My Approach to the Practice of Yoga
My classes are informed by an intelligent combination of lineages, as I prefer to avoid the confines of operating within any single yoga method. Read more about my approach!
A Unique Approach to Vinyasa Yoga
By the age of 30 I was living in Las Vegas, working long hours in the fast-paced mortgage industry and spending most evenings at a casino poker table—immersed in a shallow, unhealthy and materialistic lifestyle. I eventually hired a personal trainer who stressed the importance of diet, sleep, exercise, posture, and attitude. From there, it didn’t take long for me to land at the local yoga studio where the blend of an intense physical practice paired with useful philosophical perspective resonated with me in a very profound way.
Since relocating to Boston in 2009, I have continued to study primarily under the guidance and leadership of Natasha Rizopoulos, Ame Wren, and Raghunath Cappo. I strive to combine the technical and energetic benefits of the practice into every class and workshop I lead. I provide space for rigorous movement and steady breathing inspired by the Ashtanga and Baptiste methods, along with a detailed exploration of the technical components of the yoga postures inspired by the Iyengar and Anusara methods. Expect to journey toward your edge and be challenged, but in a way that is manageable, interesting, and deeply satisfying.
In addition to completing well over 500 hours of formal training with many master teachers, I hold an undergraduate degree in business from Northeastern University and an MBA from Babson College.
Training & Teachers
- 30 hour Yin Yoga teacher training with Josh Summers at North End Yoga (2017)
- Down Under School of Yoga 300 hour teacher training program, led by Natasha Rizopoulos and co-taught by Barbara Benagh, Peter Crowley, Masaaki Okamura, Kate O’Donnell, and other members of the Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Iyengar Faculty (2015-2016)
- 25 hour advanced immersion for teachers with Raghunath Cappo at Back Bay Yoga (2014)
- YogaWorks 200 hour teacher training program led by Natasha Rizopoulos at Down Under School of Yoga (2012-2013)
- Eternally grateful to my very first teachers who introduced me to this practice while I lived in Las Vegas in the 2000s: Sasha Larkin, Rachael Sellars, Karen Lane, and Shawn Hughes
- Inspired by my time spent learning from the following additional teachers during workshops, immersions, and public classes throughout many years: Ame Wren, Renee LeBlanc, David Swenson, Tim Miller, Richard Freeman, Sri Dharma Mittra, Kino MacGregor, David Regelin, Christina Sell, Marc St. Pierre, Elena Brower, Patricia Walden, Julie Gudmestad, Coeli Marsh, Jason Crandall, and so many more...
I love challenging, sweaty flow classes, and typically there are an expected set of poses and movements to get your body moving. Ben’s class has all the things you might wish for, but in addition, he is masterful at guiding you step-by-step into some unique pose that your body has never experienced. He brings a level of creativity to his teaching that makes each class new and different. He does it with patience, grace, and the right dose of humor, recognizing that each student will achieve what is right for them. As a new yogi (I’ve only been practicing for a year), I have always felt welcome and challenged, but never overwhelmed.- Sarah Spitz