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 graduated from Yoga Sanctuary's 200-hour yoga teacher training program in January 2020. She has since completed several trauma-informed training programs with various organizations including The Veterans’ Yoga Project, Yoga 4 Cancer, Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga, and The Prison Yoga Project. Angelica uses philosophy, movement and alignment cues in her classes to help her students find a sense of agency and empowerment within.
"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."
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 is based on decades of meditation practice and study of Buddhism. Dori's classes include breath, awareness and alignment, and often include sound meditation, Daoist movement, and/or short readings to invite an 8-limbed yoga (breathing, movement, stillness, meditation) experience. 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.
Belinda (RYT-200, NP) began practicing yoga at Heartsong Yoga, East Longmeadow, MA, in 2012. Over time, yoga practice became a very important and grounding part of her life. Belinda completed her 200-hour yoga teaching certification in 2020 through The Hard & Soft 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) under Beryl Bender Birch and Heartsong’s Sheila Magalhaes. She will complete the advanced 300-hour YTT in July 2021. Belinda’s career has been in the healthcare field for more than 25 years. She worked in an urban community health center as a nurse practitioner with a focus on the treatment of HIV disease and addiction.
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.
Taylor is passionate about creating inclusive and accessible communities that help nourish and promote self-care and healing. They value a trauma-informed approach to yoga and lead gentle classes that allow all bodies and peoples to come to practice knowing they will be seen and accepted as they are. Taylor encourages self-inquiry and options during practice, so each student can move in a way that feels right for them. Taylor is currently a graduate student studying Clinical Social Work, a Registered Yoga Teacher (200 RYT), Certified Reiki Practitioner, and Owner of Healingelementals, a small all-natural herbal product business.