Laura Loewy: Founder & CEO
I created Backcountry Yoga as a passion project to help offer new and exciting ways to connect with other yogis in the great outdoors. I am an alumni of the National Outdoor Leadership School, a trained Wilderness First Responder and certified in vinyasa & teen yoga.
I am focused on offering experiences that make you feel alive. Through soul empowered adventure I seek to uncover the inner bad ass inside of everyone I meet. If you need some life changing shake up... that includes getting dirty... and connecting with the earth! I'm your girl ;) Can't wait to meet you on the trail!
Jen has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and completed her 200 hour training at Back Bay Yoga (now YogaWorks Back Bay) in Boston. She has a lighthearted and playful style that is accessible to everyone. Her classes have a strong emphasis on mindfulness and alignment, while encouraging curiosity, kindness, self-compassion, and listening to one’s own body. She believes that yoga can be a very powerful form of self-discovery, and that it offers lessons for how to cope and thrive through all of life’s ups and downs.
Jen is passionate about combining her love for yoga with nature, travel, and adventure. Growing up in rural New Hampshire, she spent her childhood exploring the acres of woods behind her home with her family, playing at the shores of the nearby swamp with her best friend, or just laying on a boulder or a hammock underneath the canopy of the forest. She feels the most at peace when in nature, and wants to help inspire others to find that same connection with the earth.
Jen's completed additional training in mindfulness meditation and restorative yoga, and she loves to infuse her love of music into her indoor yoga classes by creating fun and unique playlists. In her spare time, Jen loves experimenting with healthy cooking, reading and learning as much as possible, seeking new experiences, seeing live music, and creating art.
Originally from Canada, Krista first started playing outside hiking, cross-country skiing and biking in the Gatineau Hills outside Ottawa. She's done triathlons, ultra distance bike races, Ironman races and crazy 50 and 100 mile trail runs up and over mountains. She now likes to slow it down and take time to breathe in and enjoy the view. Krista also teaches and studies various styles of yoga but loves to take it out of the studio. She'll do pretty much anything if you double dog dare her and believes ice cream should be a food group. Krista also speaks Spanish and French.
Courtney ignites you to strengthen your core and find your balance on and off the mat. She works to fire your devotion to practice. The asana practice she offers is to help you connect you're pranayama and prathyara to explore your path. Courtney uses her training to help her practioners discover a pieces of themselves previously unttainable. She works to strengthen your core and finding your balance to help navigate life.
Over 15 years ago, Courtney started her yoga path at Moksha Yoga in Chicago. She was introduced to itegrating the yoga sutras by Daren Friesen. This led her to connect body, breath, and movement with the mind. She incorporates the sutras into life.
She began her study of teaching yoga with Street Yoga in San Diego. This lead her to explore more about the body and movement and trauma with Bes Van Der Kolk at Kripalu yoga center. She studied 200 hour training at Chakra Power Yoga with Nicole Burrill and Tim Kelleher.
Balance .....Breathe...Core ...
Lexie Van Der Beek
Lexie Van Der Beek, a native of Boston, grew up hiking in the Middlesex Fells and all over New Hampshire and Vermont. One of her favorite hikes is hiking up Cannon Mt on a fall day, sometimes ending with a stop at the Woodstock Inn and Brew Station after! She also enjoys teaching hot yoga, playing soccer, and hanging out with her family and dog. When she is not outside she can usually be found in local libraries devouring any books she can get her hands on, recently reading lots of non-fiction and suspense novels. She also enjoys skiing both downhill and cross-country in the winter, and swimming in secret watering holes in the summer. Random items on her bucket list include taking a train ride across Canada and traveling to Kenya to see the great migration.