FUNdamentals


This class is taught by:

Joanna Rosenberg

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.

Nadine Channaoui

Nadine Channaoui’s yoga practice began in Buenos Aires, Argentina during a Fulbright grant term. Gymnastics had been a large part of her life growing up, and she was initially interested in yoga as a translation of her passion for gymnastics into a form of movement that was more physically sustainable. Like many practitioners, her initial appreciation for the physicality of yoga was soon complemented by an intrigue for its emotional and spiritual layers.
 
As a passionate traveler, over the years Nadine has set up home in Bolivia, Argentina, Spain, and Costa Rica. Through yoga, she has found that her sturdiest and most sincere home is that which is held within her own body. It is this ever-present place of peace and equanimity that motivates her yogic journey. While the yoga practice and life in general fluctuate in their reflections of ease and comfort, the intimate self-reflection embedded in the practice continually captivates her. Nadine believes that compassionate observation of our unique experiences in different postures, terrains, and events provides us with the opportunity to locate our truest selves and to eventually inhabit that space more fully. In turn, we are better able to act with increased clarity, honesty, compassion, and authenticity.
 
Nadine is incredibly grateful to have learned from inspiring teachers across the globe, most notably from Ame Wren, with whom she has completed her 200- and 500-hour teacher trainings. Nadine’s yoga practice and approach to teaching are also inspired by Brenna Matthews, Nicole Clark, and Kevin Courtney. In the classes she offers, you can expect to be guided with intelligent flow, attention to alignment, and the invitation to explore your experiences with curiosity and compassion.

Gerard Samson

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.

Alex Bauermeister

Alex Bauermeister is an ever-learning awareness junkie, who loves helping people find more authenticity, connection, courage, and meaning in their lives. With a focus on therapeutic and trauma-informed yoga, Alex helps clients find relief from tension, stress, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress symptoms to create their own healing and happiness.

 

Alex has accumulated over one thousand hours of training as a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, Kripalu and Vinyasa yoga teacher, social change activist, and group facilitator. This is complemented by lifelong apprenticeships in body-based healing and psychology. Alex's background in social justice and anti-racism work bring an understanding of power and privilege to her teaching. She strives to hold a safe space for people from many diverse backgrounds and experiences, including those who don't necessarily have a positive association with yoga and/or therapy.

 

In addition to teaching public yoga classes, personal growth workshops, and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy training programs around New England, Alex also provides students with one-on-one yoga therapy. You can get in touch with Alex at alex@intrayogatherapy.com and www.intrayogatherapy.com.

New to yoga, or looking to get back to the basics? Yoga FUNdamentals provides both the beginning student and the seasoned practitioner a place to focus on common postures and transitions, that lay the foundation for Hatha yoga. Classes will focus on alignment and will include imaginative strength building exercises to prepare the muscles for the intensity of the major yoga asanas included in a vinyasa flow class. Expect clear instruction and individual assistance, as well as music to keep the environment light and playful. You don't need to be able to touch your toes in this class… all you need is an open mind & heart.


Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Aug 16 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Joanna Rosenberg
    at Brookline
  • Sun Aug 19 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Nadine Channaoui
    at Brookline
  • Tue Aug 21 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Gerard Samson
    at Brookline
  • Thu Aug 23 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Joanna Rosenberg
    at Brookline
  • Sun Aug 26 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Nadine Channaoui
    at Brookline
  • Tue Aug 28 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Gerard Samson
    at Brookline
  • Thu Aug 30 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Joanna Rosenberg
    at Brookline
  • Sun Sep 02 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Nadine Channaoui
    at Brookline
  • Tue Sep 04 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Gerard Samson
    at Brookline
  • Thu Sep 06 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Alex Bauermeister
    at Brookline
  • Sun Sep 09 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Nadine Channaoui
    at Brookline
  • Tue Sep 11 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Gerard Samson
    at Brookline
  • Thu Sep 13 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Joanna Rosenberg
    at Brookline
  • Sun Sep 16 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Nadine Channaoui
    at Brookline
  • Tue Sep 18 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Gerard Samson
    at Brookline
  • Thu Sep 20 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Joanna Rosenberg
    at Brookline
  • Sun Sep 23 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Nadine Channaoui
    at Brookline
  • Tue Sep 25 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Gerard Samson
    at Brookline
  • Thu Sep 27 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Joanna Rosenberg
    at Brookline
  • Sun Sep 30 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Nadine Channaoui
    at Brookline