Life is messy. Yoga can help.

Through yoga practice you can learn to balance outer engagement with inner nourishment, so you don't end up depleted and burned out. It's a continual practice of compassionate self-awareness that invites you into deep relationship with your own heart, not to mention your body and mind.

As you take time to be in relationship with yourself, your other relationships--with partners, friends, children, co-workers, community members--will, of course, benefit. I've heard this phenomenon described as "Drink while you pour"...or "Put on your own oxygen mask first".

Yoga teaches us concrete skills and practices so we can learn to pause, to better respond rather than react, to zoom out and see the big picture. Over time yoga also helps us heal from past wounds and trauma, enacting deep personal growth that allows us to show up more and more clearly in our lives. I am passionate about teaching these skills in relatable, practical ways, while still staying true to the roots of the yoga tradition.

I teach yoga practices and mindfulness skills that fuel your inner growth and resiliency, with the larger aim of catalyzing positive transformation in the world. 

Molly has taught me to think about yoga in a much deeper way. In her classes, I’ve learned to connect with myself physically, mentally, and spiritually. She creates space for her students to heal, reflect, and take care of themselves.
— Ava, College Student

What To Expect When You Work With Me

These are some words my students have used to describe me: 

  • "honest, warm, and heartfelt"

  • "supportive and welcoming"

  • "open, honest, humble"

  • "clear, direct no b.s. teaching"

  • "knowledgeable, studious"

And my personal favorite:

  • "glittery with depth"

Seriously. That about sums me up.

My classes combine physical rigor with attention to detail, balanced by humor, mythic stories, and a discerning spiritual philosophy.

You might also expect a healthy dose of:

  • geeking out on anatomy

  • relating what we're doing on the mat to our lives off the mat

  • options, variations, reminders to do what's best for your body

  • contemplations that linger after practice

  • camaraderie and community

  • the occasional eruption of laughter

I always encourage you to listen to your own body's needs, and use Yoga Consent Cards in any class in which I offer hands-on assists.

Teaching Vrkshasana (Tree Pose) at Community Yoga.

Teaching Vrkshasana (Tree Pose) at Community Yoga.

Getting goofy with the 2016 Yoga Teacher Trainees.

Getting goofy with the 2016 Yoga Teacher Trainees.

Breaking down shoulder alignment in a workshop called Warrior Wisdom.

Breaking down shoulder alignment in a workshop called Warrior Wisdom.

My Professional Bio & Qualifications

Molly Kitchen (E-RYT 200, RYT 500) has been teaching alignment-based yoga with skill and passion since 2009. In 2016 she completed her 500-Hour certification at the San Marcos School of Yoga. She has also specifically studied Anusara Yoga, Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY), Purna Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, non-dual Tantric philosophy, and Ayurvedic herbal and lifestyle practices.

Molly's yoga teaching is infused with clarity, humor, and heart. Her classes combine physical rigor with attention to detail, balanced by humor, mythic stories, and a discerning spiritual philosophy. Using precise alignment instruction and inspiring philosophy, she creates an environment that invites her students to connect with the wisdom of their hearts.

She offers local and online classes, a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, one-on-one private yoga lessons, and the occasional specialized workshop or retreat. In addition, she teaches weekly classes and offers staff/faculty enrichment workshops at several local universities. Finally, she has been the yoga instructor for several distinct yoga research projects studying the effects of yoga on those who have experienced complex trauma.

Molly is a strong practitioner and committed student, continually deepening her knowledge of somatic & spiritual exploration. She has been blessed to study with great teachers, and has been particularly influenced by Christina Sell, Gioconda Parker, Sara Rose Page, and Amy Reed. 

As the founder & director of Adhikara Yoga School, she is dedicated to integrating social justice values into the teaching curriculum in order to inspire and mentor the next generation of yoga teachers. She also created Yoga Consent Cards as a simple and profound tool to allow students to choose whether or not they'd like to receive hands-on assists from teachers. 

Molly is also a plant lover and community herbalist, an improvisational dancer, a cycling enthusiast and a total amateur at playing Ultimate Frisbee. She lives with her wonderful husband, Joshua, in Western Massachusetts.

Training Details:

2014-2016: 500-hour Alchemy of Flow & Form Teacher Training with Christina Sell & Gioconda Parker

2015: 40-hour Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training with David Emerson & Jenn Turner, PhD.

2013-2014: Yoga Sanctuary Teacher’s Training Assistant, 200 hour YTT

2011-2012: 2nd 200-hour training: Yoga Sanctuary's Anusara Inspired YTT

2008-2009: Purna College of Yoga 200-hour Yoga Teacher’s Training, Washington; Purna Yoga Intensive, Hawaii Island.