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Our Teachers

Cathy Salvini, owner

Cathy is a lifelong resident of the Berkshires. She is a Kripalu trained, Certified Yoga Teacher. Cathy has both a Bachelor's and Master's in Education. She has taught Elementary and Special Education her whole career. Cathy has been practicing yoga for over 25 years. She is thrilled to combine her love of teaching and yoga, and share this with you in a variety of Kripalu-based classes. 

She looks forward to sharing her heartspace~Zaanti~with you, which she has lovingly and personally designed for your peace and comfort.

Rima Sala
Rima received her 200-hour Yoga Certified Training at Moksha Yoga, in Chicago, in 2000, and continued studies with Shiva Rhea, Ana Forest and Gary Kraftsow.  Drawn to dance and movement from childhood, yoga was a gateway to movement as meditation. After an injury temporarily restricted her yoga practice, she began exploring other mind-body healing modalities.  In 2001 she began from training in Asian Body Work and the study of Chinese Medicine, taking over 1000 class and clinic hours in Chicago and Italy.  She was certified by two national organizations and has practiced Shiatsu since 2001. Under the guidance of one of her teachers, she began the practice of  Zen, which influences her yoga and shiatsu practices.  Rima's classes include short meditation and pranayama, or breathing exercises, as a way of bringing students to a place of stillness and focus, and a conscious exploration of movement and energy in the body. Born in New York City, Rima moved to the Berkshires in 2008 with her husband, and has worked in health care during much of that time.  In addition to her yoga and shiatsu practice, she volunteers for Hospice and at Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival.

Kathleen Kraft

Kathleen Kraft has been teaching yoga for over ten years. She was recently certified as an advanced teacher of therapeutic yoga from Kripalu. She is also certified in vinyasa, yin yoga, chair yoga, and Accessible Yoga. As a writer, she wrote for Yoga International, Accessible Yoga Voices, Om Yoga & Lifestyle, and YogaCityNYC, where she developed the Reflections of Master Teachers. She is also a poet. Her work has appeared in many literary journals, and more recently in two anthologies: Embodied Resilience Through Yoga and What They Bring: The Poetry of Migration and Immigration.

Bob Sandor

Robert has been practicing yoga for 15 years and he has a deep love for both the physical and philosophical practice which has been a defining element in his life. Robert aims to create a warm and welcoming group experience, which blends a spiritual theme with meditation, pranayama and asana. Each class will be challenging, encouraging, and always playful. Robert received his yoga certification from Kripalu Yoga and he has immense gratitude for all of the amazing teachers who have taught him along the way. 

Robert is a recently retired entrepreneur and PhD chemist.  He intends to share the skills collected in a lifetime of learning and work to give back to the community with a focus on mind-body health, music and progressive causes. 

Maya Baron
Maya has been teaching yoga and core classes since 2001. Consistently inspired by the creative movement arts Maya enjoys blending traditional yoga methods with functional exercises. As a Pilates trained instructor this class is a mixed level experience designed to use restorative props to make the core practice accessible, protective and fun!