Instructors, Massage, Reiki
Katie O’Connell, E-RYT 500 and owner of Dragonfly Yoga Barn, is a fun-loving yogi known for eating copious amounts of dark chocolate, singing and jamming with her musical friends, snuggling with her 3 cats, 2 kids, and husband Declan, and can be found doing yoga in the mountain forest, on a rock, in a river, in snowshoes,on the beach… anywhere! Katie has always been fascinated by dragonflies–their ability to transform, catch the wind, maneuver spirals and water dips with such grace, always shining irridescent in the sunlight, thus they have become our studio symbol. Offering weekend yoga retreats at Dragonfly Yoga and elsewhere has become a passion!
Katie is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT), has been practicing yoga for 17 years, teaching yoga for over a decade, and has completed 500+ hours of primary and advanced study with Paula Tursi, Cora Wen, Sadie Nardini, and Sudha Lundeen. She has certifications in Thai Yoga with Peter Kaaberbol (2006), Sunny Klaber (2012), and T’ai Jamar Hannah (2013). Her greatest teachers of all are her students, her own children, and her husband and partner in everything, Declan, aka Dhadood.
Katie is also a certified Reiki II Level Healer and Thai Yoga practitioner, offering private appointments in front of the sun-filled windows facing the peaceful hemlock forest here at Dragonfly Yoga Barn.
Along with Co-Director of Vidya Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, Melissa Scagliarini, Katie is happy to offer 200 Hour certification to aspiring teachers. VVYTT is certified with the Yoga Alliance.
Melissa Scagliarini, E-RYT 500 is a veteran instructor with over 10 years of teaching experience, including an in-depth 300-hr. training with the Himalayan Institute in India during the winter of 2010. Melissa is well-known in the Lakes Region for her dynamic Vinyasa Flow classes which combine sequences to build strength and physical awareness with a focus on breath and overall wellbeing. Melissa’s toddler, Lucian, and newborn, Rowan, keep her busy in her “spare” time (haha). Melissa’s Ashtanga- inspired yoga classes are bound to leave you feeling grounded, energized, and well cared for in your practice.
Hannah Peaslee, RYT 200 is a native to the woods of Sandwich, NH and was first introduced to yoga while studying at Quinnipiac University where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2009. Since graduating from the Vidya Vinyasa Teacher Training in May 2012 she has been sharing her passion for the Vinyasa Flow style which connects movement with breath to create an invigorating environment for her students. Hannah believes yoga should be fun as well as a commitment to discovering yourself in mind, body, and spirit. Classes focus on alignment and to develop physical awareness from the inside out, while building strength and flexibility. Hannah is a regular guest instructor at DFly.
Betty Webster, RYT 200 is a former guidance counselor who has been practicing yoga for over 13 years, and graduated from Vidya Vinyasa’s 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program in May 2012. Betty lives in North Sandwich where she raised her three children, and she enjoys the peace and beauty of life in the mountains and woods of Sandwich, NH. She has been an EMT on the Sandwich Fire Department for 21 years, and also has a gardening business. Vinyasa flow, gentle yoga, Yin yoga, human anatomy, and the introduction and integration of yoga into daily life are of special interest to Betty. When she is not teaching yoga at The Fitness Edge in Meredith or at Dragonfly, Betty loves being outside, working in gardens, painting, and being with her family (especially her grandchildren!) Betty is a regular guest instructor at DFly and also teaches at the Fitness Edge in Meredith, NH.
Reiki, Massage Therapy, Trail Guides, & More!
Leslie Jose, LMT/ARMT: Peace of Mind Reiki®, Karuna Usui Tibetan Reiki Master and Teacher, Licensed Massage Therapist. Offering Reiki, monthly “Reiki Share,” as well as workshops & trainings at Dragonfly and other locations, Leslie is held in high esteem as a local wise woman for her knowledge of Reiki healing, ability to teach and share her knowledge of traditional Reiki wisdom, and for her love of nature, the healing qualities of stones, therapeutic massage, and sooooo much more. Call for an appointment or to learn more about Leslie’s programs: (603) 520-5118.
Chele Miller, Naturalist, Trailguide & Tracker: Chele enjoys sharing the outdoors with people of all ages and backgrounds. She leads hikes, tracking expeditions, and is always honing her skills at learning birdcalls of our local feathered friends, as well as following the prints of all kinds of animals, from elusive wild cats and moose, to coyotes and raccoons. Let us know if you would enjoy a group hike or a mini expedition to check out the local flora and fauna of Sandwich!
Beth Day, LMT: Beth is a gifted massage therapist who offers appointments at Dragonfly as well as at her beautiful yurt in Sandwich or in your own home. Beth is happy to offer her marvelous massage hands during group retreats and for private clients. For group events, call Katie: (603) 707-7529; for private appointments, please call Beth directly: (603) 284-6217
Jennifer Mashiak, LMT: Jennifer is a wonderful addition to the Dragonfly family of therapists and healers, and we love having her join us for retreats where she pampers guests with her gifted hands and over 14 years of experience.
Dragonfly Yoga Barn continues to grow strong in yoga, workshops, retreats, Kirtan, YTT, and music events. Join us on our journey of awareness, joy, strength, and surrender in the mountains of central New Hampshire!