A wife, mom, law grad, legal researcher, and yoga addict all rolled into one!
Janine Duffy discovered yoga upon entering law school more than 10 years ago. Since then, yoga has been there for her through the good times and the bad. Years of long hours as a law clerk at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston, as well as being a new mom to two little boys finally took its toll. It was during this tumultuous time as she transitioned to being a stay-at-home mom and battled post-partum depression that Janine found her way back to the mat. Not only did yoga help Janine regain her confidence, balance, and satisfaction in her new role, but it also had a positive effect on her son, James. She noticed a big difference in his attitude and alertness, which made her a believer that yoga was great for those of all ages—especially children! Shortly thereafter, Janine completed her children’s yoga training with Radiant Child Yoga and began teaching kids yoga classes.
Janine’s curiosity about the effects of yoga led her to a 200-hour yoga teacher training with Chanel Luck and Bonnie Argo. It was at the end of this training that she found herself pregnant once again. She noticed that practicing yoga while pregnant was fun, exciting, scary, and sad—every emotion a woman could have. Toward the end of her pregnancy, Janine became certified to teach prenatal yoga at Om Births.
Janine finds the most satisfaction helping women through this tremendous life-changing experience, and focuses on teaching prenatal as well as the post-partum, Mommy and Baby and toddler yoga classes. Her classes help new and expecting moms understand and adjust to the changes taking place in their bodies and minds. Janine’s classes focus on strength-building poses, pranayama, and meditation that are helpful not only on the mat, but also off! Being the mom of three boys, Janine can certainly attest to how yoga helps her throughout any given day!
Kristen loves using yoga as a tool to help students achieve personal transformation. She received her 200-hour vinyasa and her hot yoga certifications from Yoga to the People in NYC, and trained in prenatal yoga with Juliana Mitchell of Living Now Yoga, also in New York. As a prenatal teacher, she is honored to share space with women on the incredible journey of creating and giving birth.
Kristen's classes offer alignment-based, breath-focused instruction, incorporating the dualities of structure/freedom and comfort/challenge. She also loves helping students integrate the lessons and wisdom of the yoga practice on a broader scale into a personal "practice of living." Kristen is also a life coach, an actor, and a writer. www.edgeofthemat.com.
As a middle and high school teacher for nearly a decade, the call to teach and share her passions with others comes naturally to Elyssa Schneider. She caters her classes to the specific students in front of her, acknowledging that our bodies do not fit into a one-size-(practice)-fits-all mold. She brings her utmost passion, deep wealth of experience and learning, and love for connection with others to every class that she teaches: prenatal, Mommy and Baby, kids and teen, and adult vinyasa. Elyssa’s classes are playful and challenging, and through the seemingly simple act of breathing with awareness, she aims to allow the space for her students to be as they are, and to come away with a sense of personal connection and aliveness.
Elyssa’s relationship with yoga spans more than a decade, and it is constantly changing to be what she needs it to be in each moment and stage of life. Continuing to show up on her mat each day during her pregnancy, Elyssa has experienced firsthand the immense benefits of a prenatal yoga practice, both physically and emotionally, and is so excited to share this practice with other women. She fully credits her prenatal yoga practice with helping her to have the birth experience that was perfect for her, and, even more, for helping her ride out the constant uncertainties of pregnancy and new motherhood. Through her prenatal yoga practice, Elyssa learned to cultivate strength, to shower herself with self-compassion, and to truly listen to her body: to rest when she needed to rest and to push her edge when she needed to push. For the first time in her life, Elyssa learned to let go of control and be okay with not knowing what would be, lessons that have carried over into motherhood, and simply into life itself.
Elyssa completed her 200-hour training at Back Bay Yoga with Lynne Begier and Ame Wren, as well as additional studies with Nicole Clark and prenatal training with Bec Conant of OmBirths. She continues to look up to and learn from all of her teachers and students (both in the studio and in the classroom) daily, and especially her son Jayden, her most natural yoga teacher of all.
Sylvie Manning began practicing yoga in 2014 when a chance encounter with a friend from art school landed her a scholarship to a 200-hour yoga teacher training. She did not have a prior yoga practice but, overwhelmed with the direction her life had taken, Sylvie nonetheless accepted the scholarship. Once the training began Sylvie understood the power of the yogic journey and embraced the gift of the practice.
Yoga transformed the way Sylvie views herself and the world around her. She quickly found that the strength and awareness she was cultivating on the mat was also translating to her life off of the mat. She began practicing at CCY in mid-2015, and it was here that she witnessed and grasped the importance of community (sangha), belonging, family, and self-love to better serving those around her.
It is her life goal to eventually share her experience with the healing powers of yoga and art to help others live a happy, joyous, and free life.