DeDe is a registered 500-hr yoga teacher and completed her Embodyoga® teacher training at Yoga Center Amherst in 2010. She also completed her Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans Coping with Trauma 2012, and her Relax and Renew® Trainer certification with Judith Hanson Lasater at Kripalu in 2018.
Dede is also a masters level school counselor in public schools, certified as a school social worker and guidance counselor. She works with school age students and their families who have experienced self-regulation issues, substance abuse, and trauma. The use of pranayama, asana, and mindfulness has been an empowering adjunct to their well-being.
Practicing yoga for more than twenty-five years, DeDe has been inspired by teachers from many lineages and traditions. Her strongest inspiration comes from both Patty Townsend and Embodyoga®, which has given her a glimpse of a deeper practice that includes moving from the inside out, and Judith Hanson Lasater who has taught her to rest, slow down, and enjoy the breath.
DeDe brings enthusiasm and her own love of yoga to help all students explore movement in a safe and supported environment. Her teaching encourages students to find their own individual expression in asana, using breath as a guide. Her classes focus on developing inner sensitivity and creating harmony and balance in body and mind. She believes that when we allow ourselves to rest and move with awareness we open ourselves to grace and gratitude.
Elena is drawn to yoga for its ability to offer the experience of deep grounding and spacious bliss simultaneously. Her teaching style tends toward a slow flow with attention to breath, whole-body integration, and mindful awareness. In her classes you will be guided to attune to the subtle nuances of your experience and to explore the depth and breadth of your awareness. She believes that the full expression of any pose is different from person-to-person, day-to-day. You'll be encouraged to get curious and honor your body and experience as it unfolds in the present moment. Each breath is a fresh inquiry.
Her yoga journey began in 2008 as a student of mindfulness meditation, and shortly thereafter she landed on her mat. She is grateful for the teachings of Embodyoga®, which she studied with Corinne Andrews and Patty Townsend during her 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Center Amherst in 2016. She has also completed 30 hours of training in restorative yoga therapeutics with Jillian Pransky. She currently studies TCTSY, an evidence-based adjunctive treatment for complex trauma, which she plans to offer at Great Falls Yoga in Spring of 2019.
Jackie Howard is a 200 hour certified Akhanda (Holistic) Yoga teacher. She completed her training at Anand Prakash Ashram in Rishikesh India under the loving guidance of her teacher Yogrishi Vishvketu-ji. In addition to her Hatha Yoga training she is also a student of Bhakti Yoga in the Vaisnava tradition. Her approach draws from the idea that yoga is more of a ‘work-in’ than a ‘work-out’. Although a flexible body has many benefits, it’s ultimately the flexibility of the mind & the openness of the heart that will allow us to expand and grow infinitely in the journey of yoga. Jackie feels to be an effective teacher you must also be a dedicated student, she continues her training in the Akhanda, Bhakti & Sivananda traditions hoping to bring herself & students closer to our true nature, which is loving, compassionate & kind.
By creating a strong flexible body you will find a strong flexible mind.
My classes integrate the philosophy of yoga and mindfulness practices with careful guidance and close attention to breathing. Focus on alignment helps to maintain a balance between effort and ease in our practice.
I began practicing yoga in 1999, and started teaching full time in 2009. I have studied many different lineages but currently teach non-lineage based yoga. I encourage my students to look within and listen to the inner teacher, to move intuitively in ways that promote harmony and healing.
I have found my greatest teachers to be my students who bring me endless inquiry and inspiration. It has been through teaching that I have learned about anatomy, modifications, and articulated guidance. As a teacher I am known for my consistency, precision, creativity, warmth and humor. It is with great love and respect that I offer these teachings to anyone who is interested in learning.
In 5-Element philosophy the element of fire is known as the magician because it transforms everything it touches. There is something so magical about taking what you have and turning it into something new. It is not the "new thing" that is liberating, but the knowing that you can transform what you have. In her classes we go behind the scenes, where the real magic happens, and transform our prior knowledge, challenges and limitations into strength and freedom.
Kendra studied a very traditional style of yoga called Iyengar Yoga, but through multiple injuries and yearning to learn more she began to study Shiatsu (a Japanese form of bodywork), Shadow Yoga, Functional Range Conditioning, foundational gymnastics, movement patterns from the Movement Culture -- specifically the work of Ido Portal, and therapeutic work with muscle and connective tissue. Her teaching and her practice are highly influenced by these practices!
She teaches alignment, strength within mobility, grace, technique, and experiential understanding of the anatomy and emotions within the body.
Her classes are a living, philosophical inquiry into freedom through our bodies and our lives. She believes that truth, insight, clarity, and inner guidance can be discovered through the body. Her teaching uses yoga as a tool to investigate limiting thought patterns, our relationship to pain, and the ending of suffering. In this way, the practice of yoga can become a means of revealing and living in alignment with the heart.
Lauren had the privilege to study yoga with Swami Shantimurti in Ohui, New Zealand, where she received her 200 RYT certificate in 2013. The style of yoga that Lauren practices and teaches has its roots in the teachings of the classical, traditional yoga of the Saraswati lineage.
Lauren sees yoga not as a belief system, but as a system of mental and physical practices that help us connect our breath, mind and body. Her classes include a variety of still and moving postures, and conclude with pranayama (breathing) and meditation. She emphasizes the need to connect the mind, breath and body for optimum results.
Lauren's approach to yoga is as her approach to life: with lightness and an open heart. She believes that laughter helps to release the "monkey brain" that blocks our attempts for a clear mind, and so she encourages smiles and giggles throughout her classes.
Lauren has taught yoga in a private studio in Leverett, as well as classes for members of the Brick Coworkshop collective in Holyoke. She has also taught "Beer-belly Yoga" for employees of High Horse in Amherst, and more recently, had the opportunity to guest teach at Naturlig Yoga in Hitra, Norway.
Molly is a 200 hr RYT, trained in Ashtanga Vinyasa and alignment principles. She began practicing in 2015 in Rishikesh, India along the holy Ganges, and quickly fell in love with Yoga for its simplicity, philosophy, and the way it brings one to the present moment. The next year she traveled to Calle, Colombia to live at Yogendra Eco Ashram, a Krishna temple, for a teacher training under Syam Vallabhi Devi Dasi and Chaitanya Nitay Das. Molly's teacher training turned out to be a cathartic experience that helped uncover truths within herself and led to other forms of Ayurvedic healing and plant-medicine. She was drawn to the Yogis for their happiness, vitality, beauty, timeless wisdom, and overall lightness in life. Molly is an avid reader and dedicated student who highly respects the tradition of Yoga, and loves trying out new teachers and styles as she develops her own. She looks forward to going back to India to study before traveling the world as a teacher. Molly's goal as a Yoga instructor is making the practice more accessible to everyone, and she offers a free class at Great Falls once a week. Molly grew up locally in Northfield, MA and hopes to assist in healing our community by helping people heal themselves through Yoga and realizing our true nature; that is peaceful, joyful, and whole.
Tina Robison, RYT 200, began practicing yoga in 2000, being drawn to yoga to promote healing and alleviate suffering. Tina completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Eileen Muir at Karuna in Northampton, and her Birthing Mama® 90-hour Prenatal Yoga and Wellness Teacher Training with Corrine Andrews at Yoga Center Amherst. Tina has shared her practice as a teacher with community classes, high school classes, and most recently with expectant and new mothers. Primarily focusing on the teachings of BKS Iyengar, Tina has a gentle approach to yoga that helps create space and integrate body, mind, and emotions. Tina’s classes are a fun balance of turning inward, challenging yourself, and finding the ease in every pose.