Best of Boston

BEST Yoga Instructor

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»

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»

2001 BEST Yoga Instructor

Baron Baptiste, Baptiste Power Yoga Institute

Cambridge

Some argue that power yoga is not really yoga. But sweat and stretch your way through just one class with Baron Baptiste and you’ll be a believer in his high-intensity, high-temperature workout. Just ask the dozens of devotees who pile… read more»

1999 BEST Yoga Instructor

Ronnie Brissete, The Yoga Studio

Brookline

Teaching in a beautiful home studio, this yoga expert has a loyal following—and an unbounded passion for her discipline. Individual and group classes are taught with precision, kindness, and humor. Her specialty, the Iyengar style of yoga, results in the… read more»