At Yoga on the Vine we offer a wide range of classes for every person, every body, every level. Our teachers collectively have several decades of experience to offer. While each instructor expresses a unique style, there is a common thread with the quality of instruction, and our united desire to make you feel safe, supported, and always welcome.
Owner, Director of Yoga San Kalpa Teaching School, E-RYT 500, YACEP
Lora Ksieniewicz has been teaching yoga since 2006, and has studied meditation and asana practice for more than two decades. Her classes focus on functional movement to keep our bodies safe, strong and healthy, using the poses as a way to access our minds and emotions for release, healing and greater ease in the present moment.
Lora holds a degree in Holistic Health at The University of Massachusetts Amherst, with a focus on the Kinesiology of Yoga. She has studied the history and philosophy of Buddhism and Hinduism at Boston University, through Antioch University, and at Mount Holyoke College. She spent several months at the Burmese Monastery in Bodh Gaya India, studying the history of Buddhism and it's various traditions from both an academic standpoint and as a practitioner. She is honored to have studied vipassana meditation with the venerable Munindra-ji, and was able to test his patience with her many, many silly questions. Some of Lora's yoga teachers include Claire Este Mcdonald and Gregor Singleton, Sarah Powers, Shiva Rea and Baron Baptiste. She has trained within the Sivananda Yoga tradition in the U.S, the Bahamas, and in Kerala India.
Lora was the Director of Flexibility and Recovery for National Championship Amherst College Men's Soccer and Puma Peak Performance Camps, having worked with the team since 2010. She has developed a specific sequence of therapeutic yoga postures for athletes that helps maintain pliability, reducing non-contact injuries, and improving both performance and recovery time. In addition to men and women's soccer at the college, high school, and youth level, Lora trains college athletes in football, lacrosse, field hockey, baseball, and hockey at Amherst College and UMass Amherst.
Lora is an Pro Ambassador for Jade Yoga. She has run retreats and teacher training programs on Martha's Vineyard, in New Mexico, Vermont, Italy, and Mexico.
RYT - 200, Mommy and Me Yoga
Born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard, I moved out west to Albuquerque to attend college at the University of New Mexico. While studying Health Education in school, I continued to practice yoga and dance and after earning a BS in Health Education. I moved back east before embarking on a journey overseas to Bali and India to study yoga and immerse myself in the culture.
I am a certified yoga instructor through Radiantly Alive Yoga, based out of Ubud, Bali, and specialize in prenatal, Mom & Baby and children’s yoga. Studying and teaching prenatal/postpartum yoga has given me the utmost respect for women’s bodies and I am thrilled to be a part of the powerful connection found in motherhood. My playful, energetic spirit carries through to my teachings, and I have seen first hand the numerous benefits that yoga can bring to a child’s life.
I am a DONA trained birth doula and am honored to support women through the birth process. Also I'm a proud member of the Vineyard Birth Collective, a collaborative effort between a group of Island women who have created a website for everything pregnancy and birth related on MV. When not yoga-ing, you can find me spending time with my family, including my 2 kids that keep me on my toes (literally!).
RYT - 200 (currently in training towards CYT 500), Vinyasa and Yin, group and private instruction
Shannonwho moved back to Martha’s Vineyard 2005, where she has deep family roots. While working through some personal obstacles she found a love of running. It made her feel strong and she was soon bitten by the “race bug”, running her first 5K, then her first 5-miler, and then the coveted Chilmark Road Race which she had wanted to do ever since she was a little girl. Still finding she needed something more and after only having dabbled here and there with yoga, a very close friend encouraged her to attend Yoga San Kalpa's Restorative Yoga Retreat. The experience changed her. Realizing the benefits and power of yoga and wanting to learn more about the history, where it originated, and how, she enrolled in Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga San Kalpa Teaching School at Yoga on the Vine. Shannon is a graduate of both the YSK 200hr Yoga Teacher Training program and the YSK 50hr Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra Teacher Training Program.
Despite thinking she could never get up in front of a class to teach, she now regularly guides students through thoughtful, insightful and challenging classes each week and couldn't imagine not following her heart further along this journey. What Shannon would like her students to feel from her classes is an experience of themselves, outside of the pressures of the outside world, even if it’s just for an hour in a space where they feel safe and supported.
CYT - 200, Vinyasa, group and private instruction
Nicole grew up in Rhode Island. While in college, she spent her summer on the Vineyard. She eventually made the plunge and moved to the Vineyard full time in 2008. Nicole grew up playing sports and continued throughout college. After college sports ended, Nicole was looking for something to give her the same challenge. She took classes sporadically for a few years. She didn't get invested in yoga until after her first child was born. At that point she wanted something to add to her workout routine, to help get back into shape. In the beginning yoga was all about the workout and the challenge of different poses. As she continued her journey it became more about releasing stress and calming the mind. Nicole continued yoga throughout her second pregnancy, gaining much insight into how different your body moves everyday.
Nicole is currently enrolled in teacher training with Yoga San Kappa and will be completing her training this year. She looks forward to practicing and learning, with you.
RYT - 200, (currently in training towards CYT 500) Vinyasa and Yin, group and private instruction
Lindsey was born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard. She has turned to yoga at different times throughout her adult life. After some medical issues in 2014 she turned to her practice to help with her healing and recovery process, first through a love for hot yoga and over the past few years her practice has evolved and she has found a passion for yin and restorative yoga. She finds the balance between a slow meditative practice and flowing vinyasa practice benefits her the most. Lindsey believes that through breath and deep stretching you can strengthen your body and mind from the inside out. Being able to breathe through postures and learning the difference between pain and discomfort has been beneficial in all areas of her life, not just on her mat.
Lindsey also has a passion for photography and enjoys traveling with her husband and step-daughter. The skills she has developed through her yoga practice have a reoccurring roll in her and her families every day life. Her husband and fourteen year old have seen the benefits and have begun their own practices with Lindsey’s guidance and support.
Lindsey encourages students of all ages and body types to come to her classes and hold space for themselves within the group setting. Side by side, breath by breath we support each others individualized journey. She believes that learning to breathe is the most important part of an asana practice and some days it’s the only part.
Lindsey completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Yoga San Kalpa at Yoga on the Vine.
CYT - 200, Vinyasa, group and private instruction
Teachings of Yoga have been in my life since my adolescence, although I often rejected them in those years. In my late teens I became more conscious of the way I chose to shape my life. Yoga has made a life changing impact in my journey of self-discovery. At first Yoga was purely complimentary to other physical activities I engage in. Gradually my practice has evolved as a way to find mental clarity. I believe Yoga is an essential tool to cultivate ones full potential as a human being. In my classes I strive to help people manifest their full potential, while getting in touch with their body. Growing up on Martha’s Vineyard has made me eternally grateful to be a part of such a loving community. It makes me very happy to give back to the community through the gift of Yoga.
CYT – 200, Vinyasa and Yin, Group and Private Instruction
Jason has been teaching yoga and meditation since 2014 and has studied and practiced mindfulness modalities since 2011. Jason is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher and applies the Kripalu philosophy to all styles he teaches. His classes focus on asana, pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation as the three main methods for strengthening ones container to find presence, perseverance and peace with the aliveness that is generated through everyday life.
Jason found yoga after struggling with severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) for most of his adolescent life. After years of cycling through medication, doctors and therapists, he found yoga in a moment of clarity, realizing he had to make a change. In a small community class on his college campus, he took his first yoga class and immediately felt the benefits of yoga and meditation. It provided him with a new perspective on thought, sensation and the interplay between the two. After a year of everyday practice and through a combination of mindfulness modalities and exposure therapy, he overcame OCD, breaking the cycle, letting go of medication and taking back control of his everyday life. This transformation has given Jason purpose and he now teaches with the intention of giving back to others what yoga and meditation gave to him, a sense of freedom, peace, the strength to persevere, and a set of tools to ride the waves of life.
Jason has taught yoga and meditation all over New England in a variety of settings. He has assisted yoga teacher trainings at the Kripalu School of Yoga in Massachusetts and most recently led the wellbeing program for the PwC Hartford Office, where he previously worked as a financial auditor.