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