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. We strive to provide you with safe, supportive and professional guidance from a variety of yoga traditions. From the playful to the athletic to the calming and restorative, our team is here to make your experience of yoga on the island of Martha's Vineyard an unforgettable one.
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, 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.
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!).
Femi received his MSc. in Physiology, Biophysics and Complementary and Alternative Medicine from (CAM) Georgetown University, and is a nationally certified massage therapist. Currently, he is a medical student at the University of Minnesota where he hopes to serve as a bridge between Eastern and Western healing modalities for both mind and body.
A former Division 1 athlete Femi is also a black belt in Shaolin Kung Fu. Being an avid yoga and meditation practitioner since 2004, he completed his 200-hr yoga teacher training at Your Yoga in Minneapolis 2014, where he is also an active member of the Common Ground Meditation Center community.
At Common Ground, he helped start the center's men’s circle and is a member of the Inclusivity Advisory Council and People of Color (POC) sangha steering committee. He is also enrolled in the centers Dharma Leadership Training program. Of particular interest to him is how an embodied yoga & dharma practice can be utilized to meet the challenging needs and deep wounds of our modern society.
Taking a 3-month summer break from his medical school studies, he finds time on the Vineyard to be deeply restorative and good preparation for his work as a healing artist.
Siobhan has been practicing yoga for over 10 years, and completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Sherry Sidoti at FLY Yoga School on Martha's Vineyard. She feels most at home (and happiest!) in, on, or near the ocean, which makes it her favorite place to practice yoga!
Irene's classes invite practitioners into a detailed exploration of body and breath as ways of accessing the innate wisdom of being. In a physical yoga practice, this brings an emphasis on understanding how the body and breath are designed to move together. Irene's yoga philosophy is deeply rooted in respect and care for the self as a means of cultivating the greater good. When we cultivate awareness, honesty and acceptance from within ourselves, we are better equipped with the tools to truly listen, to live more fully, and to approach others with compassion.
Irene was first introduced to yoga as a supplement to classical ballet and modern dance training in 2001. She dabbled in the practice for about ten years before embarking on a training journey through Thailand and India, completing her first teacher training in Rishikesh, India in 2012. She has also trained at FLY Yoga School (MV), studied with Megan Grennan (MV), and holds certifications in Kid's Yoga (Karma Kids, NYC), Prenatal Yoga (Integral Yoga Institute, NYC), and is a DONA-trained birth doula. Currently pursuing a Master of Science in Yoga Therapy at Maryland University of Integrative Health, Irene brings an extensive understanding of how the practices work into her teaching.
In addition to her studio classes, Irene is currently helping to develop a Yoga for Pain Management program, as well as practices designed for Lyme disease, in collaboration with various organizations on the island.
First and foremost a student, Irene continues to explore and draw inspiration from many different practices and teachers. She is forever thrilled and honored to be able to share the playful curiosity and healing that yoga has brought to her own life.
Kimberly Cartwright is a mystic. As a girl, using the meditative properties of aerobic exercise, she maintained an inner knowing of "something more." As a young adult she practiced Buddhism for a decade and then found A Course in Miracles, which she has been practicing and teaching for over 20 years.
Kimberly is the creator of An Exercise Course in Miracles: Take Jesus to the Gym, which is an online fitness program for lightworkers, empaths, and highly sensitive people.
For more about Kimberly's offerings, visit her page "Love In Action."
Jessica has been a practitioner of yoga for nearly 20 years and a Certified Yoga Instructor since 2008. She has also had a burgeoning practice in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork for the last decade. Coming from a background in competitive gymnastics, Jessica fell in love with the deeply regenerative, restorative, and self-healing aspects of yoga. After a decade of practicing in several lineages and styles such as Bikram, Iyengar and Ashtanga Vinyasa, Jessica attended Nosara Yoga Institute for a 200hr YTT in Interdiscipinary Yoga. She has been teaching in both group class settings and with private clients between Colorado and Martha’s Vineyard ever since.
The perpetual student, passionate about self-discovery and expansion of consciousness, Jessica was led to Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and knew she struck gold. Moved by the power of transformation that this tradition instantly brought to her life and inspired to share it with others, she enrolled in the KRI Aquarian Teacher Level 1 200hr training at Yoga at the Ashram in Millis, MA. She is honored and excited to be offering classes in this sacred science to the island beginning in the Spring of 2017.
Kundalini Yoga is both a physical and a meditative practice that helps us to actualize our Higher Self, to awaken the full potential of our awareness, to cultivate inner stillness, and to prosper and deliver excellence in all that we do.
Sandy Honeyman is 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor, having trained in the Yogaworks Method at Down Under Yoga in Newton, MA. She is currently studying with Ame Wren of Boston Yoga School to earn her 500 RYT qualification in June 2017. Sandy studied dance since childhood and was formerly an aerobic dance instructor. She discovered yoga over 20 years ago and was immediately drawn to its ability to offer mindfulness through physical practice. Her classes emphasize safe practice, good alignment and finding peace. Her goal is that her classes allow her students to find calm in their busy lives while also improving strength and balance though consistent practice. During the winter months, Sandy teaches classes in the Boston area and she is honored to be part of the Yoga on the Vine teaching community starting spring/summer 2017!
Sandy lives in Weston, MA with her husband and their dog Stanley. When not teaching or practicing, Sandy enjoys hiking, spinning and spending time with friends and with her two grown children who live nearby.
Abigail’s first Reiki practitioner training in 2011 was the inspiration to begin her studies into assisting others on their healing journey. After completing her second Reiki training she attended The Massage School in Easthampton, became a licensed massage therapist and spent her first summer on Martha’s Vineyard in 2013. With the opportunity to work at Tapas Hot Yoga as an LMT it opened up her world to the beauty of a dedicated yoga practice and she quickly fell in love. In 2014 she did her training for Thai massage in Northampton, MA with Breathing Deeply and before returning to the Vineyard in 2015 she completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training in power vinyasa at Seacoast Power yoga in Exeter, NH. As a lover of movement, connection and open-hearted trust she found AcroYoga, an exploration of partner based yoga and acrobatics as well as a form of inverted therapeutic massage and extension of the Thai massage practice. Always a student, she has attended over a hundred of hours of workshops and trainings that include inversions, arm balances, Yin yoga, dance, meditation, Thai massage and AcroYoga.
Abigail’s off the mat and out of the studio passion is to cook nourishing food filled with intention and love. She has over 7 years restaurant experience in all aspects of the kitchen life and most recently as a private chef. She feels most creative and inspired around alternative options (gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, raw) and seasonal, local, organic produce. Now out of the busy restaurant world Abigail chooses to share her love of conscious, mindful food by teaching others how to feel comfortable in their own kitchen through the basics of knife skills and simple food preparation.
Shannon 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 a 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 the Western Culture changed it, she enrolled in Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga San Kalpa Teaching School at Yoga on the Vine and will be completing her 200hrs in 2017. Running made her feel strong, yoga quieted her mind.
What Shannon would like her students to feel and take away with them 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.
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.
Jillian Miller trained with Lora Ksieniewicz through the Yoga San Kalpa Teaching School at Yoga on the Vine. Jillian first discovered yoga as an undergraduate student and immediately loved the way it made her feel physically. She soon began to discover that yoga had far more to give beyond the physical benefits. It became an important tool she used to cultivate self-love and acceptance and navigate through various challenges. Through teaching, she hopes to share her passion and empower others to reap the same benefits she’s experienced.
During the year, Jillian teaches English language classes to recently arrived immigrants and refugees. This past year she helped found RISE (Refugee and Immigrant Society for Entrepreneurs), a group dedicated to empowering local women with business skills and opportunities.
Lena is from the small town of Warrenton, VA. Lena began practicing yoga in high school as a way to compliment the other sports she played. She continued practicing throughout college while teaching tennis and being an avid runner. Her yoga became more significant after a running injury a few years ago. Lena used yoga to help her heal and developed a deep appreciation for the practice. She became devoted to yoga and began to practice daily. After two years of a daily practice she decided she wanted to share her love for yoga and become certified to teach.
Lena earned her 200 hour RYT at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica in 2015. Since then she has returned to Costa Rica for two more trainings. Lena believes yoga can enhance your quality of life both physically and mentally. Practicing yoga has helped Lena let go and truly cherish the present moment; compelling her to be more adventurous and receptive.
Lena encourages students to have fun with their practice and try new things. She wants them to feel confident on their mat and take that confidence with them into their everyday lives.
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 will complete her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Yoga San Kalpa at Yoga on the Vine this summer.