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TEACHERS

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.

 
 
 
 
 

Growing up in a diverse urban area outside of Kansas City, KS. There Amanda was exposed to Hip Hop, Salsa, Merengue, and Cumbia dance styles. Amanda’s passion for movement began with dance at the age of 10 in a program which offered lower income children the opportunity to dance with Alvin Ailey-trained dancers from NYC. Throughout her middle & high school years Amanda led and choreographed for her Drill Team, Cheerleading, Choir and Dance groups.

In College Amanda studied Human Development & Special Education at the University of Kansas with the goal of becoming a teacher for children with special needs. This education enabled her to assess individual students’ needs and to adjust her teaching accordingly. Amanda aims to bring that same specialized attention to her fitness classes each day.

 

During her 12 year break from dance, Amanda got married and had three beautiful children; however, she still had an URGENT NEED to move again and was motivated to attend fitness classes at her local gym in CT. Soon after Amanda and her family MOVED TO MAINE!

 

Here in Camden, Maine Amanda found a wonderful local class called Sacred Sweat. This class had created a wonderful community of people that Amanda was drawn into; Sacred Sweat was special in the way that it combined a challenging workout set to upbeat and motivational music. It also incorporated elements of spirituality. This community of people greatly influenced the person that Amanda is today. She credits Sacred Sweat’s founder Kimberly Mahan with teaching her how to create a special space for movement and connection with like-minded people and the importance of a class that is not just a great workout, but also provides a space to HAVE FUN, GROW and CONNECT with a higher power.

 

Eventually, Amanda joined the Penobscot Bay YMCA team and studied to be certified as a group fitness instructor in Group Power (April 2009), Group Kick (July 2010) and Zumba (April 2013). Since that time She has also developed her own fitness program called Strong Body Strong Mind.

For more information about Amanda: http://amandastrong.zumba.com​

Colleen is a certified Iyengar teacher who has been studying yoga since the early 1990’s throughout Asia, Europe and 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 is 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 trainings 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.

 

Elizabeth completed her 200 hour teacher training from ShivaShakti School of Yoga in 2017 and is currently working on her 300 Advanced training now. Also a certified Thai Yoga Bodyworker. Elizabeth hopes to bring yoga to everybody and every body. She brings a big heart and soul to her practice and classes, with a lot of love for yoga and its community.

The goal of yoga is not who is the most flexible or who can stand on their head the longest. Yoga is the union built between the body, the mind, and the breath. Coming completely into the present moment. Taking the time to honor and care for yourself. Yoga goes so much deeper then the asanas (postures).  Elizabeth wants to help to spread the joy and teachings of yoga to help others become comfortable in their mind, body, and soul throughout life. “Inhale the future, exhale the past, be in the present.”

Elizabethlemaryoga.org

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.

Katie Tranzillo: 203-915-9371, www.joyfuldancing.com, katiet@joyfuldancing.com

 

Korinn Mowrey, Director of Makin' Waves in Health and Fitness, offers a wide variety of group fitness and dance classes as well as one-on-one personal training and nutrition consulting.

Korinn is both Zumba and Pound certified, and ISSA trained. Over the years Korinn has developed many adult exercise programs including Dance2Fit, Powertone and Microflex.

As a professional dancer and instructor for over 28 years, Korinn understands and encourages the proper balance between stretching and strengthening, keeping students well toned and flexible with a high cardio capacity. 

Weaving together a program founded on healthy eating habits, physical exercise and the mind, Korinn's coaching addresses obstacles to creating a joyful, healthful, peaceful and successful life.

To contact Korinn and learn more about her various programs, or to set up a free consultation, she may be reached at:  KorinnMowrey.com

 

Kristin is a certified yoga instructor who moved to Rockport in the summer of 2015. She has been practicing yoga for 12 years, teaching since 2013, and obtained her RYT200 in 2015 with Southern Star Yoga in Oxford, MS. Although intimidated to try yoga at first, not knowing what to expect, Kristin was hooked after her first hatha yoga class in 2004 when she realized that, although yoga has many physical benefits,  the practice of yoga is not just a physical exercise, but a holistic practice for the mind, body, and soul. After class she remembers feeling a calm that she had never experienced before, and so began her passion.  After 12 years of practice and study, she knows she has only just begun to scratch the surface but is happy to share what she has learned along the way. Yoga is a journey that continues to grow and develop over your lifetime. Practicing yoga will change the way you live, move, breathe, and perceive the world around you. Yoga can change your life.

 

Please keep up with all of Kristin’s offerings by following her Facebook page, Yoga by the Sea. fb.me/YogaWithKristinJohns

“There is a way of breathing that is a shame and a suffocation, and there is another way of expiring, a love breath, that lets you open infinitely.”  -Rumi

 

 

Ramona Black

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. 

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