Teachers

Kate Pousont Scarborough

E-RYT 500, CZB, YACEP, B.A. Dance,

Director of Shelburne Falls Yoga

Drawing from twenty years of experience as an instructor of movement, including over ten years as a full-time teacher of yoga, Kate seamlessly weaves together elements from the tradition of Kripalu Yoga with somatic exercises, movement training & conditioning, and meditation & pranayama techniques to create a rich and evolving yoga experience enjoyed by both long-time practitioners and brand-new beginners.

Kate values a straightforward and consent-based approach to yoga teaching, where students are offered a number of choices in the classroom and the freedom to execute them.  This fosters a learning environment where students have the ability to grow and evolve at their own pace and in their own direction. She favors the sometimes messy process of embodying integrated movement skills rather than merely replicating them in the classroom, a process which both research and experience has shown to lead to more favorable and longer lasting results.

Kate completed her initial professional trainings at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, where she also returned several times to assist in the advanced yoga teacher training program.  Following a years-long, intensive period of asana, pranayama, and meditation practices in the Kripalu tradition, she began an in-depth study of anatomy and kinesiology, and also began to incorporate evolving, evidence-based, and trauma-informed practices into her teaching with the aim of helping each to student work toward clarity, health, and vitality in ways that are as applicable in day-to-day life as they are on the yoga mat. Kate has been influenced by the teachings of Amy Matthews, Jonathan Foust, Dr. Fritz Smith, Susanna Barkataki, and many others.

Kate values accessibility, and strives to create an inclusive and welcoming environment at the studio, where work-study positions are available for those with financial need. She also serves as a volunteer practitioner at the People’s Medicine Project, an organization offering free alternative health services to low-income residents in Greenfield, MA and beyond.

Kate is a certified practitioner of Zero Balancing, a bodywork modality that draws from the wisdom of osteopathy, acupuncture, and yoga as it works to cultivate a harmonious balance of structure and energy in the human body.  She incorporates this wisdom into her yoga classes and also offers individual bodywork  here at the studio. In addition, Kate offers individual movement training & yoga sessions as well as mentoring sessions for yoga teachers.

To learn more about classes, or to schedule a bodywork or individual session, please call 413.475.2441 or email at shelburnefallsyoga@gmail.com.

Kate Peppard

Kate PeppardKate 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.

Pam Roberts

Pam Roberts is a writer, artist and certified Kripalu yoga teacher who is also certified in Yoga of the Heart Therapy for Cardiac and Cancer patients. She is one of the teachers for the studio’s co-op yoga class, and likes to end the practice with a poem. Pam teaches Gentle Yoga for Cancer- a free weekly class for people affected by cancer, a program of the Oncology Department of Baystate Franklin Medical Center and offered at the Greenfield Y. She also leads Spirit of the Written Word writing groups for people with cancer and for the general population. Pam has been a long time student at the studio and has been teaching yoga since 2011.

Steven Howland

Steve HowlandSteven 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.

Anna Meyer

Anna Meyer is a 200 hour certified Kripalu yoga instructor. Anna has maintained a life long practice in movement modalities and has been teaching yoga classes throughout the Pioneer Valley since 2010. Anna’s classes incorporate breath work, invigorating movement, and thorough relaxation. Having been a practitioner and student of yoga philosophy, discipline and spirituality since her youth, Anna enjoys sharing the gifts she has been given by offering respectful, insightful, and educational yoga classes.

Anna Westley

Childbirth Educator and Doula

I have been a doula since 2005 and have supported over 100 families! I have seen again and again that thriving families have abundant support. It is an honor to provide that support during pregnancy, birth and the early days with your new baby. My intention as a doula is to cultivate physical and emotional wellbeing for families during times of transition. I serve my clients with respect, compassion and non-judgment. I trust that you have the wisdom to navigate this time in your life in your own way. I follow your lead in all things and provide information and support along the way.

I have postpartum doula experience with twins, overnights, loss, emotional complications, feeding challenges, in-hospital support, the NICU and more. I enjoy working with all kinds of families and parenting styles. In particular, I aim to provide safe and affirming care to LGBTQ+ and polyamorous families. As a certified doula I consistently pursue continuing education that enriches and deepens the care I offer families.

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