Buddy is our studio mascot and a trained therapy dog. He is a two year old Golden Doodle with a heart full of unconditional love for all who are interested! Buddy has studied at Bright Spot Therapy Dog of Northampton. He loves to practice yoga, meditate and gives the best dog hugs ever!! He loves alll beings, is hypoallergenic and great with kids!!! Feel free to say Namaste to Buddy !
Bonni-Lynne Sandler, MS Ed, BS Health is a compassionate, dedicated and kind teacher who has worked in the Health and Wellness field for decades. As an Experienced Registered 500 hour Yoga Instructor, Certified Yoga Therapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Thai Bodywork Therapist, Myofascial Release Bodyworker with several specialized certifications, she specializes in assisting others in healing long held trauma ("issues in the tissues"), chronic pain, addictions, and other forms of dis-ease. She also trains new yoga teachers, reiki practitioners, Thai Bodywork Therapists and offers Yoga Therapy Courses. She presents at Holistic Healing Methods at conferences and runs workshops on Healing Trauma through the Mind and Body, Addiction Sensitivity, Relapse Prevention, Teen Empowerment and the Importance of integrating Coping Skills into the Public School Curriculum and The Benefits of Wellness in the Workplace. .With much gratitude, she offers yoga, yoga therapy & wellness , holistic services, teacher training programs and yoga therapy courses. She is excited at the innovative directions that this journey taken her as she helps others return to wholeness. She is passionate in her pursuit to assist individuals of all ages, skill levels, shapes, and sizes in improving and maintaining their overall health and well-being. She is often referred to as the heart of HeartnSoul!
Lindsay holds a BA in Psychology from Clark University and Ph.D.in Counseling / Psychology from UW-Milwaukee. Her counseling background is extensive, She has a strong belief in the "issues in the tissues" theory of Dr. Bessell Van Der Kolk. She plans to add yoga and reiki to her therapy practice.and has recently enrolled in HeartnSouls's Yoga Therapy Program. Areas of interest- both clinically and from a research perspective include Trauma, Grief, and effective strategies to assist individuals released from prison find a fulfilling life. She has provided individual counseling for clients of diverse backgrounds, focusing on a variety of issues ~ depression, anxiety, Borderline Personality Disorder, substance dependence, and anger management. She has published research on methods to increase willingness men to seek help, and effective counseling interventions for them. She works with adolescents and adults. .https://www.researchgate.net/scientific-contributions/2001819693_Lindsay_Danforth
Jill Aline Thompson is a beautiful soul who has worked hard to overcome many obstacles in life. Over the last year, Jill has found her niche teaching yoga and combining her reiki skills as well. Jill teaches a lovely class called Chakra and meditation. Her career as a Recovery Specialist keeps her active in the recovery community as she serves others. She is a Certified Yoga Instructor, Yoga 12-Steop Recovery Leader and Reiki Practitioner. As a volunteer, she gives back any offering Recovery Yoga at Hope for Holyoke. She lives with her two amazing children! She is passionate about helping others to feel safe and heal. She has a heart of gold!
Dena is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Registered Yoga Teacher. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutrition from Framingham State College, completed her Yoga Teacher training at Sanctuary Studios, and earned a certificate in Herbalism at Botanicals by Brooke. She has many years of experience helping people improve their health and well being.Dena takes account of the whole person, body and mind and spirit. She is a compassionate nutritionist and yoga teacher presenting with a down-to-earth yet motivating approach. Practicing holistic nutrition, using whole-foods and plant healing. Blending the science of nutrition with the wisdom of yoga to prevent and treat many health conditions. Combining a passion for good food with a dedication to improving health and wellness. She believes in living a healthy lifestyle while enjoying life to the fullest!When not on her mat you’ll find her biking the canal, enjoying the beach, curled up with a book, tending her garden, or hanging out at home with her cat Harmony. Dena is a food enthusiast who loves to cook delicious healthy meals for friends and family.
Ivana is a kind and caring yoga instructor and owner of Zen Valley Yoga. She enjoys teaching Hatha Yoga to beginners and experienced yogis as well. She has a passion for teaching working with children, has taught Kid’s Yoga and Mindfulness programs in public schools. She loves Reiki energy healing, balancing energy levels facilitating the rejuvenated and energized feeling reiki brings. We are thrilled to have Ivana teaching for us! "Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds." Bob Marley
Justine found yoga during one of her darkest times, struggling to walk & move after back surgery. In an effort to reclaim her body, she searched rehabs, retreats, treatments and found Ananda Ashram. It was no coincidence she went to the Ashram only intending for a month and ended up staying for 6 months ! She fell in love with yoga as she as found physical strength and mental clarity. . Unfortunately, chronic pain left her with an addiction to pain medication. Throughout active addiction, a ray of hope remained as she recalled the Ashram teachings.
Justine found sobriety 2 years and became a HeartnSoul’s 2nd scholarship YTT Scholarship Recipient! She is certified to teach Recovery Yoga and leads classes. She hopes that her experiences with the yogic lifestyle inspires others Justine attends meetings regularly as she continue s her glorious, happy sober life. Spirituality, part of her yogic journey, deepens her Connection sobriety.Justine combines movement&! strength practicing Hatha Yoga, meditation and pranayama to turn inward and connect with her higher power. She believes that our yoga mats are a sacred and safe places where to inquire into the self & our spirit without judgement.
Tammey was first introduced to Pilates in 2004 after having some back issues and was recommended to take Pilates to strengthen her core and back. This is when she truly realized the benefits of a regular Pilates practice had on her body. As a result, she fell in love with Pilates and decided she wanted to help others discover the many benefits as well. She received her first Pilates Mat Class Certification in 2005. Her love of fitness and a healthy lifestyle quickly lead her to gaining certifications in AFAA Personal Training, Interval Training, Core Muscle Training,Stability Ball Training, and cycling. Tammey enjoys encouraging her clients to recogize their full potential by achieving their health and fitness objectives. Her beautiful smile and radiant energy is an integral part of the HeartnSoul vibration! She resides in Wilbraham with her husband and dog. She has a passion for travel and making surprise visits to her beautiful grandchildren!
Starr discovered yoga ten years into her career, working in the Connecticut Department of Correction. Starr was experiencing stress and anxiety related to the pressures of the job and began looking for something to help her find balance between being at work and off-duty. Starr began taking yoga classes and after discovering the positive impact her practice had on her life, she knew that it was her passion to share her practice with others. Starr continued her journey by completing 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training and started teaching Beginner yoga classes within her community. As a Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, her goal is to help students build a connection between the body, the mind and the breath. Starr believes in living a life full of joy, gratitude and free of judgment. These feelings guide her teaching practice, which is focused on creating a safe space for students to better connect to their authentic self. When she’s not working or teaching yoga, you can often find Starr at the beach, meditating or hiking in the forest or mountains. Yoga has and continues to heal and transform her physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Starr hopes to keep growing, evolving, and learning as a teacher and a human being.
Johnny is our studio musician, offering his love for music and a brilliant smile earning him the name "Smiley" as a child! His soul shines as he offers loving kindness through the healing sounds of the crystal bowls, songs and the soothing sounds of the guitar! By day, John is an environmental engineer with a Masters Degree from Northeastern University. His current path is leading him to sound healing therapy using crystal bowls and other modalities. He is certified in Reiki and studying to become a yoga teacher as well! Come raise your vibration and soothe your soul on Monday nights at 6pm! Take 5 minutes to chat with John and you will surely leave with a smile on YOUR face!
Jessica is a licensed mental health clinician and trained art therapist. She specializes in trauma and uses many therapeutic modalities to meet each client where they are on their personal journey.She began practicing yoga to help move through life stressors and find self acceptance through awareness. She believes yoga is a never ending practice where you continue to mindfully grow, one breath at a time. While practicing yoga, aerial yoga became her passion! This led her to HeartnSoul where she earned her RYT-200 and now combines her mental health experience to offer therapeutic aerial yoga.Her areas of expertise is in reaching children of all ages and sharing her love of yoga and the aerial silks. She enjoys teaching others to trust themselves and find inner resilence while having fun.Jess teaches from a place of inner beauty, grace, and resilence.
MEET Sherry Gomez, BA Psychology, MS ED & Psych with Trauma Training from Springfield College. For the last 20 years, she has counseled children & adults in schools, residential, outpatient, and college settings. Her ability to build rapport and trust quickly, allows clients to feel safety in both private sessions as well as classes. She works at the studio as a Therapist, Reiki Practitioner, Pre&Postnatal, Mama&Me, Pre-School & Chair Yoga & Yoga Therapy Instructor AND Studio Manager! Continuing her education, she is a C-IAYT, Yoga Therapist at HeartnSoul! Mom of FOUR beautiful children and happily married, she has found healing through yoga, yoga therapy & holistic methods! Sherry's open heart & contagious laugh will greet you !
Corry Rooks is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance(RYT 200). She first became a student of yoga in 1995 at age 50. As a yoga student she was fortunate to have studied Iyengar yoga and Anusara yoga with three extraordinary teachers. Corry began teaching yoga in the Washington DC area in 2002. She taught there until 2013 when she and her husband moved to Wilbraham where she continues to enjoy teaching. Corry initially practiced yoga because of the healing it brought to her back. Now she practices yoga primarily because of the happiness it brings to her heart. She enjoys sharing with her students some of what she has learned, and continues to learn, from this valuable ancient practice. Corry has a BA and an MA in English literature.