Teachers

 
Billie Jo Joy, Ed.M., R.Y.T., is co-founder, and co–manager of Art & Soul, and owner of JoyYoga. She is Iyengar trained (20 years primarily with Zoe Stewart), Kripalu certified (200 hours), Yoga of Energy Flow (500 hours). Her instruction is ornamented with yogic philosophy, experiential anatomy, and poetry. She offers a safe and friendly place for practice that balances strength, flexibility, reflection, and spiritual upliftment. She is well known for her popular gentle and restorative yoga classes and her retreats in Mexico, Italy, and Michigan. She also teaches yoga to adults with disabilities at Triangle, Inc. and is on the part-time faculty at Emerson College where she teaches Movement for Actors, and Improvisation. Billie Jo is a movement specialist having studied many forms including modern dance, ballroom, ballet, jazz, tap, butoh, continuum, authentic movement, mind-body centering, improvisation, and contact improvisation for over 30 years. Billie Jo has taught people of all ages from infants to elderly, to people with disabilities, in all kinds of settings from day care centers, to college campuses, to corporations, developing original and effective classes for the populations she serves. 


Billie Jo Joy is also an accomplished dancer, choreographer, actor, writer, director, and producer. Her credits include Dust to Dust (2006); Venus De Mini Van, Mothers in the Breakdown Lane (2002) which became the off–broadway play Eve–olution (2004); two highly acclaimed productions of The Vagina Monologues (2000, 2004); Small White Woman Impersonating Martin Luther King, (1999). She toured internationally, with Paula Josa–Jones Performance Works, when the company received two NEA grants. She is a certified teacher of Action Theater, and has studied extensively with the Roy Hart Voice Theater in France. She is a member of the Screen Actor's Guild: The Deer Hunter (1978), Spiderman 2 (2005); Background: Black Mass (2015), Spotlight (2015), Ghostbusters (2016), Stronger (2017), The Discovery (2017), The Burning Woman (2018). She recently was a beginning student at The Groundings School of Improv in LA. Currently, she performs with The Improv Prophets, LaLaLa Improv, works in film, is developing new work, and studying clowning with Nose to Nose.


Billie Jo earned a master’s degree in education from Harvard University, specializing in leadership and creativity, which included an intensive study of ethnographic filmmaking. She worked at Harvard in the field of international education development, helping to internationalize the curriculum. As a founding member of Harvard's Project BRIDGES, she helped write and win a $10 million grant from the United States for International Development for projects in 12 developing countries. Later, she worked on Harvard President Rudenstein's Mind, Brain, Behavior Initiative developing innovative undergraduate curriculum that aims to increase mind–body understanding. Also at Harvard, she was fortunate to work on several mind-body medicine projects including a research project in China working with Qi Masters (funded by the MacArthur Foundation on Mind-Body Interactions) and with the Mind & Life Institute, which involved meetings and research with the Dalai Lama in India.  Students have called her an "exceptional and knowledgeable teacher." artsoulyoga@gmail.com, 617-395-4227

 

Carol Faulkner has a BS in Education from Lesley College and is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. She has been to India to study yoga with the Iyengars, and studies regularly with Patricia Walden.  Carol teaches adult and children classes as well as private group and individual lessons.  She leads  2 Yoga Retreats each summer on a private island in NH and in 2006 was the yoga teacher for a group tour in Kerala, India.   For more information you can contact her at 617-492-5246 or carolfaulkner@comcast.net.

 
Johnny Lapham is a working artist, performer and teacher  who creates thriving and inviting spaces for deeply intimate and wildly connected creative expression.  His goal as a teacher is to provide a spirit of safety, focus and an invitation to support fearless creative expression for people of all ages. His studio, The Big Hand, is located two doors away from Art & Soul at 97 Hampshire Street.
 
Lorraine Grosslight, M.Ed., improviser, actor and director, has been teaching since 1989. She is a certified Action Theater teacher and performs with the International Action Theater Ensemble directed by Ruth Zaporah. Lorraine also conducts communication and leadership development workshops for executives and teams through The Ariel Group. She directs the local improv troupe New Tricks and is a member of the Playback troupe True Story Theater. She developed original shows with school children and youth with disabilities through VSA. Former faculty of the Boston Conservatory, Emerson College, New Theater Conservatory; affiliated with the Shantigar Foundation. A believer in the healing power of theater, Lorraine provides supportive coaching to develop skill and authentic creative expression in performance.   Please reach her at 617–623–2842.
 
Annie Hoffman is owner/co-founder of Art & Soul. She is a certified Iyengar teacher, grounded in 20 years of teaching experience.  Her classes focus on balancing the basic elements of alignment, as well as an investigation of the more subtle aspects of breath and energy flow.  Classes are a safe space to explore connection to self, other, and the divine. www.anniehoffmanyoga.com, 781-643-4159
 
B
eate Grieben-Francis has been a teacher for many years, working with young children and their families in a variety of settings. Working and playing with visual arts, story telling, creative movement and music, the leap to yoga came as a natural evolution.  Beate is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher and Creative Kids Yoga Teacher and completed a training as therapeutic restorative teacher. She continues her studies of herbs, plants and yoga. She is certified in Aromatherapy. Beate teaches yoga classes for adults, and yoga and movement classes for preschool and school age children. She is available for private lessons and individual yoga/ aromatherapy sessions. She has assisted her dear teacher Billie Jo with restorative Yoga classes at Art& Soul Yoga studio in Cambridge.  You can reach her @857-919-6238 or bfrancis857@gmail.com.
 
 

Chris Berlin has taught yogi and Buddhist meditation practices for many years and is also a spiritual counselor dedicated to helping others incorportate a greater sense of well-being and self-awareness into their lives. He has worked as a Buddhist chaplain at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and at Brigham’s and Women’s Hospital where he extensively taught meditation and minfulness to patients in treatment and end-of-life care, as well as to staff and clinicians. He is currently an instructor in ministry at Harvard Divinity School where he is also the demoninational councelor to Buddhist students. integralberlin@yahoo.com

 


Barbara Lyon teaches “Gentle Yoga for 55+ and Beginners” and anyone else wishing for an extremely gentle class. All are welcome, regardless of age, weight, general stiffness or other challenges. We use modifications and many props to make sure that everyone has an enjoyable and effective yoga experience. Barbara has been a Kripalu-style yoga teacher for 23 years and has certificates in The Art of Teaching (Barbara Benaugh, The Yoga Studio) and  Silver Age Yoga (modifying yoga poses for seniors). BCLYON23@gmail.com or 617 393-1835.

 
Nancy Turnquist is a certified teacher of Iyengar Yoga. She completed a two year Iyengar teacher training program with Patricia Walden with whom she continues to study and work with closely. Nancy has traveled three times to Pune, India to study with the Iyengar family and spent a year teaching yoga in Spanish and studying with Jordi Marti at the Center for Iyengar Yoga in Barcelona, Spain. Nancy has a masters degree in literary translation and welcomes Spanish speakers to her classes. Her teaching is inspired by the joy and skill that arise from the practice of yoga.   For questions or more information you can contact her at 617-599-8486 or nancyturnquist@gmail.com. www.yogaoffering.com
 

Janet Surrey is a clinical psychologist, Founder Scholar of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at Wellesley College and member of the Faculty of hte Institute for Meditation and Psychology in Boston. A recent graduate of the Community Dharma Leader Training Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, she is currently in training to teach Insight Dialogue. jsurrey@aol.com, 617-966-4898

Solange Voss  is a highly respected teacher in the Boston yoga world, where she has been teaching for over a decade. Her strong and graceful practice has spanned the past sixteen years, where she has explored various traditions, including Hatha, Astanga, and Iyengar yoga. Solange is a 500-RYT yoga instructor who has received certifications from the Kripalu Institute, and Prajna Yoga she has also taken advanced studies with master teachers Tias and Surya Little, Barbara Benagh and Patricia Walden who continue to inspire and inform her teaching. Solange views yoga as a no-nonsense way to approach self-exploration, and she teaches with a candid sense of humor and practicality. She specializes in private clients and small classes, where she can provide quality experience that is both safe and informative.

email: solange.voss@gmail.com

 
Shaina Gruen teaches Journey Dance. She has been dancing since she was 10 years old. She always had a love for dancing and holistic wellness.  Shaina is a certified JourneyDance(TM) guide and has been teaching for two years. Her classes focus on self exploration, letting go and feeling free! Aside from teaching dance Shaina is also certified in Raindrop technique and is an Independent Distributor for YoungLiving (an essential oil company). Shaina has earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Lesley University and dreams of one day opening an art and wellness center. 
 

Kris Manjapra is a certified teacher in the Iyengar method (Level I/II).  He is also a professor of History, with emphasis on the study of race, colonialism, and diaspora, at Tufts University.

Helen Miller is an artist, Feldenkrais practitioner and Film Study Center Fellow at Harvard University. She holds a BA in Art and English from UC Berkeley and master's degrees in Art from Harvard. Director of the Storefront for Somatic Practice in Cambridge, MA, she teaches drawing and movement with the collective ARE.


www.aestheticrelationalexercises.com

helenelizabethmiller@gmail.com

 
A
nna Kelchlin is a certified teacher of Iyengar Yoga. She completed a two-year Iyengar teacher training program with Patricia Walden and studies regularly with both her and Jarvis Chen.  Health has always been a theme throughout her life.  In 2010 she received a heart transplant, which has shaped her life immensely.  She believes in yoga as a path of deep healing and as a way to explore the integration of body, mind, and spirit.  Anna spends the majority of her time working as an organic vegetable farmer at Waltham Fields Community Farm with the aim to create a more sustainable and just food system for everyone.  She holds a masters degree in Multicultural Education from Lesley University and welcomes people of all cultures and languages.  For questions or more information you can contact her at 763-226-0210 or at annalinck@gmail.com