Yoga Life Institute N.H.

YogaLife Graduates

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  • 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.


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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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

     


  • 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.


  • 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


  • andrea_rutherfordAndrea Rutherford, RYT,  is a perinatal educator, prenatal yoga instructor and an honored mother of three. She is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute of NH Teacher Training program (200 hour level) and is currently teaching prenatal yoga at Yoga on the Hill in Kittery, Maine. and Yoga on York in York, Maine. www.yogaonthehillkittery.com

    Andrea is owner and founder of Heartful Birth and has been offering comprehensive prenatal care and holistic birth education and support since 1996. Andrea offers classes, workshops and individual sessions for mothers and their partners from pregnancy through birth.

    Prenatal yoga classes offer women a nurturing space to promote strength, flexibility, relaxation and awareness for the natural changes in their ever-changing, growing bodies. Andrea weaves Classical yoga, breath awareness, childbirth education, and physical nurturing to provide mothers a positive emotional, educational and physical experience for the journey of pregnancy, birth and motherhood.

    Andrea may be reached at: 603.498.1113 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
    www.ourbirthroots.org


  • 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.


  • karen kelleyKaren Kelley, RYT,
    is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute's 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training program. She is, also, a Masters level licensed alcohol and drug counselor, as well as being a licensed clinical mental health counselor. Karen began her yoga journey after an accident left her paralyzed. The physical practice of yoga combined with the yogic approach to life greatly impacted her successful comeback. Karen is particularly interested in the ways the ancient, yet timeless, yoga philosophy is echoed in the Alcoholics Anonymous approach to recovery as laid out in the Big Book. Practicing meditation on a daily basis, Karen enjoys helping her clients use this tool as a way of dealing with life on life's terms.


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    Sara Strohecker, RYT,  is a graduate of the Classical Yoga Teacher Training Program in New Hampshire. She began her yoga practice as a tool for dealing with stress at the same time toning her body and calming her mind. Her love of yoga blossomed with energy and therapeutic benefits that yoga provided. She resides in Exeter with her husband and two children.


  • 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.

     


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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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • lindsay jo whiteLindsay Jo White, RYT
    , is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute of NH's 200 hour teacher training program. Lindsay Jo began flirting with yoga in 2004 and found herself effortlessly devoted to the physical and meta-physical properties of yoga in 2009. Having experienced a profound change in her life through yoga, Lindsay Jo has great enthusiasm in sharing her passion and practice. Her approach is of intuitive movement while maintaining a beginners mind.

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This advanced level Classical Yoga Teacher's Training program is for those who have completed their 200 hour level certification (in most any yoga tradition) and want to continue their learning in a yoga community. The 300 hours of training are flexible and individualized, usually completed in two years.

Basic components include a monthly 3-hour "advanced practice" meeting on the first Sunday of the month, the equivalent of 2 additional workshop hours per month within the YogaLife Institute curriculum, mentor meetings with Julie Rost or Brian Serven, as needed, teaching and/or workshop facilitation, weekly yoga class attendance, writing and/or other independent research. Topics include advanced practices related to anatomy and physiology, mind-body health, meditation, energy work and self understanding via Jnana, Tantra, Bhakti and Karma Yoga.

This program is very individualized, and meets the unique skills and interests of its participants.

The YogaLife Institute programs are certified programs of the Yoga Alliance at the 200/500 hour level.

For more information, contact The Yogalife Institute New Hampshire.