Katie O’Connell

Ayurvedic Health Practitioner (750-hr), Ayurveda Yoga Specialist (150-hr), Yoga Instructor (E-RYT, 750+ hours), Heart Based Meditation Teacher (350-hr), Thai Yoga (150-hr), Reiki II Practitioner. Katie also owns and operates Dragonfly Yoga Barn, Studio & Retreat and Dragonfly Yoga & Ayurveda Yoga Teacher Training, RYS 200 & 300/500, has over 15,000 hours of yoga teaching experience, and leads Ayurveda & Yoga retreats all over the world.

Katie’s interest and experience in Ayurveda began over 40 years ago as a young child in the arms of her mother who often administered teas, tinctures, natural remedies, and energy work to cure or soothe common maladies. Her family valued home-grown veggies and dinners created together in a farmhouse kitchen full of healthy food and made from scratch. Ailments were discussed around the table with herbal remedy books opened wide, and essential oils were always at arm’s length ready to use for cuts, headaches, or a sour stomach. By the time she got to high school, Katie’s mother was making lip balms, body oils, face creams, and tinctures at home, often with flowers or herbs grown just outside the door. Many years steeped in this wholesome environment led Katie to her current role as a full-time yoga teacher, Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, Reiki Practitioner, and wellness & yoga retreat leader.

Katie is an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner and graduate of New World Ayurveda and Dr. Paul Dugliss, MD, one of only four schools certified by AAPNA, the Association of Ayurvedic Practitioners of North America.  She is also certified as an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist (sometimes called Ayurveda Yoga Specialist)  by the California College of Ayurveda (AAPNA & NAMA) and trained by Sri Devi Marisa Kinman and Dr. Shiva Marc Halpern with whom she also studied the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra. Katie travels to India each winter for Panchakarma therapy and to study Ayurveda with Dr. Sundara Raman and dr. Chandra Mouli on site at an Ayurveda clinic in the mountains of Tamil Nadu. Katie currently offers full Ayurveda consultations including pulse diagnosis, private and group Ayurveda classes, principles of Ayurveda workshops, Dosha-specific yoga classes, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy, Thai Yoga bodywork, Yoga Teacher Trainings that incorporate Ayurveda, and Yoga & Ayurveda retreats at Dragonfly Yoga Barn in North Sandwich, NH, India, Hawaii, and Central America.