Alaina Murphy took her first Yoga class at age 17 and was deeply moved by the freedom the practice created in her body, as well as fascinated by the body’s ability to heal and transform. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2003, she studied various methods of Yoga including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Shadow, Forrest, and Anusara. Her love for Yoga and anatomy just kept growing and growing. Alaina received her Yoga Teacher Certification within the Anusara Yoga program in 2008. She continued on to study the Pilates system the following year, becoming a Certified Pilates Instructor, and has been teaching full time ever since.
As owner and director of Inner Heat Yoga, it is Alaina’s dream come true to share her passion with others and to be a part of this nurturing community.
Alaina teaches a unique flowing Vinyasa class, which focuses on connecting with the breath and expanding it, as a tool to deepen the practice. As well as finding proper alignment to create more ease and strength within each pose and transition.
Patricia Wilson began practicing yoga with her parents as a young teen, and meditation a few years later. Her first teacher training was with Ruth Bender in 1976. Although being a dancer and choreographer became Patricia’s focus, yoga was always an integral part of her life. Patricia was chosen by modern dance pioneer Katherine Dunham to be part of a small group of dancers chosen by to continue the legacy of the Dunham Technique. This technique is based on the similar philosophies as yoga, and the two paths have been intertwined throughout Patricia’s life. In the past few years Patricia has been studying yoga with Shiva Rea and Tantra with Christopher Thompkins. She is currently working toward a 500-hr certification with Shiva Rea in Prana Vinyasa Yoga. Patricia offers a heart-centered vinyasa practice that will allow each yogi to makes choices so that they can practice at their own level.
Patricia sends her gratitude to all her teachers, especially Katherine Dunham, Arthur Hall and Shiva Rea. As well she humbly honors the Great Mother, her teacher in the form of the mountains, the waters and the winds. Om Shanti. Jai Ma.
Emily Samet finds great joy in holding space for others to become more present and embodied through their yoga practice. She seeks to bring the same joy and devotion she feels in her personal practice to her teaching. She honors the unique needs of each individual and seeks to create a welcoming atmosphere that supports exploration without expectations. She teaches an energetic vinyasa class, including lively sequences balanced with opportunities to drop in deeply. In addition to teaching, she holds heart-centered guidance and wellness sessions via Grounded Holistic Astrology, found at emilysamet.com
Meggie Stoltzman has practiced yoga for over 14 years and completed a 200-hr teacher training with Peter Rizzo at Bhava Yoga in Brattleboro. Her influences stem from extensive practice of Warrior Yoga, which incorporates elements of martial arts training, and Baptiste Yoga, inspired by Hatha Yoga and the teachings of Krishnamacharya, Iyengar, and Desikachar.
She teaches an energizing Vinyasa style yoga and incorporates aspects of Buddhist philosophy and meditation into her classes, guiding students to bring attention to their body and their breath. Her classes that are suitable for all levels, offering modifications and variations for each pose to make the practice accessible to beginners and advanced practitioners alike. She believes in practicing yoga as a form of moving meditation, letting go of our busy minds and returning to the present moment, again and again.
When she is not in yoga class, Meggie spends most of her time outside, running an organic vegetable farm on the town line of Guilford and Halifax.
Tessa Tavares’ passion for the practice of yoga began years ago when a close acquaintance introduced her to a class in the local area. From there she began taking various classes on a regular basis and established a consistent home practice. Deeply inspired by the physical, psychological, and spiritual transformation that a yoga practice created in her life, she made the transformational decision to move forward with a teacher training program. Focusing on strength, deepening awareness of the body, and safe alignment, Tessa offers a dynamic practice that will focus the mind, uplift the spirit, and work into the deep layers of the body. Join Tessa and work on the fundamentals or gently expand your established practice.
Niki Fletcher has been a student of yoga for over 10 years. In 2011 Niki discovered Bhava Vinyasa and went on to complete her first teacher training with Peter Rizzo. She also studied Yin Yoga at Omega Institute and is currently immersed in an Internationally Accredited Yoga Therapy training program through Phoenix Rising. She believes that our bodies have a story to tell and often we get lost in the demands of a busy life and forget to listen to it. Yoga has helped her to connect to the true purpose of my life. Using yoga as a means to help others reconnect with their inner wisdom to empower and find harmony in life on and off the mat. Her classes typically have a slower flow and are designed to build strength, cultivate flexibility and find balance all while encouraging the practitioner to listen to their body and move with their breath in order to find a truly self- supportive practice.
Asah Cramer attended yoga for the first time when she was in her early 20’s and instantly fell in love. She went on to receive her 200 hour certification level with Tracy Donahue, and continues to train consistently. When she is not practicing yoga, she is likely knitting, reading or playing with her cats.
Asah teaches a moderate to vigorous Vinyasa class, though is accommodating of all skill levels. She loves to focus on the balance of movement and stillness, ease and effort, and the combination of body and breath. Explore your potential and challenge your limits, Thursdays at 5:30pm!
Kelly Therieau has been practicing yoga for over 12 years and is a soon to be 500 hour certified yoga teacher! Kelly started yoga teacher training, to deepen her passion & knowledge of yoga philosophy. The gift of yoga for Kelly is the quieting of the mind, strengthening of the body and honoring the breath. Kelly offers a gentle flow yoga that is welcoming to all bodies. She mixes her humor & loving kindness with deep breathing & gentle stretching. Using verbal suggestions and variations for each pose. Kelly continues to explore her love of yoga, offering low-impact Chair Yoga. Kelly follows the three aspects of Hits The Spot Yoga; go to your steady edge, breathe deeply & focus on a point of concentration /sensation. Kelly is a native of Brattleboro and can be found coordinating events part time for the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.
Heather Johnson is a Kripalu Hatha yoga teacher with her 200 hour training and a Birthing Mama Prenatal Yoga 90 hour training. She is a proud new mother of a one year old son Kai, who is her inspiration and greatest spiritual teacher as a prenatal/postnatal yoga teacher. She welcomes you to join her prenatal series as you embark on your journey into Motherhood. Series will include meditation, movement to ease pregnancy related discomfort and prepare your body for labor and birth, open discussion and sharing, and build a sense of community for you and your new baby.