Amy began her yoga studies by entering the world of Vinyasa in 2005. The practice became the vehicle for entering into the longing of the great question "Who Am I”. The practice began to stir that which had lain comfortably dormant for many years. The question came, and the question created more and more questions. The physical practice of Vinyasa had hit a plateau. Her studies with a variety of master teachers began her quest for trainings and this became a new outlet and catalyst for change. She has completed several 200 Hour training programs under teachers like Baron Baptiste and Shiva Rea. Amy has also attended several training modules with many other great teachers. These include Edely Wallace, Richard Freeman and Dharma Mittra. It was in 2010 that Amy found her way to the Prajna Temple in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with Tias Little. The field of Yoga was about to expand and her heart had found a home. Amy completed her 200hours with Tias and has devoted her studies and trainings to the Prajna lineage. She travels several times a year to the Prajna Temple to further her studies and to deepen her practice. She has enjoyed silent retreats and extensive week long trainings with Tias & Surya. Amy is currently under the mentorship of Tias Little and also has been blessed with the opportunity to assist Tias in trainings and workshops. Amy will be completing her 500 Hour certification this year.
The landscape of her teaching is to hold the intention for people to find a way in, to meet the totality of oneself through asana practice, as well as working with the ability to begin to listen to what is arising. Learning to not override the currently pushing language of culture and of our bodies. To hold the space for silence, and listen inquisitively to how the body speaks.
Marcia has been practicing yoga for over four decades on her own and with a variety of teachers. It has been with her for the majority of her life. Marcia met Amy in 2011 and began to study with her consistently in 2012, taking classes and then attending Intensives and Immersions to deepen her practice.
She is also a graduate of Master Teacher Jacqui Bonwell’s Yoga Teacher Training. This summer Marcia began to deepen and extend her studies in Yin Yoga and has completed Biff Mithoefer's Yin Yoga Teacher Training. Marcia's passion for Yin yoga is to bring this practice to the community and to help spread the love, light, and happiness yoga brings to life.
Marcia has also embraced the path of Prajna Yoga with Master Teacher Tias Little. She is committed to continuing her training in order to learn and grow and teach from a place of experience and master training. She will be studying with Tias again several times throughout the year in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in order to further her skills and love of teaching.
She is delighted to be in Bridgton teaching at the Threads of Yoga studio.
Laurie’s love for yoga over the past ten years and dedication to awakening inspired her to enroll in “The Courage to Teach,” an 11-month training program in 2017, to learn more about the limbs of yoga and more about herself. Her self-study includes several years of participating in spring and fall immersions at Threads of Yoga, gaining deeper insight and understanding from each and every one. Yoga encourages her to live each moment more mindfully and to live a more balanced life. It has taken her years to realize and appreciate that yoga is more than asana, it is the weaving of the mind and body connection. She has embraced the path of humility and feels she will always be a student of the practice. She is deeply grateful for the guidance and wisdom Amy continues to share with her.
Laurie believes that we all come to yoga with different needs and goals and sometimes we may not even know why we are arriving upon the mat. Yoga calls us in and guides us. Her intention is to create a safe, supportive practice that is accessible for everyone, at every age and every stage of life. She aspires to lead you through compassionate, judgment free, lighthearted classes linking breath and movement as she embarks on the journey of teaching. Robert A. Heinlein inspires her with, “When one teaches, two learn."
Laurie enjoys reading and playing the guitar. She truly believes laughter may be the best medicine (next to yoga) and brings plenty of that with her on and off the mat.
Laurie received her 300-hr Yoga Teacher Certification and she is certified in First Aid, Infant/Toddler/Adult CPR, and AED
Annie first began practicing yoga during college in the mid 80's. Using Richard Hittleman's 28 Day Yoga Plan as a resource, she set out on a self study. Several decades later, she continues to practice and study.
Over the years Annie has experienced a variety of practices, styles, and teachers. In 2006 Annie attended a class with Amy. The practice landed, and she began attending classes on a consistent basis. She has been a dedicated student of Amy's for the past 12 years. Her studies with Amy have also included several experiences with Master Teacher Tias Little.
Since then, Annie has completed her 200 hour Teacher Training program and has participated in all of Amy's workshops and fall/spring intensives, learning more and more that yoga is truly a path of practice, addressing the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual body.
Annie is delighted to continue her students this year as she enters The Courage to Teach, a 300 hour training program, completing 500 hours of training. In her path of persistency, Annie will be the first 500 hour certified student in Amy's teacher training.
During the school year Annie teaches 8th grade at Molly Ockett Middle School in Fryeburg and has used yoga practices with middle schoolers for many years now. In the summer she continues her work with children, teaching yoga at Pine Cliff Camp in Harrison teaching girls ranging from 8-18 years of age.
In addition to Annie's passion for sharing yoga with children, Annie also has a strong interest in how yoga can be used as a tool in healing trauma and addictions. Just recently she became certified in teaching Y12SR, which blends the cognitive tools of the 12-step recovery programs with the ancient wisdom of yoga. Annie will begin facilitating 90 minute meeting/classes in the spring and is grateful for the opportunity to provide this offering to the Lakes Region community.
Annie looks forward to teaching and learning with the ever-growing yoga community unfolding at Threads of Yoga.