Portland Showroom

Carissa Ciuca

Breathing Room Yoga & Movement Studio

Carissa was drawn to yoga over 10 years ago as a way to break out of a routine and experience more physical activity. Yet, she discovered early a mental and spiritual side that she didn’t expect, but loved uncovering. Carissa’s yoga practice has colored her life with both joy and centeredness. She completed vinyasa yoga teacher training at Flow Yoga Center in Washington DC, where she studied with Debra Mishalove, Michael Plasha, Simon Park, Alanna Kaivalya, Alison West and others. And, in 2012, Carissa completed a second vinyasa teacher training in Washington, DC with internationally renowned yoga teacher Seane Corn. Carissa has taught students of varying interests, from sweaty flowing vinyasa students to peaceful fertility-seeking yoga mamas. In January 2011, Carissa brought... Read the profile >>

Genell Vashro Huston

Lila East End Yoga

Genell Vashro Huston: studio owner (Lila East End Yoga), Hatha yoga teacher, mom, dedicated partner, and keen adventurer. The practice of yoga has been inspiring her life since 1999 through movement, intention, reflection, and bliss. Genell has completed two National Yoga Alliance Teacher Trainings, and continues to be inspired to grow her practice and teachings by ongoing trainings with teachers both locally and nationally. She brings her bright personality, keen understanding of alignment, creative sequencing, and love for the practice of yoga to each class. All levels are welcome to join her classes. Expect to move with thoughtful engagement and to challenge yourself to be present with your breath and body throughout class. As studio owner and yoga teacher, she is... Read the profile >>

Gretchen Folk

Greener Postures Yoga Studio

Gretchen Folk has cherished the practice of asana since just about the first time she was on a borrowed mat in a cramped bedroom following a VHS tape in January 2000. Through exploring yoga and developing a deeper awareness of the whole practice, she was able to find consistency and stability in a sometimes geographically widespread life. She thanks all the fellow students she has practiced amongst in all the corners of the country she has visited. Some of the most influential of those have been the Haines Yoga Club in Haines AK, time with Mount Madonna Center in Watsonville CA and the amazing yogis of Boston and the Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts. She completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher training with Prana Power Yoga, in Cambridge, MA in 2007. Leading... Read the profile >>

Julie Marchese


Julie Marchese is a cancer survivor. Her cancer journey helped her find her love of multisport training. In June of 2005 she accomplished her first triathlon. Crossing the finish changed her life forever. In 2008, Julie founded Tri for a Cure. An all women’s triathlon for the Maine Cancer Foundation. Over the past 5 years the event has raised over 4 million dollars. The race has reached over 4,000 women in the State of Maine and beyond. Julie also founded Inspired Events, an event planning company that produces fundraising events around the state. Clients include: Maine Cancer Foundation – Tri for a Cure & Twilight 5K; Cumberland County YMCA – Tri for the Y & Crank & Shank Duathlon; WCSH 6 – Fit @ 5K that benefits Special Olympics; The Kidney Foundation;... Read the profile >>

Kristen Sargent

Ashtanga Yoga Portland

Kristen has found joy and balance in her life through yoga and kickball. Kickball is silly, social and a little competitive. Yoga brings peace, stillness, and calm to each day… A unique and perfect harmony for Kristen! After practicing Ashtanga yoga for 10 years, Kristen completed her teacher training (RYT) at Yoga East with Kimberly Dahlmann under the philosophy and tradition of Sri K Pattabhi Jois (Mysore, India). Soon after completing her teacher training, she teamed up with fellow Ashtangi Sharon McGauley to open an Ashtanga focused studio in Portland, Maine. Already a lululemon superfan, Kristen was thrilled at the opportunity to teach community yoga in the Portland Showroom. Shortly thereafter she became a proud ambassador. Kristen believes in the healing... Read the profile >>