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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 practice.

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 supportive community.

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 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 - www.yogaofenergyflow.com


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 abroad.

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 students.

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 artist.

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

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 Lieberman - Pilates-Evolved

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 body awareness.
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, a 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

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.

Skye Robinson – Ballet Stretch, Floor Barre and Total Body Conditioning

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.