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Tatyana Souza

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.

Elyssa Schneider
As a middle and high school teacher for nearly a decade, the call to teach and share her passions with others comes naturally to Elyssa Schneider. She caters her classes to the specific students in front of her, acknowledging that our bodies do not fit into a one-size-(practice)-fits-all mold. She brings her utmost passion, deep wealth of experience and learning, and love for connection with others to every class that she teaches: prenatal, Mommy and Baby, kids and teen, and adult vinyasa. Elyssa’s classes are playful and challenging, and through the seemingly simple act of breathing with awareness, she aims to allow the space for her students to be as they are, and to come away with a sense of personal connection and aliveness.
 
Elyssa’s relationship with yoga spans more than a decade, and it is constantly changing to be what she needs it to be in each moment and stage of life. Continuing to show up on her mat each day during her pregnancy, Elyssa has experienced firsthand the immense benefits of a prenatal yoga practice, both physically and emotionally, and is so excited to share this practice with other women. She fully credits her prenatal yoga practice with helping her to have the birth experience that was perfect for her, and, even more, for helping her ride out the constant uncertainties of pregnancy and new motherhood. Through her prenatal yoga practice, Elyssa learned to cultivate strength, to shower herself with self-compassion, and to truly listen to her body: to rest when she needed to rest and to push her edge when she needed to push. For the first time in her life, Elyssa learned to let go of control and be okay with not knowing what would be, lessons that have carried over into motherhood, and simply into life itself.
 
Elyssa completed her 200-hour training at Back Bay Yoga with Lynne Begier and Ame Wren, as well as additional studies with Nicole Clark and prenatal training with Bec Conant of OmBirths. She continues to look up to and learn from all of her teachers and students (both in the studio and in the classroom) daily, and especially her son Jayden, her most natural yoga teacher of all.
Sandy Kalik
Sandy Kalik Bartone found yoga in a moment of transition. Grappling with the constant stream of information and expectations put on a young communications professional, yoga became her way to be physically present, to slow down, to feel.
 
At first, the flowing yoga sequences required so much of her presence and effort to do the poses correctly that there wasn’t any space left for her mind to wander off the mat. While learning to be present in the physical body, Sandy also discovered that asana and meditation provided support for her body and mind in dealing with the day-to-day experience of rheumatoid arthritis.
 
Her personal practice grew from a craving for calm to a place of physical understanding and became a space of exploration and play. Sandy’s classes are known for creative sequencing, making alignment accessible, and providing a safe space for play, silence, and exploration.
 
Sandy teaches vinyasa flow, restful yoga (blending Yin and restorative styles), and AcroYoga (a partner practice mixing acrobatics, asana, and Thai massage).
Dawn Keighley

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.  

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.
Janine Duffy
A wife, mom, law grad, legal researcher, and yoga addict all rolled into one!
 
Janine Duffy discovered yoga upon entering law school more than 10 years ago. Since then, yoga has been there for her through the good times and the bad. Years of long hours as a law clerk at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston, as well as being a new mom to two little boys finally took its toll. It was during this tumultuous time as she transitioned to being a stay-at-home mom and battled post-partum depression that Janine found her way back to the mat. Not only did yoga help Janine regain her confidence, balance, and satisfaction in her new role, but it also had a positive effect on her son, James. She noticed a big difference in his attitude and alertness, which made her a believer that yoga was great for those of all ages—especially children! Shortly thereafter, Janine completed her children’s yoga training with Radiant Child Yoga and began teaching kids yoga classes.
 
Janine’s curiosity about the effects of yoga led her to a 200-hour yoga teacher training with Chanel Luck and Bonnie Argo. It was at the end of this training that she found herself pregnant once again. She noticed that practicing yoga while pregnant was fun, exciting, scary, and sad—every emotion a woman could have. Toward the end of her pregnancy, Janine became certified to teach prenatal yoga at Om Births.
 
Janine finds the most satisfaction helping women through this tremendous life-changing experience, and focuses on teaching prenatal as well as the post-partum, Mommy and Baby and toddler yoga classes. Her classes help new and expecting moms understand and adjust to the changes taking place in their bodies and minds. Janine’s classes focus on strength-building poses, pranayama, and meditation that are helpful not only on the mat, but also off! Being the mom of three boys, Janine can certainly attest to how yoga helps her throughout any given day!
Shilpa Reddy
Growing up in South Africa, yoga was the first form of exercise Shilpa Reddy encountered growing up. As a young girl, she was fascinated by her father's routine of waking at dawn, going for a run, and segueing into his day with a headstand. From her early training in the asanas, pranayama, and meditation, Shilpa was instilled with respect for safe and steady progression, as well as lifelong gratitude for the benefits of yoga to mind, body, and soul.
 
Shilpa’s teaching integrates the precision ingrained in her by teachers in India with the playful, sporty, approach of her recent years of practice in America. In her classes, expect a fun vinyasa flow complemented by conscious breathwork and a finale of deep rest.
 
Shilpa teaches with gratitude to her family for making yoga second nature, to Dr. Kabir for guiding her into the living philosophy of ancient India, and to Ame Wren and David Vendetti for showing her how to dance and play in all life's asanas.
Maybelle Rowntree
Maybelle has been dancing since she was three. She became seriously involved with dance, specifically classical ballet, in 1967 at the Boston Conservatory of Music. Between 1970 and 1984 Maybelle apprenticed with New England Dance Theater, was a demi-soloist with Boston Repertory Ballet and Bay State Ballet, and made guest appearances with New England Dinosaur and Concert Dance Company. She spent a summer with the Boston Ballet, which was quite thrilling even back then! Additionally, Maybelle also taught beginner, elementary, and intermediate ballet classes. Teaching is where Maybelle’s heart is. It was the movement, not the performing, that captured her even back then.
 
With the birth of Maybelle’s daughter in 1984, she morphed into fitness. Aerobic dance and weight training became her passion. She ended up teaching at the Squash Club (now Boston Sports Club) in Allston. There she developed a class called Ballet for Athletes, as well as teaching group aerobic classes and personal training.
 
Maybelle continued in fitness until 2000, when she became interested in Pilates, which she studied Pilates until 2003 and incorporated into her teaching style. She opened her own personal training studio that same year and still spends the majority of her teaching time there.
 
Not long after discovering Pilates, yoga flowed into Maybelle’s life and finally formed the style she teaches today. Maybelle blends into asana ballet's unified flowing dance movements and attention to detail and alignment with the athleticism of fitness and with Pilates’ emphasis on the core. I call the synergy of all of these elements Triune: the unity of spirit, soul, and body. This is not just what Maybelle does, it's who she is.
Rachel Bairstow
Rachel Bairstow began practicing yoga in 2003 as a way to relieve both stress and the boredom of her hackneyed gym routines. When the inner quiet and focus she found on the mat began to trickle into other corners of her life, Rachel knew she had found more than just a form of exercise; she had found a discipline for her spiritually inquisitive mind and a home inside a body which, until then, she had only minimally appreciated.
 
Rachel began teaching yoga in 2007 and discovered Forrest yoga shortly thereafter. When she trained with Ana Forrest in 2008, Rachel heard her speaking about yoga as a system of healing and living with honesty, strength, and a sense of personal wholeness. As she began to uncover more and more lost or silent parts of herself through Forrest, Rachel knew she wanted to give to others the gifts of this yoga that she herself had reaped.
 
Rachel believes in all forms of yoga as a powerful tool for connecting to the best parts of ourselves and allowing them to flourish. Students in Rachel’s classes learn to use poses, breathing, and deep meditative focus to become students not only of yoga, but also students of themselves and their lives. Rachel welcomes all levels, all abilities, and all walks of life.
Tiffany Ely O'Connell
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 “retired” 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.
Dan Steel

Dan Steel first discovered yoga when he walked into a free class on a whim while still in college. Having a background in martial arts and gymnastics, Dan was immediately drawn to the physically demanding aspects of the practice. Not long after establishing a regular asana practice he began to recognize its potential for healing and self-discovery. Dan believes that strength, flexibility, and balance cultivated in the body can be reflected in the mind.

Dan teaches with the philosophy that every time one steps onto the yoga mat, the opportunity exists for growth and greater understanding of the self, both physically and spiritually. The more we come to understand ourselves, the more we can act in accordance with our true nature, instead of living in repression and inauthenticity.

Dan has studied extensively with Ana Forrest, completing both the 200-hour Foundational and Advanced trainings, as well as a 200-hour vinyasa training through Back Bay Yoga in Boston. He has also studied Budokon yoga with Cameron Shayne and is working toward his certification in that style. In his classes Dan strives to offer a platform upon which students can explore and develop a heightened sense of body awareness.

Emily Peterson
Formerly a competitive athlete, Emily Peterson began practicing yoga more than fifteen years ago in an attempt to manage chronic pain from injuries. While yoga was instrumental to her physical healing, Emily also discovered the power of yoga for practicing mindful acceptance. Emily's practice helped her learn to tolerate emotional discomfort and to stop struggling to change the present moment, thus opening up space for healing. For Emily, yoga offers an important meditative practice and the experience of a safe connection to her body, which were transformative and led to personal healing from an eating disorder, depression, and trauma.
 
Acting upon a deep desire to share with others, Emily began training with David Magone and obtained a 500-hour certification in PranaVayu Yoga. She additionally completed a Yin/Yang/Mindfulness intensive teacher training with Sarah Powers, as well as becoming a Usui Reiki Master, studying under the guidance of master teacher, Heather Smidt. She has also studied biomechanics and therapeutics extensively with Santosh Karmacharya. Emily discovered Suzanne Jones and yogaHope in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, and became a licensed facilitator for TIMBo (Trauma Informed Mind Body program). Emily holds a B.A. in applied psychology from University of Illinois-Chicago, where she began studying Buddhism and mindfulness, which are central to her life and to yoga. She has studied extensively with Lama Migmar Tseten, Buddhist Chaplain of Harvard University. One day soon she will write her thesis and earn a master’s degree in government.
 
Influenced by a tradition of somatic-based work, Emily believes in the bi-directional relationship between psychology and physiology—the mind influences the body and the body influences the mind. In truth, there is no way to separate the two, and when we think of them as two different, distinct entities, we create disharmony. Health is achieved when there is harmony between and respect for both the body and the mind. Emily practices and facilitates yoga with the belief that true well-being and wellness begin with understanding how our bodies have adapted and developed in response to our surroundings and relationships. In short, listening to the body and discerning its wisdom is where healing and peace lie.
Laura Ahrens
Laura Ahrens reluctantly tried yoga in 2009, and was surprised by her almost immediate dedication to the practice. She received a 200-hour certification in vinyasa in 2011. Shortly after, she was captivated by the deeply connected and core-centric practice of Forrest Yoga and went on to complete the Foundation and Advanced Teacher Trainings with creator Ana Forrest and year-long mentorship with Dr. Heidi Sormaz. She also holds a BFA from The University of the Arts.
 
Laura’s current work is a melding together all of the different truths of moving and living through the yogic tradition that she has had the privilege of learning. Her teaching is more of an approach to practice than style-focused. Laura works with attention to an individual's physical and emotional starting points to empower ownership of one's practice.
 
Passionate about connection, her teaching is fueled by depth of breath, strong connection to core, precision of alignment, and commitment to the internal and somatic work necessary for personal evolution. Laura emphasizes quality of movement, and is adamant about process. She is inspired by intentional transitions and warrior-like, functional movement.
 
Laura is most interested in teaching others to be discerning practitioners who synthesize information through their own specific circumstances. In that spirit, she co-created The New School of Yogic Arts, a 200-hour yoga teacher training for those who want to teach the practice of yoga as a living system that breathes differently in each body.
Lauren Messinger
Although Lauren Messinger practiced a bit of yoga prior to 2006, it never really stuck. That time, though, it was different. Lauren began to spend more time on her mat and noticed things in her life begin to shift: she smiled more, made better decisions, and began to feel lighter, both inside and out. In 2009, Lauren completed her 200-hour teacher training at Prana Power Yoga and has been teaching ever since. Lauren is also a licensed massage therapist and a certified prenatal yoga instructor through Five Points Yoga. Off of her mat, Lauren enjoys being a mama to Penelope, spending time with her family and friends, and riding her pink bike around Jamaica Plain.
Jessica Pate
Jessica Pate first tried yoga in 2008, looking for a new, physical practice after finishing a decade-long swimming career. Accustomed to the high intensity of swimming, she found both physical challenge and mental grounding in yoga. After stepping out of her first class, Jessica knew that her practice would be an influential component in her life.
 
After several years of practice, Jessica noticed that her practice had equipped her with tools to better manage the stress that she encountered in life, as well as given her the ability to maintain a greater sense of mindfulness and attention to the present moment. During this time, Jessica was working with children as a private tutor and began incorporating yogic principles to help improve their focus during tutoring sessions. Jessica saw substantial improvement in the attention span of many of her clients and became passionate about integrating yoga on a broader scale.
 
In 2015, Jessica completed the KidAsana Children’s Yoga Teacher Training with Dawn Keighley. Jessica’s transition to teaching children was natural, as she had over a decade of experience as a children’s swim coach. In her classes, Jessica creates an engaging, playful flow to teach the physical asana practice, as well as bringing attention to topics such as mindfulness and the importance of respecting yourself and others. Inspired by the impact yoga had on both herself and children, Jessica completed her 200-hour teacher training at the Boston Yoga School, directed by Ame Wren and Brenna Matthews.
 
In addition to her training in yoga, Jessica has also been trained as a physiologist since 2005. She completed a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry with a minor in sports medicine at Pepperdine University, as well as two Master’s of Science degrees in exercise physiology (San Diego State University, 2013) and human physiology (Boston University, 2015). In addition to her coursework, Jessica also had an active research career, investigating physiological mechanisms in several body systems, acting as a reviewer of scientific literature pertaining to yoga, and producing novel research on the physiological responses to Bikram yoga. Jessica also maintains a scientific blog, which focuses on different elements of physiology and how they relate to the yoga practice.
 
During her classes, Jessica draws from her yoga trainings, as well as her academic and scientific, research background to incorporate elements that promote healing and best serve the energy and needs of the class.
 
For more information on Jessica’s research background or to access her physiology of yoga site, visit http://physiologyofyoga.com,  https://www.facebook.com/physiologyofyoga/, or check out her articles on CCY’s blog.
Joanne Lloyd
Joanne Lloyd is a yoga instructor specializing in teaching kids, as well as a social worker and psychotherapist in Brookline. She has taught yoga classes at Boston Children’s Museum, Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, Brookline Center, and in local family and corporate daycare centers in Boston and surrounding areas. Joanne’s yoga training includes the Radiant Child Yoga Program with Shakta Kaur Khalsa, Circus Yoga with Erin Maile O’Keefe, Yogakids, and additioinal training through Karma Kids Yoga in NYC.
 
Her yoga classes incorporate music, storytelling, and partner poses to enhance your child’s imagination while stretching their curious minds and bodies!
Doug Baker
Douglas Baker, LICSW, RYT, is a Kripalu Yoga teacher and a therapist in Cambridge, MA. His work is focuses on teaching yoga as a method of personal self-mastery. Learn more at www.cambridgemindbody.com.
Lara Heimann
Drawing from her background as a Physical Therapist, Lara Heimann, RYT-500, has combined her love of anatomy, creative movement and functional training to develop YogaStream, a powerful, challenging flow style that emphasizes anatomy, alignment and intelligent sequencing. Lara owns YogaStream studio in Princeton, NJ and directs the 200-hour (and 500 hour starting in 2015) YA-certified teacher training school. She leads international retreats and workshops, is a Lululemon ambassador and a contributor to Gaiam/MyYogaOnline, Mantra Yoga and Health magazine, MindBodyGreen, and Elephant Journal. As a wellness enthusiast and a certified holistic health coach and natural food chef, she can often be found mixing it up in the kitchen or playing outdoors with her family.
Andrew Tanner
Andrew's classes will stir your body and soul as each posture is performed with a focus on the mind and body being in authentic harmony. His lectures on yogic philosophy attempt to bring the lofty ideas of the yoga sutras and Bhagavad Gita down to earth in a way that can be understood by all. Andrew's background in religious history and psychology allows him to relate the stories of these ancient texts with the dramas of our everyday lives, leaving students inspired to pursue their highest selves. For more information, please visit andrewtanner.com.
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.
Goldie Graham
An E-RYT, Goldie Graham received her 200hr certification in 2008 from Yoga Tree San Francisco under Janet Stone, Stephanie Snyder, Darren Main, and credits Les Leventhal as her first mentor. Having moved to San Diego in January 2015 from Boston where she taught at Back Bay Yoga Studio for 5 years, she now travels the globe teaching workshops, retreats, teacher trainings, and has been an instructor at various Wanderlust Festivals. Goldie is known for her creative, intelligent sequencing, while keeping precision and alignment paramount within a carefully crafted sequence. Through your experience in her classes, you’ll witness how Goldie highlights the importance of creating a soundtrack to accompany the rhythm of the physical flow. Goldie's classes are inspired by the style of Kula Yoga out of NYC, sprinkled with Iyengar Yoga and the discipline and innovation of David Regelin. Goldie has been featured in Yoga Journal, Runner’s World, Marie Claire, The Huffington Post and was among the list of the 100 Most Influential Yoga Teachers in America.
Colleen Butaney
Colleen received her 200-hour yoga teaching certification in 2006, upon completion of a 4-week comprehensive training through the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Nassau, Bahamas. When she became pregnant with her daughter in 2012, Colleen completed her 40-hour prenatal yoga training through 5 Points Yoga in Cambridge.
 
Colleen began practicing yoga in 1997, when she took her first hatha yoga class at the Himalyian Institute in her hometown of Buffalo, NY. Her practice picked up speed a year later after she was in a head-on collision. It was this accident that catalyzed Colleen into studying yoga as a form of healing, transformation, and strengthening for the body, mind, and spirit.
 
In 1999, life took Colleen to California, where she studied multiple yoga disciplines, including Kali Ray Tri-yoga, Iyengar yoga, kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Ashtanga, and vinyasa. Colleen is also influenced by the work of Shiva Rea and Dharma Mittra.
 
In her classes, Colleen seeks to create a sacred container for growth, transformation, flexibility, strength, and heart-centered connection to both self and community. She truly believes that what comes up on the mat is a microcosm of what one is experiencing in the macrocosm of their everyday life. She is a firm believer that “life is yoga, and yoga is life” and that we should take what we learn on the mat into our daily reality.
 
Colleen is also a singer, songwriter, and performing/recording artist. She often weaves music and mantra into her classes. She is also a certified massage therapist, reiki practitioner, and tantric educator.
 
Her greatest joy is being mother to her darling Aria, wife to her husband RJ, and doggie mama to Bodhi. She is eternally grateful to all of the teachers on the path before her, and feels forever blessed for the gift of yoga in her life.

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