Black Crow Yoga
201 Broadway • Arlington, MA 02474
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Amanda

Amanda-Porter-Vallimont-02STRONG / GROUNDED / PRESENT

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.



 

Anushka

Anushka-01I 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 :)
 


 

Brenda

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!

 


 

Brittney

BrittneyYoga 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!

 


 

Emily

EmilyChicojayI 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. 

 


 

Jenna

jenna-hussey-4_copyA 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.

 


 

Julia

Julia

My practice began in 2002 and I have been teaching yoga since 2005. I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education, but deviated from this path due 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 and lightness, and depth that is truly all around us and especially within.

Since 2002 I've practiced various styles ranging from Restorative yoga to Ashtanga to Vinyasa to Power, but 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 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. Sometimes music is included only to enhance a particular class, but always there is emphasis on the breath. Although my class may be challenging, the intention behind them is to encourage the 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 my 200H training and Study with Taylor and Phillipe Wells in the beginning, and many fabulous and amazing in between because I'm (first and formost) always a student.  Just in the last few years however, I've come to learn and appreciate Thai massage and it's dance of energy and lazy-mans-yoga that it is. I completed my 500H certification with Daniel Orlansky (and company!) in the spring of 2014 alongside the blessing of many wonderful teachers from Jennifer Yarro, Jennifer Reis, to Doug Keller and many more.  As a Reiki Master and teacher, I bring energy work into the classroom (perhaps from a distance if not on contact) including Metta (loving kindness energy work) throughout my classes and life. Currently I'm studying deep in to the core- strength meridians with Sadie Nardini.  Also, one of my latest teacher/masters is Henry, my babe born October of 2014.

 


 

Katie

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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.

 


 

Keith

Keith

Yoga is all about finding happiness and peace. I came to yoga about ten years ago through the Kripalu tradition where I trained to be a yoga teacher. Kripalu emphasizes being present in your body, connecting with what you feel in the present moment, and reaching into your center via breath and movement.  

Each person is different. Each body is different. The body that you live in is unique and wonderful and deserves your deepest love and care. When I teach I always encourage students to let their own inner wisdom guide them through the flow – as a teacher, I offer suggestions, but your own being is your truest guide.

My wife Janice and I have being living in Lexington for 23 years and we have two grown sons. While my practice focuses more on yoga, her practice focuses more on meditation. Yet we both love the community at Black Crow.

Black Crow Yoga is a wonderful studio where everyone can just be themselves and enjoy yoga and each other.


 


 

Robin 

Robin ShawNew 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!

 


 


Lauren 

EXPLORATION / ENERGETIC FLOW / MINDFULNESS

black-crow-yoga-lauren-farenga-13 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.



 


 

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ENERGETIC / UPBEAT / AUTHENTIC

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.

 

 


 

Sarah

STRENGTH / JOY / RESILIENCE


Sarah ApgarMy 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.