Yogi, Mom, Co-Owner, Founder
Breathe and Play Every Day is quite simply my dream come true. I feel as though everything I've done to this point has led me here, and I am deeply grateful. This studio is full of love and light, support and hope, breathing and playing. Together, as a family, with our families, we will be there for each other helping our little ones (and ourselves) to learn, to love, and to live each and every moment.
Yogi - Yoga introduced me to a community filled with compassion and kindness for which I am forever grateful. Since 2008 I have maintained a daily practice of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga. I am constantly reminded that how I feel on my mat often reflects how I feel in life. I believe it's never too early to start- yoga helps to maintain kids' natural curiosity and enthusiasm for life and self-exploration.
Yoga Certifications include Radiant Child Yoga (RCY levels 1-3), Creative Relaxation (Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs), and Stretch What Matters (Yoga for Special Needs).
Educator - I hold a B.A. in Psychology / Elementary Education as well as dual M. Ed in Elementary Education and Special Education. I bring my 12 years of teaching experience into the yoga studio using visuals, sensory tools, and developmentally appropriate language (and an occasional connection to school curriculum). I strongly believe in honoring each individual for who they are exactly as they are. I strive to make each student feel welcome, accepted, and respected in every environment. Learning can only happen when a child feels comfortable, and learning is supposed to be FUN!
Person - I love nature and the outdoors - particularly the beach. I am grateful for any time that I can listen to the waves, watch the tide come and go, smell the ocean breeze, and feel the sand in my toes. I enjoy spending time with my two young children, husband, and pug. Becoming a mom has no doubt been a life changing experience. I try to learn from the challenges of parenting by seeing life through their eyes. Perspective and compassion in this way has shown me the little miracles that exist in everyday life.
Yogi, Mom, Co-Owner
Yogi - Since starting my practice in my early twenties I have found that yoga has become essential in helping me maintain my mental and physical strength. It helps ground me in every aspect of my life... Yoga IS my strengthening center. I find that when I am on my mat, it is impossible to think about anything other than the present moment. It is my escape. It is my center. It is my play. It is my breath.
Mom - As a mother to two young children, I have found it extremely hard to maintain a daily practice or a practice at all. I wanted a place to practice yoga, be part of a community, and still have my children with me. I looked (and looked, and looked, and looked some more...), but to no avail. That is why I'm the biggest cheerleader for Breathe and Play Every Day. I'm excited to share my knowledge, passion, and empathy with sleep-deprived families everywhere.
Jack-of-all-trades - In my past life, I owned and managed "Lucky Dog," a Charlestown based dog walking company. My husband and I have kept ourselves busy learning how to renovate and fix up properties. Originally from New Mexico, I bring some west coast style to my east coast life. My happy place includes pristine turquoise water, palm trees swaying in the breeze, and a delicious cold drink in my hand.
Yogi: After battling mental and physical health issues during my high school years, I decided to give yoga a try. Five years later, I have never looked back! Yoga has helped me find balance, stability, and a sense of purpose. By no means is yoga a cure, but it sure has helped me overcome some difficult challenges. I always like to say that I may be a complete mess, on stress overload, and have a million things on my mental to-do list. But, when I step on my yoga mat, whether it is for an hour or even five minutes, I am a completely different person. I am able to let go and find peace. Yoga Certifications Include: 200-hr. Registered Yoga Teacher, Om Births Prenatal Yoga Teacher, Certified Children's Yoga Instructor, Level I Balanced Athlete Trainer, and CPR/AED Certified
Student: I am an undergraduate student in the Social Work Department at Bridgewater State University. During the Fall of 2018-Spring 2019, I will be completing a year long internship at the Department of Children and Families. In addition, over the summer of 2018, I will be conducting an independent research study, with a faculty mentor, that seeks to understand the effectiveness of mindfulness programs in the K-12 educational setting. It is important that I continue to learn for as long as I continue to teach.
Person: If I'm completely honest, I am a type-A, list-lover, overly organized kind of person. I thrive off of the feeling of checking off a box on my weekly to-do list. I love to bike ride on the Cape Cod Canal, sip on my favorite tea during every season, and hang out with my closest friends. My experience with yoga is something that I strive to pass on to children. Having worked with children in a variety of settings and having experienced my own challenges, I understand the many struggles that children face on a daily basis. This is why I ensure that each child has a beneficial and unique experience during my yoga classes. I create and teach smart and safe classes, targeting the three types of learners- auditory, kinesthetic, and visual. My goal for all of my yoga classes is that students thrive emotionally, mentally, and physically and leave feeling confident and ready to come back for more!
Melanie Venuti, IBCLC, RLC
I am the owner of MV Breast Feeding Support and a Lactation Consultant. I have been working in nutrition and maternal and child health for almost a decade, and have worked with many women with a wide variety of breastfeeding related concerns including low milk supply, latch issues, breastfeeding after breast surgery, oral anomalies such as tongue ties, premature babies transitioning back to breast and much more! I pride myself on offering a laid back approach to counseling, offering mothers practical advice for breastfeeding and parenting success.
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Breathing is yoga. Compassion is yoga. Anything where you bring kindness, love and mindfulness into your life is yoga. Whether you are a toddler or a senior, in that moment, we are the same. Yoga has transformed my life and I am committed to helping others of all ages connect with their inner peace.
As a 200-hr Registered Yoga Teacher with the National Yoga Alliance, I hold a Kids Yoga Teacher Certification as well as Seniors Yoga Teacher Certification. I am also First Aid / CPR / AED Certified with the American Red Cross.
My yoga journey began over 15 years ago, taking classes to improve flexibility and relieve stress. After over 25 years of working in the corporate world, I decided to pursue my Yoga Teacher Certification and turn my passion into my full-time career. Out of all my accomplishments, I am most proud of my family and my role as a mother of two boys.
While my daily yoga practice continues to bring balance into my life, sharing yoga with others feeds my soul. I am dedicated to helping yogis of all skill levels and all ages feel renewed and balanced. Creating a relaxing, supportive, safe and inclusive atmosphere for ALL students to feel comfortable is very important to me. Yoga is for EVERY body! Having taught yoga to children, teens, adults, and seniors, I understand the benefits of yoga and the specialized instruction needed at every age.
As I find balance on this journey of life, practicing yoga with my children, husband, parents & grandparents brings me great peace and joy. I am grateful for the opportunity to share this beautiful practice with your family!