pose).Jackie’s Yoga practices is daily in either Kundalini Yoga, Vinyasa, meditation &; early morning Sadhana. Her two dogs, always by her side, during her practice, they are CoCo pup-black Lab & Bella pup-white Maltese.

 

“Keep up to be kept up.” Y.BHer primary goal is to bring, peace, love and light to all who practice Yoga.Sat Nam Namaste. Adi Taj Kaur

 

Becky Thompson

 

Becky is a  Licensed Massage Therapist as well as a 200 hour Certified  Hatha Yoga Teacher. She has a background in personal training & functional movement.  She is also a certified Pregnancy & Prenatal Yoga Teacher.  Her Massage Therapy Modalities specialize in Ayurveda Bodywork, Therapeutic Massage Therapy, Thai Massage Therapy, Pain 

Management & Myofascial Release. She has a diverse background in many Hatha Yoga teaching styles & has continued her studies in yin yoga, vinyasa alignment, restorative, gentle, meditation, yoga philosophy & Ayurveda. She integrates this all into a well rounded yoga practice.

 

 

Becky is inspired by new learning & knowledge. She is a life long student,  loves seasonal living & living in balance with the natural world. Many of the classes & workshops she teaches are filled with yoga asana to support the seasons & Ayurveda Doshas.  

 

 The combination of Yoga & Ayurveda have personally helped her cultivate self care, healing & transformation during some challenging times in her own life.

She teaches with tremendous gratitude & excitement to share all she has learned in her studies.

Lisa Shaia

 

Lisa Shaia is the owner of Kosha Yoga. She has dedicated her career of fifteen years in the non-profit world to working with families of all ages and abilities, and is looking forward to building a community in her adopted hometown. She believes a content life filled with gratitude is accessible to everyone.


Lisa’s love affair with yoga began 20 years ago. She continues to study and draw inspiration from a wide variety of teachers and styles since she attained her 200-hour YTT in 2018. She believes yoga is about community and offers space for students to experience their practice in a dynamic yet supportive environment where playfulness, gratitude and self-acceptance are encouraged. She knows first-hand how yoga can change the way you move, feel, and live.​


Whether leading challenging poses for experienced yogis or metamorphosing into animals with children, Lisa reminds her students that yoga is more than the physical postures. Her alignment cues, modification options, prop use, and sense of humor are trademarks of her compassionate and trauma-sensitive teaching style. 


Lisa is a y12SR leader and has fifteen years of experience working with children of all ages. She continues to learn and grow with various types of professional development. When she is not teaching she can be found hiking the Appalachian Trail, reading the latest book on outdoor leadership or child development, or hanging out with her husband and their eclectic group of friends with two and four legs.

Michael Lynch


Michael Lynch is a Delaware native who moved to Connecticut to pursue his Masters in Counseling at Southern Connecticut State University. He currently works as a middle school counselor in Wolcott, CT. In 2012, Michael took his first yoga class, with the hopes of calming his mind and relieving back pain. One thing led to another and his once a week habit quickly turned into an everyday obsession. The link between psychology, helping others, and yoga made his connection to the practice a natural fit. The peace, calmness, and strength found in mind, body, and spirit through yoga pushed Michael to complete his 200RYT training in 2014.


 He became a certified yoga teacher to deepen his own practice of yoga, with little aspirations to actually teach yoga: How things change! In his spare time, Michael loves to read, enjoy the outdoors, and spend time with friends.​


Michael has taught many different types and kinds of yoga; from gentle to more challenging vinyasa classes. His style is described by others as deliberate, powerful, and calming. Michael loves to integrate music into his practice and feels that music is another way to help us find a moving meditation.​

​Kyle O'Toole


I have been practicing yoga for the past 8 years. My yoga practice began as part of my adventure to lose over 80 pounds and improve my health. I learned that yoga has both physical and mental benefits that can help everyone. For me, yoga has been a vital part of successfully living with anxiety, and chronic health issues.


I completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training program through Sanctuary Power Yoga. I have taught at studios and gyms in Waterbury, Torrington, Winsted, Watertown, and more with a goal of encouraging a sense of community and personal empowerment.


My classes range from gentle to vigorous vinyasa practices–meditation in movement- with supports to individualize your practice.
Additionally, I am a Kindergarten – 3 rd grade math interventionist in Torrington, CT. My students love practicing yoga and mindful practices together throughout the school day​

Jackie Quesnel-Fisher


Jacquelyn (Jackie) Quesnel-Fisher- spiritual name, Adi Taj Kaur, a KRI 200-hour Kundalini Yoga teacher &; 200 hour RYT Yoga Instructor. Jackie is a part time Yoga Instructor, a full time Social Worker and a Reiki Master. At age 47, she started as a student in Yoga, and soon began her journey to become a teacher in Yoga. Jackie’s Yoga studies started at Sanctuary Studio in 2013, in Torrington CT, to learn Power Yoga, (Byram Baptiste style), with Heather Rem and studied at OM Center in Watertown CT to earn her 200 hr certificate in Vinyasa Hatha with Jess Proulx. Her last intensive training was at, Yoga For Everybody, in Fairfield to earn her 200 hr training in Kundalini with Hari Kaur in 2019.


 Jackie has a certificate in Yin Yoga with Derk Benowitz from Germany at the Breathing Room Studio in New Haven. Jackie’s experience and soothing voice guides the class with pranayama-(breath work), that centers her students to have confidence and a calm peaceful mind. She is diverse in herinstruction to all levels of students, in either a Vinyasa Yoga flow, Slow flow, Gentle, Yin Yoga, Restorative, or Kundalini Yoga and with Sound Healing and Meditation Practice. Jackie assisted with Yoga Teacher Training at OM Center and offers workshops in Kundalini. Teaching in different settings in studios, schools, private lessons and museums, around Connecticut.Her passion as a Yoga instructor is to provide an informative, spiritual class that offers peace and inner strength to her students, while they learn about Yoga postures, (how to hold and how to flow in the postures they practice). All her classes end with a meditation or sound healing to “ring” her singing bowls or to play the Gong and a quiet “Savasana”-(final resting pose).Jackie’s Yoga practices is daily in either Kundalini Yoga, Vinyasa, meditation &; early morning Sadhana. Her two dogs, always by her side, during her practice, they are CoCo pup-black Lab & Bella pup-white Maltese.


“Keep up to be kept up.” Y.B Her primary goal is to bring, peace, love and light to all who practice Yoga.Sat Nam Namaste. Adi Taj Kaur

Becky Thompson

 

Becky is a  Licensed Massage Therapist as well as a 200 hour Certified  Hatha Yoga Teacher. She has a background in personal training & functional movement.  She is also a certified Pregnancy & Prenatal Yoga Teacher.  Her Massage Therapy Modalities specialize in Ayurveda Bodywork, Therapeutic Massage Therapy, Thai Massage Therapy, Pain 
Management & Myofascial Release. She has a diverse background in many Hatha Yoga teaching styles & has continued her studies in yin yoga, vinyasa alignment, restorative, gentle, meditation, yoga philosophy & Ayurveda. She integrates this all into a well rounded yoga practice.
 Becky is inspired by new learning & knowledge. She is a life long student,  loves seasonal living & living in balance with the natural world. Many of the classes & workshops she teaches are filled with yoga asana to support the seasons & Ayurveda Doshas.  


 The combination of Yoga & Ayurveda have personally helped her cultivate self care, healing & transformation during some challenging times in her own life.
She teaches with tremendous gratitude & excitement to share all she has learned in her studies.

Lisa Shaia


Lisa Shaia is the owner of Kosha Yoga. She has dedicated her career of fifteen years in the non-profit world to working with families of all ages and abilities, and is looking forward to building a community in her adopted hometown. She believes a content life filled with gratitude is accessible to everyone.


Lisa’s love affair with yoga began 20 years ago. She continues to study and draw inspiration from a wide variety of teachers and styles since she attained her 200-hour YTT in 2018. She believes yoga is about community and offers space for students to experience their practice in a dynamic yet supportive environment where playfulness, gratitude and self-acceptance are encouraged. She knows first-hand how yoga can change the way you move, feel, and live.​


Whether leading challenging poses for experienced yogis or metamorphosing into animals with children, Lisa reminds her students that yoga is more than the physical postures. Her alignment cues, modification options, prop use, and sense of humor are trademarks of her compassionate and trauma-sensitive teaching style. 


Lisa is a y12SR leader and has fifteen years of experience working with children of all ages. She continues to learn and grow with various types of professional development. When she is not teaching she can be found hiking the Appalachian Trail, reading the latest book on outdoor leadership or child development, or hanging out with her husband and their eclectic group of friends with two and four legs.

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