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’s yoga journey started in 2000 with weekly classes at a gym. She completed 200-Hour Teacher Training in 2009, but it wasn’t until 2011 when she took a week-long yoga intensive with Natasha Rizopoulos that she was inspired to deepen her commitment. Not long after, Karen found her teacher in Kristin Olson at HOME Yoga and earned 300-Hour credentials with Kristin in 20I6.
Karen’s teaching is further influenced by master teacher Barbara Benagh, with whom she completed 500-Hour Certification at Down Under Yoga in 2014. Additional teacher training includes Yin Yoga with Josh Summers, Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater, and trauma informed yoga training through YogaHOPE.
Classes with Karen are alignment based with props to make challenging poses more accessible and to help open stiff bodies. Attention is paid to breath and sensation in the body to help focus and quiet the mind. Karen believes the gifts of yoga lead to a more harmonious, peaceful, and mindful way of living.
Karen continues to practice with Kristin and Natasha, and keeps up her own personal challenge of doing a handstand a day.
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.
Passionate about helping students find “their” yoga, Amy thoroughly enjoys teaching students how to identify what works best for their bodies and minds in their practice, whether the practice is an active movement class, a restorative class or yin class. Considering joint and movement safety, alignment principles, and individual differences in anatomy, Amy structures her classes with the intent that they are accessible to all and are appropriate to the students’ level of experience.
Amy began practicing yoga over 10 years ago. After discovering and practicing with an incredible group of teachers Amy was inspired to explore and deepen her own practice, which led her to Down Under School of Yoga where she completed her Yoga Alliance 200 HR Yoga Teacher Training. There she was exposed to the teachings of many talented, passionate teachers and several different schools of yoga which ignited a passion for learning, exploring and teaching yoga. Amy went on to complete her 300 HR Yoga Teacher Training with Kristin Olson at HOME Yoga, earning her RYT-500 HR Yoga Alliance designation, refining her skills and deepening her anatomical knowledge to better serve her students through alignment and skillful sequencing.
With experience as a student in alignment based Iyengar, Vinyasa Flow, Slow Flow, Hatha, Restorative, and Yin style classes, Amy has been exposed to many different styles of yoga and many different styles of teaching. Amy has combined the knowledge she gathered from those different teachers, styles and experiences to create her own style and voice. Amy is grateful to all of her teachers for sharing their profound knowledge and realizes that it is this 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 has studied extensively in the areas of restorative yoga, hands-on assists, Reiki, and yoga therapy and loves helping students learn to let go of stress and find peace. Her own experience with the incredible benefits of yoga, restorative yoga in particular, as a way to reduce stress and alleviate anxiety and depression have led to a strong desire to share what she has learned and to help others learn to heal themselves through this amazing practice. Amy also leads trainings focused on teaching yoga teachers and therapists to facilitate and lead restorative yoga classes in hope of further spreading the word about the many benefits of restorative yoga.
Amy is currently continuing her study of Yin Yoga with the Summers School of Yin Yoga and her study of Yoga Therapy with Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy
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.
Yoga came into Laurie’s life a little over 20 years ago when she started taking Integral Yoga classes in Watertown, MA under Laura Douglass. She was immediately hooked. Integral Yoga’s specific class structure of including Pranyama, Hatha and Chanting laid the groundwork for an openness and curiosity for “all things” yoga. In 2000 she moved to Andover and soon after found Roberta Dell’Anno and Iyengar yoga. Practicing under Roberta for these many years instilled a strong foundation in precise alignment and body awareness. Laurie continually enjoyed expanding her knowledge by trying different styles of yoga and attending various workshops.
It was in 2009 that Laurie started attending Kristin’s alignment-based vinyasa classes. Immediately she felt her many years of practice had found a “home” in which to come together, deepen and grow. She is so grateful for Kristin’s support and guidance as she deepens her understanding of Yoga through teaching. Laurie completed her 200-hour RYT training with Kristin in 2017 and is in the process of completing her 300-hour. She has also completed a Restorative Yoga Teaching Training with Amy Rollfs.
Laurie seeks to share the unique aspects of all of her yoga experience by blending them together to create a class that comes from her own inner voice.
Throughout her 20+ year career in corporate America, Fran was an unlikely yogi. She was far too busy cultivating unhealthy habits. As is often the case, serious health issues and challenging life situations led her to yoga, and it has changed the course of her life. The practice of yoga has been a practice of connecting to herself, of becoming aware and of being present. That rectangle on the floor is really a portal into ourselves.
In 2011, Fran completed her 200-hour teacher training with Natasha Rizopoulos, and learned just how much she still had to learn. In 2016, she was thrilled to have the opportunity to train with Kristin Olson at Home Yoga, where she completed her 300-hour training. The learning and training is a lifelong part of the practice of yoga, and such fun. Fran was honored to begin teaching at Home Yoga in October, 2017. She believes that yoga can be practiced by everyone, and creates her classes with proper alignment and safety as the highest priority.
In 2017, she became certified to teach Yoga 4 Cancer, and will begin offering those classes in early 2018.
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