Toni Maconi

Toni spent more than 30 years working in a newsroom of a daily newspaper and was looking for a way to ease stress. In 2008 she took her first Vinyasa class, which led her on the path to teacher certification in 2014. Toni sees yoga as a source of calmness and peace. The values she holds dear — nonviolence, truthfulness, integrity, moderation, kindness, compassion — are all values instilled in her as a child and embraced as a Secular Franciscan. Yoga deepens these beliefs. She also views yoga as a moving meditation — an organic way to enter more fully into prayer. At the same time, she respects that every person’s yoga journey is different. In addition to her 200-hour certification, she trained to become a Holy Yoga instructor in 2015, and teaches chair yoga to seniors and adults with special needs. She is also co-owner of Holy Yoga of Connecticut in New Fairfield. Toni sees herself as a teacher offering yoga as a unique gift, and it can be anything the recipient wants it to be. She offers it with love, gratitude, generosity and a full heart. “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love” — Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Small things, great love — this is how she lives her life and her yoga.