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Ritu Kapur, Owner

Ritu completed her Advanced Masters in Occupational Therapy from B.U in 1993 and has since been working with seniors and adults at many different local hospitals and Nursing homes.  She was exposed to Yoga at an early age in India and became a Certified Yoga teacher in 2009 which influenced her life dramatically.  Developing a daily personal practice came naturally and after some introspection, she knew she had to combine OT and Yoga. She has since taught Yoga to private clients and at Whittier Rehab to many people with different conditions including stroke, MS, and Fibromyalgia.  Yoga Therapy is her passion; she loves to be able to help people with typical shoulder, neck, hip, knee, spinal and other injuries by combining her knowledge of yoga and 20 years of experience as an OT.  She is a published writer and likes to blog regularly on topics related to yoga. Her humble goal is to offer gentle Yoga to those who need it the most as a form of therapy or Yoga-chikitsa.

 

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 Alexandra De Collibus  

Alexandra De Collibus is a Certified IBY Facilitator for all four levels of Itsy Bitsy Yoga® and received her training directly from Helen Garabedian — the founder of this one-of-a-kind yoga program. Alexandra has been teaching IBY since she founded Sweet Pea Yoga over a decade ago and she has also received her (older) children’s yoga certification through EMPowered Kids Yoga with Mariam Gates.

In 2011, Alexandra developed her own children’s yoga program called Sweet Pea KIDS --an educationally-based yoga program for children (ages 5-12y) which teaches asana (poses), meditation, pranayama (breathing), and where kids can learn how to integrate yoga into their everyday lives and interactions beyond the mat. In addition to teaching children’s yoga, Alexandra was the director of a local yoga studio for over five years, produced a local yoga instructional program (on HCAM-TV), and is a published writer. Alexandra has been honored to represent Itsy Bitsy Yoga International as a Facilitator for national IBY events on the west coast and has been featured in an article on “The Benefits of Yoga for Kids” in Parents Magazine. She is also proud to have spent six very memorable years in the classroom at the Montessori Children's House in Southborough and draws from her Montessori experience in her approach to teaching and learning. Alexandra has been practicing yoga for 13 years and enjoys studying a variety of yoga lineages rather than one particular style. She regularly travels throughout New England and New York to deepen her study of yoga.

 

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Amy Oddo
Amy is a certified Naam Yoga instructor by the International Naam Yoga Association after completing a 200 hour training program.  Naam Yoga integrates sacred sounds and breathing techniques based on ancient yogic science foundations to achieve harmony and healing.

A native of Shrewsbury, Amy received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Curry College, and her Masters’ degree in public relations from Boston University.  While raising her three daughters, Amy has been a freelance public relations specialist for twenty years.  She is an environmentalist, music lover and an artist.

 

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April Ropes

April took her first yoga class in high school, and has been on a yoga exploration, ever since. This exploration brought her to the 200-hour teacher training at the Prannothan School of Yoga with Devarshi Steven Hartman.  A mother of two young children, a part time graphic designer, and a long-distance runner, she believes that yoga has played a major role in keeping her grounded. April truly believes that yoga can be for anyone, and that the benefits are endless. Her approach is yoga is one of compassion, self-awareness, and playfulness. April’s classes are welcoming and focus on providing a non-judgmental space for students to cultivate ease in the body and mind.

 

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Christopher Roberts

Christopher worked for over ten years in the Beauty Industry as a hair stylist and make up artist. Something changed in him and he realized that he didn’t want to help people look good anymore, he wanted to help people FEEL good. Christopher is now inspired everyday to be healthy, and wants to inspire others to be healthy, and share the gift of Yoga and Pilates with everyone. Christopher believes in the healing power of Yoga and Pilates, and that they can offer more than just the physical benefits. Christopher uses his gentle and nurturing personality to guide people who are stressed, living with persistent aches and pains, and grappling with body image issues to connect to and nourish their bodies through Yoga, Pilates, and Meditation.

Christopher is a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance registered and certified yoga teacher who teaches Vinyasa, Gentle, Prenatal and Children’s Yoga. Christopher is also a certified Power Pilates teacher, and loves incorporating both types of body movement into his classes. Christopher is also an avid cyclist and runner, and likes to offer Yoga and Pilates workshops for athletes as well. His classes are great for establishing a mind, body connection, as well as physical benefits such as strength, weight loss and more.

 

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Deb Newman

Deb Newman began teaching yoga over a decade ago and recently spent a month in Kerala, India, earning her 500-hour advanced certification, focusing on tantric philosophy and vinyasa flow with Sacred Lasya. In 2002, upon completion of study with Diane and John Featherstone of Frog Pond Yoga in Princeton, MA, she was certified in hatha yoga and eagerly began sharing the gifts of her practice. Passionate and dedicated inquiry into yoga and meditation  nourishes  her, both physically and spiritually. Deb continues to study with and learn from master yoga teachers including,  Natasha Rizopoulos, Ana Forrest, Rodney Yee, Patricia Walden and countless others.  Travel, both domestic and international, is her passion and she often squeezes in yoga classes here and there to counteract jet lag and further explore the practice from differing perspectives.

In addition to yoga, she studies Buddhism, Sufism and other world religions and works to incorporate spirituality into daily life.  Deb brings an openhearted, playful, yet precise style of yoga to her classes, always exploring new methods and discoveries of the experience. As a full-time high school English teacher, she finds the practice and study of yoga add joy to her professional and personal life and says she can't imagine life without its countless gifts.

 

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Eileen Nikopoulos

Eileen Nikopoulos is a 200 hour RYT and has a BS in Exercise Science with a focus in nutrition. She was first introduced to yoga 20 years ago and has been practicing passionately for 10 years.  Eileen combines yoga asana, pranayama (breathing) and energy mobilizing practices like Qi Gong to invigorate body, mind and spirit. Eileen has studied meditation and mindfulness based stress reduction and turns to Ayurveda and other holistic practices for wellness support. Eileen’s yoga is inspired by the energetic flow of Vinyasa, the anatomical alignment of Anusara and the emphasis on spinal integration and therapy of Viniyoga. She integrates props to make poses accessible to everyone and offers a variety of progressions for more advanced practitioners. Eileen also teaches aquatic yoga and water fitness, loves swimming, cycling and gluten free cooking.

 

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Laura Searles

Laura Searles first began exploring yoga to escape her anxious, stressed out life. It didn’t take long before she recognized significant improvements with her mental clarity, emotional wellbeing, and physical health. Laura continued to practice yoga and felt a wave of positive energy begin to touch every part of her life.

After completing her 200-hour RYT certification at Yoga For Life Teacher Training and In-Depth Study Program, in Framingham, Mass., she left her desk job and has been sharing the gifts of yoga with students in the Central Mass and Greater Boston Area ever since. Laura has completed several specialized trainings, such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Teaching Trauma-Sensitive Yoga. She has experience teaching yoga to children, prenatal women, beginners, teens, cancer survivors, and others. Her kindhearted spirit offers a relaxed and warm space for classes and workshops, where students explore postures, breathing techniques, and meditation at their own pace and level of comfort. Laura is also a Reiki level one practitioner and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Communication Studies and Cultural Anthropology from Bridgewater State University.

 

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Lisa Campbell

Lisa Campbell has meditated for twenty years and knows first-hand that meditation is a profound method anyone can learn and use to enhance their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Fifteen years ago Lisa left a high-pressure job to become a Holistic Health Teacher certified by the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. She passionately wanted to share with others how to successfully manage stress, and first on her list was meditation.  Lisa taught stress reduction programs in her community and brought a highly successful meditation program to her next employer.

Lisa’s distinguished meditation teachers include Sudhir Jonathan Foust, a senior teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, and former president and senior teacher at Kripalu; and Sarah McLean, the best-selling Hay House author and founder of the McLean Meditation Institute in Sedona where Lisa received her 200-hour meditation teacher certification.

Lisa Campbell is a wife and a mother, a U.S. Air Force veteran, and nature lover. She offers private meditation sessions as well as community classes and workshops.

 

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Malu Doherty

For years Malu Doherty has been honing her love of movement through yoga and dance. Her journey with yoga began when in her early years as a fitness instructor she was introduced to Kripalu Yoga. The sense of wellbeing she experienced sparked a curiosity that led her into a deeper exploration of Hatha yoga. Through the years, her path has taken her through many diciplines of yoga including Iyengar and vinyasa yet, she continues to focus on the principles of the Kripalu tradition for its compassionate approach and the practice of honoring the body’s wisdom. She has been practicing for over 16 years and brings a playful, thoughtful, and creative element to each class. She has received her 200 RYT certification from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Healing Arts in Lenox, MA. In addition, Malu holds a specialized yoga certification through Yoga 4 Cancer which offers cancer patients and survivors a skillful practice tailored to support their individual needs through the various stages of treatment and recovery.

 

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Margie Wiggin

Margie is a certified Level III Reiki Master Practitioner. She is a mother of three and holds a master's degree in elementary education/reading specialist, and chiropractor's assistant certificate. Having taught in the Hopkinton, Brookline and Weston Public schools. she has studied theology and worked in religious education since 1991. Margie is very active in the community in Hopkinton and has served as the Chair of the Hopkinton Youth Commission. Margie offers private Reiki sessions by appointment at SOHUM. Please contact  to set up a Reiki appointment with Margie.

 

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Nicole Percuoco

Nicole’s adventure with yoga began four years ago in a friend’s basement practicing under the guidance of her first teacher.  Learning the basics in a place where practice was safe, challenging and inventive, her love for yoga blossomed.  With further exploration into the world of yoga and the different experiences it had to offer, she continually found herself craving more.  This led her to the 200 hour teacher training at B Yoga Center in Melrose, MA, which was one of the most rewarding and life-changing experiences she has had yet.  Being a student and teacher of yoga has created a unique balance and practice in her life that she is passionate about sharing with others.  She hopes to bring that sense of center to her students through integration of breath, movement and intention in each moment of their practice.

 

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Pat Lebau

Pat is a  Kripalu professional level (E-500) Yoga teacher.  She has a B.S. and M.S. in Biology, and has worked as an Environmental Planner pre-children and with autistic children while her two sons (now grown) were in school. She has been practicing yoga on and off since she was 12 years old and purchased her first yoga book. Pat earned her Kripalu Yoga certification in February, 2008 and has been teaching since. Her style is welcoming and nurturing, and her classes range from extra gentle through moderate to vigorous.  She encourages students to listen carefully to their bodies and to learn to follow their own internal wisdom while practicing the 2000+ year old tradition that is yoga.  Classes include pratapana (gentle warm ups), pranayama (breathing), asana (postures) and meditation.  Each class involves a mixture of Vinyasa flow sequences (moving with each breath) interspersed with holding postures. Inversions, balancing poses and Savasana (resting) are included, as well.  Private lessons are available at the studio and are recommended for beginners or folks who have particular  physical issues they wish to explore with therapeutic yoga.  Pat also offers Yoga on the Massage Table, a very gentle therapeutic yoga form to relieve pain of tender and trigger points.

 

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Ron Allen

Ron is a Tai Chi Instructor who graduated in 2012 from The New England School of Tai Chi in Holliston Ma. He is also a licensed massage therapist graduating from Spa Tech Institute in Westboro MA in 2004 and a 1st degree Reiki practitioner. Ron’s passion has always been to help people in a healing way. "It is my intention that people walk away from a session feeling empowered and wanting to take steps to better themselves, knowing that they have just taken the first one".

 

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Shari Solomon

Shari Solomon has completed her 200-hr hatha yoga certification with Abby Schwab and Sandra Dennis at Yoga for Life in Framingham in 2012. She has additional training in yin yoga with Josh Summers. Shari has been practicing and receiving the benefits of yoga since 2000 and meditation since 1978. Shari believes in her heart that yoga can nurture, calm, and support a person no matter what is going on in one's life. Shari loves bringing in buddhist thought and ways to live mindfully into her classes. It is her wish to have her students bring whatever they learn on the mat into their daily lives. Shari encourages stretch and strengthening to one's own ability and challenge. Her classes are quite mediative, too.

Shari has also been a holistic nutritionist since 2008. She holds a masters from Clayton College of Natural Health. Shari in her heart and with her own experience being a pre-diabetic believes that eating the right foods at the right time can give the body the balance it needs to become healthy. She has worked with clients looking for weight management, reduction in cholesterol levels and reducing inflammation in the body. At other times some of her clients are just looking for what a balance diet is. In her one-on-one sessions she caters to the needs of the individual, educating and supporting them to make their goals a reality.