Supporting Teachers

Supporting teachers have been chosen for their dedication and passion for their subject.

Paul Menard
(Principal Instructor/Experiential Anatomy)

Paul Menard began studying yoga in 2002 and has maintained a passionate practice ever since. His background in classical dance gives him profound appreciation for the intricacy of the form that yoga affords. His elegance and grace shines though his postures and the execution of his teaching. Paul’s pursuit of a more spiritual practice led him to Karuna, where he feels blessed to have found such an open and welcoming community. In addition to yoga, Paul has a fervor for education. He completed his master’s degree in Adult Education and Training in early 2011 to complement his career as a workplace learning and development professional. He has completed the 300-hour advanced yoga teacher certification program at Karuna and is seeking other professional credentials as an educator. Paul is excited to connect his love of education and passion for yoga at Karuna.

Terry Coe  (Yoga Philosophy)

Terry Coe has studied Vedanta and Sanskrit at the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam Institutes for Vedanta and Sanskrit in Saylorsburg, PA (www.arshavidya.org) and in India. He conducts YTT and private classes on Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, and beginning Sanskrit.

 

 

Mark Hart (Insight Meditation)

Mark Hart - Insight MeditationMark Hart has practiced Insight Meditation since 1981, studying primarily at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. Since 2000 he has also studied with teachers of non-dual awareness, including Adyashanti, and has incorporated that into his teaching. He is guiding teacher of the Bodhisara Dharma Community in Amherst, Massachusetts, on the teacher’s council at Insight Pioneer Valley in Easthampton, and is the adjunct religious advisor to Buddhist students at Amherst College. Mark holds a PhD in theology and an MA in counseling and has a private practice of psychotherapy in Amherst.

 

Paul Sherbow (Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Yoga Philosophy)

Paul Sherbow - Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Paul H. Sherbow was senior Sanskrit editor for Bhaktivedanta Book Trust during the 1970s. He studied Sanskrit at several universities and with monastics and scholars from India. Currently, he is senior researcher at the International Secretariat of the World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP), a global, multi-religious organization. He also teaches Hinduism at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and holds a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University. His papers and articles have been included in scholarly publications from Oxford and Columbia Universities, the Journal of Vaisnava Studies, and Nama-Rupa Journal.

Shubalananda (Mantra/Japa)

Shubalananda is an American sadhu, traveling across the Northeast since 1995 and sharing his unique, bluesy style of kirtan, which is the meditative call and response gospel music of India. The first stage of inner discipline and yogic attainment is emptying the mind of thoughts, and as Shubal says, “You can’t think when you sing. Therefore, kirtan is the shortcut to no-thought.”

Shubal is a Tantric devotee of Shree Maa of Kamakya. He has studied with many of the gurus of India, including Sathya Sai Baba, Baba Ram Dass, Karunamayi, Baba Hari Ji, and the greatest kirtan singer of them all, Ma Chetan Jyoti. These studies, along with his voice of deep bhava and experience, and his masterful musical skill, allow Shubal to offer his kirtan as a gift to his Guru, to his highest self, and to the community around him.

When Shubal leads kirtan, the flow of his Gurus’ Shakti fills everyone in the room. Shubal’s kirtan is unique: his power, his love of God, his amazing experiences and wisdom, and the grace of his Guru, create an environment which can be experienced nowhere else.