Ansley DeLaney has been teaching infant development classes for five years in New York and in Boston. She trained with Ellynne Skove of “Go Go Babies” and completed her 30-hour certification in 2014 and 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Down Under School of Yoga. Ansley achieved Level 1 Reiki certification with Emily Peterson. Additionally, Ansley has a BFA from The Boston Conservatory.
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Claire Carroll was living in New York City in the 1980s when she came across a copy of Light on Yoga and a video of BKS Iyengar. She immediately wanted to try all of the poses, and was fascinated by Iyengar’s skillful integration of yoga philosophy with asana practice. She began practicing formally in the early 1990s when she moved to the Boston area. The precision and orderly progression of learning inherent in the Iyengar method drew her in initially and continues to guide her practice.
Claire has been a certified Iyengar teacher since 2001 and currently holds a Junior Intermediate II certificate. Many teachers, friends, and colleagues have contributed to her learning, but none more than Patricia Walden. She has also studied at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India, several times.
In each of her classes, Claire strives to cultivate a lighthearted and supportive learning environment. She regularly weaves together physical and philosophical themes: focusing on self-study (svadhyaya) in a class emphasizing twisting poses, or building fire (tapas) in backbends. Claire moves at a brisk pace to keep the group energized, and also allows quiet moments for students to absorb the feel and intent of each asana.
In her personal practice and her teaching Claire emphasizes the asanas on the Junior Intermediate III syllabus. Claire's favorite pose is Chaturanga Dandasana, in its elegant simplicity. Chaturanga is her go-to pose for teaching oppositional movements to build steadiness and ease.
Claire also loves strong coffee ― but only off the mat.
I admire Down Under Yoga’s focus on yoga education rather than consumerism. The studio environment is one of respect for tradition and support for each individual’s learning journey. Yoga is a vast subject and Down Under offers meaningful experiences for everyone.—Claire Carrol
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Donna's teaching is infused with joy and enthusiasm, and her passion for yoga is apparent to anyone she meets. From the very first moment Donna entered an Iyengar yoga class, she was hooked. As a pianist and piano teacher, Donna found herself pondering how yoga (something with no sound!) could reach her as deeply as music so she decided to enroll in a yoga teacher training program to find out. She is now dividing her time between teaching her two great passions: piano and yoga. Through teaching, Donna endeavors to guide her students to connect with their inner selves more deeply so that they can live their lives more fully.
Donna completed 500 hours of Iyengar teacher training with Peentz Dubble and is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. Donna continues to study with, assist, and apprentice under Peentz Dubble, Nadja Refaie and Tristan Binns. She has also taken many workshops with Patricia Walden and Jarvis Chen to further develop her teaching skills.
Donna Gross Javel is a member of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS) and its New England chapter; Iyengar Yoga Association of New England (IYANE).
Donna is known for her ability to always see a 'silver lining' and she carries that into her teaching. Through thoughtful sequencing, detailed instructions and the warmth of her personality, Donna guides her students to help them find acceptance with where they are in the present moment while challenging them to reach their fullest potential.
When Donna's not on her yoga mat or at the piano, she's probably searching for balance and equanimity in her life.
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Shara aims to create a warm and supportive community in the classroom: She wants to help students cultivate body awareness, and bring freedom to the body and spirit through yoga. After dabbling in different yoga styles for over 25 years, Shara discovered Iyengar Yoga and was amazed how subtle refinements in an asana can transform a pose, and bring a better sense of well-being, not only physically, but also emotionally and spiritually. “I was immediately intrigued by the depth and layers of Iyengar Yoga. I loved experiencing how making the subtle adjustments suggested by my teachers transformed a simple pose into a whole body, mind, and soul experience. Mountain pose wasn’t just standing straight, it was a full body experience from the four corners of the feet pressing down into the mat, all the way up through the crown of the head and out through the fingertips.” She completed the Heart of Iyengar Teacher Training program taught by Peentz Dubble in 2014 and has assisted in Peentz's Level 1 classes regularly since 2015. Shara is immensely grateful to the Iyengar Yoga community at Down Under Yoga for supporting her on her continuing yoga journey. Shara is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) at the Intro II level.
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Vered was introduced to the Iyengar yoga tradition during college and practice has been part of her life ever since. After moving to the United States to pursue higher education, she started studying with Patricia Walden and graduated from her teacher training program.
Vered's energetic teaching style focuses on bringing enthusiasm and interest into the students' practice with an understanding of alignment and sequencing which is the foundation of the Iyengar method. She challenges her students in their practice while ensuring each student practices to their own capability with individual adjustments and props.
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Harvard PhD and fellow, History Professor at Tufts of global intellectual history, and named a 2015 Emerging Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Kris Manjapra is a little bit special.
Kris came to Iyengar yoga as a graduate student struggling with stress and anxiety. With guidance and commitment to the practice, he began to discover the intelligence of the body and found more than he expected, a different way of experiencing daily life.
Iyengar yoga leads us to explore and witness the relationships between the different parts of our embodiment, cultivating relaxation, balance, spaciousness and strength.
Through close study Patricia Walden and Jarvis Chen, he received his Introductory Level I/II Certification in 2015, and spent a month studying at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India. As a practitioner of Iyengar yoga for the past eight years, his style of teaching is marked by joy, clarity of instruction, intensity, and kindness. His depth of interest in BKS Iyengar’s wisdom and philosophy is also often shared in his classes. A drive to increasing diversity, inclusiveness and equality, informs where he is committed to offering socio-economic access to yoga. He states, "Yoga practice shines light not just on our personal embodiment, but also on social formations of race, class, gender and sexuality, and I seek to teach within that light."
I love teaching!
My practice brings me joyful moments of discovery, and from there I create sequences to share those discoveries with my students. In the course of teaching, I gain even more insight, and THAT I reinvest back into my practice. It is a wonderful cycle!
My classes are thoughtfully-sequenced and challenging, but also playful and inclusive as I really believe yoga is for everybody.
I am a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT), Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and a graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco’s 2-year Advanced Studies/Teacher Training program.
I am so grateful to the many wonderful members of the U.S. Iyengar community who have guided me over the last 18 years and still influence my voice as a teacher. They include Rebecca and Dean Lerner in Pennsylvania and the wonderful faculty at IYISF including Elise Browning Miller and Jito Yumibe. Now in New England, Patricia Walden, Peentz Dubble, Jarvis Chen and Roni Brissette help me deepen my sadhana so that I can bring my very best self to my students. I also travel to India bi-annually for month-long studies with the Iyengar family.
Asceticism is NOT to hold at any cost a pose that is painful, but to do this very pose with as much intensity of intelligence and love as possible.—B.K.S. Iyengar
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Hannah is a Boston native who has spent most of her adult life living abroad between India, Brazil, Guatemala, and Peru. Through these extensive travels, Hannah learned over and over again that home is where her mat is. Her yoga and Pilates practices have allowed Hannah to maintain a sense of strength, presence, and happiness no matter where in the world she has found herself. This important role that yoga and Pilates have played in Hannah’s life is evident in the passion she brings into her classes. After making the decision to make well-being her full-time career, Hannah dedicated her time to the appropriate studies. She completed a 200-hour and 300-hour yoga teacher training, Pilates Mat teacher training, Usui Reiki Masters, and Ayurveda Massage training. She continues to further her education in Pilates apparatus and is soon to complete her teacher training in the Alexander Technique. Hannah is thrilled to bring her variety of disciplines to the community at Down Under Yoga. Whether you take a yoga or Pilates class, you will have the opportunity to kindly explore your body and mind in a variety of well-sequenced postures and movements. You will be challenged to try new things and revisit old habits, all with a strong concentration on breath use, core strength, and spiritual rejuvenation.
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Kathleen is certified in STOTT Pilates Mat and Reformer Level 1 and has also completed training in STOTT Cadillac, Chair, and Barrel (CCB), as well as Special Population Training (ISP). Kathleen completed many Pilates workshops including Stability Chair, Intensifying Essential Reformer, Stability Barre and Programming 1 on the V2 Max Plus Reformer. Teaching Pilates since 2002, she has taught and trained at many local studios and clubs in addition to years of working in the fitness business. Kathleen holds a Master’s Degree in Cardiovascular Health and Exercise from Northeastern University and a BFA in Dance from the Boston Conservatory. Kathleen performed and taught modern dance in the Boston area. A lifelong lover of movement, Kathleen’s deep connection to yoga practice was awakened 3 years ago when she walked into a Down Under Yoga class. There she found a new passion for the mental and physical pursuit of yoga. Kathleen feels privileged to have recently graduated from the Down Under 200-hour Certification under the instruction of Natasha Rizopoulos, Kate Heffernan, and Michael Ponte. In addition to her Pilates practice, she continues to study and work towards teaching yoga classes.
Kathleen strongly believes that practicing Pilates can bring positive changes to her client’s bodies including strengthened abdominal and back muscles, improved alignment, increased flexibility and heightened body awareness. Kathleen teaches a challenging class that runs at a quick pace. Yet modifications are always provided and all levels are welcome.
Additionally, Kathleen is a Certified Holistic Health Coach from the Institute for Integrated Nutrition.
When not instructing or training, Kathleen enjoys living a healthy lifestyle, cycling, reading, creative vegetarian cooking and spending time with her family.