Teachers

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.

Anne O’Connor, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Anne has been practicing yoga in the tradition of B.K.S. Iyengar since 1995 and earned her certification as a C.I.Y.T. in 2016 after a two-year teacher training with Patricia Walden in Boston. She has also studied at length with Kevin Gardiner and with Elizabeth Brass in Berlin. Anne enjoys sharing 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.

Ingrid Van Niekerk

Trained as a Kripalu Yoga teacher, her teaching focuses on building a healthier life both in mind and body on and off the mat.  Her style and approach focuses on the synchronization of breath and movement which encourages an inward focus and compassionate self-acceptance, observing the activity of the mind without judgement.  She will guide you to a deeper connection with your body through a practice that is intense yet playful.  Ingrid is currently completing her iRest Yoga Nidra training Level 2.  Her personal practice is Anusara Yoga and Shadow Yoga, along with Neelakantha Meditation as practiced in Blue Throat Yoga.

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, 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.