Bridge Studio Teacher Bios

Mindy Miller Muse
Mindy Miller Muse (she/her/hers), Yoga teacher trainer at Bridge Studio at Art of Awareness, began practicing Yoga in 1997 and teaching in 2003 and is Registered with the Yoga Alliance (ERYT 500, YACEP). She has a background in clinical social work (MSW) and is certified as a Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga therapists (C-IAYT). In addition to years of clinical practice (LCSW), she has specialized training in trauma sensitive yoga. Mindy offers a trauma informed, choice based approach to the practice of Hatha Raja Yoga and believes that our greatest teacher is our own unique and innate wisdom from within! She combines this approach with her knowledge and study of anatomy and the use of props to offer accessible options in posture practice. With gratitude and acknowledgement of the ancient Indian roots of Hatha Raja Yoga, she aims to integrate philosophy and the 8 limbs of Raja Yoga into her practice and teaching. She has a special appreciation for Hatha Yoga’s potential to strengthen the mind, body, and heart connection both on and off the mat. Mindy developed Yoga Muse School of Yoga RYS(200) in 2016 and offers certification and ongoing continuing education and mentorships for teachers and yoga practitioners of all levels of experience. In addition to teacher training, Mindy teaches full time in a variety of settings in southern Maine including online (zoom) sessions and shares yoga with practitioners of all ages and abilities. She is a program teacher for Yoga in Action’s Yoga for All Abilities program and is also certified in Childlight Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and Yin Yoga.

 

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.

Janet Steady
Janet is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Intuitive Eating Coach and Certified Yoga Teacher.  She counsels individuals struggling with body image and eating disorders and hopes to create  a safe space where you can realign with your inner wisdom, tune out external noise and live  more comfortably in your body. “Cross training” with the principles of Intuitive Eating (IE),  Action and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and the teachings of Yoga, she creates content  designed to help you change your relationship to food and body. The foundation of her yoga  offerings is built on the idea that “…you don’t use your body to get into the poses, but rather  the poses to get into your body”. Powerful and aligned, she hopes you will feel comfortable  learning and more able to connect to yourself and others.

Haley Linnet
Haley Linnet, RYT-200, completed their yoga teacher training in 2017, and has found so much joy in sharing the philosophy and lifestyle of yoga with others in the past four years. She has also studied meditation in Nepal and New Zealand, as well as yoga as a healing practice. Haley thinks it’s important to incorporate the aspects of yoga that go beyond asana into each class, and honor the roots of yoga as a path of spiritual growth.

 

Susannah Sanfilippo
Susannah Sanfilippo, RYT-200, is the founder of Yoga for your Grieving Heart – a yoga and bereavement support-based program. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher who has practiced yoga for over twenty-five years. Along with her training in classical yoga, she has in-depth studies in breathing for relaxation, pain reduction and emotional regulation, mindfulness, restorative yoga, somatic movement. Her psychologically-informed teaching style enables students of all ages, experience and physical conditions to discover the benefits of yoga. Her classes are both joyful and challenging as she invites students to explore ways to create ease.

 

Sophie Richards
Sophie Richards, RYT-200, is currently studying to be a clinical social worker and hopes to invite movement with the body, in order to soothe the mind. In Sophie’s Vinyasa classes you will have the opportunity to connect posture with breath, building heat from within. Sophie is a trauma informed yoga instructor and welcomes each student to choose what they would like their practice to look like.