Ryan Cunningham, Yoga Teacher
Ryan Cunningham, Yoga Teacher


My simple goal is to make yoga practical and applicable to anyone who walks into the classroom. Not everyone needs to take 90 mins out of their day for yoga asana practice, however learning the tools to integrate yoga practice into everyday life takes time, practice and teachers that are willing to share their honest experience of yoga.

Teaching yoga is a practice onto itself. This requires me to constantly explore and re-examine my own practice in an effort to understand the most effective pedagogy and methodology with which to communicate the practice of yoga to students. I strive to present a safe and balanced asana class that teaches students how to individualize the practice. My own studies and experiences have taught me that it is necessary for the student to go beyond “lather, rinse, repeat” instruction to develop a subtle understanding of their own body and mind. By cultivating this understanding, the body, mind and breath synchronize and we can glimpse the state of yoga on a very practical level.

A yoga asana class should be a venue for education, exploration, and cultivation of strength, stability, and clarity. It should also be an opportunity for students to refine the skillful means to help develop their own personal practice of asana, pranayama and/or meditation. All of these skills, tempered of course with a healthy sense of humor, make the study of a yoga a fantastic tool that can enhance our lives off the mat. With these goals in mind, I try to make every class a fun and challenging dialogue between myself and the students.


Yoga Basics with Ryan Cunningham


Work from the ground up! This class focuses on standing poses, simple backbends and balances to develop awareness, strength and coordination. Appropriate for brand new beginners as well as experienced practitioners looking to refine the basics.

Monday 6pm
Wednesday 6pm

Alignment Yoga with Ryan Cunningham


This class works on a much more subtle level exploring not only the shape of the pose but the internal actions of the asana. Inversions, and deeper backbends are taught on a regular basis. Students should have a basic understanding of all of the standing postures as well as a comfortable Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog).

Tuesday 9:30am
Thursday 5:45pm

Alignment Yoga with Ryan Cunningham


Learn to relax! Restorative sessions meld postures fully supported by props (blankets, bolsters, blocks, chairs etc) with pranayama and meditation. This class is for all levels.

Friday 4:45pm

all classes held at Back Bay Yoga Studio


Teacher Trainings, workshops, and retreats are a fantastic way to deepen your own practice. A full listing of programs are provided below. All programs are held at Back Bay Yoga Studio unless otherwise noted.

"Most of all I want to teach people the tools to go practice on their own. As essential as it is to have fantastic teachers, in my own experience transformation and change only comes from personal practice." Ryan
Alignment Intensives
Back Bay Yoga

Alignment Intensives

Saturdays, 9am-12pm
Back Bay Yoga

Dates: February 8, March 1, May 17, June 28, July 19, October 25

This monthly 3 hour workshop gives students the time to explore a particular theme in an effort to work not only with the structural aspects of postures but also the more subtle internal actions of the yoga asana practice.

Price: $40 each

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Fall Teacher Training
Back Bay Yoga

Fall 2014 Teacher Training

September 6 - December 7, 2014
Back Bay Yoga

with Lynne Begier and Renee LeBlanc

Price: $2900 before May 1, $3000 after

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Fall Retreat
Dragonfly Yoga Barn, NH

Fall Retreat

September 25 - 28, 2014
Dragonfly Yoga Barn
280 Bennett Street
North Sandwich, NH 03259

The woods of New Hampshire are coming into the peak of color the last week of September! Come join your favorite Ryans for four days of practice, good food, and relaxation. Over the course of the weekend, we will present a well-rounded set of practices and plenty of time to take in the gorgeous scenery. We are thrilled to be joining forces with Katie and Declan O’Connell (owners, fabulous hostess & chef) to bring our first annual fall retreat. Amenities & Activities include:

  • Three night stay in Dragonfly’s beautiful dorms, naturally-maintained hot tub, nearby hiking trails, rivers, and more!
  • Two fantastically home cooked meals per day; vegan and gluten-free options available, plus light breakfast/coffee/tea each morning
  • Bodywork available during the weekend
  • At least 2 asana classes each day
  • Meditation/pranayama each day

Price: $650 before June 1, $675 after


Ryan Cunningham, Yoga Teacher

The power of NOT touching your students.

A few weeks ago a student came into the office with an urgent question. She had overheard me explaining to another teacher why I don’t tend to give manual assists in class. Being a new teacher herself, she wanted some further clarification on this point. Quite honestly, she is not the first person to approach me regarding this topic, and I have grappled with this for quite a while. I will also wholeheartedly admit that I am never fully satisfied with my answer to this query because while I have been the recipient of truly fantastic, sensitive and even healing manual assists; I have also endured assists that have been incredibly injurious, careless, and harmful. The worst of these incidences was a full chiropractic facet adjustment on my cervical spine in the middle of a yoga class, which a few days later left me with severely limited range of motion in my neck.

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Back Bay Yoga Studio Map

Classes, trainings and workshops are held at Back Bay Yoga Studio unless otherwise noted
364 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 375-9642