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About Yoga Now

"Whether young, old or very old, sick or debilitated, one who is vigilant, attains success in all the yogas by means of practice."

   — Hatha Yoga Pradipika i : 64

Yoga Now was founded with the belief that all people of all ages can experience the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of yoga. Yoga Now classes are designed to introduce students to various yoga forms and to encourage and advance their regular, daily yoga practice.

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What People Say About Yoga Now

Every week we receive emails, cards and in-person words of appreciation from our students. Below is a sample of their unsolicited feedback.

"Your presence - and the space you create - is profound - unique and intimate. You've made a safe place to come to know myself better -in my time, at my pace - that challenges me to grow. I am stronger, calmer, and getting a sense of humour! You're being here has been life-changing for me, and I am so glad you are here."

   — Juliann, artist, mother, body worker

"Right now your Yoga Now is like my sacred place and I am so grateful that I am able to come there and feel the way I do before, during, and when I leave. This yoga-life experience has been a blessing. Thank you for always saying peace, love, practice because it is good. See you soon, "

   —Suzanne, 20-something student/teacher

"I want to let you know how much I enjoy these classes. When I leave you, my body, heart and soul feel uplifted. Thank you "

   —Terri, Mother and mother-to-be

"I just wanted to let you know how much I love your classes. I have a very stressful job and coming to your studio has made all the difference..."

   —Liz, first-time mother to be

"I have now been going to your studio for one year and I've been meaning to write you a note for that anniversary. At about this time last year I went out with a friend after going to Yoga-Now a couple of times. Only half-joking, I said to him: 'Yoga is going to change my life.' He said, 'Yeah, right.' Recently I spoke to him about it again and he reminded me that I had said this. We were both surprised to realize that it was one of those life predictions that actually come true.

Just last week I wrote the following to a friend: If someone said to me: That's it, you have to either quit yoga or quit your job, I would have a very difficult decision on my hands. (And I love my job.)

So now you know what a convert I really am. And it's not just the physical component, although that's certainly what got me there in the first place. I feel as if the time in your studio has very slowly, gradually, given me a much healthier attitude about my body, my strength, and the challenges that come up in my life. That sounds corny, but it's true.

So I wanted to write you this note of thank you. You clearly set the tone at your studio and I love how your warmth and humor and focus anchors the place. It's always a calming, spare, down-to-earth place to be. And don't we all need that in our lives?

   —Mary, Educator

"You are all so incredibly talented. I am yours forever. "


"We wanted to give you a little thank you for a wonderful year! We're so glad we came to Yoga Now. I'ts been fabulous for us physically and spiritually. We love you and thank you!"

   —Kathleen, Physician's Assistant, and daughter

" Just wanted to thank you again for a couple of great classes. It was so wonderful to share you with my friends. They have not stopped talking about you and want to schedule quarterly retreats! "

   —Jeri, student from Maine

"...the yoga party was great. Everyone had a terrific time. Many thanks. "

   —Gray, student, and mother of Yoga Kids after a Yoga Kids birthday party

" Thank YOU so much for creating such a wonderfully nurturing and empowering place that people are drawn to be there! "

   —Cynthia, Yoga Teacher and Yoga Now student

" I loved being there - it was like coming home!!! Thank you for letting me teach! "

   —Jennilee, Yoga Now substitute teacher

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About Nancy Wilson, Owner/Director/Instructor

Nancy Wilson is a part-time business consultant and former Boston-area high-tech executive who has been practicing yoga and meditation in various traditions for over 20 years and teaching since 1998. In 1997 she completed a 200-hour Hatha yoga training through Naturally Fit, a small Boston-area school with a Kripalu tradition. She completed Level 1 Teacher Training with Baron Baptiste in 2002. She has studied mysore-style Astanga, and refreshes her practice by regularly participating in led classes, retreats, and workshops. She has studied with Baron Baptiste, Rolf Gates, Ana Forrest, Tias Little, John Friend, Brian Kest, and Shiva Rea.

She bows to the yogic traditions of the East and to her first Boston-area teacher, Jan Trapp-Marble, and the many wonderful yogis and yoginis who succeeded her. She bows to the West, to the inspiration of all those who authentically lead and contribute to the evolution of the American Yoga experience. She considers her practice and her students to be her greatest teachers.
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About Lauren Durso, Yoga and Yoga Kids Instructor

In 2000, Lauren found yoga to be a new passion and a natural transition from her 25 years of dance experience. Lauren's passion for movement shines through in her style of teaching as she shares the experience of what yoga can offer to youth, teens and adults. Lauren has been teaching yoga to students ranging in ages from kindergartners to adults since 2003. She completed the following teacher trainings: Beth Shaw's Yoga Fit Levels 1 and 2; Empowered Kids Yoga Program taught by Mariam Gates; Radiant Child Yoga Program (RCYP) Levels 1 and 2 taught by Shakta Kaur Khalsa; and YogaKids workshop taught by Anne Kay.

She has trained in and continues to develop and strengthen her personal yoga practice by taking classes and intensive workshops in the following styles: Forrest, Iyengar, Kripalu, Power and Vinyasa.

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About Melanie Altrich, Instructor

Melanie Altrich M.Ed, CYT-200 has been practicing yoga for over six years in predominantly Hatha, Vinyasa and Power styles. She received her 200 hour yoga teacher certification last June through Yoga of Energy Flow with Daniel Orlansky and Liz Owen.

Melanie enjoys guiding practitioners to connect the body, mind and spirit with breath and movement, to release and discover their true inner self. She believes in encouraging acceptance of self, on and off the mat, while challenging students to open their body with mindful attention to alignment, breath and body awareness.

Outside of the yoga studio, Melanie works as a high school guidance counselor at a local vocational technical high school.

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About Devorah Steinberg, Instructor

As a yoga student for twenty-nine years, I live my yoga through my life, both professionally and personally through the Kripalu tradition of "yoga on and off the mat." One's yoga practice and life inform and reflect each other, such that yoga can be far more than just physical relaxation, stretching and strengthening. With this in mind, I teach yoga with a personal growth bent.

As a licensed therapist, teacher, mediator, and guide, I integrate yoga and spirituality into psychotherapy treatment, if clients welcome this.

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About Karma Longtin, Instructor

Karma to a family of hippies and given her name after her parents. Astrological charts indicated that they had a karmic link that would finally culminate in this lifetime. A native of Florida, Karma moved to Boston ten years ago and soon after began to experience intense back and joint pain that became debilitating. She began practicing yoga as a way to heal her body, discovering a solace that inspired her to become a teacher in 2002. Heavily influenced by her studies with Shiva Rea, Karma embraces many different styles of yoga including power, vinyasa and restorative hatha. She plans to continue on her path of exploration with a power yoga teacher training at Open Doors this fall. She encourages everyone to find the practice that is right for them in order to
realize their own path to self-discovery and personal transformation.

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