Thanks for a great summer!
The 2015 season of FREE Summer Yoga has ended. Thanks to the hundreds of yogis who participated. We hope to see everyone again next year!
A vibrant group of instructors leads power vinyasa flow for over 100 students of all levels. This style of yoga provides a space for all to challenge themselves, release stress, expand energy, and tap into the beauty of trees, grass, and water found at Boston’s most historic park.
Kyoungho Koh is a yoga teacher, licensed massage therapist (LMT), and field hockey and lacrosse coach born and raised in Boston. She came to yoga through her passion of field hockey, having played at a high level for many years which left her with knees so painful and stiff that she could barely get up from a chair.
“After my first class at the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute (BPYI), I realized that despite all of my prior athletic endeavors, I had little integrated strength, was short on flexibility, did not have as deep a focus as I had thought, could not balance, and did not have a relationship to my breath – I was excited to find this place to learn in a way that spoke to my interest in being active and having access to my future in movement. After 4 months of practice, my knees healed and I regained full range of motion. The physical healing was just the beginning as I came to yoga also trying to hold together heartbreak from the loss of my father to cancer. I am honored to hold space for others to come to their mat, just as they are, allowing change to happen, and uncovering all that is possible when vulnerability becomes an act of courage and strength.”
Kyoungho has had the good fortune to study with many wonderful life teachers. Through BPYI she studied with Master teachers Claire Este-McDonald, Gregor Singleton and Elizabeth Huntsman. Their deep set intent inspired her to step towards instruction with Baron Baptiste and complete his Teacher Trainings 1 & 2. Recently, In August, 2012, Kyoungho completed an additional 200 hours through the YogaWorks method with instructor Natasha Rizopoulos, deepening her understanding of alignment to flow. A perpetual student, In January 2014, Kyoungho graduated from presently is attending the Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy (Boston, MA), and has begun her practice at Sollievo Massage and Bodywork (Cambridge, MA). to add to training received in English Literature and Counseling Psychology. Visit www.energyunwinding.com where you will find Kyoungho’s most up to date yoga teaching venue(s) and more.
Brian Lam loves to bring a playful spirit to his classes and share from his heart with all communities he connects with. Brian is a certified AcroYoga teacher, having completed teacher training with Jason Nemer and Jenny Sauer-Klein. Brian is also a certified Baptiste Power Yoga teacher, having completed Level 1 & 2 with Baron Baptiste. Brian leads an invigorating vinyasa class in which he stresses the importance of individualizing each student’s practice to fit his or her own body. He encourages students to explore and be creative within the framework of the practice.
“This practice is accessible by anyone, regardless of size, strength, flexibility or injuries. I’ve had two major surgeries on my shoulder, yet can still practice, take care of my body, and feel the power of my body through this practice. This practice is a very physical practice, but we use the physical to access our mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. It helps us achieve things we never thought possible. By being present to our body and breath and by giving ourselves permission to grow, anything and everything can open up for us.”
Sharon Koh is a native of Belmont and spent her collegiate career in training as a classical musician. Never regarding herself as remotely athletic, she eventually found yoga in 2006 with the invitation from her sisters, after overcoming a series of personal losses. “The practice was the one thing in the fog of everything at that time, that made me cry, laugh, trust, share, and taught me how to not take myself too seriously. Most importantly, the yoga practice woke me up to feeling again without running away or putting up barriers.
Her practice evolved into service with volunteering at the studio which eventually led to becoming an assistant and eventually a teacher at the Baptiste Studios in Boston. Sharon has studied and completed her 200 RYT with Baptiste Power Yoga and 500 RYT with Rolf Gates.
Currently she is teaching clarinet to students in the Boston and Falmouth areas as well as teaching yoga both in Boston and at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and BLYS Yoga Studio in Falmouth, Ma.
Off the mat she is a new mom, beekeeper and gardener and has a passion for cooking, running and cycling, and dreaming.
Genevieve Oba was immersed in yoga at the age of 9, having gone to primary school at an ashram where all eight branches of yoga were part of her daily curriculum. As part of this experience, she was featured in an instructional kids yoga video and book, produced by Integral Yoga. Years later, she became certified to teach in the Integral Yoga tradition, and later prenatal yoga during her first pregnancy. She became a devoted vinyasa yoga practitioner, and earned her vinyasa teacher certification.
She has been teaching yoga in the Boston area since 2003. Besides having a family, yoga has been one of the greatest gifts of her life. When she’s not on the mat, she can often be found running through the woods with her dog.