What’s in a Name?

What’s in a name? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Humble as “reflecting, expressing, or offered in a spirit of deference or submission.” Further inquiry tells us that the root of this word is humus – the nutrient-rich component of soil. Merriam-Webster’s definition of Heart includes “the central or innermost part of something.”

With this in mind, Humble Hearts Yoga was named to reflect

  • humility, like humus, enables vigorous growth;
  • the heart center, the core of our being, is home to our sense of self.

The mission of Humble Hearts Yoga is to facilitate yoga practice that opens one to humility and a true sense of self, enabling balance, presence and peace through yoga.


Humble Hearts Yoga believes that yoga is accessible to every body. Can you breathe? Great! Then you can practice yoga! Yoga utilizes pranayama, breath control, to calm the body and the mind, the heart and the nervous system. Whether a restorative sequence or vinyasa flow, seated or on the mat, focus on the breath is the foundation of our practice. We begin with the breath and the postures follow, ultimately seeking sthira sukham asanam, strength and ease as we relax into each pose.


  • Customized one-on-one and small group yoga sessions in your home or office. Non-profit, senior and package rates are available.
  • Gentle Yoga Series at Newton Whole Health, 13 Highland Circle, Suite E, in Needham, on Tuesdays at 7pm. Registration required.
  • On a volunteer basis courtesy of Hands to Heart Center – Yoga for the People, a nonprofit organization that shares the healing practice of yoga with people affected by addiction, poverty & trauma in Greater Boston. FREE yoga class at Boston Public Library – Mattapan Branch, 1350 Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm – drop in basis.
  • In partnership with the Colonial House Inn in Weston, Vermont, an Introduction to Yoga weekend – geared to those who have little or no experience with this ancient practice.  Stay tuned for 2019 weekend dates.
  • Vinyasa flow or gentle yoga on a contract basis in local studios in and around greater Boston.
Contact Jeanne for more information on any of these offerings, or to schedule a complementary session.


“Jeanne won my appreciation from the first session! I had been away from my practice and joined Jeanne for a “Gentle Yoga Series” at Newton Whole Health (NWH). I immediately registered for the next session. The group is small and Jeanne is compassionate and attentive to individual needs. During our time together we stretch the body while relaxing the mind. I look forward to continuing sessions at NWH with Jeanne’s thoughtful guidance.” Mary C., Needham, MA

“Jeanne is an attentive and patient yoga instructor. In the classes I witnessed, the participants were largely beginners just getting introduced to the yoga practice. Jeanne was able to tailor her instruction to create a warm, supportive and welcoming atmosphere for the women. She made sure to offer alternatives to poses so that every participant could find something that suited their fitness level and always took the time to answer questions and address the unique needs of each individual. Jeanne did a great job making yoga accessible and fun for everyone!” Diane​ Q, Dorchester, MA​

“Jeanne’s yoga classes have added a relaxing touch to our Friday mornings. I am grateful for her patience and welcoming demeanor. She is attentive to everyone’s needs.” – Olga U, Newton, MA

“Jeanne is amazing! Firm yet gentle, she is a skillful and thoughtful professional who obviously cares deeply about ensuring a comfortable and enriching yoga experience for her class. ​She easily leads you from one ​phase​ to the next all the while- explaining, deepening and strengthening the ​practice​. I look forward to many more classes under Jeanne’s guidance and expertise.” ​Carole N, Newton, MA

“Jeanne provides a relaxing yoga experience where I feel all the tension in my muscles melt away.” Drew B, Newton, MA