Jessi   Jessi is a co-founder of Gorham Yoga Company. She first came to yoga in 2009 after the birth of her second child. She left her first class feeling strong and connected with herself, knowing she had found yoga for a reason. Since that first experience, yoga has helped Jessi stay focused and connected. It has given her a new appreciation for herself. Jessi has over 500 hrs of certifications, and received her training at Well Heart Yoga Studio. She is also certified in Restorative Yoga through Margo Rosingana.  Jessi brings positive energy, joy, and laughter to her classes. She loves to teach fun flows, encouraging her students to move their bodies with each breath and reminding them that there is grace in every pose. She believes that the breath connects everything and continually reminds her students to breathe, find their inner strength, and dig deep.   When Jessi is off her mat you can find her on some kind of adventure, coaching her daughter's travel soccer team, and helping pit-crew for her son's go-kart. She also enjoys reading, knitting, traveling, petting baby goats, and getting outside with her family.

Jessi

Jessi is a co-founder of Gorham Yoga Company. She first came to yoga in 2009 after the birth of her second child. She left her first class feeling strong and connected with herself, knowing she had found yoga for a reason. Since that first experience, yoga has helped Jessi stay focused and connected. It has given her a new appreciation for herself. Jessi has over 500 hrs of certifications, and received her training at Well Heart Yoga Studio. She is also certified in Restorative Yoga through Margo Rosingana.

Jessi brings positive energy, joy, and laughter to her classes. She loves to teach fun flows, encouraging her students to move their bodies with each breath and reminding them that there is grace in every pose. She believes that the breath connects everything and continually reminds her students to breathe, find their inner strength, and dig deep.


When Jessi is off her mat you can find her on some kind of adventure, coaching her daughter's travel soccer team, and helping pit-crew for her son's go-kart. She also enjoys reading, knitting, traveling, petting baby goats, and getting outside with her family.

  Amber    Amber is a co-founder of Gorham Yoga Company. She received her 200 hr yoga instructor certification through Well Heart Yoga in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  She has also received her 500 hr yoga certification under Brooke Boon in Flagstaff, Arizona. Her most recent certification was for trauma sensitive yoga. As a senior at Johnson State College receiving her BS in Wellness and Alternative Medicine, Amber is well versed in the science behind yoga and believes it is one of the main components of a healthy lifestyle.   Amber started yoga in high school with videos at home, and has continued ever since. Yoga has taught her many valuable lessons, such as the benefits of a deep breath and body/mind awareness and she longs to share that knowledge with those around her. She brings a realness into her classes that makes people feel at ease on their mats.  Outside of the studio she loves to spend time with her family, in nature, or on an airplane headed to far off adventures.

Amber

Amber is a co-founder of Gorham Yoga Company. She received her 200 hr yoga instructor certification through Well Heart Yoga in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  She has also received her 500 hr yoga certification under Brooke Boon in Flagstaff, Arizona. Her most recent certification was for trauma sensitive yoga. As a senior at Johnson State College receiving her BS in Wellness and Alternative Medicine, Amber is well versed in the science behind yoga and believes it is one of the main components of a healthy lifestyle. 

Amber started yoga in high school with videos at home, and has continued ever since. Yoga has taught her many valuable lessons, such as the benefits of a deep breath and body/mind awareness and she longs to share that knowledge with those around her. She brings a realness into her classes that makes people feel at ease on their mats.

Outside of the studio she loves to spend time with her family, in nature, or on an airplane headed to far off adventures.

  Tara   Tara fell in love with yoga in 2009 when dragged to a hot class at Core Power Yoga, in Colorado Springs, CO. She walked out soaking wet, physically spent, and mentally calm knowing this was her gig! Tara received her 200 hour certification from KC Fitness in 2012. A Pre-natal/Postnatal yoga certificate was also completed through Yoga Fit. As an RN, she has found that yoga helps decrease stress, lower blood pressure, and relieve pain for patients in the ER and L&D wards. Tara taught at “The Leavenworth Yoga Co-op”, and has led many outdoor Army PT classes (yes, for soldiers). Community outreach includes youth sports cross training, and founding two flash mob style yoga face book groups: Mat Crashers of Leavenworth and Mat Crashers of Fort Hood. She believes that everyone can do yoga! It all starts with a deep breath, a willingness to move, and above all else, compassion. You deserve it. Namaste.

Tara

Tara fell in love with yoga in 2009 when dragged to a hot class at Core Power Yoga, in Colorado Springs, CO. She walked out soaking wet, physically spent, and mentally calm knowing this was her gig! Tara received her 200 hour certification from KC Fitness in 2012. A Pre-natal/Postnatal yoga certificate was also completed through Yoga Fit. As an RN, she has found that yoga helps decrease stress, lower blood pressure, and relieve pain for patients in the ER and L&D wards. Tara taught at “The Leavenworth Yoga Co-op”, and has led many outdoor Army PT classes (yes, for soldiers). Community outreach includes youth sports cross training, and founding two flash mob style yoga face book groups: Mat Crashers of Leavenworth and Mat Crashers of Fort Hood. She believes that everyone can do yoga! It all starts with a deep breath, a willingness to move, and above all else, compassion. You deserve it. Namaste.

 
  Valerie   Valerie found her way to the practice of yoga in high school where the union of movement, breath, and stillness of the mind that yoga provides quickly captivated her. She is registered as a 500-hour yoga teacher (RYT-500) with Yoga Alliance, as she recently completed a 300-hour advanced teacher training at Yoga on the Hill in Kittery, Maine. This advanced teacher training focused on anatomy and physiology, modifying and adapting the practice of yoga for unique populations, and learning the skills of intake, assessment, and intervention to address the needs of all individuals. Valerie uses her extensive knowledge and education of anatomy and alignment to further inform her instruction. She is passionate about providing a practice suited for everyone that not only soothes the body but also calms the mind. Valerie uses kindness and compassion to meet each person where they are and allow them to feel successful each time they step onto their mat. She has been certified through the American Council on Exercise as a personal trainer since 2008 and works full-time as a middle school wellness teacher, where she teaches health, wellness, and mindfulness to 6th-8th grade students.

Valerie

Valerie found her way to the practice of yoga in high school where the union of movement, breath, and stillness of the mind that yoga provides quickly captivated her. She is registered as a 500-hour yoga teacher (RYT-500) with Yoga Alliance, as she recently completed a 300-hour advanced teacher training at Yoga on the Hill in Kittery, Maine. This advanced teacher training focused on anatomy and physiology, modifying and adapting the practice of yoga for unique populations, and learning the skills of intake, assessment, and intervention to address the needs of all individuals. Valerie uses her extensive knowledge and education of anatomy and alignment to further inform her instruction. She is passionate about providing a practice suited for everyone that not only soothes the body but also calms the mind. Valerie uses kindness and compassion to meet each person where they are and allow them to feel successful each time they step onto their mat. She has been certified through the American Council on Exercise as a personal trainer since 2008 and works full-time as a middle school wellness teacher, where she teaches health, wellness, and mindfulness to 6th-8th grade students.

  Nicole   My personal discovery of the yoga path happened in the 90’s as I was starting my Nursing career. But long before I understood yoga holistically, I was developing a deep respect for the physical and spiritual components of the human being. When I finished my 200 hour training with Jacqui Bonwell in 2014, I was fueled with a passion to share what I had learned, despite never having planned to teach yoga. So I dove right in and quickly found that my life’s work to that point had been great preparation for the role of yoga teacher. Since then, I’ve continued to learn and deepen my commitment to the healing arts with Reiki II certification, Myofascial Release Therapy with John Barnes, Yin Yoga & Meditation training with Sagel Urlacher, and ongoing personal study. My classes and workshops are inspired by what I’ve learned from many teachers, but also by thought leaders in the fields of neuropsychology, epigenetics, and energy medicine. I believe in the power of healing with sound and the importance of silence as well, and I make time for both in the yoga practice. Students will experience a blend of functional movement, stillness, breathwork, chanting, introspection, and meditative moments in my classes. I bring an open mind and a compassionate heart to every class, with the intention of creating an accessible and safe environment for each student to experience and absorb exactly what is needed in the moment.

Nicole

My personal discovery of the yoga path happened in the 90’s as I was starting my Nursing career. But long before I understood yoga holistically, I was developing a deep respect for the physical and spiritual components of the human being. When I finished my 200 hour training with Jacqui Bonwell in 2014, I was fueled with a passion to share what I had learned, despite never having planned to teach yoga. So I dove right in and quickly found that my life’s work to that point had been great preparation for the role of yoga teacher. Since then, I’ve continued to learn and deepen my commitment to the healing arts with Reiki II certification, Myofascial Release Therapy with John Barnes, Yin Yoga & Meditation training with Sagel Urlacher, and ongoing personal study.
My classes and workshops are inspired by what I’ve learned from many teachers, but also by thought leaders in the fields of neuropsychology, epigenetics, and energy medicine. I believe in the power of healing with sound and the importance of silence as well, and I make time for both in the yoga practice. Students will experience a blend of functional movement, stillness, breathwork, chanting, introspection, and meditative moments in my classes. I bring an open mind and a compassionate heart to every class, with the intention of creating an accessible and safe environment for each student to experience and absorb exactly what is needed in the moment.

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Marissa

Marissa found her way to yoga ten years ago during high school, skeptical of how it could benefit her. With encouragement from a close friend and her first teacher, she stuck with the practice until she eventually fell in love with the calming affect it had on her physical body and chaotic “monkey mind”. Marissa will received her 200 hour  with Samudra Studio in Saco. Her classes reflect her own disposition creating a trusting and sunny space to welcome her students. Marissa’s style
can be best described as challenging yet mindful. She believes in cracking a joke or two in tough poses to ease the tension and reminds her students to think of her classes as a moving meditation; a
consciousness linking each physical pose with each inward breath. Currently, Marissa is applying her skills with local athletes to help them realize the importance of yoga as part of a whole-body wellness program. When not on her mat, you can find Marissa reading on the beach, or outdoors somewhere
with her Schnoodle puppy and boyfriend. She also enjoys traveling to visit friends, rooting on all Boston sports teams, playing pond hockey and forever deepening her knowledge of yoga and holistic wellness.

  Ali   After years of gymnastics and competitive cheer leading, Ali wanted something more. She still wanted to sweat but she wanted something that would change her, build her, and inspire her daily. Ali began her yoga practice in 2010. She attended her first hot yoga class when she was going through a traumatic time in her life. She walked out an emotional wreck, fatigued, and drenched in sweat. Yet she felt connected for the first time. She completed her 200 hour training at Well Heart Yoga Studio in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Additionally, she is certified in Yin Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage and Reiki. She is excited to be enrolling in her 500 hour certification this Spring! You can catch Ali spending most of her time upside down these days because inversions are her jam (so expect them in her classes!) Her goal is to spread the joy that she’s found through yoga and to teach others how they can find it too. Her teaching style is refreshing, encouraging and playful. Using cues, and pose breakdowns, she helps students understand the movement of their body and strives to guide them towards personal growth no matter what level yogi they are.

Ali

After years of gymnastics and competitive cheer leading, Ali wanted something more. She still wanted to sweat but she wanted something that would change her, build her, and inspire her daily. Ali began her yoga practice in 2010. She attended her first hot yoga class when she was going through a traumatic time in her life. She walked out an emotional wreck, fatigued, and drenched in sweat. Yet she felt connected for the first time. She completed her 200 hour training at Well Heart Yoga Studio in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Additionally, she is certified in Yin Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage and Reiki. She is excited to be enrolling in her 500 hour certification this Spring!
You can catch Ali spending most of her time upside down these days because inversions are her jam (so expect them in her classes!) Her goal is to spread the joy that she’s found through yoga and to teach others how they can find it too. Her teaching style is refreshing, encouraging and playful. Using cues, and pose breakdowns, she helps students understand the movement of their body and strives to guide them towards personal growth no matter what level yogi they are.

  Sonya   A recent transplant to Maine, Sonya received her YOGA ALLIANCE RYT-200 training in 2015 at Charlotte Family Yoga, working with Diane Cevallos and Hollace Stephenson. She has also been trained in prenatal yoga through Charlotte Family Yoga, Curvy Yoga with Anna Guest-Jelley, and children’s yoga with Karma Kids Yoga and the Children’s Yoga Teacher Training Collaborative.    Sonya found her way to yoga in 2007 while working on her PhD in English literature. She discovered that linking breath and movement in vinyasa flows was the perfect way to relieve the stress of graduate school, and has been practicing ever since. She has taught yoga in North Carolina, Colorado, and is happy to teaching in her newly adopted home here in Gorham. Her classes emphasize safe alignment and building strength, endurance, and flexibility. She loves working with props to make asana accessible for bodies of all shapes, sizes, and abilities.  Off the mat, Sonya enjoys spending time with her husband, twin sons, and cats; doing crossfit; and cross-stitching until her eyes cross. 

Sonya

A recent transplant to Maine, Sonya received her YOGA ALLIANCE RYT-200 training in 2015 at Charlotte Family Yoga, working with Diane Cevallos and Hollace Stephenson. She has also been trained in prenatal yoga through Charlotte Family Yoga, Curvy Yoga with Anna Guest-Jelley, and children’s yoga with Karma Kids Yoga and the Children’s Yoga Teacher Training Collaborative.  

Sonya found her way to yoga in 2007 while working on her PhD in English literature. She discovered that linking breath and movement in vinyasa flows was the perfect way to relieve the stress of graduate school, and has been practicing ever since. She has taught yoga in North Carolina, Colorado, and is happy to teaching in her newly adopted home here in Gorham. Her classes emphasize safe alignment and building strength, endurance, and flexibility. She loves working with props to make asana accessible for bodies of all shapes, sizes, and abilities.

Off the mat, Sonya enjoys spending time with her husband, twin sons, and cats; doing crossfit; and cross-stitching until her eyes cross. 

  Kristine    Kristine started practicing yoga looking to provide balance to an over active, busy life.    Time on the mat allowed her to take her focus inward.  Embracing as much of the teachings she could get her hands on,  she knew she found her passion ~ a true seeker on a path.   Eleven years later, she still is deeply driven by the many aspects of the practice and to embrace the next steps as they come.    As a teacher, Kristine loves to share yoga and its teachings to all the other seekers out there.  Some of many teachers that influence her are:  Jacqui Bonwell, Shiva Rea, Roberto Lim, Heidi MacVane, Danielle Toolan, and Sagel Urlacher.  Kristine is a graduate of the Sacred Seeds Yoga School and is also Yin Yoga and Restorative certified.  As a Reiki healer, she offers energy work that can be often found weaved in her class. Kristine’s classes are energetic, fun and informative.   All levels are welcomed.   

Kristine

Kristine started practicing yoga looking to provide balance to an over active, busy life.  

Time on the mat allowed her to take her focus inward.  Embracing as much of the teachings she could get her hands on,  she knew she found her passion ~ a true seeker on a path. 

Eleven years later, she still is deeply driven by the many aspects of the practice and to embrace the next steps as they come.  

As a teacher, Kristine loves to share yoga and its teachings to all the other seekers out there.  Some of many teachers that influence her are:  Jacqui Bonwell, Shiva Rea, Roberto Lim, Heidi MacVane, Danielle Toolan, and Sagel Urlacher.

Kristine is a graduate of the Sacred Seeds Yoga School and is also Yin Yoga and Restorative certified.  As a Reiki healer, she offers energy work that can be often found weaved in her class.
Kristine’s classes are energetic, fun and informative. 

All levels are welcomed.

 

  Sara-Lee   Sara-Lee fell in love with yoga and the therapeutic arts at a young age. She discovered yoga as a tool to deal with stress and anxiety and noticed a profound change in her ability to self-heal through the practice of yoga, movement and breath. This early practice of yoga led her into the world of healing arts and massage therapy, where she has continually studied and practiced for nearly 15 years. She graduated from The Breathing Room 200-hour Yoga teacher training with Lily Dougher and Margo Rosingana, and Movement in Stillness Restorative teaching training with Margo Rosingana in 2016. She is additionally a licensed massage therapist and Thai Bodyworker, with over 1500 hours in bodywork, massage and movement therapy education.  Sara-Lee works to help students bring awareness to their own healing process, using bodywork and yoga to help with pain management and injury recovery. She enjoys teaching Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative Yoga, approaching each class and every student thoughtfully and with a great understanding that not all bodies are built the same, and not all healing paths are created equal.  She believes that by encouraging deep self-awareness, every individual can work to break through their own barriers, helping to strengthen their mind-body connection and allow space for personal growth.

Sara-Lee

Sara-Lee fell in love with yoga and the therapeutic arts at a young age. She discovered yoga as a tool to deal with stress and anxiety and noticed a profound change in her ability to self-heal through the practice of yoga, movement and breath. This early practice of yoga led her into the world of healing arts and massage therapy, where she has continually studied and practiced for nearly 15 years. She graduated from The Breathing Room 200-hour Yoga teacher training with Lily Dougher and Margo Rosingana, and Movement in Stillness Restorative teaching training with Margo Rosingana in 2016. She is additionally a licensed massage therapist and Thai Bodyworker, with over 1500 hours in bodywork, massage and movement therapy education.

Sara-Lee works to help students bring awareness to their own healing process, using bodywork and yoga to help with pain management and injury recovery. She enjoys teaching Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative Yoga, approaching each class and every student thoughtfully and with a great understanding that not all bodies are built the same, and not all healing paths are created equal.

She believes that by encouraging deep self-awareness, every individual can work to break through their own barriers, helping to strengthen their mind-body connection and allow space for personal growth.