Teachers

Bristol Maryott is thrilled to be the owner of Jala. Bristol is an Advanced-Certified Jivamukti and prenatal yoga instructor with over twelve years of experience teaching yoga. Bristol’s practice and teaching is informed by the light and grace of her dear teachers. She is grateful for the tutelage of Jivamukti founders, Sharon Gannon and David Life, as well as senior Jivamukti teachers Lady Ruth & Yogeswari. Bristol also travels to India regularly where she loves to practice with Saraswathi Jois in Mysore. She also has completed an Ashtanga second series intensive with Manju Jois. 
Bristol holds an MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London UK and graduated from Yale with a BA in English. She has worked at Sotheby’s in London and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Bristol believes that art and yoga are complimentary disciplines exploring consciousness. Bristol wanted to create a space where yoga practitioners could both inspire and be inspired by art.


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Amanda Eckhardt is honored to be a part of the Jala community. She is a certified Vinyasa Yoga teacher (Eoin Finn 200-hr, 2014) and her classes are alignment focused and breath based in practice. She is inspired by Jivamukti Yoga and appreciates the use of music and longer held postures in order to encourage students to slow down and connect to themselves. Her restorative class is a chance to deeply calm, quiet and open the body.

Amanda is an artist at heart and holds a BFA in Photography from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She hopes to inspire creative expression within her teaching, that each student may rediscover the beauty of their own lives and through this cultivate a stronger connection to their highest self.


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Andrew Lynn is very grateful to teach at Jala. He started practicing Yoga in 2012 while living in Pittsburgh, PA. Like many beginner Yogis, he found the physical practice challenging and centering. When he joined the Jala community in 2014, he found that Yoga is a lifestyle, not just a physical practice. Since then he has deepened his asana, meditation and pranayama practices. He studies with Stephen Bethel in Hillsborough, NH. His training is similar to the ancient Gurukula System, where students live, study and help out at the family compound of their teacher. Each of his classes focuses on community, supporting one another, the breath, and tuning into the Body and Mind. He believes a well-rounded Yoga practice includes meditation to calm the mind, pranayama (or breathing practices) to steady the breath, and intentional asanas. But most critically, he believes that Yoga does not stop when you leave your mat.

When Andrew is not at Jala he is studying Developmental Psychology and Neuroscience at Brown University. He currently holds both a B.S. and a Sc.M. in Psychology, and hope to complete his Ph.D. in the same field within the next couple of years. Long term, he hopes to incorporate Yoga into his research on environmental influences on learning and memory across childhood.


Anna Aresi turned to Ashtanga Yoga while in graduate school to cope with high levels of stress and was so captivated by the experience of wholeness attainable through yoga that she decided to turn it into a lifelong practice. Her yoga and meditation practices have offered great opportunities for self-discovery and have accompanied her throughout intense times such as stressful jobs, pregnancy and childbirth, motherhood. She completed a 200hr Prana Flow Teacher Training with Coral Brown while pregnant with her first baby (a memorable adventure!) and continues to study in the Ashtanga/Jivamukti and Iyengar traditions. Anna holds a Ph.D. in Italian Studies from Brown University and works as a translator, editor, and teacher in Providence, where she lives with her husband, son, and dog.

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Anna White-Nockleby is delighted to be involved in the Jala community. She began practicing yoga as a teenager after having done gymnastics and dance, and was immediately attracted to the physical effects of the practice. She quickly discovered that yoga also offered ways of slowing down, turning inward, and being fully present. In teaching and practicing yoga, she aims to inspire care for oneself and others, both on and off the mat.

Anna’s classes combine a challenging flow with a precise focus on alignment and form. She completed her 200-hour training with Ame Wren and Susannah van der Wende at Boston Yoga School in 2019, and is deeply grateful for the teachers she has learned from along the way.

While not on the mat, Anna is nearing completion of a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures, and loves to talk about Latin American theater and film, as well as strategies for approaching academic work with attention to mindfulness and self-care. 


Erica Nunnally is an experienced 500hr yoga teacher, a traditional animist, a reiki master teacher of the Usui lineage and an ordained minister.

"I teach because yoga saved my life. Twice. I teach because I know that beneath the proverbial cloak of fear and doubt, resides our absolute best selves. I teach and hold space so that you might pause and rediscover how truly awesome you already are." - Erica

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Erica is the director of the Deep River School of Yoga which offers high level training for people who are called to teach Yoga. She is the creatrix of the Journey through 13 Moons, an online 'way finding school’ for women. The Journey through Thirteen Moons is a bespoke healing and collaborative mentoring path that empowers women to resolve lifetimes of fear based choices and reconnect to the full magnitude of their creative and intuitive gifts. Erica is the author of The Seven Practices, available on Amazon.com and has been featured nationally on Sonima.com and in Gluten Free & More magazine for her work with mindfulness and whole health. When Erica is not leading class in incredible studios around Providence and or workshops and retreats around the global, Erica can be found at Tapas Wellness, her boutique mindfulness office in Providence, RI specializing in personal and small group mindfulness work.

Erica earned her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and her Master’s Degree from Suffolk University, both in Massachusetts. She has additional certifications in meridian yoga, herbalism, and has been formally initiated as High Priestess in her studies of shamanic ways of healing.
To learn more about Erica visit www.ericanunnally.com/the-long-story


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Eve Carey  is delighted to join Jala. Eve’s yoga practice began in her early teens. As such, Eve grew into adulthood relying on the teachings of yoga and her practice for guidance, which had a profoundly positive impact on her life. Teaching and sharing the joy of yoga became a natural next step in her yoga journey. Eve became a certified yoga teacher (200-hr) in 2017, under the guidance of Philip Urso and Renee Deslauriers. Eve’s goal as a yoga instructor is to facilitate her students’ mind-body-spirit connection through a class of mindful breathing and flowing postures. Eve is grateful to be able to give back to her community by sharing this powerful practice and to continue learning from her students and teachers.

Eve holds a BSc in Wildlife Biology (Uni. of Rhode Island, 2011), and a MSc in Zoology (wildlife physiology) (Southern Illinois Uni., 2014). She has been blessed with opportunities to study animals and meet people from some truly beautiful and remote parts of the world. Eve has a deep appreciation for the natural world and connectivity of all living beings, which shines through in her teaching. To Eve, yoga opens our consciousness to better knowing ourselves and others, and realizing that there is no difference between the two.


George Petersen teaches Slow Flow Vinyasa Yoga, an ancient Vedic meditation technique know as Primordial Sound Meditation, and Ayurveda. He is also passionate about his work in addiction recovery and is the cofounder of Nourish: a company that hosts 3-hour Pop-ups and provides a space for people to feed their minds, bodies and souls.

Before George began meditating, he was regularly making unhealthy decisions for his well-being. After being introduced to the transformative practices of yoga and meditation, George went on to graduate from Down Under Yoga's 300hr YTT and to study meditation with the likes of Deepak Chopra and Emily Fletcher. Today, following years of daily meditation and Vedic studies, he has guided thousands of people to begin and grow their yoga and meditation practices.

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Through his deep dedication to recovery and well-being, George aims to touch the lives of many by providing them with a simple road map to help awaken, heal, and transform their lives.


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Ike Uri began practicing yoga as an undergraduate, quickly finding a deep appreciation for the mental and physical benefits of the practice. Since that time, yoga has become an integral part of Ike's life. In 2017, he studied ashtanga in Mysore, India, and since that time, his appreciation has continued to grow for the deep traditions embedded in the many aspects of ashtanga yoga. Since training in Mysore, Ike has been grateful to teach various styles of yoga, including ashtanga and vinyasa, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and in Rhode Island. When not practicing or teaching yoga, Ike spends his time working toward a doctoral degree in sociology at Brown University, where he focuses on the relationships between climate change and society.


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Practicing since the age of 12 and teaching since 2012, Irene Bright-Dumm holds a master's degree in Yoga Therapy, is Certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and Continuing Education Provider with Yoga Alliance. In her work as a yoga therapist, Irene specializes in chronic conditions (especially Lyme disease), addiction recovery, reproductive and sexual health, and healing the underlying traumas driving any present pains.

Through all of her offerings, Irene empowers students with accessible tools for tapping into their own capacity for healing and dynamic balance. She believes in the power of a steady yoga practice to ripple both inward and outward for well-rounded personal and collective healing as a way of being.


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Laura Iris Nave is a former dancer, Pilates Instructor and Health Coach. She completed her comprehensive Pilates certification with Romana’s Pilates at True Pilates New York in 2011. She has studied under such master instructors as Sari Mejia Santos, Cynthia Shipley, Jerome Weinberg, Sean Gallagher, Edwina Fontaine, Cynthia Lochard, Juanita Lopez and Phoebe Higgins. She was a Pilates studio manager at Equinox Columbus Circle and has taught throughout New York City. Laura moved to Providence in 2013 and opened Rare Form Pilates, a private, apparatus studio committed to bringing the classical Pilates work to Rhode Island. 

Laura holds a BA in American Studies and Gender Studies from Brown University and is a certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Her goal is to help others find a deeper connection to health to through movement, nutrition, practice and open communication. 


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Liz Guardia believes that there are many gifts to be discovered through the practice of yoga beyond physical transformation. Her passion is to help people on the yogic path through self-inquiry, physical practice and meditation. She believes world peace will be attained once we have all found inner peace. Her teachings stem from the philosophy that the training of the body is the vehicle which leads to the training of the mind. Liz works with a lot of hands-on assist and thoughtful dharma teachings. Liz is a 200 & 500 hr certified teacher. She was introduced to yoga at the age of 16 and it has been a consistent part of her life since.

She has studied with Raffa Yoga and Fluid Yoga. She is forever grateful to her teachers Kevan Gale and Betty Riaz who have helped her transform from a vinyasa practitioner to life-long student of dharma. Liz is a lover travel, adventure, food and fun! She loves to share this energy in her classes. The flows are intelligent, dynamic and robust.


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Growing up a dancer, Shireena El Gallal traveled and discovered cultures through music and movement. She stumbled upon a yoga class and discovered how yoga, dance and music perfectly complement each other and left her in a trance-like state of joy she knew she had to share! Her classes are uniquely choreographed, fun, creative and empowering. She believes in the power of united movement, and her aim is for everyone to leave my class feeling inspired and fulfilled.