Katie O’Connell, E-RYT 500 with over 15,000 teaching hours, and close to 2,000 hours of logged training in yoga & meditation. Ayurveda Health Practitioner, Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, Heart Based Meditation (HBM) Teacher, Thai Yoga bodyworker, Access Bars Practitioner, Reiki II Practitioner, HEALY Microfrequency Practitioner.
Katie, owner and principle teacher at Dragonfly Yoga Barn, is a fun-loving yogi known for singing and jamming with her band The Starlight Honeys, her love of cooking, gardening, and snuggling with her three kitty cats, two kids, 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, on 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 iridescent in the sunlight, thus they have become our studio symbol. Offering yoga retreats at Dragonfly Yoga and around the world has become a passion!
Katie is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT), has been practicing yoga for 24 years, has nearly 2,000 training hours in yoga studies alone, and has taught over 15,000 hours since she began teaching in 2003, logging 12,000 of these hours with Yoga Alliance since 2007. She has been training yoga teachers since 2011, and has studied with veteran teachers and experts in the fields of Yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation since 2003: Paula Tursi, Bernie Clark, Dr. Paul Dugliss, Dr. Marc Halpern, Sudha Lundeen (Kripalu), Cora Wen, Janet Stone, Sadie Nardini, as well as many others. Katie studied Ayurveda Yoga Therapy with Marisa Laursen and Dr. Marc Halpern, head of the California College of Ayurveda, with whom she also earned a certification in the ancient science of Yoga Nidra. Katie is an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, studying under Dr. Paul Dugliss at New World Ayurveda and has over 1,000 hours of study as an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Ayurveda Yoga Specialist, as well as traveling to India each winter for Panchakarma therapy and to study Ayurveda with Dr. Chandra Mouli . She also has numerous 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. Katie is a long-time student of Bernie Clark, one of the three primary Yin Yoga teachers in the West, having fallen in love with Tao Yin Yoga in 2008. Katie continues to study and is currently enrolled in Advanced yoga teacher training with Janet Stone, and completed a second year-long training with Dr. Paul Dugliss in Spiritual Mentorship and Heart Based Meditation in early 2020. 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 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 floating 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 20 years and is excited to be sharing with others her love of yoga and the peace and calm it brings. She is certified in Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark, has Pilates Mat certifications, and she is currently studying advanced yoga therapeutics with Tiffany Cruikshank. 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, and Yin TT with Bernie Clark, 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.”
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, and therapeutic massage. Leslie co-leads monthly Restorative Yoga & Reiki classes with Katie O’Connell, E-RYT. To learn more about Leslie’s programs: https://lesliejose.com/
Chele Miller, Naturalist, Trail Guide & 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 your yoga retreat group would enjoy a guided hike 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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