Back in 2008 in the trenches of nursing school while leading a FOMO party life, Lauren needed a healthier alternative. She started practicing warm vinyasa yoga in New Haven to offset the stress of her new career in ICU nursing. YES!
When she moved to Encinitas, CA, in 2011, she continued to flow like the surfers and completed teacher training at her local studio, Corepower Yoga. California, bursting with the best avocados and fruit she had ever tasted, is also where she started to experiment with vegetarian and vegan cooking.
When Lauren returned to Boston she felt reverse culture shock, on the streets and in the yoga studio. She also realized she wanted to teach a class unique to her, not a skeleton developed by a yoga chain. Compelled to dive deeper, she completed her second 200-hour training at Coolidge Corner Yoga in 2016 under Goldie Graham, Tatyana Souza, Laura Ahrens and Andrew Tanner. These four unique souls were the best example of how to share from an open heart. She left the training stronger, not only as a teacher, but a better communicator.
This training also introduced her to Ayurveda, the oldest still practiced healthcare system in the world. As a critical care nurse focused on saving lives, Lauren appreciated the expansive big picture view of health that goes beyond disease free by learning how to thrive. Feeling invigorated physically, mentally and spiritually, she had to know more about Ayurveda and went on to complete a 650-hour certification as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor from Kripalu Center in the Berkshires.
Lauren continues to work part time in the cardiac ICU at Mass General. Her teaching reflects her holistic path and is influenced by western anatomy and physiology, yogic philosophy, and Ayurvedic wisdom. Her yoga class is meant to adapt to the season, time of day, and honor your individual constitution.
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.
$6 CASH ONLY Vinyasa - Community Class. This 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 a 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. Please note, pre-registration is not available for this class; first come, first served! (Class cards and credit cards not valid)