Shiatsu Program Instructors

Paul Menard – Director

Paul Menard began practicing yoga in 2002 and has maintained a passionate practice ever since. Paul graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal arts with a B.A. in Fine and Performing Arts. His background in performance gives him profound appreciation for the intricacy of the form that yoga affords. His elegance and grace shines through his postures and the execution of his teaching. Paul’s pursuit of a more spiritual practice led him to Karuna in 2011, where he feels blessed to have found such a welcoming and open community. It was at this time that Paul met his primary teacher, and then director, Eileen Muir.

Paul has a fervor for education. In 2011 he completed his Master’s degree in Adult Education and Training. He continues to study regularly with Iyengar teachers in New York City. Paul is a guest teaching artist at Smith College and at yoga studios across the Pioneer Valley.

Paul is a also a Shiatsu practitioner and instructor.

In 2018, Paul assumed the role of Director of Karuna Center for Yoga and Healing Arts. He will forever be honored by this designation and the pleasures of sharing his exploration in the practices of yoga.

Eileen Muir - ShiatsuEileen Muir – Consulting Instructor

From 1982 – 1984 Eileen studied at the Ohashi Shiatsu Institute in New York City. After graduating from the Institute, she traveled to Japan in 1984 to study and live there for a year and a half. She studied privately with two different Shiatsu teachers. Her teachers had very different styles. One teacher was Susuki Sensei of the Masanaga School of Tokyo and the other was a little old man named Yamamoto Sensei. Yamamoto Sensei taught and practiced in the Namikoshi style. Eileen graduated from the Swedish Institute of New York City in 1987, where she taught Shiatsu levels one through advanced from 1987 – 1995. She developed a Shiatsu / Yoga Curriculum for the New York Open Center and taught there from 1989 – 1995. Eileen volunteered at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and worked extensively with HIV and cancer patients for several years. She has a private Shiatsu practice since 1983.  She is the only AOBTA Certified Instructor in the New England Area that is offering a 500-Hour Certification Program.
In addition to Shiatsu, Eileen is devoted to the practice and study of yoga. She began her yoga training in 1969 at the age of 13, and her studies led her to India, China and Japan. She has been devoted to studying and teaching the Iyengar method since 1983. Since 1997, she has been leading yoga teacher trainings. She has also been a practitioner of Vipassana meditation for over 20 years. Eileen brings serenity to her shiatsu training program through the combined influence of her yoga and meditation practices.

Jennifer Tongren – MAOM, LIC Ac

Jennifer Tongren is a licensed acupuncturist and certified herbalist in the state of Massachusetts from the Massachusetts Board of Medicine. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York and a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture in Boston, Massachusetts. Jennifer graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 2005. In 2000, Jennifer studied Shiatsu levels I-III with Ann Ramsay at the Vermont School of Asian Body Therapy located in Burlington, Vermont. Being a lifelong learner, she has continued her studies of Chinese medicine, both in China and at home. She maintains a private practice in Amherst at White Pine Healing Arts.




Dr. Kenneth Rabinoff-Goldman – Experiential Anatomy

Dr. Ken Rabinoff-Goldman has studied anatomy extensively throughout his undergraduate, medical, and chiropractic educations. He has authored numerous articles as well as a study guide monograph on orthopedy and has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  He holds a doctorate in chiropractic as well as certifications in rehabilitation and nutrition. Ken practiced chiropractic for children and adults for more than 25 years and, more recently, at Albany Medical College assisting medical students with communications and examination skills. Ken was first introduced to yoga over 40 years ago while he was an undergraduate and finds yoga practice restorative, healthful and rehabilitative.

Chris Marano RH(AGH), MA, BS

Chris Marano is a teacher of Indigenous and Earth-based wisdom, Chinese philosophy, hands-on experience in field, forest and gardens, herbal preparations, human health and disease, materia medica, clinical practice, wildcrafting, and ”barefoot doctor” medicine.  He is a master clinical herbalist, naturalist, and educator.  He has been a therapeutic herbalist since 1993, Chris draws upon his skills, experience and studies in Chinese, Native American, and Western herbal health traditions to offer Wellness Consultations for a wide range of health issues. He is a registered Herbalist of the American Herbalist Guild (AHG). He is a graduate of the Herbal Therapeutics School of Botanic Medicine and holds an MA degree in Science Education from Columbia Teachers College and a BS degree in Pre-Medicine and Chinese Philosophy from Columbia University. With over 25 years of study, teaching, and published writing on Chinese Buddhism, Meditation, and Philosophy, he founded  Clearpath Herbals, a school of herbal medicine, that offers wellness consultations and high-quality herbal preparations.