Yoga Life Institute N.H.

YogaLife Graduates

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  • 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.


  • 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.

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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_goliaJennifer Golia, RYT, is a graduate of the Yoga Life Institutes's 200-hour program and is continuing her studies in the 500-hour program. Jennifer's yoga journey started seven years ago when she discovered yoga as a strategy to manage stress and anxiety. Over time, Jennifer has been able to take her yoga away from the mat and to use yoga philosophy to move through her daily 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.


  • 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.


  • pilar_ prime_portraitPilar Prime, CHHC, RYT 200, trained in Classical Yoga at the Portsmouth, NH branch of the YogaLife Institute, born of the Yoga Institute in Mumbai, India. She is also a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, affiliated with Columbia University, where she was certified as a Holistic Health Counselor. Pilar lives with her husband and daughter in Strafford, where they raise chickens, grow vegetables, and enjoy the country life. She teaches yoga, counsels in holistic nutrition, writes and gives workshops in and around the Seacoast area. Pilar is board-certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP).

  • aaron_mcnulty_portraitAaron McNulty, RYT has been practicing yoga for six years, is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute’s 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training program and continues his studies in the 500-hour program. Aaron found himself at a pivotal point in his personal journey in 2004, where he discovered and turned to the practice of yoga to come to a deeper level of understanding of his life and personal path. Aaron brings this level of self discovery and awareness to the class.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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

     

     

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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."


  • 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.


  • CherylEberhardtCheryl Eberhardt, RYT200, is a graduate of the 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training program at the YogaLife Institute of New Hampshire. Cheryl's yoga journey began over 15 years ago and became constant in her thirties during the pregnancy of her first child. Yoga helps Cheryl ease chronic pain throughout her physical body while calming her mind and nurturing her soul. Often yoga brings peaceful sleep to Cheryl as it eases tension in her back, hips, and sciatic nerves. Yoga has been a vital part in transitioning Cheryl from her 15 year career managing marketing at high tech companies to a more balanced and simpler life and work. In addition to yoga, Cheryl enjoys hiking, skiing, biking, and mindful, creative travel with her husband and two children as well as painting, photography, and reading. Cheryl hopes to encourage students in discovering how practicing yoga on and off the mat brings the body and the mind into harmony. Cheryl will begin teaching Classical Yoga at the Seacoast YMCA in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in June 2013.

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.