About Carissa Spada

Carissa Spada, Life Coach, R.Y.T, LMT

I have taught yoga since 2002, practiced massage therapy since 2004, and graduated from the Bloom School Life Mastery Coaching Program, helping others through coaching since 2010. While finding grace and ease can still occasionally feel elusive, my yoga practice, my study of yogic principles, and my coaching training have allowed me to navigate through challenging (at times very challenging) life experiences. I have known tremendous grief and sorrow and rejoiced in moments of absolute elation and bliss; these are the stepping stones that this journey called “Life” brings to all of us. My weight loss of 90 pounds started a healing and wellness journey over 20 years ago that has continued to grow, expand and inspire me. It is with all of these experiences that call forth my purpose to support and help others.

Image courtesy of Phyllis Meredith Photography

To name just a few of my passions…meditation, hiking, exploring healthy food cafes, attending plays, comedy shows and live storytelling events, playing bingo, card nights with friends, live music events, and dancing.
What makes my heart sing is the privilege of being married to my soul mate, life partner and amazing husband and the honor of being called “mom” by our beautiful, blended tribe of 5 children, ages 3 to 22. I am eternally grateful for these precious gifts (and the gifts of my mother, father and brother) that have been bestowed upon me.

Image courtesy of Phyllis Meredith Photography

Workshops, Series and Classes that I lead

  • Life Coaching- Private and Group
  • Weekend Women’s Wellness Retreat
  • Optimal Fertility Yoga Series
  • Yoga for Weight Loss Series
  • Optimal Health Workshop
  • Optimizing Fertility Through Wellness and Beyond
  • Couples Workshop
  • Restorative Yoga Workshop
  • Vision Board Workshop
  • Mindfulness and Meditation Workshop/Classes
  • Yoga for Grief
  • Yoga Classes- Private, Group and Series
    • Including private groups (bridal party yoga, birthday and other milestone yoga, intro to yoga for you and your friends and so much more)
  • Lectures/Speeches (wellness topics) to various groups, businesses and organizations

Completed Trainings/Continuing Education

  • Life Mastery Certification Program
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course
  • Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with: David Swenson, Beryl Bender Birch
  • Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy School- Medical Massage Program
  • Sacred Rivers Yoga 200Hr Teacher Training
  • Healing Tools of Energy Medicine
  • Stress & Metabolism
  • Inflammation, Chronic Illness, and the Brain
  • Anatomy Trains for Yoga
  • Reinventing Mid Life
  • Obesity
  • Myofascial Release
  • Food Cravings, Habits and Emotions
  • Jivamukti Yoga with Sharon Gannon and David Life


Licensed Massage Therapist (CT License #003762)
Professional Member American Massage Therapy Association (ID#162792)
Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (#34372)
Bloom School Life Mastery Coaching Program Graduate


Facilitating Support groups for Resolve New England – Peer Leader
CT BRCA Positive Women’s Support Group- Organizer
Have A Heart Sandwich Program- Weekly bologna delivery person (someone’s gotta do it!)

I leave you with words I grew up hearing from my mother. They were words that I always believed in until life got really hard and at that time I stopped believing in them. Since that time I have learned and support others in the understanding that even though life may not be how we want it (and it may never be how we want it) we can still find peace, wellness, wholeness and happiness among what is and what is not. These words I thank my mother for, they are powerful words that I hold dear, keep close and connect with on a daily basis and I hope they support you also, “All is Well.”