300 Hour Advanced Teacher Training Teachers

Tracey Sondick

Tracey Sondick

Tracey Sondik is an E-RYT 500 hour yoga teacher,  certified C-IAYT yoga therapist, certified MBSR instructor, iRest Level 2 teacher in training, and licensed clinical psychologist.  Tracey loves teaching therapeutic yoga  including Yin, Restorative, and Yoga Nidra for groups and individuals.  Her primary yoga and meditation teachers include Sarah and Ty Powers, Paul Grilley, Yoganand Michael Carroll, John and Jennifer Welwood,  and Richard Miller.  Tracey is  an endorsed Insight Yoga teacher, one of only of 18 teachers with this designation across the world.  She teaches weekly yoga classes, workshops, and community yoga classes for persons in recovery.  Tracey leads  nationally recognized mindfulness programs and retreats, and  Yin Yoga Teacher Training Immersions for yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and mental health professionals.  Tracey has a strong background in brain /behavior, working as a neuropsychologist with an expertise in neuropsychological assessment, trauma-informed therapies,  and integrative medicine.  She has spent most of her professional career working in inpatient and outpatient behavioral health settings  with clients that have a wide-range of brain-based disorders including traumatic brain injury, stroke, neurocognitive disorders, depression, bipolar disorder,  anxiety disorders, PTSD, and schizophrenia.   She has authored several publications and a book chapter around holistic behavioral treatment for different mental health conditions. She created and co-chairs the State of Connecticut  State-Wide Integrative Medicine Collaborative dedicated to the use of holistic treatments for behavioral services throughout the state of Connecticut.  Tracey is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University Department of Psychiatry, and adjunct faculty member at University of Hartford Graduate School of Professional Psychology in Hartford, CT and Maryland University of Integrative Health Master’s of Science Yoga Therapy program in Laurel, Maryland. 


Kelly M Bay
E-RYT 200, RYT-500, Certified C- IAYT yoga therapist, CT LMT #003242, BCTMB, Samadhi 300 Hour Program Development
Kelly discovered the practice of yoga at the age of seventeen.   As a dedicated practitioner with a willingness to deepen her study she completed her 200 hour Tantra Hatha yoga training in 2012.  She completed a second 200 hour  Doaist yoga teacher training in 2014 and her 500 hour yoga therapist certification through the Center for Integrative Yoga Studies. She teaches weekly classes to court involved adolescent girls at an inpatient facility and co-developed Trauma Informed Yoga For Girls. She is a lead teacher in Samadhi’s 200 hour YTT.

Kelly is a 2002 graduate of the CT Center for Massage therapy.  She has been in private practice for 15 years. She skillfully weaves her knowledge and experience as a massage therapist into her yoga classes.  Kelly teaches beginners, gentle, moderate, power, pre/postnatal and trauma informed yoga for girls. The path of yoga has revealed itself to be a powerful healing force within her life and those she is in service to.  The science of yoga and meditation when practiced with self-compassion, intelligence and patience yield unlimited possibility for personal healing.


Sarajean Shakti Rudman

Sarajean Shakti Rudman, founder of Bala Strong Hot Vinyasa Yoga and the RunYogiRun Podcast, wants you to be well. A New England-based Yogini, Ayurvedic practitioner, Nutritionist, and outdoor adventure guide, she has over a decade of experience across many diverse fields in health and wellness to support you. Sarajean is an integral teacher at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA, and teaches all over the country and the world as an expert in her fields of Ayurveda, Yoga, Mindful Running and Nutrition at many well renowned centers, festivals, and venues. In addition to certifications in multiple fitness modalities, Sarajean holds a B.S. in Health and Wellness and Sports Management, an M.S. in Integrative Health and Clinical Nutrition, a post-baccalaureate certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching, and an M.A. in Health and Wellness Coaching (expected completion May 17).  These Western credentials are balanced with a 500-hour E-RYT, a Kripalu Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher and a NAMA recognized Ayurvedic Practitioner Certifications. Sarajean embodies, through her studies and experiences, the synergy and harmony that Eastern and Western science and philosophy can exist in together, bringing people together in community and helping them find their healthy balance. In her spare time, you can find her cultivating her own wellness through cooking, running, hiking, SUP, outdoor adventures, forest bathing and hot yoga. Learn more or work with Sarajean by going to balastrong.com, or find her on social media @sarajeanrudman and @bebalastrong.


Nikki Arel
200-RYT, CT LMT#4433, BCTMB Certified

Nikki is the owner of Essential Touch llc, which is a massage business dedicated to Thai Massage.  She completed her initial Massage training through the CT Center for Massage Therapy (CCMT) in Dec 2005, obtaining her license in 2006. Since then, she has dedicated a great deal of energy and time to Thai Massage, studying throughout the USA and in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  Nikki often offers workshops throughout the state, as well as teaching through the bodymind center for thai massage, offering training for licensed massage therapists.  Nikki is also an instructor at CCMT in Massage Therapy 1 and Acupressure.  She completed her YTT through Samadhi in 2010 and has been the early morning instructor book-ending the week on Mondays and Fridays ever since.  She completed the Warriors At Ease certification in 2014 and has worked with the National Guard and Veterans for meditation, yoga and thai massage.  Additionally, when time allows, Nikki works as a Wellness Instructor for Un-Cruise Adventures and has been able to teach yoga to the sounds of whales breathing and glaciers calving in Alaska and the surf breaking on the beach in the Sea of Cortez.  While in Alaska, she re-named the asana to match the wildlife and scenery in Southeast Alaska and got very good at balancing on moving objects, as boats are rarely still and stable.