Meet the Team

 

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Alyssa Bernard

I am very excited to be joining the Studio 223 team. I have a passion for fitness, with a special interest in dance. I have spent my whole life dancing, and have taken just about every type of dance class out there. I spent 15 years of my life in ballet. I previously taught Zumba for 2 years in Chatfield. I am very excited to create my very own type of dance fitness class for Studio 223, and share my love for dance and fitness in a new way.

My husband and I live out in the country with our two children. I currently work at Mayo Clinic, and I’m finishing my studies. I found this quote, that I feel sums up why I dance.

 

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Brandy Allen

I cannot express how excited I am to be given such an opportunity to be part of Studio 223. Health and fitness has not always been a passion of mine. I played sports in school, but when I graduated, I didn’t only graduate from academics but also fitness. In 2008, I was diagnosed with a chronic disease, and in May of 2012, I decided I was going to control my life, my disease was not! That day, I began talking baby steps towards living a healthier lifestyle, including integrating fitness back into my life. I began attending a fitness group with a fabulous group of women that supported one another and inspired me! If it wasn’t for this group of women, fitness wouldn’t have become such a passion of mine. I absolutely love the group fitness atmosphere because of all the energy and support that surrounds you!

I am blessed with a fabulous husband and our two children….Tucker and Gerdie (our dogs). I am a full time prospective counselor completing graduate studies, and a part time fitness fanatic! I am teaching Tabata and 3-2-1 classes, and look forward to broadening my class offerings. I look forward to meeting more inspiring people that are looking to have a good time while becoming fit!

 

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Donna Jewison

After discovering the many benefits of yoga during a transformative time in my life, I was drawn to the emotional and physical changes that lead me to wanting to share the same benefits and feelings with others. We are all humans with many struggles and can only move forward when you accept exactly where you are which is why I decided to become an instructor in hopes of inspiring others.

I was first introduced to yoga through a friend who had trained with YogaFit. After completing the 200 hr. teacher training I became certified through Yoga Alliance since 2009. YogaFit combines elements of hatha yoga with traditional fitness exercises and stretching routines. Over the years I have attended many workshops with various yoga instructors of different styles and have come to incorporate my own style combining breath and movement together in a vinyasa style flow.

I believe in teaching people to explore their yoga and find joy in the process.

Yoga has allowed me to remain a student but also to spread my wings as a teacher. I challenge myself to communicate with my students to help them find their space on their own path.

Beyond yoga and wellness I like to spend time with my family, friends and 3 dogs.

 

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Joshua LaPlante

I am honored and excited to have joined the Studio 223 team. I played college football for four years, and the teamwork aspect of accomplishing goals is something I find beneficial to everyone on the team.  Working hard with a “get after it” attitude” and enjoying yourself at the same time will only bring you satisfaction, and results will follow.  I enjoy working with others and seeing their improvements, and I can’t wait to see everyone’s progress in my classes.

 

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LeeAndra Evans

I am a mother of two young girls. I have always been an active person, someone who loves the
outdoors and isn’t afraid of hard work. Pilates is an exercise that I enjoyed at home, but I wasn’t
getting enough of a challenge from. I started a membership at Studio 223 with the mindset that
I just wanted to feel good and be healthy, and I wanted this to be permanent. What I came to
realize was that my body craves a physical activity, and I love a good challenge. I am addicted
to all the classes offered at the Studio. I love to teach Barre because it works my muscles to
fatigue in a way that just Pilates can’t do. I feel at home leading a class and have an immense
satisfaction from helping others find more strength and confidence. I will continue to push the
boundaries with exciting & innovative teaching styles.

 

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Liz Schroeder

Liz began practicing yoga in 2000 and fell in love with yoga in Boston.  After moving back to Chatfield she wanted to bring more opportunities for yoga to the area. She completed her 200-hour training through CorePower and began teaching in March. She is continually inspired by yoga’s transformative power—both internally and externally, and finds it to be a source of love and strength. She strives to bring a sense of fun, freedom and kindness to her classes. She hopes to inspire others in their yoga journey and help them see the possibilities in themselves.

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Nicole Czarnomski

Passionate. Creative. Motivated. These are the three words that best describe me. As a youngster and through college, I played competitive sports. After college, I took up running which fulfilled my fitness goals for the next several years. However, I discovered that I enjoyed the camaraderie while working out with others. I started participating in group fitness classes in 2005 and finally started teaching Step Aerobics and Boot Camp in 2009. Since then, I have added 3.2.1, 4.1.1 and Tabata to my teaching repertoire.

I love to workout with others as they inspire me and motivate me in so many ways. I do my best to keep workouts fresh and new, so that I can in turn inspire and motivate others. When I am not exercising, you can find me spending time with my husband and two cats, writing, reading or shopping.

I want to thank everyone at Studio 223 for the opportunity to teach a group fitness class. I am honored to be a part of the Studio.

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Patricia Barrier

I am very happy and honored to be a part of the Studio 223 family. I went to my first yoga class several years ago to introduce something new and different into my exercise routine and improve my performance as a marathon runner by increasing strength, balance and flexibility. As I learned more about the different forms of yoga and that yoga was much more than just postures, I began to see and experience the transformative benefits of yoga on body, mind and spirit. My own practice deepened and I wanted to share the many benefits of yoga with others of diverse ages and physical abilities. I completed 200-hour Teacher Training in February 2014 through CorePower Yoga and am registered through Yoga Alliance. I began teaching in the summer of 2014. I hope to make yoga accessible to the beginner with emphasis on gentle sequences and modifications as well as help experienced yogis and yoginis continue and deepen their practices.

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