Our Team

By living the ethos of yoga on and off the mat, we seek to inspire others to build better lives, families, businesses & communities.


Founders

ELISAR HARES, ESQ.   Co-founder & CEO, RYT 200   A former corporate lawyer turned yogi, Elisar founded Aria in order to share the immense benefits of yoga and meditation that she experienced in her own life. Elisar has completed Yoga Alliance Certified teaching programs in two disciplines, power vinyasa and PranaVayu. In addition, Elisar completed training programs in inner engineering, Surya Kriya, meditation, and Ayurvedic healing modalities through the Isha Center for Inner Sciences and the Chopra Center.  Elisar took her first yoga class in 2001 and was immediately drawn to the practice for its ability to soothe both the body and the mind. She went on to graduate from Wellesley College and Northeastern Law School, during which time her practice became sporadic. By the time she completed her federal clerkship and found herself working at law firm, she was out of shape, and suffering from insomnia and anxiety. Elisar returned to the practice of yoga in earnest in 2013, and transitioned out of law and into the wellness industry two years later. Before Aria, she managed a local yoga studio.  Today, Elisar focuses on living the ethos of yoga both on and off the mat. Through her own actions and those of Aria, Elisar hopes to inspire others to live an authentic and joyous life. Elisar's classes are challenging, yet accessible, with a focus on breath work, self-care, and most importantly, self acceptance.

ELISAR HARES, ESQ.

Co-founder & CEO, RYT 200

A former corporate lawyer turned yogi, Elisar founded Aria in order to share the immense benefits of yoga and meditation that she experienced in her own life. Elisar has completed Yoga Alliance Certified teaching programs in two disciplines, power vinyasa and PranaVayu. In addition, Elisar completed training programs in inner engineering, Surya Kriya, meditation, and Ayurvedic healing modalities through the Isha Center for Inner Sciences and the Chopra Center.

Elisar took her first yoga class in 2001 and was immediately drawn to the practice for its ability to soothe both the body and the mind. She went on to graduate from Wellesley College and Northeastern Law School, during which time her practice became sporadic. By the time she completed her federal clerkship and found herself working at law firm, she was out of shape, and suffering from insomnia and anxiety. Elisar returned to the practice of yoga in earnest in 2013, and transitioned out of law and into the wellness industry two years later. Before Aria, she managed a local yoga studio.

Today, Elisar focuses on living the ethos of yoga both on and off the mat. Through her own actions and those of Aria, Elisar hopes to inspire others to live an authentic and joyous life. Elisar's classes are challenging, yet accessible, with a focus on breath work, self-care, and most importantly, self acceptance.

SID GOVINDAN, M.D.   Co-founder & CMO   Sid is a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and a director at QPID Health, a Boston based start-up. Growing up, Sid credits his parents with some of his earliest introductions to spirituality. He remembers an influential Indian guru from his childhood, who opened his eyes to the power and beauty that can come from stilling one's mind. Ever since, he has made controlling the inner reaction, rather than trying to control the external content of a situation, a lifelong goal.  Sid attended NYU Medical School after majoring in computer science and completing pre-med courses at Yale University, and dedicated his education toward the goal of helping people. He is encouraged by the realization that while medical sciences continue to evolve and create more effective technologies, treatments, and cures, full-spectrum health and well-being cannot be realized without utilizing the inner energy that powers our body and mind.  Sid co-founded Aria in order to bridge the gap between modern medicine and often overlooked and under-appreciated techniques that utilize our inner engineering, such as yoga and meditation. Through his work, Sid hopes to enrich the lives of others and grow in his own spiritual development - as a physician, scientist, and most importantly, as a compassionate individual.

SID GOVINDAN, M.D.

Co-founder & CMO

Sid is a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and a director at QPID Health, a Boston based start-up. Growing up, Sid credits his parents with some of his earliest introductions to spirituality. He remembers an influential Indian guru from his childhood, who opened his eyes to the power and beauty that can come from stilling one's mind. Ever since, he has made controlling the inner reaction, rather than trying to control the external content of a situation, a lifelong goal.

Sid attended NYU Medical School after majoring in computer science and completing pre-med courses at Yale University, and dedicated his education toward the goal of helping people. He is encouraged by the realization that while medical sciences continue to evolve and create more effective technologies, treatments, and cures, full-spectrum health and well-being cannot be realized without utilizing the inner energy that powers our body and mind.

Sid co-founded Aria in order to bridge the gap between modern medicine and often overlooked and under-appreciated techniques that utilize our inner engineering, such as yoga and meditation. Through his work, Sid hopes to enrich the lives of others and grow in his own spiritual development - as a physician, scientist, and most importantly, as a compassionate individual.


Staff & Instructors

Lauren Darien   Director of Customer Experience   Growing up with a Buddhist father and an Herbalist mother, Lauren was exposed to a wide variety of teaching on healing and spirituality. While working with holistic solutions to mental and physical well being has been a lifelong pursuit, she officially got into the wellness industry in 2010, after completing a 600 hour Massage Certification in Colorado. Now, in her free time, she creates and sells malas and other spiritual tools.  At Aria, Lauren is excited to be able to combine her 15 years of customer service experience with her firm belief that yoga and meditation should be accessible for everyone and everyBODY.

Lauren Darien

Director of Customer Experience

Growing up with a Buddhist father and an Herbalist mother, Lauren was exposed to a wide variety of teaching on healing and spirituality. While working with holistic solutions to mental and physical well being has been a lifelong pursuit, she officially got into the wellness industry in 2010, after completing a 600 hour Massage Certification in Colorado. Now, in her free time, she creates and sells malas and other spiritual tools.

At Aria, Lauren is excited to be able to combine her 15 years of customer service experience with her firm belief that yoga and meditation should be accessible for everyone and everyBODY.

Emily Chandra   E-RYT 200   Emily's classes combine a fluid expression of asanas, with an accessible approach to the spiritual foundation of yoga. Emily completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2014. With a foundation in heated vinyasa and Baptiste style flow, her classes are designed to be accessible to all levels.  In 2011, Emily received her Bachelors in Dance, fueling her passion for creative sequencing and dance-like motion as well as an anatomical approach. Emily believes wholeheartedly that the practice of movement and spirituality can change one's life, that each person has the right to fulfill their bliss, and this is what she sets out to teach her students. To learn more about Emily, visit her  website .

Emily Chandra

E-RYT 200

Emily's classes combine a fluid expression of asanas, with an accessible approach to the spiritual foundation of yoga. Emily completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2014. With a foundation in heated vinyasa and Baptiste style flow, her classes are designed to be accessible to all levels.

In 2011, Emily received her Bachelors in Dance, fueling her passion for creative sequencing and dance-like motion as well as an anatomical approach. Emily believes wholeheartedly that the practice of movement and spirituality can change one's life, that each person has the right to fulfill their bliss, and this is what she sets out to teach her students. To learn more about Emily, visit her website.

Amy Curtis   RYT 200   Coming from an life of competitive sports and a fast-paced demanding career, Amy had always been in search for something that would help her create balance in life. Amy’s yoga practice initially began as a means to offer a complimentary alternative to other fitness regiments, but quickly deepened into what she had always been looking for. Yoga has served Amy as an opportunity for introspection, self-care, gratitude, compassion, trust, and furthering her spiritual practice. Passionate her in teachings, Amy strives to create a space that will help students of all levels blend movement and consciousness to live in their brightest light.  Amy completed her 200-hour teaching training through Boston Yoga School Under the Direction of Ame Wren and Brenna Matthews. She continues to be a dedicated student and is beyond grateful for all of her mentors who continue to inspire her through her journey in life.  Off the mat Amy enjoys activities that will allow her to experience nature, traveling, cooking, and dance. Amy is also a reiki practitioner.

Amy Curtis

RYT 200

Coming from an life of competitive sports and a fast-paced demanding career, Amy had always been in search for something that would help her create balance in life. Amy’s yoga practice initially began as a means to offer a complimentary alternative to other fitness regiments, but quickly deepened into what she had always been looking for. Yoga has served Amy as an opportunity for introspection, self-care, gratitude, compassion, trust, and furthering her spiritual practice. Passionate her in teachings, Amy strives to create a space that will help students of all levels blend movement and consciousness to live in their brightest light.

Amy completed her 200-hour teaching training through Boston Yoga School Under the Direction of Ame Wren and Brenna Matthews. She continues to be a dedicated student and is beyond grateful for all of her mentors who continue to inspire her through her journey in life.

Off the mat Amy enjoys activities that will allow her to experience nature, traveling, cooking, and dance. Amy is also a reiki practitioner.

 
Meagan Donoghue   RYT 200   Meagan was introduced to yoga, meditation, and holistic living at young age by her mother. Having experienced the benefits of yoga in her own life, Meagan knew she wanted to share the practice with others. In 2015, Meagan completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training.  Meagan has found that yoga helps balance many aspects of her life both on, and off, the mat. She's gained a deeper sense of self, focus, and an ability to go with the flow.  Meagan's approach to teaching is one of inclusion, exploration, and a bit of fun! With a focus on breath, movement, and finding connection in moments of stillness, Meagan guides classes where students are encouraged to leave with a sense of peace, rejuvenation, and smiles on their faces.

Meagan Donoghue

RYT 200

Meagan was introduced to yoga, meditation, and holistic living at young age by her mother. Having experienced the benefits of yoga in her own life, Meagan knew she wanted to share the practice with others. In 2015, Meagan completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training.

Meagan has found that yoga helps balance many aspects of her life both on, and off, the mat. She's gained a deeper sense of self, focus, and an ability to go with the flow.

Meagan's approach to teaching is one of inclusion, exploration, and a bit of fun! With a focus on breath, movement, and finding connection in moments of stillness, Meagan guides classes where students are encouraged to leave with a sense of peace, rejuvenation, and smiles on their faces.

Laura Mooney   RYT 200   With tight hips and a bit of apprehension, Laura took her first vinyasa yoga class in 2011. She quickly began to crave the relief it provided her body (too much running, too little stretching!), as well as the clarity and inner awareness that comes along with spending time on the mat. Since then, she has fallen in love with how truly transformational the practice is – physically, mentally, and emotionally. Knowing that every day is different, her mat is a place to celebrate happiness, seek solace, and everything in between.  Completing her 200 hour teacher training in 2015, Laura’s classes focus on the importance of cultivating self-love, while combining attention to the breath with a fluid flow. She enjoys teaching students of all levels by offering various modifications – with the focus on  practice  not perfection!  Off the mat, Laura is pursuing a graduate degree in Mental Health Counseling at Lesley University.

Laura Mooney

RYT 200

With tight hips and a bit of apprehension, Laura took her first vinyasa yoga class in 2011. She quickly began to crave the relief it provided her body (too much running, too little stretching!), as well as the clarity and inner awareness that comes along with spending time on the mat. Since then, she has fallen in love with how truly transformational the practice is – physically, mentally, and emotionally. Knowing that every day is different, her mat is a place to celebrate happiness, seek solace, and everything in between.

Completing her 200 hour teacher training in 2015, Laura’s classes focus on the importance of cultivating self-love, while combining attention to the breath with a fluid flow. She enjoys teaching students of all levels by offering various modifications – with the focus on practice not perfection!

Off the mat, Laura is pursuing a graduate degree in Mental Health Counseling at Lesley University.

Jill Rodgers   RYT 200   Jill took her first yoga class in college, but it was years before she cultivated a regular student. She was initially amazed by how many physical elements are integrated during the practice (breath, balance, flexibility, strength) but grew to love as well the power of re-establishing the mind-body connection.  She loves teaching yoga, helping her students tap into the aspects of yoga most important to them. Jill earned her RYT-200 from Mimi Loureiro at O2 Yoga. She has completed additional trainings with Firefly Yoga International (trauma-informed yoga) and Five Points Yoga (prenatal yoga). Her athletic, creative sequences are rooted in the astanga system, incorporating careful attention to alignment and the linking of movement and breath. Jill likes to shape her classes around a particular posture, exploring the mechanics and anatomical focus in a variety of ways. She always teaches progressively, so that both new and advanced practitioners can explore the asanas to the extent of their own abilities.  When she's not living that yoga life, Jill's interests include food, filmmaking, and feminism. She is also a freelance marketing maven.

Jill Rodgers

RYT 200

Jill took her first yoga class in college, but it was years before she cultivated a regular student. She was initially amazed by how many physical elements are integrated during the practice (breath, balance, flexibility, strength) but grew to love as well the power of re-establishing the mind-body connection.

She loves teaching yoga, helping her students tap into the aspects of yoga most important to them. Jill earned her RYT-200 from Mimi Loureiro at O2 Yoga. She has completed additional trainings with Firefly Yoga International (trauma-informed yoga) and Five Points Yoga (prenatal yoga). Her athletic, creative sequences are rooted in the astanga system, incorporating careful attention to alignment and the linking of movement and breath. Jill likes to shape her classes around a particular posture, exploring the mechanics and anatomical focus in a variety of ways. She always teaches progressively, so that both new and advanced practitioners can explore the asanas to the extent of their own abilities.

When she's not living that yoga life, Jill's interests include food, filmmaking, and feminism. She is also a freelance marketing maven.

Sydney Stuberg   RYT 200   From a young age, Sydney had always been drawn to health and fitness. As a child, she would bike with her dad while he trained for marathons and alternate between various sports. Later on, running and snowboarding quickly became her favorite way to exercise, until at age 19 when she tore a ligament in her knee. At that point, it became clear it was time to find a more sustainable practice that would aid in the recovery process and that would still be effective in overall strength building. That was when Sydney turned to yoga, which she had been practicing weekly as a stress-relief activity in high school.  After educating herself a bit more on what yoga as a whole entailed, she immediately came to love the practice, which can be greatly attributed to being inspired by so many wonderfully talented and knowledgeable yoga practitioners out there. One of the greatest appeals, of course, was the variety of physical and mental benefits yoga offered; increased strength, flexibility, circulation, reduced stress… But even beyond that, the fact that yoga is a practice Sydney knew she could take with her and continue for the rest of her life. To her, the most incredible aspect of yoga is the fact that it is one of the few practices that you can continue to improve at with age on physical, mental, and spiritual levels.  Sydney was certified as an RYT-200 Vinyasa instructor in 2016. Since then she has obtained her SPA Yoga Certification in 2017, has attended various yoga retreats and workshops, taught regularly at studios, private classes, and more! She is always open to sharing the authentic side of her yoga journey and helping others improve their practice on all levels, which can be followed on her Instagram: @yogawithsyd

Sydney Stuberg

RYT 200

From a young age, Sydney had always been drawn to health and fitness. As a child, she would bike with her dad while he trained for marathons and alternate between various sports. Later on, running and snowboarding quickly became her favorite way to exercise, until at age 19 when she tore a ligament in her knee. At that point, it became clear it was time to find a more sustainable practice that would aid in the recovery process and that would still be effective in overall strength building. That was when Sydney turned to yoga, which she had been practicing weekly as a stress-relief activity in high school.

After educating herself a bit more on what yoga as a whole entailed, she immediately came to love the practice, which can be greatly attributed to being inspired by so many wonderfully talented and knowledgeable yoga practitioners out there. One of the greatest appeals, of course, was the variety of physical and mental benefits yoga offered; increased strength, flexibility, circulation, reduced stress… But even beyond that, the fact that yoga is a practice Sydney knew she could take with her and continue for the rest of her life. To her, the most incredible aspect of yoga is the fact that it is one of the few practices that you can continue to improve at with age on physical, mental, and spiritual levels.

Sydney was certified as an RYT-200 Vinyasa instructor in 2016. Since then she has obtained her SPA Yoga Certification in 2017, has attended various yoga retreats and workshops, taught regularly at studios, private classes, and more! She is always open to sharing the authentic side of her yoga journey and helping others improve their practice on all levels, which can be followed on her Instagram: @yogawithsyd