Who We Are
Michelle is a Yoga Therapist, a Thai Bodyworker, a Nerve and Artery specialist and a Board Certified Structural Integrator in the lineage of Ida Rolf. It was through these complementary practices of wellness that she healed her body - and from there Orthopedic Yoga Therapy was born.
These days she trains teachers and students to find a fluid pattern of movement that protects and nourishes the joints while stretching the muscles and connective tissue and quieting the mind. She is the owner of Sanctuary Wellness Studios, Director of Orthopedic Yoga and Transformational Yoga Therapy and founder of Equilibrium, a non-profit dedicated to bringing breath, movement and nutrition education to young people with anxiety and mood disorders.
In 2020 Bianca founded drift + oak with the intention to share her love of yoga and wellness with the community. Bianca became a yoga teacher through Michelle Fleming of Sanctuary Studio in Plymouth, MA. She is a 200 Hr E-RYT and working towards her goal of becoming a certified Orthopedic Yoga Therapist. She is also a Wellness Coach, certified in Reiki, Yin, Pre-Natal, and Children's Yoga. She is so grateful for the opportunity to now collaborate with Michelle and many other yogis from around the globe to bring this orthopedic yoga training to her studio in Medway, MA.
Day to day, Bianca's typical style of teaching is a very well-rounded Vinyasa practice incorporating both strong and powerful poses with restorative ones. Her main goal is to always keep her students safe and supported. You can be sure you will walk out of Bianca's classes feeling challenged and refreshed.
Dr. Katina Manning
Dr. Katina Manning strives to awaken the healer within through hands-on workshops, retreats and mission trips.
Dr. Katina Manning holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, as well as a Bachelor of Science and a Doctorate of Chiropractic from the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois. She furthered her holistic studies with Acupuncture, Nutrition, Applied Kinesiology, and the Touch of Health Approach.
She is also the founder of Wellspring Chiropractic in Duxbury, MA which offers a multifold approach to healing where the layers that mask and burden the body are removed, spiritually and physically, to allow for adjustments that awaken, encourage inspire to heal.
Ray Crist, of Jaguar Path, has spent the last three decades immersed in shamanism, various styles of yoga, Chinese medicine, martial arts, and Reiki. He has been offering workshops and trainings at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, NY Open Center, Yoga Journal, Blue Spirit, Boddhi Tree Yoga Resort and around the globe for over 15 years. Ray’s trainings focus on how to use shamanic tools and yoga as technologies that assist us to reach an optimal state of being in order to to live a balanced, empowered and extraordinary life.
Chip Hartranf, PT (Yoga, Insight Meditation, Yoga-Sutra) bridges the traditions of yoga and Buddhism. He is the founding director of The Arlington Center, dedicated to the integration of yoga and dharma practice, and has taught a blend of yoga movement & insight meditation in the Boston area since 1978.
An independent scholar of yoga and early Buddhism, Chip is the author of "The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali: a new translation with commentary" (Shambhala). His work has also been included in "The Wisdom of Yoga" by Stephen Cope, "Freeing The Body, Freeing The Mind" by Michael Stone, the Shambala Sun, and many other publications.
Chip teaches the origins, evolution and practices of yoga and Buddhist traditions at Lesley University and at teacher trainings and retreats across the country.
Dr. Kristen E. Anderson,
Dr. Anderson received her Master's of Education in Counselling at Bridgewater State College and her Master's of Science and Ph.D. in Gerontology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has been counseling clients for over 20 years and maintains licensure in Illinois where she currently resides, as well as Massachusetts where she was born, raised, and plans to retire (someday!).
She has enjoyed working with a diverse population ranging from students placed in alternative school settings (K - 12 +) to clinic work creating and facilitating intensive outpatient substance abuse group curriculum. While completing her doctoral studies in Gerontology, she acquired a Yoga Teacher Certification (YTT-200), with the intent of focusing her practice on aspects of Aging and Wellness. Currently, she assists clients in improving all domains of functioning in order to best target healthy aging choices. Dr. Anderson currently maintains a private practice in Chicago where she offers individual and group counseling; she teaches yoga and older adult strength training in the community.
Dr. David Callahan, Ph.D.
Dr. David Callahan received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rochester in 1986. He is a former Co-director of Psychology Associates in Plymouth, Wareham and Sandwich, and was Chief of Psychology and Clinical Director of the Family Service Association of Greater Fall River Substance Abuse Clinic. He opened a private practice in Sandwich in 1995.
Dr. Callahan serves as a psychologist and consultant to St. Vincent's Services in Fall River and in 2017 moved his Cape office to Child and Family Services in Hyannis. He consults with multiple residential programs and state agencies.
Dr. Callahan specializes in the performance of neuropsychological evaluations of children, adolescents and adults.
His presentation “Brains Gone Wild” has been given to numerous agencies and organizations for several years.
Alli Barnes, Ph.D.
Alli is a lifelong health advocate and athlete and she has consistently and openly shared her experiences and knowledge through multiple successful start-up businesses in the health sector that owned and operated. She has vast experience and expertise in health, wellness, exercise, and anti-aging sciences and has earned degrees in Exercise Physiology, Biology, Nutrition, and Alternative Medicine. She is also certified in nutrition, holistic health coaching, A&P functional movement, herbalism, and yoga.
Cyndi Adams is a mom of four, Advanced Reiki Healer, and owner and instructor of Twisted Spirit Yoga in Carver, MA.
Twenty years ago she took her first yoga class whilst pregnant with her second baby. She had a 5-month old at home. She remembers being so nervous walking in and levitating out after that class. When that feeling lasted for days, she knew that she had found something she needed.
Cyndi drifted in and out of her practice over the years and finally landed in 200hr teacher training. That time spent was so much more than learning how to teach others yoga. It was transformational and healing in every aspect of what makes Cyndi who she is.
Cyndi opened Twisted Spirit Yoga in 2015, and closed it in March 2020 (of course). She reopened the studio in October 2021 and opened her second studio in January 2022. She has been excited to see so many people actively seeking out new methods of self-care, and realizing the beauty of this practice.
Jodi's fitness journey began 15 years ago. It included intense weight training, cardio, and yoga. Yoga quickly became an integral part of her fitness and wellness journey as an important practice to balance weight training, improve mobility, and be mindful of the importance of mind and body health.
She earned her 200YT in 2018 with her yoga mentor and world-renowned yoga Michelle Fleming, whose instruction focuses not only on the mind and body practice but also on safety in physical postures. Jodi is also certified in Thai Massage Level 1 and Reiki II.
You will find Jodi's classes to be engaging, challenging, and appropriate for all levels as her poses are easily modified to accommodate all fitness levels. She believes that anyone can practice yoga, regardless of age and fitness level, and feels that yoga is beneficial for everyone. She teaches in a no-judgment space, loves to crack jokes (especially at her own expense), and encourages students to find new levels of possibilities in their practice.
Jen is a yoga asana teacher with a passion for the rich philosophy and vision of reality that is found within the tradition of yoga. For Jen modern yoga has been a gateway to the study and contemplation of the fundamental nature of reality, our psychology and essence-nature. Her practice satiates her inner longing for a spiritual path and is the driving force for health and wellbeing within her life.
Teaching a vinyasa style with clarity and compassion, Jen approaches each class with a sense of responsibility. Through guided movement, breath, introspection and stillness she aspires to create an opportunity for her students to cultivate a greater awareness of themselves, health and healing in their lives and a love of yoga.
Jen completed her 200hr and is set to complete her 500hr advanced training in the fall of 2022 with Ame Wren of Boston Yoga School. She also completed a 300hr Yoga Philosophy certification with Embodied Philosophy based out of NYC. Taught by renowned scholars and devotional leaders, its curriculum balanced a rigorous study of yoga’s philosophies, texts and history with an embodied engagement of yogas subtle practices including meditation, pranayama, chanting and contemplative inquiry. She is a student of the spiritual tradition of Tantric Shaivism through the teachings of Christopher Wallis and holds a special love for the study of yoga history. Jen is a devoted mother of 3 and lives on Cape Cod with her husband and daughters.