Nirmala (Norma Berrios-Rooney) has been practicing yoga since the age of 16. For as long as she could remember, she was always interested in her purpose and the deeper meaning of life. For the past 16 years she has immersed herself in Self Study with her Guru, Manorama, director of Sanskrit Studies and Luminous Soul Method.
Nirmala holds a 200 hour certification in the Hatha/Vinyasa yoga method through Laughing Lotus School in NYC since 2004. She teaches a more traditional style of asana which focuses on alignment and breath awareness. Her classes often include, pranayama exercises and end with a 10 minute meditation.
Nirmala also runs the operations for the Falls General Store and is the Director of Falls River Yoga. Her amazing teachers assist in running the studio - providing this wonderful Seva (selfless service) so that the local community can experience the benefits of yoga.
Sarah Parker-Givens E-RYT completed Max Strom's 200 hour Way of Life Teacher Training in 2010 and has been teaching since then. In addition, she has studied vinyasa yoga extensively with Alicia Rambo-Wozniak and the anatomy of movement with Jamie Elmer.
In 2013, Sarah completed Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors, a week-long teacher training intensive at Duke Integrative Medicine. Sarah's focus is on the healing of the body, mind and spirit through breath centered movement. Emphasis is placed on deep full breathing as the key to a transformative practice.
Sarah welcomes all students, believes in teaching with kindness and respects where each body is at its present moment.
Marisa has been a student of yoga since her introduction in 2008. Having spent her teenage years as a competitive dancer, she recognized yoga's capacity to facilitate fierce grace and profound bodily conditioning for its practitioners. Throughout the years her practice has evolved, from glorified stretching to what today represents a sincere devotion to this path of self-actualization Her classes encourage thoughtful movement mechanics, exposure to yogic philosophy & classic texts, and an inquiry into our internal landscape. If you like to stay curious, develop strength & mobility safely, and laugh at quirky jokes, join her on the mat.
Marisa received her 200-hr Yoga Alliance certification in 2015. Her mentors include Keri Setaro, Paula Loose, Raghunath Cappo & Justin Wolfer.
In addition, Marisa is a 650-hr Ayurvedic Health Counselor through the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. She offers individualized Ayurvedic counseling services, has created a line of premium Ayurvedic body oils, and leads Ayurvedic workshop throughout VT & NY. For more info, visit mjh Yoga & Ayurveda at www.mjhyanda.com.
Bumbling blindly backwards onto the path of yoga as his guru always says Suresh started his journey as a student of asana. Spending time in ashrams through out the state's he realized his path would lead him back to Vermont and his teacher Prem Prakash, director of the Green Mountain School of Yoga. Almost seven years later as a student of his guru, he has been given permission to teach others the grace of the yoga path. Adhikari in the ancient Sanskrit, meaning to hand down from teacher to student, the knowledge and shakti or energy of yoga. His classical yoga class blends breath work, asana or postures, self reflection or meditation and always a bit of humor. We are all students of yoga, so he invites everyone to come share the light and love of the yoga path.