I discovered Baptiste Power Yoga at the old Baptiste studio on Columbus Street in 2003. After a move to NYC and an unfulfilling career on Wall Street, I decided to pursue my passion for yoga. I became Yoga Alliance certified through Sonic Yoga, NYC in 2005. Soon after, I attended Level 1 with Baron Baptiste (and yes, I was pregnant). I taught at a Baptiste affiliate studio as well as others on the Upper East Side. Talk about a community that needs YOGA! I made teaching yoga my job which has never felt like a job. I have since become a Tier 2 750 Hr Baptiste Certified Teacher and assist Baptiste programs across the country. I am also currently enrolled in the year long FIT to Lead Advanced Program with Baron Baptiste Over the years, I have also practiced and trained with David Magone, Rolf Gates, Beryl Bender Birch, Nikki Doane, Bryan Kest and especially David and Sharon Gannon of Jivamukti Yoga. It has been a dream of mine for years to open my own studio and share yoga with as many people as possible. Prema Power Yoga became a Baptiste Affiliate studio in 2017; I am very proud of this accomplishment and honored to be part of this Baptiste strong community. I am very lucky to have an amazing staff of talented yoga teachers who believe in the Baptiste Methodology as much as I do.
When I am not at Prema I am spending time with my two wonderful children and our puppy, Dude.
FOOD: anything cheesy or mexican; enchiladas!
QUOTE: "Go from a human being doing yoga to a human BEING yoga." - Baron Baptiste
FAVE ASANA: It's toss up between Pincha Mayurasana, Paschimottanasa and Utthita Trikonasana.
Tonya has been teaching dance, barre, and yoga in her hometown of Marblehead for over 15 years. Her years of dance experience and love for fitness have allowed her to combine her two favorite things, grace and power, into her teaching style. Yoga inspires her to share the beauty of movement and athleticism, while achieving your best self. Tonya completed her 200 hour teaching certification at Empower Yoga in Beverly, MA with Tricia Porter and Elizabeth Huntsman. Tonya is Barre Certified through Exhale. Her goal is always to teach with an attitude of gratitude.
One of her favorite quotes is by Rama Krishna: “ The winds of grace are blowing all the time. All we need to do is raise our sails. “
From the first time Maki walked into the Baptiste yoga studio in 2001, she quickly fell in love with the practice and became a dedicated practitioner and a yoga enthusiast. It still amazes her how quiet the mind becomes in the midst of challenging movements when the breath is connected to the body. She has always been interested in the mind body connection and wants to share her passion for yoga and its benefits with others.
Maki has completed 200hr Yoga Alliance teacher training at the Embody Yoga in Amherst with Patty Townsend and the Empower yoga in Beverly with Tricia Philpott, as well as the in-house teacher training at the Baptiste studio with Gregor Singleton and Claire Este-McDonald. She also has taken Level 1 & 2 teacher training with Baron Baptiste. She likes to teach a challenging flow with focus on alignments in a joyful yet calming environment. Born and raised in Japan, and having practiced Buddhism growing up, Maki brings a sense of zen into her life and to her yoga.
Along with yoga, she enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, learning about nutrition and natural health, and spending time with her two wonderful daughters and a supportive husband.
Caroline has been continually practicing yoga for over 15 years. During those years, her professional life has been dedicated to teaching, with a focus on special education. Caroline attributes her yoga practice as a key principle towards maintaining a peaceful and calming approach to working with students; whether teaching adult non readers in San Francisco in the mid 1990's or working with children in the special education field at various elementary schools in Marblehead. Now Caroline’s love of teaching and passion for yoga have come together!
Caroline completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training with Tricia Philpott at Empower Yoga in Beverly. As a yoga instructor, her style has a focus on the smooth, firing energy of a challenging "power" class while also being nurturing and tranquil. She is grateful to share her passion for yoga as a path to strengthen and heal the mind and body.