Yoga Life Institute N.H.

YogaLife Graduates

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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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.


  • 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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    Beth Brown, RYT, is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute’s 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training program. She is a certified birth doula, lactation counselor and working towards her Masters in Social Work. Beth believes that all women deserve the feeling of empowerment, pride and joy that accompanies birth. Upon receiving her MSW, she intends to work with childbearing women around issues such as postpartum depression, infertility, loss, and trauma. Beth has been integrating yogic philosophy into her daily life for over 10 years and looks forward to guiding childbearing women using her yoga, birth and mental health backgrounds.


  • jennifer_wilhelm_portraitJennifer Wilhelm, RYT is certified with the Yoga Alliance and received her training in Classical Yoga, through the Yoga Life Institute. Yoga has given Jennifer a new lens through which to view life. Though she has always enjoyed the physical practice of Yoga, she never realized the emotional and intellectual benefits it offers until she began studying Yogic philosophy. As an environmental sustainability professional, she appreciates the simplicity and moderation that Yogic philosophy encourages. Jennifer believes that by living a simple, more balanced life, we are able to increase our own contentment, while decreasing our impact on the natural world. Jennifer brings this perspective of contentment through simplicity to her classes.


  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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).

  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.  

      


  • karen_batchelderKaren Batchelder, RYT500
    is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute’s 200-hour and 500-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training programs. 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. She teaches gentle yoga at the Blue Moon in Exeter and aspires to help others who seek relief from anxiety by integrating these tools and personal discoveries into her yoga classes. She creates a welcoming and supportive environment for students to experience this beautiful practice of yoga. Karen is the graphic designer, website administrator, and marketing coordinator for the YogaLife Institute and the Blue Moon Studio.

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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.