After years of training in different styles of combat martial arts, by 2002 my body was aching from head to toe. It got so bad that I could not function without pain. Although X-rays and an MRI were unremarkable, I had many areas of pain throughout my entire body. I tried all sorts of therapies, to no avail. Someone mentioned the healing practice of hot yoga. So, I did my research and was astounded to learn the benefits provided by this practice. Needless to say, I was impressed and started immediately and within 30 days my body began to show signs of healing. Holding poses called Asanas helped align my body and long relaxing stretches helped lengthen my muscles. I learned the art of listening to my breath which helped center my mind and all this was done in a hot room with sweat dripping off me like a faucet detoxifying every cell in my body. Finally at the end of every class a meditative pose called Savasana totally and completely relaxed me. Although, I was originally interested in the physical healing of hot yoga, I soon began to realize the total health benefits that practicing hot yoga provides to the body, mind and spirit. I soon began to develop the art of relaxing deeper into my breath, allowing the calming and centering of my mind and by relaxing my mind, I was able to heal and align my mental as well as my physical and spiritual being. The more attention I brought to my breath the calmer I became; thus, realizing that my suffering was caused by me alone enabling me to take responsibility for all my own actions of healing myself. At that point, yoga became more than just a workout—hot yoga became a healing system for both my mental and physical wellness and a way of life for me!
The true test is taking this quiet, centered state of being, and filter it into the rest of your daily life.
Only now after years of practice did the role of 'yoga teacher' enter into the equation. Having completed the 200 RYT at the Yoga Loft in Wilmington with teacher’s Jen Ryan and Greg McGowan, Sandy brings her love for yoga to her students. Having a strong Ashtanga base , her classes incorporate breathe and movement through vinyasa and awareness of one’s inner strength. Sandy is also a Usui Reiki master, licensed esthetician and an avid CrossFitter. She believes humor and good energy will get you through most anything.
As a high school cheerleader, Megan learned how important supporting a team was to her. She is looking forward to offering that same level of support to her students. Megan took her 200 hour teacher training through Prana Power Yoga in Cambridge, MA in 2015. Megan’s teaching style is geared towards keeping it simple but sweet- a strong balanced flow; challenging, yet loving.
Mantra: Yoga, it’s a practice not a perfection. If you arrive on your mat and just breathe, you’re doing it right!
In my teaching, I seek to create a safe space for growth, encouraging yogis to find their limits and push past what they thought was possible. Yoga provides an opportunity to break things down and be more mindful, not only on the mat but in all areas of life. With dedication, the practice can open up so many more opportunities. I have learned to have patience with myself, and I have gained a much greater appreciation for process. I teach to share this gift and help others to feel better in the life they lead. I want my students to work for the sense of pride they feel for even the smallest of shifts. I am forever grateful for the knowledge and strength I gained thanks to my teachers Lynn Begier, Ryan Cunningham and Renee LeBlanc during my yoga teacher training at Back Bay Yoga (Now Yogaworks Boston).
From closely looking at asana, learning the philosophy, methodology and anatomy of yoga, chanting mantras, pranayama, sanskrit, and properly learning the skeleton of vinyasa krama, I have never been so excited to bring the "Aloha Yoga" out to the East Coast!
I believe that yoga should be "taught" and not just "instructed". Setting up for a safe and secure practice is my number one priority. It's okay for a Yogi/Yogini to have to regress sometimes to perfect the asana before progression. I believe in adjusting my students so they can have a safe and productive practice at home and for future practices.
The love that I have for Yoga is indescribable. Not only has it completely changed my life but I have watched it change lives for others as well. I've learned that yoga isn't ONLY about the study of asana and what our body can achieve but it is also the study of one-self (Svadyaya). Yoga is a lifestyle. It brings out our conscience breathing, self-realization, truthfulness, awareness, and bliss (Sat Chit Ananda).
I like to bring the 8 limbs of yoga to my practices (Astanga) mainly focusing on the Yamas, Niyamas, and of course Asana and Pranayama on and off of the mat. I believe my students should get the whole affect of Yoga.
Yoga = Unity. We are all one! Yoga is for everyone!
In the off-season, Jana continues to inspire others to get outside by leading winter retreats in New England that combine yoga with an outdoor activity and destination retreats and certified teacher trainings worldwide.
Registered Yoga Teacher – 200 Hour
Certified Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga Teacher – 30 Hour
Vinyasa Teacher Training with Seane Corn- 30 Hour
PaddleFit Core Certified
Mistral SUP International Ambassador
First Aid & CPR
I’m originally from the UK, but spent most of my adult life in France. I came to the USA in 2015, following my husband, and decided to take a career break, seizing the opportunity to immerse in 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Western Massachusetts. Now I’m hooked, I love/a lot/passionately teaching Yoga to anyone and everybody!
Tina Wilhelm, Kripalu Certified Yoga Teacher