MEET OUR TEAM
Our Zen Den teachers bring an array of knowledge and experience to the studio, giving us the ability to offer something for everyone. With kind hearts and passion they will meet you wherever you are in your practice and encourage your journey to health and healing.
Erin has always found movement as an outlet of expression; first as a dancer and then on her mat as a yoga practitioner. Her curiosity to understand the deeper connection of the mind and body led her to find School Yoga Institute where she did her 200 YTT on a permaculture farm in Guatemala.
Her connection to the earth and love of movement inspires her teaching technique of rooting down and rising into your own practice. Instructing to all levels, she will make you feel comfortable and supported in class; giving you space to grow.
Zen Den brings Erin's many passions together as a yoga studio and a smoothie café with intentions to spread health, healing and a sustainability to the local community.
OWNER & YOGI
Linda has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and completed her RYT-200 with Danielle Rinallo at Atha Yoga in Rochester. Her background in psychology and advanced training in breathwork allow her to offer a unique framework for enhancing her students' overall well-being. She is passionate about helping people navigate the challenges of day-to-day living using the power of breath and movement to find ease and balance on and off the mat. Linda values each and every person who joins her classes and looks forward to helping them achieve their wellness goals.
Tom is honored to have studied directly from Sri Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. He continues to study with Manju, Pattabhi’s son, and Saraswati, Pattabhi's daughter. Tom was taught the primary series of Ashtanga Yoga one pose at a time by Sharath Jois, Pattabhi's grandson. He has spent over two years living in India, and is certified to teach asana, pranayama, mudras and philosophy by Indian masters. He has been practicing for more than 20 years and teaching for over 15. Tom founded and taught at Yogasanas Budapest for many years. In addition to yoga, Tom is passionate about house renovation, gardening, healthy living, and his constant companions Gerda (his Weimaraner) and Ella (an Indian Pariah dog he found in a Hindu temple in South India). He & his partner recently began to renovate the house built by Jethro Wood, the inventor of the cast iron plough, in Aurora, NY. He is an active member of the Friends Meeting in Poplar Ridge.
Movement has always had a natural personal connection for Jillian. Beginning dance at the age of 3 it became her deepest outlet of creativity. The sense of unity yoga promoted curiosity in Jillian, paving the road for the journey she's on today. Jillian's yoga practice reaches back about 3 years. Her drive stems from the ability to help others connect, whether through their mind, body or spirituality. This led her to the School of Authentic Movement in Uvita, Costa Rica where she recently received her 200 hr certification under Erin Kelly, Steph Gongora, and Bianca Scalise. Jillian also has experience as an assistant dance teacher, to the younger dancers at her studio, Fancy Footwork. Her goal is to create a space where we can all move, feel and think with authenticity.
Mary Pasqua first fell in love with yoga in 2000 while taking a college course. Excited by what she learned, she continued to practice yoga and also began studying other exercise modalities like Pilates and strength training. Then in 2011, she had the opportunity to switch careers and dedicated her life to helping people achieve greater health and wellness through fitness. Today she strives to incorporate her diverse certifications and training into each class, offering a unique yet effective class experience infused with love, peace, and joy.
MARY PASQUA WALDRON
Wendy has been working in the fitness industry for over 6 years and enjoys developing programs for specialty populations including active older adults and children. With her Masters in teaching, she is successful in connecting with her class participants and takes a personal approach to help them meet their wellness goals. She had her yoga certification from NETA and holds multiple certificates for Pilates, Silver Sneakers, Active Older Adults, Better Balance and Group Fitness.
Tracy has worked in the fitness industry for over 15 years. As Fitness Director at the Skaneateles YMCA for 5 years, she developed and implemented various fitness programs and classes for a diverse group of participants. She has in the past and currently works with local collegiate athletes in various sports, she is also responsible for working with athletes who are rehabilitating and reconditioning for their sport.
Tracy has her Masters degree from Syracuse University, 200 YYT from Yoga Alliance, and is a certified personal trainer, Pilates and Cycling Instructor and holds 45+ Specialty Fitness Certifications
Bryann started her yoga journey over 10 years ago. After moving back to her hometown of Auburn from New York City, she was encouraged by friends and family to expand her yoga practice to teaching others. Bryann received her 200 hour training from Boston Yoga School, led by Ame Wren. After her training, Bryann’s practice developed from strictly asana based to a deeper connection to the mind and body. Bryann’s classes incorporate a fun, challenging aspect while nurturing the soul. Her hope is to have you leave your mat feeling refreshed and balanced.