Dr. Suzanne Marotta
I began studying yoga in 1998 to relieve the stress of being a school superintendent. I had practiced yoga on and off for many years prior to 1998 but began to study in earnest when I arrived in Western Massachusetts. Initially I found yoga helped me to keep calm and then the physical benefits started to manifest and I was going to yoga classes whenever my schedule allowed it. Once I was sure that yoga was going to be a permanent part of my life and possibly my future work, I began to seek out expert teachers and attended workshops and intensives with some of the “greats”; Gary and Mirka Kraftsow, Tias Little, Amy Ippoliti, Shiva Rae, Seane Corn and my current teachers, Francois Raoult and Courtney Bauer. I obtained my 200 hour certification in Embodyoga. I completed my 500 hour training at Sacred Rivers in CT. I hold the E 500 RYT certificate from Yoga Alliance. I attended yoga retreats in Assisi, Italy (2008), Lesvos, Greece (2010), Southern India (2010), Southern France, (2013), Crete, Greece (2014), Ebbio, Italy (2015), Feather Pipe Ranch, Helena MT (2015), Studio Anya (2009, 2015 and 2016) and participated in programs offered at Kripalu, Omega and other yoga centers. I obtain a certification from Yogafit entitled YogaSweat, (2011). This year I attended the Yoga Prison Project training with 8 teachers who are affiliated with Karma and many of us are beginning to teach yoga to the underserved. I am the Lead teacher for all of the teacher training programs held at Karma and I am very proud of those who have received their training at Karma and I honor all of my teachers. Om shri gurubhyo!
I am a licensed Esthetician in Massachusetts specializing in advanced esthetics. I completed my Ayurvedic Health Counselor January 2017 and completed an internship with 150 client encounters in May, 2018. I have completed the initial levels of Thai Yoga Massage and obtained a certification from Lotus Palm Massage School. I am currently studying Jyotish (another sister science of yoga) with Simon Chokoisky and I am practicing reading natal charts and helping people with their relationship to the cosmos. While these studies are ongoing I am working with anyone who is interested in optimal health using the methods taught in the ancient sister sciences of yoga for a reasonable price.
My greatest joy is to see students begin the journey toward self-awareness through yoga classes. I want students to have fun while observing their physical, mental and spiritual progress because each day we step onto the yoga mat we can deepen the mind, body and spirit connection. Each yoga experience bring us into deeper harmony with the universe. People come to yoga for what it does for their body but the continue yoga for what it helps them become.
In 2012 a friend introduced me to chakra meditation and my yoga journey began. I started meditation and slowly began practicing yoga in my free time. In 2016 I attended a work event at Karma Yoga and won 5 free yoga classes in a raffle. I attended one hot yoga class and I was hooked. Since I’ve started practicing at Karma Yoga my whole life has changed. Suzanne has been my inspiration because of the unconditional love and dedication she shows her students, and her passion for yoga. I now teach kids yoga and the 5:30 am hot classes. “Om mani padme hung”
Kim is a registered yoga instructor, she completed her 200 – RYT training at Zag Fitness in Suffield, Connecticut. She is currently completing her 300-hour yoga teacher training at Karma Yoga in West Springfield, MA. Kim has always had a love for fitness and was drawn to yoga as a way to find balance in a sometimes unbalanced world. She believes in the benefits of yoga for all, including athletes and fitness enthusiasts. She discovered that lessons we learn on the mat can be much more meaningful in our daily life off the mat and she enjoys sharing that with her students. Kim has also been a group fitness instructor for many years, she started her career teaching aerobic classes, which included kickboxing, weight training and step. Kim’s teaching focuses on creating a safe and appropriate practice for each person who enters her class, always bringing attention back to the breath while reminding her students of proper alignment and form. She love learning and expanding her knowledge in the fitness industry and she is looking forward to sharing that with you!
I have been practicing hot yoga for over 4 years. I started practicing as a tool to supplement my running and CrossFit. At the beginning of my journey, I considered hot yoga to be a grueling hour of sweat and the only motivation was the thought of walking out with loose muscles. Over the past couple of years, I began to grow passionate about the flows, the shapes, and the overall increase in knowledge and awareness of the human body. I was inspired by my yoga teacher Suzanna at Karma Yoga because I admired her style of teaching, her continuous passion for learning and the way she encourages all yogis to step outside of their comfort zone. When I leave a Karma Yoga class, I leave with much more than loose muscles. I leave with a powerful mantra and a clear and optimistic mindset that carries me through the week. I am currently in the Karma Yoga teacher training. I will graduate in the fall of 2019.
“Stay Present, express gratitude, move with intention, speak with kindness, listen with love and practice with passion.”
I came to practice yoga as a way to heal hip pain that I experienced while running. I have been running regularly for over ten years, but for the first six years, I was often sidelined by significant pain in my hips. I tried everything from new running shoes to cortisone injections. Nothing seemed to work. I had practiced yoga on and off for many years, but I began practicing in earnest in 2013 to see if asanas, the physical shapes of yoga, would alleviate some of my hip pain and help me to become stronger and more flexible. Sure enough, it worked. My hip pain diminished and eventually subsided altogether.
Initially, I practiced yoga to run, but as I’ve grown in my practice, yoga has become an increasingly important part of my life. Through my teacher training at Karma Yoga, I am studying and exploring the spiritual aspects of yoga while continuing to grow in my physical practice. My running has improved as well! In May of 2016, I completed the Walter Childs Memorial Race of Champions Marathon in Holyoke. This was my first marathon, and I am so grateful to have trained with Griffin’s Friends—a wonderful organization that raises funds to bring moments of joy to local children suffering from cancer. In May of 2017, I participated in the Keys 100 Ultramarathon Relay.
In November of 2016, I began to teach the Hips n’ Hamstrings class at Karma Yoga at 7:30 pm on Monday nights. Class is held in a warm room and focuses on stretching the hips, hamstrings, lower back, and quads. It’s not just runners who experience tightness in these areas! I have an eclectic group of students comprised of runners, CrossFitters, and folks who are just beginning their fitness journeys. The majority of regular attendees are new to the practice of yoga. I take time to explain and demonstrate the shapes, and I provide variations to accommodate different body types and abilities. The best part about the class is the energy of the students—the atmosphere is welcoming and supportive. And we laugh a bit, too!
Yoga has brought so much joy to my life. I strive to extend this joy to my students and to inspire them to practice regularly so that they may also know its physical and spiritual benefits.
“Words cannot convey the value of yoga—it has to be experienced.” –B. K. S. Iyengar
I practiced yoga casually at home until a friend invited me come to a yoga class. That was a turning point and yoga class became a part of my life. Now a life without daily yoga would be unthinkable. In addition to yoga I have made healing bowl concerts, Kirtan, and a yoga retreats a regular part of my life and I practice and enjoy many different styles of yoga. Bringing the state of mind and calmness I achieve on my mat into my personal life has created a more grounded and calm lifestyle for my family members. I enjoy sharing what I have experienced with individuals who attend my classes with the hope that they feel fulfilled.
Yoga is so much more than a series of movements linked with breath; yoga is a way of life.
I began my journey a few years ago introducing different kinds of yoga randomly into my already jam packed schedule. With an extensive background in health and fitness, I always thought yoga would be fun and easy. After my first class I quickly found that it was NOT as easy as I imagined. What I felt was something I had never experienced before – I felt present and at peace in that very moment and I somehow found myself in a deep trance while in one of the hardest shapes of yoga called savasana. For the first time I wasn’t competing with the person next to me. There was no “fastest time”, and it was OK that I couldn’t touch my toes or wiggle my body into every shape. It wasn’t until that moment I truly found the meaning of yoga and started to see all of the amazing qualities it has. I fell in love with the strength and joy yoga brings me, which has motivated me to pass that incredible feeling along to others. Yoga is the best counselor I have ever been to. It keeps you grounded through the hard times, celebrates with you in the good times and heals you during the sad times. I strive to bring energy and new challenges into each and every class with a balance of detoxifying twists and deep stretches bringing clarity and stability to each and every student.
- Part of my passion in life is to help others. It is what I do every day in my career as a Marriage and Family Therapist. My goal when teaching yoga is not only to bring myself to a place where I offer compassion internally, but to offer compassion to others and encourage their own internal exploration for self-acceptance and fulfillment. I have been a teacher since I was a young teenager when I instructed dance lessons for kids. I didn't begin my yoga journey until after I completed my graduate training and realized how much I wasn't paying attention to the love my body, mind, and soul needed to thrive. Shortly after I began practicing, I fell in love. Not only with yoga but what it offered me. It offered me love, healing, and strength. It offered me growth, acceptance, and self-awareness for my impact on myself and others. I was finally able to incorporate wellness into my life. I hope through my teaching students feel a sense of grounding and balance. I hope to encourage an appreciation for the life we have been granted, and maximize our opportunities to appreciate what the universe has to offer us.
"I am connected to all that is around me. This connection gives me a strong foundation and does not hold me back. Security and stability in my life allow me to move with both confidence and connection to who I am"
-- Root Chakra Meditation
I have always enjoyed an active lifestyle, being one of the first young women to play Little League, playing soccer through high school, biking and running. The combination of competition and fitness was an integral part of my life. While in college, I explored weight training, racquetball, cycling and yoga. At that time, yoga did not become part of my fitness routine.
In 2006, while living in Jacksonville, Florida, a gym friend urged me to give yoga another try; I was reluctant, but agreed. I was struck immediately by the physicality and emotional impact of the practice. I was hooked!
While I remain competitive, yoga has brought a level of relaxation and self-acceptance that was not part of my fitness world. I took the opportunity to practice a spectrum of yoga styles in a number of different studios, but I always found myself drawn back to that first style of yoga from 2006, Baptiste Power Yoga.
I am a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), having completed teacher training at MBody Yoga, a Baptiste Power Yoga Studio in Jacksonville. As a credentialed instructor, I began teaching in February of 2014. I was fortunate to have trained with Baron Baptiste, and have participated in several additional trainings, including the Art of Assisting.
I continue to expand my yoga horizons here in Massachusetts with my inspiring instructor, Suzanne Marotta, at her studio, Karma Yoga. I acquire new skills by attending workshops here at Karma, at Kripalu and Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, and at Baptiste Power Yoga Boston.
Power yoga classes are energizing and fast-paced, with a concentration on strengthening poses. These classes will improve your flexibility, with the goal of creating strength and focus by moving with your breath.
I am excited to share this practice with you! My aim is to provide a class that will challenge you physically, while giving you an opportunity to reset your mind and focus.
My career path of working with the youth in our community started years ago. I am in the mental health field specifically working with youth and families. As a Marriage and Family Therapist I found the gift of yoga an invaluable asset to my work and life. I was instantly amazed at how the practice of yoga could alleviate the stress and bring a sense of peace and balance. In yoga, I knew I had found the perfect marriage between the therapy world and yoga e opportunity to teach yoga to kids is a passion and dream. Teaching kids naturally became the next on in my yoga exploration. The opportunity to teach yoga to kids is a passion and dream. My goal is to introduce children to yoga by assisting them to learn how to relax their bodies, become totally aware, and inspire confidence.
I have been practicing yoga on and off for as long as I can remember. My aunt, a lifelong yogi, first introduced me to the practice at a very young age and would bring me to classes and retreats as I was growing up. Then, about 10 years ago, I found hot yoga and immediately felt a deep connection to it. It was exactly the type of exercise my body and mind had been yearning for. The mat became the place that I went to not only to take care of my physical self, but my emotional self as well.
I am a school guidance counselor and naturally, an exercise that focuses on connecting the mind, body, and soul resonates with me. I believe that with all the stressors that can happen in life, it is important to take care of our whole selves. We must nourish every part of us. Yoga has been my therapy and has been a wondrous journey of self-discovery, wellness, and acceptance and one that I hope to share with others.
I am also a daughter, wife, friend, and mother of two beautiful, sweet, amazing young boys that make my heart beat.
Heather has been practicing yoga for two decades. She believes yoga strengthens your body, mind, and spirit. Heather enjoys teaching all facets of yoga because it has changed her life. As a reiki practitioner, Heather believes that healing comes from the inside out. Grounding and surrounding herself outside in nature is where she is happiest! Heather also believes that every body is a Yoga body and by creating a space where the body can access the skills and energy that serves their authentic self will increase overall well-being. Everyone, no matter their age or level of practice is made for yoga. Heather looks forward to sharing her energy and practice with the K2 yoga community--
While trying to balance a busy work life with an additionally busy social life I found I was having a hard time finding my peace in this hectic world. That was until several years ago when a friend introduced me to yoga. I had always liked the idea, but had never given it a shot myself until then. I found yoga to be calming, relaxing, and could feel the rest of the world melt away. It gave me a way to compartmentalize the rest of my mind and focus on myself.
After being a casual ‘Yogi’ for a few years, being especially frequent at unusual yoga events (my favorite being Beer Yoga; seeing as I consider myself a beer aficionado in my spare time), I decided I wanted to become more serious about this hobby. I have been a Zumba instructor for a few years, which I figured helps, but after starting teacher training, my passion for Yoga has grown.
My goal as a yoga instructor is for my students to be able to find what they are looking for when they enter the studio for the first or the hundredth time. From the yoga mat to the real world; whether it is to become stronger, find inner peace, or beginning their own fitness journey. No matter their starting point, no matter their level of fitness or physical ability, I want them to be able to flourish.
I am currently working on my Yoga Teacher Training 200 hour at Karma Yoga. I am a clinical social worker with an interest in the Mind-Body-Breath-Spirit connection. I stumbled upon yoga practice about 15 years ago and I have practiced off and on since then. Yoga practice gives me a sense of peace and calm. I also use gentle yoga flows as one technique to center myself prior to meditating. I will be teaching occasional Yoga Nidra classes at Karma Yoga.
Over the past five years I have sought out trainings that teach various Mind-Body practices. Some of those trainings have included: Introductory training in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Model, a Level 1 weekend workshop in Breath~Body~Mind techniques taught by Richard P Brown, MD and Patricia L. Gerbarg, MD including the study of Qigong Movement, Breath Moving, and Body Scan Meditations, and a weeklong workshop in Zen Meditation, Mindfulness, and Therapy by James Spira, PhD. These workshops and trainings have enriched my personal and professional life and have led me to Yoga Teacher Training.
I believe that yoga can benefit anyone and it can be a powerful tool for those experiencing stress, depression, anxiety, or PTSD. Regardless of where you are on life’s journey, yoga practice has something to offer to you.
In high school, my gym teacher offered a unit on yoga. When this unit was offered, I always chose it and loved how it left me feeling calm for the rest of the school day. A few years ago, I went to a retreat and was reintroduced to yoga. I starting seeing yoga as a way to heal, a way to become present in the now, and a way to be kind to oneself. I began taking classes and eventually found Karma Yoga. Since coming to Karma, yoga has become one of the most important things in my life. I completed the 21 day challenge in February (21 classes in 28 days). This challenge made me realize that I love yoga in all of it’s forms. As a math teacher and a yoga teacher, I hope to help make students feel loved, comforted, and to give them the opportunity to see themselves grow.
It is my passion and calling to help others fall in love with the art of conscious living as a unique expression of their soul.
I grew up as the child who saw the sky a few shades different than the common eye. For a while, I described the colors just as they appeared, but over time, I learned it was much easier to describe it like everyone else. The same would be true for things I smelled, heard, touched, and tasted. What I know now as heightened sensibilities or embodied intuition, back then, made me feel alienated and alone.
I spent many years struggling to be “normal” when what I truly longed for was to be valued and understood for my style of sensing the world. In response to this primal desire for “be-longing” I created a method for wholeness devoted to the cultivation of the “Soul Sense” through Mind + Body fitness. Over the years, Anya, as a philosophy of movement, has become a gateway and guidebook for daily self-care and sacred connection for individuals and communities worldwide.