Owner and Teacher
I am a Holistic Entrepeneur, an E-RYT® 200, YACEP® through Yoga Alliance and very soon finishing up my 300 E-YTT Kripalu certification. In 2007 I attended IIN live program in NYC, a very delightful journey with lots of Aha' moments and life has been peaceful and more beautiful ever since.
To further serve others through yoga, wellness & health, 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 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, work and spirituality.
It's a way of life that I choose to serve others.
I am a mother to a 24 year old amazing human, a daughter, a sister, a loving friend and a lover of Mother Nature.
My precious yoga practice is based on gratitude.
I am deeply grateful to my body and I honor my inner child, and I have fun every day.
I believe in prayer, which allows me to bring deeper meaning to my life.
I am inspired to bring my own personal story and experiences with the intention to support you in every way.
I find the practice of yoga to be very healing.
With what I have learned through life's experiences is that I have developed 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. My practice has served me to overcome chronic pain, and with creativity and compassion, to return my body to a state of health and well-being. I bring this personal experience to my teaching of yoga—a blend of energetic vinyasa, slow-flow, chakra-based practice with key elements of yin yoga—which is grounded in self-acceptance and a healthy dose of friendliness. My goal is always to make the yoga practice accessible to all, with the intention of creating a safe, respected and yet adventurous space for my students to explore and celebrate their unique abilities and potential.
I am a 200-RYT with Yoga Alliance Teacher, I am also a certified SPA Yoga® teacher, and love offering this unique whole-body sensory experience. I am pursuing a certification in Yin Yoga, meditation and Traditional Chinese Medicine, a Certified Reiki Practitioner, and am also currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Nutrition. My website: www.lonipaulyoga.com
I’m Brazilian by birth Bostonian by heart. Being a good spouse, daughter, friend and cat mom takes priority in my life. Yoga has helped me find balance in all aspects of my life. The possibilities are endless and that is what’s most intriguing. It provides me with tools that work everywhere. A daily yoga practice reminds me that often all you really need is a deep breath.
As a former gymnast Sylvia learned all there is to know about tenacity and discipline, but not a whole lot about self-awareness. After putting her body through years of strenuous physical activity, injuries and endless diets, being on the mat provided the healing she so desperately needed. In 2011, Sylvia completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training under Rebecca Pacheco and Marc McDonald, two of Boston’s most beloved teachers. Sylvia’s teaching style reflects the Vinyasa, Hatha and Ashtanga methods and draws on over ten years of practice and experience in the fields of anatomy, yoga philosophy and human health.
Sylvia offers her students a well-balanced blend of physical rigor, breathing exercises and mediation to help them discover a deeper sense of self-awareness. Her goal as a teacher is to open your heart to all that yoga has to offer and take your practice to a place of learning to honor your body, free your spirit and live a healthier, more inspired life.
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.
Play, laughter, love and joy: four core values close to Kenzie’s heart that she brings onto her mat and into her yoga classes. A born educator, Kenzie extended her love of teaching in the classroom to teaching yoga in 2013 through her 200 Fluid Yoga Training with Stil Studio.
While traveling, moving, and transitioning jobs over the course of three years, Kenzie has remained close to herself through the practice of yoga. Kenzie delights in the aspect of community that comes along with the practice of yoga; recognizing that no matter where she goes in the world, she can find a safe space and connection with yoga. Kenzie offers yoga and meditation as a way to fluidly and graciously move through life’s many transitions. Her classes are a mindful blend of power and presence, with a mix of balance and bravery in each of the poses.
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.
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.