School Street Yoga believed that mid-Maine yogis were ready to embrace a kula and space. This inspired Jeri Wilson and Susan Golden to move forward in sharing their passion for yoga. This gave 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.
Jeri Wilson, believes in living her yoga practice on and off the mat. She began her personal yoga path in the mid 90's and eventually became a nationally certified teacher, completing her 200 and 500-hour certifications. Even though she is eclectic with styles in her teaching, she still tends to lean towards her foundation of Anusara, using the principles as her guide. Jeri's knowledge and respect of the body and her love of life make her a grounded and inspiring teacher. Jeri draws from over 20 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist working with the body and musculoskeletal problems, offering detailed instruction in alignment and guiding her students through postures with ease and vitality. Her students appreciate her clear and concise teaching style as she encourages them to listen to their own bodies and create a practice which will result in self-acceptance and joy. Her caring energy allows them to develop their own practice in a non-competitive environment. Jeri is dedicated to sharing this rich tradition and assisting each student in finding their own true nature. She thanks her teachers for their guidance, her students for helping her continue to learn, and her husband Jeff and her 3 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 is a homeschooling mama and mountain lover. She is intrigued by arm balances, the details of anatomy of asana and tequila. She has been teaching since 2005 and is honored to be a certified Yogahour teacher.
Kim, a nationally certified and 500 hour advanced-training certified teacher, leads classes that integrate the body, breath, a quiet mind, and an open heart. Her classes create the environment and space for personal exploration.
"As the essence of the tree is hidden in the seed, so the essence of the tree of man is hidden in the seed of the soul." ~B.K.S. Iyengar
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!"
Julia Redman received her 200hr Yoga Alliance Certification at One Yoga Teacher Training, Maui, Hawaii in August of 2011. She studied the Krishnamacharya lineage of Hatha and Raja Yoga practices, which focuses on adapting poses to support each individual. Julia completed her advanced 300hr certification in September of 2015 through the same school. A large focus of this training was on teaching meditation techniques. She feels blessed to have yoga as such a prominent staple in both her personal and professional life.
In her classes Julia invites students to practice experiencing their current state of being, coordinating breath with movement, utilizing core stability, and finding a balance between effort and relaxation. She also offers simple meditations and strongly encourages self-compassion.
Mary Patterson, completed her 200 hour Hatha Yoga certification at School Street Yoga in Waterville, ME with Joyce Kendall in 2011. Eager to spread her love of yoga and its benefits to all populations, she has had the unique experience of teaching yoga to staff and inmates at a jail, adults with disabilities, and college students. Mary believes that practicing yoga helps bring balance to the body, mind, and spirit. Besides enabling her students to gain the physical benefits of yoga, including muscle tone, flexibility, and an increased body awareness, helping improve movement, balance, and posture, she encourages her students to work within their own ability range and build tolerance towards challenging poses, balancing effort and surrender along the way. She enjoys most of all leading her students towards a more relaxed body, a quiet mind, and a greater self-awareness, helping yogis and yoginis be present, centered, and ready to face challenges on and off their mats with an open mind and compassion.
Mary also offers massage and Reiki at School Street. She offers Swedish massage, including pregnancy massage, and hot stone massage, helping the body relax, increase circulation and decrease muscle tension. Reiki, a form of energy healing, involves placing the practitioner's hands on or over major energy centers or areas of pain or disease in order to help the client's body balance itself. The client may remain fully clothed while receiving Reiki, and Reiki also helps restore a sense of calm.
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.
Kathleen Leisure Haberstock
Kathleen Leisure Haberstock discovered the healing power of yoga when she dedicated herself to her practice in 2009. First yoga brought about changes in her body, but the more profound changes occurred with a deeper mind/body connection. She became a 200 hr certified teacher through Jaya Yoga Center. She also completed Kripalu's 60 hr Yoga in the Schools teen yoga certification and Asana Alphabet's children's yoga training. Kathleen taught weekly all-level yoga classes at studios in Brooklyn, including: Jaya Yoga Center, Jaya East, Shambhala Yoga and Dance Studio, Midwood Martial Arts and Slope Fitness. Before moving to Maine, she taught high school English and teen yoga, at the Darrow School in upstate NY. She is thrilled and honored to be a part of the School Street yoga community.
Her flowing and alignment based classes encourage exploration and self-acceptance coupled with tapas (discipline). A Reiki II practitioner, she enjoys offering Reiki healing touch during savasana. With much gratitude to all her teachers and to her wonderful and supportive husband, Alan.
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.