Kate Pousont Scarborough, Director of Shelburne Falls Yoga
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 email@example.com.
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.
I first practiced yoga as a condition for a dance scholarship in 1983. I picked up the practice again in 2008 when a colleague shared his Sivananda practice. I followed this flow for the next 3 years. In 2012 I found a local Kripalu yoga class and, realizing I wanted to be a yoga teacher, I completed my 200 hour certification. Since then I have taught yoga in yoga studios, gyms and dance studios.
Formerly a professional dancer and acrobat, yoga gave me back my body and the joy of twisting into various shapes and being upside down. Now, I savor my yoga practice for the presence and peace it brings me.
Sheila has been dedicated to a Path of Realization and Transformation. Some of her Spiritual teachers have been Swamaji Satchidananda, Lama Tsultrim Allione, Stephen & Ondrea Levine, John Beaulieu, Pema Chodren, The Vywamus Foundation, Ascension One Collective and The Stargate Experience Foundation.
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.
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.