After working for several years as a restaurant manager, Jenn Sullivan noticed the toll her job was taking on her, both physically and mentally. She never loved going to the gym and struggled to find a consistent workout routine that felt good to her body. Years before, she had tried yoga at a local gym, but didn’t like the classes. But when CCY opened up in Jenn’s neighborhood in 2013, she decided to give yoga another try. From her first studio yoga class, she found the balance that her life had been missing. She began to appreciate the connection between the mind and body that the physical practice brings, while creating an outlet to relieve stress and anxiety. Jenn has been a devoted practitioner ever since and has enjoyed seeing the strength the practice has given her, both physically and mentally.
With a BA in psychology from Boston College, Jenn has always been intrigued by the way the mind works. Because she wanted to delve further into her practice and herself, she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with the New School of Yogic Arts in January 2017, and became a registered Yoga Alliance Teacher. She also completed a children’s yoga teacher training through the Kidsana Kids Yoga Teacher Training under Dawn Keighley. In her classes for both adults and children, Jenn strives to create a safe space to inspire students to use asana as a way to foster a deeper connection to their minds and bodies, both on and off the mat.
Taylor Young first encountered yoga during her adolescence, when she used it as a complementary practice to her athletic pursuits. As is the case for many, Taylor was first drawn to the physicality of the practice, but then it turned into something more. Over the past decade, yoga has become a thread woven throughout her life, which serves as the coalescence of many gifts. For Taylor, yoga is an integral part of her spiritual practice, physical fitness, anxiety management, moral compass, and is a way of practicing discipline for life.
Above all, Taylor uses yoga as a method for introspection and self-study. She has found that looking inward, with kindness and curiosity facilitates more effective responses to daily stresses and challenges. This, in turn, nourishes peacefulness, compassion, and integrity.
Taylor practices many styles of yoga, including slow flow, Iyengar, vinyasa, and restorative. She weaves elements of these methods into her teachings. Taylor completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training through Boston Yoga School under the tutelage of Ame Wren. She is grateful for the many teachers and mentors who continue to support her on the path of yoga. Additionally, Taylor is a licensed clinical social worker and provides integrative psychotherapy and counseling throughout the Boston area. She uses yoga asana, meditation, mantra, and mudra in her therapy work. Taylor also enjoys mountains, forests, and oceans as a the regular respite from city living.
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.
Vinyasa Yoga is a vigorous yoga class that moves through poses with the pace of your breath. The class is designed for all levels with modifications offered to take the class at your own level and ability on any given day. The sequence of each class will build towards a challenging peak pose(s) to stimulate both the beginner and advanced practitioner as well as the kid at heart. This class will be sweaty and fun and will challenge students of all levels.