The Yoga Connection is located within the massage therapy /wellness center of Be Well Now in Alton. The Yoga Connection is owned by Danette Watt and staffed by the following teachers, all of whom are certified and are registered with Yoga Alliance.
Danette Watt is a 2014 graduate of West East Yoga, St. Louis’s oldest yoga school founded by Dr. Jaime Sanchez. She is currently enrolled in YogaU Online’s Yoga Wellness Educator 300 hour program.
Danette believes the yoga pose should fit the body, not that the body should be forced to fit the pose. She enjoys introducing people to yoga through the studio’s Yoga Basics course and believes everyone can benefit from yoga, whether they are athletes looking for active recovery, seniors working to maintain their functional fitness or students who want a more challenging class.
Danette has an interest in the chakras and Kundalini yoga. An avid fitness advocate, she enjoys Crossfit, running, competing in triathlons and other exercise endeavors. She is available for private lessons and corporate-sponsored classes.
Andrea Chancey graduated from West East Yoga with her 200 hour certification in November 2018. The following February, Andrea began further studies at West East Yoga, completing another 300 hours of training in November 2019. She has a particular interest in the chakras. Andrea will be teaching Friday evenings during The Yoga Connection’s yoga teacher training program, in partnership with West East Yoga.
Emma Franklin graduated from West East Yoga in November 2018. She currently teaches Wednesday mornings and evenings. She brings her growing knowledge of occupation therapy to her classes, ensuring each student has the best experience possible.
After Gail Herzog retired from a career of teaching a full range of Communication courses in higher education, she became hooked on yoga, appreciating the vastness of the practice and resonating deeply with its profound philosophical foundations, opening a doorway into another world through its movement, conscious breathing, and mindfulness. She teaches a popular monthly Gentle Restorative Yoga class.
She received the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification from Studio Gaia in 2016 and completed the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program (created by Jon Kabat-Zinn) in 2013 from University of Missouri, St. Louis. Having experienced the healing power of yoga in her own life, Gail is very much motivated to explore with others some of the wondrous things that have been shared in the practice of yoga, knowing there are numerous reasons that drive a person to their mat, but the deeper gifts of yoga eventually reveal themselves. She believes that yoga is for everybody, and is especially interested in sharing Yoga Nidra (“Yogic Sleep”) a profoundly healing, delicious form of yoga requiring no physical movement, utilizing specialized relaxation exercises, breathing techniques, meditation, and guided imagery to relax consciously and deeply to reveal one’s True Self.
Aly Slaughter received her training at Rishikul Yogshala in Rishikesh, India in 2018. She has an interest in making yoga accessible for everyone. Certified through Accessible Yoga and Mind Body Solutions, she returned to India in November 2019 for a conference for people with disabilities where she taught an accessible yoga class. Aly currently teaches Monday mornings.