About Our Instructors

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Sihing Eliot Prisby

Sihing Eliot is the owner and head instructor of Metrowest Kung Fu. He has been practicing martial arts since 1993, when his parents enrolled him in karate lessons when he was bullied as a child. Sihing fell in love with the martial arts, and studied several different styles for many years, eventually receiving black belts in Karate and Tae Kwon Do. While attending Fitchburg State College, he founded the Fitchburg State College Martial Arts Club, which is still active today. In 2009, he began learning Kung Fu and Tai Chi from Sifu Gary LaChapelle. He received his black sash in Huaquan Kung Fu in 2013. He opened Metrowest Kung Fu in January 2016.

Sihing is a strong believer in traditional martial arts, and teaches Kung Fu and Tai Chi as he learned the arts from his own instructors. He believes that to practice Kung Fu is to temper the spirit by strengthening the body, and that anyone can do it if they are willing to learn. Sihing aspires to enrich his students and his community through the virtues that the traditional Chinese martial arts training provides.

Sihing enjoys the outdoors, snowboarding, surfing, photography, and reading. He lives in Maynard with his wife and daughter.

Sihing Eliot teaches all Kung Fu and Tai Chi classes.

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Katina Fontes

Katina has been a yoga practioner for 12 years and an instructor since 2010. Her yoga classes incorporate elements of several styles of yoga, and focus on healing injuries, improving health, and calming the mind.

Katina teaches yoga Thursday mornings from 9:00-10:15AM and Saturday mornings from 10:00-11:00AM, as well as Women’s Dance Circles.

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Karyn

Karyn is a registered nurse and an integrative health and wellness educator in the field of preventative medicine. She is a certified instructor of both Kripalu and Ashtanga yoga, a Reiki master, and holds a degree in psychology. With over twenty years of teaching experience, Karyn has taught yoga retreats, teacher training, and corporate and private wellness classes throughout the US, Costa Rica and Mexico. She is the former founder and owner of Manchester Yoga Center. Blending her background in both eastern and western science, she draws on her years of experience integrating conventional medicine with mind body practices to help students reach their optimal health and well-being.

Karyn is available for health coaching and private yoga instruction. For more information, please visit her website, WellnessWithCare.com.

Karyn teaches yoga Monday mornings from 9:00-10:15AM, as well as Restorative Yoga classes once per month on Sundays.

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Margaret Thompson (Maggie)

After thirty years of working as a registered nurse, Maggie has retired from nursing to work as a hospice volunteer.

Maggie has practiced yoga for six years and has been teaching for three years. She completed her two hundred hour yoga certification in Fairhope, Alabama with Kula Community Yoga. Maggie teaches a slow vinyasa style of yoga which is appropriate for all levels. She sees yoga as a way of life and believes that being on the mat helps her students to maintain a balance in their daily lives.

Maggie teaches yoga Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:45PM.

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Jean Popovich

Jean Popovich, RYT, has been practicing the art of yoga for over fifteen years. She has a solid foundation in classical hatha yoga and lyengar methods from studying under some of the best teachers in the US, such as Kim Valerie, Shiva Rae, and Patricia Walden, in addition to learning from great yoga therapists in India.

She recently received certification as an Ayurveda Wellness Counselor. Ayurveda is a traditional form of Indian medicine focusing on bringing the body into balance through diet, yoga, breath control, and meditation. Her down-to-earth, relaxed style conveys a deep understanding of these complex concepts, while easily explaining all postures and techniques, as well as their effects and contraindications.

Stress relief, better concentration, coordination, and toning of muscles are only a few of the many benefits you will receive under Jean’s guidance. She will not only help you in class, but her goal is for you to ultimately help yourself by creating a private practice tailored to your needs.

Jean teaches yoga Monday and Friday evenings from 6:30-7:45PM.