Dorchester Yoga Instructors | Open Doors Yoga Studios
Linda Bingell has been a student of Open Doors for eight years and a participant of the Open Doors teacher training program. Originally drawn to the practice for stress relief due to the demands of a physically and mentally challenging career, she began to notice an increase of positivity towards life in general which she credits to her yoga practice. In addition to the positive outlook she believes her yoga practice is responsible for less sickness and ailments and increased overall good health, as well as better alignment, flexibility, and balance in the body and mind in general. Linda enjoys her own regular yoga practice and is always excited to share yoga with students. She teaches from the heart promoting a safe and healthy environment for uniting the mind, body, and spirit in yoga vinyasa flow.
Meghan Carroll has been practicing yoga for 4 years. She has been involved in sports and fitness for most of her life. A competitive tennis player in high school and college. She has a degree in exercise science and personal training certification through ACSM. Meghan has been working in corporate fitness for the past 9 years. Initially drawn to yoga for the physical aspect, she was amazed by the mental and spiritual benefits of a regular practice. The desire to help others discover these benefits led her to enroll in the Open Doors teacher training program. Meghan hopes to share some of the joy that yoga has brought to her with her students.
Kelsey loves all- people, nature, music, the universe. Yoga gave Kelsey the gift of true self-love and gratefulness. Once BE-ing love and BE-ing grateful, magic began to happen- her perception of life changed, she changed, she woke up, and began her destined journey. As a 200 hr Registered Yoga Teacher- Kelsey’s intention is to provide and share together a loving, safe, welcoming, powerful, and challenging environment. Kelsey brings rad music of all genres depending on the theme of the class. Spirituality and inner higher consciousness will accompany every class during Savasana. Expect to leave Kelsey’s class feeling open, energetic, and joyous. "My vision is far, my reach is long, my love is limitless"-Magister Daire
Erin first turned to yoga in the midst of a demanding HR job looking for peace and relaxation, but she found so much more: a connection with her true self, a supportive community, and a career path. The mindfulness and balance she found on the mat inspired her to earn her Yoga Teacher certification at South Boston Yoga, as well as Reiki Master, Personal Training, and Spinning Certifications. Her many passions provide her with inspiration to create uplifting, powerful and intelligently focused yoga classes focused on helping people create space and strength. Erin is best known for her genuine and upbeat attitude, and loves sharing her passion for health and wellness with others - on and off the mat.
My love for fitness has been life-long and I have always been passionate about helping others live healthier lives with the aspiration to enhance the quality of life of each person I encounter. In class you can look forward to a friendly, upbeat, energetic, informative, challenging and fun time. My personal journey includes 20 plus years experience as a fitness instructor, with a background in dance & gymnastics teaching everything ranging from Jane Fonda style step aerobics, cardio kickboxing, boot-camp, Hi/Lo impact, certifications including AFAA and ACE, muscle conditioning and a State Title 1997 Ms. Lightweight Nevada. I am a gradiate of Open Doors Yoga Studios 200 Hour Teacher Training .
I was first introduced to Bikram’s yoga about 10 years ago, and randomly supplemented my regular workouts with yoga. I found Prana a few years later, however I didn't practice on a regular basis until about 5 years ago. I had injured myself running, and after going to 2 different physical therapists and an orthopedic surgeon i found my way back to yoga, and Prana was where i landed. I practiced yoga about 3-4 times per week, and I eventually fixed my own injury with breathing, dedication, and self-awareness. I went back to the physical therapist and told him what i had been doing. He told me that i would have to practice yoga 1-2 times per week for the rest of my “running life” if i wanted to continue to run. What I found was that I really wanted to practice yoga…for the rest of my life. While I ended up fixing, and preventing further sports related injuries, I also found pure enjoyment from the spiritual part of my practice. Two years ago I suddenly lost my mother and found that I needed my practice so much more mentally than I did physically. The teachers at Prana helped me through this challenging time more than they will ever know. This was the only place that i could both escape and find my way at the same time. I needed to get lost in my practice, to find myself, and that is exactly what i did. I completed my teacher training at Prana in April 2009.
Amy O'Connor (Dorchester Franchise Co-Owner, Also Weymouth & Hingham Studio Instructor)
Amy O’Connor is a certified children’s yoga instructor. She has been practicing vinyasa yoga for five years and is currently teaching at schools, daycare centers and yoga studios around the Boston area. She grew up in Easton, Massachusetts with her parents and younger sister. Amy is also a visual artist. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in New York City, where she lived and worked for six years. Amy tries to combine her art education with her yoga practice as much as possible. Teaching yoga to children has shown Amy a new perspective on life. Children allow her to focus on the fundamentals of yoga in a fun and energetic style. When Amy is not teaching, she is enjoying the outdoors with her dog.
Chris O'Connor (Dorchester Franchise Co-Owner)
I took my first yoga class in college, and knew immediately that it was something that had been missing from my life. I am a runner, and within months of starting my yoga practice I won my first race without making any changes to my other exercise plans. I thought that was pretty cool, and knew this was a practice I wanted to stick with. At first the physical benefits were what drew me to the practice, but over time saw that the benefits were far greater than just physical. I like to teach a challenging class, while always encouraging students to do whats right for their bodies.
Theresa began practicing yoga in 2006 when she decided to join the Peace Corps. She was not in great shape, so she joined a gym figuring that Peace Corps Volunteers probably needed to be fit to climb volcanoes and paddle canoes in the Amazon to get to their mud huts. Unhappy on the elliptical machine, Theresa wandered into a yoga class, and fell in love. She continued to practice in her new home in Ecuador (in an apartment in the city of Guayaquil …since not all Peace Corps Volunteers live in the jungle), and this continued when she returned to the States and eventually moved to the Boston area. Theresa found her “yoga home” at Open Doors in Roslindale when she timidly went into her first heated class and found a level of strength, sweat and release that she had never before known. Theresa believes in a practice that is as intense as it is relaxing, where you learn to appreciate and understand your body and your breath for exactly what it is today. She plans to further her training and become certified in trauma sensitive yoga, and bring yoga to communities that would not otherwise have access to it. Theresa truly believes that yoga can teach you to use the power and good energy that your body creates to transform your own life and the lives around you.
I began practicing yoga mainly as a compliment to running, but quickly discovered value that extended well beyond physical . A daily practice has brought balance and connection to moments in yoga and in life. No matter which way life takes me, I know that yoga continues to have a positive impact. Inspired to share the immense mind and body benefits with as many people as possible, I completed my 200 hour Power Yoga Teacher Training at CorePower Yoga in Boston. I am excited to meet students where they are and help them achieve their goals, in an energetic and meaningful class. The journey through yoga is filled with constant challenges and victories, all of which I look forward to sharing and celebrating with you!
I completed my 200 hour YTT at Open Doors in Weymouth. I came to the mat unsure of what I was looking for and found something I couldn’t put my finger on, but knew I wanted to further explore. I found peace, strength and life lessons that went hand in hand with practicing asana and breath and never looked back. My practice has taught me so many things about myself, about the world and about other people and it is so amazing to still find lessons to be learned in each practice. I love the universal nature and that there is a place in yoga for everyone. My classes are compassionate, light-hearted and energetic -- I encourage my students to find their own strength and challenge themselves while finding joy and love for themselves in their practice. I am humbled by the opportunity to share my passion every time I teach! Looking forward to seeing you in the studio!
Adriana is a warm-hearted yoga enthusiast with a passion for inspiring others on their journey toward well-being and self-discovery. She understands yoga as a powerful and transformative tool that can awaken us to improved physical health and a greater sense of purpose. Adriana first fell in love with yoga in 2010 while living in Peru’s Sacred Valley and working with indigenous communities in the surrounding areas. It was here that her practice transformed from being merely physical into what would become a continued journey of self-inquiry, mindfulness, healing, and transformation. Adriana returned to the U.S. in 2012 and completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. In 2015 she went on to complete her 300-hour training at Tranquil Space Vinyasa Studio, as well as a one-year residency program at Kripalu during which she trained and assisted a varied group of leaders within the field of yoga. In addition to yoga, Adriana has worked several years in the fields of public health, international and community development, and education. Adriana teaches an inclusive approach to yoga that emphasizes postural alignment, breath, and self-observation without judgment. In her classes Adriana encourages students to explore their edge and discover their unique posture expressions through movement inquiries and posture options. She strives to empower her students with tools for more conscious and skillful living and uses meditation, breath work, and self-inquiry as doorways into a deeper relationship with oneself.
Susan Tucker has worked in physical fitness for over 12 years as a certified personal trainer and group exercise/spinning instructor. Connecting to the need for a more spiritual lifestyle and a gentler way to strengthen and create a more flexible body, she started to teach and practice hatha yoga. For 10 years she has taught hatha yoga and for the last 5 years she concentrated on power yoga. She is also on the faculty of the National Yoga Alliance, Power Yoga Certification Program through Open Doors.