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Our Teaching Team

Our teaching team is carefully vetted to ensure that you get among the most experienced, knowledgable, and compassionate instructors in the area.

 Lynne Olsen, E-RYT-200, CES, M.F.S., C.P.T.

Lynne turned to meditation & yoga to counter the effects of a stressful job as a crime scene technician.  She became a certified yoga instructor in 2013.  Soon after, she made a leap of faith by quitting her job and pursing the fitness field full-time.   As with most leaps of faith, her leap was met with open arms.  In 2016, she became the owner of Rolling Brook Yoga.   In class, Lynne strives to provide an experience that is as nurturing to the soul as it nourishing, yet challenging, to the body.  Lynne has been a fitness instructor since 1991 and a personal trainer since 1998.  

Vicki Bannister, E-RYT-200

Yoga has been a part of Vicki’s life for over 20 years. In 2009 she completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program at the Yoga Center of Columbia. In 2010 she completed an extensive Yoga Immersion program to deepen her knowledge of yoga philosophy and 2019 she completed an Ayurveda Immersion program. She loves to blend all of these interrelated principles in to her own practice and to share them with her students! She enjoys sharing her knowledge of alignment based yoga guided by the breath in her classes to promote a stronger, healthier body/mind connection. Teaching from a place of compassion and an open heart, Vicki believes that everyone can benefit from yoga. This belief led her to complete the Y12SR Training – Yoga of 12-step Recovery Leadership Training in 2016 offering yoga to those on the path to recovery. Vicki is a Co-founder of Rolling Brook Yoga.

Jen Mayotte, RYT-200

Jen Mayotte found her way to the yoga mat in 2001 and has been practicing ever since. In 2013, she embarked on the path as a teacher through training at the Yoga Center of Columbia and became a 200 hour RYT. Teacher training was transformative and continues to shape her life. Currently, she is deepening her practice by pursuing her 300 hour teacher training at the Kripalu Center in Massachusetts with a focus on Meditation and Pranayama (breath work). As a teacher, Jen offers achievable yet challenging classes with a healthy dose of levity. She takes her practice off the mat in her work at the Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School, a local non-profit organization, serving students of all ages by changing lives through challenge and adventure. Jen is full of gratitude to be able to spend all of her 'work hours' creating opportunity for personal evolution - with or without yoga mats!

Michelle Varipapa, RYT-500

Bio coming soon...

Courtney Lewis, RYT-200, LMT

As a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance, Courtney loves guiding students to really feel into their body to connect with what's present there. Her classes focus on mindfully moving through the postures (asana) with the breath in order to peel back the layers of resistance so that we can settle our awareness inward, finding stillness and recognizing our deep intrinsic connection to all that is. As a license massage therapist, Courtney offers a real treat during savasana too!

Cara McNamara, E-RYT-200

Bio coming soon. . . 

Pat Barnes, MS, OT/L,
C-IAYT

Pat Barnes, has been teaching yoga since 2003 and is a certified Yoga Therapist based in Catonsville, MD with extensive knowledge and experience helping students live with and recover from injury and other physical conditions. Pat has worked with students with arthritis, Parkinson disease, MS, musculoskeletal issues, cancer, anxiety, and depression. Her classes are designed to help 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

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.

Beth Evans, RYT-200

After 9/11, Beth Evans stopped sleeping. Desperate for something to relieve her insomnia and anxiety, she turned to yoga. 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 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. She’s a fan of sweaty vinyasa practices and balance postures.

Yupa Thita, RYT-200, LMT

After 9 years of practicing yoga, Yupa decided she wanted to share her passion for yoga with others.  In 2017, pursued her 200 hr training from The Yoga Center of Columbia. Yupa is also a licensed massage therapist through the Massage Therapy course at Anne Arundel Community College.  Most recently, she finished 50 hours of study in Ayurveda.  Yupa keeps students mindful of safe alignment and guides students to connect with their mind & body during poses.  She considers her teaching to be an offering of love and kindness from her heart.  She feels that "Everyone can practice yoga, and yoga is a way to learn to know yourself better."

Kathy Reid, RYT-500

Kathy received her Yoga teacher certification from the Columbia Yoga Center in 1995 and in 2010 she completed the Avalon 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training to satisfy requirements for the Yoga Alliance RYT. Kathy teaches yoga in the Iyengar style with a strong emphasis on alignment and a creative use of props. Kathy has taught all age groups and has developed a particular expertise in offering yoga to seniors and those requiring a gentle approach to yoga. Her teaching encourages students to develop their own personal practice to gain the full benefits of everyday yoga. Kathy is also a student of Tai Chi and enjoys blending the concepts of these two ancient traditions. Kathy has more recently studied the healing art of sound massage and meditation and offers a monthly practice at the Avalon. Contact: [email protected] 443-739-5268

Angie Barrett, RYT-200

Angie is a Registered Nurse with over 15 years of experience in health care. Throughout her years in nursing, she learned that health and wellness are not the same as being “free” from illness. On her own health journey, healing from physical and emotional trauma, a regular yoga practice became time for her mind and body to connect and heal. The personal benefits she receives from a regular yoga practice inspired her to become a certified yoga instructor, and SUP yoga certified. Her passion is to help others experience and enjoy the many healing and therapeutic benefits of yoga.

Missy Wheeler, RYT-200

Missy has taught Prekindergarten and Kindergarten in Baltimore County Public Schools for thirty years and was first interested in teaching yoga to her students in her classes and school. Through her love of yoga and the healing and calming effects of it, Missy soon wanted to share its benefits with adults as well. This inspired her to complete the Avalon 200 Hour Teacher Training in 2011. She also trained through Radiant Child to teach yoga to children. In 2017, she trained with Dr. Fishman and Ellen Saltsonstall and received a certificate to teach Yoga for Osteoporosis. She is currently seeking her 300 Hour certificate through Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts. Missy brings a nurturing style to her classes and builds a safe environment for all students to grow in their practices and receive the many benefits of yoga. She enjoys working with students of all ages!

Bridget Hackley, RYT-200, Pre-natal Yoga

Bridget began taking yoga classes in 2011 as a complement to her running routine.  She loved finding new ways to stretch and strengthen my body, and quickly grew to appreciate the physical and emotional awareness that yoga fosters. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2016 and gave birth to her second daughter two months later. After several years of working on her physical and mental health post-pregnancy, she pursued prenatal yoga teacher training as well.  Her goal is to use this ancient practice to facilitate your own discovery of yourself.

Amy Olin, Pilates

Bio coming soon...

Maureen "Mo" Rosenbloom

Mo practices yoga because it helps her move, breathe and feel better. Yoga and mindfulness meditation were initially effective tools of healing for her own health, resilience and connection to community. Now it’s become a way of life. Mo pivoted away from a career in telecommunications and IT in New Zealand to full on yoga over the last five years with the recognition that healing comes from within; that the wisdom of the practice rests in the practitioner and anyone can learn how to bring their body and mind into balance, regardless of age or physical capabilities. She weaves her training in Reiki, MBSR and energy medicine yoga into practices with the goal of demystifying energy so that we better understand our body and mind and become better stewards of ourselves.

Yogi

Yogi first came to the mat at 2 years of age.  A natural born yogi, his gentle and quiet disposition inspires smiles from everyone he meets.  In classes, his favorite pose is savasana with an occasional downward facing dog. 

Linda Gousis, RYT-200

Linda teaches yoga that enlivens the body, uplifts the sprit, and settles the mind. Her approach to teaching yoga is step-by-step, practical, and inspiring. She encourages her students to tap in to their inner strengths and use them to fully explore yoga poses - and life! She has practiced for more than a decade and graduated from the Yoga Center of Columbia’s teacher training program in 2017.

Jarret Horst, RYT-200 

Jarret has been practicing yoga since 2012 and obtained his RYT-200 certificate in 2018 through the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine. His passion for yoga evolved alongside a dedication to social activism and he advocates “the yoga life” as one of the most clear and comprehensive ways to re-imagine oneself (and by extension the future)! Jarret incorporates breath work and meditation into his asana classes and loves finding creative posture variations and transitions. He is a father, a husband, a builder, and a lover of all things outdoors. Follow him at his not-so-secret yoga Instagram page @taj_stevens.”

Jasmine Hollingsworth, RYT-200 

Jasmine has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, and has worked in the Baltimore County School system as a substitute teacher since 2016. She enjoys bringing yoga into the classrooms, and has worked frequently with special focus groups and students with diverse abilities and behavioral issues. Jasmine received her 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga certification from YogaWorks in December 2019. She also holds a 200 hour Hatha Yoga certification from Aura Wellness, and is certified to teach Yoga & Mindfulness to children ages 3 and up through ChildLight Yoga. She is a registered RYT200 hour teacher with Yoga Alliance, and is currently pursuing her 95 hour RCYT (Registered Children's Yoga Teacher) certification.