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.
MAYA BREUER, E-RYT 200, E-RYT 500
Celebrated as one of America’s distinguished Black Yogis by Black Enterprise Magazine, Maya Breuer is a preeminent yoga instructor and practitioner, author, community activist and consultant with a career spanning over three decades. She is the president and co-founder of the national Black Yoga Teachers Alliance. She is founder and director of the Santosha School of Yoga, providing the Yoga Alliance approved 200 Hour and 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training and Certification courses since 2001. Maya created the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color in 1998 and has been offered it annually at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, the largest and most established retreat center for yoga, health, and holistic living in North America.
Maya’s mission is to empower individuals through teaching the practice and philosophy of yoga to renew spirit and achieve positive outcomes from healthy living. She draws on a deep knowledge of yogic theory, practices, applications and philosophy studied at the Lakulish School in Khayavorahan, Gujarat Province, India and combines these traditional forms with indigenous methods to offer a unique and soul-full approach to the ancient practice of yoga. Maya also emphasizes yoga as a method to abate and control chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, cancer and depression.
She is co-author of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) study: “Back to Health: Yoga vs. Physical Therapy for Minorities with Chronic Low Back Pain,” conducted at the Boston Medical Center and is currently a member of the Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) for the “Veterans Back to Health Study” also conducted at Boston Medical Center. DSMB (Data Safety Monitoring Board) is a committee of experts responsible for reviewing clinical trial data on an ongoing basis to ensure the safety of study subjects and validity and integrity of the data. She is also a featured yogi in “Will Yoga and Meditation Really Change My Life: Personal Stories from 25 of North Americas Leading Teachers.” by Stephen Cope.
Maya’s work has been featured in many publications including: Yoga Journal Magazine, Common Ground, New England Journal, Kripalu's Experience Guide, The Griot. Com ( NBC com), Black women's Health .com, The Philadelphia Enquirer, Feministing.com Upscale Magazine, Heart & Soul Magazine, Pathfinder’s, Ebony Magazine and Essence Magazine.
Her yoga journey and deep appreciation for the practice began in 1992 as a student at YogaWorks in Santa Monica, CA, where she was inspired by the studio’s innovative and now celebrated teachers, including Shiva Rea, Erich Schiffmann, Bryan Kest and Seane Corn. April’s yoga journey connected her in 1997 with master teacher Sara Powers and the integration of Vinyasa flow with slower, deeper styles of yoga and meditation.
April has taught Vinyasa and Yin yoga in New England since 1998. She completed her yoga teacher training with Sarah Powers in 2012 and completed her 200 hour Vinyasa YTT certification at Eyes of the World Yoga in Providence in 2015.
April’s precise but playful teaching style blends Vinyasa sequences, long-held “yin” postures, core strengthening, and meditation to create a dynamic and balanced yoga practice. Mindfulness techniques weave through practice to deepen relaxation and spark self-inquiry on and off the mat.
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.