Hot Power Yoga Center Worcester Staff
Massachusetts native, Brittany Ford has been practicing yoga since she graduated from college where she played Field Hockey. After graduating college she decided to run the Boston Marathon and began her training process. During her training, Brit started to weave yoga into her life as a form of cross training to help with flexibility, core strength, and balance. Yoga greatly helped her running form and endurance.
Brit received her first certification at Inner Strength Studios in Watertown, MA. After graduating, she moved to New York City where even among the noise she spent two years exploring the intricate studies of yoga and spirituality, and the intimate connection of mind and body.
While in New York, Brittany earned a Holistic Health Coaching certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She offers individual health coaching, a structured individualized six month program, and also several workshops and cleanses. She encourages the exploration of the body through diet and believes that no one diet works for every person.
After moving back to Massachusetts in July 2013, she started teaching at local yoga studios. Brit received her 500RYT certificate in August of 2014. Brittany works in therapeutics, pranayama, and connecting to the elements and chakras through her yoga practice. Her Vinyasa Flow integrates alignment, core, and breathing techniques with basic poses and creative sequences. Brittany encourages her students to be playful and bold in her classes, and to live fearlessly on and off the mat. To do one thing a day that scares you.
Visit Brit's website at britfordyoga.com and find daily inspiration from Brittany on Instagram as @yoga_birdie
Kelly originally intended to add yoga to her workout regimen as a way to help maintain flexibility and prevent injuries, but quickly began to realize the additional physical and mental benefits of a consistent practice. After a few years of regular practice, she completed her RYT-200 training in 2011 in Virginia, where she taught various styles and levels of yoga from meditative and chair yoga to advanced hatha and vinyasa. After 3 years teaching in Virginia, she moved to MA to pursue a graduate degree and has been teaching and practicing in New England ever since! She has her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from MCPHS University here in Worcester and utilizes the core components of yoga asana often in PT practice. Finding a balance between strength and mobility is a key element in Kelly’s yoga teaching as well as in her work as a physical therapist. Kelly loves sharing her passion for human movement and helping others achieve their optimum levels of physical and mental health both on and off the mat. When she’s not teaching or moving, Kelly spends her time enjoying outdoor activities, hanging out with her fiancé and their fur-children (a cat and a dog), and attempting do-it-yourself projects.
Jenn is energetic and very passionate about yoga and her students. Jenn believes that every student's journey in yoga is unique but vital to have a balanced life. In her teaching, students are individuals and will always be respected and supported on and off the mat. "A photographer gets to pose people for himself, a yoga teacher helps students pose themselves." Jenn feels so blessed to be able to teach the gift of yoga.
When not on the mat, Jenn enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian and two beautiful children, Tyler and Madison.
Tatiana Gray, a native of Colorado, began practicing yoga when her best friend invited her to try it out, and they both discovered that it was the best kept secret to feeling awesome as 12-year olds. Tatiana immediately fell in love with the practice of yoga, and its gift of gracefulness, like being immersed in water; it doesn't matter what shape or size you are - it's always a perfect fit, lovingly surrounding all your corners and edges, making you feel simultaneously light and strong. Tatiana has always seen yoga as a balance between the physical and spiritual and thinks of it as meditation in motion: a time to be fully present as we synchronize our movement, breath, and attention in each moment. Of all of the healing arts, Tatiana considers the practice of yoga one of the most direct, deep, and helpful. It is her hope that her students will discover a place of solace and refuge on their mats, find joy in the flow, and most importantly, learn to love themselves just as they are, in the midst of their chaotic lives.
Tatiana graduated Hot Power Yoga Center's Teacher Training program.
Julie is a grade 8 science and world history teacher in Dudley. She tries to incorporate her knowledge of yoga science and social studies into all of her classes; in the studio and classroom. "I love to make connections across all disciplines; on and off the mat".
Julie has two sons that motivate and challenge her to be a better person. "Without yoga, I know my challenges I've had in life would still be haunting me. Yoga gives me the ability to slow down and be a better mom and friend."
Julie graduated Hot Power Yoga Center's Teacher Training program.
She is an extreme believer that yoga is for every BODY! The only requirement during class is to breathe. Breath calms the mind, allowing the body to move deeper into poses, creating a more open being, bringing the yoga practice off the mat and into everyday life.
Jeannie prides herself on teaching each class to all levels and abilities. Whether you are just beginning your journey or have a strong practice, she will have something to offer you through compassion, love and kindness. Ultimately, leaving you feeling your absolute best and ready to take on the day!
Doreen’s mat has been a place she can roll out anywhere as a sanctuary; a space that she refers to as a “judgment free zone”. Since deepening her practice, yoga has become less about the need to hold the perfect pose and more for whatever is needed that day: self-reflection, the practice of kindness and self-compassion, and continued growth and self-awareness.
Doreen’s passion for yoga is contagious, and she hopes that in a culture where we are all rushing from one moment to the next, that she can assist students in connecting with what is – who they already are - and to find those moments of bliss and playfulness in the flow towards their own self-discovery and self-love.
Doreen graduated Hot Power Yoga Center's Teacher Training program.
Erin was a dancer all through grade school and high school. Dancing was a part of her; it was a way for her to express herself and release any tensions and stress from the day. After high school, she found few opportunities to dance, so she took up running to satisfy her need to stay active. Running never filled the void left behind when she stopped dancing, and over the years her body started to feel the negative effects of running. At age 29, she found herself with pain in both knees, and she slept with a heating pad on her back every night. One day she thought, “enough is enough,” and after 11 years of running (which included 3 half marathons and one full marathon), she hung up her sneakers and found her way to her yoga mat at Hot Power Yoga Center. To be cliché: the rest is history.
Erin fell in love with hot vinyasa yoga immediately. She felt like she was dancing again, flowing to the music and her breath; she felt at home on her mat almost instantly, and her heart was full again. Yoga has not only healed her physical pains but has also helped her work through some of her emotional and mental struggles she was facing as well. She has connected with the earth, the universe, and nature in a way she never had before. Yoga changed her life, and she also gained an amazing yoga family at her home away from home.
As recent graduate of the HPYC 200 hour Teacher Training, she is so excited to share her love and passion of yoga with the community.
When off the mat, Erin loves spending time with her beautiful dogs, Gracie and Journey, and crazy cats, Rosie and Baby. She loves cooking vegan food, experimenting with new recipes, and traveling any distance to find a good vegan bakery.
Katie has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. When she started her practice, it was mostly for the physical benefits of yoga- the amazing full body strength and flexibility training. Plus, she’s always loved the thrill of those balancing poses that bring her back to her gymnastics-filled childhood! Throughout the years, Katie’s practice has grown with her and now she truly appreciates the calming, meditative aspects of the practice just as much as the physical ones. Yoga has become a huge outlet for stress relief while working long days in a corporate office.
Katie teaches classes that are fun and engaging for yogis of all levels! She aims to help her students find their inner power, and gain flexibility in their minds and bodies. Katie fully believes that the yoga we do on the mat helps us build the strength and courage to be our best, authentic selves off the mat. Katie graduated Hot Power Yoga Center’s Teacher Training program.
Being a musician most of his life, Neil found Yoga the way many people do; looking for some exercise. By the end of his first practice he not only felt better phyiscally but also experienced a deep feeling of peace. This pleasant suprise was the beginning of his journey with Yoga.
Neil has trained extensively with Master Baptiste teachers Gregor Singleton, Claire Este-McDonald, and Coeli Marsh and has also had the opportunity to be mentored closely by Masaaki Okamura. Neil has also served as a classroom assistant to Natasha Rizopolous, and has deepened his understanding of the craft through his apprenticing with Chiropractor and Yogi Dr. Tom Alden. Neil is an active member of the Boston chapter of the Teacher's Study Project and in his steady commitment to teaching has completed additional trainings.
Currently Neil is completing his 300 hour Teacher Training and continues to work closely with his mentor Tom. Off the mat he enjoys being outside, seeking creative expression through music and being with friends and family.