Instructors

Meet Our Team!

‘If we see you in class, we don’t care if you are slow, fast, in shape, out of shape, thick or thin. If you are in class we are rooting for you!

Gerdette armour

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!


Julie sanders

Bikram yoga, Yin yoga and Meditation instructor

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

I completed my 500 hour Bikram Yoga training in 2009.  I’m also certified in Yoga Nidra guided meditation.


Jon kjellman

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.


Bob Meade

Bikram yoga teacher, Vinyasa 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 “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 believe that if you practice this yoga regularly, you 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.


Casey Jackson

Bikram yoga teacher, Yin 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 Stern

Bikram yoga teacher

I started practicing yoga in my best friend’s apartment while in college in 2008. We turned up the thermostat as high as we could.

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.

I continued a home practice here and there and one day decided to go to a studio to see what a real class was like. 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 Anderson

Vinyasa yoga, Ashtanga, Yin yoga teacher

I have been discovering yoga for over 25 years. After studying Hatha and Iyengar yoga in the early 90s, I soon became inspired by the rigor and discipline of Ashtanga Yoga. Guided by my mentor, Erica McHugh, my passion for the benefits of Ashtanga led me toward teaching. In recent years, my 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.

My classes reflect a spirited belief that absolutely everyone can practice yoga. I consider it a privilege to witness the myriad of metamorphosis that can happen when yoga is correctly adapted to each student. My classes are known for the seamless infusion of yoga history, theory, and practical advice within a framework of intelligently ordered postures. My 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.


ALYSSA KUBITZ

Vinyasa yoga, Yin yoga teacher

For much of my life I struggled with chronic illness, pain, and fatigue. However, through yoga I’ve been able to start the journey to healing and harboring a fullfilling connection with myself.


I went to a yoga class on a whim and instantly fell in love with the peacefulness and healing experienced during and after classes. That was 7 years ago and I’ve been drawn to those sensations ever since. Moreover, as I began to deepen my practice I discovered the importance of listening and respecting the signals from my body rather than mentally pushing the discomfort away. 

I went on to become a certified instructor through Yoga Alliance in Raja Yoga at the Yarrow Stalk Farm in Concord, MA. This training included influences of Iyengar and Focus Flow Yoga (a style, instructor Michele Laura, created that emphasizes alignment, mind body connection, and breath work). What drew me to Raja Yoga were the teachings of the full yogic path. This helped me to realize what it means to live a holistic intentional life and that it is something I strives for everyday.

As an instructor, my passion is to help students of all ages and levels find their peaceful center through yoga and to nurture a deepening connection to their bodies. 


kate fredette

Bikram yoga teacher

I originally approached yoga from a purely physical perspective. My body was tired and worn out from years of distance running and lifting weights.  I was hoping to find a new activity that was less jarring on my joints and muscles, but still a challenging workout.  I wasn’t sure such a thing existed- and then a friend convinced me to try out my first ever yoga class at Waverley Yoga. I struggled (and definitely sweated buckets) through the 90 minutes.  I wouldn’t say I was instantly hooked after my first class- but I was definitely intrigued and knew I’d be back.  My intro week turned into a 1 Month Unlimited pass, which changed into a 3 Month Unlimited pass, and ultimately became an Annual/Yearly Unlimited pass.

 I’ve been practicing at the studio for almost seven years now, and proudly completed the Waverley Yoga Teacher Training in Spring 2019. I started my yoga journey looking for the tangible benefits of yoga and I have definitely increased my flexibility, strength and ability to balance over time.  But more importantly, I am still discovering the intangible benefits of this yoga. I’m more patient with myself, more mindful of others, and just feel more positive and grounded in general, both on and off the mat.  I am so excited and grateful that I can practice as a student and guide as a teacher at Waverley Yoga.



CATHERINE MIHOVAN

Bikram yoga teacher

I took my first Bikram yoga class right here in the studio over 10 years ago, in 2008. I loved it right away and have been practicing ever since. Eventually it became a goal of mine to become a Bikram teacher, so after a couple of rounds of training being offered at Waverley Yoga I got the courage to sign up. It was a challenging but fun process, and I find that just like practicing yoga, teaching it is also very rewarding. I’ve tried other types of yoga but always come back to Bikram as my favorite. I’m also a runner and feel that the heat, length of classes, and breathing exercises have helped with my running too, especially building stamina and controlling my breathing while running half marathons and marathons. I firmly believe anyone can do this type of yoga and should give it a try.


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