Ryann Murphy

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"Yoga is the process of falling in love with the breath," Mandi Rice wrote on her final examination for 200-hour yoga teacher training. That insight, and countless hours of asana practice, have guided her through a master's degree in religion at Harvard Divinity School, work as a hospital chaplain, and now back into the yoga studio. 

Mandi took her first class at Down Under on January 1, 2014. It was indeed a life-changing moment. She had spent the prior six months traveling around the country for her research on LGBTQ Americans' spirituality. That work was a calling, but she felt herself drowning in the dark experiences that some of her interviewees shared. Mandi's recommitment to her yoga practice served to lighten the weight in her heart and in her bones. 

At Down Under, Mandi has been amazed by the depth of knowledge of her teachers. She has practiced regularly with Peter Crowley (Slow Flow) and Kate O'Donnell and Rich Ray (Ashtanga), among so many others.

"We are not entitled, we are indebted," another teacher told her, memorably. She strives to bring that attitude to her work as a manager, which touches on everything from operations to marketing. When she is not in the studio, Mandi practices sun salutations in Harvard's Divinity Hall chapel. She is also a bubble tea enthusiast, a provisional Episcopalian, a polyglot, an identical twin, and a Missourian at heart.

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Tessa Perez

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After years of contact sports and multiple injuries, Tess turned to yoga in 2010 as a way to heal physically and mentally. Her first class was a Baptiste Power Flow, and she was instantly hooked. After practicing numerous styles consistently for five years, her practice became so much more than just a physical movement; it was a time for her to check in, listen to her breath and body, and revitalize herself. She knew she wanted to pursue a 200-hour certification and share her love of yoga with others. She completed her training at Tiny Buddha Yoga in Ann Arbor, MI and taught Vinyasa there for two years while also managing the studio for over a year. Tess recently moved to Boston from Ann Arbor and took a class at Down Under at the recommendation of a friend. She was instantly connected to the energy, and has already felt a sense of "home" at Down Under. 

Outside the yoga room, Tess is a dog-sitting, espresso-drinking, extroverted musician and avid cyclist, and has been loving exploring Boston! She is excited to embark on this next chapter of her life, and hopes to enroll in a training at Down Under in a year or two to learn from the amazingly knowledgeable faculty here.

Mikayla Jenny

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"Yoga is the process of falling in love with the breath," Mandi Rice wrote on her final examination for 200-hour yoga teacher training. That insight, and countless hours of asana practice, have guided her through a master's degree in religion at Harvard Divinity School, work as a hospital chaplain, and now back into the yoga studio. 

Mandi took her first class at Down Under on January 1, 2014. It was indeed a life-changing moment. She had spent the prior six months traveling around the country for her research on LGBTQ Americans' spirituality. That work was a calling, but she felt herself drowning in the dark experiences that some of her interviewees shared. Mandi's recommitment to her yoga practice served to lighten the weight in her heart and in her bones. 

At Down Under, Mandi has been amazed by the depth of knowledge of her teachers. She has practiced regularly with Peter Crowley (Slow Flow) and Kate O'Donnell and Rich Ray (Ashtanga), among so many others.

"We are not entitled, we are indebted," another teacher told her, memorably. She strives to bring that attitude to her work as a manager, which touches on everything from operations to marketing. When she is not in the studio, Mandi practices sun salutations in Harvard's Divinity Hall chapel. She is also a bubble tea enthusiast, a provisional Episcopalian, a polyglot, an identical twin, and a Missourian at heart.

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Kyle Kozelka

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"Yoga is the process of falling in love with the breath," Mandi Rice wrote on her final examination for 200-hour yoga teacher training. That insight, and countless hours of asana practice, have guided her through a master's degree in religion at Harvard Divinity School, work as a hospital chaplain, and now back into the yoga studio. 

Mandi took her first class at Down Under on January 1, 2014. It was indeed a life-changing moment. She had spent the prior six months traveling around the country for her research on LGBTQ Americans' spirituality. That work was a calling, but she felt herself drowning in the dark experiences that some of her interviewees shared. Mandi's recommitment to her yoga practice served to lighten the weight in her heart and in her bones. 

At Down Under, Mandi has been amazed by the depth of knowledge of her teachers. She has practiced regularly with Peter Crowley (Slow Flow) and Kate O'Donnell and Rich Ray (Ashtanga), among so many others.

"We are not entitled, we are indebted," another teacher told her, memorably. She strives to bring that attitude to her work as a manager, which touches on everything from operations to marketing. When she is not in the studio, Mandi practices sun salutations in Harvard's Divinity Hall chapel. She is also a bubble tea enthusiast, a provisional Episcopalian, a polyglot, an identical twin, and a Missourian at heart.

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Deanna Beattie-Gallant
Cambridge Studio Manager

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Studios in Newton & Brookline offering Boston yoga classes, yoga teacher trainings workshops. Home to America's finest teachers. New student discount.

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Sarah DelGizzo
Brookline Studio Manager

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Studios in Newton & Brookline offering Boston yoga classes, yoga teacher trainings workshops. Home to America's finest teachers. New student discount.

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Helen Duros
Newton Studio Manager

Helen Duros<br><em>Newton Studio Manager</em>

Studios in Newton & Brookline offering Boston yoga classes, yoga teacher trainings workshops. Home to America's finest teachers. New student discount.

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Einat Peled-Katz

A native of Israel, Einat Peled-Katz grew up as a classically trained violinist and later an army officer. After arriving in Boston, she worked as an administrator at a hospital. Coming from these high-stress, high-performance environments, Einat took her first yoga class in 2007 and immediately recognized she was connected to her body in a whole new way. In addition to losing 25 pounds, the feelings of well-being and peace she experienced on the mat captivated her. As she started practicing yoga daily, it began to have an effect on her life off the mat. Previously, she suffered from stage anxiety that caused her to set aside the violin. Now Einat found a new outlet for her creative spirit and was finally able to overcome the fears that kept her from doing the things she loved. Einat has a B.A. in psychology from Northeastern University. After first training as an assistant at the Baptiste studios, she completed teacher training levels 1 and 2 with Baron Baptiste, as well as 200-hour teacher training with Claire Este-McDonald and Gregor Singleton. She now enjoys playing the violin for her husband and two children.

Einat teaches a flowing class with emphasis on alignment to promote sustainability of practice. She encourages her students to show up as they are, to challenge themselves and immerse themselves in the physicality of their moving, breathing body. Her students come out of class feeling uplifted and supported.

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Getting on my mat every day is a lot like making music. Most classical music pieces were written hundreds of years ago and played many times over, yet they never sound the same. Asana practice is similar. We all practice the same poses that have been around for thousands of years, but no one person’s practice is like the other. It’s personal, it’s individual, yet it’s also universal. I find creativity and self-expression in my practice, as I strive to make every note count, filling each pose with energy and breath.

—Einat Peled-Katz

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Ansley DeLaney

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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Patricia Walden
Director

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Join Boston Yoga Teacher Patricia Walden for Iyengar Yoga Classes at Down Under School of Yoga. 

Peentz Dubble

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Join Boston Yoga Teacher Peentz Dubble for Iyengar Yoga at Down Under School of Yoga. 

Carin Allen

Carin Allen

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Tristan Boyer Binns

Tristan Boyer Binns

Join Boston Yoga Teacher Tristan Boyer Binns for Restorative Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, and Ropes at Down Under School of Yoga.

Claire Carroll

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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Susan Elena Esquivel

Susan Elena Esquivel

Join Boston Yoga Teacher Susan Elena Esquivel for Iyengar Yoga Classes at Down Under School of Yoga. 

Marysia Gensler

Marysia Gensler

Join Boston Yoga Teacher Marysia Gensler for Iyengar and Gentle Yoga Classes at Down Under School of Yoga. 

Donna Gross Javel

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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 Lewis

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 Levy

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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Kris Manjapra

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."