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.
A PhD and an E-RYT, Tatyana Souza received her 200hr certification in 2011 from Back Bay Yoga in Boston under Kate Greer, Nicole Clark and Lynn Begier. Inspired by the yoga training and by her two little kids, Tatyana left her career in the pharmaceutical industry to co-found Coolidge Corner Yoga in 2013 and Sadhana Yoga in 2016. A dreamer and believer in the "good", Tatyana wanted to lead by example for her little boys. She believes that yoga is the catalyst for personal and global change and hopes to make an impact in her community and the world by creating a warm, sacred space where yoga students can move, connect, and cultivate much needed stillness and breath in their daily life.
Tatyana's teaching is inspired by Maybelle Rowntree, Schuyler Grant and Annie Carpenter. She is currently pursuing her 500hr training at the Wanderlust studio in Hollywood. She gracefully weaves together creative sequencing with well informed alignment cues to facilitate a fluid yet safe experience focusing both on strength and movement. She uses compassionate, intuitive, as well as, alignment-focused touch to allow students to feel supported, safe and sacred in their asana practice and in their bodies.
From a young age, Catie Macken has loved all forms of movement. She began dancing as a child, found running post-college, and completed her first marathon in 2012. To supplement training, Catie embarked upon indoor cycling in 2011 and began teaching it in 2013.
An injury brought Catie to yoga in 2010. Little did Catie know that just two years later, she would complete her yoga teacher training. Upon obtaining her certification, Catie started teaching in the Twin Cities area part-time. During the next year, her dharma began to unfold. In 2013, Catie moved to Boston to begin a full-time career in fitness. Over the next two years, she established herself as a well-known yoga and cycling instructor. Her teaching contains a calm intensity that inspires her students to tap into their inner strength and her classes are infused with playfulness, gratitude, devotion, and laughter. Her raw authenticity and vibrant personality instantly connect her with her students and peers.
A lover of learning, Catie is constantly seeking out new mentors and pulls inspiration for her teaching from her own personal practice as a student of yoga. Catie spent much of 2016 immersing herself in the AcroYoga community and all of the communication, trust, and physical and mental strength that come with it. She has studied with and under some of the best teachers in the Acro community, and completed her Acro teacher training in Germany in August 2016.
When not in the studio, Catie lives her most inspired life through constant travel, champagne, handstands, and her amazing tribe of friends and family. Follow along on her international adventures: @catiemacken and www.facebook.com/catie.macken.
Kristen loves using yoga as a tool to help students achieve personal transformation. She received her 200-hour vinyasa and her hot yoga certifications from Yoga to the People in NYC, and trained in prenatal yoga with Juliana Mitchell of Living Now Yoga, also in New York. As a prenatal teacher, she is honored to share space with women on the incredible journey of creating and giving birth. Kristen's classes offer alignment-based, breath-focused instruction, incorporating the dualities of structure/freedom and comfort/challenge. She also loves helping students integrate the lessons and wisdom of the yoga practice on a broader scale into a personal "practice of living." Kristen is also a life coach, an actor, and a writer. www.edgeofthemat.com.