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Cat Matlock is the founder, lead therapist and instructor at FreeBody Trigger Point Massage Clinic and Training Center in Asheville, NC. Since 1993, she has helped thousands of people move more freely and get out of pain. Cat has continuously studied the body and mind (and heart), developing her methods of addressing dysfunction, injury, and chronic pain. Her work is rooted in Trigger Point Therapy and a strong belief in the essential practice of working with the nervous system to gain access to the muscles and connective tissues. She began instructing yoga in 2001 and massage therapy in 2006. In 2012, Cat started offering public SMFR classes with the added benefit of precise trigger point location and release. Cat expertly weaves her knowledge of the nervous system and vagal tone (essentially, being able to handle difficult things with more ease) with her anatomical knowledge and precise trigger point skills into every class she teaches. Cat is also a Trauma Informed Yoga Therapist™, an instructor of the Overcoming Anxiety™ series, and a longtime practitioner of yoga and meditation. As a 500hr EYT with Yoga Alliance, she is a guest instructor in yoga teacher trainings, guiding therapeutic yoga and foam rolling, anatomy, and meditation courses. Cat is an instructor for Yoga International and created a YouTube channel with free Self MyoFascial Release (SFMR)videos.
Alex Bovkis was certified as a Classical Yoga Teacher in the summer of 2004. Since then she has taken several advanced teachers trainings and is qualified as an E-RYT 500, which translates as Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher. This high level of qualification is required in order to train yoga teachers. She is currently directing a Yoga Alliance approved 250 hour Yoga Teachers Training, as well as Yoga Alliance approved 300 hour Advanced Teacher Training. Having over a thousand training hours and over 20,000 teaching hours behind her, she continues to explore this incredible path of yoga further. She continues to study with several different teachers from different yoga styles and trains in encompassing both the breadth and the depth of yoga. Her passion is chanting in Sanskrit, the ancient language in which Yoga Scriptures were written. Chanting is used as a sound meditation; it is cleansing, rejuvenating and energizing. She currently leads a Yoga Philosophy weekly class, studying Bhagavad Gita. The class is light in nature, making the teachings accessible. Students are encouraged the share their ideas and engage in discussions. Alex’s yoga classes are geared towards relaxation and release of stress, calming of the mind and opening the body and re-aligning. She invites her students to use their yoga practice to gain insights into their patterns and habits, discovering and becoming more conscious of hidden layers in their personality.
Sera has been a lifetime student and accomplished teacher of Yoga and Ayurveda. She has been blessed with teachers who have searched classically for the patterns of the Universe and Spirit. Her studies and experiences in the realms of Yoga, Mantra, and Ayurveda all serve to assist in increasing her depth, sensitivity, and simplicity in ways she lives and practices. Her primary source training has allowed her to be a dynamic teacher and facilitator of the modern age. She is fluent in human physical and psychological mechanics and thus can adjust sequences, lectures, and treatment plans rapidly to accommodate individuals' present needs. In classes we will focus on the science behind the relationships between the body, the mind, and their bridges. We will be most observant of the flow of prana – how and where it moves and does not move in posture and how it relates – or does not – with consciousness. Using the paradigms of Ha-tha Yoga and Ayurveda we will explore our capacity to be both strong and flexible, moving and still, Ha and Tha, and of course, migrate in the direction of steady appreciation and holistic awareness. My goal is to contextualize things that are often taught in broad strokes without context. From this place, it is possible to go deep instead of only wide. When we are aware of context our work is more personalized and profound and thus the impact we have on the people with whom we work will be that much more powerful and in service. By studying and/or working with me you will gain a personal understanding of Yoga and Ayurveda in a way that is usable, approachable, and Classically based.
Susannah began her Pilates career teaching at Winsor Pilates in 1998, and earned a Romana’s Pilates certification under Romana Kryzanowska in 2002, and trained personally with Jay Grimes for 8 years. Susannah helped choreograph and performed in the Winsor Pilates worldwide successful video workout series. After performing in countless DVDs with Mari Winsor, she branched out on a new venture with an up and coming company, Pilatesstick. Susannah created, starred and produced two DVDs for Pilatesstick, and was featured in Pilatesstyle magazine and on “TV Guide’s” Hollywood Bodies and Hollywood’s Hard Bodies for her work with “The Stick.” Susannah also worked with Gaiam creating Mari Winsor’s Slimming Pilates, writing fitness blogs and performing in Pilates videos. Susannah's fitness articles have been featured in The HuffingtonPost.com and she has been featured in various online fitness articles. Susannah also holds a Bachelor of Arts in the Performing Arts from St. Mary’s College of California. Susannah and Sam Cotrone opened Cotrone Pilates in 2013, a fully equip Gratz Studio located in West Hollywood and launched their Cotrone Pilates Certification Program in 2018. Susannah can be seen performing Pilates nearly anywhere in the world via Instagram, FB or past Pilates videos, and teaching Pilates is her life’s work. She relishes each lesson she has with her students, as a rewarding and worthy challenge.
Pain specialist, yoga instructor, and Reiki Master Teacher Ginny Hamilton helps people cultivate comfort in their bodies. Her own experience with chronic neck and shoulder pain led her to study the techniques she now teaches to others in classes, workshops, and private sessions. In her sessions with private clients, Ginny helps relieve pain and teaches people how to keep their own pain from returning. In her engaging workplace workshops, Ginny teaches simple and proven techniques to release pain and restore energy, tailored to the specific needs of your profession and staff. She also teaches yoga classes at Serenity Yoga Studio in the South Hadley Village Commons. In her 25 years of experience designing curricula and leading capacity building workshops, Ginny has trained a wide variety of audiences, including community volunteers, homeless parents, housing developers, real estate brokers, planning and zoning officials, environmental advocates and health insurance employees. A seasoned public speaker, she is known for her interactive, enjoyable, and informative presentations. Ginny moved to South Amherst in 2012 with her spouse and young son. In addition to teaching, she has been a contributing columnist in the Daily Hampshire Gazette and on the Award Winning Hilltown Families blog. Daily she’s amazed by the beauty the Pioneer Valley offers, though her allergies beg to differ.
Liz graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in May of 2000. She has worked in the Fitness industry as a Personal Trainer and a TRX group instructor.Following a running injury in 2003, Liz began Pilates and discovered how valuable it was to her then 24-year-old body. She completed the full STOTT Pilates certification in 2005 and launched the first MIDTOWN Pilates program. She worked eight years as a manager and instructor before leaving a large club setting for a studio and focusing only on her Pilates education and training. When Liz is not teaching in the studio she enjoys running, volunteering at her children’s school, baking and training her new Labrador puppy Piper Jane.