Our mission

Our mission is to provide a welcoming and safe environment to begin or enhance your yoga practice by bringing world class teachers to an affordable setting that is open to all who desire to practice, and to create a greater sense of community in downtown Lenox.

THE STUDIO

The idea for the Lenox Yoga studio was created by Premier Instructor and Berkshire county native Sue Parsley. While Sue has taught and teaches for many exclusive spas such as Canyon Ranch of the Berkshires, The Westmoor Club in Nantucket and The Ritz Carlton in Montego Bay Jamaica, she wanted a place for locals to practice close to home. After a site search, the Curtis Building offered a wonderful historic setting and beautiful space. The studio features a cooperative of independent teachers, hand selected for their expertise. Classes incorporate many different styles and backgrounds of yoga into flowing practices. Teachers are trained to work with beginners and help them progress by providing individual modifications for each pose.  We teach Hatha, Kriya, Kripalu, Yaffa, Yin, SUP Yoga, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Power Yoga, and we have added Pilates Taiji and Qigong. Levels range from easy to moderate to vigorous practices. Contact us for more info.

Our teachers

Sue Parsley

Sue Parsley

Owner M.Ed, RYT

Sue Parsley has spent much of her adult life exploring and teaching. In early 2000 Sue took her lifelong passion of yoga and fitness and made a full time career of it. She is a certified Kriya yoga instructor and AFFA group fitness instructor and is best known for her athletic edge and arm balance instruction. Her love for coaching provided the basis for assembling the Lenox Yoga team and she is proud to be a a part of such an amazing group of professionals. Presently, Sue's classes are featured regularly at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, monthly at The Westmoor Club in Nantucket, and biannually at The Ritz Carlton in Montego Bay. Sue founded Lenox Yoga in 2013 and is a representative of Fitbodies International. In addition to her yoga and fitness credentials, Sue also holds a Masters Degree in Education and Teaching, and Is an active Massachusetts Real Estate Broker and owner of Lenox Mountain Properties.

Terri Flynn

Terri Flynn

Instrutor

Terri began teaching in the fitness industry over 25 years ago. Through her career she has accumulated an amazing background of certifications and honors. Terri is a trained and certified yoga teacher, a Stott Pilates mat and reformer instructor, An AFAA group instructor, NASM personal trainer, she is Zumba certified, and so much more. Terri has been recognized for outstanding guest service and is also a recreational runner and triathlete who has completed two half marathons. She is excited to bring Zumba and Yoga to downtown Lenox!

Tricia McCormack

Tricia McCormack

Tricia McCormack is a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor and teaches in Lenox, Massachusetts for TK-Fit LLC. Tricia has been applying her love of fitness and motivating clients to feel their best in the Boston area and within Berkshire County for over 12 years. Tricia grew up in Lenox and returned with her husband and 2 sons in 2004 to follow her heart and passion for fitness and photography; two careers that complement one other beautifully. Motivating participants to get to a place where they feel confident and wonderful about themselves is a big source of joy in Tricia's life. Since starting TK-Fit, each year has brought new participants together with those who regularly make TK-Fit part of their commitment to good health year after year, building a strong supportive feel-good community. Tricia teaches four weekly cardio and strength classes and offers an Outdoor BootCamp program every February and July.

Blaise Gregory

Blaise Gregory

Instructor

I have had the opportunity to work with/teach thousands of clients over the last 16 years and have decided to take this hands on knowledge and share it in a more individual, focused setting. My strengths lie in an understanding of what works in a "real life" setting we can pull a workout from a book but if you don't know how to apply it to the your own specific objectives, it's a waste of time. Understanding what is needed to reach your goals are the key. Expertise : yoga, strength training; free weights, body weight, Chi Gong, Aqua; teaching basic strokes and fitness classes. Kettlebells, Sandbags TRX, VIPR, Mat Pllaties, flexibility, mobility, functional body patterning, Heavy ropes. Certifications: American College of Sport Medicine, Yoga Alliance CYT (certified Yoga Teacher), American Tai Chi Chi Gong Association, Crossfit Mobility, Madd Dog Indoor Cycling (past Master trainer) ,Indo-Row Schwinn Indoor Cycling,TRX, SHOCKWAVE,VIPR,ZEN*GA

Nora Fenner

Nora Fenner

Instructor

Nora received her 200-hour yoga certification from Sundari Yoga Studio in 2004. She found yoga through attending fitness classes at her local gym and fell in love with yoga. Nora began practicing Ashtanga yoga over 10 years ago. She has attended workshops with Manju Jois, David Swenson, David Williams, Angela Farmer, Bryan Kest, Simon Park and a few others. Nora brings a light cheer, peace and a well-balanced physical and mental practice to her classes. She feels the practice guides her to inner peace and strength, which she offers to her classes.

Robin Seeley

Robin Seeley

Instructor

Robin has studied and practiced yoga for the last 10 years and is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher registered with the Yoga Alliance. Originally from New York City, she is an attorney and mother of two children who now resides in Richmond, MA. Robin guides her students with an intention to create a connection between the mind and body. She offers a safe and supported space for her students to gain confidence from the inside out. Her light and bright classes focus on revitalizing the body through postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques. With a consistent practice on the mat, her students notice obvious changes in their physical body, a growing tolerance for the sensations that are created in each asana, and an increase in flexibility, strength, and health. Robin’s ultimate goal as a yoga instructor is to empower her students to become more skillful in listening to their inner wisdom that guides them in the flow of their lives.

Greg Dilisio

Greg Dilisio

Instructor

Greg DiLisio received his B.A. from Cornell University and M.Ac. from the New England School of Acupuncture. He holds basic qigong and advanced taiji teacher certificates from and regularly assists Dr.Yang Yang who is a traditionally trained, internationally recognized Taiji and Qigong master currently working with staff and patients at Sloan Kettering in NYC, and staff at the Mayo Clinic. Greg has 28 years practice,has taught internationally, and taught a regular class at the Lenox Community Center from 1992-1994. Additionally, Greg is a 500hr certified Kripalu yoga teacher and has taught Kripalu yoga at Kripalu Center since 1998 as a member of the Kripalu yoga team. Greg is featured in the 60min DVD: Qigong & Tai Chi, Following Movement in Nature.

Kristin Ettinger

Kristin Ettinger

Instructor, RYT 500

Kristin Ettinger, 500-hour certified yoga instructor, moved to the Berkshires from Illinois in December. Her yoga journey started in 2000 and deepened in 2007 with a 200-hour Hatha Yoga teacher training. A former English major, Kristin worked as an editor at a Denver play publishing company for eight years before setting sail on a solo trip to India to study yoga, then settling back in her hometown of Springfield, IL (a momentous move catalyzed by her yoga and dance explorations!). Kristin is now working at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and studying somatic expressive therapy, a synthesis of the expressive arts, body awareness and body psychotherapy for mind/body healing. Kristin hopes to continue her studies in psychology, movement and healing at the graduate level in the future. She loves dancing, traveling, deep sharing and laughter, reading, communing with animals and nature, exploring consciousness, writing and yoga of all sorts. She would love to help you feel happier, healthier and more alive through the multi-faceted practice of yoga!

"Practice and all is coming."

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

"Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self."

The Bhagavad Gita

Yoga practices

Hatha

Hatha

Hatha Yoga describes any of the physical practices of yoga. (Remember that yoga has eight limbs, only one of which, asana, involves doing yoga poses.) When you do Iyengar, this is hatha yoga; when you do Ashtanga, as different as this may seem, it is hatha yoga too. Hatha means forceful in Sanskrit, according to Ellen Stansell, PhD, RYT, a scholar of yogic literature and Sanskrit. The physical yoga postures must have seemed forceful compared to the other more subtle practices that were in use at the time that hatha emerged, explains Stansell. How Hatha Is Used Today These days, hatha is most often used to describe gentle, basic classes with no flow between poses. A hatha class will likely be a slow-paced stretching class with some simple breathing exercises and perhaps seated meditation. This is a good place to learn beginners' poses, relaxation techniques, and become comfortable with yoga. Is Hatha Yoga for you? Many people try a hatha class and love the relaxed feeling, others decide that yoga is too slow and meditative for them. If you fall in the later category, try vinyasa next time for a completely different experience.

Vinyasa

Vinyasa

Vinyasa yoga, in which movement is synchronized to the breath, is a term that covers a broad range of yoga classes. This style is sometimes also called flow yoga, because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. The breath becomes an important component because the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. Vinyasa is literally translated from Sanskrit as meaning "connection," according to Ellen Stansell, PhD, RYT, a scholar of yogic literature and Sanskrit. In terms of yoga asana, we can interpret this as a connection between movement and breath. A cat-cow stretch is an example of a very simple vinyasa, because the spine is arched on an inhale and rounded on an exhale. A sun salutation sequence is an example of a more complex vinyasa. Each movement in the series is done on an inhalation or an exhalation. What To Expect This style allows for a lot of variety, but will almost certainly include sun salutations. Expect movement, not just stretching. Whether the class is fast or slow, includes chanting, or is very alignment-oriented will depend on the individual teacher. Some very popular yoga styles, such as Ashtanga and Power Yoga, make use of the vinyasa method, but they are most often called by their individual names for the sake of clarity. What Does “Go Through Your Vinyasa" Mean? When vinyasa is used as a noun, it describes a series of three poses that are done as part of a sun salutation sequence. When the teacher says, "go through the vinyasa at your own pace," she means do plank, chaturanga, and upward facing dog. Is Vinyasa Yoga for You? Vinyasa’s strength is in its diversity. There is no single philosophy, rulebook, or sequence that teachers must follow, so there is a lot of room for individual personalities and quirks to come through. This makes it essential that you find a teacher you enjoy and can relate to. If your first flow class doesn’t rock your world, keep trying different teachers. If you like having things a little loose and unpredictable and like to keep moving, this style is definitely worth a try.

Power Yoga

Power Yoga

Power yoga is a general term used in the West to describe a vigorous, fitness-based approach to vinyasa-style yoga. Though many consider it to be "gym yoga," this style of practice was originally closely modeled on the Ashtanga method. The term came into common usage in the mid 1990s, in an attempt to make Ashtanga yoga more accessible to western students, though, unlike Ashtanga, power yoga does not follow a set series of poses, so classes can vary widely. With its emphasis on strength and flexibility, power yoga brought yoga into the gyms of America, as people began to see yoga as a way to work out. Who Invented Power Yoga? Two American yoga teachers are most often credited with the near simultaneous invention of power yoga: Beryl Bender Birch, based in New York, and Bryan Kest, based in Los Angeles. Not coincidentally, both these teachers had studied with Ashtanga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Using the term power yoga differentiated the intense, flowing style of yoga they were teaching from the gentle stretching and meditation that many Americans associated with yoga. Baron Baptiste is another well-known yoga teacher who has successfully established his own style of power yoga. Is Power Yoga for You? Though power yoga classes can vary widely from teacher to teacher, they will most likely appeal to people who are already quite fit, enjoy exercising, and want a minimal amount of chanting and meditation with their yoga. Prepare to work hard and work up a sweat.

Ashtanga

Ashtanga

Ashtanga (also spelled Astanga) means "eight limbs" in Sanskrit, which refers to the eight limbs of yoga laid out in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The Ashtanga method of asana practice was interpreted by T. Krishnamacharya and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois from an ancient text called the Yoga Korunta, which they claimed described a unique system of hatha yoga developed by Vamana Rishi. Who is Pattabhi Jois? K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) began his yoga studies with Krishnamacharaya in Mysore, India at the age of 12. He became the leading practitioner and teacher of Ashtanga yoga, which is a set series of poses done in a flowing vinyasa style. In 1958, he published his treatise on Ashtanga yoga, Yoga Mala. His first western students began to arrive in Mysore in the early 1970s. Through them, Ashtanga spread westward and profoundly influenced the way yoga is practiced today. After Pattabhi Jois died in 2009, his grandson Sharath took over the leadership role, including teaching the many students who continue to flock to Mysore in order to deepen their practices. The Ashtanga method stresses daily vinyasa flow practice using ujjayi breathing, mula bandha, uddiyana bandha, and drishti. There are six different Ashtanga series, through which a student progresses at his or her own pace. Is Ashtanga for You? Ashtanga yoga is extremely popular and inspires fierce loyalty in its students. This vigorous, athletic style of practice appeals to those who like a sense of order and who like to do things independently.

Qigong

Qigong

Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. The second word, Gong, pronounced gung, means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy, it is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality. Qigong is an integration of physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused intentions. Qigong practices can be classified as martial, medical, or spiritual. All styles have three things in common: they all involve a posture, (whether moving or stationary), breathing techniques, and mental focus. Some practices increase the Qi; others circulate it, use it to cleanse and heal the body, store it, or emit Qi to help heal others. Practices vary from the soft internal styles such as Tai Chi; to the external, vigorous styles such as Kung Fu. However, the slow gentle movements of most Qigong forms can be easily adapted, even for the physically challenged and can be practiced by all age groups.

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