Amy Matthews, CMA, IDME, BMC Teacher, RSMT/RSME has been teaching movement since 1994. She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst, a Body-Mind Centering® Teacher, an Infant Developmental Movement Educator, and a yoga therapist and yoga teacher.
Amy co-authored with Leslie Kaminoff the best-selling book Yoga Anatomy (published by Human Kinetics), and together Amy and Leslie led The Breathing Project’s Advanced Studies Program.
Amy co-taught the BMC® & Yoga programs in NYC (with Roxlyn Moret) and in Berkeley, CA (with Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen) for the School for Body-Mind Centering, and was on the faculty of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies for 10 years. She has taught embodied anatomy and movement workshops for programs in New York, Philadelphia, Florida, Nebraska, and Berkeley, CA in the USA, and internationally in Canada, Israel, Ireland, England, Slovakia, Switzerland and Japan.
Amy also works privately as a yoga teacher and movement therapist, integrating Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, yoga, Body-Mind Centering and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF).
Amy is certified as a yoga teacher by Yoga Union and Heart of Yoga, and as a Motherhand Shiatsu practitioner. She is registered with ISMETA as a Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator, with IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) and has been registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-500 RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher).
Amy has participated several times in Gil Hedley’s dissection workshops, and studied kinesthetic anatomy with Irene Dowd, and BMC with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. She has studied yoga with Alison West, Mark Whitwell, Genny Kapular and Kevin Gardiner, and full-contact karate with Sensei Michelle Gay.
Sarah Barnaby teaches developmental movement, yoga and anatomy and in NYC in group classes and private sessions. She has studied extensively with Amy Matthews and Leslie Kaminoff and completed the Yoga Educator program at The Breathing Project. On staff at The Breathing Project, one of her favorite roles was curating TBP Members Events and hosting Geek Nights and the Den of Inquiry (a conversation group). Sarah is certified as a Somatic Movement Educator as well as an Infant Developmental Movement Educator through the School for Body-Mind Centering. She is also certified in Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga and Embodied Anatomy and Yoga, which are Body-Mind Centering® programs that teach developmental movement principles and an embodied approach to anatomy in relation to yoga practice.
Adele Loux-Turner has taught yoga and movement since she moved to New York to pursue a dance career in 2001. Although she is glad to work with anybody, she’s found her calling teaching pregnant and post-partum women. She has supported women through their births since 2008. As a labor doula, Adele works both individually and through the Carriage House Birth collective in Brooklyn. Adele recently took a hiatus from doula work to pursue her newest career as a mother. Her son Gerrard has accompanied Adele to her infant classes since he turned six weeks old.
Adele is certified as both an Infant Developmental Movement Educator and Somatic Movement Educator through the School for Body-Mind Centering®, through which she has worked with many inspiring teachers: including extensive study with Amy Matthews and Roxlyn Moret. She is registered as a Somatic Movement Educator through ISMETA. A yoga instructor certified through Integral Yoga Institute, Adele holds additional credentials in baby-and-me yoga and yoga for labor. She is grateful to Beth Donnelly Caban, Jyothi Larson and Lara Kohn Thompson for sharing their knowledge of all things birth and babies. Adele is certified as a prenatal yoga instructor through New York Yoga and as a children’s yoga instructor through Karma Kids. She has a BFA in dance performance from Purchase Conservatory of Dance, where she met her long-time ballet teacher Janet Panetta, who has continued to be an influence on Adele’s approach to movement and teaching.
Nisha is a Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner and a certified Infant Developmental Movement Educator from The School of Body Mind Centering®, founded by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.
Nisha started her explorations of the mind at N.Y.U, gaining a degree in Psychology. Not satisfied with exploring the patterns of the mind without the interplay of the body, she went on to study Ayurveda with Dr. Vasant Lad at The Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico. She learned about releasing holding patterns of the mind through the body’s natural intelligence. She is an active student of Ayurveda, The Science of Life, and has experienced the effects of its healing powers as a resource for balance.
Nisha’s desire for hands-on training led her to get a license in massage therapy at The Swedish Institute. Around the same time, she became a certified Yoga Teacher. Her yoga practice has been influenced by Beth Biegler and Genny Kapuler since 2001. For the past fifteen years, she has focused on movement and touch as a means for transformation, with her longtime study under Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. While studying with Bonnie, she had the pleasure of meeting Sandra Jamrog and attending her baby classes in NYC. For years, she observed her attuning with babies. Her wisdom, grace and heart centered ways of being have ingrained her practice. She is currently studying Biodynamic Cranio Sacral Therapy with Michael Dunning at The Sacred Yew Institute. Her love for Embryology, as an embodiment of our wholeness, continues to deepen through Bonnie and Michael’s sacred teachings.
Nisha is currently teaching Infant Developmental Movement classes around New York City and Brooklyn. She works with infants and adults, teaching group and private classes.
Elizabeth Plapinger is the director and principal teacher of Yoga for Mental Wellness (YMW) at Babies Project, which has provided low-cost or free therapeutic yoga classes for those living with mental illness in NYC since 2004. Elizabeth and her colleagues, Bess Abrahams, RYT, IMT and L. Ruth Kalvert, RYT, SME, CMT, MA, administer and teach the YMW program and provide yoga to various hospitals and community mental health programs in and around NYC. Elizabeth and her colleagues also assist yoga and mental health professionals interested in exploring yoga’s complementary role in mental health and wellness.
Elizabeth conducts weekly classes at Babies Project and at various hospitals and community mental health centers in and around NYC. She also works one-on-one with students and families, and consults with yoga teachers, researchers, mental health policy makers and clinicians about yoga’s role in mental wellness.
Elizabeth, who is also a lawyer, taught conflict resolution and problem solving at Columbia Law School, is the former director of the Public Policy Projects at the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, and is the author of numerous policy and research studies, books and articles regarding ethics, mediation and other methods of conflict resolution. Elizabeth brings the values of procedural justice—recognizing and honoring the inherent dignity of all beings—to her yoga work. In her yoga classes, she explores how breath, movement, and awareness of the body in the present moment work together to increase our sense of wellbeing. She is honored to assist people in crisis, their families and the mental health community in discovering the vast resources of the body and mind through yoga. For more on how Elizabeth has integrated her background in law, conflict resolution and mediation with yoga, Body-Mind Centering and mental wellness, read an interview.
Leah Thomas Montegut is a yoga teacher/practitioner living in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Virginia Beach, VA, she came to NYC after receiving her B.F.A. in Dance/Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. Shortly after moving to NYC, Leah began practicing yoga and was immediately drawn to the personal, breath-centered approach offered by her first teacher, J. Brown. In 2007, Leah completed 200 hours of advanced training in yoga anatomy at The Breathing Project (NYC), where she studied with Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews. She continued her studies with J. Brown through the professional training program at Abhyasa Yoga Center (500 hours). Leah is certified to teach prenatal yoga through Integral Yoga Institute (2010), where she studied with Beth Donnelly Caban and Lara Kohn Thompson. Since 2009, Leah has been studying vedic chanting with Guta Hedewig, taught in the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar. She continued her study of yoga anatomy through The Breathing Project’s advanced studies program. Leah has profound gratitude for the guidance and support of her teachers and is honored to share with her students the teachings she has received.