Taryn designs her vinyasa classes to be challenging and playful with a strong emphasis on synchronizing movement with breath. She combines a balance of poses for strength and flexibility, challenging students physically while offering soft moments of reflection. Join Taryn to balance work and play, discipline and expression, and strength and softness.
Back in 2008 in the trenches of nursing school while leading a FOMO party life, Lauren needed a healthier alternative. She started practicing warm vinyasa yoga in New Haven to offset the stress of her new career in ICU nursing. YES!
When she moved to Encinitas, CA, in 2011, she continued to flow like the surfers and completed teacher training at her local studio, Corepower Yoga. California, bursting with the best avocados and fruit she had ever tasted, is also where she started to experiment with vegetarian and vegan cooking.
When Lauren returned to Boston she felt reverse culture shock, on the streets and in the yoga studio. She also realized she wanted to teach a class unique to her, not a skeleton developed by a yoga chain. Compelled to dive deeper, she completed her second 200-hour training at Coolidge Corner Yoga in 2016 under Goldie Graham, Tatyana Souza, Laura Ahrens and Andrew Tanner. These four unique souls were the best example of how to share from an open heart. She left the training stronger, not only as a teacher, but a better communicator.
This training also introduced her to Ayurveda, the oldest still practiced healthcare system in the world. As a critical care nurse focused on saving lives, Lauren appreciated the expansive big picture view of health that goes beyond disease free by learning how to thrive. Feeling invigorated physically, mentally and spiritually, she had to know more about Ayurveda and went on to complete a 650-hour certification as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor from Kripalu Center in the Berkshires.
Lauren continues to work part time in the cardiac ICU at Mass General. Her teaching reflects her holistic path and is influenced by western anatomy and physiology, yogic philosophy, and Ayurvedic wisdom. Her yoga class is meant to adapt to the season, time of day, and honor your individual constitution.
Gerry Samson’s relationship with yoga has been an evolving and life-altering experience. Gerry rowed through college and devoted much of his body and time to the sport. Weight lifting and long training hours left his body broken down, and aches and pains developed, which followed him beyond college graduation. He began attending occasional community classes, but yoga felt contentious at first; the asana practice of yoga seemed out of reach for his body. However, as Gerry’s body began to accept his asana practice and he began to reap its benefits, yoga became a necessary part of his life. This love lead him to Ame Wren’s teacher training at Boston Yoga School, where he completed his 200-hour certification.
Gerry graduated with a B.A. in psychology and philosophy, and throughout college worked with children of various educational needs. When he graduated, he sought to keep working with children with special needs. During the day, he is a behavioral therapist for children with autism at a small special education school. He has found that yoga helps his students focus better throughout their day, and gives them an opportunity for body exploration that they don’t get in a regular school day. Just as yoga helped bring Gerry comfort in his own body, he hopes that by sharing yoga with kids and encouraging their own exploration of movement, they can become comfortable and confident in themselves.
Gerry aims to teach well-aligned postures throughout a thoughtful vinyasa sequence. He likes to take his time in his practice, exploring new movements and ways to experience a pose. His yoga is influenced by his teachers Ame Wren, Peter Crowley, and Nicole Clark, who are constantly changing his yoga experience.