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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

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.

Jen Mayotte, RYT-200

Bio coming soon...

Michelle Varipapa, RYT-500

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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, 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

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Yupa Thita, RYT-200

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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

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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

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