Meet Our Team at Total Body Pilates & Yoga LLC
Nicole M. Haffey
Owner & Founder, Nicole M. Haffey has a MS in Neuroscience with 14+ years experience as a Certified Pilates Teacher with certifications in Pilates mat, reformer, & barre. As a former D3 Collegiate Athlete, Nicole understands the mindset of training as a competitive athlete as well as the potential for injuries. After experiencing years of chronic lower back and ankle injuries throughout her athletic career, Nicole found pain relief from the core strengthening, gymnastic-based movements of Pilates. With her recent certification as a USA Weightlifting L1 Sports Performance Coach, Nicole is passionate about sharing her knowledge in relating two opposite styles of exercise; the slow, controlled movements of Pilates with the efficient, full body conditioning movements in Olympic lifts & Sports Performance.
Her integrated knowledge of diverse fitness modalities lends to her unique & creative approach towards wellness. Nicole’s well-rounded background has led to training experience with clients at various fitness levels ranging from intercollegiate athletes, training for sports performance to 60+yr olds looking to move healthier.
Nicole has found success in designing specialized training programs for athletes including runners, crossfitters & golfers where athletes work to strengthen specific areas of chronic weakness & build overall flexibility. Additionally, Nicole specializes in programming for Working class professionals where long hours traveling abroad & sitting in desks all day wreak havoc on postural muscles and the body as a whole. A large portion of her success has been in developing personalized training programs for clients that utilize a combination of Pilates mat & apparatus work, Strength & Conditioning exercises and mobility exercises using both bands & myofascial release (MFR) techniques. Nicole’s adaptive training model provides clients with an endless variety of workouts contingent on where each client is at both physically & mentally during each session. She believes this steady training progression is the secret to her client’s reaching their goals while preventing injuries.
“ My purpose is to create a fitness community that empowers individuals to train outside of their comfort zone. I hope to challenge you to think differently about the way you move your body; encouraging you to push through the mental barriers restricting your performance and also creating the body awareness to know when to stop. In my years of experience, I have seen people’s bodies and minds transform into positive, inspired individuals and I hope to promote that change.”
Nicole M. Haffey has a MS in Neuroscience & 14+ years experience as a PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher with certifications in STOTT Pilates®, Balanced Body®, PHI Pilates, & USA Weightlifting L1 Sports Conditioning.
Her all-level Yoga classes help students build strength and flexibility by connecting thoughtful movement with the awareness of the breath. Classes combine challenging yet playful sequences with mindfulness, meditation & breathe as Katie aims for students to leave class feeling empowered and strong in both body and mind.
Katie Marone completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at West Hartford Yoga in 2014. When she’s not teaching or on her yoga mat, Katie runs PAWesome! Pet Care, a local dog walking and pet care business.
Danielle ReardonP.H.I.T. Coach & busy mother of two, Danielle Reardon brings a high level of intensity to our studio which empowers members to push themselves to train on the edge of their comfort zone. After experiencing her own fitness transformation through Pilates Mat & Apparatus work, Danielle found her passion in motivating others to reach their fitness goals. With 10+years of fitness experience within a traditional gym setting, Danielle knows too well the general struggles routine gym-goers experience when they get stuck in fitness plateaus. After finding herself uninspired with the mundane group classes at her gym, Danielle found her spark in Crossfit. Four years later, her experience in Crossfit combined with her passion for Pilates has motivated Danielle to become a NASM-CPT.
In alignment with the TBPY philosophy, Danielle successfully blends Strength & Conditioning Exercises and Pilates for total body success. Danielle has completed a 60 hr Pilates Hybrid Intensive Training Course and is currently working towards her NASM-CPT & PMA® CPT.
Urie KimA graduate of the 2015 WHY Power Yoga Teacher Training Program, Urie has been practicing yoga for 7 years. Since she first stepped into a yoga class at a gym, yoga has helped her balance stress of her daily work, be grounded, and be empowered.
Urie believes yoga is a continued journey and encourages students to explore, challenge and nurture their mind and body through practice. Her classes incorporate breath led movements to allow for moving meditation and sequences that build strength toward better alignment and mobility. She draws inspiration from yogis she met on her travels as well as methods outside of yoga.When she’s not on the mat, Urie enjoys exploring mountains and waters, snowboarding in the winter and hiking and stand-up paddling in the summer.
Avery RinquistAvery has been practicing yoga for 10+years, and a graduate of the 2013 WHY Power Yoga Teacher Training Program with 5 years’ experience as a Competitive Gymnastics Coach.
As a West Hartford native, Avery was active in sports from an early age, participating in local, national and international Gymnastics competitions for Hall High School. She excelled as a three sport athlete in diving, gymnastics and track and field, winning the state meet in pole vaulting and setting school records in all three sports.
Avery found her passion for yoga when attending college at University of Pittsburgh. As yoga became an integral part of her athletic repertoire, Avery discovered the additional benefits yoga had to offer on an emotional, mental and spiritual level.After graduating in 2010, she began coaching gymnastics at her alma mater and with New England Gymnastics Express. For 5 years, she coached competitive gymnasts ranging from 2-18 years old. While coaching, she continued her yoga practice and completed her WHY Power Yoga Teacher Training. When she’s not teaching yoga, she enjoys hiking, biking, trapezing, making ice cream, eating ice cream, sailing, traveling & playing with dogs.
Avery has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Minors in Fitness and Italian. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of Connecticut.