Black Crow Yoga
201 Broadway • Arlington, MA 02474
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Emily is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher through the Kripalu School for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA.  She is a registered teacher through Yoga Alliance and is thrilled to be joining the Black Crow family!

She believes in demystifying yoga for every body, and promotes yoga for healing, fitness, self care and a better quality of life on and off the mat. She started doing yoga 12 years ago out of curiosity and found that her competitive nature found direction, challenge and calm in postures. She continually comes back to the mat as a way to manage illness, ease tension and come home to herself.
 
Emily steadfastly believes yoga is for everybody and promotes a learning space that is trauma sensitive, body positive and LGBTQ+ friendly. She strives to create classes that celebrate, challenge and adapt to you.

Vera Ventura is originally from Miami, where she immersed herself in the pulsating beats of Latin music and culture. She moved to NYC at 14 to pursue acting, but also became a staple in the club scene--dancing until late in the night. While at Skidmore College, she traveled to India and fell in love with yoga when she witnessed a 90-year old man standing on his head!
 

Since then it’s been a journey of self-discovery, disciple, and acceptance--through recovery, yoga, buti yoga, meditation and the healing arts of aromatherapy & touch. She completed her masters from Harvard University in education in 2012, and focused on mindfulness.

 

Vera has also completed her 200-HR Vinyasa training at Prana Yoga, 200 HR- Buti Yoga Teacher training at Ritual Sweat Society, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training at UMASS Medical Center, Kids Yoga training, and is a certified doTERRA aromatouch specialist.

 

Off the mat, she enjoys watching documentaries, traveling, and spending time with her husband and 2 sparkly kids.

With a background in Muscular Therapy and three decades of teaching in various fields and subjects, Ari brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, attention to detail and a joyful smile to the practice of teaching, learning and well-being through yoga.
 

Ari found the physical and emotional relief, coupled with the spiritual joy that yoga practice offered, to be life-changing as it alleviated the pain of emotional wounds and eased digestive issues. Over the last 20 years, Ari's Yoga practice has continued to evolve and calm his mind, align his body and embolden his heart, while deepening the palpable realization that everything and everyone are connected.

 

Ari brings a calm yet flowing balance of breath-coordinated movement, a meditative, authentic and playful spirit and an awareness of the anatomical considerations of Asana to his teaching. Ari strives to live what he has learned in his practice on the mat, and bring it to his day-to-day activities and interactions, and inspire his students to explore this possibility in their lives as well.

It was the inspiring words of a yoga teacher that got me to fall in love with the practice roughly 5 years ago. Something along the lines of, living in the present moment, simply living in the here and now. Now, as a teenager struggling severely with anxiety and depression, this was a concept I never really thought about; as my thoughts raced from one to the next about things that weren’t even occurring yet, I barely had a moment to myself anymore. The idea of focusing solely on the present moment seemed so foreign to me but for the first time I let myself experience that freedom from my racing monkey mind. I felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders after that class, like I could breathe again. Needless to say, I was hooked! I have been practicing to maintain the idea of being present ever since.

I want my students to leave my class feeling the same way, if not better. I want my class to be a place of acceptance and non-judgment. An environment to practice self-love and self-care for not only your body, but maybe even more importantly, the mind. I want to teach my students to cultivate body awareness through breath, to align the two entities of body and mind. Creating a dynamic space of intuitive movement that brings about a state of peace to the mind and to move your body away from the dis-ease of everyday life. Embarking on a journey that encourages students to use their breath to guide their body to a place of complete and total surrender.

It was Black Crow Yoga after all where I began my yoga practice and it was from there where I was encouraged by Robin to get my teaching certification at YogaWorks Back Bay. After I graduated with a BS in Psychology from Salem State University last May, I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training with Renee LeBlanc. This is where I got to delve into the alignment and fundamentals of the yoga practice. Since then I have been subbing classes at Mission Hill Yoga in Boston and working towards applying to graduate schools for mental health counseling in holistic studies, in hopes of aligning the mind and body forces to help those in need of alternative therapy.

I am so very honored to be apart of the amazing family and community and as eager as can be to continue my teaching journey through BCY!

 
Kimberly first walked into a yoga studio in 2007 at the advisement of a physical therapist. She was recovering from a shoulder injury. In that first class Kimberly received more than she ever expected. It was the first time since competitive swimming as a child she was able to tune into her breath, and she was immediately hooked. With consistent practice and medical treatment she recovered from her injury and has been practicing yoga ever since. In the subsequent years, yoga has been a constant, a gift, which she has watched spread into every area of her life. Her practice has since helped her to face adversities with grace, courage and resiliency. Today, she feels incredibly grateful to share the practice of yoga as a teacher.
 

Kimberly’s teaching approach involves creating a learning environment that is safe, non-competitive, fun and loving. In just one class, students will likely sweat, meditate and laugh out loud as they learn to tune into their inner-self. Kimberly is known for her creative sequences, concise alignment cues, hands-on assists, authentic storytelling, and Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra. Every class is challenging yet accessible to both beginners and experienced practitioners, and those working with injuries. She works with students at every level to offer them the space for personal discovery, both on and off the mat.


Kimberly is thrilled to be a part of the Black Crow Yoga community and teaching team. She also feels incredibly grateful to have studied with a variety of talented yoga teachers in the Boston area since 2007. In 2017, Kimberly completed her 200-hour training at Kripalu Yoga & Health Center with Yoganand Michael Carroll and Cristie Newhart. Shortly after, she completed her Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra Teacher® training with Jennifer Reis. Kimberly is also First-Aid, CPR & AED certified. Oh, and if you can’t seem to find her, she is likely traveling, scuba diving, practicing yoga somewhere or snuggled up with her cat Nitrox.

 

I took my first yoga class in 1998 and I have continued to find a way back to my mat ever since. As a childhood gymnast and collegiate springboard diver, I was first attracted to the acrobatic aspects of asana. While this is something I still enjoy, yoga is so much more than a physical practice for me now. Yoga is showing up—with love and acceptance—in the body and mind I am in on this very day, and working toward strength and ease. This means letting go of expectations, exploring both the comforting and the challenging, and treating oneself and others with kindness. As a teacher, I hope to support fellow yoga practitioners in this journey.
 

In 2008, I completed my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training through YogaWorks with Natasha Rizopoulos. I’ve been a regular student at Black Crow Yoga since 2014, and I am thrilled to teach, practice, and grow in such a lovely, loving community.

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.

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.

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!

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 :)

For the past 22 years, 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, vitality, strength, power, as well as compassion and vulnerability. I hope to share that with my students through my teaching!

 

My classes are steeped in many years of cultivating technical skills and a deep personal practice. I offer a class with 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 about their bodies, their own personal anatomy and physiology.

 

I am humbled and honored to offer the practice of yoga. I look forward to meeting you on your mat!

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!

Since 2002 I have practiced and taught various styles ranging from Yin and Restorative yoga to Ashtanga to Vinyasa to Power and Yoga Nidra. I found my passion to be in my eclectic style; with the desire to bring the student into his or her own body and to truly feel the magic of what a practice can bring. I base my classes on the energy of the moment and typically involve the meridians of the body while moving in the most ideal flow energy. Although my classes may be challenging, the intention is to encourage the students to honor their body by resting when they need to, and adversely pushing when they feel they should. I prefer to try and get everyone grounded and appeal to all levels, as well as to the beginner as we are always just beginning. The goal is to be brought into deep rest at the end, balancing the challenges provided.

 

I began studying Exercise Physiology in college and received a Bachelor of Science Degree. My Yoga education includes 200H training and Study in 2005 with Taylor and Phillipe Wells and with many other fabulous and amazing teachers in between, because first and foremost, I am always a student. However, in the last few years I have come to learn and appreciate Thai massage and it's dance of energy and lazy-man’s-yoga that it is. I completed 500H certification with Daniel Orlansky & Co. in the spring of 2014, alongside the blessing of many wonderful teachers including Jennifer Yarro, Jennifer Reis, 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 my life. In recent years I studied moving through practice with the core-strength meridians with Sadie Nardini and am now undergoing a 200 hour certification in Kundalini to continue the fusion I enjoy to deliver.

 

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 thru 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.

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.

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