Our Talented Teachers
Emily was called to yoga as a teenager as a means of healing and working through life challenges. This is also when she became interested in including yoga as a spiritual practice in her life. She is passionate about honoring the roots of yoga: Her aim is to pass along knowledge of the history and philosophy of yoga while emphasizing movement, breath and introspection as healing elements. Emily teaches inclusive classes which reference the Yoga Sutras, psychology and anatomy. Compassion is at the foundation of both Emily's personal practice and her teaching.
Emily's certification as a Yoga Instructor comes from My Vinyasa Practice based in Austin, Texas. As one who works in Human Services and is a current graduate student in Clinical Psychology, Emily is very interested in trauma-informed practices. She enjoys a wide variety yoga ranging from meditation and gentle restorative classes, to moderate traditional yoga, to fiery vinyasa flows. Emily is grateful to those who share their practice with her. In turn, she creates an empowering space for all.
Welcoming Emily to our teaching staff
Our other Great Instructors
Sally Barber has been sharing her passion for yoga with adults, teens and children for more than half of her adult life. As an Occupational Therapist (MS, OTR,) she is uniquely able to guide those of all levels of abilities to receive and enjoy the benefits of yoga. She is co-owner of the Westfield Yoga Center and an Advanced Level Yoga Instructor with certifications in the Kripalu and Amrit Yoga methods.
Her personal mission is to maximize the health and well being of each individual and he community at large through the medium of yoga.
Sally also offers CranioSacral Therapy at the Westfield Yoga Center.
Lenny Burlingame is pleased to offer Tai Chi classes at the Westfield Yoga Center. With thirty plus years of exploring a variety of martial arts forms, Lenny is now focusing his personal practice on Tai Chi Chuan. Having retired from serving the public through his work at the Westfield Gas and Electric company, Lenny's desire is to continue serving others through teaching Tai Chi. Lenny also manages Whip City Tai Chi, bringing classes all throughout Western Mass.
The movement element is what first attracted Lenny to the martial arts. He came to appreciate, however, that mental, emotional, and spiritual components accompany the physical aspects. Tai Chi Chuan has had a profoundly positive impact on Lenny's health and life. Lenny believes in teaching Tai Chi in a non aggressive, non competitive environment. He encourages students to practice at their own pace, one that is comfortable. His teaching style mixes serious study and down right fun: a balance of Yin and Yang!
Lenny's intention is to continue his personal journey through practicing, studying, and teaching Tai Chi Chuan. His passion is to share Tai Chi with others so that they, too, can enjoy its amazing benefits.
Currently, Lenny has no Tai Chi class offerings at the Westfield Yoga Center
Judy Harvester moved to Westfield shortly after becoming certified as a Yoga Instructor in 2003. She studied with Steffi L. Shapiro of the Well Street Station in Watertown, MA. (Shapiro's chair yoga practice is widely available on CD and video.) Judy has a gift for adapting yoga poses to those who are unable to sit, kneel, lie on or rise from the floor. Her dedication to the practice of yoga for anyone's body endears her to individual students and provides a valuable service to the community.
Judy is certified as an Infant Massage Instructor through IAIM (International Association of Infant Massage) and has taught infant massage through Early Intervention programs.
Melissa first discovered yoga as a young teenager. Her love for yoga grew exponentially as she practiced on into her adult years. She found herself naturally incorporating yoga into parenting her two boys as well as into her fitness and nutrition work with elementary school children. This led her to complete the 200 hour yoga teacher training at Yoga Sanctuary in Northampton, MA.
Melissa welcomes practitioners of all levels and creates a safe environment for them to be comfortable with their self-exploration. She expertly combines breath and movement as she guides students through their practice. This ultimately allows them to find peace within themselves.
Melissa loves bringing the healing and nourishing aspects of yoga to everyone. She knows yoga to be a joyful practice - one which she looks forward to sharing with you.
The importance of yoga in Laura's life is reflected in her passion for teaching. She credits yoga with infusing her life with strength, flexibility, and fearlessness. These qualities have served her well throughout the years - both on and off the mat.
Laura's yoga journey leads her to stay in the present and live each moment with compassion. So, too, she guides and inspires students along their personal path: a path of health and well being; of joy and peace. Laura's 200 hour yoga teacher training at Health Yoga Life in Boston, MA. provided a framework to complement her love of the heart and spirit of yoga.
Laura enjoys time with family, hiking and gardening. But she enjoys nothing more than connecting with people, sharing the wonderful practice of yoga and walking together towards enlightenment.