Ryan Cunningham, Yoga Teacher
Ryan Cunningham, Yoga Teacher

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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.

Practice

Yoga Basics with Ryan Cunningham

Basics

This class focuses on standing poses, simple backbends and balances to develop awareness, strength and coordination. For brand new beginners as well as experienced practitioners looking to refine the basics.

Monday 6pm
Wednesday 6pm

Alignment Yoga with Ryan Cunningham

Intermediate

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.

Tuesday 9:30am
Thursday 5:45pm

Alignment Yoga with Ryan Cunningham

Restorative

Learn to relax! Restorative sessions meld postures fully supported by props with pranayama and meditation. This class is for all levels.

Alternate Tuesdays 6pm

all classes held at Back Bay Yoga Studio

Study

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: 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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Asana Lab V: Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)
Back Bay Yoga

Asana Lab V: Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)

Tuesday, November 11, 6-8pm
Back Bay Yoga

Asana Lab is a seven part series geared towards students with some yoga experience and are looking to take a close look at the postures of modern yoga. It is also ideal for teachers looking to enhance their knowledge of how to teach each of these poses. Each lab will entail asana practice and discussion in a small group setting (each class limited to 12 students).

Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand) is probably one of the most misunderstood postures in modern asana practice. Some teachers are huge proponents of daily practice, and others say it should never be done. In this lab we will delve into the pose’s anatomy as well as its function. Through understanding the actions of the pose we will then be able to explore a number of different approaches and variations on the theme of sarvangasana.

Price: $35

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practice lab: Fall Semester
Back Bay Yoga

practice lab: Fall Semester

Fridays, 6:30-9am
Back Bay Yoga

Dates: November 7 - December 12 (no class November 28)

Times: 6:30-9am (students must arrive by 7:30am)

8 students needed to run the program — Limited to 15 total.

"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." –Ryan

Practice Lab is a unique opportunity for students to deepen their personal, self-guided practice of asana, pranayama and mediation. Before the semester begins Ryan will meet with each student to assess objectives and strategies for practice. For some students, this will be a rough outline of a practice; for others it may be a specific sequence. In either case there will be a weekly dialogue between student and teacher to refine and enhance each students experience. Although everyone will work on his or her own practice during the Friday morning sessions, Ryan will be present in the room to give guidance, modifications, adjustments and instruction based on each student's needs.

This format is an great way to begin or refine a home practice, while still experiencing the support of a community and teacher. It is also a fantastic forum for teachers and teachers-in-training to collaborate in a unique practice environment.

Students should have at least 6 months consistent yoga practice before applying for this program.

Price: $125

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Asana Lab VI: Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon)
Back Bay Yoga

Asana Lab VI: Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon)

Tuesday, November 11, 6-8pm
Back Bay Yoga

Asana Lab is a seven part series geared towards students with some yoga experience and are looking to take a close look at the postures of modern yoga. It is also ideal for teachers looking to enhance their knowledge of how to teach each of these poses. Each lab will entail asana practice and discussion in a small group setting (each class limited to 12 students).

Pigeon pose, in all forms, is ubiquitous in modern yoga class. This lab will consist of a slow-flow practice in which we will discuss the anatomy, function and benefits of both the forward pending and backward bending expressions of eka pada rajakapotasana.

Price: $35

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Asana Lab VII: Savasana
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Asana Lab VII: Savasana

Tuesday, December 2, 6-8pm
Back Bay Yoga

Asana Lab is a seven part series geared towards students with some yoga experience and are looking to take a close look at the postures of modern yoga. It is also ideal for teachers looking to enhance their knowledge of how to teach each of these poses. Each lab will entail asana practice and discussion in a small group setting (each class limited to 12 students).

Savasana is often touted as the “most important pose” in class, bust rarely is it ever explained. Despite its seemingly simple shape and setup, we will look at the anatomy of the posture and in doing so explore the physiology of relaxation. We will also take a number of different and luxurious savasana variations.

Price: $35

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practice lab: January Semester
Back Bay Yoga

practice lab: January Semester

Fridays, 6:30-9am
Back Bay Yoga

Dates: January 2 - February 6

Times: 6:30-9am (students must arrive by 7:30am)

8 students needed to run the program — Limited to 15 total.

"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." –Ryan

Practice Lab is a unique opportunity for students to deepen their personal, self-guided practice of asana, pranayama and mediation. Before the semester begins Ryan will meet with each student to assess objectives and strategies for practice. For some students, this will be a rough outline of a practice; for others it may be a specific sequence. In either case there will be a weekly dialogue between student and teacher to refine and enhance each students experience. Although everyone will work on his or her own practice during the Friday morning sessions, Ryan will be present in the room to give guidance, modifications, adjustments and instruction based on each student's needs.

This format is an great way to begin or refine a home practice, while still experiencing the support of a community and teacher. It is also a fantastic forum for teachers and teachers-in-training to collaborate in a unique practice environment.

Students should have at least 6 months consistent yoga practice before applying for this program.

Price: $125

Register

practice lab: Spring Semester
Back Bay Yoga

practice lab: Spring Semester

Fridays, 6:30-9am
Back Bay Yoga

Dates: March 5 - May 8

Times: 6:30-9am (students must arrive by 7:30am)

8 students needed to run the program — Limited to 15 total.

"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." –Ryan

Practice Lab is a unique opportunity for students to deepen their personal, self-guided practice of asana, pranayama and mediation. Before the semester begins Ryan will meet with each student to assess objectives and strategies for practice. For some students, this will be a rough outline of a practice; for others it may be a specific sequence. In either case there will be a weekly dialogue between student and teacher to refine and enhance each students experience. Although everyone will work on his or her own practice during the Friday morning sessions, Ryan will be present in the room to give guidance, modifications, adjustments and instruction based on each student's needs.

This format is an great way to begin or refine a home practice, while still experiencing the support of a community and teacher. It is also a fantastic forum for teachers and teachers-in-training to collaborate in a unique practice environment.

Students should have at least 6 months consistent yoga practice before applying for this program.

Price: $250

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Ryan Squared Fall Retreat
Dragonfly Yoga Barn, NH

Ryan Squared Fall Retreat

September 17 - 20, 2015
Dragonfly Yoga Barn
280 Bennett Street
North Sandwich, NH 03259

The woods of New Hampshire come into the peak of color towards the end 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 second annual fall retreat. Amenities & Activities include:

  • Three night stay in Dragonfly’s beautiful dorms
  • Opportunities for hiking, relaxing on the nearby river each afternoon
  • Two fantastically home cooked meals per day; vegetarian and gluten-free options available
  • Six yoga classes taught over the course of the weekend
  • Plenty of time to relax and enjoy the scenery!!!

Price: $675 before March 1, $775 after

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Writings

Ryan Cunningham, Yoga Teacher

My new program: practice lab.

In my first post, I posited that the job of a yoga teacher is to teach people how to practice on their own. I have long wondered whether public classes are the best way for people experience agency in a yoga practice.

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

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