Jacqui Bonwell

Jacqui joins the LPY faculty for a weekend immersion in the energetics of the body and yoga practice as well as extensive teachings in the philosophy of yoga through the ages.  

Jacqui's bio in her words:

I am a 500hr Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT-500),  Level 1 Balanced Athlete ™ Certified coach, Yin Yoga & Meditation certified, Level 1 FMS Functional Movement Systems certified, Reiki Master, Yoga Life Coach, Director of the Sacred Seeds Yoga School (RYS-200hr level, RYS-500hr level) in Greater Boston and New England, as well as the Owner of the Canton Yoga Shala in Canton, MA. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Rhode Island. I work primarily with Yoga Teachers through my 200hr & 300hr Yoga Teacher Training certification programs. Additionally, I do a considerable amount of philanthropy through Yoga for organizations such as Children's Hospital, MGH Veterans Homebase Program to local organizations & families in need.  My most important credential and greatest training has been Motherhood.

After receiving my bachelors and traveling extensively, I settled back in MA to begin my commitment and career in Social Services that took me everywhere from Boston neighborhoods to Ireland and Oregon. During my social services career, I had the privilege of meeting amazing people who did more than persevere; they transformed. At the same time, I witnessed a darker side of life that felt like sandpaper to my soul.  

There are defining moments in life when we wonder if we are in the right place or if we are heading in the right direction. Distance helps us to see things clearly. Yoga provided me with the space I needed to reflect and regroup. After ten years of giving 100%, I developed ulcers from stress. My body had dictated that I had learned how not to live. That is when I left Social Services. The children I met through this career are my true teachers for life. I have the utmost admiration for each of them and continue to pray for their ease and freedom.

I completed the Open Doors Teacher Training out of Weymouth, MA. This program not only touched on the teachings of yoga (power vinyasa, hatha and restorative yoga) but included strong energy healing components. I met a wonderful mentor, Reiki Master & teacher, Pat Iyer. She helped me to build strong energetic and physical roots right out of the training gate.    

I will be forever grateful for the sage teachings of those yogis who have gone before me. I continue to be deeply inspired by my fellow yoga teachers: Rolf Gates, Johnny Gillespie, David Vendetti, and Pat Iyer. I have profound respect for an endless list of yogis and healers that I have come to know.  

My greatest mission in yoga is to direct people back to their original selves – where their greatest source of freedom and strength already exists. 

I see these very teachings in my children: Lola, 10, and Wyatt, 5, and my two children in spirit. My teachers include my husband, my mother, my whole family, my friends and my yoga students. Through the people put into my life, I know that the divine exists here on earth.