Viniyoga: Beginners

This class is taught by:

Karen Lee

Yoga is the experience of being in this moment, right now, fully inhabiting this body-mind, creating a state of clarity from which we can act with authenticity, or at least have a moment before impulsive reactions set in. Cultivating presence we relax about getting it or not getting it and surrender to the moment as it is.


As owner of Breathing Time Yoga, Karen is dedicated to creating a community and space for healing through yoga. Karen is an educator, teaching the students what they need to know to practice and how to match the practices to their unique needs and interests.


Karen has been studying Viniyoga since 1994 with Gary Kraftsow of the American Viniyoga Institute (AVI). She is an AVI Yoga Teacher (500-hr) and AVI Certified Yoga Therapist. Karen also holds an MAT from RISD.

Kate Guilbault

"Yoga practice transforms grief to grace, a process of shedding your suffering and stress to live with deeper joy. Yoga is the linking of breath, movement, and mind to elevate your experience of daily living."
Kate Guilbault's personal transformation through yoga began in 2005, when she walked into her first Viniyoga class at Breathing Time Yoga. Since then she has completed a 200 hour Viniyoga program at Breathing Time, and has completed the American Viniyoga Institute's rigorous 500 hour program.
Kate teaches a full range of Viniyoga classes and workshops. In addition she sees students one-on-one for personal yoga lessons. She is a trained birth doula.

Katie Lieberman

Katie expresses the heart of yoga this way, "The essence of yoga is clear vision - from the first moment we step on the mat our notion of who we are and what we want begins to change. The pleasantries of flexibility and relaxation are only a taste of what's to come. We find ourselves on a path that dissolves the ideals of life and reveals the spectacular reality of the present moment."
Katie has been teaching yoga in the Viniyoga approach for 20 years. She is a licensed esthetician with advanced certification in aromatherapy. 

Asa Angel

Yoga has been a part of Asa's life for nearly 15 years, first as a method of calming down a very anxious mind and then evolving into a deep spiritual practice. She is continuously inspired by the entire system of yoga and its' ability to find the truth in each one of us.

Asa completed her 200-hour training in the jungles of New York City at Loom Yoga Center. She teaches vinyasa-flow inspired classes with a strong emphasis on meditation and alignment. She also holds an Advanced Degree in the Reiki System of Healing as well as meditation training in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition which help to inform and deepen her practice.

She is dedicated to helping others find their sense of self and facilitate a path toward growth and healing.

Mimi Budnick

Drawing from over 15 years of work as a community organizing and an adult educator, Mimi is able to connect with her students where they are at and to create an environment that feels open and welcoming. She been practicing yoga for over a decade, and received her Vinyasa teacher certification in 2010 from Tom Gillette at Eyes of the World. Since then Mimi has taught in a variety of settings including studios, medical clinics, homeless shelters, drug rehab facilities, and schools.
Prompted by an urge to more explicitly help people use yoga as a tool for healing, from both physical and emotional injuries, Mimi recently received her certification in Therapeutic Yoga from Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal and has studied Restorative Yoga with Jillian Pransky. Additionally she has participated in workshops about yoga’s benefits for dealing with depression/anxiety and PTSD with Bo Forbes, Bessel van der Kolk, and Dana Moore.
Whether leading more challenging classes for experienced yogis, or teaching classes to complete beginners and populations with limited mobility and significant physical/emotional challenges, Mimi likes to remind her students that yoga is about more than the physical postures- that the asana are a vehicle to help bring about a more unified state of consciousness and that the real work of yoga takes place off the mat. Mimi’s aim is to guide people through an experience on their yoga mat that creates space in her students’ lives to connect in deeper and more meaningful ways with themselves, their community, and the world around them.


A substitute teacher will be assigned to this class. When they are assigned, their name will appear!
The Viniyoga method of yoga is based on the deep relationship between breath and movement, experiencing yoga from the inside out and providing a sound approach to practicing yoga postures (asana). The deep slow rhythmic breath that you will master naturally creates a calm and focused mind and reduces stress on a physiologic level. The Viniyoga teacher incorporates safe and effective sequencing, and adaptation of poses to suit individual needs. Viniyoga classes may at times include seated breath awareness (pranayama), meditation and other yogic techniques.
Everyone has to start yoga somewhere. Beginners yoga is designed to take the stress out of yoga by laying the foundation for a strong and confident yoga practice. Welcome to yoga!  Beginners yoga is rich with instruction and demonstration, is deliberately paced and will help you learn the basics. This class welcomes all students who are relatively new to yoga practice or simply wish to focus on the basics.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon May 29 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Karen Lee
  • Wed May 31 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Kate Guilbault
  • Thu Jun 01 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm with Katie Lieberman
  • Sat Jun 03 8:00 am - 9:15 am with Katie Lieberman
  • Mon Jun 05 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Katie Lieberman
  • Wed Jun 07 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Kate Guilbault
  • Thu Jun 08 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm with Katie Lieberman
  • Sat Jun 10 8:00 am - 9:15 am with Asa Angel
  • Mon Jun 12 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Katie Lieberman
  • Wed Jun 14 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Kate Guilbault
  • Thu Jun 15 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm with Katie Lieberman
  • Sat Jun 17 8:00 am - 9:15 am with Katie Lieberman
  • Mon Jun 19 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Katie Lieberman
  • Wed Jun 21 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Kate Guilbault
  • Thu Jun 22 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm with Mimi Budnick
  • Sat Jun 24 8:00 am - 9:15 am with SUB NEEDED
  • Mon Jun 26 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Katie Lieberman
  • Wed Jun 28 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Kate Guilbault
  • Thu Jun 29 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm with Katie Lieberman
  • Sat Jul 01 8:00 am - 9:15 am with Katie Lieberman

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We offer yoga as affordable health care, with a diversity of classes for a diversity of individuals.

We teach yoga as a path to equanimity and grace.

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