Jocelyn O’Shea founded the Local Yoga Joint in 2019. She has been practicing yoga since 1999 and has been teaching full time since 2009. She believes that yoga encompasses all facets of life and encourages students to “take their practice off the mat.” She has been integrating cannabis into her personal practice for two decades and believes that it can be a helpful tool for Self investigation when used mindfully with respect for the plant. Her dynamic classes integrate laughter with challenging asana (postures), drishti (gaze) and focused pranyama (breath-work). Jocelyn inspires her students to test their boundaries, dive into their deep self, and practice living yoga. She has found no greater pleasure in life than sharing the practice with other people.
Amanda Reynolds is a new yoga teacher to the valley. Her yoga journey started over ten years ago, when she fell in love with the respect and humbleness she gained from her body's ability to move and shift her perspective. From saving sea turtles during her teacher training in Nicaragua, teaching workshops and classes in the Pacific Northwest, and now returning to her New England roots, she continuously expands her own yoga practice and inner journey to share with her students. Amanda is best known for her gentle, playful approach to guide students into their internal landscape while listening to the wisdom of their bodies. She believes we all have the ability to access this current of deep love and ease in our inner beings, whether we need music, asana, cannabis, breath, art, or all of the above to tap in.
Jacalynn Willett has continued to practice Yoga for more than a decade; through self practice she has grown and developed her own form, technique, and spiritual connection. As Jacalynn's practice evolved she expanded her knowledge of yoga through yoga teacher training at the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara in 2012. In 2017 she was selected as the lululemon Ambassador in Lynnfield, MA. She has been an Intuitive Guide and Reiki Practitioner for over a decade. Her classes are intuitively based, fun and relaxing.
Myk began his yoga practice as a teenager, studying Iyengar for several years, followed by Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Hatha. Maintaining a consistent home practice for over two decades has helped sustain him through life's mundane and exciting challenges: school, sedentary desk jobs, and parenting his young children. Inspired to share the techniques of yoga with others, Myk was trained in the style of Dharma Mittra and was certified in 2011 at the Brooklyn Yoga School. As a yoga teacher, he draws on his years of experience studying with a diverse array of highly skilled teachers as well as his personal connection to the practice honed through extensive self inquiry on the mat. With a focus on alignment and form, he tailors his teaching to those in the room and what they need in the moment. In 2017, Myk and his family moved from Brooklyn NY to Western Mass where yoga continues to infuse vibrance and clarity into his life.
Fern Katz has always been interested in somatic exploration; she began her dance training at two years old and has continued her studies for over two decades. She currently works as a freelance dancer and co-founder of VEERdance Company. She is also a practicing birth/ postpartum doula and newly certified Mat Pilates instructor. She received her training through Steele Pilates at Steps on Broadway in NYC.
Sarah M. Frye is an integrative mind and bodywork practitioner who is best known for her creative and exploratory nature. Her practice aligns beautifully with her many years of experience, travels, and study over the past decade. It is Sarah's vision to work with others who are passionate about learning and expanding their knowledge of themselves and the world. Sarah is a licensed massage therapist, Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, meditation instructor, and the creator of "Integrative Spirit Therapy" a blend of shamanic, energy therapies and coaching. Sarah is currently studying to be life coach through The Academy of Modern Applied Psychology and enjoys exploring her pagan roots, studying history, & practicing traveling.
Lulu Ekiert is an artist, educator, and writer. Since 2006, Lulu has studied Traditional Healing modalities in Ghana, Thailand, Peru, and New York City. She is a certified Yoga teacher, Reiki Master, and certified instructor of Proprioceptive Writing©. Lulu has taught Yoga to students of all ages and levels of flexibility and strength since 2009. In the last six years, Lulu’s work teaching mindfulness in school settings has informed the way she teaches all her students. Her instructions are easy to follow, her voice is clear and comforting, and she has a special, energetic way of teaching students how to discover the true teacher within themselves.