Our Teaching Team
Our teaching team is carefully vetted to ensure that you get among the most experienced, knowledgable, and compassionate instructors in the area.
Lynne Olsen (she/her), RYT-500, Personal Trainer, Yoga Therapeutic Specialist, YACEP
Lynne originally sought yoga to mitigate the effects of a stressful job as a crime scene technician. Like many of us, the effects of the practice endeared her to it. After becoming a certified yoga teacher, she decided to leave her career and pursue the yoga & fitness field full-time. As with most heart-inspired acts, the leap of faith paid off and she became owner of Rolling Brook Yoga.
Lynne has been an instructor and Personal Trainer for nearly 30 years. As a Corrective Exercise & Therapeutic Specialist, she specializes in creating classes that aid students in achieving pain free movement, increased resistance to injury, and inner calm. Lynne is available for consultations, personal training and private yoga. She can be reached at [email protected] or LinkedIn
Vicki Bannister (she/her/hers), E-RYT-200
Yoga has been a part of Vicki’s life for over 20 years. In 2009 she completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program at the Yoga Center of Columbia. In 2010 she completed an extensive Yoga Immersion program to deepen her knowledge of yoga philosophy and 2019 she completed an Ayurveda Immersion program. She loves to blend all of these interrelated principles in to her own practice and to share them with her students!
Vicki enjoys sharing her knowledge of alignment based yoga guided by the breath in her classes to promote a stronger, healthier body/mind connection. Teaching from a place of compassion and an open heart, Vicki believes that everyone can benefit from yoga. This belief led her to complete the Y12SR Training – Yoga of 12-step Recovery Leadership Training in 2016 offering yoga to those on the path to recovery. Vicki is a Co-founder of Rolling Brook Yoga.
Courtney Lewis (she/her/hers), RYT-200, LMT
As a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance, Courtney loves guiding students to really feel into their body to connect with what's present there. Her classes focus on mindfully moving through the postures (asana) with the breath in order to peel back the layers of resistance so that we can settle our awareness inward, finding stillness and recognizing our deep intrinsic connection to all that is. As a license massage therapist, Courtney offers a real treat during savasana too!
Missy Wheeler (she/her/hers), RYT-500
Missy, RYT-500, first began teaching yoga to children and then quickly wanted to share the benefits and calming effects of it to adults as well. This inspired her to complete the Avalon 200 Hour Teacher Training in 2011 and the 300 hour Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts training in 2021. She also trained through Radiant Child to teach yoga to children and is working toward completing the Pranakriya Kid’s Yoga training. Missy plans on continuing these trainings to complete the RYCT designation. In 2017, she trained with Dr. Fishman and Ellen Saltsonstall and received a certificate to teach Yoga for Osteoporosis. Missy is an Accessible Yoga ambassador and welcomes everyone into her classes. She brings a nurturing style to her classes and builds a safe environment for all students to grow in their practices and receive the many benefits of yoga. She enjoys working with students of all ages!
Bridget Hackley (she/her/hers), RYT-200, Prenatal Yoga
Bridget began taking yoga classes in 2011 as a complement to her running routine. She loved finding new ways to stretch and strengthen my body, and quickly grew to appreciate the physical and emotional awareness that yoga fosters. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2016 and gave birth to her second daughter two months later. After several years of working on her physical and mental health post-pregnancy, she pursued prenatal yoga teacher training as well. Her goal is to use this ancient practice to facilitate your own discovery of yourself.
Yogi first came to the mat at 2 years of age. A natural born yogi, his gentle and quiet disposition inspires smiles from everyone he meets. In classes, his favorite pose is savasana with an occasional downward facing dog.
Jasmine Hollingsworth (she/her/hers), RYT-500
Jasmine brings a contagious smile and joyful attitude to class week after week! She has personally experienced the transformative power of yoga in her own life, and seeks to help others do the same. She has over 1000 hours of training and over 20 years of experience in the practice of yoga. Jasmine is a Registered 500 Hour Yoga Teacher (RYT-500), Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT), and certified in Advanced Trauma-Informed Yoga. She is also trained and certified to offer yoga and mindfulness to people of all abilities. Jasmine’s teaching integrates her interpretation of yogic philosophy and asana through the lens of her studies in human biology, anatomy, and psychology. While she brings a deep awareness to proper alignment and muscle engagement, she encourages her students to approach each posture with curiosity and explore the poses in a way that is comfortable in their individual bodies.
Stephanie Aldrich (she/her/hers), RYT-500
Stephanie brings an impressive knowledge of proper alignment, injury prevention, and strength building into her classes. She enjoys watching students learn to use breath and movement as a way to find a space of quiet within. Stephanie is a 300-hour certified teacher who continues to find inspiration through learning on a regular basis.
Nancy Fallon (she/her/hers), RYT 200
Nancy specializes in teaching yoga & mindfulness to support mental wellbeing. In her “day job” Nancy works as a licensed chiropractic assistant, which has informed her teaching ten-fold in terms of the relationship between physical pain and mental health. In her teaching, Nancy marries the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine and yogic philosophy with contemporary sports medicine research to facilitate a deep integration of mind, body, and spirit within her students. Expect a journey of self-discovery: while Nancy’s teaching is gentle and empathetic, she will nudge you to explore the hidden corners of your heart in the name of uncovering the True-Self. Nancy holds additional training in yin yoga, yoga for athletes, and trauma-informed yoga.
Mary Brown (she/her/hers), RYT-200, CPT
Mary Brown has been a NASM certified personal trainer since 2012 and completed her 200- hour teacher training at the Yoga Center of Columbia in 2020. She specializes in working with women, helping them build confidence and strength, and developing skills to create a sustainable, healthy lifestyle. Mary’s philosophy on health and wellness is largely shaped by values learned through her yoga practice, which you’ll find reflected in her focus on mindfulness, moderation, and self-awareness. She believes it’s important to build strength physically and mentally as one supports the other. She strives to create an environment where all bodies feel welcome, fitness is fun, and how you feel and move in your body is more important than a number on the scale or tape measure!
La Stone, RYT-200
I'm La, a life coach through yoga. External communications for organizations is my career. Inner communications through yoga is my calling. RYT-200 certified, I teach a variety of yoga classes including beginner, gentle, chair, and yin for local yoga studios and corporations with employees worldwide. My worldview has been shaped by traveling North America, South America, the United Kingdom, and Africa. These experiences unite on my yoga mat where breathing, postures, and mindfulness meet. Whether you are happy, grieving, at peace, anxious, younger, older, new to yoga, or seasoned in your practice - join me as you illuminate your path to peace. La is available for private yoga.
Katie Egloff (she/her/hers), RYT-200
Katie earned her RYT-200 from the Yoga Center of Columbia in 2022, where she trained in alignment-based yoga. She was first introduced to yoga when she was a child, occasionally attending classes with her mom, where they both discovered that yoga helped with managing Katie’s anxiety and panic attacks. She reinvigorated her yoga practice as an adult to complement her running habit, and has been practicing regularly since then for both the physical and mental benefits. Through life’s ups, downs, and everything in between, Katie’s yoga practice has supported her well-being and she is eager to share yoga with others. She loves the mix of science and philosophy found in yoga, and she believes yoga is for every body. When she’s not on her mat, she enjoys discovering new music, painting, hiking, and spending time with family and friends. give more information.
Megan Bannister, RYT-200
Megan was first introduced to yoga at a young age by her mother. After years of practicing alongside her, Megan began cultivating her own yoga and meditation practice in college. In 2022, she completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Yoga Center of Columbia. Megan’s teaching philosophy is to build strength physically and mentally through proper alignment, steady breath, and a calm mind. Her classes are an energized exploration of creative sequences to build strength and confidence in body and mind. You can expect Megan to share her deep rooted passion and love for yoga with her students at every class!
Melanie Mitchell, Ed.D, E-RYT 200, YACEP
Melanie brings over 24 years of experience as a teacher and she is a life-long student of yoga and guided meditation. She completed her Teacher Training Program at Prana Yoga Center Miami and has 2700+ hours of teaching students in studio, public and private settings. She has completed several advanced trainings and she is currently deepening her studies in the practice of Mindfulness Meditation and the roots of yoga.
As a brain tumor survivor, Melanie knows first-hand the challenges of disabilities, both seen and unseen, and she believes that everyone brings their experiences and abilities to the mat in their own special ways. She loves hiking tall mountains, traveling and assuming her alter ego every year as a Mardi Gras Float Rider in the Krewe of Cleopatra in New Orleans.