The New Age Urban Monk Founder
Yoga4Change Board Member
Mike Bennett first discovered the benefits of yoga in the Marine Corps. A military veteran and all around good guy with a love of yoga, he started as a student at Yoga4Change, before joining the Board of Directors, where he brings marketing and business expertise. In 2016, Mike attended Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training and has been teaching classes in the community ever since. Along with senior and school-based yoga programs, Mike has a special gift for working with teens. He teaches regular weekly classes with at-risk youth, including teens struggling with chronic mental health and addiction throughout Central, CT.
Esmeralda De Pal
Vegan Latin Babe
“Embrace and love your body! It’s the most amazing and beautiful thing you will ever own.”
Esmeralda believes that a yoga practice is not about being perfect, rather it is about SHOWING up for YOURSELF on the mat. It is about playing near the edges, instead of pushing to the limits. Learning to be playful, uncovering your inner-self and exploring how strong you really are. Open-minded and light-hearted like a child trying new things; Esmeralda’s curiosity and desire to be the best version of herself has led her to study with many Master teachers and explore different styles of yoga. She often describes herself as “infatuated” with yoga and it is clearly evident in her teaching. Learning from the best and utilizing her experiences both on and off the mat, she inspires students to challenge their perceived boundaries while respecting their limitations.