ShivaShakti Yoga Teacher Training Staff
Krishna Peter Perry, E-RYT 500, LMT, CAy
Co-founder ShivaShakti School of Yoga and Healing Arts
Krishna lives a yogic lifestyle and is devoted to making the ancient wisdom teachings of yoga accessible to the householder life of modern yogis. He is grateful for the blessings of his teachers who have guided him along the path. He has been practicing and teaching yoga for over fifteen years. As an internationally trained yoga teacher at the 500-hour level with several thousand hours of teaching experience, his studies and travels in yoga have taken him to India, Nepal, Thailand, Central America and the Bahamas. As a lifelong student his studies in yoga have included Sivananda, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Yin Yoga. His teachings are influenced most notably through the allied spiritual sciences of Tantra, Vedanta and Ayurveda. He is also a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner through the Kripalu School of Ayurveda and a NAMA member. Krishna offers Ayurvedic consultations and body treatments as well as private yoga sessions both in midcoast Maine and abroad. For Krishna, bodywork and yoga have been two constant companions and the complement of the two fields imbue his teaching and healing with a deep grounding in the functions of the physical body, a clear understanding of the ancient spiritual teachings, and a compassion for serving humanity. Along with yoga, Krishna is a long-time bodyworker and has studied and practiced Ayurvedic, Swedish, Neuromuscular, Shiatsu and Thai massage. He has studied Thai massage in both the US and in Thailand and is certified to teach Thai Massage. In addition he has studied Yoga Nidra both in India and the west and is a certified Yoga Nidra instructor in the Shivananada and Himalayan lineages. Krishna teaches yoga internationally in both retreats and the ShivaShakti yoga teacher trainings, of which he is one of the co-founders. He considers his various pilgrimages to holy sites in India and Nepal influential in offering the sacred flame of yoga in an authentic manner. His personal loves also include chanting, sanskrit, meditation, writing, hiking and travel.
Aiyana Athenian, E-RYT 500, RPYT, LMT, CAy
Co-founder ShivaShakti School of Yoga and Healing Arts
Aiyana firmly believes in the saying “We are not humans beings having a spiritual experience, but rather spiritual beings having a human experience” (Teilhard de Chardin.) It is this life-long dedication to the spiritual path that initially drew Aiyana to Yoga years ago. She was called to the yogic path because of its balanced approach to the body, mind and spirit. She has studied various styles of yoga, including Sivananda, Kundalini, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Yin and many more all around the world and is an Experienced Register Yoga Teacher at the 500-Hour level with Yoga Alliance. Aiyana offers deep gratitude to her inspiring teachers, who include Sabu Chaitanya, Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa, Prahlada, Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Robert Svoboda, Claudia Welch, Scott Blossom, Denise Jasmine and many others. Repeated visits to India have also shaped her teaching, as Aiyana believes the shakti (divine creative power) from the homeland of Yoga has transformed her being, lending a depth and authenticity to her teaching. Aiyana is co-founder of the ShivaShakti School of Yoga and Teacher Trainings. Aiyana truly loves teaching yoga and training yoga teachers, for she believes there is no greater gift than to facilitate the deepening of one’s connection to Self, to share universal truths, and to encourage others to do the same. She actively promotes the practice of taking Yoga off the mat and into all aspects of one's life, for she believes that Yoga is really about serving the world with the deepest compassion possible. In addition to teaching yoga, Aiyana co-teaches Thai Yoga Bodywork trainings with Krishna and offers massage (western and asian styles,) Shiatsu, Ayurvedic consultations and body treatments. Aiyana is a long-time licensed massage therapist, a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner (NAMA) and an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist. She Is also a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher having completed a Yoga Alliance approved Prenatal/Postnatal certification and is a trained Birth Doula (DONA). Aiyana finds the healing power of touch, the transformational spiritual practices of Yoga and the lifestyle wisdom of Ayurveda to be an inspirational union. Aiyana received her massage and Shiatsu education from Downeast School of Massage and has studied Thai massage at ITM in Thailand. She is a graduate of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda and also studied psychology and yogic studies at Goddard College. Aiyana loves to hike, garden, chant to the Divine, play with her daughter and help the earth through various sustainability projects.
Mara Crans, M.D., RYT
Mara is a local yoga teacher who moved to the midcoast Maine area 10 years ago. At that time she left her busy medical practice to slow down and enjoy her four boys. She's had a daily yoga practice for the past 8 years and completed her Yoga Teacher Training with ShivaShakti School of Yoga. She wanted to share the benefits of yoga with others and she has a special interest in yoga therapy. She has taught children's yoga and adult yoga for years and has worked one on one with special needs children. She has an interest in Structural Yoga Therapy and she enjoys teaching Anatomy and Physiology as they pertain to asana and pranayama for the ShivaShakti 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training. Mara also offers an Applied Anatomy and Physiology Intensive for Yoga Teachers for the ShivaShakti Advanced 300-hour YTT. She lives in Camden with her husband and four boys.
Amanda R. Barrows, B.S., LMT, RYT
Amanda has been teaching group fitness classes since 1999. Starting out in step aerobics and weight-training instruction, as well as personal training, she was certified as an instructor and trainer through the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). Amanda came to the mind/body arts of yoga and the Pilates method in 2001 as her interest in overall balance of mind, body, and spirit combined with her passion for teaching and movement. Amanda was certified through AFAA and AAAI for yoga instruction in 2001. When she was inspired by the idea of combining her two favorite mind/body practices, yoga and Pilates, Amanda coordinated a class that illustrates the best of each modality: the strength, flexibility, and overall balance and awareness that can be achieved through yoga, and the functionally important core strenthening that can be gained through Pilates. Amanda has a passion for mind/body practices. She graduated from the Downeast School of Massage in 2005 and has been a practicing, licensed massage therapist ever since. She has been a Reiki practitioner since 2006 and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education, with a minor in Exercise Science, in 2003 from the University of Maine at Farmington. Amanda has focused her life on the pursuit of health through natural mind/body practices and truly enjoys teaching those who are looking to enhance the quality of their lives. She has completed the 200 Hour ShivaShakti School of Yoga Teacher Training Program and is the Administrative Director for ShivaShakti School of Yoga as well as being part of the primary teaching faculty for the ShivaShakti 200-hour yoga teacher trainings. Amanda believes in the strength and beauty of mind, body and spirit and looks forward to working with those seeking to connect with their own inner light.
Melissa Farr, MSW, RYT
Melissa's journey into yoga began after a day in grade school when she ran home to catch yoga on public television. Stepping onto the yoga "blanket" that very first time, she knew she had found her path and her home. She fell in love with the grounding practice and it quickly became her way of life, allowing her to more deeply connect to herself and the world around her.
In the years following, she has traveled to study with great teachers and completed the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with ShivaShakti School of Yoga as well as many other teacher trainings in Hatha, Ashtanga, Children's, Yin, and Vinyasa yoga. Very grateful for and inspired by all of her teachers, she continues to pursue additional knowledge and certification at the 500 hour level. Melissa's passion is creating accessible opportunities for those who would never see themselves practicing yoga. She loves to work with beginners, those with chronic illness, and those who empathically state that they will never be able to practice yoga. Her greatest teachers continue to be those that are unexpected and those found in Nature. Her classes are infused with a passion for life, breath, play, and connection to our inner teacher.
After many years of social work practice, Melissa (MSW, RYT) is currently a Training Coordinator at University of Vermont, working with, coaching, and training child welfare social workers in the state of Vermont. She strives to practice joy, alignment, and balance on and off the mat. She is grateful to offer Understanding Beginners in the ShivaShakti 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training as well as being part of the primary 200-hour YTT teaching faculty.
Jessica Shepard, BA, RYT, (CRYT)
Jessica Shepard is a ShivaShakti School of Yoga & Healing Arts graduate, a practitioner of Mindful Life Yoga for Kids, and has completed a YogaAlliance Children's Yoga Certification with Grounded: Yoga, Laughter, Elevation to become a CRYT (Children’s Registered Yoga Teacher). Her love for teaching children came when she filled in for an after school yoga program at a local high school once a week and immediately saw the benefits that yoga had on teens. This is where her journey into teaching yoga to kids began several years ago. After seeing how quickly and profoundly yoga made a difference in these kids' lives she expanded her offerings to children from two years up through teens in personalized classes, at yoga studios, libraries, workshops and community centers. She also works with moms and children together.
Feeling blessed that her journey has brought her to children, she now shares this joy with adults, teaching them the skills they need to navigate through the developmental stages (physically, emotionally, and spiritually) of children so they can help young people become healthy, happy, and grounded yogi(ni)s.
Jessica also has her BA in Psychology and a passion good food and healthy living. She is a guest teacher in the ShivaShakti 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and is the lead trainer in the ShivaShakti Children's Yoga Teacher Training.
Antonia (Toni) Small, RYT
From the time she could walk, Antonia (Toni) Small was dancing, performing, and hamming it up for an audience. A student of dance, her studies took her to teachers in New York and Paris, as well as Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts. As a student of Marcel Marceau’s in Paris, Toni cultivated a fondness for the European mime and movement theater traditions.
Toni has worked with directors and choreographers in the Berkshires, New York City, Albany, New York, and France. Over time, like many dancers, her interest in movement studies began to explore more of the healing modalities of Alexander Technique, Zen Imagery Exercises (Makka Ho), and Yoga.
Initially introduced to yoga in 1987, by Michael Lee of Phoenix Rising Yoga, Toni has continued her practice on and off the mat since. Her more recent commitment to yoga came on the heels of a long care-giving episode that took its physical and emotional toll; through the practices of yoga and dance her sense of resilience has been renewed.
Toni received her 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2012 with the ShivaShakti School of Yoga and Healing Arts in Rockland; a Duke University Certificate of Completion for the Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors 8-day training, with Kimberly Carson and Carol Krucoff, in 2014. She is currently pursuing her 500-hr teacher certification as well as the Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors certification.
She offers weekly yoga and dance fitness classes on the St. George peninsula and makes her home in Port Clyde with her partner, her mother and three highly evolved dogs. Other lifetime pursuits include photography, writing, creative collaborations, travel, hiking and gardening.
Jenna Labbe-Watson, BA, CAC
Jenna graduated from the Evergreen State College in 2002 with a degree in Health and Human Development. She went on to study Western herbalism, and completed a 3-year community herbalist certification program with an emphasis in Ayurvedic herbology. She is a 2011 graduate of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. Jenna is a practitioner-member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. She has had a hybrid career working as a developmental therapist for Child Development Services as well in the field of behavioral health while maintaining a private Ayurvedic health counseling business at The Center for Health and Healing in Rockland, Maine.
Dawn Tassi, RN, CYT
Dawn has enjoyed a career in all areas of Women's Health for over 22 years. For the last 15 years she has worked as a nurse at PBMC in Rockport, ME in the OB unit. She loves teaching women and their partners prenatally at her HypnoBirthing classes, then supporting them later through labor and birth as their nurse. Dawn is also a certified Lactation Counselor, helping new mothers and their babies learn the skills they need for a comfortable breastfeeding experience. As a 200-hour graduate of the ShivaShakti School of Yoga Teacher Training, Dawn has brought the beautiful benefits of asana to small groups of her fellow nurses and co workers. She is a teacher in the ShivaShakti Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training.
Colleen Duggan, Certified Iyengar Teacher, CYT
Colleen is a certified yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and a certified Iyengar teacher who has been studying yoga for over 15 years throughout Asia, Europe and the US. She has taught locally in Camden and Islesboro since relocating here in 2001 to start a family. Her passion is Iyengar yoga, which focuses on alignment and precision in the poses. Colleen commutes regularly to Cambridge Mass to study with her mentor Patricia Walden. She has taken multiple trips to India to study Iyengar yoga from its source. She has studied intensively with the Iyengar family in India on multiple occasions. Colleen teaches the Intro to Iyengar Yoga for the ShivaShakti 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and the Advancing Asana, Alignment, Sanskrit & Patanjali Yoga Sutra Intensive.
Prem Sadasivananda, a scholar of Vedantic Philosophy, Hindu Scripture and Sanskrit, is well-known for his lively and humorous talks, his accessible teaching style and his unique ability to bring the ancient Yogic scriptures and texts to life in the modern world. A trained musician, his Satsangs and Kirtan (chanting) are uplifting, thought-provoking and inspiring. Formerly known as Swami Sadasivananda, Prem Sadasivananda's spiritual journey began as a sannyasin (monk) for 24 years in the Sivananda Organization where he has taught hundreds of Yoga Teacher Training Courses and Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Courses for the Sivananda Organization at their Centers and Ashrams throughout the world. Prem Sadasivananda is a direct and long-term disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, the disciple of Swami Sivananda and through his teachings of Yoga and Vedanta he continues his service by helping others in their spiritual pursuits. He teaches the Bhakti Yoga and Bhagavad Gita Intensive, which is part of the ShivaShakti 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training.
Sadie Landry, CYT
Sadie Landry is a 6th Degree Black belt in Okinawan Kenpo and has completed her 200 hour YTT through ShivaShakti School of Yoga. She has been teaching Karate for many years and Yoga for the past few at Pelletier's Karate Academy in Lewiston.