Instructors at The Yoga Training and Research Institute bring their unique experience, passion, and commitment to The Institute’s community, and incorporate the The Institute’s philosophy into their teachings. Instructors encourage students to listen to their body, respect it’s wisdom, and to progress at their own pace. The intention of all of the teachers is to assist students in the development of physical, mental and spiritual well-being: a truly priceless health advantage.
Lindsay Gibson MS, founder and owner of Majestic Yoga Studio has been a devoted student and teacher of yoga for over 25 years. Her unique and skillful approach to teaching and practice is multidimensional, delicately and carefully weaving together a deep knowledge of human anatomy and an essential application of the mind-body connection. Specializing in Therapeutic Yoga, Lindsay brings insight, awareness, and passion to the practice of yoga and the healing arts. Her teachings, and practice, are influenced by Thomas Hannah, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, and Irene Dowd. Lindsay began her studies in Iyengar Yoga with Karin Stephan and continues to study with Zoe Stewart. Her other teachers include Tias and Surya Little, Barbara Benagh, Desiree Rumbaugh, and Deb Neubauer, and Majestic Yoga Studio students and teachers. Through her warmth and compassion, Lindsay, a true 'teacher's teacher', guides her students to a deeper level of understanding and skill acquisition.
Tara Rachel Jones M.Ed., RYT 500, E-RYT 500, RCYT
Tara Rachel Jones has studied yoga since the early 1990s. She has completed four teacher training courses, most recently with Tias Little. Tara Rachel was both a student and teacher under Boston master teachers Barbara Benagh and Arthur Kilmurray. She has studied Iyengar yoga with Zoe Stewart. Her profound interest in the mind body connection led her to The School for Body Mind Centering to study infant developmental movement, somatic anatomy and its relationship to yoga. Over the past ten years, Tara Rachel has enriched her studies with private courses and workshops in anatomy and physiology with Yaron Gal Carmel, Tom Myers, Andrea Olson, and others. She is also a certified Zen Shiatsu Therapist. Her classes for adults are unique, flowing and relaxed, yet grounded in attention to proper postural alignment. In addition, Tara Rachel has been a pioneer of children's yoga in the Boston area. She has worked professionally with children since 1989. She has developed her own approach to children's yoga, which is simply, yet uniquely, a synthesis of education, developmental movement, and yogic teachings.
Jennifer Miles RYT 200, M. Ed
The practice of yoga is not about the picture perfect poses on the mat, but more about how we interact with the world (and ourselves) off the mat. As a former competitive gymnast, the athleticism of yoga was very appealing, as were the feelings that became present as a result of the practice; calm, clarity and space. The meditative qualities of a vinyasa asana practice allowed Jennifer to quiet her mind amidst a very busy life with 3 boys, 2 dogs and hockey! After attending a workshop led by Natasha Rizopoulos, Jen was completely inspired and wanted to learn more about alignment, philosophy, meditation and how to prevent injury. In 2013, she completed her 200-hour teacher training with Natasha, who has strongly influenced her teaching style.
Jennifer’s classes combine Ashtanga’s emphasis on connecting breath with movement and Iyengar’s emphasis on proper alignment. Leading students through intelligent sequencing, with a focus on alignment, offers Jennifer’s students the ability to build both strength and flexibility AND quiet the mind. In her life off the mat, Jennifer enjoys walking Fresh Pond with her husband and two dogs and has recently taken up women’s ice hockey. Jennifer holds a Masters in Education from Lesley University, volunteers weekly at St Peter School and has been actively involved in the Hydrocephalus Association since 2008, raising money and awareness about this complicated condition.
Jennifer is extremely grateful to all of the teachers with whom she has studied including Natasha Rizopoulos, Julie Gudmestad, Patricia Walden and Lindsay Gibson. She is especially grateful to Coeli Marsh, who first teacher, who encouraged her to find her voice and teach.
Rob Phillips believes that the practice of yoga, meditation, and bodywork can help promote physical and emotional growth. His teaching is influenced by classical Buddhist and Yogic philosophies. His witty humor, helps to create a light and fun class atmosphere. Rob’s studies in asana include a 200-hour certification through YogaWorks with Natasha Rizopolous as well as a training in Yin Yoga with Josh Summers. He has also practiced Ashtanga yoga with Kate O’Donnell. Rob grounds his asana practice with daily Vipassana (insight) meditation and Metta (loving-kindness) meditation. He has practiced with Michelle MacDonald, Joseph Kappel, Josh Summers, and Kate Lila Wheeler.
Adrianne Vincent's clinical work and educational style is informed by over 35 years of experience teaching mindfulness and yoga internationally for healthcare professionals, lawyers and business leaders, medical patients and the public. She has experience as an Integrative Medical Educator, Buddhist Ritual Minister and bodyworker. Currently Adrianne is completing her MTS at Harvard Divinity School. She is a yoga and meditation instructor at the Center for Wellness, Harvard University Health Services and Majestic Yoga Studio in Cambridge.
Drawing upon years of experience, Adrianne has developed a unique interdisciplinary approach to clinical and pastoral care which she has introduced and established in various institutions across the United States and internationally. She complements the best of academic allopathic medicine with evidence-based spirituality and healing practices for students, families, healthcare workers, and patients throughout their lives including end-of-life care. A founding member of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA, the Institute for Health and Healing (IHH) at the California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco, CA, and founder CEO of Unconditional Care, Adrianne has helped facilitate the progressive exploration of integrative medical practices as well as designed coursework for their implementation.