Shamatha Yoga Team

Chris Blanks


Principal and Director

Chris is certified in several disciplines Kripalu Yoga, Ashtanga (David Swenson), Vinyasa Flow (Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee), Viniyasa (T.K.V. Desikachar), Power Yoga (Baron Baptist, Rodney Yee), with additional certifications from The Yoga Institute of Houston. 

She also has certification in Functional, Ayurvedic Practices, using yogic philosophy, diaphragmatic breathing, lymph detox, nutrition for stress related illness & burn out.

She also has a certification in promoting optimal health and resilience for stress, chronic pain/tension management & addiction from the foremost American Meditation Institute – Heart and Science of Yoga.

She has studied chronic disease/yoga with Dr. Herbert Benson at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston. Chris is also a Reiki and Sadja Energy Healer. Her compassion and humor helped to create a spirited, warm and relaxed atmosphere.


Roberto started his fitness career in 1983 training his fellow football players at St. Joseph’s high school Trumbull, Connecticut.  His love for fitness led him to receive certifications in Personal training, Reebok power walk instruction, and Street rollerblade instruction.  In 1999 he finished third for Vert ramp in the first extreme game qualifiers in Boston. With the birth of his daughter, Roberto begin focusing on the safer side of fitness teaching martial arts, Qigong and stretching.  Still hungry for more training Bob went on to get his powerhouse Pilates and RTS strength training certifications.  While living on St. John, in the Caribbean, Bob has taught over 1000 yoga-based classes resorts and on the beach. In 2009, he returned home to Connecticut where he received his 200-hour yoga certification at Kripalu.

After over 20 years of experience, Bob has created a unique methodology that combines the principles of yin and yang yoga to help the mind body and spirit in order to promote long-term health and well-being.



Sandra Perlow strongly supports the yogi’s philosophy of seva (selfless service) and notes that in giving back, she receives tenfold. Her service began at In Touch Network in NYC, where she did weekly readings for the sight impaired.

After receiving two yoga teaching certificates in Hatha and Kundalini yoga, she studied in India with Gurmukh and Golden Bridge Yoga and deeply into Vipassana Meditation. She has shared teachings at women’s shelters, youth detention centers, and Bedford Correctional Facility. She has trained and worked as a hospice volunteer. Kundalini Yoga, which awakens the awareness that we are all part of one divine essence, has paved the way for her compassionate, open-hearted service.

She is eternally grateful for the teachers and students who have touched her life and the grace to be able to share the practices of uniting body, mind and eternal spirit.



Francesca is a certified yoga teacher of Vinyasa Yoga; she trained at Saraswati’s Yoga Joint under the guidance of Mitchel Blier, Tracy Blier, and Donna Jackson.  Shamatha Yoga Studio is her foundation. She’s got an athletic background in Track and Field. Beside been a Yoga Teacher, Francesca is also a Certified Spin Instructor, a Body Barre Instructor, and a Pilates Mat Instructor.

Her classes are filled with lots of laughter and humor.  She focuses her classes on the way the body feels, rather than the way it looks, for we all come in different shapes and sizes. She also emphasizes her on the breath. Feel free to stop by one of her classes! You are always guaranteed a great time.


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