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Dawn Klinker, RYT500, is a graduate of the Yoga Life Institute's 200-hour and 500-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training programs. She is certified by the Yoga Alliance, and has been informally practicing yoga since childhood. Now through her formal training she hopes to live a lifestyle that guides and inspires others toward tuning in to the body and soul's own natural and intrinsic wisdom. Integrating all facets of yoga into our daily lives is a lifelong process with no beginning and no end. There is no better place to start than right where you are.
Meggen 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 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.
Slavica 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.
Eve 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.
Sharon 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.
Roberta 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
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.
Senior 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.
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.
Joy 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
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.
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.
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.
Cheryl Rossman, RYT is a 2014 graduate of the YogaLife Institute’s 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training program. Cheryl decided that becoming an adult instructor would be a nice compliment to the training she currently has. Her goal is to use her knowledge to teach families so that they may experience the joy of yoga together.
She is a certified children’s yoga instructor and has additional training in Yoga for Children with ADHD, Autism and Those Who are Differently-Abled, Yoga Minded Teenagers, and Reiki I. Her hope is to help children use yoga to enjoy learning. A happy healthy mind and body are the first steps. So often test anxiety and peer pressure becomes a brick wall to children; yoga provides the relaxation and focus to overcome these obstacles!
Cheryl believes in giving back to the community and enjoys volunteering in schools and programs that make the world a better place for children. She has practiced yoga for over 10 years in various settings. She uses her breath on a daily basis to remain focused and balanced.
Currently, Cheryl enjoys teaching yoga classes in the seacoast area for Let’s Get Movin’ Yoga and Nutrition, for schedule of classes go to www.letsgetmovin.com
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.
- 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