NSYA LEADERS AND EDUCATORS ARE SELECTED WITH GREAT CARE AND ATTENTION, and reflect the VALUES of our mission. a team of experts. leaders in their field who: LIVE THE YAMAS AND NIYAMAS, WHO AIM FOR OBJECTIVITY, WHO are kind and PATIENt, EMBODY OPENNESS OF MIND, AND HAVE AN EYE FOR DETAILS
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WHO ARE OUR TEACHERS?
Laura Ahrens is the owner, founder, and lead trainer for NSYA, is on staff at Coolidge Yoga, and leads retreats around the world. Her mission is community, inclusivity, and accessibility in yoga. Her greatest commitment is to live the path of yoga in the world, and she encourages her students to do the same. She is currently completing her Yoga Therapy training with Sarahjoy Marsh in Portland, Oregon.
Tatyana Souza is the owner and founder of Coolidge Yoga. She is a lead trainer for NSYA summer intensive. Previously in the pharmaceutical field with a doctorate in immunology, she took her teacher training and it inspired her to open up her studios, which are heart-centered and community based. She is currently completing her 500 hour training at Wanderlust Hollywood.
Goldie Graham was a teacher at Back Bay yoga for 5 years before moving to San Diego. She now travels the globe teaching workshops, retreats, teacher trainings, and has been an instructor at various Wanderlust Festivals. Goldie has been featured in Yoga Journal, Runner’s World, Marie Claire, The Huffington Post and was among the list of the 100 Most Influential Yoga Teachers in America.
Brigitte Arle RPYT, CEIM, CLC is a pre & postnatal specialist who began teaching yoga & Pilates to expectant and new parents in 2006. She became a birth doula, studied midwifery & lactation and has supported over a hundred families in birth and early postpartum in NYC & Boston. Brigitte created the Rooted Prenatal Yoga School and offers Prenatal & Advanced Teacher Trainings at Coolidge Yoga. Brigitte owns Rooted Boston where she teaches pre/ postnatal & post-rehab clientele.
Lauren Massalas holds a 200 hour certification from both Corepower Yoga and The New School of Yogic Arts (Summer class of 2016). Lauren completed a 650-hour certification as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor from Kripalu Center in the Berkshires and is currently in private practice as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor and teaches workshops on Yoga, Ayurveda, and cooking in Yoga Studios throughout the greater Boston area. A former cardiac ICU nurse at Mass General, Lauren continues to work part time as a nurse at Mass Eye and Ear.
Grace Jull is our anatomist. She led the anatomy portion of teacher trainings at Kripalu for nearly two decades, and has been leading yoga trainings in the US and in Bali for decades. Grace bridges east and west through the study of the overlapping systems of traditional anatomy, embryology, and the Chakra and Kosha systems.
Joan Dwyer is our dreamer in chief. She owns three yoga studios called "All The Matters" in Rhode Island and helped Russell Simmons open his studio, Tantris, in LA. The only word to describe what Joan does is “magic.” She will bring vision and purpose to help you move forward in whatever direction you choose.
Dr. Manoj Chalam lectures for free around the world on the Hindu deities because he believes that self-knowledge should be free for all. He "schleps" (his own words) Murtis, or sacred statues, to pay his way. He brings his lighthearted nature and deep understanding of yogic philosophy, and is also able to look deep into one's eyes and tell them their archetype.
Emily Peterson teaches an intro to Yin, and how to practice and teach meditation and centerings. She is both a yin and meditation teacher and a Reiki master and is on staff at Coolidge Yoga. She is also a lead trainer for TIMBo, Trauma Informed Mind Body.
Raquel Marra teaches arm balancing and headstanding with a flair for the creative, the challenging, and the anatomically intelligent. She is on staff at Coolidge Yoga. With a strong devotion to her personal practice, Raquel will bring out in your physical practice capacity you didn’t know was there. She is currently in her 500 hour teacher training with Jason Crandell.
Kate Greer has been practicing yoga since 2001 and teaching since 2005. She teaches Shadow Yoga, which she studies with Shandor Remete, founder of the Shadow Yoga school, and Emma Balnaves, its director. She began practicing Shadow Yoga in 2010 initially with Scott Blossom, Chandra Easton, and Matt Pesendian. Kate is also a mother of two boys, a graduate student in counseling psychology, and a regular meditator.