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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.

April whole-heartedly embraces yoga as a transformative path to awaken to our best selves and live fully with joy, intention and compassion.

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.

Divya says, "The essence of yoga is a joyful expansion of our best selves through the vehicle of the physical body. It is a given that we all face challenges. Yoga helps us meet the challenges by practicing being n this moment with wisdom and compassion."
 
Divya's joy of being in the body and her honesty permeate her teaching.
 
She has been teaching yoga since 1988. Her initial training was in Kripalu Yoga. In recent years, her main inspirations have been Sara Powers' Insight Yoga, Vipassanna meditation, Anusaura yoga, and Iyengar yoga.
 
Diyva Epstein-Lubow holds a Masters Degree in Dance Education from New York University.
Playfully exploring our fluid energy; fully inhabiting our physical body; surrendering to our unbroken connection to one another, the environment, and the universe; and curiously wandering down the path toward our true nature is the essence of Yoga to Erik.
 
He credits Yoga as a fundamental part of his own emotional, physical, and spiritual healing. He brings to class the desire to help guide others on their own personal journeys toward holistic wellness.
 
Erik holds a BA in Sustainable Business with a concentration in holistic health and nutrition from UMASS Amherst. He received his RYT-200 training at Viniyoga New England, his RYT-500 through Shiva Rea Affiliate – Prana Flow with Coral Brown, and is registered with Yoga Alliance. He has studied Yin Yoga, with Josh Summers; Thai Yoga Bodywork, with Ed Cardinal; and Restorative Yoga, with Jillian Pransky.
Fanny really enjoys teaching, and it shows in her classes as a quiet, focused power. She does not perform. She does not seduce students into yoga. She humbly trusts that each student may be guided into their own yoga process.

She genuinely wants students to grow into their own yoga and she guides them with both cognitive and emotional intelligence, as well as a strong intuition and understanding of the body.

Fanny has been practicing yoga for 15 years. She is trained in Dharma Mittra yoga at Grace School of Yoga, an approach to yoga that is focused on yoga as a path to self-realization. She teaches classes appropriate to the level of the students including long holds with some flow and includes pranayama, mantra and meditation.

"The essence of yoga is moving away from outside distraction, toward an inner awareness of our complete being, peeling away the layers of conditioned thinking and behaviors; living in the present moment" 
 
Joan received her certificate in Integrative Yoga with Ellen Schaeffer in 2007. She was recently invited to be on the teaching staff for the 2014 Integrative Yoga Teacher Training and is very excited to share her knowledge of Yoga to future teachers. Prior to teaching yoga Joan was a fitness instructor for over 20 years, with a BS in physical education from URI. She has taught physical education at Saint Augustine School for 13 years.

The opportunity to teach at Breathing Time Yoga feels like “coming home” as Joan grew up less than 1 mile from the studio. She currently resides in the beautiful town of Foster.
Jenny Little (E-RYT 200, RYT 500, MS) believes yoga offers an opportunity to experience profound freedom and profound integration- physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, and her primary intention in teaching yoga is to assist students toward self-discovery and healing. Jenny weaves her knowledge and appreciation of anatomy with various yoga asana techniques and with yogic philosophy to provide a holistic approach to yoga and to assist students in uprooting core beliefs and habits that are affecting their ability to thrive. She teaches from the heart with authenticity, humor and kindness.

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!

"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 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. 
Yoga wakes us up and shows us what it means to be fully alive, truly present, and deeply connected. It gives us the discipline, tenderness, and acceptance we need to make friends with every aspect of ourselves including the parts we might not love so much, and to embrace the power we have to enact change through kindness and compassion.

 

The former editor of Yoga International and Yoga Journal magazine she has been teaching, talking and writing about yoga for more than 20 years. Certified at the 500-hour level through OM Yoga in New York City, she leads the Courageous Women, Fearless Living retreats at Shambhala Mountain Center for women touched by cancer.

 

She honors the many teachers who have had a profound influence on her life and her teaching including Cyndi Lee, Sarah Powers, Patricia Walden, Sharon Gannon, Vanda Scaravelli, and Stephen Cope. Featured as a leading expert on yoga in the film YogaWoman, Linda is the author of several books, including A Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health, and Yoga: A Yoga Journal Book.

Liz believes that yoga can positively affect the wellbeing of any person open to the experience, and as a teacher is committed to meeting her students where they are.
 
She strives to provide a non-competitive space for students of all levels to discover, explore, and grow their yoga practice. Her sequences are designed to spark courage, curiosity and kindness, while honoring the sense of vast interconnection and peace that yoga opens up within us.
 
Liz has been a dedicated yoga practitioner since 2003. She received her 200 hour certification in vinyasa yoga in 2009 with Tom Gillette and trained in prenatal yoga with Jacci Reynolds in 2010. She is currently pursuing her 500 hour certification with Theresa Murphy.
"I am passionate about yoga as a practice that is intensely personal to each individual. It helps us know our limits--and possibly shift them--while staying in integrity with our bodies, and without subjecting ourselves to pain. Above all, yoga teaches us how to be present for ourselves, and to develop internal stability in an ever changing world."

 

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.

 

Mehera knows first hand the phenomenal power of yoga to heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It is her great honor to share these gifts of practice. Mehera, a mother of three promising yoginis, has an MFA in poetry, an MA in English literature, and a YTR from the Pranotthan School of Yoga through All That Matters. In her classes, she uses poetry to infuse the physical practice of yoga with the individual and collective stories of her students. She has studied reiki, flower remedies, nutrition, and is known to dabble in crystals. She also talks to angels (and they answer!). Since her first childhood trips to India, Eastern philosophy has resonated with Mehera, and it informs every aspect of her practice. Additionally, she is a huge fan of homemade peanut butter-oat-carob chip-coconut palm sugar cookies.
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