SHANKARI, Founder/Master Teacher

shankariShankari (Janet Shapiro) was given her name by her beloved teacher in 1989. She started her yoga journey with the study of meditation, chant and yogic philosophy. Having studied extensively with her teacher in the ashrams in New York, California, Switzerland, and at the Mother Ashram in India, Shankari has gained deep understanding of this ancient wisdom, which she applies to everyday living. She draws upon her dedication to daily practice to support her unique style of teaching. Trained in Iyengar, Jiva Mukti, Anusara, Hatha and structural yoga methods, Shankari was certified to teach yoga in 1996. She has owned Ananda Shanti Yoga for over 15 years in several locations on the North Shore and is pleased to be back in Manchester. Passionate about keeping the true integrity and respect for the yoga lineage at ASYS, Shankari strives to hold the sacredness of yoga for the greater community. Firm in her belief that yoga studios are not fitness centers, she believes good health comes from a balance of devotional and physical yogas.Shankari shares her love of Kirtan, the sacred practice of chanting, with her students as a powerful, devotional aspect of yoga. Shankari and The Ananda Shanti Yoga Bandhave played at yoga studios and offer Kirtan evenings at ASYS . She is currently working on her new CD, fusing ancient chant with popular sounds for all to enjoy.A skilled psychotherapist with a Master’s degree in counseling psychology and 20 years of a successful private practice, she focuses on a holistic approach for her clients. Shankari is a gifted energy healer and integrates the body/mind philosophy in her private practice. Teaching and training at the Polarity Institute in Ipswich and the Center for Body Oriented Psychotherapy in Boston, she has studied Reiki, cranial sacral work, sound therapy, nutritional care, and cleansing techniques. She provides psychotherapy and healing to individuals, couples, family and children. A committed and enthusiastic student, Shankari continues to study as a dedicated teacher and brings her discoveries directly to her practice and her students

JERRY URBAN, Instructor

jerryHave you ever come into something that you knew would change your life forever? This was yoga for Jerry. But it was not an immediate change or something readily apparent, at first. It was a slow and steady progression through years of practicing and quitting and practicing some more, slowly gaining little awakenings, transitions and transformations, and on occasion, even recognizing them. Each time he went away from yoga, there was always something bringing him back, usually a girlfriend. And then one day, it just stayed with him. And he’s been thankful ever since. Though his primary influence is Shiva Rea, it would be hard to exclude any instructor that he’s ever practiced with or any number of styles of yoga that he’s touched upon. Inspiration comes in many different forms and occasionally it requires a change or shift to find where it’s hiding. Each teacher sharing their inspirations and practice provides a new and different avenue of thought or perhaps, a new path to follow. So come and do a little digging with Jerry, you might like what you find.



Twenty years ago as a result of many years of physical activity, Steve was diagnosed with sciatica. The orthopedic surgeon Steve visited recommended disc herniation surgery to relieve the pain and pressure by the spine on the sciatic.

Steve told the doctor that he wantedto schedule the procedure in three months so he could explore alternative remedies. Steve tried pilates, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage and finally yoga. He found relief from yoga and eventually his condition improved and he was hooked on yoga.

Steve`s practice is based in Hatha and Ashtanga disciplines and influenced by the teachings, philosophies and discoveries of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and Barbara Bernaugh.

Steve`s classes invite you to breathe, move, explore and relax in your body. A portion of each class is devoted to either instruction in the execution of a particular posture or the exploration and alignment of the body to improve movement, posture and strength.

SUZY YAKES, Instructor


Suzy is a dedicated yoga practitioner, both on and off the mat. Yoga is a way of life for her, a part of who she is that has transformed how she connects with herself and interacts with the world.

Suzy has spent over 15 years deepening her personal yoga practice. Her path has been shaped by many mentors including: Tim Miller, Nancy Gilgoff, Erich Shiffman, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Michael Stone, David Swenson, Sarah Powers, Stephen Cope, Richard Freeman and Coby Kozlowski and Michelle Dalbec.

While Suzy’s yoga practice is deeply rooted in the Ashtanga lineage, she incorporates other styles of yoga such as vinyasa, Kripalu, Iyengar, yin and restorative giving her the opportunity to develop a deep sense of trust to nourish her body, mind and spirit.

Suzy’s deep gratitude for yoga led to a strong desire to share the practice with others. After moving to the North Shore and teaching in the Salem Public School District, she wanted to find another way to serve the greater community. The Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training Program resonated with Suzy’s experience of cultivating self-compassion and becoming a beginner again each time she steps on the mat. The Kripalu yoga sequences support the development of non-judgmental self-awareness and acceptance in a very beautiful and vulnerable way.

Suzy’s classes are ideal for those new to yoga, new to the Kripalu approach or anyone wanting to deepen their practice. She provides a safe, supportive environment for students, empowering them to experience balance between effort and ease and inviting them to discover their own bodily wisdom.

LYNN MARLOR, Instructor


Lynne has been teaching yoga and most forms of exercise for the last 25 years.  She has practiced Bikram, Iyengar and Ashtanga  yoga as well as many styles of group exercise including spinning, barre,  pilates, step and muscle classes.


Her journey has included learning about the human body and how movement is essential for a healthy lifestyle.   She incorporates balance, strength and flow into her yoga practice.  Growing and learning through her teachers and students Lynne hopes to foster an appreciation for the human body, to help all students to age gracefully and move with fluidity as we engage in our life path.

JEN TOLO, Instructor

Jen has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, beginning as a “fitness inspired”, power focus, but evolving into a pranayama, meditative, centering practice.  Jen can relate to those whose intro to yoga was reluctant, looking for the workout and bringing intensity to all movement, but actually NEEDING to back off, connect to self and body and be gentle and present.  She uses yoga to help balance her body and mind as a fitness enthusiast/ trainer, mother of 4 boys and type A ‘Doer’.

Jen is the owner of Butterfly Family Wellness, and calls herself an Integrative bridge to health. Her background as a critical care nurse, reiki master, personal trainer and integrative health coach has lead her to find an integrative yoga practice connecting mediation, breath, mindful movement, strength, balance and flow to the concept of tuning into the body and mind and listening to the messages it has for us.  Her classes are intuitive and range from restorative, to flow, from gentle to challenging, depending on what you need in that moment.  Jen’s intention is to help you connect to yourself, your needs while building strength and balance in the body, mind and spirit.


Marylee is a registered yoga teacher and founder of Chakras Yoga.  Her yoga classes explore the subtle energies of the body, bring the mind’s focus inward, and making space for the new. She’s been a teacher for 12 years and has spent that time exploring the Chakra System.

Chakras Yoga Classes are Kundalini inspired and are mixed with hatha, chanting, and meditation. These classes are for healing and inward focus.  We build heat in the body with pranayama, which leads to lasting change.  Her motto for her classes is “If you want your life to stay the same….Don’t do yoga!”

Marylee is a mother, singer,  jewelry designer, and columnist for My Life Yoga,, Gaiam Yoga, Boston and LA Yoga Magazine, and The Elephant Journal.

Her essays explore Motherhood and yoga, and mainly focus on her experiences with her son and the many ways her helps her grow.



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