The sneaky path of Yoga: Robin McPhee- Zen Yoga Barre

Some people are attracted to Yoga in the hopes of cultivating space and peace within. Others come to Yoga to heal a broken childhood heart. And some come to Yoga, frankly, to get a better butt…, really.  Well,whatever the motivation is for the great “seek”, there is one lesson to learn here;  all paths to yoga are as different (or as crazy, some say) as the yogis who teach it, and Robin McPhee’s journey is no exception.

In 2014, Robin almost died as a result from a burst appendix. Thankful to be alive, but unable to engage in traditional “no pain/no gain” exercise, someone had suggested she try Bikram Yoga. She was told  Bikram would get all of the toxins out of her body from all the medications and surgeries she had  endured that year, but was not aware of one of the possible side effects; addiction to yoga. She says “I became addicted to yoga as it made me feel better each time I went; I gained a little more strength, not to mention the mental benefits of being centered and not focusing on my poor health I was dealing with”. As we see from her story (and most of our own), the path of yoga in one’s life is unpredictable!

Fast-forward to 2017, Robin is now a 500-RYT as well as the proud owner of the Valley Press Reader’s Poll award-winner (Best Yoga Studio) Zen Yoga Barre in Unionville, CT.  Buyer beware: This is NOT your mama’s yoga studio! Her ambitious menu of options include, Yoga(ALL levels of course!), Barre, Yogalates, meditation, Thai Yoga and therapeutic massage, and Red Light Therapy(visit for more info).

Additionally Zen Yoga Barre  also has a beautiful boutique attached to it, filled with gifts and natural products ranging from local artists’ creations, malas, essential oils, local honey, yoga clothes and props, jewelry, Mantra bracelets, soy candles,vegan soaps and so much more.

Contact this busy Yogi for more info about workshops and events at


Namaste and Ahimsa!

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!



CT Yoga News on Facebook

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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The Laughing Yogi Autumn Schedule

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

5:15pm, Corporate Class

7:15pm Private Clients- appt only


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

7:15 Private Clients-appt only


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,

Private Clients- Email: for scheduling.


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