Yoga and Meditation have been a part of Chaitali’s life for the past 16 years. Chaitali completed her 200 Yoga Teacher Training in December 2019 from Karma Yoga in West Springfield, MA and is registered with Yoga Alliance. She has worked with various students with different skill levels and from different walks of life. She enjoys teaching students about breathwork and meditation and its benefits. Chaitali offers a very authentic practice to her students. Chaitali lives in Westfield, MA and works as an Academic Advisor/Success Coach at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, MA.
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.
Denise Griffin is a local artist/illustrator with over 25 years of teaching experience. She has taught in the private school system, in her home studio, through adult ED and many workshops. Her yoga inspired artwork is sold across the country as greeting cards, yoga mats, vinyl stickers and as giclée prints. You can view her images and products on her website: Dgriffinpaints.com and on Instagram : @dgriffinyoga
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.
Lezette is a Western Massachusetts native. She has her M.Ed.in history and a minor in psychology. Physical fitness, dance and self expression have been passions of her’s since she was 5-years-old. As she grew into adulthood, she desired a deeper connection with her body, soul and mind, which led her to the world of yoga. Her love of movement translates to a proactive teaching style that is both strong and graceful, challenging and grounding.
Lezette has been teaching yoga since January, 2019. She welcomes all levels of practitioners and embraces supports and modifications during class. In her classes, she leads a style of Hatha Yoga with a heavy focus on tuning into the body and pranayama, or breath work. Over the years, her practice has become much more than just physical, taking on a more spiritual and esoteric role with meditation and other distinctly inward-focused practices at the very center.
Lezette is well-known for her intuitive and somatic work, helping people connect deeper with themselves in a grounding, healing, and expansive way. She has a passion for helping everyone she encounters — both in her classes and off the mat — to find their unique path to their most fulfilled life. In her life, yoga was one of the most potent avenues to achieving this and it is her honor to share the practice with others.
Stacie McWhirt is the owner of Stacie’s Cookie World located in Cheshire, MA. She is a self taught baker who uses traditional recipes passed down from her Grandmothers and other family members. From cookie baking, decorating, teaching classes, and consuming she loves it all! She lives with her husband who is a retired Police Sergeant and main cookie taste tester, 24 chickens, and cat Margo. Blended together they have 8 grown children and 5 grandsons! They currently reside in the heart of The Berkshires at the base of Mt. Greylock. She started solely baking cookies and other sweet treats after closing her cafe and moving toward baking happy food for happy people! She’s always had a love for sweet treats, and knows others do too! What career can possibly be better than making and sharing sweet treats?
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.
Christine Southworth is a nurse and rediscovered her passion for art about 11 years ago. She attended Salve Regina University where she completed facilitator training at the Expressive Arts Institute in 2012 and a graduate certificate in the Practical Applications for Expressive and Creative Arts in 2015. Her passion is helping people relax through creativity, fun and connection. She is currently a facilitator for Hartford Hospital’s Arts in Healing program and Results in Wellness and has facilitated groups for The Cancer Connection, Rick’s Place, The Garden and many housing communities through Mass Housing. She enjoys creating fun, interactive workshops for businesses, groups and individuals.