Connection. Tradition. Mastery. TM

Welcome + Leadership Team

We are a retreat-like Yoga Studio and Training Academy
Online & In Person
Since 2015

Connection. Tradition. Mastery. ™
Connect with yourself and others.
Practice all eight limbs of yoga, meditation, śavāsana.
Master your mind, your body, your self.

Expect an expertly ventilated, spacious, welcoming environment, with radiant floors, dedicated entrance, and a view of our meditation garden. Free, ample covered parking, lockers, sanitizing stations, contactless entry and exit provided. All of our instructors are Sama trained, vaccinated and registered with Yoga Alliance.

At Sama, upgrade your wardrobe at our curated in-studio store, take classes in our state of the art studio and seasonal outdoor garden, train your body, train to be a yoga teacher, refine with private lessons, join a retreat through Sama Experiences.

To locate us, follow covered parking to the end and enter through our garden.

Find us on the MindBody app. Stay in touch with our founder @fitnessgururebekah and all of us @samayogacenter.

Contact us anytime.

We are here for you.

Leadership & Teaching Team

Rebekah

Founder/Owner of Sama Yoga Center, Co-Founder Sama Yoga Academy + Sama Experiences, Yoga Teacher + Teacher Trainer, AMI Montessori Assistant Teacher Certified, Mother of two young boys. CT native, returned after 12 years working and studying abroad. Rebekah’s mission is to make yoga inclusive, safe and accessible for every body, age and ability.

Angie

Yoga Teacher + Teacher Trainer, Sama’s Director of Communications, Co-Founder of Sama Yoga Academy + Experiences, completed her first yoga training in New Delhi, India with yoga masters under the Hatha and Raja Yoga traditions. Originally from Austria, degrees in Design & Marketing, mother to two teenage boys.

Ben

Wonderful human, and tech guru of both Sama Yoga Center & Academy. Currently living in Brooklyn after training at a Buddhist monastery in California. Certified yoga teacher under Cyndi Lee and senior Zen student under Roshi Enkyo O’Hara.

Amy

Amy’s @bilden_farmacy hand poured candles offer ritual from Sama to home, to care & nurture ourselves and each other. Graduate of Sama Yoga Academy’s Teacher Training and Sama Community Leader. “By caring for ourselves we are contributing to the greater good of our shared planet.”

Anna O. (Summer Staff)

Anna has enjoyed a love affair with yoga since she found Sama in high school. Received her RYT-200 hour teaching certification from Sama Yoga Academy’s Teacher Training, B.S. in Marketing (Class of 2021) and pursuing a B.A. in German (Class of 2022) from the University of Connecticut’s EUROBIZ program. Works for a clean technology and innovation company as a Junior Marketing Analyst and in a holistic pet nutrition shop as a Pet Consultant. “Movement, mindfulness, strength, and stretch—our recipe for joy!”

Anna P.

Business Psychologist, Consultant and Holistic Coach, Student of the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Program by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. Born and raised in Germany, lived in Sweden for the past 3 years before moving to CT in September 2020. Graduate of Sama Yoga Academy‘s Teacher Training. “For me Yoga and Meditation is the most powerful tool toward self-empowerment to nurture our body, mind and the community we live in. It is a privilege to share the practice with you.”

Carolina

After competitive Rhythmic Gymnastics, joyfully transitioned into full time student, yogi and now yoga teacher! Sama Yoga Academy’s Teacher Training Graduate. Passionate about sharing the benefits of yoga including self acceptance, awareness, peace, spirituality, and concentration. “Super happy to be an apprentice at Sama Yoga Center and look forward to being with you!”

Caroline

After competing as a track athlete, turned to yoga to help recover from running injuries. Colgate University with a major in Educational Studies and a minor in Studio Art. Currently working toward MAT in Early Childhood Education from Manhattanville College and is a second grade teacher at Rye Country Day. Completed her 200 hr Yoga Certification in 2019, obtained Kids Yoga Certification here at Sama Yoga Center this summer and is delighted to meet you as you are, today.

Denise

After a career in Finance that took her from NY to London, to raising her family in Darien, CT and running many miles along the way, Denise began practicing Yoga 8 years ago to find a healthy equilibrium between physical and mental wellness. A graduate of Sama Yoga Academy, she invites you to come to your mat, take a breath, move mindfully; so, off your mat you feel energized and ready to share your energy and joy with your friends, family and community.

Cayla (Summer Staff)

Graduate of Sama Yoga Academy’s Teacher Training and UMass Amherst with a BFA in Dance. Originally from Carmel, NY, dance teacher for 6 years, passion for the mind-body connection to remind us of our innate sense of grace. Cayla found a joy and freedom in yoga that she now is elated to share with you.

Courtney

Connecticut native, client manager at a design agency and graduate of Hofstra University with a BBA in Marketing and Minor in Psychology. Sama Yoga Academy’s Teacher Training Graduate and via Jate Yoga for 200 hr. “Our yoga offers strength, freedom, mindfulness and fun!”

Emily (Summer Staff)

Graduate of Gettysburg College with a BA in Art History and minors in Cultural Anthropology and English. Physical and mental wellness are two of my biggest personal interests. Proud graduate of Sama Yoga Academy’s Teacher Training. “Since then yoga has brought so much energy, peace and joy to my life. I look forward to giving that right back to you this summer!”

Heather

Darien, CT native, mother of three. Yoga from passion to priority. Graduate of Sama Yoga Academy’s Teacher Training, always a student. “Welcome – may you be comfortable, safe and flexible in mind and body on your mat and into your day.”

Kaila

Kaila is a therapist, palliative care social worker and graduate of Sama Yoga Center’s 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program. Before entering the mental health profession, she worked for 8 years in marketing where she learned the power of yoga to reduce stress and anxiety. Her aim is to help you to leave class feeling nourished physically and emotionally. Welcome!

Melissa

Graduate of Sama Yoga Academy’s Teacher Training and Kids Yoga Teacher Training. Teacher at Whitby School in Greenwich, CT., BS in Early Education and Childhood Education from SUNY Plattsburgh and a dual MPS in Literacy and Special Education from Manhattanville College. “Kindness, authenticity, and an open heart. Can’t wait to see you and your little ones on your mats!”

Molly (Summer Staff)

Sama Yoga Academy’s Teacher Training Graduate and an associate elementary school teacher. B.S. in Psychology and American Studies from Trinity College. Pursuing her M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Penn State. “Love to celebrate each student’s unique gifts and help them grow.”

Sara

Sara is a proud graduate of Sama Yoga Academy’s 200 hr YTT and Savannah College of Art and Design with a major in fashion design. She works as a sewing and crafting teacher in Darien and brings her love of movement and flow to her classes. She designs clothes, has a passion for texture and cannot wait to support you here at Sama!

Sasha

Sasha is a proud graduate of Sama Academy’s 200 hr YTT and Kids Yoga YTT. She is multi-lingual, is dedicated to service projects and loves leading our Sama Minis.

A Word From Our Founder:

Welcome! My name is Rebekah Jacobs, Founder of Sama Yoga Center, Mindbody Visionary Award Winner 2018 and 2019 and Co-Founder of Sama Yoga Academy, the nationally accredited training program registered with Yoga Alliance®.

My mission is to make yoga inclusive, safe and accessible for every body, age and ability.

Sama was created for you. A space to be as you are, where you are, in the shape that you are in. As a small business owner, my commitment is also for us to give back to our community. I created ‘Sama Dana’ (Dana is the Sanskrit word for generosity or charity), to do just that. We partner with multiple organizations to improve the lives of those in need and to make our acclaimed yoga classes, trainings and workshops accessible for everyone.

With over 10,000 hours of teaching experience, I credit my teachers and YOU for this opportunity to serve. Personal Yoga Certifications include: E-RYT® (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher), YACEP® (Yoga Alliance® Continuing Education Provider), Hatha (Ross Rayburn), Restorative (Judith Lasater), Prenatal (Mary Barnes/Jennifer Pettit), Somatic Awareness (Leslie Kaminoff), Applied Psychology (Livia Cohen-Shapiro), Yoga for Youth (Christine McArdle-Oquendo), Pilates (PhysicalMind NYC/Vancouver), Meditation (Sally Kempton). Accolades include ‘Best Yoga Center’ as former director of The Yoga Loft, an assistant teaching certificate from AMI (Association Montessori Internationale), Lululemon brand ambassador, and Ambassador Summit appointee. As a Connecticut native, I hold dear my roles as mother, wife, student, mentor, business owner and teacher.

I am grateful and proud to serve our community, knowing that it might help us all create a shift toward connection and kindness from the inside out.

Rebekah Jacobs, E-RYT®, YACEP®
Founder, Sama Yoga Center, Co-Founder Sama Yoga Academy