Black Crow Yoga
201 Broadway • Arlington, MA 02474
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Amanda

AmandaI 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

 
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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 :)
 
 
 
 

Ann Marie


image.jpgI received my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training certification from South Boston Yoga, where I studied with David Vendetti and Todd Skolund.

I was initially inspired by the presence and body awareness that yoga teaches, but quickly realized that yoga is at its core, a means of personal transition and I become hooked.

Yoga has brought a sense of calm and peace to my body and mind, allowing me to gain a more positive outlook on life. I find continual inspiration in the joy and challenge of yoga and am so grateful to share the gift of yoga with everyone.

My flow offers a challenging yet grounding, fun practice; Teaching from the heart, encouraging students to let go of expectations and just see what happens.

While not on my mat, you’ll find me working as a nanny for the most wonderful children in the world and looking for new adventures with my husband, Mark.


Becky

 

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Yoga has changed me into a more positive, confident woman. Growing up, I was never the athletic type. I struggled with my weight and, in turn, my confidence. In 2001, I started working out - weight training, cardio, anything to get my heart rate up. I loved the rush I got but found that a lot of it was triggering pain in an old injury in my back. Then I stuck around the gym one day and took a yoga class. I loved how I felt after my first class. My muscles felt like they had worked but I did not feel sore in the way I had with previous exercises. I started to practice more and more, trying various teachers and styles. I was getting stronger and, at the same time, getting calmer. Yoga made me feel comfortable in my body in a way I had never felt. It changed my outlook on life in general and has allowed me to become a more optimistic person.
 
In 2008, I completed the YogaWorks 200 hour teacher training with Natasha Rizopolous and began teaching immediately. YogaWorks is based on a blend of Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga practices. I slowly started teaching more and more classes and moved away from my day job. I love seeing the changes in people, both adults and children, as they deepen their yoga practice. My classes tend to be a moderately paced, alignment- based vinyasa. Some classes are more gentle or vigorous than others. I have taught yoga in many different environments with students varying in skill level and ages, from toddler to senior citizens. Modifications are offered in all classes in order to be accessible to all students. I look forward to seeing you on your mat.


Brenda


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!


Brittney

 

BrittneyYoga 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!


Ellen

 

EllenI started practicing yoga in 2001 and practiced regularly for several years. Then I had to take a break due to pregnancy complications. After my son was born, I practiced infrequently. It wasn’t until my first class at Black Crow that I felt compelled to resume a consistent practice. The atmosphere and community at Black Crow felt so welcoming. Unlike other places I’ve practiced, the instructors at Black Crow truly encourage each student to find their own practice and to listen to their body. Yoga should feel fantastic for both body and spirit. There is no wisdom in feeling discomfort.
 
Yoga has had a profound effect on me. I love that it enables me to move and strengthen my body while calming my mind. It has helped me to develop a deep appreciation of being in the present moment. Most of us are so busy and need to multitask to get through our day. Yoga is a break from all of that. Coming to my mat and letting go of everything else leaves me refreshed and gives me a renewed perspective on the rest of my day.
 
I have a Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Michigan and have worked in residential design for fifteen years. My husband, Ken, and I have been fortunate enough to call Arlington our home since 1996. We live in a 100 year-old house, whose renovation I designed, with our kids Lili and Griffin and our two dogs.


Emily

 

EmilyChicojayI started practicing yoga when I first began college through the university’s fitness classes. Soon after, I sought out studios to attend classes on a more regular basis and found that the benefits of these classes were extending to other aspects of my life. As I’ve moved from place to place yoga has always been the constant in my life, whether I attend a class at a studio or make time to flow on my own. Despite all the ups and downs of life, yoga provides a grounding connection to your body and mental clarity to move through the world with strength and resilience. I seek to provide a space for all students to enjoy and explore these experiences.

I received my 200-hr YTT at It’s Yoga Nica in El Ostional, Nicaragua, a program based in the Ashtanga practice. I offer classes that include creative flows and a restorative cool down. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced student, you’ll find modifications and suggestions that suit your body’s needs.

Off the mat, I’m a MPH in Urban Health candidate at Northeastern University. I hope to advocate for intersectional sexual health and reproductive rights and work toward diminishing the prevalence of social and health disparities.

 


Jenn

 

JennI have been practicing and studying yoga for many years, and I love how it has transformed my body, mind and life. I believe that the human spirit has unlimited potential and that the human experience is ever changing, both on and off the mat. I want to share the gifts and insights that I've gathered with others as we build strong yet light hearted communities unified by love, respect and yoga.

My teaching style is rooted in formal training influenced by different styles of yoga and inspired by self discovery and my love for the physical practice. In my classes I combine traditional principles and contemporary transitions. There's physical challenge, but the goal is to create ease, stability and self awareness. I strive to teach with authenticity and creativity and encourage my students to bring their own personal intention to their practice and to learn and find inspiration in every class.

My flows can be intensely physical yet accessible as we synchronize the breath with the use of repetition and a progressive series of postures. The intentional structure and alignment, infused with intelligent and creative sequencing, allows students to enjoy the freedom of Vinyasa and motivates them to cross boundaries into the new and unknown, creating a sacred space to commune with the Self.


Jenna

 

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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.

 


 Julia

 

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My practice began in 2002 and I have been teaching yoga since 2005. I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education, but deviated from this path due injuries I picked up during my years in college playing Rugby. Gym workouts furthered my imbalances to injuries and were far too mundane. I discovered amazing weight management and strengthening through Vinyasa yoga and have furthered my studies since then to discover incredible flow and lightness, and depth that is truly all around us and especially within.

Since 2002 I've practiced various styles ranging from Restorative yoga to Ashtanga to Vinyasa to Power, but found my passion to be in my eclectic style with the desire to bring the student into his or her own body. When this awareness is activated, many wonderful things can and do happen. I've realized the calm and peace yoga brings after a continued practice and want to share this magic with as many as I can. Each class is based on the energy of the moment, and I enjoy bringing fun and lightness to my challenging class. Sometimes music is included only to enhance a particular class, but always there is emphasis on the breath. Although my class may be challenging, the intention behind them is to encourage the students to honor their body by resting when they need, and adversely pushing when they feel they should. I always teach to the beginner…. as we are always just beginning.

My yoga education includes my 200H training and Study with Taylor and Phillipe Wells in the beginning, and many fabulous and amazing in between because I'm (first and formost) always a student.  Just in the last few years however, I've come to learn and appreciate Thai massage and it's dance of energy and lazy-mans-yoga that it is. I completed my 500H certification with Daniel Orlansky (and company!) in the spring of 2014 alongside the blessing of many wonderful teachers from Jennifer Yarro, Jennifer Reis, to Doug Keller and many more.  As a Reiki Master and teacher, I bring energy work into the classroom (perhaps from a distance if not on contact) including Metta (loving kindness energy work) throughout my classes and life. Currently I'm studying deep in to the core- strength meridians with Sadie Nardini.  Also, one of my latest teacher/masters is Henry, my babe born October of 2014.


 

Katie

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I grew up in a home where my mother quietly weaved yogic thinking into her daily life. At the time, I didn't understand it. About twelve years ago a friend brought me to a yoga class, and it slowly started rose to the surface for me. I have been practicing ever since.

Yoga is the reminder for me that I have arrived in my life. It's easy to get caught up in the past, the future or what is going on around me in the present. When I get on my mat, I am experiencing just this moment.

I am a middle school art teacher. I teach students how to paint, draw, sculpt, etc., but the real work I do is teaching them to think, reflect, experience and express. The time I spend on my mat prepares me for that crucial layer of who I am and what I do.

I have had the extraordinary experience of assisting for Becky Small's classes, and consider her, and many of the teachers at Black Crow, mentors. The energy that the Black Crow community blankets me with is what fuels this lovely journey.

My teacher training was through Yoga of Energy Flow with Liz Owens and Daniel Orlansky and I am an Alignment Based Vinyasa teacher. I weave aspects from many kinds of yoga into my teaching.


 Keith

 

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Yoga is all about finding happiness and peace. I came to yoga about ten years ago through the Kripalu tradition where I trained to be a yoga teacher. Kripalu emphasizes being present in your body, connecting with what you feel in the present moment, and reaching into your center via breath and movement.  

 

Each person is different. Each body is different. The body that you live in is unique and wonderful and deserves your deepest love and care. When I teach I always encourage students to let their own inner wisdom guide them through the flow – as a teacher, I offer suggestions, but your own being is your truest guide.

 

My wife Janice and I have being living in Lexington for 23 years and we have two grown sons. While my practice focuses more on yoga, her practice focuses more on meditation. Yet we both love the community at Black Crow.

 

Black Crow Yoga is a wonderful studio where everyone can just be themselves and enjoy yoga and each other.

 

 

 


 

Meghan 

MeghanI first started practicing yoga through a corporate wellness program. Though the class was smack in the middle of the hectic work day, I walked out the first few times wondering what magic had just occurred. Never before had I found something - or known I was searching for something - that would bring me to the present and make me so calm. I spent the years leading up to my discovery of yoga taking care of my dad through this battle with cancer and working crazy hours as a newspaper reporter. I was going through the motions, but my head was always somewhere else.  I didn't even realize it at the time. 
 
I love that yoga causes me to slow down and listen to myself. It builds the strength to help me breathe deep, stand tall and face challenges. And, as a runner, the physical benefits are a relief to my tight hips and hamstrings!
 
I teach a vinyasa flow that's open to all students. I like to slow down the movement at times to preserve the integrity of each pose. The work is hard, but the effects are calming. I am thankful to all my teachers who continue to guide my practice and shape my teaching.
 
 
 

Robin

 

Robin ShawNew beginnings! Teaching at Black Crow feels like that for me. I have just returned back to the Boston area after the transformative journey of falling in love, and living in Montreal for the past two years. It is wonderful to bring my sweetie back to my hometown, the place where I fell in love with yoga, bodywork and movement almost 20 years ago. So, returning full circle offers me the opportunity to approach my teaching and my practice with a beginner’s mind, a fresh attitude, and a body and heart that are returning to this deep practice in a whole new way.

 

Yoga has been a place where I have always felt at home, and always been challenged in the most peaceful way. It has been a source of inner listening and observation, a place to cultivate incredible energy, strength, power, as well as compassion and vulnerability. I hope to share that with my students through my teaching!

 

My classes tend to be a balance of flow and restoration, a sweaty challenge, a soothing opportunity to breath more deeply, and relax the mind and breath, a great stretch, inner and outer. I like to include important alignment cues, so my students can stay safe and learn a bit about their bodies.

My husband and I just moved to the town of Arlington, right on Spy Pond and the bike path. We’re loving it here, and it feels perfect to be joining the Black Crow team!