Local Teachers & Therapists

Raven Sadhaka Seltzer, MA, E-RYT-500

Raven is the owner and Executive Director of the Boston Wellness Center (formerly Self-Healing Solutions), and has been teaching yoga, yoga therapy, Ayurveda and offering wellness coaching in the Boston, MA area since 2003. She is also a Reiki Master.

 

She is the author of the trade paperback book:

 

Back to Balance: Heal Your Spine, Heal Your Life.

(Smartbird Publications, July 2013). 

 

Drawing from her extensive trainings, certifications and experience in yoga therapy, Ayurveda, Reiki, massage therapy, positional therapy, writing and expressive therapies, she offers private sessions, corporate classes and workshops.

 

     "My passion is showing others how to heal themselves and manage their pain

      through simple diet and lifestyle changes. All you need is the desire to heal

      and the willpower to stick with a program."

 

She offers private Ayurvedic consultations, yoga therapy sessions, and teaches group classes and workshops. Through the Boston Wellness Center, Raven works to match up clients and students with other skilled and experienced teachers & therapists.  For more information and availability, please check Yoga Class Schedule and Events & Workshops page or give us a call at 617-942-0644.

 

A yoga practitioner since 1981, Raven is a certified professional level yoga educator through the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Massachusetts. She holds the highest credential available from the Yoga Alliance -- "E-RYT-500", having documented over 3,500 hours of yoga training and teaching experience in private and group settings.

 

Raven is an alternative healthcare provider through Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna and Harvard Pilgrim insurance programs. Discounts are available for private sessions and some workshops. Please contact us for more information.

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Raven also has a passion for combining the healing arts with the art of storytelling. She has an extensive background in the creative arts and has performed professionally as a singer-songwriter on both coasts. She was a recipient of the ASCAP Plus Award for 2 years in a row and has recorded and produced 3 audio CDs of her original songs.

 

She holds a masters degree in film production and screenwriting and has taught worskhops and classes in creative writing, screenwriting, story analysis at New York University and at the Gotham Writer's Workshop. Her articles and interviews have been published in various print and online publications over the past 15 years. She has been the recipient of writer's residencies at The Millay Colony for the Arts and the UCross Foundation, and the winner of the WorldFest Houston and the Hudson Valley Film Festival for her screenwriting. She has also been a semi-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowships.

 

For the past 5 years, Raven has been a part of Transformation Circle and Advanced Leadership Transformation studies with her spiritual teacher, Dr. Barbara DeAngelis, and a small group of devoted seekers and leaders. She has also been initiated into the Neelakantha Meditation tradition through Dr. Paul Muller-Ortega.

 

 

Professional affiliations include:

 

IAYT - International Association of Yoga Therapists

KYTA -- Kripalu Yoga Teacher's Association

Yoga Alliance

Helaine Golann (Newton, West Newton)

Helaine Golann is a certified professional level Kripalu Yoga Teacher, a clinical psychologist, and a former teacher in a variety of graduate training programs including Massachusetts School for Professional Psychology, Harvard Medical School, and Lesley University.

 

"I love to teach and share the experience of yoga. My students are encouraged to explore and respect their personal limits, challenging themselves with gentle and loving compassion. By adjusting postures to individual needs, I try to help both beginners and more advanced students experience a combination of challenge and support.

I have a profound belief in the healing benefits of yoga. My own experiences have deepened my commitment to encouraging others to integrate yoga into their lives. I offer suggestions on ways to take brief "yoga breaks" in front of the computer, behind the wheel of a car, or in line at the ATM or grocery store."

 

http://www.yogawithhelaine.com/index.html

Andrea Soler (Chestnut Hill & Jamaica Plain)

Andrea Soler RYT 500 is a bilingual, certified yoga teacher, clinical social worker and director of the MindBody Center and Mental Health Services at Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center. Her experience in movement arts began with the study of modern dance and yoga in her native Argentina.  After coming to the United States, she continued her personal yoga practice and broadened her interest in the relationship of mind, body and energy by earning degrees in dance therapy and social work.

Trained in Kripalu Yoga, creative movement, mindfulness and psychotherapy, Andrea offers classes that foster self awareness, creative flow, and playfulness. She facilitates the adaptation of poses for individual differences, providing gentle encouragement to meet challenges and to balance effort with relaxation. At each stage of practice, students are supported in building inner and outer strength and flexibility while following their own rhythm.

Andrea teaches yoga and stress reduction in English and Spanish and enjoys introducing the overall health benefits of these practices to diverse communities.

Andrea holds a professional level certification as a Kripalu Yoga Teacher (RYT 500-hours). She is a licensed social worker (LICSW), a member of the Yoga Alliance, Kripalu Yoga Teacher’s Association, and NASW.

 

http://www.mindfulyogasi.com/

Guest Teachers

Paul Muller-Ortega, PhD.

Professor Paul Muller-Ortega, Ph.D., is recognized internationally as one of the world's most highly respected and renowned academic scholars in the field of Indian Religion and Hindu Tantra. He is the founder of Blue Throat Yoga, which teaches the elegant Svatantra philosophy of Kashmir Shaivism along with the practice of Neelakantha Meditation.

For more than forty years, Paul has been a pioneer in the technology of consciousness, lecturing and teaching about meditation and Indian philosophy to hundreds of thousands of people in North and South America, Europe, and India. Through his books, articles, essays, commentaries, and translations, Paul has earned a reputation for his unparalleled scholarly authenticity, as well as being a charismatic teacher with a remarkable capacity to convey esoteric truths and teachings in ways that are fully accessible, relevant, and comprehensible to the western mind.

 

Paul Muller-Ortega is the author of the highly acclaimed book, THE TRIADIC HEART OF
SHIVA: KAULA TANTRICISM OF ABHINAVAGUPTA ON THE NON-DUAL SHAIVISM OF KASHMIR,
(State University of New York Press, 1989) in which he examines the "Heart" as the mystical core of Consciousness. He is also one of the co-authors of MEDITATION REVOLUTION as well as numerous scholarly articles on aspects of Tantric Studies.

 

Professor Paul Muller-Ortega earned his undergraduate degree at Yale University and received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California after many arduous years of studying Sanskrit, Indian religions, and Asian philosophy and culture. For twenty-five years he was a
Professor of Religion at Michigan State and then the University of Rochester, and was known for his passionate and innovative teaching style and enrolled-to-capacity classes.

 

Paul Muller-Ortega has been a practitioner and teacher of meditation for almost forty years. He has formally studied with several of the greatest meditation masters of our time, and subsequently has organized and taught hundreds of meditation seminars disseminating potent practices of meditation to thousands of individuals. With this rare combination of training, experience, skill, spiritual practice, and profound insight, Paul takes his students on a profound guided tour of consciousness that is inspiring, life changing and enlightening.