North Attleboro Yoga Instructors | Open Doors Yoga Studios
I, like many, began yoga as a part of my workout. And I, like many, realized the spiritual piece of yoga became what I craved. That craving led me to deepen my practice through participation in Prana Power Yoga Teacher Training. Yoga has now become a part of my life, not “part of my workout”. Before yoga I stumbled over every roadblock and hurdle that was put before me. With yoga I have learned to “see the “possible” in the “impossible”.” I live life no longer as a prisoner of circumstance but as a participant. All I hope to bring to anyone's mat, to include my own, is a person that has learned through complete surrender how to live a life one day at a time, by showing up, being present and having gratitude. ~Smile ~
After many years as a fitness instructor, Lesley found yoga after a running injury. “I, like many, thought yoga was just about stretching and meditating, and I was a hard core sweat and muscle burn junkie. I was very misinformed. I believe yoga saved my body from furthering the injury to my knee and ankle. I have always been interested in the science of exercise and anatomy, and yoga training has allowed me to deepen this study.” As she delved deeper into anatomy study, physiology, and natural healing, she was drawn to intricate workings of the human brain, and the mind body connection so philosophized in yoga teachings. An interest in brain and movement disorders has led her to focus on yoga therapy to help people improve their quality of life. She recently successfully completed, and showed proficiency in Yoga for Parkinson's Teacher Training with the APDA.
Lesley is a lifelong equestrian and has been a licensed horseback riding instructor for nearly 30 years. She now incorporates her knowledge of balanced equitation with the core strength development of yoga and Pilates to give riders a competitive edge, or just to help them find a meditative practice that benefits both horse and rider.
Lesley has also added Figure Skaters to her client base. Figure skating requires a tremendous amount of balance and strength. It is necessary to start finding this strength and balance using the deepest core muscles to create stability in the body. "I have carefully chosen poses and exercises based on my experience as a competitive skater. They are designed to increase flexibility, strengthen the whole body, and find balance, focus, endurance, and calmness with breathing techniques. My class is first and foremost tailored to the individual needs of my students with emphasis always on proper body alignment, mechanics, and safety.
Judi is a 200 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance who has been teaching for 10 years and practicing for 20. Her love of yoga truly began in college, when she discovered the power of meditation. Meditation brings inner peace and focus. She finds great joy in guiding others through a yoga practice that is healing, energizing, and transformative. She always aims to create a classroom environment that feels peaceful and safe for students of all walks of life. Judi has taught students of all ages and is trained in hatha, viniyoga, children’s yoga, and chair yoga. Yoga teachers that have inspired and fueled her passion for the practice include Judy Baker,Gail Taylor, Jacqui Bonwell, Barbara Benagh and Natasha Rizopoulos.
Kristen has been affiliated with the fitness industry since 2008, teaching a plethora of group fitness classes. In recent years she has immersed herself in the practice of yoga and become enamored in its ability to work every part of the body, from the inside out. She initially found herself on her mat in search of physical relief. Being a longtime fitness enthusiast left her body with chronic aches and injuries which completely threw off her body’s alignment. Yoga quickly began to mend not only her physical body, but her spirit and soul. The lessons she was learning on her mat seamlessly began to translate into her day to day life. Kristen’s interest in yoga turned into passion, and ultimately led her to embark on her 200-hour certification at Universal Power Yoga, in Norwood, MA. Kristen is excited to share this transformative practice with all those willing to try. She will guide you through a powerful, yet accessible, fun class that will help you tap into your own inner strength. She looks forward to seeing you on the mat!
After practicing more vigorous forms of yoga over the past 20 years, I find myself moving towards a slower, more mindful practice. I still love the way the physical practice of yoga makes my body feel, but I'm just as interested in the way if affects my mind and spirit. I completed my 200 hour yoga training from Open Doors in September of 2013. Since then I have been teaching all levels of power yoga and also teach a senior yoga class. I have continued my education with a weekend workshop "Yoga for Breast Cancer Recovery & Beyond" by Camille Kittrell, M.S., ERYT and more recently an 8-day workshop "Thereapeutic Yoga for Seniors professional training" at Duke Integrative Medicine. I honestly believe that everyone can and should do yoga. I believe yoga is about accepting yourself where you are. I always encourage students to concentrate on movements that feel good and make sense in their own body and not to worry about the postures look like to others. Moving slowly and safely and creating a sense of wellness are my main goals in a class. And if we can have fun doing that, then all is good! I hope to be able to pass on my love of this practice and specifically help to teach people to let go of their pre-conceived notions of what yoga should be and engage in a yoga practice that feels wonderful for them.
Stephen Killion has a Balanced Athlete level one certification and is currently completing his 200 hour yoga teacher training with Jacqui Bonwell. Stephen has been practicing yoga for over 2 years starting in front of his television before coming to Open Doors in North Attleboro, where he practices regularly. He enjoys all types of yoga and meditation. When he isn't in the studio, he is either trail running with his dog Spartan, paddle boarding, hiking in the mountains, or practicing Crossfit. Movement has always been one of the staples in life that makes Stephen feel connected and at ease, and he carries that into his teaching. Connection with the breath, regardless of the movement is what it is all about for him.
Since 2006 yoga has been an integral part of Laurel’s life, leading her to complete her first teacher training in 2013. Since then she has continued her education through numerous workshops and trainings including Restorative yoga, Art of Assisting, Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra, Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga, Mindfulness, and Reiki 1. In 2017 she completed her 300-hour teacher training with Natasha Rizopoulos at Down Under School of Yoga. Laurel has experience in leading Vinyasa, Power, Gentle, Restorative, and Chair yoga classes to a wide range of participants. She also assists at Down Under School of Yoga and writes a monthly blog: Anatomy of a Pose. Laurel enjoys inspiring others to improve their wellness, remain present, and build a deeper connection to their body, mind, breath, and being. Though her classes are thoughtfully planned with a strong emphasis on alignment or a specific theme, she encourages students to be sensitive to their experience and respect what their body is telling them. As an instructor and practitioner Laurel continues to expand her knowledge through workshops, trainings, and practice. Laurel also holds a Bachelors degree in Art & Art History. She enjoys traveling, playing/writing music and has toured nationally and internationally with her past bands.
Mallory Pfantz (North Attleboro Franchise Owner)
I began practicing yoga as many others, as a form of exercise. With chronic neck and back pain, I thought the only fix was constant chiropractic visits and deep tissue massage, until I found yoga. I was hooked. Yoga became the best therapy for my aching and overused body, as a professional modern dancer. The effects of a regular practice soon became much more than just physical. In 2013 I began my journey with practicing transcendental meditation, and signing up for the yoga teacher training just made sense, so that I could share this inner peace with others. I completed my yoga teacher training through Open Doors, and became the owner of the North Attleboro studio in 2015. Yoga is no longer just a workout for me; I am practicing the philosophy of yoga off my mat, all the time. I like to think that wherever I go, my practice is with me. I've also been enthralled with other forms of wellness for many years. Now, as a holistic Health Coach, I can share this awareness with my community. As a holistic health coach, my intention is to guide others in making empowered and informed decisions for their health and well-being.
A number of years ago whilst struggling on a rock face during a climbing trip on the Via Ferrata in the Italian dolomites, a friend of Leo’s suggested he try yoga to loose some weight and build some strength. The rest is now history. Today Leo lives, eats and sleeps yoga and Reiki. Leo completed his 200hr YTT with Rolf Gates in 2011. Concurrent with his yoga path Leo developed a deep interest in Reiki and under the guidance of Pat Iyer is also a Master Reiki practitioner.
His mission is to inspire other human beings, particularly those struggling with life, to become healed, and to change and grow by sharing every bit of knowledge and wisdom he has gained throughout his lifetime. In order to do this, his immediate mission is to prepare himself fully by adding missing arrows to his quiver and developing all the skills necessary to successfully achieve his mission. To this end he recently completed his 300hr YTT with Jacqui Bonwell and together with a sensational group of human beings is now a 500hr RYT. In his spare time Leo is a Chemical Engineer…..go figure. Leo lives his life by two mantras…..”Life is short, so eat dessert first” and more importantly “Live, laugh love, be kind and leave a legacy”.