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.
Gerard Samson instructs the following:
Whole Body Nurture
Whole Body Nurture
with Gerry Samson
Friday, November 17th (7:30 - 9:30 p.m.)
When the power of touch is applied to yoga, we give our bodies the gift of connection to the universal flow of energy. In this workshop you are invited to relish in deeply restorative and nourishing poses that support, release, and soothe tension in the body. Your practice will be enhanced by the assists of two precise and intuitive hands-on bodyworkers. These nurturing and knowledgeable assists will invite deeper relaxation and open energy pathways in the body so that you leave feeling awakened, peaceful, and restored. Embark on a journey for yourself to your Self.
Cost $35/ $30 by November 10th
all workshops are non-refundable
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.
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.
Morning Vinyasa ($10 Drop-In)
Come rise and shine and wake up your body with a morning vinyasa flow. 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. This class is $10 drop-in, class cards and memberships apply.
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.
with Gerry Samson
Thursday, November 22nd (9:15-10:45 a.m.)
$20 Donation to Hispanic Federation (for aid relief for Puerto Rico)
While the turkey (or tofurkey) is in the oven, join Gerard for a Thanksgiving morning class that will leave you settled and centered for the rest of your holiday. We’ll start by bringing warmth to the body through our breath with some pranayama. Next up is a Vinyasa flow full of core work and twists, and designed to get your digestive fires going. We’ll cool down with some restorative postures that will allow you to fully receive the benefits of your active work. Feel good, do good: proceeds from this Thanksgiving Flow will be donated to the Hispanic Federation to aid Puerto Rico in hurricane relief.
Cost: $20 (proceeds donated to the Hispanic Federation for Puerto Rico aid relief)
All workshops are non-refundable.