The Interpreter: Beverly Bielewicz

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Saint Augustine, an early Christian theologian and philosopher from the 4th century wrote, “the world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page”.  If reading is a measure of travel, then Beverly Bielewicz who joined Balance Studio as a Vinyasa teacher in 2016, is clearly well read.

Beverly was born in the industrial prosperous canal city of Utica, nestled in the Mohawk Valley of New York. As a young woman, she lived and worked in Japan for three years, where she became proficient in conversational Japanese. Fast forward, Beverly met and married a Japanese man from Hawaii who had never been to Japan and who was not fluent in the language. When they traveled to Japan together, Beverly was his interpreter, which led to many inbbdinnersmallquisitive looks from the native Japanese. Watashi wa basurūmu wa dokodesu ka?

Prior to Balance Studio, Beverly owned and operated the charming card and gift shop Paperscapes in downtown Cohasset.  A certified RYT200, Yin, SPA and Balanced Athlete instructor, she is currently pursuing her 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training with Jacqui Bonwell.  Beverly is drawn to the pose Triangle, a posture that demands both grace and strength.  Beverly’s favorite thing about teaching is getting to know her students. From all ages and all walks of life, she enjoys watching them join together in community for yoga.  For Beverly, a yoga studio is a magical place, and she often arrives early for class to spend a few moments in quiet reflection before her students fill the space with beautiful energy.

Beverly lives in Cohasset with her husband, Michael and their three young adult children, Tatyana 25, Alexander 22 and Maxwell 18. Tatyana and Alexander were adopted from Russia. The youngest Maxwell is biological and half-Asian so often people think he is the adopted one! They share their home with Stormy, an aging black lab, Tobie, an energetic golden doodle, Brownie a chubby cat, and Reginald the goldfish.2L1A9947cropadjsmall

When Beverly moved to Boston in 1989, studio owner Kellie Lynch was the first person she met from Cohasset. Working in sales for the consumer electronics industry, Kellie and Beverly were likely the only two female sales representatives in that industry in New England! After years of running a retail business, Beverly revels in unscheduled afternoons, immersed in music, perfecting her passion for cooking and baking. As expected, Beverly loves to read and share her thoughts with her book group.

Beverly can be found at Balance Tuesday Evenings @ 6pm for Foundational Flow. 

 

 

Jen Willms: From Sea to Sea

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Hailing from Canada, Jen Willms took the Canadian motto to heart. A Mari Usque ad Mare meaning “from sea to sea” is pretty much how Jen chased her yoga dreams.

A dancer, Jen came to yoga by way of Pilates and Barre classes at Balance Studio. It was there that she discovered yoga. A globetrotter, Jen completed her 200-hour yoga training with Sarah Powers in Costa Rica. Recently she obtained her RYT 500, a yoga learning experience that took her to exotic places like Thailand and Bali, the mythically beautiful Wales, the west coast cities of Santa Cruz and Santa Monica, the scenic NY Catskills and the New England beauty of colonial Barre, MA.unknown

Jen, a self-professed lover of organization and order said she learns something about her students and herself whenever she teaches yoga. “I love that every time I walk into the studio, I don’t know who will be there or what will unfold”, she said. Although she always has a plan, how it plays out is influenced by how things naturally unfold in that particular moment. This is the magic of yoga and it has taught Jen to trust herself knowing that she is guided by this five thousand year old enlightening process.

Jen’s favorite pose is Half Moon because it’s challenging and freeing and it demands that you trust yourself while the yin pose butterfly allows Jen to be contemplative, reflective, and peaceful.2L1A6184-2cropsmall

Jen and her husband Rob moved from Canada to Cohasset 25 years ago. They live with their 18-year old son Max, a freshman in college in Canada and their 16-year old son Bayden who is a junior at Tabor Academy. She credits her yellow lab Biscuit with teaching her the joy of walking, which they do together daily, either solo or accompanied by family or friends. Jen reads every day and enjoys being outdoors gardening or paddle boarding along Cohasset’s beautiful coast (which would be difficult in her homeland since Canada has the world’s longest coastline.)

Jen can be found teaching Yin on Friday mornings @ 8 am, Yin & Meditation on Wednesday evenings @ 7:15 pm and Workshops such as Yoga for Anxiety and Depression on April 2nd 2017

Amy Di Lillo: The Diviner

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A woman of the world, Michigan raised Amy DiLillo’s journey to Massachusetts came by way of Texas and the exotic countries of Japan, Singapore and Thailand.

Amy’s journey with yoga began 20 years ago.  Teaching for over 15 years, Amy loves how yoga quietly shifts mood, posture, breath and the energy of her students and herself.  Her favorite pose is Eagle because it makes her feel grounded, yet ready to take flight.

IMG_2054cleansmallAfter many years of dedication to her yoga, Amy will achieve a substantial milestone this February when she completes her RYT 500.  This education provides significant insight into the therapeutic yoga Amy delivers in class.  Amy is drawn to energy practices and that might not be a coincidence.  Her grandfather was a Michigan farmer and practicing water diviner (aka: water witch!)  Using a fresh Y shaped branch clasped in his hands, Amy’s hands on the branch under his, they would walk the family acreage looking for the right spot to dig a well.   She recalls feeling the branch gently vibrate and tilt down toward the earth revealing water lines deep within. He told her she had the “power”!

Amy lives in Cohasset with her husband Tom, their 16-year old son Dimitri and two fabulous felines.  G a feral feline who was born under their house in TX has moved with them to MI and now MA.  Siam, a well-fed feline rescue cat appeared on their MI doorstep and has not missed a meal since.IMG_3451bssmall

In her spare time Amy loves to walk (or snow shoe) at the many gorgeous beaches and parks in the area.  In addition to being a yoga teacher, she is corporate cross-cultural trainer who works with either American executives about to live abroad or foreigners moving to the US.  Passionate about many things, Amy strives to support LGBT Equality, Civil and Women’s Rights.  “It’s all yoga, really…, she says.  “it’s about being present and uniting.”

Amy can be found teaching 8 am Yin Yoga on Mondays and Fridays. Thursday Evenings @6:15 for Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra. She is often also offering workshops using essential oils as well as Restorative and Nidra workshops.

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