One Powered yogi of the Month

We have so many incredible yogis that are part of our One Powered family/community, that we just have to tell you about some of them.  It's time to meet some of the superstars that make our community so awesome!


december 2018

let’s meet kiley malloch…

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1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why?

I started yoga in high school — my practice got consistent when I started going to a studio in Cambridge with my mom every Sunday morning (followed by smoothies or sweets depending on the day). I had always been active with soccer, running, karate, etc., and yoga was a good balance to everything else— I loved leaving class feeling refreshed both physically and mentally. 

2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?

My yoga practice has never been stagnant. Between moving and an inconsistent work schedule, I’ve been able to try a wide variety of classes. I love that I’m constantly learning new things or revisiting old things I’ve forgotten about. Every instructor brings something different to my practice.

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

I love the positive energy at OPY— I always get a good workout without feeling like I have to compete against a pretzel next to me. 

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

I graduated high school knowing I wanted to do my yoga teacher training at some point. Over a decade later, I’m excited to finally be doing it at OPY! Over the years, I’ve been able to incorporate it into my work in schools. I led a yoga club when I used to teach high school (relying heavily on videos), and taught some of my students breathing and guided meditation. I love what yoga does for me and am excited to share it with others!

Kiley is sweet, kind, soft spoken, intelligent and amazing. She brings such a calming beautiful energy to every class. Her smile can light up the room and we just love her. If you are lucky enough to take class with Kiley, you will understand why we feel the way we do about her and in march she will be graduating from our 200 hour yoga teacher training program. Thanks for being our december yogi of the month and part of our Opy family.


november 2018

let’s meet Gerri-Lynn Wilson…

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1) How did you get into yoga? Why?

Interesting story going back to circa 2008 – I was actually a closet-yogi off and on for the better part of a decade. I hid in my bedroom and practiced with Comcast’s On-Demand Yoga fitness offerings. I decided to roll out the matt because I’m an office gal and lead an almost completely sedentary lifestyle. I knew in my late twenties I had to start doing something to counteract all the sitting I do during the day and running is just not my bag, either is the gym, Zumba, Spin or any of those intense workouts. I decided to come out as a yogi in 2016 when I attended my first studio flow with a friend.

2) What kept you coming back to yoga?

After experiencing a practice with a Sangha, there was no going back. Feeding off a room’s energy is an amazing sensation and helps carry you thorough your own yogic journey.

3) What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

OPY began as a convenience to work, but quickly turned into much more. I love all the instructors and have come to really appreciate what each guru brings to the mat. The one class I will not miss unless I absolutely have to is Natalie’s 9 am on Sunday. It was the first class I ever took at OPY and where my love affair with Yoga really began to blossom. I have to give a shout out to my AM girls Rae Ann and Judit. Nothing is better than a yoga flow before work to set your day up for success.

Heck, I love the place so much I signed up for Julie’s 2nd Yoga teacher training which started in October of this year. I practically live at the studio every other weekend now until March and still attend 4 practices outside of those scheduled teacher trainings. So far, the teacher training has far exceeded any expectations I had and I look forward to each and every weekend we meet.

Everyone at OPY is friendly, knowledgeable and it quickly feels like home.

4) Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

I have an insatiable curiosity about the world and everything in it. I love to learn and use my wit to inject a little fun into everything I do.

gerri is one of a kind. her vibrant personality, contagious laugh/smile and love for yoga shine through when you meet her. and she is very witty :-). if you are lucky enough to practice next to her; you will observe a beautiful, mindful practice. we are so happy Gerri fell in love with us at opy because we fell in love with her.

thanks for being part of the opy family gerri!


october 2018

let’s meet Jess blaney…

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1) How did you get into yoga? Why?

I got into yoga in 2014 to balance out my other activities, but I didn’t really get addicted until 2016, when I took a year off of doing everything except yoga and realized it calmed my mind, which helped heal my body. Yoga taught me to listen to my body, which has helped with every aspect of my life.

2) What kept you coming back to yoga?

Right now, I need to go to yoga at least 3x a week to balance out Crossfit. Honestly, I keep coming back to yoga so I can get in a deeper squat without my hips hurting.

My body craves yoga and relaxation from the intense exercise I do. I treat yoga like active recovery and sometimes, I have a hard time getting there, but I always remind myself, that even if I lay on the mat for the entire hour, I will still feel better and get benefits from self care.

3) What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

My favorite is the instructors for sure! Julie is obviously my favorite. My body seriously loves her classes.

The temperature is also perfect, every class, not too hot, not too cold. I do not enjoy hot yoga! I also love the class times and offerings.

4) Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

Hmmm, I am a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner for fun, which is cool and makes me a little hippie.

Jess has been with us since the start and she brings her own unique energy to each class. It’s refreshing to see how she knows what her body needs and listens to her body during class, so if she needs a certain pose she takes it. we love that jess is part of our Opy family! Thanks for choosing us Jess!


september 2018

let’s meet Heidi kasle…

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1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why?

I began my yoga practice at your Opening Day community invitation. My daughter, Samantha suggested we give it a try and I was curious! I have been living with a heart condition that required me to give up running and I needed something to help me find some calm and balance in my life. After that introduction, I took the beginner's classes with Julie and I was hooked! I then took Karen's beginners classes and felt confident to practice with other instructors-a brave and wise move on my part! I loved every new experience and I realized I had the strength and ability within me (I hear you Megan) to participate in each class. There is nothing like Rae Ann's inspirational mantra and the essential oil at the end of her class! Although each instructor is a little different they all provide that confidence and support to allow all levels of yogi to calmly work up a sweat and to accomplish a balance or a pose that wasn't possible a class before!

2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?

My goal has been to plan my classes right along with my weekly lesson plans. After a month of my early practice, my sore knee bothered me less. I lost 17 pounds that first year and benefited from improved circulation and increased flexibility (better health). I'm taking time to care for my mind, my body and my soul. It's also precious time shared with my sweet daughter!

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

I have so many favorite aspects about OPY. I love the playlists, the community, the peace-the beachy feel even on a snowy day! Life can be so full of challenges and I cherish coming to my mat and achieving a calm mind while I strengthen my body.Out of respect to others, I'd arrive quietly, but how fun is when we fill the room with energy and connect! I always giggle when it's crowded and Julie says, "say hello to your neighbor". (I've met some really nice people that way!)

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

I LOVE all creatures great and small, but especially my dogs! They are both rescue dogs and fill my heart with so much joy. In the morning I begin with a sun salutation then cat/cow into my downward dog-and my Marley dog joins me! We meet head to head in downward dog-then she goes into dolphin pose. We wrap up with a high five! She expects this the minute my feet hit the floor! She is my favorite yogi!

heidi is one of the kindest souls you will ever meet. when you meet her she makes you feel as though you have known her forever. she is friendly and always up for a challenge. her practice has grown so much and her strength is so inspiring. If you are lucky enough to practice with heidi, you will leave with a new friend, maybe two if her lovely daughter is with her. we love that you gave us a chance when we first opened and are part of our community and family. we love you heidi.


August 2018

let's meet marlena nikosey...

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1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why?

I first got into yoga early in high school. I tagged along with my mom to RaeAnn’s classes but found it incredibly challenging and I wasn’t sure about it. Then when my anxiety got really bad in college, I turned to yoga to help me relax and manage stress. I never looked back!

2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?

I kept coming back to yoga initially for the mental benefits and later for the physical benefits. I feel like the better version of myself when I finish a yoga class. My mind is clearer, I’m grounded, my nervous system is calmed and I feel gratitude. Also moving and challenging my body is so rewarding. I like the feeling of practicing a pose for months and finally getting into it. At the same time, I have such an appreciation for and deeper understanding of how my body works. I love the connection of mind, body and soul. In my opinion, yoga is the best thing I could be doing for myself for lifelong health and happiness. I’m so glad I found it at such a young age! 

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

Everything! The energy in the studio is amazing. It is calm and welcoming. The first time I came to OPY, I felt light and at ease and followed that feeling. I love how it’s decorated, it’s like a peaceful haven away from the real world. I also think the people are incredible!! Everyone I’ve met has been so warm to me. The teachers are amazing and so knowledgeable about the practice. I feel so lucky to learn from them. OPY is a community I’m so grateful to be a part of! 

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

I’m really into arts and crafts. I love to paint, draw, make jewelry, and knit. So much knitting.. last winter I made 15 scarves. 

marlena is super sweet and our favorite aspect about her is Everything! she's the best; Not only does she have a great practice, but she is also an amazing yoga teacher. Her classes are filled with kindness, compassion and a kick-butt workout.  wE love watching you grow here, Marlena! Thanks for all you bring to OPY!


july 2018

let's meet Kristen calder...

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1) How did you get into yoga? Why?

I had been taking yoga classes at various studios to add a different aspect to my dance and pilates training. It wasn’t until a friend of mine invited me to join her in Julie’s class that I really became hooked. As a professional dancer and dance instructor, I loved Julie’s approach and connection of each movement. Perhaps its because Julie is a dancer too!  The natural flow of her class really made sense to me, so I followed Julie when she opened her studio and never looked back!

2) What kept you coming back to yoga?

First and foremost, yoga is a great compliment for my dancing. Every class I work towards building upper body strength and inward rotation, something we dancers tend to struggle with.  While that continues to be difficult for me, I greatly enjoy stretching in every class and balancing breath with every movement. But the greatest reasons for continually returning to yoga is that I can allow myself to slow down, do what is right for my body in the moment, and still continue to push myself. When the physical work is ending, I am able to settle my mind, relax, and enjoy the work I put into my flow.

3) What’s your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

I can’t say enough about the welcoming faculty! Everyone is wonderful and has their own specialty. You leave each class feeling energized and ready for whatever life will throw at you! I also like that OPY is a clean beautiful space with designated areas for check-in, restroom, dressing room and studio space (which is hard to find in most yoga studios).

4) Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

I performed on a cruise ship for a 9 month tour as a professional dancer, aerialist, actor and singer. I traveled through the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Hawaii, Tahiti, Bora Bora, the French Polynesian Islands, Alaska and Canada.  It was an amazing experience, and I can honestly say there is no feeling like performing 10 feet above the stage, wrapped in silks, during rough seas.  I dont think I’ll ever forget the sight of the stage and audience moving side to side while I remained perfectly plumb in the air!

Kristen is a beautiful person, both inside and outside. she has a kind heart and soul. she Brings a calming presence to the room if you take class with her. she is always smiling and soft spoken. Kristen is also a recent graduate from our one powered yoga 200 hour teacher training. We love kristen as a practitioner and yoga teacher. Thanks for being part of our family!


June 2018

let's meet Tim Ray...

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1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why?

I actually stumbled into a Groupon to try out some classes about 7-8 years ago and in the next few years following I continued only just occasionally mixing it in as a change of pace to my normal gym/cardio routine.  About three years ago, I found out that I have arthritis in both my knees, which as a former college hockey player made me seriously reconsider the impact of some of the workouts I'd been doing at the time.  At the suggestion of my physical therapist I decided to pursue yoga on a much more consistent basis as they believed it would not only increase my flexibility in my legs but also potentially strengthen the areas around my knees in a much different and less taxing way.   


2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?

Initially it was purely to alleviate my knee pain so that I could continue skating and running with less issues, however over the past couple of years I've really begun to understand how beneficial the mental aspects of yoga are and have found myself looking forward to that part of yoga just as much if not more so.  Now when I'm faced with choosing between going to the gym for a more traditional workout or yoga class, I typically find myself choosing the studio more often than not.   


3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

It's really two things, the welcoming atmosphere created by the instructors and the variety of classes that OPY offers.  I personally have never been to another studio where almost every instructor is teaching some different variety of a class, from the Thursday energy flow with reiki to the strength and stretch classes with Kyle and Natalie.  For me, the strength and stretch classes have been tremendously beneficial as they've allowed me to improve a lot of poses that I was probably doing wrong before while also helping to fight the effects of sitting in an office all day during the week.

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

I was recently the volunteer assistant men's hockey coach at Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree for three years.

tim has a positive attitude and is such a great guy. he's always willing to try something new and his practice has improved and grown so much over his time at opy. he love that tim found us and happy to say he's part of our opy family.


May 2018

let's meet brenna oliver...

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1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why?

As cliché as it sounds, a few years ago I began a mind-body health journey that ultimately prompted an entire lifestyle change. I became really into health, fitness & nutrition, and started implementing a regimen of self-care. I sought out yoga as part of this regimen in hopes it would serve as a tool to help manage my anxiety (it did!). 

What initially attracted me to yoga was that it's something active, yet calming--I can break a sweat while simultaneously giving my overactive mind a break. Plus I'd done some research and found yoga has some great physical health benefits as well, so it really was the perfect activity to add to my lifestyle.
 

2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?

I kept coming back to yoga because I love that it's a time that I can dedicate just for myself and my well-being. I don't have to worry about anything else while I'm on my mat, just my practice. It's a little bit of calm in an otherwise hectic life. It's a way to recharge my batteries!

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

 I basically love everything about OPY, but just the good vibes in general are great! Never anything but zen and positivity every time I walk in that door. The instructors I've had are always eager to help or chat after class if you have a question, and the workshops OPY offers (especially the inversion ones) are super fun!

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

A fun fact about me is that I actually want to build and live in my own tiny house!

brenna has such a beautiful practice to watch and she is always eager to learn and try new moves.  we love the energy she brings to every class at OPY and are so happy she is part of our family. if you get to check out some of her inversions...she's a rockstar!

we love you brenna!


 

april 2018

let's meet pat Bateson...

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1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why?
For years I was a “gym rat,” but developed a low back injury and yoga was suggested. I am always open to trying new things so a heated yoga class was my first adventure. I remember having felt a little unsure with the warm temperature in the room and at first I wanted to escape. But I stayed and I felt so empowered after the class was over. It truly was love at first “down-dog!” I was hooked and have been practicing yoga ever since.


2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?
My body has for sure become stronger and more flexible but the greatest rewardI have received is the “stillness” that I experience in class. Yoga takes me out of the mental chatter in my head to a peaceful place in my heart. It allows me to listen to my body and what it needs on any given day which is always different. 

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?
There are so many things I love about OPY. I love the variety of classes offered and the uniqueness and styles of the teachers and the gifts they bring to each class. The staff is warm, engaging and offers support and encouragement to all the yoginis. Listening to their mantras, words and wisdom I learn more about myself and how to live a balanced life both on and off the mat.

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.
I volunteer at Ironstone Farm in Andover, Ma. It is a therapeutic horse riding academy for children. I enjoy working with the animals as they are so fun and what healing abilities they have. I get to witness and watch these children grow in self esteem and see their progress with physical and mental challenges. It is extremely rewarding and humbling for me as children and horses are sometimes my greatest teacher. Patience, compassion, trust and acceptance are just a few of the lessons I have learned thus far.

pat is a beautiful soul and when you meet her and/or take a class in her presence you feel it.  she is kind, sweet, honest, strong and empowering woman.  Her breath and practice are also strong, healing and beautiful. pat is also an accomplished author and wrote an incredible book about transcending the fear and awakening to love that is a must read called Firewalk.  You can also check out her website by clicking here.

Thanks for being part of our OPY Family Pat, we love you!


march 2018

Let's Meet Ashley muse...

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1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why?

I honestly don't even know how I really got into yoga! I think I woke up one day and decided I needed a change of pace so I showed up at OPY and instantly fell in love. For me, yoga was the one workout that I didn't have to force myself to go to regularly. 

2)  What kept you coming back to yoga? 

I love when I am on my mat, so focused and relax, that I am completely unaware of the music playing and who is doing what next to me. It's like a vacation for your mind! And I love the challenge of yoga - one day you hit each posture and the next day you can barely balance. 

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

I love the teachers at OPY! Everyone is so friendly and calls you by your first name, like they've known you forever. They are well educated in the practice of yoga and each have their own unique style that makes each one of their classes fun and different. 

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

I am a crazy plant lady. I love plants and have them all over my house and office. 

ashley has a beautiful practice that grows everyday! she always comes in with a smile and is eager to learn. she is part of our first group of yoga teacher trainee graduates and she's already a great teacher. we are so lucky that ashley found us here at OPY and considers this her yoga home. 

Ashley is also a Nutritional Therapy Consultant down the street in Stoneham at Nutrition and Whole Health Solutions where she works with clients to achieve any healthy goal through natural methods. she is a client, friend and resource here at opy.  

we love you ash!


february 2018

let's meet Noelle Angeli...

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1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why?

About 20 years ago, my mom brought home a VHS yoga tape. She told my sister and I that we were going to do yoga together every night for a week. What teenager doesn't love forced family activities?! It was 45 mins of static postures. I remember loving warrior 2, and freezing on the floor in savasana wondering if she was really going to make us lie there until the end.
 
2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?

At first it was competition. I was going to large studios in NYC and Boston, and I thought that if I could do (whatever pose), or have a stronger practice than the person next to me, then I would be "good at yoga". I don't think I ever fully relaxed in those classes.

Thankfully, in the past 4-5 years it has become so much more than a workout for me. After having my children, I needed a way to connect with myself again. My yoga mat gave me a place to let go, of everything, even my exhaustion. Today in a class, I don't see anyone else around me. Some days I nail the postures, others I am a complete mess, and in the end it really never matters. I tune out any noise in my head for an hour or so, re-center, and walk away 1000% better for it. My yoga practice has guided me through pregnancy & postpartum, anxiety, and really helped me find a spiritual connection within myself.

Oh and I LOVE savasana now :).

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

I feel safe at OPY, it feels like home. New studios can be scary, but from the minute I walked in and saw Julie's beaming face, I knew I was finally in a studio where I could be myself.

The room is so clean and open - there's always a lightness about being in there. That's the best way I can describe it. LIGHT. Every class and instructor carries that quality.

The teacher training at OPY has ignited something life changing in me. To be able to connect with so many amazing people, and learn from some of the most thoughtful teachers my education (in any field) have encountered, has been an invaluable experience. I’m so grateful to OPY and Julie for all of the hard work and effort that went into creating this experience for all of us!


4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

I have been to 24 countries and know how to navigate the airport in Hong Kong better than Logan. The majority of my travel has been work related. My husband and I went to Ireland last year though, and I really hope travelling will be something we enjoy doing as a family. 
 

noelle has to be the cutest and sweetest human one has ever met. she brings a light to every class that is unmatched and is so caring and grateful.  she is also participating in our one powered 200 hour yoga teacher training program, so look out for her when she graduates.  she is going to be an excellent instructor.  we are so lucky that noelle chose one powered to be her yoga home!  we love you noelle!


january 2018

let's meet kelly and Lauren marsden...

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1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why?

Lauren: I have been a fitness fanatic for years. I have tried everything from long-distance running to weight training. I was looking for something to add to my fitness routine to improve my flexibility and to help with the aches and pains, I would feel from the constant high impact work outs. I had gone back and forth for a while about whether yoga would be the right fit for me. I decided to get the "New Client Intro Special" with two weeks of unlimited classes and I have been hooked ever since. 

Kelly: My daughter Alyssa told us to try it. She had been taking classes and kept telling us how we would love it. My family is a bunch of fitness nuts. I have always taken classes, and run. I always had aches and pains. So I was interested to see if yoga would help. My goal each week is to get to class 3 or 4 times a week.

2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?

Lauren: I saw huge improvements in my flexibility and body mechanics. Yoga has given me so much more awareness to the importance of a connection between the mind and body. I never realized just how fast paced my day to day life can be. Yoga gives me 60-75 minutes to forget about everything else that may be going on and allows me to "slow down". 

Kelly: Julie, Katelyn, and Natalie and the results! I have definitely noticed the difference in my core. The studio is welcoming and once a class starts you can feel the stress leave you. Our family has been through a lot the last three years. I've learned to take deep breaths.  My husband asks every day, "Are you going to yoga?"
It must be doing something!

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

Lauren: It may sound weird, but I'm just going to say it... Julie!!! I love her classes and all of her music. Walking into OPY, I know I am going to leave feeling not only renewed and relaxed, but with a smile on my face. Julie is so relatable and fun!  She brings so much joy and light, Julie truly keeps me coming back for more! 

Kelly: I have learned from Julie to give myself an hour, especially after a long workday. Lauren and I are both nurses, taking care of other people is our profession.
It's nice to go to yoga and be reminded to just slow down and relax.

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

Lauren: I am fiercely competitive, and hate to lose at anything! Some may consider people like me a "poor sport" but I like to call it passionate haha! 

Kelly: My kids started calling me Gladys as a joke a couple of years ago because they think I can be forgetful. I tell them it's because I am the mother, the keeper of everyone's schedules!  (You have to be a mother to understand this). Needless to say it has stuck with me and I now find myself responding to "Gladys"! 
 

this mother/daughter duo is the simply the best!  we love them both so much here at opy and we are so happy they found us. they take care of people all day long and we are grateful that we can take care of them when then arrive here. they are both beautiful on the inside as well as the outside, super sweet and have great senses of humor.  we can't say enough about these two incredible ladies, except they are favorites!  kelly and lauren, thanks for being part of our opy family, we truly love you both!


december 2017

let's meet Kayla Wetherbee...

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1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why?

Originally I started practicing yoga sporadically never really sticking with it.  I used to like going to “hot” yoga (Bikram) because it was all about sweating off those pounds and losing weight.  But it wasn’t until this year that my mindset changed towards yoga.  I looked at it as an outlet for stress & anxiety, and emotional build up.  I was not only benefiting from the physical aspect of the practice but the mental/emotional aspect also.  It was EXACTLY what my mind, body, & soul needed! It became my passion, and therefore was an easy decision to begin my Yoga Teacher Training with OPY.  The training has been amazing so far and I cannot wait to see where my journey takes me! 

2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?

It became a part of me.  They say it takes a few weeks for you to change habits, this took one really good class for me to finally make the connection that this is exactly where I need to be and exactly what I need to be doing for myself!  I am a better person when I practice yoga and meditation.  I am a happier person, more grounded, more confident.  It’s an experience that everyone should have in their life, and I’m beyond grateful that I have started my journey @ OPY!! 

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

The family unit.  You walk in and may not know anyone in class but there’s a sense of community in the yoga world, and OPY makes high efforts to make you feel this way. There’s no judgment, no negative energy.  Always a smile, a helping hand & encouragement.  Your practice is valued, respected & honored by the teachers & fellow yogi’s.  

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

I am a sucker for re-runs or watching a movie for the millionth time! I even go to the movie to see the same film if someone asked me to! I’ve watched the Grey’s anatomy series on Netflix 3x through, Son’s of Anarchy about 4 times maybe 5, and the same goes for One Tree Hill (still mad at Netflix for removing it!!)

we are so lucky that kayla is part of our Opy family and our teacher training.  she brings a great energy and attitude to every class. she is so willing to learn and share her experiences. we are so happy she chose OPY to pursue her teacher training. We love watching her practice grow! we are excited to see where her journey takes her! Thanks Kayla!  We love you!


november 2017

let's meet michelle lawson...

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1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why?

A few years ago, I broke my ankle and my leg. Ever since I have struggled with soreness, pain, going through a few extra surgeries, etc. It has really put a damper on what I can do workout wise. One of my friends suggested mixing my workouts up, reducing the amount of impact I put on my bad ankle, and incorporating yoga into my schedule. Which is exactly what I did and it has made me feel 10x better! I feel the best I ever have since I started practicing yoga regularly. Yoga has helped me become more in tune with my own body and it has helped me work muscles that I never even knew I had! It’s also the most important “me time” that I get throughout each week.

2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?

There are so many reasons why, but the most important reason is that I love how I feel after each class. I may look like a sweaty mess, but I feel relaxed physically and mentally. Yoga gives me balance.

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

All of the instructors! Everyone is so welcoming and kind. I love attending each instructors’ classes because they all have their own styles, challenges, techniques, and of course awesome playlists. Whenever I hear some Ed Sheeran or Chris Stapleton during Julie’s class I’m usually trying to hide the fact that I’m jamming out to the music! All in all, OPY is such a wonderful studio and it has become a big part of my life.

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

I am a huge sports nerd and not just towards Boston sports either (but of course those are my favorite teams). Ever since I was a little kid I was interested in sports and as I have gotten older the love for the industry has grown. It grew so much that I even pursued my undergraduate degree in Sport Management. I love professional sports, college sports, stats, trades, contracts, front office on goings, each game itself, and the list goes on. Some may call it useless information, but I enjoy it and it does come in handy for fantasy football and baseball at times!

michelle's practice has grown since she has started here at OPy and her dedication and perseverance is clearly evident.  she brings such a great light to the studio with her friendly and bubbly personality.  we feel blessed that she is part of our family here.  Thanks for being you, michelle and you can always sing and dance in class if you feel like it :-).


october 2017

let's meet Anna Woodman...

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1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why?

I thought I would try yoga to help me with my little nagging overuse injuries I had from years of running. I knew I didn't stretch enough and thought yoga was just what I needed.   Julie had just opened her studio minutes away from my house and had a great 2 week unlimited  introductory special.  It didn't take long to get hooked!

2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?

I found yoga to be everything I was looking for in an exercise program and so much more.  Yoga has it all, flexibility, strength, balance, inner focus all  with a little cardio mixed in.  I was surprised at how challenging yoga could be and kept going back because of how great I felt after class. Yoga is both energizing and calming, I began to appreciate the mindfulness component to practice and really found it helpful to deal with day to day stress.

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

I love all of the instructors !  They are all very friendly,  knowledgeable, and fun.  They each have their own unique style and you can always find a class that suits what you are looking for, whether thats a fast paced  vinyasa workout or a slower but equally challenging stretch and strength class , there is truly something for everyone.

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

I'm glad Julie chose me for October , it happens to be my favorite month.   I love fall colors and flavors, can never have enough pumpkin spice. My daughter ( also a big OPY fan)  and I celebrate our birthdays in October and we both love Halloween!

anna has a sweet, silent, calming energy about her, but don't let that fool you...her practice is fierce and strong. She has been with us since we opened and we are so grateful to have her as part of our opy family. we love when she brings her daughter to class too! Thanks for being you anna!


September 2017

Let's meet courtney fogarty...

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1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why?

 I used to do yoga just as a way to my supplement my trail running, but when I got mono senior year of college it was the only active hobby I was allowed to do. I had always thought it was too slow, but I was wrong. Practicing taught me to respect the power of taking things slowly and being flexible, especially when your body & mind really need it. I've been going consistently ever since! 

2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?

I found muscles I didn't even know I had! And yoga gave me a connection to my body and movement that I'd never experienced before; it encourages a focus on the self involving power, grace, forgiveness -- and the balance between all three.

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

OPY is one of my favorite studios in the country! From the clean, open design of the space to the 'just-right' amount of heat, this studio has been my go-to after long runs (and long days behind a desk). Also the instructors here are great --they come up with fun sequences and awesome playlists!

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

After graduating college, my friends and I picked up and drove across country to live out west for a couple of years....in Nebraska. 

We are so blessed to have courtney as part of our Opy family! she is one of the hardest workers we know and her practice grows everyday! she's always up for a challenge and smiles through it. we are super excited to have her as part of our teacher training program and we can't wait to see what her yoga future holds.

we love you Courtney!


august 2017

let's meet roxanne kelly...

1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why?

I decided to take yoga after seeing classes at a gym. I tried out a class at a yoga studio and fell in love with the practice. My gym membership is long gone, but I faithfully practice yoga every week without fail. 

2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?

I always feel better after Yoga! I love how yoga can transform any day into a good one. Through yoga, I've learned to appreciate and be grateful for what my body can do, rather than worrying about what I think it should look like. I love the journey of slowly gaining strength, and then suddenly discovering that I can do something that I never thought I could. That is an amazing feeling! 

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

Ah, if I have to pick one thing, it is definitely the instructors! Everyone is very knowledgeable and approachable. I love the variety of classes as well as the workshops which are super helpful. Everyone is always very friendly and welcoming. It is a lovely space. Arriving at OPY feels like a reward at the end of my day!

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

I grew up on the prairies in Canada, in one of the coldest climates...in Canada! When I first moved to New England, I mailed my winter coat back to my mom because I told her I don't need it here because "It never gets cold!" 

roxanne has an amazing practice that gets stronger and grows with each class and workshop she attends.  although quiet, her smile lights up the room and is quite contagious.  

roxanne ~ you are a sweetheart and we are so happy you are part of our opy family!


july 2017

let's meet Loralee supple...

1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why?
My sister got me to do Bryan Kest videos when I was about 19. We'd do them in my parents attic play room. I remember them being sooo hard!!! I definitely over challenged myself physically in the beginning not learning or realizing the basics of the practice. I would practice here and there between tennis trainings in college. Then later I went to a class where she emphasized the breathing. Twenty minutes into it I was floating on air! From that moment on I decided I wanted to teach!!!

2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?
I love the fluidity of yoga as well as the options to challenge yourself or tone down your practice depending on what you need that day. Yoga is a forgiving practice that enables you to reach heights you may not have imagined you could reach. The stability of the practice along with this ever evolving reach for more keeps me coming back for more.

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?
Julie ha!!! Truly I love Julie and her creation she has built here at OPY. She is a very kind, friendly and disciplined athlete herself. She attracts and brings in the best for her studio; the teachers and students alike. We are all students of this practice no matter the level, we can all get better. Julie and her team make it fun, light and playful so everyday is a new journey of enlightenment, fulfillment and satisfaction.

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.
My mom went into labor with me on our tennis court we had growing up. You can say I was literally born into tennis. I loved Agassi and his expressiveness on the tennis court. Yoga has taken that obsession and transformed it into a lifelong creative and physically challenging practice that grows with me as I grow :)

loralee always walks in with a smile. You can also catch her singing and dancing a bit in class to the music.  she is an amazing woman with a beautiful practice.  it was awesome to see her practice as she went through her last pregnancy and now she's back and better than ever. We are so honored and lucky to have loralee as part of our one powered family!  we love you! 


June 2017

let's meet jennifer kearney...

1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why?

I got into yoga about 10 years ago when I needed my body to recover faster and stretch out from running and playing tennis. It turned out to be a great supplement for my running addiction and has kept me injury-free (knock on wood!). 

2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?

Is it weird that I'd say Julie kept me coming back to yoga? Whatever, I'll say it. I took a break from yoga after the 2013 Boston Marathon and found myself in Julie's studio about a year later (when it was still Soul Powered Yoga!) and haven't strayed since. There's something magical about her and the OPY team - I've gotten stronger mentally and physically since coming to OPY and my gratitude for them is limitless.

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

You're really going to make me pick just one. I can't. You'll have to be okay with that. There's a magnetism to the space and the instructors and the clientele that just draws you to it. It's hard to explain, but once you start to flow through class, you'll know what I mean. 

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

I've run over 40 road races, including 3 marathons, 6 half-marathons, and a 200-mile relay race through New Hampshire. (I did not run all 200 miles. Just 21!)

jen is so amazing that words are hard to describe it! We love how she can just light up the room by being herself. She's super welcoming and always willing to help out a fellow yogi.  

did we mention that she is hilarious with her witty sense of humor :-). Opy wouldn't be the same without you! we are So glad you found us and that we found you!


May 2017

Let's meet stefanie williams...

1) How did you get into yoga? Why?

I tried yoga for the first time in college, thinking it would be an easy workout since I used to dance; I was quickly proven wrong! I moved around a lot after college and would take a class here and there, but I more seriously started practicing yoga about a year ago wanting something that was going to keep me challenged and make me stronger. As someone with self proclaimed "chicken wing" arms, practicing yoga has given me the confidence to try things I never thought I could accomplish.

2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?

I keep coming back to yoga because it's something that I can always learn from. I'll never say I've mastered a pose because each class teaches me a different way to approach things. Yoga has become so much more than a physical exercise for me. I've learned so much about myself and I look forward to what else yoga can teach me.

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

My favorite part of OPY is the people! I love the instructors and how friendly my fellow students are. No matter what type of day I've had, I know when I walk into OPY I'm going to feel happy because everyone else is happy to be there.

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

I have lived in every time zone in the U.S. I worked on political campaigns for over 5 years and that brought me from Massachusetts to New Hampshire, Iowa, Idaho, Oregon and D.C. I've been to a lot of different yoga studios across the country and nothing compares to OPY!

stefanie is one of the sweetest people you will meet. she enters opy with a cheerful smile and a big heart. she has a beautiful practice that grows stronger with every class.

stefanie, we are so happy you found us at opy and glad you are part of our yogi family!


april 2017

let's meet Joy mohr...

1) How did you get into yoga? Why?

A couple of years ago, bored with my usual gym work out I considered yoga. I felt slightly intimidated wondering if I was capable of performing the poses.  So, I took a private lesson with Julie to find out. Julie was terrific! She gave me the confidence I needed to attend a group class. I quit the gym and currently attend yoga classes at OPY a few times a week.

2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?

Yoga strengthens my body and relaxes my mind. I leave every class feeling renewed!

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

The classes at OPY are always supportive and non-judgmental. Everyone is happy to see their neighbor attempt a new pose and no one cares if my tree-pose is a little shaky.

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

Since retiring from a career in finance, I have returned to college as a full-time student to pursue a Liberal Arts Degree. Now my days are filled with great literature and art classes.

JOy's name fits her perfectly!  She brings smiles and joy to each class she attends and her practice grows stronger everyday!  She also loves to bring a little humor to class.  WE love having you part of our opy family and so proud you are going back to college!  So awesome!


march 2017

let's meet suzanne Burns...

1) How did you get into yoga? Why?

I was drawn to Yoga because of my interest in the mind, body and spirit approach that yoga embraces. Last year, I began to practice on a regular basis because I wanted to find a meaningful way to manage my stress, balance my energy level and honor my spirit.

2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?

Yoga is generous! I kept coming back to yoga because I started to experience the many benefits of yoga. My mind became still and present, my body became stronger and flexible and my spirit has become more grateful and free.

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

y favorite thing about OPY is the energy in the studio. It is like walking into a loving hug! Warm, welcoming, accepting, and validating. Julie and all of the instructors have been blessed with the gifts of hospitality and teaching.

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

I created a Mindfulness Club at the high school where I work. My goal is to create a community of mindful learners...One deep breath in and one very long breath out!

Suzanne has the sweetest personality and demeanor.  If you haven't been in class with her you are missing out.

we are so proud of her for joining the 31 in 31 January Challenge and completing all 31 classes.  That is quite an accomplishment. We love you Suzanne and thank for being part of our opy family.


february 2017

Let's Meet tracey perkins...

1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why?

I first tried yoga 15 years ago and had a semi-consistent practice, but after my first child was born 7 years ago, I didn’t make much time to fit yoga (or any other form of exercise) into my life.

During a particularly busy time at work about a year and a half ago, I came to a class at OPY seeking a mental reset and instantly remembered what I love about yoga. I came out of class with my worries and body aches diminished, and then made a commitment to myself to get back into it and stay consistent with my practice.

2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?

I love the calmness, balance, and strength I feel after a yoga class. The classes at OPY are challenging, but designed for all levels, so I find myself learning and improving every single time I practice and that keeps me motivated. I schedule yoga class into my calendar like any other commitment and I never regret showing up! I also like that practicing yoga is a lifelong habit… it’s something I can do now and for the rest of my life.

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

I love the variety, kindness, and expertise of the instructors, and the fantastic schedule. I am so grateful to Julie for holding noon weekday classes since that is my favorite time to practice and a great energy boost in the middle of the day. The studio is like a sanctuary and I can feel myself grow calmer as soon as I walk through the door.

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

I broke a front tooth surfing in Surfer’s Paradise, Australia when I was a study abroad student. It was in ankle deep water (a wave suddenly flipped the surfboard into my face), and that’s the last time I “surfed.” Yoga seems like a safer choice for my teeth!

Tracey~you are a pleasure to have in class and we love that you are part of our opy family.  thanks for bringing a kindness and willingness to learn to the studio.  We are grateful, you call this your yoga home/sanctuary.


january 2017

Let's meet Jennifer alex...

1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why?

 I have always been interested in yoga just needed a push to get started. A friend of mine asked me to come with her to class one evening after work and I was instantly hooked!

 2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?

I love the way yoga makes me feel both mentally and physically. I noticed a change in my attitude and I felt more positive since I started yoga. It gives me a peace of mind I have never been able to obtain before. It's also a great workout!

 3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

 Everyone is so nice at OPY. It was so easy to keep coming back because all of the instructors and other class members were so warm and welcoming. I never felt judged because I was new to yoga and that was important to me. I love the candlelight class on Sunday nights that's my favorite class! 

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

I love to have fun and laugh as you can probably tell by all my fun shirts I wear to yoga.  I think it counteracts the seriousness of my job as a registered nurse. 

Jen~ we love that you chose OPY as your yoga home! We also love your fun shirts...we can't wait to see what this new year brings.  thanks for your smiling positive energy!


december 2016

let's meet Kristen fogarty...

1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why?
I tried yoga when I was in high school but really got hooked within the last two years. My transition from college to the real world was an adjustment and yoga became my way to escape, disconnect and find peace. I find that when I practice I walk out with a clearer mind and a better perspective on everyday situations. Also, as a spin instructor I love coming to class to stretch my muscles and recover after a long week!  

 2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?
I tend to be an individual who is constantly on the go, always focusing on the next thing I need to do, not giving myself much down time. The 60-75 minutes I spend on my mat has enabled me to slow my mind down and be present. Yoga has helped me in so many positive ways, physically and mentally.

 3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?
Every time I walk into the studio, I am always greeted by a friendly face. OPY has been there for me through the good and the bad and I am so thankful to have found this special place 2 years ago. I feel like my practice has grown because OPY has given me the confidence in myself to take chances and not be afraid to fail. The atmosphere is welcoming and I feel stronger every time I walk out of the doors.  

 4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.
I am obsessed with everything pumpkin/seasonal. I am that person who buys every single thing in the supermarket just because it says pumpkin. My friends make fun of me a lot for this one.  

Kristen brings a positive energy and smile to every class.  she is always upbeat and makes teaching a pleasure. we are lucky to have such a kind person as part of our opy family!  We love you kristen.


November 2016

Let's meet Derek Jonson...

1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why?
I thought yoga would be great for stretching after getting very tight muscles from boxing and strength training. I tried a few boxing/yoga classes a few years ago. I didn't realize is that yoga is a workout with all the benefits of stretching as well as a great training session. It made me feel great and helped relax my mind as well as my body. My practice has progressed to point where handstands might become the norm.

2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?
OPY has become part of my training schedule and greatly benefits all of my training. 

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?
All OPY instructors have been great, They all have a bit of different style/flair to help give you a better perspective on your personal practice as well as yoga as a whole. I always feel comfortable and supported at OPY.

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.
I have two Pomeranians who love to lick my face when I am practicing at home. Sometimes avoiding their tongues is a workout in itself. 

Derek is the most friendly, positive person you may ever meet. He brings an incredible energy to the studio and is a friend to all. we are lucky to have him as part of our Opy family.


October 2016

Let's Meet Amy Manganiello...

1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why?

I tried yoga a few times over the years, but it wasn't until this past year that I really got hooked.  I was always too busy with work that I never carved out time for myself.  But this past year, I was on a professional sabbatical for about 7 months, and yoga became my one constant. 

2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?  

It gives me a moment to disconnect and really helped me develop better balance in my life. When I look back to a year ago, I was working non-stop, was always stressed out and lived a very unhealthy lifestyle. Yoga has since transformed my life. 

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY? 

I love the instructors, the music and the flow of each class. The instructors are so welcoming and encouraging. The classes are challenging and I'm always learning something new.

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself. 

I spent the last six years living abroad in Amsterdam, and just moved back home to Massachusetts this past year.  OPY has been a staple in my life ever since I returned!

Amy always has a smile on her face and lights up the room when she attends class.  we are lucky to have such a great yogi here at OPY!


September 2016

Let's Meet Adam Senesi...

1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why?

My good friend had just completed her 200 hour certification program, and I reluctantly attended one of her first classes for the sake of being supportive. I had a preconceived notion that yoga was a "chick workout," but was surprised to find it challenging and engaging. It's a complete workout physically and mentally. 

2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?

The fact that my boss, my kids and my cellphone don't come with me to OPY is what keeps me coming back. It's an hour plus that's just for me every time. I've dropped roughly 15 pounds as it's a key piece to my overall wellness regimen. There's still tremendous room for improvement, but I haven't looked this good with my shirt off since high school. I've also been told by others that I'm less prone to moodiness, but I don't believe them as I'm always a ray of sunshine.

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

Everybody says this because it's true, but the instructors are incredible people and outstanding at what they do. This is a solid lineup of instructors from top-to-bottom. There isn't a single weak link in this lineup or any instructor I'm just iffy about. I know I'm guaranteed a solid class every time I walk through the doors at OPY. 

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

My favorite things to do involve traveling and going out to eat. I always try to visit a ballpark when I'm visiting a major city outside Boston. Highlights have included visiting Lambeau Field for a Green Bay Packers game and seeing Michael Jordon play on his home court in Chicago back in his prime. Julie Wetherbee is the Michael Jordan of yoga instructors, and her team of instructors at OPY are all champions. 

Adam always brings his positive energy and a great attitude to every class.  We love having him here and seeing his practice grow further every day!


 

august 2016

let's meet Kristin flynn...

1) How did you get into yoga?  Why?

I had been doing the usual group classes at my gym (kickboxing, tabata, etc.) but just felt like I needed something different, to change it up a bit. So, one weekend I tried a yoga class with Katelyn and I was hooked! The class was harder than I expected, mostly because I was convinced that yoga was just "a bunch of stretching", but boy was I wrong! I have been coming back to yoga ever since...happily following Katelyn to OPY! 

2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?

The one thing I love most about yoga is how it's as good for your mind as it is for your body. Whenever I'm feeling stressed or overwhelmed with things going on in my personal or professional (back to school, report cards, conferences) life, I know that just one yoga class will calm my mind- if only for that one hour. I also really love the way yoga helps me sculpt and lean out parts of my body that other group classes that I take can't quite reach. 

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

What I love most about OPY is the instructors! In class, I always feel encouraged to try a new, challenging pose even when it means I may risk falling flat on my face! That's just how empowering and encouraging the instructors are- they make you feel like you're capable of anything! I also love that the instructors are always offering challenging modifications to each pose so you can really feel yourself progressing with each class you take. Next challenge- inversions...dying to learn how to safely go upside down!  

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

I have become so yoga-obsessed that I will tell anyone who will listen all about it and have even been known to get on the floor to demonstrate some of my favorite poses. This is especially fun to do in my classroom, with my second graders, where we sometimes do a little yoga before a big test or just as a positive start to our day! They all learn to love it...almost as much as Miss Flynn! 

well we love you too Miss flynn!  thanks for bringing a positive energy and great attitude to every class.  Kristin always offers a bit of humor too!  Thanks for being part of our community and we are honored to have you as our featured yogi of the month for august!


july 2016

let's meet ed brennan...

1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why?

I got into yoga on the recommendation of a friend. I had been resistance training and playing hockey for years. I began to notice decreased flexibility and I was just constantly sore. I had grown tired of the aches and pains of aging and was looking for the motivation that a new challenge brings, so yoga was just what I needed.

2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?

Savasana!!! Who knew lying on the floor could be so awesome! Maybe I had never tried lying still on my back before yoga!  Ha! But seriously, I think what kept bringing back was the the small goals that I would set with my intentions were attainable and measurable on a daily basis. I could see the progress I was making not only in studio, but across everyday activities. And I still think lying on the floor with a bunch of sweaty people is cool!!

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

The Staff!  The instructors are awesome. The first class I took I met Karen, who was instantly welcoming and patient. Julie , Kyle , Ali W. and Katelyn are the other instructors that I've practiced under and I've found that while they all have a different approach , their goals are the same . They are truly invested in you and want you to gain success through your practice. They also like to have fun , which is a huge plus, no one takes themselves too seriously and they're always quick to share a laugh, even if it's at their own expense. 

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

Something unique about me?!?!  I'm a huge fan of 70s Southern Rock and I have a special place for kittens, That's it!!

ED ALWAYS BRINGS A GREAT ATTITUDE AND SENSE OF HUMOR TO EVERY CLASS.  WE LOVE TO WATCH HOW HIS PRACTICE HAS GROWN AND CONTINUES TO GROW.  

WE ARE LUCKY TO HAVE HIM AS PART OF THE OPY FAMILY!  THANKS ED!


June 2016

Let's Meet Jacqui & Janel Webb...

  We love both of these twins so much that we couldn't choose just 1! We had to choose both!     (Jacqui Webb is on the left and Janel Webb is on the right.)

We love both of these twins so much that we couldn't choose just 1! We had to choose both!

(Jacqui Webb is on the left and Janel Webb is on the right.)

1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why?

Jacqui:  For me, yoga started with a few classes at a barre studio when I became very interested in the practice.  After visiting OPY, I loved the studio and the vinyasa yoga.  After two severe leg injuries, I wanted nothing more than to get back into working out but was physically limited — Yoga for filled the intense workout I was craving while helping with the emotions following a trauma.

Janel:  I wanted to get into yoga to add a different element to my work out routine. I was getting tired of the same "fad" work out classes and wanted something to transcend for whatever was happening in my life at that time and also challenge me. 

2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?

Jacqui:  Yoga has truly changed my workout regiment. I look forward to those 60-75 minutes on the mat.  Physically, emotionally, and mentally, yoga has changed every aspect of me and my body has never been stronger!  I truly love the challenges the practice presents every time.

Janel:  Although I was a little apprehensive, I was hooked after one class at OPY! The instructors, the class, just everything! The classes/teachers allow you to really make the class your own, whether you are looking for a class to challenge yourself or maybe something more restorative,  they accommodate everyone and give you options to modify for your body/energy that day.

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

Jacqui:  hmmm.. everything!! But I really enjoy the 31 in 31 day challenges — I love the goal setting aspect of those and seeing the physical changes at the end.  Seems I always get to know another OPY member completing the challenge, who will share in my despair (LOL) or help plan each others yoga schedule for the following week.  And the instructors are always so motivational!  All the way until the end, especially on day 25,26,27 when you just want to stay home on the couch!

Janel:  The instructors! :) You will never have a "bad" class at OPY, each instructor has his/her own style of teaching but you will always leave feeling a little happier and lighter! 

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

Jacqui:  We are twins! We could never take each other’s classes but we are still able to confuse a few people here and there!

Janel:  Since I have started at OPY, I have now become a little obsessed with inversions! Many of nights my sister and I  end up on our heads! 

These twins are amazing and we are so lucky to have them part of the OPY family!  Thanks ladies! 


may 2016

LET'S MEET Taylor Cavanaugh...

1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why?

I started regularly practicing yoga in January 2015. I had tried yoga classes years ago, but it wasn't until last year that I began a consistent routine. I started by attending a restorative workshop, which lead to gentle/beginner classes. Eventually, I tried my hand at all levels and vinyasa flow classes. Initially, going to yoga was about undoing the damage created by a desk job and to counterbalance muscle tightness from spinning. It was also about finding quiet time away from all things stressful. 

2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?

I just found myself really enjoying yoga. I make small and gradual progress on my mat each week and those small successes fuel my desire to make time for yoga practice. Over time I have made physical progress like building overall strength and flexibility. I have reduced a lot of muscle tension as well. Mentally I've learned to cut myself a lot of slack in and out of the yoga studio. I used to struggle and overthink it when instructors would ask us to set an intention at the start of practice. Now I'm content to set my intention as "leave class in a better state than I arrived". And I do. I may never be able to do a full bind. I may always step out of balance poses. But there is a lot I CAN do and I'm all the better for it. Yoga is my opportunity to improve and care for my body and mind. 

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

I joined OPY in April 2015 and very quickly found myself at home. The studio as a whole is humble and welcoming. The instructors really make yoga accessible to everyone. I love taking class with a variety of instructors because they each bring a uniqueness to a session. Kyle is the king of cozy and his liberal use of props reminds me to surrender more deeply. Rae Ann and Karen's beginner classes are a great way to slow down and reset my form. Ali, Katelyn and Julie's classes always push me to challenge myself with new poses, but there is no judgment if I need to take Child's Pose instead. And these are just the instructors that I see most often! 

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

My husband and I have an extensive board game collection. Our collection ranges from classic childhood favorites to euro-style strategy games. I love the "unplugged" fun of board games. Some times it's just the two of us, but other times we have game days with a group of friends. It's a great way to set technology aside and spend quality time with people whose company you enjoy. 


April 2016

Let's Meet mark moran...

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1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why?

I got into yoga because of my sister, Joyce. She asked me if I would like to try yoga, and at the time I needed something in my life to enhance my spiritual part of my life.

2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?

I kept coming back to yoga because I was inspired by the instructors. After a very short time, the pain in my lower back - which I have had most of my life - all of a sudden disappeared!

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

The thing I love about OPY is the enthusiasm. The energy. All the teachers are very patient, very helpful, and always are willing to talk about each individual's practice. I always feel rejuvenated after classes. Julie's facility has a warm, energetic, healthy environment for practice!

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.

I love trying new things! Yoga has been awesome. It's helped me to slow down - to relax - to enjoy the moment - to enjoy the day - to enjoy this wonderful blessing that has been given to us, EVERY DAY we wake up!


MARCH 2016

LET'S MEET JOYCE DIGIANTOMMASO...

1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why? 

 I’ve always been a very active person and enjoyed running, biking, and strength training.  When I hit a bump in the road of life, I was forced to change up my physical activity and that is when I turned to yoga.  I quickly realized that Yoga was very challenging physically and mentally.   Physically it challenged my body in ways that I could not have imagined.  Yoga jump started muscles in my body that I had no idea even existed.    Mentally, it provided me with the tools to control my thoughts, overcome my fears and to come to a place of relaxation in my mind.    Yoga is a gift I give to myself!!

2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?

What kept me coming back were the changes I quickly noticed in my mind and body.   My physical appearance was changing and my body was beginning to show signs of fitness and flexibility.    My mental awareness was so much better and I felt that I had more of a balance in my life.  The whole mind, body, healing experience I was feeling is the reason I continue my practice. 

3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?

My favorite thing about OPY is Julie.   I just love her and look forward to each and every class that I practice with her.    I have to say that all of the instructors at OPY are amazing.  For me it doesn’t matter which class I go to because each one of the instructors provide me with something different, always fulfilling my needs.    OPY is my studio and I’ve been part of the family for one year now and I can’t imagine my life without OPY.

4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.  

Let’s see something people don’t know about me – that I sing all the time and think that I have a great voice.   LOL   In addition to singing at the top of my lungs, I wiggle my butt when I sing.   Funny thing is that when I sing and wiggle my butt – it makes people smile and laugh.   So for years now, I continue to be silly!!

THANKS JOYCE! WE LOVE THAT YOU BRIGHTEN EVERYDAY HERE!


February 2016

Let's meet Kate morgan...

1)  How did you get into yoga?  Why? 

I have to admit, I had convinced myself that yoga wasn’t for me before I ever went to a class.  I have several friends who practiced regularly and always invited me to join them but I was NOT going. I had every reason in the book for why I wouldn’t go….it’s not a good workout, it’s not competitive, it’s too slow, I’m not the “yoga type”.  It was when I started running that I was finally convinced I needed to try yoga.  I was really struggling with running, I could barely breathe and I was sore after every run.  I decided I would try one yoga class because I’d heard from several people that yoga was a great supplement to other workouts.  I wanted to be a better runner.   My friend made me commit to going to three classes before I decided if yoga was for me or if it wasn’t.  After one class, with the fabulous Julie,  I realized yoga was everything I thought it wasn’t and more! It’s an amazing workout, it’s a competition with myself to better my practice, it’s a new challenge every time I step on my mat and I’ve discovered everyone is the “yoga type”.  I’ve been hooked since.

 2)  What kept you coming back to yoga?  

I love so much about yoga.  Yoga has made me stronger both mentally and physically.  Physically I’ve become more flexible, I’ve improved my muscle tone and my posture has improved. I have more energy during the day and I sleep better at night.  Yoga is absolutely an intense total body workout.  I also love the sense of accomplishment when I achieve a new pose or can hold a pose a little longer than last time.  It really is about progress and not perfection.  Mentally, I’ve learned how to manage stress in my everyday life in a much healthier manner.  Overall, I make healthier choices.  It has taught me about self-acceptance and self-control.  Whether it’s 60 minutes or 75 minutes, the time on my mat is when I feel totally in control of my mind and my body.  I could go on forever here…..

 3)  What's your favorite thing/aspect/etc. about OPY?  

Finally an easy one!  My favorite thing about OPY is the people, both the instructors and my fellow yogis.  It is such a welcoming place I feel at home every time I walk through the door at OPY. When I participated in the 31 day challenge in October I went to several classes I had not tried before, every single instructor was supportive, motivating, encouraging and challenging.  I even found some new favorites.  I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a special mention to Julie.  Julie has been with me since day one of my yoga journey, she encourages me when I need it most, she is always incredibly supportive and I get excited to share every little accomplishment with her and she gets as excited as I do about the small victories.  She’s my trainer, my therapist and my friend.

 4)  Tell us something fun/unique about yourself.  

I have always been what some would consider a “political junkie”.   I spent a lot of time volunteering on various, local, state and national campaigns.  It was a fun hobby for years.  Four years ago I decided to throw my hat in the ring and run for a seat on the Wakefield School Committee, I was fortunate to have the support in my hometown to win my 1st election.  I was then re-elected in 2015 and am currently serving as Chairman of the committee.

Thanks Kate! We love you!