Our Instructors

Barbara P. Ward,
Director of the Plymouth YogaConnection

Licensed Psychotherapist Registered Kripalu Yoga Teacher Certified Partner/Couples Yoga Teacher
Barbara has been practicing and teaching Yoga for over 50 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. Barbara works with couples in therapy, using Yoga as a healing tool.

 

Eileen Paris
Instructor
Eileen became interested in yoga about twenty years ago as a path to enhance her physical well-being and flexibility, and began daily practice in 2001. Little did she know that yoga would enhance every aspect of her life, especially interactions with friends and family. In September of 2006 she began teacher training at Breathe Joy Yoga in Sharon, MA.
By the Fall of 2007 Eileen 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, Kundalini and other yoga traditions in her approach to both her own practice and sharing yoga with others.  She continually deepens her practice by attending workshops in all disciplines (Ashtanga, Anusara, Vinyasa, Dynamic Gentle Yoga, Kundalini, Hatha, etc.) as well as attending at least one class a month taught by another teacher.  In her classes, Eileen focuses on creating a non-competitive environment where students can bring awareness to the breath and the body, as well as strengthen and stretch, while nurturing self-acceptance.  back

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Diana Gilchrist

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.  back

 
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Kelly Pearson

.MS, C-IAYT, LCPC
Yoga Therapist, Therapeutic Life Mentor, Yoga Teacher
 
Kelly started practicing yoga in 2000, after completing a project for her undergrad degree. Since then, her practice has grown, influencing her well-being, relationships and view of the world. While working as a counselor, she witnessed the benefits of mindfulness, .....breath-work and connecting with the body; these benefits drew her towards the therapeutic side of yoga. Currently, Kelly offers group and private yoga instruction, yoga therapy and mentoring. Her teaching style is influenced by Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and the many teachers she’s studied with in Texas, Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts. Kelly grew up in Plymouth and has since lived in Texas and Maine. Returning home to Plymouth in early 2019, she is excited to share her love of yoga and mindfulness with her hometown. In her free time, Kelly loves to be outdoors, go to the beach and watch baseball with her husband and son.  back

 
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Kim Norton

Certified Yoga Instructor

Kim is a recently certified yoga and  meditation teacher who has been practicing for 25 years.  She studied ballet, jazz and tap dancing  and then she fell in love with yoga. She  equates the grace  and the flow  of the poses and breathing  to  a beautiful  dance between the mind, body and spirit . She is a mother, cancer survivor, artist, tree hugger and a woman in  recovery. Her teaching style is gentle, slow-moving, and appropriate for all levels and bodies.  She enjoys offering healing hands on assistance to those who are comfortable with it.  back