Maggie Fiorella Winter
OTR/L, RYT 200 and Owner of Green Tea Yoga
Maggie began her dharma to help others early in life. At twenty one, she was on a journey as an Occupational Therapist working primarily with children on the spectrum. She had already started her own yoga practice and knew the magical shifts that were happening within. After implementing numerous yoga techniques with these specific children, she noticed a significant change with their level of concentration, body awareness and overall well being. Because of these profound effects, and her individual growth in her own practice, it inspired her to receive her Hatha Yoga 200hr training as well as a specific Certifications to become a Children’s Yoga Teacher and a Pre Natal Yoga Teacher. Maggie has always had a special interest with children who have sensory processing difficulties and is also certified by Color Me Yoga for working with Special Needs Children and Integrating Yoga and Other Mind/Body Techniques.
Maggie’s own difficulties with Chronic Lyme disease opened the doors to many fantastic energy healers. She knew in order to heal completely, the work that had to be done was not only on the physical plane but also healing our past wounds on an emotional and energetic level. Yoga and energy healing sessions go hand in hand to help support our well-being and to keep us grounded. Maggie loves to give energy healing sessions and is a certified Polarity Therapist, has her Reiki I and Reiki II certifications and has taken some workshops on the science of foot reflexology. Together, she combines these healing modalities to provide healing sessions for people.
Maggie loves life and expresses herself through dance, music, art and yoga. In her classes, Maggie encourages adults and children to explore and feel what is right for his/her body without being afraid to fall or make mistakes. She teaches a fun and lively class to all sorts of people and levels and makes a point to focus on personal growth and truth. She is so lucky to be doing what she is passionate about. She gives thanks and gratitude everyday for this opportunity.
Certified Professional level Kripalu Yoga Teacher. RYT 200
Sally is Professional Level Yoga Teacher with a 500 hour certification from The Kripalu Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. She encourages each student to work at his or her own level, practicing compassionate self- awareness. Sally’s students enjoy (and are often amazed by) the discoveries they make while practicing breathing exercises, warm ups to build strength and muscle tone, and posture flow. Students find encouragement and motivation as Sally weaves yoga philosophy and inspirational readings into her classes. She welcomes beginners and more experienced practitioners alike to her class.
RYT 500 Yoga Teacher
Julie came to yoga 19 years ago while expecting her first child. Luckily she was already fit as she walked right into the Astanga practice - Julie holds a certificate in Embodyoga® Astanga, earned her RYT 200 credentials through Swallowtail Yoga School in 2010. She is currently studying at Yoga Center Amherst to earn her RYT500 in Embodyoga® (2016/17). Deeply influenced by Body Mind Centering Julie also brings influences from Astanga, Iyengar, Kali Ray Tri Yoga Flows, and the Sivananda practice. Come to your mat, do your practice, come to your mat and you will come home to yourself.
RYT E-500 hours, Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner
Founder, Swallowtail Yoga Teacher Training, Marblehead, MA
A teacher of teachers, Elaine is a longtime yoga practitioner (since the mid-1970s), teaching yoga full time since 1994. Her primary teacher is Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. She assists Bonnie and teaches in the BMC® and Yoga Program in Amherst and NYC. Elaine's classes focus on finding ease and comfort, breath, humor, alignment and presence. She uses experiential anatomy to help people experience the wisdom of their own bodies and to trust their own experiences. Yoga is an oasis, a life raft, a challenging physical/spiritual discipline, and a pleasure. It teaches us patience, gratitude, compassion and surrender. It helps us to find grace, joy, freedom, and our own lives, moment by moment. Elaine loves sharing this gift with others. For more on Elaine, visit www.elainewintman.com
Professional Level Kripalu Certified Yoga Teacher. RYT 500
Since 1994, Michelle has immersed herself in the field of alternative healthcare. Leaving the corporate world of sales and marketing, she studied to become a massage therapist enabling her to be a stay at home mom for her two girls. She realized immediately this knowledge was only the tip of the iceberg. She continued her training in alternative medicine acquiring knowledge and skills in Reiki, Reflexology, and Cranio-sacral therapy. She began practicing yoga becoming a Kripalu certified teacher in 2003. In 2004 she achieved her certification at the professional level. She acquired her knowledge and love of Pranyama from a master, Yoganand Michael Carrol, director of YTT at Kripalu. In 2017, she became an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant through the Amrit Yoga Institute by the tutelage of Dr. Vijay Jain, MD and Dr. Shekar Annambhotla, MD Ayurveda. In 2018, she completed training as a Yoga Nidra facilitator and finally qualified as a Yoga Therapist. She has maintained her private practice since 1996 and has been a member of the Green Tea Yoga team since 2016.
On a more personal level, Michelle was diagnosed with MS in 2004. Her belief in the power of the mind, body, soul connection combined with discipline, has enabled her to avoid prescription medication living a healthy and vibrant life. Her classes involve pranayama and attention to alignment. Students have said her classes are strong, engaging, transformative and fun!
Jerry Urban Yoga Instructor, RYT 200
Have you ever come into something that you knew would change your life forever? This was yoga for Jerry. But it was not an immediate change or something readily apparent, at first. It was a slow and steady progression through years of practicing and quitting and practicing some more, slowly gaining little awakenings, transitions and transformations, and on occasion, even recognizing them. Each time he went away from yoga, there was always something bringing him back, usually a girlfriend. And then one day, it just stayed with him. And he's been thankful ever since. Though his primary influence is Shiva Rea, it would be hard to exclude any instructor that he's ever practiced with or any number of styles of yoga that he's touched upon. Inspiration comes in many different forms and occasionally it requires a change or shift to find where it's hiding. Each teacher sharing their inspirations and practice provides a new and different avenue of thought or perhaps, a new path to follow. So come and do a little digging with Jerry, you might like what you find.
Ali Janavaris Yoga Instructor, RYT 200
Ali graduated from Kripalu School of Yoga. She earned her 200 hours in Kripalu yoga. Her goal is to share the wisdom and power of yoga, meditation, and pranayama with all people. Through this, she aims to support individuals in their journey to discover their true selves. Ali wants to actively be a part of that sharing process by creating a loving, safe, and nurturing environment for her students. Yoga means union; to unite. She aims to unite all people in harmony and peace.
Mary Beth Clancy Yoga Instructor, RYT 200
* CRYT Yoga Teacher
* Meditation and Spiritual Practices Teacher (various world spiritual practices traditions including Taoism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism)
* Master’s degree in Education and Crisis Counseling
* Reiki practitioner
* Mentors those on addiction recovery path using meditation, yoga, counseling
Mary Beth brings an energetic and playful yet calming, grounding presence to her classes. Her extensive experience in dance, meditation, and spiritual studies eventually led her to yin and yang yoga – what she sees as an amazing union of some of her personal interests and the beginning of a new path to discover inner resilience and peace in the present moment through movement, body, mind and spirit play-work and a never-ending sense of humor! Mary Beth believes yoga can be both a physical work out and a transformative work in if you bring an open mind and your mindful YES to the present moment. Yogi’s choice! Her motto is to stay focused but relax, laugh love and “yoga like no one is watching.”
Rebecca Plummer Rohloff Yoga Instructor, RYT 500
Rebecca Plummer Rohloff is a Kripalu Certified instructor and has been practicing yoga for 12 years. In addition to teaching Yoga, she is a visual artist and professor of Art +Design at Salem State University where she coordinates the undergraduate and graduate art education programs. She lives in Salem with her husband and three kitties.
Liz Gruenfeld. Yoga Instructor RYT 200.
MSW, Ed. M
Liz believes in the power of yoga to transform our lives, our relationship to each other and the world around us. Liz first found yoga to rehab a college soccer low back injury; its eight limbs have sustained her throughout times of joy and mourning, as an athlete and artist, during graduate study, and working in conflict-affected areas globally. Liz has deepened her yoga practice over almost 20 years, on the west and east coasts, and is blessed to have studied vigorous as well as therapeutic styles with long-time teachers (Viniyoga: T.K.V. Desikachar, Gary Kraftsow, Kat Allen; Kripalu: Priti, Sudha, Devarshi; Samadhi: Kathleen Hunt; local teachers: Elaine Wintman & Marc St. Pierre). Liz blends compassion and physical rigor, cognitive framing and spirituality, therapeutics and creativity in her classes. She draws on her diverse experiences as a trauma-focused psychotherapist, intercultural arts educator, student of indigenous Hawaiian, Amazonian & Bornean shamanic healing, and PhD student. She aims for her classes to be trauma-informed, safe, and challenging for all levels, where students feel welcome to notice inner experience, and respond to it. She has taught on four continents, and values deep aliveness, embodied connection, and social and ecological justice. Come learn more about exploring, noticing, and partnering with your body, mind and spirit, exactly as you find yourself in the moment now.
Molly Madhuri Francis, Yoga Instructor RYT 200
I needed something that could calm my mind, take me into my body, help process all my emotions, and show me how to be my own best friend. Yoga definitely was the answer at age 19 and still is 16 years later. I first began practicing with DVD’s and then started taking my first classes in college. I noticed that I felt more nourished emotionally and physically. It wasn’t until I went to New Zealand at 23 to work on organic farms that I discovered how vast the practice of yoga truly is. Shortly thereafter, I completed my 200 hour teacher training in North Carolina with David Beadle and Lisa Clark in hatha yoga with an emphasis on the work of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and BMC (body mind centering). I then went on to complete my 500 hour teacher training in Embodyoga® with Patty Townsend in Amherst, MA who also studied with Bonnie. Embodyoga® focuses on all the mind-body systems (the organs, glands, muscles, bones, nervous system, cells, etc) as support for getting into asanas and thus it truly encourages people to feel their direct experience of a pose rather than trying to fit their body to what a pose “should” look or feel like. I started teaching in 2007. Since then I have completed Marc St. Pierre’s course in yoga called “The Path” which has helped greatly in accessing my strength through alignment and understanding yoga philosophy as it relates to asana and life. I believe the biggest influence in my yoga practice and teaching is my spiritual teacher Amritanandamayi (commonly known as Amma), a world renowned saint from India. I am grateful to travel around the United States and Europe with Amma during her tours and travel to her ashram in India. Through her spiritual practices, service, and by being in her presence I have become more aware of the common essence inside of me and everyone and everything which I like to call love. Things that make me happy include: Practicing and teaching yoga, feeling the bliss of meditation, connecting with friends, massages, dancing, swimming in the ocean, the sound of waves, flowers, traveling with and doing service work for Amma, witnessing the basic goodness and light in people, sharing a yummy meal with a loved one, kombucha, my family, walks in nature, and experiencing sweetness in the moments that make up life.
Kayla Proulx, Yoga Instructor RYT 200
In 2014, the idea of yoga came about from her doctor to heal her anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. Kayla took her first class at the age of 17 when her best friend, who worked at a local studio, recommended she take a class after an emotionally tough day. The connection she felt with herself, the relief, the emotional balance, and inner peace it brought kept her going back for more. As a born healer, Kayla grew up attracted to Western medicine through media influence--especially House M.D. After a year of premedical at MCPHS, stressful shifts in life, and realizations, she decided it was necessary to take a break from college to find and heal herself. She completed her 200-hour training with Larisa Forman and Vito Politano. She found a new beginning to her life. She let go of her life-long dream of becoming a physician's assistant and is now passionate about teaching yoga, exploring the realm of alternative medicine, and healing herself and others.
Marilyn Whalen, Yoga Instructor RYT 300
RN, MS Health Care
Marilyn has worked more than 30 years in various healthcare settings as a certified Rehabilitation Nurse. Marilyn has received over 300 hours of continuous ongoing yoga teacher training education at Kripalu Yoga Center in Lenox, MA. In 2001, Marilyn became certified as a Cardiac Yoga Teacher. In 2016 Marilyn became certified in Yin Yoga.
Marilyn has taught yoga in a variety of settings throughout her life. She has taught a gentle yoga class at Healthworks, Teaches a class called yoga for a better back at Lynn Union Hospital and has been a teacher at Prana Yoga, now called Green Tea Yoga since 1999. She has conducted numerous community classes and lectures on Yoga for "your health" and has been a guest speaker on cable TV on yoga specifically for senior citizens. Marilyn has over 4000 hours of teaching experience and is an amazing leader and top educator in the field of injury free yoga for everyone.
Angela Maione, Yoga Instructor RYT 200 hr
I am an artist and a free spirit who began my journey on the path of yoga in 2005 looking for something to calm my anxiety, deepen my spiritual connection and help heal my broken heart. I began solely practicing hatha yoga for 5 years. I soon found it helped ease my mind yet it left me feeling like I needed something more. In 2012 I was called to practice Restorative yoga and alignment-based Iyengar. 200-hour Dharma Coach Yoga Teacher who studied with Kathyrn Whitney, RYT certified.
Through my study of self, I realized that yoga is for everyBODY. My desire is to empower and assist others to transform their lives for the better with the gift of yoga. Through the practice of yoga, the journey inward is a beautiful transformation that will allow your spirit to soar. When we lead with our hearts, we empower our soul.
Rachael Duda, Yoga Instructor RYT 500 hr. Mental Health Provider
Rachael Duda, MA., has been guiding others through the journey of yoga for 10 years fusing her experience as a yogi, a mental health counselor, an energy practitioner, and a mystic of the heart. Rachael loves exploring nature and the cosmos, intrigued by the exchange between matter and energy, and she views yoga as a space and place to explore the ecology of the spirit to deepen connection with Self. She began teaching yoga on the island of Puerto Rico in 2008 and has since been riding the waves with Shiva Rea in Prana Vinyasa, in awe at the depth of all there is to learn. Rachael holds a masters degree in Holistic Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University, as well as certifications in Ayurveda, Reiki and Polarity Therapy. Additionally she has studied neuroscience, mindfulness and embodiment with Bo Forbes and has enjoyed learning from many incredible teachers in the yoga community. Rachael's classes offer creative sequencing to inspire individuals to investigate movement and breath, shift patterns, and be in the flow of all that is ever changing. She strives to inspire and empower others in their process of healing, transformation and expression in the world. She currently teaches in Boston and the North Shore, and continues working as a mental health provider with children and families in the community.
Emily Generazzo, Yoga Instructor RYT 200
For this yogini, yoga started as a journey to new beginnings and turned into a path of self-discovery. Yoga awakened something in her that she wanted to share with the world. She began her first teacher training back in 2016 at Mantra Yoga Studio lead by Marlena Bruno, Willa Devoti Worsfold, and Deana Bacon receiving her RYT 200. Falling even more in love with her practice and the knowledge she was gaining, she signed up for a second training less than a year later. After completing her second training at Soul Culture Yoga School lead by Jaishree and Kalanidhi Dow-Spielman, she received a second RYT 200 and her level 1 Jivatma Energy Healing certification. She was given the opportunity to travel to India to immerse herself in the beautiful culture and study her practice in the birthplace of yoga.
While she was in India, she realized another passion was to teach children. When she came home she decided it was time to bring her love for teaching to her mini yogis and yoginis. She signed up for Flow & Grow Kids Yoga lead by Lara Hocheiser and received her certificate as a children’s yoga teacher. This past summer she took her yoga to the water as she teamed up with SUP East Coast Style and taught both adult and children’s yoga programs on the paddleboards. As her passion for teaching expanded, Emily grew her own yoga brand as, Not Your Average Mermaid, as she teaches both on land and the sea. She set her sights on another passion fall 2018 and became certified in chair yoga lead by Stacey Lubets, at Yoga Center of Cape Cod. Her goal was to help her 88-year-old grandfather feel more energetic and excited to bring movement into his limbs once again. Emily truly believes that the practice of yoga is beneficial for all ages. Yoga is the missing puzzle piece that connects our minds back to our soul.
All of Emily’s classes are targeted to flow with safe alignment, while feeling empowered and confident. Each class will help build on the appreciation of each individual’s own abilities and qualities. Emily’s intention is to help you become the fearless God/Goddess that you are, both on and off the mat.
“The first plunge into the unknown can be a challenge, and uncertainty may fill your mind, but it also chases us out into the open where life’s true magic is waiting.”
Mantra: Be happy. Be confident. Be you.
Christine Iarrobino, Yoga Instructor RYT 200
Christine Iarrobino began her yoga journey after leaving her career as an art teacher and giving birth to her son. She found a deep appreciation for yoga and connection to herself after completing the YogaSpirit 200-hour program while pregnant with her daughter. She then received her Prenatal Certification through North Shore Yoga, enriching her experiences and bringing light to areas where she can support other moms. She holds close to her heart her family life and a love of helping and nurturing other families. Just as art and yoga are a process, she also views giving birth and raising a family as an ever-changing and beautiful one as well. She has found breath to be the catalyst that cultivates kindness within herself. She enjoys guiding others to find their breath and voice so that they may discover their inner strength, kindness, and acceptance. She also holds her Usui Reiki Master and Teacher certification and integrates energy work into her teaching. She continues to grow and breathe in hopes that others will follow. Her classes focus on nurturing and restoring the body with breath, laughter and love.
Michel Callahan, Yoga Instructor RYT 200
Michel is a 200 hour YTT graduate and certified Reiki 1 practicioner. Yoga, music, and comedy are her holy trinity. When she's not breathing deeply on her mat, you can find her traveling around to see the Dave Matthews Band or trying to get her cats to love her.
Michel enjoys teaching a strong, mindful, slow flow vinyasa, linking breathe to intuitive movements. A treat she enjoys bringing to class is her tarot cards. At the end of class she offers students to feel free to pull a card and read what it holds for them.