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Brittney is driven to teach yoga that empowers. She inspires her students to access the power of intention and to use their yoga practice to help create a purposeful, impactful life. Her classes combine the forces of power yoga with the renewal of energetic, spiritual and physical alignment.
Brittney believes that yoga heals and is passionate about sharing the gifts of this powerful practice in a way that feels accessible to every person. Yoga has been a source of healing and strength in her life and a reminder that none of us are alone, in our struggles or our capacity to overcome. Brittney invites students to show up to class exactly as they are and to trust that they have tremendous purpose, courage, and support within. Her classes will both challenge you and hold a space for you to breathe, explore, empower, and ultimately walk out of class with mind, body, and heart in alignment.
Brittney is a Baptiste Certified teacher, who completed her 200 hours with Baron Baptiste in 2012 and her 300-hour certification with Jacqui Bonwell in 2018. She is a licensed mental health counselor who has trained in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga and holds a Masters Degree in Psychotherapy and Sport & Performance Psychology. Outside of the studio, Brittney has two young daughters, writes, loves time in nature and is on a journey to heal from autoimmune diseases. She seeks to create a community of joy and love and is filled with gratitude for the opportunity to do this as both teacher and student through this transformative practice.
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Abby Burke's teaching is inspired by the rhythmical flow of asana practice, as well as intensive study. Abby has completed Baptiste Institute’s Level One, Two, and Art of Assisting programs as well as an additional 500 hours of training with Gregor Singleton and Claire Este-McDonald.
Abby has traveled twice to Nairobi, Kenya, to work with the Africa Yoga Project. Her practice has provided her with an awareness that has improved the quality of life through both the ups and downs. In that flow she finds presence and unlimited possibility.
Claire, a Master Baptiste teacher, ERYT-500, teaches from an extensive background in health and healing. She holds a B.S. in nursing from Northeastern University, as well as degrees in kinesiology, anatomy, and physiology. Through extensive study and practice in Vedic astrology, Ayurveda, and shamanism, Claire lives a life deeply connected to nature, animal welfare, and Spirit.
Claire's yoga journey started in her early childhood. Her grandmother, an important teacher, inspired Claire to acknowledge her body and it’s regenerative capabilities, no matter what life presented her with. These maternal teachings had a huge impact on Claire. The mental and physical benefits of yoga have carried her through the journey of recovery and healing from four back surgeries, Lyme disease, and breast cancer. Yoga has been paramount—not just because of the physical manifestation of these challenges, but also due to the overwhelming emotional terrain that comes along with their treatment. All this while being a mother, a wife, and a human being journeying through the uncertainties of life.
Claire is known for teaching a strong, accessible, and physical practice deeply enriched with functional alignment. This work supports the body, not only physically, but energetically, mentally, and emotionally.
All Claire's adventures in the rigors of yoga have returned her again and again to what she feels infuses the humane into the human: be kind and let love be.
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As a high school English teacher in Chicago Public Schools, Erika initially came to yoga to find better work-life balance. Soon after moving to Boston in 2015, she completed her 300 Hour Professional Teacher Training at Down Under and decided to leave the classroom to pursue teaching yoga full time. Since then, Erika has taught various styles of yoga in public, private, and corporate settings: Heated Power Flow in sweaty studios, Slow Flow and Hatha classes in dimly lit conference rooms, Restorative classes and Mindfulness Meditation.
Erika’s Flow classes are physically challenging, though accessible to all levels, with cueing focused on alignment and modifications to accommodate the needs of every student. Her Slow Flow classes allow time and space to pause, find stillness, and reflect on the many facets of a yoga practice. From a better understanding of alignment, the nuance of transitions, and an exploration of the subtlety of breath, Erika encourages her students to be curious about the effects of their practice on body, mind, and spirit and to also find levity even in moments of great intensity.
When not sweating and stretching, Erika enjoys downtime with her partner of thirteen years, Philip, and their cat, Matilda.
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Yoga saved Sami’s life; it’s from that place of determination and vulnerability that she teaches. A former ballerina, Sami originally turned to yoga to give her pain relief after back and hip surgery at 16 and 21. Then in late 2014, Sami tragically lost her then fiancé. Her experience with trauma and grief completely changed her outlook on yoga. It was no longer simply a way to challenge her physicality; rather, it became an imperative tool towards survival and peace. Equipped with the tools and committed to love, Sami is determined to a happy ending. She got married in 2019 to her incredible husband Patrick and they are expecting a daughter in July 2019. Armed with experience, grace, and empathy, Sami’s classes mix creatively challenging sequencing with candid rawness and emotion.
Sami has completed multiple 200 Hour Teacher Trainings, in Vinyasa Yoga with Desirae Pierce, and in Baptiste Yoga with Baron and the Baptiste Institute. She also participated in Down Under School of Yoga’s 300 Hour Teacher Training under Natasha Rizopoulos. Sami has been featured in various national publications as a cover model, teacher, and contributor including Origin Magazine, Mantra Yoga & Health, Colorado Yoga Magazine, and New York Yoga + Life; and in the book The Yoga Fix.
With a gypsy-like thirst for travel, Sami leads retreats around the world. From Burning Man and Yoga Reaches Out to Wanderlust and Love Yoga Festival, she has taught and assisted at many festivals and events, but her most humbling memory was the opportunity to teach at The White House during the annual Easter Egg Roll celebration. Teaching yoga to smiling children as the President and First Lady led the national anthem is something she’ll never forget.
Upon moving to Boston in early 2017, Sami joined the team at Down Under School of Yoga as the director of marketing, brand, and strategic planning. Early in her career, Sami worked in sports marketing for the Olympic Games, the World Cup, and other major sporting events and eventually this led her to couple her design degree with her yoga. Sami previously served as the creative director for several national yoga magazines and as a brand strategist for leading yoga industry names, like the Baptiste Institute.
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Susan LoPiccolo is a life long fitness enthusiast turned professional, passionate about promoting a healthy, active, and balanced lifestyle. She believes we all need to find balance in our lives mentally, physically and emotionally. She completed her 200-hour teacher training at Kranti Yoga in Goa, India and pursued her 500-hour teacher training at Down Under School of Yoga under Natasha Rizopoulos. Susan is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Advanced Barre Instructor and trained TRX instructor. She has taught all over the NYC and Boston areas and has worked with the industries top trainers to develop and film some of the best fitness and yoga programs. Throughout her career of leading classes, retreats and training both group and private clients she has developed and perfected her proven technique of combining strength training, yoga asanas and meditation for a total body and mind workout.
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Gregor Singleton, E-RYT-500, is a Master Baptiste teacher and began training with Baron Baptiste in 2000. He co-facilitated bootcamps and teacher trainings with Baron from 2004 to 2011. A native of Scotland, Gregor studied English Literature and Theatre at Trinity College, Dublin, and trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
When Gregor found Baptiste Yoga he at once saw that its intense physicality offered unique opportunities for breaking free of disempowering cycles. More fully engaged with his body, he began to see that the truest form of self-expression was not to be on a stage playing at being someone else, but to fully and completely inhabit his own being.
Gregor draws on his experience with literature and the dramatic arts in his delivery of Baptiste Yoga. He is known for his philosophical and expansive, yet grounded approach to the teachings of yoga.