Yoga in the Gallery


This class is taught by:

Lauren Massalas

Back in 2008 in the trenches of nursing school while leading a FOMO party life, Lauren needed a healthier alternative. She started practicing warm vinyasa yoga in New Haven to offset the stress of her new career in ICU nursing. YES!

When she moved to Encinitas, CA, in 2011, she continued to flow like the surfers and completed teacher training at her local studio, Corepower Yoga. California, bursting with the best avocados and fruit she had ever tasted, is also where she started to experiment with vegetarian and vegan cooking.


When Lauren returned to Boston she felt reverse culture shock, on the streets and in the yoga studio. She also realized she wanted to teach a class unique to her, not a skeleton developed by a yoga chain. Compelled to dive deeper, she completed her second 200-hour training at Coolidge Corner Yoga in 2016 under Goldie Graham, Tatyana Souza, Laura Ahrens and Andrew Tanner. These four unique souls were the best example of how to share from an open heart. She left the training stronger, not only as a teacher, but a better communicator.


This training also introduced her to Ayurveda, the oldest still practiced healthcare system in the world. As a critical care nurse focused on saving lives, Lauren appreciated the expansive big picture view of health that goes beyond disease free by learning how to thrive. Feeling invigorated physically, mentally and spiritually, she had to know more about Ayurveda and went on to complete a 650-hour certification as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor from Kripalu Center in the Berkshires.


Lauren continues to work part time in the cardiac ICU at Mass General. Her teaching reflects her holistic path and is influenced by western anatomy and physiology, yogic philosophy, and Ayurvedic wisdom. Her yoga class is meant to adapt to the season, time of day, and honor your individual constitution.

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.

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.

Yoga in the Gallery with Coolidge Yoga
Hosted by Chase Young Gallery at the SOWA Market
450 Harrison Avenue, # 57 (the last gallery on the left)
Sundays 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
September 9 & 23, October 7 & 21

Calling all yogis and art lovers! Join Coolidge Yoga at the Chase Young Gallery to link breath, movement, and art in a unique vinyasa flow surrounded by innovative, contemporary art.

If you’re looking for a leisurely, lazy Sunday morning we’ve got you covered. Sleep in and stroll to the gallery for an hour vinyasa practice, directly followed by a private gallery tour with Chase Young owner Kate Kostopoulos.

Make a day out of it by hanging out at the SOWA market after your class and tour, which is open until 4:00 p.m. for shopping, browsing, brunch, and more!

Cost: $15*

*Price also includes a private tour of the gallery and 10% off your next yoga class at Coolidge Yoga


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