Teachers

Lindsay GibsonLindsay Gibson, MS
Lindsay is the Founder and Owner of Majestic Yoga Studio and the non-profit, The Yoga Training and Research Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Lindsay has been a devoted teacher of yoga and mindfulness for 30 years. Her unique and skillful approach to teaching and practice are multidimensional, delicately, carefully weaving her deep knowledge of human anatomy and physiology and an essential appreciation of the mind-body connection. Specializing in Therapeutic Yoga, Lindsay brings insight, awareness, and passion to the practice of yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and the healing arts. Lindsay has developed the online courses: Connecting to Your Heart: A Path Inward and The Body: Self Love. As a teacher’s teacher, she is dedicated to training instructors and promoting their professional and spiritual development. Lindsay brings to everything she does a special sensitivity to individual needs and differences, an enduring respect for the wonders of the human body, and a passionate regard and commitment to her students, pears, and teachers.

 

Enrica FilippaEnrica Filippa
In combining years of passion and cultivated knowledge, Enrica’s creative and contemplative approach to yoga fuses fluid movement, breath exercises, and relaxation techniques to bring greater grounding and upliftment to each individual, as well as integration and expansion. In the balanced and harmonious process, one learns how to focus awareness, build resilience through alignment, and steady the mind.

 

Gail KeeleyGail Keeley
Gail Keeley has been studying and practicing yoga since 1993. She is certified by two master teachers, Barbara Benagh and Erich Schiffmann, and began teaching in 1999. Gail draws on many yoga traditions to find the approach that best serves her students. She continues to study with Barbara Benagh and Erich Schiffmann, as well as with John Schumacher and Doug Keller. Alignment, use of the breath, and the mind/body connection are emphasized in her Slow Flow classes. Her knowledge of Aurveyda, a long-held interest, also informs her teaching and practice.
Gail sees herself as teacher and learner, a mix that keeps her yoga teaching and practice fresh. She hopes her students learn patience, persistence, self-acceptance, and the joy of yoga through her teaching and example. She is enchanted by nature, and sees the oneness of all living things reflected in nature every time she looks.

 

Jennifer MilesJennifer Miles
The practice of yoga is not about the picture perfect poses on the mat, but more about how we interact with the world (and ourselves) off the mat. As a former competitive gymnast, the athleticism of yoga was very appealing, as were the feelings that became present as a result of the practice; calm, clarity and space. The meditative qualities of a vinyasa asana practice allowed Jennifer to quiet her mind amidst a very busy life with 3 boys, 2 dogs and hockey! After attending a workshop led by Natasha Rizopoulos, Jen was completely inspired and wanted to learn more about alignment, philosophy, meditation and how to prevent injury. In 2013, she completed her 200-hour teacher training with Natasha, who has strongly influenced her teaching style.

Jennifer's classes combine Ashtanga's emphasis on connecting breath with movement and Iyengar's emphasis on proper alignment. Leading students through intelligent sequencing, with a focus on alignment, offers Jennifer's students the ability to build both strength and flexibility AND quiet the mind. In her life off the mat, Jennifer enjoys walking Fresh Pond with her husband and two dogs and has recently taken up women's ice hockey. Jennifer holds a Masters in Education from Lesley University, volunteers weekly at St Peter School and has been actively involved in the Hydrocephalus Association since 2008, raising money and awareness about this complicated condition.

Jennifer is extremely grateful to all of the teachers with whom she has studied including Natasha Rizopoulos, Julie Gudmestad, Patricia Walden and Lindsay Gibson. She is especially grateful to Coeli Marsh, who first teacher, who encouraged her to find her voice and teach.

 

Shannon ManningShannon Manning
Shannon Manning is a full time Wellness teacher at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. She was a three sport athlete throughout high school where she discovered movement as a means of releasing excess energy and managing stress. Shannon studied to become a teacher at Bridgewater State College where she also played college level lacrosse. In her late 20’s she started practicing yoga, and discovered the gift of linking breath with movement to reduce physical and emotional stress. She noticed that these benefits went far beyond her practice on the mat but also carried into the rest of her life. She deepened her practice and went on to complete her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu in Western Massachusetts. In addition, Shannon has completed a Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Teacher training with her mentor Lindsay Gibson. Shannon realized that if she was deriving such benefits from her yoga and meditation practice then so would the student population she worked with. This knowledge compelled her to develop the Yoga Program at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Through this program teens can learn and experience the benefits of yoga, mindfulness and meditation for school credit. Shannon's teaching style is a slow flow and restorative practice that involve gentle stretches, breathing into tension and easing it with a mindful approach.

 

Kelley StumpKelley Stump
After a Division 1 field hockey career - and two Big Ten Conference Championships - at Northwestern University, Kelley turned to yoga as a way of healing from the chronic shin and calf injuries she struggled with during her time playing. In yoga, she found not only an activity that challenges the life-long athlete in her, but also one that serves as a reminder of the importance of self-care and the connection between mind and body. After several years of practicing yoga consistently and feeling its positive effects - on and off her mat - she felt compelled to both deepen her own practice and learn how to share yoga with others. She has since completed a 200-hour teacher training and 50 additional hours of continuing education in the Vinyasa style. Kelley wants her students to find fluidity and energy in her flows and to step off their mats feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. She is light-hearted, good-humored and finds great joy in connecting with her students.

After spending the past 7 years in Chicago, Kelley is new to the Boston area - she lives with her husband in Harvard Square and works downtown as a social media specialist for a healthcare PR agency.

 

Laura ValensteinLaura Valenstein
Laura's classes empower yogis of all ages and abilities by emphasizing stabilizing and foundational postures and alignment, all while simultaneously engaging actively with the breath. Building on this fundamental idea through a practice of empowering and l postures that foster movement and mindfulness.

Laura completed her 200-hour RYT training at Coolidge Corner Yoga's New School of Yogic Arts under Goldie Graham, Tatyana Souza, Laura Ahrens and Andrew Tanner. Laura has specifically pursued continued yoga education under Joanne Lloyd, specializing in a Therapeutic Yoga Training for Those Treating Children with Trauma History.

On top of her commitment to yoga, Laura is a licensed clinical social worker in Massachusetts and provides school-based mental health counseling to youth in Boston Public Schools. She has been able to seamlessly intertwine these two passions by incorporating a focus on wellness, healing, and mindfulness into her social work with youth in a therapeutic environment.

Laura's continued exploration of yoga continues to help grow her own practice of breath, mediation, and mindfulness, things she hopes to bestow upon others through her various class offerings.

 

Laura ZittrainLaura Zittrain
Laura first encountered yoga while working in the tech world of Bangalore, India in 2005. Since then she’s studied around the globe, combining her love of yoga with her studies of the history of artificial minds. After completing her masters in the history of science from Harvard, she embraced her yoga practice, completing her 200 hour teacher training with Lindsay Gibson in 2018. Her teachings closely mirror her practice, focusing on bringing an introspective and playful experience to people of all backgrounds. Her wish is for her students to find an illumination within, using physical yoga practice as a portal to discover that the inner journey is the one with the most profound vistas. After all, each of us has within us all the answers we need.

 

Malissa BrennanMalissa Brennan
An educator by day and a yogi by night, Malissa first stepped onto the mat in 2007. Feeling both humbled and empowered by an invigorating vinyasa practice, she soon embarked on her 200-Hour teaching certification with Suzanne Leitner-Wise’s US1Yoga School in Alexandria, VA. Inspired by the rhythmic movement of vinyasa flow and the precise alignment of Iyengar, Malissa uses fluid sequencing to blur the seam between power and grace. A registered yoga teacher since 2010, she seeks to empower her students to rediscover their inner strength—just as her teachers have done for her. As a teacher, practitioner, and student, Malissa firmly believes that that a yoga practice can become a transformative agent of peace, joy, and self-acceptance.

 

Stuart LevyStuart Levy
Stuart’s path to yoga was serendipitous. His first acupuncturist, in Northern California, referred him to a massage therapist, Shelli Wirz, who became his first teacher, in 1996. Stuart took classes in San Francisco during the remainder of that decade, mostly ashtanga. After a 6-year hiatus from yoga, Stuart started taking beginner classes at Barbara Benagh’s yoga studio in Boston. Early on, Barbara substitute-taught the beginner class, and Stuart found his main teacher. He completed Barbara’s last 500 hour teacher training, in December, 2015. Stuart has also studied with Gail Keeley, John Schumacher, Erich Schiffmann, Doug Keller, Sarah Powers, and George Purvis.

Stuart taught his first class at a chemistry conference in 2016. His practice and teaching style is slow flow, influenced by Iyengar, restorative, and Yin teachings. The emphasis is on integration of form, alignment, flexibility, endurance and strength in asana, with an eye toward extending the practice philosophy to life in general, off the mat.

In Stuart’s “other” life, he is a chemist, and currently provides consulting services to startup biotech pharmaceutical companies in the area of chemistry, drug development and manufacturing.

 


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