INSTRUCTOR BIOS

Guided Meditation

Dawn Baird, PhD

Dawn Baird, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist by training who has been a devoted student of yoga and mindfulness for more than 20 years.  In her life and practice she is inspired by the healing power of awareness in mind and body.  It is a joy to observe and experience the transformation of mind and body through practice.  Originally trained as an Ashtanga yogi, she began Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training fifteen years ago.  She has taught mindfulness based meditation practices to individuals and groups in a variety of settings including hospitals, corporations and schools.  Most recently, she is completing a two year Mindfulness Teacher Certification Program through the University of California at Berkeley.  Compassionate awareness, positive psychology and body centered inquiry are integrated into her meditation classes for both beginners and experienced meditators.  

Mindfulness Meditation

Jackie Berner

Jackie is a Mindfulness meditation instructor in the Buddhist Shamatha tradition. She has also studied Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and is certified to teach mindfulness techniques to children k-12. As a member of the Healing Arts Collective of Rye, she is part of a group of health and wellness professionals dedicated to helping community members manage stress, foster resilience and nurture well-being. Through the HAC, she has facilitated guided walking meditations for Rye teachers and residents. Mindfulness meditation has and continues to deeply enrich her life and Jackie is passionate about sharing this practice with others so they too can experience the fruits that mindfulness has to offer. www.jackiefrederick-berner.com

Therapeutic Yoga and Yoga Labs

Iekelien Buurman

I call myself a yogi with both feet on the ground. My classes are accessable to all and taught in a clear and thoughtful way.   Each class is carefully crafted so that the most important muscles and joints are properly warmed up before moving on to more  difficult postures. What sets me apart from other yoga teachers is my ability to address the personal needs of each and every student in the room. Having studied many different styles of yoga, I am able to offer a unique blend of sequencing, modifications and adjustments to satisfy everyone!

 

Background

After a career in finance and the birth of her children, Iekelien was drawn to the power of yoga.  She is a 500+ YTT, having completed the  Hatha Yoga teacher training at Samsara in the Netherlands, the Power yoga teacher training at the Dasra Center for a greater physical challenge.  In addition, she has completed specialized trainings for Children's Yoga,  Yoga for the pelvic floor and muscle chains,  and Critical Alignment Yoga training by Gert van Leeuwen. 

Family Meditation 

Julie Engerren

Julie is certified Mindfulness Meditation Instructor. She has trained with Kaia Yoga, Mindful Schools and Search Inside Yourself, a Google-born Mindfulness-Based Leadership program. As a student of positive psychology, Julie is drawn to the role of mindfulness in developing personal resilience, finding purpose and practicing compassion. She has delivered mindfulness trainings to corporate leadership teams, individuals, couples, and families and loves to watch the transformation that takes place as her students develop their practice.

Yoga Instructor and Full Moon Circles

Stephanie Filardi

Stephanie Filardi, yogi, shaman, author, entrepreneur is inspired to live in a world where people laugh more, love more, and choose JOY as a way of life.  She combines her experience as a Certified 500 Hour Kripalu Yoga and Meditation Teacher,  Holistic Health Counselor, Shamanic Energy Practitioner and business owner to help people thrive. 

 

Stephanie is also co-founder of Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary, a space that provides healing for body, mind and spirit. www.bronxvillewellness.com 

Mindfulness Meditation

Beth Gallos

Beth is a mother of three boys, a registered yoga instructor, a mindfulness instructor and an experienced School Psychologist.  In her practice, Beth sees first-hand the positive impact a mindful and holistic approach to health and wellness can have.  Beth is committed to bringing this work to individuals, families and the community to strengthen all three and help them reach their full potential. www.healthymindsproject.com

Kundalini Yoga

Kiret Deva Kaur

Yoga devotee, practitioner and teacher since 2001, certified in Hatha, Iyanger, Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002. Her approach to healing and liberation is through chanting a secret Mantra, challenging physical exercise, mental projection and hands on healing. She teaches with love and compassion to all human kind, she is devoted to share the technology and knowledge she learned from her teachers, which helped her to be in alignment with the Divine Creative Force. She is a mother of 3 children, and a French Bull dog. Love of nature, animals, cooking and dancing!

Parenting Programs

Ann Magalhaes

Ann has been leading parenting courses and workshops since 2008. She trained and worked with the Parent Practice in London until 2013 when she moved to Rye. She has since taught the Positive Parenting Course and workshops in NYC, and in Westchester and Fairfield Counties. She holds a BA in Japanese Language & Literature and Spanish Studies from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Canada’s Richard Ivey School of Business. She is currently serving on the Heard in Rye committee and is an Executive Board member with Five Steps to Five, where she also volunteers her time teaching parenting in Port Chester. www.theparentpracticeNY.com/

Heartfulness Meditation

Mary-Lynn Masi

Mary-Lynn Masi has been practicing Heartfulness meditation since 2000. Heartfulness is a modified raja yoga meditation practice updated for modern day. In 2005, she was prepared by her teacher to assist others and began teaching classes and leading meditations. As a Heartfulness meditation trainer, Mary-Lynn teaches relaxation and meditation wellness programs to both individuals and groups of all ages. Everyone can learn these simple effective techniques designed to promote peace and harmony and develop a sense of well being.  Mary-Lynn resides in Cos Cob, CT with her husband. She can be reached at westchester.ny@heartfulness.org.

QiGong

Dana McAvity

 Dana McAvity has been practicing and studying QiGong for 8 years. She received her teaching certification under Lee Holden and has also studied with various masters, including Yang Yang, Mintong Gu, Robert Peng and Kenneth Cohen. She has a private Jin Shin Jyutsu pressure point therapy practice in Greenwich, CT, and is on the boards of the Global Lyme Alliance and Hyde School. 

Tai Chi

Stu Reis

Stu has studied Tai Chi Chuan for more than 15 years and continues his training in New York City with Grand Master William C.C. Chen, a senior disciple of the late Great-Grandmaster Professor Cheng Man-Ching. He is also certified by the American Red Cross in Adult First Aid and CPR/AED.

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