FUNdamentals


This class is taught by:

Chienhwe Hong

Chienhwe ("cheeyen-whoway") Hong is a professionally trained dancer and certified yoga teacher trained by Ana Forrest. She uses her extensive knowledge, wisdom, and experience of the body, breath, and movement to guide bodies into focused alignment and graceful integration. Students describe Chienhwe as "a healer of a different league" who facilitates deep transformation and healing. www.chienhwe.com

Nadine Channaoui

Nadine Channaoui’s yoga practice began in Buenos Aires, Argentina during a Fulbright grant term. Gymnastics had been a large part of her life growing up, and she was initially interested in yoga as a translation of her passion for gymnastics into a form of movement that was more physically sustainable. Like many practitioners, her initial appreciation for the physicality of yoga was soon complemented by an intrigue for its emotional and spiritual layers.
 
As a passionate traveler, over the years Nadine has set up home in Bolivia, Argentina, Spain, and Costa Rica. Through yoga, she has found that her sturdiest and most sincere home is that which is held within her own body. It is this ever-present place of peace and equanimity that motivates her yogic journey. While the yoga practice and life in general fluctuate in their reflections of ease and comfort, the intimate self-reflection embedded in the practice continually captivates her. Nadine believes that compassionate observation of our unique experiences in different postures, terrains, and events provides us with the opportunity to locate our truest selves and to eventually inhabit that space more fully. In turn, we are better able to act with increased clarity, honesty, compassion, and authenticity.
 
Nadine is incredibly grateful to have learned from inspiring teachers across the globe, most notably from Ame Wren, with whom she has completed her 200- and 500-hour teacher trainings. Nadine’s yoga practice and approach to teaching are also inspired by Brenna Matthews, Nicole Clark, and Kevin Courtney. In the classes she offers, you can expect to be guided with intelligent flow, attention to alignment, and the invitation to explore your experiences with curiosity and compassion.

Gerard Samson

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.

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.

New to yoga, or looking to get back to the basics? Yoga FUNdamentals provides both the beginning student and the seasoned practitioner a place to focus on common postures and transitions, that lay the foundation for Hatha yoga. Classes will focus on alignment and will include imaginative strength building exercises to prepare the muscles for the intensity of the major yoga asanas included in a vinyasa flow class. Expect clear instruction and individual assistance, as well as music to keep the environment light and playful. You don't need to be able to touch your toes in this class… all you need is an open mind & heart.


Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Dec 14 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Chienhwe Hong
  • Sun Dec 17 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Nadine Channaoui
  • Tue Dec 19 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Gerard Samson
  • Thu Dec 21 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Sara Biondello
  • Tue Dec 26 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Gerard Samson
  • Thu Dec 28 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Sara Biondello
  • Sun Dec 31 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Nadine Channaoui
  • Tue Jan 02 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Gerard Samson
  • Thu Jan 04 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Sara Biondello
  • Sun Jan 07 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Nadine Channaoui
  • Tue Jan 09 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Gerard Samson
  • Thu Jan 11 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Sara Biondello
  • Sun Jan 14 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Nadine Channaoui
  • Tue Jan 16 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Gerard Samson
  • Thu Jan 18 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Sara Biondello
  • Sun Jan 21 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Nadine Channaoui
  • Tue Jan 23 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Gerard Samson
  • Thu Jan 25 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Sara Biondello
  • Sun Jan 28 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Nadine Channaoui