Jennifer Harvey – Yoga, Nia, Pilates-Evolved, iRest Yoga Nidra
As studio owner and director, I welcome everyone to Laughing Dog. I hope
the environment is such that people of all ages can benefit and experience
the freedom and power of yoga and other movement and healing arts. I am
committed to encouraging the creative growth of the Laughing Dog teachers
–including myself- so we can be the best at what we do.
I teach what I love. I love the integrity, grace and mindfulness of Yoga and
Yoga Nidra, the freedom and inspiration of Nia and the core focus and
sculpting of Pilates and Beaming. I also draw on my many years as a licensed
psychotherapist. In my classes, I hope to hold a space where we can all
connect to the immensity of our hearts, the optimal strength and suppleness
of our bodies, the joy of life and the creativity and fullness of the moment.
In teaching and practicing yoga for more than 20 years, I have been inspired
and guided by many great teachers from a variety of traditions and styles.
Because of this, my yoga classes are an eclectic blend of the flow of vinyasa,
the wisdom of clearly articulated alignment and my many years of meditation
In 2000, I began extensive study in the method of Anusara Yoga and
completed my Anusara-Inspired Teacher Training in 2002. I have studied
with many amazing teachers in this method, including John Friend, Todd
Norian, Desiree Rumbaugh, Deb Neubauer and Marc St. Pierre. Other strong
influences are the teachings and training of Tias Little, Rama Berch, Tom
Alden, Patty Townsend, Bo Forbes, Doug Keller, Jenny Otto, Richard Miller -
to name a few.
I am a Blue Belt in Nia and am continually amazed at the depth and joy of
this practice. My Pilates training is through PhysicalMind Institute and West
Coast Pilates. I am also certified in iRest Yoga Nidra.
Prior to opening Laughing Dog I practiced psychotherapy full-time. I was
trained in both traditional and holistic models with an emphasis on Body-
Oriented and Spiritual/Energetic Psychology and Expressive Therapy and the
growing field of Positive Psychology.
I also practice Yoga/Pilates Therapy and have studied with many great
teachers in these incredible modes of healing.
I gratefully thank all my mentors along the way and all the students and
teachers at Laughing Dog for helping to create such a life affirming and
Alexa Riobueno-Naylor – BarreBlend
Alexa, Newton native and student at Wellesley
College, fell in love with barre after her very first
class. Soon after, she became certified in Barfusion
in order to share her love for the class. As a
marathoner, yogi, tennis instructor, and former
dancer, she knows she can turn to barre for a safe
and rewarding total body workout. Having
experienced injuries in all other facets of exercise,
she has discovered how barre can consistently
provide a safe and effective workout - allowing those who practice it to
keep getting stronger without compromising athletic wellbeing. Her goal
is to create a positive and energetic class atmosphere, as well as
to help her BarreBlend students find their individual strength.
Alexandra Wheelock – BarreBlend
Alexandra brings over a decade-long experience in
teaching power yoga and her passion for mind-body
awareness to BarreBlend. As a certified instructor at
Body in Motion, and recently having completed the
Barfusion™ Level 2 training, she continues to help
clients by practicing precise cueing and thoughtful
movement. Alexandra is certified by the Yoga Alliance
and has completed programs with 02 Yoga’s Mind Loureiro and Shakta
Kaur Khalsa of Radiant Child. Her favorite workout is trying to keep
up with her 7 yr old boy and girl twins and their 5 yr old sister. A selfprofessed
chicken, with their help she is learning to ski, wake board
and soon, to surf.
Andrea Fotopoulos - Yoga
Andrea is an Anusara-Inspired Yoga teacher with over 9 years of teaching experience and 1000 hrs of combined training and practice
experience under the guidance of some of Anusara’s most senior Certified Teachers. She is committed to the artful practice of yoga as it
applies to our experiences on the mat and in our lives. Her high aim is to serve each student fully whether they are beginners, working with
injuries, or adept practitioners. Andrea delights in weaving humor, strong alignment and practical applicability into her
classes that help her students’ yoga practice build. By integrating the tools of the Universal Principles of Alignment,
therapeutics, and some good old curiosity, she moves her students’ bodies, minds and hearts towards a place of experiencing their own
potential greatness (and humanness) on the mat and maybe in their world.
She is profoundly grateful to all her teachers for their gifts of Grace,
wisdom and ability to make the work so much fun. She especially thanks her teachers Stacey Rosenberg, Abby Tucker, Noah Maze,
Christina Sell and John Friend for making this path to the heart such a joy.
When Andrea isn’t teaching publicly, she runs around with her vibrant
and very funny 4 year old daughter Bija, enjoying all the playful and
deep teachings of this life. She even manages to practice on the mat
daily, read an occasional book, surf all the happenings on Facebook
and play with her furry cat Cola.
Anna Iatrides - Pilates-Evolved, ZUMBA, Total Body Conditioning
A fitness instructor and personal trainer for 22 years, Anna brings
passion and energy to each class she teaches and client she
trains. Anna believes in the importance of cross training for
optimal fitness and body awareness. Hence, she has been
certified in and teaches Pilates, ZUMBA, BODYCOMBAT,
BODYPUMP and spinning. Her certifications are from Stott
Pilates, ZUMBA LesMills, Reebok, AFAA Fitness, and NASM.
She uses her knowledge and expertise of body alignment,
technique, functionality and movement to achieve her clients' and
class participants' fitness goals. In addition, Anna earned an
undergraduate degree in Economics from Boston College and an
MBA in Finance and Management from Simmons College. She worked as a Senior
Manager in the banking industry for 20 years. Anna is married to Christos and has a
daughter, Victoria, and a son, Minas.
Cory Halaby – Yoga
Cory, RYT-200 has been practicing yoga and meditation
for over ten years and teaching for four. She completed
teacher training through South Boston Yoga. Her classes
are designed to lift the spirit, clear the mind and
cultivate strength, flexibility and balance on and off the
mat. A trained life coach and Reiki practitioner, Cory
draws from a powerful mix of mind/body skills to help
students tap into their own vast capacity for wisdom,
creativity and happiness.
Daniel Orlansky - Yoga
Daniel ERYT-500, a yoga teacher for 16 years, is certified in Meridian
Yoga, Kali Ray TriYoga and Kundalini Yoga. He holds a masters
degree in Expressive Art Therapy/Dance Therapy from Lesley
University and has been a visiting lecturer in movement studies at
Tufts University. A graduate of the Boston Shiatsu School, Daniel
teaches regularly at the Kripalu Center, the Omega Institute, and in
Europe, and also directs yoga teacher trainings worldwide. For info -
Diana Estey – Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga
In the 90's Diana began studying Iyengar, Kripalu,
and Power yoga with a host of teachers including
Shiva Rea, Baron Baptiste, Rodney Yee, and Patricia
Walden. Receiving her first yoga certification with
Shiva Rea and vinyasa flow, Diana later trained with
Yoga Works in CA and began teaching with them
extensively and becoming part of the teacher training.
Her teaching and practice has transformed over the years to an
integrated vinyasa flow. Diana also teaches the meditative practice of
Yin Yoga with a foundation from the teachings of Paul Grilley and Sarah
Powers. Diana's passion is to create the space for people to experience
the vitality, beauty, and freedom of their minds and bodies in the yoga
practice, in the transformative coaching work, and in their deep
connection to one another and nature.
Diana is grateful for all of her teachers who have shared their wisdom
and expertise, to her students who continue to inspire and inform with
their passion and courage, and to the beauty and complexity of life.
She has currently relocated to Wellesley MA from CA where she teaches
classes, workshops, teacher trainings, and retreats both locally and
Ebba Legaspi – Pilates
After spending ten stressful years in the financial
services industry, Ebba discovered that she would
rather help people improve their well being rather
than their financial goals. She dedicated the next
several years to completing demanding trainings
and teaching multiple exercise modalities tailored to
the various needs and lifestyles of her diverse
For over a decade, she has used Pilates to teach others how to improve
their posture and strengthen their core. To complement Pilates
movements which are mostly linear, she proceeded to study Yoga for
Dancers with Hilary Cartwright, Gyrokinesis with Juliu Horvath and the
Gyrotonic Expansion System allowing for movements that are more
circular and spiral in nature. This understanding and appreciation for
ease and freedom of movement drove Ebba to also seek out and study
the importance of stillness through yoga and meditation.
She is a dedicated Stott certified Pilates Instructor, certified in both
Gyrokinesis® and Gyrotonic Expansion System®, a certified yoga
instructor certified in YogaWorks method (a blend of Ashtanga and
Iyengar) and also certified in TRX Suspension Training System.
Her public classes are usually a blend of some or all of the exercise
modalities she had the privilege of studying. Her students find her
classes to be very much focused on alignment and fluidity of movement.
Ebba received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Business and
Finance from Suffolk University.
Elena DeGirolamo – BarreBlend
Elena has been in the health and fitness industry
almost 30 years as a group exercise instructor,
director, personal trainer and fitness educator. She
attended the Boston Conservatory as a dance major
and started teaching dance after college. Elena
combined her love of dance with fitness and began
choreographing aerobic routines for state and national
competitions and has also traveled to several states and abroad
providing trains and continuing education programs for
instructors. Elena is certified by American Council on Exercise as a
personal trainer and by Barfusion, Levels I and II as a barre instructor.
Fez Aswat - Yoga
Fez has been teaching yoga and
meditation throughout the Boston area
since 2001. He regards his hatha yoga
practice as both a natural extension of and
a pathwayback to his meditation practice
which serves as the basis of his teaching.
As a musician and a Cancer Survivor Fez
regards yoga as an invaluable practice for
the maintenance of his wellbeing. He
works closely with his primary teacher
Tom Alden and has also studied extensively with Barbara Benagh,
Patricia Walden, Arthur Killmurray and Jin Sung.
Hannah Gould – Yoga
Hannah received her certification as a yoga
teacher in 2005, and since then she has
enjoyed sharing yoga with children and adults in
a variety of settings. Hannah directs the
therapeutic yoga program at NESCA, a clinical
pediatric neuropsychology practice in Newton,
MA. She also teaches adaptive yoga classes for
adults with physical and cognitive disabilities
through Jewish Family and Children's Services. Hannah has shared her
expertise in yoga-based stress reduction with families, schools, day
programs and clinical settings throughout the Boston area. Her
approach to yoga is warm and welcoming to participants of all abilities
and is rooted in a deep appreciation of the natural wisdom of our
bodies, the power of playfulness and the importance of meaningful
connection to self and others.
Jeannie Goldstone – Yoga
Jeannie has been practicing yoga and meditation for 15 years. She completed
teacher training w/ Ann Greene and Todd Norian in 2010 and has also trained w/
Judith Hansen Lasater (Anatomy and Restorative Yoga). Her yoga practice and
teaching is heavily influenced by Vinyasa Flow and the Iyengar tradition. Jeannie
studies meditation and yoga philosophy with renowned Tantric scholar and
meditation master Paul Muller-Ortega. She is also a trained Mental Health Counselor,
Reiki practitioner and herbalist. She is the mother of two daughters who continue to
inspire her practice every day.
Jennifer Cooper – Yoga
Jennifer RYT-200 specializes in
exacting anatomical alignment. Her clear, precise and detailed cues will enlighten the expert and beginner
alike. You will go deeper in your poses -finding new openings, new space in body and soul. Jennifer teaches a
challenging yet forgiving Vinyasa flow with Iyengar influences. Classes are physically vigorous and spiritually soothing.
Jennifer empowers teens and kids with her teaching as well. These classes
are completely different. Coloring mandalas, learning poses and their names
in Sanskrit, conquering inversions, playing yoga games are all a part of
Jennifer’s classes. Teens and kids will improve posture, self confidence,
strength, flexibility, balance, relaxation and more!
Jennifer received her Yoga training under Wellesley College’s Samantha
Cameron and Yoga Journal’s Natasha Rizopoulous. Jennifer is also certified
in BarSculpt and draws on that knowledge to incorporate abdominal work in
her Yoga classes.
Married with two boys, Jennifer knows Yoga will always be a part of her life.
Jenny Schneider – Yin Yoga
Jenny has been practicing Yoga for more than
15 years. She completed her 200 hour training
with Daniel Orlansky and Liz Owen in 2015 and
is currently deepening her practice in a 500hr
training with Jacqui Bonwell. She has completed
Yoga Nidra Training with Jennifer Reis, Yin Yoga
training with Sagel Urlacher and “The Balanced
Athlete Training” with John Gillespie. She also holds a MA degree in
Expressive Art Therapies. Her yoga classes focus on the therapeutic
benefits and the mind body connection that Yoga provides. She
teaches mindful and light-hearted slow vinyasa yoga, yin yoga, as well
as restorative classes with a long relaxation (yoga nidra). She deeply
believes that in our fast paced world relaxation is no longer a luxury
but a necessity so that we can disconnect from the constant stream of
information and reconnect to our inner stillness.
Off the mat, Jenny is a mom of two wonderful boys and a mixed media
Kathy Mongeau – Yoga Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant
Yoga led Kathy on a transformational journey from the moment she began
practicing. The impact of that experience, more than a decade ago, gave her
a new outlook on life and furthered self-realization. After having studied with
numerous teachers, she found that the Anusara Yoga methodology resonated
in her heart and was compatible with her knowledge of anatomy. She
believes that by receiving tools that are physically healing and spiritually
uplifting her students benefit in ways that can enhance their wellbeing and
overall quality of life. She is also is an avid student and evolving teacher of
the healing Science of Ayurveda and recently completed the Kripalu
Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant Certification.
Katie Curley – BarreBlend
Katie Curley is a former dancer whose fitness career
began in graduate school teaching aerobics and
muscle conditioning classes. She has a Masters
degree in Counseling Psychology but has always
pursued fitness both for herself and to teach
professionally. Her certifications include mat and advanced mat Pilates
from Power Pilates, Barsculpt and Barfusion as well as Exhale's core
fusion teacher training. She likes to challenge the participants in her
class to maintain proper alignment and core stabilization at all times.
She strives to make her class fluid, fresh and fun.
Laura Parrott – BarreBlend
Lynne Lieberman - Pilates-Evolved
Teaching since 2007, Laura has created a rigorous
and well-loved barre class. She received her barre
certification from Exhale Spa (where she is currently
a senior teacher). Laura has created barre teacher
training programs for studios in Massachusetts,
Michigan, and New York. Laura is also a certified yoga
teacher, having completed over 300 hours of yoga
teacher training with Exhale Spa, PranaVayu, and Core Power Yoga.
When she's not in the studio, Laura works full-time as a Global
Learning Specialist with Google in Boston and writes a blog on fitness
fashion called www.sweattherunway.com.
Lynne is a psychotherapist in her “real life”. She has danced
for most of her life, however, and began studying Pilates
about sixteen years ago because it was something she’d
always been curious about. At a certain point, it just made
sense to get her certification in order to teach which she loves
doing. She finds Pilates to be a great complement to both
dance and yoga, working to strengthen one’s core to better
enable both grace and agility. Her focus is to help people
combine an understanding of the exercises with deepening
Marissa Farrell – Vinyasa Yoga, Pre/Post Natal Yoga, ZUMBA Childbirth Educator, Doula
Marissa, E-RYT, RPYT, CCCE holds a BFA in dance. She trained professionally
in New York and graduated from the Ohio State University’s dance program.
While studying dance, she was introduced to yoga to assist in flexibility and
strength building. She found the effects to be both positive for the body and
uplifting for the mind. For two years after this initial introduction to Yoga,
Marissa studied and practiced Iyengar and Sivananda Yoga and began to
delve deeper into meditation and Yoga philosophy.
Since that time Marissa has become certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga
(primary series) by David Swenson. She has also studied Kripalu Yoga,
Power Yoga, Anusara Yoga and various other forms of Hatha Yoga. She has
been influenced by such teachers as: Shiva Rea, Patricia Walden, Baron
Baptiste, Stephen Cope, Angela Farmer, Jennifer Harvey and Rodney Yee.
Marissa teaches Vinyasa style yoga, combining many of the forms of yoga
she has studied as well as dance, Tai Chi and Aikido. Her class is always
original from week to week as she constantly takes new approaches to the
postures as well as to the spiritual and philosophical essence of Yoga.
She also teaches pre/post natal yoga. While pregnant with her son, Marissa
began creating a practice for pregnant women who were looking to either
maintain their present yoga practice with special modifications, or for women
looking to yoga to assist in their physical, mental and spiritual well being
during and after their pregnancy. She has since designed a complete
program of pre and post natal yoga as well as become a Certified Doula and
Childbirth Educator. As she says “I spend many hours learning about couples
and their wishes to bring life into the world. I then stand beside them as this
miracle comes to be. The splendor in the power of childbirth is Yoga at its
most awe inspiring.”
Mary Kaye Chryssicas – Children and Teen Yoga
Mary Kaye teaches children and teen yoga and is the
author of Breathe: Yoga for Teens
and I Love Yoga
book for children. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a
degree in human development. After leaving a career in
Boston as an advertising director, Mary Kaye discovered the
transforming effects of yoga and was quickly inspired. She
decided to focus on a more family friendly career of writing
books and teaching children yoga. She has studied ashtanga,
kundalini, hatha, iyengar and anusara yoga and completed
several levels of teacher training through the Radiant Child
Yoga Program. Drawn to the creative, peaceful and heart
opening aspects of yoga, Mary Kaye hopes that her passion
for yoga is shared by the kids that she teaches. Her classes
are playful, soothing, challenging, outrageous, energetic and soulful all at the same time. She has spent over 15 years teaching and coaching children
in various sport and yoga programs. Mary Kaye is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga
Alliance. A kid at heart, her entertaining sense of humor and innate understanding of yoga
and children make her popular classes fill up quickly. To enroll in her classes, check out
her website at www.buddhafulkids.com
Renata Loree – Yoga
Renata began practicing yoga over 20
years to help her find a better option to
heal her aching back. After years of
running, aerobics and other sports she
found yoga was a better option for her
lifestyle. She started practicing with
many wonderful teachers and eventually
completed her 200 hr teacher training at
Yoga center Amherst. She started
teaching at Yogaspot in Wellesley in 2001 and eventually became it’s
owner. Presently, she is teaching and conducting workshops in studios
in the Boston area.
Renata has developed her own style of yoga that focuses on slow
movement, breath and continuous attention on fully engaging the
body. She starts and ends her classes with deep stretches and seated
postures. The class is very challenging and demanding of students
attention with the emphasis on transitions between postures, rather
then holding postures for a long time.
Robin Maltz – Nia, 5 Stages of Self-Healing
Robyn has been a Nia teacher for 15 years. She began doing
Nia as a way of befriending her body after years of over
exercising and generally over doing everything! She has
completed all of her belts, white, blue, brown and black as well
as a 400 hour vinyasa yoga teacher training. She is also a
Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been in private practice
for 28 years. She uses her Nia and yoga training in her work
both individually and through offering workshops designed to
help individuals heal themselves. She is very interested in how
Nia affects body image and self-esteem.
“Nia has been the door for much transformation in my life. I am
calmer and emotionally richer as a result of my practice. I also have so many wonderful
friendships through this work and this may be the most valuable aspect of my Nia practice
– being a member of the NIa community.”
She is married to Ira and has a wonderful dog whose name is Mae.
Samantha Cameron – Vinyasa Yoga, Astrology
Skye Robinson – Ballet Stretch, Floor Barre and Total Body Conditioning
Samantha ERYT-500 is a Vinyasa Flow Yoga
instructor and is the creator of ShaktiYogaDances and Mindful Mandalas. She instructs dance at Wellesley College,
writes for DailyBreathJournal.com and is a professional Astrologer. She integrates these
energies into her classes, making for a lively experience.
She says: because Yoga has helped heal and transform my life, I love
sharing it. The charismatic exchange between student and instructor is a
celebratory t wo way street. My Yoga background, infused by dance,metaphysics,
poetry, planetary energies, years of hard knocks, and profound
friendships infuses my teaching with physical, emotional, and spiritual layers
of healing wisdom. While classes are physically demanding they also offer
spiritually expressive opportunities for self-discovery. Along with a deep
appreciation and anatomical understanding of Asana, classes are layered with
the energies provided by: Astrology, Ayurveda, chant, mudra, and
Pranayama. Each class is structured to flow with energies of the week and
season. This opens the practice to greater depth and wider possibility. Selfacceptance
and celebration are primary intentions at every moment. I offer
gratitude to the many amazing people who have guided my practice over the
years, especially my students who continue to be my greatest teachers.
My professional career spans over 40 years of
performing and teaching, in both Boston and my
hometown of NYC. I hold a Masters of Special
Education from Boston College with a specialty in
Dance Therapy. My teaching experience is broad,
including students with special needs, young
children through adult, beginner to pre-professional.
My Floor Barre and Total Body Conditioning classes
began as an adjunct to my ballet classes. They incorporate time-honored principles of
classical ballet technique and effective core conditioning science to help create beautifully
toned, supple, graceful, strong, muscular bodies. Over time they have blossomed into an
entity unto themselves as a comprehensive conditioning tool for dancers, athletes and
anyone committed to intelligent, overall body fitness.
Alongside my love affair with dance, I am rather politically inclined and have done
extensive lobbying and advocacy for both animal rights and disability issues. One of my
major eureka moments was the discovery that tip-top fitness can be achieved simply by
doing housework on the full demi–pointe.