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Are you an aerial yoga or lyra instructor? We are always looking for talented teachers to join our amazing team!
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Katharine Scalora

Co-Founder & Teacher

Teaches: Aerial Yoga Essentials, Aerial Yoga Mixed Levels, Aerial Yoga Functional Flow
Upcoming Workshops: Aerial Yoga Teacher Training

About: Katharine began her yoga journey in 1999. She is a certified yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance and has over 1,000 hours of teaching experience. She loves teaching both mat and aerial yoga classes, and her passion about the benefits of both grows as her knowledge deepens with ongoing study of new ideas and research. Katharine’s mat classes are typically a slower flow, as it allows time to move mindfully from a place of steady strength, to focus on sensation, and to refine alignment, all with a sense of curiosity and lightheartedness. Her aerial classes are playful and exploratory. She will encourage you to take some risks and see your practice expand in ways you might not anticipate. Katharine’s teaching style has been influenced by studying yoga biomechanics with Jules Mitchell and apprenticing with Jacqui Bonwell.

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Lora Markova

Co-Founder & Teacher

Teaches: Aerial Yoga Essentials

About: Lora has been practicing yoga around the world for over 20 years. Having personally enjoyed its tremendous physical and psychological benefits, she loves to help others experience them, too. She has been a Yoga Alliance registered teacher since 2012 and has more than 1,000 teaching hours under her belt. Lora focuses on using deep, full breaths to gently flow through a sequence of poses, carefully designed to stretch, strengthen, and open different areas of the body. While her classes are slow and strong, Lora always gives her students a range of options, so they can move at their own flexibility and ability levels. She uses subtle, hands-on adjustments to both deepen and improve the student’s practice. Lora’s classes will help you increase your physical and emotional awareness and walk away feeling reenergized, rejuvenated, reconnected, and refocused.

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Erik Bang

Lyra Program Director & Teacher

Teaches: Lyra Mixed Levels, Lyra Flow, Lyra Deconstructed, High Flyers Club

About: Erik’s yoga journey began in 2009, during college, as a means to stay physically active and maintain mental clarity. After discovering aerial yoga, he immediately enrolled in a teacher training program and, upon its completion, began his career as an instructor. He continued to develop and expand his skillset by joining the world of circus arts, where he worked with various aerial apparatuses and specialized in using the aerial hoop. Now, many years and hours of training later, he continues to share the joy of being in the air with his students. His teaching focuses on bringing awareness to individual movements, both on the earth and in the air, and developing a stronger understanding of one’s unique kinesthetic and self-expression needs.

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Aya Lanzoni

Aerial Yoga Teacher

Teaches: Aerial Yoga Mixed Levels, Aerial Yoga Deconstructed

About: After practicing various forms of dance for 15 years, Aya discovered aerial yoga in 2015. She was immediately drawn to this fun and unique form of exercise that also offers relief from back/knee pain, anxiety and stress. Aya found Earth & Aerial Yoga right after it opened in 2019, and immediately had an aerial yoga studio to finally call “home.” In 2020, Aya took her personal practice to the next level, when she completed Module 1 & 2 of the EAY Aerial Yoga Teacher Training. She enjoys sharing her love for aerial yoga, while providing a sense of adventure and playfulness to her students. When she isn’t at the studio doing flips and tricks, Aya spends her time on her business, Tinydragon Bytes, offering content strategy, copywriting, and web design to small businesses. She is also an executive board member of the MetroWest Women’s Network.

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Kelly Mayes

Aerial Yoga Teacher

Teaches: Aerial Yoga Essentials with Sound Bath, Aerial Yoga Mixed Levels

Upcoming Workshops: Flip Your Perspective: Inversions Workshop,  Head Over Heels: Partner Aerial Yoga

About: Kelly found yoga at a time when she needed it most. Deepening her personal practice gave her newfound confidence and inspiration and allowed her to uncover a passion for teaching. Since completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training through One Voice, Kelly has been able to share her love for yoga with her community. She believes that each yoga pose is a unique expression of the body that should be honored and respected. In her classes, Kelly likes to create a held space, where her students can further explore and understand their bodies, while maintaining strength and integrity. Kelly is also certified in Integrated Energy Therapy, Reiki and Crystal Sound Bowls.

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Victoria Lorenzi

Aerial Yoga Teacher

Teaches: Aerial Yoga Flow & Restore, Aerial Yoga Flips & Tricks

Upcoming Workshops: Inner Peace: Floating Meditation & Reiki Healing; Reiki Level 1 Attunement

About: Victoria’s yoga journey started in 2010, when she enrolled in a teen yoga class with a friend. She had participated in many sports and other forms of exercise, but the grounding quality, the quiet confidence and the community, rather than competitiveness, of this new practice are what made her continue on through high school and into college. While attending Keene State College’s art program, Victoria discovered that Sadhana Yoga School was just a short walk from her campus. So, during her junior year, she enrolled in the school’s 200-hour yoga teacher training program, and by her senior year, she was already teaching regular yoga classes. Since then, she has taken a variety of yoga trainings to broaden her scope. While pregnant, in 2018, she also completed a Reiki Level 1 certification (later upgraded to a Reiki Master!) and taught yoga classes up until the day her son was born. The strength of her breath work, which had been sharpened over a decade of disciplined practice, steadied her childbirth, kept her focused, and made her the talk of the labor and delivery department. In addition to increasing her mindfulness, Victoria’s yoga practice has also made her the most flexible and balanced she has ever been. Her classes follow Ashtanga style yoga, connecting breath work with the flow of the poses, but she has also taught hot, power and restorative yoga. Her aim is to have yogis leaving class feeling inspired, energized, and at ease in their minds and in their bodies.

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Corinne Boet-Whitaker

Aerial Yoga Teacher

Teaches: Aerial Yoga Mixed Levels

Upcoming Workshops: Aerial Yoga Teacher Training, Roll with the Flow

About: Corinne’s somatic journey began with childhood ballet classes and has brought her to the present day, practicing massage therapy and teaching aerial yoga. Through the many shifts of her life, yoga practice has been a constant. She became certified to teach Kundalini Yoga in 2014 and Aerial Yoga in 2020. She has continued exploring the body and tools for healing in her study of myofascial release with Tom Myers of Anatomy Trains and has recently become a Certified Practitioner in Jill Miller’s Roll Model Method. Corinne draws on her experience as a licensed massage therapist to guide students into their embodied practice of aerial yoga. Her classes activate and mobilize the body, release tension from musculature and connective tissue, and find meditation through movement and sensation.

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Kara Herbertz

Aerial Yoga Teacher

Teaches: Aerial Get Fit, Aerial Yoga for Teens & Tweens, High Flyers Club

About: In addition to her first love, strength training, yoga had always been an integral part of Kara’s weekly workout schedule. Appreciating the benefits of both, in 2019, Kara partnered with a dear friend and yoga teacher to create a workshop that brought their two worlds together and gave people an opportunity to engage in the unique combination of yoga foundations with strength-based resistance training.

In January 2020, she took her first aerial yoga class, which instantly brought her yoga practice to a whole new level! Flowing through yoga poses, while using the silk, strengthened her appreciation of the benefits of inversions, balance and core stability. Her new student pass turned into class packs, teen aerial yoga classes for her daughter and, ultimately, a membership at Earth & Aerial Yoga. Inspired by her new love of aerial yoga and her amazing EAY family, she decided that she wanted to become a teacher.

Kara is empowered by exercise and how it makes her feel, both mentally and physically, and her training background adds a special touch to her aerial yoga classes. She is a National Academy of Sport Medicine Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT), with a Youth Exercise Specialization, and is also a TRX Qualified Trainer. Kara loves being a positive force in her clients’ fitness journeys, providing them with support, encouragement and continued motivation. She focuses on teaching and reinforcing proper exercise form and technique, while establishing a good foundation for functional movement to ensure success in reaching any fitness goal.

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Susie Pallis

Aerial Yoga Teacher

Teaches: Earth & Aerial Yoga for Kids, Aerial Yoga for Teens & Tweens, Aerial Yoga Essentials

About: Susie found yoga in 2012, and it changed her. The practice became a way to manage her stress, sharpen her focus and challenge her body, all while maintaining a sense of play. So, when she discovered Earth & Aerial Yoga in 2019, she was hooked. Aerial yoga gave her a fresh and fun way to build both inner and outer strength, and it ultimately inspired her to embark on a challenging new path in 2020. After spending the past 26 years teaching acting to children and the last decade as the Director of Drama Kids of Metro West, Susie decided to explore teaching aerial yoga. She recently completed her aerial yoga teacher training, which rounds out her Breathe for Change Mind-Body Wellness education certification and her upcoming 200-hour yoga teacher training. Susie brings a wealth of experience working with kids of all ages, which makes her classes authentic and playful. She looks forward to seeing your child in one of them soon.

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Krista Gordon

Kids Yoga Teacher

Teaches: Earth & Aerial Yoga for Kids

About: After over 20 years of teaching dance in and around Massachusetts, and having two children of her own, Krista found a new passion for teaching yoga and using other holistic health approaches with children. She became a certified kids yoga instructor through ChildLight Yoga, a Usui Reiki Practitioner, and a Wellness Advocate for doTERRA Essential Oils. Having two children with anxiety and sensory regulation issues and using these practices at home, brought Krista the idea for her business, Tranquil Little One, which was founded in March 2019. Through a mix of interactive yoga poses, breathing exercises and mindfulness techniques, Krista teaches children simple coping strategies that leave them feeling empowered and in control. Children can use these strategies to curb anxiety, ground down, find stillness and quieten the mind at any time—before a test, stepping on stage, going to bed or studying—by tapping into their senses, using visualizations and employing other effective methods. Krista is excited to bring her area of expertise to Earth & Aerial Yoga and looks forward to working on the mat with your children!

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Jill Mackavey

Lyra Teacher

Teaches: Lyra Essentials

About: Jill is a theater and movement artist whose life’s work has been in expressive physicality as performer, director and teacher. Her personal goal is to move as well as she can for as long as she can, functionally and expressively.

Jill is a Certified Lyra Instructor through CirqFit. She has a BFA in Acting, MFA in Directing, and is a CMA – Certified Movement Analyst – from the LABAN/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in NYC. Most recently, JIll has taught theatre and graduate dance therapy students at Lesley University and led masterclasses for the casts of Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam and Amaluna companies in the US and Rome.

On lyra: “I require fun daily, and find none in repetitive exercise. I am, however, highly driven by play and beauty. The airborne circularity, lyricism, creativity and athleticism that lyra demands is both playful and beautiful; furthermore, it satisfies my need to be fully absorbed in what I do, keeping mind, body and imagination stimulated and engaged. The aerial community is also where I find my closest connections; where I feel most welcomed and at home.”

On teaching: “I have always been a hungry student, and nothing makes me happier than helping learners explore their growing edges and surprise themselves. I started lyra when I was in my 50s and had the upper body strength of a sock monkey. Now I can get the bottom half over the top half, and look pretty doing it. You can, too.”

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Jenny Flakoff

Aerial Yoga Teacher

Teaches: Aerial Yoga Essentials, High Flyers Club

About: As an avid lifelong fitness enthusiast, Jenny has always enjoyed traditional yoga classes. But it wasn’t until she discovered Earth & Aerial Yoga that she truly found her home. She instantly fell in love with the playful nature of aerial yoga and the physical challenges it presented her with. Since becoming an EAY member, Jenny has thrived by gaining confidence, mental clarity, a deep spiritual connection and a sense of community, as well as new friendships and physical and emotional strength, especially during an isolating and stressful pandemic year.

Jenny is vibrant, energetic and passionate about everything she puts her mind to. As a full-time school psychologist, she strives to cultivate resilience in at-risk youth and see the light in everyone she meets. She is driven by motivating and inspiring others to be happy and healthy. As a Zumba Fitness instructor since 2012, Jenny combines her passion for dance and fitness with her intrinsic joy and zest for life. As a newly certified Earth & Aerial Yoga instructor, Jenny is grateful for all the teachers who have challenged her, believed in her and given her confidence to fly, and she is eager to inspire others to reach their full potential too.

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JoAnna Sacco

Aerial Yoga Teacher

Teaches: Aerial Yoga Happy Hips, Aerial Yoga for the Five Senses

About: Born in Poland and raised in New England, JoAnna fell in love with yoga in high school. Since then, she has attended more retreats and workshops than she can count, and has dedicated her life to her passion for empowering others about their physical, mental and spiritual wellness through meditation, mindfulness, holistic health and movement. As a cancer warrior, she intimately understands the need to treat the whole person—mind, body and soul—and believes that stress-reduction through yoga played an integral part in her own healing journey.

JoAnna has a degree in psychology, and is a birth doula, a certified meditation and mindfulness instructor, a public speaker, a hobbyist photographer and a doTERRA wellness advocate. In 2013, she started her own business, Essentially Sacco, which has an international team of almost 7,000 wellness advocates and leaders.

JoAnna’s love for adventure and fun drew her to aerial yoga and, in 2021, she decided to take her practice to the next level by completing the Earth & Aerial Yoga Teacher Training. She brings her wealth of education, knowledge, compassion, leadership and support of all bodies to her classes, and is excited to share it all with her students.

JoAnna lives with her husband, 4 energetic kids, 2 goats, 2 dogs, 3 cockatiels and 30ish chickens. When she’s not busy with her family, you can find her hiking, gardening, cooking, teaching various health and wellness classes, writing, reading, at the beach, or learning a new skill.

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Niki Sodt

Lyra Teacher

Teaches: Lyra Mixed Levels

About: Niki had very little athletic background when she took her first lyra class in 2017. She simply walked in, hoping to make a change towards a healthier lifestyle, and walked out transformed by what was to become an enduring passion. Five years and several performances later, she isn’t sure she could live without lyra at all! Aerial fitness has become both a motivator for her own health goals and a place to seek community, wellness, and overall peace of mind. A full-time social worker by day, Niki enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for the craft at night, helping her students achieve their fitness and wellness goals, while guiding them towards their own aerial happy place.

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Stephanie Coutant-Matsen

Aerial Yoga Teacher

Upcoming Workshops: Parent & Child Partner Aerial Yoga

About: Stephanie has worked in the healthcare, fitness and dance industries for 30+ years, is an E-RYT 500 and holds a BA in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work. She first experienced yoga in 1999, and found it to be the natural next step on her path, marrying the health of the body, mind and soul, and addressing the well-being of the whole individual. Since then, she has studied a wide variety of yoga modalities, systems and traditions, receiving her yoga teacher certification from the school of Integrative Yoga Therapy. Stephanie is a longtime member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and holds certificates in ChildLight Yoga, Unnata Aerial Yoga, Yoga 4 Classrooms, Eat, Breathe, Thrive Yoga and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction through the Center for Mindfulness and UMASS Medical Center. Before moving to Massachusetts in 2008, Stephanie was the sole proprietor of “YogaSpace” in central Ohio, where she offered group classes and private sessions in a physical therapy and rehabilitation setting. She enjoys working with groups and individuals, as well as diverse and specialty populations. She believes wholeheartedly in meeting students where they are in their practice and helping them to learn and bring personal and practical applications of yoga to daily life, on and off the mat.

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Keri Straka

Aerial Yoga Teacher

Upcoming Workshops: Restorative Aerial Yoga: Ground & Float, Aerial Yoga Teacher Training

About: Coming from a background in sculpture, with a Master of Fine Art in ceramics, Keri has been teaching yoga in the Greater Boston area since 2015. As an avid yogi and an enthusiastic life-long learner, Keri completed both her 200-hour yoga teacher training and her 500-hour certifications with Jacqui Bonwell. In addition, she is a certified Radiant Child Yoga Teacher (Level I&II), a Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, level II Reiki Healer, and Aerial Yoga instructor. Keri specializes in teaching all levels of vinyasa and aerial yoga classes that are centered on cultivating healthy and safe functional movement. With this foundation, practitioners in her classes create an awareness of how to shift stagnant patterns to create deeper physical harmony. Keri is motivated by curiosity, creativity and compassion for the individual human experience. Her classes are playful, lighthearted and accessible to all.

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Sarah Olsen

Business Development Mngr & Teacher

Teaches: Community Classes: Aerial Yoga Essentials

About: Sarah O. is our Business Development Manager a.k.a. the super nice person who reaches out to check up on you and helps you with everything you need, when you call, message or email EAY.

Sarah O. has been a member of our community since May 2021, when she first discovered and fell in love with aerial yoga and, later, lyra. Since then, she has taken more than 350 classes (and counting!) at EAY, and has even just started her Aerial Yoga Teacher Training with us!

Besides being our chummy classmate and teammate, Sarah O. is a cancer survivor and a homeschooling mom of two kids, one of whom is also a frequent EAY flyer. She is a former member of the LACI Homeschoolers Association board of directors, where, among other things, she ran classes and fundraising events for over six years.

Sarah O. likes to bring her brand of enthusiasm, joy and commitment to the EAY family. She says she loves the EAY community and hopes to serve its members with every bit of the passion she feels for our studio.

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Leia Owen

Social Media Manager

About: Leia is a locally-based marketing & business consultant and an aerial yoga enthusiast who currently manages our social media accounts. She specializes in digital marketing and event management and loves working with local, independently-owned businesses.

Leia also serves as Secretary of the River’s Edge Arts Alliance, is a member of the Hudson Business Association, and volunteers with local theater clubs, elder care services, and community groups. She grew up in Hudson and, after a few years of living around MetroWest, she found herself buying a house back in her hometown. Some of her favorite things to do outside of the studio are reading, escape rooms, and dancing.