Kate was first introduced to yoga through acting classes in college, and has been practicing for over a decade. She received her RYT-200 in 2013 through the American Viniyoga Institute and is registered with both AVI and the Yoga Alliance. She has also studied yin yoga and meditation with Josh Summers and chakra vinyasa with Coral Brown.
She aims to share the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits she has received from a deep and consistent practice with her students, helping them to find their own mind-body connection and move toward balance and body acceptance. Her style of teaching is challenging, energizing, creative, and rooted in the belief of individualizing asana to the practitioner.
Outside of yoga, Kate is a theater director, dramaturg, and creative producer, working as the artistic associate for The Wilbury Theatre Group, and in the development office at Trinity Repertory Company, where she also teaches yoga at the Young Actors Summer Institute. Kate loves spin class, weight training, and yoga on the beach. She lives in Providence with her two fantastic fur babies.
"The essence of yoga is staying present with all that arises; embracing every sensation whether good or bad; fully accepting ourselves just as we are, in all of our beauty and all of our darkness…..and breathing through it all; living fully and authentically and connecting to our true Self, starting from where we are right NOW….."
Tara Erickson has been practicing and studying yoga for almost 12 years. She originally started practicing yoga in college on her own as a means to cope with the stresses of being a college student while earning her BA in Psychology and her black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Tara’s interests began to shift from martial arts to yoga, as the effects of constantly pushing herself to and beyond her limitations manifested in muscle and joint pain. Yoga became a healing practice for her, a way to both exercise and de-stress while respecting her body’s needs and limitations. Her practice gradually evolved into a holistic lifestyle and spiritual practice.
Tara has a 200 hour level certification in Integrative Yoga Therapy. IYT is a style of yoga that draws from any or all styles or yoga to best meet the needs of the students. Tara believes that yoga practice extends well beyond what we do on our yoga mats. She often integrates teachings from yoga philosophy into her classes with an invitation to apply those principles off the mat as well.
When not on her yoga mat, Tara can be found reading, writing or cooking delicious vegan food. Tara brings intense passion to all of her hobbies and interests and hopes to convey the passion that she feels towards yoga through her teaching.
Jenny began a daily practice of yoga in 2002 and began teaching in 2013. She received her 200 RYT certification in 2013 with 8 Limbs Yoga Centers in Seattle, WA; earned her 300 RYT certification in 2016 with Theresa Murphy in Providence, RI and completed her PYT Certification with Prenatal Yoga Center located in New York City. Jenny has been fortunate to learn from, and continue to learn from, many experienced and practiced teachers and in particular, expresses deep gratitude to Anne Phyfe Palmer, Melina Meza, Jenny Hayo, Theresa Murphy, as well as her children Lucy and Theo.
Jenny currently teaches group classes, individuals, and specialty workshops in the New England area. See jennylittleyoga.com for more info!
With well versed form, comes freedom. With stillness comes power.
Liz started practicing yoga over ten years ago, because it seemed like the "right" thing to do. She struggled in her classes for years, feeling like she didn't belong and didn't have the right kind of body for yoga. After connecting with Forrest Yoga, she learned how to listen to her body and discover and develop its capabilities.
Liz came to teaching yoga after finishing her PhD in art history. She developed sciatica during the last few stages of writing her dissertation and decided to complete a yoga teacher training to heal her body from the long and painful hours of sitting at a desk and the emotional wounds of graduate school. She found an unexpected passion in teaching yoga and has devoted herself to sharing the practice that has done so much for her physical and mental health.