• Aqua Aerobics

    Build muscle, improve balance, and increase flexibility in an environment that reduces stress on joints and muscles. Instructors infuse their individual style into each class providing a combination of low impact cardiovascular and toning exercises using the resistance of water to create a full body workout. Water weights and flotation equipment will be used in shallow and deep water. All fitness levels welcome.
    • 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



      • celestesze@aol.com

      • (413)695-3020

    • Beth Dichter

      Beth Dichter

  • AquaFit

    This class uses water resistance techniques and a variety of equipment to improve cardiovascular endurance, strength, power and flexibility. Class includes shallow and deep-water exercises. This is a great compliment to any resistance training program. Enhance athletic performance and improve physical function with less stress on joints and muscles.   Modifications and progressions will be given.
    • Brandon Wawrzonek

      Brandon Wawrzonek

      "The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand."
      -Vince Lombardi

      Brandon began his career at the Hampshire Athletic Club and Northampton Athletic Club in 2008 while attending the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. In 2013, Brandon worked with the Amherst Leisure Services Department as an Assistant Sports and Recreation Director, where he helped coordinate the Amherst Youth Basketball League for area youth. Brandon has developed a passion for helping young athletes reach their athletic goals while training at Strides Human Performance Institute. As a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, he believes that people of all ages and fitness levels can reach their full potential through hard work and dedication.

      Education/Certifications



      • BS in Kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst

      • Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association

      Other Interests



      • Brandon enjoys spending his time staying active by rock climbing, golfing, working out, participating in mud runs, and pretty much anything that involves the outdoors.

      Contact Brandon


    • Alexander Lebouef

  • 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.
    • Stacy Simonson

    • Shelley Seymour

    • Mary Howell

    • Leigh-Ann Nalle

    • Heidi Garrett Peltier

      Heidi Garrett Peltier

      "If you enjoy what you're doing, it's not work. Fitness is fun when you try new things, push yourself to new levels, and have plenty of variety in your workouts. Then staying fit becomes its own reward."

      Heidi is an economist by day but changes gears in the spinning room. Her love of
      fitness, music, and people align when she’s leading a ride and helping others push
      themselves. Heidi lives in Amherst with her partner and three young sons.



      Education/Certifications



      • Certified Spinning Instructor (since June 2014)

      • C.P.R./A.E.D. Certified




      Other Interests



      • Heidi is an avid tennis player, enjoys hiking, biking, jogging, and chasing her boys around the yard. She has lived in 3 other countries but is happy to call Amherst her home.





      Contact Heidi




  • 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

      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.
  • Functional Circuits

    Build total body strength and power in this class designed to help you move more efficiently in every day life, prevent injury and improve balance and flexibility. Utilize a wide range of equipment such as kettle bells, medicine balls, resistance bands, bodyweight and more. This circuit (or station) style class will be held on the basketball court and is designed to accommodate all fitness levels.
  • 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

      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 alignment based warm ups and yoga poses, progressing from seated to mostly standing poses and back to seated. Students are provided modifications for individual and correct alignment and respectful engagement. Pranayama or breath practice is incorporated into each pose, allowing a student to listen and find his/her edge without going beyond the body's acceptable range.  Each class ends with a restorative pose to support the body's ability to integrate what it has just taken in.
    • 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

    Practice a full range of poses with an emphasis on proper body alignment to ensure a safe and effective experience. Bring greater ease to your movement as you strengthen, stretch, create balance, and improve agility. Release tension and stress through the physical practice, breathing techniques and meditation. This mindful, theme-based class will bring greater focus and awareness to your experience.
    • 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.  
    • 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 class designed to tone and fine-tune major muscle groups for strength, coordination, balance, and stability. You will learn proper form and technique using a variety of equipment and functional movements that will challenge every muscle. Modifications and progressions are given to accommodate all fitness levels.
    • 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




       

       

  • Meditation

    Whether you are new to meditation or a seasoned meditator, come to sit for 25 minutes in silence. A brief introduction is included to guide the practitioner into the inner quiet. Meditation calms the nervous system, quiets the mind, reduces stress and encourages self-acceptance and reflection. This class follows directly after yoga to enhance your yoga practice or can be joined independently.
    • 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




  • Movement and Mobility

    This class offers exercise techniques designed to improve posture, mobility, balance, and functional movement. If you are an athlete looking for methods to help prevent injury or if you are someone who just wants to move better, then this class is for you. We will be using a combination of self-myofascial release (foam rolling), stretching, and activation techniques as well as ground-based “primal” movements to help you achieve these goals. Exercise techniques are suitable for all fitness levels.
    • Alison Klaum

      Alison Klaum

      "I believe in training for longevity—that is, training to help my clients live long and healthy lives as well as emphasizing training methods that are safe and sustainable. I use movement prep and corrective exercise to help clients improve performance and continue to enjoy the activities they love, injury free. My fitness programming also focuses on stability, balance, and core strength, as these form the foundation upon which clients can then safely and effectively develop strength and power."

      A long-term fitness enthusiast, Alison deepened her knowledge of human movement science and corrective exercise after experiencing her own health problems and nagging injuries. She now uses her training in these areas to help clients improve their quality of movement, avoid injury, and reach their fitness goals.

      She continues to pursue education and training in human movement science so that she can offer the most effective and evidence-based exercise programs to her clients. Alison is also currently pursuing training in Animal Flow®, which is an “innovative fitness program that combines quadrupedal and ground-based movement with elements from various bodyweight-training disciplines to create a fun, challenging workout emphasizing multi-planar, fluid movement.”

      Alison also has specialized training in cognitive fitness techniques, which help to simultaneously challenge the mind and body, as well as experience working with individuals who have Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological conditions.

      Education/Certifications



      • MS in Exercise Science (expected 2018)

      • BA and MA in English

      • NASM Certified Personal Trainer

      • Certified Animal Flow Instructor

      • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist

      • Brookbush Institute of Human Movement Science

      • Parkinson’s Regeneration Training

      Other Interests



      • Social justice, literature, theater, hiking, travel, plant-based nutrition

      Contact Alison


  • 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



      • celestesze@aol.com

      • (413)695-3020

  • 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




  • Strong Able Bodies

    About

      A low impact cardio warm up followed by strength, balance, posture, and flexibility exercises. Some exercises are done standing and some seated. Modifications are given as needed. This is a gentle yet challenging class.
    • Gina Kotfila

  • Strong Slow Flow Yoga

    About

    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. Linking flowing sequences of classic yoga postures with the rhythm of natural breathing. Build strength, endurance and flexibility of the entire body-mind with these dynamic breath-centered posture sequences. Expect an atmosphere of fun, exploration, reverence and self-respect.  
    • 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! *Please note: Sign up is required up in advance at the Front Desk.
  • 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.
  • 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





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  • 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.



       

       



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  • 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!





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    • 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."