SALLY MURPHY-NOEL / FOUNDER
Raven’s Wing Yoga was birthed in June of 2004 as a place of wholistic intention and dedication to Yoga or Union. Steeped in the lessons my Native Grandmother taught me, Wisdom is to be shared and is intended to evolve and grow with time.
Raven’s Wing is an integration of gathering place, deep yoga practice, seasonal & environmental awareness, health, and a safe space to be who you are with allowence to grow. Forever a yoga student, I began my studies in 1992 and began teaching in 1998. My deep learning of Yoga came from living and studying at Kripalu, practicing biodynamic farming in New Mexico & California, livng & studying at the Heartwood Institute for Massage & Healing & finally studying and recieving certification from the Rocky Mountain Institute for Yoga and Ayurveda where she studied both Yoga Therapy & Ayurveda. Sally continutes to study with her teacher Yoganand Michael Caroll, along with the many other teachers that continue to fill her path. My practice stems from cultivating quiet within and allowing opening to emmerge from that quiet…
Creating space to flow with one’s unique body wisdom and needs. My teachings include both gentle opening yoga to a more invigorating Prana Kriya , as both serve to create energy, awakening and healing within body, mind and breath. My classes have been described as deceptively powerful while serenly healing & calming.
SAL “NunZ” Annunziato
Sal is a 2007 Graduate of the YogaSpirit Studios Iyengar Hatha based 200 Hour Certification program. Being a principal in a Software Company, Singer/songwriter, Musician, Father of 4 amazing children, Sal believes that anything is possible when one is working towards finding ones true self.
He began his Yoga practice 9 years ago which has now led him to teaching.
Being in the present moment is everything and Yoga helps one to keep mindful of this . Sal has studied with Kim Valeri, Rolf Gates, Paul Spector and Sally Noel and feels blessed to share the gift of yoga.
His blend of Hatha, Svaroopa, and Vinyasa as well as an eclectic scope of music moves one to open up in ways that are new and enlightening. Be prepared to open your heart, strengthen your body, mind and light up your Soul . . . Be Yoga! www.nunzyoga.com
Steph has an extensive background in Modern Dance. After 19 years of study, injury curtailed her practice. Although living with chronic pain, she did not see surgery as an option. At the suggestion of a dear friend, she found alleviation and peace through a yoga practice.
Steph has become a certified yoga instructor through Lotus Gardens, LLC. She is continually and gratefully influenced by Sally Noel, Rodney Yee, Dr. Michael Beckwith, Lara Ward, Shiva Rea, Linda Winnick, The teachings of Pantanjali, and her family.
Steph is eager to share in the journey of yoga as well as its healing abilities. She will guide you through a compassionate, slow flowing practice of asana and meditation. Through her own yoga experience, she believes that through movement and breath, you have the tools to heal and be truly awakened both physically and spiritually.
RUDEYNA “RUDY” BABOUDER-MATTA
Rudy was opened to yoga as a child, and since has nurtured an increasingly disciplined practice.
She achieved certification from the International Sivananda School in Brazil, advanced her studies under the guidance of Sri Dharma Mittra and currently pursues a 500-hour Pranakriya professional certification, training with Yoganand Michael Carroll. She is influenced by a multitude of energy and movement arts including Qi Gung, Alexander Technique and various dance and meditation forms.
Practicing is an empowered choice to face everything, even discomfort and fear, in order to reach a place of expansion, openness and joy. It takes courage to get on the mat, to look honestly at ones self, to be vulnerable, to admit what we really want, or even sometimes to just wake up and function. On and off the mat, we learn to choose our higher self.
My classes emphasize tuning in, exploring our edge, learning the difference between the body’s boundaries and the mind’s perceived limitations. We focus on opening, on breathing, on cultivating awareness of each moment. Whether a flow practice or meditative posture, the first most important ingredient is the attention we bring to our actions.
CAROLLANNE CRICHTON LMT AyT
Carollanne received her first Yoga Teacher Certification from Kripalu Yoga Center in 1978. Since then, she has received numerous Yoga Teacher Trainings from: Richard Freeman, Erich Schiffmann, Donna Farhi, Sarah Powers, Cheri Clampett, Paul Grilley and Arturo Peal. Carollanne is also a licensed massage therapist in private practice full-time since 1989.
She is a longtime student of Ayurveda, the holistic healthcare system from India, studying Jyotish with Jeffrey Armstrong (Vedic Arts and Science Academy); Ayurveda with David Frawley (American Institute of Vedic Studies), Ancient Ayurveda with Gandharva Sauls (Ayurveda Yoga Institute) and Sanskrit with Vyaas Houston (American Sanskrit Institute). She has also received Ayurvedic Marma Therapy training from Dr. Martina Ziska, D. Ay and 3 levels of Cranio-Sacral Therapy certification through Upledger Institute.
Carollanne was interim manager of the Santa Barbara Yoga Center in Santa Barbara CA , and a contributing editor to Joseph LePage on the “Integrative Yoga Therapy” Training Manual. The featured presenter in 3 training videos/DVD’s, and author of “Earth Medicine and Healing Stones”, she is respected as both a bodywork and yoga therapy instructor at the national and international level. Massage Magazine called Carollanne “…one of the nation’s top body therapists.”
Heather enjoys sharing form based asanas weaved into a simple flowing structured yoga class. In a safe, supportive environment, Heather encourages each student to reach their potential. Freeing the mind through breath and freeing the body through asana allows the student to relieve stress, rejuvenate the body and free the soul. A certified YogaSpirit Instructor and a registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, Heather is engaged in a certification program for Instructing Yoga students with Scoliosis.
Heather teaches Tuesday Morning Yoga 6-7:20am. $12 drop in.
Certified in the Kripalu tradition, Chris blends her passion for yoga with a constant curiosity
about the mind-body connection and where it can take us, both on and off the mat.
With an emphasis on breath work, and both the active and passive holding of postures,
Chris encourages a practice that is mindful, focused and compassionate.
“Every time we show up on the mat we have the opportunity to discover something new:
about our body, our attitude, our inner selves, and our connection to the Divine”.
Above all, students are invited to practice yoga for the joy of it, and not to take themselves too seriously!
Janice has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. Her practice of yoga started with Vinyasa classes for several years, she loved the physical aspect but felt there was something missing. This brought her to Raven’s Wing and Sally were she was drawn towards the slower meditative based classes.
After participating in Sally’s first chakra series she knew there was more she needed from her daily yoga practice and in
August 2009 she received her
200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification from Kripalu Yoga Center.
As a music teacher she finds music to be inspirational, calming, meditative, and exciting.
Janice brings this love of music into her class creating unique classes blending music with her slow, generous, opening style.
The day she nearly missed a plane to Europe for a business meeting because of a particularly stellar NYC Yoga class, she knew it was time to surrender her world. She became a corporate drop-out in 2000 and began teaching Yoga classes shortly thereafter. But she also continued to “travel” the halls of Yoga philosophy, practice & training methods from Iyengar to Hatha, PowerYoga to Vinyasa, Bikram to Vipassana to name a few — wrapping in the study of Thai Yoga Therapy — during a 7-year in-depth cultural immersion from 2001-2007 in India and Thailand.
By learning & practicing many Yoga techniques over the years, Liza deeply respects each each person’s unique journey & potential for discovery along the path. She aspires to offer, In her teaching & in Thai Yoga Therapy sessions, gifts she has found along the way: the power of stillness; trusting introspective discovery to guide healing within ourselves; and a steady diet of authentic living so these experiences support the spiritual evolution and greater freedom — alive, aware & here.
Certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor, Certified Clinical Herbalist, Organic Gardener.
Courtney is a prenatal yoga teacher who did her certification with Janice Clarfield at Kripalu in 2003. She is the Mother of two beautiful children who are both her amazing teachers. She was able to birth both of them naturally with the help of her prenatal yoga practice and her wonderful hubsand as a birthing partner. She began practicing yoga almost twenty years ago and has found it to be a wonderful tool for reducing anxiety and tension in mind and body. She believes this is particularly helpful in the journey through pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum time. Courtney studied Herbal Medicine at Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in Boulder, Co. where she received her Certification as a Clinical Herbalist. She continues to study plant medicine at home and is currently building her herbal practice. She is the owner of Talking Stick Gardens, an organic landscaping company. Courtney believes strongly in our connection to the Earth and our ability to find our own healing and empowerment through our rediscovery of this inherent connection. She brings this earth centered essence to her classes.
Dana stepped onto her first yoga mat in 2007 and has never left. A lifelong athlete and avid student of all things related to health and wellness , she believes that yoga is a vehicle to assist with putting all the pieces together.
Dana’s first love in yoga will always be the Vinyasa style of yoga , where she finds fun , flow , strength and flexibility. She deeply appreciates the philosophy of moving with the breath , challenging the body , surrendering the mind and reaching the soul . She is a certified Vinyasa Yoga Instructor and a 200 hour RYT. Dana continues to expand her practice and has studied with many local and national leaders including Rolph Gates , Yoganand Michael Carroll , Sally Murphy-Noel , Paul Spector , Suzanne Manafort and Peg Oliveira.
Dana is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and has a Private Practice in Hamden , as well as working at the Veterans Hospital in West Haven . She completed Mindful Yoga Therapy Training with the Veterans Yoga Project and is currently involved in working with Veterans who suffer from trauma and chronic pain.
Make the connection… www.betweenbodyandmind.com
Aixa L Belville, RYT
“The best gift we could ever offer ourselves is our presence” Yoga inspired Aixa to embark on a path of self knowledge, inner strength and spiritual growth. Aixa’s mission is to share the practice of Ashtanga Yoga as a means to help people cultivate freedom in their body and mind as well as develop strength and resiliency, both on and off the mat. She believes the Yoga practice as a journey of self discovery can help people connect with their physical and energetic body and how it relates to the world. Aixa has trained in Forrest Yoga, Resistance Strength and flexibility training, Core Strength Vinyasa, Ashtanga Yoga and Thai Yoga Bodywork. Aixa is ever so grateful for all the teachers that continue to inspire her in this journey, especially her students. Classes are challenging, fun and light hearted, rooted on breath, core-strength and proper alignment. Great for healing/preventing injuries and finding your flow. Get ready to have fun, sweat and release