Morning Flow (Hot Heat)


This class is taught by:

Chris Briggs

Hometown: Shrewsbury since 1970. My father was in the Marine Corps so I moved around a lot before that.

Favorite inspirational quote: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift. That is why it is called the PRESENT. I don't remember who said this.


When/where/with who was your first yoga class? I first tried yoga when I was in college. Marquette offered Hatha Yoga classes at the Recreational Center.


What / who inspires you? Nature, with its beauty, power and resilience and little acts of kindness.


What I love most about yoga is: that it makes me strong and flexible both physically and mentally. I love the way it gets me out of my head to a peaceful place.


What you can’t live without? My friends and family


What you might not know about me: I was on a swim team in Hawaii when I was younger.


Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): "Do the best you can in all things" My father never really said this to me, but everything he did exemplified this philosophy.


My favorite book: hard to say....I'm currently reading When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron.


Favorite Word: Amazing


Local escape: Nickerson State Park in Brewster, MA


My favorite thing to do (other than yoga): play tennis and cook.

Stephanie Pratico



Hometown: Tucson, AZ

Favorite inspirational quote:From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. –Luke 12:48.


When/where/with who was your first yoga class? I began exploring yoga independently at a very young age, but my first yoga class was at a small home studio in Beverly, Massachusetts. I instantly fell in love.


What / who inspires you? My husband, my daughter, and my parents. Additionally, I work in mental health and find my clients to be very inspiring. I feel constantly moved by working with people through their struggles and witnessing their strength and resilience.


What you can’t live without? Music and my husband’s cooking.

What you might not know about me: I studied math in college and taught high school math for a few years. And then I somehow ended up a mental health counselor and music therapist.


Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?) I’m not sure I have one piece of advice, but I grew up in the military, and many of those values have helped pushed me forward throughout different experiences in my life.


My favorite book: Captivating—John & Stasi Eldredge. Also, one of my favorite yoga books is The Inner Tradition of Yoga by Michael Stone.


Favorite Word:Tigress. I had a very vivid dream of a tiger when I was in my early 20’s. In the dream I heard, “be a graceful tiger leader.” The tigress has been a very meaningful image for me since.


Local escape: I actually love the Worcester Airport. I often run or drive up there to clear my head and enjoy the view. It’s the closest I can get to my Arizona mountains!


My favorite thing to do (other than yoga): I’m an avid distance runner, so I love turning up loud music and going for a long run. I love local races; half marathons are my favorite to race. Of course, spending time with my husband and my daughter is also at the top of the list. And I can’t leave out my secret passion for New York Times crossword puzzles.

Pamela Mecca

Hometown: Boylston, MA

Favorite inspirational quote: "Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love." — Rumi


When/where/with who was your first yoga class? November, 2009 at Metrowest Yoga, Sarah Whiteman


What / who inspires you? People who live their lives with passion and heart.


What I love most about yoga is: The calm and balance it brings to my life, and the amazing community of people I have come to know and love.


What you can’t live without? love


What you might not know about me: I love peanut butter, especially with ice cream.


Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): In my junior year of college, a dear family friend (Aaron) encouraged me to let go of what I thought I should be doing and pursue my passion. I was a math major at the time, desperately unhappy, struggling to believe in myself and follow my heart as a designer. This decision completely changed the direction of my life. I am incredibly grateful and have never once looked back.


My favorite book: I'm not sure that I have an absolute favorite, but the book, Self Reliance (Ralph Waldo Emerson) had a deeply profound impact on my life.


Favorite Word: authenticity


Local escape: Wellfleet, MA


My favorite thing to do (other than yoga): I love listening to music, being at the beach, eating delicious food, traveling and exploring new places, going for walks in nature, spending time with my closest friends and family, quiet and solitude, sleep, and having unscheduled days with no definite plan.

 
 
 
 
 

Gina Mandella



When and where was your first yoga class?  I've been a dance instructor for 18 years, but I only took my first yoga class in February 2015, at Yoga Works in San Francisco. I do not remember the instructors name, but I do remember falling in love with yoga within the first 5 minutes. When I returned home I researched yoga studios and knew immediately Metrowest was home. Miss Lily C. was the instructor.


What inspires you? My daughter, music, nature, creative humans, survivors, and authentic yoga teachers. I'm easily inspired.


What do you love the most about yoga?  I love the heightened sense of awareness it has given me, the space and clarity it creates within my body, mind, and spirit...but above all the practice of self-love and the ability it gives me to appreciate every part of myself. I wish to share it with every soul I can.


What can you not live without?  My daughter, she reminds me to be present at all times. Also...sunshine.


What might people not know about you? I was a professional dancer at Hersherypark for five years, and I was dancer in the movie "School Ties".


What was the best advice you ever received? "just breathe" from a dance teacher in high school.


What is your favorite book? I love books. I never turn on the television. I love "The alchemist" by Paulo Coelho and anything pertaining to yoga of course.


What is your favorite word? Serendipity 


Favorite local escape? Any beach in New England, and Metrowest Yoga of course.


What is your favorite thing to do? Watch an approaching storm. The way the wind blows, the trees sway, how it intensifies, and the rain that follows always mesmerizes me, and soothes my soul. Also, hanging with my daughter, taking an amazing yoga class, dancing, listening to the ocean, laying in the sunshine, and long bike rides.

Jacki Libby

Hometown: North Attleboro, MA


Favorite inspirational quote: “You wander from room to room, hunting for the diamond necklace that is already around your neck.” – Rumi


When/where/with who was your first yoga class? Before school one morning during my senior year of high school with my very good friend, Cadena. Her father had just opened a yoga studio in downtown North Attleboro.


What / who inspires you? My mother and father. Also, nature and the circle of life – it just blows my mind.


What I love most about yoga is: Yoga has given me a new set of eyes. I love most that it continues to help me create space in places that I get stuck and how it helps me to shed off layers of armor that I wear for protection. It helps me to connect deeper with who I really am.


What you can’t live without? Fresh air and my few but very close, childhood girlfriends.


What you might not know about me: I have dreams of being a hip hop dancer with big, poofy hair wearing high top Reebok Pumps.


Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): “Everything is a choice,” from a very good friend.


My favorite book: “How Yoga Works” by Michael Roach


Favorite Word: Hello


Local escape: Kennebunkport, ME 


My favorite thing to do (other than yoga): Garden, cook, cat naps, swim, hike, play in the snow, and pretend to be a hip hop dancer.

MYoga Flow Yoga covers a wide variety of yoga styles. Including; Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Bikram and Baptiste. It is a vigorous practice that strengthens the core muscles in the body, enhances flexibility, while encouraging deep concentration and focus. All Flow Yoga is practiced in a heated room. The heat encourages perspiration, which helps to detoxify and cleanse the body. The muscles respond to the heat by relaxing and allowing us to move deeper into a posture. There is an assumption that you have practiced before, so there is less attention to alignment ques. This moves at a faster pace to elevate the heart rate and elevate the cardiovascular system as well as develop strength and flexibility. This practice will tone and sculpt your body and heal your soul. Be prepared to sweat, and discover your inner strength!  (Hot Heat)

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Jun 27 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Chris Briggs
    at Worcester
  • Wed Jun 28 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Stephanie Pratico
    at Worcester
  • Wed Jun 28 7:00 am - 8:00 am with Pamela Mecca
    at Westboro
  • Thu Jun 29 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Gina Mandella
    at Worcester
  • Fri Jun 30 7:00 am - 8:00 am with Jacki Libby
    at Westboro
  • Tue Jul 04 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Sara McCabe
    at Worcester
  • Wed Jul 05 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Stephanie Pratico
    at Worcester
  • Wed Jul 05 7:00 am - 8:00 am with Pamela Mecca
    at Westboro
  • Thu Jul 06 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Gina Mandella
    at Worcester
  • Fri Jul 07 7:00 am - 8:00 am with Jacki Libby
    at Westboro
  • Tue Jul 11 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Chris Briggs
    at Worcester
  • Wed Jul 12 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Stephanie Pratico
    at Worcester
  • Wed Jul 12 7:00 am - 8:00 am with Pamela Mecca
    at Westboro
  • Thu Jul 13 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Gina Mandella
    at Worcester
  • Fri Jul 14 7:00 am - 8:00 am with Jacki Libby
    at Westboro
  • Tue Jul 18 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Chris Briggs
    at Worcester
  • Wed Jul 19 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Stephanie Pratico
    at Worcester
  • Wed Jul 19 7:00 am - 8:00 am with Pamela Mecca
    at Westboro
  • Thu Jul 20 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Gina Mandella
    at Worcester
  • Fri Jul 21 7:00 am - 8:00 am with Jacki Libby
    at Westboro