Black Crow Yoga
201 Broadway • Arlington, MA 02474
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All Levels Flow to Music


This class is taught by:

Becky Small

Yoga has changed me into a more positive, confident woman. Growing up, I was never the athletic type. I struggled with my weight and, in turn, my confidence. In 2001, I started working out - weight training, cardio, anything to get my heart rate up. I loved the rush I got but found that a lot of it was triggering pain in an old injury in my back. Then I stuck around the gym one day and took a yoga class. I loved how I felt after my first class. My muscles felt like they had worked but I did not feel sore in the way I had with previous exercises. I started to practice more and more, trying various teachers and styles. I was getting stronger and, at the same time, getting calmer. Yoga made me feel comfortable in my body in a way I had never felt. It changed my outlook on life in general and has allowed me to become a more optimistic person.
 

In 2008, I completed the YogaWorks 200 hour teacher training with Natasha Rizopolous and began teaching immediately. YogaWorks is based on a blend of Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga practices. I slowly started teaching more and more classes and moved away from my day job. I love seeing the changes in people, both adults and children, as they deepen their yoga practice. My classes tend to be a moderately paced, alignment- based vinyasa. Some classes are more gentle or vigorous than others. I have taught yoga in many different environments with students varying in skill level and ages, from toddler to senior citizens. Modifications are offered in all classes in order to be accessible to all students.

 

In addition to teaching yoga, I have a small art business making funky one-of-a-kind clocks. You can check them out at www.bsmalldesigns.com. I feel truly blessed to be able to combine my various passions to make a living. I love sharing the yoga practice with my students and hope to do so for years to come.

Robin Shaw

New beginnings! Teaching at Black Crow feels like that for me. I have just returned back to the Boston area after the transformative journey of falling in love, and living in Montreal for the past two years. It is wonderful to bring my sweetie back to my hometown, the place where I fell in love with yoga, bodywork and movement almost 20 years ago. So, returning full circle offers me the opportunity to approach my teaching and my practice with a beginner’s mind, a fresh attitude, and a body and heart that are returning to this deep practice in a whole new way.
 
Yoga has been a place where I have always felt at home, and always been challenged in the most peaceful way. It has been a source of inner listening and observation, a place to cultivate incredible energy, strength, power, as well as compassion and vulnerability. I hope to share that with my students through my teaching!
 
My classes tend to be a balance of flow and restoration, a sweaty challenge, a soothing opportunity to breath more deeply, and relax the mind and breath, a great stretch, inner and outer. I like to include important alignment cues, so my students can stay safe and learn a bit about their bodies.
 
My husband and I just moved to the town of Arlington, right on Spy Pond and the bike path. We’re loving it here, and it feels perfect to be joining the Black Crow team!

Brittney Burgess

Yoga has the powerful ability to create transformation. My yoga practice has supported me through some of the most challenging and the most joyful times in my life, and continues to be a beautiful reminder to love myself, challenge myself and take care of myself - a message I always seek to share with my students.
 

With a background in psychotherapy and sport psychology, I strongly believe that the mind-body connection is present at all times, and that every person has tremendous potential within themselves. Yoga has filled me with a self-acceptance, intuitive listening and the ability to use my breath wherever I am. As a teacher, I provide the dynamic tools that will help students on a journey to grow, heal, empower and ultimately transform not only their bodies, but their lives!

 

I believe in creating a community of joy and love, and I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity to do this as both teacher and student through this transformative practice!

Brenda Lovette

In our fragmented world, there are so few spaces where we are invited and encouraged to show up as our whole selves: mind, body, and spirit. My yoga practice and the classes I teach create that precious space.
 

I studied classical and contemporary styles of dance in my youth and have always found joy and grounding in moving meditation. I have had a regular asana practice for over 10 years and have always noticed how good yoga made my body feel. But as I ventured down my spiritual path, I woke up to how my inner world changed through my practice. I am grateful for all the lessons from my mat, and how they inform my life off the mat as well.

 

In 2013 I completed the 200- hour Yoga Teacher Training at Inner Strength Studios, and now I get great joy out of sharing the message of yoga in the studio and also at my full time job as a Speech Language Pathologist in a hospital. Mindfulness, breath, and meditation are profoundly healing both for people recovering from injury and for the rest of us! I'm so grateful for the opportunity to share my practice with the Black Crow Community. See you on the mat!

Katie Kelley

I grew up in a home where my mother quietly weaved yogic thinking into her daily life. At the time, I didn't understand it. About twelve years ago a friend brought me to a yoga class, and it slowly started rose to the surface for me. I have been practicing ever since.

Yoga is the reminder for me that I have arrived in my life. It's easy to get caught up in the past, the future or what is going on around me in the present. When I get on my mat, I am experiencing just this moment.

I am a middle school art teacher. I teach students how to paint, draw, sculpt, etc., but the real work I do is teaching them to think, reflect, experience and express. The time I spend on my mat prepares me for that crucial layer of who I am and what I do.

I have had the extraordinary experience of assisting for Becky Small's classes, and consider her, and many of the teachers at Black Crow, mentors. The energy that the Black Crow community blankets me with is what fuels this lovely journey.

My teacher training was through Yoga of Energy Flow with Liz Owens and Daniel Orlansky and I am an Alignment Based Vinyasa teacher. I weave aspects from many kinds of yoga into my teaching.

Amanda Vallimont

I am a Black Crow-bred yogi. I stumbled into my first yoga class when BCY first opened and it has been a beautiful relationship ever since. Yoga helps me stay grounded and real. It connects me to what is important as well as challenges me to step out of my comfort zone. I love the challenging physical asana side of yoga as well as the spiritual practice. Both help me to carry my practice off the mat.

The teachers at BCY inspired me so much that I decided to go for my certification and trained with Rolf Gates, fulfilling my 200 hour certification. I teach a strong, grounded practice that allows you to be yourself and tap into something deeper. I encourage my students to meet their minds and bodies with compassion and allow the effects of yoga to transform them slowly.

When I'm not teaching yoga, I teach high school theology and also run a school Yoga Club.

Vinyasa Flow yoga is a vigorous, athletic style of yoga. We focus on connecting breath to movement through a continuous sequence of postures. We stretch and strengthen our body, mind, and spirit!

We practice heated, not hot yoga. The studio is heated to approximately 85-90 degrees. It will feel comfortably warm, allowing you to safely stretch deeply, and you'll sweat from the athletic nature of the yoga. You'll leave feeling refreshed and renewed.

Each class is a unique experience. Our teachers have a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Classes will vary to reflect the unique style and personality of each teacher. That's the beauty of flow yoga!

Class is appropriate for all levels of experience and beginners are always welcome. If you are new to yoga or have an injury or limitation, please let the teacher know so he/she can offer modifications and give you extra support.


Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Jul 23 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Becky Small
  • Mon Jul 24 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Robin Shaw
  • Mon Jul 24 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Brittney Burgess
  • Mon Jul 24 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Brittney Burgess
  • Tue Jul 25 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Brenda Lovette
  • Tue Jul 25 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Sarah Apgar
  • Tue Jul 25 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Sarah Apgar
  • Wed Jul 26 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Robin Shaw
  • Wed Jul 26 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Becky Small
  • Wed Jul 26 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Becky Small
  • Thu Jul 27 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Katie Kelley
  • Thu Jul 27 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Amanda Vallimont


*Community classes are drop-in only. Online sign up is not available
$10 cash or check only, please. Memberships also welcome.