Compassion. Empathy. Insight.
Get to know the instructors who make Shaded Whimsy what it is.
Amber Upson (RYT-200) is a neurodivergent altruist who credits yoga, therapy, and a strong support system with her personal renaissance. She began teaching yoga in 2020 and enjoys leading various types of classes, with experience teaching everyone from preschoolers to seniors.
Through yoga practice, Amber’s hope is that she can help her students to gain deeper self-awareness, leading to fuller, more authentic lives. Though this sounds heavy, she does not take herself too seriously; this comes through in her classes, where she fully embraces the phrases “laughter is the best medicine” and “perfectly imperfect”.
Amber will read anything, including the backs of cereal boxes and shampoo bottles if they are in her line of sight, though she prefers Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Horror fiction to marketing copy. She enjoys art, design, and creativity in all of their forms, and flexes her own creative muscles whenever possible. She is borderline masterful at gift wrapping and can probably beat you at Mario Kart (….on the Nintendo 64). Amber lives with her partner, Brandon, and their two beloved kitties, the stoic Kang and the silly Kodos.
Alexandra Capaldo completed the Kripalu 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2012, and her 500 Hour Certification in 2013. Alex grew up in Waterbury, where she currently lives with her husband, Dave. Alex enjoys being physically active and supporting others to do the same. She is a Personal Trainer at the Greater Waterbury YMCA and works full time in the Wellness Center, sharing her passion of health and wellness. Alex's yoga classes are a vinyasa flow style, synching breath and movement, while creating strength and stability in the body and offering an opportunity to delve deeper into the self.