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.
Kristin Froling has been practicing yoga in a variety of disciplines for the past 20 years. About 3 years ago she craved a deeper connection to her practice. She began to reap the rewards of greater strength and flexibility and found a sense of quiet that she rarely found in her daily life. This propelled her to the teaching path to share what she loved. Kristin completed her 200-hour yoga Teacher Training in 2018 with Julianna Takacs, studying alignment-based Vinyasa. Kristin is a mom, teaches Art to 200 elementary students, and a yoga instructor. She tries to encourage a sense of play and wonder into her own yoga practice and her teaching.
"Yoga's greatest gift is teaching us to see the beauty of who we are, to embrace the bodies we have, and to have faith that where we are is exactly where we’re meant to be.”
After a lifetime of reading, writing, sitting, and believing I was "non-athletic," I stepped into my first yoga class twenty-five years ago. Never mind that it was hot yoga and that I, clueless, was soon awash in sweat in my long pants and heavy shirt. By the time I collapsed, exhausted and exhilarated onto my mat for shavasana, I knew some path of grace had led me home at last.
In the decades since that joyful, sweaty introduction to the practice that would change my life, I’ve explored the many paths of asana and meditation practice with some extraordinary teachers, including Power Yoga with Baron Baptiste and Rolf Gates, Kundalini yoga with Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa, Ashtanga yoga with Beryl Bender Birch, Iyengar yoga with Alexandra Teague, and Anusara yoga with Pam Gaither. In 2011, seeking a deeper relationship with yoga philosophy, I spent an immersive month at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and became a certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor (YTT200). Subsequent trainings and certifications include Kripalu Advanced Level Teacher Training modules, OM Yoga for Body and Mind with Cyndi Lee, 200-Hour Advanced Yoga Studies and Teacher Training with Julianna Takacs, and the Master’s Degree of the Usui System of Reiki Healing with Libby Barnett.
Grateful as I am to each of these gifted teachers, the most valuable lesson I’ve learned along the way is that the true teacher lives within each one of us. My classes are an invitation to students of all levels and abilities to trust their bodies, to practice with compassion, and to see physical challenges not as limitations but as opportunities for deeper inquiry. I believe that yoga is for everyone, a life-long journey of self-discovery both on and off the mat.
In addition to several works of memoir, I co-wrote, with my first yoga teacher Rolf Gates, Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga (Anchor Books, 2002). Find me online at www.katrinakenison.com
Tanja Short, CYT, RYT, CMT, has been a bodyworker for 25 years, helping thousands of clients to feel better. After a healing crisis of her own, she discovered how exercises can greatly activate the body’s own healing abilities and is now passionate about empowering students to take care of themselves. Her background makes it easy for her to read her students body’s and to help them find their blockages. Her classes always begin, in accordance with her Taoist and Martial Art knowledge, with a warm-up section and breath-awareness, followed by a slow and precise Yoga flow.
Tanja’s motto comes from a 90 years old Yoga teacher from India. She still teaches today and always reminds her students: If you sweat, it’s not Yoga! To find out more go to: www.TanjaShortYoga.com
Susan began her yoga practice when she moved to the Peterborough area in the 1990’s. With a background in dance, she loved the athletic and flowing nature of Astanga yoga. However, her practice became less frequent and less intense as she became a step-mom and a mom, with the associated time constraints and body changes! Now, more than ever, she values the importance of yoga as part of her self care. Her focus is on listening to, respecting, and accepting one's own body, where it is now. As a means of deepening her practice, she enrolled in Julianna Takacs’ 200 -hour Advanced Yoga Studies and Teacher Training, graduating in June 2018. Susan welcomes students of all levels, with a particular understanding for those who feel shy about trying or coming back to yoga. In addition to being a yoga instructor, Susan is a nationally certified speech and language pathologist. Susan also enjoys gardening, cooking, photography and hiking.
Marilyn Wyzga, RYT 200, Yoga Alliance
Marilyn’s diverse background in art, dance and education merges in yoga. She enjoys providing a safe, comfortable place for others to explore their own creativity and movement. Marilyn began practicing yoga over 30 years ago when she took her first class with an India Studies professor for a college gym credit. She was certified in 2006 after training in Ashtanga Flow at the Yandara Yoga Institute, then furthered her studies with passionate and skilled teachers including Jenny Otto (Body Balance Yoga), Desiree Rumbaugh (Anusara), Jonas Westring (Thai Yoga), and Peggy Cappy (Yoga for the Rest of Us). Engaging her own body in each of these styles, Marilyn has found for sure that yoga isn't just for the slender, bendy or young. It's a powerful system of health and transformation that can serve all ages, body types and fitness levels. Her classes will help you better appreciate the mechanics of your own body, feel more grounded and connected, and slow down. Marilyn brings a lighthearted and playful approach to yoga, inspired by the Happy Buddha.