About Us

Nicole Hayman-Sherman, Owner/President/ Instructor

Nicole is a Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT500) as well as registered children’s yoga teacher (RCYT), registered prenatal yoga teacher (RPYT) a certified meditation teacher and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). Nicole previously spent 30+ years in marketing, sales & public relations in the Mohawk Valley, owning her own marketing consulting business, working as a regional manager for the local cable company and years in sales management positions. After practicing yoga almost her entire life, Nicole decided to make a life changing decision, to pursue becoming a certified yoga teacher-completing her initial 300 hour certification in 2012. In January 2013, she became the Owner and President of Just Breath Yoga Studio, where she had been teaching since completing her certification. In addition to the classes she teaches at Just Breathe Yoga Studio, she has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Mohawk Valley Community College, been an instructor for Madison-Oneida BOCES, and teaches a regular Senior Stretch Yoga class at Ava Dorfman Senior Center. She has also been involved in various other local programs, such as teaching yoga for the Rome Art & Community Center’s Teen Summer camp, and a facility introduced special instructor for Annsville Residential Center for Girls and several others. Having memories of doing yoga with her mother at 3 years of age, and over 40 years of yogic practice has given Nicole the opportunity to experience various styles of yoga, including: Hatha, Iyengar, Power, White Lotus, Bikram, ISHTA, Kripalu, Vinyasa, Restorative and Yin. It is this experience she brings to her teaching of yoga.



Mary Palermo, Instructor
Mary has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years and teaching since September 2010. She lives and works in Boston, but travels regularly to Rome to visit family and ride her bike when it is not snowing. She came to Just Breathe Yoga Studio for class and started coming in as a visiting teacher in 2014.
Mary believes in the use of props to help make yoga accessible to all. She is certified in Chair, Hatha, Vinyasa, and Meditation. She also teaches Restorative and Gentle Yoga. She is a dedicated Vipassana (mindfulness) Meditation practitioner and teacher, which informs her personal yoga practice and teaching. She loves yoga, Rome, and Central NY in general, and hopes to retire there one day.
A little-known fact: Mary worked as a standup comic for 10 years. She is still very funny.