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LILY DOUGHER

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, 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’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 co-leads 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.

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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.

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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.

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MARGO ROSINGANA

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.

 

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KELLY corbin

Kelly Corbin has been practicing and living yoga since 1998. From classes in her college’s gym to the rainforests of Costa Rica, yoga has been a central and stabilizing force in Kelly’s life. She has completed two 200-hour yoga teacher-training programs, first an Iyengar-based training and most recently with the Kripalu School for Yoga. As a teacher, Kelly is humorous, creative and fun. She leads joyful sequences that invite her students to explore their own edge, both physically and mentally. Her Iyengar training gives her a strong foundation in alignment and anatomy, while her Kripalu experiences help her guide each student into a practice that honors their individual needs. Kelly believes that yoga is ultimately a path of self-inquiry, so she creates safe spaces within her classes for practitioners to try new things, break out of old patterns, and discover the joys within.

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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.

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Sarah Jane Whitridge

 

Sarah started yoga 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 completed a 200 hour 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.

Sarah teaches Vinyasa Yoga with influences from the Anusara and Ashtanga schools of yoga.

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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Sherri Go

Sherri has been a student of yoga for over 10 years and has practiced a variety of yoga styles throughout. She fell in love with the creative flow and dance-like movements of Vinyasa yoga and became certified to teach this style by completing training at Breathing Room. Under the inspiring guidance of her teachers, Carissa Ciuca, Lily Dougher, and Ethan Kaufmann, her training also included valuable experiences with knowledgeable visiting teachers: Sue Jones of YogaHope, Nicole Clark, and Grace Jull of the Kripalu Center. Margo Rosingana has also been graciously offering support in her exploration and understanding of Restorative yoga. She is infinitely grateful for all of these experiences and lessons.

In her classes, Sherri weaves a creative flow of physical postures with a focus on breath and body awareness. She enjoys mixing gentle and restorative postures with a more active practice to bring balance to the body and mind.  Her goal is to share the philosophy of yoga in a way that is meaningful in our modern lives, as tools you can take with you off the mat.

Sherri says: When I initially came to yoga it was for fitness purposes, but I soon discovered that yoga offered much more. My yoga practice has helped me navigate through the storm of depression and anxiety that I’ve  struggled with in the past. It opened me up to the healing that can happen when I paid attention and attended to my body, mind, and spirit with an open heart and compassion. Yoga continues to influence and feed my soul throughout life’s ever changing tides. It is my preventive medicine. I hope to inspire and enrich other’s lives with the power of yoga, as it has enriched mine on and off the mat.

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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!

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 be working with these talented teachers who occasionally sub in our space:
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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!