Monday, April 6, 2009


Mimi Budnick
Mimi is a certified Vinyasa instructor (RYT 200), who completed her teacher training at Eyes of the World with Tom Gillette and Shannah Green. She has had a dedicated yoga practice since 2003. Both her teaching and her personal practice have benefited from the gifts of many talented teachers including Anna Forrest, Jessie Meyers-Eisendrath, Joshua Summers, and Priti Robyn Ross.

While emphasizing a connection between movement and breath, Mimi uses creative sequencing to produce a meditative flow that invites her students to grow into greater awareness of their bodies and towards a heart-opening experience. Mindful alignment cues and instructions for modifications enable her students to practice safely and to have a rich practice that is uniquely their own.

Mimi hopes to guide people through an experience on their yoga mat that creates space in their lives to connect in deeper and more meaningful ways with themselves, their community, and the world around them.

Mimi teaches vinyasa: Mon. 9:30-11 AM, Thurs. 9:30-11 AM, and Sat. 8:30-10 AM.

Keri Cronin
is a Physical Mind Mat certified Pilates instructor. She has been teaching both privately and at the YMCA for 5 years. Keri teaches a basic beginner to intermediate class with influences from ballet to yoga and modern core strengthening exercises. Focusing on balance, coordination, flexibility, toning, posture and all important "mind body connection", each class will offer a variety movements to challenge all levels and abilities. If you have 2-3lb weights, please bring them along so we can add them to our routine.

Keri teaches : Pilates : Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays : 8:15 to 9:15 AM

Mary Jackson

Mary offers a flowing posture class with emphasis on alignment principles. Suitable for beginners and continuing students who want to learn the graceful flow and art of Vinyasa style yoga Classes are designed to inspire and uplift students leading to greater strength , flexibility and balance. Mary, a certified Yoga Alliance teacher, trained with Shiva Rae, and Amrit Desai, founder of Kripalu yoga. A continuing student she brings to class the influences of many styles and insightful yogic teachings.

Mary teaches : vinyasa : Wednesdays : 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Ellen Lara

is a Certified Kripalu Yoga instructor, with 15 years teaching experience. She has been practicing Yoga and Meditation for over 25 years. Ellen has a master's degree in Holistic Counseling and also works as a psychotherapist.

Ellen teaches : Fridays : 9:30 - 11:00 AM : kripalu yoga

Betty Holden

is certified in viniyoga, a yoga discipline aimed at meeting individual needs. She is also certified in chair yoga from classes at Kripalu. She has a master's degree in Elementary Education and has taught locally for a number of years. From Kripalu classes, yoga conferences and readings, she has developed carefully crafted classes that are safe for people with osteoporosis, arthritis, and/or back problems. Emphasis is placed on gaining back strength, flexibility, balance, and a feeling of general wellness.

Betty teaches : Tuesdays 6:30 - 8:00 PM : kripalu yoga

Ann Cedergren
Ann finds peace helping students of all ages build skills that cultivate happiness. Asana, pranayama and meditation have been pathways to positive transformation in her life and bringing these lessons to others is her passion. Ann completed her 200 hour RYT training through De-Stress with Yoga led by Mimi Strzelewicz at State of Grace Yoga and Wellness Center in Uxbridge, MA. She is a Reiki Master trained by Full Spectrum Healer, Joy Dorsey and has brought healing to many, including a volunteer practice through Home and Hospice Care of RI. She is a certified Reflexologist having trained with Cindy Wilson at Lux Therapeutic in Cranston. Ann’s experience includes intensives and practice in the areas of asana, pranayama, meditation, partners, restorative, prenatal, seniors, as well as children’s yoga. Ann also has practice in yogassage and guided imagery which she incorporates at the introduction and conclusion of her classes.

Ann’s deep appreciation for ayurveda and anatomy contribute to building classes that are specific and appropriate to seasonal changes, keeping the body safe and well balanced. She believes that when a body experiences dynamic flowing, coherent energy, there is no place for disease. She holds a M.Ed. in Guidance & Counseling and has taught for the Providence Public School Department for 18 years. Ann shares her life with her husband Paul and two beautiful sons here in Warren.

Ann teaches vinyasa Thursday's 6:30-8 PM 

Jane Bergmark, COTA/L

is the owner/director of the Yoga Loft. She has studied the ancient healing arts of Yoga, Shiatsu, Aromatherapy, Amma Massage, Qi Gong, and Makko-Ho Meridian stretches for the past 18 years and  recently completed her degree as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. A mother of four, Jane has taught Parent-Child and Youth Yoga at the YMCA and at the Yoga Loft for the past six years. She is certified to teach Radient Child Yoga instructed by Shakta Kaur Khalsa. Jane has worked with children in many capacities for over 18 years, including as a day care counselor, teacher of dance, arts and vocals for a non-profit group. She has developed a class called Yog~Art, a unique combination of yoga and art to inspire kids. Currrently she teaches a by weekly yoga class for adults with special needs.
She believes in community where people heal and help one another to learn to teach and encourage each other. 
Jane is available for private yoga classes and healing energy and body work. To make an appointment please e-mail

Jane teacher restorative yoga : Saturday 10:30-11:30 AM, and kids yoga club Thursdays 5-6 PM. 

Jim Simon 
My background is comprised of over 20 years of training and teaching in the art of Tai Chi Chuan. My training started in the US and has advanced under the guidance of a Grand Master in Hong Kong who I visit on a yearly basis. I am dedicated to the study of Tai Chi and have had the privilege of leading classes in a number of states in the US and the UK. My classes contain various age groups and levels of physical fitness. I teach beginner to advanced level group classes and private individual instruction in the Tai Chi form and Chi Kung. I also teach “by appointment” classes focusing on the Tai Chi sword set, the knife set, and the spear set and partner exercises to students who wish to pursue more advanced training. 

Jim teaches : beginners tai chi : Fridays 5:30 - 6:30 PM. Followed by Friday's 6:30 -8:30 PM : advanced tai chi 

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