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.

Vanessa Kent

Vanessa is a year round native island resident who is overwhelmed with gratitude to be able to offer the ancient balancing practice of yoga to the community she calls home. Vanessa received her RYT certification from Kripalu Center of Yoga and Health in western Massachusetts, an experience she describes as truly life changing. Immersing herself in a community which embraces the unified focus of health, balance, spiritual awakening and overall well being, created the ideal surroundings for personal, physical, emotional and spiritual transformation. It is in the light of Vanessa's experience at Kripalu that she strives to create this same environment in her classes.

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

Jennifer Wilson

I have been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching since 2006. I am a certified Power Vinyasa Yoga teacher, Levels One and Two, with Baron Baptiste, and certified Yoga for Kids teacher with Stephanie Keach. I have additionally completed trainings and workshops with Sue Elkind, Natasha Rizopoulos, Karen and Sean Conley, Leta Koontz, Linda Meacci, and many others. My goal is to guide students to bring mindfulness to their mats so that they too can thrive off of the energy that the dynamic practice of yoga brings to students of all levels. The practice of yoga teaches each student to use their body, mind, breath, and spirit all as one unit, bringing balance and harmony into each of our lives. I want my students to not only enjoy a challenging physical workout, but to discover the mental, physical, and emotional benefits as well.

Karin KARINA Wilkinson

KARINA Karina is a transformational coach who specializes as a mindfulness and guided visualization meditation teacher, therapeutic belly dance instructor and empowerment workshop and retreat facilitator. She is also a spoken word performance artist. Karina’s creative healing gifts combined with her theatrical background are instrumental in her teaching. Her extensive experience is evidenced by the numerous classes, workshops and retreats she designs and implements for both adults and children. Karina is a UCLA Trained Mindfulness Facilitator, Mindful Awareness Research Center, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. She completed her program of study in December 2016. Karina began her study of spirituality, life coaching and meditation under the tutelage of Dr. Iyanla Vanzant at Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development in Silver Spring, MD where she received a Certificate of Completion in Spiritual Life Maintenance in June 2003. Karina has spent time in Noble Silence in sesshin at the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico and in silent retreats at Esalen in Big Sur, CA and at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. Captivated by the effects of healing through movement and dance, Karina has explored and studied movement improvisation, modern, salsa, journey, contact, trance and belly dance.