Gentle Teachers

In addition to Rudy, these wonderful teachers are on the Gentle Yogis teaching team.

Bhavani credits as the beginning of her pull toward a career in teaching the moment as a six-year-old when she taught the Brownie scout next to her how to make a carnation from a Kleenex tissue. Her path was further clarified when her eighth grade English teacher asked her to teach sentence diagramming—a lost art—to the class. Since that time whenever Bhavani learned something she enjoyed, she ended up sharing it with others.

That sharing included classic voice and vocal pedagogy, guitar and macrame in her traveling years, junior high mathematics for the city of Baltimore, and third grade math on television for the state of MD. Always, she was known for taking subjects that seemed complicated to others and explaining them in clear, understandable language.

Along the way, Bhavani was also called upon to use other skills as she did work in theater and opera companies, became a classical deejay on a prominent NYC radio station, did voice-over work, and led choirs. There again, she took that experience and shared it in programs teaching public speaking, voice projection, and freeing the voice for speaking or singing.

Behind all that she learned and all that she shared in her teaching, Bhavani maintained a study and experience of the spiritual. In the beginning it was through her singing for many Christian denominations, then moving into Eastern contemplative practices, and finally ending up at Kripalu in 1988. There, she immersed herself in yoga, including deep practice in meditation, pranayama, and Sanskrit chanting.

As she’d always done, Bhavani didn’t keep the practices to herself, but once again shared her knowledge in user-friendly ways, leading workshops and programs particularly on various types of meditation, but also yogic tools to relieve stress, and the joys of sounding—particularly chanting. 

Learn more about Bhavani’s offerings.

Bhavani Lorrain Nelson Kripalu Meditation Teacher Kirtan Wallah
Nina Triolo Gentle Yoga Teacher for Gentle Yogis Community Supported Classes

Nina Triolo

Nina Triolo, E-RYT 500, has been practicing yoga and meditation for more than 20 years. It was the healing power of her practice, after a life-changing illness, that inspired her to become a teacher and share her love for yoga with others. Nina received her 500-hour teaching certification from Kripalu, where she studied yoga for special populations. She created a special chair yoga program in her community for seniors and people with mobility issues, and is also a presenter at Mohonk Mountain House, cohosting an annual women’s wellness weekend. Nina co-presented a weekend program at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health with Rudy in 2019.  She also leads a variety of classes and workshops as the owner of Loving Balance Yoga. She resides on Long Island. 

Erin Schuster

Erin Schuster, E-RYT 500 believes that yoga is a lifelong journey of self-discovery, both on and off the mat. She received her 500-hour teaching certification from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.  In addition to being a Kripalu Yoga teacher, she is a meditation instructor and delivers wellness workshops, corporate programs, and dynamic private sessions. Erin has assisted the Yoga Teacher Trainings at Kripalu from 2012-2020 and has also assisted Rudy in his Dynamic Gentle Yoga Teacher Trainings.  Erin is dedicated to her own growth through continued education and increasing awareness of what best supports the yoga communities she serves.  She lives in Connecticut and teaches yoga and movement full time as the owner of Shoreline CT Yoga and Wellness.,

Erin Schuster Gentle Yoga Teacher for Gentle Yogis Community Supported Classes
Holly Niles Gentle Yoga Teacher for Gentle Yogis Community Supported Classes

Holly Niles

Holly Niles, M.S., is a certified 500-hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher who has studied Dynamic Gentle Yoga with Rudy and has been a regular participant in the daily Gentle Breath Practice/Chair Yoga class from its inception in March 2020. She is also a Licensed Integrative Nutritionist and an Institute of Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner.  Her personal journey has taught her that the body is designed to heal itself. It simply needs tools to work with such as: positive mental and emotional attitudes, good nutrition, eliminating toxins, deep breathing and a balance of rest and exercise. For Holly, it’s all about building health and wellness. She is passionate about educating, guiding, coaching and assisting clients in finding balance in their life. She is in private practice, offering individual and group programs, and resides in Florida.

Dan Lynch

Dan Lynch is an avid cyclist and yoga enthusiast.  Certified as a Kripalu Yoga Teacher over 10 years ago, he enjoys offering yoga in his local community. Although Dan enjoys physical outdoor activities at a pace that to some of us seems quite vigorous, when teaching, he values slowing down and bringing the focus inward.  Dan has been a pillar in the Gentle Yogis Community, attending the daily Gentle Breath Practice / Chair Yoga class from its online inception in March 2020.  He is studying Dynamic Gentle Yoga with Rudy and will complete his DGYT Certification this spring. 

Dan Lynch Gentle Yoga Teacher for Gentle Yogis Community Supported Classes
Michelle Carlino Gentle Yoga Teacher for Gentle Yogis Community Supported Classes

Michelle Carlino

Michelle Carlino, E-RYT 500, is an Instructor at Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies and a wellness programs teacher for Lourdes Wellness Services. Michelle has been studying yoga since 1980 and has been teaching since 1987. She is certified in Kripalu Yoga and has assisted Rudy in Gentle Yoga programs at Kripalu over the years. She is also certified in Yoga for Cancer/Cardiac patients and several other styles of yoga. She has done extensive studies in therapeutic yoga and specializes in working with special needs populations, including clients with Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, brain injuries visually impaired and back pain. Michelle is certified as a Foot Reflexologist, Tai Chi Chi instructor and chair massage therapist. She has been an Assistant Director of the Lourdes 200 hour yoga teacher training program since 2002.