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ABOUT ALEKSANDRA TOWNSEND

Aleksandra found yoga in 2001 during her first visit to Maine from Poland and she was drawn instantly into this transformative and healing practice. She completed her initial 200-hour vinyasa teacher training with Jennifer Cooper and Sandra Pleasant in Virginia and has since studied with many teachers including Sean Corn, Shiva Rea, Patricia Walden, Jacqui Bonwell, Amy Wren, Nicole Clark, and many others. She also holds 40-hour Prenatal Training with Still Point Healing Method, Shiva Shakti School of Yoga, and also Kids Yoga Teacher Training through ChildLight Yoga. Additionally, she has a strong background and certification in Pilates, Ayurveda, and is a Usui Reiki Master. Aleksandra completed her 500-hour advanced Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga of Energy Flow. She recently completed her 40-hour Yoga Nidra Certification. Her teaching style is heart driven and based in alignment while allowing for creativity and intuitive sequencing. She encourages students to breathe into their space on the mat and educates them about ways of incorporating the practice of mindfulness and holistic health into their daily lives. She strives to create a safe space for healing to occur across all ages. 

She is constantly grateful to all of her teachers and students for their endless inspiration and wisdom. She is passionate about bringing yoga and mindfulness to all ages within the community. When not teaching, Aleksandra enjoys being in nature with her two children Natalia and Konrad and her husband Brian, dog Luna, and cat Koko. To read more about her click here.

 

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ABOUT SUSAN MCCADAM HOFFMAN

Susan McCadam Hoffman, MS, ERYT, is a fitness and wellness consultant and owner of Mat Madness Yoga studio. Prior to moving to Portland, she managed a corporate fitness center at a manufacturing plant with over 500 employees, collaborating with the on-site medical staff to develop corporate wellness programs and monitor individualized physical rehabilitation plans. She also developed fitness programs and workshops and taught classes in various colleges, governmental agencies, and fitness facilities throughout the Capital Region of New York State. 

Since moving to the beautiful coast of southern Maine, Susan has presented her work involving mindfulness in schools, “Sound Body, Sound Mind: Enhance Students’ Health, Learning and Focus through Yoga,” at the Annual Conference of the Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools (MAAPS). Her most recent collaboration on the Mat Madness and Frederick H. Tuttle Mindfulness Movement Project involved live instruction from her Portland, Maine studio to middle school students in Burlington, VT. She presented this work, “The Power and Possibilities of Mindful Movement: Primary Prevention of Emotional, Behavioral and Stress-Related Physical Disorders in Children,” at the 2013 Bridging the Divide Primary Care and Public Health Conference, sponsored by the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

In addition to teaching adult yoga classes in the greater Portland area, Susan created an in-school yoga program for elementary aged boys with an emotional disturbance disability in Westbrook to help them develop self-regulation skills. And in an effort to reach deeper into the Portland community, she has volunteered as a facilitator in the Multicultural Program run by the Center for Grieving Children. 

In her spare time, Susan can either be found puttering in the garden, cooking for family and friends, or walking the back cove of the ocean near the home she shares with her husband, Danny. 

Susan would love to hear from you with any requests, questions, comments, or concerns: susan.mccadam@gmail.com

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ABOUT MELISSA UREY

Melissa has been continually drawn to the union of mind and body in the present moment and the learning that can take place there. Coming from a background in theater and dance, she began sharing this as an important life skill with children of all ages through those mediums.

Finding yoga while in recovery from a surgery, Melissa realized that everything she loved most about teaching theater she could share even more deeply through yoga. She received her 200HR YTT from ShivaShakti School of Yoga in 2016 and will complete her 500HR AYTT in June. She is also a student of Sanskrit and the Bhagavad Gita with Prem Sadasivananda from whom she received her spiritual name Sri Devi in 2017.

Bringing people out of the mind and into body to create more balance is a guiding force in her classes. She runs caregiver/child and family yoga classes as well as workshops for teachers wishing to incorporate yoga and breath work into the classroom. She also loves the opportunity to introduce new comers to yoga and help seasoned practitioners go back to the basics to find new depth to their practice.

Melissa lives in Portland with her husband and two amazing daughters. Recently she noticed a quote one of her daughters had posted on the refrigerator that sums it all up for her. "Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life."

 

About Kelley Voegelin

Kelley Voegelin (E-RYT 500; RPYT) began teaching yoga in Brooklyn, NY in 2011. Over the years, she has come to offer multiple forms of yoga — Vinyasa, Prenatal, Yin & Restorative.

Kelley's Vinyasa classes integrate clear alignment cues, a welcoming pace & subtle body awareness. Each thoughtful sequence strikes a balance of movement & stillness.

In a commitment to both empower & nurture her Prenatal students, Kelley infuses accessible transitions, safe modifications & strengthening, with breath work, mental focus & intentional rest.

In Yin, Kelley creates a meditative practice that nourishes & seeps into the body's deeper tissues & energetic layers. Her Restorative classes provide the necessary slowing down & simplification needed in order to find respite from the tensions that can entangle in our bodies & minds.

Kelley teaches group classes, private lessons, workshops & does Yoga Teacher Trainings in Maine & New York. Seasonal practices, mudra & meditation often inspire her own practice & teaching methods. Kelley brings purpose to each class she teaches & believes in yoga’s ability to bring profound benefit to all. 

Originally from the Hudson Valley of Upstate New York, Kelley spent the past decade living in New York City. Love brought her to Maine in 2016 & she currently resides in South Portland. Making art, gardening & spending time with her dog are just a few of the pleasures that fill her time. To find out more about her visit https://kelvoe.wordpress.com/.

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About Louisa irele

Always a lover of movement, Louisa was first introduced to yoga by her dance teacher in high school, but it wasn't until after college that she truly fell in love with the way her asana practice ignited her awareness in all aspects of her life, both on and off the mat.

Her journey took her through many different styles of yoga and ultimately to the completion of her 200hr certification in krama vinyasa from Illumina Yoga under the guidance of Johanna Bell, Kathleen Savoy, and Melissa Lopez Landers. She has since added certifications dance fitness and barre.

Louisa believes that yoga is truly for every body. Her yoga is infused with dance to create a dynamic flow and she incorporates elements of trauma-informed instruction to create a welcoming environment for all to safely explore their own natural movement.

 

About Alex Argo

A devoted practitioner and student for many years, Alex Argo felt a deep calling to share yoga with others. In 2018 she had the honor of journeying further on this path by completing her Krama Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training through Illumina yoga under the guidance of Johanna Bell, Kathleen Savoy, Melissa Lopez Landers and Maria Wagner.

Alex is a deep believer in the therapeutic qualities of yoga practice; that movement, breath and stillness can have profound effects on well-being. She feels passionately that there is a form of yoga for every body despite age, physical limitations and fitness levels. Her mission as a teacher is to create an atmosphere of inclusion and accessibility to all levels of experience and ability.

Alex hopes to inspire practitioners to bring mindful movement, breath and alignment off their mats, promoting greater body awareness and overall health and well-being.

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About Jess Fairclough RYT200 (She/Her/Hers)

As a person in a larger body, Jess did not believe yoga was available to her. When she first started taking classes she left feeling frustrated and ignored. This feeling became the driving force behind her desire to become a yoga teacher. In 2017 she completed her 200YTT with Jacqui Bonwell at Sacred Seeds Yoga School and has been teaching at various studios in the Portland area since then. Jess is a birth and postpartum doula as well as a reiki practitioner. She strongly believes that health and wellness is everyone’s birthright regardless of socioeconomic status, age, gender, orientation, size or physical ability.

Jess’s classes are for all bodies/levels, taught with a trauma-informed approach and use a positive, mellow reggae playlist. Jess ensures that her classes are accessible and inclusive to students of all sizes and abilities by offering information about using props and making modifications. Ideally, students will be able to take this knowledge to any yoga class and feel empowered to modify common postures for their specific needs.

About Kate Gallogly

Kate began practicing yoga in 2008 as a way to connect with her body and calm her mind. Yoga offered her a quiet place to turn inward, feel the ease of a mobile spine, and open her heart. In 2012, Kate completed her Embodyoga 200hr YTT with Patty Townsend at Yoga Center Amherst in Amherst, MA. This training highlighted for Kate the simple, yet profound nature of yoga as a healing, therapeutic practice aimed at softening our relationship to the world around us. Yoga prompted inquiry into other healing modalities for Kate, and after becoming a doula and witnessing childbirth, Kate decided to pursue a nursing degree.

In 2017, Kate became a Registered Nurse. Kate is passionate about supporting women as they step into motherhood, and currently works as a labor, delivery, and postpartum nurse. In 2018, Kate completed her 90hr Birthing Mama Prenatal YTT with Corinne Andrews of Yoga Center Amherst. Pregnancy and postpartum are times of incredible transformation in all aspects of our lives. Yoga can be a nourishing and regenerative companion throughout these powerful transitions.

In her classes, Kate aims to offer ease moving with the breath, greater awareness of the subtle, and increased strength and flexibility. Kate is also a Certified Lactation Counselor and trained in Spinning Babies. When not on her mat, Kate enjoys knitting, making pottery, and creating herbal medicine.

 
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