Favorite inspirational quote: Depends on what day you ask me really. I have so many! As of late, “Dance in the Rain”. It implies that we can find good in all things.
When/where/with who was your first yoga class? Quincy, MA – in 1980 at the local YMCA. It was the first time I realized that I could bring calm and peace into my being.
What / who inspires you? My children, Yoga teachers that stay genuine and true and committed to the practice.
What I love most about yoga is: Yoga not only helps me feel more confident physically, it strengthens me spiritually. I walk through life with more confidence, optimism, self awareness and with a more positive joyful attitude.
What you can’t live without? My children. They are my greatest teachers and no one can make my belly laugh the way they do.
What you might not know about me: I once was a Color Guard in a Marching Band.
Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): “Make it Good”. Whenever I find myself having an especially bad day, I try to pause and think about what’s gone well that day. What happened that was good. What’s good about my life. When I do I find it shifts my whole perspective.
My favorite book: Again, so many! A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield, and “How Yoga Works” by Christie McNally and Michael Roach
Favorite Word: “Grace”
Local escape: Hopkinton State Park
My favorite thing to do(other than yoga): Watching the sunset preferably by the ocean.
Favorite inspirational quote: You miss 100% of the shots you never take.
When/where/with who was your first yoga class? At my Mom’s (Shawn Shaw) first studio in our house(converted bedroom – yoga studio)
What / who inspires you? My mother-( my first yoga teacher), my sister because she exudes confidence, Johnny and Diana from Empowered Yoga and Bob Marley for his world views and perspective on people, love and life.
What I love most about yoga is: I can feel like I’ve eliminated the bad, and added the good.
What you can’t live without? Music, guitar, yoga and working out…ice cream!
What you might not know about me: I still love to be on my skateboard.
Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): Be Yourself. Everyone else is already taken!
My favorite book: “Where the wild things are”.
Favorite Word: Infectious
Local escape: After the yoga studio(Metrowest of course) ..The Ashland Res
My favorite thing to do(other than yoga): Play my guitar
Favorite inspirational quote: Life isn’t measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.
When/where/with who was your first yoga class? First Yoga class was an Iyengar Class in September 1997, New Directions Yoga Studio in Brookline, Teacher Roni Brissette - she studied w/Patricia Walden.
What /who inspires you? Watching people grow and transform and share in their experience.
What I love most about yoga is: The way it has made me connect physically, emotionally, and spiritually with myself. It has also allowed me to stay in the moment and speak my truth.
What you can’t live without? My life partner Maureen and my yoga practice.
What you might not know about me: I have a twin sister.
Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): Be yourself and doubt your doubts – my teacher and mentor Shawn Shaw
Favorite Book: Don’t really have a favorite book.
Favorite Word: Truth
Local escape: Arboretum in Jamaica Plain
My favorite thing to do(other than yoga): Take long walks, people watch, bike ride, hike and sit on the beach.
Favorite quote: “Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take
between two deep breaths”.
When/where/with who was your first yoga class? Chanel Luck in Westborough MA at a yoga studio that is no longer there.
What / who inspires you? Nature, the seasons,and life all inspire me
What I love most about yoga is: The blissful pause from my hectic day.
What you can’t live without? Besides the obvious (air, food, water, family) I would have to say dark chocolate, preferably from Pandolphi’s in Bellingham
What you might not know about me: I like to dance and do crossword puzzles – although definitely not at the same time.
Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): My husband always has good advice for me no matter what. The one thing that comes to mind, and I should probably follow it more often is his recommendation to slow down and take a nap.
My favorite book: No favorites – usually depends on what I am reading at the time, although I often find myself gravitating to a book I have by Rumi.
Favorite Word: Anomaly
Local escape: Western MA
My favorite thing to do(other than yoga): Cooking, gardening and just simply being outside.
Favorite inspirational quote: No Mud, No Lotus. - Thich Nhat Hanh
When/where/with who was your first yoga class? My daughter recommended that I get my(very stressed out)self to yoga. Thankfully, I listened to her and began my yoga journey with Gail Cannon at Earthsong Yoga. Gail's teachings in Kripalu and Ashtanga yoga changed the direction of my life.
What / who inspires you? My husband, my children, grandchildren, my teachers, fellow students and so many people who face their fears, embrace compassion and serve their community.
What I love most about yoga is:
Attention to breath and all the wonder and simplicity that comes with that focus on and off the mat.
What you can’t live without? Breath and Nature
What you might not know about me:
I spent 15 years living in Europe (Germany and Belgium) and never expected that I would come back to the US.
Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): "Practice, practice, all is coming" - Guruji via Gail Cannon
My favorite book: For inspiration, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. For a great adventure, Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. For daily reading, No Mud, No Lotus, by Tich Nhat Hanh
Favorite Word: Compassion
Local escape: You can find my almost every day at one of these locations; The Beals Preserve, Breakneck Hill Farm, Chestnut Hill Farm, Hopkinton State Park, and The Memorial Forest in Sudbury. I love to walk!
My favorite thing to do (other than yoga): Paint, Walk and Hike, Garden, and Cross Country Ski
Hometown: Easton, MA
Favorite Inspirational Quote: Everything is going to be ok.
When/where/with who was your first yoga class? South Boston, MA. I don’t remember the name of the studio but it closed in 2004. Jacqui Bonwell was my first teacher and is still my favorite teacher. How cool is that?
What/who inspires you? The vast abundance of amazing yoga teachers that are in the area, the funny funny people floating around on the internet, macro photography, bugs, bonsai, my home and everyone who lives there. Oh and reddit/awww.
What I love most about yoga is: Finding myself laughing at some silly podcast while sitting in traffic. 10 years ago I would have been simmering with frustration.
What you can’t live without? Don’t really have anything. I love my stuff and the people around me but I think the human spirit can carry on with any change. Ok I’d be really bummed out without pizza.
What you might not know about me: I fold towels and laundry really really well. Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): My friend Aaron has given me so much that I cant even think of one thing.
My favorite book: Contact by Carl Sagan if you had to twist my arm, but Douglas Adams if I want to laugh.
Favorite Word: Luminous
Local Escape: Right now, Wingaersheek beach.
My favorite thing to do (other than yoga): Have a day that does not have anything scheduled.
Favorite inspirational quote: It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.
When/where/with who was your first yoga class? First Yoga class was a restorative yoga class in Boston in 2000.
What /who inspires you? When an individual or a community or the world is suffering, I am most inspired by the innate kindness of humanity in these moments. There is an energy that results in selfless acts of giving and even just bearing witness to the suffering. To me, there is nothing more inspiring or beautiful than watching the human spirit in times of need.
What I love most about yoga is: For me, Yoga insists that I look inward. It challenges my thought patterns, my beliefs, and my energy. Yoga is the mirror that reminds me to live my truth.
What you can’t live without? My family, my spirituality, my values and my freedom that allows me to have all of that. And if we are really being honest, chocolate too.
What you might not know about me: I am an Independently Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I oversee a large mental health treatment facility for adolescents in Framingham, MA.
Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): "Everyone has a story that you know nothing about". This advice came from Shawn Shaw during my yoga training and I have repeated it 1000 times since. It reminds to slow down, suspend judgement, be aware of my ego and respond with compassion in all situations.
Favorite Book: This question is always so hard! I would say "I Know This Much Is True" by Wally Lamb or The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho
Favorite Word: Surrender
Local escape: My backyard because its filled with beautiful hiking trails
My favorite thing to do(other than yoga): Spending time outdoors with my two beautiful twins, cooking, reading and taking photos.