Heidi MacVane

Heidi MacVane

Yoga, a physical and energetic practice that helps us to connect movement and breath 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. She is certified to teach Trauma Sensitive Yoga through the Boston Trauma Center and feels it is important to lead students through a flow that encourages finding the balance of both the physical alignment and emotional transformation. Heidi is truly grateful for her yoga instructors including Seane Corn, Taylor and Philippe Wells, Jene Rose, Jacqui Bonwell, Jennifer Yarro, Ame Wren, and Danielle Toolan who have influenced her growth and teaching style.

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, it is an honored to help 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 gratitude for all her teachers which not only include yoga instructors, but also her family, friends, and colleagues as she continues her journey of practicing and growing as a yoga teacher and business owner both 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 and immediately began to teach. She feels lucky to have taught full time with Prana Power Yoga for two years where she fell in love not only with teaching yoga but being part of a yoga community. Danielle’s parents moved to Falmouth, ME in 2007 and after visiting them over the past few years she grew to love the Portland area. In the fall of 2009 she decided to make the move to Maine to be closer to her family and to open Greener Postures Yoga with Heidi MacVane.

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, a training in teaching hip-hop yoga with Lynne Begier, as well as an advanced teacher training with Ame Wren and David Regelin. By continually exposing herself to different programs, workshops and instructors over the years, she has used these experiences as important stepping stones on her yogic path and to inform her own practice and teaching style.

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!

Tisha Bremner

Tisha Bremner

Tisha Bremner is an energetic and enthusiastic yoga teacher who aims to combine a life-affirming yogic philosophy, intelligent alignment principles and smart sequencing into her classes. She has a positive, creative and down-to earth approach to yoga and life. In her classes, she develops a clear vision, invites students to explore refined alignment principles and sets the stage for a long-term, safe asana practice. She provides a fun and approachable space while maintaining a firm commitment to the sacredness of the practice. You will feel safe, supported and uplifted! Tisha was first introduced to yoga in 1990 through the tradition of Bhakti Yoga, where her passion was ignited! Her teaching style is influenced by Iyengar, Anusara and Vinyasa schools of yoga. She holds yoga teacher certifications from Deep Peace Yoga as well as YOGASpirit® Studios and is avid with continuing her exploration of the many facets of yoga by attending several advanced intensive workshops each year.

She is a skilled teacher in the hatha yoga tradition, which in addition to teaching regular yoga classes includes: individual, private yoga sessions, yoga therapeutics, restorative and gentle yoga, kids yoga, as well as prenatal and postnatal yoga. It is her greatest joy to teach and she loves sharing her energy and enthusiasm with groups of all ages.

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!

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.

Kelly Casey

Kelly Casey

Kelly found her love for yoga after graduating from college. It gave her peace of mind and a quiet moment to connect back to herself in the middle of a busy life. Yoga has introduced her to some of her best friends, a more open mind, and most importantly, a more passionate life. Kelly is a graduate of the Sacred Seeds Yoga School is honored to work for her mentors Heidi MacVane, Danielle Toolan and Gretchen Campos at Greener Postures Yoga. She is excited to spread the knowledge and healing powers of yoga to others as she feels it is important to practice yoga not only on your mat but off your mat as well. If Kelly isn't at the studio, she is jamming out to M83 or Calvin Harris or is training for some type of race.

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!

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.

Sarah Johnston

Sarah Johnston

Sarah took her first yoga class in the year 2000 and immediately felt connected with the practice, both physically and mentally. She went on to complete her 200-hour yoga teacher certification in 2010 with Mimi Loureiro at O2 Yoga in Boston. Sarah is an avid yogi and beyond her 200-hour training she has continued her education with teachers such as Beryl Bender Birch, David Swenson, Sue Jones, and many others. Through teaching yoga to adults and her work as an elementary school teacher, Sarah also discovered the benefits of yoga for children. Sarah went on to become a certified ChildLight kids yoga teacher and a Yoga 4 Classrooms trainer. She also completed a yoga for teens training through YogaMinded with Christy Brock. Sarah feels immense gratitude to be able to share yoga with people of all ages! Personally, Sarah thrives on the physical challenges of yoga while benefitting from the emotional aspects of practice. If she could pick one word to describe what yoga brings to her life, it would be balance.

Barry Jones

Barry Jones

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 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Education from The University of Maryland. 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. After a serious and debilitating back injury, her eldest daughter urged her to try yoga.

A very reluctant student at first, she was slowly won over by yoga’s healing, strengthening, and detoxifying benefits. She was hooked and has never looked back! Having such an innate gift for teaching, that has been honed through years of experience, adding her Yoga Alliance teaching certification, was naturally her next step. She continues to be involved in various out-reach programs to help spread the benefits of yoga to all.

Students are enthralled 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 contagious enthusiasm that most inspires her students.

Amanda Kimball

Amanda Kimball

Amanda remembers back in college when she heard an advertisement on the radio for hot yoga and thinking to herself, "What is this hot yoga people have been talking about, anyway?" She had always been an athlete, playing a different sport each season, and she wanted to find something to fill the void from no longer being a part of those teams. She decided to give yoga a try!

Amanda definitely found what she was looking for in reference to receiving direction and feeling accomplished. She loved listening to the teacher and trying to replicate what they were asking her to do...Amanda also loved when she would get congratulated on figuring it out-it instilled a confidence in her that made her proud. Amanda continued to return to her mat, enjoying the physical changes including feeling more toned and growing noticeably stronger.

The surprising part of Amanda's story is also one of her favorite life lessons: some of the best things that happen to us can not be planned or pursued...they show up unannounced and can be life altering. Amanda wasn't prepared to look at yoga differently, but after experiencing an emotional release during a vinyasa class, she saw yoga from an entirely new perspective. Yoga began healing her mind, body and spirit and she has been experiencing rapid personal growth ever since.

Amanda enjoys practicing different styles of yoga, particularly yin, iyengar and of course her beloved vinyasa. As an instructor, she themes her classes to focus on topics such as the energetic chakras, emotions, ancient yoga teachings like the yoga sutras and choosing peak postures to work towards. Amanda loves to travel and take classes/workshops from local studios wherever she is. It doesn’t matter how experienced some of her yoga instructors are, Amanda will always tell you her greatest teachers are her students. "In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn". For more information on Amanda, please visit her website: www.chooseyourevolution.com

Belle Marsh

Belle Marsh

I have been an avid yoga practitioner for over a decade. I began my yoga journey as a great cross-training to my dancing and found it affected all aspects of my life. I am a certified yoga instructor by the Yoga Alliance and completed my 200-hour training through Corepower Yoga in Boulder, Co. Because of my back ground in religious studies, I have a thorough understanding of the Hindu and Buddhist basics. I also bring my knowledge of anatomy and somatic experience, from my Rolfing: SI background into my teaching. I teach a vinyasa flow class that focus on the breath, alignment, and beneficial modifications. My main goal as a yoga teacher 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. I have a very hands-on approach to teaching and believe that touch is very important to our sense of self, and a safe, helpful touch is more powerful than verbal cues alone.

Bethany McCorkle

Bethany McCorkle

Bethany has been a student of yoga since 2004 and completed her 200 hour teacher training certification with Jacqui Bonwell in 2011. She studies yoga regularly with many gifted teachers, including Ame Wren, Melora Gregory and Kimberly Dahlmann, 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.

Bob Nelson

Bob Nelson

A chance cup of coffee brought Bob to meet the young ladies Heidi and Danielle, who opened the new Yoga Studio, and the rest is transformational. “ I had been practicing Yoga for years, but really just going through the motions”…”The encouragement and acceptance I found at Greener Postures really got me interested in learning more”. A couple of workshops with Jacqui Bonwell led him into Teacher Training, and the contacts he made through that process continue to blossom. The Corona shorts are long gone, but he still like to keep Yoga light! Bob practices general dentistry in his spare time and Yoga helps by spreading energetic calm to all aspects of his life. Bob and his wife Janet are the first couple to graduate from Sacred Seeds Yoga School, and are developing classes for couples.

Eric Newton

Eric Newton

Eric’s yoga practice began in 2004 and is an ongoing exploration into the development of health and prana. What began as a way to blow off steam and explore physical possibilities has evolved into a comprehensive, expanding practice. He has a passion for health, alignment, sequencing, energy, centering and a growing curiosity into the full practice. Eric is very grateful for all of the teachers that helped to contribute to his growth including Ame Wren, Jacqui Bonwell, Terry Lacey, his family, and friends. He has also advanced from studying the literature of B.K.S. Iyengar, Mark Stephens, Doug Keller, Ray Long, Sage Rountree, Sharon Gannon, David Life and classic texts.

Prepare for a balance of dynamic flow, alignment, breath work, and centering in Eric’s class. He believes in active participation and a well-rounded practice that encourages you to expand as a student. Come with an open mind and the willingness to work and play. Namaste.

Tori Norton

Tori Norton

Tori's classes encourage students to recognize and tap into the power of their body and mind. Using a healthy dose of hands-on-assists Tori teaches poses, breathing and clear thinking as a method to release tension and bring ease into the whole body. "Releasing neck, shoulder or hip tension can be like unplugging a fire alarm," says Tori. "It brings immediate relief to the body and ultimately ease to the soul. This makes life's inevitable twists and turns easier and more fun to navigate."

In 1999, Tori began practicing yoga to counteract a thyroid issue during pregnancy, and was immediately enamored by yoga's ability to bring ease into the whole body and joy into life. She credits yoga with making her strong enough to carry a 75 pound infant car seat and compassionate enough to enjoy the journey. In 2011, she became a certified Vinyasa yoga instructor and has been teaching yoga since then.

She knows that yoga has made her physically stronger, opened up her heart and improved the lives of those around her and she is delighted to be able to share yoga's magic with her community. For this opportunity she is deeply grateful to Heidi MacVane & Danielle Toolan who enlivened the Portland Yoga scene with bright energy and joy, and to Jacqui Bonwell who brought her " foot soldiers" philosophy to Teacher Training in Maine, and to Alex Amorosi who continues to guide and inform her curiosity about how and why our amazing bodies function as they do. Also to Christina D. Strong, for her support of yoga as an important component in training young athletes.

Ally Nye

Ally Nye

Ally began practicing yoga in early 2008. After years of athletics and many gym memberships she was longing for a different type of physical practice. This longing led her to try her first yoga class. In yoga she found not only she fulfilled the needs of her body, but her mind and spirit as well. Over time an internal shift began to occur which included a greater sense of appreciation, service, empathy and beauty. She experienced a softening in perspective and an improved quality of life. Yoga encourages her to be better at 'being'....a better daughter, sister, friend, co-worker and stranger. For this, she bows deeply.

Ally is a Vinyasa trained yoga instructor. Ally's unique understanding of the depth and variety of people's personal experiences and journeys creates a class environment where absolutely anyone can feel comfortable and free to grow. She completed her 200 hour certification through Sacred Seeds Yoga School in 2011 and continues to attend master classes and workshops on a regular basis. Her teaching and practice has been influenced by; Jacqui Bonwell, Ame Wren, Sue Jones, Alex Amorosi and all the girls from Greener Postures. For all these teachers she holds an infinite amount of gratitude!

"A yoga class should feel like a great piece of music sounds. It must have a definitive rhythm that gradually builds to a crescendo and takes you on a journey!". Namaste, Ally

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.

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.

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.

Sarah Spiegel

Sarah Spiegel

A dance student all her life, Sarah mixes her love of music, breath and movement into her yoga classes, bringing a fun, flowing, and meditative focus to the mat each day. Sarah fell in love with Yoga while living in New York City in 2009 and found she needed something to keep her calm and grounded in a place where everything moved so quickly. Yoga became a way to let go of rushing traffic and flashing lights, and to find center. Sarah brings her love and joy for connection with others to each class, sharing her infectious upbeat and light-hearted energy.

A serious injury several years ago caused her to take a pause from the physical practice of yoga, and focus on the more mindful, meditative practice, and this is something she has continued to carry onto her mat and share with others long after her recovery.

Sarah completed her Fluid teacher training with Kevan Gale at Stil Studio in Dedham, MA and is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher (RYT). She completed her Spa Yoga training with Betty Riaz in Fall 2013.

Lauren Strait

Lauren Strait

Lauren Strait spent 20 years dedicated to the art of dance and has always been intrigued by the ever present and powerful connection of body and mind. She was introduced to the practice of yoga while studying dance in college and has been fascinated and hooked ever since. Lauren found that the gift of time and space to turn inward for exploration and to make discoveries was life changing and compelled her to complete her 200 hour training with Marianne Wells in Costa Rica in early 2010. Since then her teaching has been influenced and inspired by studying with teachers such as Sharon Gannon, David Life and Seane Corn. Lauren's passion for yoga is growing and evolving every day on and off the mat and she strongly believes that, if given the opportunity, the yoga practices can transform our bodies and our minds and provide ways for us to manifest the lives we've always dreamed of. It's her goal to create the space as a teacher for students to inquire and investigate within, challenge themselves and make discoveries to enable unparalleled growth on their individual journey. She offers a fun and challenging class infused with mindfulness to build awareness, enhance physical and energetic vitality, and foster stillness and peacefulness. Lauren believes the practices of yoga unlock the doors to a world of possibility and infinite opportunity. She is so grateful to be a part of the beautiful greener postures community.

Becah Tanner

Becah Tanner

Becah didn’t really like yoga when she first started. Her practice was sporadic- she mostly liked the work out and being flexible. Little did she know that the flexibility gained in body during practice was minimal. That the flexibility gained in the mind and spirit was the real benefit. When she stopped her practice for a time she noticed a clear difference in mind and outlook. Things weren’t as easy and she didn’t feel as readily equipped to deal with life. Flexibility was lost both inside and out.

Seven years, several workshops and a teacher training later Becah can’t get enough. She has seen the metamorphic benefits of a regular, mindful yoga practice first hand and it has changed her. It starts with simply feeling better then it grows and leaves many wanting to share that joy with others.

Becah knew she wanted to share the vast and wonderful benefits that she has experienced with others through teaching. She graduated from the YA certified Breathing Room Vinyasa Teacher Training in 2012. She has studied with: Nicole Clark, Alex Amorosi, Grace Jull, Sue Jones, Ame Wren, Michel Plasha and many more. Besides formal trainings Becah takes inspiration from her fellow teachers in class as well as the abundant yoga community in Maine. Her style is rhythmic and student-centered, focusing on getting into the mind-body through breath in a way that suits her students. She looks forward to sharing yoga with you!

Derek Theriault

Derek Theriault

Derek was introduced to the practice of yoga in 2010 at the instance of a friend who convinced him to attend his first class. He's been hooked ever since. Initially drawn to the physicality of the yoga practice, building strength and flexibility in the physical body, he soon realized the strength, flexibility and awareness of mind that resulted from the time on his mat.

Inspired by his teachers in Portland Maine, Heidi MacVane & Danielle Toolan, Derek completed his 200 hour yoga certification with Ame Wren & Lynne Begier at Back Bay Yoga Boston in January 2013. Primarily a student of the Vinyasa style, Derek has also practiced Anusara, Bikram, Ashtanga, and Yin styles of yoga.

"What I love about yoga is, like our bodies, it's different every time we are on our mat. The power of the practice to meet us where we are cultivates compassion within us, and ultimately in those around us. Trust the process."

Sagel Urlacher

Sagel Urlacher

Sagel is forever grateful to have found yoga and for how it continues to inspire and guide her daily life; she’s experienced for herself and in her students how this powerful practice nourishes, challenges and heals. Yoga helps us feel good, it reminds us to slow down and breathe deeply, training the body, heart and mind to live joyfully each moment. She believes anyone can do Yoga and benefit and welcomes everyone from beginners to long-term practitioners.

Offering attention to the breath and safe alignment, she’s dedicated to meeting each of her students where they are, guiding them through a challenging practice and balancing it with a compassionate approach to help create a fun and empowering environment. Encouraging students to take their practice into their daily life and live with greater ease, she loves sharing her studies around the Yogic Path, Mindfulness, and Insight Meditation.

She has an M.Ed and has completed two 200hr Vinyasa Teacher Trainings with Amy Figoli and Master Teacher Jacqui Bonwell and recently received Experienced-RYT 200 certification. Believing a practice that includes both Yin and Yang qualities brings balance and harmony to our whole selves led her to do two Yin Yoga Teacher Training Immersions with Josh Summers, and she’s honored to have studied meditation and mindfulness with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. In addition to Reiki I certification, she’ll be completing Yoga Nidra Teacher Certification in Fall 2014. She has a deep gratitude for the wisdom and generosity of all of her teachers, including her amazing students — she’s looking forward to seeing you on the mat!