Teachers

Lindsay GibsonLindsay GibsonLindsay Gibson, founder and owner of Majestic Yoga Studio has been a devoted student and teacher of yoga for over 25 years. Her unique and skillful approach to teaching and practice is multidimensional, delicately and carefully weaving together a deep knowledge of human anatomy and an essential application of the mind-body connection. Specializing in Therapeutic Yoga, Lindsay brings insight, awareness, and passion to the practice of yoga and the healing arts. Her teachings, and practice, are influenced by Thomas Hannah, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, and Irene Dowd. Lindsay began her studies in Iyengar Yoga with Karin Stephan and continues to study with Zoe Stewart. Her other teachers include Tias and Surya Little, Barbara Benagh, Desiree Rumbaugh, and Deb Neubauer, and Majestic Yoga Studio students and teachers. Through her warmth and compassion, Lindsay, a true 'teacher's teacher', guides her students to a deeper level of understanding and skill acquisition

 

 Diandra Armitage Diandra ArmitageDiandra's introduction to yoga and meditation began in 2005 while exploring new ways to work through traumas and eating disorders. Her love for yoga is an affair that has continued to grow deeper through the years. Fueled by passion and curiosity, Diandra has trained internationally in the areas of yoga, bhakti, tantra, ayurveda, personal development, nutrition, holistic living, Central and South American shamanic healing, and energetic work. With gratitude and love she brings to her classes the knowledge she has gained from her experiences and many master teachers, notably Shiva Rea, Sean Corn and Gurmukh Khalsa. In addition to yoga, Diandra is a Level II Reiki practitioner and certified holistic health counselor, often times weaving these practices into her classes.

Diandra's commitment is to inspire others to tap into their inner power, to connect to their hearts and to mindfully unite mind, body and spirit. Her lively yet soft presence, enthusiasm, and humor, coupled with her knowledge and sensitivity will lead you through a practice that is true, sacred and invigorating. The theme of her classes vary, but the understanding between Diandra and her students remains the same: Be true, be you, be here, be now.

 

 Meagan Burke Meagan BurkeAs a lifelong athlete my first experience with meditation was through running. After completing several half and full marathons, nursing injuries here and there, I introduced yoga into my routine to balance my high impact exercise. I quickly discovered that the mind body connection I found in my hatha practice not only supported my running but every facet of my chaotic life. As a social worker by profession I felt compelled to learn more about the mind body connection and to share this with others. In 2011 I completed a 200-hour teacher training with Kate Greer and Lynne Begier at Back Bay Yoga. In the fall of 2014 I started my 500-hour Yoga of Energy Flow training with Daniel Orlansky and Kate Greer at the Arlington Center. I continue to draw inspiration from my teachers Lynn Begier, Kate Greer, Daniel Orlansky, Ame Wren, and my yoga communities.

 

Sukriti DabralSukriti Dabral Sukriti (she’ll gladly help you pronounce it J) is a body-positive Indian-American yoga teacher, whose connection to the path began as a child. Raised Hindu, she learned philosophy and meditation from her family. As an adult in brain-heavy Boston, she found herself stressed, anxious and uncomfortably directionless, until in 2011 she wandered into an asana class and learned what a powerful medicine she'd found. She's been practicing, learning and teaching whoever would listen, ever since!

Sukriti officially trained with Cat Kabira in 2013, learning that a deep sense of empowerment arises from core connection and tuning into one’s energetic states. She completed Barbara Benagh’s 2014-2015 in-depth training, and continues to study the more subtle aspects of a slow-moving practice with her. She is grateful for all of her many teachers. In her own teaching, Sukriti weaves together what she’s learned from them of the gross body, subtle energetics, breath, movement, and meditation. Her ultimate goal is for students to learn how to deepen awareness, ease, strength, and trust in themselves, starting with cultivating more attuned relationships with their bodies. Sukriti is also a Masters student studying human sexuality education, and an avid furry animal enthusiast.

 

Nora DybdalNora DybdalYoga has been in Nora's life for as long as she can remember, yoga-playing and practicing with her mom since she was a toddler. Nora completed a 200 hour training in the Sivananda tradition in 2004. In 2014 she completed another 200 hour teacher training at The Kripalu Center in Lenox, where she found great inspiration and renewed excitement about the teachings of yoga. Also in 2015 she had the pleasure of studying with Tara Rachel Jones of Flower Yoga and receiving her 95 hour children's yoga teacher training certificate. Nora is excited to bring the benefits of yoga to our youth, since she found it such a gift to have herself from a young age. Nora is also a licensed massage therapist, she graduated from The Muscular Therapy Institute - Cortiva Boston in 2008 with a 900hr training certification in Massage Therapy. She has a private massage therapy practice in Arlington.

Nora brings her background in anthropology, natural sciences, massage and yoga training to offer yoga classes that are accessible to a variety of age groups and abilities and that are rich with imagery, awareness of natural world, attention on the senses, encouraging students to cultivate their objective witness and self compassion. Find out more about Nora at sentientlightbodyworks.com

 

Tara Rachel JonesTara Rachel Jones, M.Ed., RYT 500, E-RYT 500, RCYT Tara Rachel has studied yoga since the early 90's. She has completed 4 teacher training courses, most recently with Tias Little. She is well known to the Boston yoga community. Tara Rachel was both a student and teacher under Boston master teachers Barbara Benagh and Arthur Kilmurray. She has studied Iyengar yoga with Zoe Stewart. Her profound interest in the mind body connection led her to The School for Body Mind Centering to study infant developmental movement, somatic anatomy and its relationship to yoga. Over the past 10 years, Tara Rachel has enriched her studies with private courses and workshops in anatomy and physiology with Yaron Gal Carmel, Tom Myers, Andrea Olson, and others. She is also a certified Zen Shiatsu Therapist. Her classes for adults are unique, flowing and relaxed, yet grounded in attention to proper postural alignment. In addition, Tara Rachel has been a pioneer of children's yoga in the Boston area. She has worked professionally with children since 1989. She has developed her own approach to children's yoga, which is simply, yet uniquely, a synthesis of education, developmental movement, and yogic teachings.

 

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 MilesThe 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.

 

Rob PhillipsRob PhillipsRob Phillips teaches yoga with an emphasis on mindfulness, simplicity, and precision. His active-style classes strongly focus on the use of breath, and draw from both the finesse of alignment-based methods and the fluid transitions of vinyasa flow. When teaching in a Yin style, Rob's classes offer instruction inspired by classical buddhist meditation, combined with deep relaxation and release.

Over the past seven years of practice, Rob has had the privilege of studying with some of Boston's best teachers, including a 200-hour training with Natasha Rizopoulos, a certification in Yin Yoga with Joshua Summers, and several years of Mysore-style Ashtanga with Kate O'Donnel. In addition, he practices Vipassana(Insight) Meditation daily with instruction from Beth Resnick-Folk and Abre Chen, as well as regular long retreats with some of the nations top teachers at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA.

Outside of his work in yoga, Rob spends much of his time devoted to the performance and production of music; so it is perhaps with some irony that he is now drawn primarily towards practices with a strong emphasis on silence.

 

Adrianne VincentAdrianne Vincent Adrianne Vincent, a master teacher, has been a student and practitioner of yoga and meditation for over 40 years. As a teen Adrianne began her studies in Iyengar Yoga and Vipassana meditation Her initial training was in classical Iyengar Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater. She then had the good fortune to study with Angela Farmer and Victor Van Kooten in their unique approach of "unlearning" yoga. Adrianne is one of the few teachers who are certified to teach Angela and Victor's style of yoga. In the last five years Adrianne has studied intensively with Barbara Benagh in Boston, completing Barbara’s 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training. Adrianne playfully combines alignment and "unlearning" yoga in her classes . In addition, her yoga teaching integrates her many years of studying of Buddhism, Aikido, Capoeira, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Continuum Movement Therapy, Modern dance and Ballet. In her free time Adrianne likes to spend time with her children, walk her dogs, and enjoys guiding yoga and meditation trips through Asia and South America.

 

Vito PolitanoVito PolitanoVito is a caring instructor who teaches mindful and challenging classes with a strong connection to alignment and breathe. Vito informs his teaching through regular study and training of Yoga, anatomy, physiology and bodywork. His 200 hour Yoga Training includes study with Natasha Rizopoulos in the YogaWorks Method, and most recently with David Magone in the Pranavayu Method. He has participated in trainings with Judith Hanson Lasater, Ana Forrest, Seane Corn, Ellen Heed, Roger Cole, Santosh Karmacharya, Doug Keller, Tom Meyers and Marc St Pierre. To better understand the body and provide a deeper level of healing, he completed the Level 1 certification trainings in Thai Yoga Massage with Shai Plonski through the Lotus Palm School.

In addition to teaching dynamic flow classes, Vito also loves to share his passion for practice using the Iyengar-inspired Yoga Wall ropes. He has been name a Lululemon Ambassador.

 

Mary WixtedMary WixtedMary Wixted was exposed to yoga in California, learning handstand for the first time next to Bonnie Raitt, one of her favorite singers. But it wasn't until she moved to Boston in 2000 with her husband and two children and found lyengar teachers that she became convinced of the usefulness of yoga in her life. As a public interest attorney, Mary sought to be a voice for those who had no voice. Inspired by her long-held desire to be of service to others and by her master teachers Liz Owen, Peentz Dubble, and Patricia Walden, Mary entered teacher training and completed the program in 2007. Mary has apprenticed with Peentz for more than 5 years and continues to study with Patricia on a weekly basis. After rigorous assessment, Mary became a certified lyengar instructor in 2010. She had the good fortune to study with the lyengar family in Pune, India in January 2011 and 2014. What Mary loves about being a yoga teacher is that it requires her to bring all of her talents to bear: her ability to be empathetic to others, her capacity for study and to penetrate into the heart of a subject, and her ability to explain to others what she has discovered and understands.

 

 Ryan Hill Ryan HillYoga is a life-long healing practice and a state of mind. By immersing ourselves in the sensations of the body we can distill our experience to the present, rising above the stuckness in our bodies and flickering in our heads. It’s not about flexibility. You’ll learn to develop attention, disconnect from doubt, and better understand your natural state of being. You'll learn to participate with each posture, surrendering to what’s available to your body. This discipline allow me to see the ways of least resistance and walk my path more decisively. I simply adore the yoga practice, in the geekiest way. After extensive study at South Boston Yoga, I participated in their 500-hour teacher training in 2009. I heard the calling profoundly and took the leap, leaving my career in architecture to wait tables and practice. Today, yoga has moved from flirtation to love affair. I've been teaching and giving bodywork full-time for 6 years! The way I move changes so much year to year and the influence of Richard Freeman and my recent 500 hour with Barbara Benagh have settled me down and held me up. I spend my time addressing the 'special needs,' the experience, the human, rather than the show and prefer not to play music. The ability to focus on what's going on inside is just too good! Nothing makes me more enthusiastic than sharing my experience. I believe that no one style of yoga holds the key to understanding ourselves. My deepest gratitude goes out to the teachers who have influenced me most, opening the doors of my heart: David & Todd of South Boston Yoga, Cat Kabira, Richard Freeman and Barbara Benagh.

 

 Esteban da Cruz Esteban da Cruz“After sustaining an incapacitating back injury while practicing mixed martial arts, Esteban began practicing Yoga to try to alleviate the pain and improve his quality of life. Initially just a physical practice, he soon began studying Samkhya and Yoga philosophy, as well as dabbling in Buddhism. He is interested in any tool or system that allows us to better understand ourselves and our surroundings, and to allow us to grow into better human beings.

Esteban spends his free time with his family, and deepening his knowledge of anatomy and philosophy, while attempting to apply them to his life and teachings. His goal is to guide students towards a more intimate connection with their minds and bodies, so that they may begin to notice and alter patterns in their lives that are injurious to themselves and others. Ultimately the goal is to return to contentment, thoughtfulness, health and simplicity in living.”

 

 Rahel Wasserman Rahel WasserfallRahel is a French born, trained anthropologist with a PhD from Hebrew University, Jerusalem. She has spent many years as an academic, trainer, teacher, researcher, curriculum designer and program evaluator. Throughout each career path, and for 20 years, she has been a devoted student and practitioner of Iyengar yoga. In December 2015, she successfully completed the rigorous Iyengar yoga teacher certification (CIYT). She has completed two teacher training courses fulfilling more than 1250 hours of intensive training. She finished her first teacher-training certificate in 2003 and the second in 2014 under the tutelage of Peentz Dubble and Patricia Walden, and continues to study with them to date.

She first began teaching yoga at Brandeis University in 2005 and also conducted yoga classes internationally through the CEDAR- Communities Engaging with Difference and Religion programs. She is a keen student of yoga philosophy and most interested in exploring how our physical practice affects our mental body. As a teacher, she combines a methodic and fun approach to teaching with attention to students needs. She seeks to contribute to the wellness of students by helping them develop a deeper awareness and appreciation of their body and mind in space, as B.K.S Iyengar wrote: “A yoga practice is a meditation in action”. ​

As an Iyengar teacher, she seeks to teach to students’ needs. She adapts and improvises so that the experience of yoga quiets the mind while it opens the body. Iyengar yoga guides students along a journey of self-discovery; it is a practical, experiential and intensely personal work of art.

 

 Chandra Cantor Chandra CantorDancing 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.​
For more about Chandra go to: www.steppingintobalance.com

 

Susan Desmarais Susan DesmaraisSusan Desmarais was brought up as a Buddhist by her mother, which gave her an immediate spiritual connection to yoga. She started practicing yoga in 1981, took her first teacher training in the Sivananda tradition in 2000, and began teaching in 2001 in Toronto. Her teaching style has developed from various trainings and classes with many different teachers over the years, with an emphasis on therapeutics. Susan uses props in all her classes, making the practice accessible to all levels. Her aim is to have each individual come away from class feeling integrated, invigorated and replenished from their practice. Her teaching style is known to have humour and a light touch. Susan is currently studying Nutritional Endocrinology, and coaches individuals on Functional Wellness. She teaches an annual yoga retreat every September on the Agean sea in Turkey. For more about Chandra go to: www.steppingintobalance.com


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