Fullness of Heart – Clarity of Mind – Vitality of Body

our teachers & staff

Primo Lombardi

Founder & Director of Martha’s Vineyard Yoga Center
Primo is known for his high energy, heart oriented, and fun loving classes. Primo has been a student of Anusara yoga and was certified in this method in 2009. Primo is also one of the founders of The Bliss Brothers who have taught nationally and internationally. My family is and continues to be the source that guides, supports, and inspires me, especially my wife Mary.

Martha Abbot

Martha is a Professional-Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher and was a Director of Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA from 1998 – 2007, during which time she also taught a variety of yoga programs, workshops and retreats. In 2011 she developed Spirit Moves You Yoga Teacher Training, a 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher Training which will be offered on Martha’s Vineyard in the fall of 2012. Martha is also certified in Movement Therapy, Motional Processing, and is a shamanic healer, a graduate of Alberto Villoldo’s Healing the Light Body School of Energy Medicine. She teaches yoga, does one-on-one healing sessions and leads teacher trainings, workshops and retreats throughout the U.S. and abroad. She can be reached at (508) 693-5364 and at spiritmovesyou@gmail.com.

Kansas Brew

Kansas has engaged in body movement of one sort or another since she was five, when she first put on a pair of tap shoes. Kansas is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher who received her training with Martha Abbot at the Yoga Barn on Martha’s Vineyard. She has completed a Mindfulness in Education Teacher training with Daniel Rechtschaffen at the Omega Institute, and she attended Mindfulness in Education conferences at the Omega Institute and in New York City. At Kripalu, she completed Yoga for Seniors training with Kimberly Carson and Carol Krucof, Five Elements Yoga with Jennifer Reis, and a weeklong workshop on trauma, the body, and the brain with Bessel van der Kolk, Dana Moore, and Steven Gross. Kansas is also a special education teacher at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. Her aspiration is to bring yoga and mindfulness into to the classroom and to the under-served populations. Kansas’ classes are a harmony of pranayama (breath work), warm-ups, asana, (postures), meditation, mindfulness, and sprinklings of fun. Her intention is to bring into being compassion, awareness, joy, and a slowing down for the students.

Cathy Garfinkle, RYT 500

Cathy has been a student of yoga and meditation for over 20 years. She received her original Hatha Yoga Certification from her mentor Roberta Dale in the lineage of Sivananda. In addition, she has completed the following teacher training programs: Anusara Level I and II, Anusara Therapeutics, Vinyasa and Radiant Child Yoga. She has studied with Judith Lasater, well-known for Relax and Renew, the definitive guide to Restorative Yoga. Cathy is a dedicated student and continues to study with her teachers in her ongoing development and growth in yoga, meditation and yoga philosophy. Cathy brings a spiritual and mindfulness style to her classes. She believes that yoga is a practice of observation and that yoga poses are metaphors for how we live our lives. In her instruction, she gently guides her students to explore the body and mind, to nourish the soul, and to connect with their true nature.

Shaka Georges

R. Shaka Georges began training in martial arts at the age of 9. In 1975, he immigrated to the U.S. Since then he has studied various forms of martial arts, including Wing Chun, White Crane Kung Fu, Capoeria, and long and short form Tai Chi. Shaka is also a Tibetain Buddhist practitioner from the Mahamudra lineage. Additionally, Shaka has studied Chen Tai Chi under Master Zhang Li Peng; Yang Tai Chi Short Form under Master Yu Cheng Hsiang and Yang Tai Chi Long Form under Sifu Mike Ferrugia. Shaka has been a Fitness Coach andIinstructor since 1999. He has worked in the Colosseum Gym in West Orange and Newark locations, at Lucille Roberts Fitness Center in Irvington and at the East Side Community Center in Ironbound section of Newark. He is also a certified Tai Chi instructor through the Tai Chi Healthways Association under the tutelage of Master Jesse Tsao.

Darcie Lee Hanaway

Darcie Lee has been practicing yoga for ten years. In 2016 she began yoga teacher training with Sherry Sidoti at the Fly Yoga School. Since completing her BFA in 2006 she has been mentoring under strong women in the gardening and healing arts, started her own garden design and maintenance company, and has an art studio in Oak Bluffs. She has been exploring gardening, yoga, painting, writing and dance as healing modalities for trapped trauma and stagnant energy in our bodies. She is a new teacher inspired to lead us toward aligning with our true self and inner source of abundance so we can evolve together toward unity consciousness.

Jane Norton

Jane's first yoga experience was on a snowy January day on Martha's Vineyard in 2001. She went back to class the next day and never looked back. She found her heart's calling when she encountered Anusara Yoga in 2003. Having completed her initial 200 hour training with Deb Neubauer in 2004, Jane began sharing her love for the art and science of yoga. Jane has over 500 hours of study with Anusara Yoga founder John Friend and other senior teachers like Sianna Sherman, Desiree Rumbaugh, and Todd Norian. Jane's studies of Tantric yoga philosophy with Dr. Douglas Brooks and Dr. William Mahony elevate her classes to a refined experience that simultaneously shifts the body, heart, and mind. Jane specializes in using Anusara alignment to help people recover from injury and chronic pain conditions. Expect to move and be moved in Jane's inspiring, challenging, and fun classes.

Arlene Stark Prisco, RYT 500, E-RYT 200, C-IAYT

An avid yoga practitioner for over 20 years, Arlene received her 500 hour certification with YOGAspirit® Studios and has over 1,800 hours of yoga teaching experience. She has trained with several mentors in the Iyengar tradition including formal students of Patricia Walden and has been teaching since 2007. Arlene combines Iyengar and YOGAspirit®-inspired asana with a nurturing philosophical focus and she is also a Certified IAYT Yoga Therapist. In 2008, she taught at Your Community Yoga Center in Hamden, Connecticut. Through the teaching of yoga, Arlene has been serving the Martha’s Vineyard community since 2009. She has brought her mission of “making yoga accessible to all” to many diverse settings on the Vineyard, including yoga studios, churches, hospitals and nursing facilities. A lighthearted but dedicated student of yoga, Arlene brings warmth and compassion into her classes, encouraging students at all stages of their practice. In addition, her 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry provides Arlene with a rich perspective and basis to teach the transformational practice of yoga uniting body, mind and spirit

Sherry Sidoti

Sherry’s vision is to provide a warm and welcoming environment for the teachings of yoga to find us in our everyday lives, to support a stronger and inclusive community, to honor and heal ourselves and our beautiful natural world around us, and mostly to be curious about and enjoy this journey called life! Sherry is a true sharer and a mirror into fearlessness, moving people to move- out of their comfort zones and into the fire for healing. She does so with the heart of a warrior, and the touch of the mother. She has a strong desire to "go there", and lovingly urges others to go with her. She believes greatly in the ancient teachings of yoga and how they seamlessly apply to modern living, our relationships and everyday life; and that the science of yoga in its' fullness is a sacred path for healing, harmony and balance. She helps us realize this by exercising the yoga teachings within our physical, mental, emotional, intuitive and spiritual bodies in every practice. With form, she says, comes freedom. She has been sharing yoga for 14 years and honors all of her teachers. Sherry offers 200 + 500 hour Teacher Training Programs on Martha’s Vineyard as well as guest teaching for her teacher Saul David Raye’s training programs. visit: www.sherrysidoti.com