Subscribing less to a particular brand name or style, Lily believes that a teacher should meet the student where they are so that the yoga is tailored to the needs of the student. On the mat she incorporates yoga philosophy and nursing knowledge into her teaching, she creates space for others to explore and experience how the mind, body, and spirit are all connected. She encourages people to reframe their perceptions, to pursue their vitality, to live passionately, in short, to stop running from oneself. The goal in class is to have each student leave with an open heart, a calm mind, and a strong body – all key elements in taking their yoga “off the mat” and into their daily lives, truly living their yoga.

Lily has been a student of yoga since she was 11 years old and is now a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). She has trained with Jacqui Bonwell (200hrs), Sue Jones, Ame Wren, Nicole Clark, Phillip Askew, David Regelin, Bryan Kest, Kathryn Budig, Johnny Gillespie, Alison Sinatra, Carissa Ciuca, Grace Jull and many more inspiring teachers. Certified Yin Yoga training with Josh Summers. Mentorship with Nicole Clark. Lily just finished 100hrs of Ashtanga Teacher Training with Kimberly Dahlmann.

Lily’s years of yoga practice she has studied many traditions of yoga allowing her to develop her own unique style of invigorating flow and healthy alignment.

In addition to being the Breathing Room owner  and teaching weekly yoga classes, she serves as a teacher mentor and is director of The Breathing Room’s celebrated 200-hour teacher training.

Off the Mat Lily recently graduated from UNE with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Born and raised in Southern Pines, NC, Lily found her second home in Portland, Maine.

Lily is deeply grateful to all of her teachers and students, on and off the mat.

Casey Putschoegl

Casey encourages students to practice yoga at their own level and pace. She strives to create a warm, welcoming space for students to explore their own practice without judgment or comparison.

Casey has been practicing yoga for ten years, and her interest in yoga stemmed from her background in dance. Starting at the age of four, she invested twenty years into practicing, instructing and competing in ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary styles of dance. Along the way, she learned that dancing was largely based on performing for others, impressing judges and winning shiny trophies (which would later end up in garage sales!). When she began transitioning from dance to yoga, she discovered the value of turning her gaze inward, instead of looking outward for approval. As a practitioner, she has found yoga to be deeply enriching. As a teacher, she is invested in supporting her students as they develop in their own journey with yoga.

In 2012, Casey received her 200-hour Vinyasa teacher certification through the Breathing Room, where she studied under Carissa Ciuca and Heather Raylinsky. She completed all 200 hours of the training during her pregnancy, so she feels a special connection to pre-natal yoga and other expectant yogis. Casey welcomed her son, George, in April 2013 and is cherishing all the big and small moments of being a first-time mother.

Off the mat, she enjoys traveling, learning foreign languages, being anywhere on the water, and exploring Maine with her husband, son and goofy red lab.

Susy Hawes

Susy Hawes began exploring yoga in high school and has been practicing for the 12 years since. She was drawn to share the practice with others and in May 2012 completed the 200 hour teaching training here at Breathing Room. In Susy’s yoga classes, the breath and inward focus are just as important as the physical poses. Susy works to create a space for students to feel both their mind and body centered and calm.

While her certification is in Vinyasa Flow, she often incorporate aspects of Iyengar, Integral, or restorative yoga traditions. Susy is honored to continue to be both inspired and guided by her teachers: Carissa Ciuca, Heather Raylinsky, Brett Russman, Grace Jull, Nicole Clark, Michael Plasha, and her first yoga teacher, Lynn Meehan.


Margo began teaching yoga in Boulder, Colorado.  She received her 500 hour RYT status with Yoga Alliance after completing her training in alignment based Vinyasa flow with Shannon Paige, Chris Muchow and Nancy Kate Williams. Since then, Margo has felt drawn to learn and delve deeper into the art of teaching restorative yoga.  She completed Level I and II Anjali Restorative Yoga Teacher Training as well as Bhava Vinyasa Teacher Training, a practice that combines the fluidity of a vinyasa practice with the healing of intentional rest.  She has truly gained an intense awareness and appreciation for the transformative power of yoga.

Her Vinyasa classes offer a gentle intensity that is focused on connection to the breath and energetic alignment. Her restorative classes move the student through a series of supported poses with elements of imagery, guided meditation and Pranayama to allow the student to ease into a place of intentional rest.  This past year, Margo designed and implemented a series of one on one sessions that were inspired by the transformational power of yoga.  These are called Heart and Soul Sessions and are meant to be empowering to the student to break through ‘the funk’ in order to live a life more connected to their heart and soul.

With roots in New England, Margo recently moved to Portland, ME with her husband to be closer to family and the ocean, one of her favorite teachers.

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Ethan Kauffman

As a teacher I am nourished by my ever evolving practice, a journey which began in 2005 and continues to inspire and challenge. Through this process I have come to view each pose as an architectural form as well as an expression of vital energy. I artfully design each practice to unravel tension, cultivate strength, and alight the natural intelligence of the body. As a yoga teacher, I most value crafting a mindful and introspective experience in which practitioners of every level can find richness and exuberance. Each individual is honored with the gift of space and quiet, embodying moving meditation.

I teach numerous weekly classes in southern Maine, lead workshops, serve as an assistant for the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program at the Breathing Room, and provide one on one sessions offering yoga, herbal healing, and holistic health guidance.

In the Summer of 2012, I completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified Yoga Teaching Program with the Breathing Room. I continue to be guided and inspired by my many teachers, including: Ame Wren, David Regelin, Leslie Kaminoff, Grace Jull, Ana Forest, Carissa Ciuca, and Heather Raylinsky.

Connect with Ethan – www.ethankauffmanyoga.com

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Steve Kelly


Steve Kelly is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher (RYT). He completed his training at Breathing Room in the spring of 2012. During his training, which was led by Carissa Ciuca, he was fortunate to study with deeply dedicated, talented, and recognized teachers in Carissa, Heather Raylinsky, Sue Jones, Alex Amorosi, Grace Jull, Michael Plasha, Nicole Clark, and others.

Steve works to create a safe and comfortable class that incorporates asana and mindfulness where students of any level can explore and deepen their practice. He is deeply dedicated to his own practice of yoga and meditation, and continues his studies through reading and workshops.

He lives in South Portland with his wife and their son. He is grateful for his family, friends, the life he has, and the opportunity to share the practice of yoga.


Amanda Marino

Amanda Marino began exploring yoga when she was 12. From her first savasana she felt a spark illuminate curiosity and desire to learn more. In the winter of 2013, Amanda took a leap of faith and embarked on the transformational journey of yoga teacher training at the Breathing Room. Under the guiding light of her teachers Carissa Ciuca, Heather Raylinsky, Grace Jull, Nicole Clark, and Coral Brown, Amanda began to develop her own authentic voice and style.

Through thoughtful sequencing, alignment cues and gentle assists, Amanda holds the space with the hope that that each student is able to come to class, and connect with their breath and body. Amanda infuses each class with music, playfulness, and openness. She is incredibly grateful for all the teachers and students who have shaped her practice. Thank you Keri Johnson and Irene Sakamoto.

Mae Corwin

Hailing from NYC, Mae is excited to bring her upbeat, inspired energy to Maine’s flourishing yoga community. Growing up in a family of yogis, Mae feels her life has been inspired by the East in many ways. Mae’s affinity for yoga first began at 6yrs old at an ashram in Woodstock, NY where she picked up an asana book and began copying complex poses to the bewilderment of onlookers. With a growing interest in holistic health and preventative medicine and a keen eye for movement analysis, Mae embarked on to yoga as a lifestyle and career.

Mae’s class will lead you on a yogic voyage through controlled breathwork, mindful meditation, innovative sun salutations and creatively sequenced standing poses, arm balances, backbends, and inversions. Mae’s presence welcomes both novice and advanced practitioners and invites students to express questions or concerns regarding their continued practice. Mae completed her 200hr Vinyasa training in 2011 at Atmananda in Manhattan. In 2014 while traveling South India she completed her 500hr Hatha training. With immense gratitude for her gurus on and off the mat, she would like to share this ancient practice with her students.

Liz Crawford

Liz has been practicing yoga since she was 14 and teaching for the past 8 years. Her yoga-teaching journey began by sharing ashtanga and vinyasa inspired yoga with fellow classmates. In 2010 Liz completed 200RYT requirements after studying with Kaoverii Weber’s Subtle Yoga Teacher Training and Life Transformation Program in Asheville, NC. Liz obtained her degree in Health Promotion at Appalachian State University in NC. After being accepted into University of New England’s Masters in Occupational Therapy Program, Liz moved to Maine summer 2014 to expand her studies of the human body and mind. Her intention for all students, no matter the type/ level of class she is teaching, is for the student to connect to the abundant peace and stillness within their self …where truth and real strength are found. Inspired by the therapeutic precision of Subtle Yoga, Liz’s classes blend a vinyasa energy, providing a challenging, yet nurturing and peaceful practice for students.

Robin Ivy Payton

Robin Ivy Payton has been a part of the South Portland and Portland communities in so many ways: as a public school educator, radio professional, astrologer and intuitive reader, and enthusiastic supporter of the music, cultural and arts community. She is so pleased to be offering yoga at The Breathing Room after a year away.

During that time Robin followed up her 200 RYT from Sacred Seeds Yoga School and master teacher Jacqui Bonwell with additional training at Lotus Pond Yoga and Pranakriya School of Yoga and Healing Arts. Robin is certified in and leads Yoga Nidra meditation and is a Pranakriya Prenatal Yoga teacher.

In 2013, she fused her love of astrology and yoga to create RoZoYo™ Yoga based on the relationship between our bodies and the cycles of Moon, Sun and planets. She believes in the power of yoga and knowing oneself well as the most effective medicine for stress-related symptoms, moving through life transitions, and developing resilience. Find her astrology forecasts and more online at www.RoZoYo.com


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Sarah Jane Whitridge

Sarah attributes her introduction to yoga to her mother, who is herself a long time yogi, encouraging Sarah to attend her first class and reap the benefits of the practice. This journey began in 1998, when she was 17, in her native country of England. Since then, she has dipped in and out of yoga while navigating work in the film industry, in teaching and then in art restoration. Yoga was then and continues to be a constant calming resource in her life. She is passionate about breath work, meditation and the spiritual connection of yoga and its aid in transversing life’s ups and downs. 

She completed a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training certificate in 2014 with Breathing Room Yoga and is incredibly humbled and honoured to now be teaching in this community. She likes to bring humour and honesty into the teaching space and create carefully structured sequences for people from all walks of life.

Since her training Sarah has attended workshops with numerous inspiring teachers: Nicole Clark, Cyndi Lee, Doug Keller, Amy Wren. She recently completed a Level 1 Children’s Yoga Teacher Training with Sharon Trull at ChildLight Yoga™.  She will soon be attending another 200 hr Ashaya Yoga® Teacher Training with Todd Norian, a 40 hour YTT with David Magone and a Restorative YTT with Margo Rosingana.

She is grateful to her first teacher Charlotte Katz in England, to the gang at Breathing Room and to every teacher, past and present, across Europe and America with whom she’s practiced yoga.



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Jamie Worster

Jamie Worster is a Mama, a Certified Hatha + Prenatal yoga teacher and DONA trained Doula. Jamie has been a student of yoga since 2001. She earned her certification from YogaWorks in Los Angeles, CA and has studied under Seane Corn, Annie Carpenter and Gurmukh. With her bright warmth and down-to-earth style, Jamie’s teaching draws on multiple disciplines including Vinyasa flow, Iyengar, and Kundalini. Jamie is honored to share the joy and empowerment that is cultivated through community, meditation, yoga postures, and breath work. She believes the practice of yoga offers a chance to pause, to bring patience to the mind, articulation to the body and empowerment to the heart. Jamie offers classes that are safe, challenging, well sequenced-and fun!

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Michelle Montoney

An Ohio native, Michelle has called Maine home for five years. In this time, she has been serving the community as a mental health therapist and soon realized the importance of the mind body connection for healing. She completed the Breathing Room teacher training in 2014 with a drive to teach and connect with all people regardless of body type, experience, or gender. She encourages self-love and non-judgment in her style while recognizing all aspects of our being beyond just the physical. Off the mat, you will find her hiking the White Mountains of New Hampshire on a mission to conquer the Presidential range.

Alexa Ward
I have been teaching Vinyasa Flow yoga for three years and practicing regularly for five. I have been inspired by Terry Lacy, Heidi MacVane, Carissa Ciuca, Seane Corne, Gabrielle Bernstein, Megan Currie and so many more incredible teachers. I graduated The Breathing Room’s first 200 hour teacher training in the Spring of  2012 with Carissa Ciuca and Heather Raylinski. I also completed a 25 credit certification at Kripalu in the area of Yoga, Meditation and Recovery from Addiction.
My classes are a place where you come to practice compassion, acceptance and gratitude for yourself.  We practice mindfulness of our bodies and minds to cultivate this awareness such that we can carry it with us through our lives off our mats. My classes offer optional opportunities to challenge yourself and take your minds and bodies to the next level while also making it very clear that wherever you are today, in this moment, is perfect. I encourage my students to use their own wisdom to decide what their yoga practice will be like from day to day. See you on the mat!
Cameron McManus

Cameron began exploring yoga in college as a complement to her demanding physical training as a lacrosse player. Once her career as a college athlete ended in 2010, she shifted her physical energy and focus to yoga, which quickly became her new addiction. She found that asana practice satisfied her need for physical challenge and growth without the “no pain, no gain” attitude of competitive sports. She began to truly appreciate and nurture the intricate mechanisms of the human body rather than constantly pushing its limits and ignoring its protests. She soon realized this practice not only benefited her body, but also calmed her mind, allowing her to feel more at ease with herself and others.

Using her background in psychology, neuroscience, and anatomy, Cameron teaches alignment-based classes that aim to maximize physiological functions while allowing plenty of space for personal exploration and growth. She believes that showing up on your mat is the greatest accomplishment and is humbled to share space, breath, and practice with all fellow students of yoga.

Cameron completed her 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Training through The Breathing Room in 2014. She is forever grateful to Lily Dougher, Ethan Somerman, Carissa Ciuca, and her fellow teacher trainees for their abundant knowledge and support which continues to enrich her evolution as a teacher.

Outside the studio, Cameron is a youth coach for MAINEiax Lacrosse Club and the varsity girls’ lacrosse coach at Portland High School. She is thrilled to combine her two passions by offering Yoga for Lacrosse Players classes and workshops.

Leslie DeGeorge, Param Sangat Kaur

Leslie DeGeorge, Param Sangat Kaur, recently completed her Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training-220-hours (Dec. 2014) through Soul Yoga & Healing in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Param Sangat brings both her experience of integrating the creative arts and incorporating mantra with the teachings. In her particular teacher training program her teachers highlighted a special emphasis on mantra training and using the arts as part of one’s transformational journey. Experience each class as an elevated journey in consciousness that will have lasting impact on both the individual and on the collective group SOUL. She delivers the teachings with reverence while making space for the student to delve deep within a new-found radiance and true state of grace. Leslie makes her home in South Portland, working as an Art Teacher in the public schools. She enjoys gardening, being by the ocean and spending time with her family.

Subs & Teaching at BR

While most of our regularly scheduled teachers swap and sub classes as needed, we do occasionally welcome a substitute teacher to lead classes in our space!  Our subs are talented, inspired, and have 200+ hours of training. We are so grateful to work with these talented teachers who occasionally sub in our space.

Interested in teaching with us?

All of our teachers have been students here at one time or another.  All our current teachers practice in our space! It helps to foster our connected community experience, which we are known for at Breathing Room.

If you’d like to apply to teach or sub with us, please come in a try a few different classes first, get a feel for our space, see how the studio operates and learn about our community– we look forward to seeing you in class soon!