Black Crow Yoga
201 Broadway • Arlington, MA 02474
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transformative practice. welcoming community.

All Levels Flow to Music Unheated

This class is taught by:

Amanda Vallimont

I am a Black Crow-bred yogi. I stumbled into my first yoga class when BCY first opened and it has been a beautiful relationship ever since. Yoga helps me stay grounded and real. It connects me to what is important as well as challenges me to step out of my comfort zone. I love the challenging physical asana side of yoga as well as the spiritual practice. Both help me to carry my practice off the mat.

The teachers at BCY inspired me so much that I decided to go for my certification and trained with Rolf Gates, fulfilling my 200 hour certification. I teach a strong, grounded practice that allows you to be yourself and tap into something deeper. I encourage my students to meet their minds and bodies with compassion and allow the effects of yoga to transform them slowly.


When I'm not teaching yoga, I teach high school theology and also run a school Yoga Club.

Anushka Arellano

I grew up in India where both my grandparents taught yoga for a living. Yoga in a sense was a strong part of my family life yet I did not take it seriously as a practice until many years later when I moved to the US. Here I rediscovered yoga in the context of trying to find a more balanced and healthy life and to cope with daily stresses.

I completed my 200 hour Yogaworks certification with Natasha Rizopolous in 2012. Since then I have practiced yoga passionately and have taught at my work and at Black Crow.


My classes combine mindfulness with a strong physical practice. My intention as a teacher is to empower students to find their own approach to yoga and to recognize each one's individuality. I am grateful to be able to share my love of yoga with others as I continue on this journey as a student myself. I also spend a lot of time obsessing over playlists for my classes as I think music is an important part of the experience of a yoga class. These days in my class you might find yourself flowing to tunes by Lindsey Sterling, Sia or Lana del Rey :)

Sarah Apgar

My practice began at Black Crow Yoga.

What started as a hopeful experiment to ease anxiety, transformed into a way of life and something that I find gratitude from every day. I believe yoga serves as our greatest reminder that we are always in transition. Moving from one situation to the next can feel unsettling and I am incredibly grateful that this practice provides the space to slow down. Yoga feeds a way to reconnect our mind and body, using our breath to stay grounded and present.


What brought me to try my first class, was the physical aspect, as well as the mental and emotional benefit yoga offers. The impact of yoga in my life continues to serve as a reminder to show up on my mat. I strongly believe that yoga delivers us the opportunity to get curious about what is going on in our lives. Yoga teaches us to stay patient and build strength, as we shift through our transitions on and off the mat. Yoga has given me a whole lot of freedom and continues to be a space where I can play, strengthen, process, and surrender. My intention as a teacher is to offer students that same freedom, to create exactly what they need, while encouraging them to challenge any doubts.


I completed my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Jacqui Bonwell at the Canton Yoga Shala, and I am forever grateful for her and all my other teachers who have offered their teachings on and off the mat.

Kimberly Giardino

Kimberly first walked into a yoga studio in 2007 at the advisement of a physical therapist. She was recovering from a shoulder injury. In that first class Kimberly received more than she ever expected. It was the first time since competitive swimming as a child she was able to tune into her breath, and she was immediately hooked. With consistent practice and medical treatment she recovered from her injury and has been practicing yoga ever since. In the subsequent years, yoga has been a constant, a gift, which she has watched spread into every area of her life. Her practice has since helped her to face adversities with grace, courage and resiliency. Today, she feels incredibly grateful to share the practice of yoga as a teacher.

Kimberly’s teaching approach involves creating a learning environment that is safe, non-competitive, fun and loving. In just one class, students will likely sweat, meditate and laugh out loud as they learn to tune into their inner-self. Kimberly is known for her creative sequences, concise alignment cues, hands-on assists, authentic storytelling, and Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra. Every class is challenging yet accessible to both beginners and experienced practitioners, and those working with injuries. She works with students at every level to offer them the space for personal discovery, both on and off the mat.

Kimberly is thrilled to be a part of the Black Crow Yoga community and teaching team. She also feels incredibly grateful to have studied with a variety of talented yoga teachers in the Boston area since 2007. In 2017, Kimberly completed her 200-hour training at Kripalu Yoga & Health Center with Yoganand Michael Carroll and Cristie Newhart. Shortly after, she completed her Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra Teacher® training with Jennifer Reis. Kimberly is also First-Aid, CPR & AED certified. Oh, and if you can’t seem to find her, she is likely traveling, scuba diving, practicing yoga somewhere or snuggled up with her cat Nitrox.


Jenna Hussey

A dedicated student of yoga for over seventeen years, Jenna began instructing classes in 2007. Her experience in the field of massage therapy profoundly informs her instruction of yoga postures and conversely, her yoga practice continues to evolve her understanding and awareness of body mechanics and self care.

Jenna has extensive experience working with beginners. Specializing in classes that focus on foundational yoga postures and principles, she has led countless introductory classes and workshops throughout her teaching career. She has a welcoming spirit and the ability to structure lessons so that newer students feel included and successful.


In addition, Jenna is a trained and experienced practitioner of TM and traditional forms of mantra meditation, and is also a long-time student of Advaita Vedanta and Indian philosophy. All this study and experience lends itself beautifully to her commitment to supporting herself and others in managing stress and finding connection, comfort, ease and freedom in both body and mind.

Vera Ventura

Vera Ventura is originally from Miami, where she immersed herself in the pulsating beats of Latin music and culture. She moved to NYC at 14 to pursue acting, but also became a staple in the club scene--dancing until late in the night. While at Skidmore College, she traveled to India and fell in love with yoga when she witnessed a 90-year old man standing on his head!

Since then it’s been a journey of self-discovery, disciple, and acceptance--through recovery, yoga, buti yoga, meditation and the healing arts of aromatherapy & touch. She completed her masters from Harvard University in education in 2012, and focused on mindfulness.


Vera has also completed her 200-HR Vinyasa training at Prana Yoga, 200 HR- Buti Yoga Teacher training at Ritual Sweat Society, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training at UMASS Medical Center, Kids Yoga training, and is a certified doTERRA aromatouch specialist.


Off the mat, she enjoys watching documentaries, traveling, and spending time with her husband and 2 sparkly kids.

Emily Hurley

Emily started her yoga practice in Boston and quickly found that no matter what was happening, all she needed was her mat and a little vinyasa flow to to calm her mind and soothe her soul.
Emily wanted to share the gift of yoga with others and completed her 200 hour teacher training at Prana Power Yoga in 2010 and her 300 hour teacher training with Jacqui Bonwell in 2017. She is certified in Reiki Level II and RYT 500 Hour. Her classes are a fusion of spirituality, flow and breath. 

Emily Edstrom

Emily is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher through the Kripalu School for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA.  She is a registered teacher through Yoga Alliance and is thrilled to be joining the Black Crow family!

She believes in demystifying yoga for every body, and promotes yoga for healing, fitness, self care and a better quality of life on and off the mat. She started doing yoga 12 years ago out of curiosity and found that her competitive nature found direction, challenge and calm in postures. She continually comes back to the mat as a way to manage illness, ease tension and come home to herself.
Emily steadfastly believes yoga is for everybody and promotes a learning space that is trauma sensitive, body positive and LGBTQ+ friendly. She strives to create classes that celebrate, challenge and adapt to you.

Brenda Lovette

In our fragmented world, there are so few spaces where we are invited and encouraged to show up as our whole selves: mind, body, and spirit. My yoga practice and the classes I teach create that precious space.

I studied classical and contemporary styles of dance in my youth and have always found joy and grounding in moving meditation. I have had a regular asana practice for over 10 years and have always noticed how good yoga made my body feel. But as I ventured down my spiritual path, I woke up to how my inner world changed through my practice. I am grateful for all the lessons from my mat, and how they inform my life off the mat as well.


In 2013 I completed the 200- hour Yoga Teacher Training at Inner Strength Studios, and now I get great joy out of sharing the message of yoga in the studio and also at my full time job as a Speech Language Pathologist in a hospital. Mindfulness, breath, and meditation are profoundly healing both for people recovering from injury and for the rest of us! I'm so grateful for the opportunity to share my practice with the Black Crow Community. See you on the mat!

Vinyasa Flow to Music classes focus on connecting breath to movement through a vigorous, continuous sequence of postures. We stretch and strengthen our body and spirit, and we calm the mind.

We practice heated, not hot yoga. The studio is heated to approximately 80 degrees. The studio will feel comfortably warm, allowing you to safely stretch deeply. You will enjoy a detoxifying sweat from the athletic nature of the yoga. You will leave refreshed and renewed. Classes are set to music and teachers prepare their own playlists. Classes will vary to reflect the unique style and personality of each teacher.

This class is appropriate for all levels of experience, and beginners are always welcome. If you are new to yoga, or if you have an injury or limitation, please let the teacher know, so he/she can offer modifications and give you extra support.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sat Dec 15 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Amanda Vallimont
  • Sun Dec 16 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Anushka Arellano
  • Sun Dec 16 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Sarah Apgar
  • Mon Dec 17 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Kimberly Giardino
  • Wed Dec 19 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Amanda Vallimont
  • Fri Dec 21 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Jenna Hussey
  • Sat Dec 22 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Vera Ventura
  • Sun Dec 23 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Emily Hurley
  • Sun Dec 23 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Sarah Apgar
  • Mon Dec 24 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Kimberly Giardino
  • Wed Dec 26 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Emily Edstrom
  • Fri Dec 28 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Jenna Hussey
  • Sat Dec 29 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Amanda Vallimont
  • Sun Dec 30 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Brenda Lovette
  • Sun Dec 30 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Sarah Apgar
  • Mon Dec 31 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Kimberly Giardino
  • Wed Jan 02 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Amanda Vallimont
  • Fri Jan 04 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Jenna Hussey
  • Sat Jan 05 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Amanda Vallimont
  • Sun Jan 06 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Brenda Lovette