Teachers

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Ramsay Trussell, Yoga teacher, OTM owner

Ramsay (RYT 500) began practicing yoga in 2000 and was drawn to the strong, physical aspects of the practice. The unexpected bonus was that this physical practice also brought about a quiet mind that other athletic endeavors had not. Ramsay enjoys the challenge of finding a balance between strength and ease, power and letting go, in each class and in each pose. In 2008, she completed her 200-hour RYT teacher training with Natasha Rizopoulos of YogaWorks and in 2015 she completed her 300-hour RYT training again under Natasha's guidance at the Down Under School of Yoga. Ramsay’s classes combine the heat and flow of Ashtanga with a strong emphasis on precise alignment that comes from Iyengar. She believes strongly that yoga is a practice of healing the body so, in 2015, she studied with both Julie Gudmestad and Judith Lasater, both of whom are renowned physical therapists, anatomists and yoga teachers. Classes with each of them helped to deepen Ramsay's knowledge of anatomy and yoga therapeutics. As a former TV producer, Ramsay enjoys the challenge of planning and producing a safe but challenging sequence for her students with a deep appreciation that every student is different and that each day is different. Be Present and Be Patient. As the great Pattabhi Jois said, “Little by little, all is coming”.

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Vicki Evarts, Yoga teacher, OTM Founder

Vicki, a long-time committed athlete and marathon runner, discovered yoga in 2000 and has become a dedicated yoga practitioner. She and Bar Littlefield founded On the Mat in 2001 and owned and operated the studio until March 2013. She has pursued her teacher training with Baron Baptiste of Baptiste Power Yoga Institute, Shannah Green of the Nantucket Yoga Room, Tara Rachel Carey, and at Kripalu, where she completed her 200hr certification with Joseph Le Page of Integrative Yoga Therapy. On-going trainings include workshops with Ana Forest, Manju Jois, Steven Cheng of Dharma Mitra NY, Rolf Gates, Sean Corne, Desiree Rumbaugh, The Primary Series, and Beryl Bender Birch of The Hard and The Soft Astanga Yoga Institute as well as working privately with several Boston instructors. She is a registered yoga teacher with the California Yoga Alliance. Vicki also manages three grown daughters and a career as a realtor..

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Amy Barber, Yoga teacher

Amy is a certified yoga teacher and has a passion for fitness and the great outdoors. She loves creating art, immersing herself in yoga continuing education and raising her two children. Back in the early 90’s, while attending college in New York City, she discovered yoga. Seeking balance and clarity in her life, she continued with her practice, explored meditation and achieved her 200/500HR certifications from Mimi Louriero and Elliot McElDowney of 02Yoga and Rolf Gates. . Being titled “the watchful teacher” she teaches a variety of yoga styles.including the Ashtanga tradition in which she was initially trained. Amy enjoys teaching diverse classes including sharing basics with new yogis, restorative postures to compliment one’s practice, showing the benefits of yoga to the advanced athlete, teaching Power vinyasa flows to those seeking a fresh approach, as well as giving well-seasoned yogis new challenges. Her classes are easy to understand, anatomically cued with a creative philosophical twist. She explains the differences between effort and ease on the mat and how that can be applied to our lives off the mat. She encourages students to tap into how they feel, guiding them to take a break from the “over-thinking” mind and reminds students that our bodies are our best teachers. Currently, Amy is working on a yoga program for caregivers called “The Love-asana Project” and will work closely with the NAMI Organization.

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Sammy Brown Goodrich, Yoga teacher

Lying on the floor with a herniated disc and a six month old lying before her, Sammy realized she desperately needed restoration, which she came to find in yoga. Starting with a wonderful teacher in the most humble of settings—a trailer classroom—Sammy discovered a way to approach both physical and spiritual life that sustains her. Inspired to share this practice with others, Sammy earned her 200 hour teaching certificate in 2008 with Rolf Gates. Since then, she has acquired her Balanced Athlete Certificate with Johnny Gillespe and pursues formal mediation training with David Nichtern in the Shambhala Tradition. Additionally, Sammy is a Reiki 2 Practitioner. Sammy deeply believes, as Pema Chodron said, “…you do it for all sentient beings. Your own experience of pleasure and pain becomes the way that you recognize your kinship with all sentient beings,” whether that person is the child lying before you who needs a lift, or the person who just cut you off in traffic. For more information about Sammy, her classes and music playlists for sharing, please visit sammybrown.com

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Jane Cargill, Yoga teacher

Jane's class is a blend of stong yet soft, skillful slow flow vinyasa. Her affinity for teaching is genuine and inclusive. The transformative effect yoga had on her relationship to Self and eventually others is what compels her passion for sharing. Jane has invested in over 2000 hrs in RYT trainings over the past 15 years. Born into the Baptiste lineage, she continues to feed her hunger for study with various teachers and styles. She recently completed the TIMBo training, a mind+body training for chronic stress and PTSD, and is currently engaged in an Ayurvedic Counseling Program at the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. She hosts an ongoing Mentorship program and is deeply honored to be a gatekeeper in teaching teachers.

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Peter Crowley, Yoga teacher

Peter teaches what he practices. His sequences offer the opportunity to slow down and feel the effect of an embodied practice that pursues safety and alignment and sets roots for a lifelong practice. Peter encourages inquiry into deeper aspects of a meditative practice that nurtures introspection and self-discovery in a non-competitive environment. He believes that while our yoga practice is sacred and solemn, we must not lose sight of humor and humility.
He began teaching Primary Series in 2003 after taking his first 200-hour Ashtanga Vinyasa Teacher Training with Larry Schultz of It’s Yoga San Francisco. Following this, he regrouped for a few years and studied under the fierce Ana Forrest, completing her 200-hour Foundational and Advanced Teacher Training. In 2008, Peter began teaching full-time after leaving the field of Architecture. He has been studying alignment and asana with Barbara Benagh for the last two years. Today, his all-levels teaching style fuses the authenticity and strength of a Forrest practice with the deliberate sequencing and placement found in Barbara's slow flow vinyasa.

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Liz Gawel, Yoga Teacher

Liz Gawel (RYT-500) discovered yoga at a local Boston gym in 1999, but it wasn't until she moved to Las Vegas in 2001 that she began to consistently study the practice. During almost a decade of living in the desert, Liz studied and practiced traditional Ashtanga, multiple methods of Vinyasa flow, and eventually immersed herself in the Anusara yoga system. In 2009, Liz returned to the Boston area - completing both her 200-hour and 300-hour teacher training under the guidance of Natasha Rizopoulos. Liz has had the pleasure of assisting Natasha's weekly classes, workshops, and teacher trainings throughout New England.
Outside of her yoga practice, Liz is a massage therapist - completing foundational massage training in addition to specialized trainings in Myofascial Release and Thai Yoga Massage. She is a mother of two, Boston sports fan, a part-time resident of Martha’s Vineyard, and always working become a better cook.

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Julia Hanlon, Yoga Teacher

Julia Hanlon, the creator of Running On Om, is a podcast host, yoga teacher, runner, and student of life. Julia is passionate about asking questions that explore the mind, body, and spirit connection. The quest for these answers has led Julia to the practices of yoga and running. Currently, she teaches weekly Baptiste Flow classes in Boston and Cambridge. Julia began practicing yoga at the age of 16, when she was a student at nearby Concord Academy, eventually becoming a 500 hour RYT teacher during her sophomore year at Bates college. She is passionate about making the transformative practice of yoga accessible for everybody, and as a college freshman, founded the Bates Yoga Kula, an organization that hosts free yoga classes for students, faculty, and staff. Since graduation from Bates College, Julia has continued to expand her Running On Om podcast to over 200 interviews with a diverse group of innovators of the mind, body, and spirit connection- from authors, musicians, athletes, actors, entrepreneurs, yogis, to chefs- Julia believes that everyone has a story worth sharing. Running On Om features Julia's journey interviewing holistic pioneers, teaching yoga wherever she travels, and running anywhere she finds roads. Check out Julia's website www.runningonom.com.

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Ori Z. Kilner, Yoga Teacher

Ori has been practicing yoga since she was three years old. She was first introduced to yoga at the Iyengar Institute in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with Gary Bello. She grew up in a household where both parents practiced and taught yoga, meditation and philosophy. At age ten she traveled to the Himalayan Mountains to study the eight limb path of yoga at the International Meditation Institute where she was trained in the guru tradition. She studied vedant philosophy, Patanjali Yoga Darshan, Bhagavad Gita, Sanskrit, mediation, stotrams, chants, and yoga asana through varying styles, pranayama, ayurveda, public speaking, Dhyaan yoga, Bhakti yoga, and Raj Yoga. She received a Masters of Meditation when she was 16 years old, and taught Patanjali from the age of 13. She has been teaching yoga ever since. She has studied Hatha, Iyengar, Tibetan and Vinyasa Yoga. Ori is also trained in myofascial and deep tissue massage and aromatherapy as well as a children's yoga teacher. She is the mother of two daughters and an accomplished triathlete.

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Linda Malcomb, Yoga Teacher

Linda took her first teacher training in 1999 where Deb Neubauer came to lead an Anusara class. She was deeply moved and inspired by the alignment cues relating to the physical and also the inner body. After years of a vigorous practice leading to a plateau without much progress, she saw the transformative power of the Anusara method which reaches into the heart of the practitioner, finds the longing to remember our deepest power and glory, and calls this Truth out into expression through the physical practice. She has since deepened her exploration of the Anusara method with another year-long teacher training with Deb, and various retreats, workshops and immersions with Deb and other Anusara teachers acrosss the country, including the founder, John Friend.

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Sarah Sturges, Yoga teacher

A lifelong health and wellness enthusiast, Sarah has over twenty years of experience teaching group and private fitness classes. For the past ten years she has been teaching various forms of mind body exercise, throughout the Boston area and has taught yoga internationally at Ashiyana Yoga Retreat Centre in Goa, India. Sarah’s 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Training is attributed to Rolf Gates and, currently, she is studying towards her 500 hour ERYT certification at Prajna Yoga, with Tias and Surya Little. She has also studied with many other talented teachers throughout the United States and has, most recently obtained a Pre-Natal Yoga Certification with Jacci Gruninger through Pranakriya Yoga. Teaching pre-natal and infant-parent yoga has a special place in her heart right now as Sarah has recently become a mother to a beautiful baby girl. Sarah takes a holistic approach to her teaching and counsel. She invites her clients and students to work with intention in order to reestablish a mind-body connection, urging each to be guided from within. She provokes an individual experience and personal plan for uncovering one’s unique needs, deepest desires and fullest potential.

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Sarah Wieland, Yoga teacher

Growing up, Sarah studied classical ballet with Jacki Cronsberg from the Boston Ballet and was a competitive swimmer in college. Sarah turned to running in her 20’s and found half-marathons physically challenging, but was looking for more of a mental challenge. After the birth of her identical twins, Sarah turned to yoga and found increased energy and clarity after each yoga practice. Sarah completed her 200 hour training with Mimi Loureiro from O2yoga in 2009. Sarah’s background is in consulting and finance and enjoys working part-time as a Business Manager for The Healing Garden, a local non-profit that supports women with breast cancer. Sarah has experienced the invigorating but calming effects of a steadfast yoga practice and is committed to sharing this with students through a challenging but creative sequence of poses. Sarah is also certified in Wonderbarre which is an infusion of yoga, pilates and ballet and offers private sessions in both practices.

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Loren Winters, Yoga teacher

Loren Winters (RYT 500) first sought out yoga for the fitness benefits. After years of a regular "power" based yoga practice, she enrolled in teacher training in order to learn more about alignment, breath and the philosophy behind the asana. In 2010, she completed the 200hr teacher training instructed by master teacher Natasha Rizopoulos. At the time of the training, she was pregnant with her first child and learned to safely modify a regular vinyasa yoga practice for pregnancy. She then taught yoga to private clients and joined the assisting staff at Down Under Yoga in Newton. Seeking green space, she and her family moved to Concord in 2012. In February 2013, while pregnant with her second child, she studied pre-natal yoga with Bec Conant of Om Births. Most recently she completed a 300 hr intensive yoga teacher training under the guidance of her teacher Natasha Rizopoulos, as well as Barbara Benaugh, Justine Wiltshire, Peter Crowley and many other master teachers. Loren particularly enjoys breaking down a pose to the fundamentals which makes her well suited to teaching both beginners and students looking to refine their practice. She is a passionate advocate for yoga and a consistent student with an unquenchable thirst for learning. Off the mat, Loren works as an oncology nurse practitioner at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Breast Cancer, and lives in Concord with her family.

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Tara Rachel Jones, Children’s Yoga teacher

Tara Rachel has been a pioneer of children’s yoga in the Boston area. She has worked professionally with children since 1989. She has developed her own approach to children’s yoga; which is simply, yet uniquely a synthesis of education, developmental movement and yogic teachings; and has been teaching yoga to young people from the ages nursery through high school since 1997. She obtained a B.A. in Early Childhood Education (N-3) from Simmons College in 1991. She became a certified Montessori Teacher in 1992. Tara Rachel was introduced to Waldorf Education in 1997 while implementing her first children’s yoga program at a Waldorf inspired school. She completed the two- year Foundations Study Course in Waldorf Education in 2005 and now holds an M.Ed. from Antioch Graduate University in Waldorf Education. Tara Rachel teaches yoga in schools, organizations and studios all around the Boston area and runs a Teacher Training Course for those interested in teaching yoga to Toddlers, Children, Youth, Teens and Families. For more info on Tara and her teaching, visit www.floweryoga.com