MEGAN DATTOLI

 

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Megan teaches our beginners, kids, family, prenatal + postnatal yoga classes,. She became a birth and postpartum doula, and childbirth educator when she left the corporate world 5 years ago to achieve a better work-life balance.   For Megan, yoga is an essential part of self care as it has deepened her mind body connection, helped her relieve stress and tension, and strengthened her physically.  Her interest in teaching yoga developed as she supported women during childbirth as a doula.  Megan observed that women who regularly practiced yoga while pregnant were more calm and confident during labor and delivery.  She pursued a teacher certification program so that she could share prenatal yoga as part of her support services, and completed her 200-hour certification with Daniel Orlansky.  Megan studied Business Management as an undergraduate at UMass Amherst, and later earned a Master's in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University.  A Belmont native, Megan lives with her husband and two young children in neighboring Watertown.  

 

JOANNE AFARIAN

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After a career in marketing in the biotech industry, I’m pursuing my deepest passion and
teaching yoga. I’ve had a personal yoga practice for 17 years that began with hot
vinyasa classes. Over the years, I’ve pursued a more meditative practice and I believe
this is reflected in my teaching style. I am a certified Kripalu yoga instructor- Kripalu
style is more introspective and emphasizes a connection of the mind- body- and breath.
I love helping students connect to their bodies and release any preconceived ideas of
what yoga has to look like and rather focus on having their own unique experience. I
love every aspect of preparing for a class from developing a theme, coordinating asanas,
to compiling a playlist.

I completed my 200 hour training at the Kripalu Yoga and Ayurveda Association in Lenox,
Ma with Brahmani Liebman and Jashoda Edmunds – two of the most thoughtful,
experienced, and compassionate instructors I’ve ever met. I am also a certified Yin Yoga
instructor having also completed this training with Brahmani and Jashoda. I am aware
of their profound influence every time I am in front of a class. I am honored to have
learned from them and have also been a teaching assistant for them at Kripalu for both
the 200hr and Yin Yoga teacher training programs.

My passion is helping students develop their practice and guiding them to grow and dive
into their practice both on and off the mat. I hope you’ll join me on the mat soon.


LAUREN COPELAND

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Lauren has been teaching yoga since 2014 and has received her 200 hour YTT from Inner Strength Studios under the leadership of Roman Szpond and Lauren Star. As a student of yoga, Lauren is forever evolving to better understand the human anatomy and how the body moves through space.  Influenced by yoga postures and functional movement patterns, Lauren structures her classes around movement, mobility, and mindfulness. She encourages her students to explore, play and question what they are taught as a way to open new doors of self discovery. Lauren believes that together we can begin to build a better relationship with the body we inhabit and move towards a healthier mind, body, and soul.  

 

JACLYN KAY

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Jaclyn is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher (RYT 200) graduate of Lexington Power Yoga. She primarily teaches power yoga, all-levels vinyasa flow and yoga for tight bodies. She feels strongly about making the practice of yoga accessible to all, so she offers several modifications and varying options to help each student find a practice that feels best for them.
Jaclyn began practicing yoga several years ago as a way to find balance, strength and peace of mind—a way to take a break from the hustle and bustle of life and focus on the present. Jaclyn studied Journalism as an undergraduate at the University of Maine, and later earned a master’s degree in General Management from Harvard Extension School.
Aside from her passion in teaching and practicing yoga, Jaclyn works in marketing at Harvard Business School and lives in the neighboring town of Arlington.


LAUREN STAR

 

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I have been practicing yoga since 1995.  I was introduced to yoga by a friend I was travelling with in southern Africa.  She taught me sun salutations and seated meditation that she had learned at a spiritual center in Kenya.  We were energetic young women, but the heat made it hard to do other forms of exercise. So every morning we would find a shady place to practice, no matter where we awoke in our travels!  

I began teaching yoga in 2003 when I earned my teaching certification from Ananda Kutir Ashram in Capetown, South Africa. The in-depth training at the Ashram touched upon many aspects of Yoga, including: postures, breathing, anatomy and physiology, philosophy, history, meditation, scripture study,  lifestyle/Ayurveda, and basic Sanskrit. The Ashram was started by Swami Venkatesananda and is part of the Sivananda lineage.

Since 2004 I’ve trained consistently with Roman Szpond in the physically challenging “power vinyasa” style. He has taught me a great deal about postures, sequencing, teaching, personal growth, and mastering my own energy.

In 2008, after 2 years of study, I received my certification in “Yoga Dance” and Somatic Therapy from Dan Leven, creator of DansKinetics.

Between 2003 – 2010 I was trained and developed by Landmark Education through various programs and leadership opportunities. I received intensive coaching, learned to coach at a high level, trained in public speaking and transformation. In many ways, the work of Landmark Education is a powerful modern interpretation of many aspects of yoga.

 

KRISTIN O'DONNELL

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Kristin began to practice yoga and meditation to alleviate stress from her previous job as an
Office Manager. The difference they made in her everyday life was so profound that she knew they needed to be added to her routine. Her new practice opened her up to join an online class with Lisa Rankin and Martha Beck. Only a few months later, Kristin attended Martha Beck’s Life Coach Training. She enjoyed the training but felt that she was still missing something on this new path. It became clear that pursuing yoga in depth was the next step. She completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training with Carrie Tyler at Barre & Soul Harvard Square. She is now using her yoga and life coach skills to help people in need with her company, Satya. Kristin has taken several children’s yoga trainings with ChildLight Yoga in Dover, NH. She is currently working toward completing her 95-hour Children’s Yoga Teacher Certification. She is also engaged in a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher Certification Program with the Trauma Center of Boston, MA. Kristin is looking forward to continuing her journey teaching yoga to children and trauma survivors..