Group Fitness & Instructional Class Instructors

Tayah Turocy is a first-year graduate student at Yale studying chemical biology. She is a certified spinning instructor through Mad Dogg Athletics and has been teaching for two years. Although exercise is not a direct part of her future profession, she loves integrating working out into her daily life. She loves creating fun and engaging rides with upbeat music or themes. Her goal for each class is that riders have challenging workouts while achieving their personal goals. She spends her time between spin classes researching in chemistry labs, teaching organic chemistry lab, and exploring New Haven with new friends.
Sarah Flashman lives in New Haven with her husband and almost 2-year-old son. She graduated in 2011 from the Hartt School at University of Hartford with a B.F.A in Dance Performance and has performed with various modern and contemporary ballet companies in Hartford, New York City, and New Haven. She has years of experience teaching dance, but currently enjoys teaching fitness classes and getting to know people from all over the world at Yale. Join her for Mom & Baby Fitness, Dancing Thru Pregnancy, or Sculpt & Tone at the gym!
Ali Bailey , Passionate for Zumba, personal training, and self-growth. Father is former bodybuilder, loves health and wellness industry. Looks to lead anyone needing guidance, knowledge, or interested in life-long learning. Experience working with athletes, models, actors, and bodybuilding competitors.
Rosalind D’Eugenio Rosalind D’Eugenio is AFAA certified in body shred (HIIT), cardio kickboxing, and body sculpting and toning. Rosalind likes to teach high-energy, fun classes. She focuses on technique so students at every level can enjoy her classes. Rosalind also aims for the maximum calorie burn with class technique to help ensure that each student gets the most from their workout.
Dianne Terrace MS, CPT, CYI, teaches Pilates on the Ball. She is the clinical trainer for the United Methodist Homes and works with private clients with disabilities. Dianne holds multiple certifications through AFAA as well as a 200-hour yoga certification through Lotus Gardens Studio, she studied Mat Level I APPI Pilates and taught Pilates and Yoga for 10 years at corporate gyms before coming to Yale. She received a CALA award for her balance and strength programs for seniors and is a clinical instructor for the Exercise Science and Physical Therapy students at Sacred Heart University.
Ann Cowlin , MA, CSM, CCE, teaches ballet and pre/post-natal fitness. She danced with several ballet and modern companies in the U.S., Europe, and on NBC television’s Today Show and Omnibus. Ann received her M.A. in Dance from UCLA and a postgraduate certificate in Sports Medicine from Phoenix General Hospital. She taught at UCLA and Arizona State University before coming to Yale. The author of Women’s Fitness Program Development and chapters in various textbooks, she founded ‘Dancing Thru Pregnancy,’ is the expert consultant in Pre/Post-Natal Physical Training for the U.S. Army, and is an international presenter in dance medicine
Matisse Madden Matisse Madden is a professional Ballerina and professional and college level Ballet instructor. Matisse hails from the island of Kauai, where she was lucky enough to study under a wonderful Teacher who dancer with the Royal Ballet in England. Matisse has a B.S. in Zoology and B.A. in Dance, and holds an MFA in Ballet teaching and choreography. Matisse has danced with many Ballet companies including Ballet West, Connecticut Ballet and currently dances with Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet and Dimensional Dance. Matisse has performed and toured internationally and enjoys a vigorous guest teaching schedule. Matisse loves teaching the Ballet students at Yale, and is so happy to open her class to those who love to dance, but have taken some time off. When Matisse is not dancing, she loves to play outside with her two sons, ages two and five years old, and love to see opera and go to Bikram Yoga with her husband.  
Craig Elkin  has been practicing karate with the Japan Karate Association since 1979. He is a 5th degree black belt, a certified instructor, judge, and examiner. Shotokan karate is a traditional Japanese martial art stressing physical conditioning and character development. Craig has been the chief instructor of the Yale University Karate Club since 1996, as well as a self-defense instructor for Yale for many years, specializing in women’s self-defense. Craig is a retired Police Sergeant, having served with the Middletown Ct Police Department for 27 years, and has served on the Department’s SWAT team for 15 of those years.
Amy Kennedy Valente Amy Kennedy Valente started out as a dancer as soon as she could walk, and has continued that journey throughout her life as a performer, choreographer, and teacher throughout New England and New York; she has been teaching Dance here at Yale for 13+ years. She started practicing Yoga about 6+ years ago and found Yoga to be a wonderful complement to Dance. She received her 200-hour certification, went on to Let Your Yoga Dance certification, and Deep Play for Kids as well. Amy is passionate about sharing the gifts of Yoga with all ages, and believes that everyone will benefit from this practice, not only physically but also mentally! Amy has also started her own studio in Wallingford, Ct., and has been assisting trainings to certify people to teach children mindfulness through Yoga and Play!
Lyn H. Baumgartner  is a certified yoga instructor trained in the Iyengar style of Hatha Yoga. Lyn received her certification after a yearlong  intensive study at the Center for Yoga and Healing Arts in Amherst, Ma. As a teacher her intention is to create a class where each student is    able to build a safe and satisfying practice regardless of ability or experience. Lyn challenges her students to explore possibilities and to bring  passion and play into their lives through yoga. Lyn has been teaching at Payne Whitney Gym since 2005.
Hari Gopal Kaur  has been studying and teaching Kundalini Yoga and Sat Nam Rasayan (Deep Relaxation in the True Identity, Healing Technique derived from Kundalini Yoga) since 1997 in New York and abroad. She is a certified K.R.I Level One and Level Two Kundalini Yoga Teacher and a Member of IKYTA. She was under the tutelage of Sat Jivan Kaur Khalsa and Sat Jivan Singh Khalsa of Kundalini Yoga East, New York for her Level One Training and for her Level Two under Karta Singh Khalsa, the Founder of the International Aquarian Academy Amrit Nam Sarovar in Le Martinet, France. Her commitment to practice and pass on the teachings in their authentic way as taught by Yogi Bhajan, is steadfast and sincere. It calls upon a tradition of discipline of a lifelong process of studying and excelling. She is trilingual, French, German, Italian and English and grew up in different cultural settings in Europe. She has been teaching Kundalini Yoga classes and workshops @ Yale University, New Haven, CT, at the UN in New York City and at the Teacher Training Program for “Yoga for the People”. She teaches weekly at Kundalini Yoga East in NYC as well as Corporate and Private Kundalini Yoga Classes.