Adam McLean

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As an army brat, lifelong musician, artist, martial artist, and theatre artist, my journey into Yoga has been full of wonderfully rich explorations into a variety of arts and movement disciplines. (adammclean.bandcamp.com)

Prior to earning my 200 Hour Teacher Training with Vibe Yoga Studios in Bloomington, IN, I was an Assistant Professor of Movement and Stage Combat at Indiana University in the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance.  I’ve also taught Movement, Acting, and Stage Combat at Boston University, Emerson College, and Florida State University.   And although I still hold the status of Certified Teacher and Fight Director with the Society of American Fight Directors, I have retired from academia and have moved to teaching Yoga to as many people as I can.

After years of teaching at the university level, as a former martial art teacher, and now Yoga teacher, I fully believe in education as service… I find myself gravitating towards how to bring Yoga to anyone to enrich, support, and expand their perspectives on what they do by fully engaging the body, breath, mind, and imagination.

I try to create a class that engages the whole self where you can meet yourself on your mat.  He welcomes any levels, age, experience to come to class and discover what lies beyond their expectations!

Alana Brennan


For over a decade, regardless of where I have been in the world, my yoga practice has not only given me the tools to adapt to new environments, but it has also been a direct and often immediate connection to a community that shares the same morals and values as me.

When I moved to Boston in 2006 to get my master’s in Public Health I started practicing Forrest Yoga intensely and eventually went on to complete the Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training Course in 2007. I completed the Advanced Forrest Teacher Training in 2010 and 2015 and the Forrest Yoga Mentorship in 2015 and 2016 with Heidi Sormaz, owner of Fresh Yoga in New Haven, CT.

I have always felt that Forrest Yoga's strong focus on the connection between body, breath and consciousness has not only allowed me to work deeply in my own body, but has provided me with a solid foundation as a teacher to help guide my students in their own practice.

Students have described my classes, whether vinyasa or Forrest, as challenging and fun! I do my best to create an environment that plays by the yogic rules of mindful breathing, alignment and non-harming to the body that allows my students to shift not only physically but mentally at their own pace.

I recently finished my PhD in Epidemiology focused on HIV/AIDS research in sub-Saharan Africa, where I lived and worked from 2008 to 2011.

www.alanabrennanyoga.com

Alex Bauermeister

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I am an ever-learning self-awareness junkie who strives to make the experience of being alive more joyful, safe and meaningful for all. I have had the privilege of over 1000 hours of training as a yoga teacher, yoga therapist, and group facilitator, along with a decade of personal practice. My teaching style blends the fluidity of Vinyasa with the authenticity of Kripalu and the depth of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy to help my students connect to breath, body and self. In addition to teaching group classes and workshops, I specialize in working one-on-one as a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist to help students find mind-body relief from stress, anxiety, tension, trauma and limiting patterns.

www.intrayogatherapy.com

Ame Wren

My yoga practice began, as it does for so many, in early adulthood. Throughout my years as a student I have developed a penchant for mixing methods and classify myself as a “yoga mutt.” My aim as a teacher is to be a conduit for the wisdom of yoga and offer my students an environment in which they can study themselves. 

I am a dedicated student of both the Iyengar and Ashtanga lineages. I am indebted to my teachers--- Richard Freeman and Patricia Walden--- for continuing to show me the path of a yogi. My ongoing study informs everything I do and I hope to always remain a curious student and humble teacher.

In addition to my yoga teaching, I am a writer, public speaker and academic. I study the intersection of religion, spirituality and contemporary culture. I have been featured at TEDx, in Yoga Journal and was awarded the honor of “Best of Boston.” My greatest passion project is directing Boston Yoga School. 

In 2012 I taught the very first class at JPCY. It has remained my home and I am deeply grateful to Daniel, Sejal and the community for giving me space to grow and stretch as a teacher. 

www.amewren.com

Andrea Fotopoulos

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Andrea Fotopoulos is a Boston based “Anusara Inspired” yoga teacher. Inspired by the complexities of the teachings within the practice of yoga, and the wildness of living an embodied life, she often weaves story, theme or wise anecdote to personalize the practice on the mat. Her classes are focused on aligned movement, born from a desire to serve each student: from beginner, seasoned, working with injury or working with limitation. Andrea is dedicated to making yoga accessible for everybody by making the difficult doable and the doable difficult. With a mix of no nonsense direction and some good ol’ humor, she cultivates a space for each individual student to do their work, while also creating a strong sense of community to practice within.

Andrea’s teaching style and personal home practice have been shaped by the Anusara yoga methodology, studies of Tantric philosophy and a continuing education with her teachers . Her own yoga practice began over 23 years ago; 13 years of which she has been teaching. Andrea draws her immediate inspiration from her skilled teachers: Christina Sell, Darren Rhodes, Noah Maze, Douglas Brooks and all of their teachers and their teachers’ teachers. May their wisdom shine a light for all of us.

www.andreafotopoulos.com

Brenna Matthews

I teach because I believe yoga has the potential to widen one's perspective, de-clutter the mind and spirit, and help each person know their innate self worth.

Being an empath (incredibly sensitive person who processes emotions for other people and beings), the world has often times been overwhelming. The practice has saved me many times over and I wish to pass on it's medicine to as many people as possible. 

I am ever an eager student of the practice and have studied many modalities over the years. Most recently I've studied mostly energy, the subtle body, and enhanced intuition work. My classes are a blend of this work along with influences from Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Kundalini yoga traditions.

I have completed an 850+hr massage therapy program at the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy as well as a Level 2 Reiki training. 

Carolyn Little

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In my classes I hold a safe, open space, guiding students through an integration of vinyasa, yin, restorative, qi-gong, meditation and pranayama. I encourage students to meet themselves and their practice, with compassion, vulnerability, and a sense of humor. 


As a 500hr RYT, (including certifications in yin yoga and prenatal yoga), along with a graduate degree in Social Justice in Intercultural Relations with a focus in Public Health, I bring a multidisciplinary approach to wellness, empowerment, and leadership shaped by my experiences working and traveling nationally and internationally. 


I am a Reiki Master, Transformational Life Coach, and Shamanic Practitioner. My unique journey has led me to study with indigenous Elders from Columbia, Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico, and North American (including the tribes of Cherokee, Lakota, Anishinaabe, and Cree). I co-lead retreats with Yona FrenchHawk, a Cherokee Elder and Ceremonialist, who is one of less than 300 remaining full blooded Cherokee who speak and write the native tongue. As a catalyst in bridging these ancient traditions with modern technology across various spaces from yoga studios to western medical and corporate settings, I impart the philosophies of holistic healing, earth based traditions, and the subtle skills of self inquiry and interpersonal relationship.

 

I also am excited to be creating a series of Nada Yoga albums ("Nada Yoga = the union of sound") collaborating with the many brilliantly talented musicians who have played for my Nada Yoga classes at JPCY over the past 5 years!
For information about me, my retreats, coaching services, or private yoga/meditation sessions please visit www.livethrivelove.com. 

Daniel Max

I was first introduced to yogic philosophy while frequenting India in my teenage years. Born and raised in Israel, I left in my early 20s to travel East in search of greater perspective. There I began practicing yoga and meditation and learned to work with my limitations rather than try to over ride them. These practices have supported me ever since and have given me the opportunity to serve others.

I came to the US in 2003 to study holistic health. It is here that I became certified as a shiatsu practitioner, massage therapist, nutrition and health counselor, and yoga instructor. I have been teaching yoga since 2005. 

In 2012 I opened JP Centre Yoga, with my co-founder Sejal Shah, with the vision of creating a community based environment which allows for each individual to go inward, refocus the mind, and cultivate a calming experience.

I have trained predominantly in various schools of Vinyasa as well as in the Anusara tradition and I am currently training in an Iyengar certification program. My yoga classes are delivered as a breath-based vinyasa flow with an emphasis on strength and flexibility within optimal alignment. 

I believe that stillness is achieved as a result of skillful movement and that aligning the body, the breath, and the mind, yield greater awareness. My intention is to set the stage for transformation by providing tools for shifting non-helpful patterns and to teach in reverence to the heritage and philosophy of the yogic path.

daniel@jpcentreyoga.com

Dan Steel

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I first started on my yogic path back in 2008 while I was enrolled in an intro to Eastern philosophy course at the Berklee College of Music. My professor at the time sparked my interest in Transcendental Meditation, a technique that has its roots in the yoga tradition, which I learned later that semester. Shortly thereafter I discovered the asana practice. Having a background in martial arts and gymnastics, I was immediately drawn to the physically demanding aspects of the asanas and the focus that it required. Not long after establishing a regular practice, in conjunction with daily meditation, I began to recognize the powerful potential in yoga for healing, self-discovery, and transformation. I believe that the strength, flexibility, and balance cultivated in the body through asana can be reflected in the mind.

Every time one steps onto the yoga mat, there is the opportunity for growth and greater understanding of the self, both physically and spiritually, if the practice is approached with the appropriate degree of attention, patience, and dedication. The more we come to understand ourselves, the more we can act in accordance with our true natures.

I have completed both the Foundational and Advanced trainings with Ana Forrest, a 200 hour vinyasa training with Ame Wren at Back Bay Yoga, and studied Budokon Yoga with Cameron Shayne. In addition to my continued yoga studies and practice, I am training in the system of Z-Health (a fitness system inspired by current neuroscience that focuses on improving the connection between brain and body). In my classes I strive to offer a platform upon which students can explore and develop a heightened sense of body awareness, control and overall focus.

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David Knight

Shiatsu Practitioner

David Knight has been an AOBTA certified practitioner of Zen Shiatsu since 2003. 

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Zen shiatsu, developed by Shizuto Masunaga, has roots in both the traditional Japanese understanding of the body’s energetic system (as used by acupuncturists) and in the Western understanding of our emotional life (Masunaga was a professor of Psychology at the University of Kyoto) and the effect our feelings have on our health and well being.

By finding and releasing areas of tension and relieving pain and stiffness through direct touch, pairing specific pressure points, and gentle limb stretching and movement, Shiatsu treatments can help settle our emotions and bring us to a state of deep relaxation so our Ki (energy), can move without obstruction.

David combines his knowledge of human body (as a martial arts practitioner and teacher of long standing as well as a bodyworker) and his understanding of the energetic anatomy (from years of ongoing training with Masters in Shiatsu, TuiNa, and Acupressure), to craft an individualized treatment for each client appropriate to their needs.

Please visit his website: www.shiatsushokunin.com

Evalyn Mehta

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Yoga for Healthy Aging

I began practicing yoga to alleviate the stress from working in corporate settings and the fact that for a number of years, had been unhappy with the imbalance in my life.  As my practice became stronger, I realized that yoga was the path I wanted to follow and wished to share my passion for yoga with others, as an instructor. I completed both a 200 hr. certification in Prana Vinyasa flow with Shiva Rea and a 500 hr. certification with Barbara Benagh in Hatha Yoga with an emphasis on Yoga anatomy.  My teaching continues to be informed by the talented yoga instructors in the Boston area, Ame Wren, Alana Brennan and Daniel Max. 

I discovered yoga at the age of  52 and earned strength and flexibility in each of the postures through practice and patience. Now, teaching this practice for over a decade, I offer all the benefits of movement while reflecting the levels and needs of each student. Modifications are offered when necessary as a way to keep the joints healthy, the muscles supple, and vitality strong.

Hannah Landes

Yoga and massage found me at the same time.  Having spent the majority of my life intellectually stimulated but physically sedentary, I didn’t realize how much discomfort I was in on a regular basis until I received my first massage.  Immediately upon experiencing the mental clarity and spiritual lightness from the physical experience, I concluded that I had to take a direct approach towards making my physical vessel feel better on a regular, sustainable, and independent basis, and thusly pursued yoga.  Simultaneously studying for my massage license at Cortiva School of Massage and for my yoga teacher training at Inner Strength Studios—both in Watertown—amplified my comprehension of both and as a result I view the two as inextricably linked. 

My origins in yoga may have begun with heated power Vinyasa flow, but in combining that platform with massage-oriented intentions, my personal style has developed into something more intuitive and nuanced.  My goal when I teach a class is to center the mind with breath so that clear focus on alignment can take place; once the physical position is sound to then pursue stretching and strengthening through complimentary combinations in order to fortify the body in a healthy, thoughtful way.

Johnathon Holmes

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I took my first yoga class on a whim. I had just moved to Boston and noticed that many people seemed to have yoga mats surgically attached to their back when walking down the street—what was all this about? Not knowing what I was getting myself into, I signed up for a 2-hour Iyengar class at my gym; three blankets, two blocks, and one strap later, I fell in love. Yoga asked me to move in a way that was completely foreign and I left class that evening eager for more. The benefits of the yoga practice were immediate, and it was clear that a profound internal shift had taken place.

I completed my 200-hour teacher training with the Boston Yoga School, directed by Ame Wren. I currently study with and am inspired by Tim Kelleher, Brenna Matthews, and Peter Crowley. Linking breath and movement seems so simple, yet has such a profound effect when practiced with purpose. As a registered nurse, I’m also interested in how the regular practice of yoga can help my students cultivate physical, emotional, and spiritual health. My class is an expression of my love for playfulness and structure. I aim to provide a space where students of all skill levels and background can find stability, play with their edge, and create space to let a little more light in.

Juliet Loranger

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I learn through moving my body, and with that I keep learning the importance of patience. I’ve always moved and grooved my way through life, I like it that way. A while ago I found myself engaged with the hails and fails of being a modern day rock-n-roll woman and then somehow along came yoga, and that has made this life all the more intriguing.

My personal practice of yoga is to establish relationship with process and honesty. I hope to tend and to nurture the traditions and philosophies of yoga with grace and curiosity. In the classes I teach, I invite participants to a place where they might sustain in what is (what works for them), I choose to educate about the fortifying qualities and the alignment of yoga postures, also encourage students to better understand the fluency of their breath.

200 hour certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor & 300 hour certified with Noah Mazé and is currently involved in an in-depth training with Noah to be a certified YogaMazé instructor. My philosophy teacher is Douglas Brooks.

I have been teaching for 11 years. I have been a yoga studio owner for 7 years.

Yoga on Union in downtown New Bedford is my home base, but I offer classes and workshops throughout New England.

www.julietloranger.com

Kathy Tarnoff

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As a competitive half-marathon runner, I sought out new ways to enhance my training. This is when I was introduced to my first yoga class. After 90 minutes of sweating and breathing on my mat I came away completely overwhelmed with excitement, curiosity and joy. I had found a missing piece to my wellness/fitness—inner well-being. Then one day I got hurt running….I had to hang up my running shoes to heal and began focusing my attention on yoga. After a few weeks of living on my mat and off the road, I noticed the aches and pains were disappearing and I felt better overall. I didn’t need the pounding of running to feel good anymore.

Following years of intensive practice and the completion of the Forrest Yoga teacher training, I developed a new outlook on wellness, one that included both the shell of the body and the inner self. Along with core strength and overall health, I also gained the ability to speak my truth, to feel within, and to be grounded.

During my initial years of my yoga practice I was introduced to craniosacral therapy, the perfect addition to my yoga practice as it continued the journey inward. Yoga and craniosacral work have enabled me to decrease pain relating to old athletic injuries and the daily aches of being active. Noticing how this combination has improved my quality of life, I wanted to offer the same relief to others and began and have continued studying with Hugh Milne in Berkeley, CA for Visionary Craniosacral Therapy. I have supplemented my background by studying Anatomy, Asana and Therapeutics with Judith Lasater, Functional Anatomy with Ellen Heed and Anatomy Trains with Eli Thompson.

My classes include aspects of Forrest, Iyengar and Vinayasa in both private and studio settings. They are designed to help students develop an overall sense of strength and well-being with an emphasis on inner awareness and what one’s body needs. Whether for beginners, advanced yogis, or athletes, I create dynamic classes that are safe, engaging and challenging.

www.focus-within.com

Kristina Clemons

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Kristina began practicing yoga in 2004 in New York City; what began as a physical practice gradually revealed a much more nuanced and subtle inner journey. It is this subtlety that continues to inspire her to learn, teach, and share this practice with others. Kristina began teaching in 2010 and has a 500hr certification with Nikki Costello (an Iyengar teacher based in NYC). Her teaching also draws inspiration from her 200hr certification with the Threes Physiyoga Method (an advanced anatomy training taught by physical therapists aimed at injury prevention and rehab). Kristina is also a sound therapy practitioner offering an experience of healing through the sound and vibration of himalayan singing bowls. For more information, visit kristinaclemonsyoga.com.

Marisa Donlin

Acupuncture

I’m a Master’s-prepared Acupuncture mama known for my gentle needle technique and comforting bedside manner. After more than seven years as the owner of Newton Center Acupuncture, I’m excited to finally bring my work home to JP as Blue Fire Acupuncture.

Even after delivering thousands of treatments over the years, I still love to witness the unique response each person has to the individualized approach Chinese Medicine offers. Acupuncture rocks. This is what I love about this medicine – you get the best of both worlds. Well designed scientific studies support its efficacy and many aspects remain unexplained but still extremely effective in helping people restore health in their bodies.

My approach to acupuncture is an individualized partnership between practitioner and patient. I create and hold space in the treatment room in a calm and healing way. Your comfort and relaxation is my priority. By asking the right questions at the right time, I help you make profound connections between your lifestyle and your symptoms. I have extensive experience with women’s health, fertility, cancer support, and ptsd.

I am so excited to share the power of Chinese Medicine with the people of this community that I feel so lucky to call my neighbors.

www.bluefireacu.com
marisa@bluefireacu.com
857-342-3936

Magi Pierce

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I am known for astute sequencing and precise cueing. Within a frame of breath and intention, I build a solid structure using the details of anatomy. I facilitate a self-study through the practice by highlighting the subtleties of each posture. The more I study anatomy, the more I step back in awe of the human form.

Having lived and taught in Boston, NYC is now my home since 2010. I teach at Life in Motion on the Upper West Side and Kula Yoga Project in Tribeca and Williamsburg, where I am also on the teacher training and mentoring faculty.

I’ve studied with many inspiring teachers along the way: most recently asana with Genny Kapuler and James Murphy and anatomy with Tom Myers and Todd Garcia. I am eternally grateful to have found my passion and for all those teachers who continue to inspire my path.

I am so thrilled to be collaborating with Daniel on JPCY’s teacher training and spending more time with the JPCY community. More info can be found at www.yogawithmagi.com

Matt Rutkowski

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I completed my 200-hour, Yoga Alliance-registered training with Inner Strength Studios in the Spring of 2012. I have also studied the craft of adjusting and assisting with Lauren Star, Daniel Max and Vyda Bielkus, as well as the Shiva Rea-crafted module “Mandala of Asanas”, delivered by Chanel Luck. I am currently completing a Bachelor’s of Music at UMass Boston. Forever a student!

It is with this curiosity and thirst for understanding that I approach the mat. I would love to prepare you to explore the possibilities of the physical body, enjoy the sensations afforded to one by tuning into the breath, and shed the misconceptions that playtime is just for kids.

Monica Trobagis

 

My fascination with yoga began in a college class on Indian religion and philosophy. That one class spiraled into 3 years exploring Eastern traditions - Buddhism, Hinduism and Daoism. Through those years of study and guidance from influential teachers, my practice grew from the philosophical to the physical. In 2012, I completed my 200 hour training at Yoga Vida in New York City. Since then, I have laid down roots in Boston and have continued my training with Ame Wren and the Boston Yoga School. I am grateful for all my teachers who have offered me guidance as a teacher and as a practitioner. 

My teaching has an alignment based approach that serves to refine poses and hone awareness. My teaching has an alignment based approach that serves to refine poses and hone awareness. Moreover, I believe teaching is an art in and of itself. Not only do I love yoga, I love to teach!  

Yoga is a gift that I love and cherish. It has provided me with endless opportunities to explore the mind and the body. One door opens and there are 100 more behind it. Through the practice we can talk about anything from the structural integrity of joints to the philosophies of the mind - oh what fun!