Instructors

Sophie O’Neill

Sophie is a graduate of Lesley University with a Bachelor’s degree in Holistic Psychology and counseling. She strongly believes thatheadshot (1) health and wellness are both highly personal and multidimensional with physical, mental, psychological and spiritual components. Just like each of us is a unique individual, so will be our path to healing and health! Sophie is certified in Amrit Yoga (200hr), Radiant Child Yoga levels 1-3, and Reiki energy healing levels 1-2 and is grateful to be able to share her knowledge of all three with students and friends here at H2K as a fitness instructor.

Hayley Chizinsky

Hayley is from Beverly, MA and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with a concentration in Media Studies and a minor in Philosophy. hayleyShe was employed as a babysitter for five years and loves working with children. She also has a background in cheerleading which helped develop her love for dancing and fitness. She enjoys living a healthy lifestyle which includes going for walks, hikes and cooking healthy recipes. She originally joined the H2K team as their marketing and PR assistant, and is excited for her new position as their Client Relations Director, as well as fitness instructor.

Shari Solomon

Shari Solomon 22Shari Solomon RYT 200hr, has been teaching since 2011. She is certified in Hatha, Yin and Curvy Yoga. She has been practicing and receiving the benefits of yoga and meditation since 2000. Shari also offers nutritional counseling. Feel free to visit her website at www.cocoaplumyoga.com.

Sam Sheppard

headshot (2)Sam is currently a student at Lesley University. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology, with a focus on holistic psychology and health. She is interested in the connection between physical and mental health. She believes in the importance of using physical activity not only as a way to support the body but also to build self-esteem and stress management skills. She has experience working with children of all age groups, and for the last five years she has held jobs working as a nanny, camp counselor, and preschool assistant. In her free time she is an avid hiker, enjoys biking, and loves experimenting with healthy recipes.

Alessandra Azzolino

Alessandra recently graduated from Boston University with her masters degree Alessandra Head Shot in Speech Language Pathology and is currently completing her clinical fellowship year at a local private practice working with children who have speech and language disorders. In her free time, Alessandra loves to dance, rock out to music, and read. She has been doing Zumba for over 7 years before finally deciding to become an instructor. She is very excited to join H2K and can’t wait to party with the Zumba class on Sunday evenings!

Alix Zamansky

Boston native Alix Zamansky first stepped on to her yoga mat in hopes to address her physical aches and pains. On her journey to physical healing, she found emotional healing, and yoga soon became a way of life, rather than simply a part of life. As a profile-1clinical children’s and family social worker, she’s drawn to the ways in which yoga has the potential to increase the ease with which we move through the world. Alix completed her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher Certification with Daniel Max and Magi Pierce through JP Centre Yoga, her Kids Yoga Teacher Certification with Dawn Keighly of Coolidge Corner Yoga, and her Level 1 of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy with Alex Bauermeister. Alix’s kids and family yoga classes combine playful postures, mindfulness, games, and crafts. She supports children’s and teens self-awareness, inner and outer strength, and innate desire to learn and grow. Participants will walk with tools they can use on and off their mats.

 

Ruth Lincoln

Ruth has been practicing t’ai chi and meditation for over three decades and was delighted to discover yoga could allow her to better commit to stillness in meditation. Complementing other contemplative practices, Ruth appreciates that yoga helps to stay present and to feel connected to body, breath, other beings, and the universe. Her greatest joy comes when she can help students experience the magic of the present moment. Her passion is to share these joys with children. Completing the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Bethel Farm in New Hampshire, Ruth is deeply grateful for the rigorous instruction she received there and the instruction she continues to receive in Rhode Island. This year she will complete a specialized yoga training through Yoga Kids to complete her Children’s yoga teacher certification. Ruth holds degrees in Psychology and in Nursing from Rhode Island College and has always been interested in the mind/body connection. Ruth works as a nurse in East Providence schools. She previously owned and operated an afterschool learning center called Kumon for 11 years. She strives to embed meditation, comprehensive sequencing, all learning modalities, and especially fun in all of her classes, and hopes to share both the art and science of these contemplative practices with children and teens.

Shannon Wells

Shannon is from Burlington, Vermont and has a Bachelor’s degree in Movement and Sports Studies from Springfield College. Other than being an H2K yoga instructor, Shannon is employed by Lululemon and also loves to babysit on the side. Shannon has a passion for working with children and adults who have various physical and intellectual disabilities. She enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle including playing soccer, going for runs, and skiing. Shannon is certified in Vinyasa Yoga (200hr) through Liberate School of Yoga, and she aspires to become a Yoga Therapist.

Leslie Rodriguez

Leslie is a mom of two and certified kids yoga instructor. She has practiced yoga since 2005 after being introduced to it by an old friend. After having her daughter in 2010 and soon realizing her daughter’s non competitive personality (she would never play sports) and she also exhibited some anxiety traits, she thought doing yoga with her would be beneficial. She soon realized that a lot of children would benefit from practicing yoga. She was trained in 2015 with Kim Taylor of Cardio Kids Yoga and then took additional training with Harris Lender of Kidding Around Yoga. She is constantly reading about children’s yoga to better herself and looks forward to helping other children learn about the power of yoga!

Sharon Gately

Sharon has been working in the fitness industry since 2008. She became involved in fitness for her personal enjoyment but soon realized that her enthusiasm and love for fitness could benefit others and soon became a Group Fitness Instructor and Certified Personal Trainer. In 2012 Sharon was licensed to teach Zumba Kids and has been dancing with children ages 4 – 10 ever since. In addition to her dance moves Sharon also teaches kickboxing, non-contact boxing, and has studied martial arts.  With her love of the outdoors you may find her hiking the trails of the Middlesex Fells Reservation or enjoying the doggie beach in Nahant with her chocolate lab, Ms. Brownie Lou.

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