Aimee Roy.Photo3 Aimee Roy: (Bootcamp / Kicklates / Yoga / Zumba) Passionate about health and fitness, Aimee brings a fun energetic vibe to her unique yet challenging classes. Aimee is a certified,  licensed massage therapist graduating from Stillpoint School of Massage in 1995 and a 2011 graduate of the Physical Fitness program at Berkshire Community College. She is an ACE certified personal trainer, licensed Zumba instructor, certified Yogafit Kids Instructor, certified AFAA aqua instructor and currently enrolled in the yoga teacher training program at Kripalu. In addition to teaching at BYDF, Aimee is also currently instructing classes at Berkshire Community College, Berkshire West Athletic Club, Berkshire Nautilus and Chin Bo Jok Martial Arts. Aimee’s classes are open to all fitness levels and abilities with modifications provided as needed.

AlexandraDestAlexandra Dest: (Healer) For 5 decades Alexandra hid from the world her true essence as a healer, a lover, a conduit for good, and a channel. It has only been her inner circle who experienced the healing work she can help facilitate.  Today the swell and the urge to bring this into the world has surpassed the fear that she held in being completely seen. And she can hide no more! While her career by day for the last 30 years has been investments (in on Wall-Street and here in the Berkshires), her evenings and weekends are filled with spiritual practices and healing work which she has been facilitating privately for 20 years after her first Reiki attunement. During this time, she has discovered her gifts and continually honed her skills.

Amanda MarshAmanda Marsh: (Yoga/Meditation) Amanda is a Berkshire County native first drawn to Vinyasa Yoga in college. She received her 200 hr Hot Warrior Yoga teacher training in 2014. Shortly after, trained in Restorative Yoga and has never looked back. Her interest in energy work has motivated her to become Reiki attuned and participate in a Light Activation Training while traveling in Peru. Her classes are balanced with movement and stillness encouraging students to explore mind, body and spirit. Teaching various healing techniques & disciplines to create a unique, deeply healing and rejuvenating experience.

Amanda PlaineAmanda Plaine: (Power Pilates) Amanda is passionate about helping others achieve their goals through Pilates, while promoting a positive body image and a pain free body. She loves Pilates as a tool for strengthening and lengthening, injury prevention, improving flexibility, and mindfulness. As a full time Social Worker with experience teaching various fitness classes, Pilates has been an important part of Amanda’s own journey, and she is excited to help others achieve their fitness goals at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness. Certified through Power Pilates, she employs a contemporary approach rooted in a classic time-proven methodology while provoking a body and mind relationship and a better understanding of movement.


Andrew & Tori Bleier: (Cardio Kickboxing) Andrew and Tori each have over 15 years of experience in various disciplines of martial arts.  In 2005, Andrew earned his 2nd degree black belt and Tori earned her 1st degree black belt in Tang Soo Do.  Andrew and Victoria have completed certified instructor training through the Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation and have years of experience teaching martial arts and various forms of fitness kickboxing.

Britney and Anthony

Anthony Shufelt & Britney Collingwood: (Yoga) Anthony & Brintney are two young aspiring teachers on the beginning of their yoga teaching journey have recently finished up their 200 hour yoga teacher training course in Thailand through World Yoga Alliance. After Moving back to the Berkshires from Hawaii in 2014, Anthony joined Britney in her new self-taught yoga practice which brought them even closer. They saw how much potential yoga can bring to them and others. Loving to travel, teaching yoga seemed like the perfect combination to match it with! They have traveled to only a couple of countries so far but have big ideas to travel and teach yoga in the future. Opening their practice to others, they aim to spread the wealth of effortless, stillness, and awareness through yoga and in daily life.

Antoinette Simms: (Restorative Yoga/Journey Dance) Antoinette has has been dancing and teaching yoga for over twenty years, studying various yoga styles. She is a certified Journey Dance instructor and has taught at many facilities throughout the Berkshires including Frog Lotus Yoga, in North Adams, Lenox Yoga in Lenox, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Canyon Ranch in Lenox and Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington. Antoinette’s classes will inspire you to believe in your power to heal yourself through love, laughter, compassion, and courage.


Bobbie Fachini: (Yoga) Bobbie began practicing yoga in 2007, and completed a 200-hour RYT program at Yoga Sanctuary in Northampton, MA in 2014 under the leadership of the studio’s dedicated founder and director, Sara Rose Page. In this community she was fortunate to attend workshops and classes led by Dr. Douglas Brooks, scholar of comparative religion, anatomy presenter Martin Kirk, and the studio’s inspiring teachers.

She is inspired by yoga’s deep history and leads classes that focus on alignment while carrying notes of storytelling and philosophy.

Bryana Malloy: (Yoga) Bryana grew up in Northern Berkshire County as a year-round athlete. A major shift in consciousness during 2012 led her to the regular practice of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. The transcendental power of such practices moved her to enroll in the 200-hour Hatha/Vinyasa yoga teacher training at Frog Lotus Yoga. With a desire to further explore the healing arts, Bryana worked as a 2016 seasonal staff member at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies where she was a student to numerous teachers including qigong master Robert Peng. Bryana is a graduate of UMass Amherst with a degree in Sustainable Food and Farming. She fosters a deep connection to the non-physical realm though dreaming and loves to dance, play, and be in nature. She is a certified Reiki Master and Magical Awakening® energy healer who continues to explore sustainable living and the healing arts through the study of various traditions and lineages.

Carol Link:  (Pilates / Qigong) Carol link is a 1984 graduate of New York University School of Physical Therapy with a BS in physical therapy, and she also holds a BFA in both dance and movement studies from Montclair State University. During Carol’s 33 year career as a P.T., life-long dancer, and movement educator she continues to pursue post graduate education with an emphasis in orthopedic, neuromuscular, developmental movement education, functional fitness, and integrative manual therapies. Carol is a practitioner of ‘Pilates for Rehabilitation’ through Polestar Pilates Education, a comprehensive professional Pilates training program developed by physical therapist Dr. Brent Anderson. In 2013, she completed the Community QiGong practice leader certification with Dr. Roger Jahnke DOM at the Institute of Integral QiGong and Tai Chi (IIQTC). Carol was on the teaching team at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health presenting classes as a certified ‘Shake your Soul’ dance instructor for nine years and taught ‘Mindful Movement on and off the Ball’ for guests in the retreat and renewal program. She previously owned Downtown Physical therapy, a private practice focused on wellness, and enhanced by postural education awareness, breath work, and balance in body, mind and spirit. Currently, you can find Carol practicing at the outpatient Physical therapy department at BMC and at her home PT and Pilates studio.

Carolan Fleer

Carolan Fleer: (Intro to Zumba) Carolan has been dancing since age 3 and holds a BA degree in Theater with a concentration in Performing Arts from the University of Mass, Amherst where she studied: ballet, theatrical movement, West African dance, jazz, and attended Zumba classes.  After graduating from college she continued her classical ballet training, performing with the Cape Cod Conservatory in their annual Nutcracker and the First Night festival in Chatham, MA.  After 10 years of practicing Zumba she is now a Zumba instructor in her new home of the beautiful Berkshires.  Carolan’s passion for dance and movement has become even more important to her in recent years as she has realized the importance and joy of living a healthy lifestyle and always keeping the body in motion.

Christina Collins-Terrill: (Belly Dance) Christina is a New England native and has recently settled down in the Berkshires after finishing school as an engineer. Although a STEM professional, she always had a passion for art and dance, and expresses it though belly dance most often. She has been belly dancing and performing for over 10 years. She has participated in workshops with belly dance superstars such as Ansuya, Petite Jamilla, and Sabrina Fox, as well as many other professionals in their field. Christina started teaching belly dance in 2010 at Clarkson University. Christina specializes in Tribal Fusion and American Tribal Style, but has training in several styles including Oriental, Bollywood, Turkish, and Egyptian Cabaret. She regularly hosts workshops for her Sword techniques, and performs at various locations including restaurants and conventions across the northeast. She is very excited for the opportunity to teach locally and hopes you enjoy her classes as much as she does.

Chris ConryChristopher Conry: (Thai Massage) A native of the Berkshires, Chris has been a licensed Thai Masseuse since 2005. He started practicing at Om Yoga Ayurveda in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. In addition to Thai Massage, Chris is a teacher in the Pittsfield public school system and owner of Pura Vida Stone, a landscape/mason company located right here in the Berkshires. When Chris isn’t working he enjoys spending time with his wife, friends, family and his dog Samba. He is also an avid musician, amateur chef and a lover of all things outdoors.

Claudia Colombari

Claudia Colombari: (Nutrition Response Testing) Claudia Colombari D.C. is a chiropractic physician, with advanced training in nutrition; specifically a technique called Nutrition Response Testing. Combining these 2 passions in practice, she strives to offer her patients whole body wellness and a chance to be back in control of their own health. She is a Berkshire County native; and attended Monument Mountain Regional H.S. in Great Barrington. After high school, she attended Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH and earned a bachelors degree in Biology in 1998. She went on to earn her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic College-West in Hayward , CA in 2001. She practices out of her home-office in Dalton, where she lives with her husband and 3 children. Her hobbies include: being outdoors, traveling, reading, yoga and spending time with family and friends.

Danielle Gismondi: (Yoga) Danielle trained in 2006 at Om Shanti Yoga with Lillian Leon, then taught through college and continued her training in 2010 with Jennifer Yarro of Frog Lotus Yoga. Her classes are meant to be functional for all types of practitioners, as they are layered and multi-tiered. All classes are also meant to be an exploration of what the body and mind can do together. Her teaching style has been described as “intuitively-paced, respectful of all bodies, playful, judgment-free, and exuberant.” By day Danielle teaches preschool, and by nights and weekends she is a graduate student and Women’s Circle Leader ( She completed Thai Massage Levels 1 and 2 with Jennifer, and continues to assist the summer Teacher Training program at Frog Lotus Yoga. Danielle is continually honored to be able to serve as a friendly guide in all of these capacities and lshe ook forward to learning from you, too!

Diana Noble: (Alternative Healing Practitioner) Diana is a Certified Alternative Healing Practitioner, has spent the last two decades studying human habits in relation to our environment in order to learn how to create systems of harmony in our material and emotional environment. For 14 years Diana has been is a licensed Yoga Instructor, Flower Essence Practitioner, a Certified Medicine Woman Spirit Guide, Reiki Level II energy worker and Professional Organizer. This accumulated knowledge brings us to the definition of Life Style Consultant and Spiritually Gifted is a title that her clients give her after their work together. Diana has successfully worked with hundreds of people of all ages and issues to develop an understanding of self and choices one makes to realize their truth and true purpose. Diana uses learned techniques and the issues that arise from the present moment of the group she works with to achieve the best learning experiences.

Diane Agar PhotoDiane Agar: (Yoga / Pilates) Diane is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) through Yoga Alliance and a Certified Power Pilates Teacher. Her introduction to yoga and healthy movement began over 25 years ago as she sought out pain relief from lower back issues. She is passionate about helping students discover how their quality of life can be improved by learning techniques in class that can easily be practiced outside of class. She seeks to empower her students with the knowledge to heal themselves. Diane has experience teaching gentle yoga, all levels vinyasa flow, moderate core vinyasa flow classes, as well as Integrative Movement Therapy, and welcomes students of every level.

 Diane FirtellDiane Firtell: (Nia Dance Fitness) Diane Firtell: Diane has been teaching Nia for over 22 years. She currently teaches classes at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, where she introduced Nia over 14 years ago, at Berkshire Yoga Dance and Fitness in Pittsfield and Kimball Farm Rehab in Lenox. In Diane’s words “Through Nia I have reconnected with the joy of movement, the passion I have, and belief I share with others, for simply moving expressively. I’ve also noticed an immense increase in flexibility as I age. Nia has also allowed me to appreciate and even love my body. No small task! I also practice yoga which is a beautiful complement to Nia. My other passion is making art and I now spend all my time either making art or moving. I lead a truly blessed life.”
When Diane is not teaching Nia, she is a working artist. She finds the holistic practice of Nia, that allows freedom of expression, playfulness and attention to detail, are qualities she brings to her art making.

Elizabeth Kick: (Music, Mandala & Motion) Elizabeth is an artist and art educator who simply loves connecting to others through art.  An experienced/certified art teacher and practicing artist, Kick has been teaching art for many years at the high school level, and is now expanding her love of teaching to new and exciting art ventures.  “I am finally fulfilling a long-time dream and facilitating a variety of creativity gatherings, focusing on my core belief that we can connect to Spirit through Nature and Art-making…and the Berkshires is a perfect place to become inspired and tap into one’s creative soul!”  Kick holds a BS in Art Education and an MA in Studio Art.  She lives in Dalton, MA with her lovely daughter Olivia.  She also teaches creativity classes at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA.  Music, Mandala & Motion Artist

emiliano_headshotEmiliano De Laurentiis: (Argentine Tango) Learn tango with Emiliano. A lifelong educator and curriculum designer, Emiliano produced one of the top YouTube and iTunes video series on tango, Dario’s Tango Guide, with over 3 million views! Emiliano’s teachers have been some of the top professional Argentine tango dancers in the world. Now Emiliano brings his love of tango and the techniques he has learned to BYDF! He has developed a curriculum that accelerates learning so that students are dancing after the very first lesson. His philosophy is to get you on the dance floor with confidence and style so that your focus becomes one of continuous improvement and enhancements rather than struggling with a few basic moves. As a student of tango with Emiliano, you will be making new friends and getting aerobic benefits to beautiful music!

Hari Kirin: (Yoga) Hari Kirin, author of Art & Yoga: Kundalini Awakening in Everyday Life, has been featured in Yoga Journal, Yoga International, and Spirituality & Health magazines. A teacher, artist, and lead trainer of 200- and 500-hour Yoga Teacher certifications, She teaches at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and other locations around the world. Learn more about Hari Kirin at


Ilana AckermanIlana Kind Ackerman, MSW, Director II: (Prenatal/Postpartum Yoga) Ilana is a certified Prenatal and Kripalu Yoga Instructor, is a Postpartum Doula, has a Master’s in Social Work and completed trainings in Brain Gym® 101 and Vision Circles®. Ilana lives in the Berkshire Area and is a mother of two girls. Currently, she is the Director of the Austen Riggs Nursery School in Stockbridge where she teaches preschool yoga and Brain Gym classes. Ilana is committed to helping others in ways to approach each individual person in calm and present way. She is excited to teach Prenatal/Postpartum Yoga again and looks forward to supporting new mothers and families on their exciting journey!

James Mullen, III: (Yoga) James is a yogi, poet, & lover of the natural world. Being originally from Boston and having co-created/taught the very first ever 200hr YTT program for Harvard University in Cambridge in 2012. He has been residing in the beautiful Berkshires for the past three years since his move from Maui, HI. Having first stayed in the Berkshires while participating in the first 4 month leadership immersion program called the ‘Semester Intensive’ at Kripalu in 2006 and other yoga based workshops since. Completing ‘The Body Awakening’ 200hr YTT @ South Boston Yoga in May 2010 for vinyasa & restorative. Drawing from a cultivated meditation practice of over 25 years, a lifelong conscious connection with Angelic Guides, as well as dynamic blend yogic practice starting gradually in high school and igniting soon after. James offers Classes, Workshops, Trainings, Intuitive Guidance, & Energy Balancing sessions meant to inspire, restore, & energize!

Jane Ciepiela

Jane Ciepiela: (Yoga) Jane Ciepiela is a yoga-alliance certified instructor through Amenia Yoga, with over 12 years of teaching experience in the Berkshires. She also holds a certification from the Leven Institute of Expressive Movement and The Jaguar Path study of Yoga and Shamanism. Jane’s focus is on synchronized breath, movement and continuous flow, allowing the breath to act as a gateway to the mental, physical and spiritual benefits of yoga. Her nurturing style and alignment-specific techniques encourage a smooth flow that will take your basic yoga class to a new level. Jane gently guides you through moving in and out of postures safely while focusing on breathing techniques that will assist you in detoxing, finding strength, mental and physical balance, peace and harmony with your soul. Her dynamic energy is direct, kind and clear as she guides you through the postures to obtain optimal results. You will leave informed, energized, centered, and connected to your higher self. Come join Jane on the mat!

headshotJanet Chapman: (Zumba) Janet first became certified as a Zumba instructor in March of 2010, then continued on to be certified in Zumba Gold and Zumba toning.  She began her love of dance as a young girl doing gymnastics and dance classes throughout her youth. Janet also loved fitness in general and has taken up running and Latin dance as an adult.   She loves sharing her love of dance with others, so becoming an instructor was a natural fit.  Zumba is a great workout and lots of fun!  Where else can you dance all your cares away to hot Latin beats without being judged by anyone AND get a fantastic workout that doesn’t even feel like one? Every class feels like a party, and it doesn’t matter if you have dance experience or not! Come join Janet and surround yourself with amazing people who will become some of the best friends you will ever meet!  

Janis Bowersox

Janis Bowersox (Fatehjeet Kaur), RYT, CPCC, MBA: (Kundalini Yoga) Janis has been practicing yoga on and off the mat for the last two decades. As a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, Janis guides her students through a challenging and set of exercises (called a kriya) designed to get specific results. A Certified Professional Co-Active Life Coach, Janis mentors yoga students and teachers to have wisdom in their actions and faith in their merits. The mother of two grown children, she volunteered in February 2015 at an orphanage in India. A firm believer that yoga can make you happier, healthier, and more present in your life, she experienced it’s magic directly through a divorce and later with a health crisis. She is grateful to her teachers and for this ancient practice. Join her in class for an experience you won’t soon forget.

January SlaterJanuary Slater: (Sound & Vibrational Harmonizer/Holistic Health/Reiki/Yoga) January uses a unique technique of self-healing through vibrational instruments and voice. She works on the soul level of a person creating harmony within the soul body which then will allow the physical body and mental, emotional bodies to engage in their own healing intelligence. Our soul consists of our mind, will and emotions. Working through the soul level will allow the breakdown of old belief patterns and frozen emotions to be unlocked and dispersed, clearing our energy fields and creating balance. The energy that she channels is a form of angelic energy that allows the frequency of pure light into this physical plane of our existence. This work is done in group sessions or individual sessions.

Jen Galvagni

Jen Galvagni: (P90X) Jen has an eXtreme passion for fitness – one so intense that she is taking a step back from practicing law in Berkshire County, to bring P90X® to Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness.  As a P90X® Certified Professional, she will show you the best way to get in the greatest shape of your life—safely and effectively—with valuable shortcuts and proven techniques that deliver maximum results.  Jen has transformed her own body through the P90X® program and is passionate about bringing these results to her community and positively shaping people’s lives by providing them with motivation and support.

jessamy 9 yesJessamy Scovil (Zumba / Zumba Kids / Total Transformation) Originally from Connecticut, Jessamy Scovil now resides in Lenox Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters. Jessamy brings her enthusiasm and expertise to her current position as a Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor at Canyon Ranch, after having worked on Cape Cod where she taught and managed Studio 878, a 501c(3) non-profit dance and movement studio. Her classes include Zumba, Zumba Kids, Barre, Hula Fitness, Spin, Yoga, Total Transformation, Kickboxing and Flirty Girl Fitness. Certifications include Zumba Basics 1 &2, Zumba Kids, Zumbatomic, ISSA Personal Trainer certification, AFAA Group Exercise Instructor, Flirty Girl Fitness, Yoga Fit Training, Indoor GEAR, Kettle X, Red Cross First Aid/CPR. She also holds an Associate Degree in Human Services with a minor in Psychology and she is thrilled to begin her 200 hr RYT, Sept. 2015. Jessamy infuses her classes with an enthusiasm and encouraging spirit that motivates attendees to reach for their personal fitness goals. Jessamy’s philosophy is that fitness well done is not only good for the body, but also wonderfully nourishing for the spirit. Jessamy has performed with Cape Cod African Dance and Drum, and TIDES Dance Company. Since joining TIDES, Jessamy has performed in various roles for Chatham’s First Night program, as well as Chatham’s 300th Gala Event and The Choreography Project.

Jillian Bamford: (Barre) A Berkshire County native, Jillian developed a newfound love of fitness when she left the workforce to become a stay at home mom to her two girls. She has used this time to thrive and lead a healthy lifestyle. An avid fan of ballet, Jillian was instantly attracted to barre fitness. Doing workouts from home for many years, she saw the need for more barre classes in the Berkshires, and became certified through International Ballet Barre Fitness Association. In addition to being a barre instructor, Jillian is finishing her English/Communications degree and teaches Spinning at Berkshire West Athletic Club. She is very passionate about animals and is President of New England Basset Hound Rescue, a non-profit organization. Her two rescue dogs inspired her to get more involved with animal welfare causes. Jillian looks forward to working with all fitness levels and abilities and to spread her love for barre with the community.

20151001_©KabirCardenas_AYITT19_SanDiego_333-Copy1Johanna Wise: (AcroYoga / Partner Yoga / Thai Yoga Bodywork) Johanna is consistently blown away by the way acroyoga brings about joy, playfulness,  and hidden strengths, and delights in witnessing her clients and students experience bliss and freedom through Thai Massage and Acropeutics (Thai & Fly).  In addition to being a certified AcroYoga teacher, Johanna is a 500-hr Kripalu Yoga Teacher, licensed massage therapist, and massage instructor.  Johanna works at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health as Lead Healing Arts Therapist, yoga teacher and program presenter.  She works with individuals recovering from addiction at CMC of the Berkshires, teaches yoga at several local studios, and has a private practice, Wise Touch Healing.

Joy Ruben, MA, R-DMT, E-RYT 500: (Yoga/ Dance/ Meditation/ Reiki/ Spirituality) has been teaching yoga since 2009 in yoga studios, cancer hospitals, public libraries, fitness gyms, community centers, academic conferences, and retreat centers. Gentle yoga is her specialty! She holds an MA in Expressive Arts Therapies and Dance/Movement Therapy from Lesley University. She is also a Let Your Yoga Dance instructor, a DONA-trained birth doula, and an ordained interfaith minister. Her passion lies in honoring the wisdom of the body. Her classes are inclusive, creative, and meaningful.

Judy Myers M.Ed: (Life Coach): Judy Myers is a certified Martha Beck Life Coach, Kripalu yoga teacher and author. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Education and Counseling. She is a Faculty Assistant for the Conscious Relationship Institute workshops at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge MA and at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.

Julie Pellerin-Herrera, Julie PellerinEd. S.: (Yoga / Kid’s Yoga) Julie has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. She became a Kripalu Certified Yoga Teacher in 2003, Certified Yoga Ed. Teacher in 2007 and Radiant Child Yoga trained in 2017. Julie also has been a dedicated educator since 2001, teaching literacy and academics to children in various school settings. She attributes her yoga practice to her intention and ability to “stay peaceful and present amidst life’s storms”. On a daily basis, yoga reminds her to live breath by breath, moment by moment, and day by day all the while remaining connected to her higher purpose of educating and empowering youth. Julie invites you to join her in finding your still, quiet center amidst life’s challenges through yoga.

kayla #2Kala Gresser: (Yoga / Music, Mandala & Motion) Kala is a Berkshire native and comes to yoga through a lifetime of personal practice. The yogic philosophy is embodied into her life and her teaching. Kala has taught in a variety of settings and the types of yoga she teaches include: hatha, vinyassa, children’s yoga, prenatal yoga, yoga for athletes, private yoga, aerial yoga, yin and restorative yoga. Her teaching style blends a sequence of postures while promoting breath awareness, meditation, deep relaxation and self-healing. Whether beginner or advanced, students will find the authentic support they need to grow their practice, body, mind and spirit. Off the mat, Kala is a mother of three beautiful children who supports social change through volunteer work in our community.

Karen Bondini: (Yoga) Karen is a Berkshire County native and has practiced Kripalu Yoga for over a decade. Her passion for Yoga brought her to to become a certified 200 hour YTT from Kripalu this fall. Karen’s classes invite you to explore breath and movement, balance, strength and meditation into your practice.



Karen Bucky: (Yoga) Karen has been practicing yoga since 1987, always seeking to understand its spiritual as well as its physical dimensions. That search found a path when she discovered Anusara Yoga in 2006 and Blue Throat Yoga (meditation) in 2011. She earned her first 200-hour yoga certification in 2009 and a second in 2015. She earned a 40-hour certification in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in 2015, and teaches trauma-sensitive yoga at a local prison as well as Anusara-infused dynamic flow yoga “on the outside.”She studies meditation with Paul Muller Ortega and was certified to teach Neelakantha Meditation in 2017. Her principle interest and focus in teaching is to bring yoga and meditation to people for whom they are generally not accessible due to incarceration, economic disadvantage, or other reasons.


Karen Lee: (Pilates/Barre) Karen Lee began her teaching career 30 years ago in NYC where she was a professional Broadway dancer and earned a double degree from Hunter College in Dance&Sociolog before traveling the world doing musical theatre. Ms Lee has trained, performed and taught at Jacobs Pillow and was voted Number 1 Fitness/Dance/Pilates instructor at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires for over a decade before opening her own Movement Therapy studio in both Lenox and Great Barrington MA. She is also a choreographer, actress, designer and cabaret artist.

Karen is the creator and owner of Pilates Central/Karendipity/Merwear/ and the KL Ballet Workout. Ms. Lee spent the last 4 years on the island of Nantucket where she opened a Pilates studio for a private wellness center and also began an exercise video series filmed on location called “Merlates”.

Kat WhitneyKat Whitney: (Yoga) Tapping 25 years of parenting, teaching and coaching in the trenches of suburban Boston, Kat Whitney is now a powerful resource in Berkshire County in the wild, fabulous and often hilarious quest for personal True North. A yoga teacher, teacher trainer and certified life coach, Kat uses a comprehensive wellness platform to help clients create meaning and happiness in their lives, coaching them into their full potential as empowered citizens of a rapidly-changing world. A long-time yoga instructor and practitioner, Kat’s vigorous yoga classes balance humor and challenge, creating a safe, fun and effective environment for all learners. Her instruction style is infused with practical spirituality and clear directives to help you navigate your practice safely. With multiple yoga and coaching certifications and an Ed. M from Harvard University, Kat’s experience, warmth and commitment helps her students align to their true potential.

KathiRileyHead800Kathi Riley: (Laughter Yoga / The Law of Attraction) Moved by a deep desire to create and maintain joy, light and laughter in her world and ours, Kathi is is a certified Laughter Yoga Leader.  Inspired to laugh for a living, she trained with Bill & Linda Hamaker in Walpole, MA, who both studied directly with Dr Kataria, the founder of Laughter Yoga in Mumbai, India.  Kathi has had a lifelong passion for FUN!!  Coming from a social work background, she is certified in Counseling & Psychotherapy and has completed many Group Facilitation trainings, as well as ‘Working with Parents’ training in London, England where she started her young adult life, although she is originally from the beautiful Berkshire Hills in Massachusetts.  In true fun-loving style, she was attracted to the English rooftops that Mary Poppins safely floated past and Bert danced on after cleaning a few chimneys!!

Kathy Sprague2Kathy Sprague: (Yoga) Kathy has been a certified yoga instructor since 1971. Her certifications include Iyengar yoga , Ashtanga yoga, Yin yoga and is also a yoga therapist. Kathy has taught classes and workshops worldwide and has also appeared on Lifetime television teaching the benefits of yoga and the prevention of osteoporosis. She has also written a book on Prenatal Yoga. Kathy has worked at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA for twenty years as a fitness and yoga instructor. For ten of those years she was the Director of the Yoga Department.

Kayla Degnan: (Yoga) Kayla began her journey with yoga as a student at MCLA. Since graduating in 2015, she has become a member of the Williamstown Youth Center staff and has completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training through Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Kripalu Yoga allows her to accept herself and appreciate what her body is able to offer. It represents the absence of good and bad which creates a judgement free practice. Every time she steps on the mat and takes the time to become connected to her body through a mindful yoga session she is able to feel grounded and fulfilled. Her goal is to spread this self-empowering practice to her community by guiding anyone willing to step on the mat. She hopes to help people find new strengths, build self acceptance, and discover belief in themselves through yoga.

Kelly Ziemba.1Kelly Ziemba: (Yoga) A Berkshire native and high school biology teacher, Kelly discovered yoga during her high school years, more than 15 years ago and immediately developed a passion for it. Kelly received her 200 hour Hatha/Vinyasa certificate from Jennifer Yarro at Frog Lotus Yoga (FLY) in 2009. Since then, she has taught yoga at  FLY,  Yoga on North, Yoga Depot,  and Berkshire Yoga Dance and Fitness. Kelly enjoys sharing the gift of the practice, peace, and mindfulness, with others.

Kimberly Coleman, LMT, RYT 500: (Journey Dance, Reiki ) Kimberly is a Healing practitioner who enjoys assisting others in personal transformation. In 1993 Kimberly started her healing journey as a Massage Therapist specializing in energy work. She has long been fascinated by people’s ability to heal, and has allowed her passion for hands-on healing & movement to guide her life. Kimberly believes in the healing power of love and has weaved it into her Breath, Yoga & Dance practice She now uses the power of movement and music to guide and facilitate group dances & workshops  that heal and transform the spirit. Currently Kimberly is sharing the light in Healing Arts & R&R departments at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.


Shiobbean and Kent

Kent & Shiobbean Lemme: (Cardio Strength Training for Runners) Owners of the Berkshire Running Center, Kent and Shiobbean, personally welcome you to put on those sneakers and get involved in our wonderful, local running events. The running community of the Berkshires is a great way to make friends, support the community and get in shape! Shiobbean and Kent are both experienced runners for decades. Certified personal trainers, certified Spin instructors, USATF coaches, years high school and collegiate cross country and track coaching experience; as well as competitor runners themselves. Shiobbean has completed 16 marathons, hundreds of half marathons, and shorter distances. Her love of the sport transfers into her training those who have decided to start, continue or to improve their running program. As a mother of three who is working to continue running, healthy and strong for many years, Shiobbean works to empower the client to do what before seemed impossible. Kent is an elite Masters runner who at age 48 has earned a world class ranking at the 15K distance and has reached most of his PR’s in most distances in his mid to later 40’s. Kent has mastered the work on running form and his coaching and training skills are representative of his own personal achievements. Kent has coached for years, including his own two daughters; both accomplished runners themselves; in both cross country and track. Kent also holds the current triathlon Ironman record for the Josh Billings Runaground. Between the two, this couple covers and compliments the entire spectrum of training and improving performance with anyone’s running program.

Krystle Gallo: (Zumba) Krystle Gallo has over 16 years of dance training including Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tap, and Modern. After graduating from Union College with a minor in dance, Krystle moved to the Berkshires and became a licensed Zumba instructor in 2012. Although she works as an engineer at General Dynamics full time, she enjoys teaching a weekly Zumba class at Berkshire Nautilus and subbing classes for other local instructors!

Lauren Vining

Lauren Vining: (Thai Yoga Massage / Yoga) A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Lauren spent over 20 years as a dancer, studying and teaching tap, ballet, jazz and hip hop. A lover of movement and fitness, she first discovered yoga while a student at Michigan State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy. In 2006, Lauren’s pursuit of a job as a social activist brought her to the Berkshires where she discovered the strong and vibrant yoga scene. In 2013 she completed her 200 hour teacher training in Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga with Jennifer Yarro of Frog Lotus Yoga. Jennifer saw Lauren’s potential and asked her to become part of the FLY staff. Shortly after, Lauren had the chance to study to become a practitioner of Thai Yoga Massage. She is honored to share the ancient practice, which she incorporates into her weekly yoga classes. Lauren appreciates art and creativity in all forms, particularly music and dance, which has translated to a teaching style that is flowing and expressive. Her style is rooted in those who came before her, but also offers insight into her nature and unique perspective.

Laurie Coyle: (Life Design Coach) Laurie Coyle is a Life Design Coach & Artist. She helps driven, creative women around the globe simplify and align their homes, health and work with their true life’s vision, through her online and in-person classes and private one-on-one coaching.



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Lawrence Carroll: (Yoga) Lawrence Carroll is a yoga-alliance certified instructor through the Kripalu lineage. He is passionate about supporting others’ health and fitness. He is a native born Australian who grew up as a surfer and long distance runner, including two 100 mile ultra-marathons.  Lawrence is a veteran educator who was nominated for the Distinctive Educator of the Berkshires. He has been practicing yoga for ten years and meditation for thirty years. Lawrence’s focus in yoga is how to use the principles of synchronized breathing, conscious movement and recovery as a way to build resilience and vitality. He helps his students channel their yoga skills to work for them in everyday life for awareness, concentration, stress management and overall good physical and mental health.  Lawrence encourages his students to be patient and kind to themselves, working at their own level. He will leave you with new skills of self awareness and empower you to find balance and centeredness in your life.

Leah Parker

Leah Parker: (Yoga) Leah is excited to share yoga, especially after completing the 200-hour certification program at Kripalu in the summer of 2014.  Leah moved to The Berkshires in the summer of 2008 to be an acting apprentice in the Williamstown Theater Festival. Once that wrapped she became a registered nurse and has practiced in several specialities including emergency medicine at BMC.  Yoga has been a part of Leah’s life since the first class she took when she was 17. Her experiences in healthcare and at Kripalu have truly emphasized the importance of self care. Leah believes you can practice self care in many ways and yoga is definitely one of them! 

Lindsay Pemble

Lindsay Pemble, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CYN: (Heart Health Yoga / Yoga for Healthcare Professionals) Lindsay strives to live in a healthcare world where Nurse Practitioners are able to treat disease through integrative medicine and ancient yoga.  A Registered Nurse for 8 years, she currently provides cardiovascular care at Berkshire Medical Center as a Cardiovascular Adult Nurse Practitioner.   Lindsay received her Masters in Science of Nursing from Sage College in New York in 2011.  She attended a YogaNursing® workshop at Kripalu Yoga Center in 2014 and is now 1 of 10 Certified YogaNurses® in the country.  Her yoga teaching style is a comfortable combination of vinyasa and restorative with a life coaching twist.  She is expanding consciousness throughout healthcare with the YogaNurse® Sacred Remedy and educating about the science of yoga, including the health benefits yoga will bring to the mind, body and spirit.

Yoga HeadshotLisa Lutton: (Yoga / Alexander Technique) Lisa has a reverence for the body and its inherent wisdom. Her personal and professional work is about stripping away the habits of body and mind that obscure who we really are, helping us recover more feeling, joy, and aliveness. Lisa is an AmSAT-certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. She considers the Technique a fundamental life skill and an intelligent and beautiful framework from which to view the body and human movement. She is also a yoga teacher, Shake Your Soul® dance teacher, and she offers body-centered counseling sessions.  Each of these disciplines has been an important part of her own healing journey and she integrates elements from each practice into all her work with clients. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling at Hartford Family Institute, studying body-centered Gestalt psychotherapy.

Lisa SearsLisa Sears: (PiYo: Pilates/Yoga) Originally from just over the border in East Nassau NY, Lisa moved to the beautiful Berkshires in 2011 and absolutely loves it here. Lisa’s personal weight loss journey began in 2008, when she was 70 pounds heavier and ready for a change. That is when she discovered Team Beachbody and all of the fantastic programs that they offered and the weight slowly but surely started coming off. Eventually Lisa realized how much she loved being healthy and active and that she wanted to help others make the same changes. This life changing event inspired Lisa to become a Beachbody Coach and a certified PiYo Instructor. She has found her niche in supporting and encouraging others to make those healthy lifestyle changes a permanent way of life!

Luana Dia DavidLuana Dias David: (Zumba / STRONG by Zumba) Luana is an International Dancer with over 15 years experience teaching and dancing. Being a fitness instructor and choreographer, has given Luana great satisfaction and being able to combine those skills as a Zumba® instructor & Zumba® Jammer is immensely rewarding for her. Luana loves being able to help others achieve a happy and healthy lifestyle! Featured in the Zumba Live class for the DVD ZIN 52, her resume includes dance performance at Zumba Instructor convention 2013, performances with Beto Perez and international Team ZES at Zumba® Instructor Academy Italy in 2014 and at Italian Fiera Rimini Wellness in 2014 and 2015. Luana has also performed in different shows and Zumba® Fitness events throughout Italy, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, U.S.A., Israel, Russia, South Korea and China. She studied physical sciences, classic ballet, modern, jazz, capoeira and break dance. She is also a personal trainer certified in Italy by FIES and AICS and she is CPR certified. A native of Sao Paulo-Brazil, Luana has been exposed to a mixed culture of Axe, Samba, Capoeira and Classic Ballet which have inspired her dance philosophy and style. Luana is multilingual in Portuguese, Italian and English.


Luzita Lopez: (Yoga en Español) Luzita Lopez studied Foreign Languages at the University of Antioquia in Colombia and has been immersed in the practice and study of Yoga and Meditation for over 10 years. Luzita is a 200hr graduate of Beryl Bender Birch’s Classical 8 limbed Path of Astanga Yoga Training program and is currently enrolled in their 300hr course. Luzita is also an active Certified Medical Interpreter. Her passion for Yoga, languages and service paved the way to Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health this summer, where she studied with Rina Jakubowicz of Rina Yoga and became one of nine students certified to teach Yoga in Spanish, nationwide, after completing the 200hr training in the native language. Luzita’s work and passion for the practice and lifestyle have inspired her to become a Yoga pioneer amongst Spanish speaking populations in the area and beyond.

Lynn Casella FaceshotLynn Casella: (Music, Mandala & Motion) Lynn is the facilitator for the Music, Mandala & Motion workshop. She is a certified yoga instructor with a RYT 200 Hour certification and holds a MSW and LCSW designation.




Maria Antil: (Turbo Kick Live) Originally from Central New York, Maria first fell in love with Berkshire County after working at a local summer camp in 2009. In college, she choreographed hip hop numbers for the student Orchesis group and spent the majority of her time in the weight room training as a hammer thrower on the track and field team. In 2016, she hiked the 500-mile Camino de Santiago with her husband and her best friend. Currently a teacher in the area, Maria enjoys yoga, dancing, working out, and hiking. Now, as a Beachbody Turbo Kick Live instructor and an AFAA-certified Group Fitness Instructor, she looks forward to sharing her passion for lifelong fitness with others.

faceshotMary Verdi: (Music, Mandala & Motion) is a Berkshire Singer/Songwriter that has just recently merged her music into the yoga world, labeling herself as a ‘Christian Yogi’! Verdi reached the #2 slot on ITUNES Worldwide charts for her rendition of ‘We Are Called’.  Having performed internationally and living in many parts of this country, Mary chooses the Berkshires to raise her children and continue to write her music. The Music, Mandala & Motion Workshop will feature Mary’s original works.

Megha PhotoMegha Nancy Buttenheim, M.A., E-RYT 1000: (Let Your Yoga Dance) Megha is the founder of Let Your Yoga Dance® LLC, and author of Expanding Joy: Let Your Yoga Dance, Embodying Positive Psychology. A lifelong singer, dancer, and actor, she is a long-time master teacher-trainer at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. She has led her own signature training, Let Your Yoga Dance Teacher Training, since 1997, in different parts of the world. Megha directed Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu for six years, and Holistic Health Educator Training for eleven years. With a 40 year background in teaching dance – as well as t’ai chi and yoga, Megha began teaching people with Parkinson’s in 2007. She is aligned with both the National Parkinson Foundation and the American Parkinson Foundation, and has been sent by NPF to many PD conferences to teach. She is colleague of the Dance for Parkinson community, particularly directors David Leventhal and Pam Quinn. Megha’s passion is to bring the dance of yoga to people with Parkinson’s, and also to special populations who feel marginalized due to age, Alzheimer’s, MS, arthritis, and other health conditions. To that end, Megha directs Let Your Yoga Dance Teacher Training for Special Populations. She also teaches community classes in Let Your Yoga Dance for Parkinson’s at Berkshire Yoga Dance Fitness in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts and at the Garden of the Heart Yoga in Sarasota, Florida. Her Let Your Yoga Dance graduate instructors teach all populations – young and old, healthy and physically challenged, throughout the world.

Rev. Mychael Shane: (Medium) Rev. Mychael Shane is a certified physical medium of the ASSMPI Organization (American Society for Standards in Mediumship & Physical Investigation). As a physical medium and spiritual teacher, Rev. Shane has spent his life connecting to the Ascended Masters of Shamballah to bring forth their teachings and principles into the world. Rev. Shane offers healing, instruction and direct application so individuals can strengthen and fully realize their connection to the Spirit World, their Guides and Master Teachers; as well as, to work directly with the Ascended Masters and Lady Masters of Shamballah if a student seeks the calling. Through Rev. Shane, the Ascended Masters of Shamballah seek to bring healing, education, change and world peace by assisting their students to create a connection to the higher realms, whereby the veil that separates the dimensions begins to fade. He has the ability to do psychometry, psychic and billet readings, apportation, materialization, past life regression, channeling, crystal light energy healing, and séances. He has been tested by many scientists throughout the years, and besides the ASSMPI Organization, he was also recently tested for voice authenticity in Basel, Switzerland at Basler PSI Verein, in which it was confirmed the voices are not coming from Rev. Mychael’s voice box.


Natalia Boogs Whalen: (Hip Hop) Natalia has been studying dance for fifteen years. She has experience in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, character, flamenco, belly dancing, Latin dances, African, breakdancing, and hip hop. Natalia has danced and taught at Darrell Pucciarello Dance in Pittsfield and for Ballets Metropolis. She teaches ballet, jazz, and hip hop.  In August 2014, Natalia taught hip hop at an enrichment program for low income children at the Christian Center in Pittsfield. During the summer of 2013 and 2014, she taught dance and movement at the Art Omi Summer Camp in Ghent New york. She taught hip hop and jazz at the Renaissance Art Center during the fall 2014.  She also worked at Gymnastics Unlimited alongside Susan Kapchinske teaching the performance team hip hop and floor routines.

Nicole Rizzo

Nicole Rizzo: (Jazz / Hip Hop / Yoga) Nicole Rizzo has been studying dance and theatre since childhood. She was trained locally at Berkshire Dance Theatre and then went on to study at Circle In The Square Theatre School in NYC and Los Angeles with a concentration in theatre and dance.  Nicole’s passion and love for dance was a huge inspiration for her yoga practice. She completed her 200 hour teacher training with Jennilee Toner, founder of Hot Warrior Yoga.  Her dance classes integrate yoga incorporating body awareness, breath control, and mindfulness.  Nicole’s classes thrive on a fun, fierce energy, oh and a rockin’ playlist!  In addition, Nicole currently choreographs, directs and performs in Gypsy Layne Cabaret and Company.  She is a freelance choreography and teaching artist for the community of Berkshire County and is thrilled to be teaching dance and yoga at Berkshire Yoga Dance &  Fitness.

Nicole Shepardson: (Yoga) Nicole recently completed the 200-hour requirements to instruct Vinyasa Yoga as established by the Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Curriculum.  Nicole is a dedicated yoga practitioner.  Yoga has offered her stability, vibrant health and strength both on and off the mat. She has been trained to offer a variety of vinyasa flow yoga classes including: gentle; moderate; vigorous; beginner; intermediate and advanced.  Nicole is passionate about health and fitness.  She has completed many personal fitness goals including marathons and triathlons. Nicole is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.  She has more than 18 years of experience in the mental health field. Through the course of her career, she has been providing emotional support and self-regulation skills to children and adults.  She has expertise and training in the area of resiliency.  She believes that resiliency is one of the key ingredients to a healthy body and mind.  She is dedicated to helping people and she is excited about sharing her passion for yoga and teaching

Olivia Idella: (Yoga) A professionally trained dancer, Olivia has dedicated much of her life to the study of the body and its movement. First encountering yoga as a student, a regular Yoga practice soon became part of Olivia’s core self-care regimen. After graduating with a Bachelors in Dance, Olivia went on to pursue her Yoga certification from the Kripalu School of Yoga. In Olivia’s thoughtfully guided classes, students of all levels are guided through Asanas that foster a strong body and deepen breath work, empowering each student to reach greater depths in their personal meditations on and off the mat.

Patty Brown: (Journey Dance) Patty Brown Patty Brown has had a lifelong passion for dance. You may see her dancing almost anywhere — the local market, while driving in her car, on a mountain — with wild abandon. While Patty never studied traditional dance, she considers herself a dancer because her movement to music comes straight from her heart and soul. When seen dancing she is often asked, “Are you a dancer?” Her answer is always the same: “Yes.” She believes that there is a dancer in each of us just waiting to be set free. Patty was certified in Kripalu Body work in 2005, setting fire to her interest in the kinesthetic potential of the human body. While studying at Kripalu she practiced JourneyDance™ with creator Toni Bergins, sparking an understanding of the power of touch, dance and movement and initiating the path of her life’s work. Experiencing the healing and joyous power of JourneyDance™ on a deeply personal level, Patty started training with Toni Bergins in July 2014. Patty has been a JourneyDance facilitator since 2015.

Rachael Plaine Yoga Dance Zumba FitnessRachael Plaine: (Owner / Yoga / Zumba) Originally from the Berkshires Rachael has always had a passion for dance and movement which led her to receive a B.A. in Dance from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, where she took her first yoga class and joined the UMass Ballroom Dance Team. In 2010 she became a licensed Zumba Instructor, in 2011 she completed the Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training Program and has been teaching Zumba and Yoga throughout the Berkshires ever since. In addition to her Kripalu yoga background Rachael has also taken workshops with Seane Corn, Rodney Yee, Dharma Mittra, Shiva Rea and David Swenson; studying other various styles of yoga including Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Bikram. She has also completed a Level I Thai Yoga Massage Training with the Lotus Palm School, a Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training program with Pranakriya School of Yoga & Healing Arts and the Birthing Mama Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training program through Yoga Center Amherst. When she is not in the studio Rachael is working as a licensed Realtor with her family real estate office The Berkshires For Sale or spending time with her husband Chris, daughter Iyla and their dog Samba. Rachael feels truly blessed to live in the beautiful Berkshires, to create work that she is passionate about and to share her passion for yoga, dance and fitness with you.

Rachel Mills: (Zumba) Rachel graduated from MCLA a semester early this past December, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology along with two minors in both Spanish Language and Business Administration. At MCLA, she led Dance Company and was captain of the Women’s Volleyball Team. In addition to this, she took part in many other extracurricular and community service related activities affiliated with both Berkshire Food Project, Helping Hands, and National Women’s and Sports Day. Rachel has danced for 20 years and has been a Zumba instructor for 5 years, instructing multiple variations of the style including Zumba Basic, Zumba Gold, and Zumba Toning. Originally based in New York, she is excited to share with the Berkshires her passion for Zumba as she has already taught at nearby YMCA’s, her alma mater, and BYDF while she works locally at Jacob’s Pillow. She enjoys the personal interaction that occurs between her and her students and has one goal throughout any class that she teaches: to make her students sweat. She emphasizes this in the hopes of encouraging them to lead healthy fitness lifestyles in the development of the best versions of themselves. In her class, she fosters a care-free and high energy environment where all levels are always welcome.

Regina Burgio:
(Yoga) Regina is passionate about yoga, healthy eating and enjoying life to its fullest. She believes that yoga is for everyone and helps students to explore postures in a way that speaks to their own inner wisdom, offering modifications and alignment options for all levels. Each class is a full experience for the mind, body and spirit. She has studied with Dr. Loren Fishman, Sara Meeks, and many other teachers who inspire her daily.

Regina is also the chair of the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market and embraces the opportunity to help people live happier and healthier lives through whole foods, yoga and buying local. She is a certified through West Hartford Yoga, and is currently enrolled in the 500-hr training at Kripalu.

RobinSlickRobin Slick:
(Kripalu Yoga / Chair Yoga) Loving how yoga has made her body feel for 25 years, Robin earned her teaching certificate from Kripalu two years ago and is registered with the Yoga Alliance. Originally from New York City, she is an attorney and mother of two children who has made the Berkshires her home for the past 15 years. Coming to any class of Robin’s you will find a safe and supported space where confidence is gained quickly if you are a beginner. Robin believes in the transformative power of yoga when practiced with mindfulness, authenticity, and compassion. With a consistent practice, her students notice an increase in flexibility and strength. Robin encourages her students to move at a pace suitable for their own practice, and fully embrace their experience with each breath partnered with movement. Robin’s ultimate goal as a yoga instructor is to empower her students to become more skillful in listening to their inner wisdom that guides them in the flow of their lives both on and off the mat. One of Robin’s great privileges as a teacher is to introduce beginners to yoga! You can find Robin on Facebook at “Voluminous” Yoga, a word that she believes represents that yoga is for everybody, no matter your age, shape, size, or fitness level.

Rob Levardi: (P90x Live) Rob is a Berkshire County native that discovered P90X a couple of years ago and had excellent results completing the program. When he learned that he could take a certification course and lead classes of his own right here in Pittsfield, he was excited for the opportunity.  Learning from his own experiences, he enjoys helping others try to lead a healthier lifestyle through positive thinking and exercise. While working as a full-time carpenter, Rob is taking AFAA Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor courses and looks forward to continuing to grow in the Health and Fitness field.  Rob loves outdoor activities such as skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking, camping, and concerts.

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Ron Tritto: (Social Dance) Originally from New York City, Ron has been teaching Ballroom, Latin, and Swing dance for over 15 years. Ron formerly had a career in law enforcement as a New York State Trooper, but now thoroughly enjoys his new profession as a dance teacher.  He is professionally trained and a DVIDA certified Master level instructor in the American style of dance. He currently owns and operates Learntadance Studio, located in New York State’s capital region. Ron has taught dance for Norwegian Cruise Lines, the New York State Theater Institute, the Berkshire School, and the Albany Country Club. His love for dance was inspired by his father, an accomplished dancer who frequently competed at the famous Roseland Ballroom in NYC. Ron is ready to help you master the art of dance, whether you’re preparing for a wedding, dance competition or showcase, or just want to learn to social dance.

Shannon Maneely-Ranson: Shannon feels most at home using her accounting and managerial skills in the mission-driven setting of the nonprofit community, having worked in performing arts, education and social service organizations. Shannon also served as a founding Board Member for two international non-profits, as Co-Chair and as Treasurer.

A student of mindful living, Shannon takes a multi-discipline approach to learning to live a more balanced and conscious life. Among other things, she draws inspiration from her community, various branches of spiritual and philosophical writing, and time spent in nature with her dogs at her side. She is profoundly moved by the notion of community and the vital role it plays in our well being, especially in today’s often fast-paced and detached manner of living.

Sreshtha Ashley A. Collins: Sreshtha  has been a student, practitioner, facilitator, teacher and instructor in the holistic health field for 20 years. She is currently a full time mom to a five year old, a full time massage therapist at Canyon Ranch, a life coach for individuals looking to align their life with their highest ideals, and a student of advanced energy medicine. This 2017 fall circle will mark her return to working with groups, since the birth of her son. A member of Walking Our Talk for several years, she is excited to bring the values of empowerment and community building into Pittsfield through an organization that has inspired hundreds of women.

arty_headshotStefanie Weber: (Contemporary Jazz Dance) Stefanie has been studying movement and making dances since childhood. Her passion for dancing has taken her throughout the US, to Canada, Cuba, Spain, and Kenya and always back to her native Pittsfield. She brings a wealth of dance experience in many forms including: Traditional and Modern Jazz, Rhythm Tap, Ballet, Classical Modern, Afro-Cuban, West African, Middle Eastern and Somatic forms such as Continuum, Gyrotonic, Gaga, and Butoh. Stefanie is the director of the Creatures of Habitat Physical Poetry Public Performance Project, They Dance For Rain and Pittsfield City Hoopla. She is a performer with Nutshell Playhouse and Two White Girls & The Backbeat (Tap & Blues) and is on faculty at Community Access To The Arts (CATA), Kinesphere Studio for Integrative Movement Arts, and Moving Arts Exchange (MAX).

Susan Barnes: (Children’s Yoga) Susan has been an elementary school teacher for 8 years.  Currently she works in a departmentalized system and teaches Reading and Writing to Grades 4 and 5.  She graduated from Simmons College with a M.S. in Language and Literacy and obtained her Reading Specialist license as well as her Wilson Level 1 Certification. Susan is certified through Little Flower Yoga and was first introduced to the program when she was given research on the benefits of yoga for children who struggle with ADD and ADHD during a visit to Kripalu.  Due to the research on yoga’s impact on the brain,  she is hoping to be able to combine literacy and yoga to reach the whole child.

 Susannah Gale: (Yoga) Susannah, E-RYT, is a Kripalu faculty member originally trained in the Kripalu tradition. Before moving to the Berkshires three years ago, her teaching reached the Boston and Providence areas. Her teaching style strives to empower and inspire, often integrating positional therapy and foundation training with energy and Shamanic healing. Susannah guides flowing sequences with often a playful approach. She gives particular attention to alignment, while offering a supportive environment to tap into mind and body self discovery to connect with those more subtle parts of yourself.

 Sundar_Speakers_announcementDr. Sundar Balasubramanian: (Pranayama for Stress Relief and Well Being) Growing up in in Tamilnadu, India in a traditional Yoga and Siddha medicine practicing family background, Dr. Balasubramanian went to Swami Chitbhavananda’s Vivekananda College in India where he further learned Yoga, Meditation, and Kirtan practices. He has been continuously learning from various Yoga Masters from the East and West. He is a member of International Association of Yoga Therapists, and the Integral Yoga Teachers Association, and a speaker at TEDx Charleston. Currently, Dr. Sundar Balasubramanian is a Cell Biology researcher, studying mechanisms involved in resistance to cancer therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is also a Yoga Biology researcher. Two of his recent research papers have provided scientific evidence how Yoga practices could promote our well being. This 90 minutes workshop will cover the theory, practice, and modern scientific insights of key Pranayama (breathing) techniques.

TAMIRTAMIR: (Iyengar Yoga) is a certified Junior Intermediate Iyengar yoga instructor who taught at Columbia University for over twenty years, at Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale, 92nd St. Y, Marymount Manhattan College and Perry dance studio in NYC (dance for toddlers.) She is a graduate of the Rubin Academy of music and dance in Jerusalem Israel, and came to the US to study dance with Martha Graham. She holds two M.A.’s: TESOL and play writing. As an actress, she has created four one-woman shows as well as numerous classical roles. As a voice-over artist she has recorded several CD’s with an emphasis on the poetry of Rumi. Her passion and love for yoga, infuse her joy of teaching and has created over the years enduring and endearing relationships with her many students.

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Tammy Rose: (ACE- Certified Personal Trainer/Health Coach) Tammy brings great enthusiasm to BYDF as a personal trainer and fitness instructor. She holds an associate’s degree in Health Science and is an ACE certified personal trainer with over 14 years of professional experience training a vast and diverse clientele in-home, in various gyms, wellness facilities and corporate locations in Berkshire County. She prides herself in helping individuals achieve substantial weight loss, total body conditioning and transformation, and improving physical limitations and injuries. As a group fitness instructor, Tammy teaches a variety of fitness classes and holds specialized certifications in Kickboxing, Spin and Pilates. As a health coach who’s well versed in nutrition and behavioral issues, Tammy understands how the right combination of nutrients fuels one to success and the importance of meeting each individual where they’re at and continuously motivating them to the next level. She is always striving to reach people and help them achieve their optimum health.

Tami Smith: (Prenatal & Postpartum Fitness) Tami lives in the Berkshires with her husband Alex and son Niko. Tami is extremely passionate about fitness and healthy living, especially throughout her pregnancy and after the birth of her son in January 2016. The journey to motherhood has changed Tami from the inside out. She appreciates and understands the challenges, physical and mental, being a mother brings and knows that staying in shape is vital for the health of herself and her child. As a new mom, Tami also understands the importance of having a supportive community of women to help along the motherhood journey. Tami decided to combine two of her greatest passions, motherhood and fitness, and begin a career as a pre-and post-natal fitness instructor. Tami chose to become a licensee of Oh Baby! Fitness and teach their programs to new and expectant moms in the Berkshires. Tami is Certified in prenatal and postpartum fitness through Oh Baby! Fitness, ACE certified group fitness instructor and is certified in both CPR and first aid.

Tanya Grillon: (Barre) Tanya Grillon began her career as a ballet dancer with the Berkshire Ballet Company for 10 years. After that she transitioned into the fitness world as a group fitness instructor in Berkshire County. Also a previous owner of Body Works Gym she has taught group fitness classes for the last 20 year including such such classes as: Total Body Bootcamp, Kickboxing, Bellys and Bottoms, Step Aerobics, and Pilates.  She currently is an instructor with Pilates Reformer and Barre Fitness and helps manage a physical therapy office.

Tim Maurer: (Meditation) Tim came to the Berkshires in 2009 to to live and study yoga for four months and never left. The transformative and healing experience he had, along with his growing love for this beautiful area, caused him to stick around. He attributes his mindfulness and compassion practice to his improved health, and now takes great joy in sharing these gifts with others as a certified Life Coach, Reiki Master, and through teaching Meditation. He has been meditating for over ten years and has studied at the Kriplau Center, the Insight Meditation Society, and the Vipassana Meditation Center.

Tobey LevineTobey Levine: (Intro to Ayurveda) is an Ayurveda Health Counselor, Licensed Massage Therapist, Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master Teacher, and Craniosacral Therapist. Her intention, through her varied modalities, is to help heal the world one person at a time. She has had a seasonal practice from May through October on Monhegan Island, Maine, for the past 16 years and spends her winters at her home in Pittsfield.



Tuan Nguyen: (Zumba) Tuan Nguyen is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Functional Movement Specialist, and a Corrective Exercise Specialist! Tuan combines these professional and educational credentials to offer a blend of current scientific training techniques with real-world application, building a bridge from the lab to his clients, athletes, and students.

Tuan is also an accomplished hip hop dancer competing on the World Circuit at the Paul Mitchell’s World of Dance in San Diego, CA and placed top 3 in the small senior category in 2001. He is currently working as the head coach and choreographer for Berkshire Elite All-Star Cheerleading at the Infield Academy in Pittsfield, MA; coaching athletes ranging from the ages of 5 to young adults amassing over 25 National Championship titles!

WaterfallPhotoWaterfall Perry: (Kripalu Yoga & Yoga for Men) Waterfall’s passion for teaching grows from a place deep in her heart. It is a beautiful thing to feel peace, but an even greater joy to share it with others. Waterfall has been teaching a Kripalu style class since her 200hr certification at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Heath in 2005. She has continued over her 8-year teaching career to add ingredients and variety to her classes through training with Mark Whitwell, Seane Corn and by obtaining her certification in “Five Element Yoga” with Jennifer Reis. Through the years she has also become a certified LaHo Chi Energy Healing Practitioner and Thai Yoga Massage Therapist in order to enhance her teaching capabilities. It is her warmth, knowledge and sense of humor that brings her students back to her classes over and over again.

Wah!: (Yoga & Musical Artist) “LESS STRESS MORE WAH!” is a bumper sticker her fans made. It sums up what people are feeling about Wah! and her music, books, and lectures. After 20 years touring and performing throughout the world, she wants to get at the root of helping people relax and destress.

First, the music. If you’ve been in a yoga class in the last five years, you have no doubt heard her music. The first female to bring kirtan music [call-and-response chanting performed in India’s devotional traditions] to the West in the 1990’s, Wah! has been playing bass guitar with her wildly joyful rock band at yoga festivals and centers around the U.S. since 1997. She has also consistently offered music and albums to the therapeutic market; her Savasana CDs have sold over 100,000 copies worldwide.

A few years ago Wah! took time to sit with people – just sitting, and singing, toning, and leading simple meditative exercises. This, combined with many years leading yoga and creating relaxation music led to healing workshops, healing retreats and the Healing Concert, a multi-media concert using projections, slow moving laser lights and live music by Wah! to inspire world peace and peace within.

“Our lives are filled with distractions and disruptions that take us away from ourselves and leave us with an experience of overwhelming stress and disconnection.” Wah! feels a new kind of musical experience is necessary. “I want to improve how we live our lives on this planet and create events which inspire peace and altruistic cooperation.”

Her new book, Healing: A Vibrational Exchange introduces audiences to the concepts behind her music, focusing on ways you can create more space and healing in your life. Her lectures have been welcomed at Princeton University, Loyola Marymount University and at EXPOs and conferences around the country. Her workshops help people develop tools for self-healing and communication.

She has performed at Fiske Planetarium, Franklin Institute, South Florida Museum’s Bishop Planetarium, Omega Institute, Globe Sound Healing Conference, NJ State Museum in Trenton, Hoyt Sherman Place, and Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. In concerts, festivals, lectures and workshops, Wah! uses her deep understanding of music and healing to create profound and transformative events.