Becca lives in Underhill with her husband, Tobin and 2 daughters, Summer, 11 and Violet, 8. Exercising daily makes me a better mom and spouse. I'm proud that my girls think that I'm strong. I want to inspire them to take care of their bodies. I love to workout with my husband and kids, it's a fun way to be together; staying active, healthy and happy.
You can find Becca on Tuesday mornings teaching TRX.
Saint Michael's College graduate, Emily Kopacz is an ex-collegiate cross country runner, middle school cross country and track coach, and a certified POP Pilates intructor. Emily currently works at Colchester Middle School as a support staff for students in Special Education and is also the Cross Country and Track and Field Coach. In her spare time, she enjoys running, playing the flute, and writing. She is very excited not only to incorporate a Pilates based approach in helping to stabilize and strengthen her track and cross country athletes, but also to offer her experience in physical therapy and pilates in group classes.
Yoga, Pilates, Pilates Reformer
Erin Menut is an Experienced, Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor (E-RYT-500). She is certified in Mat Pilates through Balanced Body, and has completed teacher training in Pilates Reformer. She began her mindful movement career as a martial artist in 1992, maintaining a dedicated practice spanning 20+ years, and turned to Core and Power Yoga as a way to stay active and fit while finishing grad school. After a car accident in 2007, she began to explore Yoga as a healing modality to recover from injuries to her back and knees, and discovered the healing power of Restorative & Relaxing Yoga practices. Following the death of a beloved relative from cancer in 2008, she became certified in Yoga of the Heart Yoga Therapy, which uses gentle movement, relaxation and guided imagery to help reverse heart disease and aid recovery from cancer. In 2020, she discovered Peace of Mind Pilates and fell in love (again) with the benefits of a core-focused fitness practice. From 2009-2014 she owned & operated Avenues Yoga, a friendly, down-to-earth studio, where she taught daily classes for 6+ years for all body types and ability levels, and co-directed an acclaimed Teacher Training Program. She has taught numerous classes for the University of Vermont, the University of Utah's Lifelong Learning Program, the Salt Lake Community College Yoga Teacher Training Program, and in various spa, corporate, school and private settings in the local community, both out west and back home in Vermont.
Geri Ann Higgins
Hatha Yoga, Singing Bowl Meditation
Geri Ann has enjoyed practicing yoga and Pilates for many years. In addition to teaching yoga and leading meditation, Geri Ann is also certified as a Health & Wellness Coach, Yoga4Cancer Teacher and in Biofield Tuning. She is a Reiki Master, Tarot Coach, and Marketing and Communications professional. Geri Ann loves to write, walk, act (preferably in comedies), kayak, and spend time with family and friends. She loves to share positive energy and hopes to see you at one of her classes! She also has a wellness blog at fullypresentwithyou.com/blog/
Joann’s classes will inspire you with deep teachings of yoga philosophy skillfully woven throughout her classes. She compassionately guides you so students feel welcomed, supported, safe and valued, keeping the teachings accessible to a wide variety of students.
Joann has been teaching Hatha Yoga and Yin yoga since 2017. She is a E-RYT® 200 hour, RYT® 500 hour, YACEP® Certified Yoga teacher. Joann also brings 18 years of Personal training experience, specializing in pre & post rehabilitative work, to her instruction. She holds an ACE Personal Training certification and is a Balanced Body pilates instructor.
Joann’s work with people who want to grow from stress and injury calls her to regularly increase her knowledge. She continues her studies in pain science; yoga philosophy; trauma healing; fascia studies; biomechanics and neurobiology. Joann is also a certified TRE provider (Tension & Trauma Release Exercise) and assists at TRE® provider Level 1&2 certification training programs.
Joann has 3 teenagers and enjoys foraging in the woods, paddling, and anything in the snow and cold (including yoga)!
In her words, “Yoga is my path for growing myself up. By cultivating awareness, acceptance, and aligned action, I am better able to care for my heart, body, and mind and I aim to share these gifts in my teaching. When I first began yoga in my 20s it was for the challenging movement practice and included some weird breathing. Although I thought yoga was exercise, I now see how incredibly diverse, healing, and accessible yoga can be.”
Pilates, Pilates Reformer
A local Vermonter, Laura graduated from the University of Vermont with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2013. Shortly in to her practice as a new graduate, she was introduced to Pilates by a co-worker and mentor. It immediately sparked an interest and became something she was inspired to pursue. Laura finished a 6 month comprehensive Pilates training through Polestar in June 2019. She is very excited not only to incorporate a Pilates based approach with her PT patients, but also to offer her experience and expertise in group classes and private sessions. Laura is passionate about helping people enhance their body awareness while improving strength, mobility and coordination so her clients can continue to move through their lives pain free, with strength and grace.
When not in the studio, Laura enjoys spending time at her family's summer camp on the lake in Colchester, skiing and knitting in the winter months, and soaking up cuddle time with her big dog Bruin.
Cardio Kickboxing, TRX
Meghan Jaird has taught mixed martial arts fitness classes for seven years. In addition to teaching empowering kickboxing classes, Meghan is also trained in indoor cycling instruction and has taught HIIT and interval training classes. Meghan currently works at the University of Vermont as Assistant Director of Student Services and is working towards a M.Ed in Educational Leadership at UVM. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling and learning about different cultures and reading (primarily historical or inspirational non-fiction).
Rachel began studying Pilates twenty years ago in New Jersey with her mom. Throughout her travels, it has remained a common thread in her life and exercise routine. Rachel holds a Masters degree in Double Bass Performance, and she is interested in how Pilates can help people with occupational anomalies and injuries. Rachel has found her Pilates family here in Vermont at Peace of Mind Pilates and is eager to teach, practice and grow fresh out of Balanced Body’s Teacher Training. Rachel lives with her husband, daughter and dog. When not on the mat, Rachel enjoys weight-lifting, cooking/baking, and live music.
Pilates, yoga, Pilates Reformer
Susan discovered Pilates and Yoga in the early 2000’s when on a journey of self-healing, and loves how these practices emphasize body awareness and the connection of breath to movement. Susan is Power Pilates Core Mat Level 1 & 2 Certified, and is Balanced Body Reformer level 1 & level 2 Certified. Susan has been teaching Pilates mat classes since 2016. She is also a 200-hour registered yoga teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. Susan recognizes that each student is working from a different starting point and encourages her students to fully connect to their bodies while disconnecting from perceived limitations, and to appreciate the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of a consistent practice. Outside of the studio she can be found walking in the woods, enjoying a sunny day on her paddle board or cozying up with a book or classic film.
Owner, Peace of Mind Pilates
Pilates, Pilates Reformer, Barre, & TRX
Stephanie has been teaching a Pilates and Yoga blend class since 2006. In 2011, Stephanie started taking some ballet barre inspired classes and was hooked. Not only did she love how the class made her feel she loved how it changed her mind, body and spirit. Instantly she knew this was something she was going to learn and bring to others! Stephanie is Power Pilates Core Mat Level 1 & 2 Certified. She is also Balanced Body Reformer level 1 & 2 Certified. Stephanie believes that it is important for everyone to feel comfortable in her classes and and in her studio at all times. She believes Pilates is for Every Body!
Stephanie is married to the man of her dreams and has 3 amazing sons.
When she is not teaching class you can find her on her paddleboard.
“The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.”