Liz has been practicing yoga for most of her life – as a six year old she was introduced to yoga and meditation by her sister who had just returned home from the Peace Corps. Flash forward to her 20’s, Liz enrolled in yoga classes at the San Francisco YMCA and she’s been practicing ever since.
Liz is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher (RYT-500) having completed a 200 hour YogaWorks training with Natasha Rizopoulos and a 300 hour training at Down Under Yoga. Liz also completed a Relax and Renew training with Judith Hanson Lasater. For over 11 years, Liz has studied weekly with Iyengar teacher, Peentz Dubble and Liz is currently enrolled in the Heart of Iyengar training.
Students will find that Liz’s teaching style is grounded in alignment principles with an instructional style of vinyasa flow yoga that is accessible to all. Outside of teaching yoga and running Artemis Yoga, Liz has worked many years in marketing and holds a degree from Boston College, an MBA from UCLA and she especially enjoys camping and hiking with her two daughters and husband.
Alex Amorosi-ERYT is a Registered Yoga Teacher offering classes, workshops, and teacher trainings in greater New England. He specializes in the anatomy, physiology, and neurology of how yoga poses, breathing and meditation affect the body and brain. He also conducts trainings for yoga teachers in experiential anatomy and therapeutic yoga. Alex is the co-creator and co-director of The HYP Studios Yoga Instructor Training Program in Wellesley Massachusetts and a 2012/13 Lululemon Ambassador. A long time student of human nature and the nature of the human mind, Alex first began studying Zen Meditation in his late teens. Through the years he has developed a holistic approach to meditation, synthesizing teachings from Classical Yoga, Zen, and Advaita Vedanta. He is passionate about the power of the healing practices of yoga for individuals who wish to live healthy and authentic lives. Alex is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts with a degree in Classical Music Performance and Composition. He loves cooking, music, and languages speaking fluent Italian and is proficient in Spanish and Japanese.
Amy Behrens, M.Ed. is a certified parent coach and educator who taught in middle schools for 11 years and who currently leads children’s groups, runs workshops, and coaches parents to help families experience more happiness and connection in their daily lives. She has three children of her own and loves helping parents find ways of turning challenging moments into opportunities for growth, awareness, love and mutual understanding. Amy holds a Parent Coach Certification® Training Program through the Parent Coaching Institute, a Masters in Education (Learning and Teaching Program), Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in American Studies, magna cum laude, Amherst College. She is trained to lead Prejudice Reduction Workshops, Anti-Racism and Multicultural Workshops, and Interfaith Children’s and Junior Youth groups. To learn more about Amy’s work visit www.amybehrens.com.
Erin began practicing yoga in 2005 to complement her cardio workouts, obtain increased flexibility, and heal from injury. She quickly fell in love with the many aspects beyond the physical practice. Erin teaches a creatively sequenced flow that concentrates on linking breath to movement and building strength, balanced with restorative/yin poses to relax the mind and body. Fun, upbeat playlists complement the energetic or calming class style. Growing up in Vermont, Erin became a lover of nature, and enjoys regular outdoor adventures. Her interests also include reading, photography, and cooking. Feeling truly blessed to be part of the Boston yoga community, Erin has been volunteering on the Yoga Reaches Out New England committee since 2012. Erin completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training Certification and Yoga Assist Training at Prana Power Yoga and holds certifications in prenatal, kids, teen, restorative, yin and Reiki Level 1. Today as she steps onto her mat, bringing focus to her breath and self-care, she feels most at home. She believes in being a student of yoga first, attending classes and workshops with a variety of instructors. Erin’s goal is to share her passion for this beautiful practice with people of all ages.
As an experienced middle school English teacher, Joanne brings her teaching experience and passion for wellness, holistic health and mindfulness together as a yoga instructor. Joanne has completed a 500 hour teacher training with her 200 hour training through YogaWorks in Paris and 300 hour training at Down Under Yoga in Boston. Additionally, Joanne completed a 600-hour classical Pilates teacher training through Power Pilates in Boston. As a natural complement to her yoga and Pilates teaching, Joanne received her certification as a holistic health practitioner through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Joanne holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Bridgewater State University and a M.Ed. in education from Northeastern University, and considers herself a lifelong learner. She has worked with a wide range of clientele including athletes, dancers, teens, mothers and the military. In addition, Joanne volunteers with various military organizations, helping to bring the healing and strengthening power of mind-body exercise to those who have served.
Eliza came to yoga initially to improve her physical wellbeing and to achieve greater balance in her stressful schedule. Since then, she has explored a variety of styles and has been inspired to apply yoga philosophy in her daily life. It has been a transformative experience. Eliza has been practicing yoga for over ten years, and she completed a 500-hour teacher training in the Yoga Works method under the instruction of Natasha Rizopolous, with whom she continues to practice. Her teaching combines Iyengar traditions, which emphasize precise alignment of poses, with Vinyasa flow in an intentional sequence that is invigorating and calming.
Eliza strives to foster exploration, self-discovery, and wellness in her yoga classes with the aim of developing students’ strength, flexibility, and stability in body and mind. Eliza continues to deepen her own practice and gain inspiration from students and teachers including Patricia Walden and Barbara Benagh. Being on her mat and teaching yoga brings Eliza great joy. Off the mat, Eliza enjoys hiking, tennis, cross-country skiing, bicycling, running, and traveling. She also has experience in education research and development, with an M.A. in cultural anthropology from Columbia University. Eliza’s passion lies in providing engaging and empowering learning experiences for all students.
Billy Gamble discovered yoga by accident while working as a security guard at a music & yoga festival, attending his first class on a whim. He instantly noticed the positive side effects of practicing and had to explore the world of yoga immediately. When he returned to Boston he tried vinyasa, hip-hop, yin, restorative, and Forrest classes around the city and fell in love. He’s been a dedicated practitioner and fitness enthusiast ever since.
It wasn’t until Billy joined Rugged Crossfit, and with the support of his coaches, that he decided to become a yoga teacher. Billy completed his 200-hour teacher training in the summer of 2012 at Back Bay Yoga, studying vinyasa, restorative and yin styles under the tutelage of Lynne Begier, Aaron Cantor, and Ryan Cunningham. Billy has his Bachelor’s of Science in History and a minor in Business from Northeastern University, is a CrossFit Level 2 trainer, a USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach, and a NASM certified personal trainer.
While Billy is serious about his own yoga practice, he strives to create classes that are fun, relaxed, & welcoming for all students. His goal as a teacher is to help bring out the best from his students—mentally, physically, and spiritually—through the practice of yoga!
Mary is a digital marketer by day and a yoga enthusiast by night. When she isn’t practicing yoga, she loves to hike, camp, ski and be adventuring outside as much as possible.
Mary has been practicing yoga since 2006 and received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification in July 2014. As a college athlete, Mary thrived off of the moments when her mind would be solely focused on basketball and being in the present. After she completed her 16-year basketball career, she found that yoga gave her the opportunity to continue an ongoing, athletic practice that also allowed her to focus on the present moment, letting all of her thoughts and a busy mind wash away.
Join Mary for strong and creative sequences that will let you still your mind of all disturbances.
Liz Gawel (RYT-500) first discovered yoga at a local Boston gym, 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, different methods of Vinyasa flow, and eventually immersed herself in the Anusara yoga system. She took a couple of teacher trainings and began teaching regular weekly classes. In 2009, Liz returned to the Boston area – completing 500 hours of 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 also holds two degrees in public policy—a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and a graduate degree from the University of Massachusetts. She is a mother of two, Boston sports fan, a part-time resident of Martha’s Vineyard, and always working become a better cook.
Sue has been studying yoga since the 1990s and is now a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher. She is a long time student of Peentz Dubble, and assists her level I classes. She started working with ropes two years ago because they are fun and give a rigorous workout but has found they have transformed her practice in terms of strength, flexibility and understanding of the poses. She loves being with people who love yoga and enjoys the endless challenges that regular yoga practice present. She is a wife, mother of three and the owner of an overly clingy Labrador Retriever.
Meghann (RYT-500) has been practicing yoga for over 16 years and views her practice as a model for her life. By calming and strengthening both mind and body, she has found an openness, perseverance and joy, and strives to share this connection with others. With a background in social work and outdoor education, Meghann uses yoga to maintain a healthy relationship between the internal self and external environment. In 2012, Meghann completed her 200 hour certification with Yoga Arts in Sri Lanka. She continued her teacher training in 2014, and under the tutelage of Natasha Rizopoulos and Barbara Benagh, Meghann completed her 300 hour certification.
Meghann is an adventurer and loves to swim across lakes, hike the White Mountains, bike the busy streets of Boston, or try anything new. In each class, she brings her explorative nature to the mat; an adventure inward where students discover the strength and steadiness to move in anyway possible and open their minds to what life has to offer.
Amy found yoga in 2010 and since then has immersed herself in both the physical and soulful benefits of the practice. Profoundly beneficial and complementary to her yoga teaching is Amy’s professional experience as a Social Worker for children and families which lays the foundation for her highly sensitive and compassionate approach. Since 2002 she has worked with hundreds of children, teens, and families. Additionally, Amy played competitive soccer at Saint Anselm and with Eastern Massachusetts Women’s Soccer League and has coached elementary- and middle-school teams.
Amy completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher training with Chanel Luck and Bonnie Argo of Radiant Yoga Boston, KidPowerment 100-hour Children’s Yoga Training, Circus Yoga and Soulful Yoga Therapy. She is a registered 200 hour RYT and 100 hour RCYT through Yoga Alliance.
Amy believes that yoga and mindfulness can support every student to find peace, safety, and calm within themselves. In Amy’s children and teen classes as well as in the Soccer on the Mat series for girls, students learn and grow through teamwork, mindfulness, focus, confidence building, and body awareness while building strength and flexibility in their bodies.
JoAnne Kazis walked into her first yoga class at a gym over 15 years ago. It took her a month to work up the courage to do so, since no one in the class looked like her and she had a preconceived idea of what a person who practices yoga looks like. After that first class she was hooked. She turned to yoga to strengthen her body and calm her mind and has come to appreciate the physical and emotional rewards that come with a yoga practice both on and off the mat.
JoAnne is a Yoga Alliance registered teacher at the RYT-200 level and received her certification through YogaWorks. She is incredibly grateful to have studied under the instruction of Natasha Rizopoulos. She has also completed 95 hours of additional training for all levels of kids’ yoga (baby & toddler, kids, tween/teen) through ChildLight Yoga. JoAnne is an elementary school teacher in Newton, MA and currently integrates yoga & mindfulness into her classroom because she has seen the positive effect it has on her students. Yoga has been a gift in her life and she wants to share it with yogis of all ages!
JoAnne KazisYoga Instructor, Restorative, Kids & Teen
Ann brings a wonderful background in physical therapy, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques to her gentle yoga classes. As a cardiopulmonary physical therapy clinical specialist and certified Kripalu Yoga, Cardiac Yoga, and Cancer Yoga teacher, Ann’s classes are designed for any body and all levels of experience, with particular focus on alignment and safety. Ann has also completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program and emphasizes relaxation in her classes as well. Ann is well-known for her yoga classes at Newton-Wellesley Hospital where she teaches yoga for cardiac, pulmonary, and cancer patients.
Ann KnockeYoga Instructor, Gentle Flow & Mindfulness
Alysia Linsenmayer is a clinical social worker, and has been a practitioner of yoga for 20 years. Always influenced by her foundation in the Iyengar style of yoga, she has practiced a variety of styles with numerous teachers, both in the Boston area and in San Francisco where she lived for 14 years.
She completed her 200-hour teacher training, an alignment based vinyasa flow, with Natasha Rizopoulous at Down Under Yoga in Newtonville in 2014, and is currently enrolled in a 100-hour training in yoga therapy for the treatment of depression, anxiety, and trauma with Kate Graham at South Boston Yoga. She teaches mindfulness and chair-based yoga to both her clients and fellow psychotherapists at Riverside Outpatient in Newton.
Cathleen is a 500 RYT and has been teaching yoga since 2010. She enjoys teaching students of all levels, offering variations to make the poses available to everyone in class. Constantly inspired by both her teachers and her students, she is always exploring new ways to invite alignment, openness, and curiosity into the practice.
A former competitive runner, she tried yoga 3 times before it finally “stuck” and has been practicing for over a dozen years. Cathleen completed both her 200 YogaWorks Training and 300 Down Under Training under the wise instruction of Natasha Rizopoulos and continues to be influenced and inspired by the teachings of Barbara Benagh and Doug Keller. She has done additional certifications with Yoga Warriors (designed to help Veterans with PTSD) and Yoga For All (Creating Body Positive Yoga Classes for All Shapes, Sizes and Abilities.) A documentary filmmaker, her favorite pose is Half-Moon and thinks the best, most therapeutic (and sometimes hardest) yoga pose is a smile.
Liz Reiser is a yoga certified teacher from both Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and YogaWorks. In 2010, after practicing yoga for 15 years, Liz decided to deepen her relationship to this age old practice and embarked on the teacher training program at Kripalu. It was a life changing experience and reaffirmed her commitment to this beautiful tradition. In 2012, after practicing with Natasha Rizoupolis, Liz enrolled in a second teacher training through YogaWorks in order to better explore the importance of alignment. Studying with Natasha was and continues to be extremely beneficial.
For Liz, yoga is the integration of a conscious practice of physical yoga postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques. The practice of yoga can be a means to being more present and to experiencing balance and calm in life.
Liz is passionate about the study of yoga and loves sharing this practice with others.
As a practicing Doctor of Physical Therapy with a strong background in kinesiology, anatomy, and bio-mechanics, Lisa enjoys the practice of yoga for its benefits of the mindful study of self and movement. She has completed her 200 hour YogaWorks teacher certification as well as a 300 hour Advanced Teacher Certification. As a physical therapist, Lisa can see first-hand how a lack of mindfulness and the fast pace of life can not only cause emotional stress, and physical injury but can also prevent healing. Applying this background to her yoga teaching, Lisa instructs with a clear knowledge of anatomy and an appreciation for the individual students’ needs. Known for her ability to guide students to draw a meaningful connection from the yoga to their own bodies, Lisa harmonizes movement and stillness in her classes to balance the body and mind.
Caitríona Taylor has been teaching yoga since 2011. She holds a 200hr certification from Yoga Works and a 300hr certification from Down Under Yoga. Her teachers include Natasha Rizopoulos, Peentz Dubble and Masaaki Okamura. Caitríona’s background includes teaching swimming, personal training, spinning, and other recreational activities. As Director of Campus Recreation at Boston College, Caitríona’s motto is “Fitness for Life” and works with students to incorporate a well rounded, foundational yoga practice into their life. She finds taking small, consistent steps towards health and wellness is the key to life-long wellbeing.
Caitríona TaylorYoga Instructor, Flow, Yoga for Athletes
Natalie Tull Greene
An avid athlete and gym rat, Natalie was first introduced to yoga in 2001 and started a regular practice in 2005 after a series of injuries rendered her unable to maintain her high impact aerobic program. Yoga was the answer to physical healing, resilience and strength both in and out of the gym.
With a desire to take her physical and spiritual practice deeper, Natalie sought out a yoga teacher training. She completed her first 200-hour Registered Yoga Training (RYT) Yoga Works Boston teacher training under the magical guidance of Natasha Rizopoulos. She recently completed her second RYT; a 200 hour plus soul exploration program through the mystical Golden Buddha Yoga School in South Jersey. Natalie offers an energetic alignment-based Vinyasa flow with room for creativity, movement, power and spirit in her sequences to both beginner and seasoned students.
Through a dedicated practice, off the mat, Natalie has continued to participate injury free competing in sprint triathlons, road races and other playful athletic challenges.
Natalie Tull GreeneYoga Instructor, Flow, Yoga for Athletes & Teams
Alesia completed her 200 Hour Kripalu Yoga Instructor Training in 2010. She also earned her BS from Springfield College in Athletic Training, and she carries the school motto of “Spirit, Mind, and Body” in all of her work. She encourages students to honor the wisdom of the body and to work according to its limits.
Alesia challenges her students to step outside of their comfort zone to explore the mind body connection. Currently, Alesia is head volleyball coach at Brandeis University and has also used yoga for her team. In keeping with the Kripalu Yoga philosophy, Alesia will help you to find your own yoga in her classes.
Rahel has been practicing and studying Iyengar yoga since 1993. She completed her first teacher-training certificate in 2003 under the tutelage of Peentz Dubble and Patricia Walden and in 2015 completed the rigorous Iyengar yoga teacher certification. To date, she has completed more than 1250 hours of training with some of the most the most senior teachers in Boston and the United States. Rahel brings a deep compassion for her students with a warm engaging teaching style accessible to students of all ages and abilities. When asked to say one thing about why she teaches yoga, Rahel says, “I would like to give people the opportunity to quiet their mind and find a deeper sense of union in themselves.” Born in France and trained as an anthropologist with a PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rahel has spent many years as a teacher, researcher, curriculum designer and program evaluator at the university level.
Formerly a public interest attorney, the physical demands of motherhood and a plague of backaches and neck aches led Mary to yoga. She was inspired by the strength, flexibility and grounded sense of well-being that it brought to her life and was fascinated with the way the practice of the postures sculpts the mind and consciousness as well as the body. Mary found the Iyengar method when she moved from San Francisco to Boston with her husband and two children in 2000. The method opened the door to a progressive, ever-deepening and engrossing practice of asana. She began her studies with Liz Owen and went on to complete a two-year Iyengar teacher training program under the instruction of Patricia Walden and Peentz Dubble, her main teachers. She began teaching in 2005. Mary has apprenticed with Peentz for more than 5 years and continues to study with Patricia on a weekly basis. In 2010 Mary was certified by the Iyengar National Association as an Iyengar yoga instructor. She advanced her Iyengar certification to Intermediate Junior I in October 2015. In both January 2011 and 2014 she spent a month studying with the Iyengar family in Pune, India. Mary brings a warm, sunny, compassionate nature to her yoga instruction and a deep desire to share the practice with others. Her intellect delights in the precise and logical nature of the Iyengar method and she loves finding new and illuminating ways to teach the gifts that yoga has to offer.