I'm Valerie, a Portland, Maine based yoga teacher, personal trainer, and health and wellness coach. I drink far too much coffee and spend way too much money on kombucha. My daily attire pretty much always includes yoga pants, for I feel they are fitting for all occasions (many of my friends and family disagree!). Travel, creating and eating delicious foods, and watching movies are some of my other great passions. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you stay awhile!
I found my way to the practice of yoga in high school where the union of movement, breath, and stillness of the mind that yoga provides quickly captivated me. In college, my yoga practice became a lifeline as I was trying to navigate my place in the world, which is how I began teaching yoga in 2005. I am registered as a 500-hour yoga teacher (RYT-500) with Yoga Alliance, as I have recently completed a 300-hour advanced teacher training at Yoga on the Hill in Kittery, Maine. This advanced teacher training focused on anatomy and physiology, modifying and adapting the practice of yoga for unique populations, and learning the skills of intake, assessment, and intervention to address the needs of all individuals. Rather than subscribing to a particular style of yoga, I've drawn inspiration from my education, teaching, travels, other yoga teachers, and the many yoga students I have been blessed to guide and share a practice with to create a unique style of teaching. I also use my extensive knowledge and education of anatomy and alignment to further inform my instruction. I am passionate about providing a practice suited for everyone that not only soothes the body but also calms the mind. I use kindness and compassion to meet each person where they are and work to help everyone feel successful each time they step onto their mat. I have been certified through the American Council on Exercise as a personal trainer since 2008 and work full-time as a middle school wellness teacher, where I teach health, wellness, and mindfulness to 6th-8th grade students.