O2 Yoga Teachers & Staff


Mimi Loureiro

Mimi Loureiro

Mimi has been living and breathing her dream of being a full-time yoga teacher since she created O2 Yoga in 1998. O2 is a system she believes is like no other for changing and improving body, mind, and spirit. She has a BS in nutrition, a BA in psychology, and an MS in exercise physiology. Feeling centered, grounded and peaceful involves all facets of the physical and energetic body. Yoga is a natural extension of this belief. “Yoga represents a way of harnessing all the good energy, focusing it on one point, to create a more harmonious individual and therefore a more peaceful world,” she says. Her infectious enthusiasm and love for teaching comes through in everything she does. She specializes in strong anatomical focus, adjusting the body to better align and strengthen the spine and therefore create better posture, better mood, better interactions with the world, and a more centered and quiet mind.

Mimi’s creation, O2 Yoga, is a unique system that draws from the philosophy of the eight-limbed path of Patanjali. O2 Yoga is athletic, empowering, energizing, and life-changing. O2 Yoga is a community of teachers and students who believe in the connection to all living beings and therefore our responsibility to be conscious of all of our actions, words, and intentions. O2 Yoga encourages a proactive interaction with the world.

Mimi has been thrilled to receive many “Best Of’s,” including both Somerville and Cambridge Scout’s Honored several years in a row, just to name a few! Most importantly, she is inspired every day by her husband, Steven, her two boys, Dylan and Deven, and her family’s ever-increasing number of animals, including their dog Mate and their pig Ender. Mimi runs teacher training and retreats locally and internationally. She is also incredibly joyful and passionate about vegan cooking, home schooling, animals, traveling with her family, and sailing on their family’s antique sailboat.

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Elliott McEldowney

Elliott McEldowney

- Somerville Studio Manager

I came to yoga after a history as a runner followed by a near endless stint in graduate school and substantial time in the gym, all of which left me chronically sore and tight. What I found in yoga was a way to challenge myself physically, intellectually, and emotionally and heal my body. I try to incorporate that combination of challenge and healing in my teaching. I have trained with Beryl Bender Birch, Ana Forrest, Baron Baptiste, Richard Freeman, and Mimi Loureiro. My classes incorporate strength, flexibility, effort, and surrender.

Read more about Elliott here in his March 2017 Teacher Feature.

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Emily Leadholm

Emily Leadholm

I took my first class at O2 Yoga in 2001 when it first opened and the practice steadily became a central part of my life. In all these years, I haven’t gotten restless and wandered away as I have from many other of life’s useful yet short lived endeavors. It’s actually the opposite! O2 continues to offer me the opportunity to be creative and to connect, to be who I am and to evolve, both as a teacher and a student. I am grateful and so happy to be a part of the O2 community.

Read more about Emily here in her April 2017 Teacher Feature.

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Ann Panopoulos

Ann Panopoulos

From the moment I first stepped onto the mat, I knew this was more than just a physical practice, and something that would always be a part of my life, as my mind and body began to transform in ways not achieved with other forms of exercise. I’ve practiced many different traditions, yet upon taking my first class at 02, I knew I had found something truly special. To this day, the amazing teachers and wonderful sense of community contribute to a sense of coming home, the moment I walk through the door. As a clinical social worker, my days are spent attending to the needs to others; a work that it satisfying, yet often profoundly effective on my emotional state. Yoga not only bestows a sense of physical well being, but restores me to a sense of grounding, empowerment, and connectedness. Throughout life’s challenges, the mat has been my sanctuary, teaching me strength, serenity, and surrender. My practice is deeply rooted in the astanga system, and my classes delve into the heart of the yogic process with creative exploration, focus on alignment and promoting the mind/body connection. It is my hope to allow students to experience a sense of empowerment, balance, and above all, ignite the spirit.

Read more about Ann here in her June 2017 Teacher Feature.

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Carol Ciaravino

Carol Ciaravino

I discovered yoga in mid-life through a class at Brookline Adult Education. I found yoga to be a bright light for its simplicity. Just show up. Come to the mat and practice, practice, practice. Accept who you are and where you are in this moment. Over the past decade yoga has woven itself into the fabric of my life. Yoga has given me a feeling of peacefulness, a sense of optimism that I can do things that I once would have thought impossible and a connection to the wonderful teachers and community of O2. A friend of mine says that we teach what we most want to learn and so it is that I teach yoga.

Read more about Carol here in her July 2017 Teacher Feature.

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Lynne Carr

Lynne Carr

I love yoga! I truly do. I love it for who it has helped me to become and for how I see others transformed. For a long time, I dabbled in yoga. I fit it in where I could, given a super busy schedule as a software development consultant. In 2004, after 14+ years of being a desk/airport-jockey software programmer/consultant, I needed a major change. I was making money, but losing sanity. 2004 was also the year that, after much encouragement from the wise-beyond-years man in my life, we got our first ever dog, Seabiscuit. My life was filled with love, but somehow still empty. I felt called to yoga, not to fill this emptiness, but with the simple sense of being drawn to my mat time and time again. Each time, I practiced, I felt better than when I started – no exceptions. I continue to find this remarkable. No other activity quite compares. These experiences somehow led me to walk away from my job, embrace the unknown and enroll in yoga teacher training. These past 5+ years of teaching have been challenging, uplifting and one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Read more about Lynne here in her May 2017 Teacher Feature.

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Devon Wilson-Hill

Devon Wilson-Hill

I took my first yoga class in the local high school cafeteria at the suggestion of a doctor to help relieve some chronic pain. I liked it and eventually bought a book and starting following the sequences. Yoga made me feel confident got me through those angst filled teenage years. A decade later, after flirting with different yoga styles, I got serious and started practicing five times a week at O2. I had never sweat so much in my life! Some days my body felt like Jell-O. And I worked on falling with grace and being resilient. Other days I was shocked by what my body could do. What amazes me still is how yoga supports me and changes me off the mat. I feel taller, fresher and have more energy. I am quicker, more patient, happier and more focused. Yoga has changed me and continues to change me. Being a teacher is just another part of this journey for me. I am so excited to be at O2 and share what I continue to learn with others. I enjoy O2’s style because it is challenging and rewarding. Most importantly, practicing with students just adds to the conversation and the journey we’re all on together; I never stop learning from the entire O2 community!

Read more about Devon here in her August 2017 Teacher Feature.

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Barrett Reinhorn

Barrett Reinhorn

Barrett Lauck Reinhorn (Certified Yoga Teacher [CYT], 500 hours) has been teaching yoga since 1998 throughout the metro Boston area. She teaches beginner through advanced vinyasa yoga, and specializes in prenatal/postnatal yoga. Trained in Astanga Vinyasa yoga and Interdisciplinary Yoga, Barrett melds asana, breath, music, philosophy, and rhythmic improvisational movement into her vinyasa sessions. Every class of Barrett’s is different, combining the energies of sun (dynamic warmth) and moon (calming cool) so that students are deeply rooted in their bodies and yet light and free in spirit. Additionally, Barrett teaches prenatal and postnatal teacher trainings. She brings to her teacher training extensive training in yoga for the childbearing year along with experience as a doula, childbirth educator and mother.

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Kate Brigham

Kate Brigham

With a background in ballet and modern dance, I had always dabbled in yoga as a complementary physical practice, but it wasn’t until I joined the incredible community here at O2 that it became a cornerstone of my life. Aside from the obvious physical effects, I found yoga changing me in emotional and spiritual ways I had never expected and while initially they seemed contradictory, I soon realized they were in fact complementary- I was becoming simultaneously stronger and more flexible, both more focused and taking myself less seriously, increasingly patient and quicker. I soon realized this quest for balance was what I had been(and continue) searching for. Each time I come to the mat I discover something new about myself and others- I always leave feeling better than when I arrived. I am thrilled to be teaching, in the hopes that I can share some of the amazing benefits that I have gained from yoga with others.

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Emily Reardon

Emily Reardon

I appreciate yoga for the simple fact that it is not a sport or a performance; the big event is the practice itself. Having grown up in the world of classical ballet, this concept was once very foreign to me. I signed up for yoga in college, and I didn’t get it. The dancer in me was concerned with wrenching my leg the highest or balancing the longest, and I was annoyed by the reminders to breath. I dropped the class. Years later, after becoming a massage therapist, I was paying more attention to self-care and wellness. I decided to give breathing another chance. I went to O2 because it was near my house, and I have stayed because I’ve found the practice healing for both mind and body. Today, my approaches to bodywork and to yoga-teaching constantly play off of each other. I’m lucky to have found a second home at O2 as a teacher, a massage therapist, and a member of a fun and supportive community.

Read more about Emily here in her September 2017 Teacher Feature.

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Erika Guckenberger

Erika Guckenberger

Ten years ago I came to O2 for an open house and took my first ever yoga class. I haven’t looked back since then! I really value the emphasis that O2 places on learning one’s own physical potential and limitations. Practice should be a balance between challenge and humility. As a teacher (of yoga and of middle school social studies) I encourage my students to work in that space right beyond their comfort zone. At the same time, in a yoga practice it’s important to understand how to move your body safely and responsibly. I’m so grateful to yoga for teaching me self-compassion and humor about my own imperfections, so that I’m more willing to take responsible risks– in order to deepen my practice, and in order to live a more fulfilling life in general.

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Aileen Wong
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Aileen Wong

Since 2003, I found yoga to be a strength-building and a grounding source; giving me solace amid a sea of change. It was a form of moving meditation, steadying my mind to be present for each class. I continue to be drawn to O2 Yoga because the sequencing is varied, challenging and fun, the community is welcoming, and the practice focuses heavily on anatomy. I learned why we were doing the poses instead of just being told to move in a certain way. As a yoga teacher, I strive to be playful with sequencing, creating an environment where we don’t take ourselves too seriously, while also being informative and safe. My hope is to help others realize the wonderful effects of yoga, and help them feel connected, empowered and a bit more centered.

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Carly Zampariello

Carly Zampariello

I began practicing yoga in my early 20s and was drawn back time and again. My mat became my sanctuary, a place where self-consciousness melts away and self-awareness takes over. After many years of immersing myself in the O2 community, I completed the O2 Teacher Training in 2013 to deepen that practice. I have embraced my teaching practice with the same dedication I bring to my mat. My classes are sequenced with the intention of building strength, flexibility, and balance while allowing students to safely work at their own level and ability.

My greatest teachers are each of my students. They are constantly providing inspiration and knowledge as I watch their practices grow and transform and for that, I am most humbled and grateful.

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Bett Zamparelli

Bett Zamparelli

I was initially introduced to this practice dedicated to both the body and the mind in 2011 while enrolled in a Yoga and Mindfulness course at the University of Vermont. I continued to practice (and study) up there for the following two years before moving back to the Greater Boston area, transferring to UMass Boston— where I’m completing a bio-psych degree, and searching for a new studio to call home. After trying out a few places, I came across the O2 Studios where I was immediately drawn in by the creative and progressively taught sequencing. I appreciate how much care and consideration the O2 style takes towards alignment and injury prevention, all the while establishing a complete and challenging practice, using the breath to both ground and energize the body & mind.

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Melissa Aucoin

Melissa Aucoin

In Buddhism, the lotus flower represents heart opening, growth and enlightenment. The lotus, rooted in mud and darkness, rises above to bloom on the water’s surface. Through experience, we all grow toward the light to emerge and blossom.

In 2011 I took my very first yoga class. A friend had commented that she couldn’t see me doing yoga, that it just wasn’t for me. I defiantly walked into O2 with my Groupon and was greeted warmly by Mimi. Her class swept me into movement and breath and was exciting and fun but also challenging. The postures were unfamiliar and used muscles I’d forgotten about, and then I was supposed to quiet my mind and breathe at the same time! But I kept going back, day after day, week after week. Although the physical benefits of building strength were what initially appealed to me most, I eventually realized that I also felt calm – like all of my stress had melted away. That feeling is what really drew me into the world of O2. Mimi has built a community for yogis to celebrate the many practices of yoga – physical and otherwise. I took the Teacher Training program with the intention of deepening my practice and my understanding of Astanga, and it has evolved into so much more. Now I look forward to sharing what I love about yoga with my classes – that feeling of grounding, the playfulness and excitement of trying a new sequencing, the flow and sound of breath – and watching that same transformation happen within my students.

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Jemila Kester

Jemila Kester

I was introduced to yoga as a young child and have been practicing, in one form or another, ever since. It wasn’t until I found O2–my yoga home since moving to Cambridge in 2012–that yoga became an integral part of my daily life. In addition to the awesome family I found here at O2, I love the meshing of traditional poses with creative and playful sequencing; I hope you will find these aspects in my classes as well. I draw on my experiences in ballet and Bharatnatyam dance to create fun transitions between poses, graceful yet energetic flowing, and a focus on strength and alignment. The goal of every class I teach is for students to move their bodies and quiet their minds. See you on the mat!

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Toby Chaiken

Toby Chaiken

Stumbling into O2 on a cold January day in 2013, I soon found myself much warmer with a smile on my face. My yoga journey started back at Wellesley College, where I took yoga to fulfill a PE requirement. I didn’t dive in until I found O2. Yoga has taught me slow down, breathe deeply, and stay focused – lessons that have helped me both on and off the mat. I completed my teacher training in the fall of 2015, and I’m excited to share my love for yoga with others. See you on the mat!

Read more about Toby here in her Mid-March 2017 Teacher Feature.

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Bronwyn Nia
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Bronwyn Nia

Movement has been a vital part of Bronwyn’s life since she was 5 years old, when she first began training as a classical ballet dancer in Seattle. After years of striving for perfection, yoga was a very welcome change to the strict ballet world. Once she noticed the mental clarity yoga provided her – she was hooked! Bronwyn is passionate about using yoga to promote self-acceptance and inspiring her students to find mental and physical balance. Her classes are athletic and energizing with an emphasis on breath control. She aims to make yoga accessible for a wide variety of skill-levels and is always happy to answer yoga-related questions.

Bronwyn has completed certifications in gentle flow, hot power yoga, and O2’s Astanga-inspired vinyasa, as well as multiple workshops on yoga for mental wellness. Having taken over 700 hours of teacher trainings, she is constantly trying to improve her teaching skills to better serve her students. A recent Boston transplant, she is currently completing a psychology degree and studying yoga therapy, while exploring all the city has to offer!

Read more about Bronwyn here in her May 2017 Teacher Feature.

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Paulina Haduong

Paulina Haduong

I found yoga in high school as a complementary practice to my training as a classical violinist, which helped me learn more body awareness and anatomy. After moving to Boston, I fell in love with the athleticism and alignment-based progressive sequencing of the O2 yoga style, as well as the wonderful community. Yoga has taught me so much about self-compassion and humility, on and off the mat, and there’s always something new to be learned in every class. In addition to doing O2 Yoga Teacher Training with Mimi Loureiro (and all the O2 senior teachers), I have also trained in trauma-informed yoga (with Annie Kiel and Firefly Yoga International). As a teacher, I strive for challenge and creativity, and I am always excited about the opportunity to learn with students and the O2 community.

Read more about Paulina here in her Mid-June 2017 Teacher Feature.

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Sarah Hoffman

Sarah Hoffman

From the moment yoga entered my life, I was hooked. Yoga offered me a safe space where I could learn to be more compassionate with myself and others. Soon thereafter, I realized yoga needed to be part of my life in a bigger way so, I enrolled in O2’s Teacher Training where I furthered my passion for yoga and began nerd-ing out about postures, sequencing and anatomy. I am now a full-time yoga teacher with aspirations of going back to school for counseling (stay tuned!)

I teach an ashtanga-based vinyasa class with an emphasis on alignment and linking movement to breath. I have taken numerous trainings over the years including Ashtanga Primary Series with David Swensen & Shelley Washington, Trauma-Informed Yoga with Firefly Yoga International and Yoga for Kids & Teens with Childlight.

Read more about Sarah here in her Mid-April 2017 Teacher Feature.

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Eliza Wilson

Eliza Wilson

I came to yoga in 2013 on the advice of my sister, an actor who uses yoga as a complement to her work onstage. It took a few months for me to find my space in the yoga community – one that felt authentic and inclusive – but once I did, I was hooked. I fell in love with the challenge I discovered in yoga’s simplicity, and how it fostered a sense of bodily awareness that I hadn’t even realized I’d been missing.

I aim to create a similar experience in classes, enabling students to become fully absorbed in the moment, and to also give themselves permission to break focus, to have a sense of humor and patience. Ultimately, I hope that the experience helps students to become more present in their own bodies as a vehicle to become more present in other aspects of life.

In addition to my 200-hour certification through O2, I have trained in trauma-informed yoga through Firefly International.

Read more about Eliza here in her Mid-July 2017 Teacher Feature.

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Stephanie Kirkpatrick

Stephanie Kirkpatrick

I took my first yoga class in high school, without really knowing what it was all about. For years I drifted on and off my mat as my life pulled my this way and that way. In January 2015, a friend brought me to O2’s open house. As soon as my first O2 class ended, I felt like I was finally home. I started to practice regularly and felt strong, grounded and centered. VO2 Vegan Cafe hired me as staff and I soon found myself looking forward to going to the studio, whether it was to practice yoga or work in the cafe. The sense of peace and happiness I felt led me to quit my 9-5 office job to pursue work I believed in, and I now work full time in the cafe as manager. In fall 2016, I took the Teacher Training at O2 to deepen my practice and it definitely did! The program taught me much more about sequencing, safe alignment, and anatomy of a good yoga practice. I also learned so much about myself…and that I love to teach yoga! I have so much joy creating a sequence and watching students find their own center as they learn what yoga means to them.

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Tina Millar

Tina Millar

One steady constant that has remained through life is being an athlete. I grew up playing year-round soccer and continued playing through college. After transplanting to Boston and looking for a change, I began to train and competed in powerlifting, where I hold a New England squat record. Yoga never struck me as ‘athletic’ until I took my first heated Power Yoga class. I was immediately hooked, later stumbling upon O2 and their upcoming teacher training. O2 was like a breath of fresh air: unique sequences, hands on adjustments, specific alignment cues, and community. I greatly appreciate and admire the foundations of the O2 yoga style. As a 2016 O2 graduate, I look forward to seeing many new faces on the mat.

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Jill Rodgers

Jill Rodgers

Jill had a spotty yoga practice until the opening of the O2 Cambridge studio in the fall of 2012. She opted for the 2-week unlimited pass and never looked back.She developed a daily practice, hooked on O2’s unique combination of mindful breath, careful alignment, and creative, athletic sequencing. Jill joined the Workstudy team a couple years later, then began managing the Desk Staff in Somerville, and most recently completed the O2 Teacher Training in 2016. She is happy and grateful to be a multifaceted member of the vibrant O2 community: student, staff, and teacher. Jill loves asanas that involve spinal extension and twists; bakasana and warrior 1 make her sad. Off the mat, her interests include food, filmmaking, and feminism.

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Colin Hart

Colin Hart

Colin was part of the TT Class of 2016 here at O2 Yoga.  We are excited to welcome him to the staff!

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Sarah Wolf
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Sarah Wolf

- Cambridge Studio General Manager

Sarah started practicing at O2 Yoga in the winter of 2008 when a housemate wanted to try this “yoga thing” out.  It didn’t take long for the magic of the practice to take over her life, but it wasn’t until 2012 when Mimi and Steven decided to open the Cambridge studio that she become involved beyond being a regular student.  Offering her expertise in retail and management, Sarah joined the team as O2 Cambridge was built and eventually opened in November 2012.  A regular part of the team ever since — and a graduate of the 2012 Teacher Training Program (aka The Best TT Class Ever) — Sarah can be found most days in the Cambridge studio, now as the General Manager.  If you don’t see her in the office or the cafe, she’s probably in class, requesting Camel or Thread the Needle or maybe, just maybe a “Funky Half Moon.”  Stop by the office and say hi sometime!