Gentle Restorative - Candlelight (No 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

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.

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.

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.

A meditative and gentle practice, including stretching asanas (poses) to increase flexibility and release stress. A perfect choice for anyone looking to reduce stress, recover from injury, cope with arthritis, and prepare for pregnancy. (No Heat)

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Jun 25 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Meng Le
    at Westboro
  • Wed Jun 28 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Heather Castagnaro
    at Worcester
  • Sun Jul 02 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Anne Toupouzis
    at Westboro
  • Wed Jul 05 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Heather Castagnaro
    at Worcester
  • Sun Jul 09 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Chris Briggs
    at Westboro
  • Wed Jul 12 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Heather Castagnaro
    at Worcester
  • Sun Jul 16 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Meng Le
    at Westboro
  • Wed Jul 19 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Meng Le
    at Worcester
  • Sun Jul 23 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Meng Le
    at Westboro
  • Wed Jul 26 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Meng Le
    at Worcester
  • Sun Jul 30 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Meng Le
    at Westboro
  • Wed Aug 02 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Meng Le
    at Worcester
  • Sun Aug 06 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Meng Le
    at Westboro
  • Wed Aug 09 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Meng Le
    at Worcester
  • Sun Aug 13 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Meng Le
    at Westboro
  • Wed Aug 16 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Meng Le
    at Worcester
  • Sun Aug 20 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Meng Le
    at Westboro
  • Wed Aug 23 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Meng Le
    at Worcester
  • Sun Aug 27 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Meng Le
    at Westboro
  • Wed Aug 30 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Meng Le
    at Worcester