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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    Rosemary Matheny, RYT 500, is certified at the 500 hour level in Classical Yoga. Rosemary is also certified in level II Reiki. Yoga has become the stabilizing force in her life that drives her to teach. Her classes focus on coordination of movement with the breath to build flexibility and strength in connection of body, mind, and spirit. “The goal is to find that inner balance, light, and peace which resides in each of us that will sustain us in all of life’s situations.” She resides in Greenland with her husband and two children.


  • 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).

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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    Wendy Henshaw RYT, is a graduate of the Yoga Life Institute's 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training Program and continues her studies in the 500-hour program.She has been practicing hatha yoga since 2000 and teaching since 2001. After mentoring with a Kripalu trained instructor she realized not only the physical benefits of yoga, but also the spiritual side of Yoga. Her spiritual experience led her to energy work and she is Certified as an Integrated Energy Therapist. Wendy recently studied in Northern India and completed a 200 hour teacher training program in the classical Sivananda style of yoga. Through divine wisdom we all come together to share Yoga and our spirit. She lives in East Kingston with her husband. For a list of Wendy's classes please visit her website.


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


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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

     


  • 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 .

  • 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.


  • 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.
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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.