ahimsa shanti yoga
Yoga is for every body. Find peace, calm, and serenity while gently restoring and healing yourself. Taking time to still the mind and focus inwardly as you come to your practice will enhance your level of wellness and overall feeling of well-being, uniting body, mind, and spirit.
Ahimsa or non-violence is one of the yamas or ethical disciplines of the eight limbs of yoga. As B.K.S. Iyengar states in his book, "Light on Yoga," ahimsa "...has a wider positive meaning, love. This love embraces all creation, for we are all children of the same Father - the Lord.
Shanti or peace is a state which is most conducive to practicing yoga. When you chant, “Om shanti shanti shanti,” it’s an invocation of peace. In Buddhist and Hindu traditions you chant shanti three times to represent peace in body, speech, and mind.
The word yoga means yoke or union of body, mind, and spirit. It is much more than the asanas or poses that we practice. It is a about connecting with ourselves and our community, our earth and our universe, and ultimately with our higher self.
Wendy Simmons-Taylor is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500) practicing in the Fairfield County area of CT. She began practicing Yoga in 2008 under Amy Irish and was inspired to go deeper into the spiritual aspects of yoga. She took her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, an Iyengar based training, with Kim Valeri of YogaSpirit in 2012. Wendy's studies continued with Rolf Gates and Heidi Sormaz at Fresh Yoga in New Haven where she recieved her 500 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in 2016.
To further her studies, Wendy took Therapeutic Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Jillian Pransky and studied Yin Yoga with Joe Barnet. She has studied jazz dance and somatic movement with Kimberly McKeever and has also studied Pilates and group exercise.
"I am every so grateful to all my teachers and humbled by my students who enrich my life daily!" ~ Wendy
Ahimsa Shanti Yoga
I have been volunteer teaching gentle yoga classes at the Hindu Cultural Center of Connecticut (HCC) at 96 Chapel Street, Stratford, CT on Saturday & Sunday mornings since 2012. Both classes start at 9:30 am and go to 10:45 am. We also offer a Wednesday and Thursday evening yoga class from 6:45 - 8:00 pm. These classes are beginner level, and we work on alignment, flexibility, and strength in a way that is correct and nurturing for every body. A $5.00 donation is requested per class.
You can email me for further information at
Yoga & Pranayama Classes
Saturday & Sunday 9:30 - 10:45 am
Wednesday evening 6:30 - 7:45 pm
Thursday evening 6:30 - 7:45 pm
Nitya Chanting Therapy
Saturday 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Hindu Cultural Center of Stratford (HCC)
96 Chapel Street, Stratford, CT