Flowing to Fitness, Body, Mind & Spirit...
Amie Petro, E-RYT 500 & CPT
Owner of Flow to Fit Yoga, LLC
Amie began practicing yoga fifteen years ago. After her very first yoga class she experienced an immediate sense of relief and realized that yoga was the answer to a more peaceful, balanced life. In February 2010 she received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification and became registered with Yoga Alliance. In July 2012 she became a
Certified Personal Trainer and Pilates Mat Instructor as well. In 2019 Amie received her 300hr certification from Down Under School of yoga.
She teaches Vinyasa flow-to-fit style classes with strong emphasis on building functional strength and flexibility. A typical class begins with a warm up, then core strengthening, followed by a creative but thoughtful flow through poses. Classes finish with balancing practice and guided relaxation or meditation. The entire practice is centered around building functional strength, correcting muscular imbalances and posture, and improving balance. This not only enables students to perform everyday tasks with ease, but also helps prevent and avoid injuries.
Amie specializes in helping those recovering from an injury, surgery or dealing with chronic pain. She gradually increases the intensity of each workout to build strength slowly and mindfully preventing re-injury and setbacks.
She has attended countless workshops and trainings with a variety of yoga instructors such as David Swenson, Seane Corn, Kathryn Budhig, Tao Porchon-Lynch, Erik Kipp, Shiva Rea, Elena Brower, Gwen Lawrence, Natasha Rizopoulis, Jason Crandell, David Life, Anna Forest, Sadie Nardini, Hala Khouri, Amy Ippoliti, Beryl Bender Birch, Rodney Yee and Mark Whitwell to name a few...
In 2017 she received certification for Traumatic Stress, Healing & Resiliency with Yoga.
Amie is also a member of the Newtown Yoga Festival Volunteer Committee.
In addition to being a dedicated yogi, she enjoys running, hiking, traveling and training in Krav Maga. She has completed a Tough Mudder, Spartan Beast and many other trail runs and races.
Amie believes in treating the whole person; body, mind & spirit and that consistency and support are the two most important factors in achieving and maintaining health and happiness.
Elynor Festa Makowski, RYT 200
Elynor is a 200 Yoga Alliance® Registered Yoga Teacher, a graduate of the Lotus Gardens Yoga School, and a regular yoga practitioner. Her passion for the art of Yoga began in early 2010 with Hatha Yoga when she was no longer content with just participating, she decided to concentrate on teaching and enrolled in a certification program. Since graduation she has gone on to become certified to teach Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Chair Yoga, and Yoga Nidra as well. When not on her mat she enjoys swimming, Pilates, power walking, and hiking with her wonderful husband at many of the lovely nearby parks.
Zoe Allard is a life long dancer and mover. She has been teaching Barre Fitness classes for 4 years in the Greater Hartford area as well as dance throughout the state for the last 10 years. Zoe is a classically trained ballet and modern dancer and enjoys educating others ages 3 through adult in various forms of movement.
She is a founding member and Assistant Director of Moxie Dance Company and Assistant Director of Premier Dance School. She has performed with Moxie Dance Company, Sonia Plumb Dance Company, and the Woodman Dance Project.
Zoe's teaching philosophy is formed around positive community interactions to reach individual goals. She encourages her clients to challenge themselves in class while smiling, laughing, and encouraging each other.
Kim Johnson, RYT 200
Kim is originally from Durban, South Africa. After a lifetime of curiosity about yoga, she took her first yoga class in February 2016. She was delighted by the experience as she found her teachers to be warm, kind and reassuring, making her feel welcome, and at ease. Returning on a weekly basis, it didn’t take long for her to connect to her breath and experience the body, mind, spirit connection. Stepping out of her comfort zone, she has embraced the yoga philosophy which has helped her to feel centered and grounded, bringing peace and happiness within.
Kim graduated from a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2017. Her teaching style is guided by an open heart and the gift of confidence provided by yoga. She is also a Yoga Alliance accredited Aerial Yoga Teacher, Reiki 1 practitioner, has studied Yin Yoga Myofascial Release with Dirk Bennewitz of Power Yoga Germany, and Spirituality and Mindfulness with Dr. Brandon Nappi of The Copper Beech Institute. She has attended multiple programs to deepen her knowledge of Ayurveda, Somatics and hands-on adjustments. Kim is currently a student at Naugatuck Valley Community College and is working towards a degree to become a Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor.
Kim believes yoga is an extension of how we live our lives; and that every challenge we face on or off the mat is there to help us learn a lesson, which in turn provides a greater understanding of ourselves and others, deepening our awareness and enabling us to become more compassionate.
Kim lives in Oakville with her 3 children and cat Willow. In her spare time, Kim enjoys a variety of fitness classes, gymnastic rings, healthy cooking, hiking and spending time with family and friends.