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Char Willingham, RYT200

Yoga Instructor

Advanced Training: 200-hr RYT, Meditation, Vinyasa, Hatha, Gentle, Restorative, Chair Yoga & Mindfulness for Children & Adults, Yoga for Breast Cancer & Recovery, Fitness Education Specialist & Master Trainer, TRX Certified Trainer, Licensed Zumba Fitness Instructor, Dance Teacher, Certified Group Fitness Instructor & Personal Trainer.

 

Biography: In addition to teaching yoga & meditation Char is a Health, Wellness & Fitness Professional, with a background in dance and competitive sports. She also works as a Fitness Education Specialist & Master Trainer, with the privilege of training instructors throughout the US.  Char has been a practitioner of Hatha yoga for over twenty years and discovered Hot Vinyasa Flow 10 years ago at the urging of her acupuncturist, which helped her in recovering from a debilitating car accident. As a result, she decided to complete her 200-hour teacher training in Vinyasa Yoga under the guidance of Shawn Shaw, 500-E-RYT and teaches Vinyasa Flow classes in both neutral & heated rooms. She also teaches Chair Yoga & Mindfulness for Children & Adults. In addition, Restorative and Gentle yoga inspired by her training with Mark Whitwell, in the tradition of TKV Desikachar and T. Krishnamacharya. Char is also a Bodhi Mind & Yoga instructor trained to work with Breast Cancer patients at all stages of diagnosis, including those with post surgery lymphedema.  She also completed her Meditation Teacher Training, 100-hours with David Nichtern, Senior Teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage.  Char combines her diverse background in dance, knowledge and experience in sports and fitness with her training in yoga and meditation, to deliver classes that are not only safe and effective for the body and a healing journey inward, but also empowering, light-hearted and fun.

   

Statement of Care: I encourage all who practice with me to come to their mats, or chairs open to having new experiences, unattached to any previous results and to always practice with a level of awareness that encompasses self-kindness. It's good to remember that if we practice self-compassion on and off our mat, then we can easily extend compassion to all around us.

Leta Roy, MA, OTL-R, RYT500

Yoga Instructor

Advanced Training:  advanced anasura yoga, kripalu, mind-body practice, vinyasa, gentle yoga

Biography: Leta Roy is a Kripalu-trained instructor who has extensive experience teaching moderate to advanced yogis, with a special passion for teaching inversions and advanced skill-sets. eta has engaged in extensive anasura training and her true passion leis within this model of practice. Leta's professional experience as an Occupational Therapist allows her the ability to safely challenge clients within their practice, emphasizing a mind-body approach. Leta is  500hr RYT, which means she has extensively trained in a variety of styles and traditions. Leta fosters a sense of community and togetherness within her classes that supports and facilitates a true wellness experience.

Statement of Care: "My class is a true wellness experience focused on safely connecting within yourself".

Walter Iwanicki, RYT

Yoga Instructor

Advanced Training: 200-hour Kripalu trained yoga instructor, NETA Certified Personal Trainer. "Spinning" Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor, TRX Certified Instructor 

 

Biography: Walter's yoga practice began twenty years ago as cross-training for his other true passion; cycling. His first experience on the mat proved transformative and developed into a deep personal practice and his first teacher experience as a level three Yoga-fit instructor. His love of cycling and yoga lead him to Kripalu to participate in a week long retreat: Riding the Wheels of Life; a cycling/yoga experience. Here, he felt a deeper calling to study the Kripalu yoga of compassion and enrolled in their teacher training program from which he graduated with his 200-hour YTT certification. His classes are filled with compassion, warm intention, personal humor, and a deep gratitude for the opportunity to share yoga with like-minded people. In addition to teaching yoga, he is a certified NETA personal trainer, Spinning and TRX instructor and a Livestrong-certified trainer working with cancer survivors. 

 

Statement of Care:  “The beautiful thing about yoga is that it is available to everyone and anyone can develop a personal practice. The key is to give yourself permission to practice with patience, non-judgement, compassion and gratitude. Establishing that connection with yourself opens up the door to sharing your true self with others. I believe that all personal endeavors can be transformed into yoga on and off the mat and result in a much deeper personal experience”.

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Heidi Chase, RYT

Yoga Instructor

Advanced Training: 200 hr RYT Kripalu, currently enrolled in 500 hr RYT


Biography: Heidi has been practicing yoga on and off the mat for almost three decades.  Inspired by an excursion to Kripalu Center for yoga and wellness in western MA, she decided to delve deeply into yoga wisdom and received her 200YTT from Kripalu in August 2018.  As she continues her devotion to Kripalu Yoga through the 500-hour YTT, Heidi looks forward to offering classes that meet everybody’s various levels and needs.  In this way, each class is an invitation to practice compassion for ourselves and for all beings. When she isn’t on the mat, Heidi is busy mothering her four remarkable sons, and teaching in the Worcester Public Schools.

Statement of Care: "It is my goal to bring forth Swami Kripalu’s deepest revelation, that “the highest form of spiritual practice is self observation without judgment.” 

Sara O'Reilly, RYT

Yoga Intructor

Advanced Training: 200 certification in 2018. Extra 20 hours of Level 1 Backcountry Yoga instructor training program.

Biography: I have been practicing yoga for over 10 years now. This past year I decided to further my passion and hobby and become certified to teach others. I was certified through One Voice Teacher Training Program in June 2018. The following month I did training with Backcountry Yoga as I would love to take my teachings of yoga outside and connect with nature. I have been practicing yoga at Union Street for a few years now and I am so grateful and proud to start my teachings this fall. I hope to bring fun and creative workshops to this studio.

 

Statement of Care: My goal of teaching others yoga is to assist those that are new to the practice and make them feel comfortable with themselves, in their mind and body. I truly believe that yoga is for everyone, it is not about touching your toes, but the journey along the way.

Sean Redrow, RYT

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