Kelsey Schacter | Sep 8, 2017
This was one of the more authentic yoga experiences we’ve had. The studio staff is zen, the students are zen, and the space is zen (ie very strict on the no cell phone policy, but enforced in the most yogi way). Expect to feel relaxed, centered, and stretched.
Tasha Eichenseher | August 31, 2017
Learning the principles, or building blocks, of good sequencing, either as a teacher or for your own home practice, will give you the creative freedom to modify or tailor your practice and classes based on what you or your students need more or less of in order to make progress. Read more>>
Jamie Ducharme | August 21, 2017
Specialty classes, from weed yoga to goat yoga, are taking over Boston. Yoga, Justine Wiltshire-Cohen says, should be about quieting the mind and freeing yourself from the distractions of daily life. So classes that add distractions—the kind that has you “hanging a disco ball and playing loud music while smoking a joint and patting a goat,” Cohen jokes—can’t and shouldn’t really be called yoga, as she sees it.
Jessica Young, Contributor | August 17, 2017
This morning I sat on Justine Cohen’s bright yellow Victorian couch, my shoes off and laptop in hand. She’s the founder of Down Under School of Yoga in Boston and as she sits in front of me, I’m thinking we are worlds apart. She’s a former lawyer, owner of one of the most popular yoga studios in the city, and her parents taught English to monks in Tibet. But when she begins to speak about her experience with panic attacks, we are instantly connected.
In a saturated yoga market, studios have two routes to survival: They can push flashy classes and retail, or they can elevate the basics to an art form. The latter’s what you’ll find at Down Under, where Patricia Walden, one of America’s foremost Iyengar yoga practitioners, is on the faculty. Multiple locations.
June 20, 2017
Residents gathered at Cypress Field on June 20, for a peaceful evening of yoga in honor of the International Day of Yoga. This was the second year that Brookline has held the free annual event. Led by instructors from Down Under School of Yoga, Coolidge Corner Yoga and Healthworks Fitness Center for Women, the yoga session attracted participants of all ages.
Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman | June 12, 2017
“Yoga’s dirty little secret is the vast majority of yoga studios are still calling employees independent contractors, so they don’t have to give security and benefits,” says Justine Wiltshire Cohen. “It is almost impossible to make a living as a yoga teacher this way. The practice is meant to cultivate single focus, but 99 percent of teachers are traveling all over the city (from studio to studio). Very few have weekends, let alone two days off in a row.”
Jamie Ducharme | May 2017
Walden is one of only two North American instructors to hold an advanced senior certificate in Iyengar yoga, a slow, methodical style that emphasizes proper alignment. If you think you have the chops to join her intensive weekly class series, you’ll need to be patient.
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Antonia DeBianchi | March 14, 2017
Sensing stress in their student body, the management and faculty at Down Under School of Yoga brainstormed ways they could acknowledge the current political climate while maintaining the principles of yoga. On Friday, they hosted “Down Under Unites: Yoga Stands Up” to strike a balance between yoga and fundraising.
Meg Lappe | January 19, 2017
The studio has gained rave reviews, all while staying rooted in tradition: You’ll find vinyasa, iyengar, and ashtanga on the schedule, not hip-hop yoga.
Susan Currie | December 6, 2016
From Beachwood Canyon to Brookline, Massachusetts
In 1996, while hiking the northern section of the Hollywood Hills, Natasha Rizopoulos had a “moment.” In that reflection, in the balm of Beachwood Canyon, she experienced a bit of a homecoming. After years of professional roaming, the moment was a bow to the ever-present voice that had been long dimmed by the “shoulds” that can mute a life.
Ashley Markwood | November 2, 2016
Yes, entering the world of motherhood is beautiful, but it's also overwhelming and at times, isolating. Finding places to connect with your mom community is imperative to a happy first year and beyond. Whether you meet up for a cup of coffee at the library or strike up conversation while getting your sweat on at the gym, surrounding yourself with moms who are going through a similar experience will only help make parenthood more enjoyable.
By Jamie Ducharme | Sept 16, 2016
A small but determined group of local teachers are challenging ideas of who a yoga student is, and what a yoga body looks like. They’re guiding yoga away from stereotypes, and toward a future of acceptance, inclusivity, and diversity—toward some of the ideals preached by the practice itself.
Think of yoga. Whether you envision a monk in meditation or impressive poses demonstrating strength and flexibility, both diverse images can be traced back to the roots of traditional Indian yoga. Down Under School of Yoga in Newton and Brookline is a major American yoga school and the home to legendary yoga teachers of all styles and traditions of yoga.
Melissa Malamut | September 19, 2013
Under normal circumstances, the opening of a new yoga studio in Boston, while amazing, wouldn’t exactly be big news. But in the case of the new Down Under Yoga in Brookline, the news is pretty huge. That’s because four master teachers are coming together to create the new studio.