Megan MacCarthy

“Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.” – The Grateful Dead

Owner Bear Foot Yoga, LLC, C-IAYT, RYT 500, HTCP

Megan is a passionate yoga teacher and energy therapist with an infectious personality.  She was introduced to yoga more than 20 years ago in Boulder, CO to manage panic attacks.  Learning the psychological causes and physical attributes of stress at a young age taught her the importance of befriending the mind.  Her lifestyle is a reflection of the empowering belief that our awareness is precious; the earlier in life we discover this, the happier and healthier we can be.

Megan is a Certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapy  and received her 500 RYT from Inner Peace Yoga Therapy.  Her 1,000+ hours of training include a powerful blending of the vast knowledge of Nischala Joy Devi, Maria Mendola, Neil Pearson, Durga Lee, Dr. Marc HalpernAntonio Sausys, Amy Weintraub, Judith Hanson LasaterLiz Koch and Tias Little. Her breath centered classes blend physical alignment, yoga therapy and pranic body awareness with a lighthearted approach. Whether she is instructing asana, teaching meditation, or creating a personalized therapeutic home practice, Megan makes yoga accessible to everyone. The practice of yoga changes and grows according to our age, allotted time and our physical, mental/emotional and spiritual needs. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned yoga practitioner, her gift is the ability to meet you on your terms and encourage you to find your meaning of yoga.

Wanting to deepen her knowledge of the subtle body, Megan studied energy medicine with the Healing Touch Program for 2 1/2 years and is a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner (HTCP). In addition to energy therapy, she offers Ayurvedic Marma Therapy and is a certified through the California College of Ayurveda. She also trained with Healing Touch for Animals and offers energy therapy to our beloved pets!

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Welcome to my summer morning meditation space on the pier!

“You are always alone, but you are only lonely if you don’t like the person you are with – which is yourself. Get to know yourself; become better acquainted with yourself. It will be the best relationship you have ever had.” – Harold’s Notebook

Disclaimer: The yoga therapy components of my teaching are based on my [non-YAR credential or other qualification], not derived from my status as an [RYT/E-RYT] with Yoga Alliance Registry.

Elizabeth Weinkauf

Elizabeth was first drawn to yoga in an effort to slow down and find balance in a busy corporate world.  As she began practicing regularly, she instantly recognized the numerous healing benefits yoga has to offer on both the physical and mental levels.  

Elizabeth is dedicated to sharing the power of moving energy by linking movement to the breath to consciously promote the connection of mind, body, and spirit with humor and grace.  She strives to teach asana (physical postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), and meditation techniques while maintaining a safe, non-competitive space to meet students exactly where they are on any give day.  Elizabeth’s classes challenge students to find the right balance of effort and ease in each pose along with modifications to empower students to take ownership of their practices and achieve the alignment that is most suited to their own unique bodies.  

Each time she steps on her mat, Elizabeth finds creativity and new learning opportunities.   Always evolving and growing as a student herself, she is inspired by the teachers and students around her who embody the qualities of presence, authenticity, and vulnerability.  She began practicing and continues to actively learn as a student of Megan MacCarthy at Bear Foot Yoga.  Elizabeth completed her 200 RYT training in Vinyasa style yoga through Emerald Heart School of Yoga with Mara Campbell.  

When she is not on her mat, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jake and their dog, Gilly.  

Renee Lenda

Renee first found yoga during her college years when transitioning from playing softball to a different type of fitness lifestyle.  Looking back now, she finds it hard to believe she had so many years without it.  As an active person, Renee has been teaching fitness classes since 2013.  Her yoga journey as a student and teacher began around that time, but her traditional certification took place in the summer of 2017.  Her 200 Yoga Teacher Training came from Breathe for Change (RYS of Yoga Alliance).  This specific program focused on yoga for adults and children, as well as social emotional learning.  The program was a perfect fit as it is aimed towards educators.

For Renee, yoga is so many different things.  It is an experience that helps her to become more mindful, allowing time to reflect, learn, and challenge her thoughts.  Yoga can physically be such a strengthening, yet restorative practice, which is a great benefit that Renee looks forward to each time she steps on her mat.

Outside of yoga, Renee teaches third grade within the Burlington Area School District.  Her love for teaching is balanced with hiking, kayaking, traveling, and time with friends and family.