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.
Beth's yoga journey started 10 years ago when she fell in love with a practice that incorporates strength with relaxation and mindfulness. She has always had a passion for health and wellness and finds joy in helping others. Beth completed her RYT 200 hr in 2014 at Vegas Hot University and went on to enhance her knowledge through Level I and Level II Yin Yoga Training with Adie deHilster in 2016. She recently retired from a 40 year career as a Pediatric Critical Care RN and now devotes her time to sharing her love of yoga. Beth believes yoga is for everyone and is thrilled to return to her home town of Tuners Falls and share in the sense of community yoga brings.
Colette practices shiatsu (Japanese bodywork) and teaches yoga in the Pioneer Valley. She started practicing yoga over ten years ago. After college Colette lived at the Kripalu Yoga Center for six months of service in a karma yoga community. She traveled to India in 2015 for almost a year to trace the origins of yoga in her own practice. While in India she met Mooji, a master in the Advaita Vedanta lineage, and began to draw on these teachings for self-inquiry. Her practice and teaching are informed by her felt-sense of the elements and the meridian system. Colette holds a B.A. in English Literature and in the fall she will begin graduate studies to become a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
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 passionate about the practice of Embodyoga®, which combines Hatha Yoga (steeped in Tantric philosophy) with Body Mind Centering® . 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.
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.
Jena is a graduate of the Adhikara Yoga school which focuses on social justice, analyzing cultural appropriation and a trauma informed approach. Whether you’re just starting out or practice regularly, you are welcomed to the mat with options and variations to support your body and experience. Jena is committed to lifting up those that haven’t felt welcomed in a mainstream yoga class. They share classes that are a vinyasa style flow of physical postures guided by themes of yoga and buddhist philosophy. Jena is devoted to sharing practice with their queer and trans community to contribute towards individual and collective healing and liberation.
Meegan found her way to yoga and meditation as a college student in 1999 and has been exploring various traditions and styles ever since. In 2002 she began studying Yin yoga with Lynn Kingston in Western Massachusetts. In practicing Yin yoga and meditation, Meegan found an opportunity to observe physical sensations, thoughts, and emotions more deeply and without judgment as well as an opportunity to practice stillness even when there is the impulse to react out of fear, boredom, agitation, or discomfort. It was also through the practice of Yin yoga that she experienced the profound healing, integration, and growth that is possible when we give ourselves time and space to go inside.
Meegan worked for over a decade in the fields of youth development/empowerment and reproductive health and justice; more recently she has been growing her handmade jewelry business and finding ways to share her love of yoga with others. She is a 2016 graduate of the 200 hour Embodyoga® teacher training at Yoga Center Amherst.The goal of Meegan’s teaching is to inspire curiosity about ourselves and the world around us and to provide an opportunity to explore our edges with self-compassion, love, and discernment. Meegan believes that yoga can lead to radical awareness, acceptance, and change, both within our bodies/selves and in the world at large.
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.
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
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.