Sophie is a graduate of Lesley University with a Bachelor’s degree in Holistic Psychology and counseling. She strongly believes that health and wellness are both highly personal and multidimensional with physical, mental, psychological and spiritual components. Just like each of us is a unique individual, so will be our path to healing and health! Sophie is certified in Amrit Yoga (200hr), Radiant Child Yoga levels 1-3, and Reiki energy healing levels 1-2 and is grateful to be able to share her knowledge of all three with students and friends here at H2K as a fitness instructor.
Hayley is from Beverly, MA and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with a concentration in Media Studies and a minor in Philosophy. She has been employed as a babysitter for the past six years and loves working with children. She also has a background in cheerleading which helped develop her love for dancing and fitness. She enjoys living a healthy lifestyle which includes going for walks, hikes and cooking healthy recipes. She is excited to join the H2K team as their marketing and PR assistant and as a fitness instructor.
Shari Solomon RYT 200hr, has been teaching since 2011. She is certified in Hatha, Yin and Curvy Yoga. She has been practicing and receiving the benefits of yoga and meditation since 2000. Shari also offers nutritional counseling. Feel free to visit her website at www.cocoaplumyoga.com.
Sam is currently a student at Lesley University. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology, with a focus on holistic psychology and health. She is interested in the connection between physical and mental health. She believes in the importance of using physical activity not only as a way to support the body but also to build self-esteem and stress management skills. She has experience working with children of all age groups, and for the last five years she has held jobs working as a nanny, camp counselor, and preschool assistant. In her free time she is an avid hiker, enjoys biking, and loves experimenting with healthy recipes.
Alessandra recently graduated from Boston University with her masters degree in Speech Language Pathology and is currently completing her clinical fellowship year at a local private practice working with children who have speech and language disorders. In her free time, Alessandra loves to dance, rock out to music, and read. She has been doing Zumba for over 7 years before finally deciding to become an instructor. She is very excited to join H2K and can’t wait to party with the Zumba class on Sunday evenings!
Boston native Alix Zamansky first stepped on to her yoga mat in hopes to address her physical aches and pains. On her journey to physical healing, she found emotional healing, and yoga soon became a way of life, rather than simply a part of life. As a clinical children’s and family social worker, she’s drawn to the ways in which yoga has the potential to increase the ease with which we move through the world. Alix completed her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher Certification with Daniel Max and Magi Pierce through JP Centre Yoga, her Kids Yoga Teacher Certification with Dawn Keighly of Coolidge Corner Yoga, and her Level 1 of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy with Alex Bauermeister. Alix’s kids and family yoga classes combine playful postures, mindfulness, games, and crafts. She supports children’s and teens self-awareness, inner and outer strength, and innate desire to learn and grow. Participants will walk with tools they can use on and off their mats.
Ruth has been practicing t’ai chi and meditation for over three decades and was delighted to discover yoga could allow her to better commit to stillness in meditation. Complementing other contemplative practices, Ruth appreciates that yoga helps to stay present and to feel connected to body, breath, other beings, and the universe. Her greatest joy comes when she can help students experience the magic of the present moment. Her passion is to share these joys with children. Completing the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Bethel Farm in New Hampshire, Ruth is deeply grateful for the rigorous instruction she received there and the instruction she continues to receive in Rhode Island. This year she will complete a specialized yoga training through Yoga Kids to complete her Children’s yoga teacher certification. Ruth holds degrees in Psychology and in Nursing from Rhode Island College and has always been interested in the mind/body connection. Ruth works as a nurse in East Providence schools. She previously owned and operated an afterschool learning center called Kumon for 11 years. She strives to embed meditation, comprehensive sequencing, all learning modalities, and especially fun in all of her classes, and hopes to share both the art and science of these contemplative practices with children and teens.