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Jaclyn's first experience of yoga postures took place while she was a student in high school. She enjoyed the peace and clarity that she felt both during and after practice and became curious as to how yoga was helping these feelings to surface. Jaclyn's interest later lead her away from her hometown in Southern California to the East Coast where she enrolled in the 200-hour Teacher Training program at the YogaLife Institute of New Hampshire. Her practice intensified as the months rolled on and she began to form a more intimate relationship with yoga on a spiritual and emotional level. The simple enjoyment Jaclyn felt for yoga was transformed into a deep passion along her journey at YogaLife, and she intends to keep the fire alive by implementing the tools she has acquired through practicing yoga in her daily life. As a yoga teacher, Jaclyn strives to encourage her students to explore their own personal knowledge and wisdom by providing space for self-reflection and growth through the connection between their mind, body, and spirit. She hopes to offer guidance and support to others through yoga, and to live and teach in a way that inspires others to seek and follow their own inner truth.
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.
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.
Ginny is a certified Yoga Therapist and 500 RYT. She has studied Kripalu yoga, Classical yoga, Ashtanga yoga, and various types of movement re-education. She is also a licensed massage therapist and has a master's degree in exercise physiology. Ginny's work aims to empower clients in self-inquiry and therapeutic movement to encourage greater awareness of body, mind, and spirit."
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.
Kristan Bishop, RYT is a graduate of the NH Yoga Life 200 Hour Teacher Training. She has practiced yoga for almost 20 years and has studied with Hannelore Moebius. "I started yoga when I was working full time in a high pressure career in sales and marketing and new Mom. Yoga has helped me find peace, balance and a new level of awareness in my life." Kristan's teaching style is sincere and heartfelt. Her easy going demeanor helps students feel at ease in the class. She uses creative, descriptive cues and music to enhance the experience. "I believe that yoga is more than just a physical practice on the matt, it is a way to relax and open to possibilities" Kristan is a musician and the Mom of three active boys. (She is also a certified Reiki Practitioner.)
Jamie Brown Kennedy, MA, C.A.G.S., RYT. Jamie uses her daily yoga practice as a method to stretch and strengthen her body, mind, and spirit. A heart-centered practitioner and teacher, she fuses her knowledge of yoga, Ayurveda, and reiki in order to create classes rich in lineage, musical influence, and equanimity. Her background includes; Classical, Vinyasa, AcroYoga, and Therapeutics. She earned her 200 & 500 yoga certification through the Yoga Life Institute and later went on for further training in the Himalayas of India. Jamie's class offers physical challenge, technical alignment, upbeat instruction, and an encouraging and authentic voice. Her passions include; dancing, soulful cooking, fitness, and traveling around the globe. She is honored to share the studio space with those on their own yogic journey and offers deep gratitude to her own teachers who have profoundly influenced her practice and teaching.
Allison 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 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.
Jennifer 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.
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.
Senior Instructor: Sally Sugatt, RYT, started practicing postures in 1978, pregnant with her first child, and is grateful to many teachers for their wisdom. In 2006 she was ready to learn more and Julie Rost appeared! Sally finished the Classical Yoga Teacher Training Program with Julie at the 500 hour level in 2009. She began teaching at Blue Moon in 2007. As a child and family therapist, Sally is particularly interested in how the ancient practices of yoga--all eight limbs--inform our relationships: with ourselves and with others. At the Blue Moon Sally has found a committed and supportive yoga community.
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
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
Rebecca 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.
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