• Aqua Aerobics

    • Maureen Zak

    • Celeste Sze

      Celeste Sze

      “I’ve been in the fitness industry since 1983. I’ve lived a life time of fitness and continue to pursue constant education to keep up with the ever changing information in the fitness and massage and spa life. As your trainer I can calculate your lean to fat body composition with the elf 2 body analyzer. I can design a nutrition and exercise program allowing you to reach your ideal lean to fat ratio. When your muscles are fatigued I can massage you or help to rejuvenate your skin with a facial or spa treatment.”

      Education/Certifications

      • I have countless certifications. I’ve kept my certifications and licenses current since my entry in to the fitness world in 1983. I have a degree in painting and art history and 49 pre med credits from the University of Massachusetts.

      Other Interests

      • I exercise, paint, travel and eat well. I have a healthy and happy life and enjoy inspiring my clients to enjoy all life has to offer.

      Contact Celeste

    • Carol Slaughter

    • Beth Dichter

  • Athletic Performance

    Geared toward 12-18 year olds who would like to improve speed and agility, learn basic weight training principles and work on their overall fitness. Plyometrics, power, and strength are incorporated to reduce injury and prepare participants to become faster and stronger.

    • C. J. DeMatteo

  • Cardio Dance

    About

     
    Dance, get lost in the music and express yourself in this fun, challenging, easy to follow class that will build your cardiovascular endurance while learning various dance styles including Jazz, Latin Dance, and Broadway.

    • Michael Dalton

      Michael Dalton

      “Yoga is the practice of tolerating the consequences of being yourself.”

      Michael Dalton, former Broadway dancer, is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher.  He taught yoga in NYC, volunteered at Kripalu in the Karma Yoga program and has taught yoga in the Amherst area for the past year.  Whether as a form of exercise or a spiritual practice, Michael approaches yoga as an exploration of balance — in the postures, in the inversions, in the practice itself.  His dance informs his yoga teaching with a deep understanding of how the body moves and stretches.

      Education/Certifications

      • MS in Childhood Education; BA in Children & Art
      • Kripalu Yoga 200hr certification
      • ACE Group Fitness Instructor certification

      Other Interests

      • Camping, hiking, swimming, salsa, contra and English country dance.

       

       

      Contact Michael

       

       

  • Cardio Strength

    About

     
    Expect anythingin this high-energy class, sure to get you ready for the day ahead! This full body workout will pair strength training with bursts of cardiovascular exercise – all geared toward burning fat and boosting your metabolism! All fitness levels welcome.

    • Cathy Maclutsky

  • Cycle

    About

     

    High-intensity exercise using a stationary bicycle in our private cycling studio.  Climbs and sprints make each ride unpredictable, challenging and fun!

     

    *Please note:
    Sign up is required in person up to 7 days in advance.

    • Susan Knightly

      Susan Knightly

      “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
      Aristotle

      Susan has been an avid cyclist and spinner for more than 25 years, cycling the White and Green Mountains, as well as the Berkshires in the summer and Europe where she lived for 10 years before returning to the Valley. Her spinning experience began in Los Angles in the mid 1980’s with some of first spin groups to gather on modified Schwin bikes. She continued to train with indoor stationary bikes in New York in the early 1990’s where the first official Spinning classes were born on Spinner bikes.

      Susan’s classes emphasize cycle posture, cardiac and respiratory control and tension free form to build endurance and avoid injury. Susan’s musical tastes are quite eclectic and refreshingly reflected in her classes.

      Knightly is also a renowned chef, author and educator, she opened the first vegetarian in Amherst in the early 1970’s. As executive chef at New York City’s Au Natural she created New York’s first “all organic haute cuisine menu”. Susan was also the chef for LA’s premier macrobiotic restaurant East/West in Los Angeles and for Ambrosia Catering where her client list included Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Liza Minnelli, Crosby Stills and Nash, William Shatner, the Academy of Motion Pictures and the Oscars. She designed a line of delicatessen foods for New York’s Grace’s On The Go in Brooklyn.

      Susan has written and contributed to a number of books and publications on food and health related topics including Molly O’Neill’s New York Times Cookbook and Vegetarian Times. She co-authored Food For Recovery, Random House Books with the former head of Harvard’s Public Health Department, Dr. Joseph Beasley.

      As an educator, Susan designed courses for the Natural Gourmet, the first Whole Foods Chef’s training program in the US. She created classes for the New York’s Open Center on Indian, Puerto Rican, Middle Eastern and Asian fusion cooking. She has lectured on food and nutrition for 30 years on such varied topics as Geriatric Nutrition, (Cooley Dickenson Hospital, 1994), Eating Disorders, Addiction, Weight loss, Diabetes and Organic Foods.

      She currently resides in the Valley and New York City with her husband, Canadian filmmaker, Leonard Yakir and her daughter, violinist, Sarah Hadley Yakir.

      Education/Certifications

      • Susan is a member of the American Sports and Fitness Association and a fitness instructor at Hampshire Athletic Club for the past two years.

      Other Interests

      • Susan enjoys distance cycling, private cooking, diet and menu consultation and catering for parties under 200. She also loves to dance.

      Contact Susan

    • Stacy Simonson

    • Nadine Shank

      Nadine Shank

      “Music speaks to parts of the soul where words fail, highlighting what was, what is, while activating our humanity. I love to combine music and fitness.”

      Nadine Shank has been teaching Group Fitness for over 32 years, in nearly every club existing in Amherst during that time. She has taught High/Low Aerobics, Body Sculpting, Step, Spinning, and Les Mills Body Pump.

      Off the aerobics floor, Pianist Nadine Shank is Professor of Piano at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is Chair of the Piano and Collaborative Piano programs. She is Principal Orchestral Pianist with the Springfield (MA) Symphony Orchestra.

      Nadine made her debut at the age of fifteen, performing the Prokofiev 1st Piano Concerto with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra as winner of the prestigious concerto competition at the National Music Camp, Interlochen MI. She performed at such venues as the Phillips Collection, D.C.; Jordan Hall and Tsang Performance Center, Boston; Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, and the 92nd Street Y, NYC; the Cleveland Orchestra’s Blossom Chamber Festival; the Monadnock Festival; and Mohawk Trail Concerts. Ms. Shank has appeared in festivals and international conventions in Europe and the Virgin Islands, with the Lark String Quartet, West Point Band and the Springfield Symphony and University Orchestras, and performed in a duo with violinist Charles Treger for 12 years.

      Nadine has recorded 17 CDs and can be heard on the Albany, Centaur, CRI, Gaspari, MRS, New World, Open Loop, Spectrum, and YAL labels, including “Sonata No. 2 for Piano of Yusef Lateef;” “Calls and Echoes: American Sonatas for Trumpet and Piano,” with Eric Berlin, trumpet, three duo recordings with saxophonist Lynn Klock and numerous Play-Along CDs for saxophone and clarinet for Open Loop.

      Nadine earned degrees at the Oberlin Conservatory, receiving the Rudolph Serkin and Pi Kappa Lambda Piano Prizes, and at Indiana University (Bloomington) where she was a Concerto Competition winner. Her teachers included Menahem Pressler, Sanford Margolis and John Wustman.

      Education/Certifications

      • AFAA Instructor Training Certification
      • Spinning Certification
      • Schwinn Cycle Certification
      • Les Mills Body Pump Certification
      • Aqua, Step, and Primary Aerobics Cert. AAAI/ISMA

      Other Interests

      • Nadine teaches piano and coaches singers, privately
      • She is the Organist at the Florence Congregational Church
      • She also loves to play cocktail piano at parties

      Contact Nadine

      • nadineshank@gmail.com
      • 413-687-9037

  • Cycle & Strength

    About

     
    Begin with 30 minutes of cycle drills and interval training, then hop off the bike for upper body strength training using a variety of equipment including kettlebell, TRX, dynamax ball, and/or bodyweight. This class is designed for all levels.

    *Please note:
    Sign up is required in person up to 7 days in advance.

    • Leigh-Ann Nalle

  • Double Step

    About

     

    This energetic aerobics class uses advanced choreography to move you from one step to another. New routines start at the beginning of every month. *Prior stepping experience is strongly recommended due to the advanced choreography.

    • Catherine Sanderson

      Catherine Sanderson

      “What I love about teaching double step is creating complex patterns that keep people completely focused on learning the steps and not having time to watch the clock!”

      Catherine has taught different types of group fitness classes since 1993 in a number of places, including Princeton (NJ),  Atlanta (GA) and Amherst/Hadley (MA). But since 2001, she has taught exclusively double step.

      Catherine is also a professor of Psychology at Amherst College, and teaches classes related to fitness, including Health Psychology and Sports Psychology.

      Education/Certifications

      • BA from Stanford (in psychology, with a specialization in health and development), and a MA and PhD from Princeton (psychology).
      • AFAA and CPR certified.

      Other Interests

      • “Many of the people in my double step class today at HAC have taken my class for years at different gyms.  In fact, many of those in my class remember when I was teaching while pregnant with my 2nd and 3rd children (now ages 13 and 10)!”

      Contact Catherine

  • Forever Fit

    About

    If boot camp style workouts are more than you are looking for, then Forever Fit might be for you! This class works the cardiovascular system at just the right pace and tone and strengthens the major muscle groups at just the right level.

    • C. J. DeMatteo

  • Full Body Fitness

    About

     

    Build strength, muscular and cardio endurance utilizing circuit style workouts using hand weights, bands, medicine balls, your own body weight and more while working at your own level. Modifications offered for each exercise.

    • Jeannette Boudway

      Jeannette Boudway

      Go Irish!

      Jeannette recently moved to the Pioneer Valley from South Bend, Indiana. Jeannette has spent over 12 years coaching soccer at the college and youth levels. Most recently she was on the women’s soccer coaching staff at the University of Notre Dame. She then became a mom of two boys and a personal trainer for Rec Sports at Notre Dame and owner/operator of Movin’ Mommas (fitness for parents with their kids).  Jeannette trains individuals of all fitness levels and abilities; men, women, and kids. Certainly contact Jeannette for more information about her fitness & well-being philosophy – Awareness – and her individual and small group training options.

      Interests:Young athletes with sport specific goals and adults with life specific goals.

      Background: Lifetime fitness geek and college coach turned full time mom.

      As a college and youth soccer coach and mother of two young boys, I have understanding, drive, patience, and expectations for my clients. It is my honor to share in their journeys toward positive change.

      Twelve years coaching youth and college soccer
      Owner/Operator Movin’ Mommas (outdoor fitness for parents with their kids)

      Education/Certifications

      • DePaul University – B.A. 
      • Barry University – M.S., M.B.A.

      Other Interests

      • Jeannette enjoys playing soccer when not coaching it, outdoor activities, and spending time with her two young boys and husband, Ryan. 

       

      Contact Jeannette

      • jdboudway@gmail.com
      • 574-386-4057

  • Functional Core

    The focus of this class is the core of the body, improving balance, posture and overall flexibility. You will be introduced to intervals of moderate intensity, utilizing stability balls, bands, and free weights.

    • C. J. DeMatteo

  • Functional Fitness

    About

    This class is designed to train multiple muscle groups to work together to improve muscular endurance, overall strength, coordination, balance, posture and agility. Get a challenging, effective and full-body workout using bodyweight exercises, kettle-bells, dumbbells, and much more. Modifications and progressions will be given to accommodate all fitness levels.

    • Alexander Lebouef

  • Gentle Yoga

    About

     

    Gentle Yoga is a series of Kripalu style warm ups and yoga poses, progressing from seated to mostly standing poses back to seated. This class includes pranayama sun salutations and postures (asanas) and ends with meditation.

    • Robin Kassis

      Robin Kassis

      “There us nothing I can tell you that you don’t already know. There is no question you can ask me that you yourself cannot answer. You have just forgotten.”
      -David Littlewood

      “I love it that yoga, which is such an integral part of my life is so portable. I can take it anywhere, whether it’s the red rocks of Sedona, the beaches on Cape Cod, my home studio or the club. My practice has deeply informed and transformed my life and it is a gift to be able to share that with my students, both privately and in classes. My training and certification was completed through the Kriya tradition over the course of a couple of years. But my personal practice began in my early twenties and became more focused in my forties when I decided to become a teacher. My style is very hands-on, working with students individually for correct alignment and respectful engagement. We incorporate pranayama, or breath practice, which supports a depth in each pose, allowing a student to listen and find his/her edge without going beyond the body’s acceptable range. I love teaching, and my hope is to instill that passion and care to my students, as they open to transformation in body, mind and spirit.”

      Education/Certifications

      • Teacher certification through “The Temple of Kriya Yoga”
      • Kripalu and Iyengar workshops and retreats
      • www.withadancingheart.com
      • www.facebook.com/withadancingheart

      Other Interests

      • In addition to my yoga practice, I have a counseling practice in Reiki and Wholeness Energetics. These practices provide tools for simple relaxation and a deeper exploration of our perception and experience of self. In my day job, I work with children as a literacy specialist in a small, local school. I am a regular meditator, hiker, reader, and when the waves are right, boogie boarder. I am blessed with a wealth of family and friends.

      Contact Robin

    • Diana Peters-Ross

      Diana Peters-Ross

      Diana began practicing yoga 25 years ago in an effort to alleviate back pain. She found it beneficial in so many other ways including feeling more balanced in body and mind. After 15 years of personal yoga practice, and studying with a variety of teachers, she decided to share her love of yoga with others.

      Diana began practicing yoga 25 years ago in an effort to alleviate back pain. She found it beneficial in so many other ways including feeling more balanced in body and mind. After 15 years of personal yoga practice, and studying with a variety of teachers, she decided to share her love of yoga with others. In 2002 Diana completed Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Since then, she has taught yoga classes at Holyoke Hospital and prenatal yoga at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. In 2004, Diana began teaching yoga at HAC where she very much enjoys the friendly, non-competitive atmosphere, and creating community through yoga.

      Education/Certifications

      • Kripalu Yoga Teacher Certification
      • Yoga Dance Teacher Certification
      • Prenatal yoga Teacher Certification
      • M.Ed.

      Other Interests

      • Diana lives with her husband, two sons and dog, “Odie”.
      • She enjoys swimming and hiking.
      • Diana works as a Reading Specialist in the public schools.

  • Hatha Yoga

    About

    Hatha Yoga includes postures and movement to increase health, vitality, strength and flexibility.  Body, mind and spirit are integrated through meditation, breathing techniques and physical practice.

    • Karen Sheingold

  • HIIT & Strength

    About

     

    High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a full body strength-training workout that involves high intensity exercise followed by low intensity active recovery. This class utilizes interval-based timing to build strength, tone your body, and improve cardio endurance. High energy. Modifications offered.

     

    • Jeannette Boudway

      Jeannette Boudway

      Go Irish!

      Jeannette recently moved to the Pioneer Valley from South Bend, Indiana. Jeannette has spent over 12 years coaching soccer at the college and youth levels. Most recently she was on the women’s soccer coaching staff at the University of Notre Dame. She then became a mom of two boys and a personal trainer for Rec Sports at Notre Dame and owner/operator of Movin’ Mommas (fitness for parents with their kids).  Jeannette trains individuals of all fitness levels and abilities; men, women, and kids. Certainly contact Jeannette for more information about her fitness & well-being philosophy – Awareness – and her individual and small group training options.

      Interests:Young athletes with sport specific goals and adults with life specific goals.

      Background: Lifetime fitness geek and college coach turned full time mom.

      As a college and youth soccer coach and mother of two young boys, I have understanding, drive, patience, and expectations for my clients. It is my honor to share in their journeys toward positive change.

      Twelve years coaching youth and college soccer
      Owner/Operator Movin’ Mommas (outdoor fitness for parents with their kids)

      Education/Certifications

      • DePaul University – B.A. 
      • Barry University – M.S., M.B.A.

      Other Interests

      • Jeannette enjoys playing soccer when not coaching it, outdoor activities, and spending time with her two young boys and husband, Ryan. 

       

      Contact Jeannette

      • jdboudway@gmail.com
      • 574-386-4057
    • Donna Kelley

      Donna Kelley

      “Try something new every once in a while; change your routine so you stay inspired and work your muscles (and heart!) in new ways.”

      Health and Fitness has been a lifelong passion for me. After I graduated with my undergrad degree, I started competing in sport karate tournaments; a year later I held the number one ranking in women’s black belt fighting for the New England region. Soon after that I started teaching aerobic exercise at Northampton Nautilus (predecessor of NAC). It’s really great to be working with Perry and Scott again, teaching at HAC. I teach kickboxing on Tuesdays, where I focus on developing cardiovascular endurance, strength, balance, coordination, and flexibility through basic kick and punch combinations, along with weight work. I also teach intervals on Saturday mornings, where I alternate weight work with various cardio sets. My day job is at Babson College, where I’m an entrepreneurship professor. But my fun job is at HAC where I get to spend time with a group of enthusiastic and dedicated people that come to work out with smiles, laughter and encouragement for others.

      Education/Certifications

      • Ph.D., Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
      • MBA, UMass.
      • BA in Chemistry, MA College of Liberal Arts.
      • Currently certified by AFAA.
      • Also held longtime certifications from ACSM and ACE.

      Other Interests

      • Horseback riding, mountain biking, skiing, doing fun stuff with my daughters Kira and Jada and dog Jake.

  • Hybrid Strength

    This class will utilize agility ladders, tractor tires, kegs, battle ropes, slam balls, and kettle bells to increase your strength, agility, cardiovascular fitness, explosive power and mobility. A strong core is a must, as well as experience with high intensity conditioning drills such as sprinting and endurance running. This class is geared toward the intermediate and advanced participant.

  • Intervals

    About

     

    Consists of varying interval lengths of cardio alternating with strength training.  Class also includes warm up, core work and cool down. All fitness levels welcome.

    • Donna Kelley

      Donna Kelley

      “Try something new every once in a while; change your routine so you stay inspired and work your muscles (and heart!) in new ways.”

      Health and Fitness has been a lifelong passion for me. After I graduated with my undergrad degree, I started competing in sport karate tournaments; a year later I held the number one ranking in women’s black belt fighting for the New England region. Soon after that I started teaching aerobic exercise at Northampton Nautilus (predecessor of NAC). It’s really great to be working with Perry and Scott again, teaching at HAC. I teach kickboxing on Tuesdays, where I focus on developing cardiovascular endurance, strength, balance, coordination, and flexibility through basic kick and punch combinations, along with weight work. I also teach intervals on Saturday mornings, where I alternate weight work with various cardio sets. My day job is at Babson College, where I’m an entrepreneurship professor. But my fun job is at HAC where I get to spend time with a group of enthusiastic and dedicated people that come to work out with smiles, laughter and encouragement for others.

      Education/Certifications

      • Ph.D., Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
      • MBA, UMass.
      • BA in Chemistry, MA College of Liberal Arts.
      • Currently certified by AFAA.
      • Also held longtime certifications from ACSM and ACE.

      Other Interests

      • Horseback riding, mountain biking, skiing, doing fun stuff with my daughters Kira and Jada and dog Jake.

  • Just Strength

    About

     
    A total body workout designed to build strength, increase lean muscle, rev up your metabolism and turn your body into a calorie burning machine. No muscle gets neglected in this class. All fitness levels welcome.

    • Gina Kotfila

  • Kripalu Yoga

    About

     
    This all-levels Kripalu Yoga class offers each student, beginner to advanced, the ability to tailor the class to his/her level and desired intensity. The deliberately slow, meditative pace allows one to focus on proper alignment, building physical strength, stamina and flexibility. Kripalu Yoga invites the participant to attend to his/her personal experience of each yoga posture, further enabiling the student to choose the best way to adapt the posture. Students explore their own balance – in postures, in inversions, and in the yoga practice itself.

    • Michael Dalton

      Michael Dalton

      “Yoga is the practice of tolerating the consequences of being yourself.”

      Michael Dalton, former Broadway dancer, is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher.  He taught yoga in NYC, volunteered at Kripalu in the Karma Yoga program and has taught yoga in the Amherst area for the past year.  Whether as a form of exercise or a spiritual practice, Michael approaches yoga as an exploration of balance — in the postures, in the inversions, in the practice itself.  His dance informs his yoga teaching with a deep understanding of how the body moves and stretches.

      Education/Certifications

      • MS in Childhood Education; BA in Children & Art
      • Kripalu Yoga 200hr certification
      • ACE Group Fitness Instructor certification

      Other Interests

      • Camping, hiking, swimming, salsa, contra and English country dance.

       

       

      Contact Michael

       

       

  • Pilates Mat

    About

     

    A core-strengthening mat class based on the teaching of Joseph Pilates. This class focuses on total body conditioning, core work, and specific breathing techniques while challenging your muscles and improving your flexibility.

    • Deb Oakley

    • Celeste Sze

      Celeste Sze

      “I’ve been in the fitness industry since 1983. I’ve lived a life time of fitness and continue to pursue constant education to keep up with the ever changing information in the fitness and massage and spa life. As your trainer I can calculate your lean to fat body composition with the elf 2 body analyzer. I can design a nutrition and exercise program allowing you to reach your ideal lean to fat ratio. When your muscles are fatigued I can massage you or help to rejuvenate your skin with a facial or spa treatment.”

      Education/Certifications

      • I have countless certifications. I’ve kept my certifications and licenses current since my entry in to the fitness world in 1983. I have a degree in painting and art history and 49 pre med credits from the University of Massachusetts.

      Other Interests

      • I exercise, paint, travel and eat well. I have a healthy and happy life and enjoy inspiring my clients to enjoy all life has to offer.

      Contact Celeste

  • Play Makers

    This program provides young athletes with the foundations of sport movements. Athletes learn the value of training appropriately, how to train, when to train, what to train, how to prevent injury, unlock their potential, and become an all-around athlete. This technique-based, guided discovery class allows athletes to learn the correct form and technique with all different types of movements and lifts in order it increase strength, speed, explosiveness and remain injury free.  (10-12 yrs)

  • Power Pool

    About

     
    Challenge yourself to this fun, stepped-up water workout. We will use special weights, flotation equipment and the most effective tool of all – water resistance – to build cardiovascular endurance, strength and flexibility. Class includes both shallow and deep water work. Modifications are given in order to customize a workout that is best for you.

    • Deb Oakley

  • Pranayama Yoga

    About

    This gentle yoga class begins in meditation using breath as a vehicle to center the body and mind. We continue with warm-ups, movement combined with breath, standing, lying and seated yoga poses, sun salutations and finish with shavasana (final relaxation) and seated meditation.

    • Lynne Nicole Smith

      Lynne Nicole Smith

      “Yoga is an invitation to explore, not a command performance. It speaks to the language of the soul. It is the union of prayer and movement, guided from inside. It is healing and the joy of saying yes to life, each breath, a “yes,” and a letting go, a journey, and a coming home.”

      Lynne Nicole Smith is a Certified Yoga Instructor and Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. She is also a Certified Qigong/Tai Chi Instructor through the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi based in Santa Barbara, California as well as a Certified Psychosynthesis Counselor and Expressive Arts Therapist. Lynne’s teaching style reflects her passion for Yoga and Qigong as both being powerful tools and practices for releasing physical, mental and emotional blocks in the body. Through Yoga, we access a stronger connection to breath, a deeper awareness of our body and increase our level of energy and healing on all levels. Lynne is constantly astounded by the profound benefits Yoga and Qigong have had on her own life and students. Lynne also offers private lessons and individual sessions in addition to group Yoga and Qigong classes. Visit www.yogaandhealingartstherapy.com to learn more about Lynne’s work in integrating Yoga, Qigong and Counseling to support healing, peace and wellness in people’s lives.

      Education/Certifications

      • Women’s Studies Graduate
      • Certified Yoga Instructor
      • Certified Qigong and Tai Chi Instructor
      • Certified Expressive Arts Therapist
      • Certified Psychosynthesis Counselor

      Other Interests

      • Lynne loves field hockey, basketball, mountain hiking and animals of all kinds.   She started Luv-A-Pup PetSitting fifteen years ago and cares for people’s pets while they are away. Visit www.luvapuppetsitting.com

      Contact Lynne

  • Qigong

    About

     
    Qigong is a gentle form of exercise that fosters balance with an emphasis on body alignment. Soft and deliberate movements result in a sound body, boost the immune system and create a more focused and relaxed mind.

    • Makani Freitas

      Makani Freitas

      What is the body?…Endurance
      What is love?…Gratitude
      What is hidden in our chests?…Laughter
      What else?…Compassion
      -Rumi

      For over a decade Makani has trained in hard style martial arts, studied various styles of Qigong and Tai Chi and added yoga to his repertoire of movement practices. He has taught adult and youth martial arts and self-defense. Makani teaches Qigong and Tai Chi in many venues and for four years has co-taught with one of his Qigong/Tai Chi teachers at Kripalu. He also teach beginner Salsa.

      Makani’s teachings draw from ancient traditions making them relevant to modern life. Among the goals of Makani’s instructions are: healing, growth, opening, connecting, working towards embodied wholeness and relaxation, while feeling grounded & centered. He brings a focus on learning to be individuals in community as well as honoring one’s own spiritual journey, attaining joy & peace, and fostering presence through compassionate (self) discovery. Ambient music is carefully selected to enhance the practice and experience.

      Training

      • Black belt in karate
      • Certified Jian Mei Internal Arts/Qigong/Tai Chi Instructor

      Other Interests

      • Rock climb
      • Surf/Boogie Board
      • Photography

      Contact Makani

  • Qigong/Tai Chi

    About

    Meditative movement for stress reduction. These gentle forms of exercise
    increase balance with an emphasis on body alignment. Soft and deliberate
    movements foster a sound body, boost the immune system and create a more
    focused and relaxed mind.

    • Makani Freitas

      Makani Freitas

      What is the body?…Endurance
      What is love?…Gratitude
      What is hidden in our chests?…Laughter
      What else?…Compassion
      -Rumi

      For over a decade Makani has trained in hard style martial arts, studied various styles of Qigong and Tai Chi and added yoga to his repertoire of movement practices. He has taught adult and youth martial arts and self-defense. Makani teaches Qigong and Tai Chi in many venues and for four years has co-taught with one of his Qigong/Tai Chi teachers at Kripalu. He also teach beginner Salsa.

      Makani’s teachings draw from ancient traditions making them relevant to modern life. Among the goals of Makani’s instructions are: healing, growth, opening, connecting, working towards embodied wholeness and relaxation, while feeling grounded & centered. He brings a focus on learning to be individuals in community as well as honoring one’s own spiritual journey, attaining joy & peace, and fostering presence through compassionate (self) discovery. Ambient music is carefully selected to enhance the practice and experience.

      Training

      • Black belt in karate
      • Certified Jian Mei Internal Arts/Qigong/Tai Chi Instructor

      Other Interests

      • Rock climb
      • Surf/Boogie Board
      • Photography

      Contact Makani

  • Sneaker Squeakers

    This program is all about FUN! We teach young children general movement skills through various situations and games. We begin to introduce teamwork and cooperation using relays and simple games. Light cues are given for form during this early stage of training. (6-9yrs)

  • Strong Able Bodies

    About

     

    A Pilates based strength class emphasizing strength, balance, posture and flexibility. Some exercises are done standing and some seated. This is a gentle yet challenging class.

    • Gina Kotfila

  • Strong Slow Flow Yoga

    About

     
    Eric’s practice and teaching unite the alignment principles of the Iyengar school of yoga with the breathing and dynamic movement of Ashtanga Vinyasa and the emotional attentiveness of Kripalu Yoga. He gives clear, personalized instruction in the classical yoga postures and incorporates them in a Vinyasa style, linking flowing sequences of postures with the rhythm of natural breathing. Build strength, endurance and flexibility of the entire body-mind with these dynamic breath-centered posture sequences. Eric’s teaching creates an atmosphere of fun, exploration, reverence and self-respect.

    Iyengar-Styled Hatha Yoga: A style of Hatha Yoga that progresses gradually from beginner to proficient advanced levels using props to aid in alignment.

     

    • Eric Burri

      Eric Burri

      “One of the advantages of being inflexible is that you don’t have do go as far to find meaning.”

      -Richard Freeman

      Eric’s practice and teaching unite the physical alignment details of Iyengar Yoga with the breathing and dynamic movement of Ashtanga Vinyasa and the emotional attentiveness of Kripalu Yoga. He is a deeply knowledgeable teacher with an excellent understanding of sequencing that has developed over many years. He presents a strong, slow flow class that promises to take you deeply into the classical and modern yoga postures, following the rhythm of your natural breathing. Eric’s teaching creates an atmosphere of exploration, reverence and self-respect.

      Certifications

      RYT – 200

  • Super Step & Sculpt

    About

    Use the height-adjustable platform for just the right workout. Try our creative step combinations along with Step Frenzy which uses multiple steps. This step class includes an abdominal session and finishes with a session of toning.

    • Deb Oakley

  • Total Body Strength

    About

    Build lean muscle, develop strength, and tone your body from head to toe in this energetic, motivating class. A variety of equipment will be used. This class is designed to accommodate all fitness levels!

    • Ahna Sadowski

      Ahna Sadowski

      “Ahna’s goal for each class is that it is fun, safe, and effective!”

      Ahna has been teaching a variety of group fitness classes in the Pioneer Valley for over a decade. Ahna fell in love with group fitness while attending Syracuse University where she completed Masters’ Degrees in Communication and Education. Her fitness interests are diverse and include everything from intense interval training, body sculpting, and step, to exploring the art of Argentine Tango and other dances. Ahna loves to move and loves to motivate others to do the same!

      Education/Certifications

      • Ahna holds certifications in AFAA Group Exercise, LesMills BodyStep™, Zumba Fitness®, and is CPR/AED certified.
      • Ahna attends many continuing education workshops and trainings each year to ensure participants get the most out of their workout.

      Other Interests

      • By day, Ahna works full-time as a Program Manager at the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson. Ahna enjoys hiking and spending time with her husband and their two two dogs; Martini and Bailey.

  • Total TRX

    About

    Challenge yourself with this action packed total body workout.  Every exercise on the suspension trainer will build strength, improve endurance, and create an indestructible core!

  • TRX

    About

    TRX is truly a unique and challenging workout.  Every exercise on the suspension trainer will involve the core and put the stabilizers to work!

    *Please note:
    Sign up is required up in advance at the Front Desk.

    • Scott Ducharme

  • Ultimate Boot Camp

    About

    The ultimate class to get into the best shape of your life! These sessions combine total body strength training with aerobic and anaerobic conditioning and balance and stability training in a moderate to high intensity atmosphere. All movements can be modifiable. All levels are welcome!

    • Scott Ducharme

    • Gina Kotfila

  • Vinyasa Yoga

    A dynamic, athletic yoga practice synchronizing breath with a continuous flow of postures. Standing poses, seated poses, twist, backbends, and inversions will be offered in this class, with emphasis on the breath. The fluid movements increase flexibility, strength, and stamina, as it calms the mind and improves overall health.

    • Joceyln O’Shea

      Joceyln O’Shea

      My classes integrate steady attention on the breath with yogic philosophy, meditation, and carefully articulated guidance. I offer an alignment-focused class that maintains a balance between effort and ease. In 2000 I began practicing “Power Yoga” at a gym in MA, within weeks of discovering yoga I began to attune to the subtle energies and

      My classes integrate steady attention on the breath with yogic philosophy, meditation, and carefully articulated guidance. I offer an alignment-focused class that maintains a balance between effort and ease.
      In 2000 I began practicing “Power Yoga” at a gym in MA, within weeks of discovering yoga I began to attune to the subtle energies and started studying chakras and how the energetic body manifests itself in the physical, mental, and emotional bodies. Over the past 15 years I have studied and practiced many forms of yoga including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Classical Hatha, Kundalini, Restorative, as well as Meditation and Mindfulness practices.
      After a short career in costume design for film and TV I became aware that I wasn’t contributing to the world in any kind of significant way. I took a look at my life questioning what was really important to me and realized that no matter where I had lived or who I had loved or what type of work I was doing, the one constant in my life had always been yoga. It was then that I decided to dedicate my time to teaching and serving the world in this capacity. In 2009 I began teaching fulltime in both studios and gyms, but also in alternative spaces such as community centers, offices, classrooms, hospital settings, parks, empty warehouses and private residences.
      I have taught 1,000’s of kids in the NYC public schools through Bent On Learning, a non-profit that brings yoga and meditation to NYC schools, and Sonima Foundation- a growing enterprise that is bringing mindfulness practices to city schools across the country. For 6 years I was a lead instructor and YTT mentor with Bent On Learning.

  • Yoga

    About

    A vigorous, more athletic approach to yoga.

    • Michael Dalton

      Michael Dalton

      “Yoga is the practice of tolerating the consequences of being yourself.”

      Michael Dalton, former Broadway dancer, is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher.  He taught yoga in NYC, volunteered at Kripalu in the Karma Yoga program and has taught yoga in the Amherst area for the past year.  Whether as a form of exercise or a spiritual practice, Michael approaches yoga as an exploration of balance — in the postures, in the inversions, in the practice itself.  His dance informs his yoga teaching with a deep understanding of how the body moves and stretches.

      Education/Certifications

      • MS in Childhood Education; BA in Children & Art
      • Kripalu Yoga 200hr certification
      • ACE Group Fitness Instructor certification

      Other Interests

      • Camping, hiking, swimming, salsa, contra and English country dance.

       

       

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    • Lynne Nicole Smith

      Lynne Nicole Smith

      “Yoga is an invitation to explore, not a command performance. It speaks to the language of the soul. It is the union of prayer and movement, guided from inside. It is healing and the joy of saying yes to life, each breath, a “yes,” and a letting go, a journey, and a coming home.”

      Lynne Nicole Smith is a Certified Yoga Instructor and Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. She is also a Certified Qigong/Tai Chi Instructor through the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi based in Santa Barbara, California as well as a Certified Psychosynthesis Counselor and Expressive Arts Therapist. Lynne’s teaching style reflects her passion for Yoga and Qigong as both being powerful tools and practices for releasing physical, mental and emotional blocks in the body. Through Yoga, we access a stronger connection to breath, a deeper awareness of our body and increase our level of energy and healing on all levels. Lynne is constantly astounded by the profound benefits Yoga and Qigong have had on her own life and students. Lynne also offers private lessons and individual sessions in addition to group Yoga and Qigong classes. Visit www.yogaandhealingartstherapy.com to learn more about Lynne’s work in integrating Yoga, Qigong and Counseling to support healing, peace and wellness in people’s lives.

      Education/Certifications

      • Women’s Studies Graduate
      • Certified Yoga Instructor
      • Certified Qigong and Tai Chi Instructor
      • Certified Expressive Arts Therapist
      • Certified Psychosynthesis Counselor

      Other Interests

      • Lynne loves field hockey, basketball, mountain hiking and animals of all kinds.   She started Luv-A-Pup PetSitting fifteen years ago and cares for people’s pets while they are away. Visit www.luvapuppetsitting.com

      Contact Lynne

  • Yoga – Vigorous Flow

    About

    This Kripalu-style yoga class offers postures and flows to challenge the participants’ strength, stamina and flexibility. Taught as an all-levels class, each student shapes the flow to meet her/his own needs, choosing the level of vigor and sensation that best serves her/his practice.

    • Michael Dalton

      Michael Dalton

      “Yoga is the practice of tolerating the consequences of being yourself.”

      Michael Dalton, former Broadway dancer, is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher.  He taught yoga in NYC, volunteered at Kripalu in the Karma Yoga program and has taught yoga in the Amherst area for the past year.  Whether as a form of exercise or a spiritual practice, Michael approaches yoga as an exploration of balance — in the postures, in the inversions, in the practice itself.  His dance informs his yoga teaching with a deep understanding of how the body moves and stretches.

      Education/Certifications

      • MS in Childhood Education; BA in Children & Art
      • Kripalu Yoga 200hr certification
      • ACE Group Fitness Instructor certification

      Other Interests

      • Camping, hiking, swimming, salsa, contra and English country dance.

       

       

      Contact Michael

       

       

  • ZUMBA®

    About

    Zumba is a cardio dance-fitness class that combines Latin and international rhythms with easy to follow steps and choreography to create an exhilarating “fitness party”! It’s exercise in disguise! Ditch the workout, join the party!

    • Victoria Harley

      Victoria Harley

      “Surround yourself with those who lift you up”

      Victoria is a clinical therapist and educator by trade and has been teaching a variety of fitness classes for over 30 years. She enjoys sharing her love and passion for group fitness with others. Exercise has always been an essential part of Victoria’s life, and she hopes to help you make it and important part of yours.

      Education/Certifications

      • Clinical therapist, Social Justice advocate and educator, AFAA certified and Zumba , Piloxiing, personal trainer licensed.

      Other Interests

      • Victoria has a passion for traveling and learning about other cultures and has visited over 35 countries.

      Contact Victoria

      • zumbabunny@yahoo.com
    • Rebecca Woodland

      Rebecca Woodland

      “My classes are meant to feel like a “fitness-party” and are made up of Latin-inspired, easy-to-follow, rhythmic and aerobic movements set to international music. Zumba exhilarates the senses and works all major muscle groups in a high-energy cardio blast that leaves you feeling invigorated, refreshed and full of life.”

      “I fell in love with Zumba on a trip to Florida a few years ago. I was there for work (I’m a professor at UMass in my “real” life) – and decided to try out a Zumba class. I was hooked! I decided to go way outside my comfort zone and get licensed, which I have been since 2012. Depending on the time of the year, I’m either teaching full time or subbing as much as I can in Amherst and Northampton. I go to ZIN Jam sessions and go to as many classes as I can to keep my routine fresh and fun.”

      Education/Certifications

      • ®ZUMBA
      • Instructor at Aerobics and Fitness Studio, NAC, and HAC

      Other Interests

      • 2 kids, 2 dogs, 2 much fun!

      Contact Rebecca

    • Ahna Sadowski

      Ahna Sadowski

      “Ahna’s goal for each class is that it is fun, safe, and effective!”

      Ahna has been teaching a variety of group fitness classes in the Pioneer Valley for over a decade. Ahna fell in love with group fitness while attending Syracuse University where she completed Masters’ Degrees in Communication and Education. Her fitness interests are diverse and include everything from intense interval training, body sculpting, and step, to exploring the art of Argentine Tango and other dances. Ahna loves to move and loves to motivate others to do the same!

      Education/Certifications

      • Ahna holds certifications in AFAA Group Exercise, LesMills BodyStep™, Zumba Fitness®, and is CPR/AED certified.
      • Ahna attends many continuing education workshops and trainings each year to ensure participants get the most out of their workout.

      Other Interests

      • By day, Ahna works full-time as a Program Manager at the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson. Ahna enjoys hiking and spending time with her husband and their two two dogs; Martini and Bailey.

  • ZUMBA® Gold

    About

    Zumba Gold is for everybody who wants to explore Latin and world dances while getting a great workout at the same time! It is defined as a “community-oriented dance fitness class that provides modified, low-impact moves for active older adults as well as those who are either new to Zumba or looking for something a little different than your regular Zumba class.”