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Gregor Singleton

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.


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Claire Este-McDonald

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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Mark Finneran

Mark Finneran is a Certified Baptiste Teacher with over 15 years of teaching experience, including 10 years at the Baptiste studios in Cambridge and Brookline. He was honored with the title of Boston’s Best Yoga Instructor in 2013 by Boston Magazine. Mark has studied with Baron Baptiste, Shiva Rea, Rolf Gates, Claire Este-McDonald, and Gregor Singleton.

A former college volleyball player, Mark trained for years to run road races and marathons. When Mark found Baptiste Yoga, it offered him a reprieve from the aches and pains he’d grown accustomed to after a lifetime of competitive sports. Mark learned first-hand that yoga has the power to heal and transform, and can be enjoyed by everyone and every BODY. Mark draws upon a combination of mind, breath, and physicality to deliver a powerful class that is challenging, fun, and accessible to all levels.


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Jane Cargill

Jane Cargill, RYT-500, has trained and assisted extensively with the Baptiste Institute's Levels One, Two, and Three programs, and has been teaching since 2005. She continues her training with various teachers and styles, and recently completed the TIMBo training, a mind and body training for chronic stress and PTSD.

Jane has been a steadfast student of yoga since her very first class in 2000. The transformative effect yoga has had on her relationship to self and others is what compels her passion for sharing. Her affinity for teaching is genuine and highly palpable. Jane's ultimate joy is teaching freedom through the practice of union with self: Yoga.

Jane is an active volunteer for YogaHope, dedicated to bringing yoga to under-served women in Boston, and she is involved in the Africa Yoga Project in Nairobi, Kenya.


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Einat Peled-Katz

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Masaaki Okamura

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Hannah Adams

Hannah Adams

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Haley Ayraud

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Known for her warmth and light-hearted spirit, Haley continually draws inspiration from the fluid nature of life, recognizing the grace and beauty within us all. Haley’s classes are fun, grounded, soulful, and leave you wanting more. Her joy of teaching others and sharing with them the gifts that yoga and meditation can bring to their lives is unmatched. Haley believes in teaching a strong class that is accessible to everyone no matter where they are on their journey.

In 2012, Haley received her 200-hour teacher training certificate through Open Doors Power Yoga in Weymouth, MA, where she fell in love with heated flow and the strong presence yoga can have on the mind and body. In 2016 she made the leap to continue her journey by pursuing her 500-hour yoga teacher certification through STIL Studio where she was able to further her skills as a teacher and student through the study of the yogic philosophies, meditation, pranayama, yoga nidra, ayurvedic diet, injury prevention, advanced adjusting, and more.

When not on her mat, Haley spends her days working as a sales management consultant, coaching and training organizations all over the world. She is also a lover of travel, skiing, cooking, and spending time with her precious friends and family.


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Abby Burke

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.

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Amanda Califano

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Danielle Doyle

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Jojo Flaherty

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Emily Griffin

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Julia Hanlon

Julia Hanlon, RYT-500, began practicing Baptiste Yoga in 2006 and is still amazed by the daily gifts that her practice brings. She is deeply grateful to her teachers Jane Cargill, Gregor Singleton, Chanel Luck, and Ame Wren. 

An avid runner, Julia has taught the Baptiste method to athletes around the world. Julia is passionate about making yoga accessible to everybody and founded a free yoga studio at Bates College, her alma mater. With a B.A. in ethnomusicology and religion, Julia brings her studies of chanting and mindfulness to her soulful classes. In Julia’s classes, be challenged to explore your mind, body, and spirit.


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Sami Lea Lipman

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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. Armed with experience and empathy, Sami’s classes mix creatively challenging sequencing with candid rawness.

Sami completed her first 200-hour teacher training in Austin in 2009 with her mentor, Desirae Pierce. Since then, she has attended Baptiste Institute’s Level One, Two, and Three trainings, and both participated in and assisted various programs with Baron Baptiste. In addition to Baptiste Yoga, Sami’s teaching is inspired by the steadfast alignment of (what was) Anusara, the lyrical dance of Vinyasa, the diligence of Ashtanga, and the value of slowing down through Yin.

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 to Wanderlust, 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. When Sami isn’t on her mat, at the studio, or in front of her laptop, she is probably wearing heels and dancing to live music, with a glass of champagne in her hand, and her wonderful man Patrick by her side. 


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Billy Smith

Billy Smith has completed Baptiste Institute’s Level One and Two trainings as well as the Art of Assisting. He is in progress towards another 300 hours of training with Claire Este-McDonald and Gregor Singleton. Billy’s yoga practice began at a young age under the guidance of his mother, who is also a yoga teacher.

In 2008, Billy took his first Baptiste Yoga class at Cleveland Yoga and immediately fell in love with the teachings. The practice challenged him in new ways, and he knew that he had found something that would be ultimately life-changing. While studying at Northeastern University, Billy began practicing and volunteering at the Brookline studio, where the powerful Baptiste community became a second family to him. Now in medical school, he has found that the Baptiste practice and community continues to support him on and off his mat.

Billy’s intention is to encourage his students to see infinite possibilities in themselves while having fun.


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