Duxbury Yoga Instructors | Open Doors Yoga Studios
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.
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 I
Additional training hours in teaching yoga to beginners. Judith Hanson Lasater Restorative Yoga Certification, anticipated June 2018.
Yoga has such an inspiring and positive influence on my life. I have found strength and balance in mind, body, and spirit, while cultivating optimism and happiness that follows me off my mat wherever I go. I hope to guide other yogis through a practice that brings them to a place of bliss, gratitude, and peace! I am so thankful for the practice of yoga, for it is truly a gift. Namaste!
My own extraordinary health journey informed and inspired my passion for teaching yoga and to a diverse population for over 10 years making my classes inclusive to all.
My belief: Nothing in life stays the same, this is a constant reminder to allow the yoga experience to be accessible to the students in front of me with unique bodies and
unique needs that can shift daily. My hope is to create a solid foundation with body awareness movement and breath so the students can feel safe enough to explore and
find freedom within themselves. The students in front of me are my greatest teacher. To see others succeed brings tremendous fulfillment and joy to myself. A graduate from the Open Doors 2009, I have studied different modalities to expand my teaching toolbox including the following certifications: Yoga for Healthy Aging Intensive with Baxter Bell, MD & Melina Meza, Asanas for Autism and Special Needs with Shawnee Thornton Hardy, Opening Yoga, Adapting Yoga for Disability LI/II with Matthew Sanford, Intro to Trauma Sensitive Yoga with David Emerson and Jenn Turner, Brain Therapy with Nicole Absar, MD, Yoga for Anxiety and Depression with Shawn Cornelison, Kids Yoga with Kim Taylor, Reiki 1 with Pat Iyer as well as other intensives with Rolf Gates and Doug Keller.
My experience includes and started with teaching hot power vinyasa classes and has expanded out to beginners, all levels, slow flows, inclusive yoga for adults of all ages
and abilities. Yes, I am a mirror of what I love, diversity and inclusion. You will find me in studios teaching different styles as well as at day-habilitations teaching to those with disabilities and assisted living supporting those with injury and or recovery from surgery. I am also a mentor for new teachers with my focus geared towards the diverse population ranging from beginner’s, seniors, disabilities- all abled bodies as well as intelligent sequencing. You can reach me for privates and or group classes at If you are interested in a retreat please visit my Facebook- fb.me/karen.yogaretreat Intsagram – karendonahue_hopefloats
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!
I began practicing hot power yoga in 2007 while trying to rehab a knee injury. I fell in love with the physical demands of the practice and the mental peace it brought to my hectic life. Wanting to give back to the community that had given so much to me, I began teaching in 2011. I have been blessed to study with some truly amazing well-known teachers: Sadie Nardini and Baron Baptiste. As well as some master teachers from my roots in Upstate NY. In 2013 I moved from Saratoga, NY to Duxbury, Ma where I discovered Open Doors. I am thrilled to now be a part of the amazing teaching staff.
Barbara Froio, CYT, is a graduate of an intensive 8 month national yoga alliance certification program through Open Doors. As a mother of two, she first became interested in yoga after the birth of her first child. Through Yoga, Barbara continues to grow and learn the importance of love, living truth and letting go. She uses her expansive knowledge by modifying or varying postures allowing beginners and advanced students alike to reap the full benefits of their practice. Barbara currently teaches Hatha, Power and Pre-Natal Yoga at Open Doors in both Weymouth and Braintree and teaches Vinyasa Flow Yoga for the town of Hingham at their Town Hall.
Susanne Hallisey RN BSN, RYT completed the Power Yoga Teacher Training program at Open Doors in 2007. She feels that yoga is an amazing practise and she shares her enthusiasm and passion for yoga with her students. Soon after her first power yoga class she discovered that yoga could help to stretch and strengthen not only her body, but her mind and spirit as well. She believes strongly in the healing power of yoga. She is also a Registered Nurse who works with special needs students.
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 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 as a way to both recover and stay in shape when an injury derailed her running, and in addition to the changes in her body, she loved the changes in her overall sense of calm. In addition to running and yoga, Kim is an avid hiker and loves the great outdoors. She completed her 200 hour certification through Open Doors Yoga Studios. She also teaches graduate school and still does some consulting. Kim lives in Hanover with her son Dylan and their rescue pup Susana.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Katherine encountered yoga while completing her BFA at RWU. She began to study the art of yoga and found herself spiritually and philosophically connected. As she applied the practice to her life, she began to see improvements physically and within. It was her yoga practice that Katherine relied on throughout her career in Human Services, and after 6 years she decided it was time to embark on a new journey- one that allowed her to fuse her desire to help others with her passion for Yoga. Since then, Yoga has taken her places she had only dreamt of going. Most recently, she moved abroad to beautiful Costa Rica, where she taught yoga and meditation at a Retreat & Wellness center. This was an incredible experience that transformed her life, practice, and teaching. Katherine's style has been influenced by all of her teachers and experiences; her classes urge strengthening, surrendering and continuous exploration.
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.
Laurie completed her 200 hour yoga teacher program with Mukti Yoga School and is also a certified personal trainer. Laurie’s knowledge has helped enhance the well-being of her students by empowering them with the knowledge, skills, support, guidance and resources to assist and inspire them on their journey to a healthier life. She is continually learning about all aspects of body and mind to help others to commit to a healthier lifestyle and fuel their passion to achieve their fitness and health goals no matter how big or small. She will transform your quality of life through active participation in regular yoga classes and the integration of guided yoga programs, to make your health goals become a reality, in a caring, fun, and dynamic environment.