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  Middle River Yoga Studio
2 River Road
Stafford, CT

Welcome to Middle River Yoga, a restored textile mill in the heart of Stafford, CT  Our passion for yoga, meditation, and acceptance is what we offer to you when you arrive at our door.  I am Shelly, an avid gardener working full time at a farm, mother of 3, wife, and yoga lover.  Yoga has been a part of my life since I was in high school with my very first class in Somers, CT.  After receiving my 200 hour yoga certification, I continued on at Kripalu, to study with Todd Norian, in the Anusara practice, a very intentional mindful practice of yoga. Sean Corn, Rodney Yee, Beryl Bender Birch, and many local yoga teachers ,have guided me in my journey that often I feel is just beginning.  I received the mindfulness training from Thich Nhat Hanh at Stone Hill College and hope to share all that I have learned from his teachings and my mentor Alice Barrett. All and always to be continued, and shared with each student and teacher that I meet in the journey.
Keeping a beginners mind with all that we do and seeing that the  difficult times are truly our daily teachers.

Catherine Crocket


CATHERINE CROCKET ERYT 200 Catherine Crocket is a 200 hour Kripalu trained yoga teacher with over ten years experience teaching both classes and private sessions. At Kripalu, Catherine trained with renowned teachers Devarshi Hartman and Priti Ross. In addition, Catherine has studied with many great teachers around the country, including Erich Schiffmann, Rodney Yee, Desiree Rumbaugh, and Shiva Rhea. Catherine is also certified in Yoga for Golfers (trained by Katherine Roberts), Yoga for M.S. (trained by Eric Small), and is also a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Catherine’s style of yoga is focused on loosening, strengthening and letting go of stress. She teaches with compassion and playfulness, so you will both benefit and enjoy your yoga journey



Tanessa Celentano

As a former Kickboxing Instructor and powerlifter, I found myself searching for a form of exercise that would better serve my needs – physically, mentally, and spiritually. I yearned for something that would age with me, helping my body be at its best through all the coming years while also helping my mind and spirit embrace where I was in my life. 

Yoga was an answered prayer.

With a focus on anatomy and ‘safe’ alignment, the emphasis of my classes is to help your body undo some of the damage our culture and lifestyle has done to the spine, joints, major muscles, and those little tendons and ligaments we so often take for granted.  

I love to have fun in my classes… exploring what the body is capable of, but also learning how not to be so rigid and serious. Remembering how to be a kid again, yet learning how to accept and embrace the limitations of our body are the tools I hope each fellow yogi walks out of my classes with.

As a teacher, I have been so humbled and honored to be in this role. I hope you’ll join me on this journey… this practice… of loving our bodies for what they already are, and helping them be the best they can be – for years to come. 




Please call  Shelly Bigda for more information   860-706-3094
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