Studio founders, Jeri WIlson and Susan Golden believed that mid-Maine yogis were ready to embrace a kula and space. And they were right! Kathleen Haberstock continues to move their vision forward, along with the whole SSY family of teachers, sharing their passion for yoga. SSY continues to give the community a familiar, warm, uplifting space to thrive and grow in.View Our Class Schedule
• The building is open for about 20-30 minutes before and after class sessions.
Kathleen Leisure Haberstock
Kathleen Leisure Haberstock discovered the healing power of yoga, in 2009, when she dedicated herself to her practice. Drawn to the physical practice at first, she later found the more profound changes occurred over time with a deeper mind/body connection. She became a 200 hr certified teacher through Jaya Yoga Center, and she is currently half-way through her 500 hr training at Kripalu. Kathleen taught weekly all-level yoga classes at yoga studios and schools in Brooklyn and NYC. Her flowing and alignment based classes encourage exploration and self-acceptance coupled with tapas (discipline). A Reiki II practitioner, she sometimes offers Reiki healing touch during savasana. With much gratitude to all her teachers and to her wonderful and supportive husband, Alan.
Jeri Wilson, believes in trying to live her yoga practice on and off the mat. She's a nationally certified teacher, having completed her 200 and 500-hour certifications, and has been teaching since early 2005. She has done extensive training in mindfulness meditation and teaches Mindfulness classes regularly with her husband, psychologist Jeff Matranga. Jeri is a grounded and inspiring teacher and is adept at teaching all levels of classes, including Yin. She draws from over 20 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist, offering detailed instruction in alignment and guiding her students through postures with ease and vitality. Jeri's teaching style is clear and concise as she encourages her students to listen to their own bodies and create a practice which will result in self-acceptance and joy. She enjoys using her therapeutic background to assist students privately who may desire specific guidance around their own yoga practice. She is grateful to be able to teach in such a beautiful space and thanks her teachers for their guidance, her students for helping her continue to learn, and her husband Jeff and sons, for their love and support on her path.
Susan Golden is a nationally certified yoga teacher. She transitioned easily from working as a registered nurse to teaching yoga. In combining both professions, her knowledge of anatomy and desire to help people comes through clearly in her teachings. Susan started exploring yoga in 1997 and practiced with several teachers and different styles. In 2007 she became 200 hour certified with YogaSpirit teacher Kim Valerie. Susan developed a passion for Anusara Yoga and has worked with Desiree Rumbaugh, Amy Ippoliti, Todd Norian & Ann Greene. She has completed all 3 immersions with Todd and Ann. Susan has just completed her teacher training in Yin Yoga with Joshua Summers. Susan also completed her 500 hour advanced training with Cyndi Lee in 2013 with a focus on vinyasa flow and meditation. Susan teaches with the Anusara principles as her guide. Susan's students describe her as creative, clear and playful with the ability to guide them in a trusting way that is challenging and often takes their practice to another level.
Wendy has been teaching yoga since 2005, and received a second certification in 2014 from Darren Rhodes. She is fascinated by the parallels between asana and life off the mat. Wendy's love of studying alignment and anatomy is apparent in her teachings. Wendy is a homeschooling mama who misses the mountains, travels as much as her kids allow, and enjoys arm balances and tequila-though not together.
Laura Meader knew when she discovered yoga it was the perfect blend of strength, balance, and stretching she had been working on for years in the gym. She took to it like a fish to water. Diving deeper, she discovered the benefits of pranayama, meditation, alignment principals, and a dedicated practice that now have her hooked. Laura completed her 200-hour teacher training through Earth Heart Yoga in 2011. Besides the classes that she teaches at School Street Yoga, she teaches yoga at Colby College. In warm weather, she commutes by bicycle to her job at Colby and to the studio from her home in Fairfield, where she lives with her husband and two cats.
Carol Paradis discovered the benefits of yoga in 1993, while looking for a way to reduce stress and manage grief. Her practice continued after the death of her father and led her to a deeper study of the tradition. Branching out from local teachers Lillian McMullin and Roxann Donahue, she began training at the Kripalu Yoga Center. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher certification in 2000. Her quest for a deeper understanding led to the 500 Professional Teacher certification in 2006. In 2008 she completed the Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher certification, which uses yoga to manage the imbalances in your life that effect your health. Carol's interest in this area continues and she is currently studying how a yoga practice can bring balance to your emotional health. The World Health Organization is warning that by 2030 the number one cause of health issues, world-wide, will be caused by anxiety or depression. Although Kripalu trained, Carol often includes different approaches in her class, with humor and enthusiasm. Her classes can include breathing, mudras, sounds and meditation.
"If you can sit and breathe - you can do yoga!"
MFA, RYT 500, TCTSY 300
Beth's taught classes at School Street Yoga for several years, leading classes in hatha yoga, yoga nidra meditation, chakra yoga and in the Trauma Center's trauma sensitive yoga method. Her specialty classes focus on mantra, meditation and freeing up space in the body through a practice that encourages micro-movement and choice-making. A long-time member of the Family Violence Project (FVP) treatment team for domestic violence and addiction recovery, she teaches regularly at a FVP shelter, Day One Recovery, and SASSMM programs, and she offers unique workshops in trauma-informed principles for yoga teachers and in self-care for service providers & family members suffering from vicarious trauma. She's also a contributor to Yoga Service Council's upcoming text Best Practices in Yoga for Survivors of Sexual Trauma.
Emily Widor has been in love with yoga since being introduced to the practice at School Street Yoga in 2009. She loves the relationship that yoga has facilitated between herself and her body and strives to help others develop this sense of awareness to their own Self. Emily is a mom and loves teaching yoga, and working with moms and babies! She is 200 hour Hatha yoga teacher certified and also has an additional certification in Baby and Me yoga.
Christiane Guillois has been practicing yoga since her adolescent years in France. She obtained certification as a yoga teacher in 2011 at School Street Studio, and has trained in teaching Yin Yoga with Joshua Summers. With her background in Chinese medicine, dance, and pranayama, she is especially attuned to the interaction between the body and the meditative aspects of Yin Yoga.
Tiffany believes that yoga can and should be accessible to ALL people, regardless of age, level of physical fitness or religious beliefs. With an open mind and a sense of curiosity, anyone can find the perfect style of yoga to practice for themselves. She teaches with the desire to share what she loves, as she experiences the gifts that continue to enrich her life both on and off the mat. Tiffany began her practice 8 years ago and completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training through Earth Heart Yoga in 2011, which was held here at School Street Yoga. She feels honored to be a part of the teaching team at School Street and looks forward to sharing her gifts with you.
Her own motto is: Do what you love, love what you do! Love yourself, love your day and love your life!
RN - Herbalist, RYT 200
Reuben has developed a wide range of experience as a health practitioner. He studied medical herbalism in Colorado, Thai yoga massage in Thailand, and completed a YTT on his most recent trip to India. He draws on his experience in these fields to form a unique teaching style, and enjoys sharing this ancient healing art with his local community.
"Yoga does not just change the way we see things. It transforms the person who sees." - B.K.S Iyengar
Mari began practicing Yoga for the physical exercise around 15 years old but soon discovered the magic in shivasana. Since then she has worked to deepen her own practice and expand her knowledge of all forms of Yoga as well as the philosophy of yogic teachings. Though she has trained in Bikrum and power Yoga, Dr. Mari has a love for Vinyasa style Yoga and recently completed a Prana Vinyasa 200YTT under Shiva Rae.
Mari combines her naturalpathic background with her love of people and yoga to leave you feeling inspired, replenished, and invigorated.
Jeff started and facilitates the free meditation circle at School Street Yoga on Wednesday nights, 7-8 PM, open to all. He sometimes teaches introductory meditation classes at School Street Yoga through MaineGeneral Mecial Center's Healthy Living Resource Center and sometimes co-teaches meditation through Adult Education with his wife, yoga teacher Jeri Wilson. Jeff is a psychologist in his day job with over 25 years of experience specializing in anxiety and health psychology ("mind-body" issues involving interactions of health, behavior, and emotions). He practices meditation daily and yoga 2 - 3 times per week.