O2 Yoga Teachers


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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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.

Read more about Barrett here in her January 2018 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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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.

Learn more about Kate here in her November 2017 Teacher Feature.

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Emily Sullivan

Emily Sullivan

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.

Read more about Erika here in her October 2017 Teacher Feature.

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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.

Read more about Aileen here in her December 2017 Teacher Feature.

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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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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 Hoffman here in her Mid-April 2017 Teacher Feature.

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Eliza Wilson

Eliza Wilson

I came to yoga on the advice of my sister, an actor who uses yoga as a tool to enhance 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, while also also giving themselves permission to break focus and have a sense of humor and patience. Ultimately, I hope that the experience helps students to become more present and self-aware 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 and completed a 50-hour Yin Yoga training with Bernie Clark.

 

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

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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.

Read more about Tina here in her Mid-February 2018 Teacher Feature.

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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 completed the O2 Teacher Training in 2016.  In Fall 2017, she also completed Level I of Barrett’s Prenatal Teacher Training. 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.

Read more about Jill here in her December 2017 Teacher Feature.

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Becky Murphy

Becky Murphy

Becky was part of the Teacher Training Class of 2017.  We are thrilled to welcome her now to the O2 staff.  Join her for practice soon!

Read more about Becky here in her May 2018 Getting to Know You feature.

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Sarah Rose

Sarah Rose

I moved to Somerville in the Fall of 2008, and found myself at my very first yoga class that winter at O2.  Yoga was something I’d known about since young adulthood, both from family (as they acknowledged its roots in our ancestry), and friends (as they described the benefits of a lean and limber “yoga body”).  I was never particularly athletic, but I have always been interested in health and wellness, as well as the balance between body, mind, and spirit.  After taking a class on positive psychology, a.k.a. “Happiness 101” in early 2008, I came to the understanding that the practice of yoga asanas, or movement with breath, is actually an incredible way to reprogram the brain and in turn, to promote personal evolution.

My path ultimately led me to the title of Usui Reiki Master, and I have since discovered my passion of serving others in a meaningful way.  Coincidentally, I’ve learned that this is a nearly impossible feat without a regular grounding practice.  O2’s unique style of creative sequencing with a focus on breath and alignment invites the quiet calm my mind yearns for, while strengthening my body and easing pain.  It has been a crucial part of my life, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the opportunity to share this practice with others!

I completed teacher training at O2 in the Fall of 2017, and trauma-informed yoga with Firefly Yoga International in the Spring of 2018.

Read more about Sarah here in her May 2018 Getting to Know You feature.

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Gaby Hauray

Gaby Hauray

Gaby began her consistent yoga practice when she moved in a block away from the O2 Somerville studio.  She loves yoga for how it has made her more balanced in her physical and mental health. She cherishes the O2 community and is a proud graduate of the class of 2018!

Read more about Gaby here in her April 2019 Getting to Know You feature.

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Becky Field

Becky Field

Becky was part of the Teacher Training Class of 2018.  We are thrilled to welcome her now to the O2 staff.  Join her for practice soon!

Read more about Becky here in her May 2019 Getting to Know You feature.

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Mary Laughridge

Mary Laughridge

Mary was part of the Teacher Training Class of 2018.  We are thrilled to welcome her now to the O2 staff.  Join her for practice soon!

Read more about Mary here in her April 2019 Getting to Know You feature.

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