Yoga and Meditation have been a part of my life for the past 16 years. I am very connected with my cultural roots and strived to look for a yoga studio that honored what I was bringing with me…my authentic self. In 2015, I started taking some private yoga classes as I had some recent injuries and wanted to a better understanding of yoga poses and learn modifications. For many years, I also practiced at home on my own andnever attended a class due to my anxiety. This experience helped me to bebecome more aware of what I had verses what I had lost, as well as, helped me to better manage my anxiety and I started take classes.
As a result of this experience, I decided I wanted to learn more and find my true purpose in life. I decided to pursue my200 Yoga Teacher Training. This experience helped me to deepen my Mind-Body-Spirit connection and find positive ways to cope with some personal andmedical challenges. I completed my 200 Yoga Teacher Training in December 2019and registered with Yoga Alliance as a 200RYT. I have worked with various students with different skill levels and fromdifferent walks of life. I also enjoy teaching students about meditation andits benefits, as well as, exploring themed classes with chakras and affirmations.I am currently working on my 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training and Applied Yoga certificates.
I love sharing what I learn with others and sharing the true meaning of yoga: the Sanskrit root “Yuj” meaning “to join” or “to unite” Yoga is journey to the self while unifying the mind,body, and spirit. I offer a very authentic practice to my students and I look forward to sharing my story and knowledge with you. I believe anyone can benefit from yoga with the right support and guidance. Love and Light –Namaste!
Cathy Giudetti grew up in Huntington, Ma and has always been inspired by the artistic creative process. Art is Cathy’s passion. It has driven her to work in many different mediums including oil, acrylic, scratchboard, watercolor and pen & ink. After studying with local and nationally known watercolor artists, Cathy developed a special passion for transparent watercolor. Her work has been accepted in regional juried shows in which she has won awards. Cathy currently lives in West Springfield with her husband and is the mother of two sons.
Doug James is a retired electrical engineer living in Westfield. His longstanding appreciation of nature and attraction to nature photography led him to study with the New York Institute of Photography. Doug’s photographic Interest had begun to wane when it was rekindled by the introduction of digital photography and the limitless creative opportunities it provides. Doug’s Photographs have since won several awards, including Best in Show in the North American Nature Photography Association 2016 competition. He and his wife have collaborated in publishing two children’s books highlighting his photography and her poetry.
Richard Nowak is a New England artist who paints in oils, acrylics and watercolors of New England landscapes, harbor scenes and gardens in an impasto impressionist style utilizing a combination of brush work and painting knives. Richard is known for his textured application of paint and high-keyed colors and is influenced by the Pennsylvania Impressionists or New Hope School as well as the French Impressionists. He has been featured in area galleries and public areas for the past twenty years and is a current member of the Tobacco Valley Art League, the Holyoke Art League and past member of the Oil Painters of America, the Springfield Art League, and the Deerfield Art League.
Working on location and from photographs, Richard handles the paint loosely, allowing the paint strokes to convey the feeling of delight and joy that the act of painting inspires in him. Local flower gardens such as Stanley Park, Amelia Park and Grandmother’s garden in Westfield are a constant source of inspiration for this impressionist oil painter and he can often be seen painting on location.