Michelle discovered yoga while searching for relief from back pain from a desk job and a stressful life raising 3 small children. Achieving her RYT-200 hour status in 2015 has been life changing for her.
Michelle has a new found sense of happiness and patience as a wife and mom. Her goal is to share this amazing feeling with her community. Her classes are designed to strengthen the body, connect the soul and quiet the mind by paying close attention to our breath and body.
Michelle's intention is to let go of the past, surrender to the future and empower the present moment. When we pay attention to our body, our body will take care itself. Michelle's inspirations are Wayne Dyer, Lao Lzu, Abraham Hicks and Eckhart Tolle.
Having been interested in the potential benefits of yoga and meditation for some time, Kev's practice finally manifested at a time when his heart and mind were calling for it most. He found in his practice not just an amazing tribe of people, but also a shift in the way he was thinking and feeling. Kev credits his yoga journey with helping to change his perception of the world, the people in it, and even of himself.
Kev tries to live each day doing as little harm as possible, connecting with nature, and enjoying a simple, carefree existence. He aims to guide his classes toward a calm, quiet, meditative state, allowing them the space to explore within their bodies, tune into their breath, and find refuge from the constant ups and downs of daily life.
Megan's yoga practice began in 2009 when she decided to try a yoga class at a local gym in an effort to lose weight and find a more active lifestyle. Yoga helped Megan meet her weight loss and fitness goals and along the journey, Megan began to see how much more yoga meant in her life than exercise for the physical body. She loved the feeling of calm, peace and strength that she carried out of every yoga class.
Through the strength and determination gained through yoga, Megan has completed the Trek Across Maine, a 180 mile bike ride for the American Lung Association, for the past 5 years. She has also become a casual runner, completing various 5k's over the past 3 years, something she never imagined doing before she discovered yoga. It was the desire to share this feeling with others that prompted her to complete Open Doors 200 hr Power Yoga Teacher Training in 2014.
Megan believes that yoga should be enjoyable to everyone yet challenging. She wants her students to have that same feeling of peace and strength that initiated her love for yoga. Anything is possible, just breathe.
Emily was first brought to a yoga class by her older sister at a local YMCA in the early 2000’s. From there, she practiced irregularly, but always came back to yoga, again and again. Not just for the physical benefits, but also the mental and emotional benefits. She practiced in various parts of the country, Massachusetts, California, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Utah, but it was when she moved back to New England that she seriously thought about teacher training.
In 2016, while pregnant with her second child, she became a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga NH. The journey was just what she needed at the time she needed it, getting back in touch with her inner teacher, and receiving Level II Reiki training along the way.
Emily brings her gentle, accessible and empathetic style to her yoga teaching. Her goal is to guide you through a practice where you are able to listen to your internal teacher and truly embrace the integration of mind and body.
Erin is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and an AFAA Certified Group and Exercise Instructor. She turned to yoga when she got injured training for a half marathon, and has been in love with it ever since. She became a Registered Yoga Teacher (200hrs) through Yoga Fit in 2011. Erin also teaches spinning, bootcamp, kettlebells, and HIIT. When she is not teaching, Erin enjoys spending time with her family.
Mary discovered yoga when she spontaneously attended a class with a friend during a time she was looking for more meaning in her life. She soon discovered that yoga fit into the life philosophy she lives by and brought an extra level of calm and joy into her life. She believes that while life is an on going journey, yoga can bring further balance to mind, body and spirit.
Mary received her RYT-200 with Robin Anderson. She is looking forward to furthering her knowledge by learning from others around her in different aspects of yoga. Her teaching style is a vinyasa flow and she hopes to bring breathe, release and a reminder to stay in the present moment to each class.
Fara’s yoga practice began in 1996 while she was attending college working on her business degree. Her passion for yoga began when she started taking yoga classes and reading yoga philosophy on Buddhism and Hindu. Yoga changed her view of life and motivated her to enroll in a 300-hour instructor training course in 1997 while living abroad.
In 2001, after immigrating to the United States, Fara started to teach, building her knowledge base and teaching skills in the school where she was working on her interior design program. Thereafter, she started to teach yoga to a group of seniors in Manhattan. Yoga has become an integral part of her daily life where her personal practice and teaching unify her body and mind.
Fara completed her 200 hour training certificate from Inner Strength Yoga in Watertown, MA in 2012. Her passion lies in teaching vinyasa, power and gentle yoga. Fara has had the opportunity to teach yoga to diverse groups of younger students to seniors and people with disabilities. She is currently working on a project to manifest her motto of "Yoga for All", especially for people with serious disabilities.
In Fara’s words, "My Vinyasa classes challenge my students and bring them to the source of it, all with freedom, fluidity and responsibility while grounding them with the exactitude of good karma. My asana classes will encourage them to listen to their body, move with intention and enjoy the moment."
Jake brings a comical approach to the mat by providing a fun, ego-free environment where students can leave their stress behind and find balance. He is inspired by nature and enjoys teaching yoga wherever you can feel a breeze; either by the river, on a mountain, at the beach or anywhere the mood strikes.
He believes meditation can be done at anytime whether you are sitting in lotus or sitting in traffic. Jake finds many similaritis between yoga and sports. When Tom Brady throws the perfect touchdown pass— he’s in the zone. A yogi can reach that same zone by using intense energy and focus to transition through each pose allowing your mind and body to be perfectly in sync.
Claire has been studying yoga since 1992 when she attended her first class at the Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA at the urging of a close friend. In 1993, she began teaching classes in East Longmeadow, until her recent move to eastern Massachusetts.
Through her enthusiasm for yoga, down to earth teaching style and with clear detailed instruction, Claire creates a positive understanding of the basics and benefits of yoga. Keeping it simple, she demystifies the practice and teaches students that yoga is truly for Every-Body.
Claire received her 200 hour Certification from Inner Sky Yoga, in June 2000 and her 500 hour Certification as a Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher in December 2007. Claire has been a member of Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 since 2001 and a member of the Kripalu Yoga and Ayurveda Association.
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