Yoga like love, opens closed doors. Yoga, as spirit, opens doors to willingness. Yoga, as a physical Practice, opens the unique connective-doors of body/mind/emotion waiting within each being. My work, my sustenance as a teacher is opening Yoga’s many doorways in order to nurture, support, and expand another’s life. This alchemical transformation on the mat is linked time and again to that off the mat. We learn courage to take the next step ~ be it a headstand, a longer Pranayama, or arm balance. The Practice offers a fabulous toolbox that supports our courage, and awakens spirit as we take on a new job, relationship, or big move. As we recognize our vulnerability and fears, we grow the muscle and spirit to regenerate and transform.
When students enter the studio door, I ask ~ “What are you seeking? What do you need? What are you willing to try?” My desire is to make their Yoga-Journey not only joyous, expansive, and courageous, but to offer unique structures for their needs. A student once said my classes were like a prayer. I return to this time and again to listen and observe without judgment, offering to meet a body where it is, not where it thinks it should be.
Whether instructing beginners, or advanced, I am committed to a strong physical Vinyasa Practice with anatomical alignment and injury-free movement. I ask students to be responsibly-mindful of accepting their body’s needs, limitations, and gifts. Classes include Asana, Pranayama, mudra, mantra, and poetry. Energetically, I connect each class to solar/lunar cycles and the earth in her seasons.
“And you, dear Samantha, so generously make our Yoga rich with additional layers of zest filled poetry, metaphysics, mudras and energy-info, encapsulating planetary magnetic forces. Your classes create frameworks connecting new and deeper comprehension of the larger world.
Thank you, dear one, for continually constructing a community in which we receive and share creativity, wisdom, and passionate care. You have this amazing capacity, despite the online distance, to remind us of our true selves. You connect us to all our parts and layers, so we inhabit a space of inviolable substance and safety!” Laurel Meyer
DAILY BREATH YOGA SCHOOL. Founder/Program Designer/ E-RYT-500 Instructor- Yoga Alliance
The school’s curriculum invites students to participate in advanced studies for CEU accreditation with YA, and/or earn their 200 Hour Certification. My focus is deep personal training, set up for those with limited available time. The 200 Hour Teacher Training includes Asana, Sanskrit of Poses, Alignment, Sequencing, Anatomy, Subtle Body, The Sutras, Pranayama, Ayurveda, Teaching Methodology, and Assisting.
This Journal connects Yoga to life. Over 400 ‘Breaths’ have offered an international readership the opportunity to explore ambiguity, mystery, and paradox. As a dance and yoga instructor, I share the transformational healing power of movement; an ability to make the ordinary ~extraordinary. As an Astrologer, I bring awareness of planetary energies affecting the body, and how to best use them. From years of meta-work, I offer ways and means of transmuting and expanding intuition and mind-body awareness.
International Yoga Instructor
Teaching in Spanish & French: Workshops at Yoga Congreso de Valencia, Aix en Provence, Avignon
SHAKTI YOGA DANCES and SHAKTIDANCES.COM
MA | CA | France | Spain
Shakti Yoga Dances are an original collaboration of Yoga and dance. They are ‘asanas that dance the mat,’ creatively weaving breath, seasonal energies, mudra, mantra, and bandha into movement. Videos and teaching manuals support the graduates of the Shakti Yoga Dance Teacher Training and Certification. I instruct internationally in Spanish, French, and English.
Instruct Modern and Jazz technique classes for beginner to advanced. Advise and choreograph for the Wellesley College Dancers. Conduct yoga wellness programs, alumni workshops and provide yoga sessions for the President of Wellesley College. Awarded 4 Multi-Media Grants for performances and workshops connecting dance to the arts: Black Womanhood at the Davis Museum | The Arts In Dance | Dancing from the Right Brain | Images of Saints & Sinners.
WORKSHOPS, RITUALS & ON-GOING CLASSES
AVAILABLE ON ZOOM
Previous Workshops: Shakti Yoga Dances | Opening Doors~Linking Life | Yoga Mala for Solar Aid | Yoga for NEASC/commission of Higher Education | Change Agents I & II | Yoga & Astrology | Mandalas of Yoga | Linking Asana | Partnering Trust | Heart Care | Partner Stretches | The Valentine Heart. Yearly Rituals at Solstice and Equinox Quadrants
ASTROLOGICAL CONSULTING PRACTICE
Natick, MA | Via Zoom
Provide in-depth soul-centered planetary information of psychological and spiritual energies. Together, we look at your life from an impersonally-personal, non-judgmental perspective to discover how you can grow more in tune with life, and inhabit your hopes and dreams.
SUN VALLEY DANCE. Founder/Performer/Choreographer/Instructor. Sun Valley, ID
Established Sun Valley Dance Department and Sun Valley Dance, a small touring company, as a division of the Sun Valley Arts Center. Organized and instructed classes, multi-media workshops, and summer dance programs in Modern, Ballet, and Jazz, and performed solos for fundraisers and summer festivals.
LAUGHING STOCK THEATRE COMPANYChoreographer/Performer
Sun Valley, ID
E-RYT 500 CERTIFICATION Led by Daniel Orlansky. The Arlington Center, MA
E-RYT 200 YOGA ALLIANCE Boston, MA
40-HOUR CHAKRA VINYASA CERTIFICATION. Led by Shiva Rea. Boston, MA
30-HOUR KRIPALU TEACHER TRAINING. Kripalu, Stockbridge, MA
40-HOUR PRANAYAMA INTENSIVE. With Yoganand Michael Carroll. Kripalu, MA
M.A. IN CHOREOGRAPHY. University of California Los Angeles, CA (Teaching Scholarship)
NYC: Limon Company | Jennifer Muller | Mathew Diamond | Alvin Ailey Studio | Martha Graham Studio | Finis Young/Ballet
ABROAD: Luigi/ Jazz & Jazz Centre, Paris | Flamenco, Madrid