Teachers at the Center

FEZ ASWAT (Insight Meditation) has been teaching yoga and meditation in the Boston area since 2001.  He regards his hatha yoga practice as both a natural extension of and a pathway back to his meditation practice which serves as the basis of his teaching.  As a musician and a Cancer Survivor Fez regards yoga as an invaluable practice for the maintenance of his own well-being.  He works closely with his primary teacher Tom Alden and has also studied extensively with Barbara Benagh, Patricia Walden, Arthur Kilmurray and Jin Sung

ANA AYVAZIAN (Nia) has been performing and teaching Ethnic Dance for the past 15 years. She began her dance training in Armenian Folkloric dance, traveling with a troupe throughout the U.S. Canada, and Armenia. She has studied Flamenco under Ramon de los Reyes and more recently with Omayra Amaya. This summer she presented a flamenco workshop to the young students at the New England School of Dance. In June of 2002 she became certified to teach NIA. Building on her background of dance, she has through her NIA classes combined her passion and love of dance with the movement forms incorporated in the NIA technique. It's a great workout for everyone, dancers and non-dancers alike. We celebrate the joy of movement - no matter what our dance experience

MEGAN BATHORY-PEELER (Continuum) is a passionate somanaut. For 25 years, Megan has been exploring the frontiers of embodiment and human relationships - insatiably curious about what it means to live fully in a human body and within the human experience. Based in Western Massachusetts, she guides her students and clients to make their own innovative discoveries, drawing on her skills as a Continuum teacher, somatic therapist/educator, performance artist, activist, and mother. She also teaches weekly in Greenfield, MA and will start teaching in Europe in 2018

ANNE CURTIS (Yoga, Iyengar Yoga) has practiced yoga since 1996 and has been teaching since 2003, after completing her Iyengar-based teacher training with Larry Hatlett in Palo Alto, CA. Anne is a Yoga Alliance certified
E-RYT 500 and graduated from the Lotus Room Teacher Training Program in 2008. Anne is devoted to teaching in a student-centered way, in which each student’s unique characteristics are taken into account.  Her goal is for each individual to find their way toward greater understanding of their own body and how to work with yoga poses to bring about a finely tuned and mindful balance

SUSAN DESMARAIS (Yoga) was brought up as a Buddhist by her mother, with an immediate connection to yoga, which she began to practice in 1981.  After her first teacher training in the Sivananda tradition, she began teaching in 2001 in Toronto.  Her teaching style has developed from various trainings and classes with many different teachers over the years.  She currently enjoys the work of Liz Owen, Arthur Kilmurray, Barbara Benagh and Zoe Stewart in the Boston area.  Susan's classes are invigorating and replenishing, with humor and a light touch

TED GOODMAN SENSEI (Aikido) was introduced to Aikido in San Francisco in 1970, but did most of his training in Japan with 3 years under Bansen Tanaka Sensei and 7 years under Steven Seagal Sensei. Since returning to the States, he has studied under Lou Perriello Sensei and Mitsunari Kanai Sensei. A black belt since 1987, he has been teaching Aikido since 1993. In 2002 he became a certified R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Systems instructor, and founded First Line of Defense for women's safety awareness and self-defense training

JOAN GREEN (Dancing Outside The Lines) is a dancer, choreographer and teacher who has taught Modern Dance to many populations at many venues locally and nationally. She directed Back Pocket Dancers and co-directed Back Porch Dance Company

CHIP HARTRANFT, PT (Yoga, Insight Meditation, Yoga-Sutra) bridges the traditions of yoga and buddhism. He is the founding director of The Arlington Center, dedicated to the integration of yoga and dharma practice, and has taught a blend of yoga movement & insight meditation in the Boston area since 1978. An independent scholar of yoga and early Indian buddhism, Chip is the author of The Yoga-Sutra of PataĖjali: a new translation with commentary (Shambhala), and his work has also been featured in The Wisdom Of Yoga by Stephen Cope, Freeing The Body, Freeing The Mind (Michael Stone, ed.), the Shambhala Sun, and elsewhere (read his recent interview in Insight Journal). Chip teaches about the origins, evolution, and practices of yoga and buddhist traditions at teacher trainings and retreats across the country

ANNIE HOFFMAN (Iyengar Yoga) has practiced yoga since 1986. First teacher-trained at Kripalu in 1988, she then studied with Patricia Walden for fourteen years. Annie has taught since 1990 at the B.K.S.Iyengar Center, and was certified in Iyengar yoga in 1994. Annie brings a heartfelt creativity to her work. She feels every class should be a well balanced sequence giving greater clarity, alignment, strength, and ease to the practitioner. All families of postures will be woven into a semester's curriculum, including standing poses, backbends, twists, inversions, balances, forward bends, and relaxation. Yoga practice unveils the jewel of our inner beauty and allows it to shine forth. Each day I intend to make of myself an offering of surrender, transformation, and peace in order to contribute my love and reverence for life into the world. My practice and my teaching harmonize beautifully to create that vehicle. Namaste!

JOHN HUNT (Kundalinin Yoga, Chair Yoga) began to follow the path of Kundalini Yoga several years ago and he continues to grow in the practice. Along with his 200-hour training, he has studied in India, Spain, France, Ireland, and Costa Rica to widen his knowledge. John continues to go deeper in his personal practice and to share his passion, knowledge and enthusiasm for Kundalini Yoga with his students. He encourages his students to raise their awareness and access their potential by patiently guiding them through the practice with a sense of playfulness, humor, and determination

RUTH KNILL, PhD, LicAc (Yoga) received a doctorate in applied mathematics from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, publishing more than 30 papers in the field of astronomy. She enjoyed her first yoga classes in 1997, but it was through later Iyengar-inspired training that Ruth discovered the power of awareness to transform the body and awaken its intelligence. Moving beyond mere emulation of teachers or others, yoga became the cultivation of deep attention and sensitivity to the details of bodily balance and alignment. Ruth began life-changing studies with Austin-based yoga teacher Bekir Algan, which inspired her to alter her path in life and begin a training in Traditional Chinese Medicine. A licensed acupuncturist in private practice since 2003, Ruth is a certified yoga teacher whom the light of yoga continues to guide, with awareness as her refuge

MARYELLEN LABELLE (Qigong) A teacher since 2006, Maryellen is a certified qigong instructor, as well as an experienced yoga teacher, a Reiki Master, and a Full Spectrum Energy Medicine practitioner. She is dedicated to helping individuals with every day concerns find ways to balance and address responses to their life situations. She practices in New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Massachusetts

DEBORAH LOTUS, GCFP/T (Feldenkrais Movement, Movement Intelligence: Bones For Life) is a Bones for Life Trainer. Deborah was trained personally by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais and mentored by Senior Trainer, Dr. Ruthy Alon, from the mid-'70's to present. She has taught both Feldenkrais and Bones for Life in such diverse settings as Harvard and Lesley Universities, Longy and Berklee Schools of Music, and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. She is happy to answer queries at deborahelizabeth.lotus@gmail.com

LIZ LURIE (Yoga) is a certified Alexander teacher with a background in art, dance and yoga. She has over 35 years experience teaching, both privately and at many universities. Liz has developed a unique system of transformative work, illuminating the story of the body and the choices it can make. Her Monday morning class will utilize principles of several body work techniques to find ways of releasing body tension. With an emphasis on alignment and flexibility, the aim of the class will be to find a sense of expansion and ease of movement in the yoga poses

KATHY MARTIN (Yoga for Cyclists) has been practicing various styles of yoga since 1997. She became a Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher after graduating from the 200-hour Lotus Room Teacher Training Program in 2010 and completed the 500-hour certification in 2014. Her teaching style is primarily influenced by Iyengar and Kripalu. She is also a certified in Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra. Kathy is a cyclo-commuter, utilitarian cyclist, recreational cyclist, road racer, cyclocross racer and is a member of MassBike, The Boston Cyclists Union, CRW, NEBC, Team KIT, and the Ride Studio Cafe Club. She aspires to meld her experience with both cycling and yoga to help cyclists (and other athletes) balance their bodies, strengthen their core, enhance the mind-body connection, and recover from their vigorous training schedules

CHARLOTTE OTT (Gentle Yoga) Since beginning yoga in 1992 while pregnant with her first child, Charlotte has practiced and studied with many teachers including Shiva Rea, Doug Keller, Todd Norian, Natasha Rizopoulos, and Barbara Benagh. Charlotte has completed 200hr (Kripalu) and 300hr (Shiva Rea) trainings, developing a particular focus in recent years on therapeutics, which she continues to study with Doug Keller. In addition to weekly yoga classes Charlotte has led Ayurveda workshops with Emmie Stamell, therapeutic yoga with Linda Moran, PT, and a nutrition & cleansing program with Lisa Mair. A head chef at Shoals Marine lab from 2010-16, Charlotte's other passion is cooking nourishing foods - she regularly shares the benefits of healthy eating through cooking classes and private consultations

LIZ OWEN (Yoga) is an inspired and passionate yoga teacher. She combines physical alignment, meditative movement, and the cultivation of a joyful heart to create an innovative and transformative class experience. She has taught since 1990 and is known for her light-hearted teaching style as well as for the depth of her knowledge. Liz has studied Iyengar, Vinyasa and Classical Hatha yoga for over 25 years and was a certified Iyengar yoga teacher from 1995 - 2010. She teaches classes and workshops throughout New England, including Yoga Journal Conferences and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Wellness, and she is on the faculty of Wellesley College. Liz is co-author of Yoga For A Healthy Lower Back (Shambhala, Aug '13) as well as an NIH-funded study at Boston University Medical Center studying yoga as a healing modality for depression. Her articles about yoga practice have been published on Beliefnet.com, the national magazine award-winning faith and inspiration website. Visit www.lizowenyoga.com

EMMIE STAMELL (Gentle Yoga) has been teaching yoga for ten years. A Kripalu-certified yoga teacher and Ayurvedic practitioner, Emmie brings a balanced dynamic of playfulness and meditative awareness to her classes. Ayurveda, a sister science of yoga, informs and inspires Emmie's teaching and her personal life. When the bodymind moves with the rhythm of the breath and with regard to kala (time of year, time of one's life and time of day) we find ourselves purified, energized and deeply relaxed. The heart of Emmie's teaching encourages gentle self-nourishment through loving-kindness to one's body, mind and spirit

PAM VLAHAKIS (Qigong/Tai Chi) has taught Yoga and Qigong/Tai Chi classes for ages 3-80+ and for all abilities in a variety of settings including hospital wellness center, schools, senior centers, corporate wellness and yoga studios. A certified yoga teacher for over sixteen years, with seven years as a Certified Qigong Teacher, Pam has also developed and implemented successful mind-body and wellness programs for individuals and groups at various settings including Emerson Hospital

VERONICA WOLFF (Ayurvedic Yoga, Yoga For The 2nd Half Of Life) has been studying yoga since 2001 and has taught since 2004. She began teaching by implementing her own vinyasa yoga program while deployed to Kyrgyzstan with the USAF. Veronica studies with Patricia Walden, Lynnae Leblanc, and her mentor Annie Hoffman; she has also recently completed a 200hr Yoga of Energy Flow teacher training program with Daniel Orlansky and Liz Owen.  Veronica weaves both Iyengar and vinyasa styles through her teaching and truly enjoys bringing the experience of yoga to her students while maintaining a sense of humor. She is passionate about natural health and is currently working on her Associates of Applied Science in Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the American College of Healthcare Sciences. Yoga has completely changed my life, allowing me to see more clearly into my own heart. My goal is to bring yoga to as many people as possible and help them align with their true potential