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 secure 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 travel soccer, and helping pit-crew for her family’s go-kart team. She also enjoys reading, knitting, traveling, petting baby animals, 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 secure 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 travel soccer, and helping pit-crew for her family’s go-kart team. She also enjoys reading, knitting, traveling, petting baby animals, 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.

 
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.

 
Melissa   Melissa Ferrigno began practicing yoga when looking for an outlet to help with balancing all her day-to-day tasks, while reducing stress and countering her other work out activities. After her first vinyasa yoga flow class she was hooked. Melissa had found a place where she could let go and focus on her connection of mind, body, and spirit while toning and strengthening her body. Wanting to deepen her practice and learn more about the history and philosophy behind yoga, Melissa completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Breathing Room in South Portland Maine in 2013. She began teaching regular classes shortly after which helped her to develop her own authentic voice and style when practicing and teaching classes, and enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge with others. Melissa holds space with the hope that each student is able to come to class, let go of their busy lives, and become reconnected to their breath and body. She also holds certifications in Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Prenatal, and Children’s.  Off the mat, Melissa enjoys running, hiking, and snowboarding. In warm months she enjoys relaxing at the beach and being in the sunshine. Melissa received an Undergraduate Degree in Communication with a minor in Holistic Health and Education, and a Master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education - both from the University of Southern Maine.

Melissa

Melissa Ferrigno began practicing yoga when looking for an outlet to help with balancing all her day-to-day tasks, while reducing stress and countering her other work out activities. After her first vinyasa yoga flow class she was hooked. Melissa had found a place where she could let go and focus on her connection of mind, body, and spirit while toning and strengthening her body. Wanting to deepen her practice and learn more about the history and philosophy behind yoga, Melissa completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Breathing Room in South Portland Maine in 2013. She began teaching regular classes shortly after which helped her to develop her own authentic voice and style when practicing and teaching classes, and enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge with others. Melissa holds space with the hope that each student is able to come to class, let go of their busy lives, and become reconnected to their breath and body. She also holds certifications in Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Prenatal, and Children’s.

Off the mat, Melissa enjoys running, hiking, and snowboarding. In warm months she enjoys relaxing at the beach and being in the sunshine. Melissa received an Undergraduate Degree in Communication with a minor in Holistic Health and Education, and a Master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education - both from the University of Southern Maine.

Armella   Armella took her first yoga class in 2014 and immediately fell in love with her practice and knew that yoga was going to play a big role in her life. She completed her 200 hour teacher training at Corepower Yoga in Boston, MA in 2016 and began teaching December 2016. Since then she has taught over 350 classes, coached two teacher trainings, and was Assistant Studio Manager at Corepower Yoga Ink Block in Boston for a year. After nine years away, she recently decided to move back to Maine and is excited to continue her yoga journey both as a student and teacher here!  Armella likes to teach a high energy vinyasa class that leaves her students feeling stronger and empowered. She has a passion for fun transitions, inversions, and cueing to the alignment and engagement of each pose to help you find a whole new understanding of how it can best impact your body and your practice! She looks forward to seeing you on your mat soon!

Armella

Armella took her first yoga class in 2014 and immediately fell in love with her practice and knew that yoga was going to play a big role in her life. She completed her 200 hour teacher training at Corepower Yoga in Boston, MA in 2016 and began teaching December 2016. Since then she has taught over 350 classes, coached two teacher trainings, and was Assistant Studio Manager at Corepower Yoga Ink Block in Boston for a year. After nine years away, she recently decided to move back to Maine and is excited to continue her yoga journey both as a student and teacher here!

Armella likes to teach a high energy vinyasa class that leaves her students feeling stronger and empowered. She has a passion for fun transitions, inversions, and cueing to the alignment and engagement of each pose to help you find a whole new understanding of how it can best impact your body and your practice! She looks forward to seeing you on your mat soon!

 
Brad   Brad is a Portland Maine native and former multiple sport athlete. While working towards his kinesiology degree and navigating through the messy confusion of life he took his first hot yoga class. It was like the light just turned on and that peace that seemed so out of reach had been there all along. The journey is just beginning for Brad, he completed his 200 hour Power + Vinyasa training in 2018 at Hot 8 yoga in Pasadena, California and plans to continue towards his 500 hr in the near future. "It has been the greatest gift in life finding myself in the service of others." Brad truly believes that the practice will always meet you exactly where you are in the present moment. Brad's vinyasa style is explorative, playful, and aimed to challenge you physically while allowing you to travel further inward.  "I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars, and started listening to the teaching of my Soul."– Rumi

Brad

Brad is a Portland Maine native and former multiple sport athlete. While working towards his kinesiology degree and navigating through the messy confusion of life he took his first hot yoga class. It was like the light just turned on and that peace that seemed so out of reach had been there all along. The journey is just beginning for Brad, he completed his 200 hour Power + Vinyasa training in 2018 at Hot 8 yoga in Pasadena, California and plans to continue towards his 500 hr in the near future. "It has been the greatest gift in life finding myself in the service of others." Brad truly believes that the practice will always meet you exactly where you are in the present moment. Brad's vinyasa style is explorative, playful, and aimed to challenge you physically while allowing you to travel further inward.

"I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars, and started listening to the teaching of my Soul."– Rumi


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 teacher 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 teacher 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.

 
Anna   Anna is a 200-hour Kripalu Yoga teacher (KYT) from Portland, ME. She encountered her first yoga class in a small gym studio at Bard College in upstate New York. Between spending (ample) time in her college library, running outside, and adventuring with friends, this class introduced her to a luxurious world of stillness, self-compassion and introspection.  When she returned to Maine in 2016, she fell in love with a consistent vinyasa yoga practice to balance fast-paced Portland restaurant work. Her engagement with meditation and movement illuminated a sea of learning and creativity in a safe, quiet space. Eventually, with the inspiration and gentle grace of her Kripalu teachers Rudy Peirce and Jurian Hughes, Anna learned how to breathe and witness the waves of feeling and sensation that pull the tides of each of our experience. As Jurian has expressed, “happiness is a fleeting emotion, but joy lives in the soul.”  Anna offers a nurturing and peaceful environment for her students to meet their soul—she is dedicated to being a kind “guide on the side.” Off the mat, Anna enjoys hiking, eating colorful food, finding new live music shows, laughing (a lot), and traveling with friends. She lives in Portland with her cats, Tofu and Nancy.

Anna

Anna is a 200-hour Kripalu Yoga teacher (KYT) from Portland, ME. She encountered her first yoga class in a small gym studio at Bard College in upstate New York. Between spending (ample) time in her college library, running outside, and adventuring with friends, this class introduced her to a luxurious world of stillness, self-compassion and introspection.

When she returned to Maine in 2016, she fell in love with a consistent vinyasa yoga practice to balance fast-paced Portland restaurant work. Her engagement with meditation and movement illuminated a sea of learning and creativity in a safe, quiet space. Eventually, with the inspiration and gentle grace of her Kripalu teachers Rudy Peirce and Jurian Hughes, Anna learned how to breathe and witness the waves of feeling and sensation that pull the tides of each of our experience. As Jurian has expressed, “happiness is a fleeting emotion, but joy lives in the soul.”

Anna offers a nurturing and peaceful environment for her students to meet their soul—she is dedicated to being a kind “guide on the side.” Off the mat, Anna enjoys hiking, eating colorful food, finding new live music shows, laughing (a lot), and traveling with friends. She lives in Portland with her cats, Tofu and Nancy.