Taunton Yoga Instructors | Open Doors Yoga Studios
Nine years ago, while out in the neighborhood taking a walk, Julie’s neighbor invited her to take a yoga class. At that class, Julie “found” yoga, adding it into her routine of strength training and exercise classes. Having been a fitness instructor for over fifteen years and a triathlete, Julie found that yoga not only improved her flexibility and balance, but it also greatly reduced injury, changed her physique in a positive way and best of all, led to greater peace of mind. As the mom of two children, this pathway to balance and serenity has been invaluable. This past year, Julie earned her RYT 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification , along with a Personal Trainer Certification. Her goal as a yoga teacher is to make yoga accessible and enjoyable to all those willing to give it a try. For those experienced students, her knowledge of proper alignment and her experience as a fitness instructor combine for a class that will allow those students to explore to their edge. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach at Open Doors.
Jill found yoga 5 years ago after a health scare related to stress, and at the recommendation of a cardiologist. After experiencing the overall health benefits and realizing how important a regular yoga practice can be, she decided she wanted to be both a student, and teacher. She completed her 200 hour training with Erica Nunnally of the Bija Institute in Cumberland, Rhode Island and has continued her training in different modalities such as Yin, Yoga Nidra, Yoga for Children, and Yoga for Children with Autism and Special Needs. She is a second level reiki practitioner of the Usui Shiki Ryoho tradition, and often incorporates the soothing sounds of a chakra drum, gong, and singing bowls to her classes. Her goal is to make the practice comfortable and accessible to people just as they are, and is always thrilled to see people walk through the door and take well deserved time for themselves.
I started my yoga journey six years ago. A doctor recommended yoga to me as an alternative form of physical activity after an injury. My first class was at my gym with my mom. We didn’t even know you had to take your shoes off, but I left feeling amazing. Fast forward to now when yoga is truly my life style. I practice as often as possible and I truly enjoy sharing with others how amazing yoga is.
Meg is extremely energetic, fun, goofy, and kind. As a recent graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Meg received her BA in Psychology. In coming home she has really tried to focus her attention & drive into finding & doing things that “feed her soul”. In summer of 2014 she was introduced to the study of Reiki which helped her grandfather a great deal who suffered from ALS. Inspired by her grandfather & how much Reiki helped him, she became certified in the first two levels of Usui Reiki Healing with the hopes of eventually becoming a Reiki master in the third level. She’s been coming to Open doors off & on over the past several years, & found yoga as a great way to relieve her stress and anxiety. In coming to classes over the summer of 2014 at the East Bridgewater location, she heard about the upcoming teacher training program & knew it was meant to be. She completed the 200 hour, 3 and a half month intensive program in December 2014. She hopes to bring peace of mind to students in her class through yoga & reiki healing as it has helped her in her own personal experiences!
Linda began practicing yoga in 2003, as a healthy way to manage stress. She fell in love with how yoga works every part of the body, from the inside out. As she continued to explore the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of yoga, Linda experienced an improvement in her overall health. Her desire to become a better student, and her passion to share the benefits of yoga with others, inspired her to participate in the Open Doors 200 Hour Teacher Training Program. Linda leads a breath-focused, safe alignment-based class. She encourages students to honor where they are in their practice, and to journey on their own individual yogic paths, without expectation. When not instructing yoga, Linda has a dedicated career in protecting and assisting individuals with chronic mental health needs.
I discovered yoga right after graduating college, but really fell in love with the practice when I first stepped into an Open Doors studio about 5 years ago. I took the leap and enrolled in the 200 hour teacher training as a way to share my experience with others. Like many people I’m sure, I love the feeling, both physically and mentally, that I get at the end of a great class, especially when I’ve spent 40 hours of my week sitting behind a desk. A fitness fanatic, I also enjoy running, weight lifting and circuit training, and love traveling and exploring new places with my husband and daughter.
Jennifer (CYT 200) creates a very calm, safe, and supportive environment in her yoga classes. As an Occupational Therapist Assistant, her nurturing side aids practitioners into encouraging asanas and therapeutic breathwork. She studied with Kitsy Mayo for a certification in Reiki I and Reiki II and brings positive energy through hands on assist. In 2009 Jennifer received her certificate in Positional Therapy Level 1 with Lee Albert at the Kripalu Center. She is currently embarking on her next step in her yogic journey by starting her 300-Hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training.
JGrowing up as a dancer, Kayla always found herself drawn to movement. Shortly after graduating high school her dance career came to an end and College while working full time were on the horizon. As years began to pass she grew to miss that movement & the release she found while dancing. In 2015 Kayla found Buti Yoga through her former dance instructor- (talk about full circle!). The practice truly re-lit a fire within her and gave her the movement she was longing for. Later that year, Kayla completed her BUTI yoga certification. Combining yoga with a healthy diet led her to an incredible weightless transformation. It helped her to create new goals while teaching her to never stop reaching for higher heights & bigger dreams. In 2017 Kayla completed her 200HR RYT in Vinyasa yoga amongst several other trainings. She hopes to encourage others to step outside of their comfort zone and explore the growth yoga has to offer!
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.
Christine started power yoga for physical activity. She quickly realized the true benefit happens to the mind. She believes yoga reduces stress, anxiety, and depression and teaches us to be present in the moment. She enrolled in the Open Doors Power Yoga Teacher Training in 2013 and it was life changing. Christine is a certified Health and Wellness Coach and hopes to inspire others to live a more balanced life.
Marilva Wedge (Taunton and E Bridgewater Franchise Owner)
I can remember my first yoga class like it was yesterday. My sister invited me to a Power Yoga class at an Open Doors studio and proceeded to place me in front of a heater and the hydrofogger. I was hot, completely lost in the flow, but when class was over, I couldn't wait to go back. From that very first yoga class, I knew I had found something I was missing. I couldn't let go of the sensation of peace that I left with and carried with me. I hope to offer that same sense of peace to my community to both adults and children alike.