Our Talented Teachers
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.
Kerrie is a MELT Master Trainer, Therapeutic Yoga Instructor, Dance Fitness instructor, and owner of Balance Total Body Fitness. As one of six Master Trainers selected by MELT creator Sue Hitzmann to train other instructors to teach MELT, she leads MELT Self-Care Immersions and MELT Instructor Level 1 Trainings across the country.
Over the course of her MELT career, Kerrie has studied extensively under Sue Hitzmann, leading groups and mentoring instructors in all levels of the MELT curriculum. Kerrie brings over 8 years of concentrated study to her delivery of the method and is widely known for her positive and accessible teaching style. She teaches all ages and abilities, and designs custom MELT Maps for clients dealing with complex medical issues.
When she is not leading MELT Trainings, Kerrie works as the Instructor Support Coordinator and Teaching Assistant Trainer for the MELT Method, and teaches monthly MELT Introductory Workshops and weekly classes in her home city of Westfield, Massachusetts.
Visit Kerrie's website www.balancetotalbody.com
Chaitali Brahmbhatt is a long-time meditator and yoga practitioner who is actively involved in the practice of Hinduism. She holds a certification as a Mindfulness Coach from the Menla Holistic Health Center in Hartford, CT. Her meditations blend modern day science and psychology with ancient Buddhist wisdom. Chaitali has incorporated meditation into her work with students and colleagues in the university setting. A yoga student at the Westfield Yoga Center, Chaitali is also in the process of becoming a yoga instructor. Her Yoga Teacher Training program will be complete in 2019. Chaitali now offers meditation classes to the Westfield Yoga Center community.
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.
Frances has been teaching yoga in western MA for the past ten years. She holds a 200-hour Hatha yoga teacher certification. Frances’ classes are a blending of Kripalu and Iyengar styles, along with other yoga traditions. She offers her knowledge and experience to her classes and enjoys introducing people to the practice as well as experiencing their progress. Her classes tend to include humor as she doesn’t take herself too seriously.
Jane has completed an intensive Yoga Teacher Training at the Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA. She also holds a Master of Education degree and feels connected to her essence when she is teaching. In addition to an extraordinary career in elementary education, Jane’s background includes many dedicated years of preparing and leading dynamic group fitness classes.
She is delighted about sharing the gifts of yoga with others who are ready to delve into the wonder. Her goal in teaching yoga is to engage participants in an exploration of the magic that happens when body, breath, and awareness are aligned. Distraction falls away and all the layers of being come together, awakening to a strong and relaxed body, an open caring heart, and a clear and creative mind.
Jane loves to lead through inquiry and looks for lessons on the mat that will be valuable in daily life.
Megan Elliott E-RYT, C-IAYT, is a compassionate educator and dedicated guide who skillfully supports her students and clients on their courageous journey toward healing and growth. A gifted yoga therapist, Trauma Sensitive Yoga trained yoga teacher, and teacher trainer, Megan works with diverse populations. Her offerings range from yoga classes to Thai yoga massage sessions, Reiki to yoga therapy. Megan views yoga as a lifestyle, a living practice that unfolds as we unfold, and that its teachings are a vehicle that can guide us closer to the fullest expression of ourselves.
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.
Cheryl has practiced yoga for 15 years. She received her Yoga Teacher Certification in 1999 from the New England Center for Yoga and Healing Arts in Amherst, MA. Cheryl has diverse teaching experience that includes children and families as well as adults. Beginners and those preferring a gentle physical practice are particularly drawn to Cheryl’s classes.
Cheryl’s teaching style is gentle, nurturing, playful and compassionate. Attentive to each student, Cheryl expresses her passion and love for yoga to all.
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.