Weymouth Yoga Instructors | Open Doors Yoga Studios
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.
Cindy Bowser began her yoga journey at Open Doors in 2011. I believe in the spiritual, mental and physical life changing effects that a regular yoga practice can make. Yoga has had such an impact on my life that the next natural step was to enroll in Open Doors Yoga Teacher Training. I enjoy teaching a fun and physically challenging class that connects breath with movement, still allowing the mind to become calm. I look forward to helping my students gain the positive benefits that I continue to receive from yoga and Open Doors. Namaste!
I discovered yoga later in life, and once I found it, I knew it was going to be a big part of my world. I completed my 200-hour YTT in 2020 through Open Doors, and I look forward to many fulfilling teaching days ahead. As a yoga teacher, what I bring to my classes is a sense of calm, groundedness, and ease. My teaching style is clear and accessible, and my goal is to teach students in a way that doesn’t overcomplicate or overwhelm the experience. As a yoga practitioner, what I love about yoga is that the experience is always changing and evolving, and yet, it provides steadiness and constancy. Every time I step onto my mat, I give myself the opportunity to focus my mind; strengthen my body; and lift my spirit. With yoga, there is an ever-present feeling of hope, of looking forward, and of beginning anew—this is what I hope to share with all of my students.
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.
Stephanie Coggins Kelly
From a young age, Stephanie has been an athlete. Whether it was competitive cheerleading, gymnastics, figure skating, or playing street HOCKEY with her brother, she loves being active. As she became older, her muscles WOULD sore quicker and her joints were stiff immediately after a workout. She admits she wasn’t originally draw to yoga and the one class she tried at the gym left her feeling, just, blah. In 2013, Stephanie was going through a difficult time in her life and decided to try a class at a local yoga studio with a few friends. This time, not only did she want her body to be relieved from pain, she also wanted her mind to be clear. When she walked into the studio she felt a sense of community, love, and dang, did it smell good! Shortly after, THE ACHES AND PAINS DISAPPEARED and she was starting to feel herself again. Over the past few years, she has become passionate about her practice and using THE TOOLS SHE'S LEARNED to help her students who might be struggling PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY just like she had been. “The practice of yoga is a practice and every time we show up ON OUR mat THE PRACTICE WILL FEEL different. Maybe you didn’t sleep well the night before or you’re anxious about the day ahead of you. Whatever the day may bring, what’s important is that you leave what doesn’t serve you purpose on YOUR MAT." Stephanie is continuing her practice spring 2018 with a certification in Buti Yoga, a practice that empowers women and men of all ages to promote happiness and health. In the future she would like to be certified in working with post-traumatic stress and chronic conditions such as grief, depression, and anxiety. The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. Namaste! Check out her website: www.stephaniekellyyoga.com
Moira’s love of yoga began with her first power vinyasa flow class. The mind-body connection, the heat and intensity and the meditative quality of movement linked to breath gave her the challenge and physicality she craved, and the peace, stillness and spirituality she truly needed in her life. A confessed “Type A Yogi”, her classes are an energetic and athletic blend of core work, strength and stability with a healthy dose of fiery flow. She also incorporates yoga philosophy and spirituality into her themes, as well as a well-earned and satisfying Savasana at class end. Expect to leave her class with a calm, focused energy that will stay with you throughout your day. A graduate of Open Doors Yoga Teacher Training, she welcomes you to join her on the mat. Om shanti, shanti, shanti.
Marissa Delisle (Instructor & Co-Owner of Weymouth, Duxbury, Norwell Studios / Director of Open Doors Teacher Training Programs)
Marissa discovered yoga 10 years ago leading her on a journey of self discovery and deep spiritual growth. Marissa invites yoga students to unearth their true self through creative expression in their yoga practice. She believes yoga is in each moment, each breath, both on and off the mat. Marissa is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and has been certified in Marma Nadi Chakra Yoga and Trance Dance by Shiva Rea. She also holds certification with YogaMedics, a modality that works with those challenged with chronic pain and other serious health issues.
A life-long learner passionate about movement and health, Evangeline begin regularly practicing yoga in 2019 while recovering from injuries. Discovering a renewed sense of peace in her soul, and a warm welcoming embrace into the local yoga community, she realized how critical yoga was for her healing process, both physically and mentally. In 2020 she decided to pursue her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification through Open Doors Yoga Studios in Weymouth, MA. Evangeline’s classes are Vinyasa-based, slow-flow, with a strong emphasis on breath, awareness, and functionality. Her focus is to provide a welcoming and joyful environment for her students, helping them connect with their bodies & find stillness in their lives.
Lauren was first introduced to yoga in 2010, when she took her first class ever and was hooked immediately! Yoga was the peace and serenity she needed, but could not find in corporate America. In 2013, she decided to put the financial world behind her and pursue a career in what she is passionate about - teaching. Not only did she go back to school for teaching mathematics, but also enrolled in Infinite Yoga's 200 hour training program in San Diego.
She is passionate about sharing her love of yoga and teaching with an authentic and fun approach. Lauren believes that yoga is not just about the physical aspect - it is about becoming stronger mentally and emotionally as well. When you are having a good day, come to your mat. When you are having a bad day, ESPECIALLY come to your mat. She is extremely dedicated to creating a demanding, but nurturing and safe environment for students, that supports inward focus and exploration of the body, mind, and spirit. Lauren wants you leaving class feeling more aware and mentally and physically stronger!
My yoga journey began at Open Doors when I was in my early 20s, and while on the West Coast for most of my 30s this journey deepened into more than just a physical practice. As my practice grew, I grew. I connected within and discovered my true self on and off the mat. For many years I had wanted to become a teacher, and once returning to the East Coast I fulfilled this ambition. I completed my 200hr teacher training though Open Doors and Yin Certification with Shawn Cornelison. I want to share yoga with anyone who is willing to look deep inside and find their strength. I will always offer a comfortable and safe space that inspires others to be kind and find love within. Even if it is only for an hour class, you can unplug, quiet your mind, find peace and feel joy.
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 to recover and stay in shape when an injury derailed her running, and in addition to the changes in her body, she was hooked on the mental and spiritual shift in her life. In addition to running and yoga, Kim is an avid hiker and loves the great outdoors. She completed her 200 CYT through Open Doors Yoga Studios and her 500 CYT with Sacred Seeds Yoga School. She holds additional certifications in Kids Yoga and Clinically Informed Restorative Yoga (CLIR) and is a Level I Balanced Athlete Coach. She also teaches graduate school and still does some consulting. Kim lives in Hanover with her son Dylan and their rescue pup Susana.
Jennifer Juenemann RYT-200, B.A. Sociology/ Eastern Religious Studies 2001- University of Colorado, Boulder
Jennifer’s yoga journey began 17 years ago in Boulder, Colorado with an intense and intimate yoga and meditation practice. It is in this time that she fell in love with the philosophies of the East and began a journey of self-discovery that spanned continents and also brought her inward to deeper realms of being. After traveling overseas and living and practicing yoga in Australia, New Zealand and Spain she returned to her New England roots and found the path to Yoga Teacher through an intensive 8-month training at Open Doors Studio in 2016. She is currently working to complete her RYT-500 at Down Under School of Yoga in Boston. Jennifer has also attained the First Degree in Reiki through the Usui Shiki Ryoho lineage of natural healing. Jennifer aims to effectively hold space for students while guiding them toward a deeper relationship with themselves so that they many uncover the true teacher and the innate healing potential within. Jennifer’s classes focus on breath, alignment, fluidity, and subtle energetics to move the body with strength and integrity toward the ultimate goal of a stillness and peace.
Amanda has been a student at Open Doors for many years; she fell in love with the studio and its community, making it a part of her semi-annual visits from Los Angeles to Duxbury. Now a Boston resident, she is excited to be teaching in her yoga home away from home. Amanda mixes her passion for music with her deep affection for yoga to bring you fun and challenging classes. She invites and encourages all individuals to explore their unique yoga journey, and creates uplifting, non-intimidating environments for everyone to enjoy community. Amanda loves to crank the tunes, laugh with you, and turn up the volume on your practice!
Sara's desire for balance and harmony lead her to the practice of yoga over 12 years ago. Her calm and tranquil demeanor provides a complimentary backdrop as she holds healing space in class for you to explore. VINIYOGA best describes Sara's method of teaching. This approach to yoga asanas places an emphasis in function over form, the breath as the medium for movement and the use of repetition into and out of the postures. This highly intelligent style of yoga has powerful transformative effects. Sara's practice has allowed her to better her craft of haircutting as well as living more intentionally with the seasons and cycles of mother earth. Spending time in nature with her rescue dog, Mac, is her greatest joy.
Jessica has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. During that time she became inspired by Yoga’s physical and psychological benefits. She decided to become a teacher in order to share this with others and to delve deeper into her own practice. Jessica received her 200-hour teacher training at Open Doors in 2015. Her classes, with upbeat exotic playlists combine traditional Vinyasa/power style with strength building and toning movements to create a completely unique yoga experience.
Michelle Marini O'Brien
Hi Michelle here! I earned my Sculpt certification from Core Power in Colorado. My background is in athletics: triathlon racing, powerlifting, snowboarding, wakeboarding and more- I love being active and trying new sports! My class offers a challenging and empowering environment. Yoga integrated with awesome music and light weights will sculpt and tone the body. Come sweat with me- let’s have some fun!
Courtney has been practicing yoga for almost 10 years. During that time she became fascinated by the soul, mind, and body benefits. Yoga has influenced her growth and eventually landed her intrigue to earn her 200-hour teacher training, through Open Doors. Her classes cast a balance of vinyasa /power strength poses. She marries the balance of the breath to movement with her eclectic playlists by challenging students to go within.
My yoga journey began over 20 years ago at Open Doors in Braintree. I would have to say my practice became even more consistent in 2009 when I became a certified ACE Personal Trainer and owner of Inside Out Fitness. The physical aspect of my practice is what I found alluring which always brought me back to my mat. I was impressed with the beautiful poses, inversions and arm balances. Yet being present, mindful and calm is what fascinated and challenged me the most.
This started to shift my passion for fitness into a love and appreciation of the entire wellness of body, mind and soul. I realized without the connection of mental stillness, body awareness and proper alignment my yoga practice would never evolve and grow. This new perception led me to a new chapter of my journey into the Open Doors teacher training program in 2019. I feel my background and knowledge as a wellness coach and body trainer allows me to help students access, connect and challenge their “true” strength physically and mentally. By learning how to feel each movement rather than “going through the motion” one’s practice can transcend the mat in many gratifying ways.
Kari's passion for Yoga and Power Yoga began about 10 years ago. She has always been an avid gym goer but found herself burning out of the constant grind of going to the gym and just ‘working out’. That's when she found yoga. Her practice and knowledge of yoga has completely transformed her life. She manages life's challenges through yoga and finds her way to the mat to quiet her brain, build strength and 'sweat it out'! Kari spent 15 years in Corporate HR and decided to leave that world to pursue her passion for fitness and yoga. She made the decision to move into a new phase of her life doing what she loved and sharing that passion with others. Kari completed her 200 hours YTT training at Open Doors Yoga Studio. She also became a certified spin instructor after being a student on the bike for 15 years. She wants to help motivate others to find activities in their lives that excite them about feeling strong and healthy in their lives, while having fun and laughing along the way. Kari lives in Hanover with her husband and two boys Tyler and Ryan and their shy, but loving, dog Bentley. Please meet Kari on the mat to have some fun, sweat and build strength in your body and mind.
I began yoga as a way of incorporating new movement into my life after sustaining an injury due to muscular imbalance. I was nervous to try out something new, but I was instantly comforted by the welcoming and grounding nature of yoga. As my journey with yoga progressed, I began to learn that building strength can be restorative and that by turning inward I was able to find balance, both physically and mentally. My goal as a yoga teacher is to provide a supportive and encouraging environment for students to connect with their balance and inner strength. I believe that yoga teaches us to move with compassion and respect for ourselves so that we can move through the world with compassion and respect for others. In my classes I look forward to helping students cultivate this self-compassion in their own yoga practice through mindful movement.
Sarah Moran (Sub)
I began my yoga journey before I was even conscious of it. I was drawn to running group exercises for seniors and in time I noticed that at an older age, any movement is good movement. I learned to not take my body for granted. The body is something that needs to be taken care of to last and in a fast world it’s so easy to lose sight of that. Then I found yoga and realized the true connection of mind, body and soul. I set out on my yoga journey and along the way I became the person I didn’t even know I wanted to be. Finding beautiful connections and movements that truly nourished my soul. I’m grateful every day for my body. I love strong, powerful slow flows and I like to have fun with my classes.
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 and a Yoga Instructor since 2008. 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. Being a Massage Therapist led me to the study of Yoga. I became a Yoga instructor in 2008 having completed a 200 hour teacher training with Richard Lanza and the amazing teachers at Open Doors Yoga Studios. I have since studied with Shiva Rea in Trance Dance Yoga, Cameron Shayne in Budokon a fusion of Yoga and Martial Arts and Don and Amba Stapelton from The Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica. My interest in yoga began as a teenager reading anything I could get on eastern philosophy. What resonates with me and my love of yoga is that yoga is a question, an inquiry,......Who Am I.
I was introduced to yoga by a friend when I was struggling to discover my true self. Yoga anchored me and helped me to discover who and what I wanted to be. I am an advocate for mental health awareness and I enjoy incorporating yoga into my work as a mental health professional. I completed my 200 hour YTT during the pandemic, which was a great experience during an uncertain time. My hope for you when you come to one of my classes is to get a workout in, both physically and mentally.
Michelle began practicing yoga in her adolescence and completed her 200 hour YTT at Open Doors in 2019. A Licensed Mental Health Clinician (LMHC), Michelle values creating a trauma-informed, inclusive space that welcomes those from all backgrounds, body types, and experience levels. Her calming, meditative practice guides students toward finding tranquility. Michelle lives and works in Boston. She loves hiking, music, art, and animals of all kinds.
I am forever thankful to the dear friend that introduced me to yoga decades ago. The journey started slowly but eventually led me to the Open Doors Teacher Training program in 2006 led by Richard Lanza and Shawn Cornelison. I entered the program with absolutely no intention to actually teach yoga asana, but as life sometimes goes I have not stopped teaching since completing my 200hr. As a vinyasa lover I teach a very breath centered class. My intention as a teacher is for students to find their own way through the postures with breath and lightness, maybe a little bit of laughter and a challenge along the way. The practice of yoga is constantly changing for me and I have been extremely fortunate that the right teachers have come into my life at the right time. I am so so grateful for these teachers and this practice that has changed my life and intend to keep it going, with teachers new and old for years to come.
Radhika Priya Sakhi
Hi, my name is Radhika. Since you’re reading this, I’m going to guess we already have a lot in common, specifically, the practice of yoga. My own formal training comes from Open Doors, where I completed both my 200 and 300-hr certifications with wonderful, supportive teachers. I offer support and guidance in several styles of yoga, including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin, Power, Restorative, Gentle, Hatha and one-on-one rehabilitative sessions. I hold weekly corporate classes and also serve on the faculty of the 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training here at Open Doors. Enough about me, though. I’m more interested in you. Maybe we can practice together? Hope to see you soon!
My journey with yoga began many years ago when I noticed an Open Doors studio open next to my work. One night, I decided to drop in for a class and instantly became hooked. The calmness I felt after class kept bringing me back for more. I developed a wonderful connection between my mind and body and enjoyed the positivity, relaxation and strength I found as my yoga practice grew. I began to explore various yoga class styles, from slow flow to heated power vinyasa. I found a way to connect which class I wanted to embrace that day, based on what my mind and body needed in that moment. Becoming a yoga teacher was always on my bucket list, I wanted to share my love of yoga with others. After of years of wanting, I finally decided to jump with both feet in. I completed a 200hr yoga teacher training course through Open Doors. My goal as a teacher is to create a welcoming environment for all, where students can find who they are as a yogi and to discover and embrace their best self on and off the mat.
You’ve heard it before: “yoga changed my life.” It’s a cliche because it’s true, and it’s my truth. During my transition to single motherhood, I went to my mat Every. Single. Day. I didn’t know what I was looking for, but I ended up finding myself. When you find this kind of peace and acceptance, it’s only fair to pass it on. I completed my 200hr YTT through Open Doors in 2021 with the intention that it’s just the beginning of a lifelong journey in yoga. I aim to create a safe space in my classes for students to embrace the freedom of their personal practice. I teach with energy and contemporary music. I will challenge you to lean into your postures and learn about yourself.
I was introduced to yoga about 12 years ago and immediately fell in love. Although my practice began more as a means to exercise, with study, I have realized how much deeper yoga has the ability to reach beyond the physical body. Originally from Philadelphia and having lived all over the country and abroad, I relocated to Massachusetts last year and am so excited to be part of the South Shore yoga community. I received my 200 hour certification through Open Doors and am registered with Yoga Alliance. Currently I am working on my RCYT 95 hour to teach children and teen’s yoga with a trauma-informed focus. I am also certified in Gravity Yoga and Thai Massage Level 1, and am a certified breath coach. I will be earning my certifications in Yoga Anatomy, Yoga Sculpt, Yin, and Restorative Yoga by November 2021. I am a forever student- constantly striving to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually, both personally and as a teacher, and hope to be able to share my knowledge, growth, and love of yoga with all of you. My classes focus on the mind, body, and breath connection in an upbeat, welcoming environment. I look forward to seeing you on the mat!
My yoga and meditation practice began when I was seventeen years old. At that time, I was in high school, hardly knew what yoga or meditation was, and was placed into yoga as elective class. Although initially hesitant, I soon fell in love with the movement and breath and began to regularly take hot yoga classes at the local studio in town. The feeling I experienced afterward was the closest I’ve ever been to peace, and I kept returning to the mat over and over again. I began to feel love and compassion for myself and found a community of people I felt understood me. In 2018, I graduated from the Yoga Spirit 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training and began teaching others about the practice that transformed my life. Since obtaining my certification, I have taught groups up to 100 people at a time, worked with numerous private clients, hosted professional corporate classes, taught at 6+ high schools, lead therapeutic group classes for addiction recovery, mentored over a dozen kids from the ages of 5-18, raised $2800 for charitable causes through donation-based yoga, and regularly teach classes and workshops.
I am registered with the yoga alliance as a ERYT-200, and I am continuing my education with a 300-hour advanced certification. My teaching style allows students to unfold limitations in both their body and mind while providing a space for them to feel a sense of peace within. I weave thought provoking meditations and mindful breath work throughout my classes, applying ancient wisdom to our western world in a useful and understandable way. My hope is that you will leave your mat finding peace, empowerment, and self-acceptance through yoga, just as I have.
Venice believes yoga is a powerful tool that all should have. Yoga has helped her become a strong runner, a balanced CPA and overall a more positive person. Her yoga class is a mix between strength and flexibility, offered in a vinyasa style flow. Her approach is gentle yet powerful making her yoga classes accessible to all. Expect to move, sweat & breathe.
Physical, mental and spiritual well being... How do we find a space where we can grow and cultivate our best selves in these areas? How do we even know we need to nurture ourselves in these areas? I stumbled on physical exercise for the first time in college after signing up for a modern dance class. I fell in love with dance, all things ‘exercise’ and music. The impact physical exercise has on mental well being was eye opening to me at that time. I was introduced to Yoga in 2009, and once again was amazed that such a thing exists. A practice that combines physical, mental and spiritual well being: I have been practicing Yoga ever since. In 2019, I earned my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training certificate. I welcome all students to join me in classes that cultivate physical, mental, and spiritual strength. My classes will challenge you with postures and flows that build strength, concentration, balance and flexibility.
I have always pursued all sorts of athletic activities. As a child I was on the gymnastics and tennis teams in school. I have been a competitive long-distance runner for the past 12 years, love to hike, bike, ski, surf, do Pilates, play team tennis, and I'm a passionate YOGI! I was drawn to yoga for two main reasons: the lengthening and strengthening as a complement to running, and because of the spiritual component of yoga. My favorite reading material is yoga-related and many of my friends are also yogis. It's really a lifestyle choice, and it brings much peace and compassion into my life. Namaste.
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.