Teachers


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 teacher 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, with whom she credits starting her yogic journey; Linda DiCarlo for her guidance through assessment; the beloved Patricia Walden, her mentor teacher; 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.

Nicole C. Laliberté discovered the Feldenkrais Method® while she was studying at The Boston Conservatory from which she received a BFA in Dance. She has danced, taught, and choreographed in Rhode Island, Boston, New York, Hawaii, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, and St. Petersburg, Russia.  She also holds her MFA in Choreography from UNCG.  Nicole is very excited to now be an Authorized Trainee Feldenkrais ® Awareness Through Movement ® Teacher.

Andrea Higgins holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, a Masters Degree from American University in Washington, DC, and certification in the Feldenkrais Method® from the Feldenkrais Guild of North America. Andrea brings a dancer’s understanding of the body in movement to her work as a teacher, and has extensive experience working with adults and children. She has served on the faculty at an independent school, taught college courses, presented at conferences, authored magazine articles, and developed a continuing education course for fitness professionals. She has also developed workshop curriculum focused on the needs of special populations, such as dancers, athletes, seniors, and teenagers.

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.

Shana Lieberman Klinger, M.A. Psychology, brings more than 40 years of experience in meditative techniques and humanistic psychology to her classes, workshops, and one-to-one consultation. She is authorized by Dza Kilung Rinpoche to give instruction in the seven meditations from the meditation manual, The Relaxed Mind. To learn more about Shana visit heartmindspace.com.