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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 and Special 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.

Madeline Despres-Chen

Madeline is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist. She is certified in SomaSoul®: Somatic Therapy and Shake Your Soul®: the Yoga of Dance by LIFE Movement: Leven Institute for Expressive Movement, and she is registered with ISMETA (The International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association).

Madeline double-majored in psychology and dance at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. She lived in Shanghai, China, 2016-2020 to teach English, dance, and drama performance to children ages 3-6.  As a Shake Your Soul® Teacher and Facilitator, Madeline leads participants through a fluid dance repertoire set to world music that relaxes the nervous system, energizes the body, and awakens the soul.

Bob Sandor

Maya Baron
Maya has been teaching yoga and core classes since 2001. Consistently inspired by the creative movement arts Maya enjoys blending traditional yoga methods with functional exercises. As a Pilates trained instructor this class is a mixed level experience designed to use restorative props to make the core practice accessible, protective and fun!