Vincent (he/him/his), a sweet soul seeking to help others find comfort in stillness. He believes that yoga is a powerful tool for allowing yourself to become reacquainted with your body and spirit. He is incredibly grateful to have found yoga at a young age, practicing yoga and meditation from the time he was ten.
Growing up in a rural part of Maine, it was very difficult for him to find like-minded peers or attend studio yoga classes. He also found himself further isolated when he chose to come out as trans when he was a teenager. Through yoga, he’s been able to find a sense of connection and community, and he hopes to share that experience with other people.
Vincent has completed over 600hrs of yoga teacher training, including 95hrs in Children and Teens Yoga specifically. When he is not teaching, you can find him at home eating all sorts of fruits and veggies and sharing them with his reptile children, Loki and Thortoise.
A forever optimist and silver lining seeker, Laura (she/her/hers) goes with the flow to guide herself and others toward what makes their hearts happy through empowerment, creative arts, and yoga. Oh and she loves her backyard chickens! You can find Laura at Big Red leading My Heart Academy, teaching the art of chilling out with Yoga Nidra, and any place else that needs her positive vibe (and adult supervision).
Discovering yoga in 2002, Laura fell in love with the practice. She received her 200-hr YTT from Jacqui Bonwell’s Sacred Seeds in 2016. She also received her Children’s Yoga Certification from ChildLight Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation Certification from ShivaShakti School of Yoga, and Reiki 1 Certification, all in 2017.
Following her heart 5 years ago, Laura left the hustle and bustle of the NYC ad agency world to move back home to Maine to raise her family where she grew-up, and advocate for women and girls in the non-profit sector. Laura is also the Marketing and Communications Director for Girl Scouts of Maine, and is grateful to balance that with her passion for yoga and meditation, empowering Gen Z, and all things creative through her work with Trust Your Gut.
A native of Denver, Colorado, Michelle (she/her/hers) moved to Maine 5 years ago and brought with her a diverse background in hospitality, education, and childcare. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Recreation and Tourism with an emphasis in environmental education.
Michelle has spent most of her adult life working with children in various educational and home settings. She is passionate about experiential learning and giving kids the opportunity to move their bodies, use their senses, and engage with their communities.
In her free time, Michelle likes to go paddle boarding, rock climbing, and explore the great state of Maine with her dog Maple.
Christine (she/her/hers) began her yoga journey as a teenager in need of a way to calm herself in a very crazy world. Mental health, trauma, and medical issues complicated her life but yoga and meditation helped her move through her struggles, finding a place of comfort and self compassion within the chaos.
She started her teaching journey in 2014, training with Well Heart Yoga as a Children’s Yoga Teacher, and later, training in mindfulness and social emotional learning with Wise Minds/Big Hearts. She went on to study Vinyasa yoga at the 200 and 300 level with Johanna Bell of Illumina Yoga and Restorative Yoga with Margo Rosingana.
Wanting to dive deeper into what helped her the most, she completed a Trauma Informed Yoga for Youth certification in the summer of 2021 and is currently completing further trauma informed trainings and a yoga for anxiety training.
She has offered children’s yoga on a volunteer basis over the last five years to children who would otherwise have a limited opportunity to learn and practice it.
Currently, she leads yoga and mindfulness activities during online bereavement groups for children, and at an inpatient psychiatric hospital for children with Autism.
Her intention is to act as a yoga facilitator, trusting that every child already has the tools inside themselves to discover their power, they might just need the space or acknowledgment to tap into it.
From a young age, Shannon (she/her/hers) has always had high energy and an uncontrollable desire for movement. Shannon was actively involved in competitive soccer and dance all throughout high school. After requiring knee surgery in high school, she transitioned to coaching competitive soccer for young girls and continued her commitment to movement as a coach.
During this time, Shannon found her passion for teaching others. It wasn’t until 2018 when Shannon took her 100-hour Barre Teacher training that her spark for teaching was reignited. She loved helping others and enjoyed finding new creative ways to sequence each class. After Barre Teacher training, Shannon began teaching spin classes where she could really let her energy flow.
Shannon is currently completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training, and she enjoys pursuing new and creative ways to move her body. She also runs fitness accountability groups on social media with daily workouts, nutrition, and check-ins.
When Shannon is not teaching she enjoys making healthy meals, planning parties for her friends, walking her two fur-babies and enjoying being a new mom.
As a mom and an educator with 20+ years in the classroom, Erica (she/her/hers) knows kids inside and out. She also knows how simultaneously beautiful and brutal it is to be a parent in 2021.
As an Internal Family Systems Practitioner and our adult coach, Erica creates the space for grown ups to dig deep, get back in touch with their true selves and deepen their relationships with others.
You’ll find Erica at Walnut Hill Wellness Center facilitating our adult group, Our Circle, and working 1-1 with clients to step into their best lives.
Lynne Hermann (she/her/hers) is an artist whose recently relocated back to Maine after living in San Francisco for 28 years. She started drawing and making doll furniture with scraps of thrown away cardboard in the garbage when she was tiny. And hasn’t stopped creating! Lynne has played with a lot of mediums over the years including graphic art, illustration, fashion and textile design.
She has worked under the name Feral Apparel Etc selling various handmade art, jewelry and vintage clothing and accessories.
She is excited to work with kids and see their creations!
Cheryl (she/her/hers) has been an educator for over 20 years. She grew up outside of Bangor and recently returned to North Yarmouth after spending 20 years in the Bay Area! She is excited to share and explore her home state with her family.
In addition to Cheryl’s experiences teaching Spanish from kindergarten through high school, she has also coached sports and taught cooking classes at summer camp programs. Providing opportunities for social-emotional growth and development and fostering feelings of inclusivity, confidence, and acceptance have always been at the forefront of all of her teaching and coaching.
Throughout the years, Cheryl has dedicated many hours to professional development, doing trainings and studies in Responsive Classroom (a student-centered, social and emotional learning approach to teaching and classroom management), Play Works (an organization that helps schools and youth programs create recess and play environments where every child can join in), mindfulness, and diversity, inclusivity and cultural competence.
While living in the Bay Area, Cheryl discovered her inner foodie! She experienced a paradise of Mexican Carnitas, Japanese Sushi, Ethiopian Injera, Korean Bibimbap, Thai curries, and Italian pastries which inspired her to branch out in her own cooking at home.
Learn more about Kate (she/her/hers) and her involvement with our team here. Kate will cheerlead you and your cells to greatness!
Kelly (she/her/hers) is THRILLED to be sharing space with such an amazing team and is honored to witness these change-makers doing their thing. To learn more about Kelly, go here.