Meg Rohrer (Director) :
I have been practicing yoga for over 12 years, first introduced to the discipline in New Orleans, Louisiana it was not long before I felt the benefits of a consistent asana practice. In 2010 I began my studies in Montreal, Canada under the guidance of Dina Tsouluhas, Britton Darby, and Guillaume Brun of Modo Yoga. Since, I have traveled and taught yoga all over the world, from New York City to Morocco, to Montreal, Austin and Nantucket. I founded Supta Yoga Nantucket in April of 2016 and continue to dedicate myself as both a student and a teacher of this practice. Most recently I have studied under Schuyler Grant of Wanderlust and the Kula Yoga Project and Jason Crandell.
I am an endlessly curious being whose aim is to inspire conscious movement and expression through an intelligently sequenced asana practice initiated and guided by breath.
Shannah Green :
Shannah has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 20 years. From the start of her journey with Iyengar Yoga and the esteemed teacher, Patricia Walden, she knew she had found her life’s path and calling. She went on to get her RYT 200hr certifications from Kripalu Center and at Eyes of the World Yoga Center with Tom Gillette in Providence, RI. A perpetual student throughout the years, she continues to do yoga trainings, workshops and classes. She is honored to have studied with many wonderful teachers including Rodney Yee, Shiva Rae, Seane Corn, Erich Schiffman, Richard Freeman, David Swenson, Jason Crandell, Kathryn Budig, Barbara Benaugh, Rolf Gates, Schyler Grant, Paul Grilley, Julie Dohrmann, Annie Carpenter & Theresa Murphy.
A former year-round islander, Shannah built The Yoga Room on Nantucket Island in 2001 which she directed for 16 years. Her second home is in Providence, RI where she is honored to be part of two wonderful yoga communities: Providence Power Yoga & All That Matters Yoga Center. She assisted in Yoga Teacher Trainings at Eyes of the World Yoga for over 10 years and presently with JoEllen Hockenbrough at Providence Power Yoga. She is excited about joining and being a part of the Supta Yoga Nantucket Community.
Her eclectic style draws from many styles and traditions and is ever evolving. Her classes are known for being challenging, contemplative, mindful, precise, passionate & empowering.
Jessica Jenkins :
Jessica received her 200hr certification from Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica studying under Don and Amba Stapleton and Kevin Courtney of The Bridge Practice and formally of Kula Yoga Project, NYC. Jessica is a local photographer on Island and creator of Nantucket Yoga. She has spent the last 15 years practicing yoga and six of those years teaching yoga. Jessica feels that aside from shooting with the camera, yoga is the greatest form of self-expression and awareness. She has discovered that slow island living embraces the art of yoga – making every little thing a practice.
She has studied with several teachers over the years, but her own personal practice is heavily influenced by her very favorite friend and teacher, Kevin Courtney; she fuses together yoga, Qi gong and meditation. Her teaching style varies depending on the type of class, but all her instruction involves precise movements that promise to deliver freedom in all areas of the body. As well as, breath sequencing that cultivates awareness and movement of energy.
If you wish to gain insight in to the art of being more vibrant, more awake and a more engaged human being, check the current schedule for her classes.
Lynne Begier :
Lynne Begier began her teaching career in 2001 shortly before the tragic events of 9/11. Those events were part of her inspiration to open Back Bay Yoga in Boston which she owned and operated for 15 years. Lynne’s perspective on the living, evolving practice of yoga is the result of years of study, and committed practice and inquiry. Her practice and teaching is inspired by many – Functional Anatomy, Forrest Yoga, Iyengar, Meditation and the soul and intellect of Prajna Yoga. integrating over two decades of extensive training, exploration and reverence for the practice and its transformational potential, Lynne has dedicated her life to providing a safe, and inviting space for students to explore yoga, on their own terms. She has nurtured a diverse and gifted generation of teachers through her Teacher Trainings.
Lynne has studied extensively in many styles of yoga including Kripalu, Ashtanga, Forrest, Vinyasa, Restorative, Iyengar, Yin, Anusara and Prajna. She Graduating from Georgetown with a degree in Languages & Linguistics where her interest in foreign cultures, philosophy, and theology organically brought her to yoga. Her intense struggles with depression and eating disorders brought yoga to her and she is grateful to the team of Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital for that introduction back in the early 90's.
Her goal as as teacher is to approach yoga with an open mind and to learn and teach how yoga can heal, strengthen and balance us on so many levels. There is no “one size fits all” and she helps her students find their own poses while honoring the respected teachings of the various lineages. Lynne is also equally adept at working with students with injuries and limitations as she is with beginners and advanced practitioners.
Evie-Marie O'Connor :
I love the idea that our yoga practice is a platform to explore all the different layers of self. Through the practice, we are able to transcend the habitual patterns of our bodies. Through the breath, we find our way out of our mind and back into the present moment. I teach a variety of styles that change depending on the setting and intention. Regardless of style, my classes are designed around balance: an equality between effort and ease, movement and stillness, thinking and feeling.
Ay Agui :
Ay Agui was inspired to start practicing yoga by her friend and fellow teacher Meagan Rohrer when they were living in NYC. There, she began her practice at Shambala, Kula, and Modo Yoga.
This past winter Ay Agui completed her 200hr yoga teacher certification at Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja, Mexico, where she found a profound connection to Kundalini yoga . Her teachers Daya Nam and Marcy Ananda were a big influence in her decision to come to the island and share a deep healing experience.
Chelsea Rader :
It was through a devotion to mind body wellness, that I found yoga. Initially, I craved the physical benefits of the practice; shortly into my journey, the benefits off the mat proved limitless. Yoga allows me to use my body as an instrument, intuitively and deliberately. My intention as a teacher is to create calm, lightness, and empower students in the body, mind, and spirit. I want to help students find the harmony that brings yoga beyond the mat. My teaching offers that feeling of walking away and thinking, “I needed that.”
I studied at YogaWorks in Manhattan under Laurel Beversdorf and continue my training under the leadership of Meg Rohrer.
Jason Small :
Jason Small is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, and Pro men’s physique athlete. Jason was born and raised in Barbados, where he was a chef, model and Special Forces Police Officer. After spending years training himself and self-studying fitness and nutrition, Jason won his classes in a recent Organization Of Competitive Bodybuilders (OCB) fitness competition, propelling him to compete at the professional level. Jason brings a passion for fitness, wellness, and stimulant-free nutrition to his work, and he takes a holistic approach to his training and nutrition sessions. His philosophy is that no goal is unreachable, and he aims to make all his sessions fun, innovative, and rewarding. He also has additional certifications in group strength training, youth fitness, indoor cycling and working with clients with multiple sclerosis.
Paul Bruno :
Paul has been a practicing yoga student for close to thirty years and has been teaching for fifteen. His Vinyasa style has been heavily influenced by Erich Schiffmann and the founding members of Sacred Movement. His Yin teachings come directly from Paul Grilley, the central figure around which Yin Yoga spirals.
Paul’s Yin and Vinyasa class revolves around the idea that muscle isn’t the only tissue that needs training, that connective tissue health is as important as muscle health, and that strength and elasticity of muscle tissue, as well as, flexibility at joint level are of equal importance.
Paul has lived most of his life on Nantucket. His favorite color is grey.
Carlisle Hodges :
My teaching foundation was built upon Stephanie Keach’s 200 hour Vinyasa Flow program in Asheville, NC that I attended in 2013. As a student I am inspired by a variety of asana practices and alternative modalities of healing. I try to weave in components of this inspiration into my classes. The physical practice of yoga creates a relationship to the body and that becomes a beautiful platform to dive in deeper. As a teacher I aspire to offer a safe space for individuals to explore their mind, body, and soul.
Ieva Aldins :
When I took my first Yoga Teacher Training in India, I was asked why I was there. The answer: because every day I practice yoga, is a better day. I passionately believe in the knowledge each of us posses in our bodies. Yoga unlocks that knowledge. It works the body on an energetic and a cellular level. My classes are intended to bring students into full presence with themselves, to rejuvenate and leave you feeling refreshed. Yoga has the power to transform, to strengthen, to release and to heal. It can be playful, fun and it feels good! My classes are accessible to all levels of practitioners. I am certified in the classical hatha lineage of Sivananda yoga, restorative yoga, yoga nidra and aerial yoga. I also have a deep interest in therapeutic modalities of yoga.
I love traveling and surfing and connecting with people. Yoga has incredible powers to facilitate that connection. I have taught yoga in Nantucket, India, Central America and spent this past winter in Morocco leading yoga and surf retreats. More recently, I was asked why I teach yoga. The answer: Because I love helping people feel good, realize their potential, and for the connection I feel through teaching.
Alena Derby :
Alena comes from a background of classical pilates, integrative bodywork, and most recently has been studying movement in the style of Ido Portal and his movement experimentation.