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.

Kim Flagg
Kim FlaggRYT-200 • Reiki Level II
Kim is passionate to share with others the ways that yoga is both versatile and universal. Having practiced yoga for 15 years, Kim has had experience in using yoga as an outlet of expression and as a helpful tool during the transitions of her life. Yoga has been a home for her throughout times of change, especially during her journey of pregnancy and motherhood. During her classes she loves to be playful with movement, and isn’t afraid to be a little goofy! In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, and getting creative in the kitchen.
Leah Shirton
Leah ShirtonRYT-500 | Reiki Level I
Leah was first introduced to the physical practice of Yoga while living in Key West in 2012. Her yoga journey has most recently included graduating from her 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training program with My Vinyasa Practice, based in Austin, TX. Leah feels strongly about interweaving many of her passions into her teaching, such as chronic illness advocacy, body awareness, and anatomy & physiology. It is her goal to continuously hold the space for people of all different backgrounds and create a welcoming and inclusive environment where her students can feel happy, safe, and at peace. Leah teaches Vinyasa, Power Vinyasa, Hatha, and Gentle Yoga.
Brandy Hill
Brandy HillE-RYT500 • YACEP • Reiki Master Teacher
Brandy Hill, E-RYT500, 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. In 2011, she founded Banyan Tree Yoga in Nashua, NH, and was the primary teacher and owner until December 2020. She completed her 300-hour training in 2015 and was the Director of the Yoga Teacher Training Program at BTY for 6 years. Brandy is passionate about prenatal yoga and adores the natural heat and openings found in Vinyasa classes, but also enjoys slowing things down in Slow Flow and Hatha. She 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.
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.
Angela Poulin
Angela PoulinRYT200 • Reiki Level I
Angela has been practicing yoga on and off since college, but mostly used it to complement her endurance athlete lifestyle or during pregnancy. She became more serious about her yoga practice after having twins in 2016. She truly fell in love with not only the physical improvements she could see happening as she healed her body, but also the mental & spiritual calm it gave her as a mother of four and full time banking professional. Angela graduated from the Yoga NH Teacher Training Program at Banyan Tree Yoga in May 2019. She teaches a traditional vinyasa flow style for all levels with a focus on building strength, and awareness of the mind/body connection.
Renee' Welcome
Renee' WelcomeBarre Teacher
Renée Welcome has been dancing since she was able to walk, and knew her entire life it was what she wanted to pursue as a career. Renée studied dance at Northern Essex Community College and has taught classes at various studios in the area over the last twelve years, but her love of ballet has always been the most prevalent.
In 2014, Renée attended a training session for BalancePoint Barre. Since then, Renée has spent much of her days creating her own barre program which has won her three Reader’s Choice Awards with Wicked Local out of Westford, MA for Best Fitness Studio and Best Weight Loss Center. Renée believes it is important to keep the ballet in barre by using ballet terminology and movements to push the body and retain the original intent of barre— to condition the body the way a dancer would.
When Renée is not teaching, she enjoys working on hand-lettering and calligraphy as well as playing video games.
Susan Sledge
Susan SledgeRYT200 • Reiki Master
Susan is a retired nurse. She has always exercised in some form all of her adult life. She began practicing yoga over 10 years ago. She was introduced to her first class by her daughter, who still practices. She found the practice of yoga transforming for the body, mind and spirit. Her dedication to yoga and its teaching inspired her to enroll in the Yoga NH 200 YTT program. Susan graduated from the Yoga NH Teacher Training Program at Banyan Tree Yoga in May 2020 and is now a RYT-2OO. She is a Reiki Master and completed Restorative Yoga/Yoga Nidre levels I-II through Yoga NH in April of 2020. Her passion is for everybody, regardless of age, to be introduced to the benefits of yoga, being mindful of the challenges of aging and the effects it may have on the body. It is in the doing that we learn no matter how far we go into the poses.

“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