Maya Cratsley has been coordinating YAM for 2 years now. Yoga has had a presence in her life for many years. She was drawn to a physical yoga practice because of the opportunity it offers for getting in touch with her inner wisdom. She obtained her 200-hour teaching certification with High Vibe Yoga in Ubud, Bali in July 2016. Her class encourages a playful exploration of each student's own abilities and intentions.
Donia Torabian participated in a 200 hour teacher training in Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of love, service, and devotion, in the Winter of 2014 at the Bhakti Yoga Shala in Santa Monica, CA. She is excited to teach classes that bring students into a flow of compassion for their hearts and bodies. Donia hopes to work through embodied trauma with her students to create a space of healing for POC and people with disabilities in particular. Go to her classes for a beginner-level restorative flow!
Tabitha Payne grew up in Cambodia to Filipino and American parents before coming to Brown to concentrate Development Studies, with a regional focus in Southeast Asia. She just returned from a year’s academic leave during which she solo backpacked in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Europe, a time in which she discovered the beauty of regular exercise and mindfulness, perfected her crow pose, and spent a lot of time outside. She is so happy to be offering her first regular Yoga class this semester with Yam, a practice she loves to teach because of how it helps her and others practice self-kindness and gratitude.
Oren Karp is very excited to join YAM as a teacher this year! He began doing yoga five years ago through a program at his high school. He was led to yoga by its emphasis on the link between physical well-being and mental well-being, and yoga practice became a way for him to focus on this connection, building strength, flexibility, and acceptance not only physically but mentally as well. He is also involved with several other clubs, including as a trip leader with the BOC and as a tutor with BRYTE.
Jessica Murphy began doing yoga as a child, and some of her earliest memories include watching children's yoga tapes on TV. As a teenager, she learned more about classical yoga, meditation, and ayurveda while volunteering at a yoga ashram. In 2015, she was completed a 200-hour teacher training certification program at Yoga District in Washington, D.C. Her classes are dynamic, with an emphasis in linking breath and movement and listening to your own inner teacher.