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ZEN MAFIA


Zen Mafia is a group of yogis, working to make yoga accessible and fun, for all who are interested. We pair yoga with products and services, that people already love, to make yoga more accessible and welcoming to everyone. The co-founders, Stephanie and Kelly met at Raffa Yoga teacher training and were instantaneously drawn together on their very first day. Both ladies have this insurmountable feeling, that they were brought together by fate. Kelly and Stephanie's energy and teaching styles are in synch, but both offer something different creatively. On and off the mat their yin and yang makes magic. Join them on their journey, for lively pop up yoga classes, yoga inspired parties and events, employee yoga, reiki, private yoga classes, belly dancing classes, angel readings, yoga workshops, studio event classes and yoga inspired apparel.

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ZEN MAFIA


Zen Mafia is a group of yogis, working to make yoga accessible and fun, for all who are interested. We pair yoga with products and services, that people already love, to make yoga more accessible and welcoming to everyone. The co-founders, Stephanie and Kelly met at Raffa Yoga teacher training and were instantaneously drawn together on their very first day. Both ladies have this insurmountable feeling, that they were brought together by fate. Kelly and Stephanie's energy and teaching styles are in synch, but both offer something different creatively. On and off the mat their yin and yang makes magic. Join them on their journey, for lively pop up yoga classes, yoga inspired parties and events, employee yoga, reiki, private yoga classes, belly dancing classes, angel readings, yoga workshops, studio event classes and yoga inspired apparel.

 
 

 

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300 Morgan Avenue

Johnston RI, 02919 

(401) 451-2925

(401) 230-0170

 

 

 

 
 
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About Us


About Us


 

 Stephanie Kazanjian

 

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    My name is Stephanie Kazanjian,  I am a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor and the co-owner of The Zen Mafia and Zen Den. My journey to yoga, started six years ago as I acquired my MBA and was simultaneously required to sit at a desk all day. My spine and my mind needed a release. Yoga restored the functionality of movement back to my body and fluidity back to my spine. Beyond my body, yoga had a release for my mind. I struggled with anxiety for the majority of my life, and yoga provided relief from that.

Excited about all the benefits I was feeling from yoga, I enrolled in the Raffa Yoga RYTT 200hr training. I dove into any extra learning I could, to educate myself about breathing patterns and how to engage the parasympathetic nervous system during challenging poses in my practice and challenging times in my life. After working at several studios for a year, I decided along with my business partner, that our students needed more. We created ZEN MAFIA, to teach flexible classes, that welcomed students of all levels and made yoga fun again.

       Why yoga events and not just studio classes? The lack of welcoming, intuitive, schedule friendly classes, makes it hard for people already nervous to try yoga, to actually get started.  Even seasoned yogis who want to deepen their practice, can’t grow from the same type of experience. By providing personalized yoga classes with flexible schedules, as well as events that incorporate things students already love, yoga becomes a welcoming and fun experience for everyone.  

 

OUR MAFIA

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Christina Pirolli

Yoga has been a part of Christina’s life for over 10 years.  She instantly fell in love with the practice the moment she first stepped onto her mat.  She loved the physical and mental benefits yoga had to offer and discovered some of her happiest moments were on her mat.  Yoga has helped her grow stronger and more flexible, both on and off the mat. Yoga has taught her to live more mindfully and to appreciate all of life’s moments.

Christina earned her RYT200 in 2014.  She was trained in the Baptiste method through Wayland Square Power Yoga.  She completed a weekend-long foundations training with Baron Baptiste. Since then she has been trained in SPA Yoga, PiYo, and has also become certified to teach yoga to military veterans and individuals with PTSD.  She is excited to share her love of yoga with others. She loves to combine creative sequences, a playful spirit, and a dose of inspiration in her classes. There is nothing more rewarding for her than having her students leave with a smile on their faces.  Outside of the studio, Christina is a kindergarten teacher. She loves being at the beach, traveling, and spending time with her friends, family, and bulldog Halsey.

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Christine Gallo

She is the owner of Sunflower Kids Yoga, and brings yoga to children and their caregivers in preschools, daycares or private sessions in homes. She is a certified elementary school teacher with 15+ years of classroom teaching experience, and has practiced yoga for over 20 years. She loves sharing the joy of yoga with children, and has used it along with relaxation and mindfulness in and outside of her classroom and with her own children. She has seen first hand the difference that it makes when a child has tools at their ready to help them manage their emotions. 

Christine is certified as a Kidding Around instructor, and has also trained in Radiant Child and Itsy Bitsy yoga. She is a Trauma Informed Yoga teacher, certified through Yoga Ed. In addition to her yoga training, she has an extensive background and experience using a variety of Social Emotional and Mindfulness methods, including the MindUp program. Christine lives in RI with her husband, two boys and dog. Christine is thrilled to be part of the Zen Mafia!

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Giana Giarrusso

I never expected to teach. My journey with yoga, the metaphysical, health and wellness came from a burning desire I had for self discovery. It all started when I took my first yoga class in 2013 which blossomed into a self study of the healing arts. I graduated a 200 hr Registered Yoga Teacher Training. In 2016 I completed a 100 hr yoga teacher training in NYC learning about injury prevention and maintenance for teachers and practitioners. My love for the healing arts grew as I started to learn about and integrate new modalities both physical and spiritual. 

As my love for the metaphysical and spirit grew I was driven to learn more about care for the physical body. I enrolled in a program for Massage Therapy in February 2017, immersing myself in the study of anatomy and kinesiology. In September of 2017 I had the privilege of participating in a cadaver lab at the University of Rhode Island, seeing first hand life's experiences on the body. In March 2018 I graduated from Bancroft School of Massage Therapy and was licensed through the state of RI in June of 2018.

Body, Mind & Spirit; we like to compartmentalize these in our mind and in society but I believe in order to live a happy and full life it's important to practice looking at them all as one. In my classes I like to take a 101 approach teaching how to integrate muscles, breath work and poses in a unique and delightfully challenging way. I like to use different tools from my tool box; such as aromatherapy, meditation, breathwork and more to create a unique experience on the yoga mat and teach techniques that can be used off the mat too! 

After years of using the healing powers of cacao (yes, chocolate!), in ceremony and personally at home with my own practice, I now have the honor of being a Brand Ambassador for One World Cacao. Cacao in its purest form is packed with antioxidants and nutrition. It opens the heart chakra and is a fun and delicious pair for a yoga or meditation practice. It's my passion to share what I have learned with others and to be a conduit of connection and community. Come practice with me! 

Linda Sheridan

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Linda teaches certified Barre and Buti yoga teacher. Buti Yoga is a powerful blend of tribal dance, and primal movements, plyometric and vinyasa-style yoga. She believes in this practice because of the self-love and self-acceptance, and how the group energy of a Buti class is truly unique and amazing.

Linda has always been deeply connected to fitness, currently practicing and teaching Barre, Pilates and plays soccer regularly. She found yoga as the perfect complement to her life’s passions and it brings peace and awareness, an opportunity to reconnect with herself, restore balance, and quiet her mind. Linda has practiced different types of yoga for years including hatha, ashtanga, Vinyasa, Prana Flow® Yoga, and Baptiste yoga.

Linda believes in leading a practice in a very dynamic yet supportive environment where playfulness,compassion, and self-acceptance are encouraged, and where self-love is super-charged and laughter is always welcomed.

Meg Connors

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Meg is a CYT-200, has completed trainings in Integrated Energy Therapy and is working towards becoming a Master Reiki practitioner. She was drawn to the practice of yoga in her late teens after suffering from traumatic loss. Through her practice she was able to find peace from within. With having sporadic bouts between yoga and a monotonous cycle with the gym, she found herself always coming back to the mat.

With a degree in creative writing and English literature, reading and writing has also always been an outlet for Meg. She has learned to integrate journaling, and the physical asana practice to create a window for self-love and creativity. Meg has become devoted to sharing her love of yoga, meditation and energy healing with those around her. She is passionate and excited to share what she has learned thus far in her journey, but even more excited to remain a student of life and all of its offerings.

THE FOUNDERS

Kelly Cambio

 

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       Kelly holds a Bachelor in Science and had a career in the fashion world before completing a Master’s Degree in Education. Always passionate about health and fitness, and also being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder caused by a food allergy, she pursued a Fitness Nutrition Certificate to help herself and others when it came to food as medicine.

       Following her heart and intuition, she decided to sign up for yoga teacher training and it changed her life. She loves to share the practice and in the process has gained not only flexibility of body but also a more peaceful mind. Peace is helpful while she is raising her spirited, full of life three children and being co-owner of Zen Mafia.

Gretta Jacobs

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A New England native, Gretta Jacobs has been teaching yoga since 2017, with extensive knowledge in various styles such as Hatha, Vinyasa, Prana Flow, pre and post natal, and Chair yoga. She has worked with students aged 8 to 85, and gives both private and group yoga lessons. Gretta is also Reiki certified and has taught various meditation workshops. Gretta believes in the power of yoga to transform, heal, and open one’s awareness to self. 

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Benefits of yoga


Benefits of yoga


Stress relief

Increased physical stamina and strength

Self-reflection and increased awareness

Heightened self-confidence and improved self-image

Improves posture

Pain relief

Better sleep

Increased energy levels

Emotional healing

Increased flexibility

Increased muscle strength and tone

Improved respiration,energy and vitality

Maintain a balanced metabolism

Weight reduction

Cardio and circulatory health

Protection from injury

Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown

Protects your spine

Betters your bone health

Increases your blood flow

Drains your lymphs and boosts immunity

Drops your blood pressure

Regulates your adrenal glands

Resets your nervous system

Lowers blood sugar

Helps you focus

Improves your balance

Releases tension in your limbs

Helps you sleep deeper

Boosts your immune system functionality 

Prevents digestive problems

Gives you peace of mind

Supports your connective tissue