Staff

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Christine Rose

Christine Rose, the co-founder of Four Corners Wellness & Yoga, has brilliant entrepreneurial skills and a desire to become a prominent brand name in the service industry, Christine Rose will be leading from the front. Christine Rose has shown her potential, always striving to set the bar higher. Her drive to get things done will ensure that 4 Corners Wellness + Yoga  thrives and instills a culture of dedication to wellness in the community.

 Christine Rose is a graduate of Boston University and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Her passion is helping people. Christine is committed to volunteerism. She has volunteered with a number of organizations throughout her lifetime beginning with Big Sister Association in 1995 and most recently as a compassionate touch volunteer at Hebrew Senior Life Nursing Home. Christine’s professional career spans from the food service industry to financial services to the not for profit sector and service based industries (hair salon & floral shop).

 

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Karuna O'Donnell

Karuna O'Donnell is highly skilled teacher and teacher trainer who is recognized as a leader in the trauma healing community in Boston and nationally. As an educator, she is profoundly committed to a mission of social justice in community based settings. In 2008, she was awarded a fellowship for Leadership in Education to the Harvard Graduate School of Education for work with complexly traumatized youth in Dorchester, MA. In the process of achieving her MEd from Harvard, her identities as an artist, activist and teacher converged as a founding member of Survivor Theatre Project, of which she is now a workshop facilitator and leadership team member. In graduate school, Karuna was employed as a consultant by the Trauma Center Yoga program at Justice Resource Institute, Boston's leading trauma center. Karuna implemented a trauma sensitive yoga program with students at the van der Kolk Institute and began offering private instruction, yoga classes and teacher training as resources for healing throughout Greater Boston. She was selected to assist the groundbreaking Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training in 2014 and the Yoga, Meditation and Addiction Recovery Conference founded by Nikki Myers and Rolf Gates in 2011 and 2014. She is certified in Forrest Yoga (Level 3), Trauma Informed Yoga and the Yoga of Twelve Step Recovery. She sees yoga as her path to becoming an authentic human being with a precious gift to bring to her people. Karuna offers yoga and arts learning g in the greater Boston area.

Karuna says "Facilitating personal acts of courage brightens my spirit tremendously. My vision is people becoming the central directors in their own healing. I want to know how people in overwhelming life situations learn, heal and envision their lives beyond present circumstances. I believe that wellness resources cultivate resilience in people of all ages. I believe in coalition building between people dedicated to healing and brightening the collective human spirit and striving to end poverty and injustice. My intent is to offer consistent, high quality, trauma and research informed learning experiences that reflect and create a culture of respect and dignity."


CarmenLeah Ascencio

CarmenLeah Ascencio, LICSW, MPH, RYT, CPC, is a bilingual (Spanish-English) public health social worker, therapist, radical life coach, trauma-sensitive yoga instructor, educator and proud Boricua queer. She loves supporting people to dismantle their ideas about what can’t be done in order to focus on a vision that will be achieved. CarmenLeah integrates artistic, spiritual and body centered practices into her therapeutic and transformative work. CarmenLeah is also a novice surfer, outdoor explorer and is learning to build sustainable tree houses.


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Photo taken by Kevin Tobin

Leo Bray

Like many, I first came to yoga hoping to address chronic aches, pains, and stiffness. I was blessed early on to experience classes with the amazing Becky Thompson, at the Dorchester YMCA, as my first inspiration to deeper practice and the fuller range of yoga's gifts, including its capacity to help us heal and grow.

Through Becky, I met our wonderful friend, Karuna O'Donnell, who further inspired me, and later guided me to Akasha Yoga School. Their ongoing work helping trauma survivors heal through yoga continues to inspire me. I have had the good fortune to receive training from Karuna in teaching trauma-informed yoga classes. 

In my classes, I strive to assist people in listening to their bodies, focusing as much as possible on whole-body awareness, informed by my ongoing learning with the Alexander Technique under the expert tutelage of Cecile Raynor. I do my utmost to make each class an accessible and welcoming experience for everyone who attends.


Theresa Okokon

Theresa began practicing yoga in 2006 when she decided to join the Peace Corps.  She was not in great shape, so she joined a gym figuring that Peace Corps Volunteers probably needed to be fit to climb volcanoes and paddle canoes in the Amazon to get to their mud huts.  Unhappy on the elliptical machine, Theresa wandered into a yoga class, and fell in love.  She continued to practice in her new home in Ecuador (in an apartment in the city of Guayaquil …since not all Peace Corps Volunteers live in the jungle), and this continued when she returned to the States and eventually moved to the Boston area.  Theresa completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Open Doors Yoga in Weymouth in 2014, always with the goal of finding a way to teach yoga as a response to trauma. In 2015, Theresa completed a 100 Hour Trauma Informed Mind Body Facilitator Training with yogaHOPE in Boston; and in September 2015, Theresa was named the Kip Tiernan Social Justice Fellow with Rosie’s Place and founded her program: LEGIT.yoga. With LEGIT.yoga, Theresa teaches trauma informed yoga at Boston area shelters, low income housing communities, substance recovery programs, hospitals and schools serving low-income and at-risk communities. In 2016, Theresa joined the faculty of a 200 Hour trauma informed and social justice focused Yoga Teacher Training with 4 Corners Yoga + Wellness in Dorchester.

Theresa believes in a yoga practice that is as intense as it is relaxing, where you learn to appreciate and understand your body and your breath for exactly what it is today.  Theresa’s approach to teaching yoga is that YOGA can teach YOU to use the power and good energy that your body creates to transform your own life and the lives around you.


Linda Wells

Linda N. Wells is the Wellness Warrior. Before pursuing a career in promoting wellness Linda was a Program Director, Youth Worker and community organizer. She spent nearly 10 years giving more to others than she did to herself; limiting her ability to create positive change for herself and her community.

Linda has since transferred her skills as an educator and activist to become a well known health advocate and Wellnesspreneur in the Boston area. She works with individuals to release toxic habits and identify the precursors to their burnout. She continues her activism by working with community-based groups to raise awareness of health and wellness through free and low-cost programs.  Linda's teaching recognizes that stress may be unavoidable part of our lives but also that wellness is our birthright and we owe to ourselves to make healthy choices.

She is an experienced registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. Holding an M.Ed. specializing in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and BA in Political Science and Economics from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. www.lindawellnesswarrior.com


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Marlene Boyette

Marlene Boyette, founder of Boston based Leela Yoga & Wellness,  is an educator (teaching Yoga & Meditation at The Advent School in Beacon Hill),  dedicated to using yoga as a catalyst for nurturing and celebrating the playful spirits of each person she comes in contact with. Specializing in both Trauma Informed Yoga & children’s yoga, Marlene believes that the practice of yoga extends far beyond asana (movements and poses). By collaborating with various city / government agencies, organizations and programs, Marlene strives to use her personal practice, lifeexperiences and training to reach individuals and families with limited access to wellness   

programming. She believes that yoga, as a philosophy, is the very way in which we approach every single aspect of life; from the foods that we choose to ingest to the way that we address Self-Care, Self-Love and our physical, emotional and mental health needs; Gently, mindfully and joyfully.  



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Keyona Aviles

Keyona’s belief in the body as crucial to well being and healing lead her to be formally trained by Lesley University at the Masters Level in Holistic Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2006), as well as multiple fitness professions including Group Exercise (2006), Vinyasa Yoga (2009), and Thai Yoga Massage (2014.) 

“In my family music/movement/dance was how we praised our God, how we expressed our deepest emotions, how we shared ourselves when words failed. So when vinyasa yoga came to me, a practice that joins breath, movement, and creates reflective space, it felt both foreign and very familiar. It was a way to access the healing available within myself; a way into mySelf through simple body movements. The way I teach is heavily influenced by the shapes, sizes, and flows found in my large family, the many forms of water around our New England and island homes, and my own body. I am grateful for gifts gained from learning with Rolf Gates, Micheline Berry, Leslie Salmon Jones, Carrie Tyler, Sue Jones, Tom Myers, Antigravity/Aerial yoga and my students.” ~ Keyona  Aviles, LMHC

See Keyona’s offerings at www.inspiredrelease.com

Contact her at inspired.release@gmail.com617.446.3840


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Sharon Amos

Sharon (RYT-500) has been a dedicated Yoga practitioner since 2012. She studied and continues to study with the renowned Natasha Rizopoulos whose teaching disciplines combine the Iyengar and Ashtanga methods at Down Under School of Yoga in Brookline MA, where she received her 200 and 300 hour certifications. Her teaching style is slow flow alignment and breath based Vinyasa yoga. Her teaching philosophy is that the powerful healing practice of yoga is for everyBODY, including those who disagree, and especially those who have limited access to it for whatever reason.
Sharon is also an experienced Oncology Nurse at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center where she teaches Yoga to fellow staff members, and is working towards implementing a Yoga Therapy Program for Oncology patients there in the near future.
Always a student, she is currently enrolled in the Ayurveda Certification Program at Down Under Yoga as well.  Ayurveda is considered the "sister" to Yoga, and is one of the world's oldest holistic healing systems based on the balance of ones mind, body, and spirit.


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Tee Trac

Yoga has changed my life for the better. For that reason, I wanted to learn how to teach it to help people the same way it helped me.   I finished my 200 hours of training with Open Doors Yoga in Weymouth and am also Yin Certified Yoga Teacher.  I currently train with Shawn Cornelison for the 300 hours program to specialize in the application of therapeutic essentials and go even deeper in learning skills of yoga as a healing art and science. May you be safe, may you be healthy, may you be happy, and may you be at ease.

 


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Jaylee Oberg

Jaylee Oberg is a Boston native who is known for her powerful but playful teaching style. She was first introduced to yoga in college and fell in love instantly. She finally found a practice that did as much for her body as it did for her mind. She is an avid reader, a proud dog mama, and enjoys reading, trying out new recipes, and singling very loudly to Beyoncé. Her favorite place is anywhere people are gathered to sweat, breathe and break boundaries together.


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Caitryn Megan McCallum

My aunt dropped me off at my first yoga class when I was 14. I remember the room was dimly lit, hot, filled with adults, and I wondered why she had thought this would be a good idea. I was nonetheless curious about the movements, and I liked that no one else in the class was judging my early-teens self as she fumbled awkwardly around on her mat. I was so baffled. I was also totally hooked.

Yoga stayed with me through high school and college -- where I found my home in Ashtanga Yoga of Charlottesville -- and onto my first teacher training post-college. Yoga has transformed for me from an "escape from the real-world" to an exploration of how to bring the practice into the many phases of my daily existence.  Moreover, it's provided me a community through all movement and change - chapters of both different states and cities, as well as through more difficult periods - of depression, grief, and anxiety. My classes are based in my 200-hour Foundational and Advanced training under Ana Forrest, as well as my 200-hour traditional Vinyasa training under Daniel Max and Magi Pierce.  There is attention to anatomy, breath, and core, with humor woven throughout.

I'm grateful for the teachers who created sacred space for me during my very first classes and whom I to turn to and learn from today.  Thank you to Cat Kabira, Joanne Flaherty, Ana Forrest, Daniel Max, Magi Pierce, Alana Brennan, Cat Allen, Heidi Sormaz, Jennifer Elliott, Ty Landrum, Katie Tully, and of course my very first teachers and warrior women -- my late grandmother, my aunt, and my mum.


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Gally Reznor

I was born in Russia and practiced ballet and gymnastics as a child. During my teenage years my family moved to Israel where I completed my college education in public health. I began practicing yoga in 2011 after arriving to Boston. The practice helped me mobilize my body after many years of inactivity and find community in a new city. After practicing yoga for over 4 years I completed the 200 hour yoga teacher training at JP Centre Yoga.  After moving to Dorchester in mid 2017, I was very excited to discover 4 Corners Yoga + Wellness  Center  opening just few blocks from my house.  

On the mat I like to work hard, incorporating dynamic cardio elements while building strength and flexibility.  My classes are influenced by dance, contemporary music and high intensity training. I work in medical research and in my free time like to travel, snap pictures and take dance classes all over town.  



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Michelle Mendes

Certified yoga Instructor, Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, Line Dance Instructor, Arthritis Foundation Fitness Specialist, Reiki Practitioner, Pilates Mat Instructor,

A yoga teacher and student of different energy and fitness modalities for over 10 years, Michelle thrives on continuous education from a variety of yoga disciplines and healing specialties. Her yoga teachings are rooted in viniyoga and Hatha yoga traditions.

Her classes teach to the theme of presence, connection, and the unfolding of possibility in every moment. Her classes also focus on using yoga as a healing tool to honor and deepen each students individual connection to personal strength, self acceptance and love. "The goal of my classes is to connect students to their inner world. The strengthening of what we can not see leads to the connection we most deserve. This connection is the key to the unfolding of the never ending journey that yoga represents."

Namaste
- The light in me appreciates and acknowledges the light in you.


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Rebecca Ramer

I was first introduced to yoga in a high school gym class, but it wasn’t until I took a semester off from school as a college junior that I began to develop a consistent yoga practice. I had been struggling with depression at school, and somehow I knew that the answer to my problem was in the body. I spent the next few months attending classes at Laughing Lotus in NYC, and found there a deep connection to my body, mind and spirit that allowed me to step out of the darkness, and get through college.

In 2013 I completed 200-hour Vinyasa training at Back Bay Yoga, where I studied under Lynne Begier, Sarah Sturges and Aaron Cantor. Their diverse teaching styles taught me to see yoga from many different perspectives—a way to stay physically and mentally healthy, a spiritual practice, a way to express myself, and even a way to play. This January I completed a 4-week mentorship program with Alana Brennan at JP Centre Yoga, where I worked to find my own voice as a teacher. I like to incorporate humor and gentleness into my teaching, encouraging students to leave their perfectionism at the door, and allow themselves to relax and explore.

When not practicing yoga, I am a social worker, who has worked with children, adults and families in residential and day treatment programs. Thus far I have worked most extensively as a group therapist, working with adults with mental illness. Outside of career I enjoy singing, and am a member of a gospel choir. I am also a member of a local housing rights organization that works to prevent displacement and keep communities in tact. I am currently taking time off from my work to focus on self-care, self-discovery and self-creation, as well as looking for ways to contribute my unique gifts of warmth, music, humor and deep love to the world around me.


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Christian Verde

Christian Verde is an Associate Certified Pranic Healer and has a private practice of Pranic Healing. He started Pranic Healing in 2011. He currently teaches Basic Pranic Healing in Boston, MA, founded The Center for Pranic Healing Massachusetts in 2018 and co-founded Atlanta Pranic Healing Center, LLC in 2014.


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Laura Charles

Laura's love of teaching yoga comes from her commitment to forever be a student. Rooted in the belief that time on our mats is practice for how we are in the world, Laura's classes cultivate curiosity, attention, openness, and creativity. She uses a combination of asana, music, mantra, mudras, and pranayama to empower students with their own set of tools to access strength and calm within, as well as the ability to take their practice into their daily lives. She enjoys working with students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

Laura took her first yoga class 16 years ago in search of a complement to her dance training. She was immediately awakened to yoga’s power to cultivate a deeper connection to her whole Self in a way she hadn’t experienced with dance. The idea that movement and breath could be an inward exploration rather than solely an outward expression kept her coming back to the mat, and eventually encouraged her to deepen her practice with meditation and mantra.

Laura is trained in vinyasa yoga and completed her 200-RYT training at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in Manhattan in 2011. She also completed additional trainings in Bhakti yoga at Laughing Lotus and the Lineage Project's teacher training program for at-risk youth. She previously taught in Brooklyn, NY and currently teaches in Boston, MA.

 


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Xiomy Avila

 Xiomy Avila is a Wellness (Ayurvedic) Coach and a Kundalini Yoga  teacher. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience to help people to find balance in their lives by teaching them how to make healthier choices for themselves and how their choices might have an impact in their health, the environment and global issues. “When we are able to find love and harmony inside of us we are able to live it and share it with the world”

Xiomy studied International Business in Colombia. Working and supporting companies to develop a better organizational environment, helping people to find balance and joy between their jobs and their personal life is something she is passionate about. In this journey she found that every change, starts with our self development as human beings, a constant evolution of healing, of becoming more aware of the process of loving ourselves. On her journey she has studied and trained in Self/Professional Coaching and Behavior Analyst, Ayurvedic Massage & Panchakarma Therapy, Ayurvedic Pregnancy Care & Baby Massage,  Hatha  Yoga, Kundalini Yoga & Advanced Yoga Therapy.

Description for Class: We will be exploring through kundalini kriyas that allow us to opening our heart and loving feelings, increase compassion and sensitivity to others. Eliminating unnecessary thoughts and feelings so we can be more present and experience our feelings more clearly. 


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Ajeet Himat Singh

Ajeet Himat Singh is a yoga teacher, family therapist, father, and husband who is grateful for the opportunity to bring the transformational power of Kundalini Yoga to the Roslindale Community. Like many, he came to yoga seeking a practice to support personal change. What he has found is a treasure trove of teachings and practices that support a life of joyful exploration and spontaneous expression.

Kundalini Yoga integrates the power of posture, breath, mantra and meditation to more fully connect students to their own higher wisdom. Ajeet’s classes are accessible to all levels of experience and ability, and at times will seek to challenge your own self-perceived limitations of who you think are and what you believe you can achieve.

A daily practitioner of Kundalini Yoga for over 7 years, Ajeet has completed the Kundalini Yoga Level 1 Teacher training under Hari Kaur and the amazing team of teachers at the Baba Siri Chand Ashram in Millis, MA.

“When ego is lost, limit is lost. You become infinite, kind, beautiful.” 
― Yogi Bhajan


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Tiffanie Allen

Tiffanie recently graduated from the Salter School of Massage Therapy. She is very passionate about holistic health and healing. Tiffanie is confident in her abilities and has a firmness in her hands which leaves clients feeling relaxed and aware of their individual needs. Tiffanie is also an avid yogi and plans to incorporate aromatherapy, energy work, and sound healing into each of her massage sessions. Day by day she is working to develop a deeper understanding of how the human body works in connection with these holistic tools

 


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Anita Simpson

Anita has been a licensed massage therapist since 2009. Her massage style is very much on the relaxing side. She specializes in reducing stress, migraines and can also provide reflexology within a Swedish relaxation massage. She customizes her massages in a way it can suit all areas whether there is pain or tension. Anita enjoys encouraging her clients on their road to wellness and is happy to be able to help them become a healthier and positive in addition to their regular self-care.


Kim Nicoll

Kim’s first yoga experience was a physically intense and very hot power yoga class. She left exhausted and completely enthralled. In the 15 or so years that have passed since that fateful Saturday morning, Kim has visited many more classes (mostly of the not so hot and intense variety), experimenting with different styles of yoga and loving the healing and transformative power that each brings to her life. 

Sharing the sheer joy that yoga’s combination of movement, breath and meditation can offer is Kim’s goal as a teacher. She is a firm believer that these yoga tools can be used by each of us to transform our lives -- and possibly even our world! It is this spirit of hope for each of us and the world we inhabit that inspires each of Kim’s classes. She completed her 200 hour training as a yoga instructor with Karuna O'Donnell at 4 Corners Yoga and Wellness in Dorchester, Massachusetts.


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Lisa Leung-Tat

I recall taking my first yoga class about 12 years ago when I lived in Florida and afterward immediately signing up for an unlimited pass. The room was hot, I felt limber and my body seemed to fold into poses I didn’t even think possible. Even better I remember totally tuning out from what was going on outside of that room and being in absolute focus of what was happening in the moment. That escape from the rat race, if just for an hour is what peaked my interest.

Two years ago a friend who had recently become certified started giving free classes at my job and I was present at just about every class, I loved it and was hooked again on this formidable practice. Then last year when  4 Corners Yoga and Wellness opened their doors a stone throw away from my residence I just picked up where I left off in Florida and totally immersed myself in the teachings.

As a recent graduate of their 200- hr Yoga Teacher Training, my aim is share what I have learned up to this point and continue to learn from others whose journey have been longer than mine. Yoga and breath work has helped me reinvent the way I respond to life and situations and at least once a week I learn something new that changes this path I’m on. My goal in teaching is to be as inclusive as possible recognizing we are all unique and embodying the vision of 4 Corners that Yoga is indeed for every BODY. When I’m not absorbing the wisdom of other gurus I’m a key player in managing a busy oncology unit at MGH and navigating the waters of life as a loving wife and mother of two teenage boys.


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Sita Joti Kaur

“I wish to support the evolutionary process of my students in this Golden Age of Awakening through the healing grace of Kundalini Yoga. It is my hope that one finds the reverence for his or her Inner Being and taps into the reservoir of their Soul’s infinite potential.” 

I was introduced to Kundalini Yoga in 2004, but it was only until 2016 that its consistent practice supported a major life change and acted as a healing agent, placing me on a path of mastery to help others find the grace it has given me and my life

I trained at the Baba Siri Chand Ashram in Millis, Massachusetts, where my 220 hours were certified by Kundalini Research Institute’s Aquarian Teacher Program. My training in Kundalini Yoga extends to the healing art of Sat Nam Rasayan, a practice that helps one overcome limiting beliefs and emotions. I have experience teaching Hatha Yoga, Qi Gong and Tai Chi. I have practiced Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and Universal Shamanism, which continue to inform my spiritual development. 

Website: kundalinishaktirising.com


Jared Diaz  

Jared graduated in 2015 from Lincoln Technical Institute in Somerville, Massachusetts as a Massage Therapist. Jared’s strength is compression. He uses a variety of modalities to enhance is massage including but not limited to trigger points stretches, and deep tissue massage. Jared’s stamina allows him to perform in high volume business. He also loves to have direct communication with his clients when it comes to their Massage needs.