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Pam 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.
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.
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
June Dunne, RYT, is a graduate of the 200 hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training at The Yoga Life Institute in NH, and is currently pursuing the 500 hour certificate. Having a rajasic (high energy) nature, I have always enjoyed movement over stillness and it was no surprise that I pursued national certifications in group exercise and personal training. I taught Yoga under the umbrella of those certifications for many years, from high functioning athletes to seniors and children. Knowing there was more to yoga than just stretching the physical body, I explored many different eastern philosophies and practiced many different styles of yoga, and eventually found my way to the teacher training at the YogaLife Institute. I experience new insights about my physical, emotional, intellectual, energetic, and spiritual bodies every time I come to the mat, and my calling has become to guide others along in their yoga journey.
Andrea 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
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.
Karen 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.
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.
Deborah 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.
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.
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.
Haley 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.
Tracy Jordan, RYT, CYT, received her Comprehensive Yoga Therapy training certificate through the YogaLife Institute of NH. Tracy has been practicing yoga since 2001, received her 200hour teaching certificate through YogaFit and has been teaching since 2007. Her approach aims to blend fundamental concepts of yoga including balance, strength, flexibility, health, and mental acuity. The addition of the Comprehensive Yoga Therapy model broadens the scope of yoga tools for encouraging the wellness and connection of the body, mind, and 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.)
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."
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