Yoga Teacher Training Staff – 2023
Daniel Orlansky, E-RYT 500, Director
Daniel has been a yoga teacher for since 1992. Certified in Jnana Yoga, Kali Ray TriYoga and Kundalini Yoga, he is the originator of Meridian Yoga. He holds a masters degree in Expressive Art Therapy/Dance Therapy from Lesley University, has been a visiting lecturer in movement studies at Tufts University, and teaches in many locations, including the Kripalu Center and the Omega Institute, where he has been Core Yoga Faculty for 12 years. He conducts workshops and 200 and 500-hour yoga teacher certifications in America and Europe and has co-directed two yoga DVDs: Hands-On! Skillful Assists for Yoga Asana & Yoga and Vision Improvement.
Jennifer Harvey, E-RYT, 500
Jennifer Harvey has been sharing her love of yoga for over 30 years. In her classes, she provide a space for self-discovery, where students can connect to the voice of their hearts, the optimal strength and suppleness of their bodies, the gift of life and the creativity of the moment. She has owned Laughing Dog Yoga in Wellesley for 15 years; the studio offers over 50 classes a week in yoga, movement, and other healing arts. Prior to opening Laughing Dog Jennifer was a full time body/mind psychotherapist.
Visit Jen at www.laughingdogyoga.com
Chip Hartranft, E-RYT 200
Chip Hartranft’s work bridges the traditions of yoga and Buddhism. He is the founding director of The Arlington Center, uniting yoga and dharma practice, and has taught an integration of yoga movement & meditation in the Boston area since 1978. An independent scholar of early Indian Buddhism and yoga, Chip is the author of two books, The Yoga-Sutra of Patañjali: A New Translation with Commentary (Shambhala Publications), and the forthcoming How The Buddha Taught Meditation.
Visit Chip at www.arlingtoncenter.org
Andrea Fotopoulos, E-RYT 500
Andrea Fotopoulos has been practicing asana since 1996 and teaching since 2004. Known for her skill, clarity and authenticity, Andrea’s teaching style is a blend of functional alignment, dynamic movement and inspiration that creates a bridge between the hard work on the mat and off. Dedicated to making yoga accessible for everybody by making the difficult doable and the doable difficult, Andrea’s personal practice and teaching style are heavily shaped by the Anusara yoga methodology and Tantric yoga philosophy.
Visit Andrea at www.andreafotopoulos.com
Yoga Teacher Training Staff for Advanced Training
Liz Owen, is an inspiring and passionate yoga teacher and therapist. She combines physical and energetic alignments with meditative action to create an innovative and transformative yoga experience. She has taught since 1990 and is known for her light-hearted teaching style as well as for the depth of her knowledge. Liz has studied various methods of classical hatha yoga and meditation for over 30 years with masters of many traditions. She is co-author Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back (Shambhala Publications) and of two NIH-funded studies at Boston University School of Medicine studying yoga as a healing modality for depression and anxiety. Liz presents her work at in the U.S. and internationally, and she absolutely loves working with yoga teachers in training. Visit Liz at www.lizowenyoga.com
Sara Davidson Flanders, E-RYT 500, YACEP
Sara holds a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies and began her study of yoga and meditation in 1992. Her extensive asana training includes Anusara Yoga certification, therapeutics, vinyasa, anatomy and physiology training, and prenatal yoga. The beginning of her meditation studies was an immersion in Buddhism, which included four years living in a residential meditation center. Then in 2007, she met her teacher, Paul Muller Ortega, and has been practicing, and now also teaching, in the tradition of non-dual Shaiva Shakta Tantra ever since.Through wisdom texts and practices, Sara’s yoga and meditation teachings clarify the various streams of yoga lineage and tradition, with vibrancy and enthusiasm. Visit Sara at www.fullradiance.com
Carrie Tyler, E-RYT 500, RN, C-IAYT, CPT
(E-RYT 500 = Yoga Alliance 500hr Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher & Teacher Trainer, RN= Registered Nurse, C-IAYT = Certified International Yoga Therapist, CPT = National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer)
Carrie is a twenty plus year veteran of teaching movement, known for her playful style of teaching and her strong knowledge of anatomy and alignment. She is the creator of the Rasamaya Method, an internationally recognized and trademarked system of movement and holistic chronic pain management that merges integrative medicine and exercise science with the wisdom of yoga philosophy. She is a writer and business consultant for both the fitness and medical industries. Her work has been featured in numerous national magazines such as Pilates Style and Mantra magazines, and conferences including Wanderlust Festival and Yoga Journal Conference.
When she isn’t presenting, seeing clients, or teaching, she works as a hospice and palliative nurse, helping people transition from life to death. In her spare time, she walks the beach and watches the world fly past while riding pillion on her husband’s motorcycle. Visit Carrie at www.rasamaya.com
Todd Norian, E-RYT 500, PYT
Todd Norian, E-RYT 500, teaches yoga with the heartfelt intention to awaken others to their inherent potential for unlimited joy, vitality, and fulfillment. A student of yoga since 1980, Todd studied Iyengar Yoga for three years; lived, studied, and became a yoga teacher-trainer at Kripalu Center over a span of 13 years; and taught Anusara Yoga internationally for 15 years. Cofounder of Ashaya Yoga, Todd’s style is one of precise biomechanical alignment infused with heart. He excels at making deep philosophical teachings accessible and relatable. With warmth and humor, Todd creates a space of sublime transformation in which students can step into the power of their own heart and spirit. Visit Todd at www.ashayayoga.com
Doug Keller, E-RYT 500
Doug received intensive training in the Iyengar system in New York City, practiced Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in India, and became one of the first certified Anusara Yoga teachers worldwide. He has produced three highly respected books on asana, pranayama and yoga philosophy, and for three years he has been a regular columnist for Yoga+ Magazine, writing the ‘Asana Solutions’ column that addresses specific therapeutic problems. Visit Doug at www.doyoga.com
Jennifer Yarro, E-RYT 500
Jennifer Yarro joyously shares the practices of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, AcroYoga, Meridian Yoga, and Thai Yoga Massage. Founder of the Triple Gem School of Thai Massage and owner of Frog Lotus Yoga, in North Adams, MA, she directs 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher trainings in the US and internationally. In addition, Jennifer serves as adjunct faculty in numerous programs, sharing advanced skills in anatomy, assisting asana, and Thai Yoga Massage. Visit Jennifer at www.jenniferyarro.com
Jennifer Reis is a Senior Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Professional Integrative Yoga Therapist, Master Yoga Nidra Teacher, LMT, and Shiatsu and Ayurvedic therapist. Jennifer has developed both Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra and Five Element Yoga. She has been leading yoga, meditation retreats and professional trainings since 1996. Her Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra CDs are the two top-selling CDs at Kripalu Center where she has been on faculty for over eleven years. Jennifer has a gift for creating sacred space to journey into realms of deep peace and renewal; with her creative and inspired guidance, your whole being becomes nourished and alive. Visit Jennifer at www.jenniferreisyoga.com
Josh teaches Yin Yoga trainings and workshops throughout the United States and Europe. He maintains a private acupuncture practice in Boston, Ma, and recently co-founded the metaMind Institute, a mindfulness-based strategy firm. Josh co-wrote “The Buddha’s Playbook: Strategies for Enlightened Living.“ Josh spent several years living abroad in India, Taiwan and Burma where he has studied both yoga and meditation. His yoga and meditation classes emphasize safe alignment, the cultivation of moment-to-moment awareness and the potential for freedom in the here and now. Visit Josh at www.joshsummers.net