Kate Pousont Scarborough, Director
Drawing from nearly twenty- five years of experience as an instructor of movement, including 11 + years as a full-time teacher of yoga, Kate (she/her) 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 Swami Kripalu, T.K.V. Desikachar, 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 & sliding scale options are available for those with financial need. She regularly volunteers to offer yoga and mindfulness in settings beyond the studio and is actively engaged in social justice work as an outward expression of the principles of non-harming, truth, and interconnection of all beings.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Molly Aronson (they/she) came to yoga and meditation as a way of finding gentle connection with their own body and accessing their intuition. Their teaching is informed by the idea that we all have unique ways of building relationships with our bodies, and we can find that connection to ourselves when we honor that each of our journeys may look differently on the mat. They completed their 200 hour training with the Tree Yoga Cooperative, a social justice focused and trauma informed studio that empowers students to cultivate their internal guidance both on and off the mat. They practice gentle vinyasa, yin, and restorative yoga and weave elements of these together in their classes. They honor the roots of the ancient practice of yoga while also aiming to make yoga accessible to all types of bodies and minds.
Emily took her first yoga class 20 years ago and hated every minute of it. She had paid for a whole series, so she stuck it out and slowly realized that the more she practiced, the more at home she felt in her own body and mind. Emily finds that the challenges and successes she meets on her yoga mat teach her so much about navigating the rest of her life. Her other loves are exploring in the outdoors, playing in the kitchen, and finding small ways to have an adventure every day.
Emily completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in the summer of 2013, and her classes are a blend of mindfulness, flow, and thoughtful challenges. She had her first child in 2015 and found pre-natal yoga to be a wonderful way to feel comfortable in her changing body and to prepare physically and mentally for childbirth. Emily completed her Pre-Natal Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Den Studios in 2016.
Jeannette is a mindfulness and creative writing teacher and a mom practicing in the center of it all. She found her way to writing at age seven from the sheer joy of playing with words and stumbled into practicing mindfulness meditation in 2003 when a friend offered her a mindfulness book to help her through a difficult period.
Jeannette loves working with people who want to connect with their own hearts and minds and connect with others. She loves to make room for things to unfold—to not know—to be engaged—to be curious—to settle in.
She is certified in the Amherst Writers and Artists Writing Group method and is a graduate of Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach’s two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program and the Cloud Sangha Mindfulness Mentor Training program.
Evan Glenn Adams
As a sound healing practitioner, Evan Glenn Adams weaves his years of experience as a percussionist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist alongside his lifelong study of mindfulness and meditation in order to create immersive soundscapes that allow listeners to access deep states of presence, relaxation, and peace.
Offering both group and private sound healing sessions, Evan is passionate about facilitating the process by which sound can illuminate a pathway toward long-lasting and transformative healing in the body, mind, and spirit.
Evan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from SUNY Oneonta with minors in Music Theory, Audio Production, and Environmental Science and will be beginning training as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner with Somatic Experiencing International in the Spring of 2023.
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.
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.