Our Teachers

Quality Instruction

Our teachers embrace the power of moving the body into alignment to improve flexibility and to increase strength, while reducing physical stress, tension, and pain.  Our highly-trained and experienced teachers articulate instruction so that students understand and apply principles to deepen their Yoga or Pilates experience.

Yoga Teachers

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALynne Olsen, RYT 200

Lynne is a graduate of the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program at Yoga Center of Columbia. She is also a Corrective Exercise Specialist. As a child, Lynne watched her father teach aerobics classes and by the age of 15 was following in his footsteps teaching martial arts and fitness classes. In addition to teaching yoga, Lynne is a certified personal trainer and cycle instructor for which she finds knowledge of yoga to be a tremendous asset. Lynne combines alignment with playfulness in a safe environment where students feel empowered to explore and express themselves in each pose. Lynne emphasizes mindfulness by encouraging students to honor how they feel both on the inside and on the outside. Her goal is to help students discover the transformative magic of yoga through classes that are nourishing to the soul as well as the body. Lynne is the owner of Rolling Brook Yoga.

Alecia Flynn, E-RYT 200

Alecia found Iyengar yoga in 2001 to relieve back pain. She was amazed by yoga’s ability to ease pain and quiet the mind. In 2006, Alecia discovered the power of yogic breathing and strength-building through Ashtanga yoga. Inspired by yoga’s transformational power, Alecia began teaching in 2007. In 2009, she completed a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training where she learned yogic philosophy, anatomy, and alignment-based teaching techniques with an Anusara emphasis. Today, Alecia’s teaching is a balanced blend of her experience with Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Anusara yoga. She believes that physical alignment and linking breath with movement are equally important for students to learn and that they can be taught mindfully. Alecia’s balanced approach to teaching cultivates self-awareness and mindfulness in her students, guiding them to integrate mind, body, and spirit for a blissful practice and a deep exploration of yoga. Alecia is Co-Founder of Rolling Brook Yoga.

Vicki Bannister

Vicki Bannister, E-RYT 200
>Vicki began practicing yoga in 2000 to relieve stress. She quickly experienced yoga’s physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. After practicing Hatha yoga for several years, Vicki completed a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program in 2009, which emphasized anatomy and physical alignment. In 2010, Vicki completed an extensive yoga immersion program to deepen her knowledge of yoga philosophy. Teaching with compassion and an open heart, Vicki believes that everyone can benefit from yoga, and that sharing her knowledge of alignment will lead students to a healthier body and mind, and a deeper understanding of the body. Vicki is Co-Founder of Rolling Brook Yoga.

Mary Catherine Kiehl, RYT 200

Mary Catherine has been practicing yoga since 2004. She initially came to yoga for strength and flexibility, and found that it also brought great peace and calm into her life. Mary Catherine, a physical therapist who works with special needs infant and toddlers, has been incorporating yoga into her therapy sessions for several years. In 2006, she completed basic training in “Yoga for the Special Child” and recently received training in yoga therapy for autistic children through the same program. She is a 2010 graduate of the 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program at the Yoga Center of Columbia. Mary Catherine believes that the benefits of practicing yoga can reach into all aspects of our lives, as it balances our mind, body, and spirit and opens our hearts, enabling us to be fully present to the possibilities that life holds for us.

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 Jennifer DeCrette Randle, RYT 500
(Jennyd57@cablespeed.com)

Jennifer has been teaching yoga since 2009 and completed her Advanced Teacher Training in 2013. After a sudden back injury in 2004, Jen felt blessed and energized by the healing benefits of yoga. Holding an M.A. in Modern Studies from Loyola University, Jen enjoys integrating her passion for philosophy and literature into her classes. Jen devotedly creates a safe and experiential environment for her students. In her classes, Jen  encourages breath awareness during moments of movement and stillness. She encourages students to appreciate alignment through strength, balance, and flexibility– both on the mat and in life. A lifelong student, Jen relishes time with her teachers and enjoys her journey as she refines and evolves her practice and teaching.

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Joe Loehe, E-RYT 200

Yoga is a journey, a journey in which we discover and develop our whole selves.  Joe enjoys helping you to start and continue that journey by sharing postures, breathing exercises, and meditation techniques with you.  He teaches in ways that you will find both pleasant and invigorating.   He will help you to reach into your inner being, to strengthen and stretch your body, to lighten and open your heart and mind, and to come away from each class with a smile!  Joe has been practicing yoga since 2006 and has taught yoga since 2009 at the Carver Center for the Arts in Towson and at UMBC.  He completed the 200 hour teacher training course at the Columbia Yoga Center in 2008.

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Patricia Barnes, MS, OT/L, RYT 500

Pat started practicing yoga as a teenager, teaching herself from books. In 2003, she received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification from the Columbia Yoga Center, and in 2011, completed a 300-hour yoga therapeutics program at Yama studio in Baltimore. In addition to her yoga certifications, Pat is an occupational therapist, and has presented at numerous yoga and occupational therapy conferences. Pat has worked with students with arthritis, Parkinson disease, MS, musculoskeletal issues, cancer, anxiety, and depression. In group and private yoga sessions, Pat links breath with movement to reduce stress, decrease chronic pain, and increase positive energy. Pat guides students in modifications to discover their individualized expression of poses. She integrates breath work, mindfulness, restorative and yin yoga into her classes.


heatherHeather Jefferson, RYT 200

Heather took her first yoga class at a gym in 2007, but didn’t really discover yoga until 2010, when she experienced a serious bout of anxiety.  Yoga helped her find peace, acceptance, strength, and healing through movement, breath, and yoga philosophy.  After practicing for 4 years, she completed a 200-hour Power Yoga teacher training at Sid Yoga in 2014.  She later completed a 15-hour Yoga for Emotional Healing Certificate at Fit Yoga in 2014 and a 30-hour Yin Yoga training with Jessie Kates in 2016.  Heather loves yoga philosophy and brings inspirational teachings to her classes.  She encourages her students to let go of outside worries, calm the mind, and open their hearts to peace, compassion, self-love, and joy both on and off of the mat.  Her classes include gentle hands-on assists to help students delve deeper into their bodies.  Teaching yoga is Heather’s dream job and she can’t wait to share her passion with you.

img_5120Courtney Lewis, RYT 200

Courtney initially sought out yoga as a way to exercise and stay in shape. As her practice grew, she found herself coming to the mat more for the way yoga made her feel rather than for the more fitness-related benefits. She loved how she felt during and after her practice- how yoga not only affected her physically but also mentally, emotionally and spiritually. She began to crave the presence she was able to tap into during her practice.  She began to notice how her time spent on her mat affected her life off the mat. Her mind, constantly planning and worrying was more settled. She was much less likely to become agitated or stressed. The effects Courtney experienced through her practice were so profound that she felt called to share it with others. Courtney received her 200 Hour Jivan Yoga Teacher training through Baltimore Yoga Village and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance.  She is currently pursuing her 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training through the Yoga Center of Columbia.  Courtney is a Licensed Massage Therapist and utilizes her 14 years of experience in that field to guide her teaching. Her classes emphasize the importance of alignment, stability and breath in order to create a foundation to mindfully flow and explore.

bethedit1-1-150x150Beth Evans, RYT 200  

After 9/11, Beth Evans stopped sleeping. Desperate for something to relieve her insomnia and anxiety, she turned to yoga as a way to cope with stress and fear. She learned that yoga’s quiet peace and joyful expressions were always present, no matter what life offered. In 2012, Beth completed Anusara Yoga Immersion at Capitol Hill Yoga in D.C. She went on to earn her RYT 200 in alignment-based Hatha yoga at the Yoga Center of Columbia in 2014. As a teacher, Beth delights in helping students discover new ways to open to yoga’s grace, freedom, and strength. Happily raising four kids with her husband Trent, Beth divides her time between teaching yoga and working for Baltimore County Recreation & Parks.

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Cara McNamara, RYT-200  

Health coach and favorite yoga teacher of many, Cara McNamara returns to Rolling Brook.  Cara blends her experience with mindfulness into her yoga classes to create an experience that cultivates each students ability to manifest their deepest intentions, and to live a satisfying and fulfilling life.

 

Tracy Devine, RYT-200, RPYT

Yoga and birth will be forever linked for Tracy, as she studied to become a teacher while pregnant with her son. Now a certified, registered, 200-hour (RYT200) and pregnancy (RPYT) yoga teacher, Tracy’s classes allow her to share and celebrate the miracle of new life again and again, as seen through her student’s eyes. Her teaching style is uniquely personal – creating a positive, nurturing, and empowering community of and for women. An avid gardener and chef, Tracy has two children, Keller (born June 2013) and Maya (born September 2010). When she is not teaching, she works as a freelance consultant, advising non-profit organizations on fundraising, event planning, and communications.

Quinn Allee-Press, RYT-200

Quinn loves yoga because it makes her body physically feel good and leaves her mind calmer to better go out into the world and take on life. Quinn completed her 200 hour teacher training through Charm City Yoga in 2016 and has been leading a vinyasa practice ever since. Her class is dynamic, with the goal of having fun, working hard, and creating a unified rhythm between body, breath, and mind through flowing sequences. She keeps practice playful, through movement and music, because we all need that daily space to let go and be free. Her goal is to leave her students feeling happy, relaxed, and full of life at the end of class. Quinn is currently pursuing her 500 hour certification through Yogaworks Baltimore.