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.
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.