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.
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.