About Teacher Training Programs at RCY
Revolution Community Yoga and Fitness is located in Acton, Massachusetts, about 40 minutes west of Boston. We are proud to offer OUTSTANDING Yoga Teacher Training Programs led by highly-experienced, caring, and sought-after teachers. With over 75+ collective years of teaching Yoga and movement as Yoga Therapists, Somatic Movement Educators, Integrative Functional Yoga Therapists, and more, our team is a highly-skilled educational collaborative. Our Training Programs are limited in size to about 18 – 20 students so the teachers can give truly personalized attention.
Our Training sessions are held in the serene, spacious, and clean RCY Loft (part of West Acton Villageworks) that offers plenty of easily accessible off-street parking. The Loft is equipped with all necessary props, has a private bathroom, a small fridge, a microwave, and a tea kettle – all the comforts of home! We are also conveniently located right next door to Acton Coffee House (amazing coffee, specialty drinks, smoothies, & pastries) as well as numerous other places to eat and shop.
If you have any questions regarding these upcoming Yoga Teacher Training Programs, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teacher Trainers at RCY
Cindy Boulter, BSc, ERYT 500, IAYT Yoga Therapist, ACE
Cindy is committed to helping teachers, students and private clients expand their possibilities through education, movement and self-exploration. She has over 25 years of experience teaching yoga and fitness as well as training yoga teachers and fitness leaders. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, has studied extensively with numerous teachers and programs, including Yoga Therapeutics and client supervision group with Dr. Bo Forbes, IAYT Yoga Therapy certification with Susi Hately, and is currently studying to become a Licensed Somatic Educator with Amy Matthews.
Cindy’s seminars and workshops have been presented throughout Canada, the US and Japan. She has assisted and taught classes at Kripalu for Bo’s sessions on Yoga for Anxiety and Depression and has led many Yoga Teacher Trainings and International Yoga Retreats over the last ten years.
She believes in a personal approach to yoga, teaching with open curiosity, movement exploration and a sense of humor.
Valerie Kacian, Yoga Instructor
Yoga Instructor Valerie Kacian started a yoga practice in 2001 shortly after the birth of her daughter. Initially seeking to balance out an active fitness routine, the practice became a life’s journey. It was from day one on the mat that she knew she would teach, and share this journey with others. She has a special interest in working with students within their own range of motion tuning into pure, functional movement in the body. Valerie believes anyone can practice and experience the benefits of yoga. She uses a whole-hearted approach to encourage students to connect deeply to movement within their own bodies. Valerie teaches Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga, Mat Pilates, Hatha Yoga, Baby & Me Yoga, Toddler & Me Yoga, Yin Yoga, Vinyasa, and Restorative. She also hosts a YouTube channel offering yoga to those who may have limitations to accessing a class in studio.
Valerie completed her 200 hour certification in May, 2018 with Cindy Boulter, 85 hour Prenatal & Postnatal certification with Bec Conant of Om Births in 2019, and completed her 500 hour certification with Cindy Boulter and Theresa Murphy in 2021. Additional training includes Reiki I & II, Trauma-Informed Teacher Training, Restorative certification, Yin certification, Mat Pilates training, pelvic health training, and an apprenticeship with Jacqui Bonwell. Valerie also holds a Women’s Health certification and is working with Sarah Duvall to become a PCES (Prenatal/Postnatal Certified Exercise Specialist.) Additionally, she is working to complete a 200 hour yoga certification in Children’s Yoga. On her free time, she enjoys spending time with her 3 children, reading, writing, true crime podcasts, spending time with her family, and connecting with the natural world.
Erin LoPorto, Yoga Instructor E-RYT 500, IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist
Erin found her home in yoga the moment she first practiced in 2001. She experienced such personal healing and transformation over the years from the 8-limbed path that she has felt inspired to pass the knowledge on. Yoga is not only her passion but her full time profession. Erin completed a two-year internship at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health where she was able to study with world leaders in the fields of yoga, Ayurveda, energy healing, meditation and the mind-body connection. She is certified teacher of Kripalu Yoga, PranaFlow and TriYoga Therapy. Having collected over 1000 hours of training in Yoga Therapy, Erin was one of the first Yoga Therapists Certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and has been a practitioner since 2012. She is also a talented bodyworker holding Reiki I and II, Multi-Dimensional Transformational Healer and Lotus Palm Thai Yoga Massage certifications.
Additionally, Erin studied somatic expressive therapy through the Leven Institute and has a particular interest in trauma treatment. She has been teaching yoga at Walden Behavioral Care for Eating Disorders since 2013 and Revolution Community Yoga since it first opened in 2012. To her classes, yoga therapy and bodywork, Erin brings a playful, intuitive and compassionate spirit. Her classes range from powerful yoga flows to the still style of yin and restorative yoga. She offers clear instruction and options for everyone. Her bodywork is made of powerfully deep tissue work and an intuitive energetic touch. Erin’s private sessions unfold organically to meet the needs of each individual. Her expertise and approach to her work come from deep within and you cannot help but feel spiritually renewed. Learn more about Erin’s Thai Yoga Bodywork and Yoga Therapy offerings at https://erinloporto.com/. Learn more about Erin’s Reiki-Infused Yoga Nidra Workshop at https://yogaacton.com/reiki-infused-yoga-nidra-workshop/.
Jen Mast, L.I.C.S.W., E-RYT 500 (IYT), Integrative Functional Yoga Therapist, ChildLight Teen Yoga®, Lifeforce Yoga®
Jen completed her 300-hour at Kripalu with Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) in 2016 where she trained under Joseph and Lillian LePage and Maria Mendola (Integrative Functional Yoga Therapy). She then furthered her study and attended an intensive training with Maria in Tucson, learning various techniques for myofascial release, therapeutic movements and exercises to rebalance alignment and long held patterns.
In 2018, Jen completed training in The Roll Model Method® and a Ball Rolling Techniques Workshop with David Vendetti – both for myofascial release. Her extensive work with athletes, injuries and chronic illness in both group and private settings inform her teaching style which infuses safety, mindfulness, alignment principles, unique uses of props and functional therapeutic movements, and of course a lot of humor and fun! Through the pandemic, Jen has continued to train and deepen her own practice with Susi Hately, Functional Synergy™ and a Monthly Mentor Workshop with Jill Miller, Roll Model Method™.
Amy Matthews, BMC Teacher, IDME, CMA, RSMT/RSME
Amy Matthews has been teaching movement since 1994. She is a Body-Mind Centering® Teacher, a Certified Laban Movement Analyst, an Infant Developmental Movement Educator, and a movement therapist and yoga teacher based in NYC.
Amy has partnered with Sarah Barnaby to create Babies Project – a space in NYC dedicated to developmental movement for babies (of all ages). Previously she was a director of The Breathing Project, and co-authored with Leslie Kaminoff the best-selling book Yoga Anatomy (published by Human Kinetics).
Amy is a Program Director for the School for Body-Mind Centering®, and teaches on SME & IDME Programs in the US, Germany and Italy. She taught for four years with Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen in Berkeley CA, and was on the faculty of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies for 10 years.
Amy has participated several times in Gil Hedley’s dissection workshops, and has 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.
Amy is certified as a yoga teacher and as a shiatsu practitioner, is registered with ISMETA as a Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator and has been registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-500 RYT. She teaches embodied anatomy and movement workshops for programs in the US and internationally, and works privately integrating Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, yoga, Body-Mind Centering® and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF).
Learn more about Amy here.
Theresa Murphy, BA, ERYT 500, RYS 200 & 300, & C-IAYT Yoga Therapist
Theresa has been teaching for 26 years and training teachers for 22. Her deepest intention in teaching yoga is to expand minds, open hearts, and to be a catalyst for discovering the wisdom and wonder of an embodied life. She cross-pollinates from many traditions, weaving the crafts of individualized alignment, skillful sequencing, therapeutics, breath-work, developmental movement, anatomy study, wisdom teachings, meditation, chanting, and open exploration of physical and mental awareness.
Theresa is a Yoga Therapist, senior Prajna teacher under Tias Little and the Prajna school, as well as an endorsed Insight Yoga teacher with Sarah Powers and mentor in the Insight Yoga Institute. Theresa wholeheartedly devotes herself to practice. With over a quarter century of study and practice she has made her life’s work a balance of teaching the Yoga Dharma, caring for the dying, supporting babies and caregivers, and ongoing studies with Amy Matthews and Jennifer Welwood. Her current studies are to become a Somatic Movment Educator & Infant Developmental Movement Educator through The School of Body-Mind Centering. Theresa’s web site: https://www.thefeltsense.com/
Shubhada Wavikar, Yoga Instructor
Originally from India, I see yoga as a way of life, as a philosophy for living. Yoga, to me, is an incredible – often transformative – blessing that should be accessible to everyone – to all bodies, minds and abilities. I started on the yoga instructor journey a few years ago to deepen my own practice, and to be able to humbly share this legacy with others. My students have ranged from 3 years old (kids’ yoga) to 100 years old (chair yoga). Each has taught me something, opened my mind to new experiences, new ways of thinking about yoga. And I hope they have felt, in one way or another, touched by the magic of yoga.
I am a registered yoga instructor, and received my 200 hour and 300 hour teacher training at The Yoga Studio in Millis, MA, and an additional 300 hour teacher training at Down Under Yoga, MA. I am currently enrolled in a part online teacher training program with an Institute in India, and I am also trained in yoga nidra and kids’ yoga.
I am deeply interested in all of yoga’s teachings, its ideology and practices. This is such a vast field of knowledge, that one lifetime is too short to explore it. I am a keen student of yoga history, anatomy, Sanskrit, subtle body concepts like chakras, and of course, philosophical underpinnings from the Bhagwad Gita, the Yoga Sutras and Samkhya philosophy. When not on my mat, I love being outdoors, gardening and hiking. I’m also a voracious reader and a lover of murder mysteries
Amy Yapp, IAYT Yoga Therapist
When Amy first tried a yoga class as a busy school teacher many years ago, she decided it “wasn’t for her”. Ten years later and recovering from some serious health challenges, she decided to give yoga another try. When she walked away standing taller and breathing better, she knew she had found something integral to her healing and to her future.
A born teacher, Amy couldn’t help sharing what she had experienced with others and began teaching yoga in 2003. Amy completed her 200-hour teacher training with Johnny Gillespie of Empowered Yoga. She has studied myofascial release with David Vendetti and became certified in The Roll Model Method in 2017.
Most recently, Amy completed the three year IAYT Yoga Therapy Program with Susi Hately and became an accredited Yoga Therapist. As part of this program Amy studied with Ann Douglas and became certified in a form of Yoga Nidra called Rest and Revitalization Sleep Meditation. Amy is a certified Reiki practitioner and teaches yoga and meditation in both group and 1:1 settings.
Amy is passionate about helping people find their own unique path to wellness. Always focused on healing and prevention, she empowers her students to go at their own pace and listen to their inner voice. Fun and connection are at the heart of every class!