Yoga Life Institute N.H.

YogaLife Graduates

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  • hilary crowleyHilary Crowley
     is a Natural Health Intuitive and Reiki practitioner at Whole LIfe Health Care in New Hampshire. Her practice promotes healing through energy balance and body wisdom resulting in less stress, more clarity, and a renewed sense of wellness. Natural Health Intuition is not a substitute for a medical diagnosis but can assist in identifying the root of an issue on a physical, chemical, emotional, and spiritual level. Hilary has studied with several leaders in the Energy Medicine field including Donna Eden, Dr. Richard Bartlett, Dr. Steven Farmer, Carol Rittenberger,PhD, Dr. Judith Young,PhD and Dr. Miriam Wolf.

    She is a graduate of Yoga Life Institute 200 hour teacher training program and incorporates ancient knowledge of the yoga lifestyle (breath, meditation, attitude, mindfulness, and movement) into her professional practice. Hilary teaches Reiki and Natural Health Intuition courses in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, including at the National Autism Association in Manhattan. She continues to follow the latest research and teachings in the practice of healing through energy work.


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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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • ala olesky?Ala Oleksy
    is a recent graduate of the YogaLife Institute's 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training program and a reiki practitioner. Inspired by her own life, Ala seeks to bring yoga to her community in an accessible and affordable manner so that others may be transformed by its healing and holistic system of living. Her goal of teaching is to incite an internal revolution for her students that inspires and connects them to their true inner spirit. She explores this through a gentle hatha and vinyasa style practice inspired by nature and the dance of life. Ala's specific area of interest is the effect that yoga has on anxiety, depression, and other diseases of the mind that are especially found in Western culture. She uses her own personal experience to connect to this aspect of her teaching and strives to provide a living example of yoga living as a successful means of coping with dis-ease and the stress of modern living.


  • 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.


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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.


  • nancy beachNancy Beach, RYT500,
    has been teaching Classical yoga for over 5 years and has completed the 500 hour training level with YogaLife Institute of NH. When not teaching yoga, Nancy and her husband spend a lot of time playing with their two golden retrievers and running a video production company in Portsmouth, NH. The Bhagavad Gita says, "On this path (yoga) no effort is wasted, no gain is ever reversed; even a little of this practice will shelter you from great sorrow." Nancy brings this philosophy of her yoga practice to every class. Teaching the Classical Yoga (Hatha) style, Nancy starts the class with a short discussion allowing each student to create a personal intention that is carried through the rest of the class through every pose (asana). Each class ends with a short meditation. Every student is honored whether a beginner or an experienced yogi.


  • 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.

  • 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.
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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.


  • 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_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.

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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.


  • 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

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 It is recommended that you talk with Brian Serven, Assistant director, by phone or in person. You can reach Brian by calling 603-969-8968.

Next steps:

  • Pay tuition to reserve space in the teacher training program.
  • Purchase Classical Yoga Lifestyle and Pure Heart of Yoga, by Dr. Robert Butera, Director of YogaLife Institute, Pennsylvania, and founder of this Classical Yoga Teacher Training program. (Books can be purchased at Blue Moon Yoga Studio, Exeter)
  • Receive writing assignments and begin first essay.

General requirements for the 200 hour program:

  • Attend monthly seminar (usually first Saturday of each month, 12:30-4:30PM at Blue Moon Yoga, Exeter, NH).
  • Attend monthly Yoga class prior to monthly seminar, 10:30-12:00PM at Blue Moon Yoga, Exeter, NH.
  • Write monthly essays (5 pages double-spaced/each), written so that a beginner can understand the ideas expressed.
  • Attend weekly Classical Yoga classes (at least two/month with a YogaLife Institute senior instructor.
  • Develop daily personal Yoga sadhana (practice).
  • Monthly mentorship meeting.
  • Attend equivalent of 4 hours/month of workshops within the YogaLife Institute training curriculum.
  • Exceptions can be made according to personal needs.

 

Fees and policies:

The 200-hour certification includes monthly seminars, monthly mentorship meeting, mostl two hour YogaLife Institute workshops (at the Blue Moon Yoga studio), and monthly Saturday Yoga class prior to seminar. The cost of the training is comparable to other teacher training programs, please contact Brian regarding fees for the program.

Pay separately for personal weekly Yoga classes, books, and additional/optional retreats and workshops.

For more information, contact The Yogalife Institute New Hampshire or call 603-969-8968