Deeper Flow (Workshop) - Worcester


This class is taught by:

Anne Toupouzis

Hometown: Boston, MA

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.

Cote Shaw

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

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.

 
 
 

Pamela Esty

Hometown: Southborough, Ma

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

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

Zef Kambouris

QUOTE: When you can't sing.. Dance!- my mama


FIRST CLASS: My first class was at a local gym with my best friend. We giggled the whole time! I think the teachers name was Gabriella, she was really laid back and inspiring.


WHAT/WHO INSPIRES? Family, nature, traveling, music and art.


WHAT I LOVE ABOUT YOGA: The community that surrounds it. Especially at Metrowest. The people here are so beautiful inside and out. The trust and forgiveness that it has taught me. Mainly with myself. The deep connection between mind and body. I love the playfulness and exploration that comes with each practice. Yoga is true medicine.


WHAT I CANT LIVE WITHOUT? My tribe(family). Sunshine and pizza.


WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT ME: I'm originally from a tiny greek island.


BEST ADVICE: You're exactly where you are suppose to be. I love that little reminder.


FAVORITE BOOK:There are too many good ones. BUT! Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark! The illustrations are brilliantly creepy and I love them.


FAVORITE WORD: Laugh


LOCAL ESCAPE: Central rock gym and Ashland state park.


Favorite things to do: create art, people being my main canvas. I love to travel. Laughing until my abs hurt. Hearing my husband sing. Seeing live music. 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.

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.

Metrowest yoga will be offering a workshop series dedicated to deepening your understanding of specific poses. This comprehensive series will allow our skilled Teachers to go beyond the scope of a regular class in order to help make sense of difficult to grasp poses. For example, inversions can be challenging, and yes a little scary but we will give you the tools you need to find new strength and perspective in achieving these often challenging poses. Each week one of our Teachers will lead a class geared towards a different pose, tailoring a sequence specifically focused on the pose at hand. Understanding the principles of the poses and how they relate to each other can help clear some of the mystery behind the practice. Strengthen your practice by expanding your knowledge.

 
Saturday Afternoons
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Worcester

Cost: $20

"Class passes cannot be used"