Peter Rizzo

Founder and Director

Peter is the director of Bhava Yoga Center and brings 20+ years of teaching experience into his classes, workshops and teacher training programs.

Peter is certified by the Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT500 level and was trained at the 800 hour level at Jivamukti in 1996. He first opened Bhava in the East Village of NYC in 1999. He has conducted yearly teacher trainings since then. Peter has been invited to teach Bhava Vinyasa Yoga and lead teacher training programs internationally and draws yoga students from across the globe to study in Brattleboro.

Bhava Yoga has been serving the Brattleboro community with intelligently sequenced vinyasa and mindfulness meditation for more than 10 years. Peter is happy and grateful to be in Brattleboro and to offer Bhava Vinyasa Yoga in this magical, beautiful place.

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Ariana Mathieu

Ariana Mathieu is a RYT-200 certified Kundalini Yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance. She believes Kundalini Yoga is a powerful, transformative, and profound practice, that helps center one's energy and allows for the personal growth and expansion of one's awareness. Ariana has a true love and passion for Kundalini Yoga. She believes it is a beautiful practice that supports living a grounded, happy, healthy, spiritual life. She feels the most rewarding aspect of this practice is the well-being one can receive from it, and the inner strength and peace a regular practice cultivates. Kundalini yoga brings peace and flow into one's life. It is a technology, which helps us to connect and align with our own inner wisdom and teacher.

Ariana first began practicing Kundalini Yoga in 2011 and immediately felt a deep connection to this style of yoga. Since then she has experienced profound positive shifts in awareness, perspective and overall state of being. Ariana received her 200 HR Kundalini Yoga training in Sedona, Arizona at Seven Centers Yoga Arts Studio. Through her practice she realized the importance of maintaining the balance of mind, body & soul. She has experienced immense positive changes from her practice, and wishes to offer the opportunity of this experience to others.

Jamie Mills

Jamie Mills received her yoga teacher certification from Sadhana Yoga School in Keene, New Hampshire in June 2014. She taught Vinyasa Flow at Heart Space Yoga in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, before relocating to Brattleboro.

A Truth Seeker by heart, Jamie has always had a passion for yoga and philosophical exploration. Education and personal exploration in yoga has continually been a major presence in her life.

Jamie's experience with yoga has been one of seeking and finding comfort with the everyday earthly human experience. Struggling with anxiety, poor digestion and consumerism, yoga became the ritual to break the bonds of habitual tendencies and find a better, cleaner way to live. Jamie's class is an offering to promote and share knowledge that yoga carries many benefits on all levels whether it be for your bones, muscles, organs, nerves, emotions, clarity of mind and balancing the energetic body.

Tanna Dean

A Bhava instructor since 2013, Tanna first experienced the benefits of Yoga years ago while recovering from a knee injury. She discovered that not only was Yoga a safe and effective way to recuperate but she also began to feel more comfortable in her body by dropping the striving in her physical pratice, doing less and doing better. After practicing hot yoga with Ellen Abraham for a few years Tanna discovered Bhava Vinyasa and completed a teacher training program with Peter in 2013. Since then she has also completed training in Unnata Aerial Yoga and partnered with her friends to open ACT Fit Co. in Brattleboro. Tanna is also a certified SPINNING® instructor and a Black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate. She is currently continuing her studies with Peter in the 2016 Bhava Advanced Teacher Training program, bringing her current Yoga instructor’s certification up to a 500 Hour RYT level.

Tanna loves that the practice of Yoga offers immediate benefits as well as the potential for effective long term transformation. Held within a safe and encouraging environment, her vinyasa classes are both challenging and fun with an emphasis on loving acceptance while discovering all of the wonderful things the body is capable of.