SWEETBAY INSTRUCTORS

We welcome you to experience Sweetbay's teachers. 

You can see from the bios below that while we range in experience, we're all committed to Sweetbay's identity:

 

wellness, wholeness & community.

Laurel Goeke, teacher & Founder

 

Why I practice: Yoga has been my one constant through many moves, marriage, motherhood and life itself. Practice gives me strength and acceptance of the journey as a whole.

Why I teach: Yoga is a tool to reach a shared quiet place. Each of us connects to ourselves, and opens to the world around us in a new way. Being present with others in these moments is deeply sustaining for me.

Qualifications: Certified Iyengar teacher
Teaching 2003-present
Apprenticeship with John Schumacher
Training/ certification (Holland & India)
BA Wells College, Aurora NY 
MA London School of Economics
Wife to Doug; mother to Meryl, Bennett & Luisa

Other: I'm especially grateful to Louise Hoyt for introducing me to Iyengar Yoga and for her unwavering support, even from far away. John Schumacher, Rajiv Chanchani, and Lois Steinberg consistently inspire my practice and teaching, in addition to the teachings of Dona Holleman, the Iyengar family, Pema Chodron and the poetry of Mary Oliver.

Laurie williams, teacher

Why I practice: Yoga came into my life about 10 years ago at a time of searching and change. Along with it came discipline, growth and community. This practice continues to nurture me every day.

Why I teach: I teach in order to give back. I teach in hopes that I might ignite in others what yoga ignited in me. I teach because it hones my own practice.  I teach because it's fun and I love my students!

Qualifications: Certified YA 200 Yoga Teacher; long-time Iyengar practitioner; certified personal trainer; Director of Wellness, Casey Health Institute; MAs in Health Education and Arts Management; former professional dancer; wife to Mark and mother to Lukas and Alec.

Other: I'm learning Mahjong with a few of my bffs!

Roya Heydari, teacher

Why I practice:

To be present, alert and aware. I can see my shifting emotions, and I am less caught off in thoughts.

 

Why I teach:

I see the benefits in my life and I love to share that with others.

Qualifications:  

RYT-200 Yoga Alliance Certification, CHI Teacher Training program 

Intense 5-year practice

Year-long sabbatical to India: studied at the Ananda Iyengar Yoga Center, the Omkarananda Ashram & the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute

Jill Holland, teacher

Why I practice: 

Yoga helps me to maintain equilibrium on a physical, emotional and spiritual level and brings me a greater sense of Self-awareness.

 

Why I teach: 

Sharing yoga with others is a natural outgrowth of embracing it in one’s own life.  Teaching others the techniques that I have found so helpful is profoundly fulfilling.

 

Qualifications: 

Over a decade of teaching kids yoga (Budding Yogas Certified, 2007)

7 years of experience teaching Vinyasa Flow

RYT-300 through Inner Domain (working towards completion of 500 hours)

Over 25 years of yoga practice

Certified Reiki Practitioner

Certified Reflexologist

Technical Support Manager and Software Trainer in my “former life”

Wife to Chris, mother to two beautiful girls Brooke & Emmy & a handsome dog named Dexter & his feline friend Tuko.

Kati Gimes, Teacher

Why I practice:

I was a gymnast growing up. I was devastated when I had to stop due to an injury. Yoga not only helped me heal my body but provided a very powerful tool for me to overcome my depressive tendencies.

Why I teach:

I believe yoga is a powerful way to free mind and body from self-limitations and that through practice, people can access the very essence of who they are: Happy and healthy human beings.

Qualifications:  

E-RYT- 200, Level One KRI certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher

Teaching: 2004-present

Completed a structural yoga therapy course with Mukunda Stiles.

Advanced course of the American Institute of Vedic Studies on Yoga and Ayurveda.

Long-time Iyengar practitioner

Mother of two successful daughters & grandmother of a beautiful boy!

Other:

Born in Budapest, Hungary and lived half of my life there.

Ginny Strasser, Teacher

 

Why I practice: Yoga gives me a sense of emotional balance, physical fitness and strength, and healthy well-being that no other pursuit provides as fully.  My practice has seen me through personal illness, loss of loved ones, job changes and retirement.  I am never bored when practicing the asanas and have often wondered why.  I think the answer lies in the mind-body dialogue that the practice invites and the chance to rediscover and learn new things about myself each time. 

 

Why I teach:  I love teaching yoga, especially to those who are new to it, who may not yet trust their bodies or abilities, and who experience some of the limitations of aging.  I enjoy sharing my own enthusiasm for the practice and instilling in students the rewards that yoga can offer them.  I value the trust that students place in my guidance, and am always gratified by their blissful expressions at the end of svasana.  

Qualifications:  Certified 200 HR yoga instructor

Year long training at Willow Street Yoga, completed August 2014

Teach small beginner to low intermediate yoga classes in my home

Specializing in gentle yoga and yoga for seniors

Have practiced yoga under Laurel for the past 2 years

Have practiced Iyengar and other alignment based yoga for 40 years

Nitya Ramlogan, Teacher

Why I practice: 

To be reminded of my grounded presence and of the strength I find in my sensitivity and openness.

Why I teach: 

To create space to honor peace, healing and health in community. I love working with people in a capacity that allows us to mutually nourish our humanity, serenity and vitality, and I’ve found that this is what happens with yoga and the arts.

 

Qualifications: 

360 hours of Yoga Alliance-certified training, Shiva Shankara Yoga Ashram

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training

Completion of Shanti Marga Program I, II, and III at Shanti Yoga Center for Harmony, with modules on Ayurveda, Sivananda haha yoga, and Yoga as lifestyle

Bilingual art teacher and children’s book illustrator

BSc Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Joan platt, Teacher

Why I practice:  Yoga has changed who I am: happy, accepting, brave, patient and connected. “I meet life's challenges with an open heart”, “I am vibrantly healthy”, “I am divinely protected and guided” are all practice intentions that have become true for me through yoga practice.

Why I teach: Teaching yoga to others nourishes me. My students receive the benefits of the practice, which then reverberates manyfold with me. Developing a theme for each class and weaving it through the postures, breathing practices, mudra, affirmation and meditation, is a source of satisfaction and joy for me.

 

Qualifications: 

E-RYT 200 hour certification with Yoga Alliance
Teaching 2005 to present
Teaching at Fernside Rehabilitation Center, Princeton, MA
Teaching at St. Vincent Center for Cancer and Wellness, Worcester, MA
Yoga Nidra training with Jennifer Reiss
Yoga for Heart Disease and Cancer training with Nischala Joy Devi
MLS, Syracuse University
BA, Duke University

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