Yoga Life Institute N.H.

YogaLife Graduates

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  • 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.


  • 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.

  • nicolle_caseyNicolle Casey, RYT500, is a graduate of the 200-hour and 500-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training program. Her healing and spiritual journeys have also led her to become trained in Reiki & Somatic Respiratory Integration (breath work associated with Network Chiropractic care). Nicolle's approach is to integrate the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of yoga into daily living. She resides in Stratham with her Husband and two children. Visit Nicolle's Blog "Living Yoga" (www.livingyoga.us ). Follow her ideas and inspirations of a Yogic life style as well as class topics and updates.

  • joy_markley_2Joy Bryan Markley, Ph.D., RYT500, CYT is a graduate of the Yogalife Institute's 200 Level and 500 Level teacher training programs, the Level I Comprehensive Yoga Therapist program, as well as the meditation training program at Blue Moon Yoga with Julie Rost. She is also trained to teach yoga to kids and writes a column for YogaLifeNH called Little Buddhas http://www.yogalifenh.com/philosophy/little-buddhas. Teaching a child-friendly version of Classical Yoga to young yogis between the ages of 6 and 10 has become the perfect way for Joy to share what she has learned in her yoga studies with others. She continues her studies in the area of restorative yoga and yoga therapy. Her brother recently bought her a mirror to put in her office. Around the frame it reads, "You can be anything you want to be...be yourself." That pretty much sums up Joy's philosophy in yoga and in life. Joy lives in Kittery, Maine with her wonderful, loving husband Ken, and sweet yellow lab, Olivia. To contact Joy please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

    Joy Bryan Markley, Ph.D., RYT500,  is a graduate of the Yogalife Institute's 200 Level and 500 Level teacher training programs as well as the meditation training program at Blue Moon Yoga with Julie Rost.  She is also trained to teach yoga to kids and writes a column for YogaLifeNH called Little Buddhas http://www.yogalifenh.com/philosophy/little-buddhas.  Teaching a child-friendly version of Classical Yoga to young yogis between the ages of 6 and 10 has become the perfect way for Joy to share what she has learned in her yoga studies with others. She continues her studies in the area of restorative yoga and yoga therapy.  Her brother recently bought her a mirror to put in her office. Around the frame it reads, "You can be anything you want to be...be yourself." That pretty much sums up Joy's philosophy in yoga and in life. Joy lives in Kittery, Maine with her wonderful, loving husband Ken, and sweet yellow lab, Olivia. To contact Joy please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • lisa_flynn_portraitLisa Flynn, RYT, is a graduate of the 200 hour Classical Yoga program and continues her studies in the 500 hour training. She is the founder of ChildLight Yoga (www.childlightyoga.com), a company offering yoga programs for babies, children, teens and families around the Maine and NH Seacoast area as well as children's yoga teacher trainings around the U.S. More recently, Lisa has also founded Yoga 4 Classrooms™ ( www.yoga4classrooms.com). Its mission is to transform educational environments through yoga based wellness training and support. Yoga 4 Classrooms empowers students and educators to create positive, peaceful, productive classrooms that support exceptional learning and a lifetime of health and wellness. Y4C includes professional development workshops for school staff as well as an in-classroom residency, ensuring program sustainability. The associated Yoga 4 Classrooms Card Deck, designed for use as an invaluable classroom resource, is slated to published in the Spring 2011. Lisa trains and speaks at many schools, wellness conventions and yoga centers around the U.S. She is married with two children and lives in South Berwick, ME. Admittedly, work, her children's activities, and even just keeping the house clean can become stressful at times. Lisa strives to utilize yoga, meditation, and power of positive thought to bring balance to her life. Her intention is to teach her young students to do the same, providing them with tools they can use for a lifetime of health and wellness.


  • 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.


  • 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.

  • meggen wrightMeggen Wright, RYT, CYT
    is certified with the Yoga Alliance and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Meggen Received her 200 hour teaching certificate through YogaFit, and her comprehensive yoga therapy certificate from the YogaLife Institute. She has Been teaching since 2006 and was drawn to yoga as a way to get out of chronic pain after a car accident and several injurious falls. In addition to yoga, meggen is a level II usui/Tibetan reiki healer and also works with dogs both in private and at the local SPCA.

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • pam_herring_newPam Herring, RYT is a graduate of the Classical Yoga program at the 500-hour level of teacher training. She has worked with Kathy Gallant in the Feed Your Spirit yoga/cooking series at Blue Moon. Once her two daughters left the "nest" and entered the "real world", Pam was able to pursue her interest in yoga, Eastern philosophy and scriptures. She enjoys the challenge of adapting some of the ancient yoga concepts to her life in the 21st Century. Pam is Reiki certified, a naturalist at the Seacoast Science Center, a weaver and member of Voices of the Heart. She and husband Neil live in North Hampton. To view Pam's current classes and workshops, click here.

  • 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.


  • 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.