Kate Pousont Scarborough, Director
Kate Pousont Scarborough, E-RYT 500, CZB, and Director of Shelburne Falls Yoga, offers a unique blend of Kripalu Yoga with a range of somatic, yoga, & movement techniques designed to help students access their fullest potential and to create an environment for growth and rejuvenation. Kate's classes are well-loved by experienced and new yoga students of all ages and include gentle movements to encourage a depth of embodiment, detailed energetic and functional movement principles to safely develop strength and mobility, and ample time for integration. Each of Kate's classes has a distinctive character. While they range from very gentle, to moderate, to powerful, they share a focus on mindful attention, integrity of movement, energetic balance, and self-compassion.
A dedicated practitioner in body, breath, mind, and lifestyle, Kate is committed to guiding students of all ages and abilities into ongoing vibrancy, clarity, and wellness through an exploration of the many facets of the yoga tradition. She is also committed to making yoga more accessible to people from a range of backgrounds. She offers barter programs at the studio and is also a volunteer at the People's Medicine Project health clinic, an alternative health clinic offering free services to community members in need.
Kate has been teaching groups and individuals in movement and somatic practices for twenty years. Her movement studies inevitably lead her to yoga, and Kate received her training as a certified Kripalu yoga instructor in 2009. She has since completed her Professional Level Certification at Kripalu Center and has returned to assist and facilitate the 200 and 500 hour teacher training programs at Kripalu. Kate received a certification as a Thai Yoga Bodywork practitioner with the Lotus Palm School based in Montreal and is certified as a Zero Balancing bodywork practitioner through the Zero Balancing Health Association She continues her studies in anatomy & kinesiology, ayurveda, meditation and yoga history & philosophy and has been influenced by the teachings of Amy Matthews, Jonathan Foust, Dr. Fritz Smith, Matthew Remski, and many others.
Kate is also a certified Yoga Ed. instructor for pre-school through grade 8, received a B.A. in dance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and spent several years performing with small dance companies throughout New England. She taught ballet at Valley Dance Project and at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School in South Hadley, MA and created a movement curriculum combining elements of ballet, yoga, and modern dance emphasizing anatomically sound technique and the joy of movement. She has enjoyed her recent visits as an instructor of movement and yoga for young people in local public schools and at Spectrum in Motion's Instruments of Culture program in Hartford, CT.
To learn more about classes, bodywork sessions, or individual instruction, or to schedule a group or one-one session, please contact Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413.475.2441
Melissa Stevens, M.Ed took her first yoga class in 1999 and began teaching in 2006. Her training has been multi-disciplinary, leading her to explore various traditions and styles of yoga over the years. Since 2008 Melissa has been immersed in the deeply healing and integrative approach of Embodyoga®, a style pioneered by Patty Townshend of Yoga Center Amherst. And most recently she has been studying the concepts of Viniyoga under the guidance of her dear friend and teacher, Libby Volckening. Melissa’s intention is to share the depth and expansiveness of these teachings both deliberately and spaciously, creating a light-hearted and safe space for each student's unique experience to unfold authentically and organically. When she’s not teaching yoga, Melissa is likely to be found making a mess in the kitchen or getting dirty with her three-legged hound dog, Emmanuel.
Jillian Soucie, RYT 200, was born and raised in Massachusetts leaving only to pursue her B.S degree where she then came home to beautiful Western Massachusetts where she completed the Embodyoga® teacher training under Corinne Andrews and Patty Townsend. She was first introduced to yoga as a young gymnast but it wasn’t until college she found herself incorporating yoga and breathing techniques into her daily life. The more frequently she attended classes the more passionate she became about bringing joy to everyone she met. She is Yoga Alliance registered and is excited to continue to learn, teach and share yoga with her students. She truly believes yoga is for every BODY and holds a sacred space for every student to grow, practice and learn together.
Daniel has dedicated his life to the study of personal development and pain free movement. His teaching is informed from two and half years of living and studying at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Massachusetts. Pulling from a vast array of modalities and lineages, he embodies his unique approach with a light heart and a warm smile. His classes are varied and applicable to each class member, as well as seasonal and supportive to a climate of change, growth, and new ideas.
Molly Fletcher Lynch
Molly received her 200-hour RYTT at Yoga effects in NYC in 2009. Since then she has taught in both New York and San Francisco, as well as throughout Europe. Molly also holds an MA in Contemporary Dance from The London Contemporary Dance School. She has been on faculties at The College of San Mateo and Sonoma State University teaching dance, yoga, pilates and movement composition. She works from an anatomical approach allowing for safe movement that can allow one to live in a more aligned and physically aware body.
Steven Howland is a certified instructor with the Tai Chi for Health Institute. He has used Tai Chi and Qi Gong as mindfulness training and gentle exercise for several years and is delighted to be able to share the benefits of this ancient practice with his students. He has studied Tai Chi for Health with Dr Paul Lam, Deborah Yaffee, Julie Oberhaus and Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan with Mark Deavers.
Kate Peppard trained in a vigorous vinyasa flow style, but has allowed for her teaching style to evolve towards gently rigorous and balanced flow, linking breath to movements and allowing for the creation of inner space; she takes opportunities to incorporate restorative yoga elements where and when possible. Kate is a firm believer that when yoga is incorporated into your life, it gives us access to our authentic self and life path(s). In addition to yoga, Kate loves: taking care of animals, gardening, putting up food, walking in the woods with her dog, stacking wood, saunas, and cooking with cast iron.
Noelle got her 200 hour certification at South Boston Yoga with David Vendetti and Ame Wren in 2013 and has studied Afro Flow Yoga with Leslie Salmon Jones. Her teaching focuses on freedom through movement, personal empowerment, and correct alignment for fun, safe, and sustainable practice. Noelle cares deeply about making the practice accessible to yogis of all body types, genders, races, and physical abilities. Noelle is new to the Pioneer Valley and excited to build a new yogi community here.