Best of Boston

BEST Yoga Instructor

2014 BEST Yoga Instructor
Photograph by Jesse Burke

Glen Cunningham, Sadhana Yoga

Boston

We’ve loved Glen Cunningham’s classes for the better part of a decade, and on good days, his instruction helps us remember why we hit our mats. (On bad days, a few of his signature words of wisdom certainly don’t hurt.)… read more »

2013 BEST Yoga Instructor

Mark Finneran, Baptiste Power Yoga Institute

Brookline

Mark Finneran can’t twist himself into a pretzel, and that’s precisely why his classes are perfect for us mere mortals. He’s mastered the everyman style of instructing hot yoga: encouraging, imparting wisdom, and throwing in a good joke or two… read more »

2012 BEST Yoga Instructor

Back Bay Yoga, Sweat & Soul Yoga, and Equinox

That Lululemon chose this California-cool yogi to lead hundreds of people in al fresco downward dogs in Copley Square to fete its new Newbury store didn’t surprise her devotees: Kaufenberg’s challenging hip-hop classes are so much fun, we often forget… read more »

2011 BEST Yoga Instructor

David Vendetti, South Boston Yoga

South Boston

If you had told us a few years ago that one day we’d be scrambling to get to a yoga studio in Southie, we’d have thought you were nuts. Yet here we ar—and it’s all a testament to David Vendetti…. read more »

2010 BEST Yoga Instructor
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Ame Wren

Cambridge

A self-described “yoga mutt,” Ame Wren borrows liberally from various yoga traditions, and even incorporates music and dance—the result being a more intense, less snoozy workout. Be prepared to sweat when you register for her classes at Equinox, Sports Club/LA,… read more »

2007 BEST Yoga Instructor

Amy Leydon, Exhale and The Sports Club/LA

Boston

A former Emmy-winning television producer, Leydon spices up traditional (but challenging) vinyasa-flow yoga with inspiring music and unexpected sequences to show aspiring yogis how to find their own path to limber inner peace. Free advice: “Remember that yoga is noncompetitive…. read more »

2006 BEST Yoga Instructor

David Magone

It’s annoying when a toned yogi informs you, as you struggle with a simple pose, that soon you’ll be balancing on your chin. But under David Magone, that’s not only possible, but likely—just look at the limber loyalists in the… read more »

2004 BEST Yoga Instructor

Noel Schroeder

Boston

Yoga has gone from niche to the norm. Instructors teach the masses in mat-filled locations everywhere in the city—the gym, the spa, the private studio. All of which makes truly personalized yoga something of a rarity. Noel Schroeder is the… read more »

2003 BEST Yoga Instructor

Glen Cunningham, Baptiste Power Yoga Institute

Boston

In characteristic Baptiste Power Yoga fashion, the temperature during Glen Cunningham’s methodical Vinyasa-style classes is set to a steamy 90 degrees (though the room feels much hotter). But the unique playfulness Cunningham brings to each rigorous session in the Boston… read more »

2002 BEST Yoga Instructor

Rolf Gates, Baptiste Power Yoga

Boston

For yoga fiends, Baptiste’s intense, heat-infused Vinyasa style has become a secular church in its own right. So it’s only fitting that a descendant of six generations of ministers should be at the helm of his newly opened Boston studio,… read more »