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Judith Ellen

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Yoga may start in the body for many people, but the practice is one of the heart and mind. My first yoga class was at a gym, and at the time my only point of reference was a distant friend who I heard practiced it. Since I’d been a former dancer and fairly physically fit and active, I thought, how hard can this be? It was only in the aftermath of being completely sore from twisting and bending in ungodly ways that I realized how disconnected I was from my own body, let alone, my Self. I came to yoga out of sheer curiosity and this curiosity continues to drive my dedication to its practice. My journey with yoga has allowed me the opportunity to train with wonderful and skilled instructors and practice most major styles of yoga. It has also gently forced me to tap into my internal life and heal deep wounds. One can only teach what they know, and I’ve known heartache, failure, love, compassion, and profound joy. The goal is to bring these tools into my class and teach from a place of authenticity. My classes are student-centered, trauma-informed, dynamic, and rooted in yoga philosophy. My yoga “specialties” are working with adolescents and persons who are survivors of sexual violence.

When I’m not physically on my mat, I work at a desk as a data scientist in clinical research and am a published writer. I am incredibly grateful to be a part of the SBPY family and always look forward to meeting yogis whether they are experienced practitioners or just getting the first taste of their own sweat!

Spirit Bear Buzz

'Come here to fall in love with Yoga (all over again, if applicable).
If you happen to be new to yoga or want to perfect you're downward dog, I highly recommend the Intro Series -- Christy and Lali taught mine and both were supportive, knowledgable and adorable in every way...'

Jillian H. via Yelp - read full review here 


'...In the the few months that I've been going, I've attended classes taught by five different instructors and they've all been amazing. Most classes are an hour and a half, but they do offer an intense hour long class on Sat mornings that they call the Hour of Power. I've seriously never sweated so much in my life as I do during these classes...'

Stephanie F via Yelp - read full review here


'This studio is one of the best around. I used to live down the road and took classes here regularly enough to become a studio assistant.  The heat and temperature at Spirit Bear is by far the best I have seen. A lot of placed in Boston I have been to don't seem to have it quite right.  Spirit Bear is also CLEAN!!! I hate going into a class where there are sweat puddles and hair from the previous class on the floor. I really like the instructors (who are educated and in tune) and the flow of the classes are great. I wish there were more studios like Spirit Bear in Boston.'

Courtney via Yelp - read full review here