Joann is the Founder and Director of Dharma Yoga Nantucket and Founder of the annual Nantucket Yoga Festival.
She thanks her lucky stars for the day she arrived at the doorstep of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in New York City. That was more than 25 years ago and she has been practicing Yoga ever since.
She received her original teaching certification under the guidance of Dharma Mittra at the Dharma Yoga Center in New York City. She holds a certificate in Integrative Yoga for Seniors from the Duke University School of Integrative Medicine. Joann received her Restorative Yoga training from Judith Hanson Lasater and is a certified Relax and Renew® teacher. She is a certified Yoga Tune Up® and
Most of us experience regular neck and shoulder pain resulting from the ways we use our bodies and the postures we put ourselves in. Rounded shoulder patterns are all too common, as we spend so much time on a phone or in front of a computer. When we do this day-after-day with little work to counterbalance, it results in dysfunction of the muscles of the chest, shoulders and upper back, resulting in aches and pains from muscles that are unable to support you properly.
In this workshop, we will work to unravel common areas of tension in the neck and shoulders, and to strengthen weak and underused muscles that contribute to regular discomfort.
Students can expect to leave the workshop with:
A greater understanding of anatomy as it relates to neck and shoulder pain.
Relief from areas of chronic tension and knowledge of self-care techniques.
Corrective exercises to target weak muscles and decrease discomfort overalld instructor. She is also a certified Unnata® Aerial Yoga Instructor and a certified Yoga for Golfers instructor. She is trained in Somatic Exercise.
She is an Experienced Registered Teacher with the Yoga Alliance.
Joann is responsible for creating, developing and teaching the annual Yoga program at The Sankaty Head Golf Club.
She has traveled through the spiritual heart of India with Bhakti teacher Raghunath.
Joann is profoundly grateful to all the teachers along the way who have encouraged her to follow her heart. In particular, she is thankful to Dharma Mittra, a true Yoga Master, who at 78 years of age, continues to teach daily with humility and love.
She lives on Nantucket year-round with her husband Ted and their dog Lucie. It is her great joy to teach students of all ages and levels of ability sharing with them the many benefits of Yoga.
Ted is the Co-Founder of Dharma Yoga Nantucket and Co-Founder of the annual Nantucket Yoga Festival.
Ted’s practice has been a long and winding road. It began with an Asana practice at age 19, advanced meditation techniques years later, then more advanced practices nearly 20 years after that. In the end he earned a teaching certificate.
From his early teacher he studied the Vedas, including the Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad-Gita, the Ramayana, the Rigveda and the Upanishads. Through study and practice he developed a greater understanding of creative consciousness and the field of all possibilities. In 1990 Ted completed the Maharishi Advanced TM Siddhi program in Washington DC.
Ted is also an accomplished oil painter. He studied painting, anatomy and drawing at The Art Students League in New York with the iconic Frank Mason. The required in depth classes in anatomy gave him a solid understanding of body structure allowing him to often visually assess the needs of his yoga students. As a former athlete he has experienced his share of injuries and knows that his daily yoga practice not only has repaired his body but improved its flexibility, strength and balance.
He received his original teaching certification under the guidance of Dharma Mittra at the Dharma Yoga Center in New York City. He holds a certificate in Integrative Yoga for Seniors from the Duke University School of Integrative Medicine. Ted received his Restorative Yoga training from Judith Hanson Lasater and is a certified Relax and Renew® teacher. He is a certified Yoga Tune Up® and Roll Model® Method instructor. He is a certified Yoga for Golfers instructor which is known for its highly personalized approach to maximize athletic performance. He received this training in Arizona from Katherine Roberts the owner and creator of the program.Ted is also a certified Unnata® Aerial Yoga Instructor. Ted has completed his Somatic Exercise Teacher Training and his first year as a Clinical Somatic Practicioner.
He is an Experienced Registered Teacher with the Yoga Alliance.
Ted has traveled to the spiritual heart of India with Bhakti teacher Raghunath.
As a rising Yogi he wakes daily before dawn to perform his practice, welcome the light and is ever appreciative of his joyful and selfless teachers Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Dharma Mittra.
Jai Guru Dev
Sheri has been teaching yoga on Nantucket year round since 1990.
She received her certification from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 1989. Her education continued and continues to this day as she is inspired by teachers such as Patricia Walden, Eric Schiffmann, Suzie Hurley, Betsey Downing, Rod Stryker, Tao Porchon-Lynch and TKV Desikachar.. Her personal practice as well as her instruction style has been greatly influenced by the Iyengar, Anusara and Para Yoga styles. Sheri is a certified Unnata® Aerial Yoga Instructor.
She thinks of yoga as being a holistic approach to living and invites participants to bring their yoga into the world as they step off their mats. Using her extensive knowledge of the physical body and her keen sense of humor, her intention is to lead classes that are safe, fun and whole, always bringing a sense of spirit into each practice. She is trained in Somatic Exercise.
Leading classes is her joy and living yoga is her passion.
Sheri is RYT200 and RYT500 with Yoga Alliance. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach and has an ongoing Jin Shin Jyutsu practice since 1999.
When she is not doing or leading yoga, seeing personal clients for JSJ or Ayurveda, you may meet her walking on the beach with her Havanese, Amma and/or her husband Sheriff Jim.
Sandy Mukti Carter is a Certified Svaroopa® Yoga Teacher (CSYT 700 hours) as well as an Embodyment® Yoga Therapist. She has been teaching Svaroopa® Yoga at her personal mainland studio for over 11 years.
Sandy began her yoga journey more than 20 years ago. She was introduced to Svaroopa® Yoga by her first instructor, Yogeshwari (Melissa) Fountain. Drawn to and deeply affected by this yoga’s profound core-opening nature, she then pursued practice, training and certification under Svaroopa®’s founder, Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati, (previously Rama Berch). In 2015, she traveled with Swami to Ganeshpuri, India, where she experienced ancient traditions and teachings and received her Sanskrit name “Mukti”. She continues on her path, training with Swami Nirmalananda through the Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram, deepening her professional skills, personal practice and meditation.
Sandy moved to Nantucket full time with her husband and daughter this past year and is truly honored to be introducing Svaroopa® Yoga to the Nantucket community.
When Sandy began her practice she was a mother to three young children. Stretched and stressed by the demands of being a stay at home mom, she found Svaroopa® Yoga not only settled the tensions in her body but settled and softened the tensions in her mind. It was the realization that this practice was unraveling inner mental and emotional tension, which was consuming her physically and energetically, that kept her coming back week after week for another “fix”. Her asana practice provided much needed relaxation, but going further, it began to re-structure her thought patterns. It allowed her to become a more present and loving person to her family, her friends, and to herself. It was with this understanding that she chose to commit more fully to this path. “Mukti” means liberation, something that she aspires to share with her students.
Meryl has been practicing yoga for seven years. She completed her 200 hour RYT and Reiki Master program in 2017 at Yandara Yoga Institute. As a year round resident of Nantucket, she hopes to incorporate the gratitude she has for this beautiful island into her yoga and life practice. She looks to the future with bright eyes and a heart full of gratitude.
I have never taken a yoga class which I so look forward to as Joann’s. She has created an oasis of sorts in this space at the farm. Her kindness, gentleness, and compassion radiate from her beautiful spirit. Each class presents a challenge for me to overcome.” —TP
It was the first time I have had such personal attention during practice. It was the fine tuning and different ways of thinking about the postures that I found extremely helpful. When I started with Joann, I had just thrown my back out and could hardly bend forward. I am blown away by the progress I have made in such a short period of time.” —SS
I began practicing yoga last year, about the same time I started chemotherapy for breast cancer. At first I was thinking, “Wow! There is no way I am ever going to be able to do these poses!” But with the help of Joann and Ted showing me variations leading up to a particular pose, I am now standing on my head! I feel that yoga has brought a sense of lightness and relief into my life. I am a calmer person. Keeping negativity out and letting in all that is positive. Yoga has helped me realize that I have the power to do whatever I want. Now it’s a year later and I am cancer free, happy, and standing as a strong warrior! Thank you Joann and Ted for sharing your practice!” —K.L.
Practicing yoga with Sheri has not only added flexibility to my body but a new awareness of my over all health. In class we are guided through postures and encouraged to listen to our bodies as we attempt to press beyond what our mind tells us we can do. I am amazed at some postures I have been able to form and hold. Practice of this type encourages me to press beyond the familiar in life as well; it is healthy and inspiring.” –Janet
It’s a class I look forward to every week. Sheri takes the time to help with positions, encourage and praise each individual student. It makes me feel so much better for what I feel I can accomplish week to week.” –M.R.
We LOVED your class, it was exactly what we needed and we’re going to be back! Thank you for letting us borrow mats and for leading us in that amazing class. We’ll see you Sunday!” —Mallory