The Arlington Center


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FEZ ASWAT (Insight Meditation & Jedi Training) has been teaching yoga and meditation in the Boston area since 2001. He regards his hatha yoga practice as both a natural extension of and a pathway back to his meditation practice which serves as the basis of his teaching. As a musician and a Cancer Survivor Fez regards yoga as an invaluable practice for the maintenance of his own well-being. He works closely with his primary teacher Tom Alden and has also studied extensively with Barbara Benagh, Patricia Walden, Arthur Kilmurray and Jin Sung

FEZ ASWAT(Insight Meditation & Jedi Training) has been teaching yoga and meditation in the Boston area since 2001.  he regards his hatha yoga practice as both a natural extension of and a pathway back to his meditation practice which serves as the basis of his teaching. As a musician and a Cancer Survivor Fez regards yoga as an invaluable practice for the maintenance of his own well-being. He works closely with his primary teacher Tom Alden and has also studied extensively with Barbara Benagh, Patricia Walden, Arthur Kilmurray and Jin Sung

ANA ARPI AYVAZIAN (Nia) has been performing and teaching Ethnic Dance for the past 15 years. She began her dance training in Armenian Folkloric dance, traveling with a troupe throughout the U.S. Canada, and Armenia. She has studied Flamenco under Ramon de los Reyes and more recently with Omayra Amaya. This summer she presented a flamenco workshop to the young students at the New England School of Dance. In June of 2002 she became certified to teach NIA. Building on her background of dance, she has through her NIA classes combined her passion and love of dance with the movement forms incorporated in the NIA technique. NIA is a great workout for everyone, dancers and non-dancers alike. We celebrate the joy of movement - no matter what our dance experience

ANNE CURTIS (Yoga, Iyengar Yoga) has practiced yoga since 1996 and has been teaching since 2003, after completing her Iyengar-based teacher training with Larry Hatlett in Palo Alto, CA. Anne is a Yoga Alliance certified E-RYT 500 and graduated from the Lotus Room Teacher Training Program in 2008. Anne is devoted to teaching in a student-centered way, in which each student’s unique characteristics are taken into account. Her goal is for each individual to find their way toward greater understanding of their own body and how to work with yoga poses to bring about a finely tuned and mindful balance

CHIP HARTRANFT, PT (Yoga, Insight Meditation, Yoga-Sutra) bridges the traditions of yoga and buddhism. He is the founding director of The Arlington Center, dedicated to the integration of yoga and dharma practice, and has taught a blend of yoga movement & insight meditation in the Boston area since 1978. An independent scholar of yoga and early Indian buddhism, Chip is the author of TheYoga-Sūtra of Patañjali: a newtranslation with commentary (Shambhala), and his work has also been featured in The Wisdom Of Yoga by Stephen Cope, Freeing The Body, Freeing The Mind (Michael Stone, ed.), the Shambhala Sun, and elsewhere (read his 2011 interview in Insight Journal). Chip teaches about the origins, evolution, and practices of yoga and buddhist traditions at Lesley University and at teacher trainings and retreats across the country

ANNIE HOFFMAN (Iyengar Yoga) has practiced yoga since 1986. First teacher-trained at Kripalu in 1988, she then studied with Patricia Walden for fourteen years. Annie has taught since 1990 at the B.K.S.Iyengar Center, and was certified in Iyengar yoga in 1994. Annie brings a heartfelt creativity to her work. She feels every class should be a well balanced sequence giving greater clarity, alignment, strength, and ease to the practitioner. All families of postures will be woven into a semester's curriculum, including standing poses, backbends, twists, inversions, balances, forward bends, and relaxation. Yoga practice unveils the jewel of our inner beauty and allows it to shine forth. Each day I intend to make of myself an offering of surrender, transformation, and peace in order to contribute my love and reverence for life into the world. My practice and my teaching harmonize beautifully to create that vehicle. Namaste!

RUTH KNILL, PhD, LicAc (Yoga) received a doctorate in applied mathematics from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, publishing more than 30 papers in the field of astronomy. She enjoyed her first yoga classes in 1997, but it was through later Iyengar-inspired training that Ruth discovered the power of awareness to transform the body and awaken its intelligence. Moving beyond mere emulation of teachers or others, yoga became the cultivation of deep attention and sensitivity to the details of bodily balance and alignment. Ruth began life-changing studies with Austin-based yoga teacher Bekir Algan, which inspired her to alter her path in life and begin a training in Traditional Chinese Medicine. A licensed acupuncturist in private practice since 2003, Ruth is a certified yoga teacher whom the light of yoga continues to guide, with awareness as her refuge

CHARLOTTE OTT (Gentle Yoga) Since beginning yoga in 1992 while pregnant with her first child, Charlotte has practiced and studied with many teachers including Shiva Rea, Doug Keller, Todd Norian, Natasha Rizopoulos, and Barbara Benagh. Charlotte has completed 200hr (Kripalu) and 300hr (Shiva Rea) trainings, developing a particular focus in recent years on therapeutics, which she continues to study with Doug Keller. In addition to weekly yoga classes Charlotte has led Ayurveda workshops with Emmie Stamell, therapeutic yoga with Linda Moran, PT, and a nutrition & cleansing program with Lisa Mair. A head chef at Shoals Marine lab from 2010-16, Charlotte's otherpassion is cooking nourishing foods - she regularly shares the benefits of healthy eating through cooking classes and private consultations

LIZ OWEN (Yoga) is an inspired and passionate yoga teacher. She combines physical alignment, meditative movement, and the cultivation of a joyful heart to create an innovative and transformative class experience. She has taught since 1990 and is known for her light-hearted teaching style as well as for the depth of her knowledge. Liz has studied Iyengar, Vinyasa and Classical Hatha yoga for over 25 years and was a certified Iyengar yoga teacher from 1995 - 2010. She teaches classes and workshops throughout New England, including Yoga Journal Conferences and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Wellness, and she is on the faculty of Wellesley College. Liz is co-authorof Yoga For A Healthy Lower Back (Shambhala) as well as an NIH-funded study at Boston University Medical Center studying yoga as a healing modality for depression. Her articles about yoga practice have been published on Beliefnet.com, the national magazine award-winning faith and inspiration website. Visit lizowenyoga.com

EMMIE STAMELL (Gentle Yoga) has been teaching yoga for ten years. A Kripalu-certified yoga teacher and Ayurvedic practitioner, Emmie brings a balanced dynamic of playfulness and meditative awareness to her classes. Ayurveda, a sister science of yoga, informs and inspires Emmie's teaching and her personal life. When the bodymind moves with the rhythm of the breath and with regard to kala (time of year, time of one's life and time of day) we find ourselves purified, energized and deeply relaxed. The heart of Emmie's teaching encourages gentle self-nourishment through loving-kindness to one's body, mind and spirit

PAM VLAHAKIS (Qigong/Tai Chi) has taught Yoga and Qigong/Tai Chi classes for ages 3-80+ and for all abilities in a variety of settings including hospital wellness center, schools, senior centers, corporate wellness and yoga studios. A certified yoga teacher for over sixteen years, with seven years as a Certified Qigong Teacher, Pam has also developed and implemented successful mind-body and wellness programs for individuals and groups at various settings including Emerson Hospital

VERONICA WOLFF (Yoga) has been studying yoga since 2001 and has taught since 2004. She began teaching by implementing her own vinyasa yoga program while deployed to Kyrgyzstan with the USAF. Veronica studies with Patricia Walden, Lynnae Leblanc, and her mentor Annie Hoffman; she has also recently completed a 200hr Yoga of Energy Flow teacher training program with Daniel Orlansky and Liz Owen. Veronica weaves both Iyengar and vinyasa styles through her teaching and truly enjoys bringing the experience of yoga to her students while maintaining a sense of humor. She is passionate about natural health and is currently working on her Associates of Applied Science in Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the American College of Healthcare Sciences. Yoga has completely changed my life, allowing me to see more clearly into my own heart. My goal is to bring yoga to as many people as possible and help them align with their true potential