borealis is a wellness business that inspires people to connect with their own inner wisdom to feel their best.
We guide students to connect with their body, mind, spirit, as well as their extended community through yoga and movement classes, meditation, workshops, and travel retreats.
Our team and our students are what makes us great. If you're interested in joining us, start here.
Emilie (Amstutz) Reid
owner + yoga teacher
Emilie inspires her students to find extraordinary moments in everyday experiences by fully engaging with each other and the world around us. She sees yoga and meditation as tools to help us actively participate in our daily life—and that it’s so much better when we do it together. Community is the cornerstone of Emilie’s mission and in 2014, Emilie opened borealis community yoga in Medford, MA.
Emilie’s classes invite students to connect to each other and to the many aspects that live within us. Her highest priority is respect for the body and its magical make-up of physical and emotional energies that allow us to be in this human experience. She draws from a number of yoga styles including Kripalu, yin, and Yoga of Energy Flow. She credits her fellow teachers and students at Borealis, and her mentors Coby Kozlowski, Priti Robyn Ross, Lorin Roche, and Stephanie Marango as constant sources of inspiration. Connect with Emilie at emilieyoga.com and on Instagram @emilieallison.
yoga teacher + thai yoga bodyworker
Linda DeVincentis has been practicing yoga for more than fifteen years. She is warm-hearted and approachable and brings that into her classes as well. Linda guides students through a practice filled with positive energy, a focus on breath, alignment and body awareness. She invites you to calm the pace of life, and connect with a deep sense of peace and joy.
Linda’s practice has expanded significantly through the teachings of several gifted instructors from diverse traditions including Yoga of Energy Flow, Iyengar, Kripalu, Pathways, Meridian Yoga, and Yoga Nidra and her teaching reflect this full palette of styles and techniques.
yoga teacher + reiki healer
Christine’s joyful, inspirational approach is rooted in her deeply-held belief that yoga heals the body and mind. Christine’s devotion to yoga as a therapeutic art has inspired her to pursue Reiki training in order to deepen her teaching and personal yoga practice. Her classes combine strength-building for physical fitness, which is inspired by Broga®, balanced with restorative poses and mindful meditation that calm and soothe the soul.
yoga teacher + ayurvedic yoga therapist
Veronica is passionate about helping people meet their true potential and has seen the effects that yoga and Ayurveda can have from more than 10 years of personal practice and teaching. Veronica leads a class that allows students to deepen their experience of life while finding a comfortable container in which to challenge themselves.
She began teaching by implementing her own yoga program while deployed to Kyrgyzstan with the U.S. Air Force. Her teachers include Patricia Walden, Liz Owen, Daniel Orlansky, Leanne Leblanc and Annie Hoffman. Veronica is a also certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, having studied both at The Kripalu School of Ayurveda and in India. Find out more about Veronica and her Ayurvedic consultations at her website www.wolffyogaayurveda.com and on Instagram @wolffyogaayurveda.
thai yoga bodyworker + yoga teacher + studio assistant
Tim's teaching emphasizes the primacy of breath, the cultivation of a moving meditative state, stability, enduring strength and function over form. He considers sound, and silence, to be a key part of his classes as well as good humor for the tough bits. He encourages his students to practice self-compassion while on the mat and a whole-hearted approach to living beyond it.
Tim's study of yoga started in the Ashtanga/Vinyasa tradition but soon widened to incorporate learning from many styles of meditation and movement. He feels especially aligned with the traditions of Parayoga and Viniyoga. Tim is certified E-RYT with well over 1000 hours of formal training in yoga, meditation, shamanism, mantra and other approaches to human movement and health. He is also a personal trainer and health coach. Tim continues his formal study in the ParaYoga tradition.
Find him on Instagram @timgriffinyoga.
yoga teacher + tai chi master
Sylvia has practiced yoga and meditation for over 40 years. Teaching since 2005, Sylvia owned her own studio in Fort Myers, FL before moving to Medford to spending more time chasing after her granddaughter. Sylvia is passionate about getting everyone moving, no matter the age, and help students to cultivate more loving-kindness towards themselves. She draws her inspiration from the Kripalu Center, the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, Duke University’s Integrative Medicine’s program for Senior Yoga, and Sara Meek’s Program on Osteoporosis for Health Professionals.
Visit Sylvia at mindfulnessyogawithsylvia.com.
yoga teacher + reiki healer
Josh's teaching style asks that students channel their inner child, to cultivate curiosity in order to explore the sensations, feelings, and emotions that arise within their experience. Josh creates a welcoming space for students to feel as if they can be themselves, without reservations or the need to perform or act a certain way. When we accept our physical and mental state as they are, we remove our expectations of how we think they should be and can better listen to our bodies as they are.
Connect with Josh at mindfulschmidt.com and on Instagram @mindfulschmidt.
Loni's yoga practice has served her to overcome chronic pain, and with creativity and compassion, to return her body to a state of health and well-being. She brings this personal experience to my teaching of yoga—a blend of meditative, slow-flow, chakra (energy)-based practice with key elements of yin yoga—which is grounded in self-acceptance and a healthy dose of friendliness. Her goal is always to make the yoga practice accessible to all, with the intention of creating a safe, respected and yet adventurous space for her students to explore and celebrate their unique abilities and potential.
May you step off the mat feeling refreshed, restored and balanced. Loni's 200-hour Teacher Training with Nicole Grant and Maureen Miller and Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Josh Summers have shaped both her practice and her style of teaching. She is a Reiki Practitioner and currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Nutrition. Loni also creates handmade gemstone jewelry and mala necklaces.
Kelley is passionate about bringing a calming balance between body and soul into the classes she teaches and she loves to lead active sequences that get both the breath and blood flowing. After more than 10 years as a dedicated gymnast, Kelley looked to yoga as a calmer form of exercise that still incorporated strength and flexibility.
In addition to her Yoga teacher training at Down Under Yoga, Kelley is a certified Standup Paddleboard Yoga teacher and offers SUP Yoga classes in the summertime with SUP Yo. Kelley loves how SUP Yoga helps bring out the fun in the yoga practice, as well as the healing powers for both body and mind that you get from the mat, whether on or off the water.
Find her on Instagram @kelleyhwang.
When Karen began practicing yoga in 1991, she was looking for relief from chronic back pain but was ultimately hooked by the freedom she experienced in both her mind and her body. Through both her yoga practice and non-profit work, her life mission is one of service. When Karen teaches, she strives to give her students the confidence to get deep into poses and the opportunity to open their bodies while finding some peace of mind on their mat. Her challenging slow flow classes, taught to contemporary music, are playful and woven with humor and Buddhist mindfulness.
In addition to teaching yoga, Karen continues to connect to her life of service through her work as a consultant building community in the art world. She is on the same path as her students by trying to find balance in life while being present and connecting with her breath, body, and mind.
Greta began practicing yoga in 2001. She quickly discovered that a regular yoga brought a new sense of calm and steadiness to her life. With a background in education, and a passion for helping others, teaching yoga to adults and children, was a natural fit. Greta is a 200 RYT, and has completed certifications in YogaFit, Restorative yoga, SPA Yoga with Bette Riaz, a 200 Hour Vinyasa Teacher Training with David Magone, and Yoga and Mindfulness for Children Teacher Training with ChildLight Yoga.
She believes yoga has something to offer everyone, and encourages students to come to their mats to quiet their minds, reconnect with the power of breath, and move joyfully.