Our Instructors

 
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Lindsey Scott, Instructor & Yoga Studio Manager

With a background in dance, gymnastics, sports, and farming, Lindsey grew up with a strong awareness of her body in balance and motion. She fell in love with the beautiful attributes of yoga that combine mind, body, and spirit. She received her 200-hour Teacher Training from Kripalu in 2013, her Prenatal Teacher Training Level 1 Pranakriya Yoga in 2015, and is currently working on her 100-hour Meditation Teacher Training.

Lindsey believes yoga is best practiced off the mat through compassion, non-judgment, breath, and the ever challenging practice of listening to the body and mind while being present in the moment. She loves fluid movement on the mat and the opportunity to strengthen the body, mind, and heart through practice.

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Kristi Bride

Kristi is a native Vermonter with a compassionate heart, calming voice, and encouraging and uplifting spirit. She began practicing yoga at 48 years old and was astounded with the changes in her body, mind and spirit. She is not a “super flexible yoga person,” understands the crankiness that comes with aging, and utilizes props to make yoga possible for everyone. After 25 years of providing physical therapy, she pursued her 200 and advanced 300 yoga teacher training with Daniel Orlansky at Yoga of Energy Flow in the Boston area. Her diverse training included Alignment/Iyengar, Kundalini, Meridian, Yin, Restorative, Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra, Kali Ray Triyoga, Vinyasa and Qigong. She warmly welcomes you to join her in sharing this beautiful, ancient practice to find peace, tranquility, and strength to weather all the changes that life brings.

Emily Kniffin & Mary Sayre

Mary and Emily first spotted each other in Burlington at Yoga Vermont, where they have over 30 combined years of Ashtanga experience, including yoga teacher trainings with Kathy McNames and David Swenson. Years later, when they next spotted each other at the Craftsbury General Store, the Ashtangis whooped with joy and have been practicing primary series together as often as possible since then, preferably outside in the sunshine as wildflowers and butterflies pass through their drishti. They're so happy to offer their gratitude and love for this practice by teaching it for others.

 

Emily Neilsen

Emily is a hatha and prenatal yoga teacher. She has completed a 500-hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training through Laughing River Yoga in Burlington, VT and a Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training through Pranakriya Yoga.

Emily approaches yoga as a path of self-inquiry, and works to create a space where positive change is possible for all students, regardless of their level of yoga experience.   

Gretchen Kaija

Gretchen lives in Peacham and found the yoga practice six years ago. She completed her YTT 200-hour Hatha/Ashtanga certificate with Chandra Yoga School in Rishikesh, India. Gretchen enjoys how the yoga practice serves as an indicator of what the body, mind and heart each crave at various points in life. For this reason, she aims to incorporate all of the senses in her yoga teaching. 

When Gretchen is not on her mat, she is either in the kitchen baking bread, in the garden tending her tomatoes, or traveling with her sweet fiancé.

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Tina Ghantous

Tina has been creatively weaving  movement, breath, and meditation into her yoga classes since establishing Moon Rise Yoga ten years ago in the Northeast Kingdom.  She strives to bring others into the awakened healing potential of their own power. She is a mother of two from Glover, who has been on many journeys. Her background includes yoga, bodywork, herbal medicine, Ayurveda, Shakti Meditation, Shamanic Traditions, and other topics related, and seemingly unrelated. Tina offers yoga and other courses as healing arts, drawing inspiration from life, the land, her ancestry, and the wheel of the year.