The Corner Studio opened its doors to the wonderful and welcoming people of Medford and surrounding communities in September of 2013.
We are committed to provide a safe, non-intimidating space for yogis of all levels to practice yoga, build friendships and have fun!
Owner, E-RYT 500
Coming from a background of dance and gymnastics, Jenna saw yoga as a new physical challenge. She attended regular yoga classes on her college campus and quickly fell in love with the practice. She began teaching in 2010. For Jenna, yoga has been a way to find peace, grounding, energy, playfulness and humility. She approaches each practice with a curious mind and strives to learn something new about herself every time she steps onto her mat. In Jenna’s classes, poses are carefully placed and sequenced to offer a safe, fun and playful experience. She encourages her students to be mindful of their limitations and helps them to adapt each class to their own needs, body types and ability levels. She is grateful she is able to pursue her passion with this wonderful community in Medford, Massachusetts.
Amie’s first experience with yoga was in gym class. Not a natural athlete, Amie shied away from anything that involved hand-eye coordination. Yoga proved to be physically challenging but not aggressive or competitive. She has since been amazed by the bountiful benefits of yoga! For the past 10 years, Amie has taken every opportunity to get on her mat. She became a teacher in 2012 and has trained with Frog Lotus Yoga, YogaHope, Triple Gem School of Thai Massage, North End Yoga and Christie Rosen. Amie’s teaching emphasizes staying present on your mat and cultivating gratitude and self-love through the yoga practice. Amie loves developing creative flows designed to increase strength, flexibility, and balance in the body.
Haripriya has always felt a calling to grow and understand something greater than herself. In 2013 she found herself in Yoga teacher training at Back Bay Yoga and never looked back. As an eternal student, she likes to see everything in life as an opportunity to grow and learn. Being able to share this passion through Yoga, Ayurveda, and Energy Healing has been such a gift. In 2019 her teacher gave her the name Haripriya as she started the practice of Bhakti Yoga. Her hope is to help others feel at home and connected within themselves so that they can continue to grow and feel connected to the world around them. As Ram Das says, “we are all just walking each other home.” Having studied with Lynne Begier, Daniel Orlansky, Satyanarayana Dasa, and at the Kripalu Center, she blends different styles of Yoga to create a whole mind-body experience when teaching. Haripriya is a 500hr registered Yoga teacher, Yoga Alliance continuing education provider, and NAMA certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor. She specializes in slow flow, vinyasa, restorative, and meditative flows. She is also certified in pre & post-natal Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage, and Reiki energy healing. Haripriya brings a sense of humor, connection, and compassion to her classes. In her free time, you can find her exploring in nature, trying new vegetarian recipes, and traveling with her husband and son.
Holland’s yoga practice began as a casual affair. It took a few years for her to fully realize the massive impact that the movements of the body have on the mind, emotions and relationships. It wasn’t long before she quit her office job and dedicated her energies to the things and people that she loves, to her health and the health of those around her. She likes to think that yoga has helped immensely in making her a better, nice, and kinder person, and continues to do so. Holland completed the 200-hour teacher training program at O2 Yoga Studio in Cambridge, MA in 2012. She has continued her training with Josh Summers, completing Yin Yoga teacher training in 2015. She is passionate about painting, gardening, ayurveda, and hosts vegan Sunday potlucks for her friends and community.
Lisa began practicing yoga as a way to build strength and rediscover flexibility. Her physical practice slowly transformed into something much deeper, practicing yoga changed her perspective on life. To expand her knowledge of the practice and its history, Lisa pursued a yoga studies training with the Boston Yoga School in 2016 and began teaching in 2017. Lisa's focus as a teacher and a student is to bring awareness to the connection between body and mind through movement. She encourages her students to explore each pose with curiosity, receptivity and a sense of humor.
An educator by day and a yogini by night, Malissa first stepped onto the mat in 2007. Feeling both humbled and empowered by an invigorating vinyasa practice, she embarked on her 200-Hour teaching certification with Suzanne Leitner-Wise’s US1Yoga School in Alexandria, VA. Inspired by the rhythmic movement of vinyasa flow and the precise alignment of Iyengar, Malissa uses fluid sequencing to blur the seam between power and grace. A registered yoga teacher since 2010, she seeks to empower her students to rediscover their inner strength—just as her teachers have done for her. As a teacher, practitioner, and student, Malissa firmly believes that that yoga practice can become a transformative agent of peace, joy, and self-acceptance.
Marca came to yoga 10 years ago during a time she was training for marathons, teaching step classes, and raising her 3 sons. Feeling a need for something with less impact but no less challenging, she was initially lured by the physical aspects of the practice, but kept returning to her mat as she experienced the many other benefits yoga brought into her life. Wanting to share this gift with others, she completed a 200-hour teacher training at Down Under Yoga in Newton/Brookline with Natasha Rizopolous and Kate Heffernan, and a 300-hour training at The Boston Yoga School with Ame Wren. Her background includes degrees in nursing and exercise physiology, both of which have helped to inform her practice and teaching. Her classes are alignment based, intelligently and creatively sequenced, and rooted in breath and flow. She encourages her students to honor their own unique bodies, tune in to their inner voice, and practice in a safe and gentle way on and off their mat.
Nicoline views the practice of yoga as a means to tune to our underlying essence and thereby find healing, relief, insight and wellness from which to direct our actions in the outer world. Her moderately paced flow classes are fun and engaging while aimed at deepening an understanding of the body, meditative awareness and a deeper calm from which students can experience their essential wellbeing. Nicoline has been a Boston area teacher since 2005. In 2010, she opened Samara Yoga in Somerville, MA where she enjoyed cultivating a dedicated yoga community with some of her dearest friends and colleagues for 10 years. She is looking forward to bringing what she has learned in both inner and outer leadership to other yoga communities and to her one-on-one work with students and Life Coaching clients. In her early years of teaching, she enjoyed Prana Flow trainings with Shiva Rea, who influenced the Vinyasa format in which she teaches. She deepened her skill in asana and her ability to feel the body more deeply through years of attending Barbara Benagh's weekly class for Boston area teachers. Nicoline has since been learning in a mentorship format with Fez Aswat and Tom Alden in Alden's wellness framework, a wellness and personal growth curriculum based in Yogic and Buddhist practices.
A doctoral candidate in education and a yoga teacher, Paulina (she/they) brings a trauma-informed lens to teaching yoga, looking to create accessible and inclusive opportunities for students to explore their personal relationships with playful, mindful movement. Drawing on their own ashtanga practice, Paulina teaches creative, alignment-based sequences which invite students to move with breath. In addition to O2's 200 hour teacher training with Mimi Loureiro and Elliott McEldowney, Paulina has also participated in continuing education for children's yoga (with Childlight), trauma-informed yoga (with Firefly Yoga International), ashtanga yoga (with David Swensen and Shelley Washington), and anatomy (with Ame Wren). Outside of teaching yoga and doing research on computing education, they enjoy baking, learning to climb, and spending time with their dog and cats.
While he doesn’t recall exactly when he attended his first yoga class, Peter Nikolaidis is pretty sure it was sometime in the early 2000s. Maybe the late 90s. Okay, he really doesn’t remember, but it was a while ago. In 2011, while unable to continue his usual practice of martial arts due to an injury, he turned to yoga to fill in the gap. Over time, yoga shifted to become more of a central component to his everyday life, alongside self-defense and mountain biking. Today, Peter refers to yoga as “how he puts himself back together after tearing himself apart in his other favorite activities,” which usually consists of a long run while training for his next marathon. Taking a functional, practical approach to yoga, his classes focus on what works for the individual student. Rather than urging students to pursue flashy, potentially dangerous poses which yield little benefit, he encourages simple poses and sequences that pose little risk and yield high rewards. Peter completed his RYT 500 certification as part of The Corner Studio's inaugural RYT 200 class, and 300 hour Teacher Training Certification in Yin Yoga and Meditation with Josh Summers in 2019.
Roxie Martin (formerly Ochadlik), is a Boston transplant originally from the high deserts of New Mexico. She first tried this thing called “yoga” on a whim as a college freshman. Quickly, her new hobby turned into habit, and soon found herself studying yoga and practicing everyday. Her instruction is a combination of purposeful movement and breath, particular attention to the alignment of the physical and energetic body, lots of imagery and a little bit of humor. Her classes are derived from her personal practice, a dynamic experience of embodiment, fluidity, and stillness. She considers herself a movement professional, a slower flow-er, and both a skeptic and enthusiast. When not instructing or practicing yoga, Roxie is typically outdoors, riding bicycles, or walking her two big dogs.
In Shireen’s classes, she synthesizes the knowledge that has been handed down from ancient yoga masters to her current teachers, and in turn to her. She focuses on helping people find their body’s innate intelligence through the yoga teachings. Her classes are dynamic and alignment focused for people of all shapes, sizes, and levels. The depth of the practitioner’s breath and commitment to practice will result in numerous benefits beyond the 10 fingers of one’s own hand! In general, she starts class slowly, building up to some intensity or “peak pose”, then gently brings it back down to cooling postures and final rest. She offers modifications for all levels and loves seeing the light and smiles appear on people’s faces after class. Currently her practice is informed by the inspiration of many amazing teachers that she has been honored to meet during her journey. At this time, her main teachers are Andrea Fotopoulos (Anusara inspired Hatha Yoga) and early morning Ashtanga practice with Sam Glannon. As if all that was not enough, she currently studies Ayurvedic lifestyle principles and Ayurvedic Yoga with Kate O’Donnell. Last year, she participated in a 200-HR Ayurevedic Studies program. She sprinkles such principles throughout her classes as well. In her 20 years of practice, Shireen has explored and made many discoveries in the different styles of yoga, namely Iyengar, Jivamukti, Kripalu, Kundalini, Power, Shadow and Sivananda Yoga with well-known teachers from each system. At this time her main focus is to refine her own practice and teaching by studying the primary series of Ashtanga and continue weekly classes with Andrea Fotopoulos.
RYT 500, M.Ed
Erin Keady completed her 200 hour teacher training with Ame Wren and David Vendetti at the South Boston Yoga studio in 2013. In addition, she was certified via YogaFit, Level 1 in 2007. A school teacher by day, Erin brings her passion for education into yoga. Each class is taught with the intention of building body awareness, strength, flexibility and confidence both physically and internally. Erin has the gift of creating a safe and inclusive space for her students, regardless of body type or fitness level. Students are encouraged to push themselves beyond their limits, whether that means encouraging themselves to move forward or allowing themselves to step back. She gears class towards students who are coming for a physical workout, internal grounding, or a combination of both.
From the moment yoga entered Sarah’s life, it offered a safe space where she could cultivate a healthy relationship with her body and mind and learn to have compassion for herself and others. Soon thereafter, she realized yoga needed to be part of her life in a bigger way so, she enrolled in teacher training at O2 Yoga where she furthered her passion. Through her journey practicing and teaching yoga, she has become an advocate for its healing benefits and is now studying to be a psychotherapist at Lesley University. Sarah is a trauma-informed yoga instructor and specializes in teaching yoga for emotional health and well-being. She teaches public yoga classes weekly, but also works privately with clients empowering them through yoga therapy. In addition to O2’s 200 hour teacher training, she has taken Firefly Yoga International’s Trauma-Informed Yoga training and as Kate Graham’s 100 hour Yoga for Emotional Health & Healing.
Our community is important to us. We believe in supporting one another and raising awareness for causes and organizations that are making an impact in our community and beyond. To date, we have donated over $4,000 through our fundraiser classes, donation-based yoga classes, and contributions from our teachers.