Our Teachers

Our wonderful teachers bring a rich blend of experience and training to the light filled, warm and airy wooden floor studio.

*Teachers who instruct a weekly class on our current schedule


is the founder/creator of Lunarhythms Yoga™, and draws on a diverse background. From survival instructor in the U.S. Air Force to actor in New York City, his unique blend of flowing yoga combines various styles and incorporates elements to include chakras, ayurveda, yoga therapy, and organic movement. He also specializes and offers private sessions in Yoga Therapy, Ayurvedic Yoga consultations and Thai Yoga Massage. His web site is


is the co-director of Yoga Great Barrington and Radiance Yoga. A 500-hour certified instructor, Gillian vibrates with a distinct  passion for the art & craft of teaching Vinyasa Yoga.

Having traveled throughout the world to expand her knowledge of yoga & movement, Gillian offers creative flow instruction that is enriched by her personal practice and distinguished by her keen attention to optimal alignment and breath expansion.


offers a vigorous vinyasa class, with attention to alignment and joy. She completed her 200 hour Yoga teaching certification, and her 500 hour certification with Raghunath and Sondra Loring from Sadhana Yoga in Hudson NY. Lisè also has a number of advanced training and certifications with Lee Albert of Integrated Positional Therapy, Jennifer Reis of 5 Element Yoga, Sage Rountree of Yoga for Athletes, and continues to study with Todd Norian of Ashaya Yoga.


has been practicing and studying yoga for 25 years in many traditions, including Sivananda, Iyengar, and Embodyoga with Patty Townsend at Yoga Center Amherst. Ani studied restorative yoga with Judith Lasater, author of Relax and Renew, and has mastered the art of teaching this healing practice.


discovered yoga in 1996 while recovering from a knee injury suffered during the Off-Broadway production of “Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding”. Inspired, Kari has been practicing ever since, becoming certified through the Integral Yoga Teacher Training Program in 2002, the Bhava Teacher Training program in 2003, and founding her own studio, East Yoga Center in New York City’s East Village in 2004. ( Kari’s passion for yoga continues through her continued study with Rodney Yee, who never fails to change her practice again and again.


is a long time student & teacher of yoga. Her influences are eclectic. From Joni Mitchell to B.K.S Iyengar, Chris finds her lessons on and off the mat and shares them. She aims to guide students into a deep relationship with themselves & teaches we are our own best teachers. Expect an alignment careful flow with a specific philosophical and/or physical theme each class. Oh, and there will be music. Whether you are new to yoga or are looking to deepen and expand your practice, you will find value in her class and a safe space to be yourself. Chris is the Founder of the Wild Woman Project.


is passionate about helping people to re-connect to body, bliss and spirit through yoga. Johanna’s classes are meditative, playful, and encourage tuning in to the wisdom of your own body. Her style is most influenced by Kripalu, Hatha, Vinyasa, and classical Ashtanga yoga. Johanna has been practicing yoga since 2001 and teaching since 2005.


has been helping people find themselves and their path in life for over 20 years, using a meaningful yoga and meditation practice, immersion in the dharma, life coaching, and a commitment to healthy basic essentials. Formerly the director of Bikram Yoga Ipswich and Ipswich River Yoga in Ipswich, MA, Kat has served as the managing partner at Ananda Shanti Yoga in Manchester by the Sea, MA, and currently teaches yoga in Salem and the Berkshires, leads Yoga Teacher Trainings and Retreats, and writes and educates about health, wellness, yoga and the dharma via her blog and the DHARMA COACH FACE BOOK page.


found yoga as path to better understand her body in an attempt to ease chronic pain. The awareness she gained both physically and mentally through her yoga practice was profound. Katie instantly felt called to share this gift with others. She completed her 200-hour teacher training with Back Bay Yoga Studio in Boston. Her teaching incorporates various styles of Yoga, as well as other modalities – functional movement training, Tai Chi and dance. She teaches with multiple methods to effectively ignite awareness in a setting that every body can feel comfortable in. Her goal is to help people become aware of their innate intelligence and trust their inner teacher on and off the mat.

KATE BANKS‘ heartfelt teaching reflects her own practice of 20 years, her continued study of yoga and meditation as well as her ongoing lessons as life’s student. Kate welcomes beginners, athletes and experienced yogis alike to her nourishing classes which balance alignment and practical technique with mindfulness and breath practice to provide a therapeutic and challenging experience. Kripalu trained, Kate has also studied with Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Jack Kornfield, Jonathan Foust, Cyndi Lee, Jill Miller and Jonas Westring.

PETER ELLISTON received his 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification from Yoga Center Amherst and continues to work toward his 500 hour certification. In addition he has studied with master teacher Tias Little, and has taken classes and workshops at yoga centers worldwide. Peter has been teaching for 10 years.

LESLIE NELSON is a certified Kripalu yoga instructor with additional certifications in Alexander Technique, Gyrotonic®, and Pilates mat work. Her classes combine a vinyasa flow style with an emphasis on alignment and body awareness. She was co-founder and director of the Soho Sanctuary Studio and Spa in New York before moving to the Berkshires and thereafter worked as a movement therapist at Canyon Ranch. She has taught private yoga and fitness classes for over 20 years.

SCOTT MORAES is the co-director of Yoga Great Barrington. His classes enable students to find greater depths of insight and awareness within their practice, both on and off the mat. His approach is inter-disciplinary, drawing upon years of study in classical and modern approaches to Yoga, East-West philosophy, the Pilates method, and his work in applied movement science. He aims for every class to be a profound learning experience, bringing rehabilitation and new understanding that leads to safely gaining more strength, flexibility, and vitality. Scott’s classes welcome beginners, athletes and experienced yogis.

BETH ANN SCHROEDER Beth Ann received her 500-hour Yoga Teacher Certification through Yoga Synthesis — a creative style of yoga which “synthsizes” Hatha, Ashtanga, Iynegar, Anusara, Kundalini, Viniyoga, and Classical practices into a vinyasa flow which is intelligently applicable for all students.Beth Ann’s practice — best described as a rhythmic, “joy-full” vinyasa flow — uses pranayama to breathe life into each pose, and the principles of alignment to aid students in holding postures, and creating strength. Combined with the use of sound through Sanskrit chanting, her class is designed to bring physical, emotional and spiritual balance.

JANET LEE is certified by Yoga Alliance with 350 hours of teacher training. Over the last five years, she has worked with Shiva Rea in several teacher trainings at Kripalu. In addition to her yoga training, Janet is also a Stott Pilates trained instructor, a certified fitness instructor and trainer and holds a Masters from the Bouve College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. Janet has been teaching an Canyon Ranch since moving to the Berkshires nine years ago and is very excited to be joining our amazing staff at Yoga GB.

SUZANNE MAZZARELLI received her teacher training in Northampton, MA at Yoga Sanctuary and studied Anusara Yoga with Todd Norian. Suzanne is often a visiting teacher at YGB. She brings compassion and enthusiasm to her classes that flow through traditional asanas. The focus is on precise alignment that strengthens the body and invites celebration and self-inquiry. She aims to help her students recognize shri (beauty) in themselves & the world around them.