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

Carol Cooney

200 RYT
Usuii Reiki Master/Teacher

Carol has been practicing yoga and meditation for many years and received her yoga teacher certification in 2010 through Diane Kovanda at Kind Yoga School on Cape Cod.   Since then she has continued her exploration of mindfulness, meditation and yoga by attending many programs, workshops and classes including Children’s Yoga Certification, Yoga for Breast Cancer, and many meditation programs. She currently teaches yoga and meditation classes on the South Shore.  She became an Usuii Reiki Master/Teacher through Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Libby Barnett, M.S.W.  At Brigham & Women’s Hospital she spent a number of years using this ancient, gentle healing practice on many floors of the hospital but most often with oncology patients.  This experience truly changed her life and made her more passionate about sharing the importance of breathing and bringing more awareness into our everyday life.  Her class is a Kripalu based gentle practice of compassion for ourselves and others, mindfulness, reflection, breath work, time spent listening to our own bodies, and, of course, humor.  When we practice these things on the yoga mat, we will be truly amazed at what we learn about ourselves and others. When we truly become more aware we can take our yoga off the mat and into the world.  back

 
 

Colleen Duggan-Cuomo

ERYT500, YACEP
Colleen has been practicing and studying yoga for over 25 years and holds a 500hr-advanced certification in Transformational Yoga and is a Yoga Alliance approved continuing education instructor.  Colleen is a practitioner of Reiki and Thai Yoga Massage and is certified in several yoga modalities, including prenatal, yin, meridian and aerial yoga.   Along with teaching yoga and mindfulness classes, workshops and retreats, she has also teaches 200hr yoga teacher trainings.   Her classes weave together ancient yogic practices and philosophy with modern day knowledge of anatomy and alignment.    Colleen loves mentoring new teachers and working with clients privately to help them reach personal goals. She knows that yoga is a never-ending journey of self-discovery and continues her education on a regular basis.   She is currently enrolled in ParaYoga Master training with Yogarupa Rod Stryker.  Colleen is a life long equestrian and horse lover and has been a MA certified riding instructor for over 17 years.  She and Paul David Shea are the co-founders of Breathing Lotus Living Arts.  back

 

Ginny Davis

Yoga Alliance 500 hour Certified Yoga Instructor

Usuii Reiki Master/Teacher

Jaguar Path / Shamanic Work with Ray Crist



Settle in the space

Become aware of your breath

Free your spirit now.

 

Gail Belaief

RYT, OTR

Gail received teacher training through AAAI, and 200 hours with Finding Inner Peace yoga school in 2005. She continues to teach yoga, fitness, and wellness classes in Plymouth and Southeastern Massachusetts. 

Additional trainings of Reiki 1, Craniosacral Therapy 1, Children's yoga certification, Coursework with David Vendetti of South Boston Yoga (Bodywork), Yin Yoga Certification 2011, Pilates Mat Certified, Beat Cancer Boot Camp instructor. Gail earned certification in Level I Thai Massage to add another dimension to her classes and offers this privately as well. Gail is also a pediatric occupational therapist in practice 35 years. Gail's classes link mindful breath with the inner spirit and the physical practice. Her mission is to spread wellness into the community. With strong emphasis on alignment and therapeutic adjustments, Gail creates a practice balanced with strength and softness welcoming all students to find their own expression on the mat.  back

 

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

 

Peggy Grande

Certified Yoga Instructor 

Peg received her 200 hour yoga teacher certification in Transformational Yoga under the direction of Michelle Fleming in 2012. She is also certified to teach Senior Yoga, continues to attend many workshops, and is a lifelong student of yoga.
In 2001, Peg’s yoga journey began when she attended her first yoga class and discovered this ancient, holistic path of wellness that strengthened 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.Peg loves to share this gift with others wherever they may be on their own paths. She teaches a gentle, meditative yoga class focusing on deepening the mind-body connection. All levels of experience are welcome.  back

 

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

 

Ashley Ware

Certified Yoga Instructor  
Ashley Ware is an outgoing, loving, and compassionate human who has dedicated her life to helping others heal themselves. Struggling for years and years in the flailing darkness of depression, CPTSD, and anxiety, she has now come to a place of strength, health, and hope. This is in no small part due to yoga. Discovering the practice over 10 years ago, she has learned that her body--and mind--are not her enemies; in fact they are her greatest teachers, guides, and friends. With a 200HR Certification in Orthopedic Yoga Therapy and a 15HR Certification in Yin Yoga, she has since turned her inner teachings outward--to her students and clients--in order to offer them a chance to find the rewards of an embodiment practice for themselves. Not only does she strive to hold space for all humans, but she recognizes the importance of lightness, and hopes to make every class enlivening and fun.  back

 

Paul Wybieracki
Paul has been teaching Pilates since 2013. He was certified through Balancepoint Pilates and through AFAA. In addition, he is a Certified Group Exercise instructor as well as an ACE certified personal trainer, with specialties in Pilates, TRX, Aqua Fitness, Barre fitness, Autism fitness, and Drums Alive.
Paul also has over 35 years of experience teaching Ballroom & Latin dance. In addition to teaching for the Arthur Murray & Fred Astaire Dance Studio chains, He is the former owner of In Step Dance Center of Quincy & Hingham.  back
 

Kelley Pearce

Certified Yoga Instructor

Kelley Pearce leads classes that are challenging but accessible to all people, no matter where they are on their yoga journey.  Her classes take students out of their heads and into their bodies, through intentional sequencing and a focus on breath, meditation, and yoga philosophy. She teaches with clear verbal cues and nurturing assists that encourage a balance of effort and ease in each pose. 

Kelley completed her 200-hour teacher training with Jill Abraham in 2014 at Power Yoga of Cape Cod. 

Kelley loves yoga for the freedom it has given her—to be kinder to herself and to others, and to let more experiences and people into her life. She strives to bring a sense of lightheartedness, joy, and connection to every person she meets on the mat and in the community.  back

 
 

Paul David Shea, OBT, RSMT
Tai Chi/QiGong
Somatic Expressive Therapy
Shiatsu, Acupressure, Thai

Paul has been a practitioner, student and teacher of the Asian healing and contemplative movement arts for the past 30 years. He has studied in China, Los Angeles and New York. He has taught and lectured at various locations throughout the greater South Shore and Cape Cod, Florida and Los Angeles. Paul also founded and developed the Tai Qi program for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and has taught Tai Qi, Qi Qong and Mindfulness Meditation to MS Patients and caregivers at the Hanover YMCA and Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, MA. He is currently working with Compassionate Care ALS in developing a similar program for caregivers of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He is a practitioner of Oriental Bodywork Therapy specializing in Shiatsu, Thai and acupressure and is an enthusiast of herbal medicine. In addition, Paul is also an internationally registered Somatic Movement Therapist, certified in SomaSoul Somatic Expressive therapy and Shake Your Soul: The yoga of dance. He presently has a private bodywork and teaching practice in the greater Plymouth area and is the cofounder of Breathing Lotus Living Arts.  back

Reiki, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra
December 7th, 2019

Reiki, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra
December 7th, 2019

Reiki, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra
December 7th, 2019

Schedule Updates

THE YOGACONNECTION WILL BE
CLOSED UNTIL at least APRIL 15, 2020

STAY SAFE!

We have created a page to help
you get through until we open again.
It's called To Help You Cope,
and we will be adding to it
as Barbara finds helpful things to share.
Right now, there is her Yoga Nidra
meditation, an Evening Wind-Down
Flow class from Colleen, and a
Wendell Berry poem.

 

Please know we are holding you
all in our thoughts.


Namaste!

We will post further
information here as
it manifests.

Tuesday Evening Series
with Gail or Kelley

Hints of an Early Spring 


Gail Belaief and Kelley Pearce
will return when Studio reopens

 

 

Welcoming the hints of an
early spring on my
recent hikes.   
Welcoming all levels to our
Tuesday Flow and Restore!

Explore pranayama and the
effect of breath in our practice.

 

March classes incorporated a
Focus on the third chakra,
the Manipura Chakra, associated
with willpower, the fire 🔥 element
and the color yellow. 
Lighten up!

Drop in when we return!

$15 each, or class card.

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