Meet our experienced teachers.
Kelsey Root-Winchester RYT
Kelsey has been practicing yoga since childhood and is a lifelong meditator. She is registered through Yoga Alliance. Kelsey has studied many types of yoga and mostly teaches Vinyasa Flow. She is a certified Health Coach at kelseyroot.com. Kelsey received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Originally from Boulder, CO, she now lives in Wells River with her husband and two children. In addition to yoga she has studied herbalism and meditation. Kelsey's classes are accessible to all. She honors that everyone is at a different level. She is also available for private lessons and small groups.
Nicole Mitchell, Yoga Instructor (RYT)
Nicole has been teaching yoga for 7 years. She was trained at Rising Spirit Yoga and
became an RYT-200 in June 2010. The summer of 2010 also was the year that she
graduated Dartmouth College with her Masters, and became a licensed therapist.
Nicole initially sought yoga over a decade ago in a desperate search for stress relief
when completing her bachelors, working full time and building a house. It worked!
Yoga has been a passion since. Nicole has always sought to use yoga as a ompliment to outdoor sports like running, snowshoeing and hiking increasing flexibility and the ability to breathe through difficult moments. As Nicole’s life evolved and became a mother, her practice of yoga became a humbling experience in acceptance of body and mind and using the breathe for energy or serenity.
Nicole incorporates yogic philosophy into her Vinyasa flow class. She enjoys creating classes that challenge core beliefs, emotional reality, flexibility and stamina. She seeks to find the “edge” of the pose in a compassionate, non judgmental and thoughtful way.
Cassidy VanNamee RYT
My name is Cassidy Vannamee I was born in Woodsville, NH and I currently live in Wells River,VT with my husband and two kids. I have been practicing Therapeutic Massage for 16 years. I studied massage at the River Valley School in Claremont, NH. Graduating in 1999. I have training in Deep Tissue,
Swedish, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Sports Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Myofacial release, and Reflexology. I currently work at the Dragonfly’s Den in Wells River, VT were I am able to practice in my hometown.
One year ago the opportunity to take the 200 hour Yoga teacher Training course came into perspective. This was a long time dream for me and through the love and support of my family I enrolled into the fall course. I had always had a passion to learn more of the yoga world but never thought this dream would come true. I practiced yoga for many years, I love the wonderful benefits my mind and body received. I longed to learn more so that I could use the techniques in my massage practice. I practiced at the Farm Studio in North Haverhill, NH. This particular style brings balance and strength in a very safe way.
My intent is to offer group classes that will focus on all-levels of yoga and also private classes as well as some very gentle classes to reach any person so that anyone can experience the art of yoga.
Michael Brandli MS, CMHC, AAP
Michael Started his meditative practices at an early age using mindfulness visualization practices prior to participating in sporting events. His interest in mind-body experiences expanded and grew through his life when he stumbled upon Tai Chi in 2012. He started with beginner videos but needed more. In 2013, he stared studying under Viki Kiman and Paul Drake of the Mountain River Tai Chi School. There he learned Tai Chi in the Tung Family tradition which can trace its roots back to Chang San Feng. In 2016, Michael started teaching Tai Chi at a residential inpatient treatment program for individuals with substance use disorders. He continues to teach at the medical and behavioral health practice he serves.
Donna Williams has taught meditation for the past 35 years both in the US and in Chile and is involved in teaching Contemplative Ecology and practicing plant-based textile arts. She is trained and passionate about Qigong. She lives in Vermont where she gardens, growing dye plants, apples, raspberries and raising bees.
I have been teaching Tai Chi for almost 20 years. I first came to Tai Chi in the mid 90's. With the slow and flowing movements as well as the tranquil mind set it provided me I was soon hooked. The benefits of Tai Chi include better balance, improved posture and circulation, calmed breathing and increased flexibility.
I have devoted my life to per suite of continuing my education of Tai Chi and my practice of it. I
Jill Cray RYT
My study of yoga began with 200 hours of interdisciplinary study of a variety of yoga practices. I trained with the Soma Yoga Institute in Hanover NH and complete my coarse in the early spring of 2015. I enjoyed learning and exploring pranayama techniques, history and philosophy of yogic life style and decided that I must share my new passion. Since October of 2014 I have developed my teaching style
primarily in a power vinyasa flow but enjoy teaching restorative, yin, and prenatal yoga to name a few.
During one of my classes expect a combination of styles flowing together and lots of encouragement to both challenge and honor yourself. Laughing and questions are always welcome! The passion of yoga has ignited my life and I’m sure to share that energy with you in class.
If you were to ask me why I practice Yoga I would say “living in balance is important to me and yoga teaches me to balance effort and reward. Through my practice I learn to connect with my inner voice – the voice inside your head – and I’ve learned that you can train it to be nice to you! Coming to my mat and honoring myself I feel like I’ve woken up.” I continue to learn and accept myself when I arrive to my yoga space and that’s exciting.
Anne Bergeron RYT
Anne Bergeron began practicing yoga 20 years ago when she stumbled upon an Astanga Yoga class led by Kathy McNames of Yoga Vermont and immediately fell in love with the ancient practice. Under Kathy’s guidance, Anne’s initial enthusiasm for yoga quickly evolved into a lifelong passion that has inspired her ongoing studies in the rich traditions of Astanga, Iyengar, and Anusara Yoga in the U.S. and in Asia.
Anne believes yoga is a powerful tool for developing self-awareness and balance in daily living. Her upbeat, dynamic Vinyasa Flow classes link precise alignment with breath and movement in order to cultivate a practice that is mindful, dynamic, and balanced. By contrast, Anne’s Yin Yoga classes offer an opportunity to slow everything down by holding seated and supine poses passively for several minutes, allowing ease and opening in the fascia and connective tissues.
Anne is a member of the Yoga Alliance, holds multiple yoga teaching certifications, and is skilled at teaching yoga to children, teens, and adults. She is an advanced certified practitioner of Thai Massage, and is currently studying the foundations of Ayurveda with Cate Stillman and Anne McIntyre. Her most influential yoga teachers include Doug Swenson, Nancy Gilgoff, Lucy Martorella, Deborah Neubauer, Nicki Doane, Eddie Modestini, Jonas Westring, and Simon Borg-Olivier.