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Dhanashree (Shree) Ramachandran is a certified Art of Living instructor. She has taught yoga, meditation and Kriya to hundreds of adults and children in India and the US. Dhanashree has been instrumental in raising awareness of meditation practices among masses and at prestigious institutions like the World Bank, Washington D.C., MIT, Executive Department of Families and Health, Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts State House. She serves as a meditation expert on boards of many non-profits in India and the US.
Growing up in a family of social and spiritual leaders in southwest India, Dhanashree developed interest in meditation, yoga and chanting at a very young age. Over the years she has received training from acknowledged yogis and teachers like Shankaracharya and Sri Sri Ravishankar. She also shares an intimate connection with Assisi of Rochester, NY. An ardent reader, Dhanashree has special interest in philosophy, art and yogic literature. Dhanashree is the Founder and CEO of Nous Lab- a video games design studio that is committed to develop positive content for all-round growth of gamers of all ages. Her students have regularly reported being benefitted from her creative teaching style, enthusiastic outlook on yogic practices and depth of knowledge. She enjoys acting, cooking and writing in her free time.
David Santucci is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. His teaching combines precision with joy and focuses on developing awareness to harmonize the body and mind.
He began studying Iyengar yoga 20 years ago, and is currently a student of senior teacher Patricia Walden, with whom he completed a two-year teacher training program. He recently traveled to India to study at the Iyengar yoga centers in Bellur and Pune. David has a PhD in Neuroscience and works in the biotech industry.
ROBIN THOMAS comes to the CIC with 7 years of massage therapy experience. She received her massage training at Cortiva Institute in Watertown, MA. For the last 6 years she has worked at a busy massage therapy studio in Belmont, MA, while continuing her massage therapy education. In addition to working at the CIC she will continue to work as a massage therapist at MIT. Robin practices swedish, deep tissue, deep-relaxation, prenatal and postnatal.
Robin is from Norwich, CT and lives in Cambridge, MA. She enjoys reading, movies, gardening, cooking and travel.
Matthew “Malu” Wilder has been teaching self-defense, mindfulness, and meditation for the past eight years. He is the founder of the martial arts system “Nagasu Nami,"which focuses on bringing the mind and body to one fundamental awareness. Malu is a practicing Buddhist with roots in American/Tibetan Buddhism. He is the lead instructor and founder of the Mindfulness Initiative, a mindfulness and meditation training firm which works to bring meditation to public schools and corporations around the Boston area. Malu believes that through the practices of sitting and moving meditation, the mind can trained to a high state of focus, kindness, and tranquility.
Benjamin Carroll, a mystic with intense aspirations has found great joy in blending the mystical roots of yoga with the practical applications it has in day to day business and life. Whether you are seeking business success or an all around sense of well-being, Ben has made it his business to explore new ways of offering exactly what someone might need, in any moment, to catalyze their highest growth and evolution. It is his joy and honor to create these offerings specific to the CIC business and innovation community.
RUSS ROBAR: Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, Member of American Massage Therapy Association Member of the Boston Chamber of Commerce 15 years. Russ has been practicing massage since 1994. He specializes in sports injury and deep tissue massages. He customizes each session according to the client’s needs to maximize comfort and results.
He has worked with the Boston Red Sox and the six-time national champion Boston men’s ultimate Frisbee team, Death or Glory. Currently he works with the men’s national ultimate frisbee champions, Ironside, and the MLU pro ultimate team, the Boston Whitecaps. For the past 13 years he has done post Boston Marathon work for Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Mass General Hospitals. Russ plays trumpet in a number of local bands: the Spittin Vinnies cover band, the Duppy Conquerors, a Bob Marley cover band, and the Porter Squares. He also enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and hiking.
JESSICA ARBER has spent her career sharing her love of fitness, and helping people improve their health and meet their goals. She founded The Active Workplace after seeing a demand for onsite fitness and wellness services, and it wasn’t long before The Active Workplace starting spreading across the map, from Boston to Seattle. Her clients have bonded over burpees and jump squats in conference rooms, experienced chaturanga flow under summer skies, and competed in adventure races together. They’ve competed in online fitness challenges and customized wellness programs. They’ve also found common ground and new lines of communication as executives sweat it out side by side with recent graduates.
In addition to corporate wellness services, Jessica has also spoken to groups about making healthy nutritional choices, and strategies for getting motivated in fitness and in life. She has produced her own workout videos, some of which are available on youtube. She is a certified workplace wellness manager, personal trainer, Pilates instructor, and spinning instructor. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Workplace Wellness Council. Jessica is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. When she is not exploring the latest fitness trend or working on new ideas for The Active Workplace, you might find her off-roading on the beach at Crowes’s Pasture on Cape Cod, or hanging with her daughter, husband and mischievous goldendoodle, Belle.
JNANADEV has been doing yoga for over 30 years and began practicing Sivananda Yoga in 2003 at the New Delhi center. He completed the Teacher’s Training Course at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Nassau. Jnanadev is also a social entrepreneur who graduated from MIT Sloan in 2002 and has been a CIC tenant since 2008. He has personally experienced the transformative power of Sivananda Yoga and enjoys sharing the gift with others.
Wellness Program Coordinator, MASSAGE THERAPY & YOGA
SHAKTI ROWAN, Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, specializes in integrative techniques and tailors her massage for each of her clients' needs. Graduating from Massachusetts Institute of Therapeutic Massage in 2003, she began working at CIC in Cambridge. Shakti continued her studies in therapeutic modalities and brings a toolbox full of skills to support her clients. For more than thirteen years, she has been using therapeutic techniques such as Muscular Therapy, Swedish Massage, Myofascial techniques, and Ashiatsu (barefoot Shiatsu). She also enjoys supporting pregnancy through massage from pre- to post-natal. In addition to traditional techniques, Shakti is available for assisted stretching (in which clients can learn stretches to take home and work on between sessions) as well as Reiki (energy healing). Shakti has advanced certifications in Thai Yoga Massage and Ashiatsu barefoot therapy, and a Hatha Yoga certification from the National Yoga Alliance.