Studio Owner, RYT-200
Ally grew up an athlete and while she loved any activity that fostered movement in the body, it wasn’t until she was introduced to yoga and meditation as a teenager that she felt at home. She immediately fell in love with the holistic approach of the practice, incorporating mind, body and spirit to find overall health and well-being. After floating in-and-out of the yoga practice as a student over the years while working in various corporate environments and as a spin instructor, she found her calling on a mat in The Yoga Tree’s first 200-hour teacher training program in 2017 under the guidance of Ame Wren and Caroline Pineau. In 2019, her path came full-circle when she was presented an opportunity from her mentor and became the new owner of The Yoga Tree, the very spot where she began her teaching career.
Ally’s classes are both athletic and playful, encouraging her students to push beyond their limits while maintaining a sense of compassion for their body’s current ability. Rooted in sound alignment, intelligent sequencing and rhythmic unity between the breath and body, she aims to foster a safe space for her students to leave their cares at the door and be totally present on the mat. Her goal is that every student leaves her class with a clear mind and peace of heart.
Off the mat, Ally can be found enjoying all that New England nature has to offer on hikes or at the beach with her dog Gansevoort and spending time with family and friends.
Studio director, E-RYT 500
Caroline Pineau's teaching is infused with deep skill, knowledge and heart. Each student who walks into her class is seen, attended to and appreciated. With this foundation, tremendous growth can occur! Caroline heartily encourages her students to cultivate physical and mental fortitude through yoga, while utilizing her anatomy expertise and personal experience of navigating injury to tailor the practice safely to all levels. Sound alignment, clear instruction, intentional sequencing, and mental focus are the pillars of Caroline's classes; warmth, inclusiveness and skilled hands-on assists complete her signature style. Her intention is for students to develop a treasured awareness of their own unique anatomy, and to gain access to quiet and calm.
Drawn to the practice for its holistic healing, physicality, and capacity to cultivate equanimity, Caroline completed her first 200-hour training with Frog Lotus Yoga in 2010. She has been teaching full-time ever since, and graduated from Boston Yoga School's 500-hour Advanced Teacher Training in 2015. Always a student, she continues to study and work closely with her mentor Ame Wren and other inspiring teachers.
Caroline's personal commitment to teaching and community is reflected in the vibrant studio she created, The Yoga Tree (www.theyogatreestudio.com) in downtown Haverhill, MA. Since opening in 2010, The Yoga Tree has twice been awarded "Best Yoga Studio-Readers Choice" by Northshore Magazine and has become a go-to practice space on Boston’s North Shore. The studio offers a full schedule of weekly classes with talented teachers, frequent workshops with some of New England's most sought-after guest teachers, and specialty teacher trainings in children's and prenatal yoga. Beginning in August 2017, the studio will also host a full 200-hour Boston Yoga School teacher training co-directed by Caroline and Ame Wren. A few times per year Caroline takes her yoga on the road to lead retreats full of laughter, connection and deep learning in beautiful locations - always a special experience!
Off the mat, Caroline is an artist, working with paint and mixed media. She lives in Haverhill, MA with her cat Boots, two dogs Reese and Mango, and her wonderful husband Adam. She loves to spend time with family and friends, be in her garden, and adventure in nature.
Longtime Portsmouth, NH resident, Julia Tirabassi has been teaching Yoga professionally for 12 years in the seacoast region. As a former personal trainer, it was her passion for movement and an on-going fascination with the body's unlimited potential that led her to a full-time career as an independent Yoga teacher. She formed her own solo-preneur business, Lotus Groove Yoga, in 2006.
A self-proclaimed yoga enthusiast, asana addict, alignment geek, and handstand fanatic, Julia infuses all of her teaching with an impassioned knowledge of bio-mechanical movement, anatomy, injury prevention, and an overall zest for playful vinyasa adventures. Julia's had the immense pleasure of working with a wide range of yogis over the course of her career. Students of every experience level, from athletes to seniors, have benefited from her distinctive style, alignment-based methodology, and avid zeal.
Eternally true to her days as a fitness enthusiast, Julia's teaching style continues to include plenty of athleticism, but has evolved into a unique "special blend" of creative physicality, sweaty sweetness, mindful movement, and keen attention to alignment. In each and every moment, Julia strives to share continuously fresh, contemporary, and creative ways to guide students towards manifesting their personal expression of empowered grace.
Practicing yoga for over a decade, teaching professionally for six years, I aim to bolster the health of my community, offering yoga’s physical benefits as well as the spiritual and emotional grounding that practice of yoga can provide. I believe strongly in the powers of physical, emotional and spiritual wellness not only as indicators of social welfare but as the essential building blocks of safe and vibrant communities. My teaching is grounded in the belief that healthy, compassionate people are more able to engage in the vital social work that our communities so desperately need. In service of this belief, my classes combine meditation, contemplation, intention and community engagement alongside the physical practice. My teaching is deeply grounded in the awareness of the Iyengar tradition and strongly influenced by the ‘slow flow’ and functional movement modalities of contemporary American yoga culture. My classes are strong, slow, anatomically aware, and aimed at developing functional movement patterns in the body and space in the mind. In addition to the ‘general public’, I specialize in prenatal and postpartum yoga and functional movement. I am currently working towards my RYT500 alongside training to become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). When I am not teaching yoga or attending births, I spend my time hiking with my three-legged dog, Bunny.
Pam began her yoga journey seven years ago after an injury left her unable to continue with her regular exercise routine. Following her first class at the Yoga Tree, she experienced an unexpected emotional release and ensuing sense of nourishment. This powerful connection to her practice has remained and her commitment to yoga has grown, as she has completed the 350 hour YTT certification with Julia Tirabassi of Lotus Groove Yoga and is now a teacher at the studio where her journey began. Pam enjoys teaching alignment based asana, linked with fluid movements and breath. She prioritizes creating a welcoming space that is safe, inclusive, and accessible to yogis at any level.
Kerrie has always had a love of expressive movement and with the practice of yoga now moves through life with greater ease and joy. Yoga, with its endless process of self discovery, has inspired and empowered Kerrie in many ways throughout her life. Yoga inspires Kerrie both as a student and as a teacher to experience life as it happens, honoring where you are in each moment, breath by breath. Forever curious Kerrie loves being upside down - inversions showing a whole new perspective, learning from both finding balance and falling, to be open to new possibilities. Kerrie strives to honor the roots and origins of yoga emphasizing mindfulness, alignment, and connection to breath. In Kerrie's classes you can expect a balance of strength and grace as well as laughter. Kerrie completed her 200 hr teacher training at Back Bay Yoga in Boston with Ame Wren and Lynne Begier. Eternally a student, Kerrie continues to take classes and workshops with many of the amazing yoga teachers that the Boston area has to offer. She is currently taking part in a teacher mentorship program with Ame Wren at North End Yoga in Boston. Kerrie is grateful to have the opportunity to share the gift of yoga so her students can cultivate it into their own lives, ultimately becoming their own teacher, intelligently guided from within.
Kerrie is also the mother of two amazing kids and was drawn back to the practice of yoga through prenatal yoga. Here she found an amazing sense of community and a strong connection to her physical as well as more subtle energetic bodies which reignited her love of yoga. With a passion for yoga on and off the mat Kerrie leads with an open heart and an open mind! When she's not practicing yoga Kerrie can usually be found with a chai in hand, enjoying New England's ever changing weather, groovin' to her own beat.
Breathe, expand, challenge and nurture yourself, discover something new, and maybe even laugh a little (or a lot!) - these are the intentions that Checka holds for her yoga students each day. Checka is deeply honored to share the practice of yoga, and passionate about her work. She teaches an upbeat Vinyasa Flow class, offering fresh and creative sequencing along with compassionate and skilled assists and adjustments. She provides smart and safe pathways to deep openings and peak poses, so students feel both exhilarated and supported in their practice. Moments of challenge and intensity are woven together with times of deep relaxation to keep yogis curious, engaged, and full of breath!
Checka’s yoga journey began in 2006, when she moved from Cambridge, MA to the Big Island of Hawaii to live and work at Kalani Yoga and Wellness Retreat. In this setting of stunning natural beauty, she began to deepen her own practice, along with her love and appreciation for the strengthening and healing nature of yoga. After two years of serious practice, Checka traveled to Costa Rica to complete her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification with Jacqueline Heisel of Frog Lotus Yoga. She then returned to the Boston area and has been teaching full-time ever since.
Checka has completed additional training with Shiva Rea, Alice Senko and YogaThree founders Chanel Luck, Bonnie Argo, and Roberto Lim. She continues to be gratefully inspired by the guidance of her yoga mentors as well as the lessons she learns from her students each and every day!
Kristin Bernier believes that the practice of yoga brings grace, strength and overall health to life. The joy and challenge of yoga has time and time again brought her back to her mat. Kristin completed the 200 hour yoga teacher training program at The Yoga Loft under yogis Jen Ryan and Nicole Grant. She has practiced at Sacred Waters Ashtanga Yoga under yoga master Karen Noble in the Hawaiian island of Moloka’i. Kristin is a licensed massage therapist and polarity practitioner who believes that yoga is the key element to bringing the spiritual, mental and physical body together. Kristin’s classes are full of energy and her sequences are creatively constructed to open the body to work into a peak asana. OM.
Shauna originally turned to yoga purely for physical reasons, however she learned quickly that there was a lot more to it than an increase in flexibility and strength. While those were obvious results from practicing yoga, the feeling of peace and happiness she felt after class was not expected. She was hooked. After six years of practicing, in 2014 she enrolled in Boston Yoga Schools 200-Hour RYT program to learn more about the mind body connection and the clear benefit of that relationship. Under the tutelage of Ame Wren, Brenna Matthews and Joanna Benevides, Shauna learned the intricacies of thoughtful sequencing, alignment based asana and methods to increase both strength and flexibility. She welcomes all levels and encourages a non-judgment atmosphere, both towards others and yourself. She looks forward to seeing you on the mat!
Sarah discovered yoga in 2007 and fell in love with its ability to calm her mind after a demanding day. She now works to create a safe and welcoming environment where students are comfortable exploring their physical and mental capabilities – and discovering they are capable of more than they think. Through thoughtful sequencing, Sarah’s classes focus on the combination of mindful movement and connection to breath. You’ll breathe, expand, smile, release – and leave feeling relaxed, energized and renewed.
Sarah completed her 200-hour teacher training at Back Bay Yoga under the direction of Ame Wren and Lynne Begier. She is grateful for the opportunity to continue learning from the many amazing teachers in Boston and the Northshore. Forever a student, Sarah has participated in numerous workshops and has completed her pre-natal training with Bec Conant; yin yoga training with Josh Summers; the Power of Touch mentorship with Nicole Clark; a mentorship with Julia Tirabassi; and Radiant Child Training Levels 1-3 with Checka Antifonario.
Casey has always been an active person, constantly finding new ways to challenge herself. This included picking up skateboarding in her early 20s, eventually resulting in a torn ACL and meniscus. She found yoga in order to ease back into movement and regain strength and mobility. A debilitating and devastating injury turned into a life changing gift in disguise. The flow, the music, and the challenge initially attracted her to the practice, the peace of mind and fresh perspective kept her coming back.
Casey completed her 200 hr training at Back Bay Yoga (Now Yogaworks Boston) in 2015 with her teachers Lynn Begier, Ryan Cunningham and Renee LeBlanc. She began teaching while working her corporate job in the city. Recognizing that yoga was a strong and significant passion of hers, not only as a lifestyle but as a career, she left her corporate position in 2017 to pursue teaching full time. Since then she has continued her education through self study, workshops, and completing an advanced training for teachers with Ame Wren. She is looking forward to taking her 300 hr soon.
Having an interest in structure and anatomy, her sequences are well thought out in order to open the body strategically while also leading students through mindful transitions, a playful flow and opportunities to try something new!
In her teaching, Casey seeks to create a safe space for growth, encouraging yogis to find their limits and push past what they thought was possible. Yoga provides an opportunity to break things down and be more mindful, not only on the mat but in all areas of life. With dedication the practice can open up new perspectives, on and off the mat. Casey has learned to have patience with herself and has gained a much greater appreciation for process. She teaches to share this gift and help others to feel better in the life they lead. She wants her students to work for the sense of pride they feel for even the smallest of shifts.
Sarah was introduced to Yoga at a young age when her mother dragged her along to her to Yoga and Meditation classes in their hometown studio of Newburyport, MA. An active runner and athlete, she rediscovered yoga after finishing college, and began taking Bikram Yoga classes to heal her sore “runner’s knees”. Amazed at how yoga not only alleviated pain in the joints, but also created a freedom of expression and comfort in the mind and the body, Sarah was hooked. Keeping a daily practice for over seven years with bikram, vinyasa, and restorative yoga, Sarah decided to take her practice a step further. She completed her 200 hour Vinyasa Flow Teacher certification with Frog Lotus Yoga International in Bali, Indonesia in 2015, training and teaching alongside some of the best instructors in the world. She also completed her childlight teacher training, and is certified to teach ages 2-18. Training and teaching in Indonesia allowed Sarah to be constantly inspired by nature, spirituality, and the elements , linking movement, breath and life through the graceful practice. Her playful, energizing classes challenge the body while still relaxing the mind. Sarah encourages growth and interconnectedness of the physical and spiritual self within her students, and incorporates accessible levels and modifications for each individual. “I seek to help others thrive by nurturing body and soul through yoga, and my hope is that my students will step off the mat and into everyday life with that same nourishment and balanced attitude.” Whether it is your first class or your five-hundredth, Sarah will help you to build your yoga practice, and reenergize your life!
RYT - 200
After studying dance throughout her life, Jaime-Lyn entered her first yoga class in 2005, and immediately felt at home. Having spent several years in Southern California, and now living in the Boston area, she is grateful for how these two yoga communities have shaped both her personal practice and teaching style.
Jaime-Lyn completed her 200+ hour teacher training with Boston Yoga School, under the guidance of Ame Wren and Brenna Matthews. She is an approved Radiant Child Yoga Teacher, having studied with Checka Antifonario. Recently she completed her prenatal yoga training with Bec Conant at Om Births, and is working toward postnatal certification.
Both on and off the mat, she strives for balance, and this is carried into her teaching by a focus on strength and alignment, while fostering a sense of curiosity. Outside of her yoga practice, Jaime-Lyn enjoys traveling, usually in pursuit of the next rock to climb or sunset to photograph. Oh, and ice cream.
Kacy grew up with dance and athletics, but it was not until she walked out of her first yoga class did she realize how yoga began to change her mind, body and spirit. She dabbled in Kripalu, Bikram and Restorative Yoga styles for years but landed at Living Yoga in Concord, NH for her 200RYT studying Ashtanga. She teaches locally in MA and NH and has also had the privilege to teach in India and Sri Lanka which helped her to deepen her roots.
During her graduate school studies in the Science of Integrative Health she began to explore a deep mind body connection and the remarkable benefits that simple awareness can bring to one’s life. Kacy aims to create an inspiring and open space for exploration where students can face their edge with compassion and rid expectation. She invites her students to move, laugh, reconnect, but more importantly to find a home within themselves.
I have been practicing and studying yoga for many years, and I love how it has transformed my body, mind and life. I believe that the human spirit has unlimited potential and that the human experience is ever changing, both on and off the mat. I want to share the gifts and insights that I've gathered with others as we build strong yet light hearted communities unified by love, respect and yoga.
My teaching style is rooted in formal training influenced by different styles of yoga and inspired by self discovery and my love for the physical practice. In my classes I combine traditional principles and contemporary transitions. There's physical challenge, but the goal is to create ease, stability and self awareness. I strive to teach with authenticity and creativity and encourage my students to bring their own personal intention to their practice and to learn and find inspiration in every class.
My flows can be intensely physical yet accessible as we synchronize the breath with the use of repetition and a progressive series of postures. The intentional structure and alignment, infused with intelligent and creative sequencing, allows students to enjoy the freedom of Vinyasa and motivates them to cross boundaries into the new and unknown, creating a sacred space to commune with the Self.
Tayla began practicing yoga in 2013 and in May 2019 she followed one of her large dreams by completing her 200 hour RYT training through Boston Yoga School. As an athlete throughout her youth, she first looked to yoga as a physical practice but over the years discovered the benefits extended to her total wellness. What kept her coming back was the connection of the mind, body, breath and spirit that makes yoga not just a workout, but a practice of mindfulness and self-awareness.
Tayla loves practicing yoga because she knows it is something that is impossible to perfect. There are no expectations to become a master and she finds comfort in that. It is a true honor to be a conduit for a practice that she loves.
While not on her yoga mat, you can find Tayla and her adventurous spirit enjoying her time at the beach, hiking or anywhere outdoors with family and friends!
Tia believes every person can benefit from one or more aspects of yoga. Introduced to yoga in college in 2012, Tia was immediately hooked and has been practicing regularly ever since. She completed her 200 hour teacher training through Boston Yoga School in May 2019 under the direction of Ame Wren and Jenn Duran. Tia teaches yin, restorative, and vinyasa yoga and welcomes all levels in her classes.
Animated, positive, and bubbly - Tia is sure to make you smile! Additionally, Tia holds a bachelors degree in Psychology and a masters degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs.