Our Teachers

 
 

Angie Muzzy

Angie was drawn to movement at a very young age and has dedicated her life to understanding the body’s power of experience and expression.  A Franklin County native, she began her dance training at The Dance Studio in Orange, MA. She then went on to receive a B.A. in Theater and Dance from Keene State College and an M.F.A. in Dance at The College at Brockport (SUNY).  She currently directs the dance program at The MacDuffie School in Granby, MA and has presented her choreography at various festivals and venues around the country. She completed her 200-Hour Embodyoga® certification at Yoga Center Amherst in 2016. Her approach to guiding a class is enthusiastic, explorative and embodied as she weaves her knowledge of various movement practices and theories with yogic philosophy.

 
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Elena Mamatas

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. Elena especially enjoys attuning students to deeper layers of awareness by bringing attention to the subtle internal sensations of their practice. She aspires to guide her students toward experiences of full embodiment.

Her yoga journey began in 2008 as a student of mindfulness meditation, and shortly thereafter she landed on her mat. She’s enjoyed practicing with teachers from diverse traditions, but is a dedicated student of Embodyoga®. She studied Embodyoga®  with Corinne Andrews and Patty Townsend during her 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Center Amherst in 2016, and has also completed 30 hours of training in restorative yoga therapeutics with Jillian Pransky. In May of 2017 she opened Great Falls Yoga in Turners Falls in hopes of sharing yoga with everyone in her community. She is committed to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to benefit from the art and science of this practice. Prior to becoming a student of yoga, Elena attended the University of Vermont where she majored in environmental studies and psychology; the deep forests of the natural world and the deep space of the mind continually inspire her practice.

 
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Jackie Howard

Jackie 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 Vaishnava tradition, as taught by A.C Bhaktivendanta Swami Prabhupada. She feels incredibly blessed for all the great teachers that inspire her daily; Srila Prabhupada, Swami Sivananda, Radhanath Swami, Pema Chodron, HH the 14th Dalai Lama. She feels to be an effective teacher you must also be a dedicated student, Jackie continues her training in the Akhanda, Bhakti & Sivananda traditions hoping to bring herself & students closer to our true nature, which is loving, compassionate & kind.

 
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Noelle Janka

Noelle is a certified yoga instructor and life coach specializing in supporting queer folks, people with health challenges, and individuals dedicated to social justice. She loves the power of yoga to help us be in our bodies and move through the world with less struggle. Noelle began doing yoga in 2009 to alleviate a battery of health challenges that she later learned were related to chronic Lyme disease. Yoga has been a critical tool in her recovery and she loves teaching others the self-healing qualities of the practice. 

Noelle got her RYT 200 hour certification at South Boston Yoga with David Vendetti and Ame Wren in 2013. Noelle has also studied Afro Flow Yoga with Leslie Salmon Jones and loves to incorporate elements of dance and Kundalini Yoga into her vinyasa classes. Her teaching focuses on freedom through movement, personal empowerment, and correct alignment for safe and sustainable practice. Noelle cares deeply about making the practice accessible to yogis of all body types, genders, races, and physical abilities. Noelle is new to the Pioneer Valley and excited to build a new yogi community here. 

 

Mishel Ixchel

Mishel is Ecuadorian-born & NYC-bred, and currently resides in western Mass where she teaches the art of Sacred Self Care through classes, workshops, events and retreats. She is a certified hot yoga teacher and Qoya instructor, and is currently working on her first book, a Self-Care guide that weaves together modern & ancient practices with women‘s cycles and Mother Nature’s seasons.

 
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Sasha Rivera

Sasha Rivera is an Embodyoga® instructor in the Pioneer Valley. Her classes are flowing and dynamic for a range of levels. She helps her students find support for their movements from the inside out, utilizing Embodyoga®'s movement principles and templates for whole-body support. With Sasha you will learn to connect to and radiate out from your center, bring breath deeper into your body, and move safely and easefully from one asana (posture) to the next.

Sasha was born in Brooklyn and has also lived on Long Island, in Vermont and (mostly) in the Pioneer Valley. She completed the 200-hour Embodyoga® Teacher Training at Yoga Center Amherst in December 2016, and is Community Outreach Coordinator for YCA, managing their social media presence and writing for their blog. Sasha is excited to share the benefits of yoga with anyone who is curious about the practice, and is committed to creating a more just and peaceful world where all beings can thrive. www.sashariverayoga.com

 
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Tina Robison

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.