Who We Are
At Sruti, we are a collective of individuals who are deeply committed to offering authentic programming and maintaining a welcoming space for your practice and personal development. In addition to our quality teachers + guest presenters and community of students & guests, we are comprised of the following individuals:
Amy began practicing yoga in 1997 while completing her degree in Studio Art and English. With a background in outdoor and experiential education, Amy shifted her focus to guiding adventure-based wilderness therapy in 1999. She met her first yoga teacher, Mary Bastoni, while working for Summit Achievement in Stow, Maine in 2001. In 2002 Amy began devoting all of her time to yoga as a student and a teacher. Dedicated to their teacher, Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois, Christine Hoar and Nancy Gilgoff were Amy’s next mentors. Since 2004, Richard Freeman has been her main influence through trainings and immersions in practice, philosophy, chanting, anatomy in the cadaver lab, internal form, pranayama, text study, and ethical teaching principles. Vipassana meditation has also played a central role in her development and practice. Amy has traveled to Mysore, India to practice at the heart of Ashtanga yoga, and to Peru to study and work with practices from Amazonian and Andean Q’ero Indian lineage of healers and shamans. Amy offers these practices privately and in workshops. Amy moved to the Berkshires in 2007 to work with the Berkshire Ashtanga community. With a vision to develop a community center for Ashtanga, she opened Sruti in 2010. She continues to cultivate and steer the vision of SRUTI while currently on maternity leave.
Formerly the director of Bikram Yoga Ipswich and Ipswich River Yoga in Ipswich, MA, Kat has served as the managing partner at Ananda Shanti Yoga in Manchester by the Sea, MA, a senior instructor at Zen Athletica in Boston, Yoga Sakti in Salem, MA, Treetop Yoga in Gloucester, MA and Yoga GB in Great Barrington, MA. Most recently, she served as a co-founder of the Yoga Institute of the Berkshires. She holds an M. Ed. from Harvard University where she did research in ADD/ADHD. Kat trained as a Life Coach with iPEC and holds multiple yoga certifications from the Yoga College of India, the Baptiste Institute and Anusara Yoga. She is an initiated tantrika in Neelakantha meditation and has received White Tara Empowerment in the dzogchen Buddhist lineage . Mama, yogini, lifelong equestrian and snow-seeker, Kat shares yoga as a tool for living powerfully with a naturally busy human mind and a body that craves optimization of its kinesthetic blueprint. With almost 30 years of personal yoga practice and 20 years as an instructor, Kat writes and educates about life, wellness, yoga and the dharma via her blog, social media, weekly classes, integrative workshops and Yoga Alliance™ certified yoga teacher trainings. Currently the Interim Director, Kat teaches and manages the daily operations of SRUTI.
Tom directs and teaches our Mysore program. He is also responsible for the breathtaking photography on display at the studio, on the website and in marketing materials. Visit Tom’s photography website, lightonashtangayoga.com
Lori is the co-founder and Director of Marketing + Administration for Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. PRYT shares studio and administrative space with us, operating their trainings from Sruti’s facility.. Find out more about PRYT here.