Roots Yoga Burlington

The team

In the winter of 2011 while working and traveling in corporate sales and marketing, Ginger made the decision to turn her love of teaching yoga part-time, into her full-time passion and by the start of summer she opened Roots Yoga. This decision led to a whole new sense of harmony and proved to be one that she, as well as so many have benefited from. Roots is just shy of it's decade mark of studio-ship, twelfth year with its ‘Roots on the Road’ Corporate Wellness branch. And is entering into its fourth year as an RYT200 Teacher Training School.

In the studio Ginger teaches from a place where she connects with her students on more than just a physical level. She teaches with her heart and inspires her students to use the lessons they learn on their mat outside of the studio. It is important to her to honor the ancient tradition of yoga, she weaves these messages into her class with fun, enthusiasm and flair. Ginger is open and approachable and aims to create supportive well-intentioned classes designed to leave students feeling invigorated, grounded, calm and connected.

In the corporate space Ginger and her team of instructors work with employees to find and maintain a well-rounded approach to feel less stressed, physically better in their bodies and more focused in the workplace. Yoga, meditation and stress management programs are designed to create ease in the physical body as well as the mind. All with the goal of increasing overall well-being in the workplace.

For Roots’ RYT200 teachers in training, Ginger has created a comprehensive curriculum spanned out over 10 months where she has assembled a faculty of top-notch trainers and is dedicated to teaching her students how to find their own unique teaching style while creating intelligently sequenced classes that are taught safely and where their personalities can shine.

Ginger is grateful to all of her students and credits all of the teachers she has studied under and with, for bringing balance to her life and happiness to her heart!

After my very first yoga class, I knew I had found something truly special and it quickly became a huge part my life. What originally drew me to yoga was hearing how yoga could improve my Rheumatoid Arthritis. Not only did I find yoga to be physically beneficial for my body, I had also found the powerful mental and spiritual benefits of the yoga practice. Because of yoga, I walk through the world with more integrity and grace and it has helped me realize who I truly am, what I like to do and how I like to live my life, “yoga is about being happy with where you are now as you are in this moment.”

Since yoga and the yogic lifestyle have become such a passion of mine, I completed my 200 hour teacher training through Prana Power Yoga. In addition, I completed the Balasana Kid’s Yoga Teacher Training in 2011, I am a trained and certified Itsy Bitsy Yoga® facilitator and am Reiki I attuned.

An interesting little fact about Tina is that she was Roots VERY FIRST yoga student on our opening weekend! Tina was already a certified Pilates and Barre instructor, but came to Roots with a desire to learn more about yoga and was instantly inspired to continue to practice and enjoy the community she found and fell in love with at Roots. Tina has just completed her RYT 200 Hour certification at Roots Yoga.

Tina is a wife, a mama to three daughters, one son, and her baby dog Weezy. Tina also works fulltime at Lahey Hospital in the Dept of Tranplant, helping patients get life saving kidney transplants. Tina understands the challenges of being a working mom and trying to find balance in a busy life.

Tina has a contagious energy and playful spirit that is an important part of her classes. During her Friday night Yoga and Pilates class she typically uses bands and balls to really work every part of the body - especially the core, but does it with a sense of humor especially when mixing up lefts and rights and telling new students it is the real judgement free zone! You may also hear a funny story or two about her mom, known as Nona and her big Italian family. Tina’s ultimate goal is to teach a well balanced class, with proper form and alignment, and make you smile and go home feeling better than when you arrived.

Julie started regularly attending power yoga classes for fitness in 2008. It didn’t take long for her to realize the many other benefits of yoga, including a lowered stress level and an overall feeling of happiness during and after a yoga class. Three months later she took a foundations training with YogaKids and began teaching children’s yoga at the preschool she worked at. Two years later while trying to encourage a friend to return to yoga, Julie attended her first Hatha Yoga Class. After three classes Julie realized this was the practice for her. Julie soon learned about a magical place called Rishikesh, India, the self proclaimed yoga capital of the world. On a whim she traveled there on her own for two weeks in December 2010. That short visit was life changing. As job circumstances changed in 2011, Julie traveled back to Rishikesh in September, 2011 to attend Rishikesh Yog Peeth. In November 2011 Julie completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training certification. Being trained in India was the most incredible and wonderful experience for her! Since her return Julie has been teaching studio classes, senior chair yoga and children’s yoga. In May 2012 Julie was hired to be a yoga research assistant for the Back to Health Study at Boston Medical. Center. In June 2014 Julie completed a 300 hour Yoga Therapy Training from YogaLife, New Hampshire. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 200, RYT 500 and RCYT. She has completed several shorter trainings:

  • Trauma Informed Yoga and Mindfulness for Children with Childlight Yoga
  • Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Training with Firefly International
  • Yoga and Mindfulness for Youth Athletes with Childlight Yoga
  • Meditation for Everyone Meditation Teacher Training with The Boston Buddha
  • One week Vinyasa yoga training with Sean Corn
  • Restorative Yoga training with Bo Forbes
  • Creative Relaxation Yoga Therapy for children with special needs- levels 1 and 2 with Louise Goldberg.

Julie goal in teaching in for everyone to feel as comfortable and safe as possible in her classes. She strives for each of her classes to be inclusive, accessible and as trauma Informed as possible. Her hope is for you to walk out out of class feeling better than you walked in.

After leaving my very first class I felt yoga had something more to offer than just another workout offered at the gym. I didn’t know what it was at the time. All I knew was that it felt good…really good…and that I wanted more! It’s been over a decade since that first class. During that time it has been my honor, and great pleasure, to meet so many remarkable yogis. My practice has expanded significantly through the teachings of several gifted instructors from diverse traditions including; Caroline Mallard, Krista Basis, Michelle Couris, Daniel Orlansky and Liz Owen. Many thanks go also to Renee Wilson for offering support and encouragement from a place of deep knowing and to Ginger Boermeester for her guidance and remarkable generosity.

In addition to being blessed with such extraordinary teachers, two significant life events have also deepened my connection to yoga. Several years ago yoga helped me to both accept and heal my physically injured body. Ultimately I was able to avoid a doctor recommended shoulder surgery. More recently, yoga played a central role in allowing me not only to endure, but to grow, flourish and give, during a life altering family matter.

Yoga has opened my life to a greater sense of calm, peace, ease, balance, strength, centeredness, joy and wellbeing. These are gifts I feel compelled to share, and so I enrolled in the The Yoga of Energy Flow 200-Hour Teacher Training, an experience for which I am overwhelmingly grateful. Drawing from Kundalini Yoga, Meridian Yoga, and Kali Ray TriYoga, Yoga of Energy Flow is a unique and transformative yoga method that integrates strength and flexibility training, energy cultivation, and awareness.

I am an open and approachable person and my classes are too. It would be my privilege to guide you through a class filled with positive energy, a focus on breath and body awareness. Come and calm the pace of your life, center and quiet your mind. Be present and connect with your mind, body and spirit. The benefits will overflow off your mat and into your life.

Stephanie’s love of yoga began 3 years ago on a whim. Being a fitness enthusiast and looking to try something new, she went to a Vinyasa class. Having no experience with yoga she didn’t know what to expect. What she found was that she was instantly hooked on how physically challenging Yoga could be. Not only did it challenge her, it also provided her with a sense of peace and clarity that no other form of exercise could. Twice weekly classes soon developed into a daily practice. As a busy mom of two boys and a long career as a makeup artist it was time to make a life change. What better of a change then to teach yoga to anyone willing to listen?

In June 2011 she completed her 200RYT with Jen Ryan and Nicole Bacon. She continued her learning through workshops and intensives taught by some of the communities leading teachers including Natasha Rizopoulos, Dominic Corigliano Kathryn Budig, Marc St Pierre, Krista and Brock Cahill, and Patricia Walden. After two years of teaching, Stephanie decided to enroll in another 200hr RYT finishing in June 2013. Studying again not only with Jen Ryan, but also with Kristen Olson and Greg McGowan. Believing in the yogic principle of Svadiyaya, self study, yoga is a life long practice where we continue to learn and grow. Stephanie’s classes are fun, energetic and light-hearted. There is a strong emphasis on building strength, body awareness, and breath. She encourages her students to try new things and challenge themselves, trusting the fact the we don’t know what we are capable of until we try.

Yoga is a very important part of my everyday life. It made me realize the importance of being balanced in all aspects of my day to day activities. If you stay present and live in the moment everything seems to feel better and lighter. Learning to focus on the moment allows you to let go of the past and not jump to the thoughts of what is coming next. Through the continued practice of yoga I try to create calmness, gratitude and an inner peace within myself that radiates to others around me.Teaching yoga is not a job but a passion. The practice allows you to escape your day to day life and refocus on yourself through breath and movement.

Yoga is not only a physical practice but it is a total body connection which deepens your awareness. As you continue your yoga journey your practice will deepen and every time you come to your mat your connection will become stronger. I have a 200 hour yoga certification and a 20 hour certification in alignment from the Yoga Loft. I continue to take workshops and practice yoga every week. With a busy life yoga keeps me focused on the importance of being happy with an open heart!

After taking an occasional yoga class, Caitlin discovered Power Yoga in 2004 and was hooked. Being a high energy person, this practice fit her lifestyle. Working full-time in a corporate marketing role and being a part-time runner, Caitlin discovered the practice of yoga not only provided incredible physical benefits, but created a pathway to the balance of mind and spirit. In realizing just how powerful the effects of yoga was on her during a transitional point in her life, she felt compelled to share the benefits of yoga in hopes of helping others find a balance, peace, and deeper part of themselves.

In 2005 Caitlin obtained her RYT 200 in Power Yoga after graduating from Open Doors Power Yoga Teacher Training in Weymouth, MA working with Richard Lanza, Jené Rossi and Shawn Cornelison. After starting her own family, she continued her education by obtaining certifications in pre- and post-natal yoga, yoga for brain disorders, and most recently earned her kids yoga certification with Kim Taylor. After relocating to the Burlington area, Caitlin soon found a new yoga community and is very excited to be part of the Roots family, both as an instructor and student. Caitlin also studied Meridian yoga with Daniel Orlansky and is Reiki I attuned.

I started practicing yoga in college. My practice has grown and changed over time with the constant factor of creating a sense of balance. Yoga is so beneficial on multiple levels. Yoga has the power to create communities, positive outcomes, and healing – both physically and emotionally. I am so happy that I have completed my 200 hour teacher training so that I can share all the beauty and peacefulness that yoga has taught me. My yoga training was a transformation of my life. I left my healthcare job to find balance in my life. I now incorporate ayurvedic practices, meditation, and reiki into my life regularly and I am so grateful for these transformational practices. Yoga has helped me connect with so many people and communities – it is amazing. I love that yoga is never stale, we are always learning, and everyday is different.

Growing up I was always physically active, participating in an array of activities such as dance classes, swimming, and gymnastics. However, my super mobile lifestyle had come to a halting stop when I was diagnosed with severe adult onset of scoliosis at the age of 20. This caused immense pain and strict physical limitations in my daily life, and even more so in my favorite physical activities. After having an extensive surgery with spinal fusion of my thoracic spine, I was left rigid, painful, and frustrated. I walked into Roots Yoga in 2013 where I met Ginger. After a few questions and coming into a simple Chair Pose, Ginger said, “You can do this!” So began my yoga journey.

All thanks to yoga, not long after meeting Ginger I could start engaging in a regular yoga routine; not only was I able to touch my toes, but I could twist through my thoracic spine! After having a yoga routine for 3 years, I felt that others, like me, needed to understand the benefits of yoga: mentally and physically. Overcoming the fear of pain was my biggest obstacle within my practice. With slow and gentle classes I was able to overcome that fear and advance in yoga, quickly falling in love with power classes. I decided in the summer of 2016 that I wanted to further my own practice and knowledge. I received my RYT200 at Health Yoga Life in Boston. I felt—and still feel—inspired to help guide others with their yoga practice through my teaching. Yoga has been life-changing for me in my spinal recovery and even in my daily life outside of the studio with lessons learned of compassion, forgiveness, kindness, and love for myself as well as for others. I hope you will take the next step in your journey by joining me in mine here at Root’s Yoga.

Lisa is a mom, runner, Maynard James Keenan (musician) devotee, world class multi-tasker and former zoo keeper who found her way to Roots for the first time in 2012 when she was looking for a good workout. As her practice developed it was the spiritual side -the ability to quiet the mind, find stillness and connection that kept her coming back. She soon found Yoga to be a constant practice with limitless opportunity to grow and explore. Wanting to share her experience and always wanting to learn more led her to complete her 200 hour RYT at Mantra Yoga Studio under Marlena Bruno and Raghunath Cappo. She is honored to return to Roots to guide others through their practice. Lisa will guide students through a dynamic practice balancing effort and ease as well as pushing your edge while staying true to yourself. She uses creative sequencing and a spirit of playfulness in her classes that will leave you feeling balanced and strong in mind, body and spirit.

Shannon fell in love with yoga in 2009. Initially, yoga was purely a physical practice and a way for her to get her body back into shape after having her first child. Although she immediately fell in love with the physical practice, along the way she also fell in love with the deeper emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga and it has changed her life immensely. In her classes, Shannon will challenge you to find your edge but also honor your body. She doesn’t like to take herself too seriously, but she does take her playlists very seriously. You can always count on a fun playlist to accompany your journey through her class. Shannon’s goal is to inspire you to grow physically, mentally and spiritually and for you to take the benefits of your yoga practice with you off your mat.

Yoga was on-and-off a part of my life from my late teens and strictly for the “workout” until I stepped into the Roots Yoga studio in Burlington, MA in December 2014 and truly found yoga. Yoga is not just about the physical practice of asana (poses) and it’s certainly not about being the most flexible person in the room. Yoga is about your mind-body connection, your strength and your well-being, and its practiced on and off the yoga mat. After experiencing first-hand the true gift that a yoga practice can be to your life, I began considering yoga teacher training to safely and knowledgeably bring yoga into the lives of those I love most. I completed my 200 hour Hatha (with a focus on Vinyasa) Yoga Teacher Training at Roots Yoga, and I am forever grateful to breadth of training, which has provided me with the opportunity, knowledge, confidence, and strength to become a yoga teacher. In my classes I hope to cultivate a connection to breath and strength in the body and mind. You’ll find creative sequences tailored to the class level, peaceful and playful music, and a yoga teacher with your mind-body connection their top priority when you meet me on the mat!

April initially discovered Hatha yoga in the early 2000s at her local gym in her home city of Lowell, Massachusetts. However, life moved her closer to the city of Boston and April lost touch with her yoga practice and fixated on weightlifting and cardiovascular exercise at the new gym she joined.

In 2015, April gave birth to her first son and soon after was discovered to have postpartum depression. Her best friend stepped in and coaxed her to join her for a vinyasa class at her local yoga studio. The rest is history. The practice of yoga aided in her recovery from postpartum depression and then postpartum anxiety after the birth of her second son in 2018.

April received her RYT-200 certification studying under Ginger Boermeester. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of her yoga teacher training with Roots Yoga in Burlington, MA (RYS).

April loves to explore diverse movements that challenge and soothe the body and the mind allowing students to find their edge and evolve their practice. She is a firm believer in inclusivity, equality and bringing the practice of yoga to all. Ensuring students feel safe and comfortable with her is the highest priority. When she is not practicing or teaching yoga, she’s playing outside with her two sons, Ian and Patrick, walking her dogs or indulging in re-runs of ‘Parks & Rec’ and ‘Big Mouth’.

Meghan reconnected with her own moving meditation during a weeklong yoga retreat in the Bahamas in 2016. She continued her soul search with 30 consecutive days of yoga including Kundalini, Ashtanga, Yin, Vinyasa, Power, Hatha, and Core with as many instructors as she could experience. Practicing yoga gives her the strength to breathe through anything, to move her energy where it belongs, and most importantly to be kind to herself.

Yoga ignites Meghan’s inner power and creativity, integrating music while building heat within the body. Her teaching style is playful, encouraging, and free flowing, creating a safe space to sweat and surrender. “Study thy self, discover the divine” II.44—Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

Meghan completed her RYT200 with Ginger Boermeester at Roots in 2020.

Abby found yoga in 2012 and has been practicing ever since. Her first ever beginners class left her feeling calm, centered and craving that sense of peacefulness and bliss that she had never before experienced. Yoga has become her foundation through all of life’s ups and down. Stepping onto her mat feels like home, a place to come back to her body and herself.

Back in college, Abby’s friend gifted her a yoga mat and a yoga DVD. The yoga mat and DVD collected dust in the corner for years because Abby was always too scared to try yoga. She was afraid she wasn’t fit enough or flexible enough or “Zen” enough to do yoga. What Abby has come to learn over the years is that you don’t have to be any of these things because your yoga practice meets you where you are. Abby’s only regret is that she hadn’t put that dusty mat to use long before 2012! After 7 years of practice and falling in love with yoga and the Roots Yoga Community, Abby decided to dive into teacher training in 2019 with a goal of sharing the magic of yoga with others in a world that so desperately needs grounding and connection.

Abby always rolls out her mat with a beginner’s mindset because you never know what you can learn about yoga, about your body and about your mind while practicing. The beauty of the practice is that there’s always room to grow and to evolve. Your yoga practice is what you make it. There’s no competition and no judgment. Abby’s goal is to bring a balance of energy and calm to her classes, creating a well-rounded experience for beginners and seasoned yogis alike. In this face-paced, buzzing world, it’s amazing what just a few minutes of mindful movement and thoughtful breathing can do for our souls.