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  • rebecca buellRebecca Buell, RYT200
    , is a graduate of the Yoga Life Institute’s 200 hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training.  Although asana practice brought about profound changes in her life, the study of yoga philosophy has changed the way she sees and lives in the world.  As a practicing massage therapist and hypnotherapist, she has a unique understanding of how the mind and body affect one another and how both affect an individual’s reality.  She brings this perspective to all that she does professionally.  

      


  • beth brown

    Beth Brown, RYT, is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute’s 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training program. She is a certified birth doula, lactation counselor and working towards her Masters in Social Work. Beth believes that all women deserve the feeling of empowerment, pride and joy that accompanies birth. Upon receiving her MSW, she intends to work with childbearing women around issues such as postpartum depression, infertility, loss, and trauma. Beth has been integrating yogic philosophy into her daily life for over 10 years and looks forward to guiding childbearing women using her yoga, birth and mental health backgrounds.

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    Yoga has changed my life. After my husband died Yoga opened me to all the wonderful adventures and possibilities life has to offer. My desire is to open this door for others to enter. The community here is nurturing and welcoming. I teach Yoga in N.H. and Costa Rica, my second home.


  • jennifer_wilhelm_portraitJennifer Wilhelm, RYT is certified with the Yoga Alliance and received her training in Classical Yoga, through the Yoga Life Institute. Yoga has given Jennifer a new lens through which to view life. Though she has always enjoyed the physical practice of Yoga, she never realized the emotional and intellectual benefits it offers until she began studying Yogic philosophy. As an environmental sustainability professional, she appreciates the simplicity and moderation that Yogic philosophy encourages. Jennifer believes that by living a simple, more balanced life, we are able to increase our own contentment, while decreasing our impact on the natural world. Jennifer brings this perspective of contentment through simplicity to her classes.


  • allison parks-dugas portraitAllison Parks Dugas, RYT500, is certified with the Yoga Alliance and is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute of NH's 200-hour and 500-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training programs. She began her yoga practice in 1999 studying Ashtanga and vinyasa-style yoga. She was drawn to the benefits of a physical practice; connecting the mind and body through the breath, becoming more present, reducing stress, and learning how to truly relax along with gaining strength and flexibility. When she discovered the YogaLife Institute's Teacher Training program, she was able to expand her understanding to include the mental, spiritual and philosophical elements as well as a gentler form. She believes yoga has been a gift in her life and she enjoys sharing it with others. When she is off her mat, she tries to bring the benefits of her practice and mindfulness into her day-to-day life.


  • beth_tener_portraitSenior Instructor: Beth is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute of NH Teacher Training program at the 200 hour level and the 500 hour level. She has also been a practitioner of Insight Meditation in the Buddhist tradition for over nine years. Yoga and meditation have been a vital part of a ten-year transition she made from working in a high-stress, fast paced job to a slower, healthier, more balanced and fulfilling pace of life and work. She enjoys helping students discover how the diverse and powerful teachings and tools of yoga can inform all aspects of their lives, well beyond the physical practice. She is also trained in Reiki. In addition to yoga, Beth works with organizations and communities to adopt green sustainable practices and leads retreats and workshops about earth-centered living.


  • jaclyn minoJaclyn's first experience of yoga postures took place while she was a student in high school. She enjoyed the peace and clarity that she felt both during and after practice and became curious as to how yoga was helping these feelings to surface. Jaclyn's interest later lead her away from her hometown in Southern California to the East Coast where she enrolled in the 200-hour Teacher Training program at the YogaLife Institute of New Hampshire. Her practice intensified as the months rolled on and she began to form a more intimate relationship with yoga on a spiritual and emotional level. The simple enjoyment Jaclyn felt for yoga was transformed into a deep passion along her journey at YogaLife, and she intends to keep the fire alive by implementing the tools she has acquired through practicing yoga in her daily life. As a yoga teacher, Jaclyn strives to encourage her students to explore their own personal knowledge and wisdom by providing space for self-reflection and growth through the connection between their mind, body, and spirit. She hopes to offer guidance and support to others through yoga, and to live and teach in a way that inspires others to seek and follow their own inner truth.


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    Senior Instructor: Lily Sibley, owner of Ocean Spirit Yoga, has been teaching yoga in Portsmouth, NH, as well as Kittery, ME, Exeter, Rye and Newburyport, since 2002. Lily has advanced certification as a Classical Yoga teacher, is a certified Reiki Master and a licensed teacher of The Lebed Method, a movement therapy program for breast cancer survivors and chronic illness. Currently, Lily is a senior teacher in the YogaLife Institute of NH yoga teacher training program, a program born of the Yoga Institute of Mumbai, India. Ocean Spirit Yoga offers regular on-going yoga classes, workshops, retreats, meditation classes, classes for rehabilitation and wellness, and private yoga classes.

    While introducing her students to the physical and mental benefits of a regular yoga practice, Lily encourages her students to be comfortable with their individual levels of ability. Her students are further encouraged to "take their yoga off the mat" -- to create harmony and a sense of well being in their lives. While building strength and flexibility in their bodies, Lily's students discover the stillness and peace that lies within each of us. Using classical texts, such as the Bhagavagita, the Upanishads, the Yoga Sutras, the Tao Te Ching, as tools for discussion, students learn to live in the ups and downs of a fully integrated life. Visit Ocean Spirits website for more information, click here Ocean Spirit.


  • ala olesky?Ala Oleksy
    is a recent graduate of the YogaLife Institute's 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training program and a reiki practitioner. Inspired by her own life, Ala seeks to bring yoga to her community in an accessible and affordable manner so that others may be transformed by its healing and holistic system of living. Her goal of teaching is to incite an internal revolution for her students that inspires and connects them to their true inner spirit. She explores this through a gentle hatha and vinyasa style practice inspired by nature and the dance of life. Ala's specific area of interest is the effect that yoga has on anxiety, depression, and other diseases of the mind that are especially found in Western culture. She uses her own personal experience to connect to this aspect of her teaching and strives to provide a living example of yoga living as a successful means of coping with dis-ease and the stress of modern living.

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    carter siegel colorCarter Siegel, M.Ed., RYT500, was certified to teach in 2005 through Yoga Alliance and in 2012 received her 500 hour teaching certificate in Classical Yoga from the YogaLife Institute. She has been teaching in private and group settings to all levels of ability. For Carter, yoga has become much more than a way to stay flexible, strong and centered; it has developed into an integral and influential part of every day life. Carter has studied and practiced many styles of yoga over the years (both hard and soft) and has studied with American gurus such as David Swensen, Sean Corn, Shiva Rae, Daniel Orlansky, and Beryl Bender Birch. While her yoga foundation is based in the physical and athletic style of Ashtanga, she makes it accessible to even the newest yogi through a careful and gentle approach to identifying the needs of her students. From the newest to the advanced practitioner, Carter teaches in a clear, logical and appropriate pace and level that supports the students abilities and limitations (if any). Carter's vinyasa flow classes focus on linking breath to movement. The student will build strength, increase flexibility, and work towards realizing a greater sense of peace of mind and clarity of thought.


  • ginny jackson
    Ginny is a certified Yoga Therapist and 500 RYT. She has studied Kripalu yoga, Classical yoga, Ashtanga yoga, and various types of movement re-education. She is also a licensed massage therapist and has a master's degree in exercise physiology. Ginny's work aims to empower clients in self-inquiry and therapeutic movement to encourage greater awareness of body, mind, and spirit."


  • cheryl rossmanCheryl Rossman, RYT 
    is a 2014 graduate of the YogaLife Institute’s 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training program. Cheryl decided that becoming an adult instructor would be a nice compliment to the training she currently has. Her goal is to use her knowledge to teach families so that they may experience the joy of yoga together.

    She is a certified children’s yoga instructor and has additional training in Yoga for Children with ADHD, Autism and Those Who are Differently-Abled, Yoga Minded Teenagers, and Reiki I.  Her hope is to help children use yoga to enjoy learning.  A happy healthy mind and body are the first steps.  So often test anxiety and peer pressure becomes a brick wall to children; yoga provides the relaxation and focus to overcome these obstacles! 

    Cheryl believes in giving back to the community and enjoys volunteering in schools and programs that make the world a better place for children.  She has practiced yoga for over 10 years in various settings. She uses her breath on a daily basis to remain focused and balanced. 

    Currently, Cheryl enjoys teaching yoga classes in the seacoast area for Let’s Get Movin’ Yoga and Nutrition, for schedule of classes go to www.letsgetmovin.com

     

     


  • alice bentleyAlice Bentley, RYT, CYT, 
    has been practicing yoga for 15 years, seriously since her pregnancy with her first child in 2004. On her move to the US from England in 2010 she joined the Blue Moon teacher training 200 hour program, with the idea that she wanted "to get better at yoga", what she experienced was life changing and has helped her manage a big transition into a new country and cope with her stressors more effectively. "Yoga helps me be a better mother, wife, daughter and friend, it is my stabilizing force and makes me a nicer person!" Since then she has completed her 200 hour training, 300 hour comprehensive yoga therapy training and is currently studying for her 500 hour teacher training and enjoys sharing yoga's transformative power with others. One of her strongest passions is how yoga can help women during pregnancy and motherhood.


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    Libbie Bridge, RYT, CYT, is a graduate of the Yoga Life Institute's 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training and 300-hour Comprehensive Yoga Therapy Programs. She is certified through the Yoga Alliance. For Libbie, Yoga is a lifelong journey. It has helped her to become more present, more patient, and better able to accept things as they are. She believes that we are all 'students of health' and that the yoga lifestyle holds great potential for health and well-being. In her classes and off the mat, Libbie hopes to provide a space for people to find their own way on the road to peace and health. www.transformthestress.com

     


  • haley portraitHaley Marie Walker's relationship with yoga began at a very young age and has strengthened over the last decade. Her introduction began with Bikram and over the years her desire to be challenged more mentally and emotionally lead her to practice and teach Vinyasa classes in Florida and Michigan. As an adventuring spirit, she has traveled to and lived in several different regions of the United States and the world. However, while change has been a frequent theme of her teens and early-20s, dedication to the practice and philosophy of yoga has been a constant. In September 2011, Haley moved to New Hampshire to enroll in the YogaLife Institute's Teacher Training Program. Having had the opportunity to deeply engage in a variety of yoga traditions, Haley offers a diverse knowledge base both physically and philosophically. With each class, she seeks to offer yoga as a grounding reprieve to people of all ages and abilities, giving an experience filled with peace, grace and strength.

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