Eleana M. Conway
Eleana obtained her Bachelors of Science. in Nursing from Saint Anselm College in 1995 and earned her Masters in Community Health Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner from Boston College in 1998. She has studied at the UMass Medical School, Center for Mindfulness.
For over 20 years, Eleana has run group sessions and has a longstanding interest in the practice of meditation.She believes cultivating mindfulness plays an important role in the reduction disease and suffering and in learning to live in a skillful way. She is dedicated to her own formal meditation practice.
Over the course of her professional career, Eleana has has worked with individuals across the lifespan struggling with a wide range of challenges; including chronic disease and addiction. She served as Head Nurse Practitioner in the Adult Pulmonary, Asthma, and Allergy Clinic and co-lead Smoking Cessation Programs at Boston Medical Center from 2000-2005.
For the last ten years, Eleana has directed population health and risk reduction opportunities across the Lahey Health Medical System. She passionately promotes a culture of health and encourages all to pursue a balanced lifestyle through the development and facilitation of evidence based and patient centered wellness programs; including Tobacco Treatment and Stress Management Training Programs. She serves as a direct link between improved health and lifestyle changes so that no one has to face their journey alone.
An important aspect of her life is family; including her husband, four children, and dog.
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As a Family Nurse Practitioner in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Jodi began to research the benefits of mindfulness in adults and questioned whether these same benefits could be brought to children in my current practice.
In the summer of 2014, Jodi enrolled in an eight week Mind Body Stress Reduction Course at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. This training introduced me to the concept of mindfulness and the importance of not being in autopilot. As a mother of two children, Jodi wanted to share this gift of being mindful with them and those around me. In December of 2015, Jodi completed a 10-week practicum, A Still Quiet Place, mindfulness program for teaching children and adolescents to ease stress and difficult emotions by Dr. Amy Saltzman. Both trainings integrated yoga as a practice to find the body mind connection. Jodi started taking classes at Yoga Moves in June of 2015 and over time learned to arrive on my mat and stay in the present moment. Yoga has awakened me from the life of being in autopilot. This new awakening led me to want to teach yoga to young children, adolescents and adults. Jodi completed levels 1-3 training through Radiant Child Yoga in March of 2016 and recently completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training with Mary Ellen Goodsir at Yoga Moves in Stoneham, MA. As a yoga teacher and Reiki Level 1 practitioner, my classes embrace the mind body connection allowing students to not only arrive on their mat but to also be present on their mat. My teaching style encourages students out of their head and into their body through various styles of yoga.
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Lizzie Muse (Jagatmeet Kaur Khalsa) is a K.R.I. certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher and a certified level 2 Reiki practitioner.
Her classes are upbeat, deeply meditative and relaxing, and filled with fun yogic knowledge that you can use in everyday life. Lizzie has been practicing Kundalini Yoga since 2008 and became an instructor in 2013. Lizzie trained and mentored with Tej Kaur Khalsa and Harijiwan in Los Angeles. Upon graduating, Lizzie assisted Tej Kaur Khlasa in opening Nine Treasures Yoga and was blessed to serve her beloved teacher for one year.
Lizzie truly believes that Kundalini Yoga and Meditation will leave you feeling, happy, bright and light. She lives her lift by thsi Yogi Bhajan quote, "You should make yourself so happy, that just by looking at you, others become happy too!"
Kristen’s pursuit of learning and balance has been a life-long journey. She grew-up on Cape Cod as the second daughter of two lifelong teachers; grammar school and high school special education.
Kristen graduated from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Suffolk University with a Master’s of Education in School Counseling. For over 10 years served as a High School Guidance Counselor for over 10 years and is a regular three-season cross-country and track and field coach. In addition to being a role model to her athletes, she has worked to address the many strains and pressures that high school life brings through the development of curriculum, pilot programs, and several peer organizations.
Following a difficult two-year battle with cancer, which included the birth of her son, she sought ought physical engagement and the emotional tuning that yoga and meditation brought. Her experience led Kristen to complete her 200 hr yoga certification and Wellness Champion Certification through Breathe for Change; an organization dedicated to empowering teachers as champions of well-being in their lives, classrooms, and school communities. She also has her Barre Certification from North End Yoga.
She is a proud Melanoma and Lymphoma Cancer Survivor and has completed the Boston Marathon twice to raise funds for Melanoma Foundation of New England.
Marissa is a barre instructor and a certified health coach with her own practice, Well & Simple Health Coaching & Workplace Wellness. She started taking barre 5 years ago and immediately loved the challenge and the results she saw from it. Barre not only improved her strength and stability, it also taught her to tune into her body, move mindfully, and get the most out of her workouts. She trained as a barre instructor at Magnolia Barre in Portland, Maine and is thrilled to be teaching Barre & Breath at Restore Meditation.
When it comes to health and fitness, Marissa's philosophy is all about balance. She loves good food and good wine and helping others find their healthy balance with fitness and healthy eating as well as stress management, work-life balance, and self-care. Her passion for health and fitness grew out of her own struggles with weight management and health and she brings that experience with her to better assist her clients and Barre students.
Marissa was born and raised in Wakefield and currently resides in Beverly with her fiance, Aaren, and their cat, Denali. She is an active volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and is a board member with the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Smith College and a double certificate in health coaching from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.
When she isn't in the studio, you can find her hiking or camping, cooking, and watching true crime TV.
Sunder is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher trained at the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. He has been practicing meditation since his teenage years in India. He has developed a daily practice of mindfulness meditation since 2014 and has participated in several 7+ day long silent retreats. The mindfulness practice in meditation and in life has helped him to live life to the fullest.
After spending over 30 years working in the hi-tech industry, he made a career transition from software development to mental health counseling. He’s finishing up his Master’s in Clinical Psychology at Harvard Extension (May 2019 graduation), and has already started his Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Bridgewater State University to eventually become a licensed counselor. His goal is to use mindfulness as the core foundation for his therapeutic work and is studying the research backed therapies that utilize mindfulness i.e. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He has also volunteered at the Franciscan Children’s Hospital as a Research Assistant and his Master’s thesis relates mindfulness of adolescents in the inpatient suicidal unit to their psychological distress which leads to their suicidal thinking and behavior.
Sunder is an avid runner and marathoner. He has run 10 marathons since 2013, three of which were Boston Marathons. He provides ‘mindful marathoning’ coaching to runners who want to incorporate mindfulness in both their running and in life. More information on mindful running can be found on his website is www.themindfulmarathoner.com and on Facebook at @themindfulmarathoner.
Sunder loves spending time with his grown up children. In his spare time, he loves to read, bike, travel to fun places, spend time in nature, and binge watch TED talks.
Nicole Stefaneli has inspired hundreds of children (and adults) to tap into the "inner-artist" that she truly believes we all possess. She is known for using creative materials, texture, and bringing out the inner artist in all. She offers guidance and unstructured support for our intentions to manifest through art.
Her underlying teaching philosophy is that there are no mistakes in art and that our mistakes are not the biggest challenge- but rather how we respond to things not going as we plan. She can be heard in almost every class reframing ‘Oops moments’ as serendipitous ‘Open moments.’ If we are open, possibilities to redefine our original ideas appear and allow our creations to manifest in exactly the right form.
Nicole grew up in locally in Arlington and now lives in Stoneham. She attended Minuteman Technical High School in Lexington and graduated with a certificate in Commercial Arts. She worked as a graphic artist after graduating- pausing to raise her family- all the while dabbling in artistic projects for friends and neighbors. Her hobby grew into ‘Create Outside the Box’ an art studio offering private art lessons and classes. She is frequently commissioned to design and paint original artwork in homes on the North Shore.
When Nicole is not in her art studio, she can be found medidating at Restore or in Maine, where she vacations with her family.
Nicole is thrilled to join the Restore Team and share her love for art with our community.
Reve is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, and Certified Marconics Practitioner. She is a graduate of The Massage School in Boston, MA, and is trained in Swedish and Thai Yoga Massage as well as multiple therapeutic modalities including: Shiatsu and Myofascial Release, and Reflexology.
Reve tailors her sessions to each client’s unique needs by combining her intuition with her vast knowledge and experience. She encourages open dialogue with her clients and is always open to learning and expanding her knowledge to improve the lives of others.
Jess Stefanelli’s joy and passion for yoga and meditation are both palpable and infectious. Her classes are infused with compassion and mindfulness and incorporate both supported poses and gentle movements that promote relaxation and healing.
Jess was raised in Stoneham, MA and taught to always “stop and smell the roses.” As a young adult she began to feel the growing pressure of everyday life and was drawn to yoga as a way to return to her roots, slow down and reduce stress. Jess’s personal practice allowed her to cultivate a more conscious approach towards life and grew into a desire to teach and share her love for yoga love with others. Her teachings are rooted in the breath and designed to help students remember their true nature.
She trained at the Marianne Wells Yoga School, at the Goddess Garden Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Retreat Center in Cost Rica. She is a 200 hour Yoga Certified Instructor with a special focus on restorative yoga.
Jess has been a lover of animals for as long as she can remember and in particular feels connected to dogs. She owns her own dog walking business and believes that dogs are amazing mindfulness teachers; as they live in the present moment, are forgiving, nonjudgmental, and comfortable in their own skin.
In her free time she enjoys being in nature. She especially enjoys walking on the beach in Maine with her family.
Sandy Griffin is a Yoga Instructor and Wellness Coach and is certified in Pathways Yoga Systems and with the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.
Sandy is passionate about bringing a sense of wellness and positive energy to her classes as well as helping her students grow in their awareness of mind-body alignment and breathwork. Her gently healing style helps her students feel more confident in their meditation and yoga practice.
Sandy grew up in Revere and before raising her children was a Retail Manager. She discovered yoga in 2003, when she started practicing yoga to prepare for the birth of her fourth child. Her yoga and Reiki practice carried her through some rough times in life, including a thyroid cancer diagnosis in 2004.
Her practice and passion for yoga grew and led her to becoming certified in 2007, so that she might share the benefits of meditation and yoga with others. Sandy is also a Certified Wellness Coach and specializes in Working with pre- and post-menopausal women. She believes that life doesn’t need to take a turn toward poor health as we enter what Dr Sears refers to as “The Prime Time Years”. She has lived in North Reading for nearly 15 years.
Sandy wants every person to find awareness of the present moment, to be able to connect to others in a more meaningful way, and find the bliss that meditation and yoga can bring to each and every soul.
Amy’s love for yoga began in 2014 with a desire to become physically fit. She soon realized that the poses and postures were just the tip of the iceberg. Through her practice of yoga, breath work, meditation, and mindfulness, Amy has realized positive changes in all aspects of her life. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2019 and is a member of the Yoga Alliance. She is working towards additional certifications in kid’s yoga, yoga for autism, and meditation.
Amy incorporates asana, pranayama, meditation, and mindfulness into her classes, and strives to create a safe, welcoming space for people to practice self-care and realize self-love. Her practice and teaching are both always evolving; Amy is continuously learning, changing, and growing, and honors that you are too. She believes that the hardest part of yoga sometimes is showing up- allowing yourself to be removed from the outside world for the length of class and focusing solely on yourself. Self-care is the best care. Amy’s goal is to give you the opportunity to relax, to rejuvenate your body and mind, and to be part of a community that feels like home.
When she’s not teaching or practicing yoga, Amy enjoys hiking, reading, making dreamcatchers, and having her children use her as their own personal jungle gym. Amy also currently works as a behavior therapist for children with autism.
Julie started regularly attending power yoga classes for improved physical fitness in 2008, while working as a preschool teacher. Almost immediately, she realized the many other benefits of yoga, including a lowered stress level and an overall feeling of happiness.. Three months later she took a foundations training with YogaKids and began teaching her preschool students yoga.
Two years later, while encouraging a friend to return to yoga, Julie serendipitously discovered Hatha Yoga, and quickly realized that this was the practice for her. In December 2010, her life was changed when on a whim; she traveled solo to Rishikesh, India, the magical, self-proclaimed yoga capital of the world. In September 2011, she returned to Rishikesh to attend Rishikesh Yog Peeth and completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training certification.
Julie obtained her 300 hour Yoga Therapy Training and has completed several shorter trainings, including Vinyasa yoga, Restorative Yoga and Trauma-Informed Yoga. Wanting to expand her knowledge in the children’s realm Julie completed several children yoga trainings including YogaKids Foundations, Creative Relaxation Yoga Therapy for children with special needs- levels 1 and 2 with Louise Goldberg. Yoga for Children with ADHD, Autism and those who are Differently-Abled with Radiant Child Yoga. Chidlight Yoga Trauma Informed Yoga and Mindfulness for Children, Childlight Yoga for Youth Athletes.
Julie began an on again off again meditation practice in 2011, but felt like she was missing something. Once committing to daily practice she found that meditation helped her to feel happier and lighter and gave her the same release yoga did. Within weeks people were asking her what she was doing differently.
In March 2019, Julie completed, Meditation for Everyone with The Boston Buddha. Julie is a passionate and approachable teacher. Her goal in teaching is to create a space that is healing, non-judgmental and safe and that each student leaves class feeling better than when they arrived.
An unexpected benefit of her meditation practice is that it has deepened her bond with her rescue dog Charmin. He sometimes nudges Julie to remind her it’s time for practice and often joins her in sitting in their ‘meditation spot.’ He has become her “meditation support animal.”
Nicolette was born and raised in Woburn, and graduated from St. Anselm College, Manchester, NH in 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a minor in Psychology from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH.
Meditation and yoga have been an integral part of Nicolette’s daily life since she found herself suffering from debilitating anxiety resulting from the stressors associated with being a college student. She discovered that meditation helped her cope with her everyday struggle and a daily meditation practice soon became an essential part of her routine. Soon thereafter, in looking for a way to move and challenge herself physically as well as mentally, she found the gift of yoga.
Compelled to share her life changing experience with meditation and yoga, Nicolette decided to become a certified yoga instructor and in June of 2018, she completed her RYT 200. Throughout her training, Nicolette explored all aspects of yoga, ranging from Ashtanga to restorative practices, such as Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Restorative Yoga. She believes that the potential for yoga to be a physical yet mentally restorative practice allows her students to take what they need most from their practice, and is one of Nicolette’s favorite parts of yoga.
Restore holds a special place in Nicolette’s heart, as it is the first meditation studio she had ever visited. Restore Owner, Eleana, instantly became a mentor and a great source of guidance for Nicolette as she considered her future aspirations as well her yoga training. In the future, Nicolette wishes to be a healthcare provider and hopes to bring the skills and benefits of yoga and meditation to her patients. Nicolette hopes to help make these practices a more integral part of healthcare, similarly to the exceptional work Eleana has already done with Restore. Eleana and the Restore team have been essential in guiding Nicolette, and she couldn’t think of a better place to start her teaching experience then at Restore.
Nicolette’s wisdom, passion and love for yoga are evident in her teaching She encourages her students to find the inner calm that lies within each of us, and to realize the importance of caring for ourselves and bringing what we learn in yoga with us as we move ‘off the mat.” Due to her own personal experience with anxiety and the stresses that affect each of us, Nicolette often gears her classes toward not striving for perfection, but rather realigning energy, and finding a little peace that students can take with them off their mat.
Nicolette is excited to teach in her hometown and share her passion for meditation and yoga with the Restore community. She looks forward to the journey that lies ahead as she begins her role as an instructor and how her practice will continue to deepen along the way. When not practicing yoga or meditation, Nicolette can be found working at Mount Auburn Hospital and spending time with her family and friends. She also writes a wellness blog in her free time, which can be found at melospace.wordpress.com. Here Nicolette opens up about her own personal experiences with yoga, meditation, and her journey of becoming a yoga instructor. Her blog is one of her favorite ways to connect with people off of her mat.