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“The first day I walked into Bernie’s class I realized the Yoga Goddesses had led me to just where I should be. This class has done more to heal my severe tendonitis than an orthopedist, podiatrist, and two different physical therapists, all combined.”
— SK

At Stamford Yoga Center we believe that yoga is about standing on your own two feet more than it’s about standing on your head.

It’s fun to be playful on the mat—a healthy challenge can be a confidence booster—but we also know that you can have a rich, full yoga practice (and life!) without ever doing a single fancy yoga pose. 

When it comes to yoga one size does not fit all. There’s no such thing as cookie cutter yoga. Yoga should be a healing practice and the way you do the poses makes all the difference, so you’ll want to make smart choices. At Stamford Yoga Center we primarily offer alignment-based yoga based around functional movement. That might sound fancy but it just means that we pay careful attention to your technique to ensure that you get the maximum pleasure, safety, and benefit of yoga. Some of our classes flow more (move faster) than others. 

Our crackerjack instructors offer variations and modifications so that whether you’re a brand newbie or an experienced practitioner you can enjoy the rewards that yoga so famously offers. 

Every member of our hand-selected team is here because they’ve logged the hours and put in the work required to become an extraordinary instructor. You won’t need to be a movement expert to enjoy yoga because that’s our job—and we love doing it! 

We work with people at every experience level: we love working with rookies, and we also mentor yoga professionals through our continuing education programs, for which we’ve got some serious creds. We guide yoga enthusiasts to deeper understandings, and can even provide you with the skills to become a yoga teacher yourself.

We confidently believe that right now, as you are today, is the best way to do yoga—you don’t have to be flexible, skinny, or an acrobat to reap the benefits. Stamford Yoga Center is a Body Positive community, meaning that we encourage adopting friendlier and more affirming attitudes toward your body, with the goal of feeling more comfortable in your skin and improving overall health and wellbeing.

You can work with Stamford Yoga Center individually or in our group classes, here at the studio or off-site in home or corporate setting.  

We look forward to seeing you on the mat!




Malcolm Gladwell says it takes ten thousand hours to get really good in your field. Well, Bernadette Hutchings Birney has spent way more than ten thousand hours honing her craft—partly because she likes helping people, and partly because she’s found yoga to be more effective and less expensive than a vacation in the Bahamas. 

Bernadette has been helping people live more comfortably in their skin for over two decades. Before finally opening her own studio she taught a lot of yoga—both locally and afield—traveling nationally and internationally to lead yoga training programs, workshops, and retreats. Now she mostly stays right here at home in Connecticut to focus on Stamford Yoga Center.

As an anatomy and movement education nerd, Bernadette enjoys creating smart, fun yoga classes that uplift body and soul. When you take her class expect to pay attention to the way you move. You can also expect precise anatomical instruction, dopey jokes—and the occasional profanity. 

Bernadette has personally trained or mentored most of StamYo’s instructors, and many of greater Fairfield County’s most beloved yoga teachers. You can find her articles in Yoga Journal, Yoga International, Fit Yoga, Origin Magazine, Elephant Journal, Teachasana, and right here on the StamYo blog