MEET OUR STAFF
Principle and Director of Shamatha Yoga Studio is certified in several disciplines Kripalu Yoga, Ashtanga (David Swenson), Vinyasa Flow (Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee), Viniyasa (T.K.V. Desikachar), Power Yoga (Baron Baptist, Rodney Yee), with additional certifications from The Yoga Institute of Houston. She has studied cronic disease/yoga with Dr. Herbert Benson at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston. Chris is also a Reiki and Sadja Energy Healer. Her compassion and humor helped to create a spirited, warm and relaxed atmosphere.
Sinda began teaching vinyasa 17 years ago and shortly added, prenatal/post natal, mommy & me, toddler & me; kids yoga & yoga for special needs. She's a former Yoga Studio & Registered Yoga School Owner and Teacher Trainer! She holds the titles of ERYT & YACEP with Yoga Alliance. She has seen all sides of the practice from studios, gyms, corporate, private, celebrity & specialty. She loves what she does which incorporates the dynamic of working with all ages & all levels & seeing each individuals progression physically & mentally. Sinda is an Advanced Thai Yoga Therapist & Reiki Master Teacher who uses her skills & energy in her daily teaching. She is a newer Life/Health Coach & Barre Certified teacher as well.
Additionally, Sinda is a published writer on yoga articles in print and online and is a motivational speaker. She was voted "Best Yoga Teacher" in Westchester Magazine for the years 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Her biggest influences in yoga are Ashtanga & Acro Yoga. While these two practices are such completely different styles they suit her perfectly. One allows her to find focus, discipline, alignment & oneness of being; which keeps her sane! The other has pulled her out of her box & brought her to a new place of making connections & putting her type 'A' need for control in the ability to trust herself in the hands of others. This was a huge fear overcome for her & she remains a constant humble student; educated teacher & overall work in progress!
Roberto started his fitness career in 1983 training his fellow football players at St. Joseph's high school Trumbull, Connecticut. His love for fitness led him to receive certifications in Personal training, Reebok power walk instruction, and Street rollerblade instruction. In 1999 he finished third for Vert ramp in the first extreme game qualifiers in Boston. With the birth of his daughter, Roberto begin focusing on the safer side of fitness teaching martial arts, Qigong and stretching. Still hungry for more training Bob went on to get his powerhouse Pilates and RTS strength training certifications. While living on St. John, in the Caribbean, Bob has taught over 1000 yoga-based classes resorts and on the beach. In 2009, he returned home to Connecticut where he received his 200-hour yoga certification at Kripalu.
After over 20 years of experience, Bob has created a unique methodology that combines the principles of yin and yang yoga to help the mind body and spirit in order to promote long-term health and well-being.