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 in memoriam
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.
Krystin was slated to be a professional dancer until injuries took her off that path and led to Yoga for recovery and rehab. She has been teaching ever since for the last 10 years. She co-created and taught the first ever 200 hour YTT with Karma Yoga studio through Harvard University in 2012.
Krystin teaches with an approach that empowers the individual and fosters longevity in the body through safe sequencing and intelligent movement. She guides her students to awaken their own intuition and listen to the body from the inside out.
She is also a musician and an aquatic dog therapist! Her classes are light hearted, often including laughter and smiles, organic movement and sweet tunes.
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.
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.
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.
Emmett received his 200-hour traditional Hatha Yoga teaching certification at The Practice in Canggu, Bali, from lead trainers Octavio Salvado, Karina Guthrie and Brad Hay. There he learned the practical and philosophical foundations of traditional Hatha Yoga, the oldest of yoga’s many styles of practice.
Emmett teaches a deep and intentional Hatha yoga class that is both accessible and faithful to tradition. Combining physical postures with conscious breath work and an inward focus, he helps students to gain control of both body and mind.
He aims to change the perception of yoga as simply a form of exercise, and help his students to experience the full power of yoga as way of reconnecting to the self.
When he’s not teaching yoga, Emmett is a musician as well as an avid climber, swimmer and soccer player.
Jill took her first yoga class in college, but it was years before she cultivated a regular practice. She was initially amazed by how many physical elements are integrated during yoga (breath, balance, flexibility, strength) but grew to love as well the power of re-establishing the mind-body connection on a regular basis.
She loves teaching yoga, helping her students tap into the aspects of yoga most important to them. Jill earned her RYT-200 from Mimi Loureiro at O2 Yoga. She has completed additional trainings with Firefly Yoga International (trauma-informed yoga) and Five Points Yoga (prenatal yoga). Her athletic, creative sequences are rooted in the astanga system, incorporating careful attention to alignment and the linking of movement and breath.
Jill likes to shape her classes around a particular posture, exploring the mechanics and anatomical focus in a variety of ways. She always teaches progressively, so that both new and advanced practitioners can explore the asanas to the extent of their own abilities.
When she's not living that yoga life, Jill's interests include food, filmmaking, and feminism.
Aggeliki was exposed to a healthy lifestyle from a young age and since then she knew she wanted to help people be happy and healthy. In 2002 she received her B.S. in Sport & Movement Science with concentration in Exercise Science from Salem State University. An injury and high stress levels during her studies led her to yoga which opened new chapters in her life. In 2009 she completed her 200hrs with YogaWorks and in 2014 her 300hrs in Integrative Yoga Therapy at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. She is currently working on her advanced Yoga Therapy Teacher Training and an Online Yoga and Wellness site.
As her personal practice has evolved through the years, so does her teaching. She draws inspiration from different styles of yoga, her beloved teachers and life. Aggeliki invites you to come to her classes with no expectations. "Empty the cup and let every yoga class be like your first one". In her classes she is known for creating a safe and sacred space, for her ability to provide a variety of modifications, give hands-on adjustments, and present clear instructions on proper alignment and the therapeutic goals of every pose. She builds each class around a specific theme, using carefully crafted sequences that are synchronized with breathwork to create self awareness, and to liberate the body and mind.
One of her gifts is to bring people together from all around the globe. Since 2012 she is organizing retreats in the Greek isles with herself and international Yoga teachers such as Tiffany Cruikshank, Natasha Rizopoulos and David Magone. When she is not on her mat you will find her running in nature, cooking and making fresh raw juices. For more about Aggeliki please visit her website: www.aggelikiyoga.com
Yoga found Mireya a few years ago, when she most needed it. She will be forever grateful to that friend who encouraged her to escape her routine for a few days to a yoga retreat! She went reluctant and languid, but came back full of life.
Since then she has been practicing, living, and breathing yoga. She completed her Yoga Alliance RYT 200hr training in Spain in 2015 and has continued studying, learning, and teaching with the objective of transmitting to others all that yoga provides her day after day. In addition to her yoga teacher training, Mireya is certified in Yoga for Cancer Survivors and Core Strength Vinyasa.
She teaches her vinyasa classes for students of all levels, adjusting the different poses for each practitioner and encouraging them to feel and reconnect with their bodies.
Off the mat, she is a project manager working for Google and an avid fiction reader.
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.
Jesse founded Karma Yoga Studio in 2002 to serve as a welcoming community wellness center that offers a wide range of yoga styles and related Eastern methods of fitness. He is a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher who has been practicing and teaching clients in the Boston area for over eighteen years. 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.
He 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.