Heidi MacVane

Heidi MacVane

Yoga, a physical and energetic practice that helps us to connect breath and movement within our bodies in a way that allows us to find our authentic self and shine even brighter. Heidi fell in love with this powerful practice for both the physical and energetic magic that quickly became apparent as she found her first mat in Boston, MA. Growing up in a unique island community she was always athletic whether it be as a lobsertman, lawn mower, or as a collegiate rower and believes the practice just makes sense, it combined her loves for both movement and emotional healing.

Heidi grew up on Cliff island, Portland Maine. She moved away, received her BSW from Syracuse University and MSW from BU and is a license independent clinical social worker. After practicing for a number of years she took her first 200 hour teacher training from Prana Power Yoga and second with the Sacred Seeds School of Yoga. Heidi has completed a 30 hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Josh Summers, 40 hour training in Trauma Sensitive Yoga with the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA, and a 100 hour training in Soulful Yoga Therapy with Kate Graham. She feels it is important to lead students through a flow that encourages a physical, emotional, and vibrational transformation. Heidi is grateful for her yoga instructors including Taylor and Philippe Wells, Ralph Gates, Seane Corn, Jene Rose, Jacqui Bonwell, Jennifer Yarro, Ame Wren, Dane Flynn, and Johanna Bell who have influenced her growth and teaching.

Heidi moved back to Maine in 2007 and opened Greener Postures Yoga with her business partner, Danielle Toolan in 2010. For her, Greener Postures is truly a dream come true, and is honored to spread the light and love yoga brings to ones life. Heidi feels fortunate to be part of the yoga community in the Portland area and deep gratitude for all her teachers which not only include yoga instructors, but also her family, friends, students and colleagues as she continues her journey on and off her mat!

Danielle Toolan

Danielle Toolan

Danielle started practicing yoga regularly at Prana Power Yoga in 2004 where she met her current business partner, Heidi MacVane. In 2007, she completed her first teacher training with Open Doors in Weymouth, MA. She feels lucky to have taught full time with Prana Power Yoga in the Boston area, where she loved being part of a yoga community. In the fall of 2009 she decided to make the move to Maine to be closer to her family and open Greener Postures Yoga with Heidi.

Danielle graduated from James Madison University with a BS in Health Assessment and Promotion, and completed a 10-month program to become a certified Holistic Health Counselor at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC. In addition to her first teacher training, Danielle completed a 200-hour teacher training with Jacqui Bonwell in 2011, as well as multiple advanced teacher trainings with Boston-based teacher Ame Wren, anatomy guru Julia Tirabassi, and Master Iyengar teacher Kofi Busia. She studies regularly with Erin Ehlers in Kittery, Maine, who she views as one of her most brilliant yoga teachers and mentors. Danielle strives to continue to learn about the vastness of yoga by exposing herself to different workshops and instructors. Her intention is to lead informative classes with clear explanation where students can delve into their own physical experience, learn more about themselves and their bodies, and leave their mats with a greater sense of strength and clarity.

Kate Baldacci

Kate Baldacci

Kate began yoga in 2005 to increase her flexibility and supplement her active lifestyle of sports and running. Like many before her, she found that the practice offered much more than the physical benefits and was immediately hooked on the feeling of empowerment that she experienced every time she stepped on her mat. Eventually, Kate found that the lessons shared in her classes; to “be present by focusing on breath” and that “everything you need is inside you now” taught her to be more productive, compassionate and flexible in her daily life.

Kate’s yoga practice allowed her to experience pregnancy and childbirth with gratitude and ease, and she is honored to help others connect to their body, mind and growing families. Kate is a graduate of the 4 Pillars of Freedom Teacher Training through Inner Strength Yoga and the Om Births Prenatal Teacher Training. She has a master’s degree in molecular biology/neuroscience and has spent the past 10 years working to reduce waste and improve efficiency in a number of residential, commercial and industrial sites.

Kate is grateful for her mentors at the studio, home and office and is excited to share her practice with her husband, two children and Maine’s enthusiastic yoga community.

Sandy Bechard

Sandy Bechard

Sandy’s personable approach to teaching will make you feel at home and at ease immediately. Whether new to the practice or a seasoned practitioner she will meet you where you are. Sandy’s creative play lists will help move you through a innovative flow. Her classes will challenge you and honor you. There are always modifications and a big reminder to listen to YOUR authentic self and what YOU need from your practice today. Sandy brings a message to class sometimes delivered with humor and other days with deep passion. Sandy’s love for people and yoga comes across in all of her classes. You will feel comfortable to ask questions and to dig deep into your practice as well as back off if that is what you need on that day.

Sandy’s background is in Iyengar yoga, so alignment is an important part of her teaching. Her initial teacher training was with Jacquie Bonwell, and the Sacred Seeds School where she was certified in teaching vinyasa flow. Since then she continues to broaden her studies. She has taken two teacher work shops with Seane Corn, along with work shops with Sadie Nardini and Amy Wren. She loves to take classes in different cities with a variety of different teachers.

So whether it is her invigorating “Vinyasa Flow” or her nurturing “restorative” class, you will leave feeling good in your mind, body and spirit!

Kirsten Beverley-Waters

Kirsten Beverley-Waters

Kirsten is an instructor that approaches life both on and off the mat with a healthy dose of humor, focus and gratitude. As the founder of THRYVE, she is a warrior for self-acceptance, perseverance and finding life balance. Like many athletes, Kirsten was initially drawn to the physical practice however quickly realized there was so much more to yoga than just the Asana. By taking her experience as a fitness instructor, endurance coach, nature lover, adventurer, water sports enthusiast, olympic weight lifter and rock climber, Kirsten applies her adventurous, athletic spirit into her teachings providing a real world application to each practice. Her personal experience with cancer drives her passion for fusing yoga with primary health care and mental wellness. Step on the mat with her and engage in a practice that will empower, challenge and transform you.

Abby Brennan

Abby Brennan

Abby began practicing yoga while pursuing her college degree in Philosophy and Religion with a concentration in Eastern religion. Yoga provided not only a sense of spiritual peace, but also a physical peace by relieving chronic low back pain Abby had experienced since high school. When she moved to Portland after graduating, she began working at a preschool, finding her true calling to be those children with severe behavioral and developmental delays. The physicality of her position took quite a toll on Abby’s back, and so she rediscovered yoga at Greener Postures. The heat was intimidating at first- but upon leaving her first class, she was sold- and hasn’t looked back. After completing her 200 hour training in the spring of 2013, Abby has enjoyed teaching in both indoor and outdoor spaces. She particularly enjoys specialized yoga practices- pre- and post-natal, children’s yoga, and meditation are just a few of her yogic interests. She would like to thank all of her teachers and fellow Sacred Seeds grads as well as everyone at Greener Postures for the opportunity to be a part of the wonderful yoga community of southern Maine!

Barry Brinker

Barry Brinker

For the past 25 years Barry has been sharing the joy of dance and movement with thousands of students through her teaching. Before she became a teacher, Barry was a professional dancer in New York City. She then received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Education. She has taught a wide array of ages in settings ranging from professional productions to public schools. She is a recipient of numerous National Foundation for the Arts’ grants for her work in public schools throughout the country.

Barry’s yoga path has been a unique one. It began at the urging of her eldest daughter while recovering from a serious and debilitating back injury. A very reluctant student at first, Barry was slowly won over by yoga’s healing, strengthening, and detoxifying benefits. Possessing an innate gift for teaching, Barry's journey into yoga soon led to her obtaining her Yoga Alliance teaching certification.

In addition to studio teaching, Barry makes time to be involved in various local out-reach programs to help spread the benefits of yoga. Students are captivated by Barry’s loving, kind, and energetic nature. Her dancer's background adds a unique touch to her yoga classes, but it is her compassion and her contagious enthusiasm that most inspires her students.

Gretchen Campos

Gretchen Campos

Gretchen Campos has cherished the practice of asana since just about the first time she was on a borrowed mat in a cramped bedroom following a VHS tape in January 2000.

Through exploring yoga and developing a deeper awareness of the whole practice, she was able to find consistency and stability in a sometimes geographically widespread life. She thanks all the fellow students she has practiced amongst in all the corners of the country she has visited. Some of the most influential of those have been the Haines Yoga Club in Haines AK, time with Mount Madonna Center in Watsonville CA and the amazing yogis of Boston and the Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts.

She completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher training with Prana Power Yoga in Cambridge, MA in 2007. Leading classes since then, she constantly strives to provide a mindful and breath centered practice while sharing an attitude of lightness with her fellow practitioners.

Justine Carlisle

Justine Carlisle

Justine enrolled in her first yoga class in 2000 when her she became pregnant with her son. The gentle flow of pre-natal yoga helped support her during this period of transition but it wasn’t until she was trying to heal from a running injury that she truly began to commit to her practice. Though it was a physical ailment that brought her to the studio, she couldn’t deny the impact yoga had on her spiritually and mentally. She experimented with different styles and found the flow of Vinyasa gave her the perfect combination of inward connection and physical challenge.

After years of pondering, she enrolled in a 200-hour teacher training program with Jacqui Bonwell and completed additional training in Yin Yoga with Josh Summers. As a registered Yoga Alliance instructor, she hopes through teaching yoga she can help others see the beautiful connection between our physical and mental bodies.

Justine is proud to be a part of the strong and vibrant yoga community of Maine and in 2012 was inspired to co-found Maine YogaFest to help strengthen the yoga movement and culture in our beautiful State.

Jeremiah Carter

Jeremiah Carter

An avid slacker most of his life, other than surfing the occasional tasty wave, Jeremiah was searching for a higher consciousness and discovered the path he was seeking after taking his first yoga class. Being a cabinetmaker by trade, a full time single father with his own petting zoo at home, yoga helped highlight the importance of personal time and being present in the moment of life. Since then, he has gone on to receive his 200-hr teaching certification through Boston Yoga School with Ame Wren and Terry Cockburn. He continues his study of yoga under the privileged guidance of teachers such as Kimberly Dahlmann, David Yearwood, and Bethany McCorkle. Jeremiah hopes he can share with his students the profound impact a simple practice of breath and asana can have on ones body, mind, and spirit. With his love of Ashtanga and Iyengar styles of yoga you can expect an accessible and fun vinyasa flow class.

Nichole Crandall

Nichole Crandall

Nichole found yoga in 2009. Admittedly, first, to gain the affections of her now-husband. "I’m not sure which one I fell in love with first, my husband or yoga." Nichole attended her 200 hour RYT teacher training in 2012, instructed by Alice Riccardi. Nichole’s initial goal was going deeper within her own practice but she quickly fell in love with the teaching aspect. After the birth of her daughter, yoga became more important to Nichole as she battled with postpartum depression and anxiety. She saw how yoga helped her through a difficult time and wants to help connect others to yoga.

In 2014 Nichole completed training with Child Light Yoga, which married her masters in Educational Psychology with her love of yoga. "Teaching children yoga is one of my greatest passions. To see a room full of 'off the wall' kids end class in a relaxed brief meditation is one my most rewarding experiences." In 2015, Nichole completed yin yoga training with Sagel Urlacher through the Meditative Yin Yoga Teacher Training. "Yin yoga was the very first place where I realized I could relax my body. It has done wonders for me mentally and physically and I love to bring that to others."

Debbie Duryee

Debbie Duryee

I have always been drawn to physical activity and love the feeling I get both physically and mentally after a hard workout, however, there was always an underlying layer of anxiety that I couldn't seem to shake. This is where yoga has completely transformed my life and brought me the inner peace I had always been seeking.

I have been practicing yoga for the past sixteen years, and completed my first 200-hour teacher training course based on Ashtanga Yoga in 2003. At that time, while living in Boston and working in the financial industry, I found yoga as a way to get my physical and spiritual "workout" into a hectic life. I loved how it made me feel and realized I wanted it to become more than a supplement to my life; I wanted yoga to become my career and help other people feel its benefits. Since completing my first training, I have studied with David Swenson and most recently completed my second 200-hour vinyasa training with Jacqui Bonwell, master teacher from Boston, MA.

Being a mom to three children, I brought my passion for yoga to young children and have been teaching yoga for kids since 2007. I find such satisfaction in not only seeing young children's excitement for yoga, but in watching and hearing about them teaching their families and peers some of the yoga that they have learned. I have been living in the Portland area with my husband and children for the past five years and am grateful to live in such a majestic place. As I continue to teach yoga, it is my goal to not only help my students become stronger and healthier physically, but help them achieve the inner peace, confidence and happiness that they deserve.

Lisa Guerette

Lisa Guerette

Lisa found herself at her first yoga class in 2008. After spending the majority of the class in childs pose, Lisa found the power of her breath and hasn’t looked back since. She began practicing regularly at Greener Postures in 2010 where she connected most deeply with herself; finding confidence, peace, and freedom. Yoga has created a unique and special journey for Lisa, one where she continues to feel empowered and inspired.

Lisa is most thankful for the beautiful and influential teachers in her life: Lydia Lobozzo Burnham who encouraged her to get onto her mat; Jacqui Bonwell who pushed her beyond what she thought she was ever capable; the entire Greener Postures teaching staff who have taught her most importantly how to practice yoga off the mat by sharing love, joy, and gratitude with those surrounding her.

Lisa hopes to share her journey of yoga by empowering others to feel that same love, joy, and gratitude within themselves so that they to can pass it along to those they come in contact with. She brings a lighthearted energy to her classes and aims to be as relatable as possible with her students. She completed her 200 hour teacher training with Jacqui Bonwell in 2013 and is committed to exposing herself to various workshops and instructors in the future to be the best teacher she can be. She truly feels honored and incredibly blessed to be teaching in the Greener Postures Community!

Elizabeth Hanz

Elizabeth Hanz

Elizabeth began using yoga as a tool for fitness in high school, but it wasn’t until she started practicing for her soul that she found what a spiritual and healing practice it can be. Her energizing yet soulful sequences focus on honoring the sacredness within. She also works to create a judgement free environment centered around empowerment and choice. Elizabeth cultivates connection and her flows often tap into heart expansion and encourage inner confidence.

Currently, Elizabeth is a graduate student getting her Master's Degree in Social Work at the University of New England. Her yoga training includes Yoga for Trauma through Greener Postures, Yoga for Recovery through Sea Change Yoga, and Yoga for Depression and Anxiety through Kripalu with Amy Weintraub. Elizabeth completed her 200 hour Yoga Alliance approved teaching training with Jennie Tavares at Magnolia Fitness. Elizabeth is so grateful for the many teachers in her life including Jennie Tavares, Bethany McCorkle, Heidi McVane and Lauren Strait.

Elizabeth offers a kind, loving and warm presence and loves the energetic exchange of yoga and is honored to be able to practice in Southern Maine.

Bryson Hopkins

Bryson Hopkins

Bryson began her yoga practice over 12 years ago as a weekend warrior. She explored Ashtanga, Bikram and Hatha yoga styles. In 2009 she discovered heated vinyasa and knew she was ready for more dedicated study. Initially drawn to the physical benefits and the cleansing heat she was soon grateful for how the vinyasa flow help calm her mind. Bryson was intrigued to learn more about yoga and with the support of master teachers like Richard Lanza, Stephanie Brown-Ford and Jacqui Bonwell, she came to better understand and appreciate the true healing powers of yoga practice.

Bryson has completed two 200 hour teacher trainings recognized by Yoga Alliance; Open Doors Power Yoga in Boston and Sacred Seed Yoga School completed in Portland Maine. She is what her teacher Jacqui calls a foot soldier of yoga and loves to share what she continues to learn. Bryson appreciates that every day we start again as beginners and she teaches an approachable class with a focus on fundamentals, a light hearted flow and spirited playlists. She is very thankful to both practice and teach in the Greener Postures Yoga community.

Robin Ivy Payton

Robin Ivy Payton

Robin always found meditation in movement through yoga and dance. She became dedicated to her yoga practice upon discovering hot yoga in 2003. The energy, healing, metabolism boost, and stress release resulted in tangible health benefits. Robin found herself talking to everyone about yoga and introducing friends to the practice for several years.

Initially training was with Jacqui Bonwell’s Sacred Seeds Yoga School, Robin followed up with certifications through The Lotus Pond in Tampa, Florida and Pranakriya School of Yoga and Healing Arts. Her trainings include Yoga Nidra and Meditation, Prenatal Yoga and Functional Anatomy and Therapeutic Yoga. RoZoYo® is her astrology yoga practice based on the connection between our bodies and the Moon, Sun and planetary cycles. She's been leading RoZoYo® workshops and festival classes since 2013.

Robin is so grateful to her many teachers including Annie Okerlin of Yogani in Tampa, Jacqui Bonwell, and Marlysa Sullivan of Center for Integrative Yoga Studies.

Robin's philosophy is that yoga is endlessly creative and beneficial for every body, at every stage of life and state of mind.

Stephen Kirsch

Stephen Kirsch

Stephen fell in love with yoga several years ago when he was looking for a way to balance an active running and biking lifestyle, and working on his feet, with a complementary practice. For him, yoga has become more than a physical activity — it's a way of being in the world. He is passionate about offering his students a practice that encourages them to listen and be present, that challenges them physically but offers them softness and release. His classes are based on linking breath with movement, and combining thoughtful sequencing with intentional alignment. Stephen is an RYT-200 hour graduate of the Boston Yoga School and loves to read, spend time in the outdoors, and hang out with his dogs.

Belle Marsh

Belle Marsh

Belle started her yoga practice as great cross-training to her dance career and found it affected all aspects of her life. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training through Corepower Yoga in Boulder, Co in 2011 while finishing her masters degree in religious studies and gender. Belle is a Certified Advanced Rolfer™ and Biodynamic Cranial Sacral practitioner. She received her training from the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in Boulder, where she has studied under Ray McCall, Carol Agneessens, Jon Martine, Russell Stolzoff and Ashuan Seow.

Belle uses her academic background as well as her Rolfing and Cranial Sacral knowledge of structure, alignment, and somatic experience to inform her yoga class. Her goal is to demystify yoga and to help every student in the room understand their own unique body and be confident with modifying any and all poses to best fit their individual needs.

Belle’s approach to teaching is very hands on and she believes that touch is very important to one’s sense of self. A safe, helpful touch can be more powerful than verbal cues alone. With touch, Belle strives to help her students dive deeper into their own bodies, breath, and practice.

Bethany McCorkle

Bethany McCorkle

Bethany has been a student of yoga since 2004. Her 200-hr teacher training was completed with Jacqui Bonwell in 2011, and in June 2015, she completed her 500-hr certification with Ame Wren and Kevin Courtney through Boston Yoga School. She studies yoga regularly with many gifted mentors including Kimberly Dahlmann, Jennifer Morrison and David Yearwood aiming to blend the best of the Vinyasa, Iyengar, and Ashtanga yoga systems into a flow practice. Bethany works as a teacher to help students develop a sustainable practice that enables good posture, perspective, insight and well-being.

Ally Nye

Ally Nye

Ally is known for her calm demeanor and nurturing presence. She guides with purpose, leading students in a clear direction with concise instruction. Her attributes provide for an educational experience with a meditative quality. Absorbing inspiration from all that life has to offer, she constructs her class in a methodical way by integrating structural, mental and energetic awareness to each class. This approach offers students an opportunity to experience themselves on many levels, and perhaps, to greater understanding of who they truly are. Drawing upon her own passion to "look deeper", she aims to create an environment that facilitates Conscious Self empowerment through Self-discovery.

Terri Patterson

Terri Patterson

Terri’s first yoga experience was a prenatal class that she took when pregnant with her oldest son in 2001. From that very first class, she knew there was something special about yoga that spoke to her like nothing else had. With a history of multiple knee injuries and surgeries, she found in yoga a place of solace where she could be physically challenged while mentally and emotionally letting go. Yoga offered the space to connect mind and body and to soften the sharper edges of everyday life.

She is passionate about helping others discover yoga for themselves. Her goal is to teach classes that are transformative, challenging, nurturing, and fun. In 2013 she received her 200 hour yoga certification under the direction of Jacqui Bonwell - a very powerful inspiration. In addition to Jacqui, she is also tremendously grateful to all of life’s teachers, both off and on the mat. Without the love, acceptance, and patience of her family, she would would have never landed on her mat in the first place.

Jared Payton

Jared Payton

Jared found his way to a yoga mat in 2002. As a self-described "glutton for punishment", the heat and intensity of Bikram yoga served as his gateway into the practice of yoga. After several years, Jared found himself burnt out on the practice and transitioned to the tatami mats at his local Aikido dojo. Training intensely, Jared began to understand more deeply the lessons he had begun to learn on his yoga mat — how breath can impact the body in movement and at rest, as well as the mind body and spirit. Jared returned to his yoga mat several years ago to better understand how his movement practices impacted and improved each other. He found that the yoga mind helped him better connect and execute movement more cleanly with training partners, while the Aikido mind helped him to find more quiet and subtle body movement on his yoga mat. Jared enjoys the opportunities to bring these lessons to his students.

Jared completed his 200 hour yoga teacher training in May, 2016 through Boston Yoga School under the tutelage of Ame Wren and Terry Cockburn. Jared achieved his black belt rank in Aikido in 2015 through the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba.

Jen Renaud

Jen Renaud

Jen found yoga on a snow day amidst her first year as a young professional. Not only did breath and movement help Jen unclench her jaw in the working world, but it reawakened the kind of physical expression she had missed since her younger days as a dancer. Initially, the physical aspect of the practice came with ease, but on the inside she still had work to do.

Jen is the first to admit that listening to the mental banter can be quite convincing at times. And, bringing awareness to the internal dialogue to decide which thought-patterns to follow is no simple task; the work never ends. But it is through this practice in which Jen has learned that questioning “am I good enough at… ” and feeding the harmful thoughts is straight up bulling to the soul.

Jen teaches yoga from a place of listening to her own inner-wisdom to help awaken the same in others. She completed her 200 RYT teacher training in 2014 through Sacred Seeds Yoga School and the teachings of Jacqui Bonwell. She is grateful to be apart of such a rich yoga community in southern Maine and here at Greener Postures.

Julia Rhinelander

Julia Rhinelander

Julia was first introduced to yoga in 2010 by a generous employer who, although she couldn’t afford insurance for her employees, offered to take them to yoga each week in a neighboring town. From then on, yoga became the glue in Julia’s life, holding together all the moving pieces and helping her through the stress of school, multiple jobs, and chronic anxiety. She discovered Greener Postures in 2012 and quickly joined the ranks as a Studio Assistant. It wasn’t long after that she completed Jacqui Bonwell’s Sacred Seeds 200-hour training and, in 2014, received her certification to teach yoga and two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Southern Maine within two months. Practicing yoga has brought Julia incredible confidence and joy since she began, and she hopes to use the yoga teachings to help others see their own inner strength. When she is not on her mat, you might find Julia teaching French, hiking, biking, playing with her two pups, or singing Otis Redding at the top of her lungs in her car.

Leni Richardson

Leni Richardson

In 2003, Leni took her first yoga class. After playing competitive field hockey for 13 years, she was initially drawn to the physicality of the practice (and the new found opening in her hamstrings!). Over the years, her practice has expanded into one that encourages curiosity, stillness, compassion, humor, resilience and presence of mind. Leni strives to reflect this in her teaching.

As a teacher, Leni aims to inform her students of the wisdom of yoga using the tools of alignment, breath, and humility; while giving students the space to create their own personal relationship with yoga through mind-body connection. She is drawn to the creative aspect that the vinyasa style offers and is constantly learning from her teachers. Beyond her 200 hour training with Jacqui Bonwell, Leni has studied extensively with Ame Wren, and finds daily inspiration from her fellow Greener Postures teachers.

Leni is truly humbled to be a part of the Greener Postures community, her self-described "second home". She is eternally grateful for her life’s blessings, most of all her family, love, and the coast of Maine.

Dominic Rozzi

Dominic Rozzi

Dom has fostered a love of asana from the first time he stepped onto his mat (actually, a gym floor) for a college dance class. It was glorious torture, that seemed to come so easily to everyone else. Despite his awkward fumbling, he loved how yoga made him feel, and fortunately for Dom that was just the tip of the iceberg. Dom found that he stood taller and moved more easily, and as his asana practice grew, so did his ability to breathe and meditate. Dom also learned to balance the repetitive behaviors associated with running and cycling that can lead to injury. This has become a focal point of his teaching.

A 2013 graduate of Jacqui Bonwell’s, Sacred Seeds Yoga School, Dom has worked with a wide range of students, including endurance athletes, weight lifters, students with single/double knee replacements, and students with MS. While he has learned from some fantastic teachers here in the northeast, Dom seeks out new yoga experiences when traveling to keep his practice evolving.

Jen Shumway

Jen Shumway

Prior to teaching yoga, Jen earned her Masters Degree in Social Work and worked with clients dealing with end of life issues. Through breath work and guided meditation she was able to assist others in coping with the challenges they faced. It was compelling to experience, firsthand, the strength that is revealed through the power of breath. This held true for not only the clients, but for Jen herself.

Jen’s yoga journey began in 2005 when she was pregnant with her first child. She started practicing prenatal yoga and quickly found that it was affecting her body and mind, not only on a physical level but energetically and spiritually as well. As a yoga teacher, Jen aims to teach classes that are challenging and fun yet balanced and gratifying. She feels honored to be able to guide others in their practice, both on and off their mats, while helping students find compassion for themselves and others.

Jen completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training from Sacred Seeds Yoga School under the direction of Jacqui Bonwell and is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Alliance teacher (RYT). Jen further explored her interest of yoga and pregnancy and received her prenatal yoga certification in 2012. She is also Reiki II certified and feels grateful to be able to assist others in their own healing journey. Jen continues to learn and gain strength from her greatest life teachers who are, undoubtedly, her husband and four young children.

Karen Stoddard

Karen Stoddard

Karen started practicing yoga in the early 2000's. She fell in love with the challenge and grace that yoga provides. She came to understand that her mat was a place to go for joy, comfort, release, and a myriad of other experiences which she was then able to carry off her mat with her.

She graduated from University of Maine Orono with a degree in Child Development and has since nannied and worked with special needs children. After that, she spent almost ten years in corporate America before making a family decision to stay home with her children and explore her passion of yoga.

Karen completed her 200 hour RYT training at the Sacred Seeds yoga school with Jacqui Bonwell. Her goal is to bring to every class a thoughtful, fun, humorous, safe practice of yoga.
She lives in South Portland with her husband and two young sons.

Sagel Urlacher

Sagel Urlacher

Sharing the Yin Yoga & Meditation and Yoga Nidra practices has become Sagel's love project. Beginning when the Universe slowed her to a stop with a concussion, as both practitioner and teacher, she has experienced first-hand and seen in so many the powerful healing, wholeness, and balance these complementary practices bring — Yin bringing space, mobility, and restoration to our connective tissues, and Meditation bringing clarity, insight, and steadiness to the mind and heart.

Sagel's teachings are rooted in the Yogic Path, Buddhist and Daoist philosophy, and her classes designed with the intention of developing mindful awareness and compassionate observation as tools to use through the day to be more fully present for our lives with the naturally wise heart we each carry. She cultivates a welcoming and supportive environment with a light touch (can’t resist zen stories and jokes now and then!), incorporating guided meditation to help practitioners of any experience level explore these life-shaping practices and continue to uncover and enjoy the infinite possibilities of an authentically joyful life.

A M.Ed. & E-RYT 200, Sagel leads Yin Yoga, Mindfulness Meditation & Nidra Teacher Trainings and Workshops and is deeply honored to share these transformative practices with practitioners across the Northeast and at Kripalu Center. Sagel completed Yin Yoga teacher training with Bernie Clark & two additional Yin trainings with Josh Summers, studied Mindfulness Meditation with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield, and Tara Brach. She's completed two 200hr Vinyasa Yoga teacher trainings with Jacqui Bonwell and Amy Figoli, and is Yoga Nidra and Reiki I certified. She feels blessed to a part of the lovely GPY community and deeply grateful for each of her beloved and amazing teachers, including her students.

Cathy Wasielewski

Cathy Wasielewski

Cathy began dabbling in yoga practice over a decade ago and quickly realized that new awarenesses began to grow through practice. The love affair began with home videos and an on again off again practice and turned into a steady daily discipline with the discovery of Vinyasa Flow.

Formal yoga training includes the “Art of Assisting” training in the winter of 2011 with Elizabeth Huntsman at Portland Power Yoga in Portland, Maine with continued training with Anne Esguerra through March of 2014, Journey Into Power Level One Teacher Training in August of 2011 with Baron Baptiste in Phoenicia, NY, 200-hour RYA Certification completed in October 2012 with Alice Riccardi of Portland Power Yoga, and Baptiste Power Yoga Institute’s Level Two Teacher Training with Baron Baptiste in Tulum, Mexico in June of 2013. In May of 2013, Cathy completed intensive Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Josh Summers. Other studies include training in the Ashaya Yoga Method with Todd Norian, Vinyasa Intensive training with Rolf Gates, Prana Flow with Shiva Rea and Roberto Lim, Chakra study with Seane Corn, Todd Norian and the masterful Anodea Judith, as well as in the Kripalu and Bikram methodologies. Expansive studies on the eight limbed yoga path continue as Cathy has just completed an additional 200-hr teacher training in Krama Vinyasa Yoga with Kathleen Savoy and Johanna Bell of Sonic Yoga in New York City.

Expansive studies on the eight limbed yoga path have continued as Cathy completed an additional 200hr certification in Krama Vinyasa yoga with Kathleen Savoy and Johanna Bell of Sonic Yoga in New York City in February 2015. Currently she is working toward her 500hr certification. Cathy is qualified as E-RYT 200 reflecting her extended teaching and training experiences.

Cathy believes that the practice of yoga allows all people access to powerful and spiritual ways of being. Life continually presents us with challenge and Cathy has experienced life events that have brought her share of challenge. She has come to know that yoga can save peoples lives in the full spectrum of mind, body and spirit. Each moment is precious and worth noticing for its unique gifts- each soul has its own unique gifts. Cathy knows that yoga is a powerful tool for uncovering each individual’s unique gifts and divine light.

Lauren Znachko

Lauren Znachko

Lauren’s love of yoga began in a friend’s living room during a difficult moment in life. That day as she took savasana, Lauren knew that she would follow this practice for years and year to come. Lauren practiced Vinyasa Power Yoga for several years beginning in 2005. She completed 300+ hours of Yoga Alliance certified teacher training and studied with many teachers such as Kathryn Budig and Sean Corn. In 2009 Lauren completed a training through Off the Mat Into the World which focused on therapeutic yoga for youth and trauma. In 2012 she began to practice Ashtanga Yoga in Chicago where she found her “home practice.” While her personal practice consists primarily of the Ashtanga Method, she continues to nurture a love and dedication to Vinyasa Power Yoga. Her teaching integrates the fundamentals of core stability, strong alignment and rigorous strength.

Lauren has had the privileged opportunity to teach in many places. She began her teaching journey in Indianapolis before moving to Chicago and traveling to such places as Costa Rica, Toronto and Australia. Having spent the last two years in Southern California, she is thrilled to be putting down roots in Portland. In her travels, she has found that the language of yoga transcends differences in culture, language and personal histories. As an advocate for healing, Lauren is committed to the practice of presence and mindful movement for all bodies, regardless of ability, age, size, race, gender, sexuality or origin. If she could choose one word to describe her teaching it would be “lightness,” whether of body or mind. A strong practice is a playful one.