Janine Agoglia, Director
Janine L. Agoglia has been teaching Vinyasa yoga since 1998. Her yoga journey started in 1995 with Iyengar Yoga and she discovered Vinyasa yoga in 1997. The combination of breath with proper body alignment is what fuels Janine’s practice and the classes that she teaches. She believes that yoga should be safe as well as challenging, creative and fun. She always emphasizes proper alignment within the flow, as well as focus, breath and humor to help students find the balance between strength and ease. Deepening one’s physical awareness helps one strengthen his/her spiritual awareness and mind-body connection. Janine loves being able to help people deepen their own practices, finding yoga in everyday life on and off the mat. Her DVD, “Vinyasa Yoga for Regular People” is available for purchase at the front desk at Lumina Mind Body Studios in Wayland, MA.
In addition to being the Co-Director of Yoga and teaching yoga classes at Lumina Mind Body Studios, Janine is also a Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist who practices at Integrative Therapeutics in Natick, MA.
For over 35 years, Teresa Newton-Moineau has been teaching group exercise classes in the metro-west area of Boston. With her understanding and passion for fitness, Teresa became certified as a personal trainer in 1990, working with individuals for personal fitness success, as well as becoming a children’s fitness specialist, and the conditioning coach for the local High School football team.
In 1996, Teresa was deemed the Group Exercise Coordinator for Longfellow Health Club in Wayland, Massachusetts. Teresa’s legendary classes are held daily at the Longfellow Club, and encompass Keizer Indoor Cycling, Step Aerobics, Muscle Conditioning, Pilates, and Children’s fitness classes. Teresa is also certified in nutrition, and is the creator of the “Quick Fix” and “Stretch, Roll, and Sing” classes held exclusively at Longfellow.
Tara Kilgallen began studying yoga at the age of 16 when introduced to the practice by her dance instructor. She immersed herself not only into the physical practice, but also began studying the philosophy and theological roots that helped her form a strong mind- body connection. After years of self study, asana and meditation practice, Tara was certified as an instructor through the Yoga Institute of Houston, Texas in 2001. At just 20 years old, she began teaching group Vinyasa classes in the Wellesley and Natick area, while continuing her education, receiving certifications in Prenatal Yoga, and as a Rieki Master. In 2004, she ventured to California to begin a business of her own, a private yoga studio in close connection with the family business Tushita Heaven. After much success on the west coast, Tara and her husband returned to the greater- Boston area to focus on their family and other pursuits in 2008. Since, Tara has taught group and private classes at Lumina Mind Body Studios, and most recently has been given the honor of Co-Director of the yoga program for Lumina. Tara’s classes reflect her spirit and passion for yoga. She lives in Framingham with her treasured husband and three sons.
Nina Carmel, MSW, RYT is a certified, senior Yoga instructor and Meditation teacher, and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Nina is also a licensed Psychotherapist in private practice and the founder of The Therapy Center for Mind and Body, LLC.
Nina was introduced to Yoga and Meditation as a teenager at the original Yoga and Meditation center-Kripalu, as well as from her mother and grandmother. So she has literally grown-up with these centuries-old practices. The effect of discovering these practices in adolescence transformed her world view radically and launched what was to be a life-long exploration, study and practice of eastern thought, and approaches to mind-body science, psychology, philosophy and concepts of the self. She has had extensive study and practice in Yogic philosophy, and contemporary Yoga practices. She continues a decades-long study, practice and teaching of Buddhism, Vedic texts and Hindu philosophy. Her interest in deepening her knowledge and training over the decades has brought her to many corners of the world where she’s studied with distinguished teachers, masters, llamas and saints.
Inevitably Nina’s research and study, practice and teaching has been woven into a truly integrative form of yoga– from the alignment of Iyengar yoga, the meditative centering of Gentle Kripalu and Svaroopa, to the sequencing and flow of Hatha and Vinyasa styles. Her deeply grounded, transformative teachings and guidance in her Meditation classes, workshops and retreats have been helping people from all walks of life gain skills, insight and freedom from stress, pain, suffering and dissatisfaction.
Nina’s overall approach to teaching is based in a deep appreciation and respect for each of her student’s abilities, challenges and uniqueness. And the guiding paradigm from which she teaches is rooted in the Buddhist understanding of where we find true refuge from our unskillful ways, the challenges of our human journey, balance and healing- the triumvirate of the Buddha (the student on their individual life journey), the Dharma (the teachings that bring balance, freedom, and true happiness) and the Sangha (the community we practice our yogic lifestyle with).
Holly Kania is thrilled to be part of the Lumina wellness team. A certified Brown Belt instructor in Nia Technique, Holly has taught Nia classes in Metrowest Boston since 2012 at Yoga & Nia for Life (West Concord), Lumina at The Longfellow Club (Wayland), Laughing Dog Yoga (Wellesley) and the Dance Complex (Cambridge). When she is not teaching Nia, Holly is a writer, communications professional, vocalist, mom, and golden retriever enthusiast . The Nia “ workout” is 45 – 60 minute fusion movement class playfully choreographed to music, drawing on movements from dance, martial arts, and yoga. Nia provides full body conditioning, building strength, tone, stamina, and flexibility while alleviating pain. The holistic approach of Nia invites a new understanding of self-healing through an awareness of how movement brings health to body, mind and spirit. Holly is excited to spread the joy to students, helping them discovering daily more of what it means to dance through life.
Jon is a certified T’ai Chi instructor who has been practicing T’ai Chi for over 30 years & has been teaching classes in the Metro West for over 5 years.
Kelley Kounadis is a Framingham resident and an enthusiastic personal trainer as well as a Pilates and Spinning instructor with over 10 years of experience. Kelley is classically trained in Mat Pilates. Her certifications include Power Pilates for Mat Pilates, Balanced Body for Reformer, and Cycle Reebok. Kelley is currently teaching Mat Pilates, Pilates Reformer, Spinning, and Pilates and More, a class which combines classic Pilates exercises plus Barre, Weight Lifting, Core and Stretch. Kelley is a people person and enjoys teaching all sized classes from one on one personal training to small groups or large classes. When Kelley is not making her Lumina students laugh during the Hundred she can be found walking her two dogs or on a family bike ride with her husband and two daughters.
Karin Halperin brings her knowledge of movement through dance and gymnastics to Pilates. Her goal is to help others experience the benefits of Pilates – improved posture, core strength and sense of well-being. She is interested in how Pilates can help strengthen bone and joint health as one grows older. She enjoys incorporating Pilates principles into the Barre workout.
Karin is comprehensively certified through Balanced Body for Pilates and Barre, an AFAA certified Fitness Instructor and member of the Pilates Method Alliance.
She teaches Pilates mat and Reformer classes and privates, and the Barre workout at Lumina. Karin has been teaching Pilates since 2002, including two years (started in 2013) at The Longfellow Sports Club in Natick and three years (started in 2012) at Lumina.
After learning that there was a strong history of heart disease in her family Linda decided that this was not going to happen to her. In the mid 1980s, she started taking aerobic classes at a local high school then joined a gym. From there a passion grew for moving to music, working out and taking care of her body. At that point she wanted to share this passion with anyone who wanted to join in so she became a group exercise instructor.
Through the years Linda has taught a variety of classes from Pilates to Zumba where her goal is to make you leave feeling inspired and energized. She is currently certified and /or licensed through Physical Mind Pilates, Zumba, Fitour, AAAI ISMA, TRX, Yogafit and the Willpower Method.
In her spare time Linda enjoys spending time on Cape Cod beaching, boating and Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) and hanging out with her King Charles Spaniel.
Joe has been teaching Yoga since 2002. He has studied with Baron Baptiste, Bikram Choudhury and Jimmy Barkan. Joe originally sought out Hot Yoga as a tool to help assist with the healing of a shoulder injury and immediately was hooked on both the healing and de-toxifying aspects of the practice. Joe made a significant career change from software engineering to teaching full-time in the MetroWest area.
Laraine Lippincott has been teaching yoga for 14 years and considers herself a yoga nerd. She started studying yoga while a student at Wellesley College and now specializes in Gentle Yoga. In her classes, she offers a fusion of Kripalu alignments, Anusara heart openers, Triyoga vinyasa flows and Kundalini breath work. A registered teacher with Yoga Alliance, she is also certified in Pilates, Kripalu Yoga Dance, Radiant Child Yoga, and Yoga Dance for Special Populations, and continues her studies for her Yoga Therapy certification through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She has a Masters in Education and a Masters in Fine Arts, both from Boston University. She also teaches at Emerson Hospital and Lowell Hospital. She understands the importance of seeing the mind, body and spirit as one entity, and leads students to a place of comfort, ease and stability through gentle, flowing movements, breathwork, and “meditation-in-motion” She is well-versed in creating a safe, nurturing environment for a deep and nourishing relaxation.
Penny Foote is curiously passionate about both yoga and relaxation. She’s the founder of Momma Zen’s – Meditation, Yoga and Relaxation, a boutique that since 2012 has served both the yoga and wellness communities.
Penny began practicing Yoga in 1999 at the suggestion of a friend as a means to relieve everyday stress. She fell in love with it right away and began to realize how yoga helped her relieve stress and juggle her career.
After finishing her first Teacher Training in 2012, she began a small meditation group that has expanded into a volunteer program featured on CNN. After discovering Restorative Yoga, she since shares this practice and continues her exploration and studies into other forms of movement & healing. Penny is known for her deeply nurturing teaching style, meditative soft voice and musical play list. She has taught at Universities, all along the East Coast.
Leslie Saab has been teaching Reformer classes and private sessions at Lumina since 2011. She received her training through Stott Pilates in both Mat and Reformer. A true believer in the mind body connection, Leslie also keeps active with indoor cycling classes, yoga and TRX. Her love of nature is complemented with family walks that always include her dog Bella.
Jill Falvey began her fitness career teaching aerobics classes in 1987. Jill added Physical Mind certification and started teaching mat Pilates in 2002. It became clear STOTT Pilates required extensive training and was a leader in the industry. Jill wanted to improve her credentials and completed her STOTT certification in 2007. She is STOTT certified in mat and Reformer. Jill has been specializing in injuries and special populations training privately since 2007.
My mom brought me to my first yoga class and to tell you the truth I found it very strange and pretty hard to take seriously. I wanted to burst into laughter during the quiet moments, the Om-ing freaked me out, and in my closed minded adolescence I decided very quickly that it wasn’t for me. A few years went by and she encouraged me to try it again, I had a completely different experience. Yoga challenged me physically, mentally, and also gave me a peace of mind that I didn’t quite find in any other form of exercise. This time I stuck with it, I practiced as much as I could and loved learning from different teachers. I decided to take an assistant training to further my practice. I learned so much and yet still wanted to know so much more. Yoga became my passion, I dreamed of being a teacher someday. In 2011, I joined a teacher training with Jacqui Bonwell and Jene Rossi. The training was life changing for me. I noticed a huge shift within myself; I was happier, healthier, and more mindful. It reminded me to really live each day instead of just watching them drift by. To become more aware of my actions so that I can build upon the ones that better my life and abandon the ones that don’t. I began taking my practice off my mat and into my everyday life.
I will forever be a student of this practice. I find so many lessons in my own teaching as well. I continue to learn and grow with my students and it’s still just as exciting as when I first started. My intention as a teacher is to offer my students a safe place to explore, grow, and have some space to breathe. Hopefully they can carry all the beautiful lessons of yoga with them as well, setting them free to live their lives to their fullest potential.
Marca Katz came to yoga 10 years ago during a time in which she was training for marathons, teaching step classes, and raising her 3 sons. Feeling a need for something with less impact but no less challenging, she was initially lured by the physical aspects of the practice, but kept returning to her mat as she experienced the many other benefits yoga brought into her life. Wanting to share this gift with others, Marca completed a 200-hour teacher training in July, 2015 at Down Under Yoga in Newton/Brookline with Kate Heffernan, Peter Crowley, Angelina Hawley-Dolan, and continuing education with Natasha Rizopoulos, and Barbara Benagh. With degrees in both nursing and exercise physiology, Marca’s dynamic yoga classes are intelligently and creatively sequenced, while providing a safe and gentle space for her students to practice at their own pace, enabling them to reach their potential.
Dani completed her RYT-200 hour in August 2011 with the lovely team at Akasha Yoga in La Jolla, California and has continued to share the gift of yoga with others ever since. By deepening her own practice, she is able to bring new tips & techniques that keep her classes fresh and fun. Her classes emphasize a mind-body-breath connection; with the breath being the most important. She takes a mindful approach to teaching postures and encourages students to be aware of their bodies. She hopes to continue on with more training in future as well as gain experience with every student she meets.She believes that every body is their own teacher and has something special to share with others.
Dina became certified to teach Vinyasa Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and Pilates mat in 2004 and began practicing integrative bodywork and Reiki in 2006. After years of classical ballet and competitive sports, Yoga practices were the perfect balance for her strained joints and rushed thinking. Following a lifelong interest in anatomy and kinesiology, Dina began studying various forms of bodywork and massage therapy. She specializes in scoliosis, back pain, sciatica, and fibromyalgia. Her techniques include active isolated stretching, deep tissue work, myofascial release and neuromuscular massage. Dina also specializes in prenatal massage therapy.
Dina’s Yoga classes are deep, steady journeys into the physical body, while also focusing on the quality of breath and mindful intentions throughout practice. Students are offered variations during class and are encouraged to take intelligent care of their wellbeing, while also fostering curiosity about new poses and perceptions that arise. Dina’s hands-on assists are a typical part of class and students often receive them as a way to promote space in their muscles and calm their breathing.
Dina has studied at Innerlight Center of Yoga in RI; with master teachers at the New England School of Acupuncture; Tom Karis, OMT at the Muscular Therapy Institute; Jonathan Foust, Nancy Buttenheim, and Lee Albert, NMT at Kripalu; and senior Iyengar yoga teachers, Elise Browning Miller and Patricia Walden. Dina is a licensed massage therapist, Usui Reiki Master, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and Prenatal Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance and certified in Pilates mat. Dina is exceedingly grateful for her teachers, students and clients, as they make this work possible. She lives in Natick, MA with her husband and son.
Eliza has always been a runner and participated competitively in sports. Yoga was introduced to her in college as an additional element of training. After the first class, she never looked back. The physicality of yoga and the spiritual connection of mind and body was the perfect complement to running and life. Her practice began to intensify about 8 years ago after having her first child. Looking to learn more about the Vinyasa flow, the anatomy, and healing the inside and out led Eliza to complete her 200-hour teacher training with H.Y.P. Studios. She continues to learn through many teachers, friends and trainings. Yoga is a physical and mindful practice that Eliza loves sharing with others on the mat.
Elizabeth Levens began practicing yoga in high school to relieve neck and back pain from practicing violin several hours each day. She soon discovered that yoga not only improved back and neck pain, but offered a unique ability to combine a physical workout with mental benefits, including relaxation, clarity, and inner guidance. After practicing for several years, she was eager to share these benefits with others and completed a 200-hour Hatha and Vinyasa residential yoga teacher training at Frog Lotus Yoga. Since her 200-hour training, she has completed hands on assisting training at Down Under Yoga, and Thai Massage training through the Triple Gem School of Thai Massage. A professional violinist, she has a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Boston University and Master of Music from University of South Florida. She has a large private violin studio, teaches fourth grade orchestra, and performs in several orchestras in the Boston area. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, playing with her dogs, kayaking, and pursuing graduate work in occupational therapy.
Kirsten Ward, MS, RCEP, CDE
Kirsten is a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist with The American College of Sports Medicine and Bilingual (English/Spanish) Certified Diabetes Educator. She has been in the health and fitness field since majoring in modern dance in college where she started teaching aerobics. After graduating she worked as a personal trainer in Manhattan and Boston. Kirsten is also a Stott trained Pilates instructor who is advancing her studies of Cadillac, Chair, Barrels and injury and special populations. She is a certified life coach with a private practice as an epi-genetics diabetes coach to help reverse insulin resistance. Kirsten loves to share the joy of movement and she is passionate to help her clients make positive health care changes for a better quality life.
Kim is a 200 Hour RYT in Fluid Yoga, a Vinyasa style practice. Her love of fitness and wellness grew into a passion for yoga and meditation 8 years ago. She is dedicated to helping others live more fluidly on and off the mat.