Rochelle Jewell - Executive Director
Rochelle Jewell, E-RYT C-IAYT is Rochelle is the founder and Executive Director of Yoga in Action. She is an International Association of Yoga Therapists certified yoga therapist and a Kripalu Certified Yoga teacher and personal trainer with 20 years of experience serving others through yoga. She is dedicated to sharing yoga with individuals of all abilities, including survivors of trauma and those who have been diagnosed with a variety of disabilities. Rochelle Jewell is also the author/co-creator of the ChildLight Yoga and Mindfulness for Children and Teens with Special Needs Training, the CLY Trauma Informed Yoga for Children Workshop and the founder of My OmAbilities Yoga. Rochelle was a 2016 Fellow with the NH LEND Program, which included 300 hours of graduate level, interdisciplinary, leadership training in developmental disabilities. Rochelle is dedicated to making yoga accessible to all and to supporting the growth of yoga service in our community and beyond.
Katie joined the Yoga in Action team in January of 2016 with a desire to lend a hand in the forward movement of the organization. She works as an executive assistant to our director and the members of the board, helping to organize and expedite Yoga in Action’s event planning, human relations and online presence. She lives in York, Maine with her daughter, partner and german shepherd. Katie holds outdoor yoga classes in the summer months and runs her SUP Yoga business, Koan Wellness in the harbor of York. Always resonating with the act of giving back, Katie is excited and grateful to be able to share in the mission of Yoga in Action throughout the Seacoast and beyond.
Michelle James, RYT-200, RCYT has a degree and background in early childhood education. After 20+ years working with children and families in various settings, she discovered the benefits and joys of sharing yoga with children. This marked the beginning of her yoga journey. She completed her 95hr children's yoga and mindfulness training and has led classes for families with babies through teens. She is a student at heart, always eager to continue her own education through experience and discoveries. Michelle completed her 200hrTT, a trauma informed, empowerment approach to Hatha/Raja yoga in January 2019. She believes that through the awareness and connection to yourself that is achieved in the practice of yoga, you open the opportunity for strength, flexibility, balance, mindfulness and confidence. She is grateful to share all that yoga has to offer, both on and off the mat, with students of all ages. Off the mat Michelle enjoys crocheting, spending time in nature and most of all laughing with her husband, three grown children and two precious grandchildren.