Mountain Community Yoga (MCY) has been created to make yoga, meditation, fitness, wellness, and mind-body practices affordable and accessible to everyone in our mountain towns.

 

The reach of MCY will go well beyond the traditional benefits of mind-body practices and exercise. The goal is to create a safe place to focus on healthy living in mind, body, and heart. In forming this CommUnity, we want to foster a deeper appreciation and awareness of who we are as a whole and how together, we can succeed and thrive. 

 

The experience and talent of our teachers allows us to offer programs that address the challenging issues of our lives and, at the same time, create a place of quiet and reflection. Our intention is to assist all people in the development of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being: a truly priceless existence.

 

Teachers

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Cindy Gogan

Cindy has many years of education and experience in understanding the mind, body, and soul connection.  Cindy began her career as a massage therapist then earned a Master's Degree in Counseling and Psychology to deepen her knowledge of the mind and body connection.   She later received a PhD in Metaphysical Counseling to bring in the spiritual component into her practice.  Cindy teaches Restorative Yoga and Kundalini Yoga often incorporating aromatherapy and Reiki into classes.     

Paula Pelkey

As a 500-hour ERYT Paula has trained in and teaches many different styles of yoga; from powerful vinyasa practices to meditative form classes to prenatal and kids’ yoga. She has been teaching for 15 years and has taught in Massachusetts, Colorado, Maryland, Utah and Vermont.  Guiding eclectic classes that pull from the many varied lineages of yoga is her forte!  You’ll never get the same class experience twice with Paula. 

 

Yoga has helped Paula maintain her sense of self after having children, yoga has supported her during stressful life events and yoga has provided peace in her daily life. Find the balance between effort and ease with Paula during your time on your mat. 

When off the mat Paula loves to be outside.  You can find her on the mountain skiing, hiking with her dogs or exploring the natural world with her two daughters. 

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Mary-Dana Bentley

After completing her P.E. (Physical Education) degree at Endicott College, Mary-Dana began her fitness teaching career in Montpelier where she taught step aerobics and boot camp interval training classes. She moved to our mountain area to work as a community manager at Stratton, in addition to teaching step aerobics and spin classes at the sports center for several years. Due to knee injuries, she gave up running, tennis and all high-impact sports. She now focuses on stretching and strengthening to follow her passion for horseback riding. Mary-Dana is an avid rider who competes in hunter jumper shows throughout New England during the summer. Mary-Dana lives in Londonderry with husband Bob, 2 dogs and 3 horses. She loves snow shoeing and hiking with her labs on Magic Mountain trails. You can often find her waiting tables at the New American Grill and enjoying conversations with her dedicated customers.

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Dani Granaroli

Dani recently completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training along with Zumba teacher training.  Her yoga classes are thoughtfully planned and focus on whole body health.  Dani teaches Zumba with zest for movement and fun. 
 

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Teachers

Mary-Dana Bentley

After completing her P.E. (Physical Education) degree at Endicott College, Mary-Dana began her fitness teaching career in Montpelier where she taught step aerobics and boot camp interval training classes. She moved to our mountain area to work as a community manager at Stratton, in addition to teaching step aerobics and spin classes at the sports center for several years. Due to knee injuries, she gave up running, tennis and all high-impact sports. She now focuses on stretching and strengthening to follow her passion for horseback riding. Mary-Dana is an avid rider who competes in hunter jumper shows throughout New England during the summer. Mary-Dana lives in Londonderry with husband Bob, 2 dogs and 3 horses. She loves snow shoeing and hiking with her labs on Magic Mountain trails. You can often find her waiting tables at the New American Grill and enjoying conversations with her dedicated customers.

Paula Pelkey

As a 500-hour ERYT Paula has trained in and teaches many different styles of yoga; from powerful vinyasa practices to meditative form classes to prenatal and kids’ yoga. She has been teaching for 19 years and has taught in Massachusetts, Colorado, Maryland, Utah and Vermont.  Guiding eclectic classes that pull from the many varied lineages of yoga is her forte!  You’ll never get the same class experience twice with Paula. 

Yoga has helped Paula maintain her sense of self after having children, yoga has supported her during stressful life events and yoga has provided peace in her daily life. Find the balance between effort and ease with Paula during your time on your mat. 

In addition to being a yoga teacher, Paula is also a Certified Group Fitness Instructor.  She loves to amp up the energy with HIIT classes and provides total body conditioning. The combination of Fitness and Yoga keeps the body, mind, and soul forever young. 

When not in the studio, Paula loves to be outside.  You can find her on the mountain skiing, hiking with her dogs, or exploring the natural world with her two daughters. 

Teri Andersen

Teri Andersen earned her 200 hour certification in Hip Hop Yoga Dance through Honest Yoga Center and B-tru Dance Center in South Burlington. Hip Hop Yoga Dance is a unique expression that blends her two favorite movement types - Dance and Yoga Asana (postures). Teri began dance training at age three, which led her to pursue creativity in many areas of her life. Teri has been teaching art in schools for nearly twenty years. She is also an avid runner who enjoys bringing her movement outdoors. Teri holds a certification in children’s yoga through Kidding Around Yoga. Teri's goal is for all her students to find strength, confidence, and joy in their own creative expression whether it is in the art room, yoga studio or a dance floor. 

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Evan Leontis

Evan first began practicing yoga while in music school as a way to manage the stresses of performing. Her love and appreciation for yoga grew over the next ten years and eventually led her to do a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with YogaWorks in Bali with the goal of deepening her own practice and learning the skills needed to share the wonderful world of yoga with others. During this vinyasa yoga-based training she studied anatomy, asana, pranayama, yoga philosophy, restorative  yoga and Thai massage. She has developed Yoga For Musicians workshops that she has presented at a number of music school and festivals. This practice has been a source of strength, fun, exploration, comfort, and healing for her on her journey as a musician and teacher and she loves sharing it with others.

 

Evan is also a classical singer and holds a Doctoral Degree in Voice. She has taught at a number of music schools and universities across the country. She recently relocated to Vermont and is in love with the Green Mountains! In her spare time she enjoys cooking, gardening, traveling, and hiking with her husband and dog.

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Kirsten Bokenkamp

Kirsten first started practicing yoga in the 1990s and became a 200-hour certified yoga teacher in 2015 from MJ Yoga in Montgomery, Alabama. She believes yoga can be incorporated into a holistic approach to overall spiritual, mental, and physical health, holds a BS in nutrition, and earned her personal trainer certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 2006.

Kirsten has practiced yoga at many studios and is inspired and influenced by many teachers and styles of Hatha yoga including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Bikram, Jivamukti, and Anusara. 

Kirsten’s classes are compassion-centered, playful, and well suited for all levels. Expect to connect your breathing with movement through Vinyasa flow, challenge your balance, increase your strength, and have some fun. Her cues focus on alignment to keep you safe, and she offers various options for individuals in her classes.

Kirsten grew up in Landgrove, VT and after years of living in various parts of the US, has happily returned home with her husband to raise her two children. Before moving back home she taught yoga in Missoula, Montana. Outside of yoga, she enjoys spending time with her family, getting outside, and snowboarding. She is Communications Director with the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism, working to strengthen a diverse global community committed to exposing and countering racism, bigotry and hate.  Kirsten believes that through yoga and compassion for ourselves and others, we all have a role in contributing to happiness and freedom for all beings, everywhere around the globe.

 

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Arielle Shimko

Over the last 13 years, Arielle has been practicing a variety of styles of yoga --- from Hatha to Iyengar to Jivamukti --- and she is passionate about sharing the gift of yoga. Her yoga practices enrich her.

Arielle loves to share her experiences and knowledge with yoga practitioners and to help students bring their practices to the next level. She focuses on safety and is very careful with students, advising them to use necessary props and reminding them never to take poses too far. Arielle has always loved teaching many different subjects; she started her career teaching Hebrew language and has recently been ordained as a Rabbi.

In her spare time, Arielle enjoys crafty projects, such as making jewelry and body scrubs! Arielle lives with her husband, Alejandro, her 3-year-old daughter, Samara, and her 9-month-old baby, Amitai in Londonderry, Vermont.

 

Contact Us

Mountain CommUnity Yoga
 

Mountain Marketplace Rte 100 Londonderry, VT 05148

Tel: 978-335-6668

Email: info@mountaincommunityyoga.com

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