Hi! My name is Emily Pearl Alfano, founder of Red Barn Wellness. After living in California and abroad, I recently returned to the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, to create this down-to-earth space for health, healing and growth.
Although I started yoga and Buddhist Vipassana meditation at the age of 19, I didn't fully dive into it all until 2010. A powerful transition for me, where I left my 8-year career (and comfort zone) as an Environmental Scientist, gave away all of my possessions, ended a long-term relationship, and embarked on a solo-journey to the other side of the world.
Crazy, right?! Well, for such a blessed soul I had noticed I spent an awful lot of my life suffering. I knew there had to be something more to this existence, I knew I needed to heal, and I wanted to uncover the truth...
I spent the next 3 years traveling and studying with master teachers of yoga and Buddhism. I approached it all with the mind of a scientist, determined to uncover what works best for health of mind and body. Making my body the experiment, I dove into nutrition, meditation, yoga and the subtlety of the energetic world.
I lived in ashrams in India and spent over a year in the jungles of Thailand studying the science of yoga at the Pyramid Yoga Centre. I acknowledged my gifts of sensitivity and nurtured my intuition. I studied many healing arts and eventually became a Shamballa and Reiki Master.
My quest for knowledge led me to IIN (the Institute for Integrative Nutrition), the World's Largest Nutrition School, where I graduated in December of 2012. I am completing an IIN advanced course in Gut Health summer of 2018. I hold certifications in 700-hr Yoga Therapy, 200-hr Healer's Yoga, 500-hr Chakra Yoga and 200-Hr It's Yoga- Ashtanga Yoga.
Through my many trainings, retreats, and travel experiences I've learned how food, meditation and yoga can make a huge difference in ones health- mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual. I am excited to share what I've learned, and to bring fantastic teachers here to Red Barn, to help us all feel better, age gracefully, and shine brightly!
Elizabeth has practiced yoga, meditation, recovery spirituality and other disciplines for 25 years, and has been a massage therapist and transition coach for over 10 years. She was amazed and inspired by how her own neck and shoulder injuries healed more quickly with regular yoga and bodywork, but she also loves how grounded emotionally and spiritually she feels after a session.
She has taught gentle, beginner & restorative yoga classes in many studios as well as private individual and group sessions. She received additional certification in Jnana Yoga, the yoga of self-inquiry, to further facilitate the integration of body, mind, and spirit for students and clients.
Elizabeth works gently with beginning and physically limited students, and also with people facing life transitions, and with the addictive mind and body. She loves to share how yoga (and bodywork) is one of the best ways to build a strong physical foundation for the mind to more quietly focus and for the spirit to move more freely.
Asana practice with self-inquiry (Jnana Yoga) principles creates a space for anyone to honor and hold whatever life presents to us as a challenge or a joy, with more ease and grace.
Hello, my name is Zoey Wagner. I was around 10-years-old when I took my first yoga class, and continued the practice on through high school. In my college years my practice dwindled as running and weight lifting took its place. In College I changed my major semester after semester, alternating between art, nutrition, and physical therapy. I knew I wanted to do something that would give back to others but none of these areas of study felt right within me.
In the summer of 2015 I suffered a back injury that forced me to give up running and weight lifting for months, which thankfully lead me back to yoga. Yoga helped tremendously with the pain (both physical and mental) I went through as I healed. Becoming a yoga teacher was something I’d thought about in the past but I knew then that it was something I wanted to take on. In the spring of 2016 I went to Kripalu Center for Yoga and obtained my 200 hour yoga teacher training. Since then I’ve taken on private yoga clients and spent some time this past summer working at a yoga studio in New Hampshire. I taught five days a week to men going through a drug and alcohol addiction recovery program. The experience was truly inspiring. Being able to see the positive impact my work had on others was deeply rewarding and I am thankful for my time there.
My approach to yoga is centered around making the experience all about you. It’s your practice, no one else’s and no one else knows what feels good in your body better then you. I implement this by guiding relaxation, matching breath with movement and creating body awareness, empowering each individual to feel in control of their practice. I’m beyond grateful to now be here at Red Barn Wellness, I so look forward to meeting some new people and growing together!
Hi, I'm Mackenzie. I'm a Kripalu trained 200 hr RYT. I'm passionate about creating a safe space for everyone to practice yoga. I encourage all my students to listen to their body first- your body is your teacher before me.
I am also a busy college student trying to find my way in this great big world. Currently I'm working on my A.A. in Humanities, after that I plan to study at IIN (the Institute for Integrative Nutrition) to receive a health coaching education. From there I plan to pursue a B.A. in English so I can go forth and hopefully write for a health magazine or journal. I always come to yoga to restore and ground me and I want to help my students cultivate that, as well.