About Us

At Yoga Method, we believe yoga is for everyone. Yoga classes are not “one size fits all” and we honor the differences in our students by working with your body to find your yoga. It is our mission to honor and embrace each student’s search for personal growth, wellbeing and fulfillment by offering the quality yoga and mindfulness programs to people of all ages. Yoga Method strives to make yoga accessible to everyone, through a variety of yoga styles and class times to accommodate any schedule.

Our instructors have come together to make Yoga Method your “yoga and mindfulness home” by creating a supportive and fun student community. We are creating something truly unique, and we invite you to be a part of it!

ALISON GARA
I grew up involved in dance and sports and always loved being active, until life (and a long commute) got in the way during my post-college years. I fell into a sedentary lifestyle, complete with all the repercussions: headaches, fatigue, stiffness and back pain. I stumbled upon my first yoga class in my San Francisco neighborhood in 1997. I was sore for weeks – but I was hooked – and have been practicing ever since.

I have spent the last twenty years working in various areas of the medical field. I studied for my Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and was involved in acupuncture and complementary health research. My yoga instruction is informed by a deep knowledge of functional anatomy, having worked with patients at a sports medicine practice and observing common complaints in people from all walks of life. I am keen at noticing movement patterns in the body and have adapted my yoga sequencing and cueing to address tightness in the hips and lack of strength in the back body from modern living that contributes to back, neck, hip and knee pain.

I have studied with amazing yoga teachers from coast to coast including Rodney Yee (Oakland, CA), Judith Hanson Lasater (San Francisco, CA), Jason Crandell (San Francisco, CA), Patricia Walden (Somerville, MA) and Shawn Shaw (Worcester, MA).

I love laughing more than anything and can find humor in almost every situation. I hope to bring a sense of lightness and joy to all my classes and love nothing more than seeing people leave class calm, energized and refreshed.

A Worcester native, I now live with my family in Sutton, MA.

AMY OLSON
Amy is fun-loving, happy-go-lucky & kind, a healer and lover of plants.  She is a mother of three bright and beautiful children.  Amy has been studying yoga and Buddhist practices for the last 25 years.  She uses her own life and practice to inform her teaching in order to support others in a sustainable way.
ANGELA SMITH
I first came to a yoga class looking to heal my sore, achy body. I loved to run, bike, hike, skull and really push myself in the weight room, but after several decades it was starting to leave me feeling depleted and a little broken. In a physical therapy session for my latest injury, I finally realized I needed to add some flexibility to my routine. In my first yoga classes, I felt so challenged and humbled by what I could not yet do (such as touch my toes or balance on one foot), and what I saw was only one way to go, which was definitely up.

A friend suggested I would like a hot yoga class, and as I relaxed at the end of class into savasana, sweaty and happy, I fell completely in love with yoga. It certainly wasn’t what I could do in the poses, but how it made me feel, which was in love with life. It was 2011 and I began a regular, daily practice. I entered a 200 hr Vinyasa Yoga teaching program at MetroWest Yoga to deepen my practice in 2016 and was introduced to the philosophy of yoga, meditation, the Yoga Sutras and more – and I knew I had found my calling. I wanted to teach and create a space for others in their yoga practice to find what they need to feel their best. Since May 2017 I have been teaching regularly in studios both before and after work in Worcester, where I am a Director at the Hanover Insurance Company. I obtained my certification in Reiki and practice regularly, and I am studying for concentrations in Ayurveda as well as Kripalu’s Yoga for Healthy Aging teaching certification. I am furthering my study in the MetroWest Yoga 500hr Yoga Program, a 500hr Ayurveda Yoga Certification at Kripalu, and practicing an Ayurvedic based lifestyle. I am married with two grown up children and two very fluffy cats, and in addition to yoga, hiking, kayaking and sculling I love to support the local theatre, symphony, and arts in our community.

CHRISTINE GALLO
Christine Gallo is a very happy mom of two boys, a certified elementary school teacher with 15+ years of classroom teaching experience, and has practiced yoga for over 20 years. She loves sharing the joy of yoga with children, and has used it along with relaxation and mindfulness in and outside of her classroom and with her own children. She has seen first hand the difference that it makes when a child has tools at their ready to help them manage their emotions.

Christine was certified as a Kidding Around instructor this summer, and has also trained in Radiant Child and Itsy Bitsy yoga. In addition to her yoga training, she has an extensive background and experience using a variety of Social Emotional and Mindfulness methods. She is thrilled to be part of the Yoga Method family!

COURTNEY DUTCH
Courtney has been studying with master yoga teachers and energy workers since 1998. She began teaching yoga in 2002. After graduating from Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in 2004 she continued her studies of anatomy and physiology by completing courses in posturology, mechanisms of the low back, and mechanisms of the neck. Courtney worked as a neuromuscular therapist and yoga teacher until becoming a mother of 4, after which she focused solely on the practice and teaching of yoga. She currently teaches weekly classes, monthly workshops, and facilitates yoga teacher trainings. In Courtney’s class you will work the whole body through an evolving, integral, slow flow and experience the unity of all the parts of the body. Her intention is to help students feel more grounded, empowered, and open in their physiology and consciousness in order to live joyfully.
DAVID TAPSCOTT
I have been a student of yoga for over 20 years and received my certification to teach in the Spring of 2014, after completing a 200 Hour training.  Yoga has brought an incredible richness and depth to my life.  It is a practice, a journey, a river of breath and movement which can open the body, heart, and soul.  As a teacher  see myself as a practitioner at the front of the room, offering guideposts and suggestions to allow others to move along their journey of discovery on their own mats.  What is the purpose of yoga?  To allow the mind to be still.

My original practice was inspired by Anusara teachers, and I still follow those principles in my personal practice.  My training since becoming a certified teacher has been varied.  I have received training in seasonal yoga, trauma-informed yoga through the International Warrior and Street Yoga program and have studied Timothy McCall’s Yoga as Medicine.  At present I am studying to become a certified Yin Yoga teacher.  I have taught elementary school children and their teachers in gym and classroom settings, chair yoga, and a variety of Hatha classes.  My special interest is in making yoga accessible to all.  As such, I co-authored and team teach a Foundations of Yoga 6-week series.  In addition, I feel a special calling to bring more men to the practice of yoga and am teaching a beginner’s series designed for men.  

GAIL EPSTEIN
Gail has been practicing yoga for over 30 years and became a 200-hour RYT in April 2014. She continues to deepen her knowledge by studying Trauma Informed Yoga, Yoga for Cancer patients and survivors, Seasonal Yoga, and Yin Yoga. She teaches yoga with joy, humility, and humor. Gail believes that through yoga we are given the opportunity to open our hearts, and engage in the world with compassion and loving kindness. Gail has co-written a 6 week Foundations of Yoga curriculum that includes philosophy that supports the physical practice of yoga (asana), pranayama, (conscious awareness of the breath), and yoga as it relates to stress management and mindfulness. She is very excited to bring the Foundations of Yoga series to Yoga Method. She hopes to see you on your mat!
JENNIFER ANGER
Jenn Anger began practicing yoga after having her second child. Jenn believed that yoga would get her back in shape but had no idea how yoga would change her life. “Yoga helped to center me, increased my level of patience, and more importantly helped me learn to live in the moment.” Prior to having her family, Jenn was a social worker for DCF and enjoyed helping people. It was a natural progression to want to continue to help others using the tools of yoga.

Jenn completed her 200 RYT yoga training with Loretta Tharpe at Old Common Yoga in 2011. Since that time Jenn has taught a variety of yoga classes ranging from chair yoga, Yogalates, Hatha Yoga (beginner to advanced level), and Power Vinyasa yoga at local studios and local colleges. Jenn has also completed training with Tiffany Cruikshank specializing in working with athletes. Jenn works with athletic teams from the College of the Holy Cross and Worcester Academy.

Jenn is energetic and very passionate about yoga and her students. Jenn believes that every student’s journey in yoga is unique but vital to have a balanced life. In her teaching, students are individuals and will always be respected and supported on and off the mat. “A photographer gets to pose people for himself, a yoga teacher helps students pose themselves.” Jenn feels so blessed to be able to teach the gift of yoga. When not on the mat, Jenn enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian and two beautiful children, Tyler and Madison.

LINDA KIRK
My passion for practicing yoga is rivaled only by a deep desire to train and continue to learn everything I can about yoga and its benefits. My commitment is driven by having as much information as possible to meet the needs and expectations of each individual student. In September 2017, I decided to leave a longtime career in the corporate side of the retail industry to teach yoga full-time. I believe my time and energy are better placed sharing the transformative and healing power of yoga, and am devoted to reaching as many people as possible.

I teach from a place of intention and empowerment, inviting each student to reveal and embrace exactly what they need in that particular moment. I am committed to enhancing every student’s health, well-being and quality of everyday life through the practice of yoga.

I have completed two 200 hour teacher trainings, as well as a 300 hour Therapeutic Essentials training covering yoga for cancer and treatment and yoga for arthritis.  I have also completed additional training at Kripalu for yoga for cancer and yoga for lymphatic health.

MARGE BACON
I have been interested in yoga for a long time and intermittently took classes and tried to learn more. Several years ago, after more than 25 years in the healthcare field, I began to practice yoga and mindfulness meditation to deal with my own job stress. I found that the focus and discipline required were really beneficial for me. I wanted to learn more and deepen my own practice so I decided to enroll in 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher training.

I have also completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher Certification program at UMass Medical School and am qualified to teach the full 12-week MBSR program.

I feel strongly that the benefits of yoga and meditation are available for anyone who is interested and I really enjoy sharing what I’ve learned with others.  Peace.

NANCY MCMAHON
I began my yoga journey about 8 years ago during an especially challenging time in my life. I hoped yoga would help me better manage those challenges and improve my physical health. From my first class I knew it would do both and I became a dedicated novice practitioner.

In 2016, after retiring from a 30 year career in health care, I completed a Hatha yoga teacher training. Since then I have completed trainings in yoga for recovery and restorative yoga.

I am especially interested in introducing the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga to new practitioners and bringing yoga to individuals, and their family members, who deal with emotional and substance abuse issues.

VICTORIA POLLINGER

“I have fallen so deeply in love with soulful expression and the healing arts. To me, it all feels magical. Living this lifestyle and sharing it with others is such a gift. It feels like exactly where I was always supposed to be, doing exactly what my heart has always wanted.”

Victoria’s whole world changed after her first yoga class.  Coming from a dark place mentally, emotionally, and physically, yoga brought a light that she had never imagined.  As she continued to deepen her practice, she found chronic physical problems melting away, as well as relief from anxiety and depression. Becoming a yoga teacher made perfect sense to her – it was a beautiful opportunity to do what she loves and share it with others.

Victoria brings a bubbly and energetic attitude to her classes. Her classes are a blend of strong core work, flowy and gentle movements, stabilizing and rooting poses and soft and deep stretches. She brings you into a relaxed place with lots of centering and breathwork throughout. Her classes are very welcoming and always offer options to modify deeper or softer. It is her intention to guide students in breaking down obstacles to unlock their full potential, reveal their true selves and cultivate a life of happiness.