My Mantra: BE YOU Favorite Pose: Savasana Favorite Food: Pizza Off the Mat I like to: Eat Kim's fresh veggies from her garden
I enjoy the flowing gifts that a creative and exploratory yoga practice offers. My yoga instruction style embraces both my love of subtle energy awareness and a wonderful down to earth quality which makes my classes a great place to come and explore, including *aerial yoga classes.
My Mantra: Today, I am anger free. I am worry free. I am filled with gratitude. I perform my duties with love, and I am kind to all others. Favorite Pose: Savasana Favorite Food: Gluten-free pizza Off the mat I like to: Write, spend time in nature, read, go to the beach, cook, listen to music, play the piano, sing, laugh, spend time with my husband and our furry kids, and explore what life has to offer. I am a certified Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra® Teacher and certified Reiki Master. I obtained my certifications at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA. In addition, I am a graduate of the MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) program at the UMASS Center for Mindfulness and a graduate of the SMART (Stress Management and Resiliency Training) program at Benson- Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Mass General Hospital. I am passionate about teaching mindfulness, Yoga Nidra, and sharing in Reiki as the healing effects are profound.
Victoria Pollinger, RYT 200
My Mantra: Everything I need is within me; I cultivate my own happiness. Favorite Pose: Arm balances, crescent lunge and forward fold Favorite Food: Avocados, black beans, tomatoes and dark chocolate Off the mat I like to: Spend time with my fiancé and my family, travel, explore, drive, take pictures/videos, and watch and listen to the ocean while feeling the sunshine :) To me, yoga feels magical. It’s the most freeing and beautiful form of self expression. It has dramatically changed my life. The healing effects it has had on me, both mentally and physically, are profound. And it continues to transform me everyday. I knew almost instantly that this was my calling. I am intensely drawn to help others heal in the way that I have. I enjoy practicing Vinyasa flow and traditional Ashtanga yoga. Viewing yoga as both a physical practice and a healing art, my intention is for students to leave my class feeling lighter and less burdened, mentally, and stronger and more flexible, physically.
RYT-200 completed through Full Circle Wellness Yoga and Intuitive Arts in Big Pine Key, Florida
Kim Gebo, RYT 500 Aerial Yoga TT 250
My Mantra: There are too many Favorite Pose: Savasana Favorite Food: Fresh picked vegetables and fruit from our garden Off the mat I like: 1) Adventures with my husband & my dog; we find quaint cafes, antique stores, farm stands and meet wonderful people, 2) Being in the garden or the greenhouse, 3) Walking in the woods, 4) Spreading the love, smiling at strangers, opening the door or buying coffee for the person in line behind me, 5) Reading a book, 6) Spending quality time with family and friends.
I am truly dedicated to the craft of yoga and its ability to open new doors and change lives; it has changed my own. As a yoga instructor, I focus on having fun, listening to your body and most importantly, trust; trust in yourself, your teacher and above all, trust in yoga. I have lived all over the United States and learned from many different people, places and cultures, and I enjoy learning new things from all of the students at Ebb n' Flow Yoga.
Teacher training was done through Frog Pond Yoga Centre. Aerial yoga training: AIREAL YOGA™ airealyoga.com/index.html UNNATA® YOGA, Aircat aerial yoga & Rasamaya yoga.
My Mantra: I gotta be me Favorite Yoga Pose: Crow, child's pose, Side Plank Favorite Food: Cauliflower crust pizza, yogurt, berries, and ice cream Off the mat I like to: Listen to and compose music, play with dogs and bunnies, go to the beach, cook/bake, and travel
Practicing since 2004, Christine carries with her 20 years of experience training the human body to be strong and flexible with an intense focus on injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Her teaching philosophy stems from her experience that no two bodies are exactly the same and there is no one-size-fits-all yoga practice.
Having studied with Theresa Murphy, Dan Boyne, and Sadie Nardini her unique subset of knowledge that combines competitive gymnastics and yoga are a boon when it comes to breaking down postures into digestible steps and giving others tools to overcome fear and doubt.
Kristin Hicks, RYT 200
My Mantra: Can I be with this? In this moment, can I open whole-heartedly to life, just as it is? ... Yes. It is like this now. Favorite Pose: Ardha Chandrasana (1/2 moon), Natarajansana (Dancer), and Supta Matsyendrasana (Reclined twist) Favorite Food: Vegan Indian and Mexican foods Off the mat I like to: Hike, indoor and outdoor rock climb, listen to and practice the dhamma, go on adventures with my partner and three young children, Prana Dance, trail run, be held in satsang, listen to different music from around the world, and facilitate women's personal renewal groups.
My life has been full of opportunities for growth. Retreats at Kripalu - Yoga and Wellness Center in the Berkshires, and the Insight Meditation Society of Barre MA, have helped guide my path towards loving kindness, compassion, and equanimity. I am eternally grateful to my teachers... Buddha, the many vipassana teachers I listen to on dharma seed, my parents, my partner and children, and Cynthia Gramer and Dima Bosko of One Voice - Yoga Teacher Training. Their program was another giant leap of faith into the unknown that dramatically shifted my life in a very meaningful, heart-opening way. I look forward to sharing the asanas, mindfulness practice, and connecting on a deeper level with the students at Ebb n Flow. Namaste.
Kristin Hicks APauseforPeace.com One Voice 200 hour certified Yoga Instructor AFI certified Personal Trainer RTA certified Personal Renewal Group Facilitator
My Mantra: It can depend on context, but something in line with realizing that my mind may not be reporting the news accurately. Favorite Pose: Supta Tadasana...I can spend A LOT of time interested in this shape. Favorite Food: Thai Food Off the mat I like: ...snugging up with my man and beasts, pretty much anything in nature, and watching movies.
I believe practicing and teaching yoga to be the catalyst for discovering the wisdom and wonder of an embodied life. I am the primary teacher for Tias Little and the Prajna school, as well as an endorsed Insight Yoga teacher with Sarah Powers and mentor in her Insight Yoga Institute. I wholeheartedly devote myself to practice. My style of cross-pollinating traditions, re-mixed with my own sensitivities and insights, makes for potent experiences on and off the mat.
Maria Neizvestnaya is personal and executive coach holding an International Coach Federation Credentials (ACC) with more than 1000 hours of coaching experience. She has a Master Degree in Transpersonal Psychology and has been trained as a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program Teacher by the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS Medical School. She is also a member of Therapeutic Neuroscience Lab at the Center for Mindfulness. Maria started to practice mindfulness meditation and yoga in 2010. She believes that teaching mindfulness evolves both from professional training and daily meditation. Her own journey has been enormously enriched by the daily mindfulness practice, as well as a number of retreats led by Thich Nhat Hanh, Jon Kabat-Zinn and other amazing teachers. Her commitment for this program is to create a community of people who share the gifts of the practice and follow their hearts with wisdom and compassion.
Erin Piermarini, RYT-200, LMT, Reiki Practitioner
My Mantra: Love. Favorite Pose: Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose). Favorite Food: Local Veggies. Off the Mat: Spreading loving kindness. Trying new things. Learning. Being active. Spending time in nature. Being silly. Playing the piano. Reading. Creating. Volunteering. Spending time with friends and family.
When I took my first yoga class, I fell irrevocably in love. This, I knew, was my passion. I immediately enrolled in an RYT 200-hour certification program as a student of Diane Featherstone of Frog Pond Yoga Centre. I am thankful to be part of such an inspiring lineage. It is my deepest intention to share with others all that yoga has shared with me.
Whether on or off the mat, never be afraid to celebrate who you are. Choose to exist in a field of endless possibility.
In class, you may expect to encounter these and related themes:
How can I release what is no longer needed in order to connect to what is truly essential?
What does it feel like to recognize that I am whole, perfect, and complete, exactly as I am?
Mary-Anne Purcell E-RYT200-RYT500
My Mantra: With the earth and of the earth. Favorite Pose: Bandhas and breath - the exploration is endless. Favorite Food: Squash there are so many kinds to choose from! Off the Mat: Be active outside year round. In the summer I am consumed by my garden.
Yoga to me is like looking at patterns through a lens. Zooming in and out (macro/micro ), exploring each extreme and meeting myself in the middle.
Mary-Anne Purcell, a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and has been exploring movement her whole life ,but her yoga practice is what has led her to a refined sense of being and a deep understanding of the human condition. She has been blessed with many great teachers including Theresa Murphy(500hr YTT), Rolf Gates(200hr YTT), Jacqui Bonwell(60 hr YTT) Judith Hanson Lasater (restorative yoga YTT), Kim O’Leary (pilates and TRX), Beryl Bender Birch (Boomer Yoga) and many other great movement professionals.
Asma Rashid RYT, 200
My Mantra: Give thanks for each moment Favorite Pose: Wall poses Favorite Food: : Veggies and beans! I love using spices in my food, but most of all I always enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with my meal. Off the Mat: I cherish my morning quiet time for meditation. I enjoy cooking, planting herbs and flowers, spending time with family and good friends, travel, and creative projects. I believe that we can truly appreciate all that life brings with a focused mind through patience and gratitude
I enjoy hatha and flow classes. I began taking yoga as an exercise to build strength and stamina, and in addition, I found the practice of yoga also helped me mentally focus and spiritually open my heart. Each class is its own creative design—and the essence of each pose experienced personally. Yoga can recharge your whole system with flowing and loving energy! As an instructor, I believe in modifying poses to make yoga accessible to anyone. I hope that the benefits from attending class are carried into the rest of the day.
Certification: 200hr Frog Pond Yoga Centre, Princeton, MA. Feb 2016
My Mantra: Not too hot, not to cold, somewhere in the middle; consciousness is colored by the states that visit it; in the stillness the nature of the self is revealed; mind watching mind; there is no separation; Favorite Pose: Asymmetric crescent warrior with a twist; Favorite Food: Roasted veggies and lately I’ve been using cauliflower, finely chopped as a substitute for pasta; Off the Mat: I’m a dharma chaser, adventurer seeker, story teller, creator of possibility, a man in motion, an active one.
Over the past # of years I’ve peddled for a cause in memory of my mom, friends and humanity to raise awareness and money to cure the big “c”: Pan Mass Challenge (2008 – 2009); Bicycles Battling Cancer (2010 – 2015); Created Yoga Celebrates Volunteers an organization which offers yoga classes and programming to community organizations as a way for them to recognize one of their most vital resources: volunteers The first initiative was offered at the Community Harvest Project in Grafton, MA (June – July 2012); My asana practice brings 20 years of movement, meditation and teaching practices to evolving styles of Vinyasa and still yoga. My yoga certifications: 200-Hour Yoga Alliance National Teacher Registration, through Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training, Kripalu Center, Lenox, Massachusetts – June 1999
200-Hour Yoga Alliance National Teacher Registration, through Eyes of the World - Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, Providence, Rhode Island – August 2003
Keri Straka RYT, 200
My Mantra: I am grateful Favorite Yoga Pose: Half Moon Ardha Chandrasana because it feels so expansive Favorite Food: Shahi Paneer & Basmati Rice Off the mat I like to: Spend time with my husband and three children walking around Walden Pond, swimming and reading. I also love to spend time in my studio making things with clay! Coming from a background in sculpture with a Master of Fine Art in ceramics, I have been teaching studio art classes for over a decade in the greater Boston area. I am an avid yogi and enthusiastic life long learner. I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training with Jacqui Bonwell in 2015 as part of her Sacred Seeds Yoga School. In addition I am a certified Radiant Child Yoga Teacher (level I&II), a Yin Yoga instructor, a level I Reiki healer, and a 50 hour certified Aireal yoga instructor. I specialize in teaching all level vinyasa and Aireal yoga classes that are centered on cultivating healthy and safe movements. With this foundation, practitioners in my classes create an awareness of how to shift stagnant patterns to create deeper physical harmony. I am motivated by curiosity, creativity and compassion for the individual human experience. My classes are playful, lighthearted, and accessible to all.
Allison Vinkels, RYT 200
My Mantra: Experience this Moment Favorite Yoga Pose: Kapotasana (pigeon), Trikonasana (triangle) & Shiva Pose Favorite Food: Dark Chocolate and Quinoa Pasta (not necessarily together!) Off the mat I like to:Time spent with my husband and four children, hiking, biking, kyaking, skiing and skating. Drawing, painting,writing and reading Historical Fiction. Listening to MUSIC (it's transformational) & Cooking.
I am motivated to share the yoga principles and practice that connects us to healing. They are beneficial whether our needs are physical, emotional, mental or spiritual. Vitality, Health, Love, Joy and Compassion become our daily thoughts; that weave together the Tapestry that is our life's unfolding story. I was trained at Frog Pond Yoga Centre, in Princeton, MA.
Terri Vogel, RYT 200
My Mantra: One of my top ten is.. I am grateful for... Favorite Yoga Pose: A favorite is Child’s Pose (Balasana)..I love that I can create a well designed “room with a view (inward that is)” with my body...The ultimate DIY! Favorite Food: Recently, thin crust pizza with tons of arugula on top. Eating it with a knife and fork somehow enhances my experience. Off the mat I like to: Be at home and outdoors with my husband. Travel to visit our three grown kids. Play tennis. Connect with friends. Ski. Do long distance ocean swims with husband and dog. Create art/crafts using found objects from the beach, woods and wilderness of our basement. Get my hands dirty in the garden. Volunteer. Binge watch Netflix shows and read books that have real pages to turn.
All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.” ― Martha Graham Having practiced yoga for 17 years or so I am truly grateful for what this discipline has offered me in my life and am dedicated to sharing what I have learned with others. I have been inspired not only by my wonderful teachers but also by Movement itself. It heartens me to see babies naturally develop from toes in mouth to pulling themselves up, dancers beautifully express what we all feel, athletes who inspire us, and animals exuding a kind of spiritual quality as they embody ultimate presence. We were all born with a natural capacity to move and perhaps more than ever, finding stillness within the sometimes chaotic and complex motion of life is essential for each of us and the world we live in. I believe that the practice of yoga is a great way for everyone and anyone to develop the tools to tap into a quieter clearer space within us conducive to developing strong and integrated bodies and minds.
Rachel Efstathion, Studio Volunteer
My Mantra: It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. Favorite Yoga Pose: Savasana and Trikonasana Favorite Food: Donuts Off the mat I like to: Read, write, travel, eat(!) and spend time with the people I love.
As a studio volunteer, I love the energy and community found at Ebb n’ Flow. I love the strength and peace that come from practicing yoga, and the connection it creates with so many others as a result. Yoga has helped me stay grounded and learn to be gentle and kind to myself, and I am passionate about working in a space that teaches and encourages those practices to all who practice with us.
Jennifer Lee MS, RD, LDN, Studio Volunteer
My Mantra: Kindness is contagious. Favorite Yoga Pose: King Dancer Favorite Food: Kiwi (Just because it makes three Ks in a row!) Off the mat:
Jennifer holds a Masters degree in Nutrition Science from Framingham State University. She works at a local hospital as a Clinical Dietitian where she provides medical nutrition therapy in the intensive care, acute care, child behavioral health, and adult behavioral health units.
Jennifer is a volunteer here. She believes cleaning the studio is a good way to simultaneously give back to her community and relieve stress. She also writes blog posts for the studio. She is working towards her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher certification and currently writing about her experience via our blog.