Yoga Life Institute N.H.

YogaLife Graduates

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  • michelle wilsonMichelle Wilson, RYT, CYT, is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute's Comprehensive Yoga Therapist Program. Michelle has a creative spirit and loves to be outdoors. She has completed advanced yoga training and is certified as a Comprehensive Yoga Therapist, Kripalu Yoga Teacher and Creative Kids Yoga Trainer. Michelle values the healing qualities of yoga and enjoys working with a diverse range of students including adults, children, families, teens, and students with special needs. She teaches specialty group classes and private yoga lessons to students with stress-related conditions such as chronic illness, pain, grief, work stress, and anxiety. Michelle provides custom yoga and creative movement programs at a variety of schools and businesses across Southern NH. She also works as a trainer for Project Adventure. For more information on her yoga programs, please visit Michelle’s website: www.simplesoulyoga.com
     

  • heidi_maddockHeidi Maddock, RYT, completed her Classical Yoga Teacher Training from the YogaLife Institute NH under the loving guidance of Julie Rost. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. Heidi now teaches at Yoga by Donation in Portsmouth and privately in her hometown of New Castle, NH. “Yoga has offered me so much, I call it my meeting of choice, and it is an honor to share it with others.” Grateful to lessons learned, and still learning from fellow teachers, Julie, Lily Sibley from Ocean Spirit Yoga, Bob Vaccaro and Abby Gaul, she encourages anyone to try yoga and perhaps you too can live it and bring it into your daily life.

  • jamie stoinskiJamie Brown Kennedy, MA, C.A.G.S., RYT. Jamie uses her daily yoga practice as a method to stretch and strengthen her body, mind, and spirit. A heart-centered practitioner and teacher, she fuses her knowledge of yoga, Ayurveda, and reiki in order to create classes rich in lineage, musical influence, and equanimity. Her background includes; Classical, Vinyasa, AcroYoga, and Therapeutics. She earned her 200 & 500 yoga certification through the Yoga Life Institute and later went on for further training in the Himalayas of India. Jamie's class offers physical challenge, technical alignment, upbeat instruction, and an encouraging and authentic voice. Her passions include; dancing, soulful cooking, fitness, and traveling around the globe. She is honored to share the studio space with those on their own yogic journey and offers deep gratitude to her own teachers who have profoundly influenced her practice and teaching.


  • june dunneJune Dunne, RYT,
    is a graduate of the 200 hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training at The Yoga Life Institute in NH, and is currently pursuing the 500 hour certificate. Having a rajasic (high energy) nature, I have always enjoyed movement over stillness and it was no surprise that I pursued national certifications in group exercise and personal training. I taught Yoga under the umbrella of those certifications for many years, from high functioning athletes to seniors and children. Knowing there was more to yoga than just stretching the physical body, I explored many different eastern philosophies and practiced many different styles of yoga, and eventually found my way to the teacher training at the YogaLife Institute. I experience new insights about my physical, emotional, intellectual, energetic, and spiritual bodies every time I come to the mat, and my calling has become to guide others along in their yoga journey.


  • lisa_rockenmacher_portraitSenior Instructor: Lisa Rockenmacher, E-RYT 500, KYRT is a devoted practitioner of yoga who enjoys sharing her enthusiasm with others. A constant student of yoga and the creative spirit, Lisa has been a teacher for over fifteen years--focusing on yoga and healing for the past five. She is certified as an instructor in Classical (Hatha) and Kundalini Yoga and is a Reiki Master Teacher in the Usui Tibetan-Enhanced and Karuna traditions. Blending yogic wisdom with intuitive sensibility, Lisa facilitates classes that allow students to explore challenges and new experiences within a safe and supportive community. Lisa is honored to serve as a vehicle for encouraging students toward deeper access of their unique wisdom, strength, and guidance.


  • melinda ferreiraMelinda Ferreira, RYT
    , has been practicing yoga for over a decade. Originally introduced to yoga because of a severe back injury, she initially approached the practice for physical healing. She eventually discovered that the mental and energetic benefits she received from yoga provided the full spectrum balance she had been seeking. Melinda's passion for mind-body-soul connection prompted her to deepen her practice and truly "live her yoga." It was at this point she realized she wanted to share this beautiful gift with others through teaching.

    Melinda is certified in Classical Yoga and Yoga for Surfers. Her studies are deeply rooted in the ancient texts, yogic philosophy, and spirituality. Melinda's expertise in the physical body comes from both personal and professional experience. Professionally, Melinda has worked in the medical and surgical fields for 10 years, training surgeons in minimally invasive surgery. This has provided her with expert knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. It has also highlighted her natural ability to teach and train others. Personally, she is a year-round cold-water surfer and lifelong athlete, and possesses an innate appreciation of the importance of developing and maintaining a strong and healthy body. Melinda has been blessed to practice and study around the world, including New England, California, New Mexico, Costa Rica, Bali, and Mexico.


  • 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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    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.

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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.


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    Daniela Kulik, RYT 500, received her Sivananda yoga training certification in 1994 while living in Austria (near Vienna) where she has enjoyed teaching yoga to various levels of adults and children. Daniela's yoga journey eventually brought her to the Blue Moon Yoga studio where she completed her 500-hour Classical Yoga certification through the YogaLife Institute of NH in May 2010. Daniela is also a Reiki Master, a certified Montessori teacher, has worked with preschool and kindergarten children in Austria and the United States for over 20 years and currently enjoys teaching German at a Waldorf School.


  • ruth abelmannRuth Abelmann, RYT500
    , graduated in 2002 from the Integrative Yoga Therapy program at the Prana Studio for Yoga and Health with Hannelore Moebius in Durham, NH and recently the YogaLife Institute's 500 hour Classical Yoga teacher training program. Ruth feels lucky to have found yoga in her 30's and loves introducing and sharing the gift of yoga on the mat and off the mat with others. She has taught in many different settings finding that her passion for the physical, philosophical spiritual and psychological aspects of yoga blend well with her professional work in Student Affairs at UNH. Ruth is energized by the forever evolving journey of living and teaching yoga, exploring and integrating yoga with life, students, family, community and friends.

    Ruth has shared her graduation speech with us, please click here. 


  • cheri butlerCheri Butler came to YogaLife's 200-hr Training Program with a background in Buddhist philosophy studies as well as Vinyasa and Iyengar asanas (postures). Classical Yoga has proven to be home for this aspiring yogini. The practice of Yoga is not painful or arduous. Yoga is unity. Classical Yoga is a nurturing, loving kindness philosophy of movement, breath and meditation, accessible to everyone. Determination, clarity and diligence have given Cheri a renewed balance of mind, body and spirit. She strives to provide a space for all to tap into their own wholeness and harmony. Classical Yoga has morphed Cheri?s practice into freedom and lightness. This freedom and lightness is what she plans to show others through daily living, service, practice and community.


  • dawn_klinker_portraitDawn Klinker, RYT500, is a graduate of the Yoga Life Institute's 200-hour and 500-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training programs. She is certified by the Yoga Alliance, and has been informally practicing yoga since childhood. Now through her formal training she hopes to live a lifestyle that guides and inspires others toward tuning in to the body and soul's own natural and intrinsic wisdom. Integrating all facets of yoga into our daily lives is a lifelong process with no beginning and no end. There is no better place to start than right where you are.


  • deborah_sisson_portraitDeborah Sisson, RYT, received her teacher training with the Yoga Life Institute. She has participated in a wide range of practice styles from traditions which reflect her love of dance, literature, and philosophy. In her classes she tries to nourish the authentic body that resides in the physical body. Deborah loves sharing the many gifts of yoga including postures, breathing, balance, strength, concentration, and meditation. She finds inspiration in nature and all its elements, beings, and miracles. Come, she says, let's practice together.

  • eve kornhauserEve Kornhauser, a recent RYT200 grad, has been studying yoga for over twenty years, and teaching since 2013. Her foundation of yoga is in the Anusara tradition, which is based strongly on the principals of alignment. As a singer and voice teacher, Eve has had a life-long interest in methods of body awareness such as Alexander technique, body mapping and yoga. After working in a yogic tradition that begins with the body first, she feels very lucky to have found Yoga Life Institute and to merge the physical with yoga's rich spiritual teachings. Eve believes that the practice of yoga offers us endless guidance on our journey through life.

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