About Us 2018-11-09T12:19:53+00:00

Yoga Is A Way Of life

The practice opens up the possibility of connecting to what we already have and to who we already are.

In truth, the practice of yoga is not just about changing the brain, body, headstands, or even about gaining greater happiness and joy. If it were, it’d be just like taking a spinning class or doing a set of lunges at the gym. Yoga aims toward transcendence of all those things to bring balance and inner tranquility.

Yoga Teachers

Healing with peace, love, and light.

Banyan Yoga Tree is a community where people connect along their journey of wellness, strength and personal growth. We inspire with loving-kindness so you can feel safe, supported, and rise to transform into your true authentic self!

We offer traditional yoga that is compatible with modern life. Our classes allow students to take tangible steps towards their inner growth at a pace that is comfortable for them. The benefits of yoga provide both instant gratification and lasting transformation while encouraging overall health and wellbeing.

Meet Our Teachers

The Banyan Tree Yoga Team’s collective experience is diverse and ever-expanding.

Brandy Hill
Brandy HillE-RYT200 • E-RYT500 • YACEP • Reiki Master Teacher
Brandy 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. She 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. 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. Brandy was voted Best Yoga Instructor Nashua in the Hippo’s Best of 2013 and 2014 Readers Polls!
Valerie M. Leyton
Valerie M. LeytonRYT200 • YIN • HATHA • VINYASA
Valerie is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and 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.
Michelle Lanigan
Michelle LaniganRYT200 • Yin Yoga • Childlight Yoga
Michelle 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.
Sue Camirand
Sue CamirandRYT200 • Reiki Master
Sue 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.
Kellie Bernardini
Kellie BernardiniRYT200 • Reiki Level II
Kellie has been practicing Yoga for over 15 years and was called to pursue her RYT200 at Banyan Tree Yoga after witnessing the multitude of benefits of a regular practice. She commited to her passion for Yoga after moving to NH from Brooklyn, NY, were she was working as a Mental Health Counselor and Trauma Specialist at a large University. Kellie incorporates mindfulness and anxiety reduction techniques into her classes. Whether you are a brand new Yogi, or deep into your practice it is her goal to make sure you leave her class feeling capable, renewed and grounded. Kellie is also Reiki II attuned.
Jay Hansen
Jay HansenRYT200 • Reiki Level I
Jeremy (Jay) Hansen, RYT200, REIKI practitioner & Martial Artist, began practicing yoga in 2015 and recently graduated the Yoga NH Teacher Training Program at Banyan Tree Yoga. Jay loves helping to guide others to find a little more peace in their day. He finds that (with the right combinations of movements, your state of mind and the proper breath) Vinyasa can be both vigorous and relaxing! Jay brings at least one unconventional pose to every class!
During his free time, Jay likes to hit the gym, attend a spinning class or search YouTube for inspirational yoga sequences.
Hilary Ferraro
Hilary FerraroRYT200 • Reiki Master
Hilary had the fortune to travel to India for work and and felt inspired by its culture, history, and mythology when visiting many temples and historical sites. She discovered Banyan Tree Yoga during her work sabbatical and fondly remembers practicing her first class blindfolded! Since then, she has been attuned to Reiki Master, completed Restorative Yoga/Yoga Nidra training with Yoga NH, and in May 2018 graduated from the Yoga NH Teacher Training Program at Banyan Tree Yoga. Within each class, she weaves the foundations of yoga, Patanjali’s 8 limbed path, through intention, meditation, movement, and breathwork, accompanied by a thoughtful playlist. She has a soft spot for beginners and reminds her students that the goal of yoga is not to touch your toes; it is what you learn on the way down that counts. Her additional areas of interest include hindu mythology, the chakra system, mantra, and essential oils.
Melissa Nurmi
Melissa NurmiRN • RYT200 • Reiki Master Teacher
Melissa Nurmi is passionate about helping people find healing and ease within their body. Although she has practiced yoga since high school, Melissa’s practice truly deepend after suffering a brain injury in 2001. Her experience as a patient motivated her to return to school and pursue a degree in nursing. While she loved working with mothers and babies as a labor and delivery nurse, she yearned to help people heal their bodies and spirits through mindful movement as she had done herself following her brain surgery. Melissa then enrolled in an extensive STOTT pilates training program and 200hr RYT program. These trainings, combined with her medical knowledge, has allowed Melissa to help many clients overcome obstacles and achieve their goals of feeling safe, healthy, and whole within their body.
Susanne Hershey, PT, DPT
Susanne Hershey, PT, DPTINT • CS
Susanne 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 Integrated Neuromuscular Therapy (INT) and Craniosacral Therapy (CS) 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, contact Susanne at INTwithSusanne@gmail.com.

“Just love the energy and aura of the studio and the instructors. Kudos to you Brandy! I look forward to having Banyan Tree Yoga as a joyful part of my life.”

Andrea S. • Testimonial

“Wonderful studio – so welcoming and warm. Brandy is an instructor who cares deeply for her yoga students.”

Marsha C. • Testimonial
“My limbs are elongating, I can see definition in my muscles once again, I managed to achieve reverse prayer, and chaturanga is feeling easier each time I do it. Thank you, Brandy!”
Anna K. • Testimonial
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