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Alyssa Sullivan, Owner

While growing up in Lincoln, Rhode Island, I trained with the Marsdons at Brae Crest School of Ballet and Jazz Dance with Jeremy Anderson in Providence. After many years of traveling around the world and living in Northern California I returned to the East Coast. I was fortunate to be living in Cambridge, MA when Baron Baptiste opened his first studio there. One practice and I was hooked…no kidding. I have been dancing and exercising all of my life and this yoga was like nothing else I had experienced in my body. I felt then, and continue to feel now, that it is the most complete and best use of my time. I leave a practice with the endorphin release of a workout, the ease of a massage and the calm of meditation.

I trained with, and taught for Baron for 3 years and had the privilege of growing and working with an incredible group of teachers. In 2003, I returned to my roots with my family. I opened Synergy in November of 2004 in Wayland Square on the east side of Providence and moved it closer to my home in Barrington in June of 2005. 

I am committed as a teacher to continue to evolve and grow. This involves regular attendance in workshops, master classes, and retreats. I teach from my own practice, from my truth and most importantly from my heart. I invite you to come and experience the sacred space of Synergy Power Yoga.

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Annalisa Nasstrom Myer

I found yoga in 2003 at a time when I needed some personal space and renewal. As soon as I finished my first Baptiste inspired class I knew I touched something special, a light, a glimmer into something much deeper than I could fathom at that moment. As I began to cultivate my practice, a softening into my own skin became apparent, a re-acquainting, of sorts, with the person who grew up in the Catskills carefree, in touch with nature, curious and happy. Breath by breath unfolding into the present moment fills my heart with promise and joy. It continues to ease my mind, calm my spirit and provide and overall sense of harmony. Learning to ride the wave of life with calm awareness is the grace of yoga. It inspires and awakens my being and fills me with gratitude. Sharing this and opening the door to the stillness inside is a never- ending blessing, this connection inward full of truth, love and light.

I have had the opportunity to study with many unique and interesting teachers who have influenced and shaped my teaching in vast and different ways. The teachings of Alyssa Sullivan, Tom Gillette, and Baron Baptiste have been the most impactful.

This is a life long journey which will continue to blossom. I thoroughly enjoy sharing what I learn and experience from my own practice. Like the ocean's tides, it refreshes and renews my spirit, open to a new day. Come explore! It may be the nicest gift you could ever give yourself and everyone around you.

Training

2007-2008 Providence, RI,
Eyes of the World Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training
w/ Tom Gillette, Shannah Green, and Alyson McCann

9/2006 Helena, Montana
Level 2 Baptiste Power Vinyasa
Teacher Training w/Baron Baptiste

2005-2006 Barrington, RI
Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher  Training
Synergy Power Yoga w/Alyssa Sullivan

8/2005 Big Island, Hawaii
Level 1 Baptiste Power Vinyasa Teacher Training
w/Baron Baptiste

Amanda Rubio

Founder, Yogis Feed the Hungry www.yogisfeedthehungry.org.

I was living in New York City and attending NYU graduate school of social work when a friend convinced me to go to a yoga class. It was 1995 and yoga didn't sound that appealing to me, aerobicizer that I was. Nevertheless, life in the big city was at times over-stimulating, work was emotionally taxing, and I often felt    anxious so I decided to give yoga a chance.

I was forever changed that Saturday afternoon in that hot gym. For the first time in months, I felt like myself and before long I started attending yoga classes 4 days a week. I was amazed at how yoga calmed my entire nervous system, stretched and toned my body, put a smile on my face and a spring in my step each time I practiced. I was blessed to have studied with many wonderful teachers while living in New York including Dana Flynn, Sharon Gannon, and Cyndi Lee. In those yoga classes I learned how to surrender to the present moment. I found it liberating and wanted to share it with others. In 2000, I became certified in the Kripalu method at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA. I have since attended workshops and trainings with master teachers whenever possible curious to learn more both as teacher and perennial student.

The styles of yoga that inspire me most are Jivamukti, Kripalu, Om and Baptiste. To practice yoga means to be in the moment with whatever is appearing, beyond any judgment or description. It's simply a deep listening to what is beneath the surface, to the Self which exists inside all of us. A steady, joyful connection to the universal source within transforms us into kinder, more loving and compassionate beings. Come to class, your friends and family will thank you for it!

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Jane Viscolosi

500-hour Certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance ERYT-500.

Jane has been practicing and studying the teachings of Baron Baptiste since 2002. Jane has been passionately sharing Baptiste Yoga in Rhode Island since 2004, has facilitated Baptiste classes and programs including Journey Into Power, Breaking Down the Baptiste Flow, has facilitated 10 sessions of 40 Days to Personal Revolution at Synergy, and has created and delivered a workshop based on Baron Baptiste’s newest book Being of Power. In addition Jane has assisted Baron Baptiste at both local and national Baptiste Programs. "Baptiste Yoga, the practice, the teachings, Baron and the Baptiste community, make me feel awake and alive in all aspects of my life, for that I am forever grateful ”What a Feeling”! 

 

In 2015 Jane founded her own, Yoga Alliance recognized 200-hour, Registered Yoga School, RYS-200, under the name of Believe You Can. You can learn more about Jane and her yoga teacher training school by visiting www.believeyoucanri.com.

Please join Jane at Synergy on Sunday mornings at 8 am for a sacred, masterfully delivered, cleansing, mindful, educational, lighthearted experience.

Jane has lived in the East Bay all of her life.  When not teaching or practicing yoga Jane is spending time with her husband Larry, of over 25 years, their yellow lab Zoe and family and friends. Jane works full time in the field of Construction Health & Safety, she is and OSHA Outreach Trainer, Occupational Hearing Loss Conservationist, and American Heart Association (AHA) CPR Instructor.

Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most. ~Buddha

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Gretchen Mayhew

My love for yoga began in savasana during the first yoga class I ever attended. I had never felt so at ease in my body, clear in my mind and full in my heart.    Since that class I have practiced and studied various forms of yoga and dedicated the past ten plus years to teaching. Teaching and sharing yoga is a joy and passion for me, as it is my dharma, my path.  

I am committed to offering dynamic, playful and inspiring classes that safely challenge the body, calm the mind, awaken the heart and soothe the soul. I am a registered yoga teacher and hold teaching certificates from Tom Gillette in Beautiful Mind Vinyasa Yoga, Sadie Nardini in Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga and Shakta Kaur Khalsa in Radiant Child Yoga.  Though I have taken countless additional trainings and workshops with many gifted teachers including Beryl Bender Birch, Shiva Rea, Sarah Powers, Erich Schiffmann, Richard Freeman, Paul Grilley and Seane Corn, none inspire me more than the talented team here at Synergy. Alyssa has done an amazing job of creating a supportive and dedicated community of yoga teachers and students. I am grateful to be a part of it.

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Jen Moclair

The first time I rolled out a yoga mat was in 2009 at Synergy Power Yoga.  My body was screaming for relief from all the years I spent as a spinning instructor and generally not treating my body very well.  My hips were so out of whack that it was hard for me to breathe, stand, sit, lay down or be still.  I longed for the feeling of lightness in my body that I remembered as a child.  I thought that the days of being free of tightness and discomfort were a thing of the past until that pivotal day at Synergy.  Immediately following the hot 90-minute practice, I stood up, stepped off my mat and was amazed at how much lighter I felt.  It was as if I had left some of the concrete that was stuck inside of my hips on my mat.  I felt hopeful, so I returned over and over again and felt the same incredible lightness each time I left.  Not only did yoga chip away at the tightness in my body, my heart also began to feel lighter, my nerves calmer and my soul fed.  The body and spirit that I once knew was returning.  

I am a Yoga Alliance 200 RYT certified.  Even though I had no formal training before becoming certified, the countless hours that I have practiced with Alyssa Sullivan and the amazing teachers at Synergy Power Yoga have helped me build my foundation of the Baptiste style of yoga.  I want to help others feel lightness and balance in their bodies and the transformation of the spirit through this mindful and spiritual practice.  I believe we all have the potential to live our best life!  This is the reason why I keep returning to my mat and this is the reason why I am excited and honored to be teaching at Synergy Power Yoga!

Beth Siqueland- Gresch

I started practicing over a dozen years ago, initially, by many fits and starts, as life wound around in multiple directions, but the pull of the practice kept drawing me back again and again. At the beginning, this practice most of all just felt good in my body, but as I continued, my experience expanded well beyond just the physical. Yoga continues to teach me about the richness of moment by moment life experiences, and the full range of emotions that they ask me to embrace. I find  this practices teaches more compassion and empathy for oneself, which in turn allows us to look at others through that same lens. I experience yoga not as a quest for perfection, but as a source of direct insights helping us to navigate our life in all its complexity.

 I am so grateful for my primary teachers in expanding my teaching role, Alyssa Sullivan, my mentor, Coral Brown, through her 200 hour teacher certification, and Theresa Murphy in so many teaching workshops and intensives. There are so many additional teachers, Seane Corn, Erich Schiffmann, Shannah Green that have been dynamic and strong influences in my approach to teaching, including all the other teachers at Synergy that inspire my teaching every week. 

Erin Hunt

Yoga is the cornerstone of my life; it is the spiritual practice from which I relate to myself, others, and the world around me. I found yoga when I was 20 years old when I inadvertently took a Kundalini class at a new age shop in my hometown.  I wasn’t immediately hooked—I am a high energy individual—but it was a stepping stone that led me to Bikram Yoga. I fell in love with the heat, the physical practice, and the mental focus that I learned to cultivate in community. I completed the Bikram Yoga Teacher training in Spring 2002 and taught Bikram yoga for five years. When a student of mine introduced me to Power Vinyasa Yoga in 2003, the rest was really history. In 2012, I completed a 200-hour Power Vinyasatraining through Open Doors in Weymouth, MA and then had the honor to study under the tutelage of senior teacher, Alyssa Sullivan.

By day I am a psychotherapist specialized in women’s mental health, with a special interest in body/mind therapy, trauma, and energy work. I completed a trauma-informed yoga teacher training through The Trauma Institute in Boston in Spring 2008 and use this lens to cultivate safety & awareness in practice. I also regularly integrate yoga into my psychotherapy practice as it is often that the body ultimately tells the story and speaks the truth about our experiences.

Over the years I have had the honor to learn from many distinguished teachers, including Bryan Kest, Erich Schiffmann, and many others who have a local prescience. I am deeply honored that I am able to share the practice with others in community and have found that yoga has provided me with the best access to my truth, compassion, and community. It has taught me the value of holding space, what it means to show up, and has given me the courage to live from my center while gently encouraging me to be accepting of who and where I am.