Bridge Studio Teacher Bios

Mindy Miller Muse
Mindy Miller Muse E-RYT500, MSW, C-IAYT, Yoga teacher trainer at Bridge Studio at Art of Awareness, began practicing yoga in 1997 and began teaching in 2003 after becoming certified in Interdisciplinary Hatha Yoga. Mindy has a passion for learning all things Yoga and wellness and a special appreciation for Hatha Yoga’s ability to strengthen the mind, body, and heart connection. In 2016, she completed a 300-hour advanced teacher training at Yoga on the Hill in Kittery, Maine with a focus on anatomy and physiology, modifying and adapting the practice of yoga for unique populations, and learning the skills of intake, assessment, and intervention to address the needs of All individuals. Mindy is also certified as a Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists and has a background in clinical social work. She worked as a clinical social worker specializing in trauma & eating disorder related issues at Art of Awareness for approximately 7 years. In addition, Mindy has more than 40 hours of specialized training in trauma sensitive yoga with Dave Emerson of the Boston Trauma Institute and has completed Chelsea Roff’s Eat, Breathe, Thrive: Yoga, Food, and Body Image Intensive. Mindy’s teaching is informed by prop intensive Yoga traditions as well as years of workshops with anatomy and alignment oriented Doug Keller. In her yoga classes and teacher training programs, Mindy aims to create a welcoming environment for each person to enhance their Mind/Body/Heart connection with an emphasis on personal choice and creativity. Mindy offers a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification, and soon will offer a 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, hosted at Bridge Studio as well as continuing education intensives for teachers and interested practitioners. She is also certified in Yin Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, and Childlight Yoga.

Ida O’Donnell
Ida O’Donnell, RYT200, LCSW is a certified Hatha Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Journey Dance (Level I) Instructor, and the Executive Director at Art of Awareness and Bridge Studio in South Portland, Maine. Ida’s yoga, movement, and meditation classes aim to cultivate a welcoming environment where themes of empowerment, self-acceptance, and the element of nature are woven in to encourage a practice to suit the unique needs of each student. Ida’s many years of work as a trauma and eating disorder therapist have contributed to her trauma sensitive and body positive style of teaching. After more than 35 years of cultivating her personal meditation practice, including yoga, mindyfulness, and Qi Gong, Ida completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with Mindy Miller Muse E-RYT500, MSW, C-IAYT, of the Yoga Muse School of Yoga. She completed a 40-hour certification in Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra® with Jennifer Reis at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and her Level I Journey Dance™ certification, also at Kripalu, with Journey Dance™ founder, Toni Bergins. Since 1992, Ida has worked as a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, and workshop presenter. She founded Art of Awareness in 2007.

Molly Crosen
Molly Crosen, Bridge Studio Coordinator, RYT200, Reiki Level II Practitioner, began her yoga journey about 3 years ago when she began attending a local yoga studio in her hometown near Sebago Lake. She attained her 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training certification through Yoga Muse School of Yoga in 2019. Molly was diagnosed with Lyme’s Disease in 2011, and has been on a search of a sustainable form of physical activity that is strengthening and challenging, yet is also kind and gentle to the body ever since. She has found Yoga to be exceptionally beneficial in her healing process, especially Yin Yoga as it gently targets the fascia tissue as well as strengthening and stretching the joints. Molly strives to create a nurturing environment for students to find their personal edge while staying safe, and encourages students to adapt their practice in order to find their unique balance in body, mind, and spirit. It is her belief that cultivating strength and flexibility within the body will ultimately echo into other areas of our lives. Molly has a great love for the outdoors, and enjoys any activity which connects her to nature whether it be hiking, kayaking, skiing, gardening, or occasionally offering outdoor Beach Yoga to her neighborhood in the summer.

Melora Gregory
Melora Gregory has been passionately teaching alignment based yoga since 1993. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT500hr and continues her studies, most recently in Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Yoga Nidra. Melora is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern Maine teaching a course entitled Yoga and Feminism. She is also a member of SeaChange Yoga, a non-profit organization which works to bring yoga to underserved populations. She also volunteers by teaching yoga to clients of SARSSM, Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine. Melora has also been practicing Yamuna Body Rolling® since 2003, and later became a certified YBR® instructor in 2009 after seeing the real benefits of the deep tissue release and creation of space in the joints. Inspired to further train in the YBR® method she completed the Foot Fitness Certification in 2011, and the Advanced Ball Certification in 2012. Melora currently teaches both Yoga classes and Yamuna Body Rolling® workshops at Bridge Studio at Art of Awareness, as well as various local businesses. She also offers workshops and teaches private lessons.

Stephanie Carlson
Stephanie has been an Occupational Therapist since 1997 and has worked in a variety of settings including a vestibular rehab. She discovered the healing power of Qigong and Tai Chi after sustaining a debilitating injury herself fourteen years ago. Stephanie experienced significant functional impairment and chronic pain, and although she benefited from traditional medical services including multiple surgeries, she found that Qigong and Tai Chi helped her to improve steadily in all aspects: body, mind, and spirit. Since that time Stephanie has committed herself to the further study and practice of these ancient arts. She believes that they have kept her on a path of healing and have helped her avoid re-injury. Stephanie is passionate about sharing what she has learned to help others create the wellness and health that they desire. She has been teaching since 2011 with an emphasis on helping people to maximize their functional potential. Stephanie is certified in Dr. Yang’s Evidence-Based curriculum, which is aimed at achieving quicker results with more ease.

 

Lucinda (Lulu) Wingert

Lucinda Wingert, RYT200, is a certified Hatha Yoga and Trauma Informed Yoga Instructor. Lulu discovered her love for yoga growing up in trauma and searching for peace. She offers a kind, welcoming, and nurturing approach to her teaching style. Lulu guides her students through pranayama (breathwork), meditation, and asana (physical postures). To prepare the students for a deep and relaxing savasana or final resting posture, Lulu offers hands-on adjustments to support the integration of the practice (all optional). She has passions for dancing, creating art, staying closely connected to nature, spending time with kids and helping those around her. She is excited to meet new students and co-create a safe, comfortable, and transformational environment to practice in.

 

 

Meghan Collier
Meghan Collier, LMSW-CC, RYT200, Reiki II Practitioner, is a Therapist, Yogini, and Level II Reiki Practitioner from the Portland area, who completed her Yoga teacher training with Yoga Muse School of Yoga, and Reiki II Certification with Anne Donnell. Meghan graduated with a Master of Social Work degree from UNE in 2018. What began as a personal health & wellness journey has grown into an absolute love for yoga and Reiki, and a desire to share the benefits of these practices with those around her. She believes that yoga and Reiki are beautiful medicines that can truly transform the relationship we have with our body, mind, and spirit, as well as the connections we have with the people around us. Meghan is passionate about cultivating an environment in which everyone in ever body can experience movement and healing in joyful, intuitive ways.

 

 

Grace Beber
Grace Beber, RYT200, grew up practicing yoga at home. Inspired by her early experiences, Grace studied yoga in India. She completed two 200-hour alignment-based Vinyasa teacher trainings, and has taught yoga classes in Poland, India, and the United States. Her first 200-hour teacher training was at Prana Yoga in Miami, Florida, in 2003 and the second 200hr teacher training was at Yoga Union in Portland, Oregon, in 2012. She is also certified in Restorative Yoga, Yoga for Trauma, and Yin Yoga. Grace gives students a clear sense of choice, options, and freedom to listen to and trust the language of their own body, even if that includes a departure from the guided instruction. Her teaching includes clear and detailed alignment-based instruction to keep all bodies safe, and also allow for  sense of exploration and joy. She shares the diversity of a variety of yoga.

 

Sonya Theriault
Sonya Theriault, LCSW, became a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor by KRI in 2006, and has been practicing yoga for almost 20 years. She discovered Kundalini Yoga at a small studio in Kalispell, MT in 2004 and immediately fell in love with its powerful ability to facilitate transformation. Sonya is also a Reiki Level II Practitioner and was trained in this subtle, yet powerful healing modality in 2006 (level I) and again in 2014 (level II). Sonya works hard to maintain a daily yoga practice and encourages her students to do the same. “Through daily practice and self-care we can meet whatever life has to offer in the moment with grace, flexibility, and awareness.”

 

 

Robin Ivy Payton
Robin sees yoga as endlessly creative in both teaching and practice. Since our bodies and minds are different every day and thrive on both familiarity and newness, she teaches for the day, rarely repeating the same class twice. Initially trained by Jacqui Bonwell through Sacred Seeds Yoga School, Robin followed up with trainings in functional anatomy, yoga nidra and meditation, prenatal yoga and more with Pranakriya Yoga School and Lotus Pond in Tampa, FL. Robin writes about astrology, meditation, and the intuitive arts for Llewellyn Books and other publications. She combines her yoga and astrology practices in RoZoYo®, based on the relationship between our bodies and the Moon, Sun, and planets. Communicating clearly is a high priority in Robin’s teaching, and she hopes you can understand and follow along even with your eyes open or close.