MBCY Guest Teachers
IVY INGRAM, MA, AP
Ayurveda Practitioner and Yoga Therapist specializing in women’s health. With a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, she has been helping women experience deeper health and healing for over 17 years.
Her work draws on insight from psychology, somatics, herbalism, mindfulness, presence-based coaching, and other wisdom sources. She works with clients through online programs, individual consultations, seasonal cleanses and educational courses to help them find comfort in their bodies and ease in their life.
200 hour MBCY Yoga Teacher
ISABEL CASTELLVI is a versatile musician, sound healer, yogi, lover of plants, herbal medicine and Ayurveda, and student of life. Isabel share’s music with audiences all over the world and has performed, recorded and taught throughout North America, Europe, Asia, South and Central America and the Middle East. Inspired and informed by her travels and the chance to connect with beings around the globe through music Isabel aspires to share this insight of oneness. The experience of being able to play music for and with others, often without sharing a spoken language and cultural identity, has been deeply insightful about the power of sound energy speak to all of us, to open our hearts and unite us both in our bodies and in formless space.
Isabel has led workshops on nada yoga, toning/chanting and various forms of sound healing in New York, Chicago, Los Angelos, India and Nicaragua alongside masterful yoga teachers. In February 2015 she co-led a week long yogascape retreat with yoga teacher Dana Rizer in Nicaragua. There she was able to play live music for two classes each day, and in the evenings led meditations, sound healing workshops, chakra chanting and walking meditations on the beach. In the summer of 2014 season she was invited to be the Bard, musician in residence The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. There she had a chance to exchange with the community, compose new music, perform and teach workshops on creative improvisation, sound healing & nada yoga.
She currently studies North Indian Classical Music with renowned vocalist Sri. Rajyasree Ghosh in Kolkata, India and New York City. Isabel received a Bachelor’s in music performance at DePaul University and a Master's in the Contemporary Performance Program at Manhattan School of Music.
PT, ScD, MA, & Master Teacher in Alexander Technique and Somatics
Glenna Batson, PT, ScD, MA is an independent movement educator with nearly four decades of teaching experience in somatically informed dance education. She was the first person to be trained by Irene Dowd in Ideokinesis in 1977. She is also an internationally recognized teacher of the Alexander Technique. She has been taught in various capacities for the American Dance Festival for 29 years. She is the author of Body and Mind in Motion: Dance and Neuroscience in Conversation and editor/contributor of Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives (both by University of Chicago Press, 2014). At 67 years young, she remains inspired by many inroads to embodied knowledge – contemplative to expressive, artistic to scientific. She lives in Durham.
200 hour MBCY Yoga Teacher
RACHEL NIKETOPOULOS is a certified instructor of the Alexander Technique, and has been teaching since 2002. She completed her MindBody Centering Yoga Teacher Training in the summer of 2010. Her passionate interest in conscious anatomy has inspired many MindBody Centering students to move out of holding and grasping and into greater fluidity and flexibility.
When not working at Global Breath, Rachel plays French horn in the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra — which she joined in 2005. She started playing the horn when she was 11, earned music degrees from the Universities of Iowa and Missouri in Kansas City, and has been playing horn professionally since 1989. Rachel is the 7th of 8 children, growing up in a house full of music, art, and bicycles. As an animal activist, especially for the pithy pitbull breed, Rachel is an unstoppable champion of non-violence for all living beings. And she bicycles to work.
As part of her MBCY training, Rachel began volunteering with JobStart in Raleigh - the yoga program for current women inmates. She is grateful for the weekly opportunity to introduce many new ideas under the giant umbrella of yoga: mindfulness, self-healing, movement, meditation, diet choices, and health.
Rachel also teaches a semester-long Alexander Technique course at the UNCG School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.
200 hour MBCY Yoga Teacher
Abbey began her yoga journey in 2010 in order to supplement running. She quickly noticed both the physical and emotional benefits of her yoga practice.
After spinal surgery in 2012, Abbey turned to yoga for healing and strengthening. Through her years of practice, Abbey has experienced the therapeutic benefits of yoga for both mind and body. Yoga has helped her become more mindful and compassionate towards her own body and has helped her find emotional balance and freedom from the constraints of anxiety and depression. She found her yoga practice profoundly beneficial during her pregnancy and birth of her daughter. She finds that she relies on her yoga practice more than ever now as a new mother.
Abbey believes that yoga should be accessible to everyone, regardless of physical limitation. She encourages an attainable approach to yoga, rooted in alignment, breathing, and mindfulness practices that she learned while studying MindBody Centering Yoga with Nina Be and Bart Westdorp. She enjoys sharing her love and practice of yoga with individuals from all walks of life. Her classes include a deep emphasis on the integration of breath in order to allow the body to reach its full potential.