Heidi MacEwen, RYT, is a certified Group Exercise Instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Associates of America (AFAA) since June 8, 2008 and a graduate of Mama Nirvana’s New Yoga 200hr teacher training program 2013-2014. Prior to opening Total Body Yoga & Pilates formerly , Pilates Flex & Fusion Fitness Studio, she taught classes at Gold’s Gym in Chicopee, MA from 2008 to June 2012. She is a certified Les Mills, BODYPUMP instructor. In addition to BODYPUMP Heidi also taught a FusionFLOW class at Gold’s. This class was best described as a mind/body fitness workout that blends standing Pilates, ballet, Yoga, calisthenics, control movements that focuses on breath, balance, strength and posture to elongate muscles and burn calories.
In furthering her learning of the Fusion style classes Heidi has attended several workshops with PowderBlue Productions to include PiYO Instructor Training in May 2009 and also completed the PiYo Strength Instructor training in March 2012 now with Beachbody. Heidi is also a Beachbody Fitness Coach, a role which allows her to not only help coach her members both in nutrition and fitness while at the studio but also from a distance staying connected for support and accountability through social media.
Heidi is also a certified instructor for the Balletone Sole Synthesis program. She initially attended the Sole Synthesis Instructor training in July 2010 and again in Feb. 2012 where she earned her Master Balletone Ambassador (MBA) status as a Sole Synthesis Instructor. She also attended the Standing Flow Instructor training in February 2011 and again most recently in April 2013, also earning the MBA in the Balletone Standing Flow format.
Finally, Heidi was a student of Gayle Stefanelli of Stretch Yoga Center (the former owner of the studio) since they met in April 2008, primarily taking her Pilates classes. When time allowed she also enjoyed Gayle’s yoga classes. Heidi will miss her mentor greatly but is very thankful for the opportunity to continue on with her studio and teachings and the hopes that you may enjoy her Pilates, Total Body workout classes, new Fusion style class offerings as well her Yoga, too.
Virginia Constant was a ballet dancer growing up and learned to love movement. While a student at Mount Holyoke College, Virginia discovered her love for yoga. She completed a 200-hour teacher training at West Hartford Yoga in Connecticut. She is excited to share her love of yoga with everyone at Total Body Yoga and Pilates.
Julia Fournier-Rea received her yoga teaching certification from Mama Nirvana’s New Yoga. She has been practicing yoga for over a decade and teaching in the Pioneer Valley since 2007. Julia holds a masters degree in biology and infuses her classes with anatomical knowledge. Her classes are lighthearted and fun; students will leave feeling relaxed and refreshed after a strong asana practice and lengthy relaxation. In addition to practicing and teaching yoga, Julia teaches high school science and enjoys good food, running, dancing, reading, and spending time with her family.
Kate DeCou (Ph.D., LICSW) began her meditation practice in 1976 when her personal life journey led her to her meditation master, Swami (Baba) Muktananda and Siddha Yoga. She studied meditation in India in 1977 and later lived in Siddha Meditation ashrams for several years where the primary practice of meditation is supported by hatha yoga, seva (service), and study of eastern philosophy. She is a certified meditation teacher and continues to integrate meditation into her daily life.
Kate received her masters degree in social work in 1972 and in her over 40 year career studied and added Mindfulness and meditation techniques into her clinical, program design, and management experiences.
Linda “Chickee” Brunelle, M.P.H., R.Y.T, is a graduate of EMBODYOGA TM 200 hour teacher training, a certified teacher of Peggy Cappy’s Yoga for the Rest of Us TM method and Mindful Yoga Therapy For Veterans Coping With Trauma Training for Yoga Teachers and a level1Reiki practitioner. Linda holds a Masters Degree in Health Education and is the RSVP Osteo Exercise Program Coordinator for Franklin and Hampshire counties. She has also volunteered as a radio host/programmer of Boomer, Babies, & Beyond at Valley Free Radio and enjoys blogging, writing, art, and zumba. She teaches yoga with a safe and gentle approach, providing support, props, and modifications as needed. Linda presents yoga’s practical applications for health and well being with humor and non judgment and assists students in realizing an enhanced mind-body connection and an appreciation for all the good yoga can do.