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.
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.
I found yoga about 6 years ago and it has changed my life. My yoga practice has continued to grow, leading me to complete my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Breathing Room and more recently becoming certified in Yoga Nidra in 2014. Yoga is a way of life for me and I want to share that with my students. I truly believe anyone can practice yoga and everyone can benefit from it. I am grateful for each student who shows up on their mat to practice with me. I have been a healer for 10 years. I began my journey as a Massage Therapist and then went on to become a licensed Aesthetician and Reiki Master/Teacher. I pride myself on my ability to put others at ease while creating a sacred, comfortable space for healing. I enjoy using all of my skills to form unique combinations that provide students and clients with healing techniques that meet their individual needs. I look forward to seeing you on your mat!
Tania Neuschafer Zuckerman has been a Therapeutic Breathwork practitioner for over 10 years and facilitator of groups for over 15 years. She trained as a yoga instructor with the Breathing Room in South Portland. Through gentle, restorative and all levels flow classes, she offers new students opportunities to learn the physical postures and helps advanced students connect more deeply to the depth of their practice. Tania's yoga teaching style emphasizes the origin of working with an asana practice by incorporating both pranayama and meditation in all of her classes. Tania's classes provide every student the chance to explore for themselves the benefits of yoga- increased strength and flexibility, reduced mental stress, and greater sense of ease and clarity. Tania is also a minister through the Earth Circle School for Ministry since 2007 and has over 3 years supporting wilderness quests and ceremonies. To learn more about Tania visit www.spiraldancebreathwork.com.
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
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.
Katherine’s love of yoga began in 1994 in Boulder Colorado where she studied Iyengar style yoga at the Naropa University. She Received her teaching certificate as a Hatha Yoga Instructor from The Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago, Illinois, in 2006. She has been teaching yoga in The United States and internationally for over eight years. Katherine’s work has included Private & Group yoga instruction as well as guided retreat. She designed and directed a teachers training program for her community in Belize and has run travel retreats though out Central America. Over the years, Katherine has also worked extensively with special needs clients in private as well as group settings. Under the guidance of Padit Rajmani Tigunsit, Katherine is currently pursuing her 500Hr advanced teachers training through the Himalayan Institute.
Katherine’s exceptional style of teaching is both refreshing and effective. Her classes emphasize the dynamic interrelationship between breath awareness, mindfulness, and posture alignment. With clear and consistent instruction and a special focus on the logic behind the teachings, Katherine encourages her students to find dynamic and creative solutions to the challenges they face in their practice, on and off of the mat. Each class focuses on greater self-awareness, inner resilience, emotional wellbeing, and joy-filled living.