Instructors, Massage, Reiki
Katie O’Connell, E-RYT 500, Ayurveda Health Practitioner, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist and Thai Yoga bodyworker. (The Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy components of Katie’s teaching are based on credentials from The California College of Ayurveda, not derived from her status as an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance).
Katie is a fun-loving yogi known for singing and jamming with her musical friends, her love of cooking, gardening, and snuggling with her kitty cat, Puddy, 2 kids, and husband Declan, and of course, practicing YOGA! She can be found doing yoga in the mountain forest, on a rock, on a paddle board, 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 19 years, teaching yoga since 2003, training yoga teachers since 2011, and has completed over 750 hours of primary and advanced yoga study with Paula Tursi, Cora Wen, Sadie Nardini, Sudha Lundeen, Marisa Laursen and Dr. Marc Halpern, head of the California College of Ayurveda, with whom she earned a certification in the ancient science of Yoga Nidra and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy. Katie is an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner and has over 900 hours of study as an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Ayurveda Yoga Therapist. She also has certifications in Thai Yoga with Peter Kaaberbol (2006), Sunny Klaber (2012), and T’ai Jamar Hannah (2013), and is SUP Yoga trained by Michelle Clarke of Moondala. Her greatest teachers of all are her students, her own children, and her husband and partner in everything, Declan, aka Dhadood.
Katie teaches daily yoga classes, offers Ayurveda & Yoga consultations and classes, private Thai Yoga bodywork, Yoga Mentoring, YTT, Ayurvedic Indian Cooking classes, and Reiki appointments in front of the sun-filled windows facing the peaceful hemlock forest here at Dragonfly Yoga Barn.
Lisa Buerk, RYT 200 grew up dancing in South Florida and was a children’s dance teacher before becoming a flight attendant. She has lived in New York, California, and finally landed in NH. When she is not flying across the country, she loves flying over the local lakes and mountains with her husband in their antique airplanes. She enjoys canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and growing and gathering fresh vegetables in her garden and preparing healthy meals with her husband and friends. Lisa has been practicing yoga for 19 years and is excited to be sharing with others her love of yoga and the peace and calm it brings. Lisa teaches at Dragonfly year round and in the Dragonfly Yoga Summer program at Rockywold-Deephaven Camps in Holderness, NH.
Lindsay Mayock PT, DPT, RYT 200 is a Doctor of Physical Therapy practicing at Mountain Center Physical Therapy in Conway, NH. After growing up in Conway, she went off to receive a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Virginia in 2005 and Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Simmons College in 2008. After working and living on both coasts and internationally, Lindsay returned to the Mt. Washington Valley in 2014 to set down some roots. Completing her 200 hour YTT in 2015 with Meghan Currie in Nicaragua, Lindsay teaches weekly classes, as well as incorporates yoga-based techniques into her patients’ treatments. “I think yoga is one of the best mediums through which we all become more acquainted with our physical form. Through sound teachings firmly rooted in human anatomy and biomechanics, I seek to guide my students to a deeper understanding of how to move their bodies safely and efficiently, on and off the mat.”
Hannah Hayes, PT, DPT, RYT 200, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and practicing yogini. She was first introduced to yoga while at Quinnipiac University where she earned her Bachelor’s in 2006 and Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2009. She completed her 200 hour YTT through Vidya Vinyasa with Katie O’Connell and Melissa Scaglairini in May of 2012 at Dragonfly Yoga Barn. She believes that with yoga a greater awareness of our ability to move is awakened, which is a dream come true to any physical therapist. Off the mat and out of the clinic, Hannah loves the New England Patriots, riding a Harley, hiking, snowshoeing, and reconnecting to her love of photography. Hannah lives in Alton Bay with her husband. She is excited to be back at Dragonfly for subbing and teaching anatomy to YTTs.
Jay Gupta, RPh, MSc IM, RxYT is a registered community pharmacist and specializes in medication therapy management. He previously had a career in international marketing of Ayurvedic and pharmaceutical products.
His yoga immersion began in India in 1983 and he has been exploring the depths of yoga since then. Throughout his life, he has endeavored to achieve a scientific understanding of yoga and nature cure practices. He has traveled from the Himalayas to Kerala learning a variety of yoga and nature cure practices, and has studied with many of the top yoga researchers in the US and India. He shares some of the practices from the Himalayan masters in his DVD Subtle Yoga for Rejuvenation and donates all the proceeds for advancing the science of yoga.
He believes that yoga is for every body and mind, and aims to make it as easy as taking a capsule. As one of the pioneers of therapeutic yoga, he started making “yoga capsules”… and the all-volunteer non-profit organization called “YogaCaps” was born! A yoga capsule is a “practice” capsule that is done once or twice a day and takes only a few minutes to perform, with the aim of enhanced wellness.
Betty Webster, RYT 200 is a former guidance counselor who has been practicing yoga for over 16 years, and graduated from Vidya Vinyasa’s 200 hour YTT at Dragonfly Yoga with teachers Katie O’Connell and Melissa Scagliarini 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. She loves being outside, working in gardens, painting, and being with her family (especially her grandchildren!) Betty is a regular guest instructor at DFly and teaches in the Dragonfly Yoga summer program at Rockywold-Deephaven Camps.
Reiki, Massage, Trail Guides, and more!
Leslie Jose, LMT/ARMT: Peace of Mind Reiki®, Karuna Usui Tibetan Reiki Master and Teacher, Licensed Massage Therapist. Leslie is held in high esteem as a local wise woman for her knowledge of Reiki, 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. Leslie co-leads monthly Restorative Yoga & Reiki classes with Katie O’Connell, E-RYT. Call for an appointment or to learn more about Leslie’s programs: (603) 520-5118.
Beth Day, LMT is a gifted massage therapist and Reiki practioner 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
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 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!
Dragonfly Yoga Barn continues to grow strong in yoga, workshops, Ayurveda, group retreats, Kirtan, YTT, and music events. Join us on our journey of awareness, joy, strength, and surrender in the mountains of central New Hampshire!
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