Unplug & Be Mindful Yoga
I discovered yoga in 1999 while in the midst of a 6 month period of debilitating anxiety and panic attacks. Unable to leave my apartment, I discovered Rodney Yee’s yoga videos and it brought me back to life. I realized quickly that it wasn’t the physical ‘workout’ elements that helped me through my time of crisis, but the breathing (pranayama) and meditative aspects that helped reconnect my mind, body and spirit. I have practiced yoga ever since and have been ‘panic attack free’ for 19 years. (I will be offering yoga for anxiety workshops for both adults and children in the future).
After years of searching for a yoga teacher training program that would fit into my schedule raising three children, I completed my 200hr YTT through Sacred Space Yoga School in Scituate. One of the most important elements of yoga that I learned in my teacher training is that certain styles of yoga are not healthy for everyone. That each of us has our own unique constitution (in Ayurveda called Tridosha) and that determines what types of yoga are best for YOUR body. It also changes based on the season, time of day and the environment.
I also learned that a yoga teacher needs to 1) Keep students safe and 2) Teach to every unique individual and not just a few in a class. As yoga teachers, we should not be ‘practicing’ while teaching, but rather watching our students and listening to their breathing, something that I sadly thought was normal because everyone of my teachers I came across practiced on their mats and I was looking up at them the entire time of the class wondering ‘Am I doing this right?’ I am so happy I learned that this was not the norm and I expect the same from any teacher at Unplug & Be Mindful Yoga.
I am also certified in Yin Yoga, Little Flower Yoga Level 1, a Reiki Master and completed the MBSR (Mindful Based Stress Reduction) program. I am currently completing my 300hr YTT which includes Vinyasa Krama and continuing the Little Flower RCYT in the spring.
I consider teaching yoga and practicing Reiki a gift and part of my dharma. A gift that I feel blessed to share with adults and children of all walks of life. And yoga, like Harley Davidson’s, really does bring people from all walks of life together which is a beautiful thing to witness and be a part of.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, giving back to the community, paddle boarding, walking and hiking in nature, reading and spending time by the ocean.
Melissa M., E-RYT 200 YA, Reiki Master, Yin Yoga YTT, Little Flower Yoga L2, MBSR
Yoga is my true passion...
The practice found me over ten years ago and has followed me around with nurturing love ever since.
My yoga experience began at Charlestown Yoga in Boston, Massachusetts while volunteering for a non-profit organization which offered alternative healing services to veterans. In exchange, I was able to take yoga classes at the studio.
I soon became a regular, sometimes taking two, even three classes each day. Simultaneously, I experienced a couple of unexpected lay-offs from my jobs in online advertising sales and this opened up some space to make what was initially a physical practice a very spiritual journey for me.
With the completion of my 200 hour yoga teacher certification in 2007, I began to pursue my teaching career in yoga. First, managing the studio part-time and then, teaching as many classes as I could in and around Boston.
This journey through my practice has paved the path for many of the challenges I would face later on in a way that nothing else could have prepared me for.
In 2011, at age 35, I was teaching yoga and running a Bed & Breakfast on Martha’s Vineyard when I was diagnosed with stage 2/3 triple negative breast cancer. My life turned upside down. Planning a wedding turned into deciding on a treatment plan for the following year. 16 chemo treatments, two surgeries and 30 days of radiation is what followed.
That is what my treatment looked like on paper, but I believe I was saved because of yoga, the community at MGH, and my ‘tribe’. Students would pop up with messages of love and support when I least expected it, at hospitals, on the street, along with various other places and in moments that you couldn’t predict if you tried. I practiced hot power yoga the day after chemo with a bald head, surrounded by my tribe.
This is what yoga is, a place where we can turn things off and look inside ourselves, without judgement or ego but with vulnerability and humble love. I am 7 years cancer free, a wife and mother of two small children. I have faith and hope and yoga taught me that.
My students and colleagues continually inspire and teach me so much about myself. This is what I hope to share with you – on and off the mat.
I graduated from Boston College with a BS in Finance and although I worked in finance in my early career, fitness was always a priority in my daily life. I became a certified personal trainer and took exercise physiology and nutritional classes while still working in finance. Eventually my passion for fitness won over finance and I began my own career in the fitness industry. I have worked as a personal trainer for 24 years, a certified Pilates instructor for 17, and registered yoga instructor for 6. I love helping others to better their health through exercise and proper nutrition.
I fell in love with yoga over ten years ago when a new studio opened up in my hometown. It did not take long for me to fall in love with yoga, and I felt like I couldn’t learn about it fast enough. So I enrolled in a 200 hour teacher training program. It was the best thing I ever did for myself. As I learned the about the history and ancient science of yoga, my practice deepened. I learned more about myself, at the same time learning the “whys” and “hows” that I had been wondering about. Yoga has gotten me through many difficult times in my life. Always a constant and eager student, I continue to seek training and information that I can share with my students. I am very passionate about yoga!
Marcela grew up in the Czech Republic and has always looked for challenges in sports, outdoor activities, fitness and in health. She lives in Pembroke with her husband and their two children. She works hard to maintain a balance between caring for her family and her career.
She first stepped on a yoga mat in 2004. She admits that her first class was very different and challenging compared to her regular routine but knew right away that she loved yoga. It would prove to be a life changing experience for her. Not only did she gain a passion to instruct yoga, she also enjoyed the physical and mental benefits for herself.
Marcela earned her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sports in Prague in 1997. She then worked for in and out-patient clinics for approximately 12 years, her specialty being orthopedic and sports medicine. In 2007, she received her 200h Hatha Yoga Teacher training through Shambhava Yoga School in Hawaii and for the past 10 years has been instructing yoga. Her certifications also include Pilates mat, Evolve and Balancepoint Barre. Marcela’s passion is to instruct Barre classes combining her knowledge and experience into different types of Barre workouts including Pilates Method, Yoga, core and upper body strengthening. In the summers of 2016 and 2017 she also studied Thai massage in Thailand where she received he 90h certification.
He specialty also includes Prenatal, Postnatal, Mom and baby Yoga, Chair and Yin Yoga, Barre classes for moms with their babies.
Marcela strives to make every class special and safe focusing on modifications or challenges. She wants to encourage her clients to appreciate their bodies’ capabilities, to educate and train them to build strength and gain flexibility along with living a healthy lifestyle. She also believes that through her instruction, her clients will see the beauty of their own body and leave her classes stronger, more relaxed, and injury-free.
Angela’s yoga journey begun when she found meditation in her early 20’s. Practicing meditation allowed her to find stillness and clarity. Her physical journey into yoga didn’t truly begin until she became pregnant with her first child in 2003. While practicing Prenatal Yoga throughout her pregnancy, she was able to connect and embrace even more to her ever changing body and baby, and simply feel good by safely and mindfully moving.
In 2012 Angela was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, which shifted her perspective on life and guided her even deeper into alternative therapies for healing. Gentle Yoga moved to the forefront, allowing her to embrace the shifts in her body, and the ebb and flow of life through meditation and mindfulness. The spark was lit, and she knew she wanted to share yoga with the world.
Angela is a 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher from Sacred Space Yoga School. Her passion for learning and helping people has led her to explore and dive deeper into yoga, continuing her education in a 300hr YTT. She loves teaching yoga, and encourages everyone’s light to shine brighter, and feel nourished and whole physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. She says that her life has shifted in a more positive rewarding way through practicing yoga and loves sharing it with her family and friends.
Yoga is for Everyone, and Everyone gets something a little different and special out of yoga. That is the beauty. She believes we can always use a little more fun, and peacefulness in our lives.
Angela O.- 200hr RYT, Certified Cardio Kids YT, OMBirths Certified Pre-Natal YT, Certified Senior Yoga Teacher
Katherine encountered yoga while completing her BFA at RWU. She began to study the art of yoga and found herself spiritually and philosophically connected. As she applied the practice to her life, she began to see improvements physically and within. It was her yoga practice that Katherine relied on throughout her career in Human Services, and after 6 years she decided it was time to embark on a new journey- one that allowed her to fuse her desire to help others with her passion for Yoga. Since then, Yoga has taken her places she had only dreamt of going. Most recently, she moved abroad to beautiful Costa Rica, where she taught yoga and meditation at a Retreat & Wellness center. This was an incredible experience that transformed her life, practice, and teaching. Katherine’s style has been influenced by all of her teachers and experiences; her classes urge strengthening, surrendering and continuous exploration.
200 RYT, Embodyoga® 100 RYT Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans
Suzanne strives to connect with all of her practitioners, encouraging them to take the inspiration discovered in class, off the mat, and into their everyday lives. Her classes are based on the traditions of a true Yoga practice: a feeling of connection to, and support from Earth, a sense of community and respect for others, mindfulness, and gratitude for our bodies and our lives. She is hopeful people will realize the benefits of a daily Yoga practice, where the Asanas (poses), Pranayama (controlled breathing), and Dharana (concentration) will lead to Dhyana (true meditation – complete cessation of thoughts and wandering minds) and Samtosa (pure contentment). She feels strongly that if more people on this Earth adopted a daily, traditional Yoga practice, the population will become naturally healthy and less dependent on medication, more respectful of others, more grateful for what they have and less obsessed over what they don’t have, and the Earth will become a more peaceful and safe place on which to enjoy life.