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Why I opened Studio 108


Hello, my name is Teresa Dornellas. I am the founder of Studio 108.

I took my first yoga class over 20 years ago, and felt right at home. I liked how I felt both physically and emotionally. That same day, I bought a 10-class pass for that studio, sure that Yoga would become a big part of my life… and I never set foot in that studio again.

Why, you may ask? I think I am not alone when I say that we often run from things that are good for us. That may be due to self-doubt or lack of self-esteem (I don’t deserve to feel good; who am I to want more in my life?). Of course, we may not be aware of the reasons, so the excuses work well: too busy, too tired, too much on my plate. I had every excuse and justification in the book.

A couple of years later, I found Kripalu (a Yoga and Wellness center in Lenox, MA). I went for a weekend of Yoga and fell in love again. I remember when I got back, my boyfriend at the time said “you should do yoga all the time, you look so happy”. But it still took me a few more years to commit. I guess I wasn’t quite ready to let go of my old ways and be kinder to myself. I chose to hold on to my old habits for a little longer – the comfort zone that’s not comfortable at all, but it sure was familiar…

I’ve always tried to do some kind of physical activity: jogging, lifting weights, dancing… and at some point, around 2007, I decided to make yoga my sole physical practice, and joined a local yoga studio. At the time, I was practicing about 4 times a week. The teaching staff at that studio was stellar and I loved many of the classes.

Needless to say, in no time yoga became a lot more to me than exercise. Slowly, I started getting answers to very old questions. I got more comfortable with my own body and with my feelings. I learned to breathe. The constant need for conflict and distraction slowly dissipated. I created space within myself. A great bonus were the friendships I made at that studio – knowing that I would see friendly faces any time I went to class was an extra incentive for me to take classes regularly.

That was when I realized I could do for others what those lovely teachers were doing for me. I realized I had a story to tell and I wanted to inspire people to be their best selves. I became a certified yoga teacher in 2008, and started teaching in February of 2009. For about 2 years, I taught as many classes as I could, on top of a full time corporate job and a 2 ½ hour daily commute. There’s something very empowering about teaching yoga: to witness the transformation in people, to see them making an effort to overcome obstacles and to see their lovely faces week after week – all these filled me with energy. Currently I am also certified in Pilates mat, Trapeze Yoga, and Barre Fitness. I am also certified as a breath coach and Assisted Stretch Practitioner.

In 2017, after a short hiatus, I started teaching again and was presented with the opportunity to buy a yoga studio. I brushed off that idea, but it kept boomeranging right back. The space was absolutely gorgeous, lots of windows, plenty of light and so much potential. I remember sitting in the room before starting my classes and seeing all the possibilities of how beautiful that space could become with some effort (by “some” read A LOT!).

In July of that year, I signed the lease to the space that’s now Studio 108. My goal was to create a community of people who would come together to improve their lives in whatever ways they envisioned. I wanted to share with as many people as possible the gifts I had received. With much effort and dedication, our community has been steadily growing ever since. We are proud to welcome people from all walks of life, and offer classes for all levels, all ages. If you want to carve time for yourself and your well-being, we are here for you! We currently offer classes from Saturday through Thursday, plus community classes once a month on Fridays. We also offer a variety of special events and workshops/ retreats. If you are interested in kid’s yoga classes, reach out! We can add those to the schedule again if there's enough interest.

Studio 108 will continue to grow and evolve to better serve you and better support the needs of our community. And it’s my biggest joy to be able to offer a space where you can let your heart soar and become your best self!

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Jennifer Miranda

Jenn took her very first yoga class in 2012 while searching for a fitness
routine that would improve her strength and flexibility. After that first class,
she got hooked. Yoga changed her life not only because of the physical
benefits of doing yoga but she also discovered that yoga has greatly improved
her mental focus and self-awareness. Because of this, she decided to share
her practice with others. Jenn completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training
in April 2017 and is a registered yoga instructor (RYT-200) with the Yoga
Alliance.

Jenn’s ultimate goal as a yoga teacher is to lead students towards a deeper
level of physical fitness and healthy lifestyle along with mental peace. She
loves to help beginners feel comfortable in their practice and learn essential
postures while motivating and challenging the more experienced yogis and
ensuring a safe practice for everyone. Maintaining her own personal practice
while learning and gaining inspiration from other yogis enables her to design
innovative, energetic, and fun sequences that are fit for all levels.

Jenn is also a professional portrait photographer and her love of both yoga
and photography paved the way for Yoga Photography. The skills she has
acquired over the years allow her to best capture yogis demonstrating beauty,
strength, and grace through movement.

Carrie DelP

Carrie has had a consistent, daily, at-home yoga and meditation practice for many years and was finally inspired to take her love of yoga to the next level and embark on teacher training in 2022. She enjoys teaching a more powerful yoga flow with a strong focus on breathing. Carrie firmly believes that a little self-love goes a long way, and she feels extremely grateful to be able to share her practice with people.

Camille Alonso

Camille is a Holistic Health Coach, 235RYT (235 hour Registered Yoga Teacher),
Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, and former Pastry Chef. She received her 200RYT at Indigo Yoga in 2018 and studied meditation at Kripalu in 2019. She then earned her Integrate Nutrition Health Coach Certification at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

She is also a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America with a Bachelors in Baking Pastry Arts and Business Administration. Camille began her yoga and meditation practice in 2009 when she was dealing with chronic panic attacks. She found that through mindfulness practices she could feel like herself again. She is now inspired to guide clients through a relaxing and peaceful practice and leave them with tools to help manage stress and anxiety.

Theresa Conlon

Theresa is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor (200-hour RYT) who has been teaching since 2013. She is skilled in various yoga styles including Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative, and Meditation. Theresa also brings an extensive dance background to her yoga practice, which includes teaching both modern dance and ballet. She has over 40 years of dance/theater performing experience and currently showcases her choreography as part of Bergen Dance Makers, a dance collective in northern New Jersey. Theresa’s yoga classes offer a calming mix of traditional asana postures and creative movement flows, supported by energy-moving breath. Students of all skill levels are invited to find ease and peace in their bodies/minds/spirits through the joyful bliss of yoga movement.

Carrie Parker Gastelu

Carrie Parker Gastelu, E-500 RYT, has been teaching yoga since 1993. Carrie began her journey when Yogi Raj Mani Finger initiated Carrie into the ISHTA Yoga lineage after training with Mani’s son, Yogi Raj Alan Finger. In addition, she has studied many other yoga traditions as well as anatomy, physiology, movement, and awareness practices to create an eclectic style all her own. She is known for her honest, non-dogmatic yet passionate approach.

Carrie is a regular speaker and contributor at conferences, websites, and print publications and has been featured in Fit Magazine, the Yoga Zone Book, and in the Yoga Zone Video, “Flexibility and Stress Release.”

Lisa Podesta-Coombs

When Lisa found yoga in 2008, she started to find herself again and it set her on a path of health and healing. She received her 200HR RYT certification from Raji Thron of Yoga Synthesis, and her 30HR Chakra Yoga Teacher Training certificate with Anodea Judith and holds a Y12SR (Yoga of 12 Step Recovery) certification. She is also a Holistic Health Coach (certified through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition). Lisa believes we’re all on a journey of learning how to trust ourselves; she helps her clients build that trust by supporting them in creating better habits for a better life through various functional movement modalities like yoga, barre, Pilates & strength training, mindset, and whole food nutrition.

Forever a student with a passion for people, holistic health, and self-actualization, Lisa is always embracing opportunities to advance her education to better serve; Ayurveda workshops & immersions have been of particular interest as she continues to deepen her knowledge of and experience with food as medicine and she recently completed Unleash Her Power Within, a transformational program of rediscovering our truest selves, powered by Tony Robbins.  

As she continues to give herself space and grace to nourish her natural self and actualize her potential, Lisa continues to share the gift of movement as medicine to inspire authenticity & health in body, mind, and spirit. You can expect mindful, accessible, dynamic, playful, and uplifting classes from Lisa.

Tanisha Sutton

Tanisha’s yoga journey began when she was an undergraduate student studying at university. Changes in her health coupled with anxiety over grades, relationships, and life in general, forced her to search for healthy lifestyle choices she could implement to help manage the stress that she was experiencing as a new adult. A friend of hers suggested that she attend some community yoga classes to help with the anxiety and increase her daily physical activity. Initially, she was reluctant and filled with all these false ideas about yoga and the people who practiced yoga. Like many others, she was concerned that her body type and lack of flexibility automatically excluded her from being a student. Curiously yet hesitantly, she journeyed on to her first class and began laying the foundation for a home and public practice that has supported her over the years.

On this journey, she has discovered that yoga has nothing to do with appearances nor is there anything, but an open mind needed to begin. She intends to provide you with a gentle yoga session that is safe, inclusive, and accessible. Her classes are an expression of self-love and are a deliberate choice to tend to ALL the parts of our being that are neglected, ignored, or disregarded during the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Through meditation, deep breathing, and gentle movement we will collectively share space to observe, rest and re-set. Tanisha is honored to share her practice with you and looks forward to seeing you on the mat!