Teachers

Nicolai Bachman, MA, RYT

nicolai-bachmanNicolai has been teaching Sanskrit, chanting, yoga philosophy and Ayurveda since 1994. He has a knack for synthesizing and organizing complex topics into simple and understandable presentations. His education combines informal, traditional study with the academic rigor of university classes. He has studied extensively at the American Sanskrit Institute, the Ayurvedic Institute, the American Institute of Vedic Studies and the Vedic Chant Center. He holds an M.A. in Eastern Philosophy, an M.S. in Nutrition, and is RYT500 certified. Nicolai has authored several Sanskrit book/CD learning tools including 108 Sanskrit Flash Cards, The Language of Ayurveda, and by Sounds True, The Language of Yoga (2005) and The Yoga Sutras: An Essential Guide to the Heart of Yoga Philosophy.

Edwin Bryant, Ph.D.

edwin-bryantEdwin Bryant received his Ph.D in Indic languages and Cultures from Columbia University, taught Hinduism at Harvard University for three years, and is presently the professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University where he teaches courses on Hindu Philosophy, Bhagavad Gita, Sanskrit, Yoga, and other related subjects. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, and is the author of six books and dozens of articles. Edwin’s Penguin World Classics translation of the Srimad Bhagavata Purana, which is the traditional source for the story of Krishna’s incarnation, is aimed at the general public interested in Hinduism, as well as the yoga community. His translation of and commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (North Point Press, a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009) is specifically dedicated to contributing to the growing body of literature on yoga by providing insights from the major pre-modern commentaries on the text with a view to grounding the teachings in their traditional context. Edwin has been personally involved with yoga as an initiated practitioner in a traditional Vaishnava sect who has practiced bhakti yoga for 25 years, a number of them in India.

Kathy Hartsell, RYT, PTA

Kathy HartsellKathy is a therapeutic yoga  teacher, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Associate Director of Dance with  Soma System®. She enjoyed a fulfilling dance career with the Boston Ballet,  where she explored the complexities of movement in the classroom of her own  body and first initiated her studies in experiential anatomy, physiology, and  kinesiology. She expanded this investigation through formal training in  Integrative Yoga Therapeutics with Bo Forbes and Lou Benson in 2007, and  continues to study yoga therapy in this method. Kathy received her degree in  Physical Therapy Assisting through Bay State College, and works with patients  of diverse movement backgrounds at Boston Sports Medicine, where she also  specializes in Dance Medicine.

In addition to teaching yoga and providing physical therapy, Kathy serves on the leadership team of Soma System®, a self-bodywork practice, and the New England School of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics. As both a healthcare provider and educator in the fields of dance, yoga, yoga therapy, and physical therapy, Kathy “teaches through experience” to support students and clients in discovering the intelligence and healing capacity housed within one’s own body.

Coeli Marsh

coeli-marshOriginally a student of Iyengar yoga, Coeli found the Baptiste method in 1998. She became a Master Baptiste teacher, with a specialization in the craft of training teachers and classroom assistants. After falling in love with the profound work required in learning to teach yoga, she dedicated her career to this path. Coeli is the founder of the Teachers Study Project, a training and mentoring school for professional yoga teachers. She is certified by Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour and E-RYT 500 level, received her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and completed her outdoor leadership training with Outward Bound and NOLS.