Taylor Young first encountered yoga during her adolescence, when she used it as a complementary practice to her athletic pursuits. As is the case for many, Taylor was first drawn to the physicality of the practice, but then it turned into something more. Over the past decade, yoga has become a thread woven throughout her life, which serves as the coalescence of many gifts. For Taylor, yoga is an integral part of her spiritual practice, physical fitness, anxiety management, moral compass, and is a way of practicing discipline for life.
Above all, Taylor uses yoga as a method for introspection and self-study. She has found that looking inward, with kindness and curiosity facilitates more effective responses to daily stresses and challenges. This, in turn, nourishes peacefulness, compassion, and integrity.
Taylor practices many styles of yoga, including slow flow, Iyengar, vinyasa, and restorative. She weaves elements of these methods into her teachings. Taylor completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training through Boston Yoga School under the tutelage of Ame Wren. She is grateful for the many teachers and mentors who continue to support her on the path of yoga. Additionally, Taylor is a licensed clinical social worker and provides integrative psychotherapy and counseling throughout the Boston area. She uses yoga asana, meditation, mantra, and mudra in her therapy work. Taylor also enjoys mountains, forests, and oceans as a the regular respite from city living.
Michelle Gallotto began practicing yoga in 2004, and rededicated herself in 2012 to support a rigorous triathlon training program. In between swimming, cycling, and running, Michelle found herself in the yoga studio more and more frequently. Practicing yoga soon became the priority, and she hasn’t looked back since.
Michelle earned her 200-hour yoga certification through YogaWorks Boston with Renee LeBlanc and Caitlyn Graham Visconte. Her studies featured advanced training in asana and alignment, and an emphasis on building healthy classes through the study of anatomy and smart sequencing.
Like most yoga enthusiasts, Michelle’s mat is her happy place. She believes that challenging sequences help dissolve the stress of daily life, and better equip us to handle whatever life throws our way. When she's not in the yoga studio, you can usually find Michelle running through the Arnold Arboretum or around Jamaica Pond.
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 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.
Masha Leuner first tried yoga in 2005, when she was looking for a way to relieve the stress of planning her destination wedding. Working with her body in unfamiliar and challenging poses was a different experience than any she’d had before. Ever since that first hour on her mat, Masha’s love and appreciation for these poses continues to grow as they always teach her something new.
Masha believes that, over time, yoga awakens and strengthens our innate ability to heal ourselves. She teaches with that goal in mind. Masha’s classes integrate skeletal alignment, deep awareness of breath, and the dynamic movement of vinyasa. She encourages stepping on the mat and leaving the ego behind.
Masha holds a BA/MA in Economics and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. After many years as a career-driven marketer in the New York City area, the stress and focus on achievement started to impact her health. Yoga has helped in her journey of letting go. Masha completed her 200hr teacher training with the New School of Yogic Arts and continues advanced studies with Dr. Loren Fishman in yoga for osteoporosis.
These days she finds fulfillment in spending time with her kids, and in slowing down enough to even notice and appreciate the changing color of leaves in the fall.
Eva Christopherson first found yoga when she dropped into a class during her last year at Berklee College of Music. Although the physicality of the practice got her hooked right away, it was how she felt after a challenging class that made yoga a consistent part of her life. The quietness and stillness in the wake of leaving one’s comfort zone, and amount of focus required during a practice is what keeps her coming back, and is what she hopes students will find on their own mats.
Eva completed a 200-hour training through Back Bay Yoga under Lynne Begier, Caitlyn Visconte, and Ryan Cunningham in 2014. Two years later, she completed a 300-hour training under Natasha Rizopoulos at Down Under School of Yoga. Along with developing a personal practice, Eva has also taken part in YogaEd. kids yoga training, and pre- and post-natal trainings with Bec Conant, as well as studying under Nicole Clark at her Power of Touch mentorship. Eva continues to study this practice that will forever be a part of her life, and will always be a student.
Eva’s class themes vary from week to week, focusing on a certain body part, muscle, or philosophy, but the flow is always alignment-based with space to modify and move with the breath. She offers a challenging flow with options to play with arm balances and inversions, but centers each class on poses that will strengthen the body in ways that one can incorporate into daily life. Eva’s intention is for students to be able to listen to their bodies and meet themselves where they are on a particular day, and to learn to not take themselves too seriously, whether it be on the mat or in life.