Our Teachers

Pam2016-058Pam Jackson

Pam is the owner and director of WholeHeart. She fell in love with the compassionate approach of Kripalu Yoga over 20 years ago and continues to be passionate about helping people explore the numerous benefits of yoga. “Yoga is so vast – improving your ability to move easily, strengthening your immune system, creating calm in your mind – there’s so much here you can never lose interest!”

In class, she encourages self-awareness, steady alignment, balancing ease and effort as you move and hold postures, and a sense of humor about ourselves.  Pam especially loves mentoring students (and teachers) one to one, and has developed a private yoga program for healthy and graceful aging at any age: Strong & Steady. Pam is 500 hr. certified by Kripalu Center, and an ERYT-500 with Yoga Alliance.

Kerry2015LgKerry McGaffey

Kerry completed her Kripalu certification in 2006. Through former work as a domestic violence prevention educator, Kerry became inspired to study yoga and it’s sister healing science Ayurveda to learn more about the intimate connection of the mind, body and spirit. She encourages her students to tap into their own body wisdom and sense of balance -physically, emotionally, seasonally.

Her emphasis as a yoga teacher and Ayurvedic consultant is to facilitate self exploration and a deeper understanding of one’s self in relation to the natural world.

IMG_0421-JulieJulie Gray

Julie has been practicing and studying yoga for over 25 years. She is a Kripalu-certified instructor and has studied in many traditions. She combines a spiritual focus with her knowledge of mind-body health and yoga philosopy.

Her classes gently coax the body’s innate energy and intelligence into fuller expression though whole-body movement, cultivation of subtle perception and awareness of the internal breath. Julie is an RN and certified Integrative Yoga Therapist who also offers private sessions.

RebeccaRebecca Johanna Stephans

Rebecca is a Kripalu certified yoga teacher with over 20 years experience.  Mindfulness, fitness, simplicity, and contentment create the foundation of yoga as her personal spiritual practice.

Her intention is to help students illuminate patterns of suffering and access their natural capacity for wisdom and ease.  Rebecca also teaches Partner Yoga, offers private lessons, and designs yoga sessions for retreats and meetings.

 

Ashley Flowers

Ashley has practiced yoga for over a decade and received her 200 hr. training in 2014 with Frog Lotus Yoga Int’l in Spain. She believes that yoga should be accessible to all bodies and beliefs.

She has found – and teaches – that yoga is a profoundly positive tool for cultivating compassion, respect and the skill needed to move through life peacefully and with poise. In her classes you can expect to connect deeply with your breath, listen intently to your body and move only in ways that feel good to you.

Debra Bluth

Debra has been practicing yoga since 1991, and teaching since 1996.   Certified in Integrative Yoga Therapy and as a shiatsu therapist, her teaching is influenced by her longterm studies of experiential anatomy, qigong, and martial and other movement arts.  A former professional dancer, she was on faculty of The Boston Conservatory and Emerson College, and now has a private herbal and flower essence practice in Yarmouth, Maine.  Her contemplative classes support awareness of subtle energy as a foundation for larger movement.

 

_DSC3526-24 Theresa for WebTheresa Berman

Theresa was certified as a Kripalu yoga instructor in 1993. She has studied and taught various styles of yoga including Ashtanga, Kundalini and Yin yoga.

She often blends these styles along with the practices of inquiry and mindfulness in her classes, presenting a clear, grounded, and spiritual approach to yoga. Her emphasis is on cultivating self-awareness and peace through the dynamic practices of asana, pranayama and meditation. Theresa is one of our regular substitutes.

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Mary began practicing yoga more than 15 years ago as a way of reconnecting to herself after becoming a mom- she needed the flexibility both physically and mentally and found that through her practice.  She continues to look to yoga for inspiration and creativity.

Her 200 hr training was completed at Kripalu Center in 2012. On a personal note, Mary says “I love hiking with my dogs, travel, reading, & city living. I run a Portland not for profit that works to build community and fight hunger at the same time.” Mary is one of our regular substitutes.

Dd_1349Dd Swan

Dd’s life-long practice of yoga on and off the mat has infused her teaching with knowledge and understanding. Her yoga toolkit includes 200-hour Kripalu certification, along with the gifts and wisdom of many teachers, including Desiree Rumbaugh’s “Wisdom Warriors” training focused on a safe and strong asana practice for those of us over the age of 50. Dd is one of our occasional subs.

(207) 871-8274

449 Forest Ave. #11, Portland, Maine 04101

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