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
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


Janet Smalley
Certified Yoga Teacher, Reiki II practitioner 
A lifelong devotee to yoga, Janet has made the practice a part of her daily life since 1988. Any day that begins with yoga is a good day! She became certified to teach yoga in 2006 through Finding Inner Peace after moving to the South Shore from the Boston area. She has continued her study by attending workshops and retreats with numerous teachers throughout the country and believes that a strong personal practice and continual learning are key to enhancing the experience of her students. Janet teaches traditional Hatha yoga connecting the body and mind through the breath while incorporating mindful meditation. She enjoys sharing with others the peace and enlightenment that come from a regular yoga practice.   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


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

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


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