Yoga Teachers

Alanna Hernandez

Alanna's classes are grounding and balancing, with a focus on uniting the body and the mind. She believes that yoga helps you fully inhabit your body and develop mindfulness and presence. Alanna began practicing yoga in 2006, and she completed her 200-hour Hatha Yoga teacher training at the Kind Yoga School in Centerville, MA in 2011. She completed her certification as a meditation teacher at the Kind Yoga School in 2012. In addition to teaching at The Dancing Elephant, Alanna works at Youthlinks and in local schools, teaching yoga and mindfulness to help teens with stress management. All of her classes include meditation to help students feel grounded and fully present. Alanna grew up on Cape Cod and now lives in Rockland.

Ann Hedly

Ann has been teaching yoga for 20 years. She is devoted to self-inquiry and sees yoga as an ideal method of discovery. Ann trained to be a yoga teacher at Rasa Yoga in New York City, and she has a BFA in Dance and Choreography. Inspired by her movement studies and her experiences as a home educator, Ann practices the art of relaxation as a means to receive wisdom and divine grace. She is an active advocate for the alopecian community and is a huge proponent of self-love. Ann teaches flow classes that draw on Rasa and Freedom Style yoga traditions, and she incorporates sound to cultivate inner presence and a deeper focus on breath. Ann lives in Appleton with her three sons and labradoodle, Peabody.

Cy Scofield

Cy grew up in midcoast Maine and began practicing yoga at age 19. In 2009, when he was 21, Cy went to live and study at Yasodhara Ashram Yoga Retreat & Study Center in Kootenay Bay, British Columbia. He lived there for 13 months, and then returned in 2012 to live for another eight months and complete his Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification. Cy is a devoted teacher and student of Yasodhara Yoga, a traditional form of yoga that has evolved to be presented to the Western mind. The language is simple and straightforward, with the key elements of the class being awareness and relaxation. Cy is a welcoming, focused, and serene teacher. In addition to teaching yoga, Cy has a carpentry business, enjoys offering Kirtan (devotional music) with his wife Melanie, coaches skiing and mountain biking, and plays drums in a funk band and a jazz band. 

Jennifer Papps

Jennifer's journey into yoga began in 2007. Over the years, yoga has been a portal for personal transformation and healing. In 2013, Jennifer earned her 200-hour teacher certification from Bala Vinyasa studio in Naples, Florida. In 2017, she was certified by Nikki Myers to lead Yoga for 12-Step Recovery. She is currently training to become a certified Baron Baptiste instructor and teaches the "Journey into Power" sequence. Jennifer integrates the powerful and introspective aspects of yoga in her classes, inviting students to use their mat as a mirror for growth and learning. She enjoys extended summers on North Haven and loves boating with her husband, nature walks with her dogs, and savoring the stillness of island life.

Kelsea Anderson

Kelsea’s yoga journey began in 2012 after a long career as a soccer player. Yoga helped her heal multiple injuries, as well as providing tremendous emotional, physical, and spiritual benefits. Kelsea trained to be a certified yoga teacher with The School of Sacred Arts in Bali in 2015, focusing on the styles of Hatha and Yin Yoga. She has since taught at various health festivals and retreats around the world. Kelsea’s classes offer an invitation to slow down and explore the body through both movement and stillness. She is happy to land and settle in midcoast Maine where she also feels alive in her role as a Forest Therapy Guide, health coach, and documentary filmmaker.

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.

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 trained 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. Lindsay integrates cultural and spiritual experience into her teaching and everyday life. 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 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. 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 also trained as a Shambhala Guide and is currently pursuing studies in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. 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, skiing, 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 grounding force for moving gracefully and compassionately through 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 a part of a 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.