It was love at first Uttanasana. After my first yoga class I knew the practice would transform my life forever. Without a doubt, yoga has set my heart on fire and it is this passion that I wish to share with the world.
I began my journey of yoga teacher training in 2010 on the mystical Lago Atitlan in Guatemala focusing on Vinyasa, Sadhana, and Shamanic studies. Soon after that I discovered Anusara and completed another 300 hours of training in alignment based vinyasa yoga. I am currently working towards my advanced 300 hour teacher training with Sianna Sherman and Rasa Yoga, a "bhakti fusion of asana, mantra, mudra, pranayama, meditation, chanting, ritual and earth prayer." My teaching and learning are alive and ever evolving and I hope that my love for the practice inspires others to live their own lives in joy and authenticity.
I am a certified Level 2 AcroYoga teacher, blending the tradition of yoga with the playful practice of acrobatics and the therapeutics of Thai Massage. I have studied in depth with Sianna Sherman and Ashley Turner as an assistant for their 13 moon mystery school in the priestess tradition—a journey of deep inner work, personal growth, and ancient wisdom. I am a Thai Bodyworker and Usui Reiki 2 Practitioner. My intention is to weave all of these teachings into my life and my offerings. My classes offer healing alignment, depth yet lightheartedness, and cultivation of a fearless heart. My goal is to guide students to a place of freedom in their bodies, minds, and hearts. It is with immense gratitude that I share this most transformational practice.
Om Namah Shivaya
To Amy, yoga is a means of balance, strength, love, and peace of mind; a moving meditation. She believes that the lessons we face in yoga can be applied to everyday life. Expect sequencing designed around safety and alignment, while seamlessly linking breath to movement. These fluid, intentional movements are intended to help students cultivate and deeper mind/body awareness. Amy aims to leave all students, of all-levels, feeling connected, open, and inspired.
She has been teaching since completion of her 200hr certification in 2013, and has since trained with Bec Conant of OmBirths. Through this training, Amy has gained a certification in Prenatal Yoga. Her goal is to empower women to connect to their intuitive understanding of their body, mind, and heart.
I was born in NYC, raised in the Berkshires and schooled in the Midwest, but I found my yoga soul in Chicago. It was there that I first discovered the power of Astanga, the alignment of Iyengar, and the lift of the Universal Style. I’ve been a runner and b-grade player of many sports, and generally your never-sit-still-kinda-gal. Move it or lose it. The practice of yoga asana (poses) combined with practical, non-mystical meditation and approachable yogic philosophy has helped me find peace within my body and my mind. Peace, and Space. The space to heal my chronic back pain from bulging and herniated disks, space within my overused creaking joints, space to sit and breath with more ease, space to observe both the joy and sadness in this life around us – and to recognize the importance of our reactions to the shifts and changes that life can bring. I take joy in exploring multiple styles of yoga and meditation through advanced workshops with Tim Miller, Richard Freeman, Anna Forest, Eion Finn, Jean-Jacques Gabriel, David Magone and Dharma Mittra. I’ve spent endless hours practicing and training with Boston’s David Magone and his PranaVayu style – having completed and assisted in multiple trainings with him as well as meditational studies with the Pranavayu philosophical advisor, Lama Migmar Tseten of the Sakya Institute for Buddhist Studies in Cambridge, MA. I still love to run, and climb and kick or hit things around on various playing fields, I adore traveling (not so keen on flying – ah but there is the work to be done) including leading retreats in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Italy. I teach an interesting style of vinyasa yoga that blends creative sequencing with mindful alignment cues, to help students find their strength AND softness upon their mats and in the world. My classes tend to be challenging but accessible, intelligent but entertaining, contemplative but conversational. And I love to accompany each class with practical meditational techniques, refreshing alternative music and poetic meditations. Classes always close with a delicious 10-15 minute guided meditation and savasana. My priority has always been my family – but when the time allows, I enjoy teaching meditation, an advancing practice and yoga teaching trainings in Boston and on the North Shore.
Rachael Duda, MA., has been guiding others through the journey of yoga for 10 years fusing her experience as a yogi, a mental health counselor, an energy practitioner, and a mystic of the heart. Rachael loves exploring nature and the cosmos, intrigued by the exchange between matter and energy, and she views yoga as a space and place to explore the ecology of the spirit to deepen connection with Self. She began teaching yoga on the island of Puerto Rico in 2008 after completing a 200-hour training with Ashtanga Yoga Puerto Rico. In 2009 she begin studying the evolutionary path of Prana Vinyasa with her teacher, Shiva Rea. Rachael holds a masters degree in Holistic Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University, and is a Reiki Master and Associate Polarity Practitioner. She has studied neuroscience and mindfulness, and loves the intersection of somatic, energetic and contemplative practices for healing. She has been inspired by teachers including Shiva Rea (of course), Elena Brower, Nevine Michaan, Bo Forbes, Roberto Lim, Sianna Sherman and Seane Corn, and the amazing growing yoga community of the North Shore and Boston. Rachael's classes offer creative sequencing to inspire a narrative of movement that awakens the process of healing, transformation and expression of the heart. Her classes are intentional in theme, weaving breath, mudra, movement, meditation and music for a full-embodied experience. All levels, every-body always welcome.
Upon the suggestion of her physician Carianne began practicing yoga to alleviate the chronic and debilitating pain of a neck injury. Her consistent practice allowed her to gain relief from what had been years of pain. Through her daily practice she not only found relief from severe pain, but she also discovered strength, flexibility, balance and peace of mind. She was immediately enamored with the fluid practice of linking movement with breath work. She soon discovered that the benefits of her practice extended past the physical, bringing peace and calm to an anxious mind, and teaching her how to use her breath and body to cultivate compassion. Her classes embody a strong, meditative flow with elements of restorative and yin yoga.
Deana entered into the journey of yoga through her enthusiasm for physical, and emotional wellness. As a Holistic Psychotherapist, she embraces the relationship between the mind, body and spirit. Deana’s practice has increased her sense of connection with total being, breath, and movement. The yoga style she teaches is uncomplicated; most influenced by Vinyasa. Students can expect to sweat, and have fun through creative sequences, and deep core work.
She completed her 200 hour teacher training at South Boston Yoga under the tutelage of David Vendetti and Todd Skoglund. In June of 2014, she completed a program consisting of 500 hours of intensive Vinyasa Yoga Training, with Rolf Gates and Jacqui Bonwell. She is a registered yoga teacher holding a E-RYT 200 and RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance (www.yogaalliance.org) and is a Reiki Master Practitioner and Teacher. Deana has had the privilege of Studying Meditation and Mindfulness with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. In addition, Deana completed a seven month intensive training with the #1 Bestselling Expert on the Chakra System, The Charge Activation, by Dr. Anodea Judith
Independent Psychotherapist / Registered Yoga Instructor / Reiki Master
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing, there is a field, I will meet you there. - Rumi
I began my yoga journey in college, where I discovered Hatha Yoga, and soon thereafter, Alignment-based Vinyasa and Kundalini. After many years of non-committal practice, surfing/swimming/running injuries, and increasingly unsettled and unhealthy feelings of mind and body, I returned to my practice fully open and ready, jumped into my 200 hour Vinyasa training in 2014, and have not regretted the best decision of my life ONCE. Along the way, I have added reiki and therapeutic thai yoga bodywork to my toolbox of modalities, as well.
I adore sharing the practices of yoga, meditation and mindfulness with students, while crafting a full sensory experience that links music, breath, movement AND stillness. I've been playing in bands for almost two decades, so creativity and fun are usually at the top of my list when it comes to sequencing classes, making playlists, and encouraging everyone to uncover their inner rockstar. I also love to share my long-cultivated (since I was a tiny little hedge witch!) connection to the elements, the earth, the sea, and the moon during classes and focus on how our connection to nature not only heals us in mind and body, but integrates our authentic selves into the universe. We are all rebels seeking to shine our truest selves to the world!
Jill Geriak Burke
Jill is an exercise physiologist, Certified Personal Trainer and a 200 hr Registered Yoga Teacher. She began practicing yoga in 2011 as an addition to her workouts, but soon discovered so much more. Jill fell in love with the introspective process that yoga ignites through the mind, body, and breath connection. To study the heritage and philosophy of yoga, she traveled to India in January 2017 to complete a 200 hr training at Himalaya Yoga Valley Center in Goa. There she studied the modified Ashtanga series under Lalit Kumar with elements of vinyasa yoga and Iyengar alignment. More recently Jill has also taken to the yin yoga tradition which she studied in 2018 under the direction of Josh Summers in Boston. Her goal as an instructor is to teach yoga in an authentic and tangible way by guiding individuals through a thoughtfully sequenced practice, focusing on alignment and adding appropriate modifications so students of all levels can feel comfortable and present in their bodies.
At the ripe age of 13, my Mom introduced me to the practice of yoga. After years of back pain and two surgeries, her doctor had recommended yoga for its curative and preventive benefits. Within a few months I saw my mother regain strength and freedom in her body. That was the beginning; to me yoga was a radical and wise force of nature. I began teaching yoga in 1997, after years of tennis, high tech, and giving birth to three precious children. Now I am a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) and registered yoga teacher (RYT-500) with over 21 years of teaching experience.
My focus is on yoga therapeutics, which employs techniques of yoga to create, stimulate, and maintain an optimum state of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. Years of therapeutic training and two herniated discs have taught me multitudes about the healing qualities of yoga and proper alignment techniques. The majority of my teaching is one-on-one therapeutic instruction with private clients.
My classes are designed to open your heart, uplift your spirits, and extend your physical and emotional boundaries. Under my guidance you will receive a healthy blend of form and flow, movement and alignment inspired by your breath. Each class is built on progressive sequencing, stories that inspire, yoga philosophy, and the joy of movement. I pay attention to the needs of each individual student. On your mat, you will be challenged, safe, and inspired to discover your inner Radiance. I want you to leave class feeling better than when you showed up, like you can tackle whatever is standing in your way.
Among my many incredible teachers are Bo Forbes, Doug Keller, John Friend, Desiree Rumbaugh, Rolf Gates, Deb Neubauer, and Beryl Bender Birch. Douglas Brooks and Paul Muller-Ortega have guided me in Tantric philosophy. My family is my backbone and my greatest inspiration.