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Ritu Kapur, Owner, RYT 200

Ritu completed her Advanced Masters in Occupational Therapy from B.U in 1993 and is currently the Rehab Director at a skilled nursing facility.  She was exposed to Yoga at an early age in India and became a Certified Yoga teacher in 2009 which influenced her life dramatically.  Developing a daily personal practice came naturally and after some introspection, she knew she had to combine OT and Yoga. She has since taught Yoga to private clients and at Whittier Rehab to many people with different conditions including stroke, MS, and Fibromyalgia.  Yoga Therapy is her passion; she loves to be able to help people with typical shoulder, neck, hip, knee, spinal and other injuries by combining her knowledge of yoga and over 20 years of experience as an OT.  Her goal is to offer gentle Yoga to those who need it the most as a form of therapy or Yog-chikitsa.


 

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 Alexandra De Collibus  

Alexandra De Collibus is a Certified IBY Facilitator for all four levels of Itsy Bitsy Yoga® and received her training directly from Helen Garabedian — the founder of this one-of-a-kind yoga program. Alexandra has been teaching IBY since she founded Sweet Pea Yoga over a decade ago and she has also received her (older) children’s yoga certification through EMPowered Kids Yoga with Mariam Gates.

In 2011, Alexandra developed her own children’s yoga program called Sweet Pea KIDS --an educationally-based yoga program for children (ages 5-12y) which teaches asana (poses), meditation, pranayama (breathing), and where kids can learn how to integrate yoga into their everyday lives and interactions beyond the mat. In addition to teaching children’s yoga, Alexandra was the director of a local yoga studio for over five years, produced a local yoga instructional program (on HCAM-TV), and is a published writer. Alexandra has been honored to represent Itsy Bitsy Yoga International as a Facilitator for national IBY events on the west coast and has been featured in an article on “The Benefits of Yoga for Kids” in Parents Magazine. She is also proud to have spent six very memorable years in the classroom at the Montessori Children's House in Southborough and draws from her Montessori experience in her approach to teaching and learning. Alexandra has been practicing yoga for 13 years and enjoys studying a variety of yoga lineages rather than one particular style. She regularly travels throughout New England and New York to deepen her study of yoga.


 

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April Ropes

April took her first yoga class in high school, and has been on a yoga exploration, ever since. This exploration brought her to the 200-hour teacher training at the Prannothan School of Yoga with Devarshi Steven Hartman.  A mother of two young children, a part time graphic designer, and a long-distance runner, she believes that yoga has played a major role in keeping her grounded. April truly believes that yoga can be for anyone, and that the benefits are endless. Her approach is yoga is one of compassion, self-awareness, and playfulness. April’s classes are welcoming and focus on providing a non-judgmental space for students to cultivate ease in the body and mind.


 

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Carol Waite

Carol came to yoga originally because of an old knee injury that while it was no longer in pain it still didn’t feel right. After just one Svaroopa® Yoga class she felt immediate improvement and new there was more to this yoga than “stretching”. After taking class for two years she decided it was time to share her love of this deep healing style of yoga and began teacher training with Swami Nirmalanada (formerly Rama Birch) at Master Yoga Foundation. She became a Certified Svaroopa ® Yoga teacher at the 500 hour level in 2004 and has been teaching at studios in the metro west area for over 10 years. Carol continued into Advanced Teacher Training and is a Certified Svaroopa ® Gentle Teacher, Deeper Teacher and Certified Svaroopa ® Yoga Therapist.

A graduate of University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Economics, Carol worked as a computer programmer before having her first child and moving to Massachusetts in 1991. Carol credits her background in computer programming for helping her create effective structure to her classes that give her students the maximum benefit from every pose.

Carol Began teaching yoga in 2002 and since that time has been teaching in studios in Westborough, Grafton and Marlborough. She not only teaches her students yoga poses but weaves some basic anatomy and yoga philosophy into each class. She uses props to ensure that people of all ages and flexibility can participate in a Svaroopa ® Yoga class.


 

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Deb Newman McGonnell

Deb Newman began teaching yoga over a decade ago and recently spent a month in Kerala, India, earning her 500-hour advanced certification, focusing on tantric philosophy and vinyasa flow with Sacred Lasya. In 2002, upon completion of study with Diane and John Featherstone of Frog Pond Yoga in Princeton, MA, she was certified in hatha yoga and eagerly began sharing the gifts of her practice. Passionate and dedicated inquiry into yoga and meditation  nourishes  her, both physically and spiritually. Deb continues to study with and learn from master yoga teachers including,  Natasha Rizopoulos, Ana Forrest, Rodney Yee, Patricia Walden and countless others.  Travel, both domestic and international, is her passion and she often squeezes in yoga classes here and there to counteract jet lag and further explore the practice from differing perspectives.

In addition to yoga, she studies Buddhism, Sufism and other world religions and works to incorporate spirituality into daily life.  Deb brings an openhearted, playful, yet precise style of yoga to her classes, always exploring new methods and discoveries of the experience. As a full-time high school English teacher, she finds the practice and study of yoga add joy to her professional and personal life and says she can't imagine life without its countless gifts.


 

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Eileen Nikopoulos

Eileen Nikopoulos RYT 500 Yoga of Energy Flow, BS Exercise Science, loves teaching everyone from beginner to advanced.  Her calm and relaxed attitude quickly puts everyone at ease.  Her classes are infused with vinyasa flows, pranayama, Qi Gong, Meridian and Yin Yoga. She also incorporates yoga therapeutics and Thai Yoga to gently open hips, back and shoulders.  A special interest is utilizing yoga to balance energy. Eileen has studied with Daniel Orlansky, Doug Keller, Liz Owen and Josh Summer among others. She is certified in Thai Yoga Bodywork.  Eileen also created a popular aquatic yoga program, loves swimming, cycling and gluten free cooking.


 

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Lisa Campbell

Lisa Campbell, certified Meditation and Mindfulness Instructor, Course Advisor for the McLean Meditation Institute, US Air Force veteran, and founder of Mindfulfilled Meditation, LLC, loves that that peace is her profession. Having cultivated her own meditation practice for many years, Lisa is dedicated to sharing her knowledge to those wishing to find more peace and happiness in their own lives, especially those dealing with trauma and PTSD. A graduate of the McLean Meditation Institute and certified by the Warriors at Ease Organization to teach trauma-sensitive meditation, Lisa is a peaceful warrior meditating with all ages and abilities, civilians, active military, veterans, and first responders.


Lisa is committed to providing a safe, truthful, and respectful space for everyone on the journey of self-discovery, empowerment and personal improvement and actively supports and is registered with www.SEEKsafely.org.


 

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Pat Lebau

Pat is a  Kripalu professional level (E-500) Yoga teacher.  She has a B.S. and M.S. in Biology, and has worked as an Environmental Planner pre-children and with autistic children while her two sons (now grown) were in school. She has been practicing yoga on and off since she was 12 years old and purchased her first yoga book. Pat earned her Kripalu Yoga certification in February, 2008 and has been teaching since. Her style is welcoming and nurturing, and her classes range from extra gentle through moderate to vigorous.  She encourages students to listen carefully to their bodies and to learn to follow their own internal wisdom while practicing the 2000+ year old tradition that is yoga.  Classes include pratapana (gentle warm ups), pranayama (breathing), asana (postures) and meditation.  Each class involves a mixture of Vinyasa flow sequences (moving with each breath) interspersed with holding postures. Inversions, balancing poses and Savasana (resting) are included, as well.  Private lessons are available at the studio and are recommended for beginners or folks who have particular  physical issues they wish to explore with therapeutic yoga.  Pat also offers Yoga on the Massage Table, a very gentle therapeutic yoga form to relieve pain of tender and trigger points.


 

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Sara Dugas
Growing up as a Deaf woman, Sara first discovered yoga when working in a state psychiatric hospital, on an locked ward serving Deaf and hard-of-hearing people. It was incredibly challenging environment. She needed a way to decompress and watched non-subtitled yoga DVDs and copied the poses but, since they weren't captioned, Sara knew she was missing instructions about the breath. 

For the next 12 years, Sara tried to form a relationship with yoga through uncaptioned DVDs, books lacking live demonstrations, and yoga classes taught in spoken English that she couldn't hear. In 2013, as a trained social worker, Sara began to develop goals for self-care that led her to Kripalu for a weeklong yoga retreat. It was the first time she experienced yoga instruction with an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter. It was a transformational experience. Inspired by the benefits of yoga, Sara completed her certification in Kripalu Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) during the summer of 2014. 

Empowered to make yoga accessible to everyone, Sara offers yoga classes in American Sign Language (ASL) and tailors and makes her class accessible to the visual community. Sara is known ​for her authentic, non-judgmental teaching style, and compassion-centered philosophy. It is her wish that you find your inner peace, both on and off the mat. When not teaching yoga, Sara spends time with her blended-family including a mixture of Deaf and hearing furkids.