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Instructors


Barbara P. Ward, Director

Barbara in Bali Barbara Ward, Director of Plymouth YogaConnection Licensed Psychotherapist
Registered Kripalu Yoga Teacher
Certified Partner/Couples Yoga Teacher

Barbara has been practicing and teaching Yoga for over 45 years. She sees herself as a facilitator who encourages others to do their own Yoga practice. Her focus is helping others to breathe freely, to relax completely, and to allow the body to express itself from the inside out. Most recently Barbara is working with couples in therapy using Yoga as a healing tool.

Eileen Paris
Eileen Paris, Instructor at Plymouth YogaConnectionEileen became interested in yoga many years ago to enhance her physical well-being and flexibility, and began daily practice in 2001 (in honor of her 50th birthday). Little did she know that yoga would enhance every aspect of her life - her interactions with friends and family, her work, and of course her relationship with herself. In 2007 she became a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor, accredited in Hatha Yoga, with the goal of sharing the benefits of yoga with others. Eileen integrates Hatha, Kripalu, and Kundalini yoga traditions in her approach to both practicing and teaching yoga classes. She believes breath awareness can help us stay present and deal with just about anything.

Carol Cooney
Carol Cooney, Instructor at Plymouth YogaConnection200 RYT, Usuii Reiki Master/Teacher
Carol became interested in yoga after finding just the philosophy and style she was looking for while living on Cape Cod. In 2010 she received her certification in Hatha yoga through Diane Kovanda at Kind Yoga School. Since then she has continued the exploration with many workshops and classes including Children’s Yoga Certification through Finding Inner Peace Yoga School. She became an Usuii Reiki Master/Teacher with Libby Barnett, M.S.W. through a program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where she feels very fortunate to be able to use this ancient healing practice with oncology patients. The Yoga Connection under the guidance of Barbara Ward feels like home to Carol. Her class is a gentle practice of compassion for ourselves and others, mindfulness, reflection, time spent listening to our own bodies and, of course, humor. When we practice these things on the mat, we will be truly amazed at what we notice about ourselves and our world off the yoga mat.

Colleen Duggan Cuomo
200 RYT
Colleen Duggan Cuomo, Instructor at Plymouth YogaConnectionColleen strongly believes that yoga is for everyone. Her classes focus on breath and body alignment. She encourages listening to your body and honoring yourself during your practice. She sets a non-competitive, non-judgmental space in which all are welcome. She hopes to bring to others what she has found through yoga – a true sense of inner peace and well being no matter what life’s challenges bring. Colleen received her 200 hour yoga certification in Transformation Yoga with Michelle Fleming and Sanctuary Transformational Yoga and Bodywork in 2012 and is register with the Yoga Alliance. Colleen continues her yoga education by attending classes and workshops regularly. She is also an avid equestrian and Massachusetts certified riding instructor.

Ginny Davis
Ginny Davis, Instructor at Plymouth YogaConnection Certified Yoga Instructor: Yoga Alliance
Usuii Reiki Master/Teacher

Ginny brings decades of experience in the fields of health care and education to her yoga practice. A pioneer in the fields of cardiac care nursing and childbirth education in the 1960s and 1970s, Ginny spent several years as a public health nurse working with and being a labor coach to pregnant teenagers. Her last 26 years of nursing were spent as a high school nurse. Ginny has practiced yoga for over 20 years, becoming a yoga instructor in 2012. She is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance and is enrolled in the 500-hour program with Michelle Fleming and Sanctuary Transformational Yoga & Body Work. She recently received certification in Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra with Jennifer Ries, Kripalo faculty.
Ginny believes yoga has helped her maintain her health and vitality. One of her goals is to inspire others to find their own bliss and enhance their wellbeing.
A graduate of The Jaguar Path: A Fusion of Yoga and Shamanism, with founder Ray Crist and a Reiki Master, Ginny offers private Reiki and Shamanic sessions and Reiki Certification for Level 1 and 2.

Gail Belaief
Gail Balaief, Instructor at Plymouth YogaConnectionRegistered Yoga Teacher, OTR
Gail completed her 200 hours with Michelle Fleming of the Sanctuary, through Finding Inner Peace Yoga school. Combining the elements of her work as an occupational therapist with the complementary training
of Yoga, Reiki, Cranial Sacral Therapy she teaches children and adults to facilitate the mind body connection and to build balance into their lives. Gail began her yoga practice in college and finds inspiration from local teachers David Vendetti and Daniel Orlansky. Gail is currently teaching in the Plymouth community, promoting wellness with adults and children. She is an RYT with the Yoga Alliance as well as working as an OTR in a local school system.

Lauren Chalas
Lauren Chalas, Instructor at Plymouth YogaConnection200 RYT
Lauren fell in love with the Indian harmonium and chanting the first time she encountered Krishna devotees in Ocala National Forest. After finding a harmonium of her own, it quickly became her favorite instrument, and she began leading kirtan sessions in her hometown of Plymouth, MA. Although Youtube was her first teacher, she later expanded her practice under the guidance of Sean Johnson of Wild LotusYoga in New Orleans, and found community and an exuberant kirtan practice through local Hindu temples in Massachusetts. While ecstatic kirtan remains her favorite form of yoga, she also enjoys playing soothing music during yoga classes and teaching power vinyasa. She completed her 200 hour teacher training through Finding Inner Peace and has been teaching since 2010. Lauren is a passionate gardener and forager, with a deep love and respect for the healing power of nature.

Kelley Pearce
Kelley Pearce, Instructor at Plymouth YogaConnection200 RYT
Kelley first came to yoga, in 2002, for the physical benefits of the asanas but soon realized that her practice served to balance the mind, body connection and became a vehicle for self-exploration. Kelley is also an artist and finds similarities between her creative and yoga practices, both enable her to both dig deeper into the process of meditation in motion and provide opportunity for going inward; generating space for quiet reflection, creative play, freedom of self expression, and healing. In 2014 she received her 200 hour certification through Power Yoga of Cape Cod under the tutelage of Jill Abraham. As an instructor, Kelley places a strong emphasis on meditation, breath work, and proper alignment and encourages her students to explore what is possible when they take the yoga explored on the mat into their daily lives.

Diana Gilchrist
Diana Gilchrist, Instructor at Plymouth YogaConnection Certified Yoga Instructor
Diana has been practicing yoga for over 25 years. She began to crave the feeling of contentment and joy yoga brings to the mind and body. At that point, she knew it was time to enroll in a teacher training program. Diana has 200 hours of certified yoga teacher training along with certified classes at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. When it concerns yoga, she feels you are always growing and learning. Diana wants to share her knowledge with her students, and spread the good word about how yoga can bring freedom and peace to all who practice. Diana teaches a yoga class suitable for all levels of experience with an emphasis on the breath, physical movement and increased relaxation.

Peggy Grande
Peggy Grande, Instructor at Plymouth YogaConnectionBSN, RN
Certified Yoga Instructor

Peggy's yoga journey began in 2001 when she discovered an ancient, holistic path of wellness that strengthens her body, mind and spirit. Exploring deeper into the breath work, asanas and meditation of yoga, she has found these tools help her find the serenity that always resides within her. She would love to share this gift with others, wherever they may be on their own paths, by providing a safe, gentle and welcoming yoga practice. In 2012 she completed a 200 hour Transformational Teacher Training certification under the direction of Michelle Fleming. She also has a Senior Yoga teacher certification, continues to attend workshops and is a life long student of yoga.

Suzanne Staples
Suzanne Staples, Instructor at Plymouth YogaConnection200 RYT, Embodyoga®
Suzanne strives to connect with all of her practitioners, encouraging them to take the inspiration discovered in class, off the mat, and into their every day lives. Her classes are based on the traditions of a true Yoga practice: a feeling of connection to, and support from Earth, a sense of community and respect for others, mindfulness, and gratitude for our bodies and our lives. She is hopeful people will realize the benefits of a daily Yoga practice, where the Asanas (poses), Pranayama (controlled breathing), and Dharana (concentration) will lead to Dhyana (true meditation – complete cessation of thoughts and wandering minds) and Samtosa (pure contentment). She feels strongly that if more people on this Earth adopted a daily, traditional Yoga practice, the population will become naturally healthy and less dependent on medication, more respectful of others, more grateful for what they have and less obsessed over what they don’t have, and the Earth will become a more peaceful and safe place on which to enjoy life.

Wellness Practitioners

Nancy Denman
Nancy Denman, Certified Eden Energy Medicine PractitionerCertified Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner
Nancy's belief is that the body has an innate wisdom which should allow it to heal itself but our toxic environment has interfered with the process. Increasingly frustrated by the health challenges of family and friends who were not helped by prescription medicine, Nancy began to educate herself on lifestyle changes that impacted wellness such as nutrition, use of essential oils, Chinese herbs, and other alternative healing modalities. She embraces the idea that although getting older is inevitable, aging is a choice. Her passion is to provide her clients the Energy Medicine tools that will help them be vibrant, active, and healthy, no matter what their age. Nancy dedicated herself to the rigorous Eden Energy Medicine two year certification program. Passionate that the tools of Eden Energy Medicine can assist in healing, Nancy’s goal is to share these techniques and help those interested improve their health and wellness. In addition to her Eden Energy Medicine practitioner certification, Nancy has a B.S. from the former Boston State College and an MLS from the University of Rhode Island. She is also a certified Reiki Level II practitioner.

Larraine K. Gayton
Larraine K. Gayton, Instructor at Plymouth YogaConnectionReiki Master/Teacher and Reflexologist
Larraine Gayton studied the healing art of Usui Reiki with Usui Reiki Master Libby Barnett, M.S.W., of The Reiki Healing Connection, NH, and became a Certified Reiki practitioner in 1992 to help herself recover from shoulder surgery.  Larraine continued her studies with Usui Reiki Master Janet StraightArrow of Oasis for the Soul, NJ and earned her Master Teacher degree in 2002.   Larraine achieved Certification in Reflexology from Bergen Community College, NJ, in 2005 and also from the Reflexology Certification Board in Massachusetts in 2010.   Larraine also has a working knowledge of the benefits of crystals and essential oils and their effect on holistic healing.  She combines all of her gifts, education and experience to give her clients the best possible therapeutic sessions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

7 Fremont Street, Plymouth, MA                                                                           508.746.4446


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