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 heart-inspired acts, her leap eventually landed her as 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.
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!
Pat Barnes, MS, OT/L,
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
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.
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.
Jen Mayotte, RYT-200
Jen is a 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher. In recent years, they have gathered an additional 210 hours of advanced training in meditation and breathwork through the Kripalu School of Yoga. Their 7 years of teaching has focused on compassionately challenging students to practice yoga for the purpose of applying the wisdom "off the mat". Off of their mat, they have 12 years of experience working with Outward Bound, a non-profit focusing on facilitating transformational experiences through outdoor adventure and facilitation. Their current practice of yoga, and current call to action, includes attending various workshops and trainings (with Both-and.org) on facilitating white spaces - specifically addressing the journey from racism to anti-racism.
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, Prenatal 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.
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 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.
Jasmine Hollingsworth, RYT-500
Jasmine has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, and teaching since 2016. She has personally experienced the transformative power of yoga in her own life, and she seeks to help others do the same. In addition to the traditional 200-hour yoga certification and training, she is experienced and certified to offer yoga & mindfulness to a variety of populations from infants, children, and teens, and to those with diverse abilities. She is also trained to offer trauma-informed yoga. This training is complimented by her continuing education in the fields of Occupational Therapy and Psychology.
Stephanie Aldrich, RYT-500
Stephanie brings an impressive knowledge of proper alignment, injury prevention, and strength building into her classes. She enjoys watching students learn to use breath and movement as a way to find a space of quiet within. Stephanie is a 300-hour certified teacher who continues to find inspiration through learning on a regular basis.
Satpreet Kaur, RYT-500
Satpreet, or Preet Kaur is RYT 200 from Center of Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland and is currently deepening her practice with Christina Sell in 300 hrs. She is a versatile yoga teacher who loves to incorporate strength and mobility in different ways into her class. Her mission is to inspire others to get physically and mentally strong blending her knowledge of yoga with movement science and bio mechanics . She completed her Restorative Yoga Teaching Training Level 1 with Judith Hanson Lasator . She is also studying yoga therapy for mental health with Amy Wheeler Besides yoga Preet enjoys hiking , cooking and traveling with her family. She resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and two daughters . Find her on Facebook - Preet Yoga and on Instagram @preet.yoga