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Maggie Sky (she/her), MA


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Maggie Sky (she/her), MA, Therapeutic Counselors, yoga studios, roots and wings, natick, ma

"I would have to say that I am the "atypical" client among Maggie's clientele and I hope one of the more appreciative. As a result of a deep sense of stress in my business life, I knew it was time for me to seek some help to find methodologies and strategies to cope with the pressures I was experiencing if I truly wanted to exert control over how I felt. I knew I was not going to go to a class to seek out the help I required, so I needed to find a private way of exploring this new, outside of my comfort zone, realm for me. After doing some research, I reached out to Maggie to see if she could handle the assignment of helping a sarcastic Rottweiler. She said she was up for the challenge, so we embarked on this journey together.

Through her true sense of caring, listening and thoughtful suggestions, Maggie has crafted an ever-changing plan to assist me with relaxation methods and stress releasing exercises and movement through yoga. Her strategies for helping me evolve based on what I am encountering and how my body and mind are feeling and responding.

As my cardiologist noted at a recent appointment - whatever I am doing I need to continue with it - as it is having a "profound positive impact" on my blood pressure and overall health. Maggie's unique one on one approach is my therapy and methodology for handling what life has to throw at me, to help me appreciate what I have, realize just how fortunate I am and to help me be a new more relaxed form of me. I still have my moments of high stress, but now I have some strategies for successfully dealing with those moments. While I am sure that classes are great for some, this individual approach, which Maggie schedules flexibly around my schedule, is helping me to be a calmer, more controlled person." -Rob Cohen, Framingham

Director of Operations
Stress Management, Relaxation Training, and Yoga

(508) 380-7812
learn2relax@yahoo.com

We each are like a drop in the ocean. It is up to each one of us to be responsible for how we live our lives and to take care of one another... in this way, we take care of the ocean.

I believe that the path to "wholeness" combines the clearing and healing personal work of body, mind, emotions and energy with cultural healing and wellness. Cultural healing and wellness comes when we each actively learn about ourselves and what our part is in the whole system in which we live. The health and wellness of each being affects all beings. The healing and strengthening of the most marginalized people creates healing and strength for all people. When we work to break down the imbalanced cultural system and work towards a healthier, more equitable and just way of living, this is cultural healing and wellness.

Our responsibility and work as humans on a "healing" journey path is to look deeply and honestly at who we are, truthfully at how we interact with others, diligently at where we came from, and persistently at our personal history and ancestral history. Our learning and understanding shapes our response to others and how we live, move and operate in this world. To heal, we need to be accountable-not solely for ourselves and what we need in our own wellness-but for our behavior in relation to all beings and how we operate in this world.

I bring this lens to all of my work: as Director of Operations at Roots & Wings and in the spaces that I hold as an instructor and practitioner. These are the roots that I've been deepening and growing. What I offer in my work is space for each individual to explore. To simply be. No judgement. No "shoulds." Just being, just as you are. Allowing ourselves time, space and breath to be with ourselves provides the strength and rootedness to move toward wholeness, cultural wellness and healing of each and every drop of the ocean.

Training and Educational Background

My learning started at Lesley University where I received my Master's degree, specializing in holistic studies within the counseling program. This started my path of working with individuals to deepen their connection with their true, whole selves, while learning to let go of what no longer serves them. Cognitive behavioral therapy, meditation and breathing techniques were the primary modalities I worked with.

As my learning unfolded, my inner healing work evolved. I've attended programs led by many wonderful teachers, most impactful in my learning include Babatunde Olatunji, social activist, educator and drummer; Gangaji, spiritual teacher and educator; Anodea Judith, author therapist and chakra expert; Sweet Honey in the Rock and Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwel, cultural activist, educator and singer; Toni Bergins, educator and founder of Journeydance transformative work; Melissa Patrick, equity and diversity educational consultant; Kimberlee Williams, diversity, equity and education coach and one very brief but powerful evening with author, poet and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou. I attended trainings, assisted programming and taught at Kripalu Center for Health between 1999-2006. I've completed certifications in neurolinguistic programming, hypnotherapy, the Enneagram, biodynamic cranial sacral touch, Journeydance, pregnancy yoga, and Kripalu Yoga.

I've taught nearly 3,500 classes and private sessions over the course of 20+ years. Those who have attended my classes or worked privately with me describe their experience as deeply healing and therapeutic.

Below and to the right are some of the things people have said about their experience with me:

"I usually don't stick with one form of exercise or class very long. However, classes with Maggie have been the exception to my typical style. Maggie has helped me through several injuries and health challenges over the years as I return again and again to her classes. I have been able to remain consistent in my practice because Maggie teaches us to attend to our own bodies, minds and needs rather than to the instructor or classmates. She gently lays out progressive yoga sequences that build nicely so we don't over strain or injure ourselves. Whether one is a beginner or long time practitioner, Maggie tunes in and provides multiple ways to accomplish the same results in each class. She is attentive to the needs of each individual and class as a whole, asking what our needs are ahead of time creating a beautiful atmosphere of camaraderie while taking care of ourselves." - Jill Rabideau, Natick

As Director of Operations at Roots & Wings, I also help people find teachers and practitioners to support them on their healing path. Feel free to contact me with any questions about Roots & Wings or, if you prefer, specifically about my classes and private work. I'll make every effort to best direct you to the services that will be



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