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.
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.
Yolanda Ramos, LICSW, RYT-200 is a registered Embodyoga teacher trained at the Yoga Center of Amherst. She works with Breathing Space to offer yoga classes in the recovery community and on issues of diversity and inclusion. As a yoga practitioner for over ten years, her yoga practice is a healing tool that brings increase love, compassion, flexibility and peace. Having been introduced to yoga by amazing women of color, she is passionate about bringing yoga’s benefits to people who may not think yoga is for them and to communities of color. Yolanda augments her yoga practice with meditation, prayer and mindful eating. In addition to yoga, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking in nature, dancing and traveling. She has a MA in Social Work from Smith College School of Social Work and a BA from Vassar College. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker working with people in recovery.
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.