Watertown Studio
Watertown Studio

We at Inner Strength Studios consider the practice of Yoga a means to an end.  It's the means and the end.  In regards to the "means", Yoga consists of a variety of techniques that, when practiced with intention and attention, transforms your quality of life.  This quality of life can be seen as an "end".  

 

Yoga is not something you merely do, rather it is the state of mind or being that you exist in while doing. Whether it be Yoga asana (body positions), pranayama (the spreading out of the internal breath), meditation, weight training, dancing, walking on the treadmill or looking into the eyes of the person you love, Yoga can teach us to be more alive, aware and involved in what is going on inside and all around us.

 

This "sensory acuity" that is the by-product or "end" of the practice of Yoga can be used to identify stress when it invades our bodies, enable us to identify with clarity our emotions and mental states and give us deeper insights to our true nature. Yoga gives us tools to integrate our mind, body and the power and magic of the human spirit.

 

On a physical level practicing Yoga asana properly can help relieve LBP (lower back pain), strengthen the core, develop balance and coordination, lengthen, strengthen and tone muscles. A well balanced asana class can help to safely reintegrate old injuries, relieve stress and tensions and much more.

 

Many of us engage in yoga seeking physical benefits and soon realize it touches every aspect of our lives. It challenges our beliefs, strengthens our will, and supports us throughout the joys and sorrows of our daily life. Through our practice, we find we become kinder to ourselves, more forgiving toward others, and tolerant of our own imperfections.

 

Inner Strength offers our community the following Yoga class structures.  All classes are heated unless otherwise noted:

 

-90 Min Flow

-75 Min Flow

-Yoga Basics (90 Minutes and 75 minutes)

-Prenatal Yoga (Unheated)

-Hour of Power (60 Minutes)

-Baby and Me Yoga (Unheated 60 minutes)

-Kids Yoga (Unheated, class times vary with age)

-Warm gentle flow (Heated in the 80's)

-Slow Flow (75 min)

 

We also offer private yoga instruction, workshops and host special guest teachers throughout the year. Please contact us for more details.

 

Class overview:

Classes at Inner Strength tune into the natural flow of breath then begin by gently lengthening and deepening each breath. Within the length and depth of breath we move our bodies. Throughout the rise and fall of intensity we learn through practice how to remain present and in control using ancient yet accessible breathing techniques. (pranayama)  Each class offers a series of Asanas or (body postures) that are linked together with the breath. This repetition of breath and movement brings an element of cardiovascular conditioning to the class increasing the caloric expenditure, improving circulation and safely working the heart.  Our highly skilled teachers offer variations to help safely build the beginner as well as more challenging variations to bring the advanced beginner safely to their edge. The room is heated, surrounding you like a blanket to gently invite the muscles to supple and elongate. Over time the muscles retain the length and strengthen. This "re-integration" helps improve posture and offers the body the space to maintain health.

 

For new students to Inner Strength, we offer 2 weeks of unlimited yoga classes for only $25! Our recommendation is to practice as many classes in a row as possible during this initial 14 days.  By practicing as much as possible in the beginning you will be able to feel the shifts in your everyday lives.  Quite honestly, it's the shifts that keep you coming back for more.

Yoga Teachers


Roman Szpond
Roman Szpond

Roman's days are filled with being the owner of Inner Strength Studios’ West Roxbury and Watertown locations and being a new father,  sought-after certified personal trainer, an ER 500 RYT Yoga instructor, lululemon ambassador, and an all-around guide and business coach to the studios’ independent teachers and health practitioners. 

 
Roman's goal at Inner Strength Studios is to bring together the highest quality instructors, therapists and trainers under one roof to serve the Inner Strength community, as well as to foster an environment for aspiring healers to develop their passion.
 
Right out of high school, Roman enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Shortly after serving, he began Inner Strength, a Yoga-based wellness company.  More than 15 years ago Roman founded the company upon the belief that everything we need can be found within us. Roman also believes that clients deserve intelligent, reliable and trusted information to guide them throughout their journey and beyond. Based on these guiding principles, Inner Strength’s popular, successful studios have become a place for people to make changes in their lives.
 
Along his own journey, Roman trekked around the world to study with various experts and gurus – all claiming that their way was the only way. Disappointed by these insufficient options, Roman knew there had to be a better alternative! He has since discovered, through immersing himself in four of the most prominent styles of Yoga (Iyengar, Anusara, Power Vinyasa, and Tantra), that Yoga is truly inclusive – and less exclusive. By dissolving the boundaries and differences between these Yoga styles, while highlighting that which joins them together, he has taken the guesswork and mysticism out and opened up the practice of Yoga to anyone seeking a quality of life shift.
 
As an ER500 RYT, Roman has coached clients of all ages, from 8 years old to 80. People from all walks of life, including doctors, lawyers, therapists, moms, and dads.  Clients grow to trust Roman and Inner Strength Studios as a wellness resource. Meanwhile, Roman has successfully coached the Boston Police Academy, world-class athletes, children, prenatal clients, and everyone in between. His studios have served thousands, as Inner Strength has evolved into an institution of higher learning.  

Lauren Star
Lauren Star

Lauren Star has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. She was formally trained to teach yoga at the Ananda Kutir Ashram in CapeTown, South Africa in the Sivananda tradition. Her training included Raja yoga, the study of Pranayama and the yogic scriptures, which continue to inform her teaching today. She has also studied with teachers in the Iyengar, Ashtanga and Vinyasa traditions. Lauren is a certified teacher of the Shake Your Soul/Danskinetics Movement technique and uses this as a foundation for understanding and teaching transitions or flows between postures in her classes. Lauren is currently studying Body Centered Expressive Movement Therapy in order to deepen her understanding of mind-body health.   On and off the mat, Lauren's biggest commitment is to BEING PRESENT NOW, and her classes nurture this ability in her students. She encourages students to practice staying alert and relaxed within the physically rigorous flow that she leads, and most of all to enjoy themselves through out!   Lauren has personally experienced the energizing, balancing effects of a consistent yoga practice in all aspects of her life. She is committed to her students experiencing this for themselves, and spreading the benefits of this ancient wisdom throughout our society. As well as the classes she teaches on the schedule, Lauren offers private yoga sessions.

Rebecca Pacheco
Rebecca Pacheco

Rebecca Pacheco is a yoga teacher, writer, and creator of OmGal.com, voted Best Yoga & Fitness Blog in the 2010 Intent Web Awards. She began practicing yoga at the age of 16 and teaching others at age 20 while studying abroad in various foreign countries, including India, the birthplace of yoga. For the past decade, Rebecca has worked with students of all levels, including beginners and experienced yogis, professional and amateur athletes, ballet dancers, corporate executives, community leaders, children and teens, people with injuries or disabilities, and more.

 

A master-level teacher at the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute for several years, Rebecca now teaches classes and workshops at several studios in and around Boston.  Her strong, articulate, and inspiring teaching style is influenced by many types of yoga, including Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kripalu, and more.  She has appeared in national ad campaigns for Reebok, Ryka, and New Balance and is an ambassador for lululemon. 

 

Rebecca holds a B. A. in English from the University of Richmond, where she immersed herself in the study of Eastern religions and philosophies, including Buddhism and Hinduism, both central to the tradition of yoga.  She is on the advisory board for YogaEarth and a contributing “voice” for Intent.com, an online wellness destination created by Mallika and Deepak Chopra.  In addition to being a yogi for nearly half her lifetime, Rebecca is also an avid runner (she ran the Boston Marathon in 2009), Boston sports fanatic, nature lover, and supporter of organizations that benefit at-risk youth.  

 

Bec Conant
Bec Conant

Bec Conant has been teaching Yoga since 2001, and Pre/post natal yoga Yoga since 2002, first in New York City, and now in Boston MA since 2005. She began her yoga training with Cyndi Lee at OM Yoga, and has been studying with Barbara Benagh since moving to Boston in 2005. She completed Barbara’s Art of Teaching Yoga course in 2006. Bec’s initial training in pre-natal yoga came through Janice Clarfield in 2002, and Judith Lasater in 2003. Bec is also a trained doula (birth coach)through DONA, and a certified HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Educator in the Mongan Method, a childbirth technique that combines deep relaxation with self hypnosis for ease in labor. Through her experiences teaching support techniques and attending births, she has developed an understanding of how meditative, yogic, body awareness plays a vital role in labor and delivery, and how the yoga practice can foster that connection and inner wisdom. She has taught hundreds of moms and babies throughout the Boston area at The Blissful Monkey Yoga Center, and through Isis Parenting Center. In New York She taught at OM Yoga, The Prenatal Yoga Center, and Yoga Haven in Westchester. Bec is part of the Advanced Teacher Training Faculty at OM Yoga, and has designed workshops on adapting yoga for pregnant practitioners as well as a full certification program. Bec’s DVD: Prenatal Yoga with Bec Conant, was released in 2008 and is available in local stores as well as on-line at ombirths.com and Amazon.

Michael Kistoglou
Michael Kistoglou

Inner Strength is excited to introduce Michael Kistoglou as he joins our team of yoga teachers.
Michael leads classes from a platform of clarity, consistency and power.  With a strong emphasis on proper alignment and strong specific assists, Michael's classes will capture your attention, carry you deeper into yourself and rivet you onto earth.   Michael is a RYT200 teacher and is certified first degree reiki atonement.

Charles Barone
Charles Barone

Charles Barone begun his path to asana practice at Inner Strength almost a decade ago. Coming full circle, Charles facilitates his yoga classes from a place of great depth, interweaving the strengthening of the physical container with the transcendent nature inherent within the esoteric aspects of the yogic system. With a focus on generating spiritual potency, Charles' classes will fortify your vessel, build an intensity within and teach the means by which this energy may be channeled and controlled. Charles is a RYT500 teacher and has devoted much of his life to the synthesis of various philosophical systems and making them practical.

Felicia Lorelli
Felicia Lorelli

 

Felicia began the practice of yoga 6 years ago, after many years of sports, running, and an active lifestyle.  She was drawn to Inner Strength and it’s teachings because of the sense of balance and clarity she felt during and after the classes.  The Inner Strength philosophy and teachings of yoga are carried with her off the mat in her work at the studio and family life.   

 

When she’s not managing the Watertown and West Roxbury locations she’s running after her toddler son Hudson, enjoying time outdoors, or spending time with friends and family.  She came to Inner Strength after years of managing stores for lululemon athletica, a yoga and lifestyle apparel company.  With her she brings a wealth of experience in a goal oriented-people development environment.  She holds a B.S. in Economics with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Oregon, and is a Certified Health Coach from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  

 

 

Amanda Webber
Amanda Webber

Amanda is a graduate of IS second teacher training and a committed practitioner for the past 7 years. She found that her practiced matured when coming to Inner Strength deepening her understanding of yoga as a lifestyle and integrating the 8 limbs and it’s teachings into her life. Amanda holds a bachelors degree from Pratt Institute in Fine Art and a Masters degree in Art Therapy and Mental Health from Lesley University. She is mother of 3 young children and feels her practice has made her a more balanced mother, partner, therapist and teacher. Amanda delivers a powerful asana class that will challenge you physically and leave you feeling fulfilled emotionally and spiritually. You will experience the test of endurance on the physical body as well as how to activate your inner resources including breath work, commitment and awareness. This excavating process will show you how to utilize the power that might lay dormant inside you and show you how it will help you to overcome your challenges both on and off the mat. Amanda’s intention is to weave the traditional teachings of yoga and the sutras and create connections between the various roles we play that further our understanding and expand the meaning of practical experiences that both confront us and provide incentive to progress in life.

 

Joe Vincuilla
Joe Vincuilla

Joseph Vincuilla is a dynamic teacher with a mission to create awareness for his students to find freedom and resonance in their bodies & lives.

Joseph offers an energetic and potent flow that will uplift and immerse the mind and body in ways that will keep you sharpened, centralized and present on and off your mat. Joseph’s methods are compassionate yet demanding, leading one into their body to discover their edge and inherent and infinite potential

 

Joseph is a RYT200 Teacher as well as a Certified Reiki Master Teacher

Lauren Copeland
Lauren Copeland

Lauren has worked with kids throughout most of her life in a variety of jobs.  The joy and passion children have for life is something that really resonates with her.  Lauren has always brought her warm character, fun energy and care-free spirit into everything she does and children really seem to respond.  She was able to blend her love for yoga and working with children in May 2014 when she completed “Flow and Grow Kid's Yoga Teacher Training” weekend-intensive lead by Lara Hocheiser.  Lauren’s  classes incorporate the philosophy of yoga along with an understanding of each pose, to allow for both mental and physical benefits in a safe and fun environment.  Each class is focused on getting  kids to connect with their inner selves, and those around them, through creative movement, props, storytelling, music and yoga games. By implementing thematic lesson plans through the teachings of yoga, she provides the appropriate tools to help children lead a more confident, positive, calm and compassionate lifestyle.  

 

Lauren completed her 200-hour YTT with Inner Strength Studios in the spring of 2014 under the leadership of Roman Szpod and Lauren Starr.  She also holds a B.A in sociology from Keene State and is a certified herbalist and aromatherapist, studying with the Boston School of Herbal Studies under the guidance of Madelon Hope and Linda Patterson.