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

All Levels Flow to Music Unheated

This class is taught by:

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!

Anushka Arellano

I grew up in India where both my grandparents taught yoga for a living. Yoga in a sense was a strong part of my family life yet I did not take it seriously as a practice until many years later when I moved to the US. Here I rediscovered yoga in the context of trying to find a more balanced and healthy life and to cope with daily stresses.

I completed my 200 hour Yogaworks certification with Natasha Rizopolous in 2012. Since then I have practiced yoga passionately and have taught at my work and at Black Crow.

My classes combine mindfulness with a strong physical practice. My intention as a teacher is to empower students to find their own approach to yoga and to recognize each one's individuality. I am grateful to be able to share my love of yoga with others as I continue on this journey as a student myself. I also spend a lot of time obsessing over playlists for my classes as I think music is an important part of the experience of a yoga class. These days in my class you might find yourself flowing to tunes by Lindsey Sterling, Sia or Lana del Rey :)

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.

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.

Jenna Hussey

A dedicated student of yoga for over seventeen years, Jenna began instructing classes in 2007. Her experience in the field of massage therapy profoundly informs her instruction of yoga postures and conversely, her yoga practice continues to evolve her understanding and awareness of body mechanics and self care.

Jenna has extensive experience working with beginners. Specializing in classes that focus on foundational yoga postures and principles, she has led countless introductory classes and workshops throughout her teaching career. She has a welcoming spirit and the ability to structure lessons so that newer students feel included and successful.

In addition, Jenna is a trained and experienced practitioner of TM and traditional forms of mantra meditation, and is also a long-time student of Advaita Vedanta and Indian philosophy. All this study and experience lends itself beautifully to her commitment to supporting herself and others in managing stress and finding connection, comfort, ease and freedom in both body and mind.

Emily Chicojay

I started practicing yoga when I first began college through the university’s fitness classes. Soon after, I sought out studios to attend classes on a more regular basis and found that the benefits of these classes were extending to other aspects of my life. As I’ve moved from place to place yoga has always been the constant in my life, whether I attend a class at a studio or make time to flow on my own. Despite all the ups and downs of life, yoga provides a grounding connection to your body and mental clarity to move through the world with strength and resilience. I seek to provide a space for all students to enjoy and explore these experiences.

I received my 200-hr YTT at It’s Yoga Nica in El Ostional, Nicaragua, a program based in the Ashtanga practice. I offer classes that include creative flows and a restorative cool down. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced student, you’ll find modifications and suggestions that suit your body’s needs.

Off the mat, I’m a MPH in Urban Health candidate at Northeastern University. I hope to advocate for intersectional sexual health and reproductive rights and work toward diminishing the prevalence of social and health disparities.

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.

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.

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!

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!

The studio is heated to approximately 80 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:

  • Fri Nov 17 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Brittney Burgess
  • Sat Nov 18 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Brittney Burgess
  • Sun Nov 19 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Anushka Arellano
  • Sun Nov 19 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Brittney Burgess
  • Mon Nov 20 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Sam Martyn
  • Wed Nov 22 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Amanda Vallimont
  • Fri Nov 24 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Jenna Hussey
  • Sat Nov 25 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Emily Chicojay
  • Sun Nov 26 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Lauren Farenga
  • Sun Nov 26 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Sarah Apgar
  • Mon Nov 27 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Sam Martyn
  • Wed Nov 29 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Amanda Vallimont
  • Fri Dec 01 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Brittney Burgess
  • Sat Dec 02 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Brenda Lovette
  • Sun Dec 03 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Lauren Farenga
  • Sun Dec 03 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Sarah Apgar
  • Mon Dec 04 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Sam Martyn
  • Wed Dec 06 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Amanda Vallimont