About

Roots Holistic Wellness is a community space for exploring, learning and growing. We are always expanding the spectrum of wellness to include different topics that contribute to the well being of everyone in the community. We support and offer a space for educators and practitioners to share their specialties. Our team specializes in healthy aging through yoga, conscious living, tarot & astrology and reiki.


Meet Our Team


Stephanie Gaylord

FOUNDER, YOGA THERAPIST, INTEGRATIVE NUTRITION HEALTH COACH

Through years of education in yoga and the healing arts combined with personal growth and direction, Stephanie Gaylord has created Roots Holistic Wellness. Of course, wellness can be taught and explained in different ways, but Stephanie believes that knowing who we are and how we connect not only to each other, but to our environment and our surroundings is most important. 

Roots Wellness came to fruition after intense holistic therapy to remedy many things, including adrenal fatigue, leg injury, a lifetime of trauma and domestic violence. Stephanie is personally committed to supporting others to find healing and happiness. 

Stephanie enjoys learning about ecology, biology, and the natural world around us. She is enthusiastic about different methods of growing food, foraging, learning about native plants & medicinal properties, and crafting things out of natural resources. She values nurturing connections with our planet, her two children, husband and the community.

Stephanie is a 200-HR RYT, completed a Bachelors Degree in Sociology & Liberal Arts, and has completed the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Foundations Program along with the IIN Integrative Health Coaching Program in 2015. She is always learning more from many different teachers about the connection between wellness, movement, lifestyle, and life itself in ways that are simple and anyone can utilize.


Kristy Teal Gasseholm

YOGA & CONCIOUS LIVING MENTOR

Above all, Kristy is a mother to her daughter Lila Grace. She is deeply passionate about helping mamas find power and purpose on their motherhood journey. 

Kristy has been practicing yoga and meditation for over a decade and teaching for the past 8 years. She’s a musician and loves to sing and share sound healings, and an applied aromatherapist who’s super passionate about plants + non-toxic living.

Kristy is also a mentor + coach for mamas and mamas-to-be. She currently has an online program called Conscious Conception and is in the process of creating an at-home prenatal yoga and meditation program and podcast all about motherhood. 

Stay connected with her on Instagram @kristy.teal 


Patrick Heffernan

Men’s Yoga Instructor

Patrick Heffernan completed his 200 hr yoga teaching certification at Sadhana Yoga Studio (Hudson, NY), led by Sondra Loring and Raghunath. He is currently working on the completion of his 300 hr training with Matt Giordano.  With a blend of anatomically precise posturing and creative sequencing, Patrick weaves dharma, bhakti and a sense of humor into his teaching, inviting students to get curious about their experience with yoga on and off the mat. Over his last seven years as a yoga teacher, he has cultivated a love for sharing his yoga practice not only through asana, but through chanting, kirtan, storytelling and meditation.


Brittany Craig

Owner of River Barre

Barre Teacher

A lover of movement and music since childhood, I have enjoyed anything that connects the mind body and soul. Maintaining my connection with the health and wellness industry ( a licensed massage therapist and NCBTMB MT ) and my love of theatrics I joined a burlesque group in 2005. Having the time of my life my body also responded in a beautiful way! Keeping this in mind, I started my journey into any kind of fun fitness. In 2010 I suffered a debilitating back injury and was on the brink of surgery. My curiosity ( and willful stubbornness against surgery ) led me on a journey of self-healing. Understanding the mechanicals of the human body I became a devoted pilates student for years and returned to full mobility, pain free.

Mixing my love of dance & pilates, I discovered the perfect fitness: Barre. After being a student I went to Brooklyn, NY to become certified in Barre Above. I’ve been teaching Barre ( and burlesque) for a combined total of 6 years. I’ve seen the life changing results in both myself and my students.

All classes finish with my number one favorite thing: a custom oil that I apply at cool down before I send you blissfully on your way.


Chris Hayes

QiGong/Tai Chi Instructor

Chris began studying Martial Arts over 40 years ago. In his teens, he discovered  Taoism and Traditional Chinese Medicine and his life would be forever changed. Over the next decades, Chris, studied and trained in China with Taoist, Buddhist and Muslim Martial Arts Masters, as well as with other Masters in Europe and the Americas.. After a near fatal car accident in the 90’s, Chris changed his focus and concentration to internal  Martial Arts and Practices, facilitating  a rapid recovery, and a long term plan for a quality of life. 

Chris is an LMT with specialization in TCM and Asian Modalities. Studied Shiatsu with Ohashi, as well as Adaptable Polarity,  Dynamic Neuromuscular Assessment, and is an Apprentice Barefoot Doctor. 

With a degree in Performing arts, Chris is an Actor and Producer on stage and screen, artist, writer and all around Renaissance man. Chris has modeled his life after a Chinese ‘Youxia,’ ‘Wandering Knight,’. and endeavors to be an ally to other pilgrims on the path.  Empowering those to be their best selves through internal practices and self cultivation.

Check out Chris’s Qigong Classes starting Tuesday nights in June!


Michelle Lagonia

Moderate Vinyasa Instructor

Michelle is an avid runner and cyclist who began her yoga journey about 8 years ago in a Yoga for Athletes class as a way to stay injury free. She quickly realized that yoga offered so much more and began taking every class available. Now as a 200HR certified instructor (soon to be a 300HR) she is ready to share her passion of yoga with you!


Melissa Forbes

Be with Your Breath Instructor

Melissa has blended her passions as a yoga teacher and artist, moving beyond asana practice to yantra to help others deepen and clarify their understanding of yoga. Melissa also promotes yantra painting as a form of meditation in and of itself. This visual tool engages the brain’s right hemisphere and helps people with a strong affinity for visual expression to connect.

Melissa is a graduate of numerous yoga teaching programs, including the American Viniyoga Institute E-RYT 500 and Heart of Yoga. She was an adjunct professor of art at the University of New Haven in Connecticut and has received numerous fellowships, including the prestigious Pollock-Krasner grant, and recently finished the Spring 2019 Fellowship Program at the Good Work Institute