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.

Philosophy and Mission

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.

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.


  • Gentle Yoga Series at Newton Whole Health, in Needham, had been suspended through December 2020. The gentle yoga classes have moved to a virtual space, over Zoom, offered weekly on Tuesday evenings at 7pm. An added benefit is that class recordings are shared with participants to supplement their home practice. If this is something of interest, or you’d like to learn more, please reach out to Jeanne.
  • 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 future weekend dates.
  • Customized one-on-one and small group yoga sessions in your home or office. Non-profit, senior and package rates are available.
  • 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.