Desk Management

Mandi Rice

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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.

Andrea Ruse

In the successful organization, no detail is too small to escape close attention.
— Lou Holtz
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Adrienne Wilson

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Adrienne first tried yoga and meditation in 2009 while on a study-abroad program in India. Over several years Adrienne has grown and developed a fluid, joyful Vinyasa-based asana practice that has helped her slow down, be present, tune in to her body and spirit, and become stronger and more flexible. Always a student, Adrienne continues to practice regularly and explore ways to integrate the teachings of yoga into her life, both on the mat and off. Adrienne completed her 200-hr yoga teacher training in Feb. 2018 at Down Under.

When she is not on her mat, or at the Down Under front desk, Adrienne spends a lot of time with children. A kid at heart, she enjoys playing, creating, and imagining with children—making art, reading, exploring nature, running around barefoot. Adrienne has worked as preschool teacher and a nanny for many local Boston families. She is also a gardener and an herbalist, and can often be found working in the dirt, growing veggies and medicinal herbs. Adrienne loves traveling, camping, cooking and baking, the practice of 5Rhythms dance, and various forms of writing.

Adrienne's next adventures involve pursuing a graduate degree in Early Childhood Education and Development and becoming certified as a kids yoga teacher.