Vinyasa Yoga


This class is taught by:

Gerard Samson

Gerard Samson is registered yoga teacher based in Boston and Brookline. He teaches a paced, structural, class with focused alignment and connection to the breath. Gerard completed his 200-hour yoga teacher training with Ame Wren at Boston Yoga School in 2014. He continues to be supported by Ame’s mentorship and teachings.

 

In addition to his yoga classes, Gerard is also a licensed massage therapist He enjoys working with individuals to assess and diagnose functional mobility problems and is adept at treating injuries and chronic pain issues. He is skilled in reading and interpreting the structural patterns of bodies, and through this creates specific and targeted treatments for his clients. Gerard’s work is simultaneously deep and soothing. He is passionate about solving the puzzles the body presents, and empowering individuals to know themselves from the inside out.

 

Gerard completed his massage and bodywork training at the Massage School in Boston. He has an integrative approach and uses many modalities, including Myo-fascial Release, deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, craniosacral therapy, and shiatsu. Additionally, he studied with Nicole Clark in the energetic and healing use of touch.

Cameron Ciccone

Growing up in Northern New Hampshire, the mountains were a playground for Cameron from a very young age. Naturally, outdoor adventure and athletics were a grounding presence. Years of competitive skiing and cycling left him frustrated with chronic pain. It was only after his sister’s suggestion to join her for a yoga class that a life changing transformation began to take place.


Cameron’s classes are fun and energetic with a strong belief in mindful movement and personal alignment. His sequencing helps to build strength and increase flexibility. Cameron believes in solid fundamentals and each class has a strong emphasis on basic alignment to develop muscle memory for new students. His main goal is to help inspire students to learn more about themselves on and off the mat.


Finding yoga has changed my life in more ways than I could have imagined. Originally I was drawn to the practice because of my physical body and soon discovered I wasn't asking myself the right questions. I want my students to get excited for class but also show them that their ability to look within for answers is a lifelong tool. Yoga can be practiced in thousands of ways. I believe in a Yoga practice that works for an individual. We all come from different stock and have different lifestyles. The variables are endless. What do I need? What don't I need? I aspire to encourage people to develop a Yoga practice that works!


"My philosophy is based on mindfulness. If we practice with our mind set on surroundings, feelings, movements, breath, and thoughts we begin to cultivate an awareness of our true needs. From this place life seems to align in a way we never thought possible. Sometimes all that is needed is mindful disconnect to reset and refresh. It doesn't have to be complicated! Let's enjoy the process through a creative Asana practice."

Izzy Van Hall

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.

Masha Leuner

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.

Laura Ahrens

Laura’s teaching is a union of traditional yogic philosophy and a modern perspective on the practice. Her current work is a melding of all the different truths of moving and living in yoga that she has had the privilege of learning. Her teaching is an approach to practice, rather than style-focused. Laura’s classes and other offerings prioritize attention to breath and commitment to the inner work necessary for personal evolution. Her greatest commitment is to living the practice of yoga in the world, and teaching others to do the same.

 

In her work, physically challenging asana kindles the fire of transformation and focuses strong attention into meditation. Storytelling, metaphorical language, and precisely directed options for alignment teach the tale of becoming more human. Laura loves teaching others to be discerning practitioners who synthesize information for themselves. In that spirit, she co-created The New School of Yogic Arts, a teacher training school for those who want to learn to teach the practice of yoga as a living system that breathes differently in each body.

 

Laura holds a 200-hour certification in hatha vinyasa, 200-hour and advanced certifications in Forrest Yoga taught by Ana Forrest, and completed a year-long mentorship under the guidance of Dr. Heidi Sormaz. She earned a BFA from The University of the Arts, where she honed her use of story and song, both of which have served as instruments of connection and community since ancient times. She is currently studying yoga therapy with Sarahjoy Marsh.

Tiffany Ely

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.

Raquel Marra

Raquel Marra My yoga practice is a constant search for the balance between movement and stillness, strength and flexibility, loudness and silence, inwardness and participation. All of which are juxtapositions that fuel my passion for yoga as a personal practice as well as my drive to teach what I discover. My classes are an endeavor to yoke the quiet beauty of a personal practice with the excitement of sharing the experience with a like-minded kula. My aim is to move through this life as I try to on my mat: with grace, fluidity and a strong sense of alignment. My yoga practice creates a profound sense of spaciousness in my inner landscape that I hope to convey to my students through creative flow and sweaty vinyasa.

 

200HR RYT, Saraswati’s Yoga Joint/MB Yoga Advanced Mentoring Program with Donna Jackson, creator of SYJ Continued Advanced Studies with Schuyler Grant, Kula Yoga Project

Tatyana Souza

A PhD and an E-RYT, Tatyana Souza received her 200hr certification in 2011 from Back Bay Yoga in Boston under Kate Greer, Nicole Clark and Lynn Begier. Inspired by the yoga training and by her two little kids, Tatyana left her career in the pharmaceutical industry to co-found Coolidge Corner Yoga in 2013 and Sadhana Yoga in 2016. A dreamer and believer in the "good", Tatyana wanted to lead by example for her little boys. She believes that yoga is the catalyst for personal and global change and hopes to make an impact in her community and the world by creating a warm, sacred space where yoga students can move, connect, and cultivate much needed stillness and breath in their daily life.


Tatyana's teaching is inspired by Maybelle Rowntree, Schuyler Grant and Annie Carpenter. She is currently pursuing her 500hr training at the Wanderlust studio in Hollywood. She gracefully weaves together creative sequencing with well informed alignment cues to facilitate a fluid yet safe experience focusing both on strength and movement. She uses compassionate, intuitive, as well as, alignment-focused touch to allow students to feel supported, safe and sacred in their asana practice and in their bodies.

Taylor Young

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.

Eva Christopherson

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.

Vinyasa Yoga is a vigorous yoga class that moves through poses with the pace of your breath. The class is designed for all levels with modifications offered to take the class at your own level and ability on any given day. The sequence of each class will build towards a challenging peak pose(s) to stimulate both the beginner and advanced practitioner as well as the kid at heart. This class will be sweaty and fun and will challenge students of all levels.


Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Dec 18 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm with Gerard Samson
    at Brookline
  • Tue Dec 18 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Cameron Ciccone
    at Brookline
  • Wed Dec 19 9:15 am - 10:45 am with Izzy Van Hall
    at Brookline
  • Wed Dec 19 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm with Masha Leuner
    at Brookline
  • Wed Dec 19 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm with Laura Ahrens
    at Brookline
  • Thu Dec 20 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm with Laura Ahrens
    at Brookline
  • Thu Dec 20 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Tiffany Ely
    at Brookline
  • Fri Dec 21 9:15 am - 10:45 am with Raquel Marra
    at Brookline
  • Fri Dec 21 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm with Laura Ahrens
    at Brookline
  • Sat Dec 22 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Gerard Samson
    at Brookline
  • Sat Dec 22 9:15 am - 10:45 am with Tatyana Souza
    at Brookline
  • Sat Dec 22 11:00 am - 12:30 pm with Izzy Van Hall
    at Brookline
  • Sun Dec 23 9:15 am - 10:45 am with Tiffany Ely
    at Brookline
  • Mon Dec 24 9:15 am - 10:45 am with Taylor Young
    at Brookline
  • Mon Dec 24 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm with Eva Christopherson
    at Brookline
  • Wed Dec 26 9:15 am - 10:45 am with Izzy Van Hall
    at Brookline


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