Instructors at BodyWorks at Depot Square
Our instructors have a wealth of experience in teaching in their respective field and are committed to providing an exceptional class experience.
Meredith Stephens MS, PT, LMT, BCSI, Owner. formerly of the Bond Wellness Center, is a fully certified STOTT Pilates ™ instructor with over 16 years of experience instructing Pilates classes to a wide variety of clientele. Also a licensed physical therapist, massage therapist and board certified Structural Integrator, Meredith has over 20 years in the fitness industry as an exercise professional, group fitness instructor and personal trainer. She studied yoga with David Vendetti of South Boston yoga. Her commitment to lifelong learning brings the latest information on fitness, health and wellness to her classes and clients. Meredith is also owner of Brookline Bodyworks, a Pilates and therapy studio in Brookline, NH. www.brooklinebodyworks.com
Meredith is a Certified Anatomy Trains Instructor www.anatomytrains.com providing continuing education workshops for movement instructors, massage and physical therapy professionals. She has begun work with the MERRITHEW company to develop their Fascial Foundations training course. She is fascinated by all things fascia and incorporates the latest research about training the neuro-myofascial-skeletal system in her classes and workshops.
Janet Archer Over 30 years ago, Janet began her journey into Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga after a diagnosis of Postpartum depression. She credits her meditation practice for not only saving her life and sanity, but opening her up to a life of greater well being, ease and joy. She became passionate about learning all she could and went on to further her education by being an intern of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, receiving three Yoga teacher and therapy certifications, and obtaining an MA in Psychology with a focus on Yoga, Body/Mind Health. In 2015, Janet became a Master Level Life Coach and published her first book, “An Invitation to Pause: musings from a mindfulness teacher,” available on her website, www.janetarcher.com.
Janet has had a vibrant presence in the community through her classes, workshops and retreats. She guides her students to greater calm, ease and acceptance while helping them tap into their own inner river of strength and joy.
Julianna Takacs has been a New York City based yoga teacher since 2004. With a background in movement and dance that stretches over 25 years, Julianna incorporates her acute knowledge of the body into carefully articulated guidance and support. Her classes focus primarily on the breath and using the body as an opportunity for moving meditation.
She has studied extensively with her teachers, Ruth Lauer-Manenti, Jeff Migdow, Robyn Ross, and most recently Sharath and Saraswati Rangaswam in Mysore, India. Julianna’s personal practice and teaching methods are influenced by various styles including Vinyasa, Prana, Jivamukti, Ashtanga, Kripalu, Anusara and her formal study of Sufism in the tradition of Hazrat Inayat Khan since 2002. Julianna has been featured in Time Out NY several years in a row as one of NYC's top yoga classes and is founder and director of the Yoga Hoedown www.yogahoedown.com. Julianna currently leads teacher training, classes, workshops and retreats on yoga and meditation locally and internationally.
Nancy Salwen is the director and teacher of Music Together for Monadnock families (a licensed center of the renowned early childhood family music and movement program, Music Together®), and teaches early childhood music programs in a wide variety of area schools. Her music together classes (for children age 0-6 along with the grownups who love them) take place on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in Peterborough, and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in Keene. Registration is required. Her classes are relaxed, playful and full of music and joy!
She also teaches singing to “non-singers” through her program, Fear of Singing™ Breakthrough, leads workshops, gives lessons, and is currently writing a book titled, "Fear of Singing: Learning to Sing Even if You Think You Can't Carry a Tune." She is a graduate of Music for People's Musicianship and Leadership program — a training program for leaders of music improvisation — and helps businesses and organizations create community through music improvisation in team building and staff development workshops.
Nancy grew up in New York city where she was raised on the folk music of the 60s. As a teenager she developed an interest in the traditional music of our culture and other cultures, and this continues to be a passion for her. A long-time resident of Keene, NH, she has sung with Animaterra, Halcyon ensemble, Keene World Harmony Chorus, and attends Village Harmony singing camps. Her love of community singing informs all of her teaching and she is devoted to facilitating community music-making opportunities for both experienced musicians and complete beginners. Contact Nancy at 603-357-4693 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.MusicAllAround.ncet for more information.
Chris Justice is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher and practitioner of mindful living who has been teaching in the Monadnock region since 2008. Her classes and retreats are very welcoming and joyful. Her style of teaching brings mindfulness to yoga practice and encourages loving-kindness toward oneself and the world. Classes are customized for those in attendance, and each person is encouraged to practice at their own level.
Chris has also studied with Todd Norian in Anusara and Ashaya Yoga (Yoga Philosophy, Alignment, and Advanced Assisting from the Heart); and Matthew Sanford at Mind Body Solutions Institute (Teaching Adaptive Yoga by Teaching the Inner Experience of Asana).
Visit her web site at: yogawithchrisjustice.com
Lynn Heckathorn A lifelong fitness enthusiast, Lynn started her career in fitness in 2005 by becoming certified a fitness instructor. Since then she has become a certified Stott Pilates™ mat instructor and has studied reformer, Yogafit and taken Peggy Cappy’s yoga training. Lynn instructs Pilates, yoga and fitness classes at the Bond Wellness Center. Teaching has become her passion. She is one of the $5 Friday at Five instructors.
Sage Wheeler Inspired by a long standing curiosity and finally back pain, Sage began her exploration of yoga in 1991 in Colorado. Her patient teacher, Joann Connington, was a student of Angela Farmer. Upon return to the east coast, Sage continued taking yoga classes. In 2003, she completed a 200 hour Iyengar inspired teacher training and began teaching prenatal and beginning yoga classes. She fell off the yoga wagon in the years around her parents deaths until another back injury reminded her that yoga is home base! In January 2013, she completed Barbara Benagh's 500 hour in-depth teacher training. Sage enjoys continuing her studies with Barbara Benagh, Angela Farmer and Erich Schiffman. Sage’s teaching emphasizes alignment to structure with an internal awareness and listening to the soma - the wisdom of the body. The classes are calmly paced, playful and invite exploration with an emphasis on empowering students to connect to themselves through the practice of yoga at whatever level they find themselves. Sage is also a certified Martha Beck Life Coach and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner facilitating and supporting individuals and groups through private sessions, classes and retreats. Learn more at www.sagewheeler.com
Cassandra Sullivan Cassandra began practicing yoga while in college in NYC. She loved the feeling of peace and calm she experienced during each class and wanted to share this feeling and her love of yoga with others. She started her 200 hr Vinyasa Yoga teacher training in 2013 at Flor Yoga in Jersey City. Since then, she has completed additional trainings in Yoga for Kids, Yin Yoga, and Restorative Yoga at Pure Yoga in NYC. After living in the NYC area for nine years, Cassandra returned to her New Hampshire roots in 2015. She currently resides in Peterborough with her husband, Kyle, their pitbull puppy, and three cats. Cassandra's certifications include: Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Pure Yoga, NYC, November 2016 (in progress), FireFlex Yoga Foundations with FireFlex Yoga, August 2016, Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Pure Yoga, NYC, March 2015, Basic Kids Yoga Teacher Training with Yogi Beans, NYC, March 2014, Vinyasa Teacher Training with Flor Yoga, Jersey City, February 2014 *Yoga Alliance Certified RYT 200, Kids Teacher Training Intensive with Flor Yoga, Jersey City, November 2013
Jill McLean is an experienced professional in stressing herself out, worrying about things beyond her control and wearing that daily stress in her body. After years in a high pressure sales job, Jill decided to make the switch to yoga full time and change her life.
A student of yoga and meditation for the last 15 years, Jill received her certification through Sonic Yoga in Hells Kitchen of NYC where she studied under Lauren Hanna, Tracy Mohr, Johanna Bell and Jeffrey Duval. Jill is also a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher through the Prenatal Yoga Center in New York City where she studied with Deb Flashenberg. Additional certification with Next Generation Yoga introducing yoga to children ages 2-7.
Alexandra Walker is a practicing Esalen massage therapist in the Monadnock Area. She was drawn to Kundalini Yoga after doing a massage training in Bali that transformed her body, mind and spirit. With a background in creative arts, Alex’s passion resides in the energies of the body whether activating them through yoga, bodywork or ecstatic dance. This love of movement and the body keeps her immersed in an invitation of embodied awareness and presence in the everyday.
Her classes invite you to cultivate this same embodied awareness of Self on and off the yoga mat.
Seth Chatfield (Sandesh) is a KRI / YA certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, Reiki practitioner, musician, artist and actor. Combining a lifelong love of music with a personal and professional study of mantra, he has developed an emotionally evocative folk-based mantra style utilizing guitar, voice and drum and gong to support the practice of yoga, adjusting for the demands of the class at hand.
He has played for and taught Kundalini Yoga to all kinds of people across a spectrum of ability in the Monadnock region and provides mantra and deep gong bath with Alexandra Walker in their own unique series of Sacred Sound Immersion programs.
Anna Von Mertens
I fell in love with yoga 20 years ago, living in Berkeley and practicing Anusara Vinyasa with Katchie Gaard Ananda. When I moved to Peterborough in 2007 the focus of my practice shifted with the pregnancies of my two children, as I learned to listen more deeply to my body. Committing to my Vinyasa practice in recent years, I have enjoyed building strength and fine-tuning alignment while cultivating awareness and a quieting of the mind (or at least the hope!) In 2018 I completed a 200-hour Advanced Yoga Studies & Teacher Training in Alignment-Based Vinyasa led by Julianna Takacs, connecting with the collective energy and wisdom of yoga, a journey I want to share and evolve with others.
Kim is an Advanced Teacher of Yoga Therapy and a Certified Warriors At Ease & iRest® Guided Meditation Instructor. She offers trauma informed mind-body practices and trainings for the Monadnock region through her private practice and non-profit affiliate, WAE-NH. Her heartfelt mission is to support those who are suffering while they learn to skillfully use the body’s self-healing mechanisms to quiet the busy mind, balance the systems of the body, and relax.