“Compassion is something you can develop with practice. It involves two things: intention and action. Intention simply means you remember to open your heart to others; you expand what and who matters, from yourself to other people. Action is simply the ‘what you do about it.’” – Richard Carlson, PH.D.
I’m a Boston College graduate with a B.A. in Communications and have worked many jobs in marketing and television broadcasting. I’m always on the go and have little time to just relax or do something for me. So, when a friend first introduced me to yoga in 2009, I was a bit skeptical. My type A personality and the fact that I had been a dancer since the age of 3 made me think…’I don’t know if yoga is for me.’ But to my surprise after my first class I was hooked. Yoga quickly became a part of my life and the bonds you form with your fellow yogis are undeniable. It helped me to relax, take time for myself and enjoy life by living in the present and being open to happiness.
Yoga is more than just the physical practice of asana. Yoga frees your mind, body and soul. It has opened me up to love, compassion and positivism. It helps me to clear my mind and relax when things in life get a little chaotic and also helps me to breathe, take a step back and evaluate everything. Life works in funny ways and when you can see the good and positive side in whatever life throws your way, then you are in a good place.
Because yoga became such a huge part of my life, I decided that I wanted to teach. I completed my 200-hour teacher training at Back Bay Yoga in July 2011 and began teaching right away. I love teaching and being able to help others through yoga as my teachers have helped me. In my classes, I try to cover many of the main postures, so you feel as though you have a total body workout, but I also concentrate on alignment (thanks to my dance background) and breath. I know you will get a good workout, but I also hope my classes can allow you to escape and clear your head, so they are spiritual as well.
In July of 2013, Lululemon Athletica named me their first ambassador for the Lynnfield Market Street store and the experience has been amazing. It has been so much fun connecting with the surrounding communities and fulfilling my goals. I had a one year goal to open my own studio and it’s like a dream come true that it has actually happened. I’m looking forward to this new journey. I feel honored, blessed and grateful to be doing something I love everyday!
I hope to have the opportunity to guide you through your practice and have you leave feeling relaxed and happy.
Favorite Quote: “Be yourself and don't worry about what people might think of you. Those that mind don't matter; those that matter don't mind.”- Dr. Seus
Favorite Food: Hands down is ice cream! I have been known to eat it for breakfast…ha!
Favorite Pose: Dancer with Handstands a close second
Ali White, HHC, RYT
Ali White is Certified Group Fitness Instructor and Registered Yoga Teacher. Ali holds certifications with AFAA and the Yoga Alliance and is also certified as a Prenatal Yoga Teacher and Nutrition Coach. Ali holds a B.S. in Psychology and is an AADP Board Certified Holistic Health Coach.
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Karen has studied various styles of yoga, meditation, therapeutic touch, and mindfulness for many years with notable teachers to heal herself physically, emotionally and spiritually. She is a certified Hatha Yoga Teacher receiving her RYT 200 through the Yoga Alliance and she is also a Reiki Master Teacher. Karen received both her BA in Human Development and her MA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Specialization in Integrated Holistic Health with an emphasis studying movement, yoga and therapeutic touch through Lesley University. She has experience teaching both Hatha Yoga and Reiki at colleges, studios, hospitals, and gyms to people who want to empower themselves to heal.
Her favorite quote is by her idol Jimi Hendrix “WHEN THE POWER OF LOVE OVERCOMES THE LOVE OF POWER THE WORLD WILL KNOW PEACE.........” and lives her life in this way.
Her favorite food is ICE CREAM!!!!!!!!!! So you often find her at local creamery establishments trying their flavor of the month!!!! She loves the company of others (especially Julie Wetherbee!)
Her favorite pose is half moon (Ardha Chandrasana) which divides the body's efforts equally between balance and strengthening – something Karen is always striving to achieve! Love and light!
A lifelong health and wellness enthusiast, Natalie's fitness background includes pilates, aerobics, running, modern dance and ballet. Trying to find free time from her busy schedule of teaching math at the high school and college level she pursued many fitness classes, but fell in love with vinyasa yoga. Natalie decided to expand her academic teaching experience to include her love of yoga by completing a 200 hour RYT program with Jen Ryan. Natalie believes that a focus on developing core strength is a key element to building a strong yoga practice. Her dance background is evident in her graceful, fluid flows designed to facilitate movement with breath. Natalie strives for a balance between fluid movement and structured alignment to build a sense of confidence and well being in the practitioner. Her classes are fun and flowing, emphasizing flexibility and strength.
Favorite Quote: "The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." Marcel Proust
Favorite Pose: Dancer Pose
Favorite Food: Sushi
A long time practitioner of Hatha yoga, Bill began practicing in 1980 learning a variety of poses from yoga manuals. This self taught approach allowed him to develop a disciplined connection to his practice, enabling him to explore the boundaries of his physical abilities.
But the desire to deepen his practice led him to seek out formal training. Within the first two classes he knew he'd found the right teacher in Jen Ryan. Her basis in Ashtanga yoga and her creative style were a perfect match for Bill's unique blend of strength and flexibility.
Bill continues to develop his teaching skills currently completing his 500 hour certification with Natasha Rizopolus at Down Under Yoga and has completed an Ashtanga mentorship with Kate O'Donnell of AyurvedaBoston.com. Bill graduated with a BS in Computer Science and currently is a Director of Product Management in North Andover.
Favorite Quote: Practice and all is coming...... Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
Favorite Food: Watermelon
Favorite Pose: Parighasana - gate pose
ACE CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER, ACE CERTIFIED GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR TRX, TRX RIP AND TRX YOGA CERTIFIED, SANDBELL CERTIFIED, 200HR YOGA TEACHER, PERCISION NUTRITION CERTIFICATION(COMING SOON)
I have always had a small obsession with exercise and nutrition but never knew what I would do with it. I graduated from Plymouth State University with a B.S. in Psychology and knew my goal in life was to help those around me. Exercise has helped me through a lot of ups and downs and has always been a way for me to escape the day to day crazy we all experience. Exercise is MY time, MY stress relief and well my passion! I really found my love for fitness 15 years ago the second I walked into a Cardio Kickboxing class. I felt the amazing effects of this high intensity cardio class and swore I would never stop. After attending group fitness classes for more than 10 years, I decided to turn this love for fitness into my career and never looked back. I have been teaching group fitness and training clients one on one for more then 6 years and can honestly say I love my job ( and all my clients).Each day is a new day, each client is a new journey and I can't get enough. Every day I smile knowing that I am playing a role in changing the lives of those around me. I found my love for Yoga while teaching TRX classes at a Yoga studio in Foxboro Ma. Trying to build my classes, I would attend my friends yoga class…and well apparently, she got me hooked. Yoga for me is balance, its alignment, its breath, its power and it’s a way to slow down when the world is moving so fast. Owning a personal training studio, working crazy hours and being the cheerleader for my Ironman/marathon running husband, I was missing that time for myself and Yoga gives me back that time. Not only does yoga help me, but it’s a way for me to help my clients on a day to day basis.Strength, mobility and flexibility are so important for everyone. Taking my 200hr teacher training with Julie at One Powered Yoga as opened so many doors and I cant wait to explore them all. I hope to see you at my classes and I look forward to working with you to help YOU achieve all your fitness goals! Get ready to work 😊
Fav yoga pose: Tree Pose and Crow (because I finally nailed it)
Rae Ann York
Introduced to yoga 14 years ago, Rae Ann realized she found her passion! Always being active and achieving goals she set out to concur, yoga was the only form of activity that provided her with balance, encouragement and light. Breath has helped her get through difficult times and has enhanced her joy during celebratory times both on and off the mat! After much contemplation, she realized that the ability of “teaching and spreading the yoga joy” would enable her to take the next step in her yoga journey.
Being a 200-hour Prana Power Yoga certified instructor, she is able to guide her students through breath and movement and is certain to share her zest for life in every class. Rae Ann brings spirituality and intuition to her classes and enables and encourages her students to feel the fulfillment life has to offer. Please join Rae Ann in movement, breath and inspirational guidance and you will leave her class rejuvenated and having gained strength, self-worth and balance.
Rae Ann has recently completed her Reiki I Certification and is currently pursuing her Reiki II Certification
Words of Wisdom: Peace…Love…Smile!
So 10 years ago I was lifting weights and running on a regular basis, and somehow I wasn't healthy. I would injure easily and I felt tight everywhere and less mobile. I had a stressful corporate job where I would sit with poor posture and I wouldn't drink water or eat well. I was a tight stressball, and because I felt unhealthy, I chose an unhealthy lifestyle.
Yoga changed all that.
Yoga isn't magic and doesn't make you invincible. What is does do is help you learn about and understand your body so you make better, healthier choices. Stress management, and using your body efficiently will help you make those choices and create a safer environment for you to express yourself physically. The epiphanies and the "ah ha!" moments are the gravy on top.
Change doesn't happen overnight - it appears gradually in the little actions you take each day (on and off your mat). Most important is accepting where you are and being okay in your own skin - then moving forward from there. So whether you're a professional athlete, weekend warrior, or fresh off the couch, there's always something to be gained.
Come join me for practice! If you're wondering if yoga is right for you, ask yourself these two questions: 1) do you breathe? 2) do you like having fun? If the answer to one of those is "yes" then I'll see you on your mat!
Nathan (Nate) Denison
My yoga practice was born amid an electric city of over 8 million people. While living in NYC several years ago, yoga provided peace of mind and solace in a place of constant movement and commotion. It helped me find a quiet place and strength within. The more I practice, the more I am amazed by the continual, positive evolution I experience in body and mind.
I teach as I like to practice – with intensity yet lightheartedly. Focused, yet buoyant. Exploring boundaries yet respectful of the edges of ability. Creating space with intention. Accessible, allowing room to modify as your awareness increases and body dictates on the particular day. Leaving your mat, feeling refreshed and centered. Smiles and laughter are welcome, too!
Both in and out of the studio, I’m passionate about assisting others in the pursuit and achievement of their goals. Hope to meet you soon and here’s to the light in all of us.
Megan Vitale received her 200 hour RYT certification under Lorraine Shedoudi at Lexington Power Yoga in 2015. Megan enjoyed training so much that she is returning to LPY to begin her journey on an additional 300 hour advanced certification. Eager to delve deeper and take her teaching and her own practice to the next level, Megan is excited to share with her classes at One Powered Yoga what she learns. If she’s not teaching or on her own mat practicing, Megan can be found spending time with her Saint Bernard, Bodhi.
“Be you. The world will adjust.”
Self love & self care are NOT selfish! That’s been a lesson I’m continuously learning. The past 2 years I have been experiencing the amazing benefits of my yoga practice. Last summer it was so clear that I needed to learn more, and I had this burning desire to dive deeper into the yoga world. I decided to enroll in the 200 hour yoga teacher training with Julie Wetherbee at One Powered Yoga. It was one of the best decisions I have made for ME in a long time. I’m a mom of 2 beautiful children and the last 8 years I have put my health & happiness on the back burner. Yoga has helped me see just how important it is to take care of myself, and to find what makes me happy. I’ve learned the good & the bad about myself, as well as the tools to learn how to heal & grow. Yoga is not just about a workout for 60 minutes, it’s a journey to discover balance, strength, peace & happiness within YOU. Yes, of course the toned arms & core strengthening aren’t a bad benefit either!! But throughout my training I discovered a passion within me that I knew existed, to help others, but never in the way I imagined yoga was capable of. I truly love being part of the yoga community, a student & a now teacher. The best part of becoming a yoga teacher is that I can share my love & passion for yoga with all of you, and hope I can help you feel the power of yoga for yourself! I look forward to seeing you on your mat. Much love, Namaste!
“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” -Albus Dumbledore
Favorite food: coffee Oreo ice cream, French fries & Meiomi Pinot Noir (for the liquid meal type of days!)
Favorite pose = wild thing (it makes me feel beautiful, fierce and strong)
Goal pose = inversions...any of them!
My background in soccer and trail running has a huge influence on my approach to yoga. I may not be the bendy-est, but I love to find useful modifications to fit with my body’s limitations, or ‘edges’, as I like to call them – and I love to help you find yours. Our limitations are just as important as our strengths!
My favorite practices include a focus on hip, glute, & core strength with breath-driven flow to work up a sweat! I’m all about a moving meditation with some deep, delicious holds.
Though my yoga experience originated about 10 years ago in Central MA and followed me to New York, Nebraska, and back, it was only recently that I completed my RYT200HR under the teaching of Julie Wetherbee at One Powered Yoga. I am thrilled to get the chance to teach where I first really learned (and continue to learn).
In addition to teaching yoga, I currently manage the integration of behavioral and mental health supports in a local school district while completing my Masters in Clinical Social Work at Simmons College.
Certifications: RYT200; Reiki I; CPR & First Aid; Youth Mental Health First Aid
Favorite Pose: Bound Half Moon
Words I Live By: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” –Theodore Roosevelt
See you around! CF
retail Director for OPY and yoga instructor
Jacqui Webb is a Registered Yoga Teacher receiving her 200-hour teacher training under Julie Wetherbee at One Powered Yoga. Jacqui began her yoga journey in 2015 and quickly fell in love with the practice. After being severely injured in the Boston Marathon Bombings, both her body and mind needed to adjust to their new normal. The yoga studio became her sanctuary, fulfilling her need for an intense workout while also calming her mind. Her goal is to pass that gift along to others, her flows will be power and strength with ease and a gracefulness, but also the ability to modify or progress as you see fit.
She currently sits on the board of directors for "The Greg Hill Foundation" and is the chairperson for the "Next Generation Board" — Boston based charities assisting those affected by trauma.
In addition to teaching, Jacqui is joining the team to bring in retail brands at One Powered Yoga. Obsessed with all things inspirational and motivational, 'the goal is to bring in brands that reflect that and/or give back to the communities that we are involved in! Yoga and giving back are both passions of mine and we’re hoping to blend those through this retail aspect.'
Yoga Alliance® Registered Yoga Teacher
REIKI 1 Certified
Favorite pose: At the moment… king pigeon
Special guest teachers for
One Powered Yoga's 200 hour teacher training
Alex Amorosi-ERYT is a Registered Yoga Teacher offering classes, private sessions, workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings in greater New England and around the world. Alex specializes in the anatomical, physiological, and neurological effects of yoga poses, breathing, and meditation on the body and brain. He conducts trainings for yoga teachers in experiential anatomy and the physiology of yoga. Alex is on the faculty of several New England based Yoga Teacher Trainings and a 2012/2013 Lululemon Ambassador.
Alex also has a deep passion for energy work and has conducted extensive studies of the energetic traditions of India and Japan and is a Level 3 Reiki Master and Reiki Master Teacher. He works with many aspects of energy healing including Reiki, Chakra Balancing, Somatic Emotional Holding, and managing healthy energetic exchange.
A long-time student of human nature and the nature of the human mind, Alex first began studying Zen Meditation in his late teens. Through the years, he has developed a holistic approach to meditation that synthesizes teachings from Classical Yoga, Zen Buddhism, and Advaita Vedanta. He is passionate about the power of the healing practices of yoga for individuals who wish to live healthy and authentic lives.
Alex is an active blogger on wellness and natural health and maintains his own personal blog on his website www.alexamorosiyoga.com as well as being featured on MindBodyGreen.com and Sivanaspirit.com.
For Emily Griffin, living well is all about flow. In college, major digestive disorders sapped Emily’s energy, disrupted her once clear skin, and stole precious time from her busy schedule. Frustrated, she began researching homeopathic and Ayurvedic modalities, and began practicing yoga regularly. Combined with yoga and holistic healing, her health returned, and she found she was feeling better than ever.
These days, through her yoga classes and as an Ayurvedic practitioner, Emily helps clients throughout New England strike the balance between living well, but not becoming obsessed by the latest wellness trends. There is a give and take—a flow—to living healthy, and she’s a firm believer that, when paired with a mindful approach to food and movement, laughing with friends and the occasional indulgence go a long way to living well.
Emily is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, 500hr certified yoga teacher & Ayurvedic yoga specialist. She is a lululemon athletica ambassador and a member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). Emily is based in Boston.
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