Currently, Elizabeth is a graduate student getting her Master's Degree in Social Work at the University of New England. Her yoga training includes Yoga for Trauma through Greener Postures, Yoga for Recovery through Sea Change Yoga, and Yoga for Depression and Anxiety through Kripalu with Amy Weintraub. Elizabeth completed her 200 hour Yoga Alliance approved teaching training with Jennie Foley at Magnolia Fitness.
Elizabeth loves the energetic connection yoga cultivates within ourselves and others. Her practice focuses on the whole wellness approach of taking care of ourselves, physically, mentally and spiritually. She offers a kind, loving and warm presence and loves the energetic exchange of yoga. Elizabeth is honored to be able to practice in Southern Maine.
Jolie Ritzo is a Maine native who loves nothing more than spending time outside; whether it be with her children and husband or out running, hiking, swimming or skiing. She grew up in the Western Mountains and skied at Sugarloaf every winter. She skied both alpine and cross country competitively through high school.
In college, Jolie taught strength conditioning, pilates, spinning and aquatics classes and continued to offer personal training and yoga classes after moving back to the Sugarloaf area.
Jolie has two small children, Cannon (4) and Natalie (1) and a dog Cedar (11). These days family is her focus as is attempting to find balance between good health, work and play.
"I am thankful for my ability to move freely and to live in such a beautiful place. The changing seasons and beautiful Maine weather are my biggest sources of motivation. My husband is my favorite person to explore our surroundings with. Now that we have children, I am even more inspired to stay active and to share with them the joy of movement."
She completed her 200 hour Vinyasa Flow training under Jennie Tavares at Magnolia, and came to understand that there is always something to learn from teachers and students alike. Amanda brings a dancerly element to sequencing, and food for thought throughout the practice. She believes that there's always more to explore in movement, and that vulnerability is worthwhile for the sake of openness. Amanda seeks to nurture the mind with quarks and inspirations, and hopes that you leave the mat feeling strong, awake and balanced.
Jessica holds certification as a Level 1 yoga teacher through YogaFit, is Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in human nutrition. She is pursuing her 200 hr RYT certification, looks forward to completing Rasamaya Barre training and is excited to bring SURFEST to Magnolia!
Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 year old son and 3 month old daughter. She looks to yoga and movement to help find calm and balance and she looks forward to helping others do the same by joining the amazing Magnolia community as co-owner.
Complimentary showers are available at the studio. Pre-registration for class is recommended to ensure a spot, but walk-ins are welcome.