Shannah has studied and practiced yoga for the last 15 years and is a registered teacher certified at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and through Tom Gillette at Eyes of the World Yoga in Providence, RI. Her teaching synthesizes the various styles of yoga she has intensively studied, including Kripalu, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Yin, Power Vinyasa and Anusara. She is honored to have studied with many wonderful teachers including Tom Gillette, Seane Corn, Paul Grilley, Richard Freeman, Erich Schiffman, David Swenson, Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee, Patricia Walden, Barbara Benaugh, Annie Carpenter, Kathryn Budig and Schyuler Grant. In addition to owning, directing and teaching at The Yoga Room, she currently teaches for Tom Gillette at Eyes of the World Yoga Center in Providence, RI. and guest teaches at On the Mat Yoga in Concord, MA, and at many studios throughout Northern New England.
Bettina started practicing yoga in 1978 and has been teaching since 1995. She was certified as a teacher at Kripalu, and has also studied Iyengar, Ashtanga, Hatha and Anusara yoga under many wonderful teachers.
Remember Goldilocks? First it was Bikram’s Yoga – too hot and too stifling. Then ashtanga with it’s impossible jump throughs. Vinyasa was just right. I’ve travelled and conferenced and workshopped to practice with a number of excellent teachers. You would recognize most of them. My teaching style is influenced by the founding members of Sacred Movement and I am deeply indebted to Erich Shiffman – he doesn’t know me. Also to Paul Grilley – he knows me, maybe too well. Yin Yoga has been life changing and my debt of gratitude to Paul and Suzee is unending as well as to Shannah Green, founder of The Yoga Room on Nantucket, who was brave enough to allow me to teach.
Susan Browne has been practicing Yoga for almost 20 years and teaching for 15. She holds professional-level teaching certification in both Vinyasa Yoga and Kundalini Yoga. She is certified in Ayurveda/Yoga Therapy and Thai Yoga Bodywork, and has continued to study asana, energy anatomy, Yoga Philosophy, Sanskrit and meditation with Jonas Westring, Dr. Scott Blossom, Dr. David Frawley, and other teachers internationally.
Susan’s approach to instruction reflects not only her desire to share the unparalleled high that is the result of strengthening and awakening the body through asana, pranayama, and mantra, but her keen interest in the ancient texts and Classical Yoga teachings. With both humor and compassion, she seeks to guide students into the ultimate experience of Yoga, beyond asana: satchittananda–the knowingness and bliss that is the true nature of all human beings. Susan sees her own yoga practice as an ongoing discovery of the potential of the Yoga postures experienced through an awareness of the greater philosophical/spiritual context in which they evolved. She is particularly grateful to her teachers Tom Gillette and Shannah Green.
Yoga became Jessica’s greatest form of creative expression about 12 years ago when she reluctantly attended her first yoga class at The Nantucket Health Club. After many spiritual epiphanies and several hundred child poses later, the brewing passion to share the benefits of yoga with others became reality. Jessica acquired her 200hr certification in 2009 at The Nosara Yoga institute in Costa Rica under the guidance of Don and Amba Stapleton and Kevin Courtney. Today it is her intention to guide students through classes that create movement and freedom in the body under the structure of proper alignment. Acknowledging the connection between mind and body for optimum health and well-being has profoundly shaped her classes to be a balance of strength and stillness. Jessica believes that with a regular asana practice, yoga will begin to spill over in to other areas in your life and it is then that you’ll have the honor of becoming your own teacher in this beautiful, crazy world.
Clay first started practicing yoga in 2004 at The Yoga Room, in Nantucket, Ma. After studying with many wonderful teachers there, to whom he is most grateful, his path led him to study with Deva Parnell at Discovery Yoga, and receive a 200-RYT certification in the Kripalu lineage in 2008. Clay believes in the transformative power of yoga when practiced with mindfulness, authenticity, and compassion. Drawing inspiration from his own practice and various styles of yoga, including Kripalu, Ashtanga, and vinyasa, Clay sets his classes to an eclectic soundtrack of acoustic and electonic rhythms as well as traditional chant. Clay encourages students to move at a pace suitable for their own practice, and fully embrace their experience, breath by breath, to build a sense of community and connection to each other, and all living beings.
Caitlin Marcoux, CMT
Caitlin is a yoga teacher, mother, writer and clinical massage therapist. A former modern dancer, she fuses her passion for music and dance with yoga; keeping her flow creative, playful and fresh. Caitlin’s background in bodywork and massage makes her in class hands-on adjustments confident and healing.
Her classes are vinyasa based and infused with the teachings of the Ashtanga tradition and PranaFlow style, and the influences of her teachers Ganga White, Andrei Ram, Shiva Rea, Elena Brower and mentor Shannah Green. Caitlin has written for elephantjournal.com,The Nantucket Chronicle, Rebelle Society and blogs about her practice on and off the mat regularly on her website, www.cailtinmarcoux.net
In addition to teaching vinyasa classes, Caitlin also teaches Prenatal Yoga and developed Strong Girls Yoga for Teens and Mini Strong Girls Yoga; yoga programs designed specifically for girls which focus on building self-esteem and confidence.
In 2011 Caitlin became the Yoga Room’s Workshop Producer and is honored with the task of importing great yoga to Nantucket via TYR’s summer Guest Teacher Series. Caitlin lives on the Island of Nantucket year-round with her partner and 3 year-old son Griffin, where she is an advocate of prenatal yoga, natural childbirth, midwifery, and “eating like you give a damn”. In 2012 Caitlin was invited to join the team at prAna Clothing as a “prAna Influencer”.
Michael Rich is an artist, art professor and dedicated yoga practitioner since 1999, studying many forms of yoga, from Iyengar to Ashtanga to Yin Yoga. He completed Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Tom Gillette at Eyes of the World, Providence in 2002. With a primary practice in Ashtanga, Michael has been fortunate to study with Guruji (Sri K. Pattabhi Jois) and with many senior teachers over the years, including David Swenson, Nancy Gilgoff, David Williams and Danny Paradise among others. He has, in the past, taught regular Asthanga classes at the Yoga Room and lately has been teaching Mysore and Led Ashtanga classes at the Motion Center, Providence. He will be bringing this grounding in classical yoga and creative spirit to his Vinyasa classes at the Yoga Room this Summer.
Of yoga, Michael writes, “Your yoga practice should make you feel good – it should light you up, heal your body, strengthen your resolve and bring clarity to your mind. The student who is likely to practice tomorrow, is one who has a good experience and feels great when finishing their practice today.”
As an abstract painter, Michael is influenced greatly by Eastern philosophy and art in an approach to nature and landscape as a wellspring for spiritual investigation and meditation. He has been a Professor of Art at Roger Williams University since 2000 and you can see his creative work at: www.michael-rich.com. Michael maintains a blog on the practice of yoga at: http://artyogi.blogspot.com.
Sally Charpie is a certified Kripalu yoga instructor. Having started her journey as a beginner at the Yoga Room less than ten years ago, Sally understands the challenges that a beginner faces in developing and maintaining a yoga practice. A graduate of Wellesley College, with BA in Economics, Sally is a year-round resident of Nantucket. Her yoga practice complements her interests in cats, books, golf and wine.
Frances has been a student of yoga for over 8 years and began teaching in the summer of 2012 on Nantucket. After completing her training in Nicaragua with the SchoolYoga Institute, Frances returned back to the island to share her love of the practice with the community. Although she is new to teaching, her practice is strong and she leads each sequence from her heart and intuition. Her style is a Vinyasa-flow inspired practice, linking breath with movement. Incorporating pranayama, or breathing techniques, and mindfulness into the practice, students begin to cultivate a deeper connection to the mind, body, and spirit. As a teacher, Frances believes in the healing powers of yoga and hopes to create more open hearts and calmer minds.
When we embody the noble truth of living all life as yoga, then we are truly living a life of integrity, our beliefs and thoughts merge with our words and actions, and we become whole.
- Aadil Palkhivala