Instructors

 


Director

Gerdette, Studio Owner/Director

Hatha flow, Yin yoga and Bikram yoga teacher

I took my first yoga class around 16 years ago and instantly recognized the benefits of this practice, both physical and mental.  I’ve worked as fitness professional for nearly two decades, I’ve coached and trained in a variety of fitness disciplines including triathlon training and personal training.  I took my first Vinyasa training 13 years ago and have since become certified as a Bikram yoga teacher and Yin yoga teacher.  I feel deeply fortunate to be able to share this yoga with others and to be part of such a great community of teachers and students!


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Julie, Studio Manager

Bikram yoga, Yin yoga and meditation instructor

Yoga has been a part of Julie’s life for over 15 years, and her practice has helped her grow stronger, more flexible and balanced, both on and off the mat. Yoga encourages her to live each moment more mindfully.

Julie completed her 500 hour Bikram Yoga training in 2009.  She is also certified in Yoga Nidra guided meditation.


HeadshotJonJon, Instructor

Bikram yoga teacher

I began practicing yoga in 2008. Being a golfer with lower back pain, Bikram Yoga was recommended to me by a friend. Although initially skeptical about another form of exercise, I tried it and was hooked. I found the yoga challenging but a relief to my sore back. My back pain is completely gone and I share my story with anyone that will listen, especially men. Yoga is not just for women!

I attended the fall 2011 teacher training in Los Angeles. I hope to inspire, lead and share this healing yoga with anyone that walks into the hot room.

HeadshotBobBob, Instructor

Hatha Flow and Bikram yoga teacher

I took my first yoga class over forty years ago, when I was in my twenties, and even then, I was amazed at how much more flexible I felt after just one class.  Though I didn’t stick with it, in the ensuing years, I experimented with many different styles of yoga and enjoyed and benefitted from all of them.

I took my first Bikram Yoga class eighteen years ago and was drawn to it immediately.  I can’t say exactly why, but the pacing, the athleticism, the intensity of focus, and the comprehensive, “inside-out, bones-to-skin” workout are some of the factors.

I have been teaching Yoga since 2011, while I am constantly working to become a better teacher, I must confess that it is easy for me to teach this yoga.  It is easy because I am a believer.  I believe that if one practices this yoga regularly, one will become fitter, healthier, and develop a deeper sense of calm and a greater clarity of mind.  I believe this because I have experienced it in my own life.  My goal, as a teacher, is to pass this on as effectively as I can.

Marisa, Instructor

Hatha Flow, Power yoga and Bikram yoga teacher.

Marisa fell in love with yoga the very first class she took back in 2007 in her hometown in upstate NY and has been a dedicated practitioner ever since. In 2013 she went out to California to get certified. She teaches Bikram, Vinyasa and Power yoga. The physical and mental therapeutic benefits are what bring her back to the mat. Marisa loves the room hot to detox and build mental strength.

She encourages her students to make yoga unique to their needs and supports exploration and openness in one’s practice. She delivers a unique dialogue in a calming voice.

I found Bikram Yoga in the mid 90s while studying screenwriting and living in Los Angeles. It was love at first stretch!

Certified by Bikram in the fall of 2000, I have been teaching in the greater Boston area since then and at our Waltham studio since 2005.  I love sharing this yoga that allows my students to get centered, to heal, to de-stress, and to energize.


Casey, Instructor

Yin yoga, Bikram yoga teacher

I was a dancer from a young age and always moving but when I went to college I felt I was losing my flexibility. My summer boss had a studio and offered me free Bikram classes as a perk. I was 18 and hooked on Bikram after my first class. It helped me maintain and even increase my flexibility. I was able to gain strength I’d never had before and it was a place I could go for my mind to quiet down. Now it’s where I can go and not worry about anything for 90 minutes.

I went to the spring 2014 training in Los Angeles and regularly attend retreats and workshops.

I definitely teach a demanding class, hot and challenging but compassionate. I often manage to convince you to try harder than you normally would. It’s not that I make the room hotter or hold the postures longer- but I wake something up inside you that pushes you further. I believe you are your own best teacher so I try to bring that out in class. I’ve also been told my dialogue sounds more like a song than a speech.

Brian, Instructor

Bikram yoga teacher

I started practicing Bikram yoga in my best friend’s apartment while in college in 2008. We turned up the thermostat as high as we could, put on Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class CD and with the help of online pictures of the sequence we started to rock and roll!

I will never forget how after the first night coming back to my own apartment…I seemed to literally float up the three flights of stairs that I usually dreaded walking up. I never even knew what yoga was before and I am so thankful that I found this system first.

At my teacher training it was said, “If you do yoga you never have to go to the chiropractor, chiropractor comes to you.” This caught my attention as I had been seeing chiropractors for a long time at that point for chronic back and joint pain. I continued a home practice here and there and one day decided to go to the torture chamber to see what a real class was like in the studio. In my first 10 days I bought an annual membership and from that point on my life took on a new meaning. I rapidly began healing physically from chronic pain in various areas of my body and about a year later I realized I had not visited the chiropractor in months!

I found such a deep level of wellness and healing from this system and I am so grateful to now be able to help others on their path and share my enthusiasm as a teacher of this practice.

Aileen, Instructor

Vinyasa yoga, Yin yoga and mediation teacher

Aileen has been discovering yoga for over 25 years. After studying Hatha and Iyengar yoga in the early 90s, she soon became inspired by the rigor and discipline of Ashtanga Yoga. Guided by her mentor, Erica McHugh, Aileen’s passion for the benefits of Ashtanga led her toward teaching. In recent years, Aileen’s understanding of yoga has been influenced by the instructions of A.G. Mohan on creating a personal integrated yoga practice, Paulie Zink, Sarah Powers and Josh Summers on the benefits of Yin Yoga, and Sogyal Rinpoche on Tibetan Buddhist meditation.

Aileen’s classes reflect her spirited belief that absolutely everyone can practice yoga. She considers it a privilege to witness the myriad of metamorphosis that can happen when yoga is correctly adapted to each student. Her classes are known for the seamless infusion of yoga history, theory, and practical advice within a framework of intelligently ordered postures. Aileen’s vision is that each student leaves the mat with a bit more wisdom necessary to safely discover a yoga practice for their body, their mind, and their self.

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