FUNdamentals


This class is taught by:

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.

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.

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.

Alex Bauermeister

Alex Bauermeister is an ever-learning awareness junkie, who loves helping people find more authenticity, connection, courage, and meaning in their lives. With a focus on therapeutic and trauma-informed yoga, Alex helps clients find relief from tension, stress, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress symptoms to create their own healing and happiness.

 

Alex has accumulated over one thousand hours of training as a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, Kripalu and Vinyasa yoga teacher, social change activist, and group facilitator. This is complemented by lifelong apprenticeships in body-based healing and psychology. Alex's background in social justice and anti-racism work bring an understanding of power and privilege to her teaching. She strives to hold a safe space for people from many diverse backgrounds and experiences, including those who don't necessarily have a positive association with yoga and/or therapy.

 

In addition to teaching public yoga classes, personal growth workshops, and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy training programs around New England, Alex also provides students with one-on-one yoga therapy. You can get in touch with Alex at alex@intrayogatherapy.com and www.intrayogatherapy.com.

New to yoga, or looking to get back to the basics? Yoga FUNdamentals provides both the beginning student and the seasoned practitioner a place to focus on common postures and transitions, that lay the foundation for Hatha yoga. Classes will focus on alignment and will include imaginative strength building exercises to prepare the muscles for the intensity of the major yoga asanas included in a vinyasa flow class. Expect clear instruction and individual assistance, as well as music to keep the environment light and playful. You don't need to be able to touch your toes in this class… all you need is an open mind & heart.


Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Nov 25 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Nadine Channaoui
    at Brookline
  • Tue Nov 27 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Gerard Samson
    at Brookline
  • Thu Nov 29 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Janine Duffy
    at Brookline
  • Sun Dec 02 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Nadine Channaoui
    at Brookline
  • Tue Dec 04 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Gerard Samson
    at Brookline
  • Thu Dec 06 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Shilpa Reddy
    at Brookline
  • Sun Dec 09 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Nadine Channaoui
    at Brookline
  • Tue Dec 11 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Gerard Samson
    at Brookline
  • Thu Dec 13 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Shilpa Reddy
    at Brookline
  • Sun Dec 16 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Nadine Channaoui
    at Brookline
  • Tue Dec 18 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Gerard Samson
    at Brookline
  • Thu Dec 20 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Shilpa Reddy
    at Brookline
  • Sun Dec 23 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Janine Duffy
    at Brookline
  • Thu Dec 27 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Alex Bauermeister
    at Brookline
  • Sun Dec 30 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Nadine Channaoui
    at Brookline
  • Thu Jan 03 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Janine Duffy
    at Brookline
  • Sun Jan 06 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Nadine Channaoui
    at Brookline


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