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 took my first 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. My teaching and learning is 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 also continue my studies with Sianna Sherman and Ashley Turner as an assistant for the Urban Priestess Mystery School—a journey of deep inner work, personal growth, and ancient wisdom. My intention is to weave all of these teachings into my life and my classes, inviting students to become the Alchemists of their own souls. 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
My ever evolving yoga practice stems from over 10 years of experience in various styles and approaches to yoga wellness. From Iyengar to Kundalini and everything in between. I love it all!
The focus of my teaching is to guide students to experience the transformative effects of Yoga on all levels of the Self: physical, energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual. The goal of my personal practice as well as my teaching can be summed up in this quote from Swami Satchidananda: “Practice Yoga for an easeful body, a peaceful mind and a useful life” See you on the mat!
I hold 2 certifications from Integral Yoga Beginner & Intermediate levels, 350 hours. I am a certified Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher. I have completed 150 hours. towards my Integrated Yoga Therapy Teacher certification with Joseph LePage. I am a Level 1 Reiki practitioner and Associate Level Polarity Practitioner.
Yoga has many definitions. 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.
Jemma is passionate about working with people through movement and muscular therapy. She got her masters in Theatre Education and has received her 200 hour yoga certification from Iron Crow Yoga Studio followed by 100 hours of Anusara Yoga Immersions 1, 2 and 3. She graduated from Spa Tech Institute with a license in Therapeutic Massage and has also received level 2 Reiki training. Jemma strives to help people connect to their bodies, hearts and minds through curiosity, balance, awareness, mindfulness, and developing comprehension of where and what is in resistance and over-efforting and offering the tools to learn how to release. The intention of Jemma’s offerings is to help students and clients to slowly bring balance to back to their human spirit through poses and movements that strengthen areas that need to support and to open areas that need to let go. “First move well, then move often” Gray Cook
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.
While living in New York in her early 20s, yoga became a refuge from city life; Rachael knew she was tapping into something when she would leave a class feeling intoxicated with the energy of Prana. The tides of life (and her love of adventures!) brought her to Puerto Rico where she attended a 200-hour training in Ashtanga influenced Vinyasa Yoga at It's Yoga, thus beginning her transition into a career in the healing arts. In 2009 she began her 500-hour certification in Prana Flow© with Shiva Rea and her global community of teachers. She was drawn to the innovative approach of Prana Flow and has enjoyed immersing herself in the knowledge and wisdom of the ancient traditions of Yoga, Tantra, and Ayurveda while fostering her own creative growth as both a student and teacher. She has continued to explore in-depth training in Ayurveda with Maria Garre at the Ayurvedic Institute and also has a certification in Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapy, which has enabled her to bring yoga as an adjunct therapy to various mental health settings. She is currently completing a Master's degree in Holistic Mental Health Counseling at Lesley University, where she hopes to minimize the gap between eastern and western approaches to healing in mental health. Her classes are both playful and challenging; she nurtures students to cultivate awareness one breath at a time throughout the creative sequences. Both on and off the mat, she strives to empower individuals in their own healing processes by bringing balance to the body, mind and collective energy of nature that surrounds us.
Holly found yoga at a time in her life that made her question if yoga had in fact found her. She was struggling with all kinds of stress, producing incredible anxiety in her daily life. Along comes yoga…shifting her perspective and giving her all the tools she needed to deal with whatever life threw at her. Yoga not only showed her when to use her strength and courage to stand tall on her own two feet, but also when to release, let go and maybe even walk away from that which did not serve her. Yoga taught her the amazing power of breath and how it can bring you right to a cool, calm and collected center, no matter the storm that surrounds.
Holly completed her 200-hour teacher training with Marc St. Pierre in 2013, with whom she has been studying with for 6 wonderful years. Her joy in teaching is rooted in alignment, which will provide her students a very long and safe practice. Along with alignment comes an empowering and strengthening practice to boost her student’s confidence and biceps! Her classes are challenging but still filled with a sense of playfulness and fun. She has been studying Buddhism, the Yoga Sutras of Master Patanjali, and the Bhagavad Gita among others to fully immerse herself in the ancient and sacred philosophy that is yoga.
Hilary Richard E-RYT200 is a north shore native who considers herself very lucky to live in an area with such a thriving yoga community. While exploring the practice she fell in love with the creativity, the diversity, the attention to seasonal changes, the human emotion, rawness and humor the practice had to offer. It was a refreshment like no other. Drawing inspiration from this, she seeks to bring students into a more authentic connection with themselves. While building deeper emotional connections through her physical practice, Hilary discovered the magical and healing powers of "softening", making space, and letting go.
She first came to yoga as a teenager and completed her 200hr training in 2012 with Claire Este-MacDonald and Gregor Singleton at Empower Yoga . Since then, Hilary has also received training in restorative yoga through Jillian Pransky at yogaworks NYC, completing Restorative 1&2 as well as continuing education workshops. Most recently, she completed a training in yin yoga through Josh Summers at North End Yoga.
Catie Macken is an E-RYT 200 yoga instructor located in the Boston area. A lover of all forms of movement and connection, she specializes in Vinyasa, AcroYoga, Restorative and meditation practices. She enjoys traveling and is humbled to have the ability to share her love of life and connect with students and peers around the world. Her approach to teaching is playful, authentic, and her vibrant personality will leave you inspired to live your most incredible life. Connect with her on Instagram @catiemacken or check out her website at www.catiemacken.com.
For over a decade Jacalynn Willett has continued to practice Yoga; growing and developing her own form, technique and spiritual connection. Jacalynn started her journey connecting to Reiki and working with people closely and guiding others intuitively. She found that her intuition and guidance was expanding and started working more closely with developing those aspects of her. After years of holding space for people to heal and providing intuitive guidance, it was time to evolve her practice and self further. She decided to take the leap and attend yoga teacher training at the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara in 2012 under the direction of Tracy Rich and Ganga White. It is here Jacalynn achieved her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training certification. During the last 10+ years Jacalynn has practiced yoga on and off her mat. She finds the connection to breathe and your heart keep us present in our fast paced society. After a decade of practicing Reiki, Jacalynn received her Reiki Master Teacher certificate. Jacalynn is grateful to connect others to themselves, and to guide students to receive what they need through the healing process. Teaching yoga and Reiki are practices can be scheduled individually or group studio classes are available. Check out the studio schedule for workshops and regularly scheduled classes. Take the time to connect to your heart and disconnect from the chatter.
My yogic journey began as a quest to keep my body in physical shape after playing division 1 soccer all 4 years of college at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne.
I first stepped onto my yoga mat in 2009 in an Ashtanga yoga class. I was immediately hooked, and began practicing this form of yoga consistently. I soon found what I had been seeking physically had evolved into an internal transformation. Since that very first class, yoga has become both a physical and creative outlet for me.
Continuing to further my education and learn through all types of yoga, my goal as a teacher and student is to uncover the capabilities that the multiple layers of the mind and body hold.
I am a firm believer in seeking balance within your life to find true happiness. I strive to be a great teacher, and I believe a great teacher is one that is constantly willing to learn and grow both on and off their mat. I continue to find balance every time I practice.
My classes are full of energy, alignment and breath. My goal is to create a space for my students to develop the tools necessary to discover confidence strength and patience on their mat to apply to their lives off their mat.
Tara found her way to her mat to simply distress from her job working in residential care for youth and a homeless shelter. She fell in love with the practice of meditating and immediately noticed a feeling of lightness and a difference in her mood. Having suffered from anxiety most of her life she noticed that the breath work, meditation and movement calmed her mind, body and spirit. Yoga also played a role in Tara’s recovery from addiction. A key component to her recovery was learning to deal with emotions in a healthier way. By incorporating yoga into her recovery process, she gained new healthy tools to handle stress and anxiety. Having recently lost her brother to his own battle with addiction, Tara has used her practice to gain the strength to help her process her grief.
Tara teaches basic but powerful classes inspired by Vinyasa. As a student you can expect her classes to be approachable, fun and challenging. Tara’s goal is to get her students to be in the moment and give them the confidence to embrace who they are on and off the mat. Tara completed the 200-hour Teacher Training at Mantra Yoga Studio in 2017. Tara will forever remain a student and is extremely grateful for the teachers that were placed in her path. She looks forward to continuing following her passion of yoga and sharing it with others.
Yoga allows us to embrace both the light and dark that exists in all of us.
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
It has been almost a decade since Melanie first stepped onto a yoga mat. Feeling more than a little lost, confused and disconnected from herself yoga was a way to step back into life. The movement, breath and philosophy of yoga began to shine a light on a path forward for her. Doing yoga began to bring clarity, empowerment and peace to her life. It showed her a way to live from a place of ease. Her practice is ongoing, daily and happens on and off the mat. It helps her to navigate both the difficult and light times. For Melanie, it is the commitment to come back to center moment by moment that makes yoga more than just movement but a way to live from a place of deep trust in life.
In Melanie's classes you use your body as a tool to awaken yourself to your true nature. You find your foundation, ignite your inner power and from this deep place of support you begin to soar to new heights. You use your breath and move your body to reveal who you already are in your natural state. You connect to your wholeness, your expansive nature and your freedom so that you can you live an empowered life of trust and ease.
Melanie trained with Tricia Philpott and Elizabeth Huntsman DeAngelis at Empower Yoga in Beverly, Ma. She is also Reiki level 2 certified through Grace Harrington Murdoch and does Energy Readings for anyone who is desiring some extra guidance.
As my body moves in a vinyasa class, as it unfolds and stretches, my mind begins to clear. I begin to feel free. Combine that feeling with some playful challenges in arm balances or backbends and suddenly I feel like I am flying. My practice helps me feel confident that I can handle any challenge with that same positivity. I like to explore the possibilities of the body, taking it one step at a time. My intention is to be the best version of myself each and every day for myself and family. Yoga is my means for keeping that promise. My purpose as a teacher is to share my love of yoga and guide others to a place in the body and mind where one can feel free and liberated. I will lead you through a vinyasa class so that you can feel stronger and more balanced. You will see that as we begin to open and strengthen the body, we realize the full potential of our body. We learn and trust that the potential is always there. It is just waiting for the mind to free it.
Come trust yourself, love, feel, move, and maybe even fly.
Kara completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2011 with Kate Greer and Lynne Begier at Back Bay Studio in Boston. She completed her Children’s Yoga certification with Marsha Therese. Her practice has been and continues to be inspired by many amazing teachers.