Jenna for Website Jenna Palm, Owner, E-RYT 200, RYT 500

Coming from a background of dance and gymnastics, Jenna saw yoga as a new physical challenge. She attended regular yoga classes on her college campus and quickly fell in love with the practice. She began teaching in 2010.

For Jenna, yoga has been a way to find peace, grounding, energy, playfulness and humility. She approaches each practice with a curious mind and strives to learn something new about herself every time she steps onto her mat.

In Jenna’s classes, poses are carefully placed and sequenced to offer a safe, fun and playful experience. She encourages her students to be mindful of their limitations and helps them to adapt each class to their own needs, body types and ability levels.  She is grateful she is able to pursue her passion with this wonderful community in Medford, Massachusetts.

 

Amie Lytle, RYT 200

Amie’s first experience with yoga was in gym class.  Not a natural athlete, Amie shied away from anything that involved hand-eye coordination.  Yoga proved to be physically challenging but not aggressive or competitive. She has since been amazed by the bountiful benefits of yoga!

For the past 10 years, Amie has taken every opportunity to get on her mat.  She became a teacher in 2012 and has trained with Frog Lotus Yoga, YogaHope, Triple Gem School of Thai Massage, North End Yoga and Christie Rosen.

Amie’s teaching emphasizes staying present on your mat and cultivating gratitude and self-love through the yoga practice. Amie loves developing creative flows designed to increase strength, flexibility, and balance in the body. For more information about Amie, check out www.yogawithamie.com.

 

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Annie Keil, E-RYT-200, MPH, MA

Teaching beginner through advanced vinyasa yoga, she pays particular attention to alignment and safety as students move from posture to posture, connecting breath with movement, while finding stillness in the mind. Annie strongly believes that yoga is a lifelong practice which cultivates better awareness of balance on and off the mat. She encourages students to focus their energy inward and to be active participants in creating their own experience by listening to their bodies; drawing awareness to both the physical and mental practice of yoga. When she’s not teaching yoga, Annie can be found hiking, walking through the city, seeing live music, visiting family in Minnesota, or plotting her next travel adventure. She holds a MA in Gender and Peace Building, a MPH in Global Health, has trained in Reiki Levels I and II, and recently completed training as a Health and Wellness Coach. In 2013, Annie married her passions for yoga and global health by co-founding Firefly Yoga International, a nonprofit which uses yoga as the public health intervention for survivors of trauma: www.fireflyyoga.org.

 

Erin for WebsiteErin Hirbour, RYT-200, M.Ed

Erin Hirbour completed her 200 hour teacher training with Ame Wren and David Vendetti at the South Boston Yoga studio in 2013. In addition, she was certified via YogaFit, Level 1 in 2007.

A school teacher by day, Erin brings her passion for education into yoga. Each class is taught with the intention of building body awareness, strength, flexibility and confidence both physically and internally.

Erin has the gift of creating a safe and inclusive space for her students, regardless of body type or fitness level. Students are encouraged to push themselves beyond their limits, whether that means encouraging themselves to move forward or allowing themselves to step back. She gears class towards students who are coming for a physical workout, internal grounding, or a combination of both.

For more information about Erin, check out http://www.erinhirbouryoga.com/

 

Heather Dowd, E-RYT 200, RYT 500

Yoga was a part of Heather’s life even before she realized what it was. From the time she was a little girl she would sit in lotus pose, pop into wheel or fold into pigeon. She didn’t realize that she was practicing asanas; she only knew that what she was doing felt good. Heather stepped into a studio for the first time as an adult in 2010. That first class was transformational. She expected a good workout and got it, but she got something else, too. Her mind was clear and calm, and her body was tingly. She quickly developed a dedicated yoga practice and began to discover the things that yoga teaches us beyond the physical.

Off the mat Heather runs a travel company that takes people through Latin America. She loves that traveling connects us with people who live and think differently than we do. She has learned that despite many differences, the human spirit is alive in us all. For Heather, travel is an extension of yoga. Through her yoga on and off the mat she has learned adaptability, acceptance, letting go of expectations, non-judgement, facing fear, trust, and love. She teaches a flow that is challenging, empowering and playful. Yoga continues to transform her physically, mentally and spiritually, and she is forever grateful.

 

Holland Sweeney, RYT 200

Holland’s yoga practice began as a casual affair.  It took a few years for her to fully realize the massive impact that the movements of the body have on the mind, emotions and relationships.  It wasn’t long before she quit her office job and dedicated her energies to the things and people that she loves, to her health and the health of those around her. She likes to think that yoga has helped immensely in making her a better, nice, and kinder person, and continues to do so.

Holland completed the 200-hour teacher training program at O2 Yoga Studio in Cambridge, MA in 2012. She has continued her training with Josh Summers, completing Yin Yoga teacher training in 2015.  She is passionate about painting, gardening, ayurveda, and hosts vegan Sunday potlucks for her friends and community.

For more information about Holland, check out http://yogawithholland.com/

 

LaurenLauren Farenga, E-RYT 200, MSW

Lauren Farenga is an experienced yoga teacher currently earning her 500 hour teaching certification.  She has taught yoga in studios, gyms and clinics in both Massachusetts and Texas.

Lauren has a Masters Degree in Social Work, specializing in mental health.  She works to combine traditional mental health techniques with yoga techniques called Psychodynamic Chakra Therapy to heal and regulate the mind and body.  She has studied extensively with Mimi Lereiro, Nydia Darby, Jennifer Bergermeister and Beryl Bender Birch and continues to deepen her practice with readings, workshops and taking classes from fellow yogis. She believes that being a perpetual student makes her a better teacher.

Lauren specializes in teaching unique populations such as disabled, pregnant, elderly, trauma survivors and veterans. Lauren teaches with an enthusiasm and love that shines through in each of her classes.

For more information about Lauren, check out http://www.laurenfarenga.com/

 

Lynne Carr, RYT 200

As an avid yoga practitioner and teacher, Lynne strives to create an open and safe environment in which new and experienced students can comfortably practice.  Her teaching focuses on helping students establish a rhythm using breath and movement while strengthening their bodies and creating stillness in their minds.   Above all, she considers yoga to be an exploration of self – where she encourages students to turn their attention inward to understand what is real in each moment.

For more information about Lynne, check out omcircleyoga.com/

 

 

 

Marca Katz, RYT 500

Marca came to yoga 10 years ago during a time she was training for marathons, teaching step classes, and raising her 3 sons. Feeling a need for something with less impact but no less challenging, she was initially lured by the physical aspects of the practice, but kept returning to her mat as she experienced the many other benefits yoga brought into her life. Wanting to share this gift with others, she completed a 200-hour teacher training at Down Under Yoga in Newton/Brookline with Natasha Rizopolous and Kate Heffernan, and a 300-hour training at The Boston Yoga School with Ame Wren.  Her background includes degrees in nursing and exercise physiology, both of which have helped to inform her practice and teaching.   Her classes are alignment based, intelligently and creatively sequenced, and rooted in breath and flow.  She encourages her students to honor their own unique bodies, tune in to their inner voice, and practice in a safe and gentle way on and off their mat.

 

 

 

Roxie Martin, RYT 500

Roxie Martin, (formerly Ochadlik,) is a Boston transplant originally from the high deserts of New Mexico. She first tried this thing called “yoga” on a whim as a college freshman. Quickly, her new hobby turned into habit, and soon found herself studying yoga and practicing everyday. Her instruction is a combination of purposeful movement and breath, particular attention to the alignment of the physical and energetic body, lots of imagery and a little bit of humor. Her classes are derived from her personal practice, a dynamic experience of  embodiment, fluidity, and stillness. She considers herself a movement professional, a slower flow-er, and both a skeptic and enthusiast. When not instructing or practicing yoga, Roxie is typically outdoors, riding bicycles, or walking her two big dogs.

For more information about Roxie, check out http://www.yogaroxie.com/

 

 

Sarah Hoffman, RYT 200

From the moment yoga entered Sarah’s life, she was hooked. Yoga offered her a safe space where she could learn to be more compassionate with herself and others. Soon thereafter, she realized yoga needed to be part of her life in a bigger way so, she enrolled in Teacher Training at O2 Yoga where she furthered my passion for yoga and began nerd-ing out about postures, sequencing and anatomy. She isnow a full-time yoga teacher with aspirations of going back to school for counseling (stay tuned!)

Sarah teaches an ashtanga-based vinyasa class with an emphasis on alignment and linking movement to breath. She has taken numerous trainings over the years including Ashtanga Primary Series with David Swensen & Shelley Washington, Trauma-Informed Yoga with Firefly Yoga International and Yoga for Kids & Teens with Childlight.