Teachers

Polly Schmid

Polly Schmid

If I'm not in the studio, you'll find me in the barn or on the slopes! As a lifelong avid athlete, my scoliosis and chronic back pain kept me from doing the things that I love and keep my mojo going: to name a few, ski racing and riding dressage. My sister said, "You need to do yoga!" Yoga was the last thing I wanted to do. Too slow, too boring, not challenging enough... I thought. The next day I started doing yoga to videos and ran out and got my first instructor certification within a year. That was 25 years ago, and I haven't stopped my practice or teaching since.

My certifications include: 350 hours with School Yoga Institute and 500 hours with Baptiste Power Yoga Institute.  

If you're interested in making a change, my class is the one to come to. It's challenging physically and mentally which will take you to new heights in your life - places you never thought you could reach. All you have to do is show up. 

Sally Larkin

Having immediately connected with the focused flow of her first Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga class, Sally completed Level I, Level II, Assistant Training with Baron Baptiste. Sally received a 200 hour certification from Lifeline Power Yoga, registered with the Yoga Alliance.  Sally completed a 500 hour certification with Live Love Teach.  She is demanding and motivating, yet sensitive and patient. Sally builds on the needs of every individual and yet challenges her students in refreshing and inspiring ways.

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Nichole Schmid

I couldn't tell you how I felt about my first yoga experience, but I can tell you that I probably sat in the corner of my mom's class on playing with toy horses for the entire hour. And although I frequently practiced growing up, I didn't catch the "yoga bug" until I left for college. All I can say is thank God I finally did.

In my life, I've experienced the sensation of alienation from myself, jumping from activity to sport to this to that--always dating busy to avoid the feeling that I never quite belonged anywhere. But yoga, just weeks after my consistent practice began, illuminated the understanding that belonging begins 

I mean HELLO, life is way better with yoga. The Baptiste Journey Into Power sequence changed me right before my very eyes, and I had no clue it was coming. I live my life intentionally, now, eager to experience my days fully. Yeah, yoga has changed me, and it can change you to if you do the work. I'll push you to open up in my class. Curious as to what I mean? Come find out!

I read somewhere the other day that you need to tend to your gardens all summer long. I've been discovering my yoga practice is a lot like my summer gardens. It's constant work, and what you get from that work is soooo worth it. I'm reminded of that after every class I take and every class I teach. 

A lifelong resident of Jamaica, VT and all for our growing community! I'm a Level 1 Baptiste certified teacher and a Elon University graduate with a degree in Human Service and minor in French (challenge me with your French if you can - I need it!). I love horses, mountainy things, yoga classes, and music, and I strongly dislike taking out the trash and... that's all I can think of at the moment.

 

Casey Apps

A Stratton Mountain native, I grew up at Change and Three Mountain Farm, doing yoga and taking riding lessons from Polly. I went to UVM, worked in Boston for a few years, and returned home after COVID...it's a wonderful life! Everything came full circle when I started teaching here. 

Change has given me an opportunity to slow down and turn inward without taking myself too seriously, as well as connect and build community. It is remarkable that the same people that were there when I started are still consistently coming to class. The closeness of the community is irreplaceable and the generosity with which we welcome new faces is humbling. 

When you come to my class, you can expect fiery sequences, to ask me what songs I played in class because you loved my playlist, and that quirky Casey charm. When not at Change, you can find me running, skiing, baking, or engaging in a heated debate over the best hot sauce (is there a best or is it situational? don't get me started...).

I achieved my 200HR RYT Certification, Baptiste Teacher Credential, and will be taking the next available Baptiste Level 1 Training. Looking forward to practicing with you!

Terence Kenning

I moved to VT in 2008 and for reasons I can't recall I walked into a yoga class and my life has never been the same! Simply put, it was a life changing experience and one I'm forever grateful for!  I  have enormous gratitude to Polly Schmid for training me to teach, and for the wonderful studio she's created here in Jamaica, VT.  My class is physical, mental and spiritual journey filled with music and good vibes!!  Yoga works! I don't think it works, I KNOW it works!! When I'm not practicing or teaching yoga you can find me at Mt Snow where I teach snowboarding, I'm a big supporter of Vermont’s local farms, music and all the outdoors has to offer here in Southern Vermont!! ️Shanti:-) Terence is a 200 Hour Live, Love, Teach Certified instructor.

Bronwyn Sims

Bronwyn Sims found yoga after years of training as a competitive gymnast. Bronwyn believes

anyone can learn yoga and become more open and aware. Yoga is not just about flexibility.

Yoga is the art and practice of showing up mentally, emotionally and physically on your mat. It is

about breath, movement, presence, openness, awareness and the journey of the self. Bronwyn

enjoys teaching a vigorous class that includes, strength, flexibility, inversions, balance poses

and interesting sequencing and transitions. Yoga give us the space and time to look more deeply

at oneself.

 

Bronwyn has Yoga teacher training 200hr with Carrie Tyler of Rasamaya Yoga; Bhava Vinyasa

Yoga with Peter Rizzo; Ashtanga Yoga with Lisa Mendelsund and Doug Swenson; Aerial and

Acrobatics training with Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion of NECCA, The New England

Center for Circus Arts, Hector Salazar of Chelsea Piers, Sarah East Johnson of LAVA and Tanya

Gagne of The Trapeze Loft. Bronwyn is currently pursuing her MFA in Devised Physical Theatre

Performance at The University of The Arts and Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance

Training. Bronwyn currently teaches at Amrita Yoga and Wellness, The Yoga Movement

Sanctuary, Secret Circus, Bhava Yoga in Brattleboro VT, Philadelphia School of Circus Arts and

Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training.

To learn more, visit her website: www.bronwynsims.com

 

 
Patrick Kiragu 
In 2009, Patrick became certified through Baptiste’s Level 1. In 2013, he attained his Level 2 in Kenya and Level 3 in Mexico through the Baptiste Yoga Institute. Through this trainings, Patrick is officially certified as a Baptiste Yoga Instructor. He has assisted two Baptiste teacher trainings: Level 1 in New York and Level 2 in Arizona. In addition, he is certified by Next Generation Yoga and Kundalini Radiant for kid’s yoga and has participated in many workshops led by international yoga instructors. Ultimately he wants to deliver hope --the hope that he experienced through yoga and still experiences daily. Patrick says, “I know yoga saved my life, and I know through yoga I can save and empower more lives.”