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Our Teachers

Cathy Salvini, owner

Cathy is a lifelong resident of the Berkshires. She is a Kripalu trained, Certified Yoga Teacher. Cathy has both a Bachelor's and Master's in Education. She has taught Elementary Education her whole career. Cathy has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. She is thrilled to combine her love of teaching and yoga, and share this with you in a variety of Kripalu-based classes. 

She looks forward to sharing her heartspace~Zaanti~with you, which she has lovingly and personally designed for your peace and comfort.

Rima Sala
Rima received her 200-hour Yoga Certified Training at Moksha Yoga, in Chicago, in 2000, and continued studies with Shiva Rhea, Ana Forest and Gary Kraftsow.  Drawn to dance and movement from childhood, yoga was a gateway to movement as meditation. After an injury temporarily restricted her yoga practice, she began exploring other mind-body healing modalities.  In 2001 she began from training in Asian Body Work and the study of Chinese Medicine, taking over 1000 class and clinic hours in Chicago and Italy.  She was certified by two national organizations and has practiced Shiatsu since 2001. Under the guidance of one of her teachers, she began the practice of  Zen, which influences her yoga and shiatsu practices.  Rima's classes include short meditation and pranayama, or breathing exercises, as a way of bringing students to a place of stillness and focus, and a conscious exploration of movement and energy in the body. Born in New York City, Rima moved to the Berkshires in 2008 with her husband, and has worked in health care during much of that time.  In addition to her yoga and shiatsu practice, she volunteers for Hospice and at Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival.

Pattie Loughlin

Pat Loughlin, B.S., M.A.P.S. & D.Min., has come to the Berkshires because of her love of the mountains and nature and the profound influence Yoga has had on her life. As a clergy member of the United Methodist Church, she practiced Yoga faithfully to help deal with the challenges of her work. Coming to Kripalu several years ago for a weekend introduced her to the natural beauty of the area and the supportive environment for Yoga. Training with, Patty Townsend, founder, Corinne Matthews and other amazing teachers at Yoga Center Amherst, she completed the YTT-200 hour certification in Embodyoga.

Karen Bondini

Karen is a movement and yoga teacher. She trained in both in Kripalu Yoga and My Vinyasa Practice, and is a 500-hour Certified teacher. She is trained in Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Trauma Informed Teaching, and Yoga Nidra. Karen helps students find a deeper sense of freedom, truth and vibrancy through assessible movement, breath and yoga. 

Karen is a Berkshire native. She loves painting, hiking, gardening, and cooking, and is a self-proclaimed anatomy geek.

Susannah Gale

Susannah, E-RYT, is a Kripalu faculty member originally trained in the Kripalu tradition. Before moving to the Berkshires two years ago, her teaching reached the Boston and Providence areas. 
Her teaching style strives to empower and inspire, often integrating positional therapy and foundation training with energy and Shamanic healing.