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!

Garrett Vail

Garrett began a daily yoga practice in 1998, and as he says, “I can’t imagine life without it.” He was trained at Kripalu in 2008 and has been teaching, primarily in Belfast, for eight years. Garrett’s main goal is to help students experience the freedom and insight a yoga practice has to offer, one breath at a time. He invites everyone to discover a spacious, truer Self and encourages a safe, mindful approach throughout his classes. For Garrett, yoga practice has limitless possibility to help ease physical pain, to quiet the mind, and to live more skillfully on and off the mat. In addition to teaching yoga, Garrett is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Maine, Augusta. He lives with his family in Belfast.

Jennifer Papps

Jennifer's journey into yoga began in 2007, when she tapped into the physical benefits of yoga to help break free of nicotine addiction. From there, yoga opened up a portal into 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. 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.

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.

Lindsey Braun

Lindsey began her yoga journey in 2009 in Brooklyn, NY. She first explored Kundalini Yoga and then found her love for Vinyasa at Kula Yoga Project. After moving to midcoast Maine, Lindsey developed a strong personal practice and found her home at Wicked Good Yoga, a Baptiste Affilliate studio, in Wiscasset. She discovered​ her true authentic self through movement and began to apply the yogic principles on and off the mat. Lindsey completed a Yin Yoga teacher training in 2016 and then received her 200-hour yoga teacher certificate from Wicked Good Yoga in 2017. Her early passion for Vinyasa has grown into an expertise in leading Power Vinyasa, as inspired by Baron Baptiste. Through teaching, Lindsey is excited to pass on her experience and help her students find safety, comfort, and relief in their own practice. 

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!

Lucy Spaulding

Lucy first discovered the healing benefits of yoga while attending college in Southern California. Yoga provided a space to cope with daily stress and just be present. The practice was a welcome reminder to look inward, find strength, and breathe. Lucy was surprised to discover the mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits – in addition to the physical benefits – of yoga. Inspired to share the gift of yoga with others, Lucy completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2016 in Costa Rica. She has been teaching in Midcoast Maine since January, 2017. Her classes reflect her own personal style, balancing strong asana and dynamic movements with restorative poses and breath awareness. Students are encouraged to listen to their body and find what feels good, as yoga is different for every body. Lucy draws on the tools given to her during her training, as well as personal experience, to facilitate a safe, accessible yoga experience for everyone.

Madrona Wienges

Madrona is the Mother of four sons and a Certified Holistic Doula. She has been assisting women and families throughout the childbearing cycle in private practice for the past 15 years, and she is currently training to become a Midwife. Madrona was introduced to Yoga and Meditation by her Mother in the 1970’s, and the practices have gently woven their graces throughout her life. Madrona grew up on the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick, Canada and travelled far and wide before happily returning to this beautiful corner of the East Coast in 2012. She is delighted to combine her deep understanding of pregnancy and birth with the practice of Yoga. Madrona completed her Prenatal Yoga Training at the ShivaShakti School of Yoga in April 2015. 

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.

Susie Barnes

Susie brings a spark and joy to her classes. She holds a 200-hour yoga teacher certificate from Wicked Good Yoga in Wiscasset. Susie's training and expertise lies in Power Vinyasa, as inspired by Baron Baptiste. As a classically trained dancer, she brings a strong knowledge of movement and alignment to her classes. Susie understands first-hand what stress can do to our bodies; she was a chef and restaurant owner for 8 years and has been a clinical massage therapist for the past 15 years. As a yoga teacher, Susie's goal is to help students release stress by reclaiming their breath and allowing their mind to focus on the flowing movement. She hopes students will find creativity and open up to new possibilities in her classes.

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.