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Matece Skow, E-RYT500 has spent her career fostering compassionate growth and deep relaxation for students and clients. A bodyworker and yoga teacher for 15+ years, she is experienced in facilitating safe and nurturing environments for transformation of body and heart. She wanted to learn techniques to keep her body strong and flexible and she wanted to learn stretches that would help her clients improve their quality of life.

Originally from a small town in Iowa, she lived in Bloomington for 7 years in her early 20s, then the South San Francisco Bay Area for 8 years where she taught yoga, before returning once again to Bloomington.

Matece is E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance. Her first 200 hours of training were with Sivananda and her 500 hour training was with Mark Stephens. She has conducted many more hours of training with Maty Ezraty, Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers, Max Strom, Judith Lasater among others.

Matece teaches a wide range of yoga styles from Restorative and Yoga Nidra to Yin, Gentle and Vinyasa Flow. She also teaches workshops, leads retreats, and leads trainings on yoga and bodywork.

Although it is challenging to choose a favorite pose since they all serve different purposes, her favorite would be Sukhasana, Easy Pose. This is the seated pose she takes while in meditation, which is the foundation of all her personal yoga practice and teachings.

If someone walked into her class for the first time, Matece would say “Whatever has brought you in the door; you are in the right place. Yoga is a powerful tool for transformation, not only for your physical body, but for all parts of yourself. IT is a lot like a dance and so take it easy on yourself at first. Approach your practice with a beginner’s mind and don’t force the body to go where it doesn’t want to. Practice loving kindness with yourself in the beginning and always in your yoga practice.”

When asked what season Matece would be, she chose winter. She missed winter desperately when she lived in California. She loves the quiet of a winter snowfall, the necessity of getting cozy and warm and the stillness of the season.

Marci was first introduced to yoga by a friend. She was a single mom with 2 young children and a full time job with a lot of responsibilities. Yoga become a nourishing sanctuary for her. She was typically a frazzled mess when she showed up at yoga class and in that hour was transformed into a blissful state that made her a better mother, employee, colleague, and friend. 
She grew up in Terre Haute, Indiana and moved to Bloomington in 2004, calling this beautiful community home ever since. 
Marci is RYT-200 certified through CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health, Indianapolis. She teaches Hatha and Hatha Flow. She likes that the simple structure of these classes helps make it accessible to a range of people. Beginners and advanced alike will benefit and enjoy these classes. 
To anyone walking into her class for the first time, Marci would want to say "Welcome! I'm so glad you're here. Don't be worried; yoga is for EVERYONE and I can't wait to share its benefits with you" 
Her favorite pose changes over time but is currently pigeon because she has experienced hip injuries and it's one of the tools she's using to heal. 
When asked what season she would be, Marci replied Spring. She loves the rebirth and renewal that happens in the springtime. Yoga practice represents the same to me!
Pilates Instructor
Anita came to Pilates through a friend. Her interest was piqued when she signed up for the matwork series that used to be offered at the HPER, when she was working on her dissertation. She used to do about 30 exercises in a sequence that she created and relied on them to strengthen her core for almost 20 years. After she started doing Pilates mat classes, she noticed that she couldn’t get her body to do those exercises any more, and kept drifting into Pilates territory. When she was pregnant with her daughter, she took a private class at a classical Pilates studio and knew she was hooked for life. She loves how Pilates can adapt to almost any physique in any state of fitness. It can be a wonderful complement to athletic and artistic lifestyles and is beneficial for health in general.

Anita is originally from London, Canada and came to Bloomington for her Masters in piano at the Jacobs School of Music eons ago. She also received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature from IU, in the more recent past. Anita holds a comprehensive certification for Mat and Apparatus from Lotus Pilates.

She teaches a mix of Pilates styles, since she was exposed to Stott matwork and both BASI and the classical styles on the mat and on apparatus. She looks to what she has found beneficial in her recent workouts (i.e., her latest obsession) and tries to pass that on to clients. She combines this perspective with the needs of clients and often gives choices for the ending of the workout. Since Pilates exercises emphasize core stabilization, moving any part of the body becomes a way to strengthen the powerhouse muscles. She tries to teach correct alignment and mindful movement, but also strives for flow and ease of movement during sessions.

Her favorite exercise would be a toss-up between Neck Pull and Boomerang. They stretch the spine and strengthen the core. These exercises come near the end of the classical order of Pilates matwork, so by the time you get to them, your entire body is warmed up and prepared for the challenges they pose. Plus, they feel great!

If a student walked into her Pilates class for the first time, Anita would want to say “Welcome to my class! We’ll start with breathing and alignment and work our way through the body, so that at the end of the class, you will feel stretched, strengthened and walk out taller than when you came in.”

When asked what season she would, Anita replied “Fall, because pumpkins and persimmons, oh my!”
Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) & Stott Pilates
Paulina has been deeply involved in the body since she was two years old. The daughter of a physiotherapist/choreographer in Nowogard, Poland, Paulina grew up dancing in the theater, where she first learned the depth of the mind-body connection, and their ability to heal each other. The joy she feels when she can steady her mind and move through curiosity, community and pain brought her to where she is today with her work and classes. She believes movement is a connection and true refuge.

This ultimately led her to a Master’s degree in Dance Pedagogy for Social and Cultural Animation from the University of Zielona Gora, followed by certification as a Dance Movement Therapist from the Polish/English Institute of Dance Movement Therapy. Within a year of arriving in the United States in 2007, Paulina became certified as a Stott Pilates instructor and, a year after that, as a licensed massage therapist. Paulina’s certification in Active Release Technique further expanded the menu of healing modalities she offers. Through workshops and continuing education, she constantly strives to further her understanding of a whole person.

Paulina teaches Pilates Core and Zenga (a combination form that includes yoga poses, Pilates core, and flow). She uses props to support or challenge, and increase understanding of biomechanics of stability, mobility, coordination, and endurance. In her work you can see the influence of Feldenkrise, Alexander Technique, and Laban Movement System. She believes in touch as a feedback and guidance. Her favorite pose is Goddess for its sense of safety and feeling alive that is essential to some exercises in Pilates. She also loves squat movements that are so needed in everyday life. Pilates focuses on mobility and stability in the same moment. As one articulates their spine, they also look to stabilize their scapula and find pelvis placement. There is constant connection between stability and mobility in movement.

If someone walked into her class for the first time, Paulina would want to say to them “be open minded, fearless of heart, here there is no right or wrong and it’s great to be exactly where you are.”

When asked what season she would be, Paulina responded fall. She likes the acknowledgement of change/transition, impermanence, reflection and warm colors. Falling leaves remind her that dance and movement is everywhere and connects us to nature.

Appointments with Paulina can only be booked over the phone or in person.

Yoga Instructor:
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If I could describe my classes in one word, it would be "Joyful"!
After a year of practicing, I fell deeply in love with yoga's graceful but transformative power. Due to my desire to help others transform, I completed a 200 hour YA-registered teacher's training course through NYC-based Bamboo Moves. Now I regularly teach warm Hatha Flow and more challenging Vinyasa-style classes.
With a light heart, I truly enjoy guiding my students through a process of letting go using breath work, flowing sequences, and guided meditation. My classes are suitable for all levels of experience.
It is important to me that you feel at ease and completely accepted just as you are. I hold a judgment-free space for all who are drawn to come and reconnect with beautiful, authentic self.
Yoga Instructor:
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Nicole started integrating yoga & pilates into her fitness plan by home DVDs in high school. It wasn’t until 2012 that she took it to the level of instructor guided classes. It escalated quickly after noticing physical & mental benefits. She began taking workshops to deepen her practice and ultimately completed the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2014 and became Broga Yoga licensed in 2015.

Nicole has enjoyed teaching and has a drive to bring yoga to others who wouldn’t necessarily think of it as an option for cross training. She has spent the majority of her teaching hours thus far with athletes. However, is open to all classes because of Yoga’s versatility. “We could fill a room with practitioners of various ages, athletic ability, and knowledge of yoga. Queue them all in the same way, and have many, many versions flowing simultaneously. That is why Yoga is beautiful to me,” says Nicole.

Nicole resides on the south side of Bloomington with her husband, Pat, mini-yogi daughters, Noel & Lila. And a few… others- dogs, guineas, chickens, pigs and Donkey.

Erin East brings multiple talents and skills to the Touchstone team as both a massage therapist and a yoga instructor.

Originally from Anderson, Indiana, Erin discovered her love for yoga at the Mount Madonna Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California where she lived for five years. She grew up doing dance, gymnastics, cheerleading but when she started practicing yoga around 23 years old it felt like coming home.

She holds a 200hr certification and teaches a class based on Ashtanga, the eight limb system. She considers yoga an art and a science that connects us to our greater source. Her asana classes always include other facets of the eight limb practice. The asanas are done as a meditation in motion that are mindful and nurturing experience for the body, mind, and spirit.

If someone walked into her class for the first time, Erin would say “Welcome! Listen to your body and do what feels right to you.”

Erin moved to Bloomington in 2011 to attend the Associates of Integrative Health for certification in massage therapy. In 2013 she received Level 1 and Level 2 training in lomi lomi, the sacred art of Hawaiian massage. In 2016, Erin also certified in Myofascial Release and added a new layer of knowledge to her bodywork.

She loves being a massage therapist because it is a career path that embraces lifelong learning, wellness, and acceptance of others wherever they are at in their journey.

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