• Nicoline Valkenberg

    Nicoline has been a yoga teacher in the Boston area since 2005 and opened Samara Yoga in 2010, where she enjoys cultivating a dedicated yoga space with some of her best friends and colleagues, in Somerville, MA. Her classes are structured in a Vinyasa Flow format, but incorporate more slowed-down, methodical alignment training and mindfulness techniques aimed at deepening body awareness, meditative focus and cultivating understanding- to contribute to a deeper calm from which we can live our lives with more access to our essential wellbeing. Nicoline is known for thoughtful and effective asana sequencing, clear instruction and her nurturing presence.

    She completed her 200hr teaching certification through Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, has attended trainings with Shiva Rea in Prana Vinyasa Flow and has studied locally over the years with many of Boston’s senior teachers, of which the most influential on her teaching style are Barbara Benagh and Fez Aswat.

    Nicoline Valkenberg

    Nicoline has been a yoga teacher in the Boston area since 2005 and opened Samara Yoga in 2010, where she enjoys cultivating a dedicated yoga space with some of her best friends and colleagues, in Somerville, MA. Her classes are structured in a Vinyasa Flow format, but incorporate more slowed-down, methodical alignment training and mindfulness techniques aimed at deepening body awareness, meditative focus and cultivating understanding- to contribute to a deeper calm from which we can live our lives with more access to our essential wellbeing. Nicoline is known for thoughtful and effective asana sequencing, clear instruction and her nurturing presence.

    She completed her 200hr teaching certification through Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, has attended trainings with Shiva Rea in Prana Vinyasa Flow and has studied locally over the years with many of Boston’s senior teachers, of which the most influential on her teaching style are Barbara Benagh and Fez Aswat.

  • Andrea Fotopoulos

    Andrea Fotopoulos is a Boston based “Anusara Inspired” yoga teacher. Inspired by the complexities of the teachings of yoga and the wildness of living an embodied life, she often weaves story, theme or wise anecdote to personalize the practice on the mat. Her classes are focused on aligned movement, born from a desire to serve each student: from beginner, seasoned, working with injury or working with limitation. Andrea is dedicated to making yoga accessible for “everybody” by making the difficult doable and the doable difficult. With a mix of no nonsense direction and some good ol’ humor, she cultivates a space for each individual student to do their work, while also creating a strong sense of community to practice within.
    Andrea’s teaching style and personal home practice have been shaped by the Anusara yoga methodology, studies of Tantric philosophy and a continuing education with her teachers . Her own yoga practice began over 23 years ago; 13 years of which she has been teaching. Andrea draws her immediate inspiration from her skilled teachers: Christina Sell, Darren Rhodes, Noah Maze, Douglas Brooks and all of their teachers and their teachers’ teachers. May their wisdom shine a light for all of us. Learn more at www.andreafotopoulos.com

    Andrea Fotopoulos

    Andrea Fotopoulos is a Boston based “Anusara Inspired” yoga teacher. Inspired by the complexities of the teachings of yoga and the wildness of living an embodied life, she often weaves story, theme or wise anecdote to personalize the practice on the mat. Her classes are focused on aligned movement, born from a desire to serve each student: from beginner, seasoned, working with injury or working with limitation. Andrea is dedicated to making yoga accessible for “everybody” by making the difficult doable and the doable difficult. With a mix of no nonsense direction and some good ol’ humor, she cultivates a space for each individual student to do their work, while also creating a strong sense of community to practice within.
    Andrea’s teaching style and personal home practice have been shaped by the Anusara yoga methodology, studies of Tantric philosophy and a continuing education with her teachers . Her own yoga practice began over 23 years ago; 13 years of which she has been teaching. Andrea draws her immediate inspiration from her skilled teachers: Christina Sell, Darren Rhodes, Noah Maze, Douglas Brooks and all of their teachers and their teachers’ teachers. May their wisdom shine a light for all of us. Learn more at www.andreafotopoulos.com

  • Shira Brenner

    After struggling with disconnection from her physical body and years of anxiety, depression, and eating disorders, Shira knew there had to be a better way and that is when she discovered self-love.

    The focus, compassion, and balance that yoga, meditation, and movement brought into her life allowed her to embrace every moment and see the beauty that always is.

    It took finding a positive outlet for navigating life’s challenges for Shira to understand how to heal her human wounds, to connect to her creative side, find self-acceptance (flaws and all), and blossom into a self-love advocate. Shira left her job as a travelling ELL teacher in 2012 to pursue her passion to teach mindfulness, love, & movement, and support others on their own unique journey. Still a teacher, leader, and traveler, Shira believes her purpose is to ignite joy through inspired living.

    ​Her classes are uplifting, unique, infused with healing practices like Rieki, and will leave you feeling balanced, strong, and more at ease through life’s transitions.

    Shira Brenner

    After struggling with disconnection from her physical body and years of anxiety, depression, and eating disorders, Shira knew there had to be a better way and that is when she discovered self-love.

    The focus, compassion, and balance that yoga, meditation, and movement brought into her life allowed her to embrace every moment and see the beauty that always is.

    It took finding a positive outlet for navigating life’s challenges for Shira to understand how to heal her human wounds, to connect to her creative side, find self-acceptance (flaws and all), and blossom into a self-love advocate. Shira left her job as a travelling ELL teacher in 2012 to pursue her passion to teach mindfulness, love, & movement, and support others on their own unique journey. Still a teacher, leader, and traveler, Shira believes her purpose is to ignite joy through inspired living.

    ​Her classes are uplifting, unique, infused with healing practices like Rieki, and will leave you feeling balanced, strong, and more at ease through life’s transitions.

  • Rachel Barringer

    Known for her challenging yet creatively playful yoga classes, Rachel Barringer strives to help her students feel empowered through alignment-based movement. In her own practice, Rachel focuses on building core strength and balanced flexibility, leading to a more rich and fulfilling experience of life off the mat. She takes particular interest in breaking down seemingly impossible poses into smaller components, making them accessible to her students.

    She has been teaching in the Boston area since 2008, and she continues to find her practice and teaching to be an outlet for her ever-expanding curiosity of movement and kinesthetic awareness. Some of her most influential yoga teachers are Ana Forrest, Georgia Reath, Todd Skoglund, and David Vendetti.

    A classically-trained cellist, Rachel was drawn to yoga as a way to relieve performance anxiety while she was a music major in college. Immediately she began experiencing the multitude of other benefits and realized that yoga was forever going to be a part of her life.

    Rachel also performs as cello soloist Lady Ray, and has accompanied various notable yoga instructors including Shiva Rea, Sianna Sherman, and Sanskrit scholar Christopher Tompkins, and is also an aerialist and contortionist and performs around New England.

    Rachel Barringer

    Known for her challenging yet creatively playful yoga classes, Rachel Barringer strives to help her students feel empowered through alignment-based movement. In her own practice, Rachel focuses on building core strength and balanced flexibility, leading to a more rich and fulfilling experience of life off the mat. She takes particular interest in breaking down seemingly impossible poses into smaller components, making them accessible to her students.

    She has been teaching in the Boston area since 2008, and she continues to find her practice and teaching to be an outlet for her ever-expanding curiosity of movement and kinesthetic awareness. Some of her most influential yoga teachers are Ana Forrest, Georgia Reath, Todd Skoglund, and David Vendetti.

    A classically-trained cellist, Rachel was drawn to yoga as a way to relieve performance anxiety while she was a music major in college. Immediately she began experiencing the multitude of other benefits and realized that yoga was forever going to be a part of her life.

    Rachel also performs as cello soloist Lady Ray, and has accompanied various notable yoga instructors including Shiva Rea, Sianna Sherman, and Sanskrit scholar Christopher Tompkins, and is also an aerialist and contortionist and performs around New England.

  • Chandra Cantor

    Dancing from the time she could walk, Chandra has devoted her life to the study of movement arts. She was introduced to Yoga by her parents and began practicing as a teenager. Her teaching career began in 1996. She has traveled the world, studying various styles, from Astanga to Iyengar and everything in between. Chandra brings an ease and grace to the practice of Vinyasa Yoga, encouraging students of all levels to feel comfortable in their personal practice while gently playing with the edge of possibility and growth. The physical practice is her vehicle for teaching mindfulness, and self-acceptance. Chandra lives in Northampton, MA, where she teaches locally. She also continues to teach in the Boston area and leads retreats and workshops both locally and internationally. You can find out more at www.steppingintobalance.com

    Chandra Cantor

    Dancing from the time she could walk, Chandra has devoted her life to the study of movement arts. She was introduced to Yoga by her parents and began practicing as a teenager. Her teaching career began in 1996. She has traveled the world, studying various styles, from Astanga to Iyengar and everything in between. Chandra brings an ease and grace to the practice of Vinyasa Yoga, encouraging students of all levels to feel comfortable in their personal practice while gently playing with the edge of possibility and growth. The physical practice is her vehicle for teaching mindfulness, and self-acceptance. Chandra lives in Northampton, MA, where she teaches locally. She also continues to teach in the Boston area and leads retreats and workshops both locally and internationally. You can find out more at www.steppingintobalance.com

  • Jenn Falk

    A life long lover of movement, Jenn Falk has been teaching yoga since 2006. She strives for a balanced class & practice that releases tension from the body, stress from the mind, and enhances love in the heart. As a loving mama and wife, she aims to stay attentive to a simple and creative pace of life, live in rhythm with the seasons & cycles, and continue to grow and learn through it all. Learn more about her at www.yoginijennfalk.com.

    Jenn Falk

    A life long lover of movement, Jenn Falk has been teaching yoga since 2006. She strives for a balanced class & practice that releases tension from the body, stress from the mind, and enhances love in the heart. As a loving mama and wife, she aims to stay attentive to a simple and creative pace of life, live in rhythm with the seasons & cycles, and continue to grow and learn through it all. Learn more about her at www.yoginijennfalk.com.

  • Karma Longtin

    Karma, contrary to popular belief, didn’t name herself. She was born in Florida to a family of hippies and named after the “karmic” link found in her parents’ astrological charts. After moving to Boston, she turned to yoga as a way to heal her intense back and joint pain, discovering a solace that inspired her to become a teacher in 2002. Karma embraces many different styles of yoga including vinyasa, slow flow, yin, and restorative – blending elements of each into her classes in order to create a balanced mix of stretch and strength, opening and grounding, effort and surrender. Her classes focus on watching our patterns, choosing the energy we carry, and cultivating a deep connection between body, mind, and breath in order to tap into your prana flow and deepen your practice. She is equal parts chakra-astrology-crazy-woowoo and down-to-earth anatomy geek. She encourages everyone to find the practice that is right for them in order to realize their own path to self-discovery and personal transformation.

    Karma Longtin

    Karma, contrary to popular belief, didn’t name herself. She was born in Florida to a family of hippies and named after the “karmic” link found in her parents’ astrological charts. After moving to Boston, she turned to yoga as a way to heal her intense back and joint pain, discovering a solace that inspired her to become a teacher in 2002. Karma embraces many different styles of yoga including vinyasa, slow flow, yin, and restorative – blending elements of each into her classes in order to create a balanced mix of stretch and strength, opening and grounding, effort and surrender. Her classes focus on watching our patterns, choosing the energy we carry, and cultivating a deep connection between body, mind, and breath in order to tap into your prana flow and deepen your practice. She is equal parts chakra-astrology-crazy-woowoo and down-to-earth anatomy geek. She encourages everyone to find the practice that is right for them in order to realize their own path to self-discovery and personal transformation.

  • Kristina Clemons

    Kristina has always felt a deep connection with moving her body. It provided a form of self expression and exploration whether the modality was climbing trees, classical ballet, or yoga. She stepped into her first yoga class in New York City, and after several months discovered something was brewing below the surface. That curiosity is what kept her coming back for more and why she became a teacher. Kristina began teaching in NYC in 2010 after finishing her first training with Kate Greer. In 2013 she completed a 300hr training with Nikki Costello (Iyengar teacher in NYC), and Kripalu’s Foundations of Ayurveda program. Her most recent training has been the Threes Physiyoga method (threesphysiyoga.com) bringing the healing and neutrality of physical therapy into asana practice. In class, it’s entirely possible Kristina may nerd out on anatomy, spontaneously smile just because… or simply share her love of connecting to the moment through the body. For more about Kristina, visit kristinaclemonsyoga.com

    Kristina Clemons

    Kristina has always felt a deep connection with moving her body. It provided a form of self expression and exploration whether the modality was climbing trees, classical ballet, or yoga. She stepped into her first yoga class in New York City, and after several months discovered something was brewing below the surface. That curiosity is what kept her coming back for more and why she became a teacher. Kristina began teaching in NYC in 2010 after finishing her first training with Kate Greer. In 2013 she completed a 300hr training with Nikki Costello (Iyengar teacher in NYC), and Kripalu’s Foundations of Ayurveda program. Her most recent training has been the Threes Physiyoga method (threesphysiyoga.com) bringing the healing and neutrality of physical therapy into asana practice. In class, it’s entirely possible Kristina may nerd out on anatomy, spontaneously smile just because… or simply share her love of connecting to the moment through the body. For more about Kristina, visit kristinaclemonsyoga.com

  • Danielle Speakman

    Danielle Speakman has loved yoga since she took her first class back in 2000. Yoga has been a sustaining daily practice, and helps her feel more alive in body and in spirit. Bessel van der Kolk, a well-known psychologist specializing in the treatment of trauma once said, “You can only be as alive as your body is alive”. Danielle agrees that without the ability to feel and heal in the body, there are only limited ways to experience the world, as our body is the only vessel we have to know the world, others, ourselves. Danielle hopes that her yoga instruction will further her student’s capacity to more deeply connect to the wisdom and beauty and healing power that is their body. She hopes that this body connection will bring them closer to soul and spirit. In addition to teaching yoga, Danielle is a psychologist in private practice, a psychology undergraduate professor at Lesley University, and a writer. In her psychology practice, she specializes in the treatment of trauma, anxiety and depression. She also has special interest and training in the integration of spirituality into the therapeutic setting (inclusive of all religious/spiritual traditions) and she enjoys working with clients who are seeking after their own spiritual development and growth. Danielle completed her 200 hour vinyasa teacher training through Ame Wren’s Boston Yoga School and completed her yin yoga teacher training with Josh Summers. She has also studied with Ana Forrest, with Tias and Surya Little, as well as many, many other teachers who have made her yoga practice what it is today.

    Danielle Speakman

    Danielle Speakman has loved yoga since she took her first class back in 2000. Yoga has been a sustaining daily practice, and helps her feel more alive in body and in spirit. Bessel van der Kolk, a well-known psychologist specializing in the treatment of trauma once said, “You can only be as alive as your body is alive”. Danielle agrees that without the ability to feel and heal in the body, there are only limited ways to experience the world, as our body is the only vessel we have to know the world, others, ourselves. Danielle hopes that her yoga instruction will further her student’s capacity to more deeply connect to the wisdom and beauty and healing power that is their body. She hopes that this body connection will bring them closer to soul and spirit. In addition to teaching yoga, Danielle is a psychologist in private practice, a psychology undergraduate professor at Lesley University, and a writer. In her psychology practice, she specializes in the treatment of trauma, anxiety and depression. She also has special interest and training in the integration of spirituality into the therapeutic setting (inclusive of all religious/spiritual traditions) and she enjoys working with clients who are seeking after their own spiritual development and growth. Danielle completed her 200 hour vinyasa teacher training through Ame Wren’s Boston Yoga School and completed her yin yoga teacher training with Josh Summers. She has also studied with Ana Forrest, with Tias and Surya Little, as well as many, many other teachers who have made her yoga practice what it is today.

  • Jade Sylvan

    Jade Sylvan (they/them) is a Kripalu certified yoga teacher who began teaching in 2012. Jade has studied extensively with Barbara Benagh, Fez Aswat, and Bo Forbes, focusing on Yoga for Anxiety and Depression with the latter. In 2017 Jade completed a specialized training in Restorative & Therapeutic Yoga with Jillian Pransky. Jade came to yoga as a means to deal with depression and chronic pain and found a way of life that they are now thrilled to be able to share with others on their own paths. Jade sees yoga as a way to practice self-care and self-love in order to create a sound container so that the yogi may act out of love and compassion more consistently in the world. Jade is currently a Ministry Fellow at Harvard Divinity School, where they are studying to become an ordained pastor.

    Jade Sylvan

    Jade Sylvan (they/them) is a Kripalu certified yoga teacher who began teaching in 2012. Jade has studied extensively with Barbara Benagh, Fez Aswat, and Bo Forbes, focusing on Yoga for Anxiety and Depression with the latter. In 2017 Jade completed a specialized training in Restorative & Therapeutic Yoga with Jillian Pransky. Jade came to yoga as a means to deal with depression and chronic pain and found a way of life that they are now thrilled to be able to share with others on their own paths. Jade sees yoga as a way to practice self-care and self-love in order to create a sound container so that the yogi may act out of love and compassion more consistently in the world. Jade is currently a Ministry Fellow at Harvard Divinity School, where they are studying to become an ordained pastor.

  • Fez Aswat

    Fez Aswat has been teaching yoga and meditation throughout the Boston area since 2001. He regards his hatha yoga practice as both a natural extension of and a pathway back to his meditation practice which serves as the basis of his teaching. As a musician and a Cancer Survivor Fez regards yoga as an invaluable practice for the maintenance of his well-being. He works closely with his primary teacher Tom Alden and has also studied extensively with Barbara Benagh, Patricia Walden, Arthur Killmurray and Jin Sung.

    Fez Aswat

    Fez Aswat has been teaching yoga and meditation throughout the Boston area since 2001. He regards his hatha yoga practice as both a natural extension of and a pathway back to his meditation practice which serves as the basis of his teaching. As a musician and a Cancer Survivor Fez regards yoga as an invaluable practice for the maintenance of his well-being. He works closely with his primary teacher Tom Alden and has also studied extensively with Barbara Benagh, Patricia Walden, Arthur Killmurray and Jin Sung.

  • Caity O’Hagan

    I first encountered yoga while attending school for Nursing at Simmons College. I was instantly drawn to its ability to hold space and create stillness during such a hectic time in my life. Since then, my yoga practice has become my most loyal and compassionate friend, shining brightest during the darkest and craziest of times.

    After earning my Bachelors Degree in Nursing and beginning work as a Cardiac Surgery ICU nurse, I was inspired to expand my passion and expertise beyond western medicine. A colleague introduced me to Reiki and I was blown away by its ability to enable the relaxation response in the human body. Fascinated by the practice, I later became certified as a Level II Reiki Practitioner. Reiki allows me to interact with my clients on an emotional, physical and spiritual level, creating a holistic practice of healing that comes full circle.

    I took my love for Yoga to a new level in 2015 through completing an 200-hour training with the New School of Yogic Arts. Deeply influenced by my teachers and experiences as a nurse and yogi, I aim to bring a sense of energetic empowerment to my classes and clients as a registered yoga teacher. I have found that yoga, reiki, and meditation can come into and complement the places that Western medicine does not yet touch.

    Caity O’Hagan

    I first encountered yoga while attending school for Nursing at Simmons College. I was instantly drawn to its ability to hold space and create stillness during such a hectic time in my life. Since then, my yoga practice has become my most loyal and compassionate friend, shining brightest during the darkest and craziest of times.

    After earning my Bachelors Degree in Nursing and beginning work as a Cardiac Surgery ICU nurse, I was inspired to expand my passion and expertise beyond western medicine. A colleague introduced me to Reiki and I was blown away by its ability to enable the relaxation response in the human body. Fascinated by the practice, I later became certified as a Level II Reiki Practitioner. Reiki allows me to interact with my clients on an emotional, physical and spiritual level, creating a holistic practice of healing that comes full circle.

    I took my love for Yoga to a new level in 2015 through completing an 200-hour training with the New School of Yogic Arts. Deeply influenced by my teachers and experiences as a nurse and yogi, I aim to bring a sense of energetic empowerment to my classes and clients as a registered yoga teacher. I have found that yoga, reiki, and meditation can come into and complement the places that Western medicine does not yet touch.

  • Roberto Lim

    I believe that each practice is an opportunity to: attune to our inner rhythm; heal; strengthen; and renew ourselves. I teach Prana Vinyasa yoga which is a yoga system created by my teacher Shiva Rea and draws upon the vast and deep traditions of Yoga such as Tantra, Ayurveda, and Bhakti, and upon the concepts for physical practice from Krishnamacharya and his students, BKS Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois. I have been studying and apprenticing with Shiva Rea since 2005 and a registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level. I have: co-led Prana Vinyasa teacher trainings in Denmark and Nashville; taught workshops in domestically (MA, ME, NY, TN) and internationally (Denmark, England, Lebanon, Turkey, Netherlands, Italy); and co-led retreats in Mexico and Costa Rica. My teaching and practice is also influenced by Paul Muller-Ortega with whom I have completed his yearlong philosophy and meditation program called Entering the Heart of Shiva. I am a certified energy healer in the Modern Mystery School offering several different healing sessions. Outside of the yoga studio, I enjoy hiking with my wife and Australian cobberdog in the Middlesex Fells.

    Roberto Lim

    I believe that each practice is an opportunity to: attune to our inner rhythm; heal; strengthen; and renew ourselves. I teach Prana Vinyasa yoga which is a yoga system created by my teacher Shiva Rea and draws upon the vast and deep traditions of Yoga such as Tantra, Ayurveda, and Bhakti, and upon the concepts for physical practice from Krishnamacharya and his students, BKS Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois. I have been studying and apprenticing with Shiva Rea since 2005 and a registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level. I have: co-led Prana Vinyasa teacher trainings in Denmark and Nashville; taught workshops in domestically (MA, ME, NY, TN) and internationally (Denmark, England, Lebanon, Turkey, Netherlands, Italy); and co-led retreats in Mexico and Costa Rica. My teaching and practice is also influenced by Paul Muller-Ortega with whom I have completed his yearlong philosophy and meditation program called Entering the Heart of Shiva. I am a certified energy healer in the Modern Mystery School offering several different healing sessions. Outside of the yoga studio, I enjoy hiking with my wife and Australian cobberdog in the Middlesex Fells.