Motion Center was founded in 2003 as a general population wellness center. The center then transformed into two distinct businesses, Motion Center Yoga Collective, focusing on yoga for the general population, and Motion Center: Mom + Baby, focusing on wellness, education, and advocacy for expecting and new families.
Motion Center: Mom + Baby has newly been renamed Open Circle: Wellness + Education for Growing Families. Open Circle offers pregnancy, birth, and postpartum education; prenatal and family yoga and exercise; massage therapy; certified lactation counseling and breastfeeding support; and birth and postpartum doula services.
Our Commitment is to ALL families. Wellness services and class costs are income based, allowing mothers and families of all financial means access to education, care, and support.
Open Circle Director Kaeli Sutton has worked with over 2000 mothers and families over the past 12 years. While trained in multiple pregnancy and postpartum support modalities (see licenses and certifications below), her most significant learning has arrived through direct experience as a mother, and close observation of the the mothers, infants and families she has worked with. Kaeli currently serves as head yoga-consultant in a National Institute of Health funded study investigating the effects of educational classes or prenatal yoga on mood disorders in pregnancy. She is a community activist working to bring more respectful, family-centered care into all Rhode Island Hospitals, and most recently collaborated with local and national birth and family advocates while heading the Coalition to Save Memorial Birthing Center. Kaeli is committed to supporting women and families through the sometimes difficult, sometimes delightful and always life changing journey of parenthood.
Kaeli regularly engages in continuing education furthering her knowledge of how to respectfully and skillfully care for women, babies and families. She holds the following licenses and certifications:
- Rhode Island licensed Massage Therapist since 2001 (MT01979)
- Advanced certification in Prenatal, Labor and Postnatal Massage (2005, Carole Osborne-Sheets)
- Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (e-RPYT)
- Birth + Postpartum Doula (ToLabor -- 2009; certifying with International Center of Traditional Childbearing (2016)
- Childbirth Educator since 2006 (2016 Certification with Commonsense Childbirth)
- Certified Lactation Counselor (2016 - Healthy Children Project)
- Certified Happiest Baby on the Block Educator (2013)
- Infant Massage Instructor trained 2014 (certification pending: International Association of Infant Massage)
Crystal Pavlides is a mother of two boys and has been dancing her whole life. Having studied ballet, jazz, tap, modern dance and ballroom, she discovered belly dance in college and never stopped. She has performed all over RI and MA. In class, Crystal combines the numerous belly dance traditions she has studied, letting a connection to the music and her own body inspire her teaching. Crystal enjoys sharing the health and sense of freedom that comes from dancing with her students.
Satta Jallah is a certified yoga instructor and doula, dedicated to the support of mothers and committed to reproductive justice and promoting healthy living. Satta has extensive experience in dance from the around the world, particularly dances of the African diaspora. She is the founder of Holistic Roots Movement, where the mission is to empower women to reclaim their health through different holistic modalities such as yoga, dance, energy therapy, and natural beauty education.
Shaylene Costa is a wife, mother of two girls and works in her “survival job” as a medical assistant. She originally found baby wearing through researching her African roots. Originally learning through trial and error, and then mentored by other mothers (and occasionally fathers!), she has worn her daughters and various nieces and nephews for over three years. A “buckle girl” at heart, with a speciality in soft-structured carriers, Shaylene continues to broaden her knowledge of different carriers and became a KangaMamas-RI co-leader in 2016.