Ray Mucci

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Ray prefers a slow and methodical approach to bodywork that is influenced by many different techniques, as well as the input from his clients.  

There are many approaches to creating a treatment plan for a client, and it’s completely based on a client’s goals.  Here are some examples of what a single massage sessions might include: 
 
- Full body massage with a focus on relaxation.  This may or may not include deep tissue massage, depending on client’s goals. 
 
- Partial full body massage with a deeper focus on one or several parts of the body.  This is a good choice for someone who wants to get a particular area worked on more thoroughly and deeply, but still wants a general full body massage.  
 
- Focused appointment to work with chronic tension or an injury.  This is a good choice for clients with chronic injuries, chronic tension patterns or simply the desire to focus on just one area.  This might include PNF stretching techniques, deep tissue work, myofascial or active release
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- Partial private yoga session with massage.  This is a great option for someone who wants to go over some alignment issues or questions, do a partial yoga practice and have it followed up with a massage.  Full yoga private sessions and massage are available as well.  
 
Massage appointments can also include a post-massage assessment of tension patterns in the body, and ways to work with shifting these with specific yoga poses, stretching or self massage techniques.  
 
Ray is also an E-RYT and teaches yoga classes and workshops at Prana Power Yoga.   
You can reach ray at  ray@pranapoweryoga.com or give a call or text at (508) 208-9035
 

Liv Gold

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Liv Gold is available for appointments at Prana Power Yoga in Cambridge on Mondays 4pm-7pm. To book other days and times, email her directly at livrachelle@gmail.com or send a text to (617) 871-9762.

Liv specializes in orthopedic massage therapy and also offers private yoga instruction (vinyasa and yin), and Reiki. She is especially pleased to offer integrated wellness packages that allow clients to experience all three modalities: massage, yoga, and Reiki. Contact her for details. Liv trained at Cortiva Institute of Boston and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.

Liz Laneri

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Liz Laneri is available for appointments at Prana Power Yoga in Cambridge on Tuesdays 4-8pm and every other Saturday 10am-4pm. Make an appointment online or send her an email at Liz@pranapoweryoga.com. She is also available at other times
dependent upon availability.

Liz is a graduate of Cortiva Institute of Boston and a member of the Massachusetts AMTA. She specializes in Swedish massage, deep tissue, myofascial release, sports massage, neuromuscular release therapy, and is Reiki II attuned.
Based upon clients’ goals and needs, Liz integrates specific bodywork techniques, pressure and self-care recommendations for each individual client.

Emily Griffin

Right after trying a few different yoga classes I became hooked! It just hit home with me. I love the heat, sweat and flow of vinyasa yoga; it is truly a practice that builds a strong and healthy body while calming the mind and encouraging awareness. Yoga has challenged me both physically and mentally. After beginning my practice I began to notice differences not only in my physical body but also in my life off of my yoga mat. I felt stronger and calmer – I became more present, gained the ability to let go and became extremely aware of my body. I knew I wanted to share this incredible practice with others.

I am a graduate of Prana Power Yoga’s teacher training program and am also certified in assisting/adjusting. I continue the study of yoga through a variety of teachers, workshops and trainings. My classes focus on breath and flow while maintaining proper alignment.

Dana Basilone

I am passionate about the benefits of yoga and know first-hand that yoga can inspire one’s life beyond the mat. Through my yoga practice I have found a sense of self and strength I never knew I possessed! Not only has my physical being grown stronger, my emotional being is developing with a sense of awareness, compassion and patience as I move forward on my journey.  I completed the Prana Power Yoga Teacher Training in 2009 and the South Boston Yoga Body Awakening Teacher Training in 2011.  My classes emphasize proper alignment and breath – with a sense of fun so that all students feel welcomed, comfortably challenged and open to the countless benefits of yoga.  I am happier, healthier and more secure with myself than I have ever been and I’m extremely grateful to have this opportunity to share this wonderful, beautiful practice with others.

Colleen Butaney

Colleen received her 200-hour yoga teaching certification in 2006, upon completion of a 4-week comprehensive training through the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Nassau Bahamas. Upon becoming pregnant with her daughter in 2012, Colleen received her 40 hour Pre-Natal Yoga training through 5 Points Yoga in Cambridge, MA.

Colleen’s practice of yoga began in 1997 when she took her first Hatha Yoga class at the Himalyian Institute in her hometown of Buffalo, NY. Her practice began to propel a year later after she was in a head on collision. It was this accident that catalyzed her into studying yoga as a form of healing, transformation & strengthening for the body, mind & spirit.

In 1999, her journey took her to California where she studied multiple yoga disciplines. These included Kali Ray Tri-Yoga, Iyengar Yoga,  Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Ashtanga, & Vinyasa Yoga  Colleen is also influenced by the work of Shiva Rea &Dharma Mittra.

Colleen seeks to create a sacred container for growth, transformation, flexibility, strength, & heart centered connection to self & community in her classes. She truly believes that what comes up on the mat is a microcosm of what one is experiencing in the macrocosm of their everyday life. She believes “life is yoga, and yoga is life”, and to take what you learn on the mat into your daily reality.

Colleen is also a singer, songwriter, and  devotional chant & recording artist. She often weaves music and mantra into her classes. She is also a Certified Massage Therapist, a Reiki practitioner, and a Tantric educator.

Her greatest joy is being mother to her darling Aria, wife to her husband RJ, and doggie mama to their dog, Bodhi. She is eternally grateful to all of the teachers on the path before her, and feels forever blessed for the gift of Yoga in her life.

Tony Bartone

I flirted with yoga for a long time.  I really, really, liked her, but I was scared.  I was scared that when yoga got to know me, that she wouldn’t like me.  I was scared that she would judge me for all of my faults and imperfections.  I was scared that when yoga saw the real me, she would reject me and look down upon me, but the more I got to know yoga, the more at ease I felt.  Yoga was kind and compassionate.  She accepted me for me even knowing all of my faults, which see didn’t even see as such.  She had compassion for me and taught me to have the same for myself.  Yoga loved me and showed me that I am perfect as I am, just as everyone is perfect exactly as they are. now, yoga and I are in a committed relationship and I couldn’t be happier.  I love taking her everywhere with me and introducing her to everyone I meet.  And I am truly happy, because I know that yoga will be with me, always.

Teri Martin

Teri Martin is a 500 hour experienced registered yoga instructor and has been a yoga practitioner for 16 years. In her yoga teaching, she encourages, leads, and empowers students to tune in to and connect with themselves, creating increased physical and personal awareness.

Teri, an avid swimmer and former dancer, is passionate about yoga practice and its inherent benefits of increased strength, flexibility, and balance –  on and off the yoga mat.  She is an Artist, Art Consultant, Business Advisor and founder of TheArtNetwork.  Teri was formerly Managing Director, Seacoast Rep and Vice President of the Board of Directors, New Hampshire Art Association.  Her left brain has a Harvard MBA and is a former executive at HBO, Cinemax and Citicorp.

Teri’s vinyasa classes are enjoyable, thoughtfully choreographed and appropriately paced flows of ashtanga- based postures (asanas) and movement with strong emphasis on proper alignment, breath, personal awareness and individual attention.  Each session begins with relaxation using breath and gradual movement to bring focus and self-awareness to the practice and to help set intentions individually and as a unified group. Classes are an athletic, invigorating and challenging physical experience, with the beneficial outcome of calming the mind and relieving stress.

Clear, direct verbal cues and demonstration are used to lead the students through the flow of postures, focusing on building strength, flexibility and balance.  Strong emphasis is placed on assisting the students in establishing safe and affective alignment.

Taylor Wells

Co-owner, Co-founder & Co-director

Founder of Prana Power Yoga™, Author & Entrepreneur

Taylor speaks, teaches, and inspires at conferences all over the world, including The Nantucket Yoga Festival, The Young Presidents’ Organization, Prana Fest, Women’s Wellness, Longevity Now, The Yoga Chant Fest, and Yoga for Peace. She is a published author, entrepreneur, founder and owner-with her husband-of Prana Power Yoga™ (5 studios in Massachusetts and New York), United Nations Yoga Peace Ambassador, Boston Herald Columnist, Clinical Psychologist, Boston Herald Blogger, Master Yoga & Spiritual Teacher, Creator and sole writer of Super-mom.com, and Healthy Lifestyle Activist. A graduate of Brown University (A.B.) and Columbia University (M.A., M.Ed.), Taylor trains over 100 yoga teachers a year in her renowned Prana Power Yoga™ Teacher Training Program in both Massachusetts and New York and teaches 25 times a week at all of her PPY locations. She is a happy Super-mom of five, including twin five-year-old boys, and resides outside of Boston. Taylor’s best-selling book—Create The Best Life Ever: Real Life Stories to Get Inspired, Inspiration Card Deck, and DVDs are available at TaylorWells.me, Pranapoweryoga.com, Amazon.com and selected stores.

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“I lived my life competing and achieving. I was trained to do so by my family and our culture, and a part of my personality loved it because I could distract myself from all of the painful feelings I had inside from a difficult start in the world. I did a lot of stuff, got a lot of stuff, achieved a lot of stuff and won–a lot.

But I wasn’t happy.

At age 5 I practiced figure skating several hours a day and went on to compete, dreaming of the Olympics.
At age 13 I lived and trained with Nick Bolletieri in Sarasota, Florida to turn pro in tennis, living away from my family for a year.
In high school I played #1 on my Calabasas high school tennis team, won USTA tennis tournaments, got straight A’s and won homecoming queen.

I went to an Ivy League college (on a scholarship and aid and paid for it myself by working 3 jobs), an Ivy League graduate school for psychology, and did my clinical training at another Ivy League school, seeing students who had disordered eating, as I had had for a few years of my life.

I had it all–the perfect life! Complete with the perfect husband (a homecoming king), lots of money and Ivy League degrees, a big house and the perfect child.
But I wasn’t happy. My body hurt and my heart ached. I felt empty inside, like something was missing and/or wrong.

Then I found yoga.

This practice healed and transformed me on so many levels–in ways that years of psychotherapy alone never could. I remembered who I was. And what was important. I healed my back. I slowed down and began to breathe and live and experience joy. I was present in the moment and experienced each situation with integrity and grace. I stopped living in and for the future and mourning the past. I forgave many people, including myself.

I practice yoga every day and I live my yoga every day. I walk my talk. What you see is what you get. Yoga is a gift and my dharma.

I want to give this gift-the gift that changed and saved my life-to you. And I make it totally accessible so that ANYONE can do this. Don’t be intimidated. This practice is for you–and ‘every-body.’

A note on my ‘yoga training’:

Initially, I had nothing about my “yoga training” and yoga study included in this bio because I believe that one’s yoga comes from within and I’m all about accessibility and anyone can do this (see above). I’m not a fan of the ‘you have to wear these clothes and look like this and have trained with so and so to be a ‘real’ yogi or a yoga teacher’ mentality. That’s just another form of exclusion and superiority wrapped up in a yoga mat and scented with incense. I believe that there will be people who guide you and show you how to practice and teach the physical asana that originated over five thousand years ago, but ultimately your yoga is just that–your yoga. Just as your life is your life –you can choose to give credit to and/or blame others, but ultimately, it’s all up to you.
I have a tremendous amount of respect and gratitude for those with whom I have studied and trained but undoubtedly my biggest teachers have been and continue to be my 5 children–Madison (18), Sage (11), Phoenix (8), Dakota (5) and Montana (5)–and my daily pre-dawn yoga practice.”

Philippe Wells

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President, Co-Founder, & Co-Director

Every time you practice yoga, your day flows more smoothly and easily.  Yoga is a tune-up for your body, mind and spirit.  The best way to understand this is to try it for yourself.  Our goal at Prana Power Yoga is to make yoga accessible to all.  You don’t have to know anything about yoga to come to one of our classes.  You don’t have to know how yoga works to experience the benefits of yoga in your life.

Our Prana Power Yoga flow will tune-up and re-calibrate your body physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  Every time you come to your mat, you get a boost of energy and vitality.  Forget about five hour energy drinks, this is all day energy, on all levels.

When I found yoga  20 years ago everything shifted, and my whole life came into focus.  I found my sole-mate, got married, found the courage to follow my dreams, and began to enjoy life and it’s challenges with more awareness and appreciation than ever before.

The reason I teach Prana Power Yoga is because I’ve had such an amazing experience with this yoga in my own life, and because I’ve seen how it can benefit anyone, even the sceptics, as long as they are open to trying.

That’s about all I can say for now.  I hope this intrigues you enough to come on by and try a class.  See for yourself how yoga works for you, and follow your heart every step of the way.

Nate Denison

My yoga practice was born amid an electric city of over 8 million people. While living in NYC several years ago, yoga provided peace of mind and solace in a place of constant movement and commotion. It helped me find a quiet place and strength within. The more practiced, the more I am amazed by the continual, positive evolution I experience in body and mind.

I teach as I like to practice – with intensity yet lightheartedly. Focused, yet buoyant. Exploring boundaries yet respectful of the edges of ability. Creating space with intention. Accessible, allowing room to modify as your awareness increases and body dictates on the particular day. Leaving your mat, feeling refreshed and centered. Smiles and laughter are welcome, too!

Both in and out of the studio, I’m passionate about assisting others in the pursuit and achievement of their goals. Hope to meet you soon and here’s to the light in all of us.

Namaste!

Michelle Brenes

Michelle began practicing yoga in early 2005, on a whim – or so she thought.  Yoga truly awakened her inner spirit and over time it began to weave together, piece by piece, mind, and body, strengthening her awareness and her connection to herself and the world around her.  She found tremendous guidance and support from amazing teachers such as Jacqui Bonwell, Alex Amorosi, and Jene Rossi, and ultimately studied with all three in addition to Taylor and Philippe wells for her 200-hour yoga alliance certification in 2008.  She is also a Level II Reiki practitioner and continues to study traditional Usui Reiki.  Michelle’s devotion and love for yoga has had a remarkable impact on her life.  She credits her practice for rescuing her from 18 years of battling severe migraines and anxiety.  She believes whole heartedly in this healing practice and its ability to empower and transform lives.  She honors the courage and strength it takes for every individual to step onto their mat and teaches with complete compassion and sincerity. “I believe we can all transform our lives and create perfect harmony.  I believe it begins with the smallest shift in perspective.  It happens every day, one class, one breath, one smile at a time.”

Mary Kaye Chryssicas

After living the corporate fast track in Boston as an advertising director for magazines, Mary Kaye redirected her positive energy into a more family friendly career writing books and teaching children yoga.  Drawn to its peaceful, heart opening benefits, yoga was the only outlet that helped her slow down and focus on what’s important in life.  As a former athlete, Mary Kaye only knew how to move fast and push herself.  Now her goal is to share yoga with the world so that other people benefit like she has.  Author of I Love Yoga, Breathe and Yoga for Teens, her books won the Young Adult Library Association Award for Reluctant Readers and the Parent’s Choice Award and were successful titles for DK Publishing.  Mary Kaye is also a motivational speaker, talk show guest and mother of two college girls and a high school boy.  Her popular speaking engagements at high schools focus on the Power of Positive Talk which she has been promoting for years.  With features on NECN, The Today Show, Martha Stewart Live radio and others, she brings great energy, lots of humor and a big dose of emotional intelligence to her work.  Mary Kaye also enjoys working with special needs children and athletes and visits teams to teach yoga to football, soccer, baseball, hockey and lacrosse players. Mary Kaye graduated from Vanderbilt University and studied ashtanga, kundalini, hatha, iyengar and anusara yoga, completing several levels of teacher training through the Radiant Child Yoga Program.  Mary Kaye currently has a yoga show that runs on public television and has spent over 15 years teaching and coaching in various sport and yoga programs.  Mary Kaye lives in Wellesley with her family and 2 french bulldogs, Pearl and Moe.  Her website is www.buddhafulkids.com. 

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Marietta Gregg

Marietta has always enjoyed yoga, but it was not until after her brother passed away in 2005 that she began to practice daily. Yoga became her escape, her therapy, and her rescue. 

In 2010, Marietta wanted to deepen her practice and went through teacher training in San Diego. She was surprised to find how much she enjoyed guiding classes and spreading the yoga love.

 She is especially grateful for yoga because it has lended a new expansive perspective on the mind and body. Additionally, she found an elevated appreciation for health and nutrition through her Ayurveda studies.  Marietta hopes to share her passion with her students, by encouraging them to breathe and find the true strength and beauty that they hold within themselves, awakening a sense of peace.

Marietta’s classes are typically structured for all levels. She hopes to incorporate an invigorating flow to get the core and muscles heated and then takes her students through detoxifying postures that emphasize alignment and breath. Oftentimes, she uses music in her classes, to infuse each practice with new energy and rhythm.

Mandy Schwartz

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What I love about yoga is that it works – no exceptions.  All you have to do is show up and breathe, then sit back and watch your life transform.  I fell in love with yoga right away, and looking back I can see how fast my life began to shift – big shifts for the world to see and internal shifts that really have been much bigger.

I completed teacher training through Prana Power Yoga and began teaching just four days later.  In the years that followed  I attended many further trainings and workshops and feel blessed to learn from so many amazing teachers.  I have trained in assisting with Sue Jones & Ray Mucci, anatomy with Ellen Heed, Yin Yoga with Josh Summers, and kids yoga with Lisa Flynn.  I am also a level 1 Reiki practitioner under Jene’ Rossi.  I continue to stay committed to learning and growing as a yoga teacher and student.

I aspire to teach the kind of class that I love to take: balanced, challenging, fun, and fluid, with a whole lot of space to find your own way.  Creating strong flows is one of my absolute favorite parts of teaching yoga.  I also love teaching to music and thoroughly enjoy creating playlists that I hope enhance the students’ experience without distracting from breath.

Mostly, I strive to take this journey one step a time, soaking up as much as I can.   Bob Dylan said, “we have never arrived, we are in a constant state of becoming.”  Yoga teaches me to live slow and never stop becoming.

Lauren Froeb

It is absolutely amazing and inspiring to me how much my yoga practice helps me to honestly live life to it’s fullest.  I first practiced yoga in college and was lucky enough to be open to what the practice offers.  As stated in several yoga philosophy books small and subtle shifts in my life started happening as I continued to play with my practice.  In 2007 I committed to Prana’s teacher training.  Following the training I began teaching for Prana.  I left my elementary classroom teaching job after 8 years of fulfillment and began my journey as a yoga instructor. I can’t decide what is more of a gift, the time to be with people as they practice and we all evolve, the daily opportunity to mindfully set intentions and bring myself back to my true sense of self or the unwavering trust and faith that I passionately believe in myself and my practice. Infinite gratitude I send not only to my husband chris and our sons, Sebastian and Peter, but also to each one of you that shows up and spends time getting to know yourself in order to better understand who you are, what you want and how best to support your purpose in life~as you understand it presently. see you on your mat!

Lauren 'S' Messinger

Lauren began practicing vinyasa yoga in 2006. Although she had practiced a bit of yoga before, it never really stuck. This time was different. Lauren began to spend more time on her mat and noticed things in her life began to shift. She smiled more, made better decisions and began to feel lighter, both inside and out. In 2009, Lauren completed her 200 hour teacher training at Prana Power Yoga and has been teaching ever since. Lauren is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and a certified prenatal yoga instructor through Five Points Yoga with Barrett Reinhorn. Off her mat, Lauren enjoys being a mama to Penelope, spending time with family and friends and riding her pink bike around Jamaica Plain.

Kate Harrington


I started my yoga practice in 2007, one month before I moved to Rwanda.  After years of rowing, swimming, and running, I wanted a physical practice that I could take with me, to stay active and grounded while living overseas.  For the three years that followed, I was drawn to my mat every single day – it was a 24″x70″ piece of home.
When I moved back to Boston, yoga was my rock. As I worked slowly through the process of recalibrating my mind and body to life in the US, I came back to my mat over and over again. After years of practicing on my own, I was comforted by the mindful and nurturing environment that yoga classes offered – they provided a place where, just by breathing, I could feel connected to people. After everything I’d witnessed and experienced in Africa, yoga helped me remember who I was at my core – it led me home.
In 2012, I completed Prana’s 200 hour teacher training. It has been a joy and an honor to share the practice that has brought so much to my life. I teach a mindful and athletic flow, with plenty of opportunity to challenge and nurture. Collective breath sews the class into a community; movement inspires awareness of mental and physical transformation. My goal is to help you feel at home in your body, awake in your mind, and alive in your spirit. I can’t wait to see you on your mat!
 

Karen Fabian

Karen Fabian is the founder of Bare Bones Yoga, her company devoted to “keeping yoga simple.” This motto reflects her passion for providing students with the essentials to increase strength and flexibility as well as promote relaxation. Her style emphasizes moving in a functional way, so as to reinforce safe alignment. In her classes, she shares the anatomy behind the poses as well, as this is a huge focus for her teaching. She is also a Certified Baptiste Yoga teacher and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Registered Yoga teacher at the 200 Hour Level. She has been teaching since 2002. She is currently completing a 500 Hour training program with teacher Tiffany Cruikshank.

She is regular contributor to online yoga publications, including MindBodyGreen, YOGANONOMOUS.com and DoYouYoga.com and has her own wellness blog. She is in the process of self-publishing a book on the business and teaching aspects of being a yoga teacher. Karen’s academic background is in Physical therapy, Rehabilitation Counseling and she has her Master’s in Health Care Administration.

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Karen Cullen

Karen Cullen has studied various styles of yoga, meditation, therapeutic touch, and mindfulness for many years with notable teachers to heal herself physically, emotionally and spiritually.  She is a certified Hatha Yoga Teacher receiving her RYT 200 through the Yoga Alliance and she is also a Reiki Master Teacher. Karen received both her BA in Human Development and her MA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Specialization in Integrated Holistic Health with an emphasis studying movement, yoga and therapeutic touch through Lesley University.  She has experience teaching both Hatha Yoga and Reiki at colleges, studios, hospitals, and gyms to people who want to empower themselves to heal.