Our Team

Inspired. Motivated. Connected. Prepared.

Kelly

Yoga & meditation Manager

Laura

Cardio & Pilates Manager

Diane

Instructor

Carla

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Dara

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Tom

Instructor

Amira

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Paige

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Rachel

Instructor

Chris

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Susan

Sales

Cassie

Instructor

Kate

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Kelly

Yoga & Meditation Manager, Kelly@SoVitalFitness.com With experience in Vinyasa, Power, Hot, Yin, Bikram, Aerial, Hatha, Iyengar, Prenatal, and Restorative styles of yoga, Kelly first started her yoga journey 10 years ago when she tried a Vinyasa yoga class in an attempt to combat muscle tightness and pain caused by years of competitive sports. She continued to incorporate yoga into her fitness routine on a semi-frequent basis, but it was not until after college that she formed a consistent daily practice, and began to experience significant physical, mental, and emotional benefits from yoga, including migraine relief, reduced stress, improved posture, sleep, and breathing, as well as decreased anxiety, and much more. She also found that yoga provided her with a supportive community of teachers and peers, which both inspired her to maintain a regular workout regimen and helped shift her perception of exercise. While she had always been physically active and enjoyed the benefits of exercise, she often felt that her daily workouts seemed like a chore. However, she discovered that when she practiced yoga surrounded by the smiling, friendly faces at her yoga studio, exercise had evolved into a fun activity that she looked forward to each day. Motived by these positive changes in her life, Kelly decided to pursue a career in teaching yoga so that she could help others explore their individual yoga journey, and experience the many benefits of yoga. She is RYT-200 hour Power/Vinyasa certified, with continuing education in Power/Vinyasa yoga, as well as Yoga Sculpt. In addition to teaching yoga and meditation classes at our SoVital studio, she also uses her writing experience, as well as her Bachelor’s Degree in English with a specialization in Non-Fiction Writing, and minor in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst to create and edit the content for SoVital’s website and blog articles. When she’s not in the studio, Kelly enjoys spending time with family and friends, writing, exploring and hiking outdoors, traveling, reading, and listening to podcasts.

Laura

Cardio & Pilates Manager, Laura@SoVitalFitness.com A certified Barre Fitness and Zumba instructor, Laura discovered her passion for dance at age three, and since then has continued to develop her own skills as a dancer, as well as her knowledge and expertise in several dance genres. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance, with a concentration in Performance and Choreography from the world-renowned Palladino School of Dance at Dean College, where she studied several types of performing arts dance styles including Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Tap. While in college, Laura’s mastery of dance was further deepened by several incredible performance opportunities including dancing at the New England Patriots’ Home Opener Opening Ceremony in 2015, in the National Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in 2016, and with a professional dance company in New York City in 2017. She was also awarded with the “Board of Trustee’s Prize for the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance” for her hard work and devotion to the dance program. Laura’s determination and passion for dance drove her to graduate a year early from Dean. Today, Laura uses her in incredible dance experience to motivate and empower students in her fitness classes. In her spare time she loves spending time at the beach, walking her puppy, Bella, and playing a variety of games at family game night.

Diane

Instructor, Diane@SoVitalFitness.com Teaching since 2009, Diane is certified in Centergy and Power, which includes Power and Core fitness classes, holds a AFFA group-x certification, and is trained in Inferno Hot Pilates, giving her a unique and strong teaching background that includes yoga, pilates, strength training, cardio, fusion, and meditation.  Her teaching experience has given her an excellent understanding of the body, specifically muscular anatomy, and how to effectively target all muscle groups during a workout. Diane uses her instructing background in conjunction with her passion for fitness and compassionate personality to inspire her students in a fun and motivating workout environment.  Diane’s dedication to fitness derives from the way working out makes her feel mentally, physically, and emotionally. Staying active has allowed Diane to improve her physical strength, flexibility, balance, stamina, and endurance. Furthermore, Diane has a deep appreciation for muscle conditioning as her mother’s severe osteoporosis taught her the importance of resistance training in building and maintaining bone strength. Some of the other benefits Diane has experienced from working out include improvements in stress management, mood, and sleep, as well as increases in metabolism. In addition to staying physically active, Diane uses clean eating and meditation in her pursuit to be her healthiest self. Friendly and genuine, Diane strives to cultivate these same positive effects in her students through a fun and happy workout environment. Outside of the studio, Diane has gone skydiving and enjoys the outdoors.  In addition to working out, Diane enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, country music, and exploring new places.

Carla

Instructor, Carla@SoVitalFitness.com Carla is a long-time practitioner of many forms of meditation, including Insight (Vipassana), Calm (Breath), Metta (Loving-Kindness), and Walking Meditation. She is a certified Children’s Yoga instructor, trained in providing Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Children (MBSR-C), and has received extensive training in guided meditation through a variety of workshops and classes, including those taught by Judith Prebluda, Sharon Salzberg, Rebecca Bradshaw, Greg Scharf, and Jon Kabat-Zinn. Outside of teaching and practicing yoga and meditation, Carla works as an attorney, representing the civil rights of children with neurodiversity in education matters. She has found that mindfulness is a tremendous support in this often highly stressful environment. Additionally, the practice of meditation has assisted her in having the resilience to survive several personal tragedies while maintaining a positive attitude towards life. Through the combination of training, regular practice, and academic studies at Lesley University, Carla has gained a comprehensive basis for teaching. She is grateful to share the teachings she has received, in order to help adults and children gain the benefits of meditation, which include increased resilience, compassion, joy, and serenity. This year, Carla will be writing her thesis on Mindfulness as a candidate for her master’s degree in mindfulness at Lesley University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. During her downtime, she loves reading, painting, and creating jewelry, with her two dogs by her side.

Dara

Instructor, Dara@SoVitalFitness.com A licensed teacher of physical education and health for grades five through 12, Dara discovered her passion for health and fitness at a young age through neighborhood games of kickball, soccer, and baseball as there were no organized sports offered through her private elementary school in Queens, New York. Through these games, she found that sports and movement gave her a sense of community, helped relieve stress, and cultivated happiness. She continued to use fitness as an outlet through college, where she attended Providence College and received her Bachelor of Mathematics degree. After graduation, Dara began to add running, walking, and yoga into her workout regimen to combat stress and the physical strain of an office job. During the next few years, she also developed a daily meditation practice, focusing on styles such as spiritual meditation, contemplative prayer, and walking mindfulness. She found that the combination of physical activity and meditation brought a well-rounded sense of inner calm, but after having children, she realized she craved a sense of community within her health routine. When a new outdoor recreation park, Nara Park opened in her town, she decided it was the perfect time and space to start an open women’s outdoor pickup soccer league. Dara was shocked when she found 30 women ready to play at the league’s first meetup. She realized that there was an unmet demand for organized soccer with adults in her community, and she went on to create indoor soccer leagues for women over 30, which progressed into over 40, and most recently over 50, as well as several outdoor soccer teams, all of which are still in existence today. She went on to coach several soccer teams for players between ages 5 through high school, including Acton-Boxboro’s girls’ Junior High team. Through her coaching she discovered her interest in teaching health and fitness and she went on to teach gym at Acton-Boxboro High School, as well as at Parker Charter School. As she developed her teaching abilities and knowledge on fitness and health, she decided to enroll in an 8-week course on mindfulness based on the book by Mark Williams and Danny Pennman, as well as the works of Jon Kabat-Zinn, and Tim Stead. Today, Dara uses daily meditation to reduce stress, and stays fit through weight lifting, boxing, soccer, yoga, and hiking with her two dogs. When she is not in the studio, she enjoys hanging out with her husband, daughter, and two sons, watching jeopardy with her family, playing words with friends, and playing with her lab and pug.

Faith

Faith is 200-certified in Kripalu yoga and is trained in Inferno Hot Pilates.  Faith started her yoga journey in 2000 when she was diagnosed with a panic disorder.  Her doctor sent her to a group therapy class for anxiety.  During the first group session, the therapist asked the group to write down what triggered their anxiety/panic attacks and Faith wrote, “leaving my house.”  She decided that she would not be going back to the group therapy sessions anymore and instead signed up for her first yoga class. During her first class, she had a hard time being and staying in the room, but by the end of that class she had learned breathing techniques that helped her relax and continue to help her with stress management to this day.  She found that yoga and meditation have also helped her keep everything in perspective, on and off my mat.  She got into teaching because she had a hard time finding the classes she wanted to take.  Today, Faith continues to use yoga, Inferno Hot Pilates, and any other SoVital classes she can fit into my schedule to stay in shape.   When she is not teaching or taking classes at the SoVital studio, Faith enjoys watching too much television/movies, reading and hanging out with my cats (and my family), and spends her days managing the Data Warehouse at MIT.  A fun fact about Faith –  She was a Computer Science major and her favorite go to television is Star Trek, Next Generation.

Amira

Instructor, Amira@SoVitalFitness.com Amira’s fitness journey began on her fifth birthday in Lexington, Kentucky when her parents brought her to her first gymnastics class. Amira continued to practice gymnastics from then on for 12 years, and become a competitive gymnast. When she left to attend college at the University of Kentucky, her relationship with gymnastics shifted from competing to coaching, and she started coached all levels of gymnastics, from toddlers to adults. Like many who get to experience college life, Amira put on the “freshman 15” during her first year; however, her weight gain did not stop there. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, she took on her first post-graduate sales job and continued to experience weight gain. She realized that she had become unhappy in her own skin and had to change her lifestyle to make health a priority. She regained her health and confidence, but found that she now craved a challenge in her fitness regimen and as a result, she decided to start bodybuilding training. In 2014, she hired a coach and entered her first National Gym Association competition in the Bikini division. Over the next nine weeks, she trained with discipline and dedication in anticipation of the competition, allowing her to win her class, the overall title, and her NGA Pro Card all on her first show. Two weeks after, she competed in the National Physique Committee Kentucky Derby Classic and won first place in both the Novice and Open categories. While Amira loved competing, she found that the sport also had a dark side, including body dysmorphia, eating disorders, body aches, hormonal changes, and dysfunctional relationships with family and friends, causing her to reevaluate the role bodybuilding would play in her life. When she was offered a personal training position in Dubai, she jumped at the opportunity to change careers. As a personal trainer, she pushed her body and mind to its limit with multiple HIIT cardio workouts a day. In an attempt to combat physical and mental fatigue, Amira decided to try yoga in her bedroom with a video she found on Youtube. She loved the benefits yoga offered her, and she continued to develop her practice, exploring different studios and styles of yoga. Her passion for yoga, and helping others change their lives through fitness inspired her to become a certified Power/Vinyasa yoga instructor. Today, Amira stays fit through yoga, boxing, and weightlifting, as well as bootcamp and HIIT workouts with her husband and dog. When she is not in the studio, Amira loves to cook, especially as a form of mindfulness, and explore new restaurants.

Paige

Instructor, Paige@SoVitalFitness.com A lifelong dance enthusiast, Paige is formally trained in a variety of dance genres including ballet and jazz. She uses her extensive knowledge of dance, movement, and human anatomy and physiology, with proper breathing techniques inspired from her involvement in yoga, to create classes that are safe, high-energy, and challenging for students of all fitness and experience levels. Paige’s passion for dance drives her to continuously engage in dance training and education, which serves to refine and enhance her teaching abilities. Today, Paige consistently follows a dance, running and weight training regimen to stay in shape. When she is not in the studio, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and is always creating new dance sequences for her students.

Lelia

Lelia is 200-hour trained in Vinyasa yoga.  She decided that she wanted to get into teaching because of what Vinyasa yoga offers – a combination of athleticism and slow, controlled movement, clarity of mind, and the peace arising from the focus on the breath.  Lelia started yoga in 2013 as a way to add in a “rest day” to weight training and in the hopes of gaining mobility and flexibility.  Little did she know what lay ahead and that it would grow to a much deeper pursuit than flexibility.  It became a refuge for stress and worry and a way to calm her chattering mind.  Her favorite thing about yoga is getting sweaty and staying grounded with an ujjayi breath. Today, Lelia stays in shape primarily through weight training.  She also loves barre, running and swimming.  When Lelia is not in the studio, she is busy with two young kids, whom she loves to watch grow.  She also works at the the Discovery Museum, where she teaches the traveling science workshops.  Her hobbies beyond fitness include experimenting in the kitchen, hiking and reading.  Lelia’s fun fact is that she recently began training in Brazilian Jui-Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing, which she finds oddly calming and centering.  Despite that she didn’t exactly see herself getting into mixed martial arts but she can’t get enough of it!

Jackie

Instructor, Jackie@SoVitalFitness.com As a physician’s assistant for more than 25 years, Jackie has spent much of her adult life promoting and practicing healthy habits, including healthy diets, regular and varied forms of exercise, and basic spirituality and mindfulness. While raising her three young boys, she began practicing yoga in 2003 as a means of finding peace and calm in an otherwise busy and often noisy life. Though yoga was initially her escape from her daily chores and commitments, it became a necessary and joyful part of each and every day that she used to stay present with herself and her family. She explored different types of yoga over the next 13 years through regular practice, yoga retreats, workshops, and study until the fall of 2016 when she decided it was time to deepen her practice through yoga teacher training. She completed her 200-hour teacher training at Buddha Nest Yoga in Groton, Massachusetts in May 2017 under the direction of Anne Dries, E-RYT. Jackie enjoys helping others feel a positive change through the practice of yoga and meditation. Her understanding of “Western” medical knowledge, along with her “Eastern” studies of ancient yogic roots and practices provides her students opportunities of growth and transformation. When she is not on her mat, Jackie enjoys walking the dog, gardening, kayaking, hiking, and an occasional spin class at the gym.

Teri

Instructor, Teri@SoVitalFitness.com After living in Northern California for several years and teaching fitness classes around the world, Teri has recently returned to Massachusetts, where she was raised. Certified in several eastern and western disciplines, Teri has over 20 years of teaching experience, and lives to share wellness and promote joy, happiness, and healing in others through fitness. She is an RYT-500 hour certified yoga instructor with specialized training in Yoga Inversions and Backbends with Rodney Yee, Kundalini Yoga with Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Shiva Rhea Yoga Dance, and Buti Yoga. Her impressive list of certifications and training also includes AAAI/ISMA Fitness in Tai Chi, Mat Pilates – Levels I & II, Children’s Fitness, Weight and Nutrition Management, Inferno Hot Pilates, Personal Training, American Red Cross certified – Water Safety Instructor, Swim Instructor, Life Guard, Water Aerobics, Swim Coach, First aid and CPR, and Professional Ski Instructors of America & American Association Ski Instructor – Levels I & II. Teri first turned to yoga after years of being an athlete, when she noticed that her natural flexibility and balance had begun to falter with age. She fell in love with the practice and was encouraged by the grace and strength she saw in the older yogi women. Teri uses her incredible knowledge of fitness, attention to detail, passion for music, and experience as a parent to design classes that are fun and empowering. She is inspired continuously by new music on the radio, her children, and changes she experiences in her own body through new activities and workouts. She believes that working out is a privilege, not punishment, and makes it her goal to share this positive mindset with her students so that they leave class feeling radiantly ready to take everything experienced in the studio, off their mats, and into the world. She feels that fitness should be fun, adventurous, and inspiring, and if we take the time to listen to our hearts and souls, the possibilities are limitless. Today, Teri is motivated by her children to stay fit, and she remains in shape with lots of cardio and by mixing up her workout routine. When she is not in the studio, Teri enjoys practicing headstands on her paddle board with her children or is on the hunt for new, amazing food. She loves driving her Corvette with the top down on a sunny day and cranking up the tunes a little bit too loud, traveling, learning new languages, exploring on her paddle board to find a newly hidden oasis, and shopping online for more stilettos.

Rachel

Instructor, Rachel@SoVitalFitness.com Rachel found her love for choreography and dancing at four years old when she began taking Jazz, Tap, and Ballet classes. Her passion for dance continued to develop over the next 12 years as she participated in competitive dance and four years of recreation. Throughout high school, she also stayed fit by playing sports year round and was recognized by the state of Massachusetts in 2010 for her accomplishments in Track and Field and Cross Country. After high school, Rachel went to college in Boston, where she double majored in Education and Human Services, and later received a third degree in Health Sciences. When she is not teaching at SoVital, she is either at her preschool, where she is the director and lead teacher at, or is visiting her clients in their homes and schools as a behavioral therapist for children with autism. Today, Rachel enjoys taking barre and dance classes in her spare time to stay in shape. She also likes hiking, kayaking, and snowboarding, as well as continuing to expand her knowledge in dance and fitness through teaching.

Chris

Instructor, Chris@SoVitalFitness.com Christine McClellan is an American communications expert and can best be described as a “Modern Medicine Woman.” In her twenty-five years of client work, she balances a variety of practices that includes organizational psychology, experiential learning, and spiritualism. In 2015, she founded her holistic client practice, Joy Connector, and later a personalized healing line, Joy Collection, after becoming a licensed Aromatherapist. Chris has worked in corporate leadership development as an executive coach and trainer for companies such as Time Warner, ESPN/ABC Sports and Citigroup resulting in individual promotions, as well as improved overall team performance and job satisfaction. Chris also has ten years of experience teaching dance, meditation & somatic movement to children and adults. She holds a BA degree in Communications and Business. She is a certified Spirit Junkie Master Trainer, a medium and energetic healer. Born in Shirley, Massachusetts, Chris has recently returned to Massachusetts after calling New York City home since 2004.

Susan

Sales, Susan@SoVitalFitness.com Susan has an extensive knowledge of fitness, with training in the introduction and history of Pilates, as well as beginner and intermediate mat Pilates, and was a fitness coach for several years. As a fitness coach, she led programs that helped members achieve their personal fitness goals by using HIIT cardio training, strength conditioning, nutritional guidance, and motivational support. Susan was drawn to the teaching aspect of fitness because she enjoys helping others become stronger, healthier, and more confident. Going forward, Susan plans to continue to expand her fitness instructor knowledge by attending Inferno Hot Pilates teacher training in March 2018. Susan enjoys Pilates because of its emphasis on core and total body strength, endurance, flexibility, coordination, balance, and body-awareness. She uses the skills developed in Pilates classes to help her in everyday activities such as yard work better, hiking, gardening, walking, lifting, and bending, as well as with more physically demanding activities like skiing, climbing a mountain, and paddle boarding. She is motivated to stay in shape because of the role it plays in her overall health, including mental and emotional, as well as increased energy, better sleep, weight management, improved immunity, injury prevention, longevity, and so much more. Today, she stays in shape through running, walking, hiking, skiing, and gardening. She loves variety in her fitness routine and is always up for a new experience, whether it’s skydiving, a Spartan Race or Tough Mudder! In her spare time, Susan and her husband travel to watch their daughter and son play on their college sports teams. Her daughter plays soccer for the United States Coast Guard Academy Women’s Soccer Team and her son rows for the United States Naval Academy Men’s Heavyweight Crew Team. After spending many years coaching them in town team sports when they were younger, Susan loves to see them compete at the college level. She also enjoys traveling with her family and building outdoor memories such as snorkeling in Key West, hiking the Half Dome in Yosemite, and skiing in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Cassie

Cassie is certified in Comprehensive Pilates from PowerPilates.  Cassie teaches classical Pilates on the mat.  She is also am a Certified Pilates Teacher, given by the Pilates Method Association (PMA) and has her barre certification in Vbarre, a Pilates-based barre method.  Cassie loves working with her students to help them find their own strength and ability to move with grace and efficiency in their everyday lives.   She started her Pilates journey when she found a Pilates studio one day and started taking classes–she felt her posture, core strength, and self confidence improve so much so that she decided to teach!   Today, she stays in shape with Pilates, running in the summer, cross-training, and barre.    In her spare time, Cassie loves to cook, hang out with her dog, and spend time with friends, as well as discovering new music.  She also The muppets are my favorite.

Rose

Rose is a certified energy medicine practitioner, Qigong certified by Dr. Kuhn, Reiki master, and Advanced IET certified healer/ relax and renew certification by Judith Lassiter. Rose decided she wanted to teach QiGong because she wanted to share its benefits with others.  She loves people and working with them to awaken to their highest vibration, opening to joy and peacefulness.  Her favorite part about QiGong and moving meditation is its ability to positivity impact all areas of life, allowing her to be more peaceful and responsive as opposed to reactive. Her holistic journey began 15 years ago when she realized the value of treating people as a whole (emotional, physical, mental and spiritual ) through her nursing career. Today, Rose stays in shape using QiGong, as well as walking and biking.  When she is not teaching at SoVital, she enjoys practicing her energy healing, nursing, reading, and exploring essential oils.

Kate

Kate took my first yoga classes as a social activity in high school, and instantly loved the feeling the practice left with her. Her interest in yoga flourished when she discovered Vinyasa yoga classes while living in Boston, Massachusetts. While she was initially drawn to the athleticism of a faster paced class, she kept returning to the studio for the profound mental benefits she was experiencing. A consistent practice helped her cultivate body awareness, mental clarity, and an overall respect for her physical and emotional wellbeing. After a few years of attending classes, she decided to complete a 200-Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training so that she could help others discover what the practice could bring to them. When she’s not teaching or taking class at SoVital, she stays in shape by moving intuitively through yoga or barre classes, going for long walks, dancing, or completing HIIT circuits. Outside of her movement practice, she is a student at Boston University, ABA therapist at Nashoba Learning Group, and amateur artist.  A fun fact that the SoVital community could know about her is that she loves to write and paint, which led to publication in a poetry anthology in 2017.

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