Dori is founder and owner of the nonprofit Breathing Space Yoga Studio, located in Easthampton, Massachusetts. Dori is a certified yoga and meditation teacher, mentor, and writer. Dori’s approach to teaching yoga and mindfulness meditation are based on decades of meditation practice and study of Buddhism. Blending body awareness with alignment principles and creative sequencing, her classes are accessible, free-flowing, and inclusive. Dori offers yoga at addiction recovery centers and to incarcerated individuals in Western Massachusetts.
Johanna has loved yoga since her first class at the age of 16 many many years ago. Since getting trained as a teacher five years ago she has enjoyed sharing this love with her students and colleagues in the Belchertown Public Schools. She also loves her wife, three kids, four cats and now her stand-up paddleboard. She is excited to join the work of Breathing Space and making the gift of yoga more accessible to all.
"Yoga has been an important teacher in my life, it has taught me how to find confidence and gratitude in the strength of my body and breath. Yoga has also taught me how to find peace and balance, especially when faced with challenges in my career as a second grade teacher. It continues to teach me to honor my needs and value my own voice. After several years of exploring this practice for myself, I felt drawn to share it with others. In the summer 2019, I became a certified yoga teacher and wellness champion. My intentions as a yoga instructor are the same as those for my second grade classroom, to make learning and practice engaging, accessbile, and inclusive for every student."
Angelica was drawn to the beauty of yoga in her early teenage years. However, it wasn't until college while struggling with grief and a history of trauma that she learned the healing power of yoga. After a decade of committed practice, Angelica decided to pursue yoga teacher training in order to assist others in finding tools to heal themselves. She is a recent graduate of Yoga Sanctuary's 200-hour yoga teacher training program. She has also completed a Mindful Resilience Yoga teacher training with the Veteran's Yoga Project and will continue her education with several more trauma informed training programs by the summer of 2020. Angelica uses movement and alignment cues in her classes to help her students feel a sense of agency and empowerment.
Michael Stephens is a long-time Buddhist meditation instructor who has led weekend programs and meditation retreats for the past 35 years. He teaches Buddhist-inspired mindfulness classes at Breathing Space. Michale is also a musician and offers multi-instrument accompaniment at Live Music yoga events and plays with bands around Pioneer Valley.