Duxbury Yoga Instructors | Open Doors Yoga Studios 

Lauren Ahola 

Lauren found yoga in 2010. Coming from a background of running and vigorous exercise, she loved the physical benefits yoga brought to her life. Over the years, yoga shifted from a physical practice to more of a spiritual and emotional journey. In 2015 she completed her 200 hour teaching training at Yoga Six in San Diego, CA. Returning to Boston in 2018, she completed an extensions teaching training course at Core Power Yoga. As a Registered Dietitian, Lauren is so happy to be able share her knowledge of nutrition and the importance of the mind/body connection with all of her students. Lauren believes that yoga is a constant journey that helps us to become better on and off the mat. She hopes to leave you feeling physically challenged and emotionally inspired.

Heather Allen

Heather Allen 

Growing up Heather was always interested in trying new athletic challenges, from softball to gymnastics, cheerleading, dance, and track. By the time she graduated college however, exercise was merely a means to stay fit. She first stepped onto a yoga mat in 2005 and started her teacher training the following year though Finding Inner Peace and Healing Tree Yoga in Quincy where she completed her 200 hour certification. Yoga has brought her peace and strength as well as an amazing appreciation of movement and motion. Each breath, each pose, each stretch is such gift! Heather's classes strive to be creative, flowing, and challenging while still honoring one's own body.

Beverly Bielewicz

Beverly Bielewicz

It took me sixteen years of dreaming, and four years of planning, to become a yoga instructor. My classes are open-hearted, friendly, and accessible to all; my teaching style mirrors my personality. I love creating community through yoga. My inclusive style of instruction invites students to explore movement and breath with safe physical alignment and energetic awareness, allowing participants to discover their own peace, power, and presence. I believe that the practice of yoga teaches us skills to become compassionate citizens of the world. RYT500 Sacred Seeds Yoga, Jacqui Bonwell, 2017, RYT200, Open Doors Power Yoga, 2015, Certifications: Yin Yoga, SPA Yoga, Balanced Athlete Level 1, Reiki 1. Additional training hours in teaching yoga to beginners. Judith Hanson Lasater Restorative Yoga Certification, anticipated June 2018.

 

Cindy Bowser

Cindy Bowser

Cindy Bowser began her yoga journey at Open Doors in 2011. I believe in the spiritual, mental and physical life changing effects that a regular yoga practice can make. Yoga has had such an impact on my life that the next natural step was to enroll in Open Doors Yoga Teacher Training. I enjoy teaching a fun and physically challenging class that connects breath with movement, still allowing the mind to become calm. I look forward to helping my students gain the positive benefits that I continue to receive from yoga and Open Doors. Namaste!

 

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Jan Burkhardt

 have been practicing & studying yoga for 20 years. I am certified 500hr ERYT also Yin and SPA certified and am a Reiki Master.

 

Sam Dormady

Mind, body and spirit flowing with grace.  Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Sam’s journey began in a prenatal yoga class in 2002.  As a lifelong equestrian accustomed to galloping 1200 pound horses over jumps, pregnancy compelled a less “exciting” outlet.  Yoga provided a new perspective.  Bridging mind, body and spirit, both on and off the mat.  What began as a whim evolved into a most welcomed and needed discovery that has changed her life.  Her yoga journey has continued, leading her on a path of passion and wellness. Sam completed her 200 hour certification, as well as a children’s yoga teacher certification, through Open Doors Power Yoga in 2012.  In her professional life, Sam has a B.S. in Education from Boston University and currently works in the Duxbury school system.  Her solid background of education combined with yoga instruction is enhanced by her years of experience as a certified Pilates instructor.  Her intention is to provide modifications and variations to a wide range of abilities, allowing each student to attain their personal goals and encourage growth of their practice.  She strives for a welcoming class environment, where students can practice flow at their own pace in a supportive and relaxed atmosphere.  Join Sam to tame your stress.  Come get your Om on!

 

Tami Duggan

For me, yoga strengthens my body and calms my mind. Yoga gives back. When the breath and body are moving as one and the mind is on pause, that is my yoga. I take from my mat what serves me and try to leave what does not. I enrolled in Open Doors 200 hr YTT to learn more about the practice, and now as a teacher, I want to give back what I have received. Acceptance, gratitude and peace in my mind and in my heart. Off my mat, I have worked 30+ years in Radiation Oncology, a profession that has taught me above all else, to live in the moment. It has also taught me the power of the mind as it relates to overall wellness, and the healing benefits, mind and body, of a yoga practice. My passions are cultivating strong bonds with the people I adore and love, landscaping, hiking and walking the woods with my dogs, growing my flower container business and practicing kindness, compassion, and generosity. I look forward to sharing yoga with you.

 

Danielle Ferreira

I first discovered yoga and fitness classes in 2006 shortly after my son was born. With a background in ballet and dance, many yoga poses came easily and I didn’t fully appreciate all that yoga and fitness had to offer. When I moved to Duxbury, I rediscovered yoga and became part of a wonderful community! At that point yoga became more than just a workout and stretching, I was finally linking mind and body through breathe, movement and meditation. It was a huge breakthrough! After spending most of days practicing yoga, I then decided to embark on yoga teacher training. I choose a 200 hour program at YogaBody out of Barcelona, Spain. Traveling to Barcelona twice on my own was totally life changing! I changed my body, my mind, and developed a love for learning! I wish to bring yoga and overall fitness to people so they may develop strength, balance, and flexibility. I offer the progression of all skills through the use of breath work to further develop the mind/body connection. This shift in career paths has truly been a blessing and I hope to share everything I’ve learned with all of my students!

Lauren Folan

Lauren was first introduced to yoga in 2010, when she took her first class ever and was hooked immediately! Yoga was the peace and serenity she needed, but could not find in corporate America. In 2013, she decided to put the financial world behind her and pursue a career in what she is passionate about - teaching. Not only did she go back to school for teaching mathematics, but also enrolled in Infinite Yoga's 200 hour training program in San Diego. She is passionate about sharing her love of yoga and teaching with an authentic and fun approach. Lauren believes that yoga is not just about the physical aspect - it is about becoming stronger mentally and emotionally as well. When you are having a good day, come to your mat. When you are having a bad day, ESPECIALLY come to your mat. She is extremely dedicated to creating a demanding, but nurturing and safe environment for students, that supports inward focus and exploration of the body, mind, and spirit. Lauren wants you leaving class feeling more aware and mentally and physically stronger!

 

Tammy Friend

Tammy Friend 

500hr CYT - Sacred Seeds Yoga School, 200hr CYT - Baptiste Institute, Core Strength Vinyasa Certificate - Sadie Nardini, MSEd in Counseling The College of Saint Rose, Reiki Level 1. I began my yoga journey in 2007 while rehabbing a knee injury and have been a practitioner and teacher ever since.  Prior to teaching yoga I was a running coach and endurance athlete, competing the Lake Placid Ironman in 2013!  Being active in very important to me.  In addition to the physical practice of yoga, I also embrace the personal wellness and meditative part of the practice.  What to expect in my classes: fun, athletic style, inclusivity,  creative and unique sequencing, easy to follow cuing, motivating language and upbeat music.  

 

Alyson Gluecksmann 

Alyson believes yoga keeps your body strong, your heart soft, and your mind open. Since having a son, Alyson has found no better way to stay healthy and fit. With more than ten years experience on the mat, yoga has taught her how to have more patience and be more present day to day. Alyson hopes her clients enjoy the benefits of a strong physical practice and discover all the deeper qualities yoga has to offer. Alyson completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Inner Strength Studios in Watertown, MA. She is also a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. She holds a B.S. in communication from Boston University and an M.S. in Health Promotion Management from American University.

 

Susanne Hallisey 

Susanne Hallisey offers open-hearted yoga classes and workshops filled with passion and authenticity. Her nursing background informs her teaching and her classes provide many opportunities for you to connect with your body, mind and spirit. Susanne is a graduate of Open Doors 200 Hour Teacher Training program and has been teaching yoga since 2006.  She also completed 300 hours of advanced yoga training through The Sacred Seeds Yoga School in January, 2021, meeting the requirements for 500 hour Yoga Alliance Certification.  Susanne also holds certifications in Yin Yoga, Reiki I and II, Balanced Athlete Level 1 Training, Yoga Nidra, and CLIR Training (Trauma Informed) Restorative Chair Yoga.  

 

Karen Hoogendijk, OPen Doors Yoga Instructor Duxbury Studio

Karen Hoogendijk

Karen has been an AFAA certified fitness instructor since 1988, as well as an avid runner. She moved to the South Shore from San DIego in 2007 . The many years of hard core exercise and miles of running were wearing her body down and she knew that she needed a kinder, gentler way of staying in shape. She had limited experience with yoga, until she did a team challenge at a local health club. Karen took her first vinyasa yoga class in 2011 and considered it one of the most humbling experiences of her life. After that one class, she was hooked. She recognizes yoga as a benefit for both mind and body. Now with her 200 hr yoga teacher training completed, she hopes her enthusiasm for yoga will be contagious to her students. Namaste

Kim Howard

Kim Howard

Kim left a career in corporate HR and Law to focus on bringing more balance into her own life. After practicing yoga regularly for over 5 years, Kim took a leap to the other side of the mat to better align her livelihood with her passion for teaching, fitness and mindfulness. She first turned to yoga to recover and stay in shape when an injury derailed her running, and in addition to the changes in her body, she was hooked on the mental and spiritual shift in her life. In addition to running and yoga, Kim is an avid hiker and loves the great outdoors. She completed her 200 CYT through Open Doors Yoga Studios and her 500 CYT with Sacred Seeds Yoga School. She holds additional certifications in Kids Yoga and Clinically Informed Restorative Yoga (CLIR) and is a Level I Balanced Athlete Coach. She also teaches graduate school and still does some consulting. Kim lives in Hanover with her son Dylan and their rescue pup Susana. 

Lisa Ignazio

My name is Lisa Ignazio, and I am a Plymouth Native. I believe a simple, well rounded yoga practice can heal what is out of harmony, and help find joy within ourselves.
Health and fitness were always a part of my life. My father was a bodybuilder and instilled the concept of exercise and movement at a young age. At age 5 I began ballet classes and 6 Years ago I transitioned to Ballroom Dance. While studying finance at Bridgewater State University, I obtained my Personal Training Certificate through IFPA and I spent 5 years working in the fitness industry. After I earned my degree, I began my sales career where personal development practices such as meditation and yoga became a daily habit. I was immediately hooked when I took my first Open Doors Power Yoga Class in 2015, and that’s where my yoga journey began to unfold. Each class I attended I found peace, confidence and alignment within myself that I was able to take off my mat. I completed my 200 hours through Open Doors Teacher Training in 2018, and I’m so excited to teach at the studio where I first began my yoga practice. I bring my fitness background to my yoga classes, an encouraging, playful mentality and fun music! My goal is for everyone attending class to leave with the same peace, confidence and alignment within themselves that yoga gave me. Namaste.

Laurel Kornhiser

Laurel Kornhiser

Laurel became interested in eastern philosophy and yoga as a teenager and took Introduction to Yoga as her first college class. She then shifted her focus to becoming an English teacher and starting a family before returning to a regular yoga practice as a way to reground after personal loss. Several years and many workshops at Kripalu later, she enrolled and completed Open Doors’ 200-hour teacher training. In addition to the flow of body and breath, Laurel is interested in the link between yoga and creativity.

Susan McDonough

Susan McDonough 

After almost 20 years of teaching fitness classes, and an extremely active lifestyle, I took to my mat after a severe hamstring and subsequent lower back injury laid me low. I had hopes that yoga would help speed the recovery of my body, and prevent further injury. I never expected the profound impact it would have on my life both physically and emotionally. In both aspects I am happier, stronger, and calmer. My yoga journey continues as I study with the amazing teachers at Open Doors, and others(eg., Ana Forrest Rolf Gates, Seane Corn) and undergo RYT certification with David Vendetti. My goal is to make every class a special experience for my students that will leave them stronger, energized, and relaxed. See you on the mat.

 

Annie McKnight

I began yoga as a way of incorporating new movement into my life after sustaining an injury due to muscular imbalance. I was nervous to try out something new, but I was instantly comforted by the welcoming and grounding nature of yoga. As my journey with yoga progressed, I began to learn that building strength can be restorative and that by turning inward I was able to find balance, both physically and mentally. My goal as a yoga teacher is to provide a supportive and encouraging environment for students to connect with their balance and inner strength. I believe that yoga teaches us to move with compassion and respect for ourselves so that we can move through the world with compassion and respect for others. In my classes I look forward to helping students cultivate this self-compassion in their own yoga practice through mindful movement.

Sarah Moran (Sub)

I began my yoga journey before I was even conscious of it. I was drawn to running group exercises for seniors and in time I noticed that at an older age, any movement is good movement. I learned to not take my body for granted. The body is something that needs to be taken care of to last and in a fast world it’s so easy to lose sight of that. Then I found yoga and realized the true connection of mind, body and soul. I set out on my yoga journey and along the way I became the person I didn’t even know I wanted to be. Finding beautiful connections and movements that truly nourished my soul. I’m grateful every day for my body. I love strong, powerful slow flows and I like to have fun with my classes. 

Whitney Miller Michalek

Whitney Miller

From the first time I stepped foot on the mat, I knew yoga would change my life. Although I have always found physical activity to be therapeutic, nothing has brought me as much joy and fulfillment as yoga. I always look forward to coming to my mat to revamp my energy and positivity, and to allow stress and anxiety to melt away. My practice has changed the way I approach obstacles day to day and taught me how to truly relax and be at peace in a sometimes chaotic world. I believe in maintaining a comfortable and welcoming environment for students of all levels, and encourage everyone to do what is right for their body. I hope that I can inspire and motivate others to bring their best to every moment, both on and off the mat.

 

Katherine Mulford

Katherine realized long ago that yoga was a very important part of her life and will always be. It helps her be a better mother to nine month old Sunny, a better caregiver to her family, and a stronger more independent women for herself. Next to being a mother her most rewarding job Is teaching senior yoga in her community. Katherine is Board Certified EMT, Certified Children and Power Yoga Instructor through Open Doors Yoga Studios. She is looking forward to sharing her passion for yoga with you.

 

Matt Mullen, Yoga Teacher, Boston's Best Yoga Teachers, Massage Therapist

Matt Mullen (Instructor & Co-Owner of Weymouth, Duxbury, Norwell Studios)

I am first and foremost a humble healer, a Massage Therapist trained in many modalities, from Swedish Massage to Deep Tissue Sports Massage. I have been blessed to be a Massage Therapist for over 20 years. In those twenty years I have been honored to work on thousands of clients, priding myself in creating a sanctuary for real and lasting healing to occur.

 

Jayne Piacentini

Jayne Piacentini

I was introduced to yoga by a friend when I was struggling to discover my true self. Yoga anchored me and helped me to discover who and what I wanted to be. I am an advocate for mental health awareness and I enjoy incorporating yoga into my work as a mental health professional. I completed my 200 hour YTT during the pandemic, which was a great experience during an uncertain time. My hope for you when you come to one of my classes is to get a workout in, both physically and mentally.

Jessica Reilly 

My journey with yoga began many years ago when I noticed an Open Doors studio open next to my work. One night, I decided to drop in for a class and instantly became hooked. The calmness I felt after class kept bringing me back for more. I developed a wonderful connection between my mind and body and enjoyed the positivity, relaxation and strength I found as my yoga practice grew. I began to explore various yoga class styles, from slow flow to heated power vinyasa. I found a way to connect which class I wanted to embrace that day, based on what my mind and body needed in that moment. Becoming a yoga teacher was always on my bucket list, I wanted to share my love of yoga with others. After of years of wanting, I finally decided to jump with both feet in. I completed a 200hr yoga teacher training course through Open Doors. My goal as a teacher is to create a welcoming environment for all, where students can find who they are as a yogi and to discover and embrace their best self on and off the mat.

 

Bill Selvitellle Open Doors Duxbury Yoga Intructor

Bill Selvitelle (Sub)

I tried Yoga in March of 2013 for the first time with the hope of helping my running aches and pains. I had three marathon's to my credit along with various other running adventure's. I was 54 years old and trying YOGA? What was I thinking, this is for younger folks! I fell in love with Yoga after the first lesson. I was hooked! I thought I would be in a beginning or level 1-2 for years and much to my surprise I moved, at my own pace, and very comfortably into hot power 2-3 class in a short time. You are never too old for anything in life. Its finding the balance in YOU that will make YOU the best YOGIE YOU will be! In June of 2015 I retired from work and started Yoga school with Open Doors in October. The classroom training and support from everyone at Open Doors is fantastic! I blessed to have eight wonderful ladies in my class of all ages and we had a great time becoming our yoga family. Yoga is different for everyone. For me its not about the asana's/moves and the workout, its more about meditation and relaxation and the inner peace that is in each and everyone of us. You need to take the time to explore and experience Yoga.

Kelly Sott

I was introduced to yoga about 12 years ago and immediately fell in love.  Although my practice began more as a means to exercise, with study, I have realized how much deeper yoga has the ability to reach beyond the physical body. Originally from Philadelphia and having lived all over the country and abroad, I relocated to Massachusetts last year and am so excited to be part of the South Shore yoga community. I received my 200 hour certification through Open Doors and am registered with Yoga Alliance.  Currently I am working on my RCYT 95 hour to teach children and teen’s yoga with a trauma-informed focus.  I am also certified in Gravity Yoga and Thai Massage Level 1, and am a certified breath coach.  I will be earning my certifications in Yoga Anatomy, Yoga Sculpt, Yin, and Restorative Yoga by November 2021.  I am a forever student- constantly striving to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually, both personally and as a teacher, and hope to be able to share my knowledge, growth, and love of yoga with all of you.  My classes focus on the mind, body, and breath connection in an upbeat, welcoming environment. I look forward to seeing you on the mat!

Jess Thompson

My yoga and meditation practice began when I was seventeen years old. At that time, I was in high school, hardly knew what yoga or meditation was, and was placed into yoga as elective class. Although initially hesitant, I soon fell in love with the movement and breath and began to regularly take hot yoga classes at the local studio in town. The feeling I experienced afterward was the closest I’ve ever been to peace, and I kept returning to the mat over and over again. I began to feel love and compassion for myself and found a community of people I felt understood me. In 2018, I graduated from the Yoga Spirit 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training and began teaching others about the practice that transformed my life.⁣⁣⁣ Since obtaining my certification, I have taught groups up to 100 people at a time, worked with numerous private clients, hosted professional corporate classes, taught at 6+ high schools, lead therapeutic group classes for addiction recovery, mentored over a dozen kids from the ages of 5-18, raised $2800 for charitable causes through donation-based yoga, and regularly teach classes and workshops.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣
I am registered with the yoga alliance as a ERYT-200, and I am continuing my education with a 300-hour advanced certification. My teaching style allows students to unfold limitations in both their body and mind while providing a space for them to feel a sense of peace within. I weave thought provoking meditations and mindful breath work throughout my classes, applying ancient wisdom to our western world in a useful and understandable way. My hope is that you will leave your mat finding peace, empowerment, and self-acceptance through yoga, just as I have.

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Kristen VanNess

Kristen VanNess is a registered Yoga Alliance Teacher who completed her 200 hr. certification at Power Yoga of Cape Cod in the Spring of 2013. Her classes are energizing, leaving you feeling blissful and full of life. Kristen will lead you through a flow of poses suitable for students of all ages and levels, providing modifications for different intensities. Whether it is your first time on a mat or you are looking to intensify your yoga experience, Kristen is committed to improving your physical and mental well-being with her breadth of knowledge and welcoming personality.

Anne Winter, Open Doors Yoga Teachers, Boston Ballet, Yoga and Ballet Coach, South Shore's Best Yoga Teachers

Anne Winter

Anne Winter has a Bachelor of Arts in Dance & Physiology from Connecticut college, a Masters in Education, from Suffolk University, is AFFA certified, and SCW certified. Her whole life has revolved around fitness. She danced professionally with Boston Ballet for three years, as a featured dancer. She also studied in New York with the American Ballet theatre, Melissa Hayden and Jacques D'Ambroise. She danced on Broadway and traveled the U.S. with several national touring companies. She had the privilege of working with Bob Fosse, Gwen Vernon, and Chita Rivera to name a few. During her travels she found yoga. It blended the discipline of ballet, with a workout for the mind. Yoga is not about right or wrong, it's about appropriateness. It's about listening inwardly and acting on those feelings. Yoga leaves you emotionally cleansed, and physically balanced. It's so clear how the mind and breath are intertwined during practice. Yoga is a synthesis of mind, body, and breath. She has studied with Baran Baptiste, Ana Forest, and at different studios across the United States. She has taught on the South Shore for over 15 years and has been retained by the Yarmouth Skating Club as their personal yoga and ballet coach. She is thrilled to have found Open Doors, and is looking forward to sharing her practice with you.