Yoga

Jen Geller

Like many others, I first tried yoga as a last resort. I was a competitive athlete and distance runner for many years when a severe hamstring injury brought me to my mat. I continued to practice off and on and began to realize that yoga is so much more than a physical practice. I started to understand yoga’s full potential. After working as a physical therapist for more than twenty years, I made the leap into teacher training here at Lexington Power Yoga. This journey was transformative for me and I knew then that I wanted to keep learning and keep teaching.  I wanted to share the benefits of yoga with as many people as possible.

I am a strong believer in the mind-body connection. By combining breath with movement and creating a flow, yoga can calm the body and bring clarity to the mind. We can take that peace and clarity with us as we navigate through our day to day lives. 

Drawing on my physical therapy knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics, I hope to guide my students through a very safe practice, offering specific modifications when necessary. If you are dealing with any injuries that I might be able to help with, please feel free to reach out.

I am so grateful for this practice and this community. I also am endlessly grateful for my husband and three daughters. I love the outdoors and hiking or running on trails is one of my favorite things to do. I also love returning to Maine, where my husband and I grew up~ turning off all electronics and just “being”. Not unlike the feeling I get on my mat.

Mallory Kelts

Like many of us, yoga shifted my life in ways I could not have imagined. I have practiced yoga on and off in my life since my twenties, but it wasn’t until 2012, when I gave birth to my triplet boys, that I returned to yoga for not just the physical aspect, but for the space for breathe, cultivate clarity, and time for self-love! I needed some ME time!  This time around I noticed how my yoga experience was evolving and inspiring me to dig deeper within myself and within my practice. I discovered that I had been living with a lot of anxiety and fear, and through yoga I started to feel in my skin, as well as a sense of self-compassion and self-acceptance. As I continue to dig deeper, all of the parts of me connect and make sense.

I decided to enroll in my 200 hr yoga teacher training, and it was by far one of the best choices I have ever made. I am so grateful that somehow all of the choices in my life led me to this place where I get to do what I love and I get to bring something positive into the lives of others on a daily basis. I hope to provide a space for others to feel the way my practice has made me feel: supported, nurtured, challenged, empowered, and confident!
 

Kimberly Fife

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Kimberly is our Kids & Mommy & Me class instructor! 

Yoga was first introduced to me by a dance teacher at Dean College while completing my BA in Musical Theatre. After diving into the practice, I found that yoga is much more than exercise, it is a mindset and a way of life. Once I began developing the ability to clear the mind and calm the body through breathing and meditation, I discovered the mental space to become a better problem solver, communicator, student, and teacher.

      Over the past 5 years, my deep passion for yoga has flourished. I completed my 200 hour RYT training at Kripalu school of yoga in 2016 and have loved every minute of teaching. My favorite classes to teach are children's, teen's, and family classes! It fills me with joy to give this practice to young people and watch them grow.

      The practice of yoga has guided me to a better understanding of self and the world. I have grown a deep awareness of body, mind, and spirit; and found a deeper connection to the divine universe. I believes how we treat ourselves is truly how we treat others. All of my classes emphasis self love and self observation without judgment! I believe self care is of the utmost importance. When my the mind, body, and spirit feel balanced and connected, I can most effectively give love and kindness to everyone around me. When we give love, love will inevitably come back to us! 

Allison Burke

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I sought out my first yoga class at 23 as a means for achieving the “perfect body”. It seemed like Jennifer Aniston and Madonna were on the cover of every magazine rockin’ their bikini bodies, and in every interview they attributed their “success” to yoga. Without hesitation, I jumped on the bandwagon and found a studio right by my office

My first experience was not “love at first sight”. I struggled. I found it frustrating. The postures felt impossible (I could barely touch my toes!) It was so hot and so sweaty. The teacher seemed to be talking in a foreign language. But, by the end of class, I felt incredible. So, I kept showing up. Slowly I began to fall in love with the practice—although, I think I really fell in-love with savansana.

Yoga and I had an on again off again relationship throughout the years- always viewing it as a “just a supplement” to my workouts. It was in 2011 (6 years after my first class) when my practice began to take on a whole new meaning. I was transitioning from a major move. I was overwhelmed, lost, and uncertain—what am I supposed to be doing with my life? I went straight to the yoga studio. Practicing several times a week, I felt I needed it to survive. Yoga was helping me feel more grounded, and more aware of my feelings, and everything around me. I had space to breathe and I was learning to be more present, more patient, and more compassionate with myself and with others. It just felt right. It was later that year that I signed up for the 200hr Teacher Training, and I’ve been teaching ever since.

As a teacher, I remain a constant student of the practice. I continue to learn and grow through classes, workshops, and trainings led by the teachers that inspire me. In my classes, I hope to lead my students through a flow that meets them where they are and always encourages them to take the time to slow down, listen to their body, and their breath. Ultimately, yoga connects us to ourselves and to others. It becomes a part of us. And just maybe- with some practice, we will stumble across that place where we can let go of “being perfect” and enjoy all the beauty and quirks of simply being.

Joanne Carlisle

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For years I believed that yoga was not for me... I was always running from one thing to the next - school, work, time with friends and family, the gym, etc. and my workouts reflected that frenetic pace. I was happy and active and stimulated on the outside, but found that I was craving more stability, more time to just be calm and mellow on the inside. It was through this craving that I found my way to my mat.

I began practicing yoga twelve years ago and finally decided to enroll in a teacher-training program in March of 2014. I received my 200-hour certification through Lexington Power Yoga in November of that year. I continue to be guided and mentored by many of the teachers who initially 'trained' me - Lorraine Shedoudi, Tina Adinou, Linda Spolidoro, Michael Mann, and then others whom I've been lucky enough to meet since like Jen Murray and Alyssa Hale... I have found though that as I continue to teach and connect my life on and off the mat, that most of what I learn comes from the students who share space with me in the studio - whether I'm teaching or practicing.

My practice tends to directly reflect my desire to slow things down. I am trying to find that balance always - of being internally grounded and still yet fluid and engaged. Each day on my mat is different; each moment is a chance to start over and work on everything or on nothing. It is this freedom to just, ‘be’ whatever it is that I need, in that particular moment, that I have found through yoga.

I have been a teacher in Boston Public Schools for seventeen years and presently teach Grade 5. I love my job and even more than that, I love my students. I wish for them each-and-every day the same things that I wish for my daughter – to be happy and healthy, confident and kind. This is what I hope to bring into the studio, whether I am practicing myself or teaching. Learning to show ourselves compassion and forgiveness is perhaps the greatest shift I have made and I am grateful to my practice for guiding me to this place.

Alyssa Hale

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I was drawn to yoga in 2004 when I herniated a disk in my back and couldn't walk for almost a month. I was focused on nothing but "cardio" and "situps" as a means to get to the body "every girl wants." When I first came to power yoga I realized that not only was I creating the physical body I craved, but I was becoming a better, more balancer version of myself on the inside as well. Two weeks was all it took - yoga and I were going to be together forever!

I've taught through my own series of "stuff" - back injuries, two pregnancies, family tragedies and all the stresses that life can throw our way. I've seen bodies in all states of physical health - and I've come to realize that you are never too (old / young / fat / thin / tight / ... insert excuse here) for yoga. Yoga will meet you on your mat - and if you stick with it in an honest way - it will always serve you what you need. So know that when you come to my classes I understand that everyone will move and feel things differently and I will make room for what you need. I try to give people space when they need it, support and backrubs when they need them and a little butt-kicking when they crave it!

While my classes are challenging, I offer lots of room for modification and restoration if you feel your body is calling for it. I like to keep things light and tell jokes, and I like to get heavy and ask you self examine in certain postures. I like to offer yoga from a physical, emotional and intellectual perspective. So if you are interested in working on your self from more than just the physical angle, then come join me for a fun and funky flow!

Amanda Califano

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Yoga found me in 2003, during my first year of law school, when I was in desperate need of some calm and inner peace. My journey began with an 8-week introductory Hatha course and has led me through the doors of numerous studios to explore some of the many styles of yoga being taught today. Yoga has completely transformed my body, my mind, and my life. It challenges and opens my mind, heart, and soul on a daily basis and reminds me that I can rely on my self and my breath to carry me through anything!

This practice has furthered my faith in the power of intention and positive thinking and constantly reminds me that I am exactly where I am supposed to be in this moment and that every breath has infinite potential. In fact, I’ve recently said good-bye to a full-time legal career in order to pursue this passion, and now I end each day feeling so unbelievably fulfilled. I truly feel so blessed to have the opportunity to pursue my passion wholeheartedly and am so grateful for all of you who have welcomed me into your lives.

Yoga is so much more than what you do on your mat – it’s how you live, it’s what you share with others, it’s when you wake up one day feeling more aware, more patient, more alive. I am deeply inspired by my amazing teachers and I strive to support others as they find their own inspiration, explore their own yoga experiences, and grow and transform both on and off the mat. While I am so thankful for the ability to share my experiences and guide others through pranayama, asana, and meditation, I absolutely believe that we are our own greatest teachers.

I believe in finding a balance between challenging your mind and body, playing with your edge, and finding space and serenity on your mat. In my class, expect to be physically challenged, mentally relaxed, and encouraged to find some lightness and playfulness in your practice! I am also Reiki Level 1 certified and I love assisting with the help of soothing lavender oil in savasana!

As a Lululemon Ambassador, I appreciate every opportunity to participate in community events and share the spirit of yoga with others. I teach workshops on a regular basis and am available for private and semi-private classes.

When I'm not at the studio, I can be found spending time with friends and family in Boston and New York and spoiling my 5lb pup, Toby!

Brittney Burgess

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Yoga has the powerful ability to create transformation. My yoga practice has supported me through some of the most challenging and the most joyful times in my life, and continues to be a beautiful reminder to love myself, challenge myself and take care of myself - a message I always seek to share with my students.

With a background in psychotherapy and sport psychology, I strongly believe that the mind-body connection is present at all times, and that every person has tremendous potential within themselves. Yoga has filled me with a self-acceptance, intuitive listening and the ability to use my breath wherever I am. As a teacher, I provide the dynamic tools that will help students on a journey to grow, heal, empower and ultimately transform not only their bodies, but their lives!

I believe in creating a community of joy and love, and I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity to do this as both teacher and student through this transformative practice!

Emily Griffin

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Right after trying a few different yoga classes I became hooked! it just hit home with me. I love the heat, sweat and flow of vinyasa yoga; it is truly a practice that builds a strong and healthy body while calming the mind and encouraging awareness. Yoga has challenged me both physically and mentally. After beginning my practice i began to notice differences not only in my physical body but also in my life off of my yoga mat. I felt stronger and calmer – I became more present, gained the ability to let go and became extremely aware of my body. I knew I wanted to share this incredible practice with others.

I am a graduate of prana power yoga’s teacher training program and am also certified in assisting/adjusting. i continue the study of yoga through a variety of teachers, workshops and trainings. my classes focus on breath and flow while maintaining proper alignment.

Rhonda Skloff

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About Rhonda: Rhonda is a RYT 500 through the training of two master teachers; Jacqui Bonwell of Sacred Seeds Yoga School (200 hours) and Natasha Rizopoulos of Down Under School of Yoga (300 hours). The influence of these two brilliant teachers has shaped her teaching and allowed her to find her own voice.

Rhonda was a fitness professional, cycling teacher, runner, skier, Power Pilates instructor and personal trainer who once dreamed of being a body builder. Rhonda enjoys teaching public classes and private sessions and does so with intelligence and compassion. She teaches with attention to proper alignment and emphasizes staying present with breath and focus. Finding balance between Sthirha and Sukha (steadiness and ease) is what she strives for in herself and in her teaching. She learns something new from not only every class and workshop she takes, but from every student she meets.

Rhonda owned, managed and taught at her own studio for 3 ½ years and while doing so developed The Beginners Yoga Series. She plans to continue to bring the series to the public. “My goal is to bring the joy and lasting effects of yoga to as many people as possible; hoping to bring positive change to the world, one yogi at a time”.

Rhonda enjoys biking, skiing, paddle boarding, walking her 2 chocolate labs and spending time with her husband and two sons.

 

Laura Grundstrom

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Laura Grundstrom has taught children in many different capacities for the past fifteen years. Her love for movement developed early in life as she danced her way through her school years. Laura has degree from Franklin Pierce College in social work and a minor in dance. Laura recognizes that children are natural movers and she has taught kids dance and creative movement at a variety of places throughout the years.

Laura’s personal love for yoga began with restorative practice, as a way to reduce stress and anxiety. She then began to explore vinyasa yoga which invoked feelings that reminded her of dance. Moving with breath and flowing from one pose into the next Laura was instantly hooked.

Laura taught Autistic children for years and her personal yoga practiced helped her stay grounded and conscious of her breath during stressful times both in and out of work. Eventually Laura moved on to teaching in a preschool setting; and she started to bring yoga into the classroom to help some of the kids who struggled with attention and listening. Laura began her yearlong 300 hour training to become a certified YogaKids teacher and trainer as a way to better support her students in the classroom. It was the perfect way to merge her love for yoga and her passion for teaching kids.

Laura has had the privilege to train with Marsha Wenig the founder of the YogaKids program. The YogaKids philosophy is to educate the “whole” child by blending yoga with reading, music, body awareness and academic skills in a non-competitive environment. Laura strives to incorporate all of these things into each of her classes. Students these days are under a lot of pressure and stress, Laura has worked hard to help bring yoga into classrooms to help children learn stress management techniques. She has also facilitated trainings to educate teachers on how to include yoga directly into their curriculum.

Children have so much to teach us if we just take the time to stop and listen. As a mother of two young girls, Laura works both on and of her mat to find balance, playfulness and of course the bravery to try new things. Laura is looking forward to connecting kids with their natural passion for yoga and fun!

Linda Spolidoro

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Having spent much of my early years feeling inadequate privately, acting out publicly, and generally doing the exact opposite of anything that would have made my life easier, I came to the logical conclusion that I had been born on the wrong planet. I just couldn’t figure out where it was I fit and what it was I had to offer (talk about existential angst).

I had no idea that when I walked into my first yoga class a few years back, I was hot on the heels of discovering my home planet. Yoga has allowed me the ability, the confidence, and the nonjudgmental freedom to embrace my uniqueness (unique being code for weird) with compassion, gratitude, and most importantly, unadulterated joy. It has given me the physical outlet that I crave (it’s a great work-out), the spiritual connection to something beyond my intellect (think String Theory), and it has introduced me to the most loving, creative, and compassionate community anywhere on this or any planet. Simply put, Yoga for me has softened the voices of self doubt that were once constant companions and amplified the beautiful Song of the Universe that had been there all along.

Mandy Schwartz

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What I love about yoga is that it works – no exceptions. All you have to do is show up and breathe, then sit back and watch your life transform. I fell in love with yoga right away, and looking back I can see how fast my life began to shift – big shifts for the world to see and internal shifts that really have been much bigger.

I completed teacher training through Prana Power Yoga and began teaching just four days later. In the years that followed I attended many further trainings and workshops and feel blessed to learn from so many amazing teachers. I have trained in assisting with Sue Jones & Ray Mucci, anatomy with Ellen Heed, Yin Yoga with Josh Summers, and kids yoga with Lisa Flynn. I am also a level 1 Reiki practitioner under Jene’ Rossi. I continue to stay committed to learning and growing as a yoga teacher and student.

I aspire to teach the kind of class that I love to take: balanced, challenging, fun, and fluid, with a whole lot of space to find your own way. Creating a strong flow is one of my absolute favorite parts of teaching yoga. I also love teaching to music and thoroughly enjoy creating playlists that I hope enhance the students’ experience without distracting from breath.

Mostly, I strive to take this journey one step a time, soaking up as much as I can. Bob Dylan said,“we have never arrived, we are in a constant state of becoming.” Yoga teaches me to live slow and never stop becoming.

Michael Mann

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My yoga practice has allowed me to find more fun and freedom on and off my mat, reminding me that I always have options and that I can always shift my perspective to focus on what feels good. I enjoy teaching playful, energetic classes that challenge students to try new things and move beyond the limitations of the mind to tap deeper into the amazing potential and wisdom of the body. I offer lots of space for freedom and many options and modifications in my classes. I welcome you to come as you are, listen to your body, rest when you need to rest, and choose what feels right for you, moment by moment, breath by breath. Through yoga, I've learned to take myself way less seriously, and to be more spontaneous and creative. I love sharing this perspective with all my students, and I especially love it when we can laugh at ourselves and lighten up a little in the process!

Prior to teaching yoga, I worked with elementary school- aged children in classrooms, afterschool programs and camps, and I still enjoy teaching kids yoga and even bringing out that inner child in adult classes. I especially love teaching to fun music from various genres and my love of music is reflected in the classes I teach, helping students to tap into their own inner rhythm and vibe. In addition to my 200 hour teacher training with Prana Power Yoga in 2008, I have taken trainings with Claire Este-McDonald, Gregor Singleton, and Lynne Begier, as well as an advanced training in alignment and sequencing with Ame Wren and David Regelin, and I continue to study with Jane Cargill, of Baptiste Power Yoga. I'm inspired every day by so many wonderful teachers and by my own students, and I feel lucky to be part of the amazing yoga community we have here in Boston.

Michelle Brenes

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Michelle began practicing yoga in early 2005, on a whim – or so she thought. yoga truly awakened her inner spirit and over time it began to weave together, piece by piece, mind, and body, strengthening her awareness and her connection to herself and the world around her. She found tremendous guidance and support from amazing teachers such as Jacqui Bonwell, Alex Amorosi, and jene rossi, and ultimately studied with all three in addition to taylor and philippe wells for her 200-hour yoga alliance certification in 2008. She is also a level ii reiki practitioner and continues to study traditional usui reiki. Michelle’s devotion and love for yoga has had a remarkable impact on her life. She credits her practice for rescuing her from 18 years of battling severe migraines and anxiety. She believes whole heartedly in this healing practice and its ability to empower and transform lives. She honors the courage and strength it takes for every individual to step onto their mat and teaches with complete compassion and sincerity. “I believe we can all transform our lives and create perfect harmony. I believe it begins with the smallest shift in perspective. It happens every day, one class, one breath, one smile at a time.”

Molly Powers

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By popular demand, Molly is back teaching her vibrant brand of power Vinyasa yoga. Molly has been an instructor for nine years - training with Rolf Gates, Todd Norian, and Anne Greene - and her work at Lexington Power Yoga marks her return to teaching after a year spent focusing on her other healing arts. With her wit and warmth, Molly has built up devoted followings around Boston and in New York City.

Molly welcomes students of all levels to her class. She offers a lot of personal attention to make sure that her challenging and powerful flow will energize and uplift - bringing healing to your body and your spirit.

Molly is also the sole owner of Powers of Healing (www.powersofhealing.com), where she works with individuals and groups as a psychic medium and a Reiki Master.

Tina Adoniou

Tina first stepped into a yoga studio in 1999 on the urging of a friend. She soon found that the union of body and mind, movement and breath is what keeps her grounded. Yoga has done more for her than she could have ever anticipated. It's helped her manage the stress of managing large teams in corporate jobs for the past 10+ years, navigate through the grief of the sudden death of her father and also through her kidney donation to her cousin in 2010 - both in mentally and physically preparing her for major surgery and in recovering from it. The yoga practice plays a key role in her life in keeping her smiling and strong and supportive to those around her.

She went back to her very first teacher, Rolf Gates, for her 200 hour Vinyasa Teacher Training, and now has the honor of being his teaching assistant for his Boston area 500 hour Advanced Teacher Training. She also completed apprenticeships with Jacqui Bonwell, Chanel Luck and Lorraine Shedoudi and is also greatly influenced by Johnny Gillespie, founder of Empowered Yoga.

In addition to teaching yoga, Tina is also a level 2 reiki practitioner. Everyday life and habits create a lot of stuck energy – mental and physical – and these two healing modalities allow for a great deal of freedom and endless possibilities.

She’s incredibly grateful to be doing this work and relishes everything about it. She’s also thankful to be surrounded by such supportive people who encourage her and keep her going on this path.