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Mid-September Teacher Feature: Bett Zamparelli

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Mid-September Teacher Feature: Bett Zamparelli

Teaching at O2 Since: 2015 Bett’s Thoughts on Primary Series: “I LOVE IT! The Ashtanga practice in general is such a growth-oriented series where the fixed sequencing allows the practitioner really to engage mindfully with their own practice and where they are at, both physically and mentally, at that particular moment. Primary Series, in particular, emphasizes the idea of progressive sequencing, where the next pose builds on the previous. The immediate right-left nature per asana (traditionally with a vinyasa in between) allows...

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September Teacher Feature: Emily Reardon

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September Teacher Feature: Emily Reardon

Teaching at O2 Since: 2012 Emily’s Thoughts on Primary Series: “I love the Astanga months because they remind us of O2’s roots. I really like Primary’s introverted poses and am in need of them after a hectic summer. For so many of us, summer is fun but scattered and we all need to reel it back in.”   Emily’s Current Teaching Schedule: Somerville 12pm Tuesdays – Basics 12pm Wednesdays – Intermediate     We have two fabulous Emilys on our teaching staff, but today we are getting to...

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A Letter to the O2 Yoga & VO2 Vegan Cafe Community from Mimi

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A Letter to the O2 Yoga & VO2 Vegan Cafe Community from Mimi

Dear O2 and VO2 Family & Friends, First and foremost, thank you for being part of the dream that our family has built over the past 20 years. Steven, Dylan, Deven, and I have always done things as a family. We travel together, work together, play together, learn together, and get through difficulties together. We believe in doing everything with thoughtfulness, conviction, consistency, and most importantly, love. You may or may not know that my son Dylan has been battling cancer since he was 12-years-old. Three and a half years later, we...

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Mid-August Teacher/Staff Feature: Cemile Marsan

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Mid-August Teacher/Staff Feature: Cemile Marsan

Doing Workstudy at O2 Since: 2012 Cemile’s Thoughts on Koundinyasana: “It looks so fancy! I admit it was a ‘dream pose’ for me for a long time. I actually remember the first time I managed to this pose (in the Somerville studio) — I guess my surprise and suspicion of whether I had actually successfully managed it was obvious because the instructor commented on the confused yet enthusiastic face I had. Last year (I believe it was also when Koundinyasana was pose of the month), I had the exact experience but in the...

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August Teacher Feature: Devon Wilson-Hill

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August Teacher Feature: Devon Wilson-Hill

Teaching at O2 Since: 2008 Devon’s Thoughts on Koundinyasana Month: “I remember watching a student do this pose when I was just beginning my practice. It looked so fun! At this point, I couldn’t do Half Moon. But in a year, I could do Koundinyasana.  Revolved Triangle is another of my favorite poses. So is Fallen Warrior or ‘Hippie Warrior’ as Mimi calls it. You could say I’m all about IT band hip stretches. And Koundinyasana is all of that in the air! Taking off! Totally awe inspiring.” Devon’s...

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The Rockstar Pig Brigade Fundraiser to Benefit Mimi’s Family

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The Rockstar Pig Brigade Fundraiser to Benefit Mimi’s Family

Join the Rockstar Pig Brigade: purchase this t-shirt designed specially for Mimi’s teenage son Dylan, battling a rare form of childhood cancer. Shirts are black with a grey and white design that has been specially crafted for Dylan….rockstar/guitarist/badass that he is…with a pet pig to boot! Adult unisex sizes XS, S, M, L, and XL available. $30/each. Cash or check preferred.  Currently available at both O2 Yoga studio locations as well as at VO2 Vegan Cafe. If you don’t live locally and would like a shirt mailed to...

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Mid-July Teacher Feature: Eliza Wilson

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Mid-July Teacher Feature: Eliza Wilson

Teaching at O2 Since: 2015 Eliza’s Thoughts on Props Month: “This month is one of my favorites. O2 does a great job of regularly incorporating props even when they’re not the focus of the month. But this month gives ‘permission’ to experiment with props where normally you might not take advantage of them. As a teacher, it reminds me to be specific and clear about the purpose and positioning of any prop we’re using – what is it accomplishing? How does a student know if they might want to incorporate a prop?”...

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July Teacher Feature: Carol Ciaravino

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July Teacher Feature: Carol Ciaravino

Teaching at O2 Since: 2007 Carol’s Thoughts on Props Month: “I find props to be very useful in several ways. The props we generally use are blocks, a strap, the wall, and occasionally a partner. They can facilitate proper alignment. For example, block under your hand in ardha chandrasana. They also can provide support or a reference point that allow you to enter a deeper version of a pose and build strength for the full pose. For example, half-handstand on the wall. I sometimes observe that more experienced students will avoid...

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Mid-June Teacher Feature: Paulina Haduong

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Mid-June Teacher Feature: Paulina Haduong

Teaching at O2 Since: January 2016 Paulina’s Thoughts on Half Moon: “I love half moon!  I love how open it is, and I love how the pose can be modified or varied in so many different ways.  Half moon feels different in every class, depending on my strength, focus, or balance that day — it’s a great way to check in with my body.” Paulina’s Current Teaching Schedule: SOMERVILLE 8:30am Mondays – Basics CAMBRIDGE 11am Sundays – Intermediate Paulina started doing yoga back when she was in high school...

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June 2017 Teacher Feature: Ann Panopoulos

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June 2017 Teacher Feature: Ann Panopoulos

Teaching at O2 Since: 2007 Ann’s Thoughts on Half Moon: “I love half moon! It’s the mother of all poses for me, strengthening thighs, ankles, core, and glutes while opening chest, shoulders, hamstrings, and the muscles around the pelvis.  Not to mention there are many fun variations to play with…” Ann’s Current Teaching Schedule: SOMERVILLE 7pm Mondays – Power CAMBRIDGE 7pm Tuesdays – Intermediate 6:30pm Fridays – Rajas Hour   Of the lot of us, Ann is the hippie spirit in our midst....

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