- Shannah has been practicing and teaching yoga for 16 years. From the start of her journey with Iyengar Yoga and the esteemed teacher, Patricia Walden, she knew she had found her life’s path and calling. She went on to get certifications from Kripalu Center and at Eyes of the World Yoga Center in Providence . A perpetual student, throughout the years, she continues to do yoga trainings, workshops and classes. She is honored to have studied with many wonderful teachers including Rodney Yee, Shiva Rae, Judith Lasater, Natasha Rizopoulos, Seane Corn, Erich Schiffman, Richard Freeman, David Swenson, Kathryn Budig, Barbara Benaugh, Rolf Gates, Schyler Grant, Paul Grilley , Annie Carpenter & Theresa Murphy . Her eclectic style draws from many styles and traditions and is ever evolving. Her classes are known for being challenging, contemplative, mindful, precise ,passionate & empowering. “The practice of yoga has been a personal lifeline, a means of navigating everything in my life. Embracing the moment to moment experience, I am continually brought back to mindful attention and conscious choice. Yoga and teaching keeps me grounded and grateful. “ In addition to owning, directing and teaching at the Yoga Room, she teaches at Providence Power Yoga and All That Matters in Providence RI as well as guest teaches at different studios in the northeast.
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.
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”.
Jane Cargill has been a steadfast student of yoga since her very first class in 2000, teaching since 2005. The transformative effect yoga had on her relationship to self and eventually others is what compels her passion for sharing. Her class is a blend of strong yet soft, skillful, slow flow vinyasa. Her affinity for teaching is genuine, inclusive, and highly palpable. Jane has invested in over 2000 hrs in RYT trainings as a platform for her sharing. Born into the Baptiste linage and continues to feed her hunger for study with various teachers and styles. She recently completed the TIMBo training, a mind+body training for chronic stress and PTSD, and is currently engaged in an Ayurvedic Counseling Program at the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. Her most influential teachers have been a layman named Dennis, a student of Krishnamacharya who taught her about living the non-physical practices of yoga (the other 7 limbs). A sage named Maybelle who instilled the spiritual practice of union with self and source, and Natasha Rizopoulos whose brilliance as a technician has strongly influence the physical aspects of her sharing. She hosts an ongoing Mentorship program and is deeply honored to be a gatekeeper in teaching teachers. Her ultimate vision is to bring yoga to less fortunate places and spaces where the soil for transformation is ripe.
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.
Beyond all, Patricia looks to connect students to their own joyful potential. She teaches a supportive and challenging asana practice; unifying stillness, movement, and breath, with a graceful state of being. She encourages her students to courageously lead forth with an open heart and spacious mind.Patricia was certified with Swami Satchidananda’s, Integral Yoga, over 15 years ago. She has enjoyed teaching in NYC, outside of Boston, and on Nantucket.
One of the fundamental beliefs upon which Laura has based her yoga practice, is that in order to live deeply, first you must learn to breathe deeply.
Laura began her journey with yoga at a power vinyasa studio in Charleston, SC. From there, she went on to study Yoga as Therapy at the Inner Peace Yoga School, with Michelle Flemming in Plymouth, MA. Here, she studied a style of yoga that is focused on anatomy, alignment and movement that aims to heal structural imbalances in the body.
Laura has since adapted this knowledge and technique to a vinyasa flow, creating a unique style that is both alignment focused but also fluid and free. Laura is a Massage Therapist, which gives her an even deeper understanding of tension patterns and structural restrictions that naturally occur within all of us. Her classes aim to create a healing environment within, so that you may learn to live more peacefully and comfortably inside your own body.
Karen originally cane to yoga as a runner in search of greater flexibility, but in 2007 when faced with breast cancer, she experienced the many other benefits of yoga which she would like to pass on to others. Through yoga, Karen has discovered a great way to strengthen the immune system, reduce stress, and help manage the side effects of chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation.
Karen has been teaching and training extensively for 7 years. She received her 200hr yoga training from Kripalu, 500hr yoga therapy training from Yoga Life, Yoga for Cancer Awareness from Duke Integrated Medicine, and most recently her certification from LifeForce® Yoga for depression and anxiety. Her intention is to bring the multidimensional healing powers of yoga, meditation, and deep relaxation to anyone trying to cope with a significant physical or emotional struggle.
Originally from Nantucket, Ariel Marcoux is a certified yoga teacher and personal trainer. She completed her yoga teacher training with Pure Yoga in Chicago and has studied extensively at Moksha Yoga, Chicago and Back Bay Yoga, Boston. With more than 10 years of teaching experience, Ariel has received over 1,000 hours of training from some of the industry’s top trainers, coaches, physical therapists and master yoga teachers. She is the creator of Heavy Metal Yoga™, a unique group exercise format that combines high intensity weight lifting and yoga.
Ariel’s teaching style is predominantly Vinyasa Flow with an emphasis on Pranayama (breath), and moving mindfully from one pose to the next, linking breath to movement, building heat gradually and then incorporating cooling poses at the end of class. Her classes stress detailed alignment of each Asana (pose), carefully working with or around any injuries, limitations or imbalances. She incorporates aspects of athletic training, creative core work, and corrective exercise into all of her classes.
She has been greatly influenced by the Asthtanga lineage, Forrest Yoga, and her sister, yoga teacher Caitlin Marcoux.
She is inspired by the discipline and commitment she has learned from Fire/Rescue Training and is passionate about horseback riding, animal rescue, boxing, and music. She resides on island year round and works as Medical Assistant and is proud to serve the community of Nantucket as a yoga teacher and call Fire Fighter/EMT.
Evie, a Nantucket native, took her first class at the Yoga Room nearly 10 years ago. Since then she has continued her practice throughout the Bay Area where she attended college and eventually down to Baja, Mexico where she completed her 200 hour YTT. Her primary intention is to assist people in creating a healthy, happy and harmonious lifestyle. Trained in Vinyasa Yoga, she guides her students to explore their own sense of flow and connect with their bodies, mind and spirit. Her classes focus on alignment, building strength, increasing flexibility and cultivating patience and positivity along the journey to health and wellness.
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