Bonni-Lynne Sandler is a compassionate, dedicated and kind teacher who has worked in the Health and Wellness field for decades. Over the last decade, Bonni-Lynne's career shifted from teaching Health and Special Education in public schools, to returning to the classroom to advance her education. 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, and Thai Bodywork Therapists. Yoga Therapy Courses are now on the schedule as HeartnSoul awaits accreditation. While studying holistic healing methods, her mentors have included doctors, psychiatrists, yoga teachers, structural integrators, Rolfers, bodyworkers, LMT's and yoga therapists from all over the country. 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!
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!
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 !
Nicole’s yogic journey began many years ago with a Master’s degree in Psychology and Advanced Personal Training Certification. Her evolution of transforming the mind and body brought her to yoga. She has been blessed with the opportunity to learn from some of the most advanced Iyengar teachers today. She is currently studying with Susan Elena Esquivel. Practicing for over 16 years, she brings knowledge from a myriad of fields to the classroom. Her Classical Chair Yoga classes are uniquely inspired by her study of Iyengar yoga which places emphasis on precision and alignment of all poses utilizing props to achieve this perfection for any body. Students will begin to recognize their own imbalances and learn how to correct them; gaining knowledge and awareness to carry with them throughout the day.
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.
Alyssa began practicing yoga about ten years ago and completed her 200-hour certification in 2018 in Thailand with Path of Yoga. She teaches Hatha Vinyasa classes that encourage self-inquiry through gentle, breath-based movement. Drawing from personal experience with depression and anxiety, Alyssa creates a safe & where all persons can practice & grow without judgement. Alyssa has a BA in Dance from Dean College and has over 20 years of experience performing throughout New England. She loves to draw inspiration from music, nature, spirituality, the human condition ~ anything that stirs her. She is grateful to the practice of yoga for bringing her home to her most authentic self. Her mission is to spread healing and joy in the world by strengthening ourselves and the connection to one another. In her spare time Alyssa enjoys spontaneous kitchen dance parties & Disney sing-a-longs.
Debra Boronski is a woman of many hats along this journey called life. She is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, fe. Her classes are designed to meet the needs - mind, body and spirit - of ALL people! Classes release deep tensions and holdings in the whole body-mind and result in physical, mental and emotional relaxation and changes in perception. Her classes combine an awareness of the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of yoga and life. Debra's unique style and light hearted humor make her private sessions and classes a beautiful experience!
Tricia offers her caring heart, amazing listening skills, real life experiences and authentic self to help those who cross her path. Tricia is a professional mental health counselor with clinical interests in addiction/alcoholism, trauma & PTSD, mental health, self-esteem and issues unique to the LGBTQ population. She strives to create a safe space for others to feel heard, understood, and accepted. She believes people can discover many new things about themselves, including ways to re-shape their lives to achieve their most value-centered life. Tricia uses trauma informed approaches, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) AND holistic approaches including Reiki and Yoga to meet the unique needs of each client. Tricia earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Smith College in Northampton in 2010. She is Reiki Level Two Certified and a Yoga Teacher. Additionally, she is currently pursuing certifications in Yoga Therapy & as a Thai Bodywork therapist. Some of her experiences working as a therapist in individual recovery programs, psychiatric wards, and a women's jail. Her unique ability to focus on YOUR needs will assist you on your healing journey!
Jill Aline-Thompson is a kind and loving teacher who is a recent graduate of HeartnSoul's Trauma Informed 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program. Jill is a recovery advocate by day and yoga has helped her connect with her own inner peace. She is a beautiful soul and very excited to share her love with those who attend her classes at HeartnSoul!
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!