INSTRUCTORS

Anne Dries, E-RYT200, Owner/Instructor

Anne Dries, founder and owner of Buddha Nest Yoga, began teaching fitness at the age of 15 and has been practicing yoga as long as she can remember. She received a degree in Exercise Science from Northeastern University and is an American College of Sports Medicine certified Exercise Physiologist. She worked as a Personal Trainer, Exercise Physiologist, Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist, Athletic Trainer, Aerobics Director, Prenatal Fitness Coordinator and Corporate Fitness Center Director. Her experience also includes teaching fitness classes to the Northeastern University Men’s Basketball Team as well as to the Boston Celtics, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Arizona Wildcats Football Team, and as a fitness expert on 105.7 WVBF’s Loren and Wally Show.

Anne has completed intensive yoga and mindfulness training with Sarah Powers (Insight Yoga) who she considers her primary teacher, and with whom she is currently furthering her studies in a 500hr certification with. This specialty branch of yoga includes a yin and yang style with roots in Tibetan Buddhism and Chinese medicine. As an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance she currently teaches classes and offers a 200hr Yin and Yang Teacher Certification Program as well as a 20hr Yin Teacher Training for certified teachers at her studio. In 2016 Anne received a 50hr training certificate in Yin Yoga with another of her exceptional teachers, Bernie Clark. In 2010 Anne began her formal yoga training and received a 200hr Yoga Teacher Certification under both David Magone and Kevan Gale. In this training she learned the fundamentals of teaching vinyasa yoga and meditation, and received the guidance of Lama Migmar Tsetsen, a disciple of the Dalai Lama and director of the Sakya Institute in Cambridge, a Buddhist Learning Center. She has completed extensive training in Restorative Yoga with Sudha Carolyn Lundeen and teaches many and varied yoga workshops at her studio.

Anne enjoys sharing her passion for yoga with students, and embraces Buddhist inspired teachings and meditation. Ask Anne sometime to tell you the story of the time she met the Dalai Lama! Expect from her classes a mindful focus, incorporating sequences of postures that build on one another to help the body stretch and open gradually, and emphasizing both yin and yang aspects. Her classes begin and close with a guided meditation which is rooted in the Buddhist tradition. Expect a calm vibe and a balanced series of body and mind-challenging E-RYT200experiences. Anne brings together her range of experience with athletes to de-conditioned beginners and applies it to the practice of yoga, ensuring a safe yet challenging experience. You will find the BNY studio to be a warm, welcoming environment in which to practice yoga and meditation. Anne also teaches corporate yoga and meditation classes in the local area and is available for private individual and group sessions. Anne is a resident of Groton, MA.

 

 

Deb Joyce, InstructorDebYoga-1

I dabbled in yoga during college, but fell in love with it in 2002. I originally began my yoga training just to deepen my own practice, but when my yoga teacher left and no one was available to replace her, I took the plunge. I am a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) having achieved my 200 Hour certification through Yoga Fit. Since 2006 I have taken a variety of trainings across various yoga disciplines, including Kripalu and Ashtanga. More recently, I welcomed Yin Yoga into my teaching repertoire, having trained with both Anne Dries and Josh Summers. I believe yoga complements anyone’s exercise program but offers so much more to those who are ready to go deeper. Cultivating breadth, mindfulness and presence can help us all both on and off the mat. My classes strive to integrate mind, body and breath, helping one reach a state of calm, openness and, awareness.”Having taught high school students for 30 years, teaching yoga to adults allows me to continue helping others learn and grow.

 

Ulrika Sullivan, Instructor 

Ulrika Sullivan is a life coach and yoga teacher. Her passion is to help you to find your inner calm and long term life balance. Ulrika use spiritual principles, intuitive coaching, energy leadership, yoga, meditation and essential oils in her practice. She began yoga practice in 2001, but after few years hiatus starting a family, yoga came back to Ulrika in 2012. She completed yoga teacher training under Kevan Gale becoming a RYT-200 Fluid Yoga Teacher in 2016 and completed Yin Teacher Training under Anne Dries at Buddha Nest Yoga in 2018. Ulrika feels rejuvenated when sharing yoga practice with students. She loves to incorporate elements of meditation in every yoga class to help body, mind and spirit connection and self awareness. Her personality lends to a teaching style full of mindfulness and a calm energy. Ulrika sees yoga practice as a personal journey, a door opener to becoming more aware and discovering one’s true self. Learn more about Ulrika on ulrikasullivan.com.

 

Heather Thomas, Instructor

Heather attended her first yoga class while in high school. While that first class was not the hook, the seed was planted. Yoga has been a growing part of her life ever since. Yes, there have been breaks, but she always comes back to the mat. After the birth of her daughter, her practice became important. To Heather, yoga has the power to change and heal; uniting the mind and body. Yoga changed her life and continues to do so. In 2013 she felt compelled to take this practice to another level and share this passion with others. Heather had just begun teaching in Arizona before moving to Lunenburg. Heather is excited to share her passion and peace with you.HeatherThomas

 

Courtney Spence, Instructor

Sharing the gift of yoga is Courtney’s dharma.  She has had a love for mindful movement since she was a child.  This love blossomed as yoga appeared in her life during high school.  Yoga quickly became a conduit for growth and connection to the universe within as her practice developed.  She graduated with her 200 hour yoga teacher certification from Buddha Nest Yoga in May of 2017.  Life progressed and Courtney found herself craving knowledge and evolution.  In June of 2018 she traveled to the island of Kauai for an additional 300 hour yoga teacher training.  After graduating with her 500 hour yoga teacher certification from Cloud Nine Yoga, she found herself in the flow of life and love. Courtney enjoys teaching yin and yang styles and finds herself integrating elements of gratitude and self love into her classes.

 

Shagufta Rahman, Instructor

Shagufta first came to yoga during college, taking classes as they were available.  This basic introduction to yoga was enough for her to pursue a more regular practice and during this time she came across one of her mentors Barbara Rich of Kripalu who taught a very meditative, breath-focused sequence that resonated deeply with Shagufta.  This foundation of breath-work would become a guiding light for her during a time of loss in her family and helped her begin her journey into a formal training of mind and body.  Yoga saved her!

Shagufta completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance Fluid Yoga certification program under Kevin Gale and his extraordinary team of teachers in May 2016. She is now very excited to share the psychological and physical benefits of Yoga with those around her as a registered teacher under Yoga Alliance.  She has also completed her Yin Yoga Teacher training under the guidance of Anne Dries of Buddha Nest yoga in May of 2018.  While her classes are technically in the style of Vinyasa Flow, her Yin approach to teaching encourages focusing on mindfulness and breath, and she hopes her classes can serve as a restorative time for mind, body & spirit.