Pamela Newman discovered a passion for yoga and wellness in the midst of earning her bachelor of science degree and masters degree at Vanderbilt University. After being a student of yoga for more than a decade, she was inspired to teach upon discovering the calming and meditative aspects of Yin and restorative yoga. Pamela found that Yin helped her find balance in this busy, heavy, technology-based culture.
In her Yin and restorative classes, Pamela is able to guide her students to the softer side of yoga, offering peace and stillness as a way to balance their busy lives. Pamela encourages her students to grow their physical, emotional, and spiritual selves through the quiet strength they can access in these classes.
Pamela completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2014 through Boston Yoga School, led by Ame Wren. Since then, she has continued to develop and enhance her offerings as a contemplative and therapeutic yoga teacher. This continuing education has included two advanced Power of Touch Mentorship trainings with Nicole Clark and Yin yoga training with Josh Summers. Pamela also completed a 100-hour Yoga for Emotional Health training, with Soulful Yoga Therapy founder Kate Graham. Pamela is currently enrolled in Josh Summers’ 300-hour advanced Summers School of Yin Yoga.
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.
Scott Troppy began practicing yoga in 1996 as a way to deal with stress and boredom of the gym. Scott received his 200-hour certification in the PranaVayu style in 2010 with David Magone. He started taking Yin yoga with Josh Summers and decided to train in that style in 2012 and later returned for YinII Training in 2015. Scott teaches an all levels Yin class for connective tissue health (ligaments, tendons, and joints) using long held poses in a mindful environment using meditation and breath.
In addition, Scott has studied with Lama Migmar Tseten, Buddhist Chaplain of Harvard University focusing on meditation. In his full time job as an infectious disease Epidemiologist for the MA Department of Public Health he enjoys a little reading and knitting socks. All levels are welcome to his class.
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.
Enjoy the quiet, meditative practice of Yin Yoga by soothing candle light! Yin uses long-held passive poses to enhance and renew the body’s vital energy, prevent joint rigidity and immobility, and nourish the body at the cellular level. Yin aids with digestion, muscle repair, organ detoxification and emotional processing. The long held postures allow the connective tissue (ligaments, tendons, joints, and fascia) to strengthen, and with a consistent practice you will notice postural improvement, increased ease in movement and an overall balanced being. This is the perfect complimentary practice to any strength building or cardio exercise as well as an active Yang or vinyasa practice. It is also great for anyone recovering from injury or illness and pre or post -natal. Please note that this class is held at room temperature to increase the effectiveness of the practice - socks are welcome.