Yoga Teachers

Our yoga instructors are trained in diverse traditions. Each teacher brings a joyful spirit and authentic presence to class. 

Alanna Hernandez

Alanna's classes are grounding and balancing, with a focus on uniting the body and the mind. She believes that yoga helps you fully inhabit your body and develop mindfulness and presence. Alanna began practicing yoga in 2006, and she completed her 200-hour Hatha Yoga teacher training at the Kind Yoga School in Centerville, MA in 2011. She completed her certification as a meditation teacher at the Kind Yoga School in 2012. In addition to teaching at The Dancing Elephant, Alanna works at Youthlinks and in local schools, teaching yoga and mindfulness to help teens with stress management. All of her classes include meditation to help students feel grounded and fully present. Alanna grew up on Cape Cod and now lives in Union.

Courtney Cease

Courtney believes deeply in the ability of yoga and meditation to help heal the mind and body. She has experienced yoga’s healing powers herself while dealing with chronic illness and back pain over the last 15 years. Inspired to share yoga, Courtney earned her teacher certification with Kula Collective in Guatemala in 2017. Her yoga classes weave together mindfulness, slow flow movement, alignment, and synchronized breath to encourage a deeper awareness of the mind-body connection. Courtney also studied energy healing, shamanism, and nutrition in Peru and Guatemala, as well as worked on global climate change and development projects based out of Washington, DC. She feels most alive while exploring the world, connecting with nature, skiing and biking, supporting others on their way to wellness, and dreaming up ways to create a more loving and sustainable Earth.

Daya Devi

Daya Devi has been a student of Yoga since the late 1990s. She completed her 200-hour teacher training with ShivaShakti School of Yoga & Healing Arts in 2014. Daya Devi strives to be a life-long student of Yogic Wisdom. She brings a unique blend of meditation, pranayama, asanas, and humor to her teachings. In addition to teaching at The Dancing Elephant, she can be found leading yoga in a number of outdoor spots around Rockland. Daya Devi also enjoys sharing "Tumbling Meditation" (an organic, mindful moving meditation) with anyone who's willing to try it, and she loves to garden!

Erin Grade

Erin began practicing mindfulness and yoga in 2007, and she has enjoyed the unfolding layers of these practices over the years. She studied at the ShivaShakti School of Yoga & Healing Arts, completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2014. Erin offers gentle support in her classes, holding space for her students to learn and grow at their own pace. She incorporates conscious movement and breath awareness to create a solid foundation, allowing each student to flow deeper into their practice with unwavering strength and connection. Since becoming a mother, Erin has been motivated to help other women relax into the many changes of pregnancy, to find empowerment and be trusting of their own bodies. She spends most of her days teaching (and learning from) her daughter, sharing awareness, gratitude, and compassion on and off her mat. Erin also loves music, snowboarding, gardening, cooking, and nature. Photo credit: 5iveLeafPhotography

Jennifer Papps

Jennifer's journey into yoga began in 2007. Over the years, yoga has been a portal for personal transformation and healing. In 2013, Jennifer earned her 200-hour teacher certification from Bala Vinyasa studio in Naples, Florida. In 2017, she was certified by Nikki Myers to lead Yoga for 12-Step Recovery. She is also a certified Baron Baptiste instructor and teaches the "Journey into Power" sequence. Jennifer integrates the powerful and introspective aspects of yoga in her classes, inviting students to use their mat as a mirror for growth and learning. She enjoys extended summers on North Haven and loves boating with her husband, nature walks with her dogs, and savoring the stillness of island life.

Katie Ring

Katie loves to see others light up with confidence and inspiration! For Katie, practicing Kundalini Yoga helps her release tension, breakthrough mental blocks, and handle life’s demands. In 2012, Katie’s doctor recommended yoga to support her weakened nervous system. At first, Katie tried to mimic what other yogis were doing in class, but her body didn’t even know how to reach past her knees. Eventually she heard her body’s cues more clearly, strengthening her self-trust. Since then, Katie has received her 200-hour Kundalini Yoga Teacher Certification with Hari Kirin & Sahaj Kaur in MA. In addition to yoga, Katie studied Natural Cooking in Boulder, CO, and continued studying plant medicine with Sage Maurer in VT. Katie works as a Preschool Teacher, High-Prana Chef, and Creatrix. You’ll find her walking and singing through woods and waters or sipping a hot tea at Seafolk! 

Kristi Williamson

Kristi's love for dance, somatic awareness, and devotion flow through her yoga teaching. She is an established and inspirational Vinyasa and Kundalini teacher who has taught throughout the United States and abroad. Kristi studied yoga in India and Indonesia. She has completed four yoga teacher trainings and has assisted Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa, author of Art & Yoga, at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and Omega Institute countess times. Kristi has also studied extensively with movement pioneer Anna Halprin of Tamalpa Institute. Kristi works in the fields of transformational performance art, expressive arts/somatic movement, as well as devotional music. Her passion for creative expansion, artistic expression, and conscious evolution provide the foundation for her teachings. Kristi grew up in Camden, Maine.

Lindsay Crawford

In Lindsay’s classes, Yoga is about lifting the veil that prevents us from knowing who we truly are. She lived in Southeast Asia for over two years, studying Buddhism and Yoga in Ashram and Monastery environments. Lindsay trained at the Bihar School of Yoga in Mungar, India for an intensive four-month yogic studies course and also at the Devanadi School of Yoga in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she received her 200-hour teacher training certificate. Lindsay integrates cultural and spiritual experience into her teaching and everyday life. Her classes weave together breathwork, movement, meditation, chanting, yoga nidra, and mindfulness. These elements come together to create a unique and dynamic flow allowing students to ignite their inner light and make each practice their own.

Lindsey George

Lindsey George began taking yoga classes in the mid-1980's and became a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher in 1997. She believes Yoga is responsible for transforming the quality of her own Life, and she wishes to share the same opportunity for transformation to others. Although movements and poses and stretches are basic and simple, they can also be challenging. Students often remark that the intense focus and strong sensations they experience are unexpected. Hopefully the takeaway from Lindsey's class will be profound relaxation, a shift in awareness, and a reminder of the unimaginable possibilities that have yet to be expressed in our Lives.

Rachel Nixon

Rachel fell in love with yoga and meditation in 2001, and within a few years, she knew she wanted to teach. Rachel trained at Kripalu in 2006, and she has been teaching yoga in the Midcoast ever since. In 2014, she founded The Dancing Elephant to create a gathering place for yoga, meditation, and art. Rachel has a Masters in Education, as well as teaching certificates in Kripalu Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Art & Yoga, Children’s Yoga, and Yin Yoga. She is also trained as a Meditation Instructor and is currently pursuing studies in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Prior to opening The Dancing Elephant, Rachel served as Executive Director of the Georges River Land Trust and the Director of Julia's Gallery for Young Artists at the Farnsworth. She lives with her partner Aaron and his daughters in Camden. In her free time, Rachel loves to spend time with her family-- swimming, sailing, skiing, and doing art projects.

Susan Wind

Susan (Siri Santokh Kaur) first began attending Hatha Yoga classes in the 1970‘s. As a Massage Therapist and Energy Healer, she has always been interested in empowering people to heal themselves. While studying Flower Essences, Susan’s Kundalini Yoga journey began with her Teacher’s copy of Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, MD’s book, Meditation As Medicine. She attended her first Kundalini Yoga class in Camden in 2004 and knew clearly “I am Home.” Through years of Kundalini classes, Susan has developed tools to work with physical and emotional challenges and has healed herself on many levels. She is grateful to her Teachers and is so happy to share these beautiful practices with the community. Susan's spiritual name is Siri Santokh Kaur, given to her in the tradition of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.

Taylor Ackerman

Taylor has been practicing yoga since 2008 and was trained in Hatha yoga at Ashiyana Yoga Center in Goa, India in 2011. The practice and presence of yoga has been a grounding force for moving gracefully and compassionately through life. In her classes, Taylor encourages awareness and development of a mind-body connection, as well as attention to safety and the cues communicated from the body. Her passion for mental and physical well-being started with yoga and has developed into collecting the requirements to obtain a higher medical degree. Taylor aspires to be a part of a healing community that blends Eastern and Western philosophies in a patient-centered approach to health. In her free time, she can be found reading, swimming, climbing, sailing, rowing, playing in the woods, exercising her dog, or eating good food.