Laura Ahrens reluctantly tried yoga in 2009, and was surprised by her almost immediate dedication to the practice. She received a 200-hour certification in vinyasa in 2011. Shortly after, she was captivated by the deeply connected and core-centric practice of Forrest Yoga and went on to complete the Foundation and Advanced Teacher Trainings with creator Ana Forrest and year-long mentorship with Dr. Heidi Sormaz. She also holds a BFA from The University of the Arts.
Laura’s current work is a melding together all of the different truths of moving and living through the yogic tradition that she has had the privilege of learning. Her teaching is more of an approach to practice than style-focused. Laura works with attention to an individual's physical and emotional starting points to empower ownership of one's practice.
Passionate about connection, her teaching is fueled by depth of breath, strong connection to core, precision of alignment, and commitment to the internal and somatic work necessary for personal evolution. Laura emphasizes quality of movement, and is adamant about process. She is inspired by intentional transitions and warrior-like, functional movement.
Laura is most interested in teaching others to be discerning practitioners who synthesize information through their own specific circumstances. In that spirit, she co-created The New School of Yogic Arts, a 200-hour yoga teacher training for those who want to teach the practice of yoga as a living system that breathes differently in each body.
From the first day Joanna stepped onto a mat in 2007, she realized she had finally come home. During a time when she was seeking healing--physical, emotional, spiritual-- Joanna found yoga to be a sacred and illuminating container for growth. Her mat became the mirror she used to relearn how to take ownership and care of her body and soul. Learning to teach through The New School of Yogic Arts remains one of the best, most fulfilling decisions she's ever made.
Joanna delights in the way yoga can be both a playground and a soft embrace, a tool to navigate spending time on this earth. When not in a studio, Joanna can be found seeking the next adventure- biking around Boston, trekking to the sea, reading, rock climbing, and traveling. In her heart she holds the warmest gratitude and love for her teachers, who continually guide her toward a path in which yoga is a living tradition both on and off the mat.
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.
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.
A PhD and an E-RYT, Tatyana Souza received her 200hr certification in 2011 from Back Bay Yoga in Boston under Kate Greer, Nicole Clark and Lynn Begier. Inspired by the yoga training and by her two little kids, Tatyana left her career in the pharmaceutical industry to co-found Coolidge Corner Yoga in 2013 and Sadhana Yoga in 2016. A dreamer and believer in the "good", Tatyana wanted to lead by example for her little boys. She believes that yoga is the catalyst for personal and global change and hopes to make an impact in her community and the world by creating a warm, sacred space where yoga students can move, connect, and cultivate much needed stillness and breath in their daily life.
Tatyana's teaching is inspired by Maybelle Rowntree, Schuyler Grant and Annie Carpenter. She is currently pursuing her 500hr training at the Wanderlust studio in Hollywood. She gracefully weaves together creative sequencing with well informed alignment cues to facilitate a fluid yet safe experience focusing both on strength and movement. She uses compassionate, intuitive, as well as, alignment-focused touch to allow students to feel supported, safe and sacred in their asana practice and in their bodies.
Core Flow will restore and strengthen all muscles in the core. The class is suitable for all levels and will consist of breath work to engage deep abdominal muscles, yoga poses linked to breath which activate and condition the core, as well as deep stretching and strengthening of the muscles that work closely together with the core to achieve maximal benefit.