Teachers

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Natasha “Tasha” Judson, M.Ed., E-RYT500, Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher

Since 1999, Tasha has offered Hatha Yoga in the Berkshires, Massachusetts. Her classes combine breath based movement, mindful alignment within poses, and intelligent sequencing to support the optimal unfolding of each individual. As she guides her students to practice with heartfelt expression and finely tuned alignment,  she encourages each one to enter into their own independent, revelatory relationship with life.

Tasha began her yoga asana practice in 1980, cycling the hills of Pittsburgh to get to class. After graduating from Wesleyan University in Asian Studies, she taught secondary social studies for nine years. In 2001 she completed a two-year Introductory Teacher Training in Iyengar Yoga with Patricia Walden. Subsequently she took another 200-hour, Anusara Yoga Teacher Training in New York City and became Certified in this method in 2007. She has been offering yoga full time since 2003 and is currently the Founder/Director of Tasha Yoga studio in Williamstown, MA where she teaches classes, workshops, therapeutics, teacher training and advanced studies as well as hosting workshops with guest teachers.

Seeking always to inspire her practice and teaching of yoga through love and a practical grounding in the ecstatic reality of being, she is deeply grateful for the influential guidance of her current teachers Paul Muller Ortega and Patricia Walden, and forever honors her roots with the Dalai Lama, , Chidambaram Temple, Insight Meditation Society, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and Anusara Yoga. When not on the yoga mat, she is likely to be found at the horse farm with little bay Thoroughbred Rolan.

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Ann Clark-Killam, PT, OCS, RYT

My life has become a wonderful fusion! With deep gratitude I honor my teachers. For 45 years I have practiced orthopedic physical therapy.  With the turn of the Century, I returned to my yoga practice with Tasha as my primary teacher.  Since then I have enjoyed the wonderful teaching of Martin Kirk, John Friend, Bea Doyle and others. Two years ago I became a certified yoga teacher under the guidance of Tasha and Bea from Albuquerque.  My primary interest is in providing a yoga experience accessible to all.  You can expect a heart-centered, alignment focused, comfortably paced yoga class.

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Anne O’Connor, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Anne has been practicing yoga in the tradition of B.K.S. Iyengar since 1995. She has studied with Kevin Gardiner and Lara Brunn at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York, as well as with Elizabeth Smullens Brass and Stefanie Roth at Yoga Studio Kreuzberg, Berlin. A Williamstown native, Anne has recently returned to town in order to pursue a two-year teacher training with Patricia Walden in Boston. Although new to teaching, Anne is eager to share the myriad benefits of B.K.S. Iyengar’s rich, intelligent, and profound teachings with beginning and practicing students. Iyengar yoga is alignment-based and makes extensive use of props to help students reach a fuller expression of each pose through attentive adjustments.

John Durnin

John Durnin, RYT

John began practicing yoga during midlife, and therefore he brings to his teaching the experience that anyone of any age can benefit from the flexibility and strengthening that yoga offers. His teaching emphasizes safety through proper alignment, patience in learning the poses, and advancing at one’s own pace. He enjoys teaching anyone with
a willingness to learn, from beginners to experienced students. In 2011, he completed the one-year Yoga Immersion Program at Tasha Yoga and completed the Yoga Teacher Certification Program in 2012. He has practiced Anusara yoga for ten years.

John’s philosophy that yoga should be fun is reflected in his teaching style. As an engineer, one might even see a reference or two to the physics and mechanics of the human body! John lives in Grafton, NY, about 30 minutes west of Williamstown, MA. He is currently taking part in the Yoga Teacher Development Workshops Series & Mentoring at Tasha Yoga.

Deborah Crabbs MacDonald

Deborah Crabbs MacDonald, M.S., RYT

Deborah became a certified Kripalu Yoga instructor in the year 2000.  After many years of alignment-based practice, her current teaching is informed by physical alignment principles combined with the spirit of Kripalu Yoga.  Her approach has also been influenced by more than 30 years of body/mind study as a healthcare professional. Deborah’s instruction is straightforward and clear with an element of playful curiosity. Her intention is to help each individual find a safe, challenging, and fun asana practice.The ongoing quest for increasing self-awareness is what continues to draw her to practice on and off the mat.

Nicole Methot, LMT

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I have always had a fascination and desire to work with the body.  I began my exploration of the human form with formal dance training as young as 3 years old and continue the process through my work as a Licensed and Nationally Certified massage therapist. I consider massage to be less a luxury and more a necessity for healthy living.  After graduating from Barnard College in 1997 and New York City’s Swedish Institute in 2002, I established massage therapy practices in New York City and then Missoula, Montana. I also spent time in Chiang Mai, Thailand studying Thai Massage and received a pregnancy massage certification from Niara Healing Arts.  In 2007 I moved to Williamstown and  am happy to be practicing in The Berkshires.  I am Nationally Certified and New York State and Massachusetts State licensed.

 

Sheri Kelly

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Param Bhagti Kaur (aka, Sheri Kelly) began practicing yoga in her early twenties and was inspired to pursue kundalini yoga in 2009 after attending a Snatam Kaur sacred chant concert at Kripalu.  She has immersed herself in this yoga practice, attending classes, retreats and festivals, and in 2014 completed a 300 hour teacher training at SOUL Yoga in New Hampshire with Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa and Snatam Kaur Khalsa.  She has completed two White Tantric classes in Millis, MA and a Level 2 Mind and Meditation Module at SOUL with Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa and Gurucharan Singh Khalsa.  Sheri has a background in other healing modalities as well, with certifications in Reiki, Quantum Energetic Disciplines by Jo Dunning, I~M Healing System by Dee Wallace, and Shamanism from Spirit Hollow.  Sheri is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, cousin, niece, friend, employee, Girl Scout leader, community member, teacher, and healer.  These are some of her roles this lifetime AND she is so much more…as are YOU!  She lovingly shares this wonderful technology with you.

 

Zelda Stern

Zelda Tai Chi

Zelda began studying the gentle form of exercise, meditation, and martial art known as t’ai chi ch’uan (or tai ji quan), in the 1970s in New York City with Herman Kauz, a martial arts expert who became one of the foremost teachers of t’ai chi in this country. Kauz learned t’ai chi from Cheng Man-ch’ing, one of the first Chinese masters to introduce t’ai chi to the United States.

After moving to Williamstown, Zelda continued to practice t’ai chi independently and then with instructor Scott Carrino, whose teacher had been internationally acclaimed t’ai chi instructor and educator Chungliang Al Huang. Zelda eventually taught in Scott’s place when he went on sabbatical.

Zelda’s classes consist of ch’i gong (qi gong) exercises followed by instruction in the Yang style Cheng Man-ch’ing short form, the most widely practiced form of t’ai chi. She holds a B.A. in Asian Studies from Barnard College, is the author of The Complete Guide to Ethnic New York (St. Martin’s Press), co-author and co-translator of Mao’s Harvest: Voices from China’s Red Guard Generation (Oxford University Press), and worked for many years in public relations and communications.

In recent decades, science has discovered that the slow, flowing movements of the ancient Chinese art of t’ai chi offer a remarkably effective workout for people of all ages. Regular practice has been found to improve balance, coordination, leg strength, cardiovascular endurance, pulse rate, muscular flexibility, immune system response, mental concentration, and cognitive ability.