About Us

About Us

The Corner Studio opened its doors to the wonderful and welcoming people of Medford and surrounding communities in September of 2013.

We are committed to provide a safe, non-intimidating space for yogis of all levels to practice yoga, build friendships and have fun!

meet our team
Nicoline Valkenberg

Nicoline Valkenberg

Nicoline Valkenberg

Nicoline Valkenberg

Nicoline views the practice of yoga as a means to tune to our underlying essence and thereby find healing, relief, insight and wellness from which to direct our actions in the outer world. Her moderately paced flow classes are fun and engaging while aimed at deepening an understanding of the body, meditative awareness and a deeper calm from which students can experience their essential wellbeing. Nicoline has been a Boston area teacher since 2005. In 2010, she opened Samara Yoga in Somerville, MA where she enjoyed cultivating a dedicated yoga community with some of her dearest friends and colleagues for 10 years. She is looking forward to bringing what she has learned in both inner and outer leadership to other yoga communities and to her one-on-one work with students and Life Coaching clients. In her early years of teaching, she enjoyed Prana Flow trainings with Shiva Rea, who influenced the Vinyasa format in which she teaches. She deepened her skill in asana and her ability to feel the body more deeply through years of attending Barbara Benagh's weekly class for Boston area teachers. Nicoline has since been learning in a mentorship format with Fez Aswat and Tom Alden in Alden's wellness framework, a wellness and personal growth curriculum based in Yogic and Buddhist practices.

Cate D'Angelo

Cate D'Angelo

RYT 200

Cate D'Angelo

Cate D'Angelo

RYT 200

Cate has been a yoga teacher for upwards of four years now, and a lover of movement and the arts her whole life. In her vibrant classes each pose is an invitation to play, explore, and embrace your most authentic self. Creative sequences are infused with a lighthearted approach designed to make yoga a delightful adventure, fostering a sense of joy and curiosity in every movement. Through motivational cues, laughter, and a sprinkle of fun we’ll create a community founded in the beauty of yoga as a joyful and transformative practice together. When she’s not teaching yoga, she’s walking somewhere in nature, knitting, with her partner, dancing, making music, or maybe she’s even in a play.

Haripriya Dasi

Haripriya Dasi

RYT 500

Haripriya Dasi

Haripriya Dasi

RYT 500

Haripriya has always felt a calling to grow and understand something greater than herself. In 2013 she found herself in Yoga teacher training at Back Bay Yoga and never looked back. As an eternal student, she likes to see everything in life as an opportunity to grow and learn. Being able to share this passion through Yoga, Ayurveda, and Energy Healing has been such a gift. In 2019 her teacher gave her the name Haripriya as she started the practice of Bhakti Yoga. Her hope is to help others feel at home and connected within themselves so that they can continue to grow and feel connected to the world around them. As Ram Das says, “we are all just walking each other home.” Having studied with Lynne Begier, Daniel Orlansky, Satyanarayana Dasa, and at the Kripalu Center, she blends different styles of Yoga to create a whole mind-body experience when teaching. Haripriya is a 500hr registered Yoga teacher, Yoga Alliance continuing education provider, and NAMA certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor. She specializes in slow flow, vinyasa, restorative, and meditative flows. She is also certified in pre & post-natal Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage, and Reiki energy healing. Haripriya brings a sense of humor, connection, and compassion to her classes. In her free time, you can find her exploring in nature, trying new vegetarian recipes, and traveling with her husband and son.

Jenna Palm

Jenna Palm

Owner, E-RYT 500

Jenna Palm

Jenna Palm

Owner, E-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.

Peter Nikolaidis

Peter Nikolaidis

RYT 500

Peter Nikolaidis

Peter Nikolaidis

RYT 500

While he doesn’t recall exactly when he attended his first yoga class, Peter Nikolaidis is pretty sure it was sometime in the early 2000s. Maybe the late 90s. Okay, he really doesn’t remember, but it was a while ago. In 2011, while unable to continue his usual practice of martial arts due to an injury, he turned to yoga to fill in the gap. Over time, yoga shifted to become more of a central component to his everyday life, alongside self-defense and mountain biking. Today, Peter refers to yoga as “how he puts himself back together after tearing himself apart in his other favorite activities,” which usually consists of a long run while training for his next marathon. Taking a functional, practical approach to yoga, his classes focus on what works for the individual student. Rather than urging students to pursue flashy, potentially dangerous poses which yield little benefit, he encourages simple poses and sequences that pose little risk and yield high rewards. Peter completed his RYT 500 certification as part of The Corner Studio's inaugural RYT 200 class, and 300 hour Teacher Training Certification in Yin Yoga and Meditation with Josh Summers in 2019.

Toby Chaiken

Toby Chaiken

Toby Chaiken

Toby Chaiken

Toby is excited to be a part of the teaching community at The Corner Studio. Since she first began her practice, yoga has been a grounding force through an uncertain world. Toby trained at O2 Yoga under Mimi Loureiro and Elliott McEldowney and has been teaching since 2016. Toby brings a playful energy to her classes, sequencing progressively by offering challenging poses and giving lots of options along the way. Toby is a Medford resident who loves to both practice and teach at The Corner Studio and strives to be an active member of the community. She hopes to see you on the mat sometime soon!

Shireen Damghani

Shireen Damghani

RYT 200

Shireen Damghani

Shireen Damghani

RYT 200

In Shireen’s classes, she synthesizes the knowledge that has been handed down from ancient yoga masters to her current teachers, and in turn to her. She focuses on helping people find their body’s innate intelligence through the yoga teachings. Her classes are dynamic and alignment focused for people of all shapes, sizes, and levels. The depth of the practitioner’s breath and commitment to practice will result in numerous benefits beyond the 10 fingers of one’s own hand! In general, she starts class slowly, building up to some intensity or “peak pose”, then gently brings it back down to cooling postures and final rest. She offers modifications for all levels and loves seeing the light and smiles appear on people’s faces after class. Currently her practice is informed by the inspiration of many amazing teachers that she has been honored to meet during her journey. At this time, her main teachers are Andrea Fotopoulos (Anusara inspired Hatha Yoga) and early morning Ashtanga practice with Sam Glannon. As if all that was not enough, she currently studies Ayurvedic lifestyle principles and Ayurvedic Yoga with Kate O’Donnell. Last year, she participated in a 200-HR Ayurevedic Studies program. She sprinkles such principles throughout her classes as well. In her 20 years of practice, Shireen has explored and made many discoveries in the different styles of yoga, namely Iyengar, Jivamukti, Kripalu, Kundalini, Power, Shadow and Sivananda Yoga with well-known teachers from each system. At this time her main focus is to refine her own practice and teaching by studying the primary series of Ashtanga and continue weekly classes with Andrea Fotopoulos.

Amie Lytle

Amie Lytle

RYT 200

Amie Lytle

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.

Holland Sweeney

Holland Sweeney

RYT 200

Holland Sweeney

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.

Lisa Small

Lisa Small

RYT 200

Lisa Small

Lisa Small

RYT 200

Lisa began practicing yoga as a way to build strength and rediscover flexibility. Her physical practice slowly transformed into something much deeper, practicing yoga changed her perspective on life. To expand her knowledge of the practice and its history, Lisa pursued a yoga studies training with the Boston Yoga School in 2016 and began teaching in 2017. Lisa's focus as a teacher and a student is to bring awareness to the connection between body and mind through movement. She encourages her students to explore each pose with curiosity, receptivity and a sense of humor.

Sienna MacArthur

Sienna MacArthur

RYT 500

Sienna MacArthur

Sienna MacArthur

RYT 500

Yoga has been a part of Sienna’s life ever since she was a young child taking queues from her mother’s daily practice. As a means of self-exploration through movement, yoga has nurtured and grounded her during life’s most challenging moments. Inspired to offer the same support to others, she completed a 200-hour teacher training at Down Under School of Yoga where she continued onto a 300-hour training with Natasha Rizopoulos. Sienna believes our bodies are our ultimate teachers. Slowing down and pausing to listen can be powerful for cultivating presence, self-care, and joy. Alongside teaching yoga, Sienna is an interior designer passionate about the intrinsic relationship between wellness and the built environment.

Marca Katz

Marca Katz

RYT 500

Marca Katz

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.

Our Values

Giving Back

Our community is important to us. We believe in supporting one another and raising awareness for causes and organizations that are making an impact in our community and beyond. To date, we have donated over $4,000 through our fundraiser classes, donation-based yoga classes, and contributions from our teachers.