Wellness Center Staff



Find out about all the wonderful services we provide in our Wellness Center…treat yourself today!


Holistic Psychotherapy (Adult, Family, Groups)
(including Couples Therapy offered by Shankari)
Body Work
Stress Reduction
Educational Workshops / Presenters
World Music
Community Programs

Psychotherapist and Healer

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 Ananda Shanti, 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 Band have played at yoga studios and offer Kirtan evenings at Ananda Shanti. A skilled psychotherapist with a Masters Degree in counseling psychology and 20 years of a successful practice, she focuses on a holistic approach for her clients. Shankari is also a gifted energy healer and integrates the body/mind philosophy into 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 counseling techniques. She provides psychotherapy and healing to individuals, couples, families 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.

Contact Shankari at shankariom@comcast.net

Reiki Master

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MaryAnn was initially drawn to Reiki as a way to enhance her work as a hospice volunteer.  Through her training and practice, she saw the tremendous benefits of sharing Reiki with friends, family and clients.   She enjoys helping a variety of people who seek to regain balance and alleviate pain and stress using the gentle touch of Reiki.

Reiki is a Japanese energy-based modality.  We all pay attention to our physical body, our skin, bones, muscles and even our blood and hormonal systems.  It’s also important to align your energy system to feel balanced and at ease. Reiki is a series of  hand placements performed over the body while fully clothed in peaceful and calming environment.  The gentle touch of Reiki can produce profound results.  To some it feels like a guided body meditation ~ with the ability to quiet the mind and allow your body to heal on any level. Many people are beginning to recognize the interconnection of  body, mind and spirit and the importance of treating the whole person rather than separate body parts and adopting a more holistic approach to health and well-being.   It’s a wonderful way to help teach children and teens to ‘unplug’ and tap into their own inner knowledge ~ a skill that will serve them well throughout their lives.

Reiki has been used for relief from a wide variety of health conditions including:

  • Chronic pain
  • Arthritis
  • Stress & Tension
  • Recovery from surgery
  • Side effects of chemotherapy or radiation for cancer
  • Improving immunity
  • Sense of well-being
  • Enhancing the sense of peace for those in hospice
  • Menopause and much more

MaryAnn is the Director of Ananda Shanti Yoga and Wellness Center and has been practicing yoga for over 20 years.  She is also a hospice volunteer with Care Dimensions (formerly Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston).

To book a Reiki appointment contact MaryAnn at maryanns.carr@gmail.com or 978.290.2533

½ hour sessions $40/   1 hour $65  / 3 sessions $165

Special rates and sessions for those with chronic or terminal illness ~ please let us know how we can help and support  you.

Founder Authentic Life Center


miriamMiriam Divinsky, Ph.D. is the founder of the Authentic Life Center in Magnolia, MA. She is a Certified Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist and is a Diplomat of the National Hypnotherapy Board. She is a professional member of the International Association for Regression Research and Therapies and is certified by the International Board of Regression Therapies on the highest professional level. Dr. Divinsky is a Certified Spiritual Dowser and a Nationally and Internationally Licensed Spiritual Health Coach.

She holds a MA in Psychology from New York University, a MS from Kiev University, a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from St. Petersburg University, and did her post-graduate work at Moscow University.

In addition to her national and international private practice, she is an engaging workshop leader, presenting nationally and internationally.

She was interviewed by International Consciousness Network Puja and CBS. Dr. Divinsky is listed in Who’s Who in American Women, Who’s Who National Registry as well as listed in America’s Best Therapists.

Dr. Divinsky is offering her services as a Spiritual Advisor and Life Coach at a special rate for members of the Ananda Shanti Community.  Please contact her at:

divinskymiriam@gmail.com or 978.526.7627 to book your appointment


JULIANA SWANSON, Vedic Astologer

Juliana SwansonJuliana Swanson is a registered nurse (RN), healer and holistic Vedic astrologer from Hawaii. She runs her astrological consulting and holistic healing practices, which combine Polarity Therapy and Rebirthing/Sacred Breathwork, from her home office on the Big Island. In addition, she tutors Vedic astrology students both individually and as an online instructor for the American College of Vedic Astrology and the International Academy of Astrology.

Juliana is a Registered Polarity Practitioner (RPP) and a Certified Rebirther. She also qualifies as an ACVA and CVA Level II certified Vedic Astrologer, receiving two titles of excellence: the Jyotish Visharada, CVA and the Jyotish Kovid, CVA. Additionally, in 2012 she was awarded the Jyotish Kovid from ICAS, Bangalore, India.

Juliana is available via telephone or Skype for 1) Holistic Vedic Astrology sessions and/or 2) Rebirthing/Sacred Breathwork sessions. She may be reached by email at Juliana@AstralHarmony.com or through her website is: www.AstralHarmony.com

RAJENDRA M. TRIVEDI, M.D., Medical Advisor


Physician who has provided free service to the needy since 1971.

Graduated in 1968 from B. J. Medical College, Amadavad, India.
Post Graduate training in Neurological Surgery from Charles University in Czechoslovakia.
Completed training at the Cambridge Hospital and Harvard University in Psychiatry.

Rajendra M. trivedi is an Attending Psychiatrist at Baldpate Hospital. He is the Medical Director of CCA and Pain Center
in Stoneham, MA where he has been serving the community since 1971 as a Physician.


Lifer of APA – American Psychiatrist Association
Senior Physician and Volunteer with Massachusetts Medical Society and a Delegate of the Middlesex District.

Patron member of AAPI – American Association of Physicians of India

LIFE MEMBER OF IMANE – Indian Medical Association of New England  www.massmed.org

Member of the Board of Advisors “SAHELI, Boston,MA.
Dr. Trivedi is working closely with the Perkin’s School for the Blind. www.perkins.org

Life member and Honorary Volunteer for the Fundraising Contact for North America of BPA– Blind People Association of Amadavad, India.

Dr.Trivedi is the Medical Advisor for Yoga East since 1993.

He is a Physician who started Health Screening and Consultation At Shri Dwarkami Clinic in Billerica, MA.


11 Beach Street
Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA
Phone: 978.525.0366

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