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NOT WORK FOR HIM…

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Meet Roman Szpond of Inner Strength Studios... For nearly two decades, the team at Inner Strength Studios  (with locations in Watertown and Sudbury) has been obsessed with providing the ideal space for physical, emotional and spiritual transformation. This week we chat studio owner Roman Szpond who practices seven days a week using yoga's benefits to both "wind up" and "wind down".  Roman, along with Lauren Star and Charles Barone just kicked off their 2016 Yoga Teacher Training program, … [Read more...]

WELL VERSED…

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Meet Marylee Fairbanks... Marylee Fairbanks has been teaching yoga and leading workshops in and around the Greater Boston area for ten years. She focuses on the Chakra System and teaches workshops and as well as teacher training classes. The mind/body/spirit connection is the center of her classes.   Before teaching yoga, she worked as a professional singer and actor for 15 years.  "Work is what you do for others.  Art is what you do for yourself," lyrics from one of Ms. Fairbank's all-time … [Read more...]

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT HALLE

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Meet Halle Becker... Halle ("Homegirl") Becker does not pull punches.  She wants the “truth to lead the way”, and has absolutely no qualms about passionately spreading that dharma.  She’s 53, lives “loudly and proudly” neither denying the process of aging nor necessarily embracing it but rather extracting its very essence and bringing that ripening forward into the light.  A bright light she has emitted for nearly twenty years holding court as one of New York City’s most beloved yoga and spin … [Read more...]

JACQUI REACHES OUT…

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Teacher Profile: Meet Jacqui Bonwell Jacqui Bonwell is the studio owner at the Canton Yoga Shala, a place she warmly refers to as her "little nest".  She sat down with Find Bliss Boston earlier this month on the heels of the studio's new move to an expanded site.  While this studio remains her "home base" for her 200 and 500 RYT trainings and some workshops, she likes to think of herself as "a true gypsy", taken by the wind and hitting the road as needed in order to connect directly with … [Read more...]

EAST MEETS WEST

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MEET DANIEL MAX, CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF JP CENTRE YOGA   Daniel is the co-founder of JP Centre Yoga (JPCY), a diverse vinyasa-based yoga studio in Jamaica Plain, where he teaches weekly classes and directs a registered yoga teacher training.  Born in Israel, he  came to the U.S. in his early 20s. Here, through his studies, he became certified as a shiatsu practitioner, massage therapist, yoga instructor, and nutrition and health counselor.  Informed by his practice of yoga and … [Read more...]

TEACHER PROFILE… MEET KRISTIN OLSON

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Kristin Olson, the studio owner at Home Yoga in Andover, is widely known for her intelligent sequencing and precise instruction - skills she has honed over many years under the guidance of her mentor Natasha Rizopoulos. When she is not at home caring for her three young children, she can be found sharing her deep knowledge of yoga and its intricacies through both her signature 300 hour advanced teacher training program and her public classes. In 2015 Home Yoga was voted "best yoga studio" by … [Read more...]

TEACHER PROFILE… MEET RENEE LEBLANC

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This week, we sit down with former ballet dancer and now  popular Boston yoga instructor, Renee LeBlanc.  Renee discovered yoga following a tip from a co-worker nearly sixteen years ago and has been practicing "without sabbatical" ever since.  These days in her personal practice, she's finding her bliss in the transitions in and out poses.  For her, that’s where "the real juice is".  Next month, Renee will lead an eight day retreat in Cabo San Lucas featuring her signature vinyasa yoga, great … [Read more...]

TEACHER PROFILE

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Meet Becky Gabryjelski... This week we catch up with Rebecca (Becky) Gabryjelski a once formidable spinning instructor who long ago traded in her clip-on shoes for a yoga mat.  These days, when she is not bringing new life into the world as a labor and delivery nurse, you will likely find her at the helm of a packed studio somewhere north of Boston advancing vitality of another sort.  Beloved for her signature sequencing, clever playlists and way with words... expect to be (gently) pushed … [Read more...]

MEET BILL DRURY OF THE YOGA LOFT

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"One significant event that built my deep connection with yoga was watching my mother practice to Ms. Folan’s PBS show ‘Lilias Yoga and You’ as a young teenager.  A couple of years later she would hand me a book of yoga postures to keep me on the right path.  She applied no pressure, but the gesture would inspire my dedication to the discipline."       This week we catch up with Bill Drury, a long time (as in 35 years) practitioner of Hatha yoga known for his unique blend of … [Read more...]

TEACHER PROFILE: MICHELE BOSHAR

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MEET ARTIST AND NORTH SHORE YOGA INSTRUCTOR MICHELE BOSHAR “I have always left at least a small space in my life for my art with the intention of creating something beautiful and telling a story.  the result hopefully satisfies both and is always cathartic.”   This week we lean in with popular north shore yoga instructor Michele Boshar.  Michele is highly regarded not only for her mastery on the mat but also for the grace and peace she expresses through her work as a fine art painter.  When … [Read more...]

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