Class Schedule

NOTE: Registration and Cancellation for classes in done ONLINE ONLY. All classes are available for pre-registration EXCEPT for Meditation and Community Classes.

We strongly ENCOURAGE all students to pre-register for our weekend and evening classes. Walk-ins are always welcome, space permitting.

We will ONLY use the online wait list to add people into class 4 hours OR MORE ahead of class. 4 Hours before class, we will clear the online wait list. This way only people really wanting to get into class can come and simply standby at the Studio without a long wait list of people who aren't standing by. Standbys have been getting in.

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  • The following classes are held in a heated room (about 85 Degrees):
    Forrest®, Core Vinyasa, Hip Hop Yoga®. In the winter, the rest of the classes are held in comfortable warm rooms about 78 Degrees. In the summer, we are able to use A/C.

Class Cancellation Policy

Once you have a spot reserved in the class you may cancel ONLINE, up to 4 HOURS prior to the start time without penalty. All unused classes are returned to your account for future use. If you see LATE CANCEL as the only option to cancel out of class, then you are past the 4 hour timeline to cancel and will lose that class. There are no refunds for any payments made so please CHOOSE your classes carefully. If you reserve a space in a class and no-show a penalty will be assessed.

LATE CANCEL/NO-SHOW PENALTIES:

  • Drop-in/Class Card Holders: You will lose the class used to make the reservation
  • Unlimited Membership: You will lose one day off of your membership.

If you are not in the class by the start time, your place will be given to someone on the wait list.

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Time Class Teacher Description Teacher Bio
Wednesday, April 16
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Sign Up 1 Hour Vinyasa - $10 Drop In Sarah Sturges
Vinyasa Yoga emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom and fluidity in the body and mind. As we learn ride the waves of breath in our Yoga practice, we learn to ride the waves of change in our lives with more ease. This Class moves from Pose to Pose with each pose held for no more than 5 to 8 breaths. Expect a fully balanced class of forward bending, twists, backbends with opportunity for inversions. All levels are welcome to join this vigorous practice in finding one's state of flow!

About Sarah Sturges

Sarah Sturges


As lifelong health and wellness enthusiast, Sarah has over fifteen years of experience teaching group and private fitness classes. For the past eight years she has been teaching various forms of mind body exercise, throughout the Boston area and has taught yoga internationally at Ashiyana Yoga Retreat Centre in Goa, India. Sarah’s 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Training is attributed to Rolf Gates and, currently, she is studying towards her 500 hour E-RYT training at Prajna Yoga, with Tias and Surya Little. She also has her Rope Wall Certification through Alison West at Yoga Union in Manhattan. Additionally, she has a passion for cooking healthy, delicious food as a means to heal the body and a way to savor life, and has been pursuing classes at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food & Health also in New York City. Thusly, Sarah also offers one-on-one nutritional consultations at Back Bay Yoga.

Through the healing synthesis of breath and movement, provided by the flowing practice of Vinyasa, she has developed a study and teaching style which helps to innervate the spirit and nourish the soul. Sarah’s classes may contain a hybrid of disciplines but are always rooted in mindful movement, set to the cadence of fluid breath and music of mixed variety. She encourage’s students, new and old, to arrive at their mats with nothing more than a sense of compassion for themselves and an openness to their own potential, so that they may be guided from within. Sarah invites her students to work with intention in order to reestablish the mind-body connection, to bring about a deeper awareness and thus a sense of great peace into their daily lives.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM $5 CASH ONLY - "Reggaeton" Hip Hop Yoga Cara Gilman $5 CASH ONLY - 5 and 10 Class Cards NOT ValidFUN yoga accompanied by a rockin' hip hop playlist - class will be Vinyasa with a long slow stretch at the end. This class is held in a WARM ROOM to promote detoxification and suppleness. All levels welcome!Please note that true to Hip Hop Music, there may be some explicits lyrics and content.

About Cara Gilman

Cara Gilman
Cara Gilman is lover of movement. She is a yogini, a marathoner, a cyclist and a bootcamp enthusiast. This combination of strength, endurance, flexibility and mindfulness bring balance and grounding to her life and she incorporates these same elements into the yoga and cycle classes she teaches.

Teaching is Cara's passion and it radiates in the classroom. She is genuine, approachable and inspired by her students. Her classes are challenging, dynamic, thoughtful and showcase her high energy and optimism. Cara hopes to have each and every one of her students feeling better from when they arrived. Whether its rediscovering a sense of confidence, being inspired to take on new challenges or feeling more grounded and at ease. Cara wants to provide a space where her students can be completely who they are and can celebrate it, just like she does when she's on her mat, on her bike, on the roads or lifting weights and doing burps. Namaste!

4:00 PM - 5:25 PM Sign Up Vinyasa Flow Vito Politano
Vinyasa Yoga emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom and fluidity in the body and mind. As we learn ride the waves of breath in our Yoga practice, we learn to ride the waves of change in our lives with more ease. This Class moves from Pose to Pose with each pose held for no more than 5 to 8 breaths. Expect a fully balanced class of forward bending, twists, backbends with opportunity for inversions. All levels are welcome to join this vigorous practice in finding one's state of flow!

About Vito Politano

Vito Politano

Vito Politano is a caring full-time yoga teacher and Thai yoga bodyworker in and around Boston.

Vito was not born a yogi – it took a neck injury to get him to his first class in 2004. While seeking a therapeutic practice, he discovered what he most needed – a transformational life practice and support system. Through practice and teaching Vito connects with himself fully, and with others on deeper level. Since then his practice has been the most consistent part of his life.

With a debilitating fear of public speaking, Vito began teaching with great trepidation in 2007 while working in non-profit management, and serving as a Baptiste Yoga assistant. Before the career change to non-profit Vito worked in media research in NYC covering Internet and Television audiences.

Vito's studies and therapeutics enable students to open body, heart and mind in a deep and sustainable way. His 200 hour trainings include Natasha Rizopoulos in the YogaWorks method, and most recently with David Magone in the Pranavayu method. He completed additional trainings with Judith Hanson Lasater, Ana Forrest, Seane Corn, Ellen Heed, Roger Cole, Santosh Karmacharya, Doug Keller, Tom Meyers and Marc St. Pierre. To better understand the body and provide a deeper level of healing, Vito trains in Thai Yoga Massage with Shai Plonski and the Lotus Palm School.

Vito teaches mindful and challenging themed flow classes with a strong connection to breath and alignment, therapeutic restorative deep stretching classes and one-on-one to meet varying needs, experiences and goals of students. He also loves to share his passion for practice using an Iyengar-inspired Yoga Wall (a.k.a.: Karunta yoga –yoga with straps and harnesses). Vito was honored to be named a lululemon Ambassador for the Boston Prudential store in 2012.

5:45 PM - 7:15 PM Waitlist Vinyasa Flow Caitlyn Graham
Vinyasa Yoga emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom and fluidity in the body and mind. As we learn ride the waves of breath in our Yoga practice, we learn to ride the waves of change in our lives with more ease. This Class moves from Pose to Pose with each pose held for no more than 5 to 8 breaths. Expect a fully balanced class of forward bending, twists, backbends with opportunity for inversions. All levels are welcome to join this vigorous practice in finding one's state of flow!

About Caitlyn Graham

Caitlyn Graham

Caitlyn believes yoga is an opportunity to deepen the most important relationship we have in this lifetime, the one with ourselves. It encourages students to take a closer look at their bodies, minds and hearts, and when we allow it to will create a harmony between all three. Caitlyn's goal as a yoga teacher is to encourage people to trust in their inner strength and to help students create a sustainable yoga practice. Her class themes vary weekly but the style is always a fluid and dynamic flow with an offering of arm balances and inversions. Caitlyn empowers students to make intelligent decisions on the mat. Our bodies and our needs change daily and it is her hope that you honor that by adding in what nourishes you and taking out what doesn't.

Caitlyn discovered yoga in 2005 and immediately felt at home on the mat and in her body. In 2009 she completed YogaWorks 200 hr training program and began teaching full time shortly after. She continues to develop her personal practice and teaching with advanced yoga studies through Back Bay Yoga. Caitlyn is also honored to be a part of the Back Bay Yoga Teacher Training staff where she can share the information and love she has gathered over the years with the Boston yoga community.

6:00 PM - 7:15 PM Sign Up BASICS Ryan Cunningham
Drawing from variety of alignment based styles, this class will explore a wide range of yoga postures and breath work with a strong focus on technique. The basics class is appropriate for beginners and experienced practitioners looking to explore the fundamentals of safe and enjoyable yoga practice.



 

About Ryan Cunningham

Ryan Cunningham

My simple goal is to make yoga practical and applicable to anyone who walks into the classroom. Not everyone needs to take 90 mins out of their day for yoga asana practice, however learning the tools to integrate yoga practice into everyday life takes time, practice and teachers that are willing to share their honest experience of yoga.

Teaching yoga is a practice onto itself. This requires me to constantly explore and re-examine my own practice in an effort to understand the most effective pedagogy and methodology with which to communicate the practice of yoga to students. I strive to present a safe and balanced asana class that teaches students how to individualize the practice. My own studies and experiences have taught me that it is necessary for the student to go beyond “lather, rinse, repeat” instruction to develop a subtle understanding of their own body and mind. By cultivating this understanding, the body, mind and breath synchronize and we can glimpse the state of yoga on a very practical level.

A yoga asana class should be a venue for education, exploration, and cultivation of strength, stability, and clarity. It should also be an opportunity for students to refine the skillful means to help develop their own personal practice of asana, pranayama and/or meditation. All of these skills, tempered of course with a healthy sense of humor, make the study of a yoga a fantastic tool that can enhance our lives off the mat. With these goals in mind, I try to make every class a fun and challenging dialogue between myself and the students.

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7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Waitlist Black Light Yoga - late arrivals not admitted Goldie Kaufenberg
Black Light yoga is a modern yoga experience rooted in the ancient practice of yoga as a powerful vibration. This unique 90 minute class will take you into a warm, juicy vinyasa flow set to an instrumental, tribal house, and trance music with the occassional soft dubstep playlist that will leave you elevated and wowed. Black lighting creates an iridescent quality to the room, so please wear white or neon clothing to contribute to the effects. All levels welcome!

About Goldie Kaufenberg

Goldie Kaufenberg

An athlete all her life, Goldie reconnects with herself through forms of expressive,
physical movement.Seeking life everywhere, she finds it in the burn of her lungs. An E-RYT, Goldie received her 200hr certification in 2008 from Yoga Tree San Francisco, and credits Les Leventhal as her first mentor. Her experience of the asana practice is multidimensional. Some days we practice purely for the body, and some days we practice for our being. The magic happens when they’re in sync, hence her affinity for vinyasa yoga. Goldie is known for her ability to combine playfulness with precision and alignment within a carefully crafted sequence. Her deliberate, hands on adjustments will leave you feeling attended to, even amidst a full class. Goldie’s class will give you the opportunity to stretch the barriers of what you thought possible. Goldie has been featured in Yoga Journal, Runner’s World, The Huffington Post and was awarded the esteem of “Best of Boston” in 2012. She leads workshops and retreats around the globe, and teacher training beginning the summer of 2014. Goldie is a lululemon ambassador, and an athletic model for New Balance, Puma, and Yogadude.

Why do you teach?
I recently read an article written by another yoga teacher who stated “The best way to get clear on your passion is to get clear on your motivation. When teaching is all about you, it becomes like trying to tell a joke when no one is listening.” It became clear to me very early on that teaching was not about me delivering what others wanted, but about creating an experience given my knowledge of yoga and self practice to help others live a more potent life. When we practice, the maniac mind that entertains life’s bullshit is rinsed away, and suddenly we can see clearer, react smarter, and more often perspective check. What keeps my fire burning for teaching is the creative outlet it provides. To build an intelligent, creative class is an art. As a self proclaimed ex-ballerina, the anticipation and rush of adrenaline I get when not only practicing, but planning a class is almost identical to leaping through the air! It’s pretty magical.

What do you hope to transmit to your students?
Simply put, I strive to inspire my students to see the beauty in both the pain and the celebrations of life by tapping into a deeper self connection through movement. The phrase, “Perspective Check” is in my personal big book of affirmations. The asana is just a vehicle to get us to a place of higher self connection, so we can better connect with life around us, thus truly seeing our reality as it is. We as humans are dramatic. The majority of the time we need to perspective check. Life is sometimes shitty, but look, we own a yoga mat and the freedom and ability to take a yoga class. It’s a luxury.

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Sign Up Yin & Restorative - late arrivals not admitted Matthew Broude
Looking for a restful and quiet yoga class that cultivates peace of mind and a healthy body?
 
This class integrates principles of both Yin and Restorative Yoga. Some poses will be focused on passive stretching with longer holds (Yin) and some poses will be more supported by props such as bolsters and blankets (Restorative) to allow for a deep release and nurturing experience.

Both of these style of yoga promote healthy joints, strengthen the immune system and support good digestion as they move us away from the stress response (fight or flight) towards a place of rest and digest.

all levels welcome! 

About Matthew Broude

Matthew Broude

I first started practicing yoga regularly around 1997 in high school. My first teacher, Leslie Ballard, was also my chemistry teacher. The class met four days a week in what later also served as my history classroom. The room had high ceilings and large windows on three sides, and I would arrive early to slide the desks out to the walls to make space for class. We circled up as a group on the carpet without yoga mats, and practiced slowly and steadily. I remember loving to turn to face the warm afternoon sun streaming through the windows for sun salutations. At the end of class, Mrs. Ballard would often lead a guided meditation or read a teaching from a Buddhist author. We simply called it yoga, no need to clarify a style or level. We wore comfortable clothes that allowed us to see our knees for alignment, no worries about brand or fabric technology.

As my practice has evolved, deepened and broadened, I often think back to those early practice experiences. Drawing from an eclectic mix of styles, teachers and experience, I hope to help my students find the luxurious qualities of their practice, and that same warmth and community of those sunny afternoon classes - a space to relax, breathe, and connect body, mind and spirit, regardless of what shape the practice might take any given day.

I completed my 200 hour teacher training with Nicole Clark and Kate Greer at Back Bay Yoga Studio in February 2011. I also completed both a formal three-month Power of Touch mentorship with Nicole, and received additional informal mentoring, and subsequently assisted her in multiple trainings. After the breadth of my 200 hour training, I completed a Yin Yoga teacher training with Josh Summers at Samara Yoga, and additional Yin Yoga training with Sarah Powers. Leslie Kaminoff has also significantly influenced me through an anatomy training and multiple workshops with him. Additionally, I’ve studied craniosacral therapy and anatomy with Hugh Milne in Berkeley, CA through five weeks of trainings over two years. In addition to the teachers mentioned above, I am also greatly thankful for the tremendous influence, benefit and life-changing experiences of studying and practicing with all of my other past and present teachers, particularly Peter Crowley, as well as Heather Ash, Barbara Benagh, Wendy Cook, Ryan Cunningham, Rochelle Keesler, Kate ODonnell and too many others to thank in name.

Thursday, April 17
6:15 AM - 7:30 AM Sign Up OPEN LEVEL- $10 Drop In Kathy Tarnoff
This class will develop breath awareness, strength, flexibility, proper alignment and relaxation within a creative Vinyasa Flow format including warm ups, longer holds, more variations and deeper learning. You will work at your own level and pace with guidance form the teacher. Plenty of options for beginners and Advanced students will be offered. Interpretations of this class largely depend on the teacher drawing from each of their vast study of yoga and movement. It is opportunity for each teacher to share their passion for what they love, study and practice.

About Kathy Tarnoff

Kathy Tarnoff
As a competitive half-marathon runner, I sought out new ways to enhance my training. This is when I was introduced to my first yoga class. After 90 minutes of sweating and breathing on my mat I came away completely overwhelmed with excitement, curiosity and joy. I had found a missing piece to my wellness/fitness—inner well-being. Then one day I got hurt running....I had to hang up my running shoes to heal and began focusing my attention on yoga. After a few weeks of living on my mat and off the road, I noticed the aches and pains were disappearing and I felt better overall. I didn’t need the pounding of running to feel good anymore.
Following years of intensive practice and the completion of the Forrest Yoga teacher training, I developed a new outlook on wellness, one that included both the shell of the body and the inner self. Along with core strength and overall health, I also gained the ability to speak my truth, to feel within, and to be grounded.
During my initial years of my yoga practice I was introduced to craniosacral therapy, the perfect addition to my yoga practice as it continued the journey inward. Yoga and craniosacral work have enabled me to decrease pain relating to old athletic injuries and the daily aches of being active. Noticing how this combination has improved my quality of life, I wanted to offer the same relief to others and began and have continued studying with Hugh Milne in Berkeley, CA for Visionary Craniosacral Therapy. I have supplemented my background by studying Anatomy, Asana and Therapeutics with Judith Lasater, Functional Anatomy with Ellen Heed and Anatomy Trains with Eli Thompson.
My classes include aspects of Forrest, Iyengar and Vinyasa in both private and studio settings. They are designed to help students develop an overall sense of strength and well-being with an emphasis on inner awareness and what one’s body needs. Whether for beginners, advanced yogis, or athletes, I create dynamic classes that are safe, engaging and challenging.
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM 1 Hour Vinyasa - $10 Drop In (cancelled)
Vinyasa Yoga emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom and fluidity in the body and mind. As we learn ride the waves of breath in our Yoga practice, we learn to ride the waves of change in our lives with more ease. This Class moves from Pose to Pose with each pose held for no more than 5 to 8 breaths. Expect a fully balanced class of forward bending, twists, backbends with opportunity for inversions. All levels are welcome to join this vigorous practice in finding one's state of flow!

About Class Cancelled

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Sign Up 1 Hour Vinyasa - $10 Drop In Jessica Emilfarb
Vinyasa Yoga emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom and fluidity in the body and mind. As we learn ride the waves of breath in our Yoga practice, we learn to ride the waves of change in our lives with more ease. This Class moves from Pose to Pose with each pose held for no more than 5 to 8 breaths. Expect a fully balanced class of forward bending, twists, backbends with opportunity for inversions. All levels are welcome to join this vigorous practice in finding one's state of flow!

About Jessica Emilfarb

Jessica Emilfarb
Jessica began yoga as a change from her typical gym routine. Although it came into her life slowly, it hit her deeply. After some time, her day started to feel incomplete without a regular practice. Wanting to take her understanding of yoga to a new level, she completed her 200hr teacher training through Back Bay Yoga. She had the privilege of studying with Lynne Begier and Kate Greer as well as many other wonderful teachers.

Jessica also completed the Occupational Therapy Masters program at Boston University, and strives to incorporate her knowledge of anatomy to create a healthy, safe, and playful environment in her classes. Through creative movement, mindful breath, and fun music, Jessica hopes that you will find a sense of peace and happiness within your own body.

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Sign Up 1 Hour Vinyasa - $10 Drop In Renee LeBlanc
Vinyasa Yoga emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom and fluidity in the body and mind. As we learn ride the waves of breath in our Yoga practice, we learn to ride the waves of change in our lives with more ease. This Class moves from Pose to Pose with each pose held for no more than 5 to 8 breaths. Expect a fully balanced class of forward bending, twists, backbends with opportunity for inversions. All levels are welcome to join this vigorous practice in finding one's state of flow!

About Renee LeBlanc

Renee LeBlanc
After years in the corporate world spending a good deal of time trying to arrange meetings and travel around sneaking away to yoga classes any chance she could get, Renee decided to take the leap out of the office and into the studio in 2005 and teach and practice yoga full time and has never looked back. Renee has been physically active her whole life beginning as a serious ballet dancer until ballet became too much of an emotional and physical battle. She turned to running and weightlifting and then…someone dragged her to a vinyasa yoga class. In an un-yoga-like surge of competitiveness, Renee went back the next day because she couldn’t believe how hard yoga was. Slowly but surely, yoga wove its way in. She has studied many different methods of practice but her true love is power/vinyasa yoga. Renee credits her teaching style to a dedicated self practice as well as the incredible teachers with whom she has had the great privilege to study including Brock and Krista Cahill and Dharma Mittra. Above all, Renee would like to thank the inspiring, limitless knowledge and dedication of her teacher Adena Muncey. Renee’s classes are a powerful vinyasa flow that will challenge you to explore the edges of your physical and mental edge with loads of humor and joy. Renee lives in Boston with her parakeet Paloma and loves her city. She practices five or six times a week in addition to teaching and also tries to run or take other types of conditioning classes a couple of times a week. She feels you can't be a teacher if you're not constantly putting yourself in the position of being a student too. To that end she also started taking Italian lessons once a week but please don't quiz her (she'll never shut up.) Renee owned a yoga studio for over eight years which she sold in 2013 so that she could dedicate herself solely to what she loves, teaching yoga (especially helping people to get upside-down.)
9:30 AM - 10:55 AM Sign Up OPEN LEVEL Caitlyn Graham
This class will develop breath awareness, strength, flexibility, proper alignment and relaxation within a creative Vinyasa Flow format including warm ups, longer holds, more variations and deeper learning. You will work at your own level and pace with guidance form the teacher. Plenty of options for beginners and Advanced students will be offered. Interpretations of this class largely depend on the teacher drawing from each of their vast study of yoga and movement. It is opportunity for each teacher to share their passion for what they love, study and practice.

About Caitlyn Graham

Caitlyn Graham

Caitlyn believes yoga is an opportunity to deepen the most important relationship we have in this lifetime, the one with ourselves. It encourages students to take a closer look at their bodies, minds and hearts, and when we allow it to will create a harmony between all three. Caitlyn's goal as a yoga teacher is to encourage people to trust in their inner strength and to help students create a sustainable yoga practice. Her class themes vary weekly but the style is always a fluid and dynamic flow with an offering of arm balances and inversions. Caitlyn empowers students to make intelligent decisions on the mat. Our bodies and our needs change daily and it is her hope that you honor that by adding in what nourishes you and taking out what doesn't.

Caitlyn discovered yoga in 2005 and immediately felt at home on the mat and in her body. In 2009 she completed YogaWorks 200 hr training program and began teaching full time shortly after. She continues to develop her personal practice and teaching with advanced yoga studies through Back Bay Yoga. Caitlyn is also honored to be a part of the Back Bay Yoga Teacher Training staff where she can share the information and love she has gathered over the years with the Boston yoga community.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sign Up Primal Practice - $10 Drop In Aaron Cantor
Primal Practice is an all inclusive movement class incorporating techniques from athletic, yoga, circus, martial arts, capoeira, dance and meditative practices. Class is all levels.
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Expect to work out, work inside and gain greater body awareness, strength and flexibility that will enhance not only your traditional yoga practice, but the rest of your life OFF the mat. 
 

About Aaron Cantor

Aaron Cantor

Aaron Cantor is a embodiment teacher who uses ancient and contemporary practices to awaken physical intelligence. He began practicing yoga with his father when he was three and has dedicated his life studying body-mind arts in Japan, Brazil, India, Thailand, and the US. The material he presents in his classes and workshops are gathered from yoga, circus, martial training, capoeira, dance, body-work, meditative practices, athletics, and developmental movement. Aaron is known for his playful, inquiry based approach to teaching awareness through movement. He is mentored by Dr. Tom Alden, a chiropractor, and Yasuhiko Kimura, a philosopher. He teaches internationally and lives in Boston with his sons Bodhi and Jasper.

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Sign Up 1 Hour Vinyasa - $10 Drop In Goldie Kaufenberg
Vinyasa Yoga emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom and fluidity in the body and mind. As we learn ride the waves of breath in our Yoga practice, we learn to ride the waves of change in our lives with more ease. This Class moves from Pose to Pose with each pose held for no more than 5 to 8 breaths. Expect a fully balanced class of forward bending, twists, backbends with opportunity for inversions. All levels are welcome to join this vigorous practice in finding one's state of flow!

About Goldie Kaufenberg

Goldie Kaufenberg

An athlete all her life, Goldie reconnects with herself through forms of expressive,
physical movement.Seeking life everywhere, she finds it in the burn of her lungs. An E-RYT, Goldie received her 200hr certification in 2008 from Yoga Tree San Francisco, and credits Les Leventhal as her first mentor. Her experience of the asana practice is multidimensional. Some days we practice purely for the body, and some days we practice for our being. The magic happens when they’re in sync, hence her affinity for vinyasa yoga. Goldie is known for her ability to combine playfulness with precision and alignment within a carefully crafted sequence. Her deliberate, hands on adjustments will leave you feeling attended to, even amidst a full class. Goldie’s class will give you the opportunity to stretch the barriers of what you thought possible. Goldie has been featured in Yoga Journal, Runner’s World, The Huffington Post and was awarded the esteem of “Best of Boston” in 2012. She leads workshops and retreats around the globe, and teacher training beginning the summer of 2014. Goldie is a lululemon ambassador, and an athletic model for New Balance, Puma, and Yogadude.

Why do you teach?
I recently read an article written by another yoga teacher who stated “The best way to get clear on your passion is to get clear on your motivation. When teaching is all about you, it becomes like trying to tell a joke when no one is listening.” It became clear to me very early on that teaching was not about me delivering what others wanted, but about creating an experience given my knowledge of yoga and self practice to help others live a more potent life. When we practice, the maniac mind that entertains life’s bullshit is rinsed away, and suddenly we can see clearer, react smarter, and more often perspective check. What keeps my fire burning for teaching is the creative outlet it provides. To build an intelligent, creative class is an art. As a self proclaimed ex-ballerina, the anticipation and rush of adrenaline I get when not only practicing, but planning a class is almost identical to leaping through the air! It’s pretty magical.

What do you hope to transmit to your students?
Simply put, I strive to inspire my students to see the beauty in both the pain and the celebrations of life by tapping into a deeper self connection through movement. The phrase, “Perspective Check” is in my personal big book of affirmations. The asana is just a vehicle to get us to a place of higher self connection, so we can better connect with life around us, thus truly seeing our reality as it is. We as humans are dramatic. The majority of the time we need to perspective check. Life is sometimes shitty, but look, we own a yoga mat and the freedom and ability to take a yoga class. It’s a luxury.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM $5 CASH ONLY Hip Hop Yoga - Community Class Goldie Kaufenberg
$5 CASH ONLY - 10 Class Cards NOT Valid

FUN yoga accompanied by a rockin' hip hop playlist - class will be Vinyasa with a long slow stretch at the end. This class is held in a WARM ROOM to promote detoxification and suppleness. All levels welcome!
 
Please note that true to Hip Hop Music, there may be some explicits lyrics and content. 
 

About Goldie Kaufenberg

Goldie Kaufenberg

An athlete all her life, Goldie reconnects with herself through forms of expressive,
physical movement.Seeking life everywhere, she finds it in the burn of her lungs. An E-RYT, Goldie received her 200hr certification in 2008 from Yoga Tree San Francisco, and credits Les Leventhal as her first mentor. Her experience of the asana practice is multidimensional. Some days we practice purely for the body, and some days we practice for our being. The magic happens when they’re in sync, hence her affinity for vinyasa yoga. Goldie is known for her ability to combine playfulness with precision and alignment within a carefully crafted sequence. Her deliberate, hands on adjustments will leave you feeling attended to, even amidst a full class. Goldie’s class will give you the opportunity to stretch the barriers of what you thought possible. Goldie has been featured in Yoga Journal, Runner’s World, The Huffington Post and was awarded the esteem of “Best of Boston” in 2012. She leads workshops and retreats around the globe, and teacher training beginning the summer of 2014. Goldie is a lululemon ambassador, and an athletic model for New Balance, Puma, and Yogadude.

Why do you teach?
I recently read an article written by another yoga teacher who stated “The best way to get clear on your passion is to get clear on your motivation. When teaching is all about you, it becomes like trying to tell a joke when no one is listening.” It became clear to me very early on that teaching was not about me delivering what others wanted, but about creating an experience given my knowledge of yoga and self practice to help others live a more potent life. When we practice, the maniac mind that entertains life’s bullshit is rinsed away, and suddenly we can see clearer, react smarter, and more often perspective check. What keeps my fire burning for teaching is the creative outlet it provides. To build an intelligent, creative class is an art. As a self proclaimed ex-ballerina, the anticipation and rush of adrenaline I get when not only practicing, but planning a class is almost identical to leaping through the air! It’s pretty magical.

What do you hope to transmit to your students?
Simply put, I strive to inspire my students to see the beauty in both the pain and the celebrations of life by tapping into a deeper self connection through movement. The phrase, “Perspective Check” is in my personal big book of affirmations. The asana is just a vehicle to get us to a place of higher self connection, so we can better connect with life around us, thus truly seeing our reality as it is. We as humans are dramatic. The majority of the time we need to perspective check. Life is sometimes shitty, but look, we own a yoga mat and the freedom and ability to take a yoga class. It’s a luxury.

4:00 PM - 5:25 PM Sign Up Vinyasa Flow Kaitlin Daddona
Vinyasa Yoga emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom and fluidity in the body and mind. As we learn ride the waves of breath in our Yoga practice, we learn to ride the waves of change in our lives with more ease. This Class moves from Pose to Pose with each pose held for no more than 5 to 8 breaths. Expect a fully balanced class of forward bending, twists, backbends with opportunity for inversions. All levels are welcome to join this vigorous practice in finding one's state of flow!

About Kaitlin Daddona

Kaitlin Daddona

Kaitlin Daddona is a student and member of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at Boston University, and will commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force upon her graduation in 2014. The strength, structure, openness, fluidity, and grace of movement in her classes represent the complimentary nature of her call to duty and call to practice.

Kaitlin completed a 200 hour teacher training at Back Bay Yoga in Boston and a 200 hour Forrest Yoga training with the creatrix of the practice, Ana Forrest. Her physical training as a part of the Air Force combined with the muscular intelligence and fluidity of movement inherent in yoga allows for Kaitlin to teach intelligent and intense strength building alongside authentic connection to body, mind, and spirit. She builds her classes around a sense of practical movement, combining what she’s learned through her yoga studies as well as what she learns off of the mat to provide students useful ways of moving that she truly believes in. Kaitlin is passionate about offering yoga as a healing practice, especially for military members as well as for those battling eating disorders, as a return to self love because of her own experiences.

She is also honored to be an ambassador for Manduka and All You Can Yoga.

Kaitlin is forever devoted to her teachers Ame Wren, Ana Forrest, and Lynne Begier, and her mentors Aaron Cantor and Laura Ahrens.

5:45 PM - 7:15 PM Sign Up Alignment Yoga Ryan Cunningham

Drawing from variety of alignment based styles, this class will explore a wide range of yoga postures including twists, backbends, forward bends, hip opening, inversions and more. This all levels class will develop foundational poses and way beyond with most classes working around 1 theme per class for a deeper educational experience for both the intellect and body. Don't expect a gentle or absolute beginners class. All levels welcome!

About Ryan Cunningham

Ryan Cunningham

My simple goal is to make yoga practical and applicable to anyone who walks into the classroom. Not everyone needs to take 90 mins out of their day for yoga asana practice, however learning the tools to integrate yoga practice into everyday life takes time, practice and teachers that are willing to share their honest experience of yoga.

Teaching yoga is a practice onto itself. This requires me to constantly explore and re-examine my own practice in an effort to understand the most effective pedagogy and methodology with which to communicate the practice of yoga to students. I strive to present a safe and balanced asana class that teaches students how to individualize the practice. My own studies and experiences have taught me that it is necessary for the student to go beyond “lather, rinse, repeat” instruction to develop a subtle understanding of their own body and mind. By cultivating this understanding, the body, mind and breath synchronize and we can glimpse the state of yoga on a very practical level.

A yoga asana class should be a venue for education, exploration, and cultivation of strength, stability, and clarity. It should also be an opportunity for students to refine the skillful means to help develop their own personal practice of asana, pranayama and/or meditation. All of these skills, tempered of course with a healthy sense of humor, make the study of a yoga a fantastic tool that can enhance our lives off the mat. With these goals in mind, I try to make every class a fun and challenging dialogue between myself and the students.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE5qs7QjzO4

5:45 PM - 7:15 PM Sign Up Vinyasa Flow Lynne Begier
Vinyasa Yoga emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom and fluidity in the body and mind. As we learn ride the waves of breath in our Yoga practice, we learn to ride the waves of change in our lives with more ease. This Class moves from Pose to Pose with each pose held for no more than 5 to 8 breaths. Expect a fully balanced class of forward bending, twists, backbends with opportunity for inversions. All levels are welcome to join this vigorous practice in finding one's state of flow!

About Lynne Begier

Lynne Begier

Lynne Begier has been a dedicated yoga student since 1991, a full-time teacher since 2001 and opened Back Bay Yoga Studio in January of 2002. Lynne graduated from the Agnes Irwin School in Pennsylvania and went on to Georgetown to completer her degree in Languages and Linguistics where her interest in foreign cultures, philosophy, theology and intense struggles with depression and eating disorders led her to yoga. She went on to study very extensively in many styles of yoga including Kripalu, Ashtanga, Forrest, Vinyasa, Restorative, Iyengar, Yin and Anusara. In 2002 she opened Back Bay Yoga in a small unfinished space above Little Stevie's House of Pizza with the simple desire to create a space for teachers to do what they love. That mission has not changed and BBY remains one of the premier studios in Boston and home to many of the city's best teachers. In her classes students can expect to peel away layers of habitual behavior, learn about their own anatomy and delve deep into their authentic selves. Her Vinyasa classes are stepped in healthy alignment, careful sequencing and balancing stability with mobility for the long term health of the mind and body. In Hip Hop Yoga, Lynne encourages transformation through shedding the unimportant and embracing challenges - all set to an upbeat playlist for all levels and ages to enjoy. In addition to being director, founder and a teacher at Back Bay Yoga, Lynne continues to train and draw inspiration from her many teachers and mentors. She credits Ana Forrest for many years of training and mentorship both on off the mat. Her current practice and teaching is inspired by the anatomy wisdom of Judith Lasater, the informed sequencing of Forrest Yoga and the body awareness of Iyengar/Alignment Based Yoga. She honors the Kripalu Center for inspiring her to open BBY and also to her BBY teachers who require her to stay on the path every day. Lynne is a leader in the Boston yoga community and inspires her students to be strong, have fun and find their own flow on the mat and on the street.

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Sign Up Vinyasa with Deep Relaxation Roberto Lim
This class combines elements of vinyasa, yin and restorative to create an invigorating, relaxing and deeply restoring experience. We will begin class with a restorative posture to ground and settle. Then we will spend time moving through flowing lunar sequences linked with breath to warm and loosen the outer layers of the body. The final portion of class will offer a few yin poses (deep stretching which targets the tissues and fascia of the body) and then finish with a purely restorative and supportive ending, prepping the body for a blissful extended savasana. This class will provide the opportunity for students to bring balance to their bodies and practice through three very different but complementary styles.


please arrive early as participants are not allowed to enter the room once class has started - specific to this class due to the props and quiet nature of the class.

About Roberto Lim

Roberto Lim

Roberto is a senior Prana Flow® yoga teacher and has been assisting for and apprenticing with his teacher, Shiva Rea, since 2006. He practices & teaches Prana Flow because it emphasizes an embodied life – one that is a living practice of honoring the divinity within, attuning to one’s heart through integration of thoughts & feelings for conscious action & evolution, and movement as an expression of the creative life force. Roberto is also a student of Paul Muller-Ortega with whom he studies the non-dual Tantra of Kashmir Shaivism and the practice of Neelakantha Meditation. Roberto is grateful for his teachers’ blessings and humbly serves the flow in classes, workshops and trainings in Boston and around the world. Outside of the yoga studio, Roberto enjoys and is inspired by all forms of creativity from graphic design to fine art to nourishing and tasty food.

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Waitlist Hip Hop Yoga Goldie Kaufenberg
FUN yoga accompanied by a rockin' playlist of Hip Hop, Pop and Dance music- class will be Vinyasa Flow with a good stretch and cool down at the end. This class is held in a WARM ROOM to promote detoxification and suppleness. All levels welcome!
 
Please note that true to Hip Hop Music, there may be some explicits lyrics and content.

About Goldie Kaufenberg

Goldie Kaufenberg

An athlete all her life, Goldie reconnects with herself through forms of expressive,
physical movement.Seeking life everywhere, she finds it in the burn of her lungs. An E-RYT, Goldie received her 200hr certification in 2008 from Yoga Tree San Francisco, and credits Les Leventhal as her first mentor. Her experience of the asana practice is multidimensional. Some days we practice purely for the body, and some days we practice for our being. The magic happens when they’re in sync, hence her affinity for vinyasa yoga. Goldie is known for her ability to combine playfulness with precision and alignment within a carefully crafted sequence. Her deliberate, hands on adjustments will leave you feeling attended to, even amidst a full class. Goldie’s class will give you the opportunity to stretch the barriers of what you thought possible. Goldie has been featured in Yoga Journal, Runner’s World, The Huffington Post and was awarded the esteem of “Best of Boston” in 2012. She leads workshops and retreats around the globe, and teacher training beginning the summer of 2014. Goldie is a lululemon ambassador, and an athletic model for New Balance, Puma, and Yogadude.

Why do you teach?
I recently read an article written by another yoga teacher who stated “The best way to get clear on your passion is to get clear on your motivation. When teaching is all about you, it becomes like trying to tell a joke when no one is listening.” It became clear to me very early on that teaching was not about me delivering what others wanted, but about creating an experience given my knowledge of yoga and self practice to help others live a more potent life. When we practice, the maniac mind that entertains life’s bullshit is rinsed away, and suddenly we can see clearer, react smarter, and more often perspective check. What keeps my fire burning for teaching is the creative outlet it provides. To build an intelligent, creative class is an art. As a self proclaimed ex-ballerina, the anticipation and rush of adrenaline I get when not only practicing, but planning a class is almost identical to leaping through the air! It’s pretty magical.

What do you hope to transmit to your students?
Simply put, I strive to inspire my students to see the beauty in both the pain and the celebrations of life by tapping into a deeper self connection through movement. The phrase, “Perspective Check” is in my personal big book of affirmations. The asana is just a vehicle to get us to a place of higher self connection, so we can better connect with life around us, thus truly seeing our reality as it is. We as humans are dramatic. The majority of the time we need to perspective check. Life is sometimes shitty, but look, we own a yoga mat and the freedom and ability to take a yoga class. It’s a luxury.

Friday, April 18
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Sign Up 1 Hour Vinyasa - $10 Drop In Cara Gilman
Vinyasa Yoga emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom and fluidity in the body and mind. As we learn ride the waves of breath in our Yoga practice, we learn to ride the waves of change in our lives with more ease. This Class moves from Pose to Pose with each pose held for no more than 5 to 8 breaths. Expect a fully balanced class of forward bending, twists, backbends with opportunity for inversions. All levels are welcome to join this vigorous practice in finding one's state of flow!

About Cara Gilman

Cara Gilman
Cara Gilman is lover of movement. She is a yogini, a marathoner, a cyclist and a bootcamp enthusiast. This combination of strength, endurance, flexibility and mindfulness bring balance and grounding to her life and she incorporates these same elements into the yoga and cycle classes she teaches.

Teaching is Cara's passion and it radiates in the classroom. She is genuine, approachable and inspired by her students. Her classes are challenging, dynamic, thoughtful and showcase her high energy and optimism. Cara hopes to have each and every one of her students feeling better from when they arrived. Whether its rediscovering a sense of confidence, being inspired to take on new challenges or feeling more grounded and at ease. Cara wants to provide a space where her students can be completely who they are and can celebrate it, just like she does when she's on her mat, on her bike, on the roads or lifting weights and doing burps. Namaste!

9:00 AM - 10:25 AM Sign Up Vinyasa Flow Caitlyn Graham
Vinyasa Yoga emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom and fluidity in the body and mind. As we learn ride the waves of breath in our Yoga practice, we learn to ride the waves of change in our lives with more ease. This Class moves from Pose to Pose with each pose held for no more than 5 to 8 breaths. Expect a fully balanced class of forward bending, twists, backbends with opportunity for inversions. All levels are welcome to join this vigorous practice in finding one's state of flow!

About Caitlyn Graham

Caitlyn Graham

Caitlyn believes yoga is an opportunity to deepen the most important relationship we have in this lifetime, the one with ourselves. It encourages students to take a closer look at their bodies, minds and hearts, and when we allow it to will create a harmony between all three. Caitlyn's goal as a yoga teacher is to encourage people to trust in their inner strength and to help students create a sustainable yoga practice. Her class themes vary weekly but the style is always a fluid and dynamic flow with an offering of arm balances and inversions. Caitlyn empowers students to make intelligent decisions on the mat. Our bodies and our needs change daily and it is her hope that you honor that by adding in what nourishes you and taking out what doesn't.

Caitlyn discovered yoga in 2005 and immediately felt at home on the mat and in her body. In 2009 she completed YogaWorks 200 hr training program and began teaching full time shortly after. She continues to develop her personal practice and teaching with advanced yoga studies through Back Bay Yoga. Caitlyn is also honored to be a part of the Back Bay Yoga Teacher Training staff where she can share the information and love she has gathered over the years with the Boston yoga community.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sign Up OPEN LEVEL Ryan Hill
This class will develop breath awareness, strength, flexibility, proper alignment and relaxation within a creative Vinyasa Flow format including warm ups, longer holds, more variations and deeper learning. You will work at your own level and pace with guidance form the teacher. Plenty of options for beginners and Advanced students will be offered. Interpretations of this class largely depend on the teacher drawing from each of their vast study of yoga and movement. It is opportunity for each teacher to share their passion for what they love, study and practice.

About Ryan Hill

Ryan Hill
 

Yoga is a life-long healing practice and a state of mind. By immersing ourselves in the sensations of the body we can distill our experience to the present, rising above stuckness in our bodies and flickering in our heads.

It’s not about flexibility or what we can ‘do’. You’ll learn to develop attention, disconnect from doubt, and better understand HOW to both relax and engage. Rather than simply ‘doing’ by placing the limbs in an assumed silhouette, we’ll participate with each posture, surrendering to what’s available to the body. Through the disciplines of restraint and fortitude, we can more decisively walk on the path our lives’ provide us.

Truth is, I simply adore the yoga practice in the geekiest way. After extensive study at South Boston Yoga, I participated in their 500-hour teacher training in 2009. I heard the calling profoundly and took the leap, leaving my career in architecture to wait tables and practice. Today, yoga has moved from flirtation to love affair. My desire to better understand how to heal and vitalize the body led me to train with the masterful Barbara Benagh, and I’ll be completing her 300 hour training Summer 2014.

Nothing makes me more enthusiastic than sharing my experience. I’m engaged in the yoga practice every day. I believe that no one style of yoga holds the key to understanding this practice, and no one perspective holds the candle like our own somatic understanding of ease. My deepest gratitude goes out to the teachers who have influenced me most, opening the doors of my once-reluctant heart: David Vendetti, Todd Skoglund, Ana Forrest, and Barbara Benagh.

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Sign Up 1 Hour Vinyasa - $10 Drop In Lynne Begier
Vinyasa Yoga emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom and fluidity in the body and mind. As we learn ride the waves of breath in our Yoga practice, we learn to ride the waves of change in our lives with more ease. This Class moves from Pose to Pose with each pose held for no more than 5 to 8 breaths. Expect a fully balanced class of forward bending, twists, backbends with opportunity for inversions. All levels are welcome to join this vigorous practice in finding one's state of flow!

About Lynne Begier

Lynne Begier

Lynne Begier has been a dedicated yoga student since 1991, a full-time teacher since 2001 and opened Back Bay Yoga Studio in January of 2002. Lynne graduated from the Agnes Irwin School in Pennsylvania and went on to Georgetown to completer her degree in Languages and Linguistics where her interest in foreign cultures, philosophy, theology and intense struggles with depression and eating disorders led her to yoga. She went on to study very extensively in many styles of yoga including Kripalu, Ashtanga, Forrest, Vinyasa, Restorative, Iyengar, Yin and Anusara. In 2002 she opened Back Bay Yoga in a small unfinished space above Little Stevie's House of Pizza with the simple desire to create a space for teachers to do what they love. That mission has not changed and BBY remains one of the premier studios in Boston and home to many of the city's best teachers. In her classes students can expect to peel away layers of habitual behavior, learn about their own anatomy and delve deep into their authentic selves. Her Vinyasa classes are stepped in healthy alignment, careful sequencing and balancing stability with mobility for the long term health of the mind and body. In Hip Hop Yoga, Lynne encourages transformation through shedding the unimportant and embracing challenges - all set to an upbeat playlist for all levels and ages to enjoy. In addition to being director, founder and a teacher at Back Bay Yoga, Lynne continues to train and draw inspiration from her many teachers and mentors. She credits Ana Forrest for many years of training and mentorship both on off the mat. Her current practice and teaching is inspired by the anatomy wisdom of Judith Lasater, the informed sequencing of Forrest Yoga and the body awareness of Iyengar/Alignment Based Yoga. She honors the Kripalu Center for inspiring her to open BBY and also to her BBY teachers who require her to stay on the path every day. Lynne is a leader in the Boston yoga community and inspires her students to be strong, have fun and find their own flow on the mat and on the street.

1:15 PM - 1:30 PM Sign Up Meditation-by Donation Lynne Begier
This class is geared for students who no experience in meditation. Class starts with a talk about meditation technique and will include short meditation time. 


Following the tradition of meditation teachings, we offer this class by donation. Please feel free to give what you can and know that the money collected goes to the teacher so that they can continue to go on meditation retreats. It is a beautiful circle of giving and receiving.

About Lynne Begier

Lynne Begier

Lynne Begier has been a dedicated yoga student since 1991, a full-time teacher since 2001 and opened Back Bay Yoga Studio in January of 2002. Lynne graduated from the Agnes Irwin School in Pennsylvania and went on to Georgetown to completer her degree in Languages and Linguistics where her interest in foreign cultures, philosophy, theology and intense struggles with depression and eating disorders led her to yoga. She went on to study very extensively in many styles of yoga including Kripalu, Ashtanga, Forrest, Vinyasa, Restorative, Iyengar, Yin and Anusara. In 2002 she opened Back Bay Yoga in a small unfinished space above Little Stevie's House of Pizza with the simple desire to create a space for teachers to do what they love. That mission has not changed and BBY remains one of the premier studios in Boston and home to many of the city's best teachers. In her classes students can expect to peel away layers of habitual behavior, learn about their own anatomy and delve deep into their authentic selves. Her Vinyasa classes are stepped in healthy alignment, careful sequencing and balancing stability with mobility for the long term health of the mind and body. In Hip Hop Yoga, Lynne encourages transformation through shedding the unimportant and embracing challenges - all set to an upbeat playlist for all levels and ages to enjoy. In addition to being director, founder and a teacher at Back Bay Yoga, Lynne continues to train and draw inspiration from her many teachers and mentors. She credits Ana Forrest for many years of training and mentorship both on off the mat. Her current practice and teaching is inspired by the anatomy wisdom of Judith Lasater, the informed sequencing of Forrest Yoga and the body awareness of Iyengar/Alignment Based Yoga. She honors the Kripalu Center for inspiring her to open BBY and also to her BBY teachers who require her to stay on the path every day. Lynne is a leader in the Boston yoga community and inspires her students to be strong, have fun and find their own flow on the mat and on the street.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM $5 CASH ONLY Hip Hop Yoga - Community Class Kimberly Rajotte
$5 CASH ONLY - 10 Class Cards NOT Valid

FUN yoga accompanied by a rockin' hip hop playlist - class will be Vinyasa with a long slow stretch at the end. This class is held in a WARM ROOM to promote detoxification and suppleness. All levels welcome!
 
Please note that true to Hip Hop Music, there may be some explicits lyrics and content. 
 

About Kimberly Rajotte

Kimberly Rajotte
Kimberly Rajotte is a yoga instructor based in Boston, MA. During her time working in high-end fashion retail, Kimberly felt the constant drain of helping clients superficially solve their problems through fashion. After dabbling in yoga for over 10 years, she found herself back on her mat 5 years ago with an anxious mind and stressed body. It was Kim’s yoga practice where she began to observe from within. Through her yoga practice she realized she could have a lasting impact on people by guiding them to reconnect with themselves through the mind-body practice of yoga. Inspired to help create a more loving and grounded world, Kimberly enrolled in Teacher Training in 2012. What started out as a hobby and an outlet became a new path in her life and she began teaching fulltime, transforming her career to a life of health and wellness.
With 14 years of competitive cheerleading and gymnastics background, Kimberly brings presence, confidence, joy and passion to all of her classes. Kimberly teaches a vinyasa-style flow with creative sequencing and a strong focus on safe, sound alignment. Kimberly caters towards all-levels and will encourage every student to try new things in a judgement-free environment. She believes that the practice of yoga holds a unique meaning for each practitioner. Yoga is a time for moving prayer, dancing meditation and the cultivation of love; love for the world and love for the self. "When we come to the mat together in community we find refuge, we facilitate change and we have the power to support each other on the confronting path of discovery". Together you will move through a yoga flow aimed at your individual needs with a committed focus on the breath in the hopes of taking you deeper into your personal journey of transformation with grace and strength.

Kimberly completed her 200 hour Teacher Training at Back Bay Yoga Studio under the direction of Lynne Begier and Ame Wren in 2012, as well as Hip Hop Teacher Training with Lynne and Goldie Kaufenberg in 2013. She is forever grateful to her teachers, Lynne and Ame, as well as Goldie Kaufenberg and Caitlyn Graham who continue to inspire, motivate and guide her. 
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Sign Up Vinyasa Flow with LIVE MUSIC Ryan Hill
Vinyasa Yoga emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom and fluidity in the body and mind. As we learn ride the waves of breath in our Yoga practice, we learn to ride the waves of change in our lives with more ease. All levels are welcome to join this vigorous practice in finding one's state of flow!


About Ryan Hill

Ryan Hill
 

Yoga is a life-long healing practice and a state of mind. By immersing ourselves in the sensations of the body we can distill our experience to the present, rising above stuckness in our bodies and flickering in our heads.

It’s not about flexibility or what we can ‘do’. You’ll learn to develop attention, disconnect from doubt, and better understand HOW to both relax and engage. Rather than simply ‘doing’ by placing the limbs in an assumed silhouette, we’ll participate with each posture, surrendering to what’s available to the body. Through the disciplines of restraint and fortitude, we can more decisively walk on the path our lives’ provide us.

Truth is, I simply adore the yoga practice in the geekiest way. After extensive study at South Boston Yoga, I participated in their 500-hour teacher training in 2009. I heard the calling profoundly and took the leap, leaving my career in architecture to wait tables and practice. Today, yoga has moved from flirtation to love affair. My desire to better understand how to heal and vitalize the body led me to train with the masterful Barbara Benagh, and I’ll be completing her 300 hour training Summer 2014.

Nothing makes me more enthusiastic than sharing my experience. I’m engaged in the yoga practice every day. I believe that no one style of yoga holds the key to understanding this practice, and no one perspective holds the candle like our own somatic understanding of ease. My deepest gratitude goes out to the teachers who have influenced me most, opening the doors of my once-reluctant heart: David Vendetti, Todd Skoglund, Ana Forrest, and Barbara Benagh.

4:45 PM - 6:00 PM Sign Up Yin & Restorative - late arrivals not admitted Ryan Cunningham
Looking for a restful and quiet yoga class that cultivates peace of mind and a healthy body?
 
This class integrates principles of both Yin and Restorative Yoga. Some poses will be focused on passive stretching with longer holds (Yin) and some poses will be more supported by props such as bolsters and blankets (Restorative) to allow for a deep release and nurturing experience.

Both of these style of yoga promote healthy joints, strengthen the immune system and support good digestion as they move us away from the stress response (fight or flight) towards a place of rest and digest.

all levels welcome! 

About Ryan Cunningham

Ryan Cunningham

My simple goal is to make yoga practical and applicable to anyone who walks into the classroom. Not everyone needs to take 90 mins out of their day for yoga asana practice, however learning the tools to integrate yoga practice into everyday life takes time, practice and teachers that are willing to share their honest experience of yoga.

Teaching yoga is a practice onto itself. This requires me to constantly explore and re-examine my own practice in an effort to understand the most effective pedagogy and methodology with which to communicate the practice of yoga to students. I strive to present a safe and balanced asana class that teaches students how to individualize the practice. My own studies and experiences have taught me that it is necessary for the student to go beyond “lather, rinse, repeat” instruction to develop a subtle understanding of their own body and mind. By cultivating this understanding, the body, mind and breath synchronize and we can glimpse the state of yoga on a very practical level.

A yoga asana class should be a venue for education, exploration, and cultivation of strength, stability, and clarity. It should also be an opportunity for students to refine the skillful means to help develop their own personal practice of asana, pranayama and/or meditation. All of these skills, tempered of course with a healthy sense of humor, make the study of a yoga a fantastic tool that can enhance our lives off the mat. With these goals in mind, I try to make every class a fun and challenging dialogue between myself and the students.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE5qs7QjzO4

6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Sign Up Vinyasa with Deep Relaxation Lindsay Goodman
This class combines elements of vinyasa, yin and restorative to create an invigorating, relaxing and deeply restoring experience. We will begin class with a restorative posture to ground and settle. Then we will spend time moving through flowing lunar sequences linked with breath to warm and loosen the outer layers of the body. The final portion of class will offer a few yin poses (deep stretching which targets the tissues and fascia of the body) and then finish with a purely restorative and supportive ending, prepping the body for a blissful extended savasana. This class will provide the opportunity for students to bring balance to their bodies and practice through three very different but complementary styles.


please arrive early as participants are not allowed to enter the room once class has started - specific to this class due to the props and quiet nature of the class.

About Lindsay Goodman

Lindsay Goodman
I came to Boston for my BFA in Muscial Theatre at Emerson College, and loved the city so much that I don't ever want to leave. I don't really remember my first yoga practice, or the first time I found headstand. But the first yoga class that I ever got to teach - words can't express how meaningful that was for me. To be able to literally reach out and touch someone - to help them find their way on their mat. To encourage them to embody their own yoga - to breathe and honour where they are in the moment. And to figure out how to grow from that place. I feel as though that's why we practice.

Sometimes we need a fast, sweaty flow class. Sometimes we need to lay on a bolster and breathe. There are so many different ways to weave all of these practices together, and I think that my learning process allows me to share a practice that I truly believe in, and one that continues to evolve and change as I do. Since my first 200hr training with YogaWorks in 2007, I've studied Anusara, Yin, Pre/Post Natal, Therapeutics/Restorative, Vinyasa, Thai Massage, Acupuncture, and Craniosacral Therapy. I'm lucky enough that, when I teach, I get to share not only what I've learned but also who I am. Boston has truly become my home - I love wandering around the city, I love finding a new restaurant to try. I'm a HUGE sports fan, and you'll often find me teaching in a Pats or Bruins shirt. I fill my days with close friends and family, and one of these days I'm sure I'll finally learn how to knit.

I've reconnected to singing with my dear friend and teacher, Bonnie Argo. Over the last few years, I've had the good fortune to join her in kirtan - call-and-response chanting, a bhakti tradition. This is something that I carry into my classes - a small offering of a vibrational connection. A sharing of my heart.


See you on your mat!

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Sign Up Hip Hop Yoga Erica Bornstein
FUN yoga accompanied by a rockin' playlist of Hip Hop, Pop and Dance music- class will be Vinyasa Flow with a good stretch and cool down at the end. This class is held in a WARM ROOM to promote detoxification and suppleness. All levels welcome!
 
Please note that true to Hip Hop Music, there may be some explicits lyrics and content.

About Erica Bornstein

Erica Bornstein
Being a dancer all her life, Erica has always communicated through movement. Her mother will attest to her twirling down the aisles at the supermarket since she could walk. She fell in love with yoga at a very young age when she was introduced to it as a way to stay in top dancer shape, but later in life discovered it was so much more than that. As an adult she developed a regular yoga practice and began to see changes not only in her physical body, but also in the way she reacted to everyday challenges. The yoga was making her strong, but subconsciously, it was teaching her to take one thing at a time, to remain calmer, and to trust that everything was as it should be. Erica found herself constantly thinking about yoga, talking about it, reading about it, so she decided to see what would happen if she registered for a teacher training in 2010.

Erica now is a full-time yoga teacher and could not be more thrilled to be a part of the incredible yoga community in Boston. Erica teaches an athletic and strong vinyasa flow, with focus on movement along with basics and alignment, and she encourages students to personalize their practice for their own needs. She teaches yoga with a sense of fun and creativity, always has a killer playlist, and her humor and playful spirit is ever present in her classes. Overall, Erica believes that yoga is an accommodating practice, accessible to all people, that requires only loving care for the body and the willingness to keep an open mind and heart. Among her many teachers, Erica is indebted to Chanel Luck, Bonnie Argo, and Lynne Begier and is continually inspired by so many of the teachers in the local Boston yoga community who are truly amazing.

Saturday, April 19
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Sign Up OPEN LEVEL with Live Music: Flute, Guitar or Other Lynne Begier
This class will develop breath awareness, strength, flexibility, proper alignment and relaxation within a creative Vinyasa Flow format including warm ups, longer holds, more variations and deeper learning. You will work at your own level and pace with guidance form the teacher. Plenty of options for beginners and Advanced students will be offered. Interpretations of this class largely depend on the teacher drawing from each of their vast study of yoga and movement. It is opportunity for each teacher to share their passion for what they love, study and practice.



This class is accompanied by one or more musicians playing flute, sarod and tabla that integrate seamlessly into the flow.

About Lynne Begier

Lynne Begier

Lynne Begier has been a dedicated yoga student since 1991, a full-time teacher since 2001 and opened Back Bay Yoga Studio in January of 2002. Lynne graduated from the Agnes Irwin School in Pennsylvania and went on to Georgetown to completer her degree in Languages and Linguistics where her interest in foreign cultures, philosophy, theology and intense struggles with depression and eating disorders led her to yoga. She went on to study very extensively in many styles of yoga including Kripalu, Ashtanga, Forrest, Vinyasa, Restorative, Iyengar, Yin and Anusara. In 2002 she opened Back Bay Yoga in a small unfinished space above Little Stevie's House of Pizza with the simple desire to create a space for teachers to do what they love. That mission has not changed and BBY remains one of the premier studios in Boston and home to many of the city's best teachers. In her classes students can expect to peel away layers of habitual behavior, learn about their own anatomy and delve deep into their authentic selves. Her Vinyasa classes are stepped in healthy alignment, careful sequencing and balancing stability with mobility for the long term health of the mind and body. In Hip Hop Yoga, Lynne encourages transformation through shedding the unimportant and embracing challenges - all set to an upbeat playlist for all levels and ages to enjoy. In addition to being director, founder and a teacher at Back Bay Yoga, Lynne continues to train and draw inspiration from her many teachers and mentors. She credits Ana Forrest for many years of training and mentorship both on off the mat. Her current practice and teaching is inspired by the anatomy wisdom of Judith Lasater, the informed sequencing of Forrest Yoga and the body awareness of Iyengar/Alignment Based Yoga. She honors the Kripalu Center for inspiring her to open BBY and also to her BBY teachers who require her to stay on the path every day. Lynne is a leader in the Boston yoga community and inspires her students to be strong, have fun and find their own flow on the mat and on the street.

12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Sign Up Hip Hop Yoga Kimberly Rajotte (subbing for Caitlyn Graham)
FUN yoga accompanied by a rockin' playlist of Hip Hop, Pop and Dance music- class will be Vinyasa Flow with a good stretch and cool down at the end. This class is held in a WARM ROOM to promote detoxification and suppleness. All levels welcome!
 
Please note that true to Hip Hop Music, there may be some explicits lyrics and content.

About Kimberly Rajotte

Kimberly Rajotte
Kimberly Rajotte is a yoga instructor based in Boston, MA. During her time working in high-end fashion retail, Kimberly felt the constant drain of helping clients superficially solve their problems through fashion. After dabbling in yoga for over 10 years, she found herself back on her mat 5 years ago with an anxious mind and stressed body. It was Kim’s yoga practice where she began to observe from within. Through her yoga practice she realized she could have a lasting impact on people by guiding them to reconnect with themselves through the mind-body practice of yoga. Inspired to help create a more loving and grounded world, Kimberly enrolled in Teacher Training in 2012. What started out as a hobby and an outlet became a new path in her life and she began teaching fulltime, transforming her career to a life of health and wellness.
With 14 years of competitive cheerleading and gymnastics background, Kimberly brings presence, confidence, joy and passion to all of her classes. Kimberly teaches a vinyasa-style flow with creative sequencing and a strong focus on safe, sound alignment. Kimberly caters towards all-levels and will encourage every student to try new things in a judgement-free environment. She believes that the practice of yoga holds a unique meaning for each practitioner. Yoga is a time for moving prayer, dancing meditation and the cultivation of love; love for the world and love for the self. "When we come to the mat together in community we find refuge, we facilitate change and we have the power to support each other on the confronting path of discovery". Together you will move through a yoga flow aimed at your individual needs with a committed focus on the breath in the hopes of taking you deeper into your personal journey of transformation with grace and strength.

Kimberly completed her 200 hour Teacher Training at Back Bay Yoga Studio under the direction of Lynne Begier and Ame Wren in 2012, as well as Hip Hop Teacher Training with Lynne and Goldie Kaufenberg in 2013. She is forever grateful to her teachers, Lynne and Ame, as well as Goldie Kaufenberg and Caitlyn Graham who continue to inspire, motivate and guide her. 
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Sign Up Vinyasa Flow Kimberly Rajotte
Vinyasa Yoga emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom and fluidity in the body and mind. As we learn ride the waves of breath in our Yoga practice, we learn to ride the waves of change in our lives with more ease. This Class moves from Pose to Pose with each pose held for no more than 5 to 8 breaths. Expect a fully balanced class of forward bending, twists, backbends with opportunity for inversions. All levels are welcome to join this vigorous practice in finding one's state of flow!

About Kimberly Rajotte

Kimberly Rajotte
Kimberly Rajotte is a yoga instructor based in Boston, MA. During her time working in high-end fashion retail, Kimberly felt the constant drain of helping clients superficially solve their problems through fashion. After dabbling in yoga for over 10 years, she found herself back on her mat 5 years ago with an anxious mind and stressed body. It was Kim’s yoga practice where she began to observe from within. Through her yoga practice she realized she could have a lasting impact on people by guiding them to reconnect with themselves through the mind-body practice of yoga. Inspired to help create a more loving and grounded world, Kimberly enrolled in Teacher Training in 2012. What started out as a hobby and an outlet became a new path in her life and she began teaching fulltime, transforming her career to a life of health and wellness.
With 14 years of competitive cheerleading and gymnastics background, Kimberly brings presence, confidence, joy and passion to all of her classes. Kimberly teaches a vinyasa-style flow with creative sequencing and a strong focus on safe, sound alignment. Kimberly caters towards all-levels and will encourage every student to try new things in a judgement-free environment. She believes that the practice of yoga holds a unique meaning for each practitioner. Yoga is a time for moving prayer, dancing meditation and the cultivation of love; love for the world and love for the self. "When we come to the mat together in community we find refuge, we facilitate change and we have the power to support each other on the confronting path of discovery". Together you will move through a yoga flow aimed at your individual needs with a committed focus on the breath in the hopes of taking you deeper into your personal journey of transformation with grace and strength.

Kimberly completed her 200 hour Teacher Training at Back Bay Yoga Studio under the direction of Lynne Begier and Ame Wren in 2012, as well as Hip Hop Teacher Training with Lynne and Goldie Kaufenberg in 2013. She is forever grateful to her teachers, Lynne and Ame, as well as Goldie Kaufenberg and Caitlyn Graham who continue to inspire, motivate and guide her. 
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Sign Up OPEN LEVEL Aaron Cantor
This class will develop breath awareness, strength, flexibility, proper alignment and relaxation within a creative Vinyasa Flow format including warm ups, longer holds, more variations and deeper learning. You will work at your own level and pace with guidance form the teacher. Plenty of options for beginners and Advanced students will be offered. Interpretations of this class largely depend on the teacher drawing from each of their vast study of yoga and movement. It is opportunity for each teacher to share their passion for what they love, study and practice.

About Aaron Cantor

Aaron Cantor

Aaron Cantor is a embodiment teacher who uses ancient and contemporary practices to awaken physical intelligence. He began practicing yoga with his father when he was three and has dedicated his life studying body-mind arts in Japan, Brazil, India, Thailand, and the US. The material he presents in his classes and workshops are gathered from yoga, circus, martial training, capoeira, dance, body-work, meditative practices, athletics, and developmental movement. Aaron is known for his playful, inquiry based approach to teaching awareness through movement. He is mentored by Dr. Tom Alden, a chiropractor, and Yasuhiko Kimura, a philosopher. He teaches internationally and lives in Boston with his sons Bodhi and Jasper.

6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Sign Up Vinyasa with Deep Relaxation Jessica Emilfarb
This class combines elements of vinyasa, yin and restorative to create an invigorating, relaxing and deeply restoring experience. We will begin class with a restorative posture to ground and settle. Then we will spend time moving through flowing lunar sequences linked with breath to warm and loosen the outer layers of the body. The final portion of class will offer a few yin poses (deep stretching which targets the tissues and fascia of the body) and then finish with a purely restorative and supportive ending, prepping the body for a blissful extended savasana. This class will provide the opportunity for students to bring balance to their bodies and practice through three very different but complementary styles.


please arrive early as participants are not allowed to enter the room once class has started - specific to this class due to the props and quiet nature of the class.

About Jessica Emilfarb

Jessica Emilfarb
Jessica began yoga as a change from her typical gym routine. Although it came into her life slowly, it hit her deeply. After some time, her day started to feel incomplete without a regular practice. Wanting to take her understanding of yoga to a new level, she completed her 200hr teacher training through Back Bay Yoga. She had the privilege of studying with Lynne Begier and Kate Greer as well as many other wonderful teachers.

Jessica also completed the Occupational Therapy Masters program at Boston University, and strives to incorporate her knowledge of anatomy to create a healthy, safe, and playful environment in her classes. Through creative movement, mindful breath, and fun music, Jessica hopes that you will find a sense of peace and happiness within your own body.

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Sign Up "Black Light" Hip Hop Yoga - late arrivals not admitted Jess Ray
FUN yoga accompanied by a rockin' hip hop playlist - class will be Vinyasa with a long slow stretch at the end. This class is held in a WARM ROOM to promote detoxification and suppleness.

Black lighting creates an iridescent quality to the room, so please wear white or neon clothing to contribute to the glowing effects.

All levels welcome!

About Jess Ray

Jess Ray
After years of competitive gymnastics and cheerleading Jess was searching for something that would tone and strengthen her body, Jess discovered yoga was exactly what she had been searching for and quickly realized that it was much more than a physical work out. After taking a Hip Hop Yoga class with Lynne Begier at Sweat and Soul Yoga it was love at first down dog and Jess began her journey as devoted yoga practitioner. She continued to return to her mat for not only the physical transformation she experienced but also the connection she was building between her mind and body.

Inspired to share what she experienced in her own practice Jess completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Back Bay Yoga Studio under the direction of Lynne Begier and Ame Wren and also completed Hip Hop Yoga Teacher Training under the direction of Lynne Begier both in June 2012.

With a passion for arm balances and inversions, Jess' classes guide students through a dynamic sequence designed to build strength and flexibility while striving to allow students to escape their minds and move into their bodies through great music, and a sense of humor. She believes that building strength in your body will build self confidence which will lead to showing kindness to yourself, and in turn will lead to showing kindness towards others. The community that yoga builds is much more than people coming to practice yoga, it is a place where people learn from each other, support each other and build friendships that are founded in trust and compassion.

Jess continues to grow her practice as a curious student who will always be influenced and indebted to her teachers, Lynne Begier, Goldie Kaufenberg and Caitlyn Graham.

Sunday, April 20
9:00 AM - 10:25 AM Sign Up Vinyasa with Deep Relaxation Jessica Emilfarb (subbing for Lori O'Doherty)
This class combines elements of vinyasa, yin and restorative to create an invigorating, relaxing and deeply restoring experience. We will begin class with a restorative posture to ground and settle. Then we will spend time moving through flowing lunar sequences linked with breath to warm and loosen the outer layers of the body. The final portion of class will offer a few yin poses (deep stretching which targets the tissues and fascia of the body) and then finish with a purely restorative and supportive ending, prepping the body for a blissful extended savasana. This class will provide the opportunity for students to bring balance to their bodies and practice through three very different but complementary styles.


please arrive early as participants are not allowed to enter the room once class has started - specific to this class due to the props and quiet nature of the class.

About Jessica Emilfarb

Jessica Emilfarb
Jessica began yoga as a change from her typical gym routine. Although it came into her life slowly, it hit her deeply. After some time, her day started to feel incomplete without a regular practice. Wanting to take her understanding of yoga to a new level, she completed her 200hr teacher training through Back Bay Yoga. She had the privilege of studying with Lynne Begier and Kate Greer as well as many other wonderful teachers.

Jessica also completed the Occupational Therapy Masters program at Boston University, and strives to incorporate her knowledge of anatomy to create a healthy, safe, and playful environment in her classes. Through creative movement, mindful breath, and fun music, Jessica hopes that you will find a sense of peace and happiness within your own body.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sign Up Vinyasa Flow Jessica Emilfarb
Vinyasa Yoga emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom and fluidity in the body and mind. As we learn ride the waves of breath in our Yoga practice, we learn to ride the waves of change in our lives with more ease. This Class moves from Pose to Pose with each pose held for no more than 5 to 8 breaths. Expect a fully balanced class of forward bending, twists, backbends with opportunity for inversions. All levels are welcome to join this vigorous practice in finding one's state of flow!

About Jessica Emilfarb

Jessica Emilfarb
Jessica began yoga as a change from her typical gym routine. Although it came into her life slowly, it hit her deeply. After some time, her day started to feel incomplete without a regular practice. Wanting to take her understanding of yoga to a new level, she completed her 200hr teacher training through Back Bay Yoga. She had the privilege of studying with Lynne Begier and Kate Greer as well as many other wonderful teachers.

Jessica also completed the Occupational Therapy Masters program at Boston University, and strives to incorporate her knowledge of anatomy to create a healthy, safe, and playful environment in her classes. Through creative movement, mindful breath, and fun music, Jessica hopes that you will find a sense of peace and happiness within your own body.

12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Sign Up Hip Hop Yoga Erica Bornstein
FUN yoga accompanied by a rockin' playlist of Hip Hop, Pop and Dance music- class will be Vinyasa Flow with a good stretch and cool down at the end. This class is held in a WARM ROOM to promote detoxification and suppleness. All levels welcome!
 
Please note that true to Hip Hop Music, there may be some explicits lyrics and content.

About Erica Bornstein

Erica Bornstein
Being a dancer all her life, Erica has always communicated through movement. Her mother will attest to her twirling down the aisles at the supermarket since she could walk. She fell in love with yoga at a very young age when she was introduced to it as a way to stay in top dancer shape, but later in life discovered it was so much more than that. As an adult she developed a regular yoga practice and began to see changes not only in her physical body, but also in the way she reacted to everyday challenges. The yoga was making her strong, but subconsciously, it was teaching her to take one thing at a time, to remain calmer, and to trust that everything was as it should be. Erica found herself constantly thinking about yoga, talking about it, reading about it, so she decided to see what would happen if she registered for a teacher training in 2010.

Erica now is a full-time yoga teacher and could not be more thrilled to be a part of the incredible yoga community in Boston. Erica teaches an athletic and strong vinyasa flow, with focus on movement along with basics and alignment, and she encourages students to personalize their practice for their own needs. She teaches yoga with a sense of fun and creativity, always has a killer playlist, and her humor and playful spirit is ever present in her classes. Overall, Erica believes that yoga is an accommodating practice, accessible to all people, that requires only loving care for the body and the willingness to keep an open mind and heart. Among her many teachers, Erica is indebted to Chanel Luck, Bonnie Argo, and Lynne Begier and is continually inspired by so many of the teachers in the local Boston yoga community who are truly amazing.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Sign Up Flyin' Vinyasa Erica Bornstein (subbing for TBD TBD)
Want to add more flying time to your Yoga, but you are not an astronaut or pilot? This class will focus on and include more arm balances and inversions within the framework of a Vinyasa Class. Options will be given for newbies and more advanced variations for experienced practitioners. Come learn in a fun, upbeat and inspiring way!
 
***All levels & Adventurous Beginners Welcome, but this class is not recommended as a 1st class for brand new beginners***

About Erica Bornstein

Erica Bornstein
Being a dancer all her life, Erica has always communicated through movement. Her mother will attest to her twirling down the aisles at the supermarket since she could walk. She fell in love with yoga at a very young age when she was introduced to it as a way to stay in top dancer shape, but later in life discovered it was so much more than that. As an adult she developed a regular yoga practice and began to see changes not only in her physical body, but also in the way she reacted to everyday challenges. The yoga was making her strong, but subconsciously, it was teaching her to take one thing at a time, to remain calmer, and to trust that everything was as it should be. Erica found herself constantly thinking about yoga, talking about it, reading about it, so she decided to see what would happen if she registered for a teacher training in 2010.

Erica now is a full-time yoga teacher and could not be more thrilled to be a part of the incredible yoga community in Boston. Erica teaches an athletic and strong vinyasa flow, with focus on movement along with basics and alignment, and she encourages students to personalize their practice for their own needs. She teaches yoga with a sense of fun and creativity, always has a killer playlist, and her humor and playful spirit is ever present in her classes. Overall, Erica believes that yoga is an accommodating practice, accessible to all people, that requires only loving care for the body and the willingness to keep an open mind and heart. Among her many teachers, Erica is indebted to Chanel Luck, Bonnie Argo, and Lynne Begier and is continually inspired by so many of the teachers in the local Boston yoga community who are truly amazing.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Sign Up Vinyasa Flow Renee LeBlanc
Vinyasa Yoga emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom and fluidity in the body and mind. As we learn ride the waves of breath in our Yoga practice, we learn to ride the waves of change in our lives with more ease. This Class moves from Pose to Pose with each pose held for no more than 5 to 8 breaths. Expect a fully balanced class of forward bending, twists, backbends with opportunity for inversions. All levels are welcome to join this vigorous practice in finding one's state of flow!

About Renee LeBlanc

Renee LeBlanc
After years in the corporate world spending a good deal of time trying to arrange meetings and travel around sneaking away to yoga classes any chance she could get, Renee decided to take the leap out of the office and into the studio in 2005 and teach and practice yoga full time and has never looked back. Renee has been physically active her whole life beginning as a serious ballet dancer until ballet became too much of an emotional and physical battle. She turned to running and weightlifting and then…someone dragged her to a vinyasa yoga class. In an un-yoga-like surge of competitiveness, Renee went back the next day because she couldn’t believe how hard yoga was. Slowly but surely, yoga wove its way in. She has studied many different methods of practice but her true love is power/vinyasa yoga. Renee credits her teaching style to a dedicated self practice as well as the incredible teachers with whom she has had the great privilege to study including Brock and Krista Cahill and Dharma Mittra. Above all, Renee would like to thank the inspiring, limitless knowledge and dedication of her teacher Adena Muncey. Renee’s classes are a powerful vinyasa flow that will challenge you to explore the edges of your physical and mental edge with loads of humor and joy. Renee lives in Boston with her parakeet Paloma and loves her city. She practices five or six times a week in addition to teaching and also tries to run or take other types of conditioning classes a couple of times a week. She feels you can't be a teacher if you're not constantly putting yourself in the position of being a student too. To that end she also started taking Italian lessons once a week but please don't quiz her (she'll never shut up.) Renee owned a yoga studio for over eight years which she sold in 2013 so that she could dedicate herself solely to what she loves, teaching yoga (especially helping people to get upside-down.)
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Sign Up OPEN LEVEL Aaron Cantor
This class will develop breath awareness, strength, flexibility, proper alignment and relaxation within a creative Vinyasa Flow format including warm ups, longer holds, more variations and deeper learning. You will work at your own level and pace with guidance form the teacher. Plenty of options for beginners and Advanced students will be offered. Interpretations of this class largely depend on the teacher drawing from each of their vast study of yoga and movement. It is opportunity for each teacher to share their passion for what they love, study and practice.

About Aaron Cantor

Aaron Cantor

Aaron Cantor is a embodiment teacher who uses ancient and contemporary practices to awaken physical intelligence. He began practicing yoga with his father when he was three and has dedicated his life studying body-mind arts in Japan, Brazil, India, Thailand, and the US. The material he presents in his classes and workshops are gathered from yoga, circus, martial training, capoeira, dance, body-work, meditative practices, athletics, and developmental movement. Aaron is known for his playful, inquiry based approach to teaching awareness through movement. He is mentored by Dr. Tom Alden, a chiropractor, and Yasuhiko Kimura, a philosopher. He teaches internationally and lives in Boston with his sons Bodhi and Jasper.

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Sign Up Yin & Restorative - late arrivals not admitted Ryan Hill
Looking for a restful and quiet yoga class that cultivates peace of mind and a healthy body?
 
This class integrates principles of both Yin and Restorative Yoga. Some poses will be focused on passive stretching with longer holds (Yin) and some poses will be more supported by props such as bolsters and blankets (Restorative) to allow for a deep release and nurturing experience.

Both of these style of yoga promote healthy joints, strengthen the immune system and support good digestion as they move us away from the stress response (fight or flight) towards a place of rest and digest.

all levels welcome! 

About Ryan Hill

Ryan Hill
 

Yoga is a life-long healing practice and a state of mind. By immersing ourselves in the sensations of the body we can distill our experience to the present, rising above stuckness in our bodies and flickering in our heads.

It’s not about flexibility or what we can ‘do’. You’ll learn to develop attention, disconnect from doubt, and better understand HOW to both relax and engage. Rather than simply ‘doing’ by placing the limbs in an assumed silhouette, we’ll participate with each posture, surrendering to what’s available to the body. Through the disciplines of restraint and fortitude, we can more decisively walk on the path our lives’ provide us.

Truth is, I simply adore the yoga practice in the geekiest way. After extensive study at South Boston Yoga, I participated in their 500-hour teacher training in 2009. I heard the calling profoundly and took the leap, leaving my career in architecture to wait tables and practice. Today, yoga has moved from flirtation to love affair. My desire to better understand how to heal and vitalize the body led me to train with the masterful Barbara Benagh, and I’ll be completing her 300 hour training Summer 2014.

Nothing makes me more enthusiastic than sharing my experience. I’m engaged in the yoga practice every day. I believe that no one style of yoga holds the key to understanding this practice, and no one perspective holds the candle like our own somatic understanding of ease. My deepest gratitude goes out to the teachers who have influenced me most, opening the doors of my once-reluctant heart: David Vendetti, Todd Skoglund, Ana Forrest, and Barbara Benagh.

Tuesday, April 22
6:15 AM - 7:30 AM Sign Up OPEN LEVEL- $10 Drop In Kathy Tarnoff
This class will develop breath awareness, strength, flexibility, proper alignment and relaxation within a creative Vinyasa Flow format including warm ups, longer holds, more variations and deeper learning. You will work at your own level and pace with guidance form the teacher. Plenty of options for beginners and Advanced students will be offered. Interpretations of this class largely depend on the teacher drawing from each of their vast study of yoga and movement. It is opportunity for each teacher to share their passion for what they love, study and practice.

About Kathy Tarnoff

Kathy Tarnoff
As a competitive half-marathon runner, I sought out new ways to enhance my training. This is when I was introduced to my first yoga class. After 90 minutes of sweating and breathing on my mat I came away completely overwhelmed with excitement, curiosity and joy. I had found a missing piece to my wellness/fitness—inner well-being. Then one day I got hurt running....I had to hang up my running shoes to heal and began focusing my attention on yoga. After a few weeks of living on my mat and off the road, I noticed the aches and pains were disappearing and I felt better overall. I didn’t need the pounding of running to feel good anymore.
Following years of intensive practice and the completion of the Forrest Yoga teacher training, I developed a new outlook on wellness, one that included both the shell of the body and the inner self. Along with core strength and overall health, I also gained the ability to speak my truth, to feel within, and to be grounded.
During my initial years of my yoga practice I was introduced to craniosacral therapy, the perfect addition to my yoga practice as it continued the journey inward. Yoga and craniosacral work have enabled me to decrease pain relating to old athletic injuries and the daily aches of being active. Noticing how this combination has improved my quality of life, I wanted to offer the same relief to others and began and have continued studying with Hugh Milne in Berkeley, CA for Visionary Craniosacral Therapy. I have supplemented my background by studying Anatomy, Asana and Therapeutics with Judith Lasater, Functional Anatomy with Ellen Heed and Anatomy Trains with Eli Thompson.
My classes include aspects of Forrest, Iyengar and Vinyasa in both private and studio settings. They are designed to help students develop an overall sense of strength and well-being with an emphasis on inner awareness and what one’s body needs. Whether for beginners, advanced yogis, or athletes, I create dynamic classes that are safe, engaging and challenging.
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Sign Up 1 Hour Vinyasa - $10 Drop In Jessica Emilfarb
Vinyasa Yoga emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom and fluidity in the body and mind. As we learn ride the waves of breath in our Yoga practice, we learn to ride the waves of change in our lives with more ease. This Class moves from Pose to Pose with each pose held for no more than 5 to 8 breaths. Expect a fully balanced class of forward bending, twists, backbends with opportunity for inversions. All levels are welcome to join this vigorous practice in finding one's state of flow!

About Jessica Emilfarb

Jessica Emilfarb
Jessica began yoga as a change from her typical gym routine. Although it came into her life slowly, it hit her deeply. After some time, her day started to feel incomplete without a regular practice. Wanting to take her understanding of yoga to a new level, she completed her 200hr teacher training through Back Bay Yoga. She had the privilege of studying with Lynne Begier and Kate Greer as well as many other wonderful teachers.

Jessica also completed the Occupational Therapy Masters program at Boston University, and strives to incorporate her knowledge of anatomy to create a healthy, safe, and playful environment in her classes. Through creative movement, mindful breath, and fun music, Jessica hopes that you will find a sense of peace and happiness within your own body.

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Sign Up 1 Hour Vinyasa - $10 Drop In Renee LeBlanc
Vinyasa Yoga emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom and fluidity in the body and mind. As we learn ride the waves of breath in our Yoga practice, we learn to ride the waves of change in our lives with more ease. This Class moves from Pose to Pose with each pose held for no more than 5 to 8 breaths. Expect a fully balanced class of forward bending, twists, backbends with opportunity for inversions. All levels are welcome to join this vigorous practice in finding one's state of flow!

About Renee LeBlanc

Renee LeBlanc
After years in the corporate world spending a good deal of time trying to arrange meetings and travel around sneaking away to yoga classes any chance she could get, Renee decided to take the leap out of the office and into the studio in 2005 and teach and practice yoga full time and has never looked back. Renee has been physically active her whole life beginning as a serious ballet dancer until ballet became too much of an emotional and physical battle. She turned to running and weightlifting and then…someone dragged her to a vinyasa yoga class. In an un-yoga-like surge of competitiveness, Renee went back the next day because she couldn’t believe how hard yoga was. Slowly but surely, yoga wove its way in. She has studied many different methods of practice but her true love is power/vinyasa yoga. Renee credits her teaching style to a dedicated self practice as well as the incredible teachers with whom she has had the great privilege to study including Brock and Krista Cahill and Dharma Mittra. Above all, Renee would like to thank the inspiring, limitless knowledge and dedication of her teacher Adena Muncey. Renee’s classes are a powerful vinyasa flow that will challenge you to explore the edges of your physical and mental edge with loads of humor and joy. Renee lives in Boston with her parakeet Paloma and loves her city. She practices five or six times a week in addition to teaching and also tries to run or take other types of conditioning classes a couple of times a week. She feels you can't be a teacher if you're not constantly putting yourself in the position of being a student too. To that end she also started taking Italian lessons once a week but please don't quiz her (she'll never shut up.) Renee owned a yoga studio for over eight years which she sold in 2013 so that she could dedicate herself solely to what she loves, teaching yoga (especially helping people to get upside-down.)
9:30 AM - 10:55 AM Sign Up Alignment Yoga Ryan Cunningham

Drawing from variety of alignment based styles, this class will explore a wide range of yoga postures including twists, backbends, forward bends, hip opening, inversions and more. This all levels class will develop foundational poses and way beyond with most classes working around 1 theme per class for a deeper educational experience for both the intellect and body. Don't expect a gentle or absolute beginners class. All levels welcome!

About Ryan Cunningham

Ryan Cunningham

My simple goal is to make yoga practical and applicable to anyone who walks into the classroom. Not everyone needs to take 90 mins out of their day for yoga asana practice, however learning the tools to integrate yoga practice into everyday life takes time, practice and teachers that are willing to share their honest experience of yoga.

Teaching yoga is a practice onto itself. This requires me to constantly explore and re-examine my own practice in an effort to understand the most effective pedagogy and methodology with which to communicate the practice of yoga to students. I strive to present a safe and balanced asana class that teaches students how to individualize the practice. My own studies and experiences have taught me that it is necessary for the student to go beyond “lather, rinse, repeat” instruction to develop a subtle understanding of their own body and mind. By cultivating this understanding, the body, mind and breath synchronize and we can glimpse the state of yoga on a very practical level.

A yoga asana class should be a venue for education, exploration, and cultivation of strength, stability, and clarity. It should also be an opportunity for students to refine the skillful means to help develop their own personal practice of asana, pranayama and/or meditation. All of these skills, tempered of course with a healthy sense of humor, make the study of a yoga a fantastic tool that can enhance our lives off the mat. With these goals in mind, I try to make every class a fun and challenging dialogue between myself and the students.

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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sign Up Primal Practice - $10 Drop In Aaron Cantor
Primal Practice is an all inclusive movement class incorporating techniques from athletic, yoga, circus, martial arts, capoeira, dance and meditative practices. Class is all levels.
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Expect to work out, work inside and gain greater body awareness, strength and flexibility that will enhance not only your traditional yoga practice, but the rest of your life OFF the mat. 
 

About Aaron Cantor

Aaron Cantor

Aaron Cantor is a embodiment teacher who uses ancient and contemporary practices to awaken physical intelligence. He began practicing yoga with his father when he was three and has dedicated his life studying body-mind arts in Japan, Brazil, India, Thailand, and the US. The material he presents in his classes and workshops are gathered from yoga, circus, martial training, capoeira, dance, body-work, meditative practices, athletics, and developmental movement. Aaron is known for his playful, inquiry based approach to teaching awareness through movement. He is mentored by Dr. Tom Alden, a chiropractor, and Yasuhiko Kimura, a philosopher. He teaches internationally and lives in Boston with his sons Bodhi and Jasper.

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Sign Up 1 Hour Vinyasa - $10 Drop In Goldie Kaufenberg
Vinyasa Yoga emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom and fluidity in the body and mind. As we learn ride the waves of breath in our Yoga practice, we learn to ride the waves of change in our lives with more ease. This Class moves from Pose to Pose with each pose held for no more than 5 to 8 breaths. Expect a fully balanced class of forward bending, twists, backbends with opportunity for inversions. All levels are welcome to join this vigorous practice in finding one's state of flow!

About Goldie Kaufenberg

Goldie Kaufenberg

An athlete all her life, Goldie reconnects with herself through forms of expressive,
physical movement.Seeking life everywhere, she finds it in the burn of her lungs. An E-RYT, Goldie received her 200hr certification in 2008 from Yoga Tree San Francisco, and credits Les Leventhal as her first mentor. Her experience of the asana practice is multidimensional. Some days we practice purely for the body, and some days we practice for our being. The magic happens when they’re in sync, hence her affinity for vinyasa yoga. Goldie is known for her ability to combine playfulness with precision and alignment within a carefully crafted sequence. Her deliberate, hands on adjustments will leave you feeling attended to, even amidst a full class. Goldie’s class will give you the opportunity to stretch the barriers of what you thought possible. Goldie has been featured in Yoga Journal, Runner’s World, The Huffington Post and was awarded the esteem of “Best of Boston” in 2012. She leads workshops and retreats around the globe, and teacher training beginning the summer of 2014. Goldie is a lululemon ambassador, and an athletic model for New Balance, Puma, and Yogadude.

Why do you teach?
I recently read an article written by another yoga teacher who stated “The best way to get clear on your passion is to get clear on your motivation. When teaching is all about you, it becomes like trying to tell a joke when no one is listening.” It became clear to me very early on that teaching was not about me delivering what others wanted, but about creating an experience given my knowledge of yoga and self practice to help others live a more potent life. When we practice, the maniac mind that entertains life’s bullshit is rinsed away, and suddenly we can see clearer, react smarter, and more often perspective check. What keeps my fire burning for teaching is the creative outlet it provides. To build an intelligent, creative class is an art. As a self proclaimed ex-ballerina, the anticipation and rush of adrenaline I get when not only practicing, but planning a class is almost identical to leaping through the air! It’s pretty magical.

What do you hope to transmit to your students?
Simply put, I strive to inspire my students to see the beauty in both the pain and the celebrations of life by tapping into a deeper self connection through movement. The phrase, “Perspective Check” is in my personal big book of affirmations. The asana is just a vehicle to get us to a place of higher self connection, so we can better connect with life around us, thus truly seeing our reality as it is. We as humans are dramatic. The majority of the time we need to perspective check. Life is sometimes shitty, but look, we own a yoga mat and the freedom and ability to take a yoga class. It’s a luxury.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM $5 CASH ONLY Hip Hop Yoga - Community Class Goldie Kaufenberg
$5 CASH ONLY - 10 Class Cards NOT Valid

FUN yoga accompanied by a rockin' hip hop playlist - class will be Vinyasa with a long slow stretch at the end. This class is held in a WARM ROOM to promote detoxification and suppleness. All levels welcome!
 
Please note that true to Hip Hop Music, there may be some explicits lyrics and content. 
 

About Goldie Kaufenberg

Goldie Kaufenberg

An athlete all her life, Goldie reconnects with herself through forms of expressive,
physical movement.Seeking life everywhere, she finds it in the burn of her lungs. An E-RYT, Goldie received her 200hr certification in 2008 from Yoga Tree San Francisco, and credits Les Leventhal as her first mentor. Her experience of the asana practice is multidimensional. Some days we practice purely for the body, and some days we practice for our being. The magic happens when they’re in sync, hence her affinity for vinyasa yoga. Goldie is known for her ability to combine playfulness with precision and alignment within a carefully crafted sequence. Her deliberate, hands on adjustments will leave you feeling attended to, even amidst a full class. Goldie’s class will give you the opportunity to stretch the barriers of what you thought possible. Goldie has been featured in Yoga Journal, Runner’s World, The Huffington Post and was awarded the esteem of “Best of Boston” in 2012. She leads workshops and retreats around the globe, and teacher training beginning the summer of 2014. Goldie is a lululemon ambassador, and an athletic model for New Balance, Puma, and Yogadude.

Why do you teach?
I recently read an article written by another yoga teacher who stated “The best way to get clear on your passion is to get clear on your motivation. When teaching is all about you, it becomes like trying to tell a joke when no one is listening.” It became clear to me very early on that teaching was not about me delivering what others wanted, but about creating an experience given my knowledge of yoga and self practice to help others live a more potent life. When we practice, the maniac mind that entertains life’s bullshit is rinsed away, and suddenly we can see clearer, react smarter, and more often perspective check. What keeps my fire burning for teaching is the creative outlet it provides. To build an intelligent, creative class is an art. As a self proclaimed ex-ballerina, the anticipation and rush of adrenaline I get when not only practicing, but planning a class is almost identical to leaping through the air! It’s pretty magical.

What do you hope to transmit to your students?
Simply put, I strive to inspire my students to see the beauty in both the pain and the celebrations of life by tapping into a deeper self connection through movement. The phrase, “Perspective Check” is in my personal big book of affirmations. The asana is just a vehicle to get us to a place of higher self connection, so we can better connect with life around us, thus truly seeing our reality as it is. We as humans are dramatic. The majority of the time we need to perspective check. Life is sometimes shitty, but look, we own a yoga mat and the freedom and ability to take a yoga class. It’s a luxury.

4:00 PM - 5:25 PM Sign Up Vinyasa Flow Sarah Sturges
Vinyasa Yoga emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom and fluidity in the body and mind. As we learn ride the waves of breath in our Yoga practice, we learn to ride the waves of change in our lives with more ease. This Class moves from Pose to Pose with each pose held for no more than 5 to 8 breaths. Expect a fully balanced class of forward bending, twists, backbends with opportunity for inversions. All levels are welcome to join this vigorous practice in finding one's state of flow!

About Sarah Sturges

Sarah Sturges


As lifelong health and wellness enthusiast, Sarah has over fifteen years of experience teaching group and private fitness classes. For the past eight years she has been teaching various forms of mind body exercise, throughout the Boston area and has taught yoga internationally at Ashiyana Yoga Retreat Centre in Goa, India. Sarah’s 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Training is attributed to Rolf Gates and, currently, she is studying towards her 500 hour E-RYT training at Prajna Yoga, with Tias and Surya Little. She also has her Rope Wall Certification through Alison West at Yoga Union in Manhattan. Additionally, she has a passion for cooking healthy, delicious food as a means to heal the body and a way to savor life, and has been pursuing classes at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food & Health also in New York City. Thusly, Sarah also offers one-on-one nutritional consultations at Back Bay Yoga.

Through the healing synthesis of breath and movement, provided by the flowing practice of Vinyasa, she has developed a study and teaching style which helps to innervate the spirit and nourish the soul. Sarah’s classes may contain a hybrid of disciplines but are always rooted in mindful movement, set to the cadence of fluid breath and music of mixed variety. She encourage’s students, new and old, to arrive at their mats with nothing more than a sense of compassion for themselves and an openness to their own potential, so that they may be guided from within. Sarah invites her students to work with intention in order to reestablish the mind-body connection, to bring about a deeper awareness and thus a sense of great peace into their daily lives.

5:45 PM - 7:15 PM Sign Up Intermediate/Advanced Practice Caitlyn Graham

 

Designed for students who have a consistent practice, this class will differ in composition depending on the teacher, but familiarity with inversions, arm balances, backbends and pranayama is required. The Intermediate/Advanced environment provides an opportunity for experienced students to deepen their practice, learn advanced alignment and technique and be in a smaller group setting. In addition, because an advanced practice entails more than just challenging poses, time will be spent on refining your practice through attention to subtlety of both the body and mind. Because of the level of this class, please come prepared to modify to suit your needs.

About Caitlyn Graham

Caitlyn Graham

Caitlyn believes yoga is an opportunity to deepen the most important relationship we have in this lifetime, the one with ourselves. It encourages students to take a closer look at their bodies, minds and hearts, and when we allow it to will create a harmony between all three. Caitlyn's goal as a yoga teacher is to encourage people to trust in their inner strength and to help students create a sustainable yoga practice. Her class themes vary weekly but the style is always a fluid and dynamic flow with an offering of arm balances and inversions. Caitlyn empowers students to make intelligent decisions on the mat. Our bodies and our needs change daily and it is her hope that you honor that by adding in what nourishes you and taking out what doesn't.

Caitlyn discovered yoga in 2005 and immediately felt at home on the mat and in her body. In 2009 she completed YogaWorks 200 hr training program and began teaching full time shortly after. She continues to develop her personal practice and teaching with advanced yoga studies through Back Bay Yoga. Caitlyn is also honored to be a part of the Back Bay Yoga Teacher Training staff where she can share the information and love she has gathered over the years with the Boston yoga community.

5:45 PM - 7:15 PM Sign Up Vinyasa Flow Goldie Kaufenberg
Vinyasa Yoga emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom and fluidity in the body and mind. As we learn ride the waves of breath in our Yoga practice, we learn to ride the waves of change in our lives with more ease. This Class moves from Pose to Pose with each pose held for no more than 5 to 8 breaths. Expect a fully balanced class of forward bending, twists, backbends with opportunity for inversions. All levels are welcome to join this vigorous practice in finding one's state of flow!

About Goldie Kaufenberg

Goldie Kaufenberg

An athlete all her life, Goldie reconnects with herself through forms of expressive,
physical movement.Seeking life everywhere, she finds it in the burn of her lungs. An E-RYT, Goldie received her 200hr certification in 2008 from Yoga Tree San Francisco, and credits Les Leventhal as her first mentor. Her experience of the asana practice is multidimensional. Some days we practice purely for the body, and some days we practice for our being. The magic happens when they’re in sync, hence her affinity for vinyasa yoga. Goldie is known for her ability to combine playfulness with precision and alignment within a carefully crafted sequence. Her deliberate, hands on adjustments will leave you feeling attended to, even amidst a full class. Goldie’s class will give you the opportunity to stretch the barriers of what you thought possible. Goldie has been featured in Yoga Journal, Runner’s World, The Huffington Post and was awarded the esteem of “Best of Boston” in 2012. She leads workshops and retreats around the globe, and teacher training beginning the summer of 2014. Goldie is a lululemon ambassador, and an athletic model for New Balance, Puma, and Yogadude.

Why do you teach?
I recently read an article written by another yoga teacher who stated “The best way to get clear on your passion is to get clear on your motivation. When teaching is all about you, it becomes like trying to tell a joke when no one is listening.” It became clear to me very early on that teaching was not about me delivering what others wanted, but about creating an experience given my knowledge of yoga and self practice to help others live a more potent life. When we practice, the maniac mind that entertains life’s bullshit is rinsed away, and suddenly we can see clearer, react smarter, and more often perspective check. What keeps my fire burning for teaching is the creative outlet it provides. To build an intelligent, creative class is an art. As a self proclaimed ex-ballerina, the anticipation and rush of adrenaline I get when not only practicing, but planning a class is almost identical to leaping through the air! It’s pretty magical.

What do you hope to transmit to your students?
Simply put, I strive to inspire my students to see the beauty in both the pain and the celebrations of life by tapping into a deeper self connection through movement. The phrase, “Perspective Check” is in my personal big book of affirmations. The asana is just a vehicle to get us to a place of higher self connection, so we can better connect with life around us, thus truly seeing our reality as it is. We as humans are dramatic. The majority of the time we need to perspective check. Life is sometimes shitty, but look, we own a yoga mat and the freedom and ability to take a yoga class. It’s a luxury.

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Sign Up Vinyasa Flow Caitlyn Graham
Vinyasa Yoga emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom and fluidity in the body and mind. As we learn ride the waves of breath in our Yoga practice, we learn to ride the waves of change in our lives with more ease. This Class moves from Pose to Pose with each pose held for no more than 5 to 8 breaths. Expect a fully balanced class of forward bending, twists, backbends with opportunity for inversions. All levels are welcome to join this vigorous practice in finding one's state of flow!

About Caitlyn Graham

Caitlyn Graham

Caitlyn believes yoga is an opportunity to deepen the most important relationship we have in this lifetime, the one with ourselves. It encourages students to take a closer look at their bodies, minds and hearts, and when we allow it to will create a harmony between all three. Caitlyn's goal as a yoga teacher is to encourage people to trust in their inner strength and to help students create a sustainable yoga practice. Her class themes vary weekly but the style is always a fluid and dynamic flow with an offering of arm balances and inversions. Caitlyn empowers students to make intelligent decisions on the mat. Our bodies and our needs change daily and it is her hope that you honor that by adding in what nourishes you and taking out what doesn't.

Caitlyn discovered yoga in 2005 and immediately felt at home on the mat and in her body. In 2009 she completed YogaWorks 200 hr training program and began teaching full time shortly after. She continues to develop her personal practice and teaching with advanced yoga studies through Back Bay Yoga. Caitlyn is also honored to be a part of the Back Bay Yoga Teacher Training staff where she can share the information and love she has gathered over the years with the Boston yoga community.

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Sign Up Hip Hop Yoga Kimberly Rajotte
FUN yoga accompanied by a rockin' playlist of Hip Hop, Pop and Dance music- class will be Vinyasa Flow with a good stretch and cool down at the end. This class is held in a WARM ROOM to promote detoxification and suppleness. All levels welcome!
 
Please note that true to Hip Hop Music, there may be some explicits lyrics and content.

About Kimberly Rajotte

Kimberly Rajotte
Kimberly Rajotte is a yoga instructor based in Boston, MA. During her time working in high-end fashion retail, Kimberly felt the constant drain of helping clients superficially solve their problems through fashion. After dabbling in yoga for over 10 years, she found herself back on her mat 5 years ago with an anxious mind and stressed body. It was Kim’s yoga practice where she began to observe from within. Through her yoga practice she realized she could have a lasting impact on people by guiding them to reconnect with themselves through the mind-body practice of yoga. Inspired to help create a more loving and grounded world, Kimberly enrolled in Teacher Training in 2012. What started out as a hobby and an outlet became a new path in her life and she began teaching fulltime, transforming her career to a life of health and wellness.
With 14 years of competitive cheerleading and gymnastics background, Kimberly brings presence, confidence, joy and passion to all of her classes. Kimberly teaches a vinyasa-style flow with creative sequencing and a strong focus on safe, sound alignment. Kimberly caters towards all-levels and will encourage every student to try new things in a judgement-free environment. She believes that the practice of yoga holds a unique meaning for each practitioner. Yoga is a time for moving prayer, dancing meditation and the cultivation of love; love for the world and love for the self. "When we come to the mat together in community we find refuge, we facilitate change and we have the power to support each other on the confronting path of discovery". Together you will move through a yoga flow aimed at your individual needs with a committed focus on the breath in the hopes of taking you deeper into your personal journey of transformation with grace and strength.

Kimberly completed her 200 hour Teacher Training at Back Bay Yoga Studio under the direction of Lynne Begier and Ame Wren in 2012, as well as Hip Hop Teacher Training with Lynne and Goldie Kaufenberg in 2013. She is forever grateful to her teachers, Lynne and Ame, as well as Goldie Kaufenberg and Caitlyn Graham who continue to inspire, motivate and guide her. 

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