• Amanda Cavanaugh
    Amanda Cavanaugh Aerial Silks Coordinator, Aerial Silks Instructor


    Amanda fell in love with aerial arts after taking a 6-week intro course on a whim in 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. From the moment she touched the fabric, she knew she was hooked. Since then, Amanda has practiced and performed on a variety of apparatuses – aerial silks, sling, static trapeze, and lyra – but her true love will always be split fabric silks. Amanda loves puzzles and theory, so you can expect to spend some time in class with her learning about wrap theory, inclusive pathways, and how to progress safely from the ground to the air.

    When she’s not in the air, you’ll likely find Amanda at Willard or Higgins Beach with her two dogs, Willa and Murphy.

    Intro to Aerial Silks

  • Madison (Madi) Worthington
    Madison (Madi) Worthington Aerial Silks Instructor


    Madison grew up in San Francisco training at Circus Center and AcroSports. She specialized in aerial silks and performed for a year with City Circus. After receiving a BA in Theater from UCLA, Madison returned to San Francisco and co-founded Bow & Arrow Circus Theater Collective, which produced shows for a number of years before she moved to Portland, ME. She is thrilled to be able to share her passion for the art and sport of aerial silks that has been a lifelong creative and athletic pursuit.

    Intro to Aerial Silks
    Aerial Silks Level 2

  • Caila (CJ) Gorniewicz
    Caila (CJ) Gorniewicz AIR® certified Aerial Fitness Instructor


    CJ has bounced around the U.S., never feeling completely “at home” until she moved to Maine in 2018 to be closer to family. CJ’s sense of adventure led her to take an outdoor rock climbing lesson in North Carolina in 2012 and she has been climbing ever since.  

    After quitting competitive gymnastics in college, CJ felt a flipping void – that is until she discovered her first aerial fitness class. She immediately fell in love with the community and the fun, yet intense, workout. As a member of EVO, she has seen the aerial silk hung unused in the yoga studio for years. Disappointed that she could not find any aerial fitness program in Maine, she decided to make it happen. In March 2022, CJ got an aerial fitness teaching certification from AIR®. She is looking forward to building a community of like-minded fitness enthusiasts and those just looking to have fun on the silks; she hopes you will join her!

    Aerial Fitness
    Intro to Aerial Silks


  • Jamie Navarro Yoga Coordinator, Yoga Instructor


    Jamie first made her way onto a yoga mat in 2005 after swimming-related shoulder surgeries left her without this meditative outlet. Having never considered yoga before, she was amazed, humbled, and instantly hooked.

    Jamie started her yoga teacher training journey in 2011 with one of the first yoga studios in DC, Tranquil Space (which later became a part of YogaWorks). She then taught in DC and Northern Virginia before coming back home to Southern Maine in 2019.

    Jamie gravitated toward the Roll Model® Method to help her chronic low back tension and aid in her recovery as she attempted to start a running routine. She enjoys sharing her approach to mobility and myofascial release with others to help their bodies move through this world with a little more ease.

    Jamie lives with her spouse, two kiddos, a very cat-like beagle, and a never-enough collection of plants. During her free time (ha!), she gravitates toward climbing, floating, and enjoying all that living in Maine has to offer.

    Rolling and Mobility

  • Hale Linnet
    Hale Linnet Yoga Instructor


    Haley completed their RYT200hr in 2017, and has since supplemented that education with courses on meditation, chakras, and somatic healing of trauma. Haley’s teaching style is rooted in yoga as a spiritual practice, and their classes tend to be slow flows with aspects of breathwork, meditation, and yogic philosophy. They believe in yoga as a tool to access our inner body wisdom, and they offer options throughout class for folks to listen to their inner voice. Haley also teaches trauma informed classes for Sea Change Yoga and can often be found climbing before or after teaching class.

    Slow Flow
    Warm Vinyasa

  • Alex Hitchcox
    Alex Hitchcox Yoga Instructor


    After dabbling in yoga off and on for years, Alex dove into a consistent practice in 2016 and has only sought to deepen her knowledge ever since. She received her 200 hour YTT at The Breathing Room via Maine Yoga School in South Portland in 2019. The draw to teach came from her own experience finding a life of peace and joy through yoga and her interest in sharing that with the world. Alex enjoys grounding, mindful practices that help students build skills around living a more purposeful life. Through meditation and intention-setting in her themed classes, she strives to give students a space to work through internal challenges in an external way. 

    Outside of the gym, Alex works at the University of Southern Maine and lives in Windham. She loves spending time with friends and family – preferably outdoors – enjoying all the wonders that life in Maine has to offer.

    Restorative Yoga

  • Delaney Whelan
    Delaney Whelan Yoga Instructor


    Delaney is a yoga instructor who has a passion for movement, whether it be yoga, climbing, hiking, weightlifting, or anything active. Her classes draw inspiration from all forms of yoga, including Vinyassa, Hatha, Ashtanga, and Yin. She completed her 200 hour training through Lila in Portland Maine.

    All levels welcome! Classes are designed with climbing in mind. Think stabilization, breath synchronized with movement, core strength, counterbalancing muscles, and much more.

    Foundations of Yoga

  • Stephen Kirsch
    Stephen Kirsch Yoga Instructor


    Stephen is a yoga and barre teacher and lover of kinesthetic expression. His yoga classes are thoughtfully sequenced for all levels of practitioners, and his barre classes are deeply challenging and also fun! Stephen believes movement should be accessible to everyone and offers modifications and adjustments to ensure that all students in his classes feel challenged and accomplished. Stephen is an RYT-200 hour graduate of the Boston Yoga School and received his barre training through The Portland Yoga Project. In his spare time he loves to read, hang out with his dogs, and perfect his margarita recipe.

    Vinyasa Yoga

  • Mona Oates
    Mona Oates Yoga Instructor


    Mona is a motivated and engaging Yoga Instructor with the passion to share and connect with students of any background. She strives to design classes that are approachable while maintaining the core principles of a traditional yoga practice. Mona’s classes will bring a variety of vinyasa-hatha inspired sequences. The classes adapt in intensity depending on the class

    Beyond yoga, Mona draws inspiration from many forms of movement and activity including rock climbing, running, hiking, paddle boarding, as well as art and music.

    Momentum Yoga

  • Lauren Znachko
    Lauren Znachko Yoga Instructor


    Lauren’s classes have an element of playfulness that values every body’s specific experience. They integrate safety and precision along with compassion and curiosity. They are a dedicated student of yoga, functional movement and holistic healing, and are always pursuing knowledge and gaining skills that will enhance their student’s connection with themselves.

    In addition to vinyasa flow, Lauren is certified to teach trauma-informed yoga and yin yoga. They have worked with a number of studios and organizations to provide affirming, accessible and safer spaces for people to experience healing, resilience and rest. Lauren is a co-owner at The Portland Yoga Project, a Licensed Maine Guide, and when they are not teaching or working at PYP they are gardening, hiking, or taking naps with their furbabies.

    Movement & Flow for Climbers

  • Samantha Fournier
    Samantha Fournier Substitute Yoga Instructor


    Samantha loves to be active, whether it’s outdoors hiking or indoors doing yoga or barre. She became more passionate about the balance yoga brought to her life the more she practiced. She decided to deepen her practice by taking a 200 hour yoga teacher training at Trimurti Yoga in Goa, India. She has a calm presence about her and she enjoys teaching gentle flows and hatha yoga. She encourages you to listen to your body and move in a way that feels good to you. She incorporates gentle flows, meditation, and breath work in her classes.

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