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.
That inquisitive and unrelenting spirit laid the foundation for Matt to begin a devoted yoga practice. When coupled with his passion to understand the physics and subtle alignment of the body, Matt’s dharma as a teacher came into focus.
Originally from Sea Cliff, Long Island, Giordano is primarily based in Connecticut and Manhattan, where he teaches at local studios (Pure NYC, Equinox) and shows off his daring side riding motorcycles along the open road. Matt is often on the go, traveling internationally to teach yoga and perform acrobatics. Well-known for his ability to guide students deeply into postures with his refined attention to detail and precise action cues, Giordano is an adept guide for all-levels students at festivals, workshops and in his weekly studio classes. His study of biomechanics and integrative mind-body techniques informs his teaching, as he draws upon wisdom from traditions of yoga, martial arts (Aikido and Tae Kwan Do), acrobatics, AcroYoga and Thai Yoga Massage. In the end, Matt inspires a humble confidence, allowing students to find ease while expanding the edge of their comfort zones.
As Giordano helps make AcroYoga a household name, the media has taken notice; featuring him in Martha Stewart’s Whole Living, Alignyo, Yoga Dork and on LIVE! With Kelly and Michael. Events the world over are allowing countless students the opportunity to practice with Matt. No one misses the action, as his growing digital content (YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook) has become another platform for Matt to share delight, technique and even the occasional appearance of his dog Tito, a Papillon and heart-melting super yogi.
Her interest and trainings in Thai Massage Yoga assisting led to her create the super-luscious SPA class, as well as workshops and trainings to bring SPA love to yogis seeking a blissful experience both near and far.
Since 1986, Jull has been integrating her accessible and insightful understanding of activism, embryology, osteopathy, anatomy, aquatic massage, and yoga into a teaching that ignites a deep intuitive practice that blends art and science.
A cofounder of the transformational Shakti-Initiation yoga leadership training in Bali, Indonesia, Grace Jull is adjunct faculty in various mind-body medicine programs with partners such as Harvard Rehabilitation Medicine Residency, Cirque de Soleil’s Inuit Intervention, Saybrook University’s doctorate program, and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.
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.
Every time Izzy steps on her mat it's an experiment, an opportunity to learn something, weather it be finding her edge, breaking through habitual thought patterns, finding a moment of stillness, an exhale perhaps a surrender and release.
Growing up Izzy was a relentless athlete, with years of National competition in Rowing, Track and Field, and Gymnastics. She pushed her body and mind to the limits. Gifted with a mother who knew she'd need a little extra TLC she attended her first Yoga class in 2004. In 2007 Izzy invested in her first Yoga teacher training with Gopi Kinnicutt. Since then she has studied with both International and Local teachers such as Shiva Rea, Dharma Mittra, Bonnie Argo, Jenny Sauer-Klein, Jason Nemer, Lynne Begier, Chanel Luck , Ana Forest, Jennifer Reis, and more.
Izzy's Classes are base on the premiss of loving the way your body moves. She strives to teach from a place of self empowerment from the ground up. She believes stability leads to the possibility of trying things you may never have thought possible. The poses will flow from one to the next inviting embodiment throughout the transitions.
In 2007 Izzy found a flyer for an AcroYoga workshop in NYC. It took her three hours to drive there and less then a minute to know the practice would be part rest of her life. She became a globe trotting student of these three practices, yoga, acrobatics, and the healing arts. Her local and international studies have taken Izzy across the United States, Europe, and all the way to Southeast of Asia. Devoting herself to the path of becoming a certified teacher, Izzy graduated Kripalu's 500hr Massage Program (Mass LMT), and the Thai Massage Circus Intensive. She finally became an AcroYoga Teacher in 2011.
Taryn designs her vinyasa classes to be challenging and playful with a strong emphasis on synchronizing movement with breath. She combines a balance of poses for strength and flexibility, challenging students physically while offering soft moments of reflection. Join Taryn to balance work and play, discipline and expression, and strength and softness.
Wilhelm Engelbrecht is both a RYT 200 yoga instructor and meditation guide. Wilhelm found his way to a yoga class in 2008 due to an injured ankle caused by a poorly placed ditch in San Diego. It did not take long before he realized that this practice was to be his avenue for learning to move, think, and breath more fully in every aspect of his life. The progression from asana to pranayama and meditation came quickly and naturally, and it is now Wilhelm’s sincere desire to bring the benefits of meditation to anyone willing to sit.
Wilhelm graduated from the inaugural class of the New School of Yogic Arts in 2016, completed meditation courses by Kelly Morrison and respected yogi Gary Kraftsow, and the Power of Awareness course with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. Wilhelm is ready to bring this wisdom and his own experience to the studios of Boston. Most importantly, while balancing his job as an event manager at Harvard Medical School, Wilhelm has been able to maintain a steady and ongoing daily meditation practice for the last five years. He is keenly interested in making the practice accessible for those who live in Boston by introducing small and simple techniques to help navigate the hectic city life.
In 2010, Brigitte embarked on her journey to become a doula and was subsequently certified by DONA International. She joined the NYC Doula Collective and sat on their board for two for the four years she worked as a doula with them. In 2012, she went to the Farm in Tennessee to study Midwifery with Ina May Gaskin. Brigitte has had the privilege to learn from Debra Pascali Bonaro (author of Orgasmic Birth), Isa Herrera PT (author of Ending Female Pain), Erik Franklin, Pamela Hunt CPM, Tom Meyers, holistic gynecologist Eden Fromberg DO, and Penny Simkin PT(author of The Birth Partner and many other books). Brigitte is a Certified Lactation Counselor, Infant Massage Instructor, and herbalist. Witnessing labor and birth over these years has greatly influenced her approach teaching yoga. When she is not teaching she is running after her fast little toddler on the beach.