Yoga Life Institute N.H.

YogaLife Graduates

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  • 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_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.


  • 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.

     


  • 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.


  • 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.

  • slavicaSlavica Popov Meinhold, RYT, graduated from the YogaLife Institute's 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Program in March 2013. My first encounter with yoga happened in 1998. It was a love at first sight, which has developed over the years into a deep relationship, with many benefits for my entire being. Yoga gave me the tools that have been helping me the through the life: from simply being in shape, maintain positive attitude to becoming more connected to myself. I enjoy practicing asanas and expressing myself through the movement of my body. But the study of yoga offered me also the paths towards my inner strength and flexibility, peace and acceptance. Recently I started sharing this exciting experience of journey into yoga teaching on Sunday morning at Ocean Spirit Yoga in Portsmouth, NH. These classes are designed with the idea of the first baby steps into yoga practice: simple, open and accessible.


  • CherylEberhardtCheryl Eberhardt, RYT200. After practicing yoga for over 15 years, Cheryl Eberhardt, RYT, received her 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher certification so that she could share how yoga eases both physical and mental pain as it relaxes the body, calms the mind and nurtures the soul. In addition to yoga, Cheryl is a seasoned marketing professional who also finds joy in hiking, running, skiing, oil painting, photography, reading, and mindful travel she takes with her husband and two young children.


  • sharon fellows lambSharon Fellows Lamb is a graduate of the 200 hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training program at the YogaLife Institute. Sharon came to yoga from a gymnastics background, seeking a way to maintain strength, flexibility, and body awareness as she eased into a non-competitive physical practice. Sharon's practice later deepened in response to pregnancy and new motherhood, as she found that yoga provided not only physical benefits, but also helped to manage fatigue, stress, and anxiety. Through her studies of classical Indian philosophy and her YogaLife training, Sharon has come to embrace yoga as a holistic lifestyle, and is enthusiastic and honored to share the depth and breadth of yoga practice with others. When she is not "on the mat," Sharon enjoys being outdoors, is passionate about real food, and works continually to apply yogic teachings to her daily life and relationships as a full-time home schooling mom.

     


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • roberta whitney newRoberta H. Whitney. MA is a Yoga teacher, RYT500, a Spiritual Director and a healer. Roberta teaches programs at Blue Moon and mentors TT1 students. She also offers gentle yoga classes in Haverhill, MA. As a Spiritual Director, she mentors individuals and presents workshops in the Boston area as well as western Massachusetts. Additional certification as an Enneagram teacher; Focusing professional, Authentic Movement facilitator; and energy healer further enable Roberta to support individuals to heal, cultivate well-being and navigate change at: www.ways2wisdom.com


  • sherry_evans_portraitSherry found herself at a life crossroad just prior to her 60th birthday. Seeking clarification, focus, and to fulfill a dream of many years, she enrolled in the YogaLife Instittue Classical Yoga training, graduating at the 200 hour level. She is an RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance. Sherry is a librarian of 25+ years, has practiced yoga for over 10 years and wears the many hats of a full life. She believes that life is an adventure and can be lived to the fullest no matter what phase of life a person is in. Yoga brings her peace, joy and the skills to live simply and fully. As a yoga teacher, Sherry encourages each student's inner wisdom, strength, and self-esteem to blossom.


  • 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.


  • 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.  

      


  • 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.

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.