Yoga and more for ages 3 to 99
Young at Heart provides children and adults of all ages a place to work through the stress and anxiety of the day through breath and movement while also enjoying the benefits of strength, balance and endurance with gentle to moderate exercise.
Who We Are
Owner of Young at Heart opened the doors in 2013, fulfilling a dream of offeringyoga to children and adults of all ages to promote total health and wellbeing.
Young at Heart is a place where we work all parts of the body equally with no judgments or competition. 200-hour Registered Yoga Instructor, trained through YogaFit (including specific training in YogaFit Kids and YogaFit Seniors), Group Fitness Instructor, 2001 and Personal Fitness Trainer, 2010, through AFAA with various AFAA trainings including, but not limited to Youth Fitness, Practical Yoga,Practical Pilates and Yo-Chi. Training certifications also with Color Me Yoga, SilverSneakers (including training in Muscular Strength Range of Motion, Nutrition for Older Adults, YogaStretch I, II, and III), and Body Barre certified with Balanced Body Barre. Former instructor with Les Mills and Body Training ystems including Group Step, Group Active and Group Centergy.
Yee Leng is a 2-time breast cancer survivor. Her first diagnosis occurred 25 years ago at the age of 24. She underwent a mastectomy, followed by a prophylactic mastectomy a year later. Her second news of cancer came on Christmas Eve in 2015, and has recently gone through chemotherapy and radiation. In September of this year, Yee Leng felt well enough to teach yoga again and has resumed all activities prior to the second diagnosis. She credits yoga and meditation for getting her physically and mentally ready for each round of chemotherapy, and to get through the side effects with a sense of comfort and ease. She believes that everyone can come “home” to their bodies, in whatever condition; quietly listening to the wisdom within.
Yee Leng received her 200-hour yoga teacher training from Frog Pond Yoga Centre in Princeton in 2011, and has taken seminars and workshops focusing on the therapeutic practices of yoga. She has studied with Dr. Timothy McCall, founder/director of Yoga as Medicine; Matthew Sanford, founder of Mind Body Solutions; yoga therapists Brahmi (Beth Gold-Bernstein) and Lorrie Jacobsohn, Directors of TriYoga Boston. In July 2016, Yee Leng participated in bodhi and mind yoga’s cancer-informed teacher training.
Sue has been personally practicing yoga for over 12 years. Her consistent practice started when she was sprung into a huge life change. Throughout her practice, the integration of body, mind & spirit has led her to teach yoga! She says, “I instinctively knew I needed to pass this on!” In 2011, she received her 200 hour teacher training certificate in “Hits the Spot Yoga” in Brattleboro, VT. Additionally, Sue received training from an internationally renowned yoga instructor, Dr. Melissa West. Dr. West’s “Open Your Heart to Yoga Pedagogy” training course focused on helping yoga instructors teach from a heart centered place not only toward themselves but more importantly toward their students. Sue has taught at many different venues including private session at student’s homes, churches, senior centers. Most recently, she became a certified Integrated Reiki Practitioner ™ Levels I&II.
Nationally Certified in Massage Therapy and Body Work, Danielle studied massage in Boulder, Colorado and has been passionately working in the field for over 6 years. She is currently a member of AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) and continues to further her education with different courses such as Massage for Children (Trauma related). Danielle also has certifications in Prenatal, Postpartum, and Labor Support. She also enjoys teaching new parent’s infant massage and assisting with their new journey ahead. Danielle looks foreword to meeting you where you are with your body, mind, and spirit in order to enhance your health and wellness.
Marie has a background in teaching science, nutrition, and yoga. These three paths have brought her focus to the importance of health and a sense of well being. She is a former adjunct faculty member at Mount Wachusett Community College where she taught Human Biology and Nutrition. Marie participates in a variety of physical activities and especially enjoys the outdoors when hiking, kayaking, or skiing. With a desire to use this background to help promote health and fitness, Marie completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Frog Pond Yoga Centre in Princeton, MA. and is actively teaching yoga in the Westminster community. She embraces every opportunity to offer the benefits of yoga including physical movement, mindfulness, and a peaceful inward reflection of self. Marie has 3 adult children and resides in Westminster with her family and 2 dogs, Andrew and Lilly.
Emily first found vinyasa yoga in 2008, and it was love at first Savasana! She soon realized that it was her dream to become a yoga teacher and in 2012 made that dream a reality; receiving her 200 RYT through Frog Lotus Yoga International. Emily brings a peaceful strength and playful approach to her vinyasa classes, finding joy in establishing connections with her students. She is extremely grateful to be able to share what she loves with the community.
Karen was drawn to yoga after a major career change left her feeling uncentered and unbalanced. Through the wisdom and example of her many amazing yoga teachers and the development of a regular yoga practice, Karen found her center and her balance. She is a graduate of the Frog Pond Yoga Centre Yoga Alliance approved 200-hour teacher training. Karen's teaching philosophy is to empower her students to be their own best teachers. In addition to her yoga teaching, Karen has worked in higher education for a decade and holds a master's degree in higher education. She writes and publishes often on topics related to education, spirituality, and yoga. She is also a Career Intuitive Coach working with people to return to their true path. Karen is happy to be on this ride of life with her husband and son.
Amanda received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Science from Fitchburg State University in January 2012. Prior to that, Amanda studied Athletic Training and Dance at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Amanda has been dancing for 19 years and has become inspired through her travels and experiences to explore the world of Pilates to help complement her dance training. Seeing how beneficial the system was for her, she continued on to get her instructor certification through Peak Pilates so that she may help others find how Pilates can improve one's overall health and well being. In the fall of 2012, Amanda received her Level I Certification from Peak Pilates and is continuing on in the program. Along with Pilates, Amanda teaches dance and choreographs locally at The Dance Center in Winchendon, MA. She also is a dancer, choreographer, and assistant for Jennie&Company, a local modern dance group.