RACHEL Barringer (formerly Arnold)
Rachel teaches a creative and energetic vinyasa flow class that combines movement with breath, expression, and a bit of humor.
She graduated from the 200-hour Yoga of Energy Flow Teacher Training (taught by Daniel Orlansky, Carrie Tyler, and Aaron Cantor) and has completed teacher trainings with Alice Senko (Hot Hatha) and Josh Summers (Yin Yoga).
Rachel has also taken a variety of master classes and workshops with Barbara Benagh, Ana Forrest, Dharma Mittra, and David Swenson.
Rachel has a Master of Music Degree and she enjoys teaching cello and performing with several ensembles in the Boston area. She also makes quirky crafts out of clay, felt, and any other medium that inspires her.
Alissa Bigelow began her yoga practice in Southern California more than 14 years ago under the direct guidance of her teachers Seane Corn and Max Strom.
Inspired by the intrinsic healing powers of yoga to transcend dark into light, Alissa steps onto her mat each day as both a student and a teacher.
Trained to teach in the PURE yoga tradition of strict Vinyasa Flow, her classes can be both vigorous and restorative.
Her intention is to open the heart, mind and body to all possibilities and all probabilities. She offers her students the opportunity to honor their own truth, moment to moment, linking each breath to the next through movement and awareness of the light within us all.
Elizabeth Brown M.A., has been teaching at Karma for five years. She began her formal training in 1992 with Sarah Powers, Tias Little and Paul Grilley in the Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Yin traditions.
In 2001-2003 she lived in Siddha Yoga meditation centers in Oakland, California, and in Ganeshpuri, India, where she met John Friend and began training in Anusara Yoga.
She currently studies formally with philosophers Dr. Douglas Brooks and Professor Paul Muller-Ortega; this work informs her classes, which include students from ages 5 to 80 years old.
With over 1000 hours of training and ten years of yoga teaching in Northern California, Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma and Boston, Elizabeth leads international yoga and service retreats in Peru, Bolivia, Mexico and Tanzania.
She brings a rich understanding of therapeutics, a strong meditation practice, and the desire for all students to align with their own innate freedom. Her classes are fun, dynamic, and strong. Her lightheartedness is contagious; students move easily to the next level of practice.
Alex is a professional healer trained and certified through the Modern Mystery School. Due to the profound and amazing results Alex experienced in her own life as a result of using various healing modalities, Alex now owns and operates her own private healing practice as well as teaches at Karma Yoga Studio.
Alex’s passion lies in guiding and seeing her students have personal mastery breakthroughs. She facilitates a Reiki class in a group setting for unblocking stuck energies on the levels of Body, Soul, and Spirit. She completed her Reiki training out of the Greater Boston Center for Advanced Spiritual Healing and Training located in Newton, MA.
Furthermore, she is a certified life activation practitioner, healer, personal trainer, and meditation practitioner. Through the ongoing journey of coming home to herself, Alex has never known more joy and desires to live in world where everyone feels free to express themselves. She strives to live a life based on service.
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Jenna specializes in a powerful, playful and deeply authentic flow that is welcoming to all levels, ages and body types. You will sweat, laugh and find release in her safely challenging, upbeat, creative sequences. It is her desire as a teacher to empower students to make intelligent decisions while on the mat and to offer a safe, welcoming grounded experience.
Jenna was called to teach yoga after years as a social worker, and she continues to serve her community by offering compassionate healing and most of all vibrant classes. There is space for everyone, from beginners to seasoned practitioners.
Jenna completed her 200 Hour RYT with Radiant Yoga School-Boston in August of 2013. In addition to that she has studied the “Art of Alignment and Assisting" with Chanel Luck, attended a weekend Intensive: Embodying the Flow-sequencing and Teaching Prana Flow®, created by Shiva Rea and in May of 2014 completed a 6 month mentorship, The Power of Touch, with Nicole Clark. Always a student first, she continue to be guided by the teachings of her mentor Tim Kelleher.
Sarah began practicing yoga during college as a more sustainable and enjoyable cure for her running injuries than spending hours in the icebath, or pointing and flexing with a theraband. Thanks to yoga and other form-based exercises, she increased her body awareness, resulting in the ability to compete at a higher level and stay injury free! The intuitive knowledge gained by working through her own body’s limitations inspired her to pursue a career in the preventative health industry.
Post collegiately Sarah had a rewarding year of learning in a hospital in Ohio, and was lucky enough to escape the winter to complete her 200-hour power vinyasa training with the sloths and mosquitoes of Costa Rica. She then enjoyed four wonderful years in Austin, Texas, securing a Masters in Exercise Physiology at UT, followed by work in a specialty running store. She fitted shoes and taught yoga, using her knowledge in biomechanics & movement. Additional training and certifications include Baptiste Level 1 Power Yoga, and ACE- personal training certificate.
In Sarah's classes, students can expect to pay specific attention to form, as well as safe modifications, which lay the foundations for a lifelong practice. Because yoga is responsible for her own strength and rehab, her classes will cause your whole body to shake from exertion, and new stabilizing muscles will be activated, yet you will leave with a meditative quality of peace and presence.
Outside of the studio, Sarah continues to work with runners, and invites you to join her as she runs and practices yoga every day of 2016! @FlowToRun
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Lucie Kasova, E-RYT, is known for bringing warmth, passion and a sense of inquiry to her teaching.
Her work integrates yoga and mindfulness; her teaching style offers clear instruction, with an emphasis on awareness to the physical sensations, emotions and thoughts that arise throughout the practice.
Her knowledge of alignment principles helps her guide students safely and affords them maximum benefit from the practice.
A dedicated practitioner of yoga and meditation for more than a decade, Lucie has studied extensively at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and teaches classes and workshops in the U.S. and Europe.
A 2013 recipient of a Teaching for Diversity grant from the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association, she is currently pursuing Advanced Certification in the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts and Teacher Certification in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction from the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. More info at luckymeyoga.com.
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Roberto teaches Prana Vinyasa yoga, a system created by Shiva Rea (shivarea.com) where the breath is the guide in a practice rooted in tradition, energetic techniques facilitate the mastery of poses, and experiential process leads to flow states of being and realization of one’s divine nature.
Roberto completed his first teacher training in 2003 with Baron Baptiste and began leading yoga classes in the Boston area in 2004. Seeking further instruction into the breadth and depth of the yoga tradition, he sought out and first studied with Shiva Rea in March 2005. Roberto has regularly studied with Shiva serving as an apprentice at her teacher trainings and retreats all over the world since November 2006. He is empowered by Shiva Rea to be an affiliate program teacher trainer at the 200-hour level, and is registered with Yoga Alliance.
Roberto is a student & teacher of Prana Vinyasa because the system deeply resonates within him through its heart-centered synthesis of breath and movement, its roots in the arts and traditions of Bhakti, Tantra, and Ayurveda, and its incorporation of music and other forms of movement to facilitate the great evolutionary process of yoga. Roberto is deeply grateful to Shiva Rea who is a source of inspiration and taught him to "follow the path of the Radiant Life Force," and to his meditation teacher Paul Muller Ortega with whom he studies the non-dual Tantra of Kashmir Shaivism and the practice of Neelakantha Meditation.
Currently, Roberto is pursuing certification as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant with Shiva Rea’s Samudra Global School of Living Yoga. He regularly travels outside of Boston offering master classes, trainings, and retreats. In addition to yoga, Roberto works as an environmental scientist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in their Boston regional office, and fulfills his creative passions with graphic design and community building.
Karma, contrary to popular belief, didn't name herself and actually does not own the studio! She was born in Florida to a family of hippies and named after the "karmic" link found in her parents' astrological charts. After moving to Boston, she turned to yoga as a way to heal her intense back and joint pain, discovering a solace that inspired her to become a teacher in 2002.
Karma embraces many different styles of yoga including vinyasa, slow flow, yin, and restorative - blending elements of each into her classes in order to create a balanced mix of stretch and strength, opening and grounding, effort and surrender.
Her classes focus on watching our patterns, choosing the energy we carry, and cultivating a deep connection between body, mind, and breath in order to tap into your prana flow and deepen your practice. She is equal parts chakra-astrology-crazy-woowoo and down-to-earth anatomy geek. She encourages everyone to find the practice that is right for them in order to realize their own path to self-discovery and personal transformation.
Reina Lovelace is a 300-hour certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher and Licensed Massage Therapist. She teaches vinyasa classes that are challenging, intellectually stimulating, and steeped in traditional yogic philosophy. Her 15 years’ experience in Bodywork and anatomy informs her thoughtful sequences and intuitive hands on assists. Reina has also received training in the various practices of Bhakti yoga, Yoga Nidra and Meditation at the Satchidananda Ashram.
As a former actress battling disordered eating, and depression, Reina found Yoga and it became her path to greater understanding and health. What traditional therapies could not heal, the practices of yoga continue to heal and transform. The journey of Yoga has been one of continuously coming home to her more authentic Self. Teaching yoga and meditation is an offering of love and service.
She humbly offers her classes as a place to find transformation, connection, and freedom through these ancient practices. Reina’s full-time labor of love is being a mother to her ten year old son, who is also a student of Yoga (you may see him around Karma.) Reina bows in gratitude to her beloved teachers, Sri Swami Satchidananda, David Life, Sharon Gannon, Jeffrey Cohen and Andrea Boyd, who are endless inspirations on the path to Yoga.
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Teri Martin is an experienced Registered Yoga Instructor and has been a yoga practitioner for over 18 years. In her teaching, she encourages, leads, and empowers students to tune in to and connect with themselves, creating increased physical and personal awareness. Teri, an avid swimmer and former dancer, is passionate about yoga practice and its inherent benefits of increased strength, flexibility, and balance - on and off the yoga mat.
She is an Artist, Art Consultant, Business Advisor and founder of TheArtNetwork. Teri was formerly Managing Director, Seacoast Rep and Vice President of the Board of Directors, New Hampshire Art Association. Her left brain has a Harvard MBA and is a former executive at HBO, Cinemax and Citicorp.
Teri’s vinyasa classes are enjoyable, thoughtfully choreographed and appropriately paced flows of ashtanga- based postures (asanas) and movement with strong emphasis on proper alignment, breath, personal awareness and individual attention. Each session begins with relaxation using breath and gradual movement to bring focus and self-awareness to the practice and to help set intentions individually and as a unified group. Classes are an athletic, invigorating and challenging physical experience, with the beneficial outcome of calming the mind and relieving stress.
Miranda discovered yoga when she was researching and writing a never-ending dissertation. Yoga helped her to focus, relieve stress, and straighten out her spine after seven years of hunching over a computer. She learned that success in yoga—and in life—is sometimes about “failing” 100 times to succeed one time.
Yoga is an ongoing process rather than a final product, with many steps and obstacles along the way. These obstacles are never insurmountable; they can be overcome by accepting and acknowledging them, by patiently and consistently working on them every day. The process of yoga made her realize that ultimately, nothing is impossible. She tries to find new ways to apply yogic lessons to her life off the mat every single day, and loves to share these observations and lessons with others. This is ultimately why she became a yoga instructor.
Miranda completed her 200-hour YogaWorks teacher training with Natasha Rizopolous. This training was in alignment-based Vinyasa Yoga that combines elements of Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Viniyoga, integrating the strength, heat, and physical challenges of Ashtanga with the careful anatomical alignment of Iyengar Yoga.
Her classes are centered around a certain anatomical theme or asana, and involve a strong integration of breath and movement. Miranda strives to create a safe and playful environment that is challenging but not competitive.
Off the mat, Miranda still enjoys studying the history of science, gender, race, and visual culture, taking really long, pointless, enjoyable walks, and cooking vegetarian and vegan treats.
Dr. LONG Nguyen
Dr. Nguyen has learned and practiced meditation, qigong, and martial arts since his early teens in the temples of south Vietnam. However, for a period in his life, the stresses of life distracted him from his path.
After discovering the healing effect of yoga, Long regained his original self, reconnected with his inner-being and resumed the practice of internal arts. He went on to be certified in the Sivananda Yoga tradition in the Himalayas. He further developed his yoga practice while studying in the US. and has trained with Anna Forrest, John Friend, and Pattabhi Jois.
To develop his spirituality and character, Long trekked to Gomukh, the glacial origin of the Ganges, and meditated in the sacred caves of the Sivananda tradition in Gangottri. He has climbed the Yen-Tu mountain to meditate in the sacred caves of Chua Huong, and visited other sacred places in Vietnam and India. Long had learned meditation with Thay Thich Nhat Hanh and Thay Thich Thanh Tu, as well as with other American teachers.
As a Harvard-trained researcher in mind-body medicine, alternative medicine, and public health, Long’s teaching combines scientific knowledge with the traditional wisdoms that he had learned from his internal arts teachers in his native Vietnam. Long is a recent graduate of the post-doctoral fellowship in Integrative Medicine jointly offered by Harvard Medical School Center for Integrative Care and the General Internal Medicine Division of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is also a graduate of Harvard School of Public Health’s Masters of Public Health program.
Dr. Nguyen, PhD, MPH is an active researcher and author of several research articles in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), mind-body medicine, and health care of the underserved. He has strong research interests in the roles of healthy living and self-practices in reducing national overall cost of health care. He was a member of Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative’s health care think tanks in 2009 & 2010. Dr. Nguyen has taught Yoga, Qigong, and meditation to students at HSPH, and adults in greater Boston areas (visit www.atman-yoga.com & www.drnguyen.org for details).
Anna came to her mat in 2007 looking to transition to a new form of exercise after more than a decade of being a trained ballet dancer. Following her first class, Anna was instantly hooked on the positive vibrations yoga gave to her and the mind-body connection found on the mat. Now every time she steps on her mat, the philosophy and spirituality of yoga, coupled with asana create an opportunity for growth, compassion, and greater understanding of her self.
Anna completed her 200-hour teacher training certification from Boston Yoga School and continues to enhance her own practice by attending workshops and yoga conferences. She studies various styles of yoga with a focus on Vinyasa.
Her classes are challenging yet playful with an emphasis on alignment. Her intent is to provide an open space for her students to quiet the mind and strengthen the body in order to cultivate a transformative experience of self-awareness.
As a student for over 20 years, and teacher for nearly a decade, yoga has become Lakota's anchor in an exploration of being. Her true love is flowing with breath.
In her practice, this is informed by the subtlety and intelligence of her Embodyoga training and the potency of her Shambhala meditation training. Lakota is passionate about working with women pre and post-natally, the art of therapeutic yoga, and the stabilizing benefits of mindfulness.
Together with her students, she wants to heal what hurts, delight in being a body, expand beyond our assumptions and, over time, learn to trust ourselves and the flux of life, for the benefit of all beings!
Mommy of two beauties, Lakota is certified in 500hr-level Embodyoga, Trauma Sensitive yoga, Prenatal yoga, and has been helping train teachers at the 200hr & 500hr level since 2011.
Jaime is a yogi, environmentalist, and local food enthusiast. Through her yoga practice, she has discovered the interconnections that link mind, body, spirit, and earth together and the consciousness of the interdependence among all living beings. She believes that the lessons we learn on the mat can be applied to our everyday life, creating more space, connection, and balance. In addition to teaching yoga, she is interested in sustainable and local food systems, responsible finance, and organic gardening.
Jaime started teaching in 2011 to share her passion for yoga and use her teachings as a force of good for the community. Jaime has taught many charity-based classes and enjoys to take her practice outdoors in parks and gardens.
Jaime's teaching merges the mindfulness and self-study of Kripalu Yoga, the fluidity of vinyasa flow, and the grounding understanding of Metta Earth Yoga that everything is interconnected - earth, water, fire, air, soil, animals, plants, and all beings. She calls this "Conscious Living Yoga." In her teaching, she aims to cultivate nonjudgmental awareness in the individual through posture exercises, breath attention, and meditation. She allows students to follow their own breath and modify postures to fit their bodies to allow for a deeper inquiry and understanding of the self. A combination of posture flow and sustaining poses offers students different mediums to use their inner strength, balance, and breath. She hopes to teach students that yoga can be a living practice that is not just confined to the edges of their mat. Jaime believes that when you take your practice into everyday life, you become more rooted in your experiences and connected to your natural environment and community.
Ali first came to yoga for physical exercise, and found a way to bring inspiration to life. With a background in salsa dance and synchronized skating, Ali practiced yoga to enjoy movement and keep an active body. Her dedication and curiosity drew her back to her mat, and Ali realized that the physicality was just one component of yoga’s transformative essence. Identifying the practice as a tremendous source of empowerment and fulfillment, she set on the path to teach.
Ali incorporates intelligent sequencing to develop progressive posture series, and help students discover endless depths to their own practice. She consistently challenges students by inventing new sequences and introducing new postures.
Her classes draw on creative inspiration from life and community, and encompass spirited themes to connect with reality. Ali’s appreciation for freedom and spontaneity is the source of influence for her classes, which encompass these qualities to generate confidence and positivity both on and off the mat.
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Anne started practicing Yoga to get rid of her back pain. She found several Jivamukti Yoga studios in her hometown Munich, Germany. Amongst her great teachers there are Patrick Broome, Gabriela Bozic and Petros Haffenrichter. Soon she learnt that asana practice is one part of many that make up the path of Yoga – and that Yoga not only happens on but also off the mat.
Through asana practice she became aware of the power of compassion and unconditional love for all beings in her every day life. Keen on learning she attended the Yoga Conference in Cologne for several years, being grateful to study with amazing teachers like Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa (Kundalini Yoga), Katchie Ananda (Yoga & Dharma), Bryan Kest (Power Yoga), Mark Whitwell (Heart of Yoga) and many more. Thanks to a dear friend she also took part in several Vipassana Meditation courses and classes in Europe and India. In April 2013 she graduated from the 300-hour Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training with her beloved teachers David Life, Sharon Gannon and Ruth Lauer-Manenti at Omega Institute, NY.
Anne’s classes focus on the connection of mind, breath and body, combining vigorous flows and restorative practices while getting safely and deep into the asanas. In her spare time Anne is a dedicated singer and musician, collaborating with artists all over the globe.
Jesse is a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher who has been practicing and teaching clients in the Boston area for over fifteen years. He founded Karma Yoga Studios in Cambridge in 2002 to serve as a welcoming community wellness center that offers a wide range of yoga styles and related Eastern methods of fitness. Since then, Karma has grown to 3 locations in the Boston area.
Over years of studying and teaching, Jesse developed the PhysioYoga method (see PhysioYoga under class descriptions), a unique yoga style that combines two seemingly disconnected approaches: the ancient hatha yoga traditions with modern-day, evidence-based scientific research in biomechanics and sports medicine.
Jesse has come to believe that, in addition to the wisdom of traditional yoga training, scientifically-verifiable facts and serious attention to injury prevention should be cornerstones in our contemporary teaching and practice of yoga. To this end, Jesse studied for over 6 years with a certified physical therapist and Iyengar-trained yoga teacher, Kim Amlong, while developing the PhysioYoga concepts.
His PhysioYoga classes are heavily focused on three issues:
- proper anatomical alignment,
- joint protection and health, and
- effective body mechanics.
These areas of emphasis make Jesse's classes ideal for yoga novices, people with injuries, and core-conditioned athletes in training looking to achieve an optimal balance between strength and flexibility.
Jesse has had the distinction of teaching PhysioYoga for the past nine years to medical clinicians in the Alternative Medicine Immersion Program at the Natural Standards Center, the foremost authority in peer-reviewed research in integrative medicine.
Jesse has an avid interest in and vast knowledge of holistic nutrition, herbology and alternative systems of medicine, and is also a certified chi kung instructor. His interest in yoga actually developed while studying Eastern meditation and the internal martial arts, which led him to include many of the synergies present between the two practices into his classes.
As part of his personal 'karma yoga' ('service to others' in Sanskrit), Jesse donates his time and resources to issues close to his heart: economic justice and animal rights causes in his local community. He teaches numerous free yoga classes aimed at underserved populations, including Harvard University's Phillips Brooks House, local homeless shelters, and programs for at-risk teens; he co-founded and sits on the Board of Directors of C.A.R.E., the first and only Cambridge-based animal rescue and adoption organization; and he volunteered weekly for the homeless meals program at the First Church in Cambridge.
In accordance with ahimsa, Jesse lives a vegan lifestyle and incorporates environmental sustainability and social justice goals in all of Karma Yoga Studio's business practices. He is a firm believer that business should only be conducted as an agent of progressive change in our society, and hopes the currently budding age of social entrepreneurship and ethical investment practices will help transform our world for the better.
For his role as a local business leader, Jesse was honored to address the Harvard University Leadership Institute at its annual Forum on Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He was also personally awarded by the Mayor of Cambridge with the Greenest Business Award for Karma Yoga Studios. He lives in Cambridge with his long-term partner and over a dozen rescued animals. Jesse feels blessed by and grateful to all who have aided his journey along the way. Namaste.