The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul
create the symphony of life.
Yoga at the Yard is an extension of the Yard’s dedication to physical exploration,
experience and performance. As with the community class dance program, resident dancers and community
members come together to inhale, exhale and move. Alignment, breath and body awareness and community
are the guiding principles for all of our teachers. Classes are held in our open-air studio where
practitioners gaze out at trees and flowers as they find their own tree poses and lotuses. Downward dogs, not dogma. Yoga at the
Yard is directed by Mollie Doyle.
Kathy found yoga at a point in her life when she needed a change. She was at a crossroads in her work, relationships,
and life in general when she stumbled upon a class at The Standard Hotel in Miami Beach while visiting a friend. She was hooked.
When she returned to the Vineyard she began to take the time to search out new classes and teachers on the island.
Finally, she realized it was time to take the leap and enroll in teacher training. In 2009 she received her 200 hour certification
at Samasati in Costa Rica. She continued to gain experience at Jivamukti in New York, The Standard in Miami, and in training
with Rodney Yee.
In the Fall of 2010 she took it one step further and founded the Martha's Vineyard Yoga Festival, which now hosts nationally recognized
teachers from the east and west coasts. Now in its 3rd year, Kathy and her co-producer, Mollie Doyle, are thrilled to be offering
island teachers, residents and visitors a fresh take on the yoga experience. Kathy is honored to be a part of this year's
schedule at the Yard.
Mollie attended her first yoga class in 1990 when her mother took her to an Iyengar class in Providence, RI.
She was hooked enough to sign up for a month long service commitment at Kripalu. But it was too much too soon and she only
lasted there for two weeks! Then, in 1994, a friend dragged her to the original Jivamukti yoga studio on Second Avenue in
New York City. There she was inspired by both the physical dexterity and happy glow that Sharon Gannon, David Life and all
of their students exuded. Since then, Mollie has studied many forms of Hatha yoga – Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusura, Vinyasa
– with many masters – Sri K. Pattabi Jois, Richard Rosen, Ruth Lauer-Manenti. She is grateful to call her students,
Kristen Leigh and Barbara Verocchi of New York’s The Shala and Colleen Saidman and Rodney Yee of Sag Harbor’s Yoga Shanti
her teachers. Mollie continues to study with master teachers from around the country – Nikki Doane, Richard Freeman, and
Heidi Fokine to name a few. Mollie is Rodney Yee Certified, Yoga Shanti Certified and a member of the Yoga Teachers Alliance.
She is honored to be a member of the Martha’s Vineyard Yoga Collective, Co-Producer of the Martha’s Vineyard Yoga
Festival and is Director of Yoga at the Yard. Mollie’s classes focus on intelligent sequencing, linking breath to movement,
and building a practice that brings consciousness to the mind, ease to the body and light to the heart.
Before settling into family life and moving to Martha's Vineyard with her family, Sarah spent 10 years studying and
teaching yoga and vipassana meditation in Asia and Europe. What had started out as an interest in teaching therapeutic yoga
while working as a prosthetist, evolved into teaching various styles of Hatha yoga, to most recently teaching a slow gentle body-awareness
practice at 10 and 21 day vipassana meditation retreats, based on her own experience in yoga and mindfulness meditation. In her classes
Sarah shares these practices, seamlessly weaving a gentle Hatha yoga practice with the Buddhist teachings of Anapansati and Satipatthana -
Awareness of Breath and the Establishment of Mindfulness.
Jane's first yoga experience was on a snowy January day on Martha's Vineyard in 2001. She went back to class the next day and
never looked back. When she encountered Anusara Yoga in 2003 she knew she had found her heart's calling. Having completed her initial
200 hour training with Deb Neubauer in 2004, Jane began sharing her love for the art and science of yoga. Jane's 500 hours of study
with Anusara Yoga founder John Friend and other senior teachers illuminate her teaching. Her classes are inspiring, challenging, and fun
- and no two are ever alike. Jane's studies of Tantric yoga philosophy with Dr. Douglas Brooks and Dr. William Mahony elevate her
classes to a refined experience that simultaneously shifts the body, heart, and mind. Jane specializes in using Anusara alignment to
help people recover from injury and chronic pain conditions. A year round island resident and founding member of The Yoga Collective,
expect to move - and be moved - in Jane's Sunday 9AM class.