Gerry Samson's relationship with yoga has been an evolving and life-altering experience. Gerry rowed through college and devoted much of his body and time to the sport. Weight lifting and long training hours left his body broken down, and aches and pains developed, which followed him beyond college graduation. He began attending occasional community classes, but yoga felt contentious at first; the asana practice of yoga seemed out of reach for his body. However, as Gerry’s body began to accept his asana practice and he began to reap its benefits, yoga became a necessary part of his life. This love lead him to Ame Wren’s teacher training at Boston Yoga School, where he completed his 200-hour certification.
Gerry graduated with a B.A. in psychology and philosophy, and throughout college worked with children of various educational needs. When he graduated, he sought to keep working with children with special needs. During the day, he is a behavioral therapist for children with autism at a small special education school. He has found that yoga helps his students focus better throughout their day, and gives them an opportunity for body exploration that they don’t get in a regular school day. Just as yoga helped bring Gerry comfort in his own body, he hopes that by sharing yoga with kids and encouraging their own exploration of movement, they can become comfortable and confident in themselves.
Gerry aims to teach well-aligned postures throughout a thoughtful vinyasa sequence. He likes to take his time in his practice, exploring new movements and ways to experience a pose. His yoga is influenced by his teachers Ame Wren, Peter Crowley, and Nicole Clark, who are constantly changing his yoga experience.
From a young age, Catie Macken has loved all forms of movement. She began dancing as a child, found running post-college, and completed her first marathon in 2012. To supplement training, Catie embarked upon indoor cycling in 2011 and began teaching it in 2013.
An injury brought Catie to yoga in 2010. Little did Catie know that just two years later, she would complete her yoga teacher training. Upon obtaining her certification, Catie started teaching in the Twin Cities area part-time. During the next year, her dharma began to unfold. In 2013, Catie moved to Boston to begin a full-time career in fitness. Over the next two years, she established herself as a well-known yoga and cycling instructor. Her teaching contains a calm intensity that inspires her students to tap into their inner strength and her classes are infused with playfulness, gratitude, devotion, and laughter. Her raw authenticity and vibrant personality instantly connect her with her students and peers.
A lover of learning, Catie is constantly seeking out new mentors and pulls inspiration for her teaching from her own personal practice as a student of yoga. Catie spent much of 2016 immersing herself in the AcroYoga community and all of the communication, trust, and physical and mental strength that come with it. She has studied with and under some of the best teachers in the Acro community, and completed her Acro teacher training in Germany in August 2016.
When not in the studio, Catie lives her most inspired life through constant travel, champagne, handstands, and her amazing tribe of friends and family. Follow along on her international adventures: @catiemacken and www.facebook.com/catie.macken.