What’s your yoga story? A close friend who was aware that I’d sustained a brain injury suggested that I try the Love Your Brain series offered at Mighty Yoga. I did, and am on my third series. The series has improved the quality of my life in incalculable ways by increasing my physical strength, balance, etc., and, not unimportantly, social interaction. Those benefits moved me to continue my yoga practice through Mighty Yoga, a resource well-named: I feel mightier, I am mightier—than ever!
Favorite yoga pose: Wheel. It’s challenging and there are days that I can’t do it. But when I can, it’s the best feeling!
Yoga is... a total lifesaver. It reminds me to slow down and not let life stuff overwhelm me.
Any tips for someone new to class? You can get through anything with just one more breath! Also, your mat is an island - don’t judge your own movements by anyone else’s. All bodies move differently, and that is 100% OK.
What is your favorite pose? Supta baddha konasana. It gets me completely blissed out!
What do you like to do outside the studio? Reading, knitting, skiing, running, ukulele, and baking. I love to make things!
Name: Beth Ziegler
Occupation: middle school math teacher (yikes!)
Favorite yoga pose: child's pose
Yoga is.... the ultimate retreat. It gives me a chance to renew, find some balance, and be thankful.
If I had a superpower it would be... to be invisible and fly - at the same time. Not sure why, but I'm sure about this.
Name: Anda Panaitiu
Occupation: Chemistry Graduate Student
Favorite yoga pose: Half pigeon and all arm balances (my friends and I also joke about perfecting a novel pose: "roadkill," which is when we loudly crash-land out of a challenging pose flat on our faces).
What do you love most about yoga? The sense of community and that it makes people genuinely happier and kinder.
My NON-guilty pleasure is... potato chips - I have no self restraint when it comes to them.
Name: Rachel Pizzie
Occupation: Graduate Student
Favorite yoga pose: Triangle or Downward Dog
My NON-guilty pleasure is...Ice Cream! And Coffee!
If you had a super power what would it be and why? I love to travel, so I would love the ability to "apparate"--disappear from one place and immediately appear in another.
Name: Sasha Wesnak
Occupation: Project Coordinator - Quality & Safety, Perioperative Services at DHMC
Favorite yoga pose: Pigeon and Warrior II
What's the best advice you've ever received? "Try turning it off and turning it back on" - my dad repeats this to my mom, sisters, and I mostly when our electronics crash, but I have found it helpful in other areas as well.
What do you love most about yoga? I always leave class feeling better than when I came in.
Name: Gina Hersey
Favorite yoga pose: Cat/Cow
What makes you Mighty? I love the studio, teachers, and students. I always want to be the person I am on my mat!
Paige will be assisting Heather and our Team as part of new student & member outreach. We couldn't be more excited for you all to meet her virtually and at the studios!
Name: Paige Dietz
Team Role: Mighty Marketing & Brand Manager
Favorite yoga pose: Pigeon and Chair...both for very different reasons...and feelings.
Yoga is... my balance
What do you like to do off the yoga mat? I play with my "partners in crime" (my fiance and two dogs) , farmers and flea markets, eating local food, traveling....anything with a bit of adventure!
Name: Elissa Parent
Occupation: Logistics Associate at a Biotech company
Favorite yoga pose: Pigeon- it hurts so good!
Yoga is...Rooting down to rise up.
What do you love most about yoga? I love that yoga gives me a chance to quiet my mind, focus on my intention, and be wholly in the here and now
Name: Michael Musty
Occupation: Math grad student
Favorite yoga pose: Warrior 2 all day and all night!
What do you love most about yoga? There is no pressure.
My NON-guilty pleasure is...running in long johns.
Name: Beth Phillips-Whitehair
Occupation: Kindergarten/First Grade teacher
Favorite yoga pose: There are many…and I can’t believe I am saying this (Wendy!), but it may be HALF PIGEON, simply because it reminds me of the possibility for change and the need to have an open mind. I really DID NOT like it when I began….
What do you love most about yoga? The opportunity to work towards equanimity.
What's fuels you? Mighty yoga, sleep, and ‘clean’, fresh food as things I do for myself. Friends, family, my pets, work, and summer flowers as things I surround myself with.
Name: Sydney Stowe
Occupation: Hopkins Center Film Manager
Favorite yoga pose: That one where move your feet far apart and bend over to stretch putting your hands on the ground (from there, the really talented people go into headstand)
Name: Hope Kremer
Favorite yoga pose: Dragonfly, or any arm-balance
Yoga is... my time to tune in, to slow down, and to be mindful.
Hi, I’m Denise and This Is How I Kick Asana!
Name: Denise DuCharme
Occupation: I am an attorney by profession and training. I am currently a Contract Officer, Dartmouth Clinical Trials Office at DHMC.
Name: Molly Lyons
Occupation: Student and FLIP Instructor at Dartmouth, Staff Member at Mighty Yoga
Favorite yoga pose: Half Pigeon Pose. My hips are always tight and absolutely nothing beats a good adjustment in this pose
Name: Kyle Hall Kaplan
Occupation: Dartmouth Masters Student
Favorite yoga pose: Headstand
Yoga is… moving meditation
Name: Megan Baldassarre
Occupation: Neuropsychology Fellow
Favorite yoga pose: Half pigeon, of course!
Yoga is… my favorite way to get zen.
Take a quick peak out your window. Seems like everything in nature is having some summer playtime lately right? The birds are swooping around, chirping excitedly. Squirrels are scurrying up and down trees. Fireflies are buzzing around at night. It’s time for us as yogis to join in on the fun.
Name: Gabriela Kovacikova
Favorite yoga pose: Anything I haven’t mastered yet (except pigeon).