East Bridgwater 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 Casey

Heather grew up in the small town of Dighton, Ma with her mother and sister. In 2015 she graduated from Worcester State University with a BS in Psychology and for the past four years has been working as a mental health counselor with a focus on helping people struggling with eating disorders. Less than a year after she began this high stress job her mother took her to her first yoga class in the basement of a community center. Heather immediately fell in love with the sensations and benefits of mindful
movement and has not looked back since! Soon after she began searching for studios to continue to grow her practice and that’s when she found Open Doors Yoga. Her teachers inspired, motivated and kept her coming back faithfully for two years. When leaving the studio one morning she saw a poster for the yoga teacher training and immediately knew her heart wanted to embark on this 200-hour journey. She completed her teacher training in December of 2018 and only continues to be inspired by her fellow yogis and the healing magic this practice has to offer. Heather’s mission is to support her students as they feed their soul, fuel their fire and truly feel at home in their own bodies through the practice of yoga.

Alex Hammond

I am a firm believer that Yoga is many things to many people. For me, yoga is physical and spiritual practice that enables me to live a happy and laughter filled life in our fast-paced and chaotic world. I have been practicing for 7 years and completed 200 hr. teacher training in December of 2017.  Yoga changed my life and brought balance and harmony back into my physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. As a teacher I want to share the joy that yoga has brought to me with others. I like to teach a challenging but purposeful practice that allows you to find that peace within your own mind. Outside of yoga I’m an avid hiker, baker, seamstress and a loving cat mom!

Carla Larsen 

I have been teaching fitness classes for over 30 years. I am AFA certified group fitness instructor and a FRA personal trainer, and am now working towards my 200 hour  yoga certification here at open door.  I  came into yoga about 5 years ago to fill in the missing part or my fitness regime.  I love how it helped me to slow down and to focus more on my breath and balance.  My health care background gives me a unique perspective on anatomical position and function. I look forward to sharing my practice with you.

Tina Maalouly 

Tina encourages students to find integrity and grace in their practice. Her goal is that each student leaves class feeling empowered, invigorated, and a little bit happier! With a background in dance, she appreciates the combination of physical discipline and self-expression yoga offers. Tina has been practicing yoga since 2002 and is a Certified Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200) and a graduate of the Open Doors Power Yoga Teacher Training Program (2011). She is also a Certified Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga Teacher. Visit her website: TinaMarieYoga.com

Donna Melchionno 

My love for yoga began over 15 years ago when I took a yoga class at the recommendation of a massage therapist. Nervous and not knowing what to expect I made it through that first class and I was immediately hooked and inspired. I knew yoga would always be a part of my life. Fast forward 15 years, I enrolled in the Open Doors 200-hour YTT program and graduated in 2018. As a Certified Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance I am excited for this new chapter. My classes are a moderate traditional Vinyasa/power style flow that is adaptable for all students focusing on breath to movement. As a certified Reiki II practitioner in Usui Reiki Healing I like to bring positive energy through hands on assist and the use of essential oils in my classes. I hope to see you on your mat soon. Namaste.

Sarah Nicklas

Sarah first came to yoga in 2012. Looking to find inner peace and to develop a self-care practice, she found a home at Open Doors. In 2017, she completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training through Open Doors. Additionally, she is certified in Yin Yoga. As an instructor, her intent is to provide a supportive space for students to explore their own practice in a mindful manner. Her classes focus on traditional vinyasa with a concentration on breath and body alignment. Sarah looks forward to sharing her practice with you.

Cara Orsie

I have been practicing yoga off and on for about 14 years. After quitting smoking cigarettes and gaining 30 lbs 4 years ago, I was looking to fill a void I felt with a new and healthy routine. Two years ago I began a daily practice which unexpectedly, has changed my life in so many great and profound ways. In the Summer of 2017, I decided to take the plunge and become a yoga instructor to share my experience with others and so far, I have been enjoying every second of it! My teaching style will give you a challenge, but you'll leave every class with a feeling of accomplishment and relaxation.

Nicole Panaggio 

Nicole began her journey in yoga 3 years ago when she learned of its health benefits for depression and anxiety. After years of wanting to try yoga but feeling intimidated, she finally gave it a whirl and it has changed her life dramatically. She completed her 200 hour YTT through Open Doors Yoga Studios making her goal in teaching to give people the same benefits she got out of yoga. She believes in the mind-body connection through yoga. She doesn't take herself too seriously and allows herself to be real in her classes. Her classes are fun, enjoyable and she believes that laughter really is the best medicine (next to yoga of course!). So you can expect her to crack a couple jokes throughout the flow.

Sharon Peterson 

Physical fitness and nutrition have been my passion for more than 25 years. Going into my first yoga class, I never gave any thought to what the practice of yoga could do for me internally and mindfully. When I began to dabble in yoga, I did so for physical reasons; I struggled with low back problems from an early age. The courage to try yoga didn’t come easy. My chiropractor lightheartedly told me I would never be able to do yoga, not because he felt I was physically incapable, but because he didn’t feel I could relax my mind and body long enough to get through a class. Now, 15 years later, I’ve completed Open Doors 200 Hour YTT training program, I’m sharing the many benefits of yoga with others, and I very rarely see my chiropractor. I no longer practice yoga as a means of physical fitness; I practice for inner peace and the ongoing benefits that extend far beyond my mat. My goal for my students is to lead them through a safe asana practice, empowering them to recognize and honor their body’s limitations, while focusing on the breath and maintaining the connection of breath to movement.

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