We are a collective of independent instructors, teaching in a beautiful, renovated mill minutes from the East Side of Providence. While our styles vary, we all offer skilled, individualized instruction that honors the deeper aspects of yoga. Classes are dynamic, inspiring, deeply relaxing, and centering. We offer a wide range of classes including Iyengar Yoga, Kundalini, Anusara, Slow Flow, Hatha Yoga, Kids and Family Yoga. Our Intro to Yoga and Beginner Yoga will give you a firm foundation for any style you may choose to practice. We are currently offering the only ongoing Feldenkrais class (Awareness Through Movement) in RI. As a collective, each yoga teacher is "running her own business" and sharing in the upkeep of the studio. This model allows for both affordable classes as well as gives the teachers the opportunity to earn a living wage. It fosters learning and community by honoring both the student and teacher.
Naama Gidron is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher with over 15 years of yoga practice and 10 years of teaching experience. Naama first discovered Iyengar yoga in 1987 while at Columbia University. She has studied extensively with senior teachers Manouso Manos in San Francisco and Patricia Walden in Boston, and traveled to Pune, India to study with the Iyengars. Naama’s teaching style is informed by her dance background. It is clear and concise, dynamic and engaging. She enjoys working with a wide range of students, including athletes and seniors. Naama teaches privates, specialty workshops, as well as retreats.
Christy Chase, MAT, is the mother of two boys who finds the presence of yoga to be a welcome oasis in a very busy life. As a fourth grade teacher, she works hard to compassionately meet the individual needs of her students, and carries that same intention into her yoga classes. Christy has been practicing Iyengar yoga since 1993. In 2007 and 2011, she completed two rounds of rigorous assessments to become an officially certified Iyengar teacher. Christy is grateful for the inspiration given by Suzanne Newton, whom she credits with starting her yogic journey; Linda DiCarlo at our local Iyengar Yoga Source; the beloved Patricia Walden, her mentor teacher who leads Teacher Training in Boston; and her fabulous students, who teach her the meaning of community, devotion, and humility. Please see www.iynaus.org for more information on Iyengar yoga.
Meghan Schaffer is a Chiropractor and Yoga practitioner. She began her yoga practice while attending Logan College of Chiropractic 9 years ago in St. Louis, MO, from where she hails. Yoga has always been her favorite way of studying and investigating the dynamic and ever changing mind body connection. Meghan has practiced many styles of yoga over the years and is a lover of all. The philosophy of yoga and chiropractic are one in the same to her; they are both lifestyle practices that facilitate healing of the mind, body, and spirit. Meghan is very grateful to be a part of the Motion Center and for the opportunity to continue to learn from her colleagues and students and share her experiences.
Sumati Eberstadt (Brown University, 1971) performed with and choreographed for the RI Dance Repertory Company, and ran a private modern dance studio in Providence. In 1982 she moved overseas and lived in Greece, Germany, and India. She began studying the Feldenkrais Method in Munich, Germany in 1984 and went on to train in Switzerland under Mia Segal, first assistant to Moshe Feldenkrais, and his close colleague for 25 years. Since completing her training and being admitted to the Deutsche Feldenkrais Guild in 1989, Sumati taught the Feldenkrais Method to groups and individuals at the Osho Commune International in Pune, India, in the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, and Providence, RI. She has worked with therapists, dancers, musicians and meditators. She is now certified by the Feldenkrais Guild of North America.