MEGAN DATTOLI

 

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Megan teaches our beginners, kids, family, prenatal + postnatal yoga classes,. She became a birth and postpartum doula, and childbirth educator when she left the corporate world 5 years ago to achieve a better work-life balance.   For Megan, yoga is an essential part of self care as it has deepened her mind body connection, helped her relieve stress and tension, and strengthened her physically.  Her interest in teaching yoga developed as she supported women during childbirth as a doula.  Megan observed that women who regularly practiced yoga while pregnant were more calm and confident during labor and delivery.  She pursued a teacher certification program so that she could share prenatal yoga as part of her support services, and completed her 200-hour certification with Daniel Orlansky.  Megan studied Business Management as an undergraduate at UMass Amherst, and later earned a Master's in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University.  A Belmont native, Megan lives with her husband and two young children in neighboring Watertown.  

 

JOANNE AFARIAN

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After a career in marketing in the biotech industry, I’m pursuing my deepest passion and
teaching yoga. I’ve had a personal yoga practice for 17 years that began with hot
vinyasa classes. Over the years, I’ve pursued a more meditative practice and I believe
this is reflected in my teaching style. I am a certified Kripalu yoga instructor- Kripalu
style is more introspective and emphasizes a connection of the mind- body- and breath.
I love helping students connect to their bodies and release any preconceived ideas of
what yoga has to look like and rather focus on having their own unique experience. I
love every aspect of preparing for a class from developing a theme, coordinating asanas,
to compiling a playlist.

I completed my 200 hour training at the Kripalu Yoga and Ayurveda Association in Lenox,
Ma with Brahmani Liebman and Jashoda Edmunds – two of the most thoughtful,
experienced, and compassionate instructors I’ve ever met. I am also a certified Yin Yoga
instructor having also completed this training with Brahmani and Jashoda. I am aware
of their profound influence every time I am in front of a class. I am honored to have
learned from them and have also been a teaching assistant for them at Kripalu for both
the 200hr and Yin Yoga teacher training programs.

My passion is helping students develop their practice and guiding them to grow and dive
into their practice both on and off the mat. I hope you’ll join me on the mat soon.


ALLISON JONES

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Allison Jones found yoga in January 2005 during her last semester at Wellesley College. She tried yoga for the first time as an adjunct support to her recovery from an addiction. She began a meditation practice around the same time and has since attended many silent retreats at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. Allison was blown away to find that yoga and meditation helped her to deal with anxiety, recover from her addiction, become comfortable in her own skin and gain confidence. Several years into her own healing journey, she realized that she wanted to help others experience the benefits of yoga and meditation. Allison strives to inspire others to take good care of themselves and learn to feel more comfortable in their minds and bodies. 

Allison left her career managing an international travel company for 7 years to pursue her passions full-time. She completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training program with Open Doors Power Yoga in January 2009 and has been teaching since. In March 2013 she received her prenatal yoga certification through Barrett Reinhorn's 85 hour program. In September 2014 she completed a year-long training with Yogastrology® - a system that combines astrology with yoga.  Allison is enrolled in a 500 hour yoga training program with Daniel Orlansky - the Yoga of Energy Flow in Arlington, MA which will conclude July 2018. She teaches regularly scheduled classes in the metro Boston area, offers private lessons, astrology readings and reiki sessions. For more information follow her on Facebook and Instagram - @oneuniverseyoga or visit her website http://www.oneuniverseyoga.com./

 

JACLYN KAY

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Jaclyn is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher (RYT 200) graduate of Lexington Power Yoga. She primarily teaches power yoga, all-levels vinyasa flow and yoga for tight bodies. She feels strongly about making the practice of yoga accessible to all, so she offers several modifications and varying options to help each student find a practice that feels best for them.
Jaclyn began practicing yoga several years ago as a way to find balance, strength and peace of mind—a way to take a break from the hustle and bustle of life and focus on the present. Jaclyn studied Journalism as an undergraduate at the University of Maine, and later earned a master’s degree in General Management from Harvard Extension School.
Aside from her passion in teaching and practicing yoga, Jaclyn works in marketing at Harvard Business School and lives in the neighboring town of Arlington.


CARLOS HERNANDEZ

 

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A 20-year background in martial arts and personal training led Carlos to yoga to augment his training with a goal of improving flexibility and balance. What started as a physical journey quickly transformed into a spiritual practice as he discovered how to observe from within, separate himself from the outside world, listen to his body and follow his heart.  Carlos fell in love with yoga and the community he discovered through his practice.  After 12 years of practice, Carlos  completed his 200-hr certification with Daniel Orlansky so he could share his experience and passion with others.

Through his teaching, Carlos empowers his students to discover freedom from judgement and a self-acceptance that allows them to connect with their true being. Carlos is honored and humbled by the opportunity to inspire others to use yoga as a tool to help connect and move inward. Through his teaching, he helps his students begin to feel and become more aware both physically and emotionally.  Carlos is a certified Reiki master and incorporates this into his classes with the intention of healing.

 

Michelle D. Martinez

 

 

Michelle is a 200-hour Vinyasa Krama Yoga graduate of Inner Strengh Yoga in Watertown.  

"I believe everyone needs Yoga. Self-development and mindfulness is a lifelong process and Yoga allows for a deeper understanding of the self and it's purpose.  We all have strength, light and divinity within, but we don't all realize it and for me, Yoga helped bring that to the surface.  I practice Hot Power Yoga at least 4 times per week. Not only does my practice make me physically stronger, but It helps open my mind, heart and body equally."

"I am a San Francisco, California native.  I found my way into both entrepreneurship, and event planning as a 16-year old, by helping my father, who ran his own limousine service. After working in various hotels in the San Francisco Bay Area doing sales and convention services, I founded my own wedding and event planning company that has proudly thrived for more than 12 years.  In 2011, after my husband accepted a position at an Advertising Agency in Boston, we moved to Watertown with our 2 children."