Alana Brennan


Over the past 10 years, 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 the yearlong Forrest Yoga Mentorship with Heidi Sormaz, owner of Fresh Yoga in New Haven, CT in May 2015.

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 am currently working on my PhD in Epidemiology focused on HIV/AIDS research in Southern Africa, where I lived and worked from 2008 to 2011.

Alex Bauermeister


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.

Ame Wren


My yoga practice began, as it does for so many, in early adulthood. Throughout the years I’ve come to classify myself as a “yoga mutt” given the myriad of styles I’ve studied. I remain a dedicated student of Iyengar, Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga. My practice has taken different shapes over the years but has always been heavily influenced by intentional structure, alignment and breath. From the time I began teaching, combining precision and form with fluidity and creativity inspired me and continues to bolster my path as an asana teacher. My teaching combines the sweat of astanga, the wisdom of iyengar and the freedom of vinyasa while cultivating introspective space. I hope to always remain a curious and dedicated student as well as a humble teacher. I am grateful to Patricia Walden and Natasha Rizopolous for continually strengthening and inspiring my daily practice, to Schuyler Grant and the Kula Yoga Project community for giving me the tools to teach and to Nikki Costello for showing me how to be a yogi.

Ame has been a featured teacher in Yoga Journal, at Wanderlust Festival and was awarded the honor of “Best of Boston” in 2010. She travels extensively leading retreats, trainings and workshops all over the world and is the founder of Boston Yoga School.

Amy Coleman


My yoga practice began as a form of exercise; it has since developed into a form of self-expression. It continuously inspires me to learn more: to breathe and sit, to hold a pose that still feels new, learning and relearning: an ever-evolving process. Having an undergraduate background in studio art, I see many similarities between art and yoga; the creative process is inherent in both, a process of adaptation, change, acceptance, and letting go.

I began studying yoga and bodywork with David Vendetti, and received a 500-hour certification through South Boston Yoga in 2011. Since then I have studied extensively with Barbara Benagh, and I am currently enrolled in her 300-hour teacher training program. I have also participated in continuing education trainings with Richard Freeman, Leslie Kaminoff, Sadie Nardini, Todd Skoglund, and Georgia Reath.

I take what I learn from my yoga and meditation practice and apply it to how and what I teach, with the intention of helping students stay present to their ever-changing experience. My classes are informed by biomechanics/anatomy, formal study, and self-discovery; they are energizing and challenging, with a focus on balanced effort and ease, mindful alignment and sequencing.

Andrea Fotopoulos


I am an Anusara-Inspired Yoga teacher with over 9 years of teaching experience and 1000 hrs of combined training and practice experience under the guidance of some of Anusara’s most senior Certified Teachers. To me, yoga is the artful “practice” of living on and off the mat. My highest aim, as a student, is to live my life in the most embodied way possible and, as a teacher, to serve each of my students fully whether they are beginners, working with injuries, or adept practitioners.

In my classes, you can expect to work hard and have fun. I believe that weaving humor, strong alignment and practical applicability into my classes can help students gain access to a practice that supports them in their lives. By integrating the tools of the Universal Principles of Alignment, therapeutics, and some good old curiosity, my students can explore, through their own unique experience, their potential greatness (and humanness) on the mat and maybe in their world.

I am profoundly grateful to all my teachers for their gifts of Grace, wisdom and ability to make the work so much fun. I especially thank Stacey Rosenberg, Abby Tucker, Noah Maze, Christina Sell, Darren Rhodes and John Friend for making this path to the heart such a joy.

When I am not teaching publicly, I tend to hang around JP, where I live with my family, running around with my vibrantly funny 4 year old daughter Bija, enjoying all the playful and deep teachings of this life. I even manage to practice on the mat daily, read an occasional book, surf all the happenings on Facebook and play with my furry cat Cola.

Anthony Stamp


At 21 years old as a college student while working at a salon in New Orleans, I developed a head, neck and shoulders technique that, to my surprise, gained popular attention. Clients started asking to schedule longer treatments with me after experiencing relief from their longterm ailments. Before long I built a successful business as an intuitive body worker.

I moved to Boston in 1995 to pursue a 720-hour training in Zen Shiatsu at the Boston Shiatsu School. In 1998 I continued my training with an additional 900-hour program at the renowned Muscular Therapy Institute.

I now unify Eastern Philosophy with Western Muscular Therapy. My sessions flow between one therapy and the other seamlessly. My goal is to achieve “oneness” during each session. My thoughts are completely focused on my clients needs. My clients tell me what their complaints are, and I open myself to listen through my hands. This leads to intuitive impressions that I can share with my clients either during or after the session.

Brenna Matthews

Yoga has always made sense to me. Even before I knew what the term was or completed a class, I had the understanding that everything is connected. When I started practicing asana and meditation regularly I felt myself truly wake up physically and mentally. I teach because I want the world to be a more loving place, and I think it can start by more people looking within (perhaps in my yoga class)

During my younger years, I played division 1 college soccer and ran half and full marathons. Because of this, I’ve come to appreciate the softness yoga can offer. In my classes, I try to offer this element of softness while challenging the body through measured breathing and creative sequencing.

I am ever grateful for the many teachers I have had throughout this journey, most significantly Ame Wren, Schuyler Grant, and my rescue dog Fey who has shown me the meaning of trust and unconditional love.

Cara Gilman


Yoga has taught me how to heal myself. As a runner and active athlete, my mind is constantly telling me to sweat more, to push more and to see more results. After completing seven marathons in five years, this mindset only got my body so far. I was completely burned out physically and mentally. That’s when yoga came into my life. I discovered it at my local gym and fell in love. I was able to sweat, breathe and create a different rythmn with my body that was nurturing yet challenging at the same time. As I began a more regular practice, I quickly learned how to balance my ego, dig deep into my body and let my mind go. In my yoga, there are no finish lines. There are no personal records. There are no gold medals. There is only a mat, my breath and a connection between my mind and body, and that’s all I need. This mindset is what I bring to each class I teach.

My classes will challenge you to breathe and to move in way that feels good to your body and mind; guiding you through creative heat building sequences that focus on linking every movement with breath. My teaching is influenced by the following yoga teachers who I have had the honor to train with and inspire me everyday: Bonnie Argo, Chanel Luck, Lynne Begier, Sage Rountree, Seane Corn and Shiva Rea.

Carolyn Little


I’ve lived and traveled extensively both nationally and internationally and no matter where I am in the world, my practice brings me home within myself. Yoga is a grounding force in my life that has allowed me to heal physically, mentally and emotionally, and to grow spiritually while finding balance and joy, curiosity and a deep sense of gratitude in my life.

A background in ballet and sports lead me to connect with the the graceful, strong flow of vinyasa yoga. I am influenced by many renowned instructors such as: Don and Amba Stapleton (Nosara Yoga Institute, Costa Rica), Tommy Rosen and Kia Miller (Venice Beach, CA), Elena Brower (Virayoga, NY), Desiree Rumbaugh (Anusara), Barbara Benagh (Iyengar), Kevin Courtney (Kula Yoga, NY), David Vendetti (South Boston Yoga) as well as with various international yoga teachers and healers. I completed a yin yoga teacher training program with Josh Summers (Yin yoga and Insight Meditation) and my yin practice is influenced by Paul Grilley, Bernie Clark, and Sarah Powers (Insight Yoga). I combine traditional yoga poses with the meridian system from Chinese medicine, as well as Buddhist meditation, and yogic philosophy. I am also certified in prenatal yoga through Blooma Yoga and Wellness Center in Minn, MN.

In addition to teaching yoga, I am a Certified International Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. I am also a Reiki Master and Pranassage practitioner (a synthesis of yoga and bodywork that produces deep relaxation in the receiver). I am currently, expanding my knowledge, wisdom, and healing capacity through the ancient teachings of indigenous tribes studying and teaching with Shamanic Elder Grandmother Kaariina Saarinen, of the Lakota lineage.

With a master’s degree in Social Justice in International Relations I have worked in South America on issues of women’s health and reproductive rights. My goal is to be a catalyst for positive change by embodying a compassionate, joyful and holistic health approach to life.

Christie Rosen


I fell in love with yoga in 2007 while volunteering and living at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in the Berkshires. Since then, yoga has been an integral part of my daily life: physically, mentally and spiritually. In 2008 I trained on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica at the Nosara Yoga Institute with Don and Amba Stapleton who encouraged me to share this gift we call yoga. I am most inspired by music and movement, and my classes will encourage you to listen to your body, move with intention and enjoy being yourself in the moment.

I have seen first-hand how yoga can positively affect people in every aspect of life. I have been forever changed by the benefits of yoga and I enjoy nothing more than seeing this transformation in my students. The happiness and well-being of my students is my most important goal when leading classes, and I love taking requests!

I am also very passionate about healthy living. I am a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and I operate Christie Rosen Wellness Center just south of Coolidge Corner in Brookline. I love working with clients to improve their overall health and happiness through gradual positive lifestyle changes and improved diet.

I am thrilled to be joining to lovely JPCY crew! If you see me around the studio, don’t hesitate to say hello!

Daniel Max

My first experience of yoga was on an island in Thailand in the midst of a two-year backpacking adventure. Prior to yoga, through my background in meditation, I had refined my ability to observe the inner workings of the mind and body. In my first yoga class I discovered the possibility to not only observe, but also create change: to connect to the areas within that felt ‘stuck’ and to engage them in a way that felt profoundly healing.

Born in Israel, I came to the U.S. in my early 20s. Here, through my studies, I became certified as a shiatsu practitioner, massage therapist, yoga instructor, and nutrition and health counselor.

When teaching yoga, my style has evolved into a breath-based vinyasa flow with the precision of alignment influenced by the Anusara, Forrest, and Iyengar traditions.

When working as a nutrition counselor, I draw from all dietary theories – Eastern and Western nutrition – finding what works best for each individual.

As co-founder and director of JP Centre Yoga, I am blessed with the endless support of my incredible co-founder Sejal Shah and the JPCY community at large.

Dan Steel


Substitute Instructor

I first discovered yoga when I walked into a free class on a whim while still in college. Having a background in martial arts and gymnastics, I was immediately drawn to the physically demanding aspects of the practice. Not long after establishing a regular asana practice I began to recognize its potential for healing and self-discovery. I believe that the strength, flexibility, and balance cultivated in the body 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. The more we come to understand ourselves, the more we can act in accordance with our true nature, instead of living in repression and inauthenticity.

I have studied extensively with Ana Forrest, completing both the 200-hour Foundational and Advanced trainings, as well as a 200-hour vinyasa training through Back Bay Yoga in Boston. I have also studied Budokon Yoga with Cameron Shayne and am working towards my certification in that style. In my classes I strive to offer a platform upon which students can explore and develop a heightened sense of body awareness.

Dawn Keighley

Kids Yoga


Drawing from a broad education and years of experience with children, I skillfully create each yoga class around the needs of a child’s developing mind and body. For the littlest yogis, my classes consist of yoga poses and breathing exercises incorporated into highly invigorating and imaginative educational play.  For the older kids I present fun and lively class sequences through which children are able to cultivate a deeper understanding of themselves and their environment while developing strength, flexibility and balance- in both the mind and the body.  No matter the age or the ability of each student, I strive to honor, follow, nurture and respect the natural flow of life.

I am a Massachusetts licensed educator and have spent over 12 years working with children in both physical and academic settings.  My educational background includes child development, anatomy and physiology, and education. I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training at Back Bay Yoga, and continue to study under my teacher Ame Wren. In addition, I completed the Soulful Yoga Therapy therapeutic yoga training with Kate Graham, and am an active member of the International Association of Yoga Therapist.

Dawn is the director of the Kids Yoga Program at JP Centre Yoga:

Evalyn Mehta


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.

Kathy Tarnoff


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.

Kristina Clemons


I have always had a profound love for movement! It started with ballet as a little girl which I continued for thirteen years before moving to New York City. I left the dance world behind but still found myself craving some form of movement. One day I tried a yoga class and found it artful, soulful, and challenging; it brings me back home within myself and continues to unfold day after day.

I've been a dedicated student of yoga for over 10 years. I began teaching in 2010 while living in NYC. I have a 200hr certification from Kate Greer, 300hr from Nikki Costello, and completed Kripalu's 200hr Foundations of Ayurveda program. My biggest influence for intelligent vinyasa has been Schuyler Grant; Nikki Costello along with Iyengar yoga gave me a love for precise embodied alignment. My teaching style at the moment is to fuse the two- combining form and flow, strength and softness, obvious physicality with subtle energy; and perhaps most importantly, the opportunity to connect to yourself and move with meaning.

Lauren Star


Yoga practice encompasses the best of all worlds: Physical challenge, relaxation, mental clarity, and heart opening. I experience all of these in my own practice, and offer these elements to students in my classes.

I was trained to teach yoga in 2002 at the Ananda Kutir Ashram in Capetown. At the time I was living there and pursuing a career in Environmental Conservation. The Ashram training encompassed postures and anatomy/physiology, as well as Raja yoga - chanting, meditation and study. The Yogis I learned from had such an interesting perspective on health and well-being and what it meant to be a fully-realized human being. I wanted to know more! And to experience the mental freedom and bliss they talked about.

I moved back to Boston in 2004 and was drawn to the physically intense style of "power vinyasa yoga." I appreciate the challenge of a strong flow class, always leading to resting on the floor in Savasana at the end. Over time, I realized that step by step I was realizing some of the benefits the yogis at the Ashram had spoken of. It's a slow path, but progress is sure!

During the last ten years I have been teaching primarily Power Vinyasa Yoga in group classes. I have also been teaching an increasing number of private sessions to individuals who need or desire special modifications. These days in classes I aim to lead the whole room through a flow, at the same time working with individuals according to what they need. One of the best parts of being a yoga teacher is training and developing new teachers and I have had the honor of doing that alongside Roman Szpond (Inner Strength Yoga) for the past 4 years.

My main influences and Teachers: Ananda Kutir Ashrama in CapeTown (Integral Yoga), Roman Szpond of Inner Strength Yoga in Watertown (Power Vinyasa Yoga), Jillian Pransky of NYC (Restorative Yoga and effects on the Nervous System), Stephen Cope of Kripalu (Yoga philosphy and Yoga Texts).

Lauren Messinger


I began practicing vinyasa yoga in 2006. Although I had practiced a bit of yoga before, it never really stuck. This time was different. I began to spend more time on my mat and noticed things in my life began to shift. I smiled more, made better decisions and began to feel lighter, both inside and out. In 2009, I completed a 200 hour teacher training at Prana Power Yoga and has been teaching ever since. I am also a Licensed Massage Therapist and a certified prenatal yoga instructor through Five Points Yoga with Barrett Reinhorn. Off the mat, I enjoy being a mama to Penelope, spending time with family and friends and riding my pink bike around Jamaica Plain.


Marisa Donlin


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.