Easton Yoga Instructors | Open Doors Yoga Studios
In 2012, Missy completed her 200-hour RYT teacher training at Innerlight Center for Yoga and Meditation in Middletown, RI. The class was lead by two of the most inspirational & radiant teachers: Liz Lindh & Patti Doyle. She is grateful for all of the wonderful people she shared this experience with. It is through their grace and wisdom that she learned the transformational power of yoga. Her goal is to help students find grace and stillness, strength and agility while igniting breath and movement as one. Practicing yoga is a journey that will allow your mind to relax and your heart to shine, on and off your mat! Emphasis is placed on intention to guide the practitioner through a uniquely personal yoga experience.
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.
Susan DeSisto, a 200 hour certified Registered Yoga Teacher( RYT-200 hr), is inspired to share her love of yoga through her teaching. Her classes focus on breath and alignment principles and are both playful and challenging. She completed her 200 hour teacher training at Universal Power Yoga in Norwood,MA under the guidance of Jen Merola Palmer, Sue Bonanno and Bill MacDonald. In addition to being a Yoga Instructor, Susan is a licensed Massage Therapist. Susan graduated from the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, MA and studied Thai Massage in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Susan integrates her knowledge of the structure of the body and anatomy into her yoga classes. She also feels the importance of creating a healthy and safe environment for her students to practice.
I walked away from my 1st yoga class thinking something was different in me. I thought it was that I spent an hour in survival mode and survived! Looking back, I realized that I was only focused on the moment and there was no room for any other thoughts. It was such a great feeling to be present and not being distracted by constant thoughts or worries. Flash forward 14 years and now in my 50’s, I entered the Universal Power Yoga (UPY) studio and met the yoga instructors who would guide me on the 200 hour journey to becoming a teacher; Jen Merola-Palmer, Sue Bonanno and Bill MacDonald. I learned how important this practice is toward fostering a healthier lifestyle and outlook. Yoga is my path toward a more balanced and joyful life. When you can clear your mind, you can clear away any obstacles that may be holding you back. I believe a yoga class should be uplifting and fun, yet mindful. I like to practice with a sense of playfulness. Yoga allows for this kind of exploration and light hearted approach, a balance of effort and play. If you are having fun, it doesn’t feel like work!
Chrystie began a committed yoga practice in 2011. Originally showing up purely for the workout, Chrystie quickly began to experience a multi-layered, mind and body shift, on and off the mat. With full focus on connecting breath to specific movement, her racing mind quieted, anxiety lessened, and lightness and joy filtered in. Chrystie followed her heart and become a Certified Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) at Wayland Square Power Yoga in Providence, RI. She continues to strengthen body and mind through regular practice, and seeks to help others enjoy the many benefits of yoga through her teaching. Chrystie runs a graphic design business and treasures time with her husband and two little boys. She is an art lover, enjoys live music with her husband, and is a huge fan of the beach and lakes.
I have been practicing yoga for 4 1/2 years. Immediately after my breast cancer diagnosis in May 2008, I was in search of healing and peace. I was also seeking a way to "get out of my head" for a bit everyday. I found exactly that in yoga. I completed my 200 hour RYT training and became certified through the Yoga Alliance. I decided to complete the training so I would be able to share the beautiful experience of yoga with others. I love yoga and all the gifts that come from yoga...strength, power, peace, healing, breathing, blessings, clarity and a more pure state of mind that empowers me to be the person that I am. I am also Usui Reiki I certified and believe in the powerful, natural healing of Reiki and life force energy. Today, I am healed, whole and healthy and give thanks and gratitude to yoga and energy healing.
Alicia Lucchetti began practicing ashtanga yoga in 2010 as a means to alleviate pain caused by her scoliosis. Alicia soon realized that her practice of ashtanga was not only mitigating her pain, but it was also developing a physical strength and sense of well-being that she had never experienced before. Since that point, yoga became a passion and a driving force of her life. Under the tutelage of renowned instructor, Sagarika Ghose, Alicia received her teaching certification in the summer of 2014.
Students of all levels will find their needs met in Alicia’s exuberant ashtanga class. By utilizing a “3-level” approach to poses, everyone from the first timer to the most experienced yogi will find her classes challenging and rewarding. With a focus on developing proper breathing and physical techniques, Alicia aims to share all the benefits that she has experienced through her practice with each one of her students.
My first yoga experience was with a Pilate’s trainer, and to be honest, I wasn’t a fan. I slowly grew to like it, and it has now become an integral part of my life. Yoga has helped me to slow down and be O.K with who I am and where I’m at in this point of my life. Life is what you make of it; you can look at the glass half empty or half full. Yoga has helped ground me, making me feel in my heart that there is a positive quality in everything. That happiness comes from within, not from the external world. Life is not a competition and yoga reminds us to be accepting and non-judgmental of ourselves and others. Through our practice, we awaken our bodies by moving energy and creating space. It’s as simple as getting on your mat, listening to your breath and body, and respecting what it is telling you. I completed my 200-hour teacher training with Prana Power Yoga and am grateful to be teaching a practice that is so dear to me to such a wonderful community. As an instructor and practitioner, I look forward to expanding and sharing my knowledge.
Laurie Melchionda has over 20 years of experience in many aspects of the fitness industry. Laurie’s fitness career is what lead her to find her passion personally and professionally for yoga. Her knowledge and experience in fitness and yoga have most certainly complimented all the different style classes she teaches today. Laurie is the owner of the Easton and Canton Studios.
Since coming to her mat in 2008, Jean has learned how yoga can transform a person on so many levels. With many hours of classes and Open Doors Teacher Training, she can easily relate to students of all abilities, keeping class achievable and challenging for all. Her adaptable style in the teachers spot assures that everyone gets the most from their Open Doors experience, whether its a rigorous flowing vinyasa or a more gentle approach. With a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and three daughters, she has a great outlook and attitude and comes to her mat with humor and compassion.
Lori has an extensive background teaching a variety of group fitness classes throughout the years. Lori carries multiple certifications and is currently teaching pilates, TRX, group cycle and boot camp classes. She fell in love with pilates about five years ago after seeing how it changed her body. It has since become her favorite class to teach. She believes pilates should be incorporated into everyone's fitness regimen especially as they age. Through her experience and education, Lori teaches a non classical approach of pilates. She has found this style class is enjoyed even by those participants whom were not fans of pilates classes they have tried in the past. Lori hopes to share her class with you and see you on the mat soon.