Fundraising Classes for the Alzheimer’s Association “The Longest Day” at Revolution Community Yoga in Acton, Massachusetts

Join us at Revolution Community Yoga and Fitness in Acton, Massachusetts on Friday, June 21st for “The Longest Day”: Alzheimer’s Association Fundraiser.  Pre-Register for free for the class(es) you’d like to attend, and then bring your cash or check donation with you. Bring a loved one, friend, or come on your own in support of those in your life suffering from Alzheimer’s or those loved ones no longer with us. All proceeds will go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association.


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The Longest Day® is the day with the most light — the summer solstice. The Longest Day participants fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s and all other dementia through fundraising activities which supports and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association®. Learn more at

Jen Mast, Yoga Instructor at Revolution Community Yoga and Fitness in Acton, Massachusetts

Jen Mast, L.I.C.S.W., E-RYT 500 (IYT), Integrative Functional Yoga Therapist, ChildLight Teen Yoga®, Lifeforce Yoga®

Stepping onto the mat everyday has allowed me to stay grounded in the things that are truly important. Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease over a decade ago, my life took an unpredictable turn. Things that were easy became difficult and I felt as though I had lost part of myself. It was during this time that I deepened my spiritual practice. Yoga helped to heal the aches and pains that came with autoimmunity, it improved my energy, my mood and it allowed me to show up each day for my friends, loved ones and most importantly myself.

“The Longest Day” Fundraising Classes for the Alzheimer’s Association at Revolution Community Yoga and Fitness in Acton, Massachusetts

Yoga’s transformational abilities led me on a new path to become a yoga instructor combining my past work as a Licensed Social Worker with my new path in yoga therapy, functional movement through yoga and myofascial release. As we bring all levels of a person’s being into balance, true healing occurs. Moving beyond illness and discomfort, we are able to live life to our fullest expression.

Jen completed her 300-hour at Kripalu with Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) in 2016 where she trained under Joseph and Lillian LePage and Maria Mendola (Integrative Functional Yoga Therapy). Jen furthered her study and attended an intensive training with Maria in Tucson, learning various techniques for myofascial release, therapeutic movements and exercises to rebalance alignment and long held patterns. In 2018, Jen completed a weekend training in The Roll Model Method® and a Ball Rolling Techniques Workshop with David Vendetti – both for myofascial release.

Her extensive work with athletes, injuries and chronic illness in both group and private settings inform her teaching style which infuses safety, mindfulness, alignment principals, unique uses of props and functional therapeutic movements, and of course a lot of humor and fun! Through the pandemic, Jen has continued to train and deepen her own practice with Susi Hately, Functional Synergy™ and a Monthly Mentor Workshop with Jill Miller, Roll Model Method™.

Karen O'Neil, Yoga Instructor at Revolution Community Yoga and Fitness in Acton, Massachusetts

Karen O’Neil, Yoga Instructor

I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1977, and from that day forward I knew that daily physical exercise would be part of my treatment plan. In the early years, I went from being a runner to a cycler to doing step aerobics, always going to the max. Yoga floated in and out of my life, but wasn’t a regular thing. Then, I fractured my spine in a horseback riding accident, and after a year of pain, I had surgery and slowly began to recover. Yoga was the perfect companion, never too demanding, always letting me get my own way and yet healing me in ways I didn’t expect. The mind-body-spirit connection really resonated with me, and became a blueprint for my daily life that continues today.

As a senior myself, I want to be able to do the things I love and remain independent for as long as I can. Isn’t that what we all want? I want people to know that lack of movement causes aging, not the other way around. There really is something we can do to make our later years more mobile, and that thing can be yoga. My hope is that I can be a part of someone’s discovery that this really is possible in their own life.

I am a 200hr registered vinyasa yoga teacher, and have done extensive additional training in Senior Yoga, Chair Yoga and Yin Yoga.

Melissa Ackerman, Yoga Instructor at Revolution Community Yoga and Fitness in Acton, Massachusetts in West Acton Villageworks

Melissa Ackerman, Yoga Instructor

Yoga Instructor Melissa Ackerman has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. During that time yoga has been her compass during times of turmoil helping her to ground, balance, focus, develop strength and stay true to herself. Yoga provides Melissa with tools to quiet her mind, strengthen her body and open her heart. Simply put, she has found that the more consistently she practices, the happier she is. Yoga has given Melissa the tools to be a better mother, wife, friend and member of society.

Melissa completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training under Cindy Boulter at Revolution Community Yoga in May 2019. She has also completed training in backbends and inversions with Theresa Murphy, assists with Jay Atwi, chakra balancing with Jacqui Bonwell and the anatomy of yoga with Susi Hatley.

Melissa draws on her counseling and higher education background to acutely tune in to her students and thoughtfully communicate her cues. Her classes encourage students to link breath with movement, quiet the mind and be present in their practice. Turning the awareness inward allows students to hear the signals their body is sending and to move in their own pain free range of motion. Through her classes, she hopes to pass on all the joys and gifts that yoga has brought to her life.