Meet our circle of passionate and authentic teachers with many talents, beautiful practice and eagerness to share yoga with all students including: families, kids, and adults.
Aleksandra found yoga in 2001 during her first visit to Maine from Poland and she was drawn instantly into this transformative & healing practice. She completed her initial 200 h vinyasa teacher training with Jennifer Cooper and Sandra Pleasant in Virginia and since then studied with many teachers including Sean Corn, Shiva Rea, Patricia Walden, Jacqui Bonwell, Amy Wren, Nicole Clark and many others. She also holds 40 h Prenatal Training with Still Point Healing Method and Kids Yoga Teacher Training through ChildLight Yoga. Additionally she has a strong background and certification in Pilates, Ayurveda and is a Usui Reiki Master. Aleksandra is currently enrolled in 500 h advanced Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga of Energy Flow.
Her teaching style is heart driven and based in alignment while allowing for creativity and intuitive sequencing. She encourages students to breathe into their space on the mat and educates them about ways of incorporating the practice of mindfulness and holistic health into their daily lives. She strives to create a safe space for healing to occur across all ages.
She is constantly grateful to all her teachers and students for endless inspiration and wisdom. She is passionate about bringing yoga and mindfulness to all ages and has a strong vision for Spiral Tree Yoga & Wellness within the community. When not teaching Aleksandra enjoys being in nature with her two children Natalia and Konrad and her husband Brian and her dog Shelly. To read more about her and the story of Spiral Tree click here.
Margo began teaching yoga in Boulder, Colorado. She received her 500 hour RYT status with Yoga Alliance after completing her training in alignment based Vinyasa flow with Shannon Paige, Chris Muchow and Nancy Kate Williams. Since then, Margo has felt drawn to learn and delve deeper into the art of teaching restorative yoga. She completed Level I and II Anjali Restorative Yoga Teacher Training as well as Bhava Vinyasa Teacher Training, a practice that combines the fluidity of a vinyasa practice with the healing of intentional rest. She has truly gained an intense awareness and appreciation for the transformative power of yoga.
Her Vinyasa classes offer a gentle intensity that is focused on connection to the breath and energetic alignment. Her restorative classes move the student through a series of supported poses with elements of imagery, guided meditation and Pranayama to allow the student to ease into a place of intentional rest. This past year, Margo designed and implemented a series of one on one sessions that were inspired by the transformational power of yoga. These are called Heart and Soul Sessions and are meant to be empowering to the student to break through ‘the funk’ in order to live a life more connected to their heart and soul.
With roots in New England, Margo recently moved to Portland, ME with her husband to be closer to family and the ocean, one of her favorite teachers.
Susan loves to share her passion for movement with people of all ages. In addition to teaching adult classes in her home studio, Mat Madness, she volunteers in a local elementary school teaching focus and self-regulation skills to children through practicing yoga. She is also excited to be working on a mindfulness movement project that will be delivered via live telepresence to middle school students in South Burlington, VT. Prior to moving to Maine in 2010, Susan developed after-school health enrichment programs for elementary school children, taught yoga to middle-school children as part of their physical education curriculum, and delivered Yoga/Pilates fusion classes in high schools and colleges throughout the Capital District of NY. As a yoga-pilates instructor for students and faculty at Sage Colleges, her fondest moment was being asked to introduce children participating in the Autism Spectrum Community Project to the abundant joy of yoga. Susan brings with her an intense passion for the overall health and well-being of all the people whose lives she touches. It is with gratitude to her many teachers that she is able to carry the work forward. And now that she is joining the sangha of teachers at Spiral Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio, she wants to know: “Would you like to come out and play?”
When I was about 20 I took my first yoga class and was smitten. As some people say about their partners- we met and it was as if we had known each other all our lives. It was only natural that somewhere down the road I would end up being able to share this great tool with children. Prior to teaching children's yoga, I had been an educator in many senses for children of all ages. From a nanny to the director of an all-girls program, I felt like I'd done it all except for yoga, which changed after receiving my certification from ChildLight Yoga in early 2010.
I have a BFA in Art Education, and moved to Portland from Massachusetts 7 years ago to jump into change with my then fiance so he could attend grad school. Seven years later we're still here and have grown our family to 4 with an almost 5 year old son and almost 2 year old daughter. I greatly appreciate the gift I've been given and what I am able to pass on to the aspiring souls of the present and future!
While working as a substance abuse counselor with the homeless, incarcerated and mentally ill populations in San Francisco, Nicole was introduced to yoga. Nicole was inspired to continue her practice after seeing how the benefits of a regular practice affected her work, as well as her clients in a positive way.
Nicole has studied with Master Teacher Alice Riccardi at Portland Power Yoga, where she completed her 200 hour teacher training. In October 2012, she also completed her Childlight Yoga training. Since becoming certified, Nicole has shared her love of yoga and taught adults, kids and teens.
Nicole continues to use her knowledge of yoga to reach out to communities and people who may not have access to or knowledge of the healing and growth that is possible through a regular yoga practice.
Nicole lives in Portland with her husband, two kids, two dogs, rats, one hamster, a cat and fish.
Lauren discovered her love for movement when she slipped on her first pair of ballet shoes at the age of four and started dancing. Fourteen years later, Lauren was first introduced to yoga while taking a modern dance course at Roger Williams University. When she moved to Portland in 2006, she found an ashtanga-style yoga class and grew deeper into her practice. Soon, she discovered the powerful tools of meditation and pranayama and started to develop a personal daily practice. As a teacher in various non-traditional learning environments, Lauren found opportunities to share yoga with children and teens. In 2012, Lauren became certified in Vinyasa Yoga through the Breathing Room Yoga Studio in South Portland. She has a passion for teaching to the needs of her students, regardless of their age. Her vinyasa classes are creative, fun, exploratory, and are influenced by her studies in ashtanga yoga.
In a typical class, Lauren's students will be encouraged to see yoga as a moving meditation, following their breath while building strength, flexibility, and mental clarity.She aspires to make each pose accessible to students on every level, offering adjustments, props, and modifications throughout the class. She often includes meditation, pranayama, and chanting in both her adult and children's classes to keep the balance of energy flow. In addition to vinyasa yoga, Lauren also teaches restorative based yoga, yoga nidra, and meditation. As a Reiki master teacher and practitioner, Lauren is interested in combining restorative practices with energy healing. She sees her self as a full-time student of yoga, and is always eager to develop her knowledge of yoga philosophy and the eight limbs of yoga. Off the mat, Lauren works with homeschooled students and is a visual artist.
Jen started practicing yoga over ten years ago when she discovered a restorative class that helped her manage chronic neck pain. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Bhava Yoga School in Portland, Maine. She enjoys creating a class in which students feel empowered, centered and lets them honor the strength of their mind, body and spirit. Jen is also an improvisor, actor, ukulele player and certified Laughter Yoga Leader. Yoga helps her remain grounded and in the moment both on and off stage.
Jamie grew up hiking in the mountains of Colorado, and has not stopped moving since! Through the years she has been an avid hiker, dancer, competitive runner and cyclist, mountain biker, backpacker, cross country skier, kayaker, weight lifter, certified personal trainer, tai chi and qigong practitioner, and yogi… moving and dancing through life for stress relief, physical health, grounding and balance, and joy!
Jamie has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Colorado College, and continued her education at Colorado State University studying child psychology. She was certified to teach Let Your Yoga Dance at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in June of 2012, in August of 2012 completed year one of Dance Masters of America teacher training in Buffalo, New York, and is excited to begin pursuing her MA in Dance and Movement Therapy through Lesley University in July of 2013.
Presently Jamie teaches physics at Catherine McAuley High School by day, is a full time mother of an amazing 12 year old daughter, teaches an array of dance classes to all ages at Drouin Dance Center, and leads Let Your Yoga Dance classes whenever she can! She is very excited to share her love for dance and movement with the families of Spiral Tree Yoga. For more information about Let Your Yoga Dance please see her website: yogadancejoy.com
An ongoing back injury led Erin to her first yoga class. She knew little about the practice of yoga but quickly became inspired by yogic principals that have impacted her on and off the mat. In 2012 Erin received her 200 hour RTY certification from Yandara Yoga Institute where she studied under Christopher Shane Perkins, Amber Young and Sarasvati Rose. She has also completed a Yin Yoga teacher training With Josh Summers.
Erin believes yoga is for every body regardless of age, intention, flexibility or gender. She invites all to work towards expanded balance of mind, body and spirit during her classes.
Elizabeth has been teaching and playing with children for more than 20 years. She has taught them ceramics (92nd Street Y, Breakwater); drawing (Metropolitan Museum of Art); math and reading (NYC School Volunteers Program), and has spent countless hours happily playing with them.
Elizabeth incorporates mindfulness, yoga, storytelling and art into her Discovery Room sessions with children, and leads fun and innovative yoga classes for tweens. She moved to Portland, Maine, in 2007, after 27 years in Manhattan. She is a studio artist
Katie is a yoga teacher (200 h RYT), doula, childbirth educator, Reiki practitioner and writer. She began practicing yoga while caring for her terminally ill mother and found that her practice brought her a peace and calm that she craved during a chaotic and painful time in her life. Since then, yoga has become a way for her to appreciate and celebrate her body, stay centered - regardless of what life brings - and serve others. Katie specializes in working with pregnant and post-natal mamas and brings a deep respect for bodies of all abilities to her teaching, She brings her knowledge and appreciation of breath and energy work, meditation, and sacred ceremony to her classes, along with her sense of humor. Katie resides in Portland with her husband and son.
Zoe MacLaren, MS, RYT helps people reconnect with the power of their own spirit through yoga,by creating a space where they can slow down and come home to who they really are. Zoe is a certified Kripalu Yoga instructor, experienced meditator, and loving mother, who has shared her love of yoga and life with hundreds of students in Massachusetts, Kentucky, and now Maine. She began practicing yoga 15 years ago, received her 200-hour teacher certification in 2007, and has been strongly influenced by study in Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga,
Zen meditation, and yoga for couples and families. After several years of teaching at her own studio in Kentucky, Zoe moved to Portland in 2013 with her husband and son, to be closer to their New England family and to the ocean. She is excited to be a part of the Spiral Tree
I was introduced to yoga as a child, through a record in the 1970s that was part of my mom’s collection, a yogi herself. There was a large break in exposure to yoga as I focused on running in high school and college and then I returned to it as a graduate elective in 2002. Over the years, I have found the practice brought comfort as well as flexibility and after my teacher training at Well Heart Yoga in Cape Elizabeth, have be working to incorporate all of the limbs of yoga into my life. (It’s a work in progress!).
Yoga has also been a part of my professional life as I have spent time researching the effects in individuals with autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, lupus and multiple sclerosis. Helping people who live with these conditions by practicing yoga to manage troubling symptoms is my goal for my research and nursing practice. Restorative yoga is my focus for the research given the impact it has on immune function and is my primary focus in teaching now, along with gentle flow. I truly believe that taking the time to slow down, focus on the breath and allow for space is so important to rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit! The practice has given me so much and I am excited to be able to offer some of my insights with students of all levels of experience at Spiral Tree Yoga.
Jill fell in love with movement during her first dance class at the age of 4. She went on to major in Dance at UCLA, then transferred to UMASS, Amherst where she continued to study dance intensely through the 5 College Dance Department. She has performed with choreographer Brenda Divelbliss in Boston, Ronald Brown of UCLA’s Dance Company, The Seacoast Civic Dance Company, Joppa Jr. Dance Company and at many performance venues in the Boston area. Jill discovered yoga during her first year at UMASS and was instantly hooked. In 2012, she became a certified Childlight Yoga Instructor, combining her passion for movement and yoga with her love of working with children. Jill founded the Kids Movement Project in 2014, inspiring children towards active lifestyles through dance, yoga and fitness programs. Her teaching style is playful and her children’s yoga classes always incorporate plenty of dance and movement games. Jill teaches preschool at Rosemont Nursery School and lives with her husband and their two sons in Portland.