DIANE OUELLETTE - After moving to Wells, Maine from Nashua, NH in 2001 and retiring from a career in the Human Resource field several years later, Diane devoted her time to the practice and study of yoga. Throughout her life, exercise has always been an important part of her daily routine, and currently she and her husband love to walk and bike along southern Maine’s beautiful coast. But after enrolling in a yoga class in 2003, Diane knew she had found something beyond other traditional forms of exercise to benefit her both physically and mentally. Yoga has brought greater flexibility, strength and balance to her life, as well as increased peace of mind.Diane’s desire to share this wonderful yoga lifestyle with others prompted her to receive her yoga teacher certification in 2009. Her style of teaching is centered in the strong belief of proper alignment and breathing while performing postures. Diane’s classes incorporate gentle warm up stretches before moving into more flowing posture sequences. Her focus is on ensuring that students practice yoga in a safe environment and leave her classes feeling relaxed as well as energized.
HOLLY PELLETIER - Holly is a passionate and driven teacher and student of yoga. She first found yoga as a anxiety ridden college student with extremely tight hamstrings, and almost instantly, fell in love with the practice. Over the years, her practice has shifted in many ways and after completing two teacher trainings and countless other workshops and continuing education courses, she has gathered information from many different lineages to help create her own unique style that focuses a great deal on alignment, intention, energy, and key concepts from Chinese medicine. Holly’s other work, her “day job”, is that of an acupuncturist, which she cares deeply about. Her love of the two healing modalities combine seamlessly in her classes and her acupuncture sessions, which gives her unique insight into the inner workings of the body and it’s meridian systems. As a result, her teachings do not only tap into the physical, but also the mental, emotional, and spiritual realms. Holly currently holds her E-RYT 200 in Vinyasa yoga, is a licensed acupuncturist in both Maine and Massachusetts, and is certified in First Aid/CPR/AED. www.holisticallyinspired.org
TABETHA LEACH - Tabetha joins The Yoga Nook with a background in mental health, receiving her Associates Degree in Behavioral Health Studies from YCCC, and currently holds her MHRT-C (Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician Certification) for the State of Maine. With a focus on helping those who suffer from trauma and grief along with chronic pain in the body, she has been practicing energy healing for over 5 years and holds a Level 2 Reiki Practitioner and Intuitive Therapist. Continuously working to grow her skill set by attending workshops and classes in yoga, mental health and energy medicine in order to benefit herself, and her students. Acquiring RYT-200hr certification through the Illumina Program with the intention of helping people feel better in their mind, body, and soul. Combining her energy work, holistic health beliefs, and mental health studies she creates mindful, trauma sensitive yoga classes that are welcoming to all bodies and levels of practice. Tabetha also offers private Reiki sessions at The Yoga Nook to those looking to clear out stagnant and negative energies, realign the chakras and to assist with healing in both the mind and physical body from ailments caused by grief, anxiety, PTSD, pain and more.
ANNIE LESLIE - Annie has always been interested in health, healing, and learning about how the body works. Annie believes in an integrative approach to medicine and will work with other healthcare practitioners to ensure optimal patient care. She received her B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of New England in Biddeford, ME and then went on to her Master's of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) in Newton, MA. While at NESA, Annie took a special interest in orthopedic acupuncture and completed five clinical rotations specializing in orthopedic and pain conditions. Annie also studied Chinese Herbal medicine and is a licensed herbalist. In addition to acupuncture, Annie is a RYT200 yoga instructor and teaches vinyasa style classes as well as myofascial release classes in various studios and breweries in Southern Maine. In her free time, Annie tries to spend as much time outdoors as possible and loves swimming, paddle boarding, hiking, snowshoeing and skiing. She currently lives in Berwick, ME with her fiancé, Rich, and their two cats and dog: Tux, Bandit & Ghost. www.annieleslieacupuncture.com
CHAUNA OAK - Chauna began practicing yoga in 2008 and began teaching in 2018. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200hr). Her style brings together elements of strength, flexibility, and balance, while encouraging students to break through their own perceived limitations both on and off the mat. What began as a purely physical practice, and years of self teaching, led Chauna to complete a 200 hour teacher training, where she further discovered the mental and spiritual benefits of a well rounded practice. It is through asanas (postures), meditation, and pranayama that Chauna leads her students into the sense of inner calm and self-acceptance that yoga often brings. Chauna believes that yoga has something to offer every single person in every stage of their life.