Yoga has been a part of Monica's life for over 30 years and has helped her grow strong, more flexible and fearless both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires her to live each moment more mindfully. In her classes, she loves combining creative sequences , a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration. She seeks to help by nourishing body, mind and soul with yoga, and her hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced! She completed her 200 hour RYT teacher training at Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja, Mexico. In 2015 she completed thai vedic massage with sudevi kramer from the vedic conservatory. She will always be a student of the practice and is deeply grateful for the loving wisdom her teachers have shared with her.She's had the privilege of practicing yoga with Shiva Rea, Baron Baptiste, Rolfe Gates Kali Ray, Shane Christopher Perkins, Nicolina Sandstedt, and Saraswati Young.
Sandy Almerico has been a yoga practitioner since 2006 when she first discovered its potential to help with finding balance in everyday life. She is a Bhakti trained yoga instructor which has given her the opportunity to explore an inspirational method of teaching through music, poetry, and yoga philosophy. She is also an Adult Health Nurse Practitioner who advocates a personal path to wellness with asana and meditation.
Maureen has devoted much of her life to the study and practice of self-awareness, self-growth, and consciousness. Yoga has been an integral part of the journey. Drawn to helping others who would like to share this journey, it is part of Maureen’s personal mission and vision to support others on their path to becoming each person’s personal best. She brings her experience in recovery and many years as a counselor to her own yoga practice and the classes she teaches.
“My first and primary teacher at the Yoga School in Covington, Becky Gelatt, inspired a love of yoga and a desire to share with others that which was so lovingly shared with me. Some of what yoga teaches me is that I can do what my mind tells me I cannot, how to get out of my own way, when to hold on and when to let go and that it’s a choice, and how to use breath and meditation to create a calm, peaceful and centered state anytime, anywhere both on and off the mat.”
Maureen teaches gentle yoga, yin yoga and restorative yoga all which are appropriate for beginners and anyone who wishes to enjoy a slow paced practice.
I have been a pilates student for seventeen years now, and I completed my pilates teacher training under the Balanced Body program. I have also competed in triathlons and trained in martial arts. I believe pilates is something everyone should do.
When I was on a long bike tour around "The Big Island” of Hawaii, my kneecap felt like it was going to explode. At the time, I was also dealing with some serious back pain. Then, I came home and started training in Pilates. After I started training, my knee pain was gone because Pilates elongated my muscles and my muscle elasticity strengthened. A flexible muscle is a stronger, healthier muscle and is less likely to be injured than one that isn't. My back pain vanished because I gained strength in my core, which helped to support my back. All movement comes from the core and having a strong core can make for better movement in everyday life, as well as improving your sport. Because of Pilates, my alignment became much better. Having better alignment helped me learn to swim faster, and swimming fast is key in a triathlon. Lastly, my son, who plays baseball, has now been a student of Pilates for a couple of years. It has helped him to limber up his hamstrings, and he now gets a longer stride when he runs which has helped him to run faster. Pilates has helped him with his coordination when he is hitting and pitching.
I have seen first hand how combining Pilates, Yoga, and Foam Rolling can change both your life and your sport. It will benefit your body, and it will change your life.
My yoga practice began 8 years ago with my long struggle with depression. Through a more meditative practice with some of the greatest teachers I have ever known, Yoga became my medicine for subduing my depression. In the Fall of 2013, I decided I wanted to broaden my knowledge of Yoga and join Lafayette Center for Yoga teacher training program and then became certified in 2014. Through an engagement, wedding, pregnancy and the birth of my first child, then moving to the Northshore, and now I found a wonderful studio to practice and teach and look forward to sharing my practice with you.
Yoga, and asana in particular, is a great way to explore the mythos of our being. I find that each movement is symbolic in some way. In my classes, I like to explore this symbology as we mindfully move through the practice. Music is also an inspiration for me, and something I include in my practice and teaching. I love diving into sound whether in a more musical sense or just the sonic bouquet of a gong. Yoga has been an unfolding practice of fusion and synergy for me. I began practicing yoga while studying literature in college. Soon, I noticed parallels between the existential philosophy I was reading and the yogic philosophy I was learning outside of class. After I graduated college, I knew I wanted to study yoga and meditation. I left Louisiana for the Omega Institute and it was there my practice and study of yoga deepened. I enrolled in Soul School when I returned.