Kripalu Certified Yoga Instructor
Yoga initially became a regular part of Arlene's life in 2004 to help replenish the emotional depletion she often felt working as a Mental Health Clinician in a residential treatment facility. After working five years in the Mental Health field, Arlene began to feel that healing on an emotional and mental level could not be accomplished very effectively without acknowledging the mind-body connection. This motivated her to expand her skills by becoming a massage therapist and yoga instructor.
Arlene completed her yoga teacher training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2008 and her Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training in 2014. She has taught in a variety of settings including yoga studios, health clubs, the YMCA, and community centers. She believes the practice of yoga must be adapted to the individual and prioritizes accommodating the vast range of needs each person brings to the class. She views yoga as an empowering tool for becoming more in tune with one's mind and body, therefore equipping students to better manage their lives and self care.
Caitlin is a passionate student and teacher of yoga, health, nutrition, and fitness. Since childhood she has enjoyed a variety of fitness activities but it was not until attending Salem State University that she was exposed to yoga. Immediately, she was excited about the prospect of incorporating mindfulness with physical exercise and knew that yoga was unique in this approach. Many years later while living and travelling in Asia she had the opportunity to immerse herself in a one-month intensive practice at the Ashtanga Research Center in Bali. She was initially approached to teach by fellow volunteers in India when observed practicing the Ashtanga Primary Series. Not wanting to disappoint she began teaching simple postures, meditations, and pranayama. Upon returning to the United States she recognized the need for additional training and enrolled in a ten-month Yoga Alliance teacher training program at the Yoga Loft in Wilmington with Jen Ryan. Her teaching is heavily influenced by Ashtanga philosophy and she believes that a proper foundation and understanding of correct alignment is the key to developing a fulfilling and safe practice. Caitlin is looking forward to completing the three year 300 hour advanced yoga teacher training program with ShivaShakti School of Yoga & Healing Arts in March of 2018.
Moriah Helms started practicing Ashtanga in 2010 and she has never looked back. Moriah teaches out of a love for the practice, and is excited to be bringing Ashtanga to midcoast Maine. The vigorous, disciplined practice of the primary series awoke in her a sense of freedom, competence, and well-being. She teaches in the lineage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and has studied for many years with Christine Hoar. She has also taken workshops with Nancy Gilgoff. Moriah's classes are challenging yet accessible, and she works to create a warm, fun atmosphere. Moriah is also offers spiritual mentorship sessions and lymphatic bodywork sessions.