Yoga Life Institute N.H.

YogaLife Graduates

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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.


  • karen_batchelderKaren Batchelder, RYT500, Certified Yoga Therapist,
     is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute’s 200-hour and 500-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training programs and the Comprehensive Yoga Therapy Training. She is also certified in the Usui System Reiki tradition. Karen began her yoga journey in 1998 as a method to alleviate anxiety. She discovered that yoga provided not only stress relief, but a series of tools and life lessons that help with anxiety and so much more.

    "I aspire to help others seeking relief from stress and anxiety by integrating these wonderful tools and personal discoveries into my gentle yoga classes where relaxation is a focal point. My intention is to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all levels of ability, ages, and body types."

    "Yoga therapy is a personalized approach to health and wellness that helps clients understand and transform their stress and anxiety. Yoga Therapy sessions utilize yoga philosophy and its practices, including conversation, gentle yoga postures, breath and relaxation to help restore health and peace of mind."

    Karen is the graphic designer, website administrator, and marketing coordinator for the YogaLife Institute and the Blue Moon Studio.


  • patty severino 2Patty Severino, RYT, is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute's 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training program. She began her yoga journey nearly 20 years ago, not realizing at the time it would have a much bigger meaning than simply another form of physical exercise. There were lapses in her practice until life's many adversities brought her back to the mat, this time with a much more spiritual emphasis. Through the gift of Yoga Patty is able to move through life with an open heart and a true sense of peace. Her passion is to impart the teachings of yoga and its benefits to others.

    Patty also has a keen interest in holistic nutrition, Zen/mindfulness meditation and is continuing her studies through the YogaLife Institute's Yoga therapist training program. She also encourages healthy habits and traits, in both mind and body, that are conducive to one's everyday life outside of the yoga studio. These avenues of healing have been an integral part of her life's path. Helping students learn and practice the fundamentals of yoga, respect their bodies, and realize their individual potential is part of her goal as a teacher. Her commitment to helping individuals tap into a positive energy extends beyond the mat. Patty loves to impart the benefits of living a yogic lifestyle and teaches by example, on and off the mat. Having used Yoga as a tool to overcome some of life's difficulties, it is only natural to want to share this gift with others.


  • lisa jeckLisa Jeck, RYT, is a 2010 graduate of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda and has also attended Dr. Lad's summer intensive programs on Marma and Clinical Assessment at the Ayurvedic Institute. Lisa has been practicing yoga since 2004 and is a 2012 graduate of the Yoga Life Institute of NH's 200 hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training program. This summer she received her Ayurveda Yoga Therapy Certification taught by Dr. Marc Halpern at the Sivananda Ashram in Canada.

    Lisa is the owner of Sama Tal Ayurveda which is based in New Boston, NH. Ayurvedic programs and consultations are offered at this beautiful location as well as at various yoga studios and wellness centers throughout NH. She feels blessed to have the ability to open people to the eternal truths of Ayurveda and Yoga.


  • stacy_smithSenior Instructor: Stacy Smith, RYT 500, has studied yoga since 1998 and teaches at The Yoga Center in Portland, Maine. She approaches yoga in a holistic manner, blending the insights of Classical and Iyengar yoga with Ayurvedic teachings to nurture physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being. Stacy was trained as a philosopher of education and formerly taught undergraduates at a liberal arts college. She now enjoys exploring the deep philosophical and spiritual traditions of Eastern wisdom with students of all ages. She is the mother of two young boys and teaches pre-natal yoga as one avenue for sharing the many ways that yoga has supported her mothering and family relationships. Stacy is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute of NH and continues to study and instruct in its teacher training programs. To view Stacy's current yoga classes at the Yoga Center of Portland, Maine, click here.


  • carey clarkDr. Carey S. Clark is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute’s 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training programs. Carey became interested in classical yoga after reading Dr. Butera's work and realizing that they both had attended the California Institute of Integral Studies for their doctoral degrees. Carey is a registered nurse and reiki master, and one of her main motivators for becoming certified as a yoga instructor was to be able to teach yoga and healing with her nursing students at University of Maine at Augusta. Carey has designed a yoga curriculum for BSN nursing students that includes weekly experiences with classical yoga and meditation, and academic work for the course is completed online. Carey is striving to work as a consultant to bring yoga as a healing therapy and self-care modality into more schools of nursing and healthcare settings.


  • karen prindleKaren Prindle, RYT200, is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute’s 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training program.  In 2000, Karen started her yoga journey originally looking for ways to manage stress through relaxation.  She has since practiced various styles such as Classical, Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Iyengar, with a strong interest in yogic philosophy and Ayurveda self-care.  Karen feels yoga has provided her many positive tools on and off the mat such as breath work, self-awareness, patience and being present.  She is happy to now be able to share her more holistic experience with others as a yoga teacher, as well as continue her yoga education in the immediate future.


  • som kovvuriSom Kovvuri, RYT200, is a graduate of the 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training Program. Som is grateful for the guidance and inspiration of his teachers at Yogalife in his Yoga journey. He is curiously interested in how Yoga permeates everyday life be it the Karma Yoga of his artist wife Lisa Kovvuri, the Bhakti Yoga of devotion to music mastery by their two sons , Umanand and Shivanand, or the Jnana Yoga of his colleagues in the medical device industry. Som teaches Yoga to friends and family and is looking forward to and content with what the future brings.

     


  • 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.

  • 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.


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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.


  • 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

     


  • sarah kearnsSarah Kearns, RYT, CYT.
    In April of 2003, I took my very first yoga class, and knew after the first hour on my mat, that this would be my home for the rest of my life. I came to my mat, to heal many physical and mental injuries from a lifetime of gymnastics and ballet. This was the first time I experienced myself in my body, with my breath surrounded by healing, non-competitive energy. As I closed the door to a life of competition, strive for perfection, and the need to please others through not taking care of myself, a new door of health, wellness, and spirit opened up. I have trained and practiced with many different teachers who come from all different backgrounds. I am perpetually inspired by teachers all over the world and draw on their knowledge and experience to inspire my own teachings.

    I completed my 200-hr teacher training through YogaWorks, with Natasha Rizopolous in 2010, and began teaching 2 weeks later. I have studied in India for 4 months of sustainable living, practicing yoga and deepening my spirituality through independent study and meditation. Once I returned from India, my interest in meditation blossomed, and I have since participated in a couple of silent 7-10 day retreats, meditating on kindness (metta) and mindfulness (vipassana), learning how to bring these two principles in my daily life, on and off of my yoga mat.

Home Teacher Training 200 Hour Program
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julie_beth_classThis one-year program is for serious Yoga students interested in deepening their personal understanding and practice of Classical Yoga, and would like to join a strong Yoga community. Half of the participants go on to teach, while the other half join to expand their personal sadhana (practice). It is a personalized program including:

  • One-to-one mentoring;
  • Monthly seminars (the first Saturday of the month with the exception of holiday weekends) covering Yoga technique, teaching methodology, anatomy and physiology, philosophy, and practicum opportunities (note: teaching is not a requirement of the program);
  • Understanding and practice of Classical Yoga, including Hatha (physical), Raja (meditation), Karma (work and actions), Bhakti (love and devotion) and Jnana (knowledge and wisdom);
  • Understanding and practice of the 8-Fold Path of Yoga: daily observances and restraints (yama and niyama), Yoga postures (asana), breathing (pranayama), sensory mastery (pratyahara), concentration (dharana), meditation (dhyana) and cognitive absorption/higher consciousness (samadhi).
  • Monthly workshops

This program is approved by the Yoga Institute of Mumbai, India, to train instructors and promote a unique system of teaching Yoga philosophy. Classical texts such as the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads are utilized, with interpretations to suit a western culture when appropriate. This program emphasizes the "living of Yoga" and thereby brings personal transformation to those who are ready and willing. We believe that those individuals who live their Yoga make the best Yoga instructors. The YogaLife Institute programs are certified programs of the Yoga Alliance at the 200/500 hour level.

Enrollment is ongoing and the cost of our program is comparable to many other programs in the area. For more information, contact The Yogalife Institute New Hampshire. Please include your phone number in your email and two or three times within the week that you will be available.