Weymouth Yoga Instructors | Open Doors Yoga Studios 

Abigail Bell  

Hi, my name is Abigail Bell.  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!

 

Beverly Bielewicz

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 (Also Hingham & Weymouth Studios)

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!

 

Jo Bregnard

In 2009--seven years after my cancer diagnosis and moments after yet another potentially embarrassing wardrobe malfunction during class--I ditched my breast form at the yoga studio, acknowledging that I had found my second home. I've used yoga to nurture myself as both a survivor and caregiver, discovering that the practice is indeed for every body. Inspired by so many supportive teachers and students (especially my mentors in the Open Doors Yoga Teacher Training programs), I strive to offer accessible, soulful, slow-flow classes that encourage you to discover your authentic self. I’ve done additional study in prenatal yoga, teaching to beginners and yoga4cancer, and I enjoy brining my years of work with essential oils into my sessions. I hope you get as juiced as I do about the freedom and present(s) yoga offers, practicing it mindfully both on and off the mat. 

 

Meg Carroll

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.

 

Jennifer Cataldo

Yoga has truly transformed me into the person I am today. I worked for more than twenty years in the legal field - unaware of the toll that so many years of stress had taken on my physical and emotional body. The first time I stepped onto my mat I instantly felt the transformation that this practice revealed was a gift - one that we are all born with – but somehow gets lost in the process of daily life.  I yearned to experience the peace and deeper meaning of yoga more and more. In addition to losing an incredible amount of weight through this practice, I gained back my true self and found the serenity I was longing for. I slowly transitioned from working in the corporate world into teaching yoga full-time, owning and running my own yoga studio and having my own Yoga Teacher Training.  I am forever grateful to all my teachers who inspired and encouraged me to follow my path and share this gift with my students. In 2009, I received my RYT 200 Hour Certification through Open Doors Power Yoga, along with Certifications in Children's Yoga and Yoga for Anxiety/Depression.  I am now an E-RYT 200, and hold Certifications in Yin Yoga, Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra, Spa Yoga and Bodhi & Mind Yoga (trained to teach yoga to women dealing with all stages of Breast Cancer). I am a Reiki Master and offer energy healing treatments as well. I am previous owner of Cohasset Yoga Center. My goal as a teacher is to inspire my students to reconnect with their mind/body/spirit each time they come to their mat. One breath at a time.  I truly believe Yoga Is For Every Body.www.jennifercataldoyoga.com

 

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

Shawn Cornelison (200 & 300 Hour Teacher Training Core Instructor) 

Yoga is breath, movement, and stillness used to allow us to uncover our own truth.  It promises us nothing short of a radical transformation if we are willing to do the work.  My journey with yoga began many years ago and I am still in the process of that discovery.  I want to provide my students a safe space to explore movement, stillness and breath, so they can discover their own truth,  I have been teaching classes focused on breath and alignment for over 15 years.  In addition to my regular classes, I teach in the 200 and 300 hour teacher training programs here at Open Doors.  I am also available for private yoga therapy sessions to help with pain reduction, low energy, or for those who want to understand how their bodies move in their practice .  You can reach me at YogaTherapyInternational@gmail.com .  I also teach certifications for Yoga and Mood Regulation and Yin Yoga.

 

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.

Karen Donahue (Also Duxbury Studio)

I was first introduced to the practice of yoga in 2007 after a long struggle with daily seizures and brain surgeries. I felt very vulnerable—like I was taking a “leap of faith.” I showed up for my first time on my mat with no idea what I was in for, but I knew I needed to do something. Since that Sunday, there was no looking back. My seizures went from every day to one every couple months. A miracle! At the time I was still unable to drive, so each time I found my way to my mat once a week a sense of total freedom washed over me. As a runner, I was not there for the physical, so instead the internal work began, the healing began, getting to know who I am began. Six months later I found myself seizure-free and with my driver’s license. The power of the mind, body and spirit yoked together was happening … and the bonus? It was a great workout, too! The yoga practice has been transformative for me. I now have a strong desire—a passion—to share the gift of the practice with others. 

 

I graduated from the Open Doors 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Program in 2009 and have been teaching ever since. I’ve explored many teaching modalities and enjoy mixing things up. I’m certified in Power Yoga, Yoga for Anxiety and Depression, Brain Therapy, Kids’ Yoga, Reiki 1, and the School of Energy Healing. I’ve incorporated meditation, slow flow, and other techniques to my group classes as well as the therapeutic teaching I’ve done in day programs for adults with severe disabilities. My experience includes teaching both kids and adults, power yoga from beginners to experienced yogis, as well as teaching students to become instructors. My belief system: Yoga is Therapy.   Nothing in life stays the same, so this is a constant reminder to allow the yoga experience to be accessible to the students in front of me with unique bodies and unique needs that can shift daily. I strive to keep my class flowing for the student who wants to be pushed to the edge, the student recovering from health issues needing variations, and the student looking to just breathe and be still. I believe the more curve balls life throws us, the easier it becomes to transition to what is needed. Although I have taught under many instructors—some who have really helped mold my teaching style, Richard Lanza, Shawn Cornelison and Joanne Flaherty—my greatest teachers have been the students in front of me. Each day I am learning. It is a give-and-take relationship, and one I cherish. As an instructor, my job is to create space and a solid foundation so the students can let go and find freedom within themselves … a transformation. The yoga taught on the mat can be taken off the mat, allowing us all to re-enter the world with a sense of well-being. I believe we as students have the opportunity to create a toolbox during our yoga practice to be tapped into during our daily lives—any time things get stormy or we need to refuel and replenish. Yes, yoga is constant work. We can have setbacks, too, when we are out of balance—but such beautiful outcomes awaits us as we each evolve along our own personal yoga journey. I’m available for both private sessions and group classes. I look forward to guiding you and witnessing the power of our thoughts connected to our physical bodies, the yoga practice can be transformative for you, too.  

 

Lauren Folan

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!

Ghia Griess

Ghia’s long journey of yoga has brought her back and forth to her mat for multiple reasons: anxiety, mindfulness, exercise, relaxation, sweat and power of the practice, her ego, healing from surgeries, and just the love of the connection of mind and body allowing her peace on her mat.  During class a teacher once said, “yoga is a slow burn, where every day the practice is never the same, and it is always evolving to obtain a lifelong practice”. This little statement stuck with her and ignited her into a new journey. With the many returns of times on and off her mat Ghia’s last return to her mat 3 years ago is this final and lifelong return to her practice where she is creating yoga for her and one that will be a forever practice.  Ghia graduated from Open Doors 200 yoga teacher training in June 2018 through Open Doors Studios. Ghia’s intentions are to guide students to bring this slow burn of yoga to her students. Ghia’s goal is to guide students yoga practice that creates a space of mindfulness and ease so that their yoga practice can grow and sustain to promote yoga relationship that can be maintained throughout one’s life. (Registered Yoga Teacher – 200 Hour, Certified Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga Teacher – 25 Hour, YIN Yoga Certified, CPR/FIRST Aid Certified)

 

Richard Lanza (Instructor & Owner of Open Doors in Braintree, 300 & 500 Teacher Training)

Richard Lanza, ERYT, CYT, has been exploring the different branches of yoga and forms of holistic health for over 40 years with special focus on psychic development and spiritual healing. His background also includes training in Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Hypnosis, Acupuncture, Massage, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Energy Healing, Essene Therapy and Therapeutic Touch. He is the originator and owner of OPEN DOORS HOLISTIC AND METAPHYSICAL CENTER and orginator of OPEN DOORS YOGA STUDIOS, Instructor of the OPEN DOORS YOGA TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAMS (200 & 500 Hour), Co-Director of the OPEN DOORS School of Energy Healing, Creator and Instructor of the Intuitive Mastery Program, producer of Hypno-Meditation CD's and creator of TranceFormation Workshops. He also has received training and certification from Tolly Burkan as a FireWalk Facilitator. He has taught yoga workshops nationally and internationally. His passion is Vinyasa style of yoga. As a yoga instructor his classes blend the intensity and focus of a Vinyasa Yoga practice with a playful attitude towards the challenge. Richard believes his purpose is to provide the space to allow individuals the opportunity to transform their lives. As an instructor, his intent is to support his students to empower themselves, lighten up and enjoy life, deepen their spiritual practice, explore their potential, and discover their unique truth.

 

Jessica Long

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!

Susan Maysmith (Also Dorchester, HIngham & Norwell Studios)

Susan Maysmith has worked in physical fitness for over 12 years as a certified personal trainer and group exercise/spinning instructor. Connecting to the need for a more spiritual lifestyle and a gentler way to strengthen and create a more flexible body, she started to teach and practice hatha yoga. For 10 years she has taught hatha yoga and for the last 5 years she concentrated on power yoga. She is also on the faculty of the National Yoga Alliance, Power Yoga Certification Program through Open Doors.

 

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.

Sarah Nicklas

Sarah Nicklas 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.

Izzy Ortigoza

Sarah Nicklas 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.

Lyn Pompeo (Also Norwell & Hingham Studios)

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.

Jessica Rosenthal

I have been an athletic person for most of my life enjoying soccer and dance. Close to 10 years ago I found yoga and started attending classes whenever I could. In 2014 I found myself feeling a bit disconnected from my mind and body. I turned to yoga and it brought me back to my center. The personal results I felt were so amazing that I decided sign up for a YTT. I earned my 200hr certification through Open Doors in 2016 and most recently a 300hr certification with Simon Borg-Olivier in Bali!  My goal teaching yoga is for my students to enjoy the feeling each posture gives them and the journey in between. Breathing naturally and moving from the core are key aspects I bring to my classes. 

Maureen St. Croix

Maureen completed her 200hr certification with OpenDoors. She has a 500 hour cert in Prana Flow (Shiva Rea) with Coral Brown. Maureen's classes are infused with a love of music, being a classically trained pianist she appreciates the parallel of rhythm of breath and loves focusing on using breath as your personal instrument to grow your practice. Ayurveda has been a big interest and is infused into the fabric of her sequences and wants to share this knowledge with her students. Maureen completed her 625 hour Ayurvedic Wellness Councilor certification with KAA and is planning on completing the Ayurvedic Practitioner’s level certification as well. She strives to both encourage and support her students to take their yoga off the mat and into the world. Come join her at class to mandala around the mat.

Brittney Sayward

Brittney is a certified Buti Yoga instructor with a background in athletics and dance. She started her fitness journey after the birth of her daughter 4 years ago and found her passion upon discovering Buti Yoga. Brittney loves how Buti includes Cardio, Tribal Dance, strength and conditioning, all combined into a primal dynamic yoga flow. She loves how Buti Yoga empowers women to love each other, themselves and embrace how their bodies move. She is now studying to go further into her Yoga Practice and Personal Trainer and is also certified to teach Buti Sculpt, Buti Bands, TRX & Cardio Sport.

Susan Treichel

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.  

Ramsey Violette

Hi my name is Ramsey and I am a handstand addict. I began practicing various martial arts at about the age of 9. (Judo, Tai Chi, Tangsudo, Kenpo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) When I was in my 30’s the universe introduced me to yoga and it was love at first chaturanga. I do not consider myself a martial artist anymore than I consider myself a yogi. I would say above all else I am a “mover” I simply love to move my body. I’m that ADD kid who could never sit still in school. Every single day I practice anything and everything from martial arts to yoga, acrobatics, calisthenics, and animal flow, (I also love to dubstep and crunk dance when no one is watching) I like to use my knowledge of various movement modalities to help me create asana sequences that are challenging, imaginative, and fun. I stress one main point in my teachings. Yoga is not a look, yoga is a feeling. There are many paths up the mountain and there is no such thing as the best asana or the perfect form. If we have fun and you leave class feeling just a little better than when you walked in, as far as I’m concerned we did yoga right.

 

Nancy Wiley (Also Hingham Studio)

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 Zupkofska (Also Norwell & Duxbury Studios)

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.

 

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