Patrice began studying yoga in 1975 when she attended Integral yoga classes. Over the years she has studied many styles of yoga.
In 1998 Patrice received her certification to teach yoga through the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She chose this type of yoga because it is accessible to everyone.
Physical limitations are not a problem since poses may be modified to accommodate injuries or lack of flexibility.
Patrice’s goal is to have her students relax, feel good about themselves and improve their physical and mental health. Her students become stronger, more flexible and gain a greater awareness of their bodies and minds.
Since receiving her certification, Patrice has continued her education by studying almost every type of yoga. She attended Anusara classes for 2 years. Her teachings are heavily influenced by Gary Kraftsow and Viniyoga.
Patrice has been teaching yoga classes at the Boston Alzheimer’s center for eight years. She is a pioneer in this area. Patrice’s work with Alzheimer’s has been featured on Channel 5 in Boston, CNN and the Yoga Journal. Patrice was also recently featured in the Boston Globe.
Patrice also teaches in rehabilitation centers and nursing homes within the Partners Health Care system. In addition, Patrice teaches at Farnsworth House, an apartment building for the elderly and disabled.
Patrice is certified to work with both cardiac and cancer patients. She received her Yoga of the Heart certification from Nischala Devi, the yoga consultant for the famous Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease. Nischala also co-founded the award-winning Commonwealth Cancer program.
Patrice has also received the Yoga for the Rest of Us certification through Peggy Cappy who is known for her public television series, books and cds.
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Suzi Parks received her Hatha Yoga certification in 1997 at the Moving Center with Bob Cooley. The word “Hatha” is made up of the Sanskrit syllables “ha” (sun) and “tha” (moon). Hatha Yoga indicates the union of these two opposites. Bob utilized traditional Chinese medicine and developed a system of resistance stretching focused on energy meridians within the body, which he called Janna Hatha Yoga. The focus of this path of Hatha Yoga is to use isometric or resistance movements within each asana (pose) to further the stretch of each muscle. As Suzi and her students went through life changes, she has adjusted her classes: she has furthered her studies into Yoga for and with Babies and Children and has put a special focus into yoga for menopausal women. Suzi developed a yoga program at Northeastern University for faculty and staff, as well as an after school program for Cape Verdean and Portuguese speaking children. She has also taught at various studios throughout Boston, including Healthworks, City Lights and C2 Studios as well as working privately with a wide variety of students.
In 1985 Suzi studied with Margo Adair in the technique of Creative Visualization. She uses these applied meditation techniques to assist the yoga participant in creating visual images for deep relaxation and intuitive problem solving.
Each yoga session begins with the traditional Sun Salutation and ends with guided meditations. Together we will begin a journey of stretching, flexibility and physical and mental stress reduction.
Nancy Turnquist is a certified teacher of Iyengar Yoga. She completed a two year teacher training program with Patricia Walden with whom she continues to study and work closely. Nancy traveled to Pune, India in 2003 to study with the Iyengar family and later spent a year teaching yoga in Spanish and studying with Jordi Martí at the Center for Iyengar Yoga in Barcelona, Spain. Nancy had the good fortune to study again with BKS Iyengar during his visit to the United States in the Fall of 2005. She is grateful to be a part of the lineage of this living master.
In Nancy’s experience, a devotional practice of asana (postures) ignites the fire of will power, and promotes the surrender required for the realization of clarity and compassion. Her teaching is inspired by the joy and skill that arise from the practice of yoga.
The precision and rhythm of the Iyengar method make it accessible and meaningful to students of all walks of life and all levels of physical fitness and ability.
Nancy has a graduate degree in literary translation and welcomes Spanish speakers to her classes. She is currently teaching yoga in Spanish to expectant mothers. Visit Nancy’s website at www.yogaoffering.com
Julia Featheringill took her first yoga class about 7 years ago. She was just expecting some stretching with a little bit of exercise but when she came out of class her body felt better than it ever had before and she was instantly hooked. After that first class Julia developed a regular practice and over the next several years experimented with many different styles and teachers. In 2011 she decided to enroll on a 200 hour RYT certification class at Back Bay Yoga in order to further her own practice and learn how to bring the experience of yoga to others. In her classes Julia hopes to create a space where students can listen to, challenge, expand and nourish their bodies and minds. Outside of yoga Julia is a professional photographer and artist. She aims to imbue her yoga sequences with the creativity that permeates every other part of her life.
Lauren Chidsey has been practicing yoga since age 13 and has been teaching since she was 17. She was certified as an Ashtanga instructor and although this influences her practice and teaching style, she has begun to incorporate much more of a free-flow into the practice, teaching more of a fast-paced vinyasa flow class. Before her recent move to Boston, she taught in California, as well as studios in Miami, and has also traveled to India, to the birthplace of Ashtanga, in pursuit of a better understanding of yoga, holistic health, and spirituality.
Lauren has worked with a variety of populations – ranging from toddlers to college athletes to medical practitioners. Lauren is currently a Master’s student at Boston University’s School of Public Health and School of Social Work. She hopes to work in the field of public health, improving the health of others, and aspires to incorporate yoga into her future outreach work.
Lauren seeks to provide fun, fast-paced classes to give you an excellent work-out but also ends every class with a closing meditation to ensure that everyone leaves feeling blissful and relaxed. Her classes are meant for those looking for a physical work-out but all postures and taught with adjustments to make them either easier.
Liz C. explains her class and philosophy: Hello! I began my yoga journey over a decade ago with foundational practices in both classical Hatha and Ananda styles. Both on and off the mat, yoga has allowed me to cultivate a greater sense of insight, intention and loving-kindness in my life. My goal in teaching yoga is to share this experience with others and provide my students with a safe and sacred space for discovering sustainable growth, balance and peace. Over the last few years, I’ve gravitated towards offering an energetic, yet renewing vinyasa practice, and I completed my 200-hour teacher training with Ame Wren (and David Vendetti/South Boston Yoga) in June 2013. I continually draw inspiration from a wonderful, diverse array of my own teachers and their focus on thoughtful sequencing, attention to safe alignment and dedication to their student communities. As a former team-sport athlete and current runner, I believe that the yoga “trifecta” — physical asanas, pranayama (breathing) and meditation — beautifully compliment (and enhance) exercises like running, cycling, and more traditional gym work-outs.
Lyndsey took her first yoga class in 2002 as a simple form of exercise. She never enjoyed working out but has always been drawn to movement; ballet as a little girl, cheerleading & Jui-Jitsu throughout grade school, and pole fitness & yoga as an adult. Over the years, she’s taken from yoga everything it’s had to offer. For the longest time, yoga was never something she went to on regular basis but she always found herself going back to it when life got hard.
It was then that Lyndsey started making yoga a priority and by 2012 it became her intention. Through the inspiring instruction of Ame Wren & Lynne Begier, she achieved her 200 hour certification at Back Bay Yoga. Since starting her practice in 2002, she has explored the styles of Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Mysore & Bikram yoga with the hopes of exploring Iyangar & Jivamukti in the coming year. Lyndsey says: “I hope that through my teaching I can inspire future yogis, like my teachers have inspired me, to have strength of mind, body & spirit but mostly of heart.”
Kathleen went to her first yoga class during college, initially looking for physical relief from her running routine. Instead, she felt deeply connected to both her mind and body and truly at home on her mat. Unsure of where this feeling would lead her, Kathleen started her yoga practice the day after and found an outlet for creativity and expression through movement as a well as a way to balance out her busy life as a student. Eager to learn more and compelled to share her yoga experience with others, Kathleen received her 200-hr RYT at Back Bay Yoga Studio in January 2013, under the direction of Lynne Begier and Ame Wren. She is inspired by all styles and is grateful for all teachers she studies under, most notably Ame Wren and Caitlyn Graham. Kathleen currently studies Mysore-style Ashtanga yoga under Alexandra Moreano at North End Yoga.
Kathleen teaches vinyasa-style classes that serve all levels and she strives to provide a space for her students to cultivate their own practice and explore past their boundaries. Her classes are a combination of creativity and flow, with a strong focus on alignment. Kathleen is dedicated in deepening her knowledge as both a student and a teacher. She is currently pursuing a career in Physical Therapy. She looks forward to combining her knowledge of yoga and physical therapy to better serve both her students and patients.
As an actor and a runner Chelsea sought out yoga as a means to nurture her body and mind. She approaches her teaching just as she approaches her life: playfully and enthusiastically! She has a passion for intelligent sequencing and fun flows that are suitable for students of all skill levels.
With a Masters in Education, Erin considers herself a teacher at heart. She enjoys spending time with others and helping them to learn about themselves both on and off the mat. She has trained through yogafit (level 1) in 2007 and completed a 200 hour teacher training
with Ame Wren and David Vendetti in 2013. Bringing her passion for education into yoga, she teaches her students poses with the intention of building strength and confidence both physically and internally.
Whether students are coming for a physical workout or internal grounding, they will leave feeling rejuvenated from Erin’s class. Erin has the gift of creating a safe and inclusive space for her students. All students are welcome here.
The wound is the place where the light enters you – Rumi
Becca came to yoga three years ago, hoping that it would be able to help with a laundry list of both physical & emotional health issues. She knew instinctively it was something she was meant to try. She left feeling a tingling surge of energy she had been missing. Restorative yoga is where where her roots were firmly planted.
Having pursued the Back Bay Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training, she learned the necessity of clear communication, deep introspection, and a strong physical and mental yoga practice.
Becca is deeply drawn to the details of alignment and is very keen on SAFETY and helping the student find an expression of the pose that works with his or her body type. If the asana doesn’t feel right, it’s not right. Becca is drawn to teaching in the styles of restorative, basics, and slow flow.
She graduated from Emmanuel College in May 2013 with a Bachelors degree in psychology with a concentration in neuroscience, and minors in biology & health care. She am currently working as a Mental Health Counselor in the Boston area.
As a former gymnast, Sylvia learned all there is to know about tenacity and discipline, but not a whole lot about self-awareness. After putting her body through years of strenuous physical activity, injuries, and endless diets, being on the mat provided the healing she so desperately needed. In 2011, Sylvia completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training under Rebecca Pacheco and Marc McDonald, two of Boston’s most beloved teachers.
Sylvia’s teaching style reflects the Vinyasa, Hatha and Ashtanga methods and draws on over ten years of practice and experience in the fields of anatomy, philosophy, and human health.
She offers her students a well-balanced blend of physical rigor, breathing exercises and mediation to help them discover a deeper sense of self-awareness. Sylvia’s goal as a teacher is to open your heart to all that yoga has to offer and to take your practice to a place of learning to honor your body, free your spirit, and live a healthier and more inspired life.
Adam Engelman, personal trainer, was born and raised in Uncasville, CT and has been a resident of the South End since 2004. As a teenager, fitness grew from a personal passion to a way of life. This led him to pursue and attain a BS in Applied Exercise Science from Springfield College in Springfield, MA. While learning how to both transform and heal the human body at Springfield College, his love of helping people from a wide-array of backgrounds/goals came to the forefront. This inspired him to open his own personal training studio, manage a large multi-sport fitness center, train high-level collegiate and professional athletes at a strength and conditioning facility, as well as personally training hundreds of Bostonians at a local health club. Throughout his 15-year career, continuing education has been a huge priority to Adam. He’s certified through the gold standard in personal training – the American College of Sports Medicine – as well as another world-renowned personal training organization – the National Strength & Conditioning Association. Adam also possesses two specialty certifications – one from the Russian Kettlebell Challenge and one from Functional Movement Systems. This brings us to today – 2013! Adam owns Get Fit Boston. Get Fit Boston’s mission is to provide the most results-driven personal fitness training service to Bostonians. As a side note- Adam gets that working out isn’t everyone’s passion or hobby so he makes every effort to make exercise fun!