November Teacher Spotlight

Let's Meet...

Katelyn Giliberti

It's Q&A time with Katelyn...

What made you want to teach yoga?

  • I wanted to teach yoga so that I could share and spread this awesome practice that not only benefits you physically, but the mental benefits are endless. It can clear the mind, focus the mind, and either calm the mind, or energize it. I also really enjoy the sense of community that comes with yoga. Yogis tend to be really fun to hang out with in and outside of class!

How would you describe your classes/teaching style?

  • My classes are energetic, challenging, and fun. I like to incorporate elements from other fitness styles into my class including pilates, strength training, and plyometrics to enhance and support one’s yoga practice.

What kind of music do like to play in class?

  • Depends on the day! There is a lot of intention behind each of my playlists. For example, Wednesday night’s Community Class may have more of a mellow feel to keep you grounded and wind you down in the middle of the week, so you might hear more acoustic singer/songwriter jams. Saturday afternoon’s class will be more upbeat and fun to get you pumped for the weekend!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

  • I like to spend time with my pup, Dexter. He is a shepherd/beagle mix. Small like a beagle, but looks like shepherd. I will produce numerous photos upon request. Even without a request, I’ll probably show you pictures anyways.

What's your favorite food?

  • Cheese. Cheddar, romano, mozzarella, provolone. Mac & Cheese, grilled cheese, and cheesecake.

What's your favorite yoga pose?

  • Warrior II.

What's the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you in a yoga class?

  • Do not, and I repeat, DO NOT go into tripod headstand hungover...

Lasting thoughts...

  • One of my favorite yoga teachers once said in class, “everything you need, you already have.” I try to remember that everyday.

You can catch Katelyn teaching at One Powered Yoga on Monday and Wednesday nights at 7:00pm and Saturday afternoons at 4:30pm for the Power Hour.  She also loves to practice, so you may be practicing next to her one day!  Come meet her in person!  She rocks!!!


December Teacher Spotlight

Let's Meet...

Natalie Griswold

It's Q&A time with Natalie...

What made you want to teach yoga?

·      As a dancer growing up, I was in love with the thought of moving my body to music and freeing my mind from constraints. When I was dancing, I was happy. As I got older working crazy hours and getting more sedentary, I was reawakened to that childhood feeling when I took a yoga class with my best friend. The graceful movements, the breath work, and the mind-calming quality of yoga lured me in. I practiced as often as possible, and couldn't get enough, so I decided to try to entice other people into the addictive practice. And so began my life-changing endeavor into a yoga teacher training program.

How would you describe your classes/teaching style?

·      Although, I have evolved and changed over the years, I would describe my class now as a fun flow with an emphasis on core strength (the most important foundation of any practice). I prepare my classes as if I'm choreographing a routine. Each posture is chosen to help strengthen the body and stay in alignment to avoid injuries. 

What kind of music do like to play in class?

·      To say my playlists are eclectic is an understatement. Expect to hear any calming relaxing music from the past several decades to the present. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

·      When I'm not doing yoga, my spare time is spent with friends and family, and sometimes involves drinking red wine (it's very good for your heart!).

What's your favorite yoga pose?

·      Dancer Pose

What's your favorite food?

·      Sushi

What's the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you in a yoga class?

·      As I was recovering from an injury, I mistakenly demonstrated a jump back through chaturanga. My triceps couldn't hold me, so long story short I face planted, turned red, and continued to teach. Lesson learned.

Lasting thoughts....

·      The job of a yoga teacher is to guide, assist, and inspire. Their goal is to create  a supportive atmosphere in which the student can feel comfortable to try new things, challenge themselves to strive for something they once thought was impossible, and to leave class feeling a sense of accomplishment. The most important part of any class is the student experience. 

You can catch Natalie teaching at One Powered Yoga on Sunday mornings at 8:00am and she also subs a bunch of classes. Come meet her in person!  She as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside and gives a rockin' yoga class!!!


February TEACHER SPOTLIGHT

LET'S MEET...

Ali White

It's Q&A time with Ali...

What made you want to teach yoga?

  • I fell in love with yoga immediately after taking my first few classes. I had already had some experience as a fitness instructor as my background in teaching began with my love for kickboxing.  I found yoga to be an incredible compliment to my kickboxing practice and that's what got me hooked. It was the yin to my yang. Less than a year after starting my practice I looked into a teacher training in my area and I applied thinking that at the least it would be a great learning experience.  My teacher training taught me so much more than I could have ever imagined and got me so excited to get out there and start teaching.  I started teaching with my Yoga teacher trainer's permission halfway through our 9 month training because I couldn't wait to share what I was learning and start teaching!   I quit my full time job as a state social worker and started teaching yoga/ fitness classes full time in 2012!  

How would you describe your classes/teaching style?

  • I would describe my classes as "athletic" and flow style yoga.  I love to focus on alignment as well as the connection of movement and breath. I like to think I keep my classes challenging and fresh, but for all levels of practitioners.   My teaching style is upbeat and energetic, while still encouraging my students to move at their own pace and do what feels good for their own bodies. 

What type of music do you like to play in your classes?

  • I love music and I love to practice to all different kinds of music. I try to be mindful of what all my different students' varying tastes can be for music while they practice.  I change my music up frequently and I usually stick to yoga flow mixes with some radio hits mixed in, unless I'm teaching a Hiphop flow class- then it's bring on the hardcore beats!   I also love finding soothing and calming songs for a nice cool-down and relaxing savasana.  

What do you like to do in your spare time?

  • I'm a Holistic Health Coach in addition to full time yoga/fitness instructor so in my spare time I love reading about nutrition and finding new healthy concoctions to make. I love working with my clients and helping them to eat healthy and learn more about the foods we put into our bodies.  I'm a green smoothie fanatic so I love mixing up new recipes for my smoothies and learning about new "super foods" to add in. 

What's your favorite food?

  • Hands down avocados.   But dark chocolate is a close second. 

What's your favorite yoga pose?

  • I don't have one favorite pose, but when I practice at home I always find myself spending a lot of time in down dogs and lunges.  I also love arm balancing, headstands and being upside down. 

What's the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you in a yoga class?  

  • This happened relatively recently actually.  I have been teaching for years and thought I've been pretty lucky so far (unless there's something my students haven't been telling me... Do I walk around teaching with food in my teeth all the time?), but recently I had every yoga teachers nightmare happen......a hole in my pants! You know where.  And I didn't find out until after I had already taught 3 classes.   Awesome.  

Lasting thoughts...

  • Yoga is for everyone.  If you tried it and didn't like it, try it again someday. Try out different classes and teachers - you'll eventually find someone that clicks with you and a class that you love.  And keep practicing.  First classes can be really daunting. Don't give up. Yoga is an infinite practice- there's no end and no beginning, it's all about your own individual practice and every time you step onto your mat its a new day and a new practice. You can take your yoga practice to any level you want to go with it.  That's why yoga rules!  

As you can see Ali, like our whole teaching staff rocks!  Come check her out on Tuesdays at 5:45pm and 7:00pm or Wednesdays at 4:00pm.  Take the time to say hi and if she has food in her teeth, let her know...hahaha!  We love you Ali!


April TEACHER SPOTLIGHT

LET'S MEET...

Kyle perzanoski

It's Q&A time with Kyle...

What made you want to teach yoga?  

  • I've been working in corporate for a long time. I am surrounded by people (both colleagues and clients) who work long hours, put unbelievable expectations on themselves and have very poor stress management skills. Sickness, depression and a lack of passion for life is what I often see and had experienced myself. Yoga helped me find a better path, and I wanted to help others make healthy choices for themselves. Yoga teaches you how to clear your mind, and in that clarity you can truly see what is in front of you. The haze of "what if's" disappears, and decisions become more simple to make. It is a never-ending practice, but you see vast improvement over time and an increased sense of satisfaction and well being.

How would you describe your classes/teaching style?  

  • Although I vary from class to class, I'd say overall I like to provide a safe environment where people can let go. We strengthen, we stretch, we breathe, and I may crack a few jokes to make you smile, but then give you something to think about, ponder. I like to connect with students as I feed off their energy and make choices based upon what I see and feel. So the class in never necessarily a planned speech, but something that evolves and we build together. So students guide the class as well. 

What kind of music do like to play in class?   

  • Hopefully I'll play something you've never heard before, but you like! Music is my first love and it is such an important part of the process. Music activates usage of your entire brain and can create many different moods and inspiration. I make playlists that take students on different journeys of thought, whether it's through tones or lyrics. So you'll hear a whole spectrum of sounds: classical pianists like George Winston, singer/songwriters like Sharon Van Etten and Antje Duvekot, pop acts like Cold Play and Bastille, electronic like Purity Ring and Grimes, and underground hip hop like Blue Print and Doomtree. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?  

  • Lately in my spare time, I've been kicking winter's ass with a smile. (Hence my photo). I enjoy so many things, it's hard to narrow down. Obviously I love practicing yoga, but I enjoy other movement like running and dancing...not well, but I try! I'm a huge MMA fan, so I'm always making sure I'm watching the UFC and Bellator fights. Other than that, I enjoy writing movies and music and going to see movies and live music of course. Good food and beverage with friends and family is always a delight, and I'm always out looking for the perfect cookie. 

What's your favorite food?  

  • Aside from cookies (which should be it's own food group), that's also hard to narrow down because I love all food! If it was the zombie apocalypse and I had to survive off of one thing, it would be my mom's mashed potatoes. 

What's your favorite yoga pose? 

  • Savasana! The most important pose of all, of course! When I'm in savasana, the world melts away and I drift off into space. It means that I've had a great practice and now can reap the benefits of it. This is the pose that brings it all together for your body and mind - healing and progression.  Plus it's comfy as all get out. 

What's the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you in a yoga class?  

  • Just like Liam Neeson, I have a particular set of skills - skills I have acquired over a very long career... although it's not being a bad-ass, it's just that I am impervious to embarrassment. Yoga teaches you humility and to not sweat the small stuff. But if I'm to share, (please don't read on if you have a weak constitution, or hate laughing) there was a hot yoga class I was taking that was completely full. The room was hot and humid, and the air just hung there thick and soupy. As we got deep into our practice, this woman a mat over from me had the most disgusting swamp ass I've ever experienced in my entire life. It wasn't just one fart that snuck out like a brown-hooded ninja - no, it was a whole army of toots, and she felt completely justified to continue practicing and detoxifying her colon, while the rest of us had to breathe it in, practically asphyxiating the entire room. After an updog (deep inhale) right into her butt-cloud of death, I coughed and fell to the ground. I shot up like a rocket and yelled "oh, come on!" and stormed out of the room... while I was out there, all upset that she could inflict this pain on us, I realized that maybe I shouldn't have left the class because I was the only male and - let's face it - they were probably going to think it was me. I paced around for a while deciding whether or not to return, and then worried that the length of my absence would make me look more guilty! I ran back in and finished the class. Afterwards, I kept a low profile. To my relief (and finally not hers) I overheard some of the ladies talk about miss-toots-a-lot and so I was cleared of any false accusations. The end. Are you happy you asked me this question? 

Lasting thoughts....  

  • Lasting thoughts? How do you trump the fart story? I can say the most profound thing ever and all everyone will be thinking about is my near-death experience. But, to wrap this all up in a nice bow, I'd like to say that the most important take away I have from yoga is community. We build bonds and lasting relationships through yoga and the exploration of ideas and shared experiences. The more we can create safe environments for each other to be honest and express ourselves, the more we can progress and move forward together. To infinity and beyond! ...I think Ghandi said that. Pretty sure. 

Kyle is full of personality and truly a one-of-a-kind person. His classes are filled with fun, love and insight. We are so happy to have him part of the One Powered Yoga family and if you haven't taken a class with him, you are missing out.  Once you take his class you will keep coming back for more.  You can catch him on Monday and Wednesday nights at 5:45pm.


May TEACHER SPOTLIGHT

LET'S MEET...

Karen cullen

What made you want to teach yoga?

  • I actually fell into teaching accidentally.  I was injured years ago in an accident, and had much healing to be done to both my mind and body.  My doctor recommended yoga, so I took as many different types of yoga classes/trainings/workshops over many years to learn as much as I could to heal myself.  Friends noticed the transformation in me, and asked me to have classes to show them practices that could help heal in ways they needed, so my teaching was born!!!!!!! As much as I teach, I am always a student.

  How would you describe your classes/teaching style?

  • I teach many different styles of yoga from Hatha, Restorative, Prenatal, Vinyasa, etc.  so I like to blend my classes with some of these components depending on the energy I feel in the room. 

What kind of music do like to play in class?

  • I have quite an eclectic mix of playlists so I play anything from ambient, to disco, to alternative, to rock, to pop depending upon the type of class. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

  • What is that!!!  LOL  Well, I work full-time at Lesley University as an administrator, and teach as an adjunct faculty member at Urban College of Boston, in addition to my yoga classes.  So when I have the time, I love, love, love to walk along beaches and lakes especially on a sunny day!

What's your favorite food?

  • ICE CREAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But a close second is dark chocolate!!!!!!!

What's your favorite yoga pose?

  • Half moon (Ardha Chandrasana) which divides the body's efforts equally between balance and strengthening – something I am always striving to achieve! 

 What's the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you in a yoga class? 

  • Well, lets just say one of my adjustments had a slip of my hand.  Use your imagination…...  Very, very embarrassing, and I never let it happen again!

Lasting thoughts....

 Seven Cardinal Rules In Life

1. Make Peace With Your Past – so it does not spoil your present. Your past does not define your future, your actions and beliefs do.

2. What Others Think Of You – is NONE of your business. It’s how much you value yourself and how important you think you are.

3. Time Heals Almost Everything – give time, time. Pain will be less hurting. Scars make us who we are; they explain our life and why we are the way we are. They challenge us and force us to be stronger.

4. No One Is The Reason For Your Own Happiness – except YOU, yourself. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside.

5. Do NOT Compare Your Life With Others’ – you have NO idea what their journey is all about. If we all threw our problems into a pile and saw everyone else’s, we would grab ours back as fast as we could.

6. STOP Thinking Too Much – it’s alright to NOT know ALL the answers. Sometimes there is no answer, there is not going to be an answer, or there never was an answer. THAT is the answer! Just accept it, move on, NEXT!

7. Smile – you do NOT own all of the problems of the world. A smile can brighten the darkest day and make life more beautiful. It is a potential curve to turn life around and set everything straight.

ALWAYS MUCH LOVE AND LIGHT TO ALL!  NAMASTE!


June TEACHER SPOTLIGHT

LET'S MEET...

rae ann York

What made you want to teach yoga?

  • Reaching a major birthday milestone had me contemplating a new beginning and having practicing yoga for over 15 years something just spoke to me.   Yoga has been an outlet for me and thought how I would love to share with others.  To be honest, half way through training I thought this might not be for me but embraced the knowledge and process and learned a lot about myself.  Then one day very close to the completion of training it all came together.  I had no doubt this is where I should be!

How would you describe your classes/teaching style?

  • I teach in a very relaxed energetic style.  Yes, it might sound like a contradiction but I invoke ease and calmness while creating internal energy and strength through guidance.  I love the balance of connecting mind and body and having my students leave happy and at peace while their bodies feel renewed.

What kind of music do like to play in class?

  • Music?????  Ummmmm...Just about anything from current music to music from your childhood.  I have always been one to love move and sing to the beat but ask me the name of the song or who the artist is and I can’t tell you!  But I can tell you the year of the song and what I was doing!  The music I put together may be a peaceful tone or a happy “let’s dance” mode. It might be music you hear on independent radio or older songs you can sing along too!  I welcome any suggestions and I am known to leave a yoga class stealing a song or 2 from a fellow instructor because I like the way it made me feel!   So, in short, you will hear all genres of music in my class and will be certain to get your bodies to move!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

  • When not practicing yoga, you will find me walking Lake Q or Breakheart Reservation.....always with friends!  I find it very therapeutic to be outside with people I love...A perfect balance!  To relax, the beach has to be my favorite place.  The sounds, sun, beauty has always been a place of tranquility for me since I was a child spending summers at the Cape.  Another outlet I have is anything crafty, whether it is painting, home decor, sewing, zentangle or yard design.  I pretty much see an idea and put it into action.  Ohhhh .....and I LOVE to throw a party!

What's your favorite food?

  • Hands down its chocolate, dark chocolate!  A close second is sushi.

What's your favorite yoga pose?

  • Any balance pose!  I love the feeling of strength and focus.  If I need to choose, by far it’s Half Moon.  The strength of the standing leg and openness of body allows me to feel strong and powerful and provides me with a feeling that I can conquer anything.

What's the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you in a yoga class?

  • Embarrassed to admit but I completely fell asleep in savasana during class.  The teacher had to wake me after the room emptied.  I was so embarrassed and could only think of students stepping over me to leave class.  So, please feel free to sleep during savasana in my class.  I’ll be very sympathetic.

Lasting thoughts....

  • I hope to provide you a comfortable environment to practice YOUR practice.  In class, nothing is overly serious.  You are there to embrace your needs and wants while having fun and smiling!  My intention is that you leave class feeling strong and centered and you take what you learn on your mat and incorporate it into your everyday life!  Peace.Love.Smile