Dawn Keighley is a Massachusetts-licensed educator with more than twelve years’ experience working with children in both physical and academic settings. She has an educational background in child development, anatomy, physiology, and education. Dawn completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Back Bay Yoga and continues to study under her teacher Ame Wren. Dawn’s teaching is inspired by Goldie Kaufenberg, Brenna Matthews, and Shannon Paige. In addition, she has also completed a Soulful Yoga Therapy therapeutic yoga training with Kate Graham, and is an active member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Drawing from her broad education and years of experience with children, Dawn skillfully creates each yoga class around the needs of a child’s developing mind and body. For the littlest yogis, her classes consist of yoga poses and breathing exercises incorporated into highly invigorating and imaginative educational play. For the big kids, Dawn offers a fun and lively vinyasa flow, through which children are able to cultivate a deeper understanding of themselves and their environment while developing strength, flexibility, and balance—both in the mind and in the body. No matter the age or the ability of her students, Dawn strives to honor, follow, nurture, and respect the natural flow of life.
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.
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.
From the first day Joanna stepped onto a mat in 2007, she realized she had finally come home. During a time when she was seeking healing--physical, emotional, spiritual-- Joanna found yoga to be a sacred and illuminating container for growth. Her mat became the mirror she used to relearn how to take ownership and care of her body and soul. Learning to teach through The New School of Yogic Arts remains one of the best, most fulfilling decisions she's ever made.
Joanna delights in the way yoga can be both a playground and a soft embrace, a tool to navigate spending time on this earth. When not in a studio, Joanna can be found seeking the next adventure- biking around Boston, trekking to the sea, reading, rock climbing, and traveling. In her heart she holds the warmest gratitude and love for her teachers, who continually guide her toward a path in which yoga is a living tradition both on and off the mat.
What better way to celebrate summer than by greeting the day with an hour of yoga in the sunshine? Every Sunday this summer from July 9th through August 27th, Coolidge Corner Yoga and The Brookline Departments of Recreation, Health, and Parks and Open Space will be co-hosting a free all-levels Vinyasa flow at Minot Rose Park in front of its beautiful rose garden. Don’t miss out on this chance to practice with your favorite CCY teachers, bond with Brookline community members, and enjoy the opportunity to practice yoga in the great outdoors. Wear comfy clothes, bring a bottle of water, and come prepared to start your weekend with movement and fun!