Black Crow Yoga
201 Broadway • Arlington, MA 02474
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transformative practice. welcoming community.

All Levels Flow to Music


This class is taught by:

Sam Martyn

Sam has practiced yoga in various forms for eight years. After a series of long-lasting concussions, yoga was a vehicle for recovery, helping Sam to regain physical, emotional, and intellectual strength. She loves yoga and practices it as an expression of her true self.

As a certified Wellness/Health/PE teacher, Sam taught yoga and mindfulness to Needham High School seniors with the goal of providing a resiliency tool box. Sam is taking a 1 year sabbatical from teaching Wellness in Needham to explore the world of yoga more deeply.

Sam completed the 200 hour One Voice Yoga Teacher Training in vinyasa flow. She studied Women's Studies/Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Physical Education at Bridgewater State University, and Health Education at Cambridge College. Sam lives in Holliston, Ma, with her husband, Brian, and her two German Shepherd Dogs.

In her free time, she takes long walks in the woods with her dogs, and loves to ski, sail, and be close to the ocean. Sam has a lot of energy, with a contagious upbeat demeanor. She is dedicated to creating safe, meaningful, and authentic yoga experiences for all students in her class.

Lauren Farenga

I do yoga everywhere I go. It’s just part of who I am. Yoga has shown me how to be my authentic self and feel empowered. Yoga found me when I was going through a very difficult time as a teenager. Yoga gave me the self awareness and mindfulness to make it through, and I have honored my yoga practice ever since. I enjoy teaching others yoga because I feel like I am giving them the skills to make it through their difficult times. In my classes I explore deepening the mind-body connection and the concept of taking your yoga skills off the mat.

My practice style emphasizes mindfulness, energetic flow, self- reflection and exploration. I have been practicing for 16 years and teaching for 7. I am trained in Flow, Vinyasa, Prenatal, Power, Therapeutic, Restorative, and Chakra Yoga and have explored countless other styles through personal experience. Each of these styles of yoga has taught me something unique and valuable. I use my experience with each of these styles to create the best experience for my students in the moment. Each class is unique and requests are always encouraged.

Do yoga. Be happy.

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!

Sarah Apgar

My practice began at Black Crow Yoga.

What started as a hopeful experiment to ease anxiety, transformed into a way of life and something that I find gratitude from every day.

I believe yoga serves as our greatest reminder that we are always in transition. Moving from one situation to the next can feel unsettling and I am incredibly grateful that this practice provides the space to slow down. Yoga feeds a way to reconnect our mind and body, using our breath to stay grounded and present.

What brought me to try my first class, was the physical aspect, as well as the mental and emotional benefit yoga offers. The impact of yoga in my life continues to serve as a reminder to show up on my mat. I strongly believe that yoga delivers us the opportunity to get curious about what is going on in our lives. Yoga teaches us to stay patient and build strength, as we shift through our transitions on and off the mat.

Yoga has given me a whole lot of freedom and continues to be a space where I can play, strengthen, process, and surrender. My intention as a teacher is to offer students that same freedom, to create exactly what they need, while encouraging them to challenge any doubts.

I completed my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Jacqui Bonwell at the Canton Yoga Shala, and I am forever grateful for her and all my other teachers who have offered their teachings on and off the mat.

Julia King

My practice began in 2002 and I've been teaching yoga since 2005. I obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education, but deviated from this path due to injuries I picked up during my years in college playing Rugby. Gym workouts furthered my imbalances to injuries and were far too mundane. I discovered amazing weight management and strengthening through Vinyasa yoga and have furthered my studies since then to discover incredible flow, lightness, and depth that is truly all around us and especially within. I went back 50 years in age in less than a year of practice, and I continue to grow. Pain was the story back then. Joy, fun, and lightness are now.
 
Since 2002 I've practiced various styles ranging from Restorative yoga to Ashtanga to Vinyasa to Power, but I found my passion to be in my eclectic style with the desire to bring the student into his or her own body. When this awareness is activated, many wonderful things can and do happen. I've realized the calm and peace yoga brings after a continued practice and I want to share this magic with as many as I can. Each class is based on the energy of the moment, and I enjoy bringing fun and lightness to my challenging class. The music chosen is usually non-lyric (or light) and yoga-rhythmic or soft to flow with the class. Although my classes may be challenging, the intention behind them is to encourage students to honor their body by resting when they need, and adversely pushing when they feel they should. I always teach to the beginner.... as we are always just beginning.

My Yoga education includes training and Study with Taylor and Phillipe Wells, Sara Meeks, Gurmukh, Ana Forrest, David Vendetti, Shiva Rea, Jennifer Yarro (Thai Massage) and deeper anatomy and movement study with Julie Gudmestad, and Doug Keller. I was certified with the Yoga Alliance since shortly after teaching, currently an E.R.Y.T (experienced yoga teacher), I am now nearly complete with my 500 hour certification with Daniel Orlansky (of Meridian Yoga Flow). As a Reiki Master and teacher, I bring energy work into the classroom (perhaps from a distance if not on contact). I also now practice Thai Yoga Massage and LOVE the beautiful massage dance of energy, compression, immense healing, and lazy-mans-yoga that it is. During Thai Yoga Massage, I practice Metta (loving kindness energy work - standard for Thai Yoga Massage) and Reiki. Recently certified in Diving Sleep Yoga Nidra (Jennifer Reis), I also offer deeper healing services.

Ground, Glow, Shine from your inner voice, and therefore co-create. If not all of the above, then one. If not in one day - then maybe sooner than you ever thought. However it is ALL attainable with continued regular visits to that little rectangle on the floor.

Vinyasa Flow yoga to music 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 80-85 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.

Classes are set to music and teachers prepare their own playlists to reflect their unique styles.


Upcoming classes:

  • Fri Nov 17 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Sam Martyn
  • Sun Nov 19 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Lauren Farenga
  • Mon Nov 20 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Lauren Farenga
  • Mon Nov 20 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Sam Martyn
  • Mon Nov 20 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Lauren Farenga
  • Tue Nov 21 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Brenda Lovette
  • Tue Nov 21 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Sarah Apgar
  • Tue Nov 21 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Sarah Apgar
  • Wed Nov 22 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Lauren Farenga
  • Wed Nov 22 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Julia King