Welcome to Center Studio. Our mission is to share something with our community that makes you feel really good, and enhances each person’s holistic fitness with a complete connection between mind, body and soul, through yoga. Every layer of detail is about providing a peace and calm space to help create the environment to feel your best.
Be You, Feel Great.
Growing up in the midwest, Annie played a lot of tennis. That was her sport, her passion. And when Annie was looking for a college that had a fantastic Environmental Studies program, and where she could also play Division 1 tennis, the University of Vermont was the perfect fit. While Annie was at UVM, she ran her first marathon, which happened to be the 100th running of the Boston Marathon, and she never stopped running. Annie has completed 12 marathons (including 2 in Chile), 4 Hood To Coasts, and some triathlons. Her love of sports and active bodies led her to a career at Nike, where Annie worked in the Americas Region from Nike's Santiago, Chile office, and ultimately at Nike's headquarters in Beaverton, OR, where she worked as the Global Product Line Manager for Tennis. Annie and her husband, Chris, lived in Oregon for 8 years before deciding to move back to their home sweet college home of Vermont prior to having their two boys, Cannon and Boone.
During Annie's pregnancy with Cannon, she started craving yoga, and started taking pre-natal yoga classes. As a runner, Annie's body thanks her for doing yoga, and Ashtanga is such a disciplined, powerful routine that complements running. Annie got to the point where she wanted more and more, and she wanted to share this gift with other people. Annie completed her yoga instructor certification in January 2018, and she is so happy to have the opportunity to share something, with our wonderful community, that makes you feel really good, and enhances each person’s holistic fitness with a complete connection between mind, body and soul, through yoga.
Gina discovered yoga over 30 years ago when she enrolled in a class to fill a required gym credit in college. Despite the fact that the teacher was more than twice her age and had Parkinson's Disease, she was able to stand on her head with perfect balance - a feat that piqued Gina’s interest in the transformative power of yoga. For the next 25 years, Gina was on and off the mat, returning to yoga occasionally. It wasn't until her first Ashtanga class that yoga began to make real sense as a systematic method of practice, instead of a hodgepodge of postures. Ashtanga provides practitioners with specific tools to manage the physical aspects of yoga; the postures are always practiced in the same sequence so that the yogi becomes stronger and develops an internal awareness of how the body is responding each time they return to the mat. Because Ashtanga can be physically challenging, the practice is inherently imbued with mindfulness, and this is what ultimately connects the yogi to a psychological or spiritual path. As the oldest school of yoga, Ashtanga is also a lineage filled with beautiful tradition that connects yogis to its history, culture, and worldwide community. Gina has completed her 300 hour Teacher Training at Yoga Vermont and is happy and humbled to lead the Primary Series at Center Studio.
Annie Paradee has been a practitioner of Ashtanga yoga since 2010. She completed her 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Vermont in 2012. While dedicated to practicing and teaching set-series Ashtanga yoga, Annie also enjoys creating her own sequences for fun, warming Vinyasa classes. Annie is additionally certified to teach prenatal yoga.
Annie lives in Stowe with her husband, Andrew, with whom she served in Peace Corps Zambia from 2012-2014 as an agriculture and forestry volunteer. They are now the co-owners and operators of Long Winter Farm, a diversified farm producing organic produce and pasture-raised eggs and meat. Annie also teaches English at a winter academy and is an avid skier and ski coach. During any time not spent farming, practicing yoga, skiing, or teaching, Annie enjoys hiking, reading, and cooking.
Mandy Bard went to the Bikram yoga teacher training in 2005 after practicing several disciplines because she wanted to teach yoga. in the 2010 & 2011 she participated in the USA yoga competition and made it to nationals both times. She attended Tony Sanchez Advanced yoga training in 2014 & has been happy to apply his teachings to her practice & teaching style. Mandy has been teaching the Core 40 (40 Posture Flow) since 2016 & has been thrilled with the positive attraction to it. She continues to learn more about teaching yoga through self exploration, reading, her fellow teachers, family, nature & of course the students. The teaching & practicing of yoga is an integral part to Mandy's life & she is thrilled to share its benefits with all of you.