One Badass Unicorn: Mike Bennett

I’m sure this headline caught your eye, as it should. Mike Bennett has earned this evocative title, a few times over. So how does a mindfulness and alignment-based, Kripalu-trained,  yoga teacher earn such a moniker? Read on…

Well, he’s male(only 28% of yoga teachers are according to Yoga Alliance, 2016), he’s African-American (under 2% of yoga teachers are of African-American descent according to, and he serves the otherwise, under-served population.

Badass Unicorn. Boom.

Drawing inspiration from situations and challenges within himself and his students (ranging in age from 3-95), he finds transcendence and humility through his work. Specific issues like substance abuse,challenging familial situations, mental health, and general life transitions,  have all informed Mike’s teaching journey. And it’s not through an asana practice where he finds his most effective tools, but rather through pranayama and meditation. He says: “It’s the space between the notes, where you find true transformation”, adding that he finds great privilege in experiencing outward differences with others, but discovers the oneness and connectivity with them through these practices.

 After coming to Yoga to help relieve chronic pain from injuries, Mike found that it also helped to deal with the wounds that were harder to see in himself ; the scar tissues of life’s bumps in the road with family, career, and relationships. He details his journey in his upcoming book Birth of an Urban Yogi.
Additionally, while not writing and teaching private clients and families, Mike finds time to find his own sense of community and peace for himself at Yoga4Change,a local non profit. He started here as a student, then eventually becoming a board member and instructor,  and continues to do work in the community throughout Central CT and hopes to expand awareness and access to yoga for everyone.
I couldn’t agree more.
You can contact Mike:
On Facebook @UrbanYogiLife 
On Instagram @UrbanYogiLife
And on his website
Namaste and Ahimsa!



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Hey Yogis!

I seriously can’t wait for my first yoga teacher interview..I really feel  like these introductions through CT Yoga News, will deepen the student/teacher and teacher/teacher understanding in general. It is my hope that with this catalyst, our yogic community will become as vast as our Atlantic Ocean…

New England rules!!


Stay tuned!

Namaste and Ahimsa!

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10:45am, ALL LEVEL VINYASA @Fitness Edge, Milford

5:15pm, Corporate Class

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5:30pm ALL-LEVEL VINYASA FLOW @Crunch Stratford

7:15pm ALL-LEVEL VINYASA FLOW@Taylor-Made Fitness , Shelton


8:30am ALL-LEVEL VINYASA FLOW @Edge Fitness, Milford


9:30am SENIOR YOGA @ Taylor-Made Fitness

6pm ALL LEVEL VINYASA FLOW@ Anytime Fitness, Orange $10 drop in

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12:15pm  Corporate Class

6pm ALL LEVEL YOGA @Edge Fitness, Milford


9am  ALL LEVEL YOGA @Transformation Fitness, New Haven

11am ALL LEVEL YOGA @Taylor-Made Fitness, Milford


10:45am ALL LEVEL YOGA @Crunch Norwalk,

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