About HOME Yoga
E-RYT 500, MS
Kristin’s teaching has been strongly influenced by internationally esteemed yoga teacher Natasha Rizopoulos, with whom she earned both her 200-hour and 500-hour Yoga Alliance-compliant teacher certificate. She has assisted Natasha with YogaWorks teacher trainings and at Kripalu Yoga Center continuously. This unique mentorship has allowed her to lead students through intelligent sequences with precise instruction. She has also study regularly with revered master Iyengar yoga teacher Patricia Walden.
Kristin leads workshops and teacher trainings for beginner students as well as advanced practitioners. She is a contributing writer for Boston Yoga and LA Yoga magazine and writes a monthly column Poise dedicated to emphasizing the true essence of asana.
Trish MacNeil embraced yoga in 1999 and found just what she needed physically and mentally. After exploring many different styles of yoga, Trish found a love and passion for the alignment and precision of Iyengar yoga. She had worked for many years in the corporate world before Trish followed her desire to bring what she’d discovered in yoga to others.
Seeing the lack of a unified yoga center in Andover then, Trish co-founded UnionStudio Yoga in 2007. She brought together several area teachers representing many different styles of yoga and succeeded in creating an environment of learning, sharing and community.
Trish’s teaching reflects her training and practice. Inspired by her earliest teacher, Peggy McLoughlin, Trish went on to study with Liz Owen and then earned her 325-hour teacher training with senior Iyengar teacher Patricia Walden. Trish continues to expand her understanding of yoga through ongoing study with Patricia Walden and others. She took a month-long trip to India in 2014 to study at the Iyengar Institute in Pune with Prashant and Gita Iyengar.
Students guided by Trish learn in the spirit of the Iyengar style. Students learn how to safely and consciously practice each pose, as well as share the rich philosophical teachings of yoga that benefit students on and off the mat. Yoga means “union,” and Trish works to inspire just that in her students, offering yogic guidance in aligning the body, mind and spirit so that students might reach their highest and best selves. Her easy-going, direct style reflects her passion to share how yoga can enhance the quality of everyday life.
MA LMHC RYT
Practicing yoga is the best path I can imagine for negotiating this journey called life. This is the reason I teach. As a yoga instructor for the past 25 years, I believe my role is to help the student come to know that which lies within each and all, the indestructible Self.
Yoga teaches that the obstacles we face are not insurmountable. It shines a light on the tools of practice and self-study that lead to both physical and mental stability.
Teachers in the Iyengar tradition who have shown the way are Rhoda Zussman, Liz Owen, and Patricia Walden. I have learned from Meditation and Yin yoga studies with Sarah Powers and Restorative yoga with Sheri Clampett show that perseverance, quiet patience and acceptance are beneficial at all stages of life.
I am grateful for a month in Pune, India, studying in the Iyengar tradition. B.K.S. Iyengar was brilliant, disciplined and creative. He taught that we must find our own way and that yoga would never fail us. Glimpsing the beauty of India’s soul in it’s people confirmed my faith in the reality of the invincible spirit.
Keeping a sense of humor and applying tapas (effort) seem to work in endeavors both on and off the yoga mat. I especially thank all of my other teachers: family, friends, creative pursuits of all kinds and of course Chessies
Rita’s passion and enthusiasm for yoga was rekindled during a trip to Canyon Ranch to “celebrate” her 40th birthday. Though she had practiced before this trip, something clicked for her and she was inspired to continue her study and practice with more dedication and effort. She has since become and avid practitioner and student and a solid and inspiring teacher. She has completed her 200-hour RYT training and is in the process of completing her 300-hour.
She loves soaking up as much knowledge and understanding of the practice, which is evident through her teaching. Her thoughtful and organized classes and sequences leave students feeling challenged and balanced. When she isn’t on her mat, she enjoys spending time with her family and snowboarding in Vermont.
Yoshiko Gray graduated with a degree in Physical Education in Japan where she taught aerobics, swimming and fitness at Central Fitness Club, a Japanese chain of fitness and health clubs. She has worked extensively as a personal trainer. Her continued studies include alternative medicine techniques such as Thai Yoga Body Work, Reflexology and Ayurvedic medicine.
Yoshiko began studying Yoga in the United States in 2002 and became a Registered Yoga Teacher in the Spring of 2009. She was trained in Hatha Yoga and studies the Iyengar Yoga system under Patricia Walden and Liz Owen.
Karen began taking yoga classes to balance stiffness created by running and quickly came to love the calming effects of yoga on mind and body. In 2008, she completed her 200-hour RYT training with Robin Anderson to deepen her practice. After that initial training, she attended workshops and classes with a wide variety of teachers. Karen completed 100 hours of training with YogHOPE in 2013 and became certified to teach Yin Yoga with Boston teacher Josh Summers in March 2014. Most recently, she completed Barbara Benagh’s 500-hour In-Depth Studies and the Art of Teaching Yoga in July at Down Under Yoga. Karen began taking classes with Kristin Olson in 2012 and is grateful to Kristin and Barbara for advancing her teaching and practice.
Karen aims to marry a little bit of these styles in slow flow, alignment-based classes sequenced to create more space and ease in the body. Off the mat, Karen’s practice extends to life with her husband, two daughters and her bichon-poo Kali (goddess of destruction). She credits the physical benefits of yoga in helping her run the Lowell 2014 half marathon.
Carole Legro is a MindBody Educator and psychotherapist with over 30 years experience inviting individuals into the experience of the meditative arts. With a passion for understanding the “ways of healing”, she has studied and taught numerous approaches in a variety of traditions, including meditation, movement, psychology and the metaphysical arts since the 1960’s.
In her work, Carole is passionate about creating an environment for the cultivation of deep inner resources for integrating and healing mind, body, and spirit through awareness, insight and stress reduction.
Carole is a RN with a MA in Clinical Psychology/Organizational Development. Among her credentials are: Completion of basic and advanced internships in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts’ Center for Mindfulness; Clinical Internship in Mind Body Medicine at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital; Kripalu certifications in Yoga of the Heart and Massage and Bodywork; 15 years of study in Psychosynthesis with Thomas Yeomans; Certification in Heart Rhythm Meditation from Institute of Applied Meditation; Clinician training in HeartMath Interventions from Institute of HeartMath; Three years of private study in Radical Healing with Rudolph Ballentine.
Carole has taught the benefits of stress reduction and mindfulness in research, and to leaders in business, healthcare, education, and to individuals with chronic pain, catastrophic illness, depression, and anxiety. As a long time meditator and yoga practitioner of various traditions, she continues to weave her own healing process over time, and to teach from a well of deep compassion and awareness of the healing ways along the path of the heart.
Tabitha Liversidge, RYT, began practicing yoga in 2008 and fell in love. In yoga, she found a spiritual connection to complement the physical, anatomical and kinesthetic awareness she has developed as a professional dancer.With goals of deepening her spiritual practice as much as her physical practice, Tabitha completed the Yoga of Energy Flow(YEF) 200hr Teacher Training with Daniel Orlansky and Liz Owen in Arlington, MA in June 2012, and continues to study with the teachers at UnionStudio Yoga.
Tabitha’s class focuses on alignment, particularly the initiation of movements to maintain alignment while flowing between poses. The YEF system pulls from the fluidity of Kali Rey, the alignments of Iyengar, the Pranayama of Kundalini yoga, and also Meridian yoga. Tabitha uses these influences and her dance training to encourage students to increase their range of motion while finding strength and stability.
When not practicing and teaching yoga, Tabitha is a professional dancer and dance teacher from Andover MA. In 2009, she received her BFA in Modern Dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Tabitha currently dances with Deadfall Dance, Ipswich Moving Company, and Sokolow Now!, and has been teaching ballet, modern and jazz to all ages on the north shore for several years.
Amy began practicing yoga over 10 years ago. After discovering and practicing with an amazing group of teachers for several years Amy was inspired to explore and deepen her practice, which led her to Down Under School of Yoga where she completed her Yoga Alliance 200-HR Yoga Teacher Training with Peter Crowley, Kate Heffernan and Angelina Hawley-Dolan. There she was exposed to the teachings of Barbara Benagh, Natasha Rizopoulos, Patricia Walden, Kate O’Donnell, and many other talented, passionate teachers and several different schools of yoga.
She has experience as a student in alignment based Iyengar, Vinyasa Flow, Slow Flow, Hatha, Restorative, and Yin style classes. Amy has combined the knowledge she gathered from those very different teachers, styles and experiences to create her own style and voice. Amy is grateful to all of her teachers for the knowledge they have shared. It is that collective knowledge that has enabled her to arrive at a place where she is able to give back to her students by sharing her own knowledge and experiences.
Amy’s 200-HR Yoga Teacher Training ignited a passion for teaching yoga, which has led Amy to continue her studies in several different aspects of yoga with the intention of creating the best experience for her students.
After receiving amazing hands-on assists in her own practice Amy developed a passion for hands-on assisting and as a result decided to further her studies by completing Down Under School of Yoga’s Art of Assisting training program, which focused solely on hands-on assisting. Amy assisting skills have led her students to describe her hands as “magic.”
In 2016, Amy received her 50-HR Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Certificate with Jillian Pransky at Yoga Works in NYC and plans to continue her studies with Jillian in December 2016 to complete her 60-HR Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training.
Amy is currently working toward her Yoga Alliance RYT-500 designation with Kristin Olson at HOME Yoga and her Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Josh Summers.
Have you ever came into something that you knew would change your life forever? This was yoga for Jerry. But it was not an immediate change or something readily apparent, at first. It was a slow and steady progression through years of practicing and quitting and practicing some more, slowly gaining little awakenings, transitions and transformations, and on occasion, even recognizing them. Each time he went away from yoga, there was always something bringing him back, usually a girlfriend. And then one day, it just stayed with him. And he’s been thankful ever since. Though his primary influence is Shiva Rea, it would be hard to exclude any instructor that he’s ever practiced with or any number of styles of yoga that he’s touched upon. Inspiration comes in many different forms and occasionally it requires a change or shift to find where it’s hiding. Each teacher sharing their inspirations and practice provides a new and different avenue of thought or perhaps, a new path to follow. So come and do a little digging with Jerry, you might like what you find.
Though Taisha has taught yoga since 1999, she considers herself a “beginner” and lifelong student who especially loves sharing her passion for the yoga journey with other “beginners”—including those new to yoga or just open to learning something new about themselves with every practice.
Brand new and continuing students alike benefit from learning in the supportive, noncompetitive setting she creates. Taisha focuses on sharing poses, breathing and awareness of mind and body that are necessary to build a safe and enduring practice. Students learn to grow into poses gradually, safely and mindfully. By weaving the philosophic lessons of yoga into the physical practice, she also helps her students take the lessons practiced on the mat into their daily lives. Taisha’s joy is sharing each student’s yoga journey with them and seeing their transformations into greater strength, flexibility and well-being.Taisha has had the privilege of studying with many fantastic teachers from a variety of different styles in the Midwest, California and now here in New England.
She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) through the Yoga Alliance whose own studies continue. She is especially drawn to the precise teachings of Iyengar yoga and its beautiful lineage. A married mother of three children, Taisha welcomes others to join her in embracing all of life’s ups and downs from the still point that yoga provides.
Certified Iyengar Teacher
Karen Wenc has been a student of Iyengar yoga since 1981, and has been teaching for over 18 years and teaching in Andover for 14 years. A former competitive runner, swimmer and cross-country skier, Karen’s teaching style emphasizes developing strength and flexibility to prevent sports-related injuries. A Brookline resident, Karen teaches full-time throughout the greater Boston area, and has taught at the Yogashala in Santiago, Chile among other international venues. Karen is a longtime student of Patricia Walden, who Time Magazine called one of yoga’s “leading luminaries.”
Karen’s illuminating classes provide you in-depth, technical cues on how to fully experience the asanas, while keeping your mind present as she describes the eight limbs of yoga and decodes obscure Sanskrit terminology. Towards the end you will be busy floating off to some other time and space, at which point she brings you back with her tiny bells to close out the class. Invigorating, mindful and relaxing.
Sian Wayt Wingerup
Sian was introduced to yoga as a child by her father, where she ‘helped’ him practice by lying on the floor, asking those eternal questions, “why?” and “what are you doing now?” As an adult, her formal practice began when living in California, where those initial questions of ‘why?’ and ‘what are you doing now?’ took on a whole new meaning. She has been practicing for over 20 years, and finds that every yoga practice inspires that same sense of curiosity.
A Registered Yoga Instructor (RYT-500), Sian earned her 200-hour Yoga Alliance teaching credentials under master teacher Natasha Rizopoulos, and her 500-hour credentials under her mentor and master teacher, Kristin Olson. Her practice and teaching are influenced by Iyengar’s emphasis on proper alignment, and Ashtanga’s emphasis on connecting breath with movement. Sian teaches a slow-flow yoga class focusing on fundamental poses, alignment and breath. She also teaches Hatha yoga, liberally using props to get more immersed in each asana.
Sian continues her studies through classes, workshops, retreats, and lively discussions with her fellow yogis. Above all, she finds tremendous joy sharing her yoga practice, both as a student and a teacher.
Andrea was drawn to yoga through the interesting blend of spirituality through body sense, philosophy and poetry. She began practice by studying with a variety of styles and teachers and almost immediately began training with alignment and heart-centered focused styles while maintaining an open internal curiosity toward direction of further study. Having been profoundly impacted through philosophy and restorative practices with Connie Glore, she became deeply inspired by Cheri Clampett and Biff Mithoefer along with becoming certified in Therapeutic Yoga and trained in Yin Yoga. Although starting with assisting classes, this quickly turned into teaching Restoratives and then to become RYT certified at the 500hr level with Daniel Orlansky. She has since furthered her restorative studies with Jillian Pransky, Billy Jo Joy and has taken her passion for hands on assists into becoming a Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner through Jennifer Yarrow and certified in Meridian Yoga with Daniel Orlansky.
She has trained with Doug Keller and Todd Norian in Yoga Therapeutics, Carol Legro in Mindfullness Based Stress Reduction and meditation with John Chruchill and has sought further certification in Yin with Josh Summers. Her passion for Restoratives and Thai Yoga Bodywork continues with ongoing trainings her teachers. She has since assisted Daniel Orlansky at The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck NY, and continues to assist in his workshops and classes.
Andrea continues her efforts in offering a safe space to explore the richness of ones inner and outer experience while supporting students to tap into their own natural healing.
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