Our Teachers and Staff
All yoga teachers at the Iyengar Center of Western Massachusetts are Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYTs) or in the process of becoming certified. Becoming a CIYT requires years of practice, study and a rigorous examination of skills. For teachers, the Certification Mark demonstrates a commitment to maintaining the purity, excellence and high standards of Iyengar Yoga. Look for the mark! Only the world’s most knowledgeable, rigorously-trained teachers earn Iyengar Yoga Certification. We are excited to share the depth of our knowledge and passion for yoga education with you! Email Susan Elena for more information about mentorship and beginning your path towards certification. For more info about certification and the Iyengar method visit the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the US.[/fusion_text]
Sarah is IYCWM’s Studio Administrator. She spends time outside of the yoga studio walking dogs and supporting self-advocacy for adults with developmental disabilities. Yoga has been enriching her life for about 10 years, bringing back strength and stillness when she needs it most. During her free time, you will likely spot her drinking coffee while intently staring down a crossword puzzle, taking photos around town, or rock climbing at NAC.
Madeleine is a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT), and a 2006 graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco’s 500 hour teacher training program. After training with and assisting Elise Browning Miller in her Back-Care classes and Yoga for Scoliosis workshops for many years, Madeleine completed the requirements to become an Elise Browning Miller Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer in 2012. In preparation for Iyengar certification, Madeleine trained with Patricia Walden. Madeleine continues to take classes with Patricia Walden and other Iyengar teachers. In addition to Madeleine’s training, she brings more than 35 years of personal yoga practice to her teaching; and she has been teaching yoga since 2002. Madeleine teaches yoga because she wants to share her love of yoga and the benefits she finds through yoga with others. Madeleine adapts her instruction to each student’s age and fitness level. Madeleine lives in West Hartford, CT; her website is www.mhyoga.net
Mariah Freemole has been teaching mindfulness in the Pioneer Valley since August 2018, where she loves hiking, swimming and shopping! Her 14-year career as a public school teacher in Vermont gave her the opportunity to develop her skills as an organized leader and clear communicator. Mariah’s personal commitment to studying and practicing mindfulness began in earnest 13 years ago and she is inspired to teach meditation practices to people of all ages. In addition to IYCWM, Mariah currently teaches at the Cancer Connection and Rockridge Retirement Community. She also teaches nature preschool at Mass Audubon’s Arcadia where she engages students in mindfulness lessons with puppets! Mariah practices in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and is a graduate of the Engaged Mindfulness Institute’s teacher certification program.
Personal statement: My aspiration in teaching mindfulness is to serve as a facilitator for the “uncovering” of your innate wisdom and insights into what will bring more ease into your life. In my teaching, I strive to offer a variety of different approaches to help you access your inherent peace. Whether you have been thinking about trying a mindfulness class, would like to ask questions about or simply share with others your existing practice, please know you can “drop in” for any class at any time. I would be delighted to have you join us!