At High Mountain Hall, staff and teachers are making more fitness options available to adults of all ages and abilities. We believe that taking care of one's body is a personal responsibility which improves the quality of individual lives and the collective health of our community; and, we believe that participation in healthful activities should be in a beautiful space and full of joy.
The camaraderie and fellowship in a shared pursuit can enrich lives in a holistic way: new relationships develop around healthful activities. In addition, the Hall is available to organizations or individuals wishing to utilize the space for their individual workshops, meetings or events.
Classes: Iyengar Yoga
Colleen is a certified Iyengar teacher who has been studying yoga since the early 1990s throughout Asia, Europe, and the U.S. She has been teaching locally in Camden and Islesboro since relocating here in 2001 to start a family. Colleen is dedicated to the Iyengar method of yoga which focuses on alignment and precision in the poses. She became fully certified as an Iyengar teacher in 2010, a process that took over 6 years. The Iyengar certification is rare among yoga teachers as the training and testing are so rigorous and demanding, taking many years to complete. Part of the Iyengar method is that all teachers continue as life long learners on the yoga path studying under more senior instructors, always deepening their understanding of yoga. As well as traveling to attend yoga workshops and training throughout the year, Colleen commutes regularly to Cambridge Massachusetts to study with her mentor, Patricia Walden. She also travels every other year to Pune, India to study directly with the Iyengar family for one or two months. www.camdenmaineyoga.com
Denyse Robinson is a Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT), having received her 200-hour teacher certification in 2004, at Atmananda Yoga in New York City, where she studied, taught, and practiced an empowering, alignment-focused Vinyasa flow. She has been practicing Yoga since 2001, and teaching yoga in the Midcoast area since 2005 in weekly classes, retreats, and private settings. Denyse became certified to teach Partner Yoga in the summer of 2011, after having trained with the founder of Principle-Based Partner Yoga™, Elysabeth Williamson. Along her Yogic path, she has continued her studies with various teachers and lineages of Yoga, including Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Anusara. Denyse is currently teaching weekly Vinyasa flow classes, monthly partner yoga workshops, and at retreats for veterans and their spouses. Also an African dance instructor to adults and children, she is a member of Djump! an African drum and dance ensemble here in the mid-coast. The focus for her group classes is to safely build the heat in the body, via a wide variety of ever-changing sequences, enabling the muscles to more easily relax and then lengthen. Denyse lives in Camden with her partner, her two sons, and an ever-evolving group of pets.
Meg has been practicing yoga since 2008. She has learned several different styles and techniques from teachers in the numerous places she has lived, from Montana to New York. Yoga has helped her manage pain during chronic illnesses and provides a means to explore her inner self. After a few drastic life changes, she decided to take her years of practice and begin a journey to become a yoga instructor. In June 2020, she completed her 300-hr teacher training certification and finished her 700-hr teacher training in March 2021. through Aura Wellness Center. Her mantras are “listen to your body,” and “love yourself.” Because she has coped with chronic illness and pain, she understands the importance of the body’s function. Her class goals are to strengthen and tone, but also relax and reflect. It is important not to push your body to the point of strain and only do what feels good and comfortable for you. Being present is key to an enriching yoga experience. meridianspirityoga.wordpress.com
Classes: Modern Dance
Movement and expressive arts is where Sandee feels most at home and one of her greatest passions is encouraging others to express themselves freely through movement and art. With more than 30 years experience in dance, performance and teaching in the genres of ballet, modern dance, creative movement, Circus Yoga, Shake Your Soul, dance improvisation and choreography she brings a personal approach to her teaching as she strives to meet individuals where they are.
Sandee taught and performed professionally for several years with Windhover Performing Arts in Rockport, MA where original works by modern dance pioneer Doris Humphrey were recreated. In recent years she has performed and taught at Kinetic Energy Alive and has participated in workshops with the Limon Company and at Jacob's Pillow. Sandee currently teaches K-2 at Sweetland School in Hope.
Kari is a lover of dance and creator of unchoreographed masterpiece movement works in the form of 5Rhythms conscious dance. 5Rhythms is a movement practice that offers a depth of wisdom for body, mind, and soul; Kari is grateful to both practice, and teach, this profound form of movement medicine. 5Rhythms is about paying attention to the way energy moves and developing a willingness to be real and to connect from that place to all that we find ourselves moving through on the dance floor, and in life. She teaches primarily in Maine and has also traveled to Dance New England, OMEGA, Maui, and Earthdance for classes and workshops as well.
Since her first tap class at age 4, Katie Tranzillo has enjoyed and studied dance and the related fields of music, yoga, and movement arts. She has traveled the country to study with master teachers and dancers. She has trained with the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, to lead dance programs for people with Parkinson’s disease. Residing in midcoast Maine, she is building a strong swing dance community. She has been leading dance programs for over 16 years, with children, teens, adults, seniors, and people with disabilities, from rote beginners to advanced dancers, in partnered, individual, and group dances. Programs include: swing, lindy hop, blues, Charleston, West Coast swing, creative dance, technique and styling, basic classes in salsa and African dance, Dance for Fitness, Shake Your Soul®, YogaDance®, Dance Explorers, Zumba®, Zumba Kids®, Dance is for Every-Body, and Dancing with Parkinson’s®. A licensed speech-language pathologist, she works effectively with all ages, as a therapist, consultant, supervisor, and mentor. She brings together her professional teaching skills, with her experience with dance, movement, and music, to guide students in their own unique enjoyment of movement and dance.
Classes: FitYoga Bootcamp
Ramona has been practicing yoga for the past 20 years. It wasn't until she found herself a stay at home mother with 2 small children, that she realized her passion for teaching yoga. Frustrated that she couldn't find a yoga class that offered childcare, she created one. Starting in the basement of a church she began teaching classes to her girlfriends while their children played in the next room. From the first class that she taught, she knew that sharing the gifts of yoga was what she was meant to be doing. In the winter of 2015 she did her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with one of her favorite teachers, Sherry Sidoti. Sherry taught her that sharing yoga is a lot more than teaching postures, breathing and meditation. It's about creating a safe space for people to get curious about the connection between their mind and their body. Also in her yoga training Ramona learned the importance of having a truly dedicated self practice. Everyday digging a little bit deeper to find your true self and bringing that true self into all your teachings.
She has been dedicated to teaching since. First teaching in the Camden area and then she spend 2 years teaching in Denmark. Ramona believes in bringing yoga into everything she does, everyday.