Our teachers are well-qualified and diverse
Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor
Roseanna Rich knew from a very young age that she was destined to work in the health care industry; it seemed the best way to help people. Roseanna received her MSN from Catholic University of America and an MBA at Tulane University. She managed nursing intensive care units for 13 years, overseeing three cardiac intensive care units at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Eventually, Roseanna came to believe that the Western medical system focused too much on illness, and not enough on preventative health. Recognizing there were limited options for health care other than the surgery/prescription routes, she vowed to set up a practice that supported and encouraged people to be healthy. She became a certified clinical herbalist, ultimately forming her own holistic health care philosophy and practice encompassing Native American, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Ayurvedic practices.
For 30 years, Roseanna has personally used homeopathic remedies as a cornerstone of her own health care. In 2010, she began to study homeopathy intensely and formalize her training through several courses. She studies with David Little, H.O.E. and Don Hamilton, DVM. "Homeopathy is up to speed with today's modern world," Roseanna believes in case management and using a variety of remedies to "peel the onion" rather than the approach taught by Kent 1880s: one dose and wait 6 weeks for results. Samuel Hahnemann taught that practitioners are here to relieve pain and suffering not give philosophical constructs precedence over care of clients.
Roseanna counsels and teaches individuals how to be healthy using herbal medicine and Iyengar yoga. She pursued the teachings of B. K. S. Iyengar and studied with him and his daughter, Geeta in Pune, India. She recognized that the therapeutic benefits of yoga were deeply healing and life altering. Roseanna became a certified Iyengar yoga teacher in 1990. She feels strongly that people make their own choices about the quality of their personal health. "Yoga's self-empowering tools enable us to transform our own personal health – physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically."
Roseanna has taught people how to maintain a healthy body through her herbal products manufacturing company, Indian Meadow Herbals founded with Nancy Lowry in 1994. Roseanna founded The Yoga Place in Ellsworth, Maine where yoga classes are offered daily. Roseanna believes that connecting to a teacher is one of the most important steps to maintaining a regular practice. "Find a teacher you can relate to and be consistent about attending class. Then work on establishing your own independent practice."
Roseanna Rich, MSN RN
P.O. Box 383
79 Main St. 3rd floor, Ellsworth, ME 04605
Kripalu Yoga Instructor
Molly has been a yoga student, practicing Kripalu and Iyengar
yoga, for over twenty-five years. In the spring of 2010, she went
to the Kripalu Yoga Institute and became a certified yoga teacher.
Since then Molly has been teaching classes at The Yoga Place that
combine the flow of Kripalu yoga with Iyengar alignment. Her
goal is to help others realize and enjoy the physical, mental, and
spiritual benefits of a regular yoga practice.
When not teaching yoga, Molly’s days are filled with teaching
children to read. She is an avid gardener and hiker. When time
allows and she is not in her gardens, you will find her hiking in the
mountains of Maine.
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E-RYT500hr Certified Yoga Instructor
Charlotte began practicing yoga in 1996. She has studied with the father of the Ashtanga style, Sri K. Patabhi Jois and completed teacher trainings with David Swenson, Richard Freeman and John Friend. She ran the Johnson Yoga Studio in Vermont from 2003-2006 and has completed hundreds of hours of study in the therapeutic applications of yoga.?In addition to teaching Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga, she also studies and practices Ayurveda, and holds a masters degree in Botany. She is a triathlete and ultra-marathon runner and she loves to help others build confidence, awareness and freedom in their own bodies. Her classes are equal parts technical alignment and flowing movement.
Certified Aikido Instructor
Aikido is a modern Japanese Martial Art that uses pins and projection throws to neutralize an attacker while causing the least amount of harm. Aikido is a true budo or Martial Way that evolved in the historic tradition of Japanese warrior arts. Studied in earnest, budo is more than a science of tactics and self-defense; it is a discipline for perfecting the spirit. For more information visit http://www.usaikifed.com
David Hill is the instructor at The Ellsworth Aikikai and holds the rank of sandan (3rd degree black belt). He is also a fukushidoin (certified instructor) in the United States Aikido Federation. He began his Aikido training in Toronto in 1990 where he studied Yoshinkan Aikido for a brief time before joining the Toronto Aikikai. In the summer of 1992 he moved to Indianapolis, Indiana and studied under the guidance of Didier Bertrand at Aikido of Indianapolis and Akira Tohei Shihan of the Midwest Aikido Federation.
In 1998 he moved to Ellsworth, Maine and founded the Ellsworth Aikikai. The dojo became affiliated with the USAF Eastern Region in late 2000 and currently is under the guidance of Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan, chief instructor at the New York Aikikai, and Harvey Konigsberg Shihan, chief instructor of Woodstock Aikido.
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