Core Flow


This class is taught by:

Raquel Marra

Raquel Marra My yoga practice is a constant search for the balance between movement and stillness, strength and flexibility, loudness and silence, inwardness and participation. All of which are juxtapositions that fuel my passion for yoga as a personal practice as well as my drive to teach what I discover. My classes are an endeavor to yoke the quiet beauty of a personal practice with the excitement of sharing the experience with a like-minded kula. My aim is to move through this life as I try to on my mat: with grace, fluidity and a strong sense of alignment. My yoga practice creates a profound sense of spaciousness in my inner landscape that I hope to convey to my students through creative flow and sweaty vinyasa.
 
200HR RYT, Saraswati’s Yoga Joint/MB Yoga Advanced Mentoring Program with Donna Jackson, creator of SYJ Continued Advanced Studies with Schuyler Grant, Kula Yoga Project

Tiffany Ely O'Connell

Tiffany has always been drawn to the expression of spirit through movement. At a young age it was through dance, which she made into a career but then “retired” at just twenty-three. She then found herself in the travel industry where, following a lay-off, Tiffany stumbled upon yoga in her local gym. What she found changed the course of her life. There was an emotional ease on the mat that Tiffany had never felt before. Her years of suffering from anxiety, eating disorders, and panic attacks all felt like they just dissipated. Years later, in 2009, Tiffany opened herself up to what yoga had to offer besides just the physical experience on the mat, and completed her first RYT certification at South Boston Yoga. In 2012 she continued her studies with Kelly Morris, the founder of Conquering Lion Yoga in New York City. Tiffany is also certified through ACE in Group Fitness and has been teaching in the health and wellness field since 2003. In her classes, Tiffany emphasizes breath and alignment along with one's instinctual expression, and encourages non-judgment while attempting to infuse some humor.
 
Tiffany is so grateful to all of her teachers and students, who inspire her teachings and remind her every day that she is and always will be both. Her hope is that students uncover yoga as more than just asana. Yoga cultivates an awareness of yourself as an individual being that is intimately connected to the universe, and the teachings you experience on the mat will permeate into the rest of your life off the mat ... and, of course, vice-versa.

Rachel Bairstow

Rachel Bairstow began practicing yoga in 2003 as a way to relieve both stress and the boredom of her hackneyed gym routines. When the inner quiet and focus she found on the mat began to trickle into other corners of her life, Rachel knew she had found more than just a form of exercise; she had found a discipline for her spiritually inquisitive mind and a home inside a body which, until then, she had only minimally appreciated.
 
Rachel began teaching yoga in 2007 and discovered Forrest yoga shortly thereafter. When she trained with Ana Forrest in 2008, Rachel heard her speaking about yoga as a system of healing and living with honesty, strength, and a sense of personal wholeness. As she began to uncover more and more lost or silent parts of herself through Forrest, Rachel knew she wanted to give to others the gifts of this yoga that she herself had reaped.
 
Rachel believes in all forms of yoga as a powerful tool for connecting to the best parts of ourselves and allowing them to flourish. Students in Rachel’s classes learn to use poses, breathing, and deep meditative focus to become students not only of yoga, but also students of themselves and their lives. Rachel welcomes all levels, all abilities, and all walks of life.
 
Rachel is delighted to join the astonishingly talented teaching staff at Coolidge Corner Yoga. She will also pop up behind the front desk as a manager, or in one of the bodywork rooms offering reiki or craniosacral therapy. Stop by and say hello!

Dan Steel

Dan Steel first discovered yoga when he walked into a free class on a whim while still in college. Having a background in martial arts and gymnastics, Dan was immediately drawn to the physically demanding aspects of the practice. Not long after establishing a regular asana practice he began to recognize its potential for healing and self-discovery. Dan believes that strength, flexibility, and balance cultivated in the body can be reflected in the mind.

Dan teaches with the philosophy that every time one steps onto the yoga mat, the opportunity exists 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.

Dan has 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. He has also studied Budokon yoga with Cameron Shayne and is working toward his certification in that style. In his classes Dan strives to offer a platform upon which students can explore and develop a heightened sense of body awareness.

Tatyana Souza

Coolidge Corner Yoga co-founder, Tatyana Souza, has been a scientist most of her adult life. After completing her PhD in immunology in 2006, Tatyana served as a senior scientist at Pfizer for six years, where she worked on forwarding drug research in an effort to help those who needed healing. During that time Tatyana also discovered the magic of yoga when she stumbled into a Forrest yoga class while newly pregnant with her first son, Nikka. From that moment forward, Tatyana became a dedicated practitioner, seeking her yoga mat not only for a full body workout but also for revitalization, serenity, adventure, play, and introspection. As a scientist, Tatyana began to realize that yoga offers much more than a workout; in fact, its benefits may even be stronger than chemical drugs. When people begin practicing yoga, they start to pay attention to their bodies. With this mind-body connection activated, it becomes very simple to make choices that lead to a healthier life. In this way, many ailments and stresses can be avoided altogether.

Excited to spread the benefits of this practice with others, Tatyana completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Back Bay Yoga in 2011 and became a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance. She has been teaching in the Boston community ever since. It was Tatyana’s dream and vision to bring a yoga studio to the Brookline community, to provide a sanctuary where families can begin to nurture their bodies and take care of themselves, thus combating stress and preventing any associated disease.

In Tatyana’s classes, students can expect to find intelligent and stimulating sequencing, playful postures that will challenge your boundaries, and gentle hands-on assists, all to the backdrop of a chill and funky playlist.

Tatyana believes that yoga builds physical strength, muscle fluidity, suppleness, and length, while also initiating a deep connection to yourself. Through that connection you gain the courage to be your authentic self and to live your life to its infinite potential. This freedom results in immense happiness, which, in turn, becomes love and compassion for the surrounding world.

Laura Ahrens

Laura Ahrens reluctantly tried yoga in 2009, and was surprised by her almost immediate dedication to the practice. She received a 200-hour certification in vinyasa in 2011. Shortly after, she was captivated by the deeply connected and core-centric practice of Forrest Yoga and went on to complete the Foundation and Advanced Teacher Trainings with creator Ana Forrest and year-long mentorship with Dr. Heidi Sormaz. She also holds a BFA from The University of the Arts.
 
Laura’s current work is a melding together all of the different truths of moving and living through the yogic tradition that she has had the privilege of learning. Her teaching is more of an approach to practice than style-focused. Laura works with attention to an individual's physical and emotional starting points to empower ownership of one's practice.
 
Passionate about connection, her teaching is fueled by depth of breath, strong connection to core, precision of alignment, and commitment to the internal and somatic work necessary for personal evolution. Laura emphasizes quality of movement, and is adamant about process. She is inspired by intentional transitions and warrior-like, functional movement.
 
Laura is most interested in teaching others to be discerning practitioners who synthesize information through their own specific circumstances. In that spirit, she co-created The New School of Yogic Arts, a 200-hour yoga teacher training for those who want to teach the practice of yoga as a living system that breathes differently in each body.

Sara Biondello

Sara began to begrudgingly practice yoga at the prodding of a friend in 2010, but it wasn't until discovering vinyasa yoga four years later that everything started to click. After years of a less-than-balanced lifestyle, Sara learned to listen and made peace with her body rather than fighting it.

 

As a former athlete, Sara appreciates the role of fitness, but has come to redefine health as something greater than lifting heavy things, running laps, or eating on a diet. As Sara's yoga practice deepened, so did her interest in the exploring connection between mind, body, and living well.

 

The connections that started in the studio led to a path of self-discovery and a deep love of healing — physically, mentally, and emotionally, and ultimately to a career in holistic health and nutrition, followed by a yoga teacher training. Sara completed her 200-hour training in January 2016 with the New School of Yogic Arts. Sara believes that in the yoga studio, deep feeling and lighthearted fun are not mutually exclusive. She hopes her classes will bring students same sense of self-awareness she experienced in discovering yoga, especially the begrudging ones.

 

Sara has spent most of her career working with kids and teens in a variety of settings, from group homes to lacrosse teams, and believes that finding the kid still inside is one of the many benefits of yoga practice.

Core Flow will restore and strengthen all muscles in the core. The class is suitable for all levels and will consist of breath work to engage deep abdominal muscles, yoga poses linked to breath which activate and condition the core, as well as deep stretching and strengthening of the muscles that work closely together with the core to achieve maximal benefit.


Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Jun 26 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Raquel Marra
  • Tue Jun 27 9:15 am - 10:45 am with Tiffany Ely O'Connell
  • Tue Jun 27 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Rachel Bairstow
  • Wed Jun 28 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Dan Steel
  • Thu Jun 29 9:15 am - 10:45 am with Tatyana Souza
  • Thu Jun 29 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Tiffany Ely O'Connell
  • Sat Jul 01 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm with Laura Ahrens
  • Wed Jul 05 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Dan Steel
  • Thu Jul 06 9:15 am - 10:45 am with Tatyana Souza
  • Thu Jul 06 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Tiffany Ely O'Connell
  • Sat Jul 08 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm with Sara Biondello
  • Mon Jul 10 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Raquel Marra
  • Tue Jul 11 9:15 am - 10:45 am with Tiffany Ely O'Connell
  • Tue Jul 11 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Rachel Bairstow
  • Wed Jul 12 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Dan Steel
  • Thu Jul 13 9:15 am - 10:45 am with Tatyana Souza
  • Thu Jul 13 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Tiffany Ely O'Connell