Yoga Journal describes Barbara as “one of yoga’s most compelling and distinctive voices”. With over 40 years of teaching, she will share her a life’s work on therapeutics, resulting in your ability to address common ailments with students. An expert of breathing mechanics, Barbara will transform the way you cue students to inhale and exhale. Her ‘art of delivery’ examines the power of speech and imagery, humor and storytelling, confidence and command, empathy and ethics in the classroom.
For 24 years, Nicole Clark has studied the human body—its anatomy, movement, and healing abilities—through multiple disciplines: yoga and meditation, bodywork, craniosacral therapy, dance, and beyond. Nicole quickly earned a reputation for her elegant sequences, hands-on adjustments, and ability to hold a safe space for every student. She offers a deep understanding of the power of touch to comfort and connect while elevating yoga instruction to unattainable heights.
Claire Este McDonald
Master Baptiste teacher, Claire Este-McDonald, a teaches from an extensive background in health and healing. She holds a B.S. in nursing as well as degrees in kinesiology, anatomy, and physiology. Claire’s intuitive understanding of the body is coupled with her deep connection with spirit, Vedic astrology, Ayurveda, and nature. Her sessions during teacher training will leave you touched by the power to heal through the subtle body and it’s regenerative capabilities.
Larisa has been a staple in the Boston yoga scene for over a decade with Well+Good naming her joyful and cosmic class as being a part of the “ideal wellness day in Boston”. A Sanskrit enthusiast, Larisa couples Eastern approaches to the mind-body-spirit connection with a keen awareness of the Western obsession with physicality and fitness, as well as the landscape of yoga as a business. Her unique ability to both teach and market yoga, will leave you with and understanding of how to make yoga fit into your career.
Director of the Ashtanga & Ayurveda Schools, with Kate you’ll deepen your understanding of the primary and secondary series of Ashtanga, master Sanskrit pronunciation, explore the dynamics of breath, and practice bandha and rhythmic cueing. Kate’s “Subtle Body” module will leave you well versed in the nadis, koshas, marmas, and chakras. Her Ayurvedic studies also teach a repertoire of principles to offer students interested in seasonal nutrition.
Born in Japan, Masaaki moved to Boston in ‘93, where he attended Boston University and graduated with a degree in psychology. Masaaki studied martial arts for 20 years, training with the Hong Kong Royal Police Aikido team and the Hong Kong Asian Olympic Judo team. With nearly fifteen years of teaching experience Masaaki is committed to training awareness, tuning attitude, and working to empower intelligence and wisdom within his students.
One of the country’s most esteemed Vinyasa teachers and the face of Yoga Journal’s DVD’s and books, “Rizopoulos demonstrates exacting and nearly flawless knowledge of alignment” (LA Magazine). Known for her ability to make teachers feel calm and confident, Natasha’s astute and constructive individual feedback is one of the highlights of the Professional Program. Natasha will elevate your practice, understanding of every pose, and ability to create intelligent sequences. Her exploration of yoga philosophy will give you the ability to discuss yogic principles in a way that is meaningful and accessible. Natasha’s individualized guidance on every aspect of your instruction will advance your teaching and leave you with a fresh set of skills and artistry to apply in your classroom.
Renowned Boston teacher and renegade yoga voice, Kate Robinson invites students to look a bit deeper at the transformative possibility within practice. With a MFA from Bennington, two chapbooks, work appearing in several national yoga trade publications, and a well-known yoga podcast, Kate lives and breathes her yoga. She has specialization and special interest in Prenatal Yoga, Yoga for Larger Bodies, Yoga for Runners and Athletes, Yoga in Recovery, and Trauma Sensitive Yoga.
Justine Wiltshire Cohen
Director of Down Under and former yoga teacher to the US Supreme Court, Justine is known for her warmth, humor, and lucid instructions. She is passionate about providing trainees with the essential building blocks for creating a remarkable teaching career. She offers personalized feedback and guidance, imparting more than twenty years of experience in both Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga.
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