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Meet the Instructors


Alicia Milch

Alicia is a Soil Science graduate student from Pelham MA who prefers yoga and outdoor activities of all kinds.  She was introduced to Bellydance through a fitness class during her undergrad and was instantly hooked. She continued to study bellydance in RI, Santiago, Chile and Valparaiso, Chile.  Finally returning to Amherst, she took classes with Jackie at the Rec Center and joined the UMASS bellydance club.  Inspired by Jackie and all the members of UBDC she got her instructor certification.  She teaches one class that focuses on the foundations of bellydance moves as well as a fusion class that  explores the variety of styles found all over the world.   In all bellydance classes she focuses on posture, isolations, endurance, and strength through energizing from within. Alicia believes that one important aspect of fitness is synchronizing the body and the mind and bellydance is a beautiful and fun way to incorporate it into your life.

Alicia Milch

Ann Bumpus

Ann is a senior English major with minors in Spanish and Education. She believes finding an enjoyable fitness routine is essential to empowering yourself for a happy, healthy life, and has depended on her regular routine when adjusting to exchange semesters in both Florida and Costa Rica. She fell in love with Cardio Kickboxing her first year at UMass and got her certification in the summer of 2014. Ann hopes to provide classes that are fun, energizing, intense, empowering, and easy to modify, so that everyone can partake safely. 

Ann Bumpus

Anya Plucinsky

Anya is a sophomore Nutrition major from Massachusetts who has a passion for healthy eating and fitness. Starting off high school on the varsity swim team, she decided to switch to rowing. After sustaining a back injury from rowing, she switched to coxing. No longer working out during practices, Anya joined her local gym and fell in love with spinning because of the low impact on the joints, the loud music, and the inspiring instructors. After transferring to UMASS Amherst, she was thrilled at becoming a certified Spinning Instructor and being able to share her love of spinning with others. With a strong background in coxing, she hopes to encourage and empower participants of all levels and ages in a safe yet challenging class that leaves puddles of sweat and exhausted riders. Anya encourages others to live by the words of Eleanor Roosevelt: "You must do the thing you think you cannot do".

Anya Plucinsky

Bethany Welch

Bethany is a sophomore Public health major who joined campus rec in December of 2013. She fell in love with fitness and working out during high school after joining her local gym and playing hockey, lacrosse, and field hockey. Certified in Spinning and Cardio Sport, Bethany also teaches boot camp and is a nutrition advisor. She plans on receiving more certifications in the future as well. Bethany strives to give her participants a fun and challenging workout that will leave them feeling accomplished. When Bethany is not at the gym, you can find her at the rink playing for the UMass women’s ice hockey team.

Bethany Welch

Bobby Svec

Bobby is an Isenberg student getting his BBA in Operations and Information Management in the class of 2017. He is a Jersey boy that loves to cook and be up to date on the coolest technology. If you asked him freshman year, he would have said he is never setting foot in that gym for the next 4 years. Boy was he wrong. He friends made him take a Zumba® class at the Rec Center and he fell in love; attending 5-6 classes a week! He decided to become certified December of 2014 and was hired on the spot. Bobby is truly devoted to hiding fitness into dance so students think they are at a party and not the gym.

Bobby Svec

Briana Martinez

Briana is a senior at Umass from Colts Neck, NJ. She is a kinesiology major with a minor in psychology.  She has been a part of a very active and adventurous family her entire life. During high school, Briana was a three-sport varsity athlete playing volleyball, softball, and running track while also dancing 5 times a week. Once Briana came to college, she decided to become very involved in group fitness classes along with following a healthier diet. She grew a passion for helping others achieve their fitness goals, which lead to her desire to teach fitness classes.  She is now teaching bootcamp classes in the hopes that she help others better their health and diet as well.

Briana Martinez

Chad Chaffee

Chad’s classes are heart centered, compassionate, and driven to honor and respect the body and mind in its present state.  As a yoga practitioner, he understands the transformative effects that coordinated breath and movement can create both on and off the mat.  Through the willful holding of poses and guided breath, those students both new and experienced can find a welcome place in Chad’s class.Chad is a  Kripalu certified and Yoga Alliance registered teacher and is a trained meditation leader and Reiki II practitioner,  As a member of the 2018 BDIC program his degree focus is on Wellness within Arts Administration and Vocal Performance blending his love of music and performance with his passion for yoga.

Chad Chaffee

Chekara Jean

Chekara is a senior at UMass double majoring in English and Political Science. During high school, she was very active and involved in the dance, step, and cheerleading teams. When she arrived at UMass, she was looking for a fun way to work out and stay healthy that incorporated some of the dance that she was familiar with. She fell in love with Zumba her freshman year and became a licensed instructor in July 2013. Since then, she has expanded her class list: in addition to Zumba, Chekara now also teaches Cardio Hip Hop and Buns, Guns, and Guts classes.  Chekara hopes to keep each class fun and energetic to help her students achieve their fitness goals no matter how big or small and have a great time while doing it! When she's not at the gym, you can find her blogging, cooking, and traveling.

Chekara Jean

Cole Gladstone

Cole is an Isenberg School of Management student and a member of the Commonwealth Honors College. After being encouraged to try indoor cycling by his mom over winter break his freshman year, he became hooked, and now can’t get enough. If you take one of Cole’s classes, you can expect to feel physically exhausted and energized at the same time. Don’t expect to nail his workout the first time you take it, as they are designed to bring even the most-fit athlete to their breaking point. With a lot of dedication, and by feeding off of the energy of the music and those around you, however, you will have the best work out of your life. As world renowned sports psychologist Dr. Bob Winters put it to Cole, “Get to Yes.” We can all get there. 

Cole Gladstone

Courtney Stacey

Courtney Stacey is a senior BDIC major at UMass, concentrating in Civic Engagement and Education. Courtney has always been passionate about fitness, and after playing field hockey and lacrosse in high school, she fell in love with the group fit classes during her freshman year at UMass. Through her Cardio Kickboxing classes at the Rec Center, Courtney combines high intensity cardio and strength training, which results in a sweaty, energized class!!

Courtney Stacey

Dana Applegarth

Dana is a Sophomore at UMass, majoring in the BDIC program focusing on Communication through Marketing and Psychology, while also aiming for a minor in Education. Dana focused her athletic abilities playing club soccer for six years playing varsity soccer all throughout high school, never having an off season or break to really learn more about what she loved most about staying active. Unfortunately due to injuries, she couldn't continue to play soccer. Ultimately, this led her to being more involved at the gym, finding a passion for fitness and nutrition, and becoming a Cardio Sport instructor here at UMass.

Dana Applegarth

Eliav Ehrenkrantz

Eliav is a junior comparative literature major. He began his yoga practice in his hometown, Philadelphia, in 2010. He loves teaching, and looks to find a way to challenge any student who comes to his class. With a focus on alignment and therapeutics, Eliav looks to mindfully strengthen his practice incrementally and intentionally, and teaches with a similar mindset. He loves biking, reading, watching movies and dancing.  

Eliav Ehrenkrants

Ivy Hauser

Ivy is originally from Atlanta, GA and is currently pursuing a PhD in Linguistics. She received her bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  At UNC she also discovered group fitness and trained in various styles of dance including Latin ballroom. Ivy is now a licensed Zumba® instructor and teaches Zumba® and Cardio Hip-Hop. She loves things like body positivity, having a healthy relationship with exercise, leaving class feeling energized and encouraged, and having a blast on the dance floor.

Ivy Hauser

Jacqueline Pollock

My name is Jackie Pollock. I am a senior nutrition student on the dietetics track at UMass. As a freshman I was unsure what exactly I wanted to study, however I always knew I had a passion for health and fitness, and a love for helping people achieve their goals.  Ultimately I plan to work as a dietitian in a clinical setting after obtaining my registered dietitian license, but long term, I hope to work as an outpatient dietitian with patients who underwent bariatric surgery. I believe eating a healthy, well- balanced diet combined with any type of exercise or movement, can be the key to your health or wellness success. Together, we can help those goals become a reality. My interests in nutrition and my natural ability to listen and be a confidante will help encourage my clients to make better decision and think about their own long-term goals. I believe influencing clients’ eating habits and promoting nutritional education both have the potential to positively alter future generations’ relationships with food and nutrition; something I aspire to do as a registered dietitian!

Jacqueline Pollock

Jamele Watkins

Jamele is a PhD candidate in German and Scandinavian Studies. After tearing her ACL playing rugby, she came to the UMass gym to rehab the muscles in her knee. With group fitness classes and weight training, her muscles are finally identical again. Lately, Jamele goes to the gym to keep her sanity while working on her dissertation. Her Pilates class focuses on control and “makes it burn so good.” Pilates has given her more awareness of her body and movement. As Joseph Pilates said, “In ten [Pilates] sessions, you will feel the difference. In twenty, you will see the difference. And in thirty, you’ll be on your way to having a whole new body.” Join her in your healthy body and mind journey Mondays and Wednesdays at 11am. Her certifications include AFAA Personal Training, Pilates, yoga and Pilates on the ball.

Jamele Watkins

Jennifer Antocci

Jen is a senior Public Health and Communication double major here at UMass with a passion for health and wellness in every form. She fell in love with group fit while taking Insanity and Boot Camp classes which inspired her to become AFAA certified. Taking her favorite elements from the Insanity and Tabata programs she created her own one hour class featuring high intensity intervals of cardio and strength training. She aims to deliver an energetic, safe, and positive class to students of all fitness levels and hopes to inspire others to pursue a healthy relationship with fitness

Jen Antocci

Jill Isabelle

Jill graduated from UMass with honors with a B.A. in Women’s Studies and Community Health. Prior to joining Campus Recreation in 2009, Jill had competed in fitness and bodybuilding competitions. She still trains regularly, enjoys running and is always trying new things. Jill believes that family comes first, that friends should always make your life better, and the little things really do matter. Jill is focused on professional development as she continues to work on her Master’s and expand her qualifications. Her certifications include first aid/CPR/AED, AFAA kickboxing instructor, Spinning® instructor and ASFA personal trainer.

Jill Isabelle

Julia Amodeo

Julia is a Nursing major in the class of 2017 who has a passion for fitness. During high school, she practiced mixed martial arts, which sparked her love for exercise, and earned her black belt within 3 years. When Julia came to UMass, she wanted to find an outlet to continue her training and love of exercise. She decided to try a group fitness class. Since then, she has attended many different types of classes and has found a place where she feels most at home and confident in herself. Inspired to provide others with a sense of self-confidence and love of fitness, Julia became a group fitness instructor and began teaching cardio kickboxing after finishing her freshman year. She is looking forward to sharing her love and passion for fitness and exercise with others, and helping others find new ways to enjoy their time at UMass.

Mulia Amodeo

Julia Ginsburg

Julia (RYT Prana Power Yoga, Cambridge, MA) began practicing yoga at the age of ten and knew that she wanted to spread the love of yoga and the love of life to as many people as possible. She double majors in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Sustainable Food and Farming. Julia believes that through a steady practice of yoga and breath, we can make our lives happier, one day at a time. Her classes are for all skill levels and combine strength with stretching and breathing. Vinyasa is often thought of as a meditation in motion, breath synchronized with asana (poses) that are all aligned with one another to make your body feel energized and refreshed. As always, Namaste.

Julia Ginsburg

Julia Van Dam

Julia is a Nursing major in the class of 2017. She has been playing sports since she can remember. During the off season, Julia always continued exercising and discovered her love for high intensity workouts. When she got to college, she found that she loved the fitness classes and the positive effect they were having on her, and she decided to get certified in Cardio Sport Sophomore year. She hopes to motivate her students and push them to places they never thought they could go. She hopes that they leave drenched in sweat with a smile on their face

Julia Van Dam

Julia Zoukhri

Julia is a Psychology major graduating in 2016. From Somerville, her love for fitness began with running and hiking, eventually finding its way to yoga in college. Last spring she was certified in Broga Yoga and has since embarked on her journey as an instructor. Through her yoga classes she hopes to create a fun and engaging environment that fosters growth, development, love, and self-awareness. She strongly believes that yoga is an opportunity to not only challenge the body, but also through restorative poses and and strength-based movements, it's an opportunity to connect the mind, body, and breath. Yoga is a unique chance for self-discovery and has found a special place in Julia's heart that she hopes to share that with each of her students."

Julia Zoukhri

Katie Hill

Katie is a sophomore nursing student who has loved fitness her entire life. She found a love for cardio kickboxing and became certified to teach by the second semester of freshman year. She participated in swimming, cross country, and track in high school and holds the school record for the 4x800m run. Katie has spent her entire life moving all along the east coast and then to Colorado before arriving to UMass where she plans to graduate and become a traveling nurse to see even more of the world. She hopes to share her passion and excitement for fitness with every member of her classes and help each and every one push their limits to feel confident, strong, and accomplished!

Katie Hill

Katie Lienhard

Katie Lienhard is a junior nutrition major on the dietetics track.  She grew up playing on sports teams year-round, and is always looking for fun new ways to get a good workout.  Yoga came into her life in high school and continues to be very important today.  She looks forward to sharing her passion for acrobatic yoga with you!

Katie Lienhard

Kiera Cecchini

Kiera is a junior BFA Dance major from Manchester, CT who has a passion for staying active. Whether it's dancing, running, doing yoga or trying a new fitness class, she is happiest when she is moving. When she's not at school, working out or teaching at the Rec Center, she spends her time with her friends and family. Her Barre Conditioning class combines intense core-conditioning with a fun dance-based workout. She hopes spread her positivity and love for movement by continuing to teach dance and fitness classes in the future

Kiera Cecchini

Kylie Amaral

Kylie is a junior Pre-Veterinary Science major and Spanish minor at UMass from Montville, NJ. During high school, she played softball and was an avid equestrian. She continues to ride competitively on the UMass Equestrian Team. She fell in love with group fitness, especially Spinning and Cardio Sport, and hopes to share the same interest with every member of her classes. Exercise and fitness have become an important part of her life and she looks forward to earning more certifications and trying new types of physical activities. 

Kylie Amaral

Laura Berglass

Laura is a Kinesiology major with a minor in Biology and Psychology. By combining her interests in various fields of science, Laura has spent several years studying the correlation between the body and mind. She discovered yoga three years ago, and after making it a daily routine, she recognized its healing and restorative abilities. Laura completed her certification in Boston’s heated power vinyasa studio, Health Yoga Life. She feels very passionate about sharing her love of yoga with others through teaching. Laura welcomes everyone to her class, regardless of their previous yoga experience.

Laura Berglass

Lily Sexton

Lily has been practicing yoga for five years. She is a registered Kripalu yoga teacher as well as a dancer and swimmer. Through yoga, she learned to respect her body and mind and now wants to share this gift with others. Her yoga classes are designed to be accessible to EVERY body, regardless of ability, injury, age, gender or previous experience. Lily believes that yoga and dance are therapeutic exercises that anyone and everyone can benefit from.

Lily Sexton

Lindsey Magri

Lindsey is a senior honors student majoring in Political Science, with a minor in Psychology. Growing up, she was always playing a sport, and carried this into college. During her freshman year she played club soccer at BU, and, after transferring to UMass her sophomore year, she raced for the club alpine ski team. Looking for alternative ways to stay fit, a friend forced her to try a Zumba® class, where she immediately fell in love (going every day since!). As group-fit became a daily outlet for her, she decided to go for her Zumba® certification in March 2015, and was hired by Campus Rec shortly after. She looks forward to teaching both Zumba® and Buns, Guns and Guts at the Rec-Center, hoping to inspire her students to stay fit, healthy and happy, just as other instructors have inspired her!

Lindsey Magri

Mackenzie Wise

Mackensie is a Marketing and Sport Management double major. From Needham, Massachusetts, her love for fitness began in high school playing ice hockey, and then advanced to off season gym workouts, and runs when she was off the ice. Her senior year of high school she started Cross fit and fell in love with it. Ever since then she has been driven to help people achieve their fitness goals. This past February she became Kick It certified, and is eager to see the doors that this will open for her. Through classes like Bootcamp and Kick It, she hopes to create a fun, and sweaty environment that keeps people wanting more. She believes that if you invest your full self and time into circuit training workouts, you will not only improve your physical appearance and strength, but your mental stability and strength as well. 

Mackenzie Wise

Madeline Eaves

Madeline is a junior Marketing major from Norwell, MA.  Since she was little she has been very active but has always had a special passion for dance.  During high school one of her best friends introduced her to Zumba and she fell in love right away. When she arrived at UMass, she noticed group fit offered Zumba classes and attended one almost every day.  In November 2015, she finally decided to become a certified instructor.  Madeline hopes her classes will inspire others to love Zumba as much as she does!

 

Madeline Eaves

Maddie Howe

Maddie is a Nursing major in the Class of 2017. From a young age she has always loved exercising and living a healthy lifestyle, participating in soccer, track and lacrosse in high school. In the off-season she decided to mix up her workouts and discovered her love for spinning. Participating in spinning classes throughout her freshman year she decided to become spin certified her sophomore year. She hopes to share her love of spinning and motivate students to challenge themselves both physically and mentally on the bike. Check out her classes for a fun and upbeat workout that will leave you feeling accomplished!

Maddie Howe

Maggie Ricciardi

Maggie is a sophomore Nursing major from Saratoga Springs, NY and hopes to one day become a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. While training for a half marathon, she discovered that long distance running was too harsh on her back and decided to get more involved in her choice of cross training, Spinning. Since then, she has fell in love with the amount versatility and intensity squeezed into an exhilarating hour of a single class. Maggie aims to lead a upbeat, motivational ride that invites her students to challenge themselves and leave the room drenched in sweat and satisfaction. 

Maggie Riccardi

Mary Newton

Mary is a sophomore from Berkshire, MA. She is a political science major with a minor in Arabic. Mary was a three sport varsity athlete throughout high school and fell in love with group fitness classes at UMass because they provided the same competitive aspect that she loved during her time playing sports. She is certified to teach Cardio Sport and also teaches Buns, Guns, and Guts. In her free time Mary loves playing lacrosse and is currently a member of the UMass club lacrosse team. Mary hopes to bring the competitiveness, intensity, and excitement of athletics into each of her fitness classes!"

Mary Newton

Maya Bergandy

From Tiverton, Rhode Island, Maya is a sophomore honors student majoring in Computer Science. During high school, Maya played lacrosse, soccer and basketball year-round. Once at UMass, she dreaded coming to the gym to use the machines and began searching for a fun alternative to workout. She quickly became involved in multiple group fitness classes, uncovering her hidden love for Zumba®. Maya earned her Zumba® certification in April 2014 and now teaches 30-Minute Abs and multiple Zumba® classes. She believes that working out is extremely beneficial for your emotional health and is a great way to escape the everyday stresses of life. Overall, she strives to get others excited about going to the gym by providing fun and upbeat workouts.

Maya Bergandy

Melanie Brondyk

 

Melanie is a Sophomore Accounting Major in the Commonwealth Honors College. Prior to joining the UMass community, she participated in gymnastics, which led her to transition into cheerleading in high school. Her love for exercise and fitness grew more when she discovered opportunities to take various group fitness classes. Melanie found that these classes provided her with the accomplishment of a workout but also a great way to have fun. Attending classes here at UMass, she fell in love with Spinning®. Melanie decided to receive her certified training to become a Spinning® instructor shortly after freshman year. She strives for her class to challenge themselves and to attain the goals they want to achieve. With her upbeat music, she looks forward to inspiring and encouraging her students to love Spinning® as much as she does!

Melanie Brondyk

Melissa Migden

Melissa is a marketing and psychology double major in the class of 2017. Since she was young, Melissa has always had a love for sports and exercise. She grew up dancing and playing softball until the summer before she started high school, during which she found her love of running. Melissa joined her high school track team and instantly fell in love. Through track she learned how to push herself through tough workouts and realized how rewarding fitness is. No longer running in college, Melissa found a new love of group fitness classes. Inspired by other instructors, Melissa decided to get certified to teach. She joined campus rec during the fall of 2014 and began teaching cardio kickboxing. She hopes that when people take her classes, they too will be able to gain a love for fitness.

melissa Midgen

Milana Morozova

Milana is a junior at UMass and has a strong passion for fitness and nutrition. She is a Psychology major who lives through the importance of having a healthy lifestyle - both physically and mentally. Spinning® has been her passion since freshman year of college because it can be such a high intensity workout, yet people of all different ages and fitness levels can participate and have fun. Music is extremely important to Milana and she focuses a lot on making the perfect playlist that will motivate everyone. She hopes to get more certifications under her belt before she graduates, but it's safe to say that Spinning® will be her true love (for at least a while!).

Milana Morozova

Monica Davis

Monica is a second year master's student in the Environmental Conservation program. She graduated from Colby College in 2013, where she was a captain of the track and field team. Throughout her racing years, she incorporated cross training into her workouts and discovered the benefits of low-impact cardio work. She loves to motivate people to achieve their goals and strives to make every spin class a new experience. Head to Monica's spin class for a challenging, upbeat ride that will leave you dripping with sweat, with no regrets

Monica Davis

Olivia Clark

Olivia is a Class of 2017, BDIC Advertising through Graphic Communication major at UMass. While in high school, Olivia played field hockey and lacrosse as well as worked as a snowboarding instructor at a local mountain. She discovered her passion for yoga when her best friend had to drag her to a hot yoga class in 2013. Being an avid runner and gym goer, Olivia was surprised to find out that yoga is more than just stretching and has been practicing on a regular basis ever since. During her freshman year of college, Olivia fell in love with the group fitness team and decided to become a certified instructor. Olivia’s classes balance and build strength, flexibility and endurance as well as mindfulness and body awareness. Olivia hopes to spread the love yoga can bring to the soul with everybody, because every body is a “yoga body”.

Olivia Clark

Rachel Lindskog

I am a Junior Nutrition Major from Montville New Jersey. Being certified through ACE as a group fitness instructor, I teach Cardio Kickboxing. CPR/AED Certified as well. I have always had a love for nutrition and fitness. In high school I was a varsity cheerleader. During my freshman year of college at umass I fell in love with Cardio Kickboxing and decided to get certified to teach. I really enjoy high intensity workouts and a workout that will always challenge me. I also enjoy using exercise to release stress. I will be Cardio Sport certified at the end of September and plan on getting many more certifications in the future. I will always encourage my participants to challenge themselves, but listen to their body as well. I am looking forward to sharing my love for cardio kickboxing with others and leaving my participants feeling refreshed and accomplished with their workout. As a nutrition advisor I am looking forward to helping others lead a healthy lifestyle through food and fitness.

Rachel Lindskog

Rubi Tanimura

Rubi is a Biology major graduating in 2017. From a young age, Rubi has always enjoyed the outdoors and participating in various sports. All throughout high school in Acton, MA, she played competitive volleyball as outside hitter. Her passion for health and fitness grew sophomore year of college when she tried group fit classes here at UMass and began powerlifting. She also joined a biology lab on campus where she studies zebrafish in hopes of better understanding human diseases. Rubi believes that people can accomplish anything as long as they put their hearts and minds into it. Rubi decided to become Insanity certified the summer of 2014 so that through the high intensity workout she can encourage others to practice mind over matter as she pushes them to release their inner BEASTS.   

Rubi Tanimura

Sarah Sawayanagi

Sarah is an Animal Science/Pre-Vet major graduating in 2016. From Cape Cod, Sarah started running regularly in high school and started entering local races and events. Since then, she discovered the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle by exercising, eating well and staying motivated. After participating in many group fitness classes during freshman year, she knew what she wanted to do. Today, she teaches INSANITY and Turbo Kick classes and hopes to energize people with the high intensity workouts.

Sarah Sawayanagi

Shelagh Curran

Shelagh is a Nutrition major graduating in 2018. Growing up in Chelmsford, MA, she was always involved in sports and was raised living an active lifestyle. Her dad, being a cyclist, motivated her to try out a spinning class after she finished her last high school sports season. She fell in love with it right off the bat and she hopes to spread that love for spinning to others. 

Shelagh Curran

Stacey Hazen

I am from Stamford, Connecticut and I am currently a sophomore pursing a BFA in dance. I have been dancing since I was 3 years old and I have been teaching/assistant teaching dance since I was 12. As a fitness instructor I will be teaching ballet. I am really excited to be sharing my passion with other UMass students. 

Stacey Hazen

Taylor Barrett

Taylor is a Public Health major with a concentration in fitness and wellness. In high school, Taylor played soccer and lacrosse and ran indoor track. She found a new love for Spinning® when she started school here in 2012. Exercise and health have always been a vital part of her life. She will continue to branch out and discover other types of challenging physical activity.

Taylor Barrett

Tess Curran

Tess is a Public Health major with an anticipated graduation date of 2016. She is a certified Kripalu yoga instructor and has been practicing on the mat for six years. After discovering yoga, Tess began to explore all things fitness and loves to rock climb, bike, and horseback ride. Tess believes that yoga is a personal journey anyone can participate in, no matter his/her fitness level. Her classes include breath work, physical asana, and meditation that include options for everyone from newcomers to practiced yogis.  

Tess Curran

Thaine Smith

Thaine is sophomore majoring in Psychology. His two passions are playing Jazz Guitar and study/practice of Classical Yoga Philosophy. He enjoys long walks on the beach and time outdoors to appreciate nature. He plans to attend graduate school for Psychology and enter into music and meditation research. In addition, he plans to become certified as a Yoga Therapist. 

 

Thaine Smith

Tracy Conner

Tracy is a PhD student in Linguistics. Previously she earned a BA in Linguistics and an MA in Sociology from Stanford University before completing an MA in Communication Disorders at UMass. Originally from Leawood, Kansas, Tracy has moved from coast to coast for academic pursuits, but along the way she has always made time to dance. From competitive dance in high school, directing and choreographing for jazz and hip-hop groups at Stanford, to hitting the court and the national stage with the UMass dance team, and forays into Flashmobbing with her church MERCYhouse, Tracy has explored many styles of dance. At present, Tracy has also become AAAI/ISMA STRIDE certified by fitness guru Shaun T to teach cardio dance and body-weighted toning exercises toward an INSANE body. 

Tracy Conner