Owner and Teacher
As a Holistic Entrepeneur, lots of experiences and events have been presented to me, That's why I decided to go further with the knowledge I crave often so I did the following: an E-RYT® 200, YACEP® through Yoga Alliance and finishing up my 300 E-YTT Kripalu certification. In 2007 I attended IIN live program in NYC, a very delightful journey with lots of A-ha' moments, and life has been more beautiful ever since.
To further serve others through yoga, wellness and Teacher Trainings, I also trained at FireFly Yoga International to provide Trauma Informed yoga classes.
I enter this specific practice with compassion and a great deal of understanding towards people and communities where adversity is or has been present.
My training, experiences and education have also equipped me to follow my heart, for me there is no separation between love, life and spirituality.
Service, it's a way of life.
The practice of Gratitude inspires me to thank everyone and all my surrundings.
I believe in prayer and meditiation which allows me to bring deeper meaning to my life.
I find the practice of yoga to be very healing, nourishing and uplifting.
I've learned to create successful methods and practices on how to fulfill one's dreams.
I am in this journey with a wonderful group of caring teachers who serve as the Heart of Naked Feet Yoga to the community of Melrose and beyond.
I love sharing the life-changing powers of yoga that I have experienced on many levels throughout my journey.
The intention of my teaching is to create a comforting, respected, yet adventurous space for beginners and devotees alike. Our sessions are designed for you to explore and celebrate your unique abilities and potential with creativity and compassion. My goal is for you to step off the mat feeling invigorated, refreshed, and restored! Together we deepen and personalize your practice through an array of yoga styles. We’ll combine energetic vinyasa with slow-flow movements that build strength and achieve balance. Dive deep into the inherently meditative calm of yin yoga poses that stimulate the energy flow of the body’s meridian and improve flexibility. Restore and rejuvenate through the restful respite of meditation. The practice of yoga has helped me tremendously in achieving a state of well-being and overall health, and I am so grateful to be able to share its transformative power to nurture body, mind, and soul with you! I am an E-RYT-500® instructor with a 300-hour advanced certification in Yin Yoga, Meditation, and Traditional Chinese Medicine with Josh Summers at the Summers School of Yoga and a 200-hour training in vinyasa flow yoga. I have also completed advanced studies in nutrition, and am a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP®) currently serving on the yoga teacher training staff at Naked Feet Yoga. My website is www.lonipaulyoga.com
There have been many things in my life over the past few years that have led me to yoga. I have moved three times in four years from the West coast, to the South, then up to New England. And it has had its challenges. The sense of community I found at Naked Feet Yoga felt like the perfect place to explore the new direction in my life and my new home here in Melrose. Yoga has helped me find my inner voice, something I had loss over the past few years. Practicing yoga has brought back a sense of my true self.
I am a 200-RYT with Yoga Alliance, having graduated from the Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) program at Naked Feet Yoga with Dina as instructor.
Having been an elementary school teacher for over 18 years, it feels natural to me to share my knowledge with others. Being here at Naked Feet Yoga inspires me in many ways…
The modern definition of Inspire means to fill someone with confidence and desire or ability to do something.
In Latin, Inspire means to breathe in.
Ruth is a Minnesota-born yogi and lover of adventure. Although she first had a background in dance, she began practicing yoga in college to balance the stress of finishing her honors degree during difficult life circumstances. Because of these experiences she also went on to obtain certification in Mental Health First Aid, and still produces informational content on a variety of mental wellness topics. She spends her spare time traveling and has visited 16 other countries so far. She thinks travel is the best way to cultivate more appreciation for the beauty of the world and for all beings. This is one of the reasons that Ruth and her fiancé moved across the country to Malden in September 2019, and they couldn’t be happier with this journey. At her previous studio in the midwest, where she received her Yoga Alliance 200-RYT training,Ruth taught traditional vinyasa, fitness classes, hot yoga, aerial yoga, and adaptive yoga for individuals with special needs. She strives to promote self-acceptance and positive motivation in her classes, and believes that to practice yoga is to tune in to the needs of the body and mind, to connect with your soul, to recognize the light within you and share it with others.
Feeling called to heal and serve, Angela naturally connected to the sacred space, community, and mission that Naked Feet offers. She feels immense gratitude and honor to have trained in community by Dina and teachers within Naked Feet Yoga’s teacher training. Important values emerged for Angela during her training: Learning to trust the journey, making the practice accessible, caring deeply for one-self as a way of truly serving the world.
Yoga has helped Angela to overcome years of an active ambitious lifestyle. She has been committed and deepened in her practice ever since she embarked on a self-discovery journey in 2016. The practice has allowed her to slow down to find balance and honor the mind,body,spirit.
For the majority of her life, Angela has witnessed chronic and severe illness within her family and herself. Starting to notice patterns about the interconnectedness of the mind and the body, Angela chose to learn and study how we can live well and healthy. Angela studied Expressive Art Therapies, Mindfulness Meditation, & Self-Compassion and enjoys integrating these qualities into her teachings. She has experience working professionally in health care, and has supported hundreds of people discover their growth potential for transformation.
Angela’s practice focuses on building self-awareness, gentle self-compassion, creative expression, and authentically knowing and honoring ourselves. She enjoys sharing ways that we can ground ourselves during life’s changes, challenges, and transitions.
While taking his first yoga class in 2015, Jim realized that he was more aware of his breath, each movement of his body, and the connection between them, than he had ever been before. It was as if the teacher had removed a blindfold and he was really aware of his body for the first time! Add to that the feelings after class of being emotionally calm yet mentally energized, and he was hooked.
Jim likes to bring this mind-body awareness to his classes through intentional breathing, encouraging students to discover their limits, and practicing at a pace that allows time to feel and explore each asana.
Jim received his RYT-200 certification in January 2019 through the Naked Feet Yoga school under Dina Martinez.
Francesca Folcarelli fell in love with yoga at a time when she was feeling disconnected. Through the practice of asana she began to feel empowered and grateful for her body and this lifetime. Her pursuit of yogic knowledge brought her to the sacred valley of Peru to study ashtanga vinyasa, a Mysore practice in Italy, a Vipassana farm in Hawaii and finally to the foot of the Himalayas. Here she took a 6 month course in India at the Arya Marga Yoga Institute. The main focus of this time was based on a balancing and cleansing Hatha practice. While at this school she began teaching community classes and found that she had a passion for holding thisspace for others. Since then, she has moved back to the Boston area to be close to family and teaches preschool at a nonprofit in Cambridge. She likes to think of herself as more of a guide than an instructor, hoping students will always stay tapped into their own truth rather than forcing themselves into hers. Her classes range from slow flow, meditation, or yin to a more fiery Hatha or Vinyasa practice. As the motto of her last school states, “experience is soul,” a bit of wisdom she hopes someday she can help lead students to discover through their practice!