|Ramsay Trussell, RYT, began practicing yoga nine years ago at Baron Baptiste’s studio, where she was drawn to the strong, physical practice of yoga. The unexpected bonus was that this physical practice also brought about a peaceful mind that other athletic endeavors had not. Being a mother of three young children, this peace is good! Ramsay has attended several workshops with re-owned yogis like Ana Forrest, Shiva Rae, Rodney Yee, Seane Corn and Rolf Gates. In 2008, Ramsay completed her 6 month/200-hour teacher training with Natasha Rizopoulos of YogaWorks, based in NY and LA. Ramsay’s classes combine the heat and flow of Ashtanga with an emphasis on alignment that comes from Iyengar. As a former TV producer, Ramsay enjoys the challenge of planning and producing a safe but challenging sequence for each class… with a deep appreciation that every student is different and that each day is different. Be Present and Be Patient. As the great Pattabhi Jois said, “Little by little, all is coming”.|
|Vicki Evarts: Certified yoga teacher, RYT instructor. Founded and owned On the Mat Yoga studio from fall 2001-spring 2013. Vicki, a long-time committed athlete and marathon runner, discovered yoga 13 years ago and has become a dedicated yoga practitioner. She has pursued her teacher training with Baron Baptiste of Baptiste Power Yoga Institute, Shannah Green of the Nantucket Yoga Room, Tara Rachel Carey, and at Kripalu, where she completed her 200hr certification with Joseph Le Page of Integrative Yoga Therapy. On-going training includes workshops with Anna Forest, Manju Jois, Steven Cheng of Dharma Mitra NY, Rolf Gates, Sean Corne, Desiree Rumbaugh, The Primary Series, and Beryl Bender Birch of The Hard and The Soft Astanga Yoga Institute as well as working privately with several Boston instructors. She is a registered yoga teacher with the California Yoga Alliance.Vicki also manages three grown daughters and a career as a realtor.
Jane Cargill: My very first YOGa* class in was in 2000, I literally feel in love those first five minutes of that very first class. What I didn’t anticipate was the transformative effect it had on my relationship to mySELF, and eventually others. Yoga became the practice of coming home to SELF and although teaching was never something I wanted, it eventually choose me. I feel truly blessed to share whats possible when our ordinary self and extraordinary SELF commune and express oneness. My passion is to teach freedom thru the practice of vinyasa flow.
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom•
|Pilar Caso: Having been practicing yoga now for over 11 years, along with 6 years of teaching experience, Pilar is truly grateful to have been introduced and inspired by Baron Baptiste, the power yoga practice, as well as by her teachers. It is in fact her own life experiences and challenges that have allowed her to become closer and better connected to her students, as her many dedicated teachers have done so for her. Pilar has attended bootcamps in Costa Rica, Maya Tulum, Mexico, and Montana, as well as completed Level I and II Teacher Training with Baron Baptiste. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher and has been teaching in and around the greater Boston area, beginning with On The Mat Yogain Concord, Ma., The Yoga Spot in Wellesley, and H.Y.P studios located in both Needham and Wellesley Massachusetts. Pilar has also instructed seminars on self-esteem for middle-school teens at The Nashoba Brooks School as well as Lawrence Academy in Groton. She enjoys helping these young adults discover the benefits and support yoga can offer. A mother of both a teenage daughter and son, Pilar dedicates herself and encourages her children, like her students, to maintain positive outlooks and healthy lifestyles. She has recently begun teaching and helping underserved and homeless women of domestic violence and substance abuse recovery for the non-profit organization of YogaHOPE. Pilar’s love and compassionate heart shines through, as she guides her students through this high energy Power Vinyasa Flow. She encourages all to be “internally empowered and eternally inspired.”|
|Peter Crowley teaches what he practices. His sequences offer the opportunity to slow down and feel the effect of an embodied practice that pursues safety and alignment and sets roots for a lifelong practice. Peter encourages inquiry into deeper aspects of a meditative practice that nurtures introspection and self-discovery in a non-competitive environment. He believes that while our yoga practice is sacred and solemn, we must not lose sight of humor and humility.
Peter found yoga in 2002 though he now believes that his practice began long before he ever stepped barefoot into an asana class. Through the advice of a dear friend, he started attending regular classes to address back pain and a heavy heart. Yoga guided him to rehabilitate the physical and soften his subtle body.
He began teaching Primary Series in 2003 after taking his first 200-hour Ashtanga Vinyasa Teacher Training with Larry Schultz of It’s Yoga San Francisco. Following this, he regrouped for a few years and studied under the fierce Ana Forrest, completing her 200-hour Foundational and Advanced Teacher Training. In 2008, Peter began teaching full-time after leaving the field of Architecture. In 2010, he began teaching Freedom Joy yoga, a free-form exploration of yoga sequencing and dance. He has been studying alignment and asana with Barbara Benagh for the last two years. Today, his all-levels teaching style fuses the authenticity and strength of a Forrest practice with the deliberate sequencing and placement found in Barbara's slow flow Vinyasa.
Grateful for the authenticity and discipline of his mentors, Peter encourages exploration, practices humility and teaches authentically. He is in ongoing Cranio Sacral training with the Upledger Institute and really likes to dance.
|Susan Florio came to yoga after years of dance training, aerobics, and running, and found that yoga brought her body and mind to a place of balance. Susan has studied under many wonderful yoga teachers who continue to inspire her and she completed a 200 hour teacher training program with O2 Yoga's Mimi Loureio. Susan enjoys the creativity inherent in teaching and likes helping people conquer their fears and push through their boundaries. She loves to see the joy on a student's face when they find a pose for the first time. Susan is former lawyer and software technical writer and now enjoys spending time with her husband and playing with her daughter Greer.|
|Sammy Goodrich’s first yoga class was about 10 years ago in a trailer classroom at her local middle school. She was recovering from a herniated disk that left her unable to walk. She was the grateful student of a kind and gentle teacher. Sammy has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and has received her 200 hour teacher training with master teacher and friend Rolf Gates. She has enjoyed workshops with both Rolf and Johnny Gillespie. Most recently, she had the opportunity to assist at their retreat at the Menla Institute. It was here that she learned to see the body as more than physical and came to better understand the nuances of providing energetic assists to her students. Sammy has been teaching yoga in various studios in western MA for the past 5 years. She continues to learn from inspired local teachers, Shawn Shaw, Jennifer Houghtaling and Jen Sundeen, to name a few. Sammy teaches a progressive Vinyasa style yoga with emphasis on the breath and alignment. Her classes are meant to be both challenging and restorative, as she encourages students of all levels to discover and soften their own edges. It is her hope that students will leave each class having interpreted for themselves, an experience that leaves them feeling more physically and mentally relaxed and with a clearer mind with which to re-enter their lives off the mat. Sammy is also the founder of 1simpleom.com which offers handmade jewelry designs which generate funds for Women for Women International and The Fisher House Foundation.|
|Shannah Green of Nantucket Yoga Room has studied and practiced yoga for the last 13 years and is a registered teacher certified at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and through Tom Gillette at Eyes of the World Yoga in Providence, RI. Her teaching synthesizes the various styles of yoga she has intensively studied, including Kripalu, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Anusara. She is honored to have studied with many wonderful teachers including Tom Gillette, Richard Freeman, Erich Schiffman, Shiva Rea, David Swensen, and Patricia Walden. In addition to owning,directing and teaching at The Yoga Room, she currently studies with, and teaches for Tom Gillette at Eyes of the World Yoga Center in Providence, RI.|
|Linda Malcomb took her first teacher training in 1999 where Deb Neubauer came to lead an Anusara class. She was deeply moved and inspired by the alignment cues relating to the physical and also the inner body. After years of a vigorous practice leading to a plateau without much progress, she saw the transformative power of the Anusara method which reaches into the heart of the practitioner, finds the longing to remember our deepest power and glory, and calls this Truth out into expression through the physical practice.She has since deepened her exploration of the Anusara method with another year-long teacher training with Deb, and various retreats, workshops and immersions with Deb and other Anusara teachers acrosss the country,including the founder, John Friend.|
|Cathy Mandrioli, Registered Yoga Teacher. Cathy has practiced for 15+ years on her own , but took her practice to a much deeper level when On The Mat opened. As she discovered the pleasures and benefits of practicing yoga in a group setting she became hooked and a regular at On The Mat. Cathy completed David Magone’s Prana Vayu Teacher Training in the spring of 2006, and with the encouragement of OTM owners Vicki and Bar completed her 200 hour teacher training with Devashi; Steven Hartman and Megha; Nancy Buttenheim at the Kripalu Center in Stockbridge , MA. Workshops include David Magone, Rolf Gates, Don Staplteton and his wife Amba. Cathy especially enjoys sharing her love of yoga with new students. Based on her personal experience of supplementing her treatment for a serious medical condition with asanas, she is also committed to helping others evolve their practice of yoga to take care of their bodies and their spirits. Cathy is registered with the California Yoga Alliance.|
|Ori Munson has been practicing yoga since she was three years old. She was first introduced to yoga at the Iyengar Institute in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with Gary Bello. She grew up in a household where both parents practiced and taught yoga, meditation and philosophy. At age ten she traveled to the Himalayan Mountains to study the eight limb path of yoga at the International Meditation Institute where she was trained in the guru tradition. She studied vedant philosophy, Patanjali Yoga Darshan, Bhagavad Gita, Sanskrit, mediation, stotrams, chants, and yoga asana through varying styles, pranayama, ayurveda, public speaking, Dhyaan yoga, Bhakti yoga, and Raj Yoga. She received a Masters of Meditation when she was 16 years old, and taught Patanjali from the age of 13. She has been teaching yoga ever since. She has studied Hatha, Iyengar, Tibetan and Vinyasa Yoga. Ori is also trained in myofascial and deep tissue massage and aromatherapy as well as a children's yoga teacher. She is the mother of two daughters and an accomplished triathlete.|
|Tamara Nuenighoff: RYT, has been a regular teacher at OTM since its inception. She has been a teacher and a student of yoga for almost a decade. Tammy received her certification through Frog Pond Yoga Centre in Princeton Ma, and is continually adding to her training and knowledge. She is greatly inspired by Shiva Rea and has completed two teacher training programs with her. Tammy has also studied with Ana Forrest, Seane Corne, Bryan Kest, and locally with Elena Case and Daniel Orlansky. Tammy has also completed a certificate program in Chakra Psychology, the energy system of yoga. Tammy has a unique and creative approach to her teaching style. She intuitively adapts class flows to the energy and level of students and is able to challenge intermediate students without intimidating new students. Her style is fun, upbeat and heart centered. Tammy has a great depth of knowledge and joyfully shares it with her students.|
|Juli Sample discovered yoga after years of competing in sports, running and being an overall gym rat. She realized that her body needed a gentler way to "work out" After practicing with many styles of yoga including Bikram, Baptiste,Tias Little, Shiva Rea, Shaun Corne ,Steven Cheng of Dharma Mittra, she realized that Forrest Yoga was a perfect fit. "Nobody challenges the mind, body and spirit like Ana not to mention her sequencing!" She completed her FTT in April of 2009. A mother of four, Jules loves the balance that yoga can bring to anyone regardless of age, career,body type and physical or mental injuries. Jules uses high energy, heat, music, and hands on assisting to bring her student's to work to THEIR edge. She teaches with Ana's voice in her mind "Don't bore your students!"|
|Lorraine Shedoudi has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and through practice found her passion to teach. Practicing and teaching inspires Lorraine and connects her daily to her true purpose. Lorraine was born and raised in Northern California and has always been fascinated by the mind body connection. She earned her undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Psychology at University of California, Berkeley. While at Berkeley, Lorraine took her ﬁrst yoga class and was captivated by the practice. After years of playing competitive sports, yoga brought her a new way to understand physical movement, wellness and compassion. Lorraine continued her studies and followed her passion of connecting the mind and the body by earning her Master's Degree at Boston College in Counseling Psychology. While working as a substance abuse counselor in Boston, Lorraine brought mindfulness and meditation to patients struggling with addiction. The more stressful work became the more Lorraine used yoga to keep herself grounded. The yoga community brought a sense of connection to her daily life and she studied to become a yoga teacher. Lorraine is a natural student with a true passion for yoga. She has tirelessly taken workshops and trainings. Lorraine is working on her Reiki mastership under the direction of Pat Iyer. She has tremendous and daily gratitude for her husband, her son, her whole family, as well as her students and her friends. They are her greatest teachers; they inspire her and remind her to fully live in the moment. Lorraine strives to bring yoga off the mat and into daily life by reminding students they are inﬁnitely strong and can face life with balance and grace. She is also continually learning that each breath is a call to be present and content.|
Sarah WielandGrowing up, Sarah studied classical ballet with Jacki Cronsberg from the Boston Ballet and was a competitive swimmer in college. turned to running in her 20’s and found half-marathons physically challenging, but was looking for more of a mental challenge. After the birth of her identical twins, Sarah turned to yoga and found increased energy and clarity after each yoga practice. Sarah, RYT, completed her 200 hour training with Mimi Loureiro from O2yoga in 2009. Sarah has experienced the invigorating but calming effects of a steadfast yoga practice and is committed to sharing this with students through a challenging but creative sequence of poses.Sarah is also certified in Wonderbarre, an infusion of yoga, pilates and ballet and offers private sessions in both practices. Sarah also teaches yoga sculpt which incorporates weights integrated with a vinyasa flow. Sarah lives in Concord with her husband and twin girls.
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