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.
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.
Dutzi King teaches Jivamukti Open and private classes at Jala. She has been teaching yoga passionately since 2007. Dutzi is a certified Jivamukti teacher (300h, Omega, NY) and a certified Vinyasa Yoga teacher (200h+ YA, Spirit Yoga Berlin). Her classes are flowy, focused on the individual challenges of her students, and rooted in deep knowledge of yoga philosophy. She teaches breathing as the doorway between our body and our mind, the link between meditation and asana practice, and often a step on the way to a more spiritual, soulful and happy lifestyle.
Dutzi holds a PhD from the College of Fine Arts, Berlin University for the Arts and a MA in Media Arts from the University of Portsmouth, GB. Currently she works as lecturer at RISD, author, and freelance curator. She believes in the magical shift in perception through yoga and art alike.
Fanny Rovere started practicing Yoga in 2002, when she was lucky enough to live right next to the Sivanada Yoga Vedanta Center in Vienna. Ever since then - going through phases of more and less intensity - Yoga has been a part of her life. Her most influential teachers have been senior Iyengar teachers Helmuth Hausberger and Elke Pichler of Iyengar Yoga Vienna. Fanny is a certified 200 hours Yoga teacher and is about to finish her 500 hours training at Grace School of Yoga in North Kingstown, RI, a tradition based on the teachings of Sri Dharma Mittra, NYC. Fanny teaches a moderately paced flow with longer holds. Main emphasis is to guide students towards their ‘inner yoga’, no matter at which physical level they are.
Together with her husband and her two children she came to the US in 2014. Fanny holds an MBA of Vienna University of Economics and worked in the political field in interest representation as well as for the European Parliament. She sees Yoga as a means of finding strength and balance in order to engage fully in the world and for the world.
Jacqueline Silva is a certified Vinyasa Yoga teacher (200h, Vinyasa Yoga School, Rishikesh, India). Yoga has become a major part of her life as a way to stay well and cultivate a mind-body-spirit connection. Through teaching yoga, she hopes to help others connect with their mind and spirit in new ways. Her teaching style is both playful and alignment based - including lots of flowing movements, breathing, music, and laughs!
Jacqueline graduated in Graphic Design at Rhode Island School of Design, where she also taught yoga classes to RISD students. Her work in art and design is based on spreading the messages of yoga and mindfulness to everyone.
Sarah Besky completed her Ashtanga Yoga teacher training with David Swenson. It is the Ashtanga system’s structure as well as its openness to exploration that brings her to practice every morning. Sarah spends the rest of her day as an anthropologist at Brown University. Anthropologists love to talk about ritual. It is the ritual nature of a Mysore practice that Sarah finds most captivating. Rituals are structuring and emergent; they allow for experimentation and reaffirm order. They draw on an energy that rests within individuals but far exceeds them. In ritual, coming together in one place for the same purpose engenders, in sociologist Emilé Durkheim’s words, a sense of “collective effervescence.” As an Ashtanga teacher Sarah works towards balancing structure with emergence and facilitating that collective effervesce.