Teachers Meet your yoga instructors

Brandy Hill Val Leyton Abby Rosmarin Michelle Lanigan Sue Camirand Dianne Goodbar Brenna Anderson Jessica Paeplow Lauren Young Susanne Hershey, PT, DPT
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Brandy Hill

Brandy Hill, E-RYT200, RYT500, discovered yoga in early 2001 while working a high-stress recruiting job in Boston. She joined a gym and found a class offered once a week during lunch. The job didn’t last, but her curiosity and desire for yoga did! Always wanting to be a yoga teacher when she “grew up”, her final inspiration came while expecting her first child. Brandy pursued her dream and obtained her 200 hour training at Frog Pond Yoga Centre in Princeton, MA, where she studied under Shanti Diane Featherstone and was inducted into Dr. V.S. Rao’s lineage. Brandy later completed her 300 hour training with Maureen Miller of Yoga NH and is a Yoga NH Teacher Training Program Director. Brandy is a Reiki Master Teacher and often incorporates Reiki energy to enhance her students’ yoga experiences. Brandy believes that yoga is a life-long journey and regularly feeds her curiosity through ongoing trainings and workshops.

Brandy became a yoga teacher to share her devotion of yoga with the world. Yoga brings her inner strength, patience and has helped her be a better version of herself. Brandy embraces variety and teaches a number of different styles of yoga. She is passionate about prenatal yoga and adores the natural heat and openings found in Vinyasa classes, but also enjoys slowing things down and teaching Slow Flow or Hatha. She finds it fascinating and gratifying to witness transformations in her students’ bodies and minds. Brandy is honored to be guiding and mentoring a new generation of yoga teachers in the Nashua community!

Brandy is most passionate about being a mom, her family, guiding people to love and be who they are, and fostering community.

Brandy was voted Best Yoga Instructor Nashua in the Hippo’s Best of 2013 & 2014 Readers Polls!  Thank you to the BTY community for your votes and your support!

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Val Leyton

Valerie M. Leyton’s initial experience with yoga was in 2002. It was brief because at the time she thought it was not something that she could do – as she didn’t have a “body for yoga.”

A fellow yogi and friend brought her back into the practice when they met up again in 2008 at work. From that moment on, she began to see that it wasn’t about whether or not you have a “body” for yoga – but if you have the mindset and desire to be a better you – then any “body” can do yoga!

Once that philosophy took hold there was no looking back – yoga became a part of her life not only personally but professionally as well. Being a licensed clinical mental health counselor, one often has to help the client better understand the “mind-body connection” – which is challenging if you don’t understand it yourself. This new philosophy has helped over the last few years going from practicing yoga as a student to investing in practicing as a teacher.

Val completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training program in August of 2014. Prior to her completion, she had already begun to teach Yin yoga locally. While she enjoys teaching Hatha and Vinyasa to keep things fresh, her passion has become Yin and the need for people to understand why deep stretch is so important (whether you practice yoga or not) and how to make your body work smarter so that you lessen the chance of becoming injured. Val is quick to remind her students that it is their practice and their body and the importance of listening to it.

When she is not working or teaching, Val enjoys spending time on the Cape with her family, walking her dogs, reading, crocheting and finding time to make the most out of each day!

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Abby Rosmarin

You could say Abby Rosmarin’s yoga journey began in the fourth grade when her mother started taking yoga classes at the town’s recreational center and she attempted “meditating” in school before a spelling test. Abby would return to yoga again as an adult, first as a way to balance out her running regimen and later to balance out stress and anxiety. Her time on the mat helped her discover the beauty in the mind-body connection, the sense of calm that can come when you embrace what yoga can offer, and the desire to pass this discovery on to the world.

Abby received her RYT-200 training through Yoga NH in 2014. She practices and teaches by the motto, “Yoga is exactly what you make of it and exactly what you need it to be.” Her goal as an instructor is to provide a warm, welcoming atmosphere where people from all walks of life can appreciate a style of yoga that works for them at that particular time. She enjoys teaching classes in a fun, light-hearted manner with an emphasis on finding the right variations for your body and mind.

When she is not on the mat, Abby keeps herself busy with writing, running, tai chi, and the occasional modeling job.

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Michelle Lanigan

Michelle Lanigan, RYT 200, graduated from the Yoga Loft teacher training program in Wilmington, MA.  What began as a journey to just “study yoga” soon turned into a passion for teaching and spreading the word about the physical and mental benefits of yoga and meditation.  Inspired by the creativity of her teachers Jen Ryan and Nicole Grant, Michelle began offering free lunchtime yoga and meditation classes twice a week at her office and soon after began teaching at studios.
Michelle is certified to teach Yin Yoga through Josh Summers and is also a certified ChildLight Yoga Instructor.
Off the mat, Michelle loves reading, traveling, cooking, and spending time outdoors with her family and dogs.  Her young son Jack inspires her daily.

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Sue Camirand

Sue Camirand, RYT 200. Sue has have been practicing yoga for more than a decade but it wasn’t until she found the right mix of teaching styles and community that she thought about teaching yoga. “I always thought that one day I would be a teacher but never quite knew what the subject would be.” She graduated from the Yoga NH Teacher Training in August 2015 and from Josh Summers YIN training in April of 2016.

Sue is a Reiki Master and is also continually developing her knowledge of crystals, essential oils, medicinal herbs, meditation and other topics she sees as complimentary to yoga.

Sue’s blended style ranges from gentle Hatha to a more vigorous Vinyasa Flow. She focuses on the basics of breath and alignment while keeping things fresh, often incorporating something just a bit different, never teaching the same exact class twice! Having started her journey a bit later in life, Sue is sensitive to the diverse needs of all levels of students and offers modifications and challenging poses as necessary while never forgetting the importance of rest during a practice.

When not working or teaching, Sue spends her time continuing to learn and grow with her practice bringing new knowledge to her students.

Dianne Goodbar

Dianne Goodbar

Dianne was initially drawn to the mysticism of Yoga while taking an elective college course in 2003. She quickly found herself spending much of her free time reading about the myths of the asanas and exploring a variety of practice styles. She found refuge in Vinyasa and has been connecting her mind to breath and body since. Over the years she has discovered many physical benefits of asana practice as well as a more peaceful approach to managing daily stressors by living her yoga off the mat. Dianne strives to live mindfully and accept each moment for what it brings without judgment.

Dianne is passionate about sharing the priceless and open handed gift of Yoga through her teaching. She aims to create a safe and inspiring space for exploration where students can come up to their edge with compassion, no expectation, and experience some inner joy while expanding their practice. Yoga has helped Dianne treat her own body with kindness and her teaching style greatly reflects Ahimsa – the moral guideline focused on non-harming to the Self and all beings. It is her hope that each student will achieve a sense of ease and carry it with them outside the studio.

She completed a 200-hour teacher training program in April 2014 with the wonderful Tranquil Space instructors in Washington, DC and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with the Yoga Alliance. Dianne is grateful to her mentors and loving family who have continued to encourage and support her. She is wild about her husband and four legged babies – Fang, Bosco and Brody who keep her heart and soul smiling everyday.

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Brenna Anderson

Brenna Murrin Anderson was introduced to yoga as an elective class in high school and continued to dabble in asana throughout college. After graduating college to become a registered nurse she immediately began the stressful process of planning her wedding. Since going from one stressful situation to another began to build anxiety, Brenna decided it was time to get back into yoga as a healthy outlet. After a while of being back into a regular yoga practice she decided to go on the journey to become a yoga teacher in order to share the yoga life with others. Brenna went through teacher training at Banyan Tree Yoga and is now blessed to be a teacher in the very place where she completed her 200 hour certificate.

Besides yoga, Brenna loves spending time with her three cats, her dog and her husband in the area she grew up in. Hiking, attending concerts and spending time with friends and family is always on the agenda. Brenna is also a Reiki Master Teacher and will soon begin another journey to become an Acupuncturist and Herbal Medicine Practitioner.

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Jessica Paeplow

Yoga came into Jessica’s life when she needed it the most and soon she experienced a profound transformation of mind, body and spirit. She discovered that yoga could not be contained in a room but rather needed to be shared. This is the reason she started the Yoga Teacher Training. The values taught through yoga and the traditional philosophy resonate with her as she incorporates them into her everyday life, living fully and sharing joy and compassion with everyone she meets. Her classes are infused with music, reflection, and well-informed sequences which allow her students to move fluidly finding their comfortable edge. Her classes reflect her own journey of healing through peaceful meditation and energizing asanas.
Jessica is a language teacher by profession who has found her “genius” at yoga. She thrives to continue her journey growing as a human being and finding new friendships with everyone she meets. Jessica has completed her 200-hour teacher training though Yoga NH, a 200 hour Yoga Alliance School, and is forever grateful to her mentors and tribe for all their teachings. When she is not on the mat, you can find her at the beach, hiking or cooking.

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Lauren Young

Lauren Young is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200), holds a Masters in Education (M.Ed.) with a specialization in Special Education, and is a Certified Child Yoga Teacher (CCYT) with over 100 hours of training through ChildLight Yoga® for children ages 6 weeks-18 years old and individuals with special needs. She has also attended specialized yoga teacher training in Prenatal Yoga.

Lauren started her journey with yoga in 2006 with hopes it would bring balance to her life. She found that practicing yoga taught her to be more patient, increased self-esteem and confidence that helped open the door for new and exciting opportunities and adventures.

The past 15 years, Lauren has worked in the field of education and social services with children of all ages and different abilities. She found that her passion was working with children in the area of social-emotional learning (which yoga teaches and supports naturally). She left the field of academia and became a Children’s Yoga teacher.

Lauren has recently become a first time mom to her son Benjamin and has found herself craving more of a gentle and grounding yoga practice. Outside of yoga, Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband, son, pets, and family!

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Susanne Hershey, PT, DPT

Susanne Hershey is an avid yoga practitioner and a Doctor of Physical Therapy, earning her graduate degree from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. She’s been treating patients at hospitals in the greater Boston area since 2007. Her work as a PT and her interests in yoga as a therapeutic tool to create strength, stability, and balance in the body have led her to explore the intersection of these two practices. Now, she is offering INT (Integrated Neuromuscular Therapy) and Craniosacral Therapy at Banyan Tree Yoga. INT acts on the myofacial and neuromuscular systems to reduce pain and tension, improving circulation, muscle function, range of motion, joint mobility and overall posture. For more information on INT, CS or to book an appointment, please visit our Private Offerings page or contact Susanne at INTwithSusanne@gmail.com.