Shakti Flow - Slow (Mild Heat)


This class is taught by:

Meng Le

Hometown: Shrewsbury, MA

Favorite inspirational quote: He who conquers others is strong. He who conquers himself is mighty. - Lao Tzu


When/where/with who was your first yoga class? My first yoga class was a Wednesday night gentle restorative class at Metrowest in Westboro in 2010.


What / who inspires you? People who are passionate about helping others


What I love most about yoga is: Nothing else brings me closer to peace and contentment!


What you can’t live without? Being able to see, I am a visual person and I can't live without being able to draw or appreciate art.


What you might not know about me: I love museums.


Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): My parents regularly tell me to be grateful for what I have!


My favorite book: The Unbearable Lightness of Being


Favorite Word: Zen


Local escape: Burlington, VT


My favorite thing to do (other than yoga): Going for long walks or hikes

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.

Heather Castagnaro

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.

Neil Taylor

Hometown: Southborough, MA

Favorite inspirational quote: "Because you are alive, everything is possible." ~Thich Nhat Hanh


When/where/with who was your first yoga class? My first experience with Yoga was a Rodney Yee VHS tape. Everything changed after that, and I began to attend classes from there.


What / who inspires you? Music, family and friends.


What I love most about yoga is: The shift that occurs within my emotions, physical body and thoughts. The practice always leaves me feeling light and simple.


What you might not know about me: I've spent many years working as a professional bass player. I've performed and/or recorded throughout Western Europe, Japan and the U.S.


Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): "Keep looking for the pretty notes"


My favorite book: Light on Life - B.K.S Iyengar.


Favorite Word: Breathe


Local escape: Trails in the woods near where I grew up. Beals Preserves. Part of the Southborough Open Land Foundation.


My favorite thing to do (other than yoga): I love to be creative. Whether it be creating new music or simply cooking a good meal.

Shawn Shaw

Hometown: Grafton, MA

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.

 
 
 

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.

Nicole Ryan

Hometown: Ashland, MA

Favorite inspirational quote: But For the Grace of God, there go I


When/where/with who was your first yoga class? 2010 Mystic Fitness and I think the teachers name was Mimi


What / who inspires you? Family, friends and nature


What I love most about yoga is: How it gets me out of my own head. The only thing that really matters on your mat is your breath.


What you can’t live without? Animals


What you might not know about me: I almost didn’t go to the retreat in Costa Rica due to my fear of bugs. I got hypnotized and it helped but I am still fairly irrational about it.


Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): Get honest, first with yourself because without that you can never be real to anyone else. Shirley Waller


My favorite book: I honestly don’t read that much. I prefer music.


Favorite Word: The truth would not be appropriate. Second runner up Serenity


Local escape: My sister’s backyard just being lazy by the pool


My favorite thing to do (other than yoga): Travel

Shakti is described as the “divine force, manifesting to destroy demonic forces and restore balance. This Vinyasa class is taught by senior teachers and will step outside our standard Vinyasa format. Each class has a different theme or focus and no two classes are exactly identical requiring students to cultivate an even greater sense of “present moment” attention and focus. There is an assumption you have practiced before and class will move at a quicker pace than slow flow. Be prepared to sweat and feel empowered.  (Mild Heat)

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Jun 25 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Meng Le
    at Westboro
  • Sun Jun 25 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm with Chris Briggs
    at Worcester
  • Mon Jun 26 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Heather Castagnaro
    at Worcester
  • Tue Jun 27 8:00 am - 9:15 am with Neil Taylor
    at Westboro
  • Wed Jun 28 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Shawn Shaw
    at Worcester
  • Thu Jun 29 8:00 am - 9:15 am with Neil Taylor
    at Westboro
  • Fri Jun 30 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Shawn Shaw
    at Westboro
  • Sun Jul 02 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Heather Castagnaro
    at Westboro
  • Sun Jul 02 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm with Jacki Libby
    at Worcester
  • Mon Jul 03 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Sara McCabe
    at Worcester
  • Tue Jul 04 8:00 am - 9:15 am with Nicole Ryan
    at Westboro
  • Wed Jul 05 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Shawn Shaw
    at Worcester
  • Thu Jul 06 8:00 am - 9:15 am with Neil Taylor
    at Westboro
  • Fri Jul 07 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Shawn Shaw
    at Westboro
  • Sun Jul 09 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Heather Castagnaro
    at Westboro
  • Sun Jul 09 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm with Heather Castagnaro
    at Worcester
  • Mon Jul 10 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Heather Castagnaro
    at Worcester
  • Tue Jul 11 8:00 am - 9:15 am with Neil Taylor
    at Westboro
  • Wed Jul 12 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Shawn Shaw
    at Worcester
  • Thu Jul 13 8:00 am - 9:15 am with Neil Taylor
    at Westboro