Yoga Teachers

Cy Scofield

Cy is grateful for the peace and prosperity that the practice of yoga has brought to his life. He was introduced to yoga when he was 19 and has been practicing regularly ever since. Cy lived and worked at Yasodhara Ashram Yoga Retreat & Study Center in British Columbia for 20 months and received his Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification there in 2012. He is a welcoming, focused, and serene teacher. In addition to yoga, he loves skiing, mountain biking (he is a coach of the Camden Hills High School team), african drumming and dancing, and jamming with his funk band Bottomless Funk. Cy grew up in Hope, Maine, and now, once again, he is proud to call the midcoast home!

Kristi Williamson

Kristi's love for dance, somatic awareness, and devotion flow through her yoga teaching. She is an established and inspirational Vinyasa and Kundalini teacher who has taught throughout the United States and abroad. Kristi studied yoga in India and Indonesia. She has completed four yoga teacher trainings and has assisted Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa, author of Art & Yoga, at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and Omega Institute countess times. Kristi has also studied extensively with movement pioneer Anna Halprin of Tamalpa Institute. Kristi works in the fields of transformational performance art, expressive arts/somatic movement, as well as devotional music. Her passion for creative expansion, artistic expression, and conscious evolution provide the foundation for her teachings. Kristi grew up in Camden, Maine.

Lea Smith

Lea is a kind and motivated yoga teacher. She began practicing yoga her senior year at Camden Hills Regional High School, after being inspired by a close friend who was transformed by the practice. Lea instantly loved yoga and felt the benefits of stress management, mindfulness, and physical strength. She continues to practice because yoga connects her to a place of peace and joy. In 2014, Lea received her 200-hour teaching certificate from Well Heart Yoga and her Children’s Yoga Teaching Certificate from ShivaShakti School of Yoga. She is currently studying Yoga Therapy at the American Viniyoga Institute in California. Lea loves to teach and inspire others to experience the wonderful changes that result from the practice. She lives in Rockport, and when she’s not practicing yoga, she can be found in the gardens, on top of a mountain, or by the sea.

Lindsay Crawford

In Lindsay’s classes, Yoga is about lifting the veil that prevents us from knowing who we truly are. She lived in Southeast Asia for over two years, studying Buddhism and Yoga in Ashram and Monastery environments. Lindsay has integrated cultural and spiritual experience into her teaching and everyday life. She studied at the Bihar School of Yoga in Mungar, India for an intensive four-month yogic studies course and also at the Devanadi School of Yoga in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she received her 200-hour teacher training certificate. Her classes weave together breathwork, movement, meditation, chanting, yoga nidra, and mindfulness. These elements come together to create a unique and dynamic flow allowing students to ignite their inner light and make each practice their own.

Lisa Diane

Lisa Diane (Daya Devi) has been a student of Yoga since the late 1990s. She completed her 200-hour teacher training with ShivaShakti School of Yoga & Healing Arts in 2014. Daya Devi strives to be a life-long student of Yogic Wisdom. She brings a unique blend of meditation, pranayama, asanas, and humor to her teachings. In addition to teaching at The Dancing Elephant, she can be found leading yoga in a number of outdoor spots around Rockland. Daya Devi also enjoys sharing "Tumbling Meditation" (an organic, mindful moving meditation) with anyone who's willing to try it, and she loves to garden!

Rachel Nixon

Rachel is a creative, compassionate teacher. She fell in love with yoga and meditation in 2001, and within a few years, she knew she wanted to teach. Rachel trained at Kripalu in 2006, and she has been teaching yoga in the Midcoast ever since. In 2014, she founded The Dancing Elephant to create a gathering place for yoga, meditation, and art in Rockland. Rachel has a Masters in Education, as well as teaching certificates in Kripalu Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Art & Yoga, Children’s Yoga, and Yin Yoga. She is a Guide in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Rachel completed trainings through Mindful Schools and Restorative Practices, and she is working with teachers and staff at RSU #13 to bring mindfulness into K-12 classrooms. Prior to opening The Dancing Elephant, Rachel served as Executive Director of the Georges River Land Trust and the Director of Julia's Gallery for Young Artists at the Farnsworth. She lives with her partner Aaron and his daughters in Camden. In her free time, Rachel loves to spend time with her family-- swimming, sailing, and doing art projects.

Taylor Ackerman

Taylor has been practicing yoga since 2008 and was trained in Hatha yoga at Ashiyana Yoga Center in Goa, India in 2011. The practice and presence of yoga has been a important grounding force for being able to move gracefully and compassionately through her life. In her classes, Taylor encourages awareness and development of a mind body connection, as well as attention to safety and the cues communicated from the body. Her passion for mental and physical well being started with yoga and has developed into collecting the requirements to obtain a higher medical degree. Taylor aspires to be apart of the healing community that blends Eastern and Western philosophies in a patient-centered approach to health. In her free time, she can be found reading, swimming, climbing, sailing, rowing, playing in the woods, exercising her dog or eating good food.